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).