Abbott

Saladin Ahmed

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Abbott
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The year: 1972. The place: Detroit. Elena Abbott is a hard-hitting journalist at the Detroit Daily, using her work to ask difficult questions and bring to light police abuses that some feel are best left unexplored. To make things more difficult, Abbott moves through this primarily white male world as a black bisexual woman, encountering both institutional and direct bigotry and discrimination. When following a series of strange killings and mutilations, Abbott finds her life threatened by something decidedly supernatural—possibly connected to the same forces that took her husband away many years prior.

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Another Castle

Andrew Wheeler

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In this colorful comic, Princess Misty is kidnapped by Lord Badlug, a tyrant who rules over a land of ruin populated by monsters. He plans to marry her and use her to conquer her father’s kingdom, while Princess Misty plans to take down Badlug’s reign from the inside. Then she learns more about Badlug’s realm and realizes that overthrowing him might not lead to a simple happily ever after for anyone.

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Nic Willcox

Archival Quality

Ivy Noelle Weir

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After accepting an archivist job in a creepy old museum, Cel finds herself haunted by Celine, a resident who lived there when the museum was an asylum. As Cel begins to investigate, she finds the museum has a dark history, and both she and Celine are running out of time.

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Megan Rupe

Are You Listening?

Tillie Walden

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Are You Listening
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Bea is running away, and Lou offers her a ride. As they drive through West Texas, they meet a cat who leads them into a surreal world.

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Shira Pilarski

As the Crow Flies

Melanie Gilman

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At a feminist Christian summer camp, Charlie, who is Black, feels hurt by the predominantly white counselors’ and campers’ microaggressions. She has a crush on one of the older girls and feels left out until she befriends Sydney, a trans girl who revels in being different from the pack.

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Shira Pilarski

Astra, lost in space

Kenta Shinohara

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This 5 volume series includes hints of romance, lots of character development and background stories, and the growth of various relationships, as well as plenty of adventure and excitement. The blend of both action and adventure as well as realistic, relationship-focused fiction is sure to attract a wide audience of manga fans.

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Avant-Guards

Carly Usdin

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Avant Guards
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A former basketball star, overwhelmed by the pressures of the sport, quits playing and transfers to a quirky arts college . . . where she is approached about joining the school’s even quirkier newly-formed basketball team. Hijinks, friendships, and romance ensue.

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Nic Willcox

Baba Yaga’s Assistant

Marika McCoola

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After losing her grandmother and meeting her father’s new fiance and child, Masha feels lonely and lost. She decides to answer the legendary Baba Yaga’s ad for an assistant. Before she can become the witch's assistant, Masha will have to complete a series of tests. Will Masha finally be able to find a place for herself?

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Megan Rupe

Backstagers

James Tynion IV

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Jory is the new kid in school and needs somewhere to go while his mom’s at work. He ends up joining his school’s drama department, where he discovers a hidden, magic world backstage. Putting on a great play will require strong bonds and enough bravery to dive into a fantasy portal and return unscathed.

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Thomas Maluck

Banned Book Club

Kim Hyun Sook

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Kim Hyun Sook is excited to start her studies in college in 1983 South Korea. She joins a book club and finds herself in the middle of the underground student revolution against a military regime.

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Batwoman Rebirth

Marguerite Bennett

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Batwoman Rebirth
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Kate Kane tracks down arms dealers to the island of Coryana, where she once spent a year and had a brief relationship with a woman there. The dealers are selling a serum that transforms people into monsters, but they aren’t the only dangers that await Kate, as familiar figures from her past lie in wait to entrap her and unleash mayhem across the globe.

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Thomas Maluck

Batwoman: Elegy

Greg Rucka

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Batwoman is the Jewish lesbian DC superhero you didn’t know you were missing. In this volume, Batwoman takes on a maniac known as Alice, who believes Gotham is Wonderland and everyone who lives there are expendable extras in her story. Batwoman (aka Kate Kane) is the female version of Batman (aka Bruce Wayne) with the same amount of tech, the same amount of women, and because of her military background, more guns.

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Becoming RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s Journey to Justice

Debbie Levy

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Follow cultural icon Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s legal career to the Supreme Court and her impact on civil rights with this lively graphic novel!

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Megan Rupe

Bingo Love

Tee Franklin

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A wholesome love story of an older couple rekindling a love from their youth. Hazel and Mari fell in love in high school but separated because of pressure to marry men. Fifty years later, they find each other and realize they still love one another.

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Black Clover

Yuki Tabata

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Born into a world where Wizards keep the peace, Asta—an orphan from the boonies—vows he will rise above all others to lead as the Wizard King. Sadly, he lacks an ounce of magic in his body. While his rival and brother Yuno is naturally gifted and expected to rise through the ranks of the Magic Knights with ease, Asta receives an unexpected surprise when he discovers he wields a unique power which repels magic.

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Black Magick

Greg Rucka

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Rowan Black is a detective with the Portsmouth PD... and a witch, two aspects of her life she has struggled to keep separate. Now someone is targeting Rowan, someone who knows her secrets and means to expose her... or worse.

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Bloom

Kevin Panetta

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Ari’s family runs a struggling Greek bakery. Ari wants to move to the big city with his band, so he hires and trains his replacement, Hector. As yeast blooms in the bakery, romance blooms between Ari and Hector.

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Blue Exorcist

Kazue Kato

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Rin Okumura was raised by a powerful exorcist, but one day learns that he’s really the son of Satan. He attends True Cross Academy to follow in his adoptive father’s footsteps, but he can’t keep his inheritance a secret for long.

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Thomas Maluck

Check, Please!

Ngozi Ukazu

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Check Please
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Georgia native Eric Bittle joins the men’s hockey team. As a vlogging, baking gay man will he fit in? Things get complicated when he falls for the team captain. Check, Please! is a heartwarming coming of age story that you don’t want to miss! In addition to the print books, you can also read it online!

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Megan Rupe

Compass South

Hope Larson

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A treasure hunt with multiple players, taking place in 1860 and starring 12-year-old twins Cleopatra and Alexander. They each head to San Francisco by separate means but are secretly being chased by pirates. Cleo takes on a male identity, which they prefer.

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Thomas Maluck

Cosmoknights

Hannah Templar

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In a universe where princesses are handed over to the victors of mecha gladiatorial matches, Pan is frustrated with her life on a rundown planet where she fixes cars and endures bad treatment for setting her planet’s princess free. When she discovers one gladiatorial duo is setting princesses free, she runs away to help them.

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Megan Rupe

Crowded

Christopher Sebela

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Crowded
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Charlie Ellison has made a huge mistake that has placed a million-dollar bounty on her head in the Reapr app, a crowd-funding app for assassinations. She uses the Dfend app to hire a bodyguard, Vita, who can’t stand the obnoxious Charlie but will keep her safe during the 30 days of the assassination’s campaign.

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Thomas Maluck

Cry Havoc, vol. 1: Mything In Action

Simon Spurrier

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A lesbian werewolf soldier, Lou, is recruited with other supernatural beings to take down a rogue military operative in Afghanistan. The story uses color-coded panels to depict three different eras in Lou’s life. Lou is living her “normal” past life in one stage, preparing to attack in Afghanistan in the second stage, and has already been captured in the third.

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Darkroom: A Memoir

Lila Quintero Weaver

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When Lila’s family moved from Argentina to the United States, they found themselves trying to achieve the American dream in the Jim Crow South. This quiet, subtle memoir explores Lila’s struggles to fit in a country where she’s neither white nor black and her efforts to navigate a racially divided society during the Civil Rights era. Reading Lila’s story highlighted how much racism is baked into our culture and education. It’s less of an activist story, but it does show a view into experiencing racism when you’re not clearly white or black.

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Megan Rupe

DC Bombshells

Marguerite Bennett

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Your favorite female DC superheroes (and villains) are reimagined and plunked into World War II to fight for truth, justice, and freedom. Based on the incredibly popular DC Bombshells Collectibles line and set in a universe where—when the world is on the brink of disaster—the Allies call in the superheroines.

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Danielle Boyd

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