Beloved YA Series Animorphs Will Morph Into A Graphic Novel

author img
BY January 16, 2020

Time for a nostalgia trip! The beloved young adult fantasy series Animorphs will morph into a graphic novel. Due for release in October, the comic book illustrated by Chris Grine will adapt the first book in the series The Invasion. Author K.A. Applegate took to Twitter to make the announcement on Wednesday.

“We are very excited by this opportunity to bring Animorphs to a new readership,” says Applegate. “Morph to your favorite battling beast and join the resistance to Yeerk domination!”

The Animorphs Graphic Novel Will Adapt The Original Books

The original Animorphs series ran from 1996-2001 and covered 54 books, along with 10 companion books. The series centers around a group of kids who find a dying alien from a race called the Andalite. This creature (whose name was Elfangor) gives the kids a blue cube that grants them the ability to morph into animals. He also gives them a mission, to fight against the alien Yeerks. These slug-like creatures can crawl into a person’s ear canal and control them by taking over their brains. It’s a little bit Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, but for kids!

The group consists of five kids who all have strong personalities. There is Jake, the leader of the group. Rachel, the warrior. Cassie, the pacifist. Marco, the comedic relief. And Tobias, the tragic outsider. As a kid, it was easy to identify with one or more of the main characters. Each book featured a different POV from one of the five. Despite the YA nature of the series, Animorphs dealt with a lot of heavy themes like grief; PTSD, questions of identity and morality, along with meditations on the horrors of war.

Animorphs Graphic Novel Art by Chris Grine | Image via Scholastic Graphix

Bringing Animorphs To A New Generation

Animorphs was a wildly popular series when I was a kid, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one whose friend group was obsessed with the series. Each book featured a nifty visual trick where if you flipped through the pages quickly, you could see the book’s protagonist morphing into an animal. It isn’t likely that the Animorphs graphic novel will have this feature, but one can hope.

At the height of its popularity, Animorphs spawned a short-lived television show that ran on Nickelodeon from 1998-2000. The show starred a pre-Iceman Shawn Ashmore, but only ran for two seasons. The Animorphs series has been out of print since 2012, but a graphic novel adaptation could introduce a new generation of readers to the books. Back in 2015, there were rumors that Universal was interested in launching a movie franchise based on the Animorphs series, but nothing ever came of it. Perhaps with renewed interest in the series due to the graphic novels, we might someday see the series adapted for screen again.

The first Animorphs graphic novel will be published by Scholastic Graphix in October 2020. Were you a fan of Animorphs as a kid? What do you think about the Animorphs graphic novel adaptation? Join the conversation with Comic Years today on Facebook and Twitter.


Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

Leave a comment


MarvelMoviesPop Culture
Martin Scorsese Says Marvel Movies Aren’t Cinema But Rather ‘Theme Park’ Rides

From the moment Captain America punched Hitler in the face on the cover of his first comic, the medium became more than the sum of its parts. Sure, comics may be funny books for children, but (like all art) examples of excellence in the form transcend that limited definition. Unfortunately, the latest person to argue […]

BY Joshua M. Patton October 4, 2019
David Mitchell Announces New Novel: Utopia Avenue

Fresh off writing the script for the upcoming Matrix revival, author David Mitchell has announced his next project. David Mitchell’s Utopia Avenue will be his first full length novel work since The Bone Clocks, published in 2014. David Mitchell’s Utopia Avenue Focuses On How Music Changes The World Mitchell’s publisher – Curtis Brown & Co. […]

BY Emily O'Donnell October 1, 2019
BooksPop CultureTV Shows
Will We See Legends Characters Like Thrawn and Mara Jade In the Mandalorian?

Could we see Star Wars Legends like Mara Jade in The Mandalorian? Fans have been clamoring to see Mara Jade onscreen for years. Now we might be a step closer to seeing her come to life. Entertainment Weekly recently asked director Jon Favreau if fan favorites like Mara Jade or Grand Admiral Thrawn could appear […]

BY Emily O'Donnell September 13, 2019
Left 4 Dead 3 Rumors Ended in Valve Statement

It’s funny to think about the state of gaming rumors today. On the one hand, it’s wonderful having so many people looking into the latest news in gaming. Of course, this is going to come with a number of false rumors and unfounded speculations. Here at Comic Years, we try very hard to not report […]

BY Taylor Bauer January 18, 2020
The Witcher Voice Actor Joins Efforts of Gaming Mental Health Charity

There are a lot of perks to working in Hollywood, or at least the entertainment industry as a whole. In our society, wealth and fame are sort of like a superpower. If you have this power, then you can choose to use your powers for good, or keep them to yourself. In a world brimming […]

BY Taylor Bauer January 16, 2020
Bioshock Collection for Nintendo Switch is Likely Coming Soon

In what seems like a no-brainer, 2K is set to publish a fresh port of the Bioshock Collection for Nintendo Switch. The Bioshock series is one of the most popular franchises of the past 15 years. The games are timeless, heavy on narrative, and a ton of fun. I think I’ve purchased these games on […]

BY Taylor Bauer January 16, 2020
Final Fantasy VII Being Delayed One More Month

If there’s one thing gamers respond well to, it’s a meaningful delay. No sarcasm here at all: if a game gets delayed to make the game better, fans are cool with it. Last year, Doom Eternal got delayed months. Likewise, Nintendo regularly keeps an open dialogue with fans about the status of their games. Almost every […]

BY Taylor Bauer January 14, 2020


Oscar Isaac To Produce And Star In ‘The Great Machine’ An Adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s Ex Machina

An adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s ‘Ex Machina’ series of graphic novels is in the works. The film will star Oscar Isaac, who will also produce the film. The title of the film will be The Great Machine. Legendary opted to change the title in order to avoid mixing it up with the sci-fi film Ex Machina […]

BY Emily O'Donnell January 18, 2020
Left 4 Dead 3 Rumors Ended in Valve Statement

It’s funny to think about the state of gaming rumors today. On the one hand, it’s wonderful having so many people looking into the latest news in gaming. Of course, this is going to come with a number of false rumors and unfounded speculations. Here at Comic Years, we try very hard to not report […]

BY Taylor Bauer January 18, 2020
Christopher Tolkien: Master of Middle-Earth

JRR Tolkien is often credited as the father of modern fantasy…because he is. There’s not a single fantasy book today that owes something The Lord of the Rings. Even the fantasy books that are “anti-Lord of the Rings” still can’t exist without what the former. Yet as much as JRR Tolkien’s stories changed the face […]

BY Roman Colombo January 18, 2020
Joe Manganiello Schools Patients in Dungeons and Dragons at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital

He’s been a sexy werewolf, a sexy dancer, and (arguably) a sexy Deathstroke in Justice League. Yet, Joe Manganiello is also a big-time fan of tabletop role-playing games, as well as a board member for hospital for children in his hometown. Last year, Joe Manganiello donated a bunch of Dungeons and Dragons starter kits to […]

BY Joshua M. Patton January 18, 2020