Highlights from the past two weeks, with commentary from the NFNT gang:
Adventure Time Volume 4 (BOOM! Studios, 9781608863518)
Jennifer W: I still don’t get the appeal of Adventure Time, but every comic collection I’ve got is checked out (except the ones I bought in paperback, which promptly disintegrated)
Aliens vs. Parker Volume 1 (BOOM! Studios, 9781608863501)
Renata: I’m excited for Aliens Vs Parker! I think Paul Scheer is hilarious but I hardly ever read single issue comics, so I haven’t seen it yet.
Alone Forever: the Singles Collection (Top Shelf, 9781603093224)
Andrew S: I “discovered” Liz Prince last fall when I went up to SPX and fell in love with her stuff then and there. Her style reminds me of Jeffrey Brown, both in terms of art style and her ability to share openly and freely her life, and I just love that. I added her to my list to keep an eye on, but completely forgot that this was coming out until I saw this email. So I ordered it for myself last night and can’t wait to read it:D
Ant Colony (Drawn & Quarterly, 9781770461376)
Garrett: Ant Colony looks like a trippy, weirdo visual feast. I’ve been in a funk lately with comics just being satisfying and not being, “whoa, what just happened,” and I need more of the latter in my brain.
Antique Bakery – Complete Collection (The Right Stuf International)
Saeyong: Antique Bakery is shockingly good, and I’d love to see what it reads (“sounds”?) like in English.
Avatar: the Last Airbender, the Search (Library Edition) (Dark Horse, 9781616552268)
Jessikah: As a fan of the Avatar series (as in Aang and friends), I am happy to see, “The Search” in a collection. It may not have been the exact resolutionthis Avatar fan was expecting, but I am glad that the fate of Zuko’s mom was resolved.
Andrew S: After reading the previous series, The Promise, I vowed to wait to read The Search all at once, because I didn’t want to have to wait so many months between each volume. So I downloaded the ARC last week and loved it! It answered so many questions and I really liked the ending and the journey that the characters took. I can’t wait to see what happens in this next series.
Jennifer W: Avatar comics are still popular at our library and they are still intact, which is quite something for paperbacks.
Axe Cop Volume 5: Axe Cop Gets Married (Dark Horse, 9781616552459)
Anna: I’m an avid Axe Cop fan.
Battle Angel Alita: Last Order Omnibus Volume 3 (Kodansha, 9781612622934)
Thomas: Battle Angel Alita Last Order’s releases were (and are) so spaced out that I would love to reread the series in one fluid trip, and the omnibus releases seem to be a perfect cue.
Constantine Volume 1: the Spark and the Flame (DC Comics, 9781401243234)
Saeyong: I’m completely unfamiliar with comics, except for Sandman, and have been looking for a non-intimidating entryway for some time; I wonder if Constantine might be one? I have the impression that it is a relatively standalone series…?
Deadpool by Posehn & Duggan Volume 1 (Marvel, 9780785154464)
Renata: I didn’t know Brian Posehn was writing Deadpool! I’ll have to check that out. I guess this week I’m just excited for actor-comedians writing comics?
Jennifer W: I’ve had kids asking for Deadpool for some time now, but I felt doubtful about putting it in the teen area and I don’t purchase for the adult collection. But then I thought, hey, I have Marvel Zombies in teen so…personally speaking though, I didn’t much care for the Posehn story (and have had many vigorous arguments about the art and storylines with my local comic shop!) My preference is for the Daniel Way stories.
Dial H Volume 2: Exchange (DC Comics, 9781401243838)
Jennifer W: I finally got a copy of Dial H from inter-library loan…and was really, really disappointed. Somehow none of the descriptions had conveyed that it was about a mid-life crisis. I found it boring and depressing.
Fruits Basket – Complete Collection (Funimation)
Jessikah: I am glad to see “Fruits Basket” is back on DVD.
Eva: Is that a rerelease of the Fruits Basket anime? If so, Yay! I love that teens who never got to read the manga (it’s been out of print for awhile now, yes?) will have a chance to be introduced to this fab story.
Kimi ni Todoke – From Me to You – Volume 1-3 (NIS America)
Jessikah: Kimi ni Todoke (From me to you) is always fantastic.
Lobster Johnson Volume 3: Satan Smells a Rat (Dark Horse, 9781616552039)
Anna: I’ve been meaning to get into Lobster Johnson. Other Hellboy fans claim that it’s just great, which matches the trend of the other Hellboy spinoffs.
Andrew S: I’ve only read a handful of the comics, but I really, really like the character so far. It’s classic Mignola, but a different type of character than Hellboy, at least from what I’ve read. But I’ve enjoyed the action and the characters and I can’t wait to read more.
Garrett: Anna and Andrew, Lobster Johnson is fantastic. I’ve been following the series since it started and I love it much more than BPRD…I got real tired of BPRD after the 7th or 8th book and I realized that I simply wanted either just Hellboy or just Lobster Johnson.
Locke & Key Volume 6: Alpha and Omega (IDW, 9781613778531)
Marissa: I am so excited for the 6th Locke & Key!
Mark: Excited to see Locke and Key v. 6 finally released, we’ve got a ton of holds on that one at the library.
Lunch Lady & the Schoolwide Scuffle (Knopf, 9780385752794)
Jessikah: The kids at my library really enjoy the “Lunch Lady” series.
Marissa: I’m looking forward to the new Lunch Lady graphic novel. I’ve enjoyed them so far, and the kids at my library devour them.
Jennifer W: Yay Lunch Lady! Always popular at the library.
Moomin and the Golden Tail (Drawn & Quarterly, 9781770461338)
Moomin’s Desert Island (Drawn & Quarterly, 9781770461345)
Saeyong: Anything Moomin must be good. [puts on to-read list]
Jennifer W: The Moomin comics are small paperbacks with a single story in color. I had to weed our big black and white collections *sob* (I own the complete collection myself) but these little ones have actually checked out some at my library, so they seem to attract kids more than?the bigger, black and white collections.
Power Girl: Power Trip (DC Comics, 9781401243074)
Mark: I’m interested to see that DC is republishing some of the Gray/Conner Power Girl run in a new printing. That was a fun book. I hope it does well.
Prophet Volume 3: Empire (Image, 9781607068587)
Anna: Prophet is another one I watch, which I did initially because my patrons liked it, but eventually did because it’s neat. Brandon Graham’s funky style really complements the super weird setting.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Magic Within Volume 4 (Archie Comics, 9781936975761)
Saeyong: Sabrina as a comic is something I want to take a look at, just to check the art style and how they depict the magic, and whether Salem is still cynical and put-upon. I hope the aunts are larger than life.
Sixth Gun Volume 6 (Oni Press, 9781620100165)
Jennifer W: I’ve fallen behind on Sixth Gun and this reminds me to remind our adult purchaser to get the next volumes so I can read them! I recommend these a lot to teens who have read all the Marvel Zombies and want something else that’s equally gory but has a good story.
Superman Family Adventures Volume 2 (DC Comics, 9781401244156)
Jennifer W: I thought Superman Family Adventures would be popular, but to my surprise not many kids are interested in them. I think they may be too “cute” compared to the other, more exciting comics.
USNA: the United States of North America (USNA Publishing, 9780980970104)
Saeyong: The title United States of North America is intriguing enough that I googled it. Looks good.
AND NOW FOR THE COMPLETE LIST
The following list of new releases is compiled from Diamond Comic Distributors’ complete weekly shipping list and Anime News Network’s Releases encyclopedia
Action Lab Entertainment
- NFL RUSH ZONE SUPER BOWL SPECIAL TP
- GOLD DIGGER PLATINUM VOL 06
- 7 HOLES FOR AIR GN
- ARCHIE 1000 PG COMICS PALOOZA TP
- SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH MAGIC WITHIN TP VOL 04
- FERALS TP VOL 03
- ADVENTURE TIME TP VOL 04
- ALIENS VS PARKER TP VOL 01
- BRAVEST WARRIORS TP VOL 02
- SUPURBIA TP VOL 03
- AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER SEARCH LIBRARY ED HC
- AXE COP TP VOL 05 AXE COP GETS MARRIED
- BERSERK TP
- CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT TP VOL 01
- CONAN PHANTOMS O/T BLACK COAST TP
- CREEPY ARCHIVES HC VOL 18
- EC ARCHIVES VAULT OF HORROR HC VOL 03
- FORBIDDEN WORLDS ARCHIVES HC VOL 03
- LOBSTER JOHNSON TP VOL 03 SATAN SMELLS A RAT
- MASS EFFECT FOUNDATION TP VOL 01
- SHERLOCK HOLMES & VAMPIRES OF LONDON HC
- STAR WARS LEGACY HC VOL 03
- STRAIN FALL TP VOL 01
- BATMAN DARK VICTORY TP NEW ED
- CONSTANTINE TP VOL 01 SPARK AND THE FLAME
- DEATHSTROKE TP VOL 02 LOBO HUNT
- DIAL H TP VOL 02 EXCHANGE
- DMZ DELUXE EDITION HC BOOK 01
- FABLES DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 08
- FLASH HC VOL 03 GORILLA WARFARE
- FLASH TP VOL 02 ROGUES REVOLUTION
- INVISIBLES HC BOOK 01 DELUXE EDITION
- JLA TP VOL 04
- LEGION OF SUPERHEROES GREAT DARKNESS SAGA TP NEW ED
- LEGION OF SUPERHEROES TP VOL 03 FATAL FIVE
- POWER GIRL POWER TRIP TP
- RAVAGERS TP VOL 02 HEAVENLY DESTRUCTION
- SPACEMAN TP
- STRANGE ADVENTURES TP
- SUPERGIRL TP VOL 03 SANCTUARY
- SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES TP VOL 02
Devil’s Panties LLC
- DEVIL’S PANTIES GN VOL 07
Drawn & Quarterly
- ANT COLONY HC
- BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS HC
- MOOMIN & GOLDEN TAIL GN
- MOOMIN DESERT ISLAND GN
- BEST OF PANTHA THE WARREN STORIES HC
- DEJAH THORIS & GREEN MEN OF MARS TP VOL 01 RED MEAT
- MOCKING DEAD TP VOL 01
- ZORRO RIDES AGAIN TP VOL 02 WRATH OF LADY ZORRO
- EC GRAHAM INGELS SUCKER BAIT & OTHER STORIES HC
- EC JACK KAMEN ZERO HOUR & OTHER STORIES HC
- BABY’S IN BLACK TP
- TERRY & PIRATES GEORGE WUNDER YEARS HC VOL 01 1946-1948
- MILAN K HC PART 01 TEENAGE YEARS
- RETROWORLD HC
- DUNGEONS & DRAGONS FELLS FIVE HC
- GI JOE TP VOL 02 THREAT MATRIX
- KISS GREATEST HITS TP VOL 05
- LOCKE & KEY HC VOL 06 ALPHA & OMEGA
- MARS ATTACKS JUDGE DREDD TP
- MY LITTLE PONY TALES TP VOL 02
- POPEYE CLASSICS HC VOL 03
- RED LIGHT PROPERTIES GN
- RED PANDA MASK O/T RED PANDA TP
- TMNT ONGOING TP VOL 07 CITY FALL PT 2
- TRUE BLOOD TP VOL 03 THE FRENCH QUARTER
- X-FILES CLASSICS HC VOL 03
- FATALE TP VOL 04 PRAY FOR RAIN
- HOAX HUNTERS TP VOL 03 BOOK OF MOTHMAN
- PROPHET TP VOL 03 EMPIRE
- LUNCH LADY & SCHOOLWIDE SCUFFLE YR GN
- AIR GEAR GN VOL 30
- BATTLE ANGEL ALITA LAST ORDER OMNIBUS VOL 03
- SANKAREA GN VOL 05
- AVENGERS TP VOL 01 AVENGERS WORLD
- CAPTAIN AMERICA TP VOL 01 CASTAWAY DIMENSION Z BOOK 1
- CAPTAIN AMERICA TP LIVING LEGEND
- CASTLE TP RICHARD CASTLES STORM SEASON
- DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID HC VOL 02
- DEADPOOL BY POSEHN AND DUGGAN HC VOL 01
- FEARLESS DEFENDERS TP VOL 02 MOST FAB FIGHTING TEAM OF ALL
- INFINITY HC
- INFINITY TP HEIST HUNT
- IRON MAN TP VOL 01 BELIEVE
- MMW DEFENDERS HC VOL 04
- SAVAGE WOLVERINE PREM HC VOL 02 HANDS ON DEAD BODY
- SCARLET SPIDER TP VOL 04 INTO GRAVE
- SHE-HULK BY SLOTT TP VOL 01 COMPLETE COLLECTION
- ULTIMATES 3 TP WHO KILLED SCARLET WITCH NEW PTG
- X-MEN HC PHALANX COVENANT
- MYSTERIOUS STRANGERS TP VOL 01 STRANGE WAYS
- SIXTH GUN TP VOL 06
- US JUDGE DREDD COMP CASE FILES TP VOL 07
- ACG COLL WORKS OUT OF THE NIGHT SLIPCASE ED VOL 02
- HARVEY HORRORS BLACK CAT MYSTERY SLIPCASE ED VOL 03
- HARVEY HORRORS TOMB OF TERROR SLIPCASE ED VOL 03
- PRE CODE CLASSIC THING HC VOL 01
- PRE CODE CLASSIC THING HC VOL 02
- ROY THOMAS PRESENTS VOL 03 PLANET COMICS HC
- ROY THOMAS PRESENTS PLANET COMICS SLIPCASE ED VOL 03
- THING BOXSET EDITION
Renegade Arts Entertainment
- LOXLEYS AND THE WAR OF 1812 HC 2ND ED
Seven Seas Entertainment
- A CENTAURS LIFE GN VOL 02
- ALICE I/T COUNTRY OF JOKER CIRCUS & LIARS GAME VOL 04
- DRAGONAR ACADEMY GN VOL 01
- HAGANAI I DON’T HAVE MANY FRIENDS GN VOL 05
- LOVE IN HELL GN VOL 02
- MY BOYFRIEND IS A VAMPIRE GN COLL ED VOL 06
- ABSENCE HC
- TIPPY & NIGHT PARADE TOON BOOKS YR HC GN
- ALONE FOREVER GN
- BOJEFFRIES SAGA GN
- BRAVOMAN HC VOL 01
- STREET FIGHTER CLASSIC HC VOL 02 CANNON STRIKE
- USNA UNITED STATES OF NORTH AMERICA GN
- HARBINGER TP VOL 04 PERFECT DAY
- KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA GN VOL 07
- HAPPY MARRIAGE GN VOL 04
- KAMISAMA KISS GN VOL 14
- TIGER & BUNNY GN VOL 04
- GFT NO TOMORROW TP
- Fairy Tail – Part 8
- Fruits Basket – Complete Collection
- Kamisama Kiss – Complete Collection
- Strike Witches – Complete Collection
- Strike Witches 2 – Complete Collection
New Video Group
- Saint Seiya – Sanctuary Classic Collection
- kimi ni todoke – From Me to You – Volume 1
- kimi ni todoke – From Me to You – Volume 2
- kimi ni todoke – From Me to You – Volume 3
- Natsume’s Book of Friends – Season 1 & 2
- Wagnaria!!2 – Complete Second Series
The Right Stuf International
- Antique Bakery – Complete Collection
- Blessing of the Campanella – Complete Collection
- AKB0048 next stage – Complete Collection
- MM! Complete Collection
Keep in mind that titles are not always available from book vendors on the same dates as they are released in comic book stores, so not all of these will be available everywhere at the same time. Check with your vendors, just to be sure!