The Core List for Spring 2012: Teens
So much of what everyone loves about graphic novels is based on what they read during their formative teen years. Below, you'll see why the market is so hot right now, with a wide range of amazingly compelling titles. Be sure to also check out our Adult and Children's graphic novel lists as well.
by Fren Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey
Evil Twin Comics
Imagine Plato as a wrestling superstar of ancient Greece, Nietzsche as the original ubermensch, and Bohidharma as the grand master of kung fu. These are not just great thinkers they also make great comics. Action Philosophers details the lives and thoughts of history's A-list brain trust in hip and humorous comic book fashion.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain; adapted by M.C. Hall and Daniel Strickland
Mark Twain's classic is adapted to comics.
Age of Heroes
Having defeated Norman Osborn and his siege of Asgard, the heroes have been restored to their rightful place in this new era—and this collection helps gets you in on the ground floor.
Alice in Sunderland
by Brian Talbot
Sunderland! Thirteen hundred years ago it was the greatest center of learning in the whole of Christendom and the very cradle of English consciousness. In the time of Lewis Carroll it was the greatest shipbuilding port in the world. To this city that gave the world the electric light bulb, the stars and stripes, the millennium, the Liberty Ships and the greatest British dragon legend came Carroll in the years preceding his most famous book, Alice in Wonderland, and here are buried the roots of his surreal masterpiece.
by Lewis Trondheim
The language and even the alphabet are alien, but as human readers will soon discover, the themes and stories are universal. These interwoven stories and vignettes start out quite simply, but a darker, more complex side is gradually revealed as alien characters act out very human problems.
The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard
by Eddie Campbell and Dan Best
Eddie Campbell and Dan Best team up for a rollicking story that’s as fun as a day under the big top—a three-ring gallery of humor and adventure.
American Born Chinese
by Gene Luen Yang
A tour-de-force by rising indy comics star Gene Yang, American Born Chinese tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters: Jin Wang, who moves to a new neighborhood with his family only to discover that he’s the only Chinese-American student at his new school; the powerful Monkey King, subject of one of the oldest and greatest Chinese fables; and Chin-Kee, a personification of the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype, who is ruining his cousin Danny’s life with his yearly visits.
by MK Reed and Jonathan Hill
Neal Barton just wants to read in peace. Unluckily for him, some local Christian activists are trying to get his favorite fantasy series banned from the Americus public library on grounds of immoral content and heresy. Something has to be done, and it looks like quiet, shy Neal is going to have to do it. With youth services librarian Charlotte Murphy at his back, Neal finds himself leading the charge to defend the mega-bestselling fantasy series that makes his life worth living.
The Amulet Series
by Kazu Kibuishi
An engrossing saga of good vs. evil, one whose heroine may end up battling her own dark side more than the shadowy figures lining up to battle her.
Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography
by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon
Hill and Wang
Anne Frank is a wonderful history book perfect for all ages. It would be a great accompaniment to a reading of Frank’s diary, or it stands on its own and tells the complete story of Frank’s life.
by Vera Brosgol
Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who’s been dead for a century.
Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel
by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, and Giovanni Rigano
For the first time, rabid fans will be able to see what Foaly’s tin hat looks like; discover just how “Beet” Root got his name; and of course, follow their favorite criminal mastermind as he plots and connives in action-packed, full-color panels.
The Atomic Robo Series
by Brian Clevinger and Steve Wegener
Red Five Comics
In 1923, Nikola Tesla's career is in its twilight... until he unveils a robot with automatic intelligence.
by Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita Jr.
Iron Man. Thor. Captain America. They've been the Avengers' heart, soul and fighting spirit since the team's earliest days. Three of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, joined together to fight the foes no single hero could take on alone. Now, with the dawning of a new Heroic Age, this trio again finds cause to band together. And with the likes of Hawkeye, Spider-Man, Wolverine and Spider-Woman at their side, this truly could be the most powerful Avengers lineup of all.
by Kurt Busiek and George Perez
Since the team's inception, the Avengers have always defended humanity against the forces of evil. When duty calls, these legendary champions answer, fighting valiantly until justice prevails. But what happens when their oldest foes strike directly at the team?
by Howard Chaykin
It's the tail end of the fabulous fifties. Nick Fury and his newly minted Avengers team roar into their secret mission, hunting down Nazi super villains—men and women relentlessly preparing to unleash hell on a troubled world barely holding on to peace.
The Avengers: Road to Marvel’s The Avengers
First, it's an expanded re-imagining of the original Iron Man, featuring bonus scenes not in the movie! Next, what happened between the events of Iron Man and Iron Man 2? How did Tony Stark put a new chapter in the history books, and break and rewrite all the rules? Then, it's Black Widow, Nick Fury and Agent Coulson in espionage action! And finally, Steve Rogers was the inspiration for millions during WWII—but where did he get his inspiration? How did he meet his best friend, 'Bucky' Barnes? And what set him on the path to becoming Captain America, the First Avenger?
Awkward and Definition
by Ariel Schrag
Ariel Schrag's two books delved into her wild high school experiences.
The Aya Series
by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie
Drawn and Quarterly
Ivory Coast, 1978. Family and friends gather at Aya's house every evening to watch the country's first television ad campaign promoting the fortifying effects of Solibra, "the strong man's beer." It's a golden time, and the nation, too--an oasis of affluence and stability in West Africa--seems fueled by something wondrous.
by Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, and Ben Stenbeck
Hellboy creator Mike Mignola introduces vampire hunter Lord Henry Baltimore, a WWI veteran. Stalking the vampire Haigus, Baltimore fights his way through the plague-ravaged streets and villages of Europe and a submarine graveyard filled with the undead.
Batman: Battle for the Cowl
by Tony S. Daniel and various artists
After Batman disappears, Gotham City’s other protectors fight to save the city.
Batman/Bruce Wayne: The Road Home
With Bruce Wayne missing, Gotham City's criminals and crime-fighters kept the action alive in his absence! Now that he's made the long trip back to the land of the living, Batman reunites with those closest to him.
Batman Incorporated Deluxe Edition
by Grant Morrison, Yanick Paquette, and Michel LaCombe
After Bruce Wayne tells the world that he is the financial backer of Batman, he establishes a worldwide franchise of Batmen to protect the entire globe.
Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne
by Grant Morrison and various artists
As Batman, Bruce Wayne has survived Gotham City's greatest threats and fought and won against the world's most dangerous evils. Now, stranded far in the past after the events of Final Crisis, Batman must survive history itself. Fighting cavemen and pirates, matching wits with witch-hunters and cultists, he must endure some of Gotham's darkest moments as he leaps through time in an effort to make it back home. In The Return of Bruce Wayne, Grant Morrison has quite literally created a Batman for the ages.
Batman: Streets of Gotham
by Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen
Commissioner Gordon teams with the new Batman.
Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?
by Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert
Bestselling author Neil Gaiman (The Sandman) joins a murderer's row of talented artists in lending his unique touch to the Batman mythos.
Batman: The Widening Gyre
by Kevin Smith and Walt Flanagan
As Bruce Wayne gets reacquainted with former girlfriend Silver St. Cloud, Batman takes on a mysterious new partner in crime fighting.
by Gareth Hinds
The epic tale of the great warrior Beowulf has thrilled readers through the ages—and now it is reinvented for a new generation with Gareth Hinds’s masterful illustrations.
Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley and Bernie Wrightson
Bernie Wrightson's illustrated version of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein was critically acclaimed upon its original release in 1983. Now it's back in a newly released edition.
Billy Fog and the Gift of Trouble Sight
by Guillaume Bianco
Billy Fog and the Gift of Trouble Sight is the work of French artist and writer Guillaume Bianco, who culls some of his own life experiences (and interest in the occult) to inform his book. In doing so, he creates a mischievous (some would say downright twisted and mean) protagonist who is obsessed with death.
Throughout the decades, death has plagued the DC Universe and taken the lives of heroes and villains alike. But to what end? As the war between the different colored Lantern Corps rages on, the prophecy of the Blackest Night descends and it's up to Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps to lead DC's greatest champions in a battle to save the Universe from an army of undead Black Lanterns made up of fallen Green Lanterns and DC's deceased heroes and villains.
Black Is for Beginnings
by Laurie Faria Stolarz, Barbara Randall Kesel, and Janina Gorrissen
Prophetic dreams. Near-brushes with death. Killers pursuing her and her friends. Stacey Brown knows that being a hereditary witch isn't all it's cracked up to be.
by Jeff Smith
Beginning in 1991 and continuing on for the next 12 years, Jeff Smith created a long epic story simply called Bone. Equally accessible for children and adults, Bone is the story of three cousins, all with the last name of Bone, who have been unceremoniously kicked out of Boneville.
Bourbon Island 1730
by Appollo and Lewis Trondheim
It is 1730 when Raphael Pommeroy arrives in the West Indies with his ornithology professor. They’re supposed to be in search of the almost-extinct dodo...but Raphael is quickly entranced with the piratical inhabitants of the island, becoming obsessed with their vision of a world where all people are free and equal, regardless of their skin color. Drama unfolds on Bourbon Island as all the inhabitants race to find the treasure secretly cached on their island--and reveal their inner selves in doing so.
The follow-up to the bestselling Blackest Night. Once dead, twelve heroes and villains have been resurrected by a white light expelled deep within the center of the earth. Called a miracle by many and a sign of the apocalypse by others, the reasons behind their rebirth remain a mystery.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8
by Joss Whedon, et al.
Since the destruction of the Hellmouth, the Slayers--newly legion--have gotten organized and are kicking some undead butt. But not everything's fun and firearms, as an old enemy reappears and Dawn experiences some serious growing pains.
Caliber: First Canon of Justice
by Sam Sarkar and Garrie Gastonny
A reinvention of the Arthurian legend where the might of the Round Table rides the Old West with guns blazing.
Various classic novels, such as Moby Dick, The Call of the Wild, Huckleberry Finn, and many more, get adapted to excellent graphic novels.
Captain America Lives Omnibus
by Ed Brubaker, Bryan Hitch, Butch Guice, and Luke Ross
Steve Rogers' closest friends and allies may have found a way to bring back Captain America. Or is what they found something more sinister?
Captain America: Reborn
by Ed Brubaker, Brian Hitch, and Butch Guice
After the death of a dream comes the return of a legend! Captain America (Steve Rogers) is reborn, but is he the hero we know and love? Or is the new Captain merely a pawn of the Red Skull or perhaps something worse?
Captain America: Road to Reborn
by Ed Brubaker and Luke Ross
It's the anniversary of the day Steve Rogers was killed, a day of reflection and mourning and a time to look back on the things Steve did and what he stood for. And there are many surprises in store.
by Linda Medley and Jane Yolen
The story of an isolated, abandoned castle, and the eccentric inhabitants who bring it back to life. A fable for modern times, Castle Waiting is a fairy tale that's not about rescuing the princess, saving the kingdom, or fighting the ultimate war between Good and Evil—but about being a hero in your own home.
Cat Burglar Black
by Richard Sala
When K. Westree arrivse at Bellsong Academy, she thinks she's left her cat-burgling past behind her. But K. soon discovers the school has a mystery of its own, a hidden treasure left behind by its founder, and she's the only one who has a hope of finding it. As she resumes her cat-burgling in an attempt to discover the school's secrets, K. begins to question if a normal life is really what she wants.
Children of the Sea Series
by Daisuke Igarashi
When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does.Ruka's dad and the other adults who work at the aquarium are only distantly aware of what the children are experiencing as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the oceans' fish.
by Samuel L. Jackson, Eric Calderon, and Jeremy Rock
When Mulberry, an on-the-run outlaw, crash lands on a hostile planet and gets caught in the crossfire, he finds an opportunity to make a deal…and make some money.
Coraline: The Graphic Novel
by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
When Coraline steps through a door in her family's new house, she finds another house strangely similar to her own (only better). But there's another mother there and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.
Crogan’s Vengeance/Crogan’s March
by Chris Schweizer
An ongoing series of historical adventures focusing on the various branches of the fictional Crogan Family Tree.
The Crossing Midnight Series
by Mike Carey, Jim Fern, et al.
A fantasy/horror series set in the heart of present-day Nagakaki, Japan, Crossing Midnight begins when a set of extraordinary twins are born--one just before midnight and the other just after.
Cthulhu Tales Series
Collects the hit monthly series of ongoing chilling tales.
DC: The New 52
Every first issue of DC’s New 52 relaunch is included in one gigantic book.
Dead @ 17
by Josh Howard
After being forced to kill her closest friend, Nara has been banished to Purgatory. Doomed to wander a hostile and timeless wasteland ruled by the mysterious Witch Queen, Nara has accepted her fate as penance for her actions. Haunted by the ghosts of her past, she faces her greatest challenge as she confronts who she's been and what she will become.
The Death of Captain America
by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting
The story of how one of the greatest heroes of all lost his life in service to the country he loved.
by Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan
Twelve stories of conflicted teens grappling with love, loss, and the joy of finding your own way in life.
Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda
by J. P. Stassen and Alexis Siegel
Roaring Brook Press/First Second
The 2000 winner of the Goscinny Prize for outstanding graphic novel script, this is the harrowing tale of the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, as seen through the eyes of a boy named Deogratias.
Dungeon Monstres Series
by Lewis Trondheim and various
Welcome to the branch of Dungeon focusing on the great adventures of secondary characters and presented by leading guest artists.
Ender’s Game Series
by Christopher Yost and Pasqual Ferry
There's a war coming. The same aliens who almost destroyed Earth once are coming back to get the whole job done this time. But we aren't going to just sit and die. The international military is taking our best and brightest to mold them into the finest military minds ever - and they're taking them young. Eight-year-old Ender Wiggin is the best they've ever found. Can he save the Earth?
Ender’s Shadow Series
by Mike Carey and Sebastian Fiumara
Ender Wiggin may be the only hope that humanity has against an alien race that threatens Earth with annihilation. He's been given his own army, and now commands 40 soldiers in a series of war games in preparation for invasion... and he's only nine years old.
by Rutu Modan
Drawn and Quarterly
In modern-day Tel Aviv, a young man, Koby Franco, receives an urgent phone call from a female soldier. Learning that his estranged father may have been a victim of a suicide bombing in Hadera, Koby reluctantly joins the soldier in searching for clues.
by Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting
The War of Four Cities has begun, and when it's run its course, one member of the Fantastic Four will have breathed their last!
by Peter Milligan, Tom Coker, Dalibor Talajic, Laurence Campbell, Goran Parlov, and Leandro Fernandez
In an alternate version of the Marvel Universe, five strangely familiar characters traverse feudal Japan seeking vengeance against a bloodthirsty daimyo who has destroyed all of their lives. As they move toward their respective fates, their lives intersect and their actions echo outward.
by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert
When Barry Allen wakes at his desk, he discovers the world has changed. Family is alive, loved ones are strangers, and close friends are different, gone or worse. It's a world on the brink of a cataclysmic war—but where are Earth's Greatest Heroes to stop it?
by Jane Yolen and Mike Cavallaro
Aliera Carstairs’ life is a series of routines: school and fencing practice during the week, fencing practice and gaming with her cousin Caroline on the weekends. She doesn’t expect or, rather, doesn’t dare hope for more than that. Until Avery Castle shows up at school—“Prince Charming all the way.” She tries not to fall for him, but can’t seem to help herself, and when he asks her on a date, it seems too good to be true. It’s on their date, in Grand Central Station, that Aliera puts on her fencing mask and suddenly the world is a very different place, a world where Aliera just might be…important.
Friends with Boys
by Faith Erin Hicks
Maggie McKay hardly knows what to do with herself. After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and rough-housing with her older brothers, it’s time for Maggie to face the outside world, all on her own. But that means facing high school first. And it also means solving the mystery of the melancholy ghost who has silently followed Maggie throughout her entire life.
Fuzz & Pluck: Splitsville
by Ted Stearn
Fuzz & Pluck: Splitsville tells the hilariously bizarre adventures of Pluck, an irritable and featherless rooster, and his best pal, the awkwardly unsocialized but lovable teddy bear known as Fuzz. These two usually inseparable and co-dependent misfits find themselves suddenly separated and alone. Pluck vows to establish his place in the world's pecking order by becoming a champion gladiator, while the more demure Fuzz finds himself a POW in a stuffed animal collection, only to escape and befriend a mercurial ferryman who recruits him for an impossible task. These absurdities pile on and eventually converge in a fatal collision course that reunites our heroes.
by Raymond Briggs
Drawn and Quarterly
Gentleman Jim is the story of Jim Bloggs, an imaginative toilet cleaner who, dissatisfied with his station in life, devotes his time to envisioning a world beyond it. His walls are lined with books like Out in the Silver West, The Boys’ Book of Pirates, and Executive Opportunities, which provide fodder for his ruminations on career change. Encouraged by his wife, who is also eager to incorporate more adventure into her life, Jim sets out to bring these dreams to fruition by accumulating various accoutrements, only to discover that the life of an executive, an artist, or a cowboy is more complicated and costly than it appears.
Gettysburg: The Graphic Novel
by C.M. Butzer
Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is familiar to all Americans. But never has his most famous speech—his 271 indelible words—been presented in such a visual and accessible format.
by Joe Harris and Steve Rolston
When an abandoned Soviet research facility is raided by a pair of black market thieves, U.S. weapons inspector Will Haley and Russian agent Anya Romanova are tasked with finding what was stolen and by whom. What they discover isn't a suitcase nuke or a conventional WMD of any kind, but instead a supernatural armament capable of unleashing a vicious ghost army on an unsuspecting populous. Can these unlikely comrades get to the bottom of the case before the Tartars have another opportunity to ravage a continent?
G.I. Joe: Origins
by Larry Hama, Jim Clark, and Tom Feister
See how the team came together in this epic adventure.
by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
Annah believes that her father took part of her brain out when she was a child and used it to make her a sister. Narrators describe Annah’s life, but her reality is left up to the reader.
by Lauren R. Weinstein
Henry Holt and Company
Expanded into a full-length graphic novel, these tales of one girl's adolescence are hilarious, heartbreaking, and honest. Lauren R. Weinstein tells the horrible truth about growing up, surviving embarrassing parents, bullies from hell, best friends, boyfriends, breakups, and trying too hard to be cool--and it has never been funnier.
The Good Neighbors Series
by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh
A teen girl discovers her fairy nature in this three-book series...and that her evil grandfather is out to conquer the human world. Which side will she choose?
by Bryan Talbot
Convicted psychotic killer and extremist fanatic Edward "Mad Dog" Mastock violently escapes the guillotine's blade in the Tower of London to once again terrorize the Socialist Republic of Britain. But dogging Mastock's bloody footsteps is his longtime adversary and nemesis, Detective Inspector Archie LeBrock, at odds with Scotland Yard and intent on bringing Mastock's horrific murder spree to an end, once and for all.
Green Manor: Assassins and Gentlemen
by Fabien Vehlmann and Denis Bodart
A cup of tea? A drop of milk? A spoonful of poison? At first sight, nothing would make the very select club called Green Manor stand out from any other English club. Yet behind its thick walls, sunk into its deep chairs, hides the biggest bunch of con artists, bandits and murderers that Queen Victoria's England has ever seen.
The Gunnerkrigg Court Series
by Tom Siddell
Archaia Studios Press
Antimony Carver is a precocious and preternaturally self-possessed young girl starting her first year of school at gloomy Gunnerkrigg Court, a very British boarding school that has robots running around along side body-snatching demons, forest gods, and the odd mythical creature.
Gus & His Gang
by Chris Blain
In Gus, Chris Blain plays on every trope of the classic Western. Perfectly blending caricature and cinematic pacing, humor and high-octane action, he delivers an exuberant graphic novel ode to men and women chasing each other, and to the bonds of friendship that tie together three unforgettable cowboys.
At the end of every horror movie, one girl always survives…in this case, Cassie Hack not only survives, she turns the tables by hunting and destroying the horrible slashers that would do harm to the innocent! Alongside the gentle giant known as Vlad, the two cut a bloody path through those who deserve to be put down.
Helljumpers. The name strikes fear in the hearts of even the most ruthless Covenant warriors. But when the Helljumpers respond to a call from a remote science colony, they soon discover that the colony is deserted, seemingly abandoned by every man, woman and child who once lived there. The lone body on the planet, a communications officer, appears to have died of fright. The discovery of a large Covenant military presence raises more questions than it answers. And when two Helljumpers get cut off from the rest of their squad, they'll have to battle through impossible odds to make it home.
The Hatter M Series
by Frank Beddor, Liz Cavalier, and Ben Templesmith
The bizarre world of Alice in Wonderland comes to life...with deadly results.
by Jim Hardison and Bart Sears
Matt Blurdy's day has gone from crap to worse. Not only did his girlfriend break his heart at work--and in front of all of the video-store patrons--but he just got fired. On the way home, Matt decides to quiet his aching heart with a brief detour to a garage sale. When an ancient-looking helmet calls to him as "the Chosen One," exhorting him to don the mantle of the "Valhalladrim," Matt touches it with trembling fingers-and is jolted by raw magical power.
The Homeland Directive
by Robert Venditti and Mike Huddleston
Political intrigue, a plague and a whole lot of conspiracies run through The Homeland Directive, which asks intelligent and compelling questions about the role of the government, the individual, and infinite potential for manipulation between the two, as well as on an epic scale --- all while skirting the line between fiction and possibility.
by Steve Pugh and Warren Ellis
In the near future, the living and the dead share the same space. Most of the "Blue Lights" are harmless, witless drones, as lost in death as they were in life. Some want revenge. Some want power. Some even want company to join them in the ranks of the departed.
I Am Legion
by Fabian Nury and John Cassaday
Vampires wage their own war while World War II rages on in this long-awaited collection.
by Ryan Inzana
When Ichiro’s mother must make a business trip to Japan, she decides to bring her tween son along so that he can get to know his maternal grandfather. But Ichiro is soon pulled into a strange, mythical world of Japanese gods, where he is placed in the center of an epic battle.
I Kill Giants
by Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura
Barbara Thorson, a girl battling monsters both real and imagined, kicks butt, takes names, and faces her greatest fear in this bittersweet, coming-of-age story.
by Mark Waid and Jean Diaz
America’s greatest villain is reformed and trying to go straight...if he can outlive his past.
In Odd We Trust
by Queenie Chan and Dean Koontz
A comics take on the compelling series by bestselling author Dean Koontz.
The Invincible Series
by Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley
The half-alien, half-human son of the world's strongest hero develops amazing powers of his own...before discovering that his father is really an evil would-be conqueror.
Invincible Iron Man Series
by Matt Fraction, Salvador Larroca, and various
Iron Man packs in the thrills and fun, and it's every bit as exciting as the blockbuster movie franchise.
by Doug TenNapel
Preston Struck is an incompetent outlaw with a heart of fool's gold. He discovers an army of metal men bent on destroying central California. While Struck avoids any form of heroism, he gets a little help from a magical old shaman and his sidekick Sasquatch. Struck is going to need all the help he can get because he's deputized just as the mechanical men have taken over the railroad and are mutating the train into a giant demonic iron monster.
by Mark Waid
The most powerful hero in the world has gone crazy…and turned irrevocably evil. Now, no one is safe.
James Patterson’s Witch & Wizard
by Dara Naraghi and Victor Santos
Sibling teenagers Whit and Wisty Allgood use their newly discovered magical powers to infiltrate into enemy territory of the New Order to gain control of the inter-dimensional Shadowland.
Jane Eyre: The Graphic Novel
by Charlotte Bronte
A graphic take on Charlotte Bronte's wonderful classic.
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files Series
by Jim Butcher and Ardian Syaf
If circumstances surrounding a crime defy the ordinary and evidence points to a suspect who is anything but human, the men and women of the Chicago Police Department call in the one guy who can handle bizarre and often brutal phenomena. Harry Dresden is a wizard who knows firsthand that the everyday world is actually full of strange and magical things—most of which don't play well with humans.
by J. Torres, Rick Burchett, and Terry Austin
Jinx has just finished her last summer of middle school and is getting ready for her first day of high school. She can’t wait to see her friends—all of the friends she’s hung out with since she was a little girl. There’s no reason for any of them to start acting weird, like, not want to sit with her at lunch, or want to date her or anything...right?
Joe and Azat
by Jesse Lonergan
Joe is an American in the strange land of Turkmenistan who finds a good friend in Azat, a Turkmen dreamer whose optimism knows no bounds. With tales of doomed desert cab rides, nights of endless vodka shots, unlikely Turkmen business schemes, and secret girlfriends, Lonergan captures not only the bizarreness of living in a country where the president for life launches copies of his poetry books into space, outlaws gold teeth and renames the months and days, but also reveals that there is hope in seemingly hopeless situations.
Journey into Mohawk Country
by H. W. Van den Bogaert and George O'Connor
Roaring Brook Press/ First Second
Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert was only twenty three when he ventured into Mohawk territory in search of the answers to some pressing questions: where were all the beaver skins that the Indians should have been shipping down the river? Was the money that should have been going into the pockets of the Dutch going to the French instead? Despite freezing temperatures and a scarcity of trustworthy guides, maps, and sometimes even food, Harmen van den Bogaert and his friends set off for a journey through old New York in an attempt to revive the struggling fur trade. Nearly four centuries later, George O'Connor brings Harmen van den Bogaert's journal of his travels to life with simple and striking artwork.
Kabuki: The Alchemy
by David Mack
This trippy series mixes metaphysics with a powerful sociopolitical message.
by Kevin C.Pyle
Kit is a bored 16-year-old with nothing to do one summer when he starts feeding stray cats. He loves it when cool, artistic Jess helps him out, even though he has to endure constant taunting by her disaffected metalhead friends. They make fun of him for being like the local cat lady, but Kit doesn’t care—especially after Jess draws him an anime-style avatar named Katman.
by Dan Parent
Kevin Keller stars in his very own deluxe oversize full-color hardcover graphic novel.
by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.
Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? Dreamed of donning a mask and just heading outside to kick some kick butt? This is the comic that starts where other superhero books draw the line.
Kings in Disguise
by James Vance and Dan Burr
It is January 1932, and movie-loving Freddie Bloch is trading his father's liquor bottles for the cost a matinee: "Dreams were only a dime, but empty bottles [only] brought a penny apiece." When his father disappears and his brother gets arrested, Freddie finds himself homeless and adrift, trying to survive during the Detroit labor riots and amid the furor of violent, anti-communist mobs.
The Last Unicorn
by Peter S. Beagle, Peter B. Gillis, Renae De Liz, and Ray Dillon
Adapted for the first time from the acclaimed and beloved novel by Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn is a tale for any age about the wonders of magic, the power of love, and the tragedy of loss. The unicorn, alone in her enchanted wood, discovers that she may be the last of her kind. Reluctant at first, she sets out on a journey to find her fellow unicorns, even if it means facing the terrifying anger of the Red Bull and malignant evil of the king who wields his power.
Lewis & Clark
by Nick Bertozzi
Nick Bertozzi brings the harrowing—and, at times, hilarious—journey to vivid life on the pages of this oversized black-and-white graphic novel. With his passion for history and his knack for characterization, Bertozzi has made an intimate tale of a great American epic.
Lex Luthor: Man of Steel
by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo
In the Superman comics, the traditional perspective has dictated that Superman, the Big Blue Boy Scout, is the ultimate hero, and Lex Luthor the villain who will stop at nothing to defeat the Man of Steel. But writer Brian Azzarello has always maintained a different perspective, and he brings it to the forefront of DC Comics with Lex Luthor: Man of Steel.
by Jessica Abel, Gabriel Soria, and Warren Pleece
Life sucks for Dave Marshall. The girl he’s in love with doesn’t know he exists, he hates his job, and ever since his boss turned him into a vampire, he can’t go out in daylight without starting to charbroil.
by Ariel Schrag
Ariel Schrag's documentation of her high-school years continues here, with her recollections of junior year.
The Little Endless Storybook
by Jill Thompson
While primarily targeting fans of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, the reissuing of Jill Thompson's The Little Endless Storybookis also a welcome, innovative, and refreshing example of graphic literature's potentials beyond the traditional comics-only, adult audience.
by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly
A collection of 12 interconnected short stories. Crossing genres as it crosses the country, Local examines Megan McKeenan, a young woman who sets off from Portland, OR with nothing but a backpack and a bad case of wanderlust. Each emotional vignette is a self-contained story that represents one year in the life of this young vagabond as she struggles to find a place to call home, both physically and spiritually.
The Lost Colony
Grady Klein cooks up a fresh serving of shocks and delights in this one-of-a-kind take on American history.
Love the Way You Love, Vol. 1 and 2
by Jamie Rich and Marc Ellerby
Tristan has two things to his name--a band and a broken heart--and if he's not careful, he's liable to lose them both. Like A Dog is a band on the verge of blowing up and with Tristan finally back from an overseas trip, they think tonight's gig might just light that fuse! But when Tristan spots his dream girl in the crowd, will she fix his lack of love or send his band's career down in flames?
by Mike Allred
The second absurdly colossal collection of Madman comics by Mike Allred is a beautiful one, collecting all of Frank Einstein’s adventures with a heroic team of mutants called The Atomics. Madman Atomica is delivered with a charming retro sensibility and captures the very best of Mike Allred’s ongoing creative peak.
Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography
by Andrew Helfer and Randy DuBurke
Hill & Wang
Go inside the Civil Rights leader's life in this graphic adaptation.
by Barry Lyga and Colleen Doran
Ryoko, a manga character from a manga world, falls through the Rip into the “real” world—the western world—and tries to survive as the ultimate outsider at a typical American high school.
The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury
by Brandon Thomas and Lee Ferguson
Miranda Mercury, a science hero in the future, has less than a year to fight all the bad guys in the galaxy.
The Marvels Project
by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting
Who is the mysterious old man who lies on his deathbed in a hospital in 1939, and how does his passing mark the beginning of the first heroic age of the Marvel Universe—and signal the rise of the superhumans? Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting unveil the defining story of the origin of the Marvel Universe, revealing the hidden connections that unite the earliest costumed champions and whose reverberations are felt dramatically into the present day.
by R. Sikoryak
Drawn and Quarterly
Masterpiece Comics adapts a variety of classic literary works with the most iconic visual idioms of 20th-century comics.
The Complete Maus
by Art Spiegelman
A story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe and his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father's story and history itself.
The Maximum Ride Series
by James Patterson and NaRae Lee
Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of her "flock"--Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel--are just like ordinary kids, except they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but for the flock it's more like a living nightmare.
by Art Spiegelman
In the pages of MetaMaus, Art Spiegelman re-enters the Pulitzer prize–winning Maus, the modern classic that has altered how we see literature, comics, and the Holocaust ever since it was first published twenty-five years ago.
by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma
Morning Glory Academy is one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country…but something sinister and deadly lurks behind its walls. When six gifted, but troubled, students arrive, they find themselves trapped and fighting for their lives as the secrets of the academy reveal themselves.
MySpace Dark Horse Presents Series
The anthology series collects bold works from some of today's best creators.
Networked: Carabella on the Run
by Mark Badger and Gerard Jones
Some alien invasions are loud and bloody...some are quiet and friendly. The blue-skinned girl named Carabella thinks she's escaping the oppression of her own world, but instead she's exposing the earth to an invasion so soft and friendly that everyone welcomes it-until Carabella herself sees what's happening and tries to make someone, anyone see that our websites and our cell phones are being used to steal first the privacy and then the freedom of everyone on earth.
New Teen Titans: Games
by Marv Wolfman and George Perez
Set in the 1980s during the height of New Teen Titans popularity, this standalone hardcover features a mysterious villain playing a deadly game with New York City as the gameboard--and the Teen Titans as the pieces.
by R. Kikuo Johnson
R. Kikuo Johnson's debut is an intimate and compelling graphic novel-length drama of young men on the cusp of adulthood.
by Mark Millar and Tommy Lee Edwards
The most powerful supervillains in the Marvel Universe gather their might to wreak havoc on the one place they've never before set foot--our world.
The Northlanders Series
by Brian Wood and Davide Gianfelice
This original take on Vikings is action-packed and full of adventure.
Notes for a War Story
Giuliano, a loner among outsiders, is one of three young drifters caught up in the whirlwind of a war in the Balkans. The three boys are like passing shadows; they live in abandoned houses, dodge the occasional bomb, and steal car parts for money. Meeting Felix--a powerful, fast-talking mercenary--changes everything for them. Felix is an expert manipulator; he speaks to their ambition and to their desires for power, wealth, and purpose. They're instantly hooked, especially the trio's unofficial leader, Stefano, and they soon escalate from petty crime to working on behalf of a mafia-style militia, bullying and extorting money in Felix's name. But as Giuliano comes to realize, they don't know what they're fighting for--if they're even fighting for anything.
One Month to Live
by Rick Remender, John Ostrander, et al.
What would you do if the weird event that gave you your superpowers was also killing you? Average guy Dennis Sykes has been given one month to live, along with the ability to manipulate matter and energy at will. One Month to Live is a philosophical, and action-packed, look at nothing less than the meaning of life.
by Sylvain Runberg and Serge Pelle
In the 23rd century, humans and Sandjarrs are allowed to join an intergalactic, multiracial organisation set up 8,000 years before. The humans are seen as a belligerent, underdeveloped race by the other members of the organisation and have been kept out of it until now.
Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood
by Tony Lee and Sam Hart
How did Robin of Loxley become Robin Hood? Why did he choose to fight injustice instead of robbing for his own gain? Expressive and gritty, this graphic novel whisks readers back to Crusades-era England, where the Sheriff of Nottingham rules with an iron fist, and in the haunted heart of Sherwood Forest, a defiant rogue — with the help of his men and the lovely Maid Marian — disguises himself to become an outlaw.
Parade (With Fireworks)
by Mike Cavallaro
In 1923, the First World War has ended, the second has yet to begin, and Italy is torn between the Socialist and Fascist parties. A rend that would threaten to tear not only the country, but families apart! This is the true story of one family in Maropati, Italy, during the Feast of the Epiphany.
by Hitoshi Iwaaki
Aliens parasites have invaded Earth and taken over the minds of ordinary people. Shin has been infected with a parasite, but he still can think and act for himself. Now he’s been approached by two mysterious victims of the invasion: Tamiya, a beautiful schoolteacher, and Shimada, another student. What do the aliens want with humanity . . . and with Shin?
by Jonathan Hickman
In 2045, as Islam has overrun Europe and the West openly shuns monotheism, the Vatican funded, CERN Laboratories 'discover' that time travel is possible. The Pope orders the creation of a private army, and led by a few handpicked Cardinals and the finest graduates of selected war colleges, they travel back in time to 312AD - the reign of the first Christian Emperor, Constantine. Upon arrival, conflicting agendas, ideological differences, and personal greed see grand plans unravel. Pax Romana is the tale of 5,000 men sent on an impossible mission to change the past and save the future. At the end of the world, will they succeed, or will they fail?
Pedro and Me
by Judd Winick
Henry Holt and Co.
In the '90s, Pedro and Judd starred together on MTV's The Real World, where Pedro courageously showed how he coped with living with AIDS. The loving memoir is a proud testament to Pedro's legacy and the friendship that formed during that time.
The Complete Persepolis
by Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis is the story of Marjane Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming--both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland.
Phoenix Without Ashes
by Harlan Ellison and Alan Robinson
One of the Grand Masters of science fiction and a multiple Hugo-, Nebula-, and Edgar Award-winner, Harlan Ellison returns to his roots with the graphic novel Phoenix Without Ashes. The year is 2785, and Devon, a farmer banished for challenging his community’s Elders, discovers a secret that changes everything he knew about his home and leads him on a quest to solve a mystery beyond his comprehension before his entire world is destroyed.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Roy Thomas and Sebastian Fiumara
The well-known tale is perfectly adapted to comics.
by Lynda Barry
Drawn & Quarterly
Lynda Barry single-handedly created a literary genre all her own, the graphic-memoir-how-to, otherwise known as the bestselling, the acclaimed, but most importantly, the adored and the inspirational What It Is. The R.R. Donelley and Eisner Award-winning book posed, explored and answered the question “Do you think you can write”? Now with Picture This, Barry asks “Why do we stop drawing?” and “Why do we start?”
Pigeons from Hell
by Joe R.Lansdale and Nathan Fox
Master horror storyteller Joe R. Lansdale throws his scathing wit and wild, otherworldly creations into the mix as he brings Robert E. Howard's classic tale of dark revenge to the present...and into the unwilling lives of the Blassenville mansion heirs, twin sisters Claire and Janet. When Griswell fled the Blassenville estate those many years ago, he couldn't have imagined the grotesque horrors that would eclipse the ones he saw then--but they're here
Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer
by Van Jensen and Dusty Higgins
Who better to fight the evil vampire hordes than the kid whose wooden nose grows into a stake every time he tells a lie?
by Youme Landowne and Anthony Horton
Cinco Puntos Press
Two artists who met on the NYC subway pair up for a true-life look at art and life.
by Ariel Schrag
In her final year of high school, Ariel Schrag comes to the end of one journey and embarks on a new one.
Prince of Persia
by Jordan Mechner, A.B. Sina, LeUyen Pham, and Alex Puvilland
Written by Jordan Mechner, the creator of Prince of Persia, this gorgeously illustrated graphic anthology will appeal to fans of the video game franchise, fans of the movie, and fans of comics and graphic novels.
Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea
Drawn and Quarterly
Famously referred to as an 'Axis-of-Evil' country, North Korea remains one of the most secretive and mysterious nations in the world today. A series of manmade and natural catastrophes have also left it one of the poorest. When the fortress-like country recently opened the door a crack to foreign investment, cartoonist Guy Delisle found himself in its capital Pyongyang on a work visa for a French film animation company, becoming one of the few Westerners to witness current conditions in the surreal showcase city. Armed with a smuggled radio and a copy of 1984, Delisle could only explore Pyongyang and its countryside while chaperoned by his translator and a guide. But among the statues, portraits and propaganda of leaders Kim Il-Sung and his son Kim Jong-Il - the world's only Communist dynasty - Delisle was able to observe more than was intended of the culture and lives of the few North Koreans he encountered.
The Rabbi's Cat/The Rabbi's Cat 2
by Joann Sfar
The preeminent work by one of France’s most celebrated young comics artists, The Rabbi’s Cat tells the wholly unique story of a rabbi, his daughter, and their talking cat–a philosopher brimming with scathing humor and surprising tenderness.
by Jeffrey Chamba Cruz
All-out action meets off-the-wall wackiness in an original graphic novel from the mind of artist Jeffrey "Chamba" Cruz. Join boofont-sporting hero Raimundo and the team of One-Dimensional Couriers as they deliver mysterious packages to every corner of the wild world known as the RandomVeus.
The Rawhide Kid: The Sensational Seven
by Ron Zimmerman and Howard Chaykin
Dapper, flawless, sarcastic, a little saucy: These are words that describe The Rawhide Kid, Marvel Comics' (now) openly gay heroic cowboy. The Sensational Seven is a traditional tale about a band of sharpshooters setting out to save some friends, told with a good deal of humor and clever self-awareness.
Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles
by Ray Bradbury and Dennis Calero
Hill and Wang
The Earthmen came by the handful, then the hundreds, then the millions. They swept aside the majestic, dying Martian civilization to build their homes, shopping malls, and cities. Mars began as a place of boundless hopes and dreams, a planet to replace an Earth sinking into waste and war. It became a canvas for mankind’s follies and darkest desires. Ultimately, the Earthmen who came to conquer the red-gold planet awoke to discover themselves conquered by Mars. Lulled by its ancient enchantments, the Earthmen learned, at terrible cost, to overcome their own humanity.
Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes
by Ray Bradbury and Ron Wimberly
Hill and Wang
Cooger and Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show howls into Green Town, Illinois, at three in the morning a week before Halloween. Under its carnival tents is a mirror maze that steals wishes; a carousel that promises eternal life, in exchange for your soul; the Dust Witch, who unerringly foresees your death; and Mr. Dark, the Illustrated Man, who has lived for centuries off the misery of others. Only two boys, Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade, recognize the dark magic at work and have a plan to stop this ancient evil—that is, if it doesn’t kill them first.
by Danica Navgorodoff
There's nothing Josh, Cody, and Gordon want more than their fathers home safely from the war in Iraq -- unless it's to get out of their dead-end town. Refresh, Refresh is the story of three teenagers on the cusp of high school graduation and their struggle to make hard decisions with no role models to follow; to discover the possibilities for the future when all the doors are slamming in their faces; and to believe their fathers will come home alive so they can be boys again.
The Resurrection Series
by Marc Guggenheim and Justin Greenwood
The aliens are gone and the invasion is over... but what is to become of humanity?
The Return of King Doug
by Greg Erb, Jason Oremland, and Wook-Jin Clark
Twenty-five years ago the Kingdom of Valdonia was under siege by an army of darkness. The magical forces of good only had one hope - a chosen one destined to lead them to victory. Douglas Peterson was that hero. Only he wasn't. He was an 8-year-old boy from Earth scared out of his mind! The frightened boy turned tail and skedaddled, hoping to never see his childhood wonderland again. Now as an adult, Doug is about to learn that his adventure in Valdonia was only beginning and that there are some things you can never run away from.
The Runaways Series
by Brian K. Vaughan, Joss Whedon, et al.
All young people believe their parents are evil ... but what if they really are? Meet Alex, Karolina, Gert, Chase, Molly and Nico - whose lives are about to take an unexpected turn. When these six young friends discover their parents are all secretly super-powered villains, the shocked teens find strength in one another. Together, they run away from home and straight into the adventure of their lives - vowing to turn the tables on their evil legacy.
The Scott Pilgrim Series
Bryan Lee O’Malley
Scott Pilgrim has met the girl of his dreams. Now he just has to defeat her evil ex-boyfriends!
by Jonathan Hickman, Alessandro Vitti, et al.
The Secret Warriors defy an easy explanation: a group of highly trained military warriors-turned-mercenaries who are sometimes (and sometimes not) affiliated with S.H.I.E.L.D.’s covert anti-terror operations. This time, their attack on a terrorist base in China has gone awry, and as they remember their fallen comrades, they also have a lot of explaining to do.
by Matthew Loux
Brian, Brad, and Matt are best described as lovable perpetual losers. They're good guys who just lack direction and are all too happy to be enjoying that lazy time after high school. Their favorite thing to do in life is to play video games, eat junk food and kick around the suburban town they live in. All of this tranquil laziness is interrupted when Brian, Brad and Matt discover that the new girl Amber (whom Matt is sweet on) is going to that night's big local rock show with Richard, the bully football jock. Determined to steer her away from Richard, the boys are launched off of their lazy rears and forced into a grand adventure.
The Simpsons Series
The TV family is even funnier in the funny pages.
by Mariko Tamaki and Jilliam Tamaki
"Skim" is Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a not-slim, would-be Wiccan goth who goes to a private girls' school in the early '90s. When her classmate Katie Matthews is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself — possibly because he's (maybe) gay — the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. It's a weird time to fall in love, but that's what happens to Skim when she starts meeting secretly with her neo-hippie English teacher, Ms. Archer. But then Ms. Archer abruptly leaves the school, and Skim has to cope with her confusion and isolation while her best friend, Lisa, tries to pull her into "real" life by setting up a hilarious double-date for the school's semi formal.
by Jim Zubkavich, Edwin Huang, and Misty Coats
Two nameless mercenaries are mashing monsters and making a name for themselves.
by Gilbert Hernandez and Jared K. Fletcher
Troubled teenager Miguel Torres has had it with life. The only alternative he sees is to willfully slip into a coma. But one year later, Miguel becomes a walking urban legend after he wakes up virtually unchanged--except for his sloth-like pace. Soon, a haunted lemon orchard, the mysterious goat man, and murder will collide as Miguel, his girlfriend Lita and their best friend Romeo take on the teenage wasteland that is suburbia in the 21st century.
by Raina Telgemeier
Raina Telgemeier documents her battles with dental work, peer pressure, and school life in this charming memoir.
by Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham, and Alex Puvilland
With a chic, cool edge and rich, textured illustrations, Solomon’s Thieves is part history lesson, part Dumas adventure, and all incredibly enjoyable.
by Todd McFarlane
With Spawn, legendary writer and artist Todd McFarlane unleashed his iconic antihero on the world.
by David Hine and Carmine DeGiandomenico
The year is 1933, and New York City is not-so-secretly run by corrupt politicians, crooked cops, big businesses...and suave gangland bosses like New York's worst, the Goblin. But when a fateful spider-bite gives the young rabble-rouser Peter Parker the power to fight the mobster who killed his Uncle Ben, will even that be enough?
Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero
by Stan Lee, Paul Cornell, and Javier Pina
Half human. Half alien. All weapon.
Star Wars Series
(Please note: The excellent Star Wars books from Dark Horse could fill their own small library in and of themselves. Because of space limitations, we couldn’t list them all here, but they are highly recommended for stores who serve clientele who would be interested in them.)
The Storm in the Barn
by Matt Phelan
In Kansas in the year 1937, eleven-year-old Jack Clark faces his share of ordinary challenges: local bullies, his father’s failed expectations, a little sister with an eye for trouble. But he also has to deal with the effects of the Dust Bowl, including rising tensions in his small town and the spread of a shadowy illness. Certainly a case of "dust dementia" would explain who (or what) Jack has glimpsed in the Talbot’s abandoned barn — a sinister figure with a face like rain. In a land where it never rains, it’s hard to trust what you see with your own eyes — and harder still to take heart and be a hero when the time comes.
Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki
by Jim Zubkavich and Omar Dogan
Ibuki has a double life: By day, she's an ordinary high school student, but after school she returns to her secret village, where she is training to be a ninja-and it's not easy keeping the two sides of her world apart.
The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA
by Mark Schultz, Zander Cannon, and Kevin Cannon
Hill and Wang
The creators behind this wonderful book make science not only relatable, but also incredibly fun to read about.
Superman: Earth One
by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis
Superman: Earth One presents Superman the way you’ve always known him—and yet radically different.
Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
by Alan Moore and Curt Swan
Alan Moore teams with Curt Swan, the definitive Superman artist from the 1950's through the 1970's, to tell the final adventure of the Man of Steel featuring his last stand against Lex Luthor, Brainiac and his other foes.
by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker
The aging superhero deals with some of his deadliest foes yet.
Swallow Me Whole
by Nate Powell
In his most ambitious book to date, Powell quietly explores the dark corners of adolescence -- not the cliched melodramatic outbursts of rebellion, but the countless tiny moments of madness, the vague relief of medication, and the mixed blessing of family ties. As the story unfolds, two stepsiblings hold together amidst schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, family breakdown, animal telepathy, misguided love, and the tiniest hope that everything will someday make sense.
Tales from Outer Suburbia
by Shaun Tan
Arthur A. Levine Books
An exchange student who's really an alien, a secret room that becomes the perfect place for a quick escape, a typical tale of grandfatherly exaggeration that is actually even more bizarre than he says... These are the odd details of everyday life that grow and take on an incredible life of their own.
The Tale of One Bad Rat
by Bryan Talbot
Helen Potter lived a happy life until she got lost in a nightmare of sexual abuse. Now she's on a journey... a journey that takes her through urban and rural England along the same path that another Potter, Beatrix Potter, once took. Across the decades, two lives touch, and Helen discovers that the strength of two is far greater than one.
Thor: The Mighty Avenger
by Roger Langridge, Chris Samnee, and Matthew Wilson
Forget everything you ever thought you needed to know about The Mighty Thor. No more complicated Norse mythology, no more complex familial relations, and no more flowery pseudo-Victorian speeches. Thor: The Mighty Avenger is a complete reboot of Thor, existing independently from the rest of the Marvel Universe, and it's an extremely pleasant read.
by J. Michael Straczynski, Marko Djurdjevic and Olivier Coipel
Returned to the pantheon of great Marvel heroes, the Asgardian god of thunder is reunited with the mortal form of Dr. Don Blake. Together, they must reconnect with the legacy of the mythic Norse kingdom and the awakening of its immortal heroes—but in a world that may not want them back.
The Three Musketeers
by Alexandre Dumas, Roy Thomas, and Hugo Petrus
Barron’s Educational Series
Paris, 1625. A young man called d'Artagnan, after a series of misadventures, attempts to join the King's elite fighting force - The Musketeers! Joined by Porthos, Aramis, and Athos, the four make short work of the Crown's adversaries. But little do they know, the evil Cardinal Richelieu is creating a counter force to the Musketeers, one which may soon challenge the power of the French throne itself.
by Keshni Kashyap and Mari Araki
Tina M. is a sophomore at the Yarborough Academy taking a class on the lessons of philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. Specifically, she’s learning a lot about existentialism, and it’s all just in time, since her social and school lives are somewhat falling apart.
T-Minus: The Race to the Moon
by Jim Ottaviani, Zander Cannon, and Kevin Cannon
What happens when you take two global superpowers, dozens of daring pilots, thousands of engineers and scientists, and then point them at the night sky and say "Go!"?
by Mark Kneece and Julie Collins-Rousseau
Josh Clayton`s mother has killed a man and left Josh in charge of disposing of the body. The trouble is, the body will not stay put. From dogs to low-life trailer park denizens, Josh’s life slips ever more deeply into hell as he attempts to keep the corpse under wraps. Josh, a sensitive teenager, attempts to persevere in the face of a morbid dilemma: guilt and fear over the crime conflict with his reluctant devotion to his mother. In the meantime, he has the additional task of taking care of his younger brothers and sister while enduring the ordinary minefield known as high school.
by Matt Wagner
"Big Three" heroes of the DC Universe finally star in their own title side-by-side as they face off against an intergalactic threat no one saw coming.
Trotsky: A Graphic Biography
by Rick Geary
Hill and Wang
Trotsky was a hero to some, a ruthless demon to others. To Stalin, he was such a threat that he warranted murder by pickax. This polarizing figure set up a world conflict that lasted through the twentieth century, and in Trotsky: A Graphic Biography, the renowned comic artist Rick Geary uses his distinct style to depict the stark reality of the man and his times.
Twilight, The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1
by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim
Gorgeous artwork lifts the graphic-novel adaptation of Twilight to great heights. This retelling of the mega-popular first book in the series is well-rendered from its source material, but the stunning artwork is what really steals the show.
Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man
by Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Samnee
A new Spider-Man takes wing as a new legend begins.
Ultimate Comics: Captain America
by Jason Aaron and Ron Garney
Captain America meets his ultimate nemesis: the Captain America of the Vietnam War! As new enemies face off, old secrets from the Super-Soldier project are revealed.
Ultimate Spider-Man: The Death of Spider-Man
Poor Peter Parker. All his friends hate him, his girlfriend has stopped speaking to him and, to top it off, the whole world despises Spider-Man. What's a dude to do? How about save the world and maybe meet the new love of his life?
Ultimate Comics: Death of Spider-Man Fallout
by Brian Michael Bendis and Jonathan Hickman
Spider-Man’s loved ones and fellow superheroes react to his death.
The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation
by Jonathan Hennessey and Aaron McConnell
Hill and Wang
The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation uses the art of illustrated storytelling to breathe life into our nation’s cornerstone principles. Simply put, it is the most enjoyable and groundbreaking way to read the governing document of the United States. Spirited and visually witty, it roves article by article, amendment by amendment, to get at the meaning, background, and enduring relevance of the law of the land.
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
by Peter Sis
Farrar, Strauss and Giroux
By joining memory and history, Peter Sís takes us on his extraordinary journey: from infant with paintbrush in hand to young man borne aloft by the wings of his art.
by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones
What if everything in your life was out of your hands and those around you propelled your fate? Your girlfriend left you for your best friend; your boss gave your job to someone better. What if then, after all this, someone gave you back total control? What if he revealed you were the next in line to join a secret society of super-villains that controlled the entire planet? Mark Millar and J.G. Jones provide a look at one man who goes from being the world's biggest loser to the deadliest assassin alive.
by Jamaica Dyer
Slave Labor Graphics
Dee sees giant talking ducks, and The Bunny Boy's worn the same Halloween costume for years. But when the kids stop playing together and turn into teenagers, the ducks become monsters and the bunnysuits become mod suits, and just as things start to settle, the world changes forever.
Wet Moon Series
by Ross Campbell
An unusually usual day-to-day story in the Deep South, set in the gothic, swampy southern town of Wet Moon, a place fraught with lousy love lives, teen angst, and shadowy rednecks.
by Ron Marz, Mike Choi, et al.
The Witchblade chose Sara and threw her into the chaotic world of the supernatural.
Wolverine Goes to Hell
by Jason Aaron and Renato Guedes
Someone's out to destroy Wolverine--permanently-and they may have succeeded. But if Wolverine's soul is in hell, how is his body terrorizing those closest to him?
Wolverine: Prodigal Son
by Antony Johnston and Wilson Tortosa
This adventure of the X-Men's greatest icon is imagined in the manga style.
X-Men: Magneto Testament
by Greg Pak and Carmine Di Giandomenico
Today, the whole world knows him as Magneto, the most radical champion of mutant rights that mankind has ever seen. But in 1935, he was just another schoolboy - who happened to be Jewish in Nazi Germany.
by Raina Telgemeier, Dave Roman, and Anzu
Most likely, this series will appeal mostly to girls. There is a little action, but generally, the art and conflict are geared toward a female audience.
by Fred Van Lente and Dennis Calero
A noir reimagining of the X-Men team.
by Chris Ryall, Shane McCarthy, Ashley Wood, and Chris Bolton
Various teams tackle the world of zombies in a bold and scary way.