Highlights from the past week, with commentary from the NFNT gang:
Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics (First Second, 9781626720657)
Jennifer W: I would personally like to read Above the Dreamless Dead. It’s not the kind of thing I’d usually enjoy, but I discovered WWI poetry as a teen and was obsessed with it for a while.
An Age of License (Fantagraphics, 9781606997680)
Andrew S: This falls into the same type of category as Lucy Knisley’s first book, French Milk, but Lucy’s storytelling abilities and artistic talents have grown tremendously since then and the mix of life, crushes, and journeys is beautifully told.
Batwoman Volume 4: This Blood is Thick (DC Comics, 9781401249991)
Thomas: Batwoman’s artwork continues to look so gorgeous my eyes hurt. J.H. Williams III just doesn’t quit.
El Deafo (Amulet, 9781419712173)
Andrew S: Everyone needs to go read it. Like now. I put El Deafo in the fictional realistic biographical section, similar to Drama by Raina Telgemeier. I had the chance to meet Cece Bell at BookExpo and she was kind, generous, and awesome.
Finder: Third World (Dark Horse, 9781616554675)
Jenny: I’ve already put in a request for Finder: Third World. I will read anything Carla Speed McNeil writes/draws, especially if it’s a new Finder story.
Forever Evil (DC Comics, 9781401248918)
Thomas: Forever Evil is a neat DC event that gives Lex Luthor an opportunity to begrudgingly play the good guy.
Kill My Mother (Liveright, 9780871403148)
Jenny: After reading encouraging NPR and NYT Book Review reviews of Jules Feiffer’s noir detective tale Kill My Mother, I thought it’d be perfect for a future graphic novel discussion.
Library Wars: Love and War Volume 12 (Viz, 9781421569512)
Thomas: I am professionally obligated to endorse Kiiro Yumi’s Library Wars to all library-addicted people.
New Lone Wolf and Cub Volume 2 (Dark Horse, 9781616553579)
Andrew S: The New Lone Wolf and Cub is also something that I can’t wait to pick up.
Noragami: Stray God Volume 1 (Kodansha, 9781612629063)
Jessikah: Noragami is something to look out for. It’s a fun story, and I think it will be popular.
Jenny: Ooh, yes, Noragami looks swell. The anime adaptation is quite well done and managed to make me get all emotionally invested, so I expect the source material will be just as good.
Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Volume 1 (Viz, 9781421571515)
Marissa: I really enjoyed Seraph of the End volume 1 and am excited to read the next volume. I don’t usually buy manga for myself anymore, but I was drawn to the summary and artwork in Barnes and Nobles and was not disappointed. I think I may actually buy the second one, as well. And, of course, I told the teen librarian to buy it for our library.
Jenny: I enjoyed the first volume of Seraph of the End, too! I wasn’t expecting much when I picked it up, but it surprised me and now I’m curious to see where the mix of darkly serious and silly tones goes next.
Skip Beat Volume 33 (Viz, 9781421569529)
Jenny: Skip Beat is great fun. I always look forward to seeing how nutty, talented Kyoko tackles her next challenge, be it a new role or her wonderfully slow-boil romance. The tension has really ramped up with this arc, so I’m all impatient to get my hands on volume 33.
Walt Disney – the Don Rosa Library Volume 1: Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Son of the Sun (Fantagraphics, 9781606997420)
Thomas: Don Rosa should be an institution here like he is in Europe.
What Did You Eat Yesterday Volume 4 (Vertical, 9781939130792)
Jenny: I want to see how What Did You Eat Yesterday 4 quietly reveals more of its characters’ lives while making me feel hungry and domestically inadequate (but not in a bad way). 🙂
The Wrenchies (First Second, 9781596434219)
Andrew S: Like everything that First Second puts out, I can’t get enough of it. The Wrenchies is fantastic. While dystopian tales have been overdone lately, this one will make you think and leave you wondering what reality is, what it can be, and what life is about. Extremely well done and worth owning.
WWE Slam City Volume 1: Finished (Papercutz, 9781597077217)
Jennifer W: I don’t know about literary quality, but I can tell you that I have pre-ordered WWE Slam City and expect it to be crazy popular.
AND NOW FOR THE COMPLETE LIST
- SKYWARD TP VOL 03 BATTLE AT THREE RIVERS
- EL DEAFO
- GOLD DIGGER GOLD BRICK IV REMINTED ED
- GOD IS DEAD BOOK OF ACTS ALPHA GLYCON LEATHER CVR
- GOD IS DEAD BOOK OF ACTS DLX COLL BOX SET
- WOODS TP VOL 01
- BO PLUSHY GANGSTA KINGDOM BO TP
- ALLEY OOP COMPLETE SUNDAYS HC VOL 02 1936 – 1938
- AW YEAH COMICS TP VOL 01
- FEAR AGENT TP VOL 06 2ND ED OUT OF STEP
- FINDER THIRD WORLD TP
- FURIOUS TP VOL 01 FALLEN STAR
- JAYBIRD HC
- LEGEND KORRA ART ANIMATED SERIES HC BOOK 02 SPIRITS
- NEW LONE WOLF AND CUB TP VOL 02
- PARIAH TP VOL 02
- BATWOMAN TP VOL 04 THIS BLOOD IS THICK
- FOREVER EVIL HC
- JLA EARTH 2 TP NEW ED
- MARTIAN MANHUNTER RINGS OF SATURN TP
- MR PUNCH 20TH ANNIVERSARY ED HC
- AGE OF LICENSE GN
- DISNEY ROSA DUCK LIBRARY HC VOL 01 SCROOGE SON OF SUN
- ABOVE THE DREAMLESS DEAD WWI IN POETRY & COMICS HC
- WRENCHIES GN
- KAMEN GN VOL 01
- DUNGEONS & DRAGONS FORGOTTEN REALMS OMNIBUS TP VOL 02
- GI JOE ORIGINS OMNIBUS TP VOL 02
- JUDGE DREDD (IDW) TP VOL 05
- JUDGE DREDD MEGA CITY TWO TP
- MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC TP VOL 05
- TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES TP VOL 03
- TMNT ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SP ED HC
- TRANSFORMERS IDW COLL PHASE 2 HC VOL 01
- EGOS TP VOL 01 QUINTESSENCE
- MERCENARY SEA TP VOL 01
- WALKING DEAD HC VOL 10
- NORAGAMI STRAY GOD GN VOL 01
- KILL MY MOTHER GN
- DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER OMNIBUS HC SLIPCASE
- DEADPOOL MINIBUS HC
- INFINITY TP
- KICK-ASS 3 PREM HC
- MMW FAMOUS FIRSTS 75TH ANNIV SLIPCASE SET
- OZ OMNIBUS HC
- REVENGE SECRET ORIGIN OF EMILY THORNE PREM HC
- WWE SLAM CITY HC VOL 01 FINISHED
Seven Seas Entertainment
- A CENTAURS LIFE GN VOL 04
- ALICE I/T COUNTRY OF CLOVER KNIGHTS KNOWLEDGE GN VOL 02
- MAYO CHICKI GN VOL 07
- ZEROS FAMILIAR CHEVALIER GN VOL 02
- MUSASHI GN
Simon & Schuster
- MASTERFUL MARKS CARTOONIST WHO CHANGED THE WORLD HC
- FARLAINE GOBLIN TP VOL 01
- A1 PRESENTS CARPE DIEM HC VOL 01 I HATE MONDAYS
- ALIEN LEGION DEAD & BURIED OMNIBUS TP
- DOCTOR GRORDBORT PRES ONSLAUGHT HC
- EPIC CHRONICLES HAGAR THE HORRIBLE HC 1980-81
- FOUR HORSEMEN O/T APOCALYPSE HC
- VOID HC
- WHAT DID YOU EAT YESTERDAY GN VOL 04
- BLEACH 3IN1 TP VOL 09
- DAWN OF THE ARCANA GN VOL 13
- DRAGON BALL 3IN1 TP VOL 06
- LIBRARY WARS LOVE & WAR GN VOL 12
- MIDNIGHT SECRETARY GN VOL 07
- NARUTO 3IN1 TP VOL 09
- NISEKOI FALSE LOVE GN VOL 05
- ONE PIECE GN VOL 72
- PHANTOM THIEF JEANNE GN VOL 04
- POKEMON ADVENTURES GN BOX SET VOL 03 RUBY SAPPHIRE
- POKEMON ADVENTURES GN VOL 24 FIRE RED LEAF GREEN
- POKEMON BLACK & WHITE GN BOX SET VOL 02
- SERAPH OF END VAMPIRE REIGN GN VOL 02
- SKIP BEAT GN VOL 33
- TIME KILLERS GN
- YU GI OH 5DS GN VOL 06
- Baka and Test Season 1 Collection
- Baka and Test Season 2 Collection
- Hal – the Movie
- Love Live! School Idol Project – Season 1
The Right Stuf International
- Junjo Romantica – Season 1 Collection
- Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya
- Gatchaman Crowds – Complete Collection
- Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 – Complete Collection
- Blood Lad Complete Series
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!