Zach Weinersmith, illus. by Boulet (First Second)
Taking the source material as a starting point, this lovingly crafted retelling of Beowulf stars bold suburban children for whom mischief and misbehavior are all. Leaning into alliteration and wordplay, Weinersmith creates a joyously lyric, rapid-fire epic that’s dazzlingly illuminated by Boulet’s close-hatched cartooning. It’s a fresh, inventive remix that privileges childhood’s sensibilities.