Superheroes abound in this month’s selection of new Graphic novels. Also included is the biography of young student who eventually becomes a notorious serial killer, in My Friend Dahmer and graphic artist Natalie Nourigat’s autobiography of one of her university senior years. We end this selection with a collection of short stories from some great graphic writers, including Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, titled It’s dark in London.
My friend Dahmer : a graphic novel / [text and illustrations] by Derf Backderf ; [editor, Charles Kochman].
“My Friend Dahmer is the hauntingly original graphic novel by Derf Backderf, the award winning political cartoonist. In these pages, Backderf tries to make sense of Jeffery Dahmer, the future serial killer with whom he shared classrooms, hallways, libraries and car rides. What emerges is a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a young man struggling helplessly against the urges, some ghastly, bubbling up from the deep recesses of his psyche. The Dahmer recounted here, although universally regarded as an inhumane monster, is a lonely oddball who, in reality, is all too human. A shy kid sucked inexorably into madness while the adults in his life fail him.” – (adapted from Amazon.com summary)
The Red Wing / by Jonathan Hickman, Nick Pitarra, with Rachelle Rosenberg.
“To stay alive in the future, the best fighter pilots in the world not only have to perfect their skills and master their aircraft, they also have to know how to travel through time. The Red Wing is the story of the greatest battle in the history of three worlds.” – (adapted from Amazon.com summary)
Same difference / Derek Kirk Kim.
“The adventure centers on Simon and Nancy, two aimless twenty-something year-olds struggling to cope with transitions in their lives and various missed opportunities, including a high school lie Simon still dwells upon with unresolved regret. Nancy, meanwhile, has been responding to letters of unrequited love, addressed to the former tenant of her new apartment. When the two tracks down the letter writer in Pacifica, CA, the lessons they learn are both sweet and poignant.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Infinite kung fu / [story and art by Kagan McLeod].
“The Martial World is ruled by a mysterious emperor whose five armies are each headed by a cruel and highly skilled kung fu master. Lei Kung, a soldier in one of these armies, grows tired of his master’s evil ways and seeks enlightenment elsewhere. However, he soon finds that he’s been chosen as the one who will put an end to the emperor’s tyrannical rule, personally. Allegiances are blurred as techniques are perfected, and Lei Kung becomes less certain who is a friend and who is a foe in each chapter.” – (adapted from Amazon.com summary)
Cyclops. Volume one / Jacomon & Matz ; written by Matz ; illustrated by Luc Jacamon ; translated by Matz and Edward Gauvin.
“This is a collection of the first four issues of Cyclops. In 2054, a man looking for work gets a job at a private military contracting firm that has just won a bid to handle the United Nation’s peacekeeping missions, propelling him into a highly sophisticated war broadcast worldwide by the soldiers themselves thanks to the micro-cameras in their helmets. But how far will he go in exploring the boundaries between war and peacekeeping, news and entertainment?” – (adapted from Amazon.com summary)
Superior / Mark Millar, writer ; Leinil Yu, penciler ; Gerry Alanguilan, Jason Paz, Jeff Huet, inkers ; Sunny Gho, Javier Tartaglia, Dave McCaig, colorists ; V.C.’s Clayton Cowles, letterer.
“Simon Pooni had it all going for him, plenty of friends at school and good looks, and his coach called him one of the most talented basketball players he’s ever seen. But that was when he could still move his legs. Now, he’s living with multiple sclerosis, missing all the little things he used to take for granted, and escaping into the world of movies and comics with his best friend. Then SUPERIOR entered his life.” – (adapted from Amazon.com summary)
Between gears / by Natalie Nourigat.
“Nourigat’s autobiographical comic collects pieces she wrote for each day of her senior year at the University of Oregon. The book offers an intriguing glimpse into how she tried to balance schoolwork, creative deadlines, family, friends, and personal relationships during her very busy year.“ – (adapted from Syndetics summary)
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents. Volume one / Nick Spencer, writer ; Cafu…[et al.], artists.
“Would you rather burn out or fade away? That’s the question at the heart of this bold title starring a group of people who, for one reason or another, are at their wits’ end until they’re offered a chance to become super heroes. The only catch is their powers will kill them.” – (adapted from Amazon.com summary)
Ratfist / by Doug TenNapel.
“Ratfist is your classic urban superhero, struggling with the tough choice between his rat sidekick and his rat-hating fiancée when, in the midst of investigating the mysterious Simian Icthus Corporation, his soul is accidentally melded with that of a rodent.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)
It’s dark in London / edited by Oscar Zarate.
“Its Dark in London features the work of Alan Moore, NeilGaiman, David McKean, Ilya, Carol Swain, Dix, Melinda Gebbie, in tandem with the stories of London writers like Iain Sinclair, Graeme Gordon, Christopher Petit and Stella Duffy. This fusion produces a portrait of London that captures the city’s fundamental essence as an exquisite mixture of lofty towers and gutter sleaze, of suburban gentility and urban depravity, of private vices and public philanthropy.” – (adapted from Amazon.com summary)