Certain ingredients especially lend themselves to a great summer read: the sight of a baseball diamond, say, or the sound of pets in tow. And best of all is the sense that you have time to luxuriate in a great book as characters become seasonal friends. Here are seven recent and forthcoming graphic novels worth diving into:
1. “Boundless,” by Jillian Tamaki (Drawn and Quarterly, $24.95)
The acclaimed graphic novelist who created “This One Summer” (2014) here spins beguiling short stories that ring true and hilariously absurd.
2. “Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home,” by Nicole J. Georges (Mariner, $17.95)
The author’s memoir of her soul-baring journey from adolescence to adulthood is told through her bond with her corgi/Shar-Pei mix — two species but one breed of tough, tiny survivor.
3. “Real Friends,” by Shannon Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham (First Second, $12.99)
The Newbery Honor-winning Hale tells a story of young friendship threatened by the social politics of the playground. The book’s truth is as vibrant as its art.
4. “The Golem’s Mighty Swing,” by James Sturm (Drawn and Quarterly, $16.95)
Sturm fields his own boys of summer, digging into the narrative grit of a Jewish baseball team that barnstormed its way through the Depression.
5. “Wonder Woman, Vol. 2: Year One (Rebirth),” by Greg Rucka and illustrator Nicola Scott (DC Comics, $29.99)
If you enjoyed seeing Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) join magnetic forces on the big screen, why not turn to the comic book that lets you savor the pacing of panel-by-panel engagement?
6. “California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before The Mamas & the Papas,” by Pénélope Bagieu (First Second, $24.99)
In Bagieu’s buoyant biography of the celebrated singer, Cass Elliot seeks fame and fun times as she moves from her Maryland high school years to the swingin’ New York folk scene.
7. “Archie, Vol. 3,” by Mark Waid and illustrator Joe Eisma (Archie Comics, $17.99)
Eisner Award-winner Waid brings engaging realism to Riverdale, proving again that the Archie gang is highly malleable for modern times.
Michael Cavna is creator of the “Comic Riffs” column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Washington Post.