This month’s selection of new graphic novels includes seven first volumes of new series, with one from well-known writers Brian K. Vaughan and Brian Wood. There are stories about superheroes, horror stories and historical, mysteries and science fiction, all very different, but all provide great entertainment.
Cluster / created by Ed Brisson ; & [illustrated by] Damian Couceiro.
“In the distant future, as mankind discovers life on other planets, it needs soldiers to defend its colonies and outposts across the stars. In order to increase the number of boots on the ground, criminals are offered the opportunity to serve in the place of incarceration. But as wars wage on and more soldiers are needed, small-time crimes are given long-term punishments. When a rag-tag group of prisoners serving their time as soldiers become stranded and abandoned on a war-torn planet, they’ll need to work together to survive and uncover the truth behind Earth’s role in deep space.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The Paybacks. Volume 1, Payback’s a bitch / script by Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal ; art by Geoff Shaw.
“Heroism doesn’t come cheap, so when superheroes borrow money to finance their genetic enhancements, robotic suits or crime-fighting supercomputers, their debts make student loans look like IOUs. Enter the Paybacks, a repo squad composed of bankrupt former heroes like Night Knight and Miss Adventure, here to foreclose on everybody’s secret lairs. But now the Paybacks have discovered a fate far worse than debt: a murderer is on the loose, and it just may be one of their own.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The beauty. volume 1.
“Modern society is obsessed with outward beauty. What if there was a way to guarantee you could become more and more beautiful every day? What if it was asexually transmitted disease? In the world of The Beauty, physical perfection is only one sexual encounter away. The vast majority of the population has taken advantage of it, but Detectives Vaughn and Foster will soon discover it comes at a terrible cost.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Covenant. Volume one, Siege / created and written by Rob Liefeld ; illustrated by Matt Horak.
“The legendary Ark of the Covenant has laid waste to entire armies. Now, it has been raided and stolen, ripped from the field of battle by the terrible Philistine forces. THE COVENANT tells the story of Samuel, the last Judge of Israel, and his fight to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant from the clutches of the Philistine nation.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Something new : tales from a makeshift bride / by Lucy Knisley.
“DIY maven Lucy Knisley was fascinated by American wedding culture, but also sort of horrified by it. So she set out to plan and execute the adorable DIY wedding to end all adorable DIY weddings. And she succeeded.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Wolf. Volume 1, Blood and magic / writer, Ales Kot ; artist, Matt Taylor.
“Antoine Wolfe, a hard-boiled paranormal detective with a death wish, has to cope with sudden responsibility for an orphaned teenage girl who might be the key to the impending apocalypse “California” style.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Cigarette girl / Masahiko Matsumoto ; foreword by Yoshihiro Tatsumi ; translated by Spencer Fancutt, with assistance of Atsuko Saisho.
“Welcome to the quiet, evocative urban dramas of Masahiko Matsumoto, one of the leading lights of the Japanese alternative-comics movement known as “gekiga.” Originally published in 1974, these eleven stories now form the first English-language collection of Matsumoto’s mature work. His shy, uncertain heroes face broken hearts, changing families, money troubles, sexual anxiety, and the pressures of tradition, but with a whimsy and lightness of touch that is Matsumoto’s trademark.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Paul up North / Michel Rabagliati.
“Rabagliati continues his award-winning semi-autobiographical Paul series in this coming of age story. The action takes place in 1975-76 just before and during the summer Olympics in Montreal. Paul is now 16, a teenager, and he finds new experiences, changes schools, hitchhikes, falls deeply in love, gets dumped, smokes pot and drinks beer.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
We stand on guard / Brian K. Vaughan, Steve Skroce.
“Set 100 years in our future, this action packed military thriller follows a heroic band of Canadian civilians turned freedom fighters who must defend their homeland from invasion by a technologically superior opponent, the United States of America.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Rebels. Volume 1, A well-regulated militia / story, Brian Wood ; art, Andrea Mutti (Chapters 1-6 & 9), Matthew Woodson (Chapter 7), Ariela Kristantina (Chapter 8), Tristan Jones (Chapter 10).
“This is 1775. With the War for Independence playing out across the colonies, young Seth and Mercy Abbott find their new marriage tested at every turn as the demands of the frontlines and the home front collide. Not merely rehashing the tales of the most famous men of the time, Rebels details the epic story of the colonists, explorers and traders, wives and daughters, farmers and volunteer soldiers who, in a few short, turbulent years, created the brand new nation of America.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
This month’s selection from the recently received new Graphic Novels includes the first volumes of four series, one being Providence. Act 1 by Alan Moore and is an examination of the work by horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. For sheer beauty of art work, Italian writer Manuele Fior’s 5,000 km per second is highly recommended.
Kaijumax. Season one, Terror and respect / by Zander Cannon.
“Welcome to Kaijumax, an island prison where the worst of the worst Kaiju monsters are securely locked away from the human world whether they be villains, anti-heroes, eco-parables, or nuclear metaphors.” (Adapted from book cover)
Bloody Mary / Garth Ennis, writer ; Carlos Ezquerra, artist.
“In a world only slightly worse than our own, a third great European conflict has dragged the major powers into a lethal war of attrition. Whole nations are ruined, with the death toll running into many millions. Now, Mary Malone, the most dangerous assassin in a land of killers, finds herself set against adversaries whose evil insanity knows no bounds. Together with her sidekick the Major, delusional but deadly, Mary must face both a man who cannot die and a crazed cult leader whose flock are all too ready to die for him.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Curb stomp / written by Ryan Ferrier ; illustrated by Devaki Neogi.
“Machete Betty leads a small gang of women under the self-appointed task of protecting their home of Old Beach, one of three boroughs surrounding a rich metropolitan city. When Betty takes the life of a rival gang member in an act of self-defense, she sets off a chain reaction of retaliation, gang warfare, and unlikely allies.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
5,000 km per second / Manuele Fior ; translated from Italian by Jamie Richards.
“In the courtyard of an Italian apartment building, teenager Piero falls instantly in love with new neighbor Lucia, much to the derision of his bold sidekick, Nicola. Their meeting ends the first chapter, and years pass between each of the four subsequent chapters. Locations change drastically, too, as Lucia leaves Italy to study in Sweden, and Piero works as an archaeologist in Egypt. Nicola, whom we hear about only later, stays behind. While apart, Piero and Lucia continue to think of one another as they marry other people, have children, and explore their new worlds.” (Adapted from Syndectics summary)
Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam : and other stories / Simon Hanselmann.
“Megg the witch, Mogg the cat, their friend Owl, and Werewolf Jones struggle unsuccessfully with their depression, drug use, sexuality, poverty, lack of ambition, and their complex feelings about each other. Megg and Mogg decide to take a trip to Amsterdam for some quality couple time, although the trip gets off to a rocky start when they forget their antidepressants. They need Owl to come and help them save their relationship” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Agatha : the real life of Agatha Christie / Anne Martinetti, Guillaume Lebeau, Alexandre Franc.
“This graphic biography begins with Agatha Christie’s self-staged disappearance in 1926, weaving back and forth through her life and memories until readers have eventually seen Christie at almost every age, learning to read, flying a plane, dusting off artifacts on an archaeological dig, as well as her life’s disappointments her father’s death while she was a young girl, and her failed marriage.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Terminal hero  : the death and life of Rory Fletcher / written by Peter Milligan ; illustrated by Piotr Kowalski.
“Rory Fletcher is a good man dying of an inoperable brain tumour, with only two months to live. When his best friend discovers the top secret Treatment Q, buried by the government due to its shocking and unpredictable side effects, Rory figures it can’t be any worse than dying. However, as the chemicals attack the tumour in his right parietal, they unlock the brain’s unlimited potential, triggering psychokinesis and manifesting his worst fears and nightmares as visions and physical constructs! Can he curb his dangerous impulses before the bodies of loved ones and innocent bystanders start piling up?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Providence. Act 1 / story, Alan Moore ; art, Jacen Burrows.
“Alan Moore’s quintessential horror series has set the standard for a terrifying examination of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. It is being universally hailed as one of Moore’s most realized works in which the master scribe has controlled every iota of the story, art, and presentation. The result has been a masterpiece like no other, unparalleled in tone and content, and a true must have addition to his essential works in the field.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Dare to disappoint : growing up in Turkey / Özge Samancı.
“Growing up, Özge knew what she should do: study hard, get into a good high school, and become an engineer or a doctor. That was the only way her father believed she would have a good life, where she wouldn’t have to worry about money or stability. Özge’s sister, Pelin, believed that, too, but when Özge tried to follow Pelin down that steady, predictable path, she met failure, time and again. Özge recalls her earliest memories of happily watching Pelin at school through binoculars from the balcony of her building and works her way through the turbulence of Turkey in the late twentieth century as she struggles to please both herself and her family.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Welcome back. Volume one, Help, I’m alive / Sebela, Sawyer, Roe, Zamudio.
“Reincarnated assassins Mali and Tessa have lived hundreds of different lives throughout time, caught up in an eternal cycle as they take part in a war so old that neither side remembers what they’re fighting for anymore. As Mali wakes up in her newest life, she suddenly becomes self-aware and starts to question everything, especially why she continues to fight. But elsewhere, Tessa is already on the hunt.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Another great selection of recently received Graphic Novels, from award winning to heart wrenching, there is something for every fan of this collection. Highly recommend is Beverly by Nick Drnaso. Do not be deceived by the subtle art work, in this work every frame depicts modern American life, not necessarily at its best.
Pablo / by Julie Birmant & Clément Oubrerie ; translated by Edward Gauvin.
“This award-winning graphic biography of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) captures the prolific and eventful life of one of the world’s best-loved artists. Pablo explores Picasso’s early life among the bohemians of Montmartre, his turbulent relationship with artist/model Fernande Olivier, and how his art developed through friendships with poets Max Jacob and Guillaume Apollinaire, the painter Georges Braque, and his great rival Henri Matisse. Julie Birmant and Clément Oubrerie depict a career that began in poverty and reached its climax with the advent of cubism and modern art.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
365 days / by Julie Doucet.
“A year in the life of a world-renowned artist. This visual journal, starting in late 2002, is an idiosyncratic collision of her various creative interests, wherein personal narrative, collage, and drawing begin to tell the story of her pursuits into printmaking and beyond, chronicling her maturation as a mid-career artist and her fluid extension into a broader arts community.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Beverly / by Nick Drnaso.
“A darkly funny portrait of middle America seen through the stunted, numb minds of its children. Connected by a series of gossipy teens, the modern lost souls of Beverly struggle with sexual anxieties that are just barely repressed and social insecurities that undermine every word they speak. A group of teenagers pick up trash on the side of the highway, flirting, preening, and ignoring a potentially violent loner in their midst. A young woman experiences a traumatic incident at the pizza shop where she works and the fallout reveals the racial tensions simmering below the surface. Precisely and hauntingly recounted, each chapter of Beverly reveals something new and yet familiar, about the world in which we live.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Rosalie Lightning : a graphic memoir / by Tom Hart and Rosalie Lightning and Leela Corman and the residents of New York City, Gainesville, Florida, New Mexico, and Hawaii, as well as various singer-songwriters, film directors, actors, animators, comic artists, donors, lovers and friends.
“Cartoonist Tom Hart’s New York Times bestselling is a touching and beautiful graphic memoir about the untimely death of his young daughter, Rosalie. His heart-breaking and emotional illustrations strike readers to the core, and take them along his family’s journey through loss. Hart creatively portrays the solace he discovers in nature, philosophy, great works of literature, and art across all mediums in this expressively honest and loving tribute to his daughter.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Kill your boyfriend / Vinamarama : the deluxe edition / written by Grant Morrison ; art by Philip Bond with D’Israeli.
“Originally published in 1995, Kill Your Boyfriend is an over-the-top black comedy of rebellion and teen romance topped with a heady mix of random violence and dark humor. In the complete miniseries Vinamarama #1-3, Ali and his witty, vivacious arranged bride, Sofia, are forced to delay their new life together in order to stop a stream of ancient Indian demons that have crawled from the bowels of Earth to use Britain as a battleground.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Midnighter. Volume 1, Out / written by Steve Orlando ; art by ACO, Stephen Mooney, Alec Morgan, Hugo Petrus.
“Between the supercomputer wired into his brain and the enhancements saturating his body, the living weapon known as Midnighter doesn’t face a lot of real challenges to his uncanny combat skills. But someone has managed to do the impossible: break into the God Garden, defeat Midnighter’s creator, the Gardener, and make off with every piece of exotically lethal tech that she had locked away for safekeeping. Now, insanely dangerous weapons are beginning to pop up all over the globe, wreaking havoc on society and complicating Midnighter’s professional and personal life. As the outbreaks pile up, tracking them back to the original thief becomes an overriding imperative– especially since weapons weren’t the only things stolen from the Gardener’s vault.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Was she pretty? / Leanne Shapton
“A dreamy exploration of relationships and jealousy, pithy and deadpan, this is no self-help book. What’s left when a relationship ends? Where does jealousy come from? Delicately and sensitively, Was She Pretty? brings the reader deep into a circle of phantoms: its intimate liaisons, embarrassing secrets, and sardonic anecdotes, a testimonial to the power of observation and misapprehension.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Secret Six. Volume 1, Friends in low places / written by Gail Simone ; art by Ken Lashley, Dale Eaglesham, Tom Derenick, Drew Geraci.
“Six strangers are brought together under mysterious circumstances for an explosive first issue that will leave everyone asking, “What is the Secret?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Insufferable. Volume 1 / writers, storytellers, artists, Mark Waid, Peter Krause, Nolan Woodard.
“What happens when your crime-fighting sidekick grows up to be an arrogant, ungrateful thug who makes Kanye look humble? Worse, what on Earth could force the two of you together for one last case? Nocturnus and his former protege, Galahad, will find out-if they don’t kill one another first.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Starve. Vol. 1 / created by Brian Wood, Danijel Zezelj and Dave Stewart.
“Once the world’s most famous chef, Gavin Cruikshank’s been in a self-imposed exile for years. His little foodie television program has since evolved into Starve, an arena sport that pits chef against chef for the pleasure of their super-rich patrons. It’s a stain on a once-noble profession, and Chef Gavin is ready to go to war to stop it. Two things stand in his way: his arch rival Roman Algiers, and his adult daughter Angie, who probably just wants her dad back and acting normal.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The following titles have been chosen from our monthly new fiction selections. They are all highly recommended for great reading.
Company Town / Madeline Ashby.
“A brilliantly twisted science fiction mystery.”
Waking lions / Ayelet Gundar-Goshen ; translated from the Hebrew by Sondra Silverston.
“A thrilling novel from an award winning author that explores the boundaries between love and hate, guilt and forgiveness, good and evil.”
Reader, I married him : stories inspired by Jane Eyre / edited by Tracy Chevalier.
“Twenty one short stories celebrating Charlotte Bronte, published in the year of her bicentenary and stemming from the now immortal words from her great work Jane Eyre. The stories are by many much acclaimed authors, original and very entertaining.”
The crow girl / Erik Axl Sund ; translated by Neil Smith.The Crow Girl
“Another international sensation, this new Scandinavian murder mystery will not disappoint.”
Gahan Wilson’s Out there / editor, Gary Groth.
“The joy of the science fiction and fantasy cartoons and writing of Gahan Wilson, guaranteed to make you laugh.”
From the sublime to the bizarre, with everything in between, this month’s selection of new Graphic Novels, as to be expected, has it all. Highly recommended is the collection, edited by Gary Goth, of award winning cartoonist Gahan Wilson’s work, titled Gahan Wilson’s Out There.
Contraband / writer, Thomas J. Behe ; illustrator, Phil Elliott.
“Contraband follows a young man’s journey into a new “voyeur underground”, where profit-hungry youths prowl streets, secretly filming radical events with mobile devices to satisfy society’s demand for sensational on-the-go content. To enhance the “fully interactive experience,” key elements of modern wireless communication are woven throughout the work, including text messaging, online blogging, avatars and alerts, and gaming and live video broadcast.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Anathema. Vol. 1, The evil that men do / written & lettered by Rachel Deering ; art by Christopher Mooneyham, Wesley St. Claire ; colours by Fares Maese, Ian Herring.
“How far will one woman go for the salvation of her beloved? Mercy Barlowe’s love for Sarah brings down Hell when her puritanical father discovers them together and has his own daughter burnt at the stake. But death is not the end. A monstrous cult of shapeshifters steal Sarah’s soul as part of its twisted plans to resurrect an ancient evil.To defeat them, Mercy must take on a new form that will give her the power and fury needed to defeat the cult. She must become a werewolf.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Invisible Republic. Volume 01 / created by Gabriel Hardman & Corinna Bechko ; written by Gabriel Hardman & Corinna Bechko ; art by Gabriel Hardman ; colors by Jordan Boyd.
“Arthur McBride’s regime has fallen. His planet has been plunged into chaos, his story shrouded in mystery, until reporter Croger Babb discovers the journal of Arthur’s cousin, Maia. Inside is the violent, audacious, hidden history of the legendary freedom fighter. Erased from the official record, Maia alone knows how dangerous her cousin really is, and what truly happened to bring him to power.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Secret identities. Volume 1 / story by Brian Joines ; story edits by Jay Faerber ; art by Ilias Kyriazis.
“The supergroup known as The Front Line have just invited new hero Crosswind to join them. But what they don’t know is that Crosswind is a mole, sent to learn all their secrets. And the Front Line have many secrets.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Headspace / writen by Ryan K. Lindsay ; illustrated by Eric Zawadzki & Sebastian Piriz.
“The inhabitants of Carpenter Cove discover their strange town is actually a construct in the mind of a killer. Shane, the sheriff, wants to get back to his real life but one dark connection between him and the killer is going to make him rethink everything.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The book of hope / by Tommi Musturi ; translated by Pauliina Haasjoki.
“In a way that only the medium of comics can, The Book Of Hope slows the reader down to the rhythms of the silent life of a retired couple living in a rural countryside. Behind the static, routine moments of everyday life something bigger takes shape. A flash of encroaching death starts to consume the husband, leading to visions and questions. This is a thoughtful exploration of the human condition and the series of mostly quotidian moments that make up most of our lives.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
G.I. Zombie. Volume 1, A star spangled war story / written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray ; art and colors by Scott Hampton ; letters by Rob Leigh.
“Meet the soldier they call “G.I. ZOMBIE,” a man who is neither dead nor alive, who fights for his country again and again and again.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Tiger lung / created by Simon Roy with Jason Wordie.
“ Contains the stories, Beneath the ice, The Hyena’s daughter and Song for the dead” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Death vigil. Volume 1 / created by Stjepan Sejic ; cover art, Stjepan Sejic ; editor, Betsy Gonia ; book design and layout, Tricia Ramos.
“Join the Death Vigil in their ongoing war against the ever-growing power of the Primordial Enemy! Only catch is you have to die first. Become a corporeal immortal Death Knight and obtain reality-altering weaponry in the never-ending battle between good and evil.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Gahan Wilson’s Out there / editor, Gary Groth.
“Out There features the over 250 cartoons that Wilson drew during his tenure with the magazines as well as all four covers he rendered,none of which have seen the light of day since their first appearance 50 years ago. Wilson also contributed short stories, movie, and book reviews, which are included as well. Out There resurrects hundreds of virtually unseen cartoons by one of the 20th century’s masters of the form.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Some fantastic new Graphic Novels have been selected this month, only three are stand-alone stories, the others being the first volumes of new series. With vampires, horror, fantasy, science fiction, and biographical stories, there is great reading for all. Highly recommended is Becoming unbecoming by Una.
Get Jiro! [graphic novel] / Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose ; art, Langdon Foss.
“An original graphic novel from Anthony Bourdain, renowned chef, New York Times bestselling author (Kitchen Confidential, Medium Raw) and star of the Emmy-winning hit travel show No Reservations, this new series is set in a not-too-distant future L.A. where master chefs rule the town like crime lords and people literally kill for a seat at the best restaurants, a bloody culinary war is raging.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
13 coins / story by Martin Brennan & Michael B. Jackson ; art by Simon Bisley.
“Meet John Pozner, a tormented ex-con on a quest for vengeance after he discovers that he’s descended from angels, and is the living key to earth’s future, or heaven’s fall.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Rat God / story and art by Richard Corben.
“Terrible things stalk the forests outside. An arrogant city slicker on a quest to uncover the background of a young woman from the backwoods finds horrors beyond imagining, that combine Lovecraft mutations with Native American legends.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
My degeneration : a journey through Parkinson’s / Peter Dunlap-Shohl.
“How does one deal with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease at the age of forty-three? My Degeneration, by former Anchorage Daily News staff cartoonist Peter Dunlap-Shohl, answers the question with humor and passion, recounting the author’s attempt to come to grips with the “malicious whimsy” of this chronic, progressive, and disabling disease.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Graveyard shift / created by Jay Faerber & Fran Bueno ; story by Jay Faerber ; art by Fran Bueno.
“A homicide detective and his girlfriend find their love put to the ultimate test when they run afoul of a gang of vampires” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Beef with tomato / Dean Haspiel.
“A native New York bruiser is fed up with life in the dregs of a drug-addled Alphabet City where his neighbors are shut-ins and his bicycle is always getting stolen. He escapes from Manhattan to make a fresh start in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, only to face a new strain of street logic, where most everything he encounters is not as it seems.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Midnight society. The black lake / story and art, Drew Edward Johnson ; colors, Lizzy John, Daniele Rudoni ; letters, Steve Dutro ; introduction, Paul Wee.
“In one terrible moment, England’s greatest adventurers cast aside their friendship, making a choice that would come to haunt humanity. 40 years later, secret agent Matilda Finn is called to help England’s most mysterious intelligence group, MI: Omega, and is sent on desperate rescue operation to Scotland’s Loch Ness.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The empty. Volume one / created, written, illustrated, lettered, and colored by Jimmie Robinson.
“Tanoor is a hunter struggling to feed her village in an apocalyptic world of poison and decay, but Tanoor finds hope when she discovers a stranger named Lila who has the ability to grow life from death, a power that could change the world of The Empty.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Curveball / Jeremy Sorese.
“Curveball is a science fiction graphic novel telling the story of a waiter named Avery coping with the ending of a difficult relationship. Having spent years attempting to build something substantial with an indecisive sailor named Christophe, Avery stubbornly holds on despite the mounting evidence against him. The idea of the relationship has eclipsed it’s reality and in Avery’s already troubled life, the allure of something dependable is a powerful force.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Becoming unbecoming / Una.
“A devastating personal account of gender violence told in comic book form, set against the backdrop of the 1970s Yorkshire Ripper man-hunt. It’s 1977 and Una is 12. A serial murderer is at large in West Yorkshire and the police, despite spending more than two million man-hours hunting the killer and interviewing the man himself no less than nine times, are struggling to solve the case. As this national news story unfolds around her, Una finds herself on the receiving end of a series of violent acts for which she feels she is to blame. Unbecoming explores gender violence, blame, shame, and social responsibility.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
This month’s selection of new Graphic Novels recently added to the collection included the first volumes of three new series. Highly recommended is Shigeru Mizuki’s Hitler, from this veteran cartoonist, who also produced Kitaro, NonNonba, and Showa: A History of Japan, in three volumes.
Southern bastards. Book one / Jason Aaron, writer ; Jason Latour, art & color ; created by Jason Aaron & Jason Latour.
“Earl Tubb is an angry old man with a big ol’ stick. Coach Euless Boss has buried more bodies under his bleachers than there are championship rings on his fingers. And they’re just two of the kind of bastards that have always seemed to flourish in Craw County, Alabama. When Earl comes home after 40 years, he finds some family business that still needs settling and Coach Boss is at the center of it all.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Ei8ht  : outcast / story and art, Rafael Albuquerque ; script, Mike Johnson.
“Welcome to the Meld, an inhospitable dimension in time where Joshua, a chrononaut, finds himself trapped. With no memory or feedback from the team of scientists that sent him, he can’t count on anything but his heart and a stranger’s voice to guide him to his destiny.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Suiciders. Vol. 1 / Lee Bermejo, writer & artist.
“After a devastating earthquake, the Southland has seceded from the union, leaving the city split in two: the walled-off, wealthy New Angeles and the criminal-run ghetto Lost Angeles. But what unifies them all is Suiciders: an extremely popular reality sport in which murder, mayhem and merciless brutality rule. Two of these fighters from very different backgrounds struggle to claw their way to the top. But in this new world order, what will it take to be the best?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Manabeshima Island Japan : one island, two months, one minicar, sixty crabs, eighty bites, and fifty shots of shochu / Florent Chavouet.
“Japan is made up of thousands of sacred islands, artificial islands, industrial islands, resort islands, wild islands and exploding islands…but artist Florent Chavouet had only ever visited two of them. This graphic novel is the story of one summer when he decides to get to know one more, the tiny island of Manabeshima. This speck of dirt in the Inland Sea, off the coast of Osaka, has a total population of 300, and he sets himself the task of recording everything and everyone he meets there in quirky detail on the pages of his sketchbook.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Lafcadio Hearn’s “The faceless ghost” and other macabre tales from Japan : a graphic novel / Sean Michael Wilson ; illustrated by Michiru Morikawa.
“Over one hundred years ago, the writer Lafcadio Hearn gathered and translated into English a selection of traditional Japanese ghost/mystery stories. They were published as Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things. This graphic novel, retells six of these stories. All of them are very well known in Japan, where ghosts and demons are often called yokai, meaning “the mysterious and weird”.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and loathing in Las Vegas : a savage journey to the heart of the American dream / adapted by Troy Little.
“In proud partnership with the Hunter S. Thompson Estate, Top Shelf Productions is pleased to present Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a delightfully bonkers graphic novel by Eisner-nominated artist Troy Little adapting Thompson’s seminal book of the same name.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The Kitchen / Ollie Masters, writer ; Ming Doyle, artist.
“New York City, late 1970s. Times Square is a haven for sex and drugs. Th ecity teeters on the verge of bankruptcy, while blackouts can strike at any moment. This is the world of THE KITCHEN. The Irish gangs of Hell’s Kitchen rule the neighborhood, bringing terror to the streets and doing the dirty work for the Italian Mafia. Jimmy Brennan and his crew were the hardest bastards in the Kitchen, but after they’re all put in prison, their wives. Kath, Raven and Angie, decide to keep running their rackets. And once they get a taste of the fast life and easy money, it won’t be easy to stop.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Frankenstein underground / story by Mike Mignola ; art by Ben Stenbeck.
“After a fight with Hellboy, Frankenstein’s monster escapes the terrible Mexican laboratory where he was imprisoned and discovers strange creatures beneath the desert, where he’ll learn some of the greatest secrets of the mystical world in the strangest Hellboy spinoff yet.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Shigeru Mizuki’s Hitler / translation by Zack Davisson.
“A master cartoonist and veteran tells the life story of the man who started the Second World War Seventy years after his death, Adolf Hitler remains a mystery. Historians, military tacticians, and psychologists have tried in vain to unravel his complex motivations for leading Germany into the Holocaust and World War II.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Balkans Arena / Philippe Thirault, writer ; Jorge Miguel, artist.
“When widowed former soldier Frank Sokol returns to his native Croatia with his Canadian-born son, Ben, he must face his estranged family and the ghosts of the civil war. When 11-year old Ben is kidnapped by the local mafia and forced into the underground world of illegal online cage-fighting, Frank will stop at nothing to get him back. But the cost may be even higher than he’s willing to pay, and his son could be changed forever.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
This month some of DC’s biggest selling graphic novels have become available as eBooks through Overdrive. It’s a great chance to try a new series or enjoy an old favourite. If you want lots more graphic novels, check out Comics Plus Library Edition which all library users can now access through My Gateway.
All-Star Superman, by Grant Morrison (eBook)
“The amazing creative team of writer Grant Morrison (BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM) and artist Frank Quitely (WE3) join forces to take Superman back to basics and create a new vision of the World’s First Super-Hero. Witness the Man of Steel in exciting new adventures featuring Lex Luthor, Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Bizarro, and more. Collects ALL-STAR SUPERMAN #1-12″ (Overdrive description)
Suicide Squad, Volume 1, by Adam Glass (eBook)
“Writer and co-creator of the CW show Supernatural Adam Glass rolls out an all-new team of death-row super villains recruited by the government totake on missions so dangerous-they’re sheer suicide! The story begins with the Suicide Squad defeated, imprisoned and being interrogated about their newest mission. Harley Quinn, King Shark, Deadshot and company must make it out alive without revealing who’s pulling the strings behind their illegal operations. Who will be the first to crack under the pressure? More importantly will they make it all out alive? Collects issues #1-7.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)
Watchmen: International Edition, by Alan Moore (eBook)
“This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin. One of the most influential graphic novels of all time and a perennial bestseller, WATCHMEN has been studied on college campuses across the nation and is considered a gateway title, leading readers to other graphic novels.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)
The Flash, Volume 1, by Brian Buccellato (eBook)
“The Fastest Man Alive returns with the writer/artist team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. The Flash knows he can’t be everywhere at once, but he has seemingly met his match when he faces DC Comics’ hottest new Super Villain, Mob Rule, who really can be everywhere at once! As Mob Rule wages a campaign of crime across Central City, including an electromagnetic blast that plunges the city into darkness, The Flash learns the only way he can capture Mob Rule and save Central City is to learn how to make his brain function even faster than before—but as much as it helps him, it also comes with a steep price.” (Overdrive description)
Supergirl, Volume 1, by Michael Green (eBook)
“Meet Supergirl. She’s got the unpredictable behavior of a teenager, the same powers as Superman – and none of his affection for the people of Earth. Crash landing on a strange new planet, Supergirl must come to grips with Krypton’s destruction with her cousin Superman and learn about her own recent past. But an ingenious new foe wants that same information – and will do anything to get it. Presenting an all-new take on Superman’s cousin Kara! Collects issues #1-7.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)
Constantine, Volume 1, by Ray Fawkes (eBook)
“The star of JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK and HELLBLAZER—the longest-running Vertigo series—is unleashed in his own DCU title! Liar, cheater, manipulator…John Constantine is all of these, and yet he uses these skills and more to protect the world from the darkest corners of the DC Universe. Collects Constantine #1-6.” (Overdrive description)
Batman, Volume 1, by Scott Snyder (eBook)
“After a series of brutal murders rocks Gotham City, Batman begins to realize that perhaps these crimes go far deeper than appearances suggest. As the Caped Crusader begins to unravel this deadly mystery, he discovers a conspiracy going back to the origins of the city he’s sworn to protect. Could the Court of Owls, once thought to be nothing more than an urban legend, be behind the crime and corruption? Or is Bruce Wayne losing his grip on sanity.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)
The Sandman, Volume 1, by Neil Gaiman (eBook)
“NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Neil Gaiman’s transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision. In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. Collects issues #1-8.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)
Fables, Volume 1, by Bill Willingham (eBook)
“WINNER OF FOURTEEN EISNER AWARDS When a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters have created their own peaceful and secret society within an exclusive luxury apartment building called Fabletown. But when Snow White’s party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently murdered, it is up to Fabletown’s sheriff, a reformed and pardoned Big Bad Wolf, to determine if the killer is Bluebeard, Rose’s ex-lover and notorious wife killer, or Jack, her current live-in boyfriend and former beanstalk-climber. Collects FABLES #1-5.” (Overdrive description)
The selections for this month from the new Graphic Novels not only include some great stories, but some of the most outstanding art work, all visually and mentally rewarding. Highly recommended is the French best seller by Riad Sattouf, titled The Arab of the future: a childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984.
Redhand : twilight of the gods / Kurt Busiek & Marti Alberti, Sam Timel & Bazal.
“The perfect warrior is unleashed in an age of barbarism and magic, but all he wants is the peaceful life he’s destined never to have. Touched by a prophecy, imbued with incredible fighting skills and immune to magic, he is fated to one day destroy the gods. But Redhand has no interest in this prediction, and no use for his destiny. Yet how can a man escape his own fate?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Universal war one. Volume 1, Genesis / by Denis Bajram ; translated by Virginie Selavy.
“2058. Humanity has colonized our entire solar system. In the middle of a civil war between the core planets and distant outlying planetary settlements, an immense black wall appears, cutting our solar system in two. The black wall absorbs all light and matter, and it’s up to a band of disgraced soldiers to investigate the phenomenon.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The inflatable woman / Rachael Ball.
“Iris (or balletgirl-42 as she’s known on the internet dating circuit) is a zookeeper looking for love when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. Overnight, her life becomes populated with a carnival of daunting hospital characters. Despite the attempts of her friends, Maud, Granma Suggs, Larry the Monkey and a group of singing penguins, to comfort her, Iris’s fears begin to encircle her until all she has to cling to is the attention of a lighthouse keeper called sailor_buoy_39.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Red Rosa : a graphic biography of Rosa Luxemburg / written and illustrated by Kate Evans ; edited and with an afterword by Paul Buhle.
“A giant of the political left, Rosa Luxemburg is one of the foremost minds in the canon of revolutionary socialist thought. But she was much more than just a thinker. She made herself heard in a world inimical to the voices of strong-willed women. She overcame physical infirmity and the prejudice she faced as a Jew to become an active revolutionary whose philosophy enriched every corner of an incredibly productive and creative life, her many friendships, her sexual intimacies, and her love of science, nature and art.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Distance mover / Patrick Kyle.
“Mr. Earth can move incredible distances in his improbable Distance Mover, a wondrous vehicle that reflects the fantastic world it traverses. He, and his young art-star protégée Mendel, explore culture-rich crystalline cities, challenge the mighty Council of the Misters, try to overcome the all-conquering Ooze, and much more.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The eternaut / written by Héctor Germán Oesterheld ; drawn by Francisco Solano López ; translator, Erica Mena.
“This originally appeared as weekly installments from 1957-59. Juan Salvo, the inimitable protagonist, along with his friend Professor Favalli and the tenacious metal-worker Franco, face what appears to be a nuclear accident, but quickly turns out to be something much bigger than they had imagined. With Cold War tensions, aliens of all sizes, space, and time travel, this graphic novel has it all.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The Arab of the future : a graphic memoir : a childhood in the Middle East (1978-1984) / Riad Sattouf ; translated by Sam Taylor.
“The Arab of the Future was the #1 French best-seller, and tells the unforgettable story of Riad Sattouf’s childhood, spent in the shadows of 3 dictators, Muammar Gaddafi, Hafez al-Assad, and his father. In striking, virtuoso graphic style that captures both the immediacy of childhood and the fervor of political idealism, Riad Sattouf recounts his nomadic childhood growing up in rural France, Gaddafi’s Libya, and Assad’s Syria, but always under the roof of his father, a Syrian Pan-Arabist who drags his family along in his pursuit of grandiose dreams for the Arab nation.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The last broadcast : an urban exploration adventure / written by André Sirangelo ; illustrated by Gabriel Iumazark.
“A group of urban explorers in San Francisco discovers a secret bunker belonging to the long-vanished 1930s stage magician, Blackhall the Incredible, at the same time as young, out-of-work magician Ivan receives a mysterious package that points him toward a possible conspiracy involving Blackhall’s death in 1934. Both groups dive into the mystery, not yet realizing that it’s about the change their lives forever.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Username : Evie
“Evie is a socially-isolated teenage girl who struggles to fit in at high school. Always looking for a way to escape, she spends her nights supporting her terminally-ill father, who is tirelessly working on a computer program. When her father passes away, Evie is forced to live with her aunt, uncle, and cousin, Mallory, who is the bane of Evie’s existence. One night, Evie stumbles on a strange file that sucks her into a virtual world. As Evie explores this strange, new land, she learns it was the project her father was working on: a virtual Eden where Evie can get away and be herself. However, Mallory also discovers the world and her presence causes the idyll to descend into chaos. Now Evie must save the virtual world or lose her last connection to her father.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
A year without mom / [written and illustrated by] Dasha Tolstikova.
“Follows twelve-year-old Dasha through a year full of turmoil after her mother leaves for America. It is the early 1990s in Moscow, and political change is in the air. But Dasha is more worried about her own challenges as she negotiates family, friendships and school without her mother. Just as she begins to find her own feet, she gets word that she is to join her mother in America, a place that seems impossibly far from everything and everyone she loves.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
This month’s selection of new Graphic Novels includes four historical stories, set in Spain, New York, Kashmir and China. There are also several science fiction stories, a couple of horror stories and of course, one very amusing satire, being the first volume of Lady Killer by Joelle Jones.
The art of flying / Antonio Altarriba, Kim ; translated from the Spanish by Adrian West ; with a prologue by Stuart Green.
“Winning six major prizes including the 2010 National Comic Prize, this is a deeply touching synthesis of individual and collective memories. A deeply personal testament, with the author’s account of what led his father to commit suicide at the age of ninety is a detective novel of sorts, one that traces his father’s life from an impoverished childhood in Aragon, to service with Franco’s army in the Civil war, escape to join the anarchist FAI, exile in France when the Republicans are defeated, to return to Spain in 1949 and the stultifying existence to which Republican sympathisers were consigned under Francoism.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Robert Moses : the master builder of New York City / Pierre Christin, Olivier Balez.
“From the subway to the skyscraper, from Manhattan’s Financial District to the Long Island suburbs, every inch of New York tells the story of one man’s mind: Robert Moses, the architect who designed it all. In this graphic biography, the rest of Robert’s story is told.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Chicago : a comix memoir / by Glenn Head.
“Abandoning suburbia for art school and then the gritty streets of Chicago, young Glenn finds himself fending off street predators and fighting depression. A visit to Playboy offers entry into the world of comix and R. Crumb, but it’s a chance encounter with Muhammad Ali that allows young Glenn to prove his mettle.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Lady killer. Volume 1 / story by Joëlle Jones & Jamie S. Rich ; art by Joëlle Jones.
“Josie Schuller is a picture-perfect homemaker, wife, and mother, but she’s also a ruthless, efficient killer. She balances cheerful domestic bliss with coldly performed assassinations, but when Josie finds herself in the crosshairs, her American-dream life is in danger.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Descender. Book one: Tin stars / written by Jeff Lemire ; illustrated by Dustin Nguyen.
“A rip-roaring and heart-felt cosmic odyssey, that pits humanity against machine, and world against world, to create a sprawling epic. Young Robot boy TIM-21 and his companions struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Munnu : a boy from Kashmir / Malik Sajad.
“Seven-year-old Munnu is growing up in Indian-administered Kashmir. Life revolves around his family: Mama, Papa, sister Shahnaz, brothers Adil and Akhtar and, his favourite, older brother Bilal. Munnu’s is a childhood experienced against the backdrop of conflict. Bilal’s classmates are crossing over into the Pakistan-administered portion of Kashmir to be trained to resist the occupation; Papa and Bilal are regularly taken by the military to identification parades where informers will point out terrorists; Munnu’s school is closed; close neighbours are killed and the homes of Kashmiri Hindu families lie abandoned, as once close, mixed communities have ruptured under the pressure of Kashmir’s divisions.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Effigy  : idle worship / written by Tim Seeley ; art by Marley Zarcone, Jesse Hamm, Jen Vaughan, Mike Norton.
“Chondra Jackson is a star who fell to Earth. A preteen actress who was an idol to millions, she solved space crimes before dinnertime, playing Bebe Soma on the smash-hit kids’ TV show Star Cops. But all stars fade, and after Chondra aged out of the spotlight, the sex tape she made in an attempt to extend her 15 minutes wound up destroying her career. Now she works as a beat cop in her hometown of Effigy Mound, Ohio, where she’s about to catch a case as crazy as anything the Star Cops ever faced. Chondra’s fans, it turns out, are still obsessively dedicated to her, having built a close-knit community through message boards, conventions and cosplay. And someone is killing them, one by one.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Goners. Volume 1, We all fall down / Jacob Semahn, creator/writer ; Jorge Corona, creator/artist ; Steve Wands, inker/letterer.
“In a world where the mythic co-exists with the mortal, the world famous Latimer Family has been humanity’s first line of defense against paranormal horrors for centuries. The modern-day progenitor, Raleigh Latimer and wife, Evelyn Latimer, have turned the family tradition into a profitable brand. Selling life rights and starring in their own reality show, the Latimers have found a way to fund their endeavors against those that would try to overthrow humanity. But on a routine case, Raleigh and Evelyn are murdered on live television, while their children, Josiah and Zoe, are left helpless to watch. With a widening power vacuum, devils and opportunists alike hunt the ill-prepared children as they set out to solve their parent’s murder and find out what inheriting the family business truly means.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Long walk to Valhalla : an original graphic novel / written by Adam Smith ; illustrated and lettered by Matthew Fox.
“There are many things that Rory would like to forget - his alcoholic father, absent mother, his ex-girlfriend, now married to his ex-best friend. Sometimes, he’d even like to forget about his older brother Joe. Joe saw the world differently than other people, seeing what he always called “the Pretty Things.” But sometimes the Pretty Things turned ugly and bad things happened. When Rory’s car breaks down on the side of the road just out of town, a young girl named Sylvia appears from the corn fields. Sylvia is a Valkyrie sent by the Norse god Odin to deliver Rory to Valhalla. Because today is the day he’s going to die. Together, Rory and Sylvia walk back through the memories of Rory’s childhood, this time seeing them the way Joe saw them. Rory must face the Pretty Things, the Ugly Things, and all the real life in between before it’s time to say goodbye.” (Adapted from amazon.com)
Nanjing : the burning city / by Ethan Young.
“After the bombs fell and shook the walls of Nanjing, the Imperial Japanese Army entered and seized the Chinese capital. Through the dust of the demolished buildings, screams echo off the rubble. Two abandoned Chinese soldiers are trapped and desperately outnumbered inside the walled city. What they’ll encounter will haunt them, but in the face of horror, they’ll learn that resistance and bravery cannot be destroyed by the enemy.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)