Comics & Graphic Novels
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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jory John
Publisher: Chronicle Books (2012, Mar 7th).
From the authors of the breakout best seller All my friends are dead (more than 100,000 copies sold) comes a brand-new illustrated compendium of the humorous existential ruminations of people, animals, legendary monsters, and inanimate objects. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Lee Bermejo
Format: Deluxe Edition]
Publisher: DC Comics (2011, Nov 8th).
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BestsellerInspired by Charles Dickens' immortal classic A Christmas Carol, BATMAN: NOEL features different interpretations of The Dark Knight, along with his enemies and allies, in different eras.Along the way, Batman must come to terms with his past, present and future as he battles villains from the campy 1960s to dark and brooding menaces of today, while exploring what it means to be the hero that he is. Members of Batman's supporting cast enact roles analogous to those from A Christmas Carol, with Robin, Catwoman, Superman, The Joker and more playing roles that will be familiar to anyone who knows Dickens' original holiday tale. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: J. Torres
Publisher: Dark Horse (2011, Jul 26th).
One of America's hottest shows returns! For three years, millions of eager fans tuned in each week to watch Nickelodeon's hit animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. Ever since, fans have been hungry for more - and now their wait is finally over! This volume collects the long-out-of-print, fan-favorite comics previously published in Nickelodeon Magazine and with the Airbender DVDs, plus over 70 brand-new comics pages. That's over 26 stories set in Airbender continuity, by a host of top-notch talent, many of whom worked on the original animated series itself. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Mark Bagley
Publisher: Marvel (2011, Nov 2nd).
The wait is over! Prepare yourself for the most shocking Spider-Man story you will ever read! Young Peter Parker has led a heroic life, and tried to live by the simple and powerful philosophy that with great power comes great responsibility - but will that philosophy be enough to save him from the horror that awaits him here? This is easily the most important story in ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN history - and maybe the most important story in the Ultimate Universe. Who better to illustrate it than Ultimate Spider-Man legend Mark Bagley, making his mighty Marvel return! It's Bendis and Bagley, together again - and just in time! Collecting ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #156-160. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Takashi Murakami
Publisher: NBM Publishing (2011, Nov 1st).
Translated from the Japanese bestseller, this story centers on Oto-san, a man who finds himself abandoned by his family and friends with nothing in his life happening the way he had planned. He embarks on a road trip to escape it all, and he soon discovers the only one he can count on completely is his faithful, recently adopted dog, who helps him see the light at the end of the tunnel. Illustrating the valuable lessons of friendship and loyalty, this is a heartwarming tale of two endearing characters and their shared adventure into the unknown. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jonathan Hickman
Publisher: Marvel (2011, Dec 7th).
The end before the beginning. How will Spider-Man's loved ones react to his tragic death? What will become of Captain America? Where have all the X-Men gone? And what's up with the new Spider-Man suit? Don't miss one of the most talked about Ultimate events ever! Collecting ULTIMATE COMICS FALLOUT #1-6. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Devin Grayson
Publisher: Del Rey (2012, Feb 28th).
“This whole game is just designed to make us hate ourselves.”—Shay Uglies told Tally Youngblood’s version of life in Uglyville and the budding rebellion against the Specials. Now comes an exciting graphic novel revealing new adventures in the Uglies world—as seen through the eyes of Shay, Tally’s rebellious best friend who’s not afraid to break the rules, no matter the cost. A few months shy of her sixteenth birthday, Shay eagerly awaits her turn to become a Pretty—a rite-of-passage operation called “the Surge” that transforms ordinary Uglies into paragons of beauty. Yet after befriending the Crims, a group of fellow teens who refuse to take anything in society at face value, Shay starts to question the whole concept. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Derf Backderf
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (2012, Mar 1st).
You only think you know this story. In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer—the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper—seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, "Jeff" was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides. In My Friend Dahmer, a haunting and original graphic novel, writer-artist Backderf creates a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man struggling against the morbid urges emanating from the deep recesses of his psyche—a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a goofball who never quite fit in with his classmates. With profound insight, what emerges is a Jeffrey Dahmer that few ever really knew, and one readers will never forget. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: John Rozum
Publisher: Vertigo (2012, Feb 7th).
Writer John Rozum and artist Frazer Irving (BATMAN AND ROBIN) team up to deliver the finest in contemporary urban horror - with a super hero twist in this sensational graphic novel! XOMBI centers around David Kim, a medical researcher who was attacked in his laboratory by strange creatures and left for dead. His supernaturally induced mortal injuries were repaired by nanomachines injected into his body. The combination of science and the supernatural has had two consequences. 1) He cannot die. Ever. He can self-heal any wound, any disease, never has to brush his teeth, diet, worry about aging, or use a toilet. The nanomachines in his body process everything and keep him in peak physical condition. This condition brought on BY artificial means is what makes him a xombi. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Tom Gauld
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly (2012, Feb 14th).
A master of stripped-down, powerful storytelling reworks the David-and-Goliath myth"Gauld's Goliath is a master class in reduction...a celebration of the Christian underdog becomes a subtle meditation on the power of spin and the absurdity of war."–The Times of London Goliath of Gath isn’t much of a fighter. Given half a choice, he would pick admin work over patrolling in a heartbeat, to say nothing of his distaste for engaging in combat. Nonetheless, at the behest of the king, he finds himself issuing a twice-daily challenge to the Israelites: “Choose a man. Let him come to me that we may fight. If he be able to kill me then we shall be your servants. But if I kill him, then you shall be our servants.” Day after day he reluctantly repeats his speech, and the isolation of this duty gives him the chance to banter with his shield-bearer and reflect on the beauty of his surroundings. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability