Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
When you're looking for adventurous, well-plotted, beautifully drawn graphic novels for middle-graders, start with Ben Hatke. His Zita the Spacegirl series set a young girl on an unexpected and dangerous journey. This new book (the first in a series) does the same for a male protagonist. It has sword-play, magic, and dangerous plants. This is only an introductory volume, so the plot isn't particularly clear thus far. If history holds true, though, the future volumes of this series will not disappoint. Expect this series to capture the attention of young readers.
Mighty Jack releases September 6.