From the most recent additions to the Graphic Novel collection we have chosen a variety of titles that demonstrate diversity and depth of the collection. This month there are three new series featured, The Strain by David Lapham, Dicks by Garth Ennis, and Shinku. Volume 1, Throne of Blood by Ron Marz.
The strain. Volume 1 / script by David Lapham ; art by Mike Huddleston ; story by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan.
“When a Boeing 777 lands at JFK International Airport and goes dark on the runway, the Centres for Disease Control, fearing a terrorist attack, calls in Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his team of expert biological-threat first responders. Only an elderly pawnbroker from Spanish Harlem suspects a darker purpose behind the event, an ancient threat intent on covering mankind in darkness! Adapting the first novel from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain, this horrifying first chapter deals with an outbreak of diabolical proportions that puts a terrifying twist on the vampire genre.” (adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Dicks. Volume 1 / story, Garth Ennis ; art & covers, John McCrea.
“Two unlucky, crude private detectives in hilarious and at times oh-so-offensive misadventures against crime lords, ghosts, and bar brawlers.” (adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Shinku. Volume 1, Throne of blood / created by Ron Marz & Lee Moder ; written by Ron Marz ; pencils by Lee Moder ; inks by Matthew Waite.
“Bloody horror meets martial-arts mayhem. The last surviving member of a samurai family wages a one-woman war against a clan of vampires in modern-day Tokyo in the first story arc from the acclaimed new series.” (adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
The girl with the dragon tattoo. Book 1 / adapted by Denise Mina ; art by Leonardo Manc and Andrea Mutti ; based on the novel by Stieg Larsson.
“The late Stieg Larsson’s slick potboiler is wildly popular in both movie and novel form; its tale-disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his unorthodox ally hacker/investigator, Lisbeth Salander, struggle to discover the truth behind the disappearance of Harriet Vanger decades before-is familiar to people around the world. Now it has been transformed into a graphic novel, this installment covering the events of the first half of the novel.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Flex Mentallo : man of muscle mystery / writer, Grant Morrison ; artist, Frank Quitely.
“Once he was Hero of the Beach and of the Doom Patrol. Now Flex Mentallo, the Man of Muscle Mystery, returns to investigate the sinister dealings of his former comrade, The Fact, and a mysterious rock star whose connection to Flex may hold the key to saving them both. This fast-paced tale twists super hero tropes, introducing one mind-boggling concept after another in a tour de force of innovative storytelling.” (adapted from Amazon.com)
The raven / Lou Reed , [Lorenzo] Mattotti.
“Back in 2003, Lou Reed paid tribute to poet Edgar Allan Poe with his sprawling album, The Raven. This gorgeous book of art and poetry, made in collaboration with Italian illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti, shares its title with that album and further explores Reed’s fascination with Poe’s work. Reed’s poetically streetwise sensibility and style works in surprising harmony with Poe’s dark chronicles of terror and despair, just as Mattotti’s vivid, abstracted and enigmatic paintings perfectly complement Reed’s haunting, contemporary interpretation of Poe’s vision.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Journalism / Joe Sacco.Journalism
“This volume of Sacco’s shorter pieces makes an outstanding companion to his acclaimed book-length works, which include Safe Area Gorazde and Footnotes in Gaza. The stories in this volume run from 1998 to 2011. Whether traveling to Hebron, Iraq, India, or his native Malta, Sacco’s great strength is in digging up dramatic individual stories that are illustrative of larger social or political problems.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Barack Hussein Obama / Steven Weissman.
“What does America mean today? Anyone who knows there isn’t really a right answer to that question will want to read Barack Hussein Obama, a book about Americans, about their country and about their president. Yet this is not really a graphic novel, nor is it a biography or an experiment, but rather a whole, fully-realised parallel America, a surrealistic vision that is no more cockeyed than the real thing; its weirdness no more weird, its vision of the world no more terrifying.” (adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Days of the bagnold summer / Joff Winterhart.
“Sue, 52, works in a library. Daniel, 15, is still at school. This was the summer holidays Daniel was due to spend with his father and his father’s pregnant new wife in Florida. When they cancel his trip, Sue and Daniel face six long weeks together. Joff Winterhart perfectly captures the ennui, the tension, the pathos and even the affection of this mother-son relationship.” (adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Blacklung / Chris Wright.
“In a night of piratical treachery when an arrogant teacher is accidently shanghaied aboard the frigate Hand, his fate becomes inextricably fettered to that of a sardonic gangster. Dependent on one another for survival in their strange and dangerous new home, the two form an unlikely alliance as they alternately elude or confront the thieves and cutthroats that bad luck has made their companions and captors.” (adapted from Amazon.co.uk)