Great Graphic Novels for Teens Nominations
Bennett, Marek. The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby. 2016. Comics Workshop. $19.95. 9780982415351. Learn about another perspective on the Civil War from the graphic novel adaptation of a New Hampshire teacher's Civil War memoir.
Brown, Box. Tetris: the Games People Play. 2016. First Second. $19.99. 9781626723153. This graphic novel tells the story of how Tetris was first imagined, then created, and finally distributed as a game in multiple formats throughout the world.
Crilley, Mark. The Drawing Lesson: a Graphic Novel that Teaches You How to Draw. 2016. Watson-Guptill. $18.99. 9780385346337. The basics of drawing are laid out in story form as you follow the main character, David, through a series of drawing lessons.
Dini, Paul & Eduardo Risso. Dark Night: a True Batman Story. 2016. Vertigo. $22.99. 9781401241438. In the 1990s, legendary writer Paul Dini had a flourishing career writing the hugely popular Batman: The Animated Series and Tiny Toon Adventures. Walking home one evening, he was jumped and viciously beaten within an inch of his life. His recovery process was arduous, hampered by the imagined antics of the villains he was writing for television including the Joker, Harley Quinn and the Penguin. But despite how bleak his circumstances were, or perhaps because of it, Dini also always imagined the Batman at his side, chivvying him along during his darkest moments.
Easton, Brandon & Denis Medri. Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven. 2015. Lion Forge Comics. $12.99. 9781941302149. This unprecedented biography of Andre the Giant charts his earliest days on his family's farm, to his enormously successful runs in Japan, to his heated feuds with the biggest wrestling stars of all time, to his memorable turns in Hollywood TV and cinema and to his darkest moments caused by excessive substance abuse.
Fitzgerald, Meags. Long Red Hair. 2015. Conundrum Press. $17.00. 9781894994958. Long Red Hair is Meags Fitzgerald's follow up to her acclaimed Photobooth: A Biography. In this graphic memoir, Fitzgerald paints a childhood full of sleepovers, playing dress-up, amateur fortune-telling and renting scary movies. Yet, Fitzgerald suspects that she is unlike her friends. The book navigates a child's struggle with averageness, a preteen's budding bisexuality and a young woman's return after rejection. Fitzgerald takes us from her first kiss to a life sworn to singlehood, while weaving in allusions to witches in history and popular culture. Long Red Hair alluringly delves into the mystique of red hair and the beguiling nature of alternative romantic relationships.
Geary, Rick. Black Dahlia (Treasury of XXth Century Murder). 2016. NBM. $15.99. 9781681120522. Rick Geary reconstitutes and reveals for us the life of this 22-year-old woman who had become known as Black Dahlia because of her striking appearance. How could her life have ended in such a ghastly fashion? Was it a jealous boyfriend, a rejected suitor, or one of LA s notorious mafia connections whom she had apparently been dabbling with? The case gets more complex when, days later, a local newspaper receives a cut-out letter from an anonymous Black Dahlia Avenger admitting to the crime.
Glidden, Sarah. Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq. 2016. Drawn & Quarterly. $14.95. 9781770462557. Cartoonist Sarah Glidden accompanies her two friends―reporters and founders of a journalism non-profit―as they research potential stories on the effects of the Iraq War on the Middle East and, specifically, the war’s refugees.
Hale, Nathan. Nathan Hale’s Dangerous Tales: Alamo All Stars. 2016. Amulet Books. $12.95. 9781419719028. This book follows the bloody fight for Texas's Independence from Mexico, featuring key players including David Bowie, Stephen Austin, Davy Crockett, and other settlers and soldiers who made the wild frontier of Texas their home - until the bitter end.
Ito, Junji. Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu. 2015. Kodansha Comics. $10.99. 9781632361974. Master of Japanese horror manga Junji Ito presents a series of hissterical tales chronicling his real-life trials and tribulations of becoming a cat owner.
Kurzweil, Amy. Flying Couch: a Graphic Memoir. 2016. Catapult. $18.95. 9781936787289. A graphic memoir/coming-of-age narrative capturing three generations of Jewish women.
Lee, Stan and Peter David. Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir. 2015. Illus. Touchstone/Simon and Schuster, $30.00. 9781501107726. Stan Lee, co-creator of some of the Marvel Universe's best superheroes and villains, tells his own story with his usual humor. Little known facts about his life and the creation of comics are explored in living color.
Lewis, John, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell. March: Book Three. 2016. Top Shelp. $19.99. 9781603094023. Chronicles civil rights from 1963 through the Voting Rights act.
McClanahan, Scott & Ricardo Cavolo. The Incantations of Daniel Johnston. 2016. Two Dollar Radio. $16.99. 9781937512453. Biography on the life of musician Daniel Johnston.
Ottaviani, Jim & Leland Purvis. The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded. 2016. Abrams ComicArts. $24.95. 9781419718939. Explores the life of brilliant mathematician and code-breaker Alan Turing from his early childhood to his untimely death.
Piskor, Ed. Hip Hop Family Tree Book 4: 1984-1985. 2016. Fantagraphics. $27.99. 9781606999400. In the latest volume of the history of hip-hop told in graphic novel form, we are introduced to characters such as Dr. Dre, Will Smith, Salt-N-Peppa (some of whom were featured in the hit summer movie, Straight Out of Compton), and many more.
Rall, Ted. Bernie. 2016. Seven Stories Press. $16.95. 9781609806989. Details the recent history of the Democratic Party, Bernie’s childhood and history in politics, and the election up to the Iowa caucus.
Ross, Edward. Filmish: a Graphic Journey Through Film. 2015. Self Made Hero. $24.95. 9781910593035. Cartoonist Edward Ross uses comics to illuminate the ideas behind our favorite movies. In Filmish, Ross’s cartoon alter ego guides readers through the annals of cinematic history, introducing some of the strange and fascinating concepts at work in the movies. Each chapter focuses on a particular theme—the body, architecture, language—and explores an eclectic mix of cinematic triumphs, from A Tripto the Moon to Top Gun. Like other bestselling nonfiction graphic novels such as Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics, Filmish tackles serious issues—sexuality, race, censorship, propaganda—with authority and wit, throwing new light on some of the greatest films ever made.
Samanci, Özge. Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey. 2015. Farrar Straus Giroux. $16.99. 9780374316983. Growing up on the Aegean Coast, Özge loved the sea and imagined a life of adventure while her parents and society demanded predictability. In her unpredictable and funny graphic memoir, Özge recounts her story using inventive collages, weaving together images of the sea, politics, science, and friendship.
Sattouf, Riad. The Arab of the Future 2: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984-1985. 2016. Henry Holt. $26.00. 9781627793513. In Volume 2, Riad, now settled in his father’s hometown of Homs, gets to go to school, where he dedicates himself to becoming a true Syrian in the country of the dictator Hafez Al-Assad.
Wyld, Evie & Joe Sumner. Everything is Teeth. 2016. Pantheon. $24.95. 9781101870815. When she was a little girl, passing her summers in the heat of coastal Australia, Evie Wyld was captivated by sharks—by their innate ruthlessness, stealth, and immeasurable power—and they have never released their hold on her imagination. From the award-winning author of All the Birds, Singing, here is a deeply moving graphic memoir about family, love, loss, and the irresistible forces that, like sharks, course through life unseen, ready to emerge at any moment.
Aaron, Jason & Chris Bachalo. Doctor Strange, Volume 1: The Way of the Weird. 2016. Marvel Comics. $24.99. 9780785195160. Doctor Strange protects the earthly realm from mystic forces, but at what cost? Every time he uses magic there is a price to pay and it's catching up with him.
Aaron, Jason & Russell Dauterman. The Mighty Thor, Volume 1: Thunder in Her Veins. 2016. Marvel Comics. $24.99. 9780785195221. Thor finds herself battling foes from across the realms and at home.
Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto & Robert Hack. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Book One. 2016. Archie Comics. $17.99. 9781627389877. On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress Sabrina Spellman finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family's past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda. Archie Comics' latest horror sensation starts here!
Allison, John. Bad Machinery, Volume 5: The Case of the Fire Inside. 2016. Oni Press. $19.99. 9781620102978. Our favorite sleuths are back! Sonny meets a mysterious new girl who seems to have climbed out of the sea itself, while Mildred falls for the bad boy of Saturday detention. But, can either of them succeed in the face of jealous exes, overprotective fathers, and the persistent tide of DESTINY?
Allison, John & Lissa Treiman. Giant Days, Volume 1. 2015. Boom! Box. $9.99. 9781608867899. Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But, in the face of hand-wringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Going off to university is always a time of change and growth, but for Esther, Susan, and Daisy, things are about to get a little weird.
Allison, John & Lissa Treiman. Giant Days, Volume 2. 2016. Boom! Box. $14.99. 9781608868049. Friends Susan, Esther, and Daisy continue their first semester in college while balancing boys, halls, rivals and classes.
Arawi, Keiichi. Nichijou: My Ordinary Life, Volume 1. 2016. Vertical Comics. $10.95. 9781942993308. In this just-surreal enough take on the "school genre" of manga, a group of friends grapple with all sorts of unexpected situations in their daily lives as high schoolers.
Atwood, Margaret & Johnnie Christmas. Angel Catbird. 2016. Dark Horse. $14.99. 9781506700632. On a dark night, young genetic engineer Strig Feleedus is accidentally mutated by his own experiment and merges with the DNA of a cat and an owl. What follows is a humorous, action-driven, pulp-inspired superhero adventure-- with a lot of cat puns.
Austen, Jane & Stacy King. Sense & Sensibility: Manga Classics. 2016. UDON. $19.99. 9781927925638. When Elinor Dashwood's father dies, her family's finances are crippled. After the Dashwoods move to a cottage in Devonshire, Elinor's sister Marianne is torn between the handsome John Willoughby and the older Colonel Brandon. Meanwhile, Elinor's romantic hopes with Edward Ferrars are hindered due to his prior engagement. Both Elinor and Marianne strive for love while the circumstances in their lives constantly change.
Bermejo, Lee, Rob Haynes & Khary Randolph. We Are Robin: The Vigilante Business. 2016. DC Comics. $14.99. 9781401259822. After the Joker has turned many of Gotham’s citizens into zombies, including Duke Thomas’ parents, a group of masked teens going by the name Robins decide they can’t sit back and wait for someone to save them. With the help of a mysterious identity, going only by Nest, the Robins begin to fight back against the crime spreading throughout the city. In the process, Duke never gives up on finding his parents.
Brremaud, Frederic & Federico Bertolucci. Love the Fox. 2015. Magnetic Press. $17.99. 9781942367062. Second in the celebrated series of wildlife graphic novels, author Frederic Brremaud and illustrator Federico Bertolucci turn their lens on a northeastern woodland setting to follow a single fox through its daily journey through the trees and along the seafront.
Brremaud, Frederic & Federico Bertolucci. Love the Lion. 2016. Magnetic Press. $17.99. 9781942367093. Both heartwarming and heartbreaking, this volume focuses on a solitary Lion as it wanders the plains of Africa, handling the daily hunt, and vicious rivalry, without a Pride of its own. The circle of Life takes center stage in a world where predator and prey trade places on a regular basis, and Family is something worth fighting -- and dying -- for.
Bunn, Cullen & Tyler Crook. Harrow County, Volume 1: Countless Haints. 2015. Dark Horse Comics. $14.99. 9781616557805. A teenage girl discovers that her family and her town are not what they seem--and now they are hunting her!
Cain, Chelsea & Kate Niemczyk. Mockingbird, Volume 1: Can I Explain. 2016. Marvel Comics. $17.99. 9781302901226. Mockingbird's regular visits to a SHIELD medical facility reveal that strange things are afoot in the lab that may be tied to a bigger plot.
Cliff, Tony. Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling. 2016. First Second. $16.99. 9781626721555. A 19th century adventurer meets a new challenge, which leads her to confront her past.
Cloonan, Becky, Brenden Fletcher, & Karl Kerschl. Gotham Academy, Volume 2: Calamity. 2016. DC Comics. $14.99. 9781401256814. Gotham Academy is haunted! At the beginning of the term, Olive Silverlock returned to Gotham Academy a shadow of her former self. But thanks to her new friendships and their Detective Club sleuthing, Olive was finally starting to feel whole again. Then, abruptly, Olive’s mother died—or, she seemed to.
Coates, Ta-Nehisi & Brian Stelfreeze. Black Panther, Book One: A Nation Under Our Feet. 2016. Marvel Comics. $16.99. 9781302900533. When a superhuman terrorist group that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt--but can its monarch, one in a long line of Black Panthers, survive the necessary change? Heavy lies the head that wears the cowl!
Conner, Amanda, Jimmy Palmiotti & Chad Hardin. Harley Quinn, Volume 5: The Joker’s Last Laugh. 2016. DC Comics. $24.99. 9781401269289. Mason Macabre is more than just Harley Quinn’s neighbor in her new Coney Island digs—he just might be the man of her dreams. But to save his life, she’ll have to face the clown of her nightmares!
Corson, Heath & Gustavo Duarte. Bizarro. 2016. DC Comics. $14.99. 9781401259716. Jimmy Olsen and Bizarro road trip to Canada or Bizarro America. The United States is tired of Bizarro and all the accidental chaos he brings. Jimmy Olsen decides to road trip to Canada and drop Bizarro off with our Northern neighbors and write a coffee table book about the experience. Along the way the get into trouble, face off with ghosts, ancient gods, and free aliens trapped in Area 51. Will Jimmy become Bizarro's worstest friend ever?
de Campi, Alex & Carla Speed McNeil. No Mercy, Volume 1. 2015. Image Comics. $9.99. 9781632154439. A group of students on a pre-college trip to build schools in Latin America must survive a bus crash, the elements, and each other.
de Campi, Alex & Carla Speed McNeil. No Mercy, Volume 2. 2016. Image Comics. $14.99. 9781632156907. Several of the teens find their way to civilization, but that just increases their problems.
Doerries, Bryan. The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan. 2016. Pantheon. $19.95. 9780375715167. A Sergeant deployed in Afghanistan, recounts to his squad the story of the Odyssey.
Doyle, Ming, James Tynion IV & Riley Rossmo. Constantine: the Hellblazer, Volume 1: Going Down. 2016. DC Comics. $14.99. 9781401259723. The dark adventures of DC’s foremost occult detective continue in an all-new series as he investigates the cruelest case he’s ever come across – his own dark history!
Dunn, Georgia. Breaking Cat News: Cats Reporting on the News that Matters to Cats. 2016. Andrews McMeel Publishing. $12.99. 9781449474133. Lupin, Elvis and Puck deliver all of the news that is most important to cats, from the arrival of packing peanuts to the behavior of the strange cat outside.
Fazekas, Michele, Tara Butters, Kris Anka & Felipe Smith. Captain Marvel, Volume 1: Rise of Alpha Flight. 2016. Marvel Comics. $15.99. 9780785196426. Face front, true believers! The Captain has made her return and oh, how mighty it is. It's a bold new frontier for Carol Danvers as she soars to new heights in her greatest mission yet-leader of the all-new Alpha Flight space program.
Fletcher, Brenden & Annie Wu. Black Canary, Volume 1: Kicking & Screaming. 2016. DC Comics. $14.99. 9781401261177. Dinah Lance hits the road! After years as a soldier and vigilante, the last place Dinah saw herself is on stage…but she’s quickly learning she’d die to protect the gang of misfits she’s fallen into. And, she just might have to – for some reason, the newly rechristened band Black Canary seems to be a magnet for trouble…and Dinah’s not gonna believe it when she finds out the reason why.
Fridolfs, Derek & Dustin Nguyen. Secret Hero Society 1: Study Hall of Justice. 2016. Scholastic. $12.99. 9780545825016. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are new students a Ducard Academy, a strange middle school full of peculiar teachers.
Furudate, Haruichi. Haikyu!! Volume 1. 2016. Viz Media. $9.99. 9781421587660. Ever since he saw the legendary player known as the "Little Giant" compete at the national volleyball finals, Shoyo Hinata has been aiming to be the best volleyball player ever! He decides to join the team at the high school the Little Giant went to-and then surpass him. Who says you need to be tall to play volleyball when you can jump higher than anyone else?
Gaiman, Neil, Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá. How to Talk to Girls at Parties. 2016. Dark Horse. $17.99. 9781616559557. A man tells a story from 30 years before, when he was a 15 year old attending an all-boys school. His friend Vic is invited to a party by a girl but when Vic leaves the directions to the party at home, they end up attending a party full of exotic tourists.
Gaiman, Neil & J.H. Williams III. Sandman: Overture. 2015. Vertigo. $24.99. 9781401248963. Morpheus, the personification of Dreams, has made a mistake, and it could cost the whole universe.
Gates, Sterling, Bengal, Emanuela Lupacchino, Carmen Carnero & Emma Vieceli. Adventures of Supergirl, Volume 1. 2016. DC Comics. $16.99. 9781401262655. Superman's cousin, Kara, is the superhero known as Supergirl. Along with her friends and adopted sister, she protects National City from villains and evil aliens.
Gauld, Tom. Mooncop. 2016. Drawn & Quarterly. $19.95. 9781770462540. A police officer on the moon struggles to find meaning in his work in a colony whose population has been slowly dwindling.
Gillen, Kieron & Jamie Mckelvie. The Wicked + The Divine, Volume 4: Rising Action. 2016. Image. $14.99. 9781632159137. Laura is back and she's ready to exact her revenge as the god Persephone.
Gillen, Kieron & Salvador Larocca. Star Wars: Darth Vader, Volume 1: Vader. 2015. Marvel Comics. $19.99. 9780785192558. After a losing a critical battle to the rebel alliance, Darth Vader searches for ways to turn the tide back to the Empire's favor.
Gillen, Kieron & Salvador Larocca. Star Wars: Darth Vader, Volume 2: Shadows and Secrets. 2016. Marvel Comics. $19.99. 9780785192565. Vader continues to hunt for the mysterious pilot who destroyed the Death Star.
Gillen, Kieron & Salvador Larocca. Star Wars: Darth Vader, Volume 3: Shu-Torun War. 2016. Marvel Comics. $16.99. 9780785199779. Vader looks to strengthen the Empire, while planning to rescue an ally.
Goetzinger, Rodolphe & Annie Goetzinger. Marie Antoinette: Phantom Queen. 2016. NBM. $18.99. 9781681120294. During the 1930s, Maud, an artist, discovers she has a psychic gift. The first signs manifest themselves in the royal gardens of the Trianon where gradually she understands that a woman from the beyond is attempting to communicate with her. The revelation is beyond belief: it is the ghost of Marie Antoinette appearing to her to share a terrible secret that has tormented her for centuries.
Green, KC. Graveyard Quest. 2016. Oni Press. $19.99. 9781620102893. Running the family business in the shadow of your father can be a drag, especially when you’re a gravedigger and that shadow is actually your dad’s overly critical ghost.
Grunberg, Greg & Lucas Turnbloom. Nightmare Escape: Dream Jumper, Book 1. 2016. Graphix. $12.99. 9780545826044. Ben has a problem. When he sleeps he dreams, and when he dreams, they're all nightmares! But he can also jump into other people's dreams. So when his friends start falling victim to an evil dream-monster that prevents them from waking, Ben knows he has to help them.
Hanada, Ryo. Devils’ Line, Volume 1. 2016. Vertical Comics. $12.95. 9781942993377. Tsukasa, a college student, is rescued from an attack by a devil, one of many vampires that can blend in among the human population. Anzai, her savior, is a half-devil who exploits his supernatural gifts as a member of a shadowy police task force that specializes in devil-related crime in Tokyo. As Anzai continues to keep guard over Tsukasa, the two quickly forge a tentative bond—one that Anzai fears will test his iron-clad rule of never drinking human blood...
Hart, Tom. Rosalie Lightning. 2016. St. Martin’s Press. $19.99. 9781250049940. The author recounts his family’s life after the death of their young daughter.
Hatke, Ben. Mighty Jack. 2016. First Second. $14.99. 9781626722644. Jack, along with his sister Maddy and new friend Lilly, have to fight monster plants after Jack buys seeds from a mysterious stranger.
Hatori, Bisco. Behind the Scenes!! Volume 1. 2016. Viz Media. $9.99. 978142158246. Ranmaru has just started college when he stumbles upon a bloody zombie attack. Turns out it's the Art Squad Club and he's been recruited.
HERO & Daisuke Hagiwara. Horimiya, Volume 1. 2015. Yen Press. $13.00. 9780316342032. When a liberally pierced and tattooed Miyamura unexpectantly appears on the doorstep of secretly-plain homeboy Hori, they discover there are multiple sides to every story...and person.
HERO & Daisuke Hagiwara. Horimiya, Volume 2. 2016. Yen Press. $13.00. 9780316268691. By all appearances, Kyouko Hori and Izumi Miyamura are worlds apart. Bright and capable, Hori is always surrounded by classmates, the center of attention. For Miyamura, a quirky loner, getting through class unnoticed counts as a good day. But ever since these two started sharing secrets, they've found themselves drawn into each other's orbit little by little and the distance between them shrinking bit by bit...
Hickman, Jonathan, Esad Ribic, & Paul Renaud. Secret Wars. 2016. Marvel Comics. $50.00. 9780785198840. The multiverse is destroyed leaving only one world, Battleworld.
Hicks, Faith Erin & Jordie Bellaire. The Nameless City. 2016. First Second. $21.99. 9781626721579. In a city that changes names every few years when a new nation conquers it, newcomer Kaidu learns new skills from native Rat.
Hicks, Faith Erin & Yishan Li. Buffy: the High School Years – Freaks & Geeks. 2016. Dark Horse. $10.99. 9781616556679. Shadowing the plot of the TV series by Joss Whedon, Buffy is identified as the One, the slayer who has been chosen to help rid the world of vampires. It’s not an easy task for her to balance school, friends, and slaying, but thanks to her mentor Giles and her understanding friends Willow and Xander, life isn’t all work and no play.
Higashimura, Akiko. Princess Jellyfish 1. 2016. Kodansha Comics. $19.99. 9781632362285. In this gender bender, the quiet life of an 18 year old otaku girl living with other geeky girls in a communal Tokyo apartment is turned upside down by a beautiful and fashionable woman who isn't quite what she initially seems.
Hirsh, Ananth & Yuko Ota. Lucky Penny. 2016. Oni Press. $19.99. 9781620102870. If Penny Brighton didn't have bad luck, she'd have no luck at all.
Houser, Jody & Marguerite Sauvage. Faith, Volume 1: Hollywood and Vine. 2016. Valiant. $9.99. 9781682151211. Faith is a young psiot who has just left her superhero team, broken up with her boyfriend and is alone for the first time.
Ishida, Sui. Tokyo Ghoul, Volume 3. 2015. Viz Media. $12.99. 9781421580388. Kaneki continues to struggle as a human/ghoul hybrid and faces a tough decision.
Ishida, Sui. Tokyo Ghoul, Volume 6. 2016. Viz Media. $12.99. 9781421580418. New challenges face Ken Kaneki as other ghouls and investigators scramble to find his lost friend.
Ishida, Sui. Tokyo Ghoul, Volume 7. 2016. Viz Media. $11.99. 9781421580425. Kaneki is captured and then tortured by Yamori.
Ishida, Sui. Tokyo Ghoul, Volume 8. 2016. Viz Media. $12.99. 9781421580432. A 3-way battle between good ghouls, bad ghouls and the CCG.
Ishida, Sui. Tokyo Ghoul, Volume 9. 2016. Viz Media. $12.99. 9781421580449. After a great battle, the ghouls regroup and plan their next move.
Jackson, Shirley & Miles Hyman. Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery.” 2016. Hill & Wang. $30.00. 9780809066490. In an alternate version of small town USA, the townsfolk gather to draw a lottery to insure a good and profitable year.
Johnson, Mike, Ryan Parrott, & Derek Charm. Star Trek: Starfleet Academy. 2016. IDW. $19.99. 9781631406638. A bold new chapter for STAR TREK begins here, in an all-new series that shows you what life is like for cadets at the galaxy's greatest school! Witness the student days of the iconic cast before they joined the Enterprise! Plus, meet an all-new group of students as they embark on bold new adventures of their own!
Kaihou, Norimitsu & Sadoru Chiba. School-Live! Volume 1. 2015. Yen Press. $13.00. 9780316309707. The School-Living Club strives to hang out, have fun and live--at school--without getting killed by zombies.
Kaihou, Norimitsu & Sadoru Chiba. School-Live! Volume 2. 2016. Yen Press. $13.00. 9780316309882. The girls in the School Living club are going on a field trip to the mall--but are they alone?
Kaihou, Norimitsu & Sadoru Chiba. School-Live! Volume 3. 2016. Yen Press. $13.00. 9780316309929. The club celebrates its new provisional member with a sports festival!
Kindt, Matt & Clayton Crain. Rai, Volume 3: The Orphan. 2016. Valiant. $14.99. 9781939346841. Far from home, Rai tries to save New Japan.
King, Tom & Gabriel Hernandez Walta. The Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than a Man. 2016. Marvel Comics. $17.99. 9780785196570. The Vision wants to be human, and what's more human than family? So he heads back to the beginning, to the laboratory where Ultron created him and molded him into a weapon. There, he builds them. A wife, Virginia. Two teenage twins, Viv and Vin. They look like him. They have his powers. They share his grandest ambition -or is that obsession? -the unrelenting need to be ordinary. Behold the Visions!
Knisley, Lucy. Something New. 2016. First Second. $19.99. 9781626722491. Lucy Knisley recounts her journey through dating, engagement, wedding planning and wedding.
Krause, Fran. Deep Dark Fears. 2015. Ten Speed Press. $14.99. 9781607748151. A collection of fears - some gruesome, some funny, some bizarre - submitted by the author and readers.
Kusanagi, Mizuho. Yona of the Dawn, Volume 1. 2016. Viz Media. $9.99. 9781421587813. Spoiled Princess Yona's whole world falls apart when her father is murdered on the evening of her sixteenth birthday. Now she must fight to win back her kingdom with only her bodyguard Hak at her side.
Larson, Hope & Rebecca Mock. Compass South, Book 1: Four Points. 2016. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. $17.99. 9780374300432. Twins Cleo and Alex sail on pirate ships bound for San Francisco chased by gang members determined to steal the compass and knife left to them by their missing father.
LaTour, Jason & Robbi Rodriguez. Spider-Gwen, Volume 1: Most Wanted? 2015. Marvel Comics. $16.99. 9780785197737. In an alternate timeline, Gwen Stacey is bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter Parker and must now decide how to use her “great power.”
Lemire, Jeff & Dustin Nguyen. Descender: Machine Moon. 2016. Image. $14.99. 9781632156761. Tim-21 is caught in a galactic struggle while trying to find his human friend, Andy.
Lemire, Jeff & Emi Lennox. Plutona. 2016. Image Comics. $16.99. 9781632156013. You've heard this before: five kids find a body in the woods and don't know what to do; however, this time it is the city's greatest superheroine, Plutona!
Lemire, Jeff & Ramon Perez. Hawkeye, Volume 5: All-New Hawkeye. 2015. Marvel Comics. $15.99. 9780785194033. The Hawkeyes face a moral dilemma, while we learn more about Clint Barton’s origin.
Lemire, Jeff & Ramon Perez. Hawkeye, Volume 6: Hawkeyes. 2016. Marvel Comics. $17.99. 9780785199465. The Hawkeyes are on a new mission, which spans past, present, and future.
Leth, Kate, Arielle Jovellanos, et al. Fresh Romance, Volume 1. 2016. Oni Press. $24.99. 9781620103463. FRESH ROMANCE is an exciting collection of romance comics from some of comics’ most talented creators, including Kate Leth, Arielle Jovellanos, Sarah Vaughn, Sarah Winifred Searle, Sarah Kuhn, Marguerite Bennett, and Trungles. From unhappy historical marriages to covert teenage romances, there’s something for everyone in FRESH ROMANCE.
Leth, Kate & Brittney Williams. Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! Volume 1: Hooked on a Feline. 2016. Marvel Comics. $15.99. 9781302900359. Patsy Walker has managed to escape her past, her enemies and Hell itself (literally) - but nothing compares to job hunting in New York City!
Leth, Kate & Matt Cummings. Power Up. 2016. Boom! Studios. $19.99. 9781608868377. In this "magical girl" style tale, an art school grad, a single mom, a construction man, and a goldfish become unlikely heroes.
Liu, Marjorie & Sana Takeda. Monstress, Volume 1. 2016. Image Comics. $9.99. 9781632157096. Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900's Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.
Loveness, Jeff & Brian Kesinger. Groot. 2016. Marvel Comics. $24.99. 9780785195528. I am Groot.
Maybe. To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts, Volume 1. 2016. Vertical Comics. $10.95. 9781942993414. During a protacted civil war that pitted the North against the South, the outnumbered Northerners used dark magic to create monsterous super-soldiers called Incarnates. Now that the war has ended, those Sacred Beasts must learn to make their way in a peaceful society, or face death at the hands of a Beast Hunter.
Mizuki, Shigeru. Shigeru Mizuki’s Kitaro: The Birth of Kitaro. 2016. Drawn & Quarterly. $12.95. 978177046228. Kitaro, the One-Eyed Monster Boy, takes on a variety of yokai.
Nogiri, Yoko. That Wolf-Boy is Mine! Volume 1. 2016. Kodansha Comics. $10.99. 9781632363732. When Komugi moves in with her estranged dad and starts a new school, she discovers that the "princes" are a lot more than they appear to be--they are Ayakashi, animal spirits in human form.
North, Ryan & Erica Henderson. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now. 2016. Marvel Comics. $17.99. 9780785196266. With her unique combination of wit, empathy and squirrel powers, computer science student Doreen Green - aka the unbeatable Squirrel Girl - is all that stands between the Earth and total destruction. Well, Doreen plus her friends Tippy-Toe (a squirrel) and Nancy (a regular human with no powers). So, mainly Squirrel Girl.
O’Neill, Katie. Princess Princess Ever After. 2016. Oni Press. $12.99. 9781620103401. Join Sadie and Amira, two very different princesses with very different strengths, on their journey to figure out what “happily ever after” really means--and how they can find it with each other.
Ooima, Yoshitoki. A Silent Voice, Volume 4. 2015. Kodansha Comics. $10.99. 9781632360595. A trip to the amusement park complicates Shoya’s continued attempts to make amends with Shoko.
Ooima, Yoshitoki. A Silent Voice, Volume 5. 2016. Kodansha Comics. $10.99. 9781632360601. Despite their tense paths, Shoya begins to embrace the friend group that used to terrorism Shojo because she couldn't hear.
Ooima, Yoshitoki. A Silent Voice, Volume 6. 2016. Kodansha Comics. $10.99. 9781632360618. While Shoya is in a coma, his friends deal with the fallout from their fight and Shoko's attempted suicide.
Ooima, Yoshitoki. A Silent Voice, Volume 7. 2016. Kodansha Comics. $10.99. 9781632362223. Shoya is awake and the gang has to present their movie and prepare for graduation and the future.
Panetta, Kevin & Paulina Ganjcheau. Zodiac Starforce. 2016. Dark Horse. $12.99. 9781616559137. An elite group of teenage girls with magical powers work o save their world from the evil Diana and her mean-girl minions.
Paquet, Pierre & Tony Sandoval. A Glance Backward. 2015. Magnetic Press. $19.99. 9781942367109. Joey is pulled into the walls of his home and enters a fantastical world.
Phelan, Matt. Snow White. 2016. Candlewick Press. $19.99. 9780763672331. The Snow White fairy tale gets retold in a 1920s New York City setting.
Pilkey, Dav. Dog Man. 2016. Scholastic Graphix. $9.99. 9780545581608. With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound has a real nose for justice. But can he resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty?
Riess, Natalie. Space Battle Lunchtime, Volume 1: Lights, Camera, Snacktion! 2016. Oni Press. $12.99. 9781620103135. Earth baker Peony gets the deal of a lifetime when she agrees to be a contestant on the Universe's hottest reality TV show, Space Battle Lunchtime! But that was before she knew that it shoots on location... on a spaceship... and her alien competitors don't play nice! Does Peony really have what it takes to be the best cook in the Galaxy? Tune in and find out!
Runberg, Sywain & Miquel Montillo. Warship Jolly Roger. 2016. Magnetic Press. $19.99. 9781942367239. Hated war criminal Jon Munro has just managed to escape from prison, along with three other prisoners he doesn't know, and he is on a mission to get revenge for the life and family that was taken from him.
Russel, Mark, Ben Caldwell & Mark Morales. Prez, Volume 1: Corndog in Chief. 2016. DC Comics. $14.99. 9781401259792. In a nation where corporations can run for office, the poor are used as human billboards, and tacos are delivered by drone, nineteen-year-old social media celebrity, Beth Ross, unwittingly becomes President of the United States.
Ryall, Chris, Tony Akins & Ilias Kyriazis. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: The Interconnectedness of All Kings. 2016. IDW. $19.99. 9781631405082. In his first-ever comic series, Dirk has been forced to leave his beloved England behind, coming to the too-sunny, too-cheery, and altogether too-bizarre-even-for-Dirk city of San Diego, California, where he gets embroiled in three separate (or are they?) cases involving reincarnated Egyptians, golden cell phones, and copycat killers. All this in a new town seemingly incapable of making even a single proper cup of tea.
Schwartz, Simon. First Man: Reimagining Matthew Henson. 2015. Graphic Universe. $31.99. 9781467758420. Schwartz weaves together Inuit mythology and conventional history to describe the life of an African-American man who, it has been argued, might have been the first man to reach the Arctic.
Seagle, Steven T. & Jason Adam Katzenstein. Camp Midnight. 2016. Image. $16.99. 9781632155559. Skye's parents are divorced and she is supposed to spend the summer with her father. Her father and stepmother decide to send her to camp. She accidentally gets on the wrong bus and ends up at the wrong camp- Camp Midnight. Things are strange at Camp Midnight, the activities take place at night and the campers are encouraged to let their "true" selves out. Can Skye make friends, keep her secret, and survive this monstrous camp?
Sears, Ben. Night Air. 2016. Koyama Press. $12.00. 9781927668290. Follow the adventures of Plus Man and his robot sidekick as they plunder a haunted castle searching for treasure.
Simon, Shaun, Michael Allred, & Matt Brundage. Art Ops, Volume 1: How to Start a Riot. 2016. Vertigo. $14.99. 9781401256876. Reggie Riot is no one’s idea of a cultural savior. The latchkey child of a busy single mother, he’s grown up to be a resentful slacker whose idea of high culture is getting stoned and admiring the graffiti in the alley where he scores his weed. His mother, however, is not your average working parent. She’s the head of a secret organization called Art Ops, whose mission is protecting the artistic treasures of the world—which have a lot more life in them than a casual observer might realize.
Soule, Charles & Alex Maleev. Star Wars: Lando. 2016. Marvel Comics. $16.99. 9780785193197. Desperate to pay of his debts, Lando takes a job that proves to be more than he bargained for.
Stevenson, Noelle & Sanford Greene. Runaways: Battleworld. 2015. Marvel. $15.99. 9780785198826. On Battleworld, students are tested to extremes at a school run by Doctor Doom.
Stevenson, Noelle, Shannon Watters, Carolyn Nowak. Lumberjanes, Volume 3: A Terrible Plan. 2016. Boom! Box. $14.99. 9781608868032. A quiet day at camp turns into weird adventures for Mal and Molly while Jo, April, and Ripley try to get all the badges.
Stevenson, Noelle, Shannon Watters, Brooke Allen, Maarta Laiho, & Aubrey Aiese. Lumberjanes, Volume 4: Out of Time. 2016. Boom! Box. $14.99. 9781608868605. When Jen gets separated from the girls during a freaked blizzard, she meets a mysterious stranger from Lumberjane past and learns more about the history of the camp.
Stewart, Cameron, Brenden Fletcher & Babs Tarr. Batgirl: Family Business. 2016. DC Comics. $16.99. 9781401259662. Batgirl continues to fight crime in Burnside, while running into some familiar Gotham characters.
Takno, Ichigo. orange: The Complete Collection 1. 2016. Seven Seas Entertainment. $18.99. 9781626923027. Naho receives a letter from her future self, begging her to watch over new student Kakeru.
Taylor, Tom & David Lopez. All-New Wolverine, Volume 1: The Four Sisters. 2016. Marvel Comics. $17.99. 9780785196525. Laura strives to become her own Wolverine as she encounters more mutants like herself.
Telgemeier, Raina. Ghosts. 2016. Graphix. $10.99. 9780545540629. There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake -- and her own.
Thompson, Kelly & Sophie Campbell. Jem and the Holograms: Showtime. 2015. IDW. $19.99. 9781631403958. Meet Jerrica Benton - a girl with a secret. She and her sister Kimber team with two friends to become... JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS! But what does it mean to be JEM today? Fashion, art, action, and style collide in Jem and the Holograms: Showtime!
Tobin, Paul & Coleen Coover. Bandette: The House of the Green Mask, Volume 3. 2016. Dark Horse. $14.99. 9781506702193. Master thief Bandette confronts villain Dart Petite after a string of kidnappings occur, all of which point to the location of the legendary House of the Green Mask. Meanwhile, the Voice, the ultimate supervillain, continues his killing spree and manages to escape the Special Police, much to the chagrin of Special Police chief Belgique.
Tsubaki, Izumi. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Volume 1. 2015. Yen Press. $13.00. 9780316309479. Chiyo Sakura is recruited to be an assistant to shojo manga-ka Nozaki.
Tsuruta, Kenji. Wandering Island. 2016. Dark Horse Manga. $14.99. 9781506700793. When air delivery pilot, Mikura Amelia's grandfather passes away, she discovers he left her an undelivered parcel addresses to an island that doesn't exist...or does it?
Vaughan, Brian K. & Cliff Chiang. Paper Girls 1. 2016. Image. $9.99. 9781632156747. In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time.
Vaughan, Brian K., Steve Skroce, & Matt Hollingsworth. We Stand On Guard. 2016. Image. $24.99. 9781632157027. One hundred years in the future, Canada and the United States are at war and a small band of Canadian freedom fighters are all that stands in the way of total US takeover.
Waid, Mark, Fiona Staples, Annie Wu & Veronica Fish. Archie 1: The New Riverdale. 2016. Archie Comics. $19.99. 9781627388672. Archie Andrews, America's Favorite Teenage, is reborn in this modernized origin story.
Watanabe, Wataru. Yowamushi Pedal, Volume 1. 2015. Yen Press. $24.00. 9780316309524. Otaku Onoda joins his high school’s bicycle racing team.
Weisman, Greg & Pepe Larraz. Star Wars: Kanan, Volume 1: The Last Padawan. 2015. Marvel Comics. $19.99. 9780785193661. A young jedi must escape the reach of the rising Empire.
Wilson, G. Willow & Adrian Alphona. Ms. Marvel, Volume 4: Last Days. 2015. Marvel Comics. $17.99. 9780785197362. Kamala Khan teams up with her hero, Carol Danvers, to face the end of the world side-by-side.
Wilson, G. Willow & Takeshi Miyazawa. Ms. Marvel, Volume 5: Super Famous. 2016. Marvel Comics. $17.99. 9780785196122. Kamala struggles to find balance between her new superhero team and everyday responsibilities.
Yasohachi, Ryo. Immortal Hounds, Volume 1. 2016. Vertical Comics. $12.95. 9781942993599. In another reality, humans never die. If they get sick or injured, they simply "kill" themselves and immediately come back to life. But then a mysterious disease, Ressurrection Deficiency Syndrome, starts spreading through the populace via Vectors. A task force is determined to solve the mystery of RDS but a group of escape artists hamper their efforts.
Young, Skottie. I Hate Fairyland, Volume 1. 2016. Image. $9.99. 9781632156853. "An Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland-style epic that smashes its cute little face against grown-up, Tank Girl/Deadpool-esque violent madness." Gertie is a grown woman trapped in a six-year-old's body and trying to find her way out of Fairyland.
Zdarsky, Chip & Joe Quinones. Howard the Duck, Volume 0: What the Duck? 2015. Marvel Comics. $16.99. 9780785197720. Howard's new case takes him on a wild goose chase.
Zdarsky, Chip & Joe Quinones. Howard the Duck, Volume 1: Duck Hunt. 2016. Marvel Comics. $17.99. 9780785199380. Trapped in a world he's grown accustomed to! The flightless fowl gets relaunched again, with the exact same superstar creative lineup as before -Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones! But this time, the entire universe is after Howard! The Duck is back, and this means "Waugh!"
Zdarsky, Chip & Erica Henderson. Jughead, Volume 1. 2016. Archie Comics. $19.99. 9781627388931. The school year is in swing and everything seems to be going along as expected until Principal Weatherbee is forced into early retirement and replaced by the menacing Mr. Stanger. Teachers get replaced, school uniforms are established, and the school cafeteria food gets swapped out for tasteless mush. Not one to stand for bad food, Jughead starts delving into Mr. Stanger's past in an effort to get rid of him and get his beloved burgers back.