From apocalyptic to dystopian, historical to everyday life, along with plenty of science fiction, all represented in this month’s selection of new graphic novels. With four new series also included there is a great choice of reading for all comic fans.
Thanos rising / writer, Jason Aaron ; artist, Simone Bianchi with Riccardo Pieruccini.
“Discover the hidden truth, as Thanos rises as the unrivalled rogue of wretchedness in this gripping tale of tragedy, deceit and destiny. Where did this demi-god of destruction come from, and more importantly, what does he want from the universe?” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Suicide risk. Volume one, Grudge war / created and written by Mike Carey; art by Elena Casagrande.
“Heroes are dying, and cops are dying twofold. Humanity is underpowered in the face of their onslaught, and people are suffering untold casualties trying to stem the flow. After barely surviving a super-powered bank heist gone horribly wrong, beat cop Leo Winters vowed to try and find a way to stop them. Following a lead, he discovered two lowlifes who seemed to be able to grant a person powers, for the right price. The problem is: you don’t get to choose which power.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Sheltered : a pre-apocalyptic tale  / co-created and illustrated by Johnnie Christmas ; co-created, written and lettered by Ed Brisson.
“The adults of Safe Haven stockpile guns, food, and supplies, prepared for any disaster, whether natural or man-made. But the real threat comes from within, as their own children turn on them. Lucas leads the teenage killers, claiming a disaster is coming and sacrifices are necessary, but outsider Victoria and her friend Hailey doubt his motives and must try to survive long enough to escape.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Room for love / Andrea Meyer.Room for Love
“Jacquie Stuart has just turned 32 and she wants to do a major rewrite on her life. Needing moonlighting money, she gets the idea of investigating a new dating trend; looking for Mr. But can the key to her happiness lie right under her very own roof?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Zero. Vol. 1, An emergency / written by Ales Kot ; illustrated by Michael Walsh [and 4 others].
“Kot (Wild Children) crafts a thriller about war, technology, and the human condition through the eyes of trained spy Edward Zero and his life of merciless killings. Each of the five issues collected here is illustrated by a different artist and encapsulates a specific time in Zero’s life. What does it mean that children are washed of emotion and trained to murder without ever questioning the sanctity of life? Should we care if the schooled assassins might be clones?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
UXB / by Colin Lorimer.
“In a shattered future London, experimental lifesuits are grafted to the bodies of three brothers, affording the boys great power, and great license. As the siblings settle into the abandoned Buckingham Palace, the problems of the world fade from sight in a whirlpool of old movies, violent video games and porn.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The Hartlepool monkey / story, Wilfrid Lupano ; art, Jérômie Moreau.
“A yarn from the Napoleonic Wars tells of a French ship wrecked off the British coast, the single survivor a chimpanzee, the captain’s pet. The ignorant and bloodthirsty British villagers mistook the hapless simian for an enemy seaman and hanged the creature. Lupano expands this story with zest and inventiveness, working in a cabin boy, a young Charles Darwin, and the nascent naturalist’s doctor father.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
FBP : Federal Bureau of Physics. Volume 1, The paradigm shift / Simon Oliver, writer ; Robbi Rodriguez, artist.
“The Federal Bureau of Physics is a new series set in a world where earth’s physics have gone haywire. Adam Hardy, a new agent on the FBP’s payroll, is tasked with closing a troublesome Bubbleverse. Although it should have been a standard operation, Hardy’s trip is made more complicated by his partner’s hidden agenda. Hardy must escape the Bubbleverse, confront his partner, and solve the mystery of his famous physicist father’s death; all while trying to keep both feet in earth’s gravitational pull.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Aâma. 1, The smell of warm dust / Frederick Peeters.
“At the start of the first volume of this French SF thriller trilogy, set in the distant-future Verloc Nim wakes in a molten crater, his eyes filled with tears over his lost daughter, and his memories a blur. Moments later, he’s approached by a robot gorilla named Churchill who’s thrilled to see him and hands him his journal. The journal reveals how Verloc’s younger brother, Conrad, cajoled Verloc into accompanying him and Churchill to an isolated experimental colony at the edge of the cosmos. Upon their arrival, the true purpose of Conrad’s visit is revealed, as is Verloc’s role in it.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The park / Oscar Zarate.
“On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, an incident takes place in a North London park. Chris is accidentally bitten by an excited dog, and aims a defensive kick at it. The owner, well-known polemicist Ivan Grubb, takes to his blog to express his outrage, spinning the story to sit happily within his own narrative. When Ivan and Chris relate the event to their children, they are surprised and confused by the strength of feeling their reactions have provoked. The Park is a delicate examination of how anger, repression and powerlessness can overwhelm even the most logical and well-intentioned person in a confusing modern world.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Three new series are among the selected new graphic novels this month. As always we have chosen a wide range of story lines and artistic styles that we hope you will enjoy. Highly recommended is Red Light Properties: previously-haunted real estate by Dan Goldman.
Sherlock Holmes and the vampires of London / story by Sylvain Cordurié ; art by Laci.
“Sherlock Holmes died fighting Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls. At least that’s what the press claims. However, Holmes is alive and well and taking advantage of his presumed death to travel the globe. Unfortunately, Holmes’s plans are thwarted when a plague of vampirism begins haunting Britain.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Celebrated summer / Charles Forsman.
“With high school over, Mike and Wolf, two apathetic teens in an unnamed suburban sprawl, have all the time in the world to do what they want, which includes a day of dropping acid, hiking to the top of a mountain, and then driving to the beach. As the acid kicks in, action ensues. What could have been merely a day in the life of a couple of teenagers on drugs is ratcheted up by breakaways to Wolf telling stories from his life, which paint a sad, familiar portrait.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary
Red Light Properties : previously-haunted real estate. 01 / written & realized by Dan Goldman.
“Jude, certified phenomenologist, with Cecilia, licensed real estate broker, run the Miami-based paranormal exorcisms real estate business Red Light Properties and have come to an impasse rooted in misunderstanding and distrust; it could mean the end. Cecilia can’t connect to Jude and doesn’t understand his almost violent experiences with death and his viewpoint of the magic of life. With honesty built from their love and flaws, can Jude and Cecilia move forward, save their marriage and family, and develop their business to its fullest potential.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Black is the color / Julia Gfrörer.
“Black is the Color begins with a 17th-century sailor abandoned at sea by his shipmates, and as it progresses he endures, and eventually succumbs to, both his lingering death sentence and the advances of a cruel and amorous mermaid. The narrative also explores the experiences of the loved ones he leaves behind, on his ship and at home on land, as well as of the mermaids who jadedly witness his destruction.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Mr Unpronounceable adventures / Tim Molloy. “Welcome to The City Of The Ever Open Eye, a dream world metropolis of surreal wonder and dark nightmare. Nestled between the scorched wastes of The Endless Plain and the rolling expanse of The Hundred Year Ocean stands The City, eternal and yet ever changing. Through its labyrinthine alleys and dusty plazas stumbles Mr Unpronounceable, seeker of secrets, a homeless necromancer, madman, sweating and delirious, moving from one horrifically comedic nightmare to the next.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Rage of Poseidon / Anders Nilsen.
“Nilsen’s latest collection of six variations on Greek, Roman, and Hebrew myths and a single-panel serious joke mixing Greek and Christian deities he ventures into yet another manner: black-and-white silhouette. Each panel on the more than 40-foot accordion-fold page contains a single image over text. Sometimes the figures are black and the background white; sometimes vice versa.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Couch tag / Jesse Reklaw.
“In this looping and circular five part autobiography about his family, youth, and early career, the author takes the mundane and gives it a part-comic, part-tragic twist.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Ten grand. Volume 1 / writer, J. Michael Straczynski ; artist, Ben Templesmith.
“After button man Joe Fitzgerald fell in love with Laura, he tendered his resignation. But the button man assigned to Joe is a genuine demon, so after it kills Laura, and Joe is dying, an angel makes a proposal: work for the good guys and whenever he is offed, he will get five minutes with Laura before resurrecting for the next job. In this first volume of a new series, Joe takes the case of a missing girl who may be the victim of Laura’s killer.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
X. Volume 1, Big bad / story, Duane Swierczynski ; art, Eric Nguyen. “A masked vigilante known only as “X” dispenses justice without mercy to the criminals who rule the decaying city of Arcadia. When muckraking blogger Leigh Ferguson snoops down the wrong alley, she gets swept into X’s bloody war with a politically powerful crime lord.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Ghosted  : haunted heist / Joshua Williamson, writer ; Goran Sudzuka, artist.
“Just busted out of prison, silver-tongued con man Jackson T. Winters can win permanent freedom if he can deliver a free-floating, full-torso, vaporous apparition to a filthy-rich collector. A suit, a shave, and one fantastic heist-crew-assembly montage later, Winters discovers that the old collector might have ulterior motives in sending him and his team to the old manor to find a ghost.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Our monthly selection of the best new Graphic Novels this month includes Pachyderme, a surreal story from the French writer Frederik Peeters, whose first graphic novel Blue Pills: a positive love story, was an instant hit. Also this month we have the first volumes of three new series.
Thumbprint / written by Jason Ciaramella ; art by Vic Malhotra ; based on the novella by Joe Hill. “Private Mallory Grennan had done terrible things as an Abu Ghraib prison worker. After being discharged from the army, Mal thought she was leaving her sins behind to start a new life back home. But some things can’t be left behind; some things don’t want to be left behind.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Thrud the Barbarian / written and illustrated by Carl Critchlow.
“Thrud’s axe has always done his talking, whether he’s stomping a dragon, or accidentally laying waste to an entire town during a battle with his arch-nemesis, ‘The Black Currant’. In this first collected volume, Thrud faces down the necromancer To-Me Ku-Pa, protects his beer supplies against fierce Frost Giants, and gets his pint spilled on a mission into the depths of the jungle!” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Planetoid. Volume one / Ken Garing. “Silas, an ex-soldier turned space pirate, finds himself stranded on a mysterious planet in alien territory. As he explores the long-abandoned industrial ruins of the planet’s surface, he will have to fend off roving cyborg militias and a hostile alien military with a bounty on his head. Ultimately, Silas will have to build a coalition amongst the planetoid’s nomadic tribes in order to make a final stand against the larger tyrannical forces that rule over them.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Sabertooth Swordsman and the mayhem of the malevolent mastodon mathematician / by Damon Gentry and Aaron Conley. “When his village is enslaved and his wife kidnapped by the malevolent Mastodon Mathematician, a simple farmer must find his inner warrior. Being granted the form of the Sabertooth Swordsman by the Cloud God of Sasquatch Mountain, he embarks on a treacherous journey to the Mastodon’s fortress, encountering on the way ogres, plague mutants, the king’s army, and goats.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Storm Dogs. Volume 1 / script, David Hine ; art, Doug Braithwaite.
“Dispatched to the protected world of Amaranth to investigate mysterious deaths, Commander Burroughs and her team find a planet in which the rain itself is lethal, the treaties protecting the natives are willfully ignored, technological bans are systematically broken, and corruption infests every branch of government. Hints of sophisticated civilization seemingly incompatible with what is believed of the local Elohi and Joppa tribes, along with evidence of predators as yet undocumented, foreshadow revelations that will reward the hubris of the off-worlders.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
JSA Liberty Files : the Whistling Skull / B. Clay Moore, writer ; Tony Harris. “This six-part mini-series is set in 1940s Europe. With the Nazi war machine on the move, crimes are still committed even in the smallest hamlets. From the world of the JSA: Liberty Files, witness the birth of a new hero for the ages.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Mister X : Eviction and other stories / written, illustrated, and colored by Dean Motter ; introduction by Brian Michael Bendis.
” This new collection of short stories follows the titular character as he prowls Radiant City, a town combining a Fritz Lang-inspired futuristic art deco grandeur with Blade Runner’s claustrophobic grime, sorting out political corruption, rampaging robots, and all manner of madmen.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary
Pachyderme / Frederik Peeters ; written and illustrated by Frederik Peeters, translated by Edward Gauvin.
“The fictional Pachyderme begins in a traffic jam created by an elephant in the middle of the road. Out of the fray walks a stylishly dressed woman en route to her hospitalized husband. Even before she reaches the hospital, the woman begins to see things (alien-looking babies) and when she wanders the building there is more: a spy-type capable of emerging from a pipe in the wall and, in the morgue, the reanimated corpse of an old woman who may be herself-to-come.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Bad houses / written by Sara Ryan ; illustrated by Carla Speed McNeil.
“Teenagers Anne and Lewis cross paths and together refuse to succumb to the fate of the older generation as they discover the secrets of their hometown and their own families”(Adpated from Syndetics summary)
Look straight ahead : a graphic novel / by Elaine M. Will.
“Although fictional, this story of a young man’s breakdown and subsequent institutionalization captures the experience of mental illness and the slow path of treatment. Jeremy is a loner at school, with a crush on his friend’s girlfriend, general insecurity, and insomnia. Then things spiral out of control. An early sequence of his drawing, which descends into his own visions, is both startlingly accomplished cartooning and a disturbing foreshadowing of what’s to come, as Jeremy succumbs to his illness. He starts having hallucinations, and after he fights back against school bullies, he’s sent to treatment.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary).
God Hates Astronauts, Doomsday, and The Massive are the titles of the first volumes in three new series featured in this month’s selection of new Graphic Novels. Highly recommended is the first collection of work by Canadian Michael DeForge, centering on body horror and titled, Very casual.
God hates astronauts. Volume 1, The head that wouldn’t die! / written and illustrated by Ryan Browne.
“Conceived during a 24-hour comic creating exercise before evolving into a Webcomic, which then spurred a successful Kickstarter campaign to produce a hardcover collection, this comic has now been repackaged with many bonuses. The heroic team-known as The Power Persons Five-is hired by NASA for a mission, but often are anything but heroic as they confront all manner of strange enemies, from voodoo space bears to decapitated ghost cow heads.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Doomsday. 1 / written and drawn by John Byrne.
“The Earth may have dodged a bullet on 21/12/2012, but there are worse things in store for our little blue planet. Seven adventurers aboard the International Space Station watch in horror as most of the world is decimated by a monster solar flare. And their only choice is to return to the surface, and face whatever awaits them there.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Very casual / Michael DeForge.
“Prolific young Canadian-born avant-garde artist DeForge has become one of his generation’s most admired cartoonists, and this is his first sizable collection. Most of the work here has appeared in a barrage of mini-comics, small-press publications and Web comics. Many of DeForge’s comics center on body horror: in “Sweet Tat,” a popular band is made up of ugly lumps of flesh who infect their fans with a terrible disease, and some of the wordless comics deal with bodies that morph in more or less disturbing ways.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The last Christmas / created and written by Gerry Duggan & Brian Posehn ; penciled by Rick Remender ; inked by Hilary Barta.
“In a culture rife with post-apocalyptic bedlam, Duggan and Posehn’s maniacally tasteless The Last Christmas invites old Kris Kringle to grab an Uzi and join the zombie zeitgeist. The world has gone nuclear, and with radiation mutating mankind, the horde attacks the North Pole and kills Mrs. Claus. Santa slips into a deep alcoholic depression after the death of his wife, and Christmas is officially over, except for one good little boy who keeps the Christmas spirit alive in spite of roving bands of marauders and mutant zombies.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Lighter than my shadow / Katie Green.
“Like most kids, Katie was a picky eater. She’d sit at the table in silent protest, hide uneaten toast in her bedroom, and listen to parental threats that she’d have to eat it for breakfast. But in any life a set of circumstance can collide, and normal behavior might soon shade into something sinister, something deadly.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The castle / adapted by David Zane Mairowitz from the original novel by Franz Kafka ; illustrated by Jaromir 99.
“A brilliant adaptation of The Castle by Franz Kafka. It is an atmospheric and brooding tale of extreme bureaucracy that explores themes of solitude, isolation, loss and companionship.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Showa, 1926-1939 : a history of Japan / Shigeru Mizuki ; translator, Zack Davisson.
“Mizuki, one of Japan’s most celebrated manga artists, was born only a few years before the start of the Showa period, one of Japan’s most turbulent eras. In this, the first of four volumes, he traces history along two tracks: the first is Japan’s story, spanning the years between the great Kanto earthquake and the start of WWII; the second is the story of the author and his family growing up in a port town far from the drama taking place in Tokyo.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Hip hop family tree  : 1970s-1981 / Ed Piskor.
“Originating as a webcomic serialized at Boing Boing, this oversize volume is an epic, exhaustive chronicle of the most culturally impactful popular music movement of the past four decades. With its roots embedded in the streets of 1970s New York City, hip-hop and rap slowly germinated as a DIY urban party phenomenon, weaving a powerful funky spell among the Big Apple’s people of color. Local deejays and rappers were catapulted into the scene’s spotlight overnight, and the battles for performance supremacy honed the skills of the form’s progenitors at parties and clubs, which soon led the sounds they created to be recorded and distributed on bootleg vinyl. As the movement grew, so too did its visibility, and the rest is international pop-culture history.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Colder. Volume 1 / script, Paul Tobin ; art and colors, Juan Ferreyra.
“Declan Thomas’s body temperature is dropping. He never gets sick, never feels pain. An ex-inmate of an insane asylum that was destroyed in a fire, he has the strange ability to step inside a person’s madness and sometimes cure it. He hopes to one day cure his own madness, but time is running out, as a demonic predator pursues him through a nightmare version of Boston and when Declan’s temperature reaches zero it will all be over.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
The Massive. Volume 1, Black Pacific / Brian Wood, story ; Kristian Donaldson, Garry Brown, art.
“Extreme weather, tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions have suddenly conspired to upset human life globally, and the planet seems to be determined to self-destruct. Amid this social, economic, and biological upheaval sails the Kapital, a ship crewed by volunteers desperate to help restore an ecological and cultural balance in this horrific remodeling of civilization. The Massive, her sister ship, is lost. This dark tale, the first in a new series from Wood begins by telling some of the history of the sailors involved and the loss of contact between the two vessels, peopled by altruistic, dauntless, modern-day knights errant.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Hyperbole and a half: unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem and other things that happened: A great read already and it is only the title of this highly recommended new graphic novel by Allie Brosh, semi-autobiographical, and adapted in part from her blog. This is just one of the best graphic novels selected from the new additions to the collection this month.
Five ghosts  : the haunting of Fabian Gray / written by Frank J. Barbiere; art by Chris Mooneyham.
“Famed treasure hunter Fabian Gray has the remarkable ability to channel ghosts of five archetypal figures the wizard, the archer, the detective, the samurai, and the vampire a power that comes in quite handy in the midst of his swashbuckling exploits. A classic adventure comic, crammed with rubies to snag, helicopter ladders to lunge after, and biplanes that crash into deep jungles full of magic-wielding cults, all wrapped up in a plot dripping with revenge, regret, greed, and deep hubris.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Hyperbole and a half : unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that happened / Allie Brosh.
“Autobiographical cartoonist Allie Brosh impresses with this confessional collection of essays, adapted in part from her popular blog of the same name. Most pieces deal with Brosh’s struggle with depression, an experience rarely expressed so clearly and specifically in other media as it is here. Even those unfamiliar with trials of such a condition will find this humorous depiction enlightening. The writer frequently details her relationship with two dogs, each as dysfunctional as herself, whom she must take care of while tending to her own serious mental issues. “(Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The Black Beetle in “No way out” : a mystery tale / by Francesco Francavilla.
“While investigating a meeting between a pair of powerful mob bosses, the Black Beetle – Colt City’s sleuthing sentinel – witnesses an explosion that decimates the city’s organized crime community, killing dozens. No one gets away with mass murder when the Black Beetle’s on the case.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
The encyclopedia of Early Earth : a graphic novel / by Isabel Greenberg. “This is an epic work of fiction, detailing the many tales and adventures of one lonely storyteller, on a quest for Enlightenment and True Love. The many stories, big and small, cover themes such as Gods, monsters, mad kings, wise old crones, shamans, medicine men, brothers and sisters, strife, mystery, bad science, worse geography, and of course true love.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Science fiction / Joe Ollmann.
“High-school science teacher Mark is practical, sensible, and grounded, sharing a happy if routine life with his girlfriend, Sue. That is, until a throwaway science fiction B movie changes his life completely. As the movie unfolds, Mark has a panic-fueled meltdown. He claims that the film triggered previously repressed memories of an alien abduction, and they lead to his descent into isolation and paranoia. The real story, though, is the disintegration of Mark and Sue’s relationship.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)
Masks. Volume 1 / written by Chris Roberson ; issue #1 art and collection cover by Alex Ross ; issue #2-8 art by Dennis Calero.
“This story joins together some high-powered, pulp-infused superheroes in one adventure: the Green Hornet, Kato, the Shadow, the Spider, Zorro, Black Bat, Miss Fury, the Green Lama, and Black Terror. The vigilantes confront a brazenly corrupt New York, complete with public hangings and people being shipped off to “work camps”. Naturally the Masks unite to set things right.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Butcher Street / creator/writer, Justin Robinson ; artists, Ben Templesmith, Steve Wands ; editor, Amanda Hendrix. “Michael Rose has awakened in a strange place: a city block from which there is no escape, watched over by a monstrous guardian. Every one of the other denizens carries with them some secret pain, but are they wardens or fellow prisoners? While Michael hunts for escape from Butcher Street, he learns that the only way out, is in.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Lazarus. Volume one, Family / written by Greg Rucka ; art and letters by Michael Lark.
“Each mob family has their very own Lazarus, a cybernetic warrior pledged to carry out the family’s dirty work on their path to control their population. Forever Eve Carlyle is the Lazarus and daughter of the Carlyle family, who appears to have far more depth than her role as coldhearted killer would initially suggest.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Sin titulo / Cameron Stewart.
“Self-centered Alex Mackay has no idea that he is letting important relationships slip away, until he drops in on his grandfather, Robert, at his nursing home, only to discover that the old man died a month before. Left pondering the small box of his grandfather’s personal effects, Alex discovers an intriguing photo of Robert with an unfamiliar woman. When he asks the nursing home staff about the photo, his questions are met with obstructionism and violence. Determined to find the truth, Alex sets out on a journey of discovery that only raises more questions and reveals that his recurring dream of a gnarled tree on a beach is far more important than he previously believed.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Don’t go where I can’t follow / by Anders Nilsen.
“Six years after its limited first edition, Nilsen issues a general edition of his A very affecting, quirky, and beautiful memorial of Nilsen’s fiancée, Cheryl Weaver, who died too young and too quickly of cancer. It is a mixed-media composition; beginning with some postcards she sent him and his hilarious letter to his sister about a weekend camping trip fraught with tiny disasters. Photos and anecdotes from an accidental New Jersey stopover, a comics account of a trip to the Angouleme comics festival, plenty of photos from his and Cheryl’s subsequent French travels, his journal entries about her hospitalization, the portrayal in comics of scattering her ashes, four of his drawn-upon postcards to her, and ending with an old note to her envisioning her surviving him” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Incidents in the Night, The Devil’s Panties, Masks of Anarchy, and Cruisin’ with the Hound, just some of the mind boggling titles in the best of this month’s new Graphic Novels.
Incidents in the night. Book one / David B. ; translated by Brian & Sarah Evenson.
“After an odd dream, David-as-character goes on a surreal quest to find a mysterious 19th-century journal entitled Incidents in the Night. He finds his prize in an enchantingly baroque Paris bookstore after expeditions through monoliths and pyramids of volumes. But complications ensue: Travers, the still-alive editor of the journal, has acquired the power to enter books and demands that David hide him in a volume to avoid the Angel of Death. David finds that he himself can enter the strange world, bumbling after Travers amid side tales of death gods, flood myths, occult conspiracies, and allusions to actual and imaginary literature.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The devil’s panties. Volume 1 / Jennie Breeden. “Running the register at a comic shop, waiting tables at a restaurant, this wasn’t quite what Jennie had in mind after graduating with a shiny degree in Sequential Art. As life overwhelmed her and her drawing hand withered away, Jennie made a promise to herself to stay in practice by drawing a new comic every single day. This first volume is a compilation of those comics, from dating and clubbing to trying to make it as an artist.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Ghost. Volume one, In the smoke and din / story, Kelly Sue DeConnick ; art, Phil Noto.
“Supernatural investigators and reality television stars Vaughn and Tommy go to a cemetery one night to summon up an alluring woman in a cryptic white outfit, whom they believe is a legendary ghost. The woman-codenamed Ghost is actually an amnesiac who needs help finding out how she ended up in her current predicament. As luck would have it, the secret of her past coincides with that of Vaughn, and the investigation brings the two on a collision course with supernatural secrets sewn into the tapestry of Chicago history.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Masks of anarchy : the history of a radical poem, from Percy Shelley to the Triangle Factory Fire / written by Michael Demson ; illustrated by Summer McClinton ; foreword by Paul Buhle.
“Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem “The Masque of Anarchy,” is a passionate allegorical championing of nonviolent resistance as political protest. Written to comment on the 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where cavalry charged a mass of demonstrators, it has had a long and potent life as the vanguard of civil resistance. This graphic novel documents the history of the poem’s influence, interspersing the life and times of Shelley with labor activist Pauline Newman, champion of early 20th-century organized strikes and resistance by female laborers of New York’s garment trade in response to squalid working conditions and the deadly 1911 Triangle Factory fire.” (Adpated from Syndetics summary)
Damned / [written by Steven Grant ; art by Mike Zeck].
“A hard-hitting crime noir story. When Mick Thorne is paroled and released from prison, the only thing on his mind is keeping a promise. But in keeping that promise to deliver a message to his dead cellmate’s sister, he draws the attention of the local crime boss.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Todd, the ugliest kid on earth. Volume 1 / written by Ken Kristensen ; art & cover by M.K. Perker. “The misadventures of the Belluomo family and their infectiously optimistic, paper-bag-wearing son. Irreverent and politically incorrect, filled with axe murderers, cults, celebrity stalkers, and a neo-Nazi prison gang. This is collection of volumes 1-4. (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Kitaro / Shigeru Mizuki ; translation by Jocelyne Allen.
“Yokai are spirits that often cause mischief or harm, but the novel’s half-boy, half-yokai hero Kitaro protects humans from their ill effects. Kitaro battles and defeats a blood-sucking tree and a monster that attacks with an army made from his own organs, among others. His closest ally is his father, who exists as an eyeball in the boy’s empty left eye socket.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Bad break / Philippe Riche, art and story ; Samantha Demers, translator. “A prequel to Phillipe Riche’s, Alliance Of The Curious. In this book we meet the three protagonists, an antique dealer who can come back to life, a bored junk man and a porn star and discover their origins. The story is one long road trip, done with many twists, turns and flashbacks.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Cruisin’ with the Hound / comics by Spain Rodriguez.
“An underground icon takes a trip down memory lane. This book is the collection of the artist’s autobiographical short stories, memoirs of his misspent youth.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Blue is the warmest color by French writer Julie Maroh is the highly recommended new graphic novel this month, adapted into the new award winning erotic movie. Featured also are several first volumes of new series including two new horror magna graphic novels.
39 minutes. Volume one / William Harms, creator & writer ; Jerry Lando, artist.
“Robbing a bank is easy, it’s the getaway that’s hard! The bank is surrounded by police officers, alarms are blaring, customers and employees are screaming, and the streets are blocked off. So is the only solution to kill everyone in town.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Attack on Titan. 1/ [Hajime Isayama] ; translated and adapted by Sheldon Drzka.
“Humanity’s remnants live behind layers of massive walls for protection from the human-eating titans outside. Suddenly, after decades of peace, the titans smash through the outermost wall and slaughter the residents. Eren, Armin, and Mikasa, three young survivors of the massacre, join the army in their desperate struggle against the unstoppable giants.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
On the odd hours / a tale by Eric Liberge ; [translation by Joe Johnson].
“The highly successful series of graphic novels co-published with the Louvre museum in Paris (“Glacial Period,” “Museum Vaults”) continues with this next outstanding graphic novel. This time, the author invites us on a guided tour of the museum by night, when the works of art come alive. Our guide: a deaf night watchman who somehow manages to communicate with the souls of those ethereal and timeless works of art.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Blue is the warmest color / Julie Maroh.
“Clementine, a high school student, is in the midst of an identity crisis when she locks eyes with older, blue-haired Emma on the street. That moment keeps bubbling up in Clementine’s dreams, drawing her toward a romantic truth that no-one, her family, nor her friends can or want to understand. Translated from the French, Maroh’s graphic novel has already been adapted into a film that won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Fashion beast  / Alan Moore, script; Alan Moore & Malcolm McLaren, story ; Facundo Percio, art & covers.
“Alan Moore and Malcolm McLaren developed a story that redefined Beauty and the Beast in a dystopian future city dominated by a fashion house, which Moore then fully-scripted into a huge screenplay. Never previously published, this epic work is now adapted for comics by long-time Moore collaborator, Antony Johnston preserving every scrap of Moore’s original dialogue.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The alliance of the curious / Philippe Rich.
“Translated from the French, this eccentric tale turns violent, thought-provoking, and funny. After losing his mother to an ongoing heat wave, a homeless man wanders the streets of Paris while he tries to make sense of the current visions he is experiencing. Meanwhile, three antiques dealers investigate the history of an ornate skull found in a box of old photos. As the two stories begin to merge readers meet a cast of unique supporting characters, learn about the French royal bloodline, and may begin to question the nature of humanity.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Torpedo. Volume one / story by Enrique Sanchez Abuli ; art by Jordi Bernet, Alex Toth ; translation by Jimmy Palmiotti.
” Enrique Sanchel Abuli and Jordi Bernet’s masterpiece, Torpedo, is a darkly humorous exploration of the criminal underbelly in 1930s New York City. Abuli’s distinctive narrative builds the story over time and Bernet’s Masterful renditions of the title character and the city he inhabits are stunningly cinematic. This volume also contains the first two Torpedo stories, illustrated by Alex Toth, as well as a new translation by Jimmy Palmiotti.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Genius / Steven T. Seagle & Teddy Kristiansen.
“Ted Halket advanced rapidly through school as a child after he was recognized as a genius, but his understanding of human relations didn’t develop as quickly as the rest of his intellect. Even when he’s married with two children and holds a prestigious job at a major research institute, Ted is drowning, both personally and professionally. Then his elderly father-in-law, whose health is failing, dangles a dazzling prize: Einstein’s last secret,a scientific truth so huge it will save Ted’s career from encroaching failure.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Goddamn this war! / art & story by Tardi ; chronology by Jean-Pierre Verney; [translated by Helge Dascher ; edited by Kim Thompson].
“Tardi’s It Was the War of the Trenches was released in the U.S. in 2010, but it’s been 15 years since its completion, a gap of time that proves Tardi’s passion and anger over WWI has not dampened in the least. This spiritual sequel using an unnamed Parisian soldier’s hardboiled, heartbroken narration (there is no spoken dialogue) to take the reader through six years of hopelessly indistinguishable trenches, explosions, corpses, mud, and maggots, all of it depicted via three panoramic panels per page rendered in smoky grays and foggy blues with blood accents.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Doubt. 1 / Yoshki Tonogai ; translation and lettering, Alexis Eckerman.
“After playing against one another several times in the online game Rabbit Doubt, a group of players meet up in real time, only to find themselves kidnapped and trapped in a series of locked rooms and forced to play Rabbit Doubt for real. Now they have become the rabbits of the game and must discover which player is the wolf and kill him before he kills them.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
This month’s selection of the best new Graphic Novels recently added to the collection includes the first volumes in six new series. Highly recommended is Good Cop, Bad Cop, the first book in the Mumbai Confidential series written by Saurav Mohaoatra.
Freaks’ amour / adapted by Dana Marie Andra ; pencils by Phil Hester ; inks by Ande Parks ; based on the novel by Tom De Haven.
“In De Haven’s nightmarish America, the survivors of a nuclear blast, twisted by radiation and the contempt of the human population, try to raise money for surgeries any way they can. For brothers Grinner and Flour, that means everything from grotesque travelling sex shows for the normals to the ultimate drug mutant goldfish eggs.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
In the kitchen with Alain Passard : inside the world (and mind) of a master chef / written and illustrated by Christophe Blain ; recipes by Alain Passard.
“What’s life like for a renowned chef running one of the top-rated restaurants in the world? To find out, cartoonist Blain (Isaac the Pirate) shadowed culinary virtuoso Alain Passard, in this delightfully engaging glimpse into the world of high-class Parisian cuisine. In a series of recipes and anecdotes that mimic the tone of a breezy magazine feature, Blain delineates Passard’s charming personality and Zenlike approach to cooking-an approach that strives to achieve a harmony of colors as well as flavors in each dish.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
BlackAcre. Volume one, An errand into the wilderness / story, Duffy Boudreau ; pencils, Wendell Cavalcanti. “The American dark age.The country has collapsed. Only the stronghold of BlackAcre remains. Conceived by the robber-barons of the 21st century, this opulent city-state is the last bastion of stability in a world ablaze with chaos and strife. Hull, an elite warrior from the city’s neo-Spartan military class, has devoted his life to defending the borders of his homeland. Now that one of his comrades has gone missing during a clandestine mission into hostile territory, Hull himself must venture out beyond the wall into the brutal and lawless frontier known as the Hinterlands.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Great Pacific  : trashed! / [written by] Joe Harris ; [art by] Martín Morazzo.
“An oil heir makes an environmental statement by claiming the Great Pacific Garbage Patch as a nation in this fast-paced ecological adventure. Chas Worthington III is working on technology that will help clean up oil spills to counter the environmentally hazardous initiatives of the company that his family started (which has since gone public). But due to his playboy attitude, his ideas are dismissed by the board. He fakes his death with the help of his best friend and builds a research station on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where he faces the wrath of a giant octopus, a group of indigenous cargo-cult descendants, and a band of pirates after Soviet-era nuclear weapons.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Mumbai confidential. Book 1, Good cop, bad cop / written by Saurav Mohapatra ; illustrated by Vivek Shinde ; featuring additional art by Sid Kotian, Saumin Patel, Vinay Brahmania and Devaki Neogi ; Rebecca Taylor, editor.
“A face-off between a dirty cop and a dirtier cop opens this Asian noir drama based loosely on reports about real-life Indian “encounter cops” who illegally kill criminals in cold blood. Former cop and newly widowed Arjun Kadam fights to investigate the hit-and-run killing of a street urchin who offered him a rose. Getting to the bottom of the crime-and avenging the victim-sends Kadam spiraling into an incestuous Mumbai criminal underground, where alliances and antagonisms among criminals and crime fighters eat up the guilty and less guilty alike.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
12 reasons why I love her / by Jamie S. Rich and Joëlle Jones.
“A romance novel told in twelve individual vignettes, Twelve Reasons explores the relationship of young couple Gwen and Evan, and the ups and downs of their relationship.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Army of Darkness. Volume one, Hail to the Queen, baby! / written by Elliott R. Serrano ; pencils by Marat Mychaels, Deitrich Smith ; inks by Chris Ivy.
“Ever since that fateful day, when he saw his friends killed by the ultimate evil, S-Mart store clerk Ashley J. Williams has been at war with the armies of darkness. He’s been transported across time to fight the evil dead, both in the past and in the future. He’s travelled across dimensions, and has even been to Hell and back. But this is the first time that he’s met another Ashley Williams, one from an alternate reality who believes that they are the Chosen One and is also a woman.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Strange attractors / written by Charles Soule ; illustrated by Greg Scott ; edited by Rebecca Taylor.
“In 1978, Dr. Spencer Brownfield saved New York City from itself, bringing the city back from the verge of collapse and ruin. And for thirty years, his small, unnoticed adjustments to the city’s systems have kept the city afloat. Or so he claims to Heller Wilson, a young graduate student that Dr. Brownfield has chosen as his successor. But are Dr. Brownfield’s claims about The Butterfly Effect and how his “complexity math” apply to the city’s patterns of life real, or are they the ravings of a man broken by the death of his wife and daughter, desperate to find some kind of control over the world around him.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
The Un-Men. , Get your freak on / John Whalen, writer ; Mike Hawthorne, artist.
“Cranius (a face-and-bulging-brain atop a hand, which perches on a supersurgeon body, Otto) and Janus (an extra head and smaller torso sprout from his back) have seized corporate control of Aberrance U.S.A., a city reservation-cum-theme park for the very different that was founded by the late (sort of, it develops) Damien Kane. The citizenry is restless, and after albino agent Kilcrop comes to investigate the murder of dissident Berthold the Amazing Gill-Boy, all hell breaks loose and just as Cranius as, atop Otto, Dr. Von Schadel is set to launch his surefire-hit reality show, American Freak.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Pathfinder. Volume one, Dark waters rising / written by Jim Zub ; illustrated by Andrew Huerta, Jake Bilbao, Ivan Anaya. “Valeros the warrior can rely on his sword arm and his friends, the mysterious and beautiful sorcerer Seoni, the quick-witted elven rogue Merisiel, knowledgeable and powerful wizard Ezren, the well-travelled dwarven ranger Harsk, and courageous cleric Kyra, but nothing can prepare him for the dangers that lurk ahead. The scattered and chaotic goblin tribes of Varisia are changing, growing in power, and unifying in ways no one has ever seen before. At the heart of this strange evolution is an ancient evil force looking to establish itself anew in the world of Golarion.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
In this month’s selection of new Graphic Novels we have the first volumes of four new series, Ferals, The Spider, Supurbia, and Bedlam. In true comic book fashion, horror, super heroes, crime and suspense are well represented in each. Highly recommend and thought provoking is Rachel Hope Allison’s, I’m not a plastic bag.
I’m not a plastic bag : a graphic novel / story and art by Rachel Hope Allison ; forward [sic] by Jeff Corwin.
“An allegorical tale about pollution. In this wordless graphic novel, produced in association with biologist/TV host Jeff Corwin, Allison tackles the real-world result of modern consumption and trash production: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But rather than showing the formless slew it is in reality, Allison creates a lonely, floating landfill that communicates in words from restaurant signs and name tags. By its very nature, the trash monster is a danger to those it would befriend, and its only hope for happiness lies in transformation.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
So long, silver screen / Blutch ; [translated by Edward Gauvin]. “What are the movies? What effect do they have on us? Why do we love them so much? Blutch addresses all these questions in a series of interlocking short comics that move between scholarly history, romantic theory and ribald vignettes, featuring a motley cast of actors and topics including Burt Lancaster, Jean-Luc Godard, Claudia Cardinale, Tarzan, and Michel Piccoli.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Recorded attacks / Max Brooks ; illustrated by Ibraim Roberson.
“This graphic novel follows on from The Zombie Survival Guide and recounts 12 brief historical tales of zombie shenanigans involving prehistoric man, a Roman commander in ancient Scotland, Francis Drake, plantation slaves, and more. The brilliantly shaded, exquisitely detailed black-and-white panels give justice to the gruesome zombies, the historical scenery, and the extreme human emotions.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
We won’t see Auschwitz / written and illustrated by Jérémie Dres ; translated by Edward Gauvin.
“A detailed account of the author’s journey to Poland with his brother, Martin, to trace their Jewish roots after the death of their grandmother. Describing the humorous and touching relationship that Dres had with his grandmother, the brothers’ journey to Poland and the surprises they find there regarding their Jewish heritage.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Exile to Babylon / script by David Lapham ; art by Patric Reynolds ; editor, Allie, Scott ; based on a concept/story by Dom Mazuran.
“This adaptation of Dom Mazuran’s 2013 film deserves to be called “action-packed.” The story is set in 2040, when resources are scarce and a critical fuel supply is in the hands of a ruthless overlord; the only hope for liberation lies with the Blackshield Angels, street-gang thugs who have been reeducated by a private military operative. It’s a brutal world, especially in the war-torn landscape known as Zone 12, where the Angels’ top agent search out the enemy.” (Adpated from Syndetics summary)
Ferals. Vol. 1 / written by David Lapham ; art by Gabriel Andrade.
“Officer Dale Chesnutt is a lawman with a big, bloody problem. Slaughtered civilians are turning up in the sleepy town of Cypress, and the burden falls on him to end the carnage. But no sooner does he begin his investigation than he finds himself violently drawn to a sexy, mysterious woman and a vicious creature strikes again at Dale’s own family.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The Spider. Vol. one, Terror of the zombie queen / writer, David Liss ; artist, Colton Worsley.
“Richard Wentworth is a decorated war hero who has sacrificed everything, including the woman he loves, for duty. But the New York City Wentworth returns to is riddled with crime and corruption. With the police overwhelmed and a populace helpless, Wentworth becomes The Spider, a vigilante as ruthless and merciless as the criminals he hunts. But soon there is a new danger on the rise.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The property / Rutu Modan ; translation by Jessica Cohen.
“A trip to Warsaw with Mica and her grandmother, Regina, both from Israel. Their purpose in Poland is to check on some long lost property that Regina’s father owned prior to the Holocaust; she fled during the war, thus becoming the only family member to survive. The pursuit of old family documents is concurrent with the unearthing of family secrets.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Supurbia. Volume one, Power couples / [created and written by Grace Randolph ; art by Russell Dauterman].
“What goes down when the capes come off? Meet the ‘Real Housewives’ of Earth’s greatest super-team, the Meta legion! It’s the egos, the tantrums, and the betrayals of the super set. Find out what happens behind the masks as superhero families are faced with the sordid problems of everyday life.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Bedlam. Volume 1 / story, Nick Spencer ; art, Riley Rossmo.
“Fillmore Press was once Madder Red, a homicidal maniac and criminal overlord who ruled the city of Bedlam. Now he’s been cured of his mania, and says he wants to help protect the place he once terrorized, but can he be trusted?”(Adapted from Syndetics summary)
New #graphicnovels present another very mixed selection this month. The first volumes of three new series, Alpha Girl, Bad Medicine and Debris. For very light entertainment and amusement we recommend Egg Story by J. Marc Schmidt.
Alpha girl. Volume 1 / writers, J.P. Bonjour and Jeff Roenning ; artist, Diego Simone. “What happens when a third rate cosmetics company accidentally creates a pheromone that transforms the female population into man-eating monsters? Enter the world of Alpha Girl, and follow Judith Meyers on her quest to survive and rescue her little brother from the female apocalypse” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Clay County / writer, Bruce Brown, Chip Christell ; art, Adam Mrozowski.
“The Earth is ruled by ruthless alien invaders who came to our planet seeking a mysterious power source known only as Sf-92. Now, one year later, the merciless aliens have crushed the planet’s armed forces and annihilated all freedom fighters. All but one: SGT Coleman is Earth’s last hope. If he can find SF-92 then maybe, just maybe, he can use it against the alien conquerors and win mankind’s freedom. His search brings him to Clay County: a backward, redneck slice of the Deep South that is completely unaware, or too drunk to care, of humanity’s subjugation by an alien army.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Bad medicine. Volume 1, New moon / written by Nunzio Defilippis & Christina Weir ; illustrated by Christopher J. Mitten.
“Five years ago, world-renowned physician Dr. Randal Horne retired after causing the demise of Rebecca, one of his patients. Now, haunted by her death, Horne has been called upon to assist NYPD detective Joely Huffman in an investigation involving a physician he used to work with, a corpse with an invisible head, and a possible werewolf infestation. Given Horne’s relationship with one of the main suspects and the previous death, will his assistance help or hinder Huffman’s case?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Last day in Vietnam : a memory / Will Eisner.
“Last day in Vietnam is Will Eisner’s memoir of his years in the military, six stories garnered from observations of camp life at close range, of soldiers who were engaged not only in the daily hostilities of war but also in larger, more personal combat.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Moon Lake / written by Dan Fogler…[et al.] ; illustrated by Robbie Rodriguez…[et al.]
“Moon Lake isn’t just any normal body of water, it’s a mysterious portal into the weird, drawing all manner of macabre mysteries to its shores. In the spirit of classic horror tales from EC Comics, “Moon Lake” combines comedy, horror and adventure into a fantastic anthology, where each story is centered on the strange happenings of Moon Lake.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Red handed : the fine art of strange crimes / [written & illustrated by] Matt Kindt.
“In the city of Red Wheel Barrow, crime is on the rise though no case goes unsolved, thanks to the brilliant, restless mind of Detective Gould. The offbeat nature of the lawbreaking (a woman steals chairs, a novelist lifts words for her book, a Peeping Tom sabotages elevators to get his thrills) could easily be played for laughs, but Kindt goes deeper, turning the seemingly random episodes into a rumination on the nature of crime itself. What is crime? Is there crime without victims?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Valen the Outcast. Volume 2, Death eternal / [written by Michael Alan Nelson ; art by Matteo Scalera].
“King Valen Brand was a just ruler and a great warrior until he was killed by the necromancer Korrus Null in battle and resurrected as one of the walking dead. Now he’s considered an abomination in his own realm, an outcast with only one purpose: to restore his lost soul. With his ragtag band of renegades and smugglers they cut a path through his war-torn kingdom, fighting a dozen armies as they vie for his old throne.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Egg story / by J. Marc Schmidt.
“Two eggs named Five Spots and Feather liberate themselves from the fridge, only to find that freedom isn’t all shopping sprees and channel-surfing, when one of their comrades cracks up, entertaining fantasies of becoming a souffle and ending it all on the kitchen floor, how can the eggs find meaning in life. For feather, the answer is simple. He becomes a ninja.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Debris / story, Kurtis Wiebe ; art, Riley Rossmo.
“Young warrior Maya battles mystical, mechanical monsters as she crosses a post apocalyptic wasteland in search of water for her dying village.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
7 miles a second / text, David Wojnarowicz ; art, James Romberger.
“When it originally appeared as a comic book in 1996, this harrowing memoir written by the artist and activist Wojnarowicz just before his AIDS-related death in 1992 sank with little trace but has since achieved cult status, this is a welcome reissue. Wojnarowicz recounts his days as a child prostitute around Times Square, then as a homeless teenager, and finally as an adult watching his friends die and his own health deteriorate, railing against society’s indifference to the plague.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)