This article examines what recent North Korean graphic novels published by the Kumsong Youth Publishing House tell readers about the issues of good and problematic family backgrounds. Focusing on the meaning of family background in the construction of graphic novel heroes, antagonists, and those in between, I explore the motivations and intentions of characters and plots, as well as the larger question of the social function of the graphic novel medium in North Korea. These problems are addressed through close readings of The True Identity of Pear Blossom (2004) and Guard the Cradle (2008-2009), with additional reference to other graphic novels from the Kumsong Youth Publishing House that deal with the family background theme.