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1. Blog Tour: Ares, Bringer of War, by George O'Connor (ages 9-14)

Today I'm celebrating the release of Ares: Bringer of War, the latest graphic novel by George O'Connor in his outstanding Olympians series. This entire series is terrific and very popular with my students. They're going to be thrilled to see this newest installment.
Ares: Bringer of War
Olympians, book 7
by George O'Connor
First Second, 2014
Your local library
Amazon
ages 9-14
The mighty Ares is the Greek god of war, consumed by rage, hate and vengeance. His war is destructive, frenzied and maniacal. And as O'Connor clearly shows, you can only really understand Ares in contrast to his half-sister Athena, goddess of the strategic, logical side of war.

O'Connor brings readers right into the middle of the Trojan War, using the Iliad to frame his portrait of Ares. We enter the scene ten years into the war, as the Greeks and Trojans are mired down in the conflict. As Zeus proclaims,
"The cost has been high for both sides. But much that is fated to occur has not happened yet. We may need to take a more active hand."
But the gods incessantly argue and take sides, playing the mortals against one another like a chess game. As O'Connor shows, Ares is blood-thirsty, but he is also loyal and determined, and he truly mourns the loss of his son in the end. Readers will be amazed by the artwork, but also by the complicated interactions between all the gods.

Ares: Bringer of War feels even more complex than previous Olympians books because there is one whole story arc, involving gods and mortals. Previous books seemed more episodic to me, so easier to digest in smaller chunks.

Complicated? Yes, but I've been drawn back to this graphic novel again and again, reading it perhaps four times this week. With each reading, my understanding grows--and I've watched the same thing happen with my students. They read the same graphic novel over and over, noticing more details each time, understanding the characters more fully with repeated readings.

For other stops on the Blog Tour, check out MacTeenBooks. Definitely suggest The Olympians website as a resource for fans -- it's full of information on the gods and O'Connor's research, as well as links and activities.

The review copy was kindly sent by the publishers, First Second Books. If you make a purchase using the Amazon links on this site, a small portion goes to Great Kid Books. Thank you for your support.

©2015 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books

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2. George O'Connor Blog Tour





Ares: Bringer of War
by George O'Connor
First Second, January 27, 2015
review copy provided by the publisher

"The stories that make up the body of Greek myths are what remain of their culture’s deeply held beliefs. The stories of Zeus and his family are more than just entertaining yarns about giants who slice open the sky and monsters so fearsome their gaze can turn a person to stone. They were, and are, an explanation of the world that that ancient culture’s people saw around them: a lightning storm could only be the King of Gods hurling his thunderbolt; a volcano could only be the escaped vapors of an entombed Titan. 
Not many people today believe in the gods of Ancient Greece. But their stories are still around, and they live on in all of our memories." George O'Connor (from his website, The Olympians).
The volumes in George O'Connor's Olympians series (Zeus, Athena, Hera, Hades, Poseidon, and Aphrodite) do so much more than simply retell a story from Greek mythology. They also feature a detailed family tree at the beginning of the book. At the end are extensive G(r)eek notes that cite page and panel numbers and are a combination of author commentary, historical context, and vocabulary and classical art connections. After that, there are resources for the reader who wants to know even more.

The whole premise of Ares is pretty amazing -- in it, O'Connor retells the Illiad with a focus on the gods' role in the Trojan War. In a 66-page graphic novel. For kids.

Wow.

Everything you know about Ares is shown to be true in this book -- when it comes to warmongering, he is the opposite side of the coin from Athena, who is the disciplined strategist of war. Ares represents the violent, crazed, bloodthirsty side of war. But in this book, we also see that he is a father with at least a teeny tiny soft spot in his heart.

One of my favorite spreads in the book is p. 12-13. It takes you by surprise as a reader, because the top half of both pages is one large panel. It shows the gods gathered around a sort of table that is the battlefield in the mortal world. The panels below the large top panel read left to right as usual, but all the way across both pages. When you turn the page, the story continues in the usual page-by-page format until the climax on p. 52-53 when the gods can't stand it anymore and they go down to the mortal world to battle it out "god-on-god" (p. 73 in the G(r)eek Notes) All of this is to say that besides being a master of mythology and storytelling, George O'Connor is an amazing graphic artist.

I recommend this book for students in grades 4 and up...all the way up to adults who would like a refresher course on mythology and a peek into some of the best graphic novels around.

You can follow George O'Connor on twitter @GeorgetheMighty.


STOPS ON THE BLOG TOUR:

Monday, January 26th
Kid Lit Frenzy

Tuesday, January 27th – A Year of Reading -- You Are Here!

Wednesday, January 28th
Great Kid Books

Thursday, January 29
Charlotte’s Library

Friday, January 30
Graphic Novel Resources

Saturday, January 3
Librarian’s Quest

Sunday, February 1
Musings of a Librarian

Monday, February 2
The Graphic Novelologist

Tuesday, February 3
Supernatural Snark

Wednesday, February 4
Panel Patter

Thursday, February 5
Finding Wonderland

Friday, February 6
The Book Rat

Saturday, February 7
Teen Lit Rocks

Sunday, February 8
The Brain Lair

Monday, February 9
Haunting Orchid

Tuesday, February 10
Alice Marvels


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3. Rat Queens, Sass and Sorcery

And now for something a little different, a graphic story/comic featuring a group of four female mercenaries who are tough, sassy, smart, funny, like to drink and eat and carouse, and know how to handle weaponry and magic. Rat Queens, Volume One: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis Wiebe is a hoot and a half.

There is Betty, a Smidgin thief. I’m not sure what a Smidgin is, but she’s little and cute, great at breaking and entering, and enjoys being tossed at goblins, swords blazing. There is Dee, a former acolyte of N’rygoth, a giant flying squid. Dee is black, has some good magic, a great purple and black outfit and awesome thigh-high boots. Violet is a solidly built redhead with great armor and big attitude. Turns out she is a Dwarf who shaved her beard off and left her family. We aren’t sure why she left her family but I suspect in later stories we might find out. And finally, there is the leader of the group, Hannah, who is a magic user and, I believe, an Elf, but don’t quote me on that. She’s tall and curvy and looks a bit like Betty Page.

The Rat Queens and four other mercenary groups have been banned from the town of Palisade after their last pub brawl unless they all perform assigned services to the city. The Rat Queens are tasked with clearing out a goblin cave. Peaches are assigned to empty a camp of bandits. The Four Daves have to go deal with the restless dead at the cemetery. The Brother Ponies (four big, brawny men with long ponytails) are given the job of getting rid of the ogre. And finally, Obsidian Darkness, who look sort of like goth ninja elves, have to clean the toilets at the military barracks.

The jobs turn out to be a setup. The Rat Queens survive, a bit battered and bruised, but all in one piece. The other groups aren’t all so lucky. Who is behind the setup to have them killed? Will the Rat Queens and the remaining mercenaries from the other groups be able to stop brawling long enough to band together and save the city of Palisade? Will Betty and the cute Fay with the nose ring hook up? Will Dee be able to get her nose out a book and get over her social anxiety long enough to realize she has a few admirers? What’s with all the bluebirds in one of the Four Daves’ beards?

Part of the fun of this book is not just the women kicking ass, but that they are friends and care about each other without having to go shopping for new shoes or weep together over a bucket of ice cream. There are also many moments about accepting other people for who they are, getting past being different and seeing the individual instead of the Zombie or the Dwarf. And it’s just plain silly fun. There is currently only one volume. It looks like volume two will be out in May. Yay!


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4. Look What Marvel Has Planned For The Middle Of 2015!

AvengersUltronMoviePoster Look What Marvel Has Planned For The Middle Of 2015!Yup!  It’s that time of year again!  Marvel has released their book catalog for May-August 2015, and it’s chock full of reprints, collections, slipcases, and omnibi!  (You can read it here!)  Lots of stuff marketed towards Ant-Man and Avengers, of course, as well as some TV tomes, and paving the way for future films.  (Hmmm… why all the Human Torch and Vision collections?  winkwinknudgenudge)  And, of course, Star Wars!  (Gotta have Star Wars…)  You know what would be cool?  If Marvel reprinted “The Chaykin” Star Wars poster from 1976!  Oooh…  a poster “variant!  If stores order 25 copies of the “New Hope” trade, they get a copy of the poster!

I present the catalog text without comment.  Titles of which I’m particularly intrigued have cover images displayed.  (Hmm… a Damage Control compendium!  Might Marvel have a television series in development?)

What catches your imagination?  Your wallet?


Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron : The Art of the Movie Slipcase

On Sale Date: May 12, 2015
Ages 0 And Up, Grades P to 17
$49.99 USD, $55.99 CAD
240 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9780785190066, 0785190066

Summary: The Avengers assemble again in Marvel Studios’ follow-up to the record-breaking Marvel’s The Avengers. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner reprise their roles as world-saving heroes in an adventure like no other. In this new collectible volume, go around the world with the Avengers in page after page of stunning concept art, production design, visual effects, revealing set photography, and commentary from cast and crew, including writer/director Joss Whedon and producer Kevin Feige. Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron takes Marvel’s Cinematic Universe to new heights in yet another silver-screen triumph.

Star Wars: Episode IV : A New Hope
Roy Thomas, Howard Chaykin

On Sale Date: May 12, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
128 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9780785193487, 0785193480

Summary: The original comic adaptation of the greatest space-fantasy film of all is remastered for the modern age! Weeks before George Lucas’ first Star Wars film hit theatres, Marvel gave fans their first look at Luke Skywalker, boldly asking: “Will he save the galaxy, or destroy it?” You may know the answer, but that doesn’t spoil the fun of seeing Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope like never before…including scenes that never made the silver screen! When Princess Leia is taken prisoner, Luke, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 ride to the rescue and take on Darth Vader in his awesome Death Star. It’s six against a galaxy – one that’s far, far away and a long time ago! May the Force be with you, in the mighty Marvel manner!

COLLECTING: Star Wars (1977) 1-6 (Re-mastered)

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection : The New Republic Volume 1
Timothy Zahn, Michael A. Stackpole, Steve Perry, J…

On Sale Date: May 26, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
488 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9780785197164, 0785197168

Marvel’s Daredevil: Defender of Hell’s Kitchen : Season One

On Sale Date: May 26, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$49.99 USD, $55.99 CAD
200 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9780785194019, 0785194010

Summary: Marvel’s Daredevil follows the incredible journey of Matt Murdock, the Man Without Fear. Blinded in a tragic accident as a boy and imbued with extraordinary senses, Murdock has a mission to clean up his gritty city. He sets up practice in his old neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, New York, where he fights against injustice as a respected lawyer by day and masked vigilante at night. In this new collectible volume in line with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season One Declassified, see the costume and set designs that bring the hero to life. Packed with stunning set and production photography, as well as exclusive interviews, this beautiful showcase reveals the details of the set and script of Marvel’s Daredevil through the eyes of the makers.

Avengers : Time Runs Out Volume 3

On Sale Date: May 26, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
136 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192220, 0785192220

Summary: For Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Illuminati, it has all been building to this. After two years of carefully crafting his cataclysmic saga, writer Jonathan Hickman jumps ahead eight months to the grand finale, the honest-to-goodness immediate future of the Marvel Universe…and the day of the Final Incursion! After the revelation of the Illuminati’s desperate, world-destroying actions, the Avengers are fragmented! What has become of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes over the past eight months? What will happen when the Avengers, Illuminati and Cabal clash? And have all the battles they’ve endured, and the sacrifices they’ve made, prepared either group for the inevitable moment where time runs out for everybody? The third act of the astonishing climax to Jonathan Hickman’s legendary run is here!

COLLECTING: Avenger s 40-42, New Avengers 29-30

Avengers West Coast : Vision Quest

On Sale Date: May 12, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
216 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197409, 0785197400

Summary: It’s battles, betrayals and the bizarre as only Byrne could bring you! Watch as one of comicdom’s most recognizable talents remakes the West Coast Avengers, starting with the capture and dismantling of the Vision! As secrets about the synthezoid come to light, the Whackos are determined to get their teammate back, safe and sound -but what happens when the Vision they recover isn’ the Vision they remember? And most importantly, how will this shocking change affect the Vision and the Scarlet Witch’ marriage…and family?

COLLECTING: Avengers West Coast 42-50

Vision : Yesterday and Tomorrow

On Sale Date: May 5, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$19.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
120 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197393, 0785197397

Summary: The android Avenger goes solo! His memories downloaded and stolen, a partially amnesiac Vision must seek help from the reluctant granddaughter of his creator, Professor Phineas T. Horton, to defeat a technological terror programmed by the Nazis during World War II to cause fear and death from the skies! Created using technology stolen from Professor Horton, the newly escaped Gremlin will not be denied its mission in the present day – even if it must reprogram and erase the Vision’s very humanity in the process!

COLLECTING: Avengers Icons: The Vision 1-4, Avengers 57

Avengers : Vision and the Scarlet Witch

On Sale Date: May 12, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$19.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
128 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197416, 0785197419

Summary: The unlikely romance between the Vision and the Scarlet Witch was one of the Avengers’ most famous storylines. Now, witness what happens when the two heroes finally get hitched and settle down in the suburbs! But if you think they’re going to live the quiet life, think again! See how a match made in heaven led to a wedding in Limbo, and how a Halloween horror proves that there’s still magic in their marriage! Plus: a golden age mystery with ties to the Witch’s past is solved! The Vision bonds with his brothers in all but blood…but who is the Scarlet Witch’s father? Marvel’s oddest couple shows that home is where the heroes are! Guest-starring the Avengers and the Inhumans, versus Dormammu, the Grim Reaper and more!

COLLECTING: Giant-Size Avengers (1974) 4, Vision and Scarlet Witch (1982) 1-4

Avengers Epic Collection : Behold… the Vision

On Sale Date: May 12, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
456 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785191650, 0785191658

Summary: Prepare yourself for one of the most stellar creative periods in Avengers history! Roy Thomas, John Buscema, Gene Colan and Sal Buscema raise Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to unheard-of heights with the debut of the Vision, an all-out battle with Ultron, and the introduction of Yellowjacket and an all-new Goliath! Then, Kang the Conqueror drops in from the 41st century, pitting our heroes against the Squadron Sinister in a cosmic chess match! As if one set of adversaries from across time wasn’t enough, the Avengers must also battle the Captain America, Sub-Mariner and Human Torch of 1941! Also featuring the Black Panther vs. the Sons of the Serpent, the return of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, and barbarian Arkon the Magnificent!

COLLECTING: Vol . 4 ; Avengers (1963) 57-76, Marvel Super -Heroe s (1967) 17

The Road to Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron : The Art of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

On Sale Date: May 19, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$49.99 USD, $55.99 CAD
240 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9780785198291, 0785198296

Summary: From alien invasions to the singularity: the road to Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron! The whole world knows the Avengers now, but this special collection returns to the roots of Earth’s Mightiest and sets the path for new adventures! See how the Avengers went from a rag-tag team to a fighting force. Just in time for MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, this keepsake volume collects art, interviews, and photography from IRON MAN: ART OF THE MOVIE HC, IRON MAN: THE ART OF IRON MAN 2 HC, IRON MAN 3: THE ART OF THE MOVIE HC, CAPTAIN AMERICA : THE ART OF CAPTAIN AMERICA -THE FIRST AVENGER HC , CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER -ART OF THE MOVIE HC, THOR: THE ART OF THOR THE MOVIE HC, THOR: THE DAR K WORLD -THE ART OF THE MOVIE HC , and AVENGERS: THE ART OF MARVEL’S AVENGERS HC.

Civil War : Ms. Marvel
Brian Reed, Roberto De La Torre, Mike Wieringo, Gi…

On Sale Date: June 2, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$19.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
136 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785198130, 078519813X

Summary: Whose side is she on? As the events of Civil War tear apart the super-hero community, Carol Danvers must choose to enforce the new Super Hero Registration Act or face prison. Aided by fellow Avengers Iron Man and Wonder Man, and the teenage hero Araña, Ms. Marvel combats former allies Shroud and Arachne in an attempt to enforce a law she may not agree with. But to do what she thinks is right, will Ms. Marvel tear apart a family? Plus: Carol’s days as Warbird and Binary come back to haunt her! Ms. Marvel and the X-Men’s Rogue must put aside their differences when another Carol Danvers appears, still using the call sign Warbird and seeking revenge on Rogue!

COLLECTING: Ms. Marvel (2006) 6-10, Ms. Marvel Special

Amazing Spider-Man : Edge of Spider-Verse

On Sale Date: May 12, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$15.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
112 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197287, 0785197281

Summary: Peer over the edge of the Spider-Verse, at five different realities…and five daringly different spiders! Spider-Man Noir returns, as the Peter Parker of the 1930s finds himself up against Mysterio, and knee-deep in the biggest Spider-Man event of all! What is the secret of Dr. Aaron Aikman, the Spider-Man? Who are the villainous Red Eye and Naahmurah…and can Aaron live through Morlun’s arrival? In a universe where the story you know becomes as horrific as possible, a radioactive spider bites a high school nerd who is already something of a monster. Then, what or who is the incredible SP//dr? And finally, the breakout character of Spider-Verse makes her exciting debut – in a world where the radioactive spider bit Gwen Stacy!

COLLECTING: Edge of Spider -Verse 1-5

Thor Volume 1 : Goddess of Thunder
Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman

On Sale Date: May 26, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
136 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192381, 0785192387

Summary: Mjolnir lies on the moon, unable to be lifted! Something dark has befallen the God of Thunder, leaving him unworthy for the first time ever! But when Frost Giants invade Earth, the hammer will be lifted – and a mysterious woman will be transformed into an all-new version of the mighty Thor! Who is this new Goddess of Thunder? Not even Odin knows…but she may be Earth’s only hope against the Frost Giants! Get ready for a Thor like you’ve never seen before, as this all-new heroine takes Midgard by storm! Plus: the Odinson clearly doesn’t like that someone else is holding his hammer…it’s Thor vs. Thor! And Odin, desperate to see Mjolnir returned, will call on some very dangerous, very unexpected allies. It’s a bold new chapter in the storied history of Thor!

COLLECTING: Thor 1-5

Guardians of the Galaxy : Rocket Raccoon & Groot – Steal the Galaxy Mass Market Paperback

On Sale Date: May 19, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$7.99 USD, $8.99 CAD
352 pages
Mass Market
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785189787, 0785189785

Summary: Marvel’s first original prose novel, featuring the stars of Guardians of the Galaxy! These are not the Avengers or the Fantastic Four -in fact, they’re barely even famous -but Rocket Raccoon and the faithful Groot are the baddest heroes in the cosmos, and they’e on the run across the Marvel Universe! During a spaceport brawl, the infamous pair rescues an android Recorder from a pack of alien Badoons. Everyone in the galaxy, however, including the ruthless Kree Empire and the stalwart Nova Corps, seems to want that Recorder, who’ about as sane as a sandwich with no mustard. Join Rocket and Groot on a free-for-all across the stars while they try to save all of existence -again!

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1

On Sale Date: May 19, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
312 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785194002, 0785194002

Summary: Why has Earth suddenly become the most important planet in the galaxy? The Guardians of the Galaxy plan to find out! Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Groot – and the invincible Iron Man – embark on an explosive adventure! The secrets they discover will rattle readers for years to come! But while Earth deals with a brutal Badoon invasion, the Guardians’ fate has been decided millions of miles away! Then, Heaven’s most fearsome angel comes for the Guardians! And when Gamora battles the mysterious Angela, the universe hangs in the balance! The Guardians find themselves at a crossroads when Thanos’ master plan takes shape. Can Angela’s power help combat INFINITY ? And will Star-Lord betray the entire universe? The cosmic blockbuster hit begins here!

COLLECTING: Guardians of the Galaxy 0.1, 1-10; Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow ‘s Avengers 1

Guardians 3000 Vol. 1 : Time After Time
Dan Abnett, Gerardo Sandoval

On Sale Date: June 9, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$17.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
152 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785193128, 078519312X

Summary: The original, classic Guardians of the Galaxy return! Vance Astro, Yondu, Martinex, Starhawk and Charlie-27 fight to save the 31st century from the Badoon. But the Guardians soon discover something behind the Badoon…something even worse than they could have imagined! Time is collapsing, the very future itself is in danger, and the only possibility of salvation relies on the shoulders of this ragtag, bombastic group of underdogs. Now, the Guardians find themselves caught in a deathtrap ambush. Who are the Stark and what is their aim? As Vance encounters a Guardian that has been wiped from all memory, the Guardians must find a doorway into the past to save the future – and that means striking a deal with the most dangerous being in the galaxy, the Old Hunger! Guest-starring the legendary Star-Lord!

COLLECTING: Guardians 3000 1-6

Secret Wars activity Look What Marvel Has Planned For The Middle Of 2015!Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Activity Book Facsimile Edition

On Sale Date: May 5, 2015
Ages 0 And Up, Grades P to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
160 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785198154, 0785198156

Summary: Love Marvels classic SECRET WARS story, but wish it was a little more interactive? Well, this is the book for you! Discover -or rediscover -the unbridled joy of being a child of the ’80s with this awesome replica collection of tie-in coloring books, sticker albums and stamp books! It’s got adventures, it’s got games, it’s got puzzles, it’s got posters -it even has stickers! (We’ve replaced the original stamps with stickers in our version -no licking required!) Dig out your crayons and indulge in some unadulterated SECRET WARS fun! If the Beyonder had this to enjoy, he would never have made it to Earth for SECRET WARS II!

COLLECTING: Secret Wars: The Crime of Centuries, Escape From Doom, Dr. Doom’s Terrible Shrinking Machine coloring books; Secret Wars: The Secret of Spider-Man’s Shield, The Tower of Doom sticker books; Secret Wars: Stamp Fun, Spider -Man’s Stamp Fun stamp books

hulk imperfect Look What Marvel Has Planned For The Middle Of 2015!Hulk : Future Imperfect

On Sale Date: May 5, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$19.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
160 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197461, 078519746X

Summary: The Hulk has seen the future…and it is murder. Beloved Hulk writer Peter David brings readers two classic dystopian tales of earth-shaking impact. Both stories find the Hulk at the end of the Earth – and at the end of his rope! In “Future Imperfect,” the Hulk is the last super power in a post-apocalyptic Earth, ruling with an iron fist as the wicked Maestro. But summoned from the past by a small band of rebels is perhaps the only being who can stand against him! And in “The End,” the green-skinned titan walks alone through a wasted and barren land – and must confront the one who is easily his ultimate nemesis!

COLLECTING: Incredible Hulk : Future Imperfect 1-2, Incredible Hulk : The End

Secret Wars Prelude

On Sale Date: May 19, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
240 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785193999, 0785193995

Summary: Follow the path to 2015’s event to end all events, Secret Wars -an epic more than 30 years in the making! From the senses-staggering climax of 1984’s original Secret Wars saga, to the origin of Miles Morales, the new Ultimate Spider-Man, it’s all been leading up to this. And Marvel’s master planner, Jonathan Hickman, has long been planting seeds for the story only he could write. The Ultimates face an enemy more powerful than the gods -and Reed Richards is its leader! Doctor Doom faces threats from a universe he created! And the Illuminati reunite to face the reality-destroying threat of the Incursions! War is coming -be ready!

COLLECTING: New Avengers (2013) 1-3, Secret Wars (1984) 10-12, Fantastic Four 611, Ultimate Comics Spider -Man (2011) 1, Ultimate Comics Ultimates 4

Captain America : Return of the Winter Soldier Omnibus

On Sale Date: May 19, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$99.99 USD, $112.99 CAD
752 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192718, 0785192719

Summary: Ed Brubaker’s award-winning Captain America run concludes! As Captain America’s staunch ally Bucky, James Buchanan Barnes was one of America’s greatest heroes of WWII – until he was brainwashed into becoming the Soviet spy known as the Winter Soldier. Now, in the aftermath of FEAR ITSELF, James is the Winter Soldier again! When Russian sleeper agents awaken and old enemies resurface with new identities, Winter Soldier and Black Widow clash with Doctor Doom – and James must save the Widow from her own past! But even with help from Wolverine and Hawkeye, must Bucky sacrifice everything to save his love? Meanwhile, Captain America takes on Scourge and the Discordians, while a deadly villain from the past reveals a mystery spanning generations of heroes!

COLLECTING: Captain America and Bucky 620-628, Fear Itself 7.1: Captain America, Winter Soldier 1-5, Captain America (2011) 11-19, Winter Soldier 6-14

Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier Volume 1 : The Man on the Wall

On Sale Date: May 26, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$12.99 USD, $13.99 CAD
112 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785189299, 0785189297

Summary: After the tragedy of Original Sin, what becomes of Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier? Discover the cosmic answer here, as Bucky takes his place as the newest secret protector of Earth! Wounded by a mystery bullet, Bucky traces the evidence to Asgard, where a secret lurks underneath the kingdom. Bucky has the key – but first he must face the Frozen Wolves of Niffleheim! Then, on the planet Mer-z-bow, Bucky meets his match! And as the Winter Soldier comes face to face with Crossbones, we leap 200 years into the future and discover how Bucky’s actions will affect the Marvel Universe to come! It’s a vision of the future like none you’e ever seen before! But who took a shot at Bucky? Why? And what will be the cost of his action?

COLLECTING: Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier 1-5

Elektra Volume 2 : Reverence
Haden Blackman, Michael Del Mundo

On Sale Date: May 5, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$17.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
136 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785154075, 0785154078

Summary: Elektra takes on an enraged Assassin’s Guild! After battles with Cape Crow, Bloody Lips, Lady Bullseye and Scalphunter, Elektra vows to take the fight back to the Guild itself. Now it’s Elektra vs. the world as she begins hunting down the Guild’s agents before they can find her and her allies. And her first stop is New Orleans, the Guild’ home turf…here a vengeful Lady Bullseye secretly lies in wait, planning a vicious ambush. Then, Elektra takes on an entire S.H.I.E.L.D. facility single-handedly! What could be important enough for Elektra to pit herself against Marvel’ most advanced intelligence agency?

COLLECTING: ELEKTRA 6-11

All-New Ghost Rider Volume 2 : Legend
Filipe Smith, Damion Scott

On Sale Date: June 2, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$19.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
160 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785154563, 0785154566

Summary: The all-new Ghost Rider has become a local hero! Can Robbie Reyes resist the call of street racing, or is he speeding towards eternal damnation? The Blue Hyde Brigade is born…but who is the mysterious figure taking an interest in the new Ghost Rider? When the original Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze, shows up, hellfire sparks will fly as the legend comes face-to-face with the reality! It’s old-school versus new-school, age versus youth, east versus west…Ghost Rider versus Ghost Rider!

COLLECTING: All -New Ghost Rider 6-12

X-Force Volume 3 : Ends/Means

On Sale Date: May 12, 2015
Ages 15 And Up, Grades 10 to 17
$16.99 USD, $18.99 CAD
112 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785193913, 078519391X

Summary: Fantomex’s compulsion to be The Best has put him at odds with X-Force! He has turned on his former teammates! Now, can a squad of killers hope to escape science’s perfect living weapon? Fantomex begins a murderous rampage, taking out each and every one of the world’s secret intelligence agencies, working his way closer to X-Force. Knowing the confrontation is inevitable, Cable and his team ready themselves for the fight of their lives. And as X-Force learns the true identity of the villain they have been pursuing for months, Cable hatches one last scheme – and the fate of Hope Summers is revealed!

COLLECTING: X-Force 11-15

Nightcrawler Volume 2

On Sale Date: June 9, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$16.99 USD, $18.99 CAD
136 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785190851, 0785190856

Summary: Death of Wolverine Aftermath! Not so long ago, Nightcrawler was dead. Now, with a second lease on life, Kurt Wagner struggles to find his place in the land of the living. But now that his best friend, Wolverine, has died, that struggle just got a lot more difficult! Reeling from the loss, Nightcrawler tries to honor Wolverine’s legacy by carrying on as a teacher and an X-Man. But Bloody Bess has other plans for our hero – and Nightcrawler finds himself in over his head when he runs afoul of the Shadow King!

COLLECTING: Nightcrawler 7-12

Wolverines Volume 1 : Dancing with the Devil
Charles Soule, Nick Bradshaw

On Sale Date: May 5, 2015
Ages 15 And Up, Grades 10 to 17
$15.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
112 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192862, 0785192867

Summary: From the pages of Death of Wolverine! Logan may be dead…but what will happen to his mortal remains, encased in Adamantium? The battle for control of this valuable artifact has begun, death is on the books for a dozen heroes and villains, and Mystique is playing chess with them all! As Sinister strikes, Daken lies crippled, and death looms for Shogun’s Weapon X crew. Only Wolverine’s legacy -X-23, Sabretooth, Mystique and Lady Deathstrike -can save them all. But none of them can be trusted! Then: introducing Fantomelle, the world’s most unstoppable thief, engineered to perfection! But will she be destroyed by a nightmarish monster before the Wolverines can recruit her? And surprises lay in store when the Wolverines assault Mr. Sinister’s fortress! Sinister has plans for Logan’s body…but how are the Amazing X-Men involved?

COLLECTING: Wolverines 1-5

All-New X-Men Volume 5 : One Down (Marvel Now)

On Sale Date: May 19, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$19.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
152 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785189688, 0785189688

Summary: Infinite pasts, infinite futures…infinite loss! The Beast is tortured by his decision to bring the original X-Men into the present, but can he repair the damage he’s done while the future Brotherhood of Evil Mutants is still gunning for the time-tossed teens? The young X-Men will need to rally to save themselves, but Jean Grey is…different. The Shi’ar trial has changed her. What does this mean for her future, for the past of the woman she’s meant to become, and for the rest of the X-Men? Timelines collide when the future Brotherhood exacts its final judgment on the All-New X-Men!

COLLECTING: All-New X-Men 25-30

Uncanny X-Men Volume 4 : Vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. (Marvel Now)

On Sale Date: June 2, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
168 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785189381, 0785189386

Summary: Revolution is over. The war has begun. Cyclops and his Uncanny X-Men are tired of the hunt. After another near-fatal Sentinel attack, they take the fight to S.H.I.E.L.D. Maria Hill claims she doesn’t know who’s building the Sentinels – but she hasn’t stopped them, either. She’s relying on Dazzler, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s mutant liaison, to help defuse the situation. But Dazzler lies incapacitated in Mystique’s headquarters -and Mystique makes a convincing imitation! And where is Magneto, the former head of the mutant movement? Then, it’s an Original Sin tie-in as Charles Xavier’s last will and testament is discovered, but what’ concealed within its pages might be the X-Men’s ultimate undoing! Could a previously unknown power now be their greatest threat? How will the Uncanny X-Men cope with the shadows of Xavier’s past?

COLLECTING: Uncanny X-Men 19-25

Giant-Size X-Men 40th Anniversary

On Sale Date: May 19, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$39.99 USD, $43.99 CAD
440 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197775, 078519777X

Summary: Celebrate the birthday of the book that made a Giant-Size impact on comics! Revisit the fateful day that Professor X gathered an all-new, all-different, multinational mix of mutants – as Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Banshee, Sunfire, Thunderbird and some guy named Wolverine unite with Cyclops in the rescue tale that ushered in four decades of uncanny adventures! See how the original team reacted to the newly expanded roster! Learn the tragic histories of Colossus and Wolverine! Ask yourself “What If?” they all died or never even met! And savor the explosive epic that revealed the group’s true deadly genesis – and the ill-fated existence of a previous team!

COLLECTING: Giant-Size X-Men 1, 3-4; Classic X-Men 1; X-Men Origins: Colossus; X-Men Origins: Wolverine; X-Men: Deadly Genesis 1-6; What If? (1989) 9, 23; material from X-Men Gold 1

Uncanny Avengers Volume 4 : Avenge the Earth (Marvel Now)

On Sale Date: June 2, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$19.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
136 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785154242, 0785154248

Summary: Welcome to Planet X, the new mutant homeworld!Everything is great – if you possess the mutant gene!The Wasp is the last human alive, relentlessly pursued by Magneto’s All-New X-Force and protected by her husband, Havok! Now, as Kang’ Chronos Corps arrive on Planet X with a terrible offer, the former Unity Squad members must reunite to defeat the Apocalypse Twins and avenge the Earth! But even with a time traveler on their side, is it too late? Which of the seven prime futures will become dominant? And what is Kang’s hidden, ultimate goal? This is it! The conclusion to an epic two years in the making -and rest assured, nothing will ever be the same again!

COLLECTING: Uncanny Avengers 18-22

Loki: Agent of Asgard Volume 2 : I Cannot Tell a Lie
Al Ewing, Jorge Coelho

On Sale Date: March 31, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$16.99 USD, $18.99 CAD
112 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785193319, 0785193316

Summary: AXIS tie-in! Loki faces Doctor Doom! But with Valeria Richards in the mix, who’s the hero of this story…and who’s the villain? Doom has sentenced Loki to death for the crimes of his future self, King Loki! But with the Red Skull drowning Latveria and the entire world in a wave of telepathic hate, will there even be a future left to save? And when the events of AXIS invert Loki, he begins a noble quest for truth, justice and the Asgardian way…which pits him against the Enchantress, Lorelei…and the brutish Thor, god of evil?!

COLLECTING: LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD 6-11

Savage Hulk Vol. 2 : Down to the Crossroads

On Sale Date: May 26, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$12.99 USD, $13.99 CAD
120 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197270, 0785197273

Summary: Fan-favorite Gabriel Hardman spotlights the Hulk’s savage side! It’s a Crossroad of Destruction as we travel back to a time in Hulk’s life when he was mindless, enraged, and unstoppable! Banished to a realm between dimensions by Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Hulk is no longer a threat to Earth…but, free of Bruce Banner’s calming influence, what damage will the Hulk do to other worlds? Will the mindless brute destroy an entire civilization to get revenge on Doctor Strange?

COLLECTING: Savage Hulk 5-6, Hulk : Monster – Size Special, Hulk : Let the Battle Begin

Thanos vs. Hulk
Jim Starlin

On Sale Date: June 9, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$16.99 USD, $18.99 CAD
112 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197126, 0785197125

Summary: Cosmic legend and fan-favorite creator Jim Starlin delivers an epic tale of Smash versus Space, as the Emerald Avenger goes head-to-head with the Mad Titan! It’s bad enough that the Hulk has been kidnapped by Pip the Troll and traded to Annihilus, lord of the Negative Zone. But things get worse when Thanos is thrown into the mix! Annihilus plots to exploit the Hulk in a most unexpected fashion, but Thanos soon launches some Machiavellian machinations of his own. As Annihilus gains vast new might, the Hulk rampages through the Negative Zone…with Annihilus’ perennial rival Blastaar in hot pursuit! But when Thanos’ devious scheme comes to a head, can the Hulk survive? And can Thanos withstand the Hulk’s pure physical power unleashed? Find out right here!

COLLECTING: Thanos vs. Hulk 1-4, WARLOCK (1972) 12

The Fantastic Four Omnibus Volume 3

On Sale Date: May 5, 2015
Ages 0 And Up, Grades P to 17
$99.99 USD, $112.99 CAD
952 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785191742, 0785191747

Summary: Under Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, FANTASTIC FOUR earned the tagline “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine.” And there’s no doubting it when you read the adventures they have in store for you in their third Omnibus collection! It’s one history-making hit after another -the first appearances of the Kree, Annihilus and “Him” (a.k.a. Adam Warlock); team-ups with the Inhumans and Silver Surfer; and the birth of Franklin Richards! Add in classic enemies Dr. Doom, the Mole Man and Galactus – and Crystal’s first outing as a member of the FF.

COLLECTING: Fantastic Four (1961) 61-93, Annual (1963) 5-7, Not Brand Echh (1967) 5-7

Spider-Man : The Complete Alien Costume Saga Book 2

On Sale Date: May 5, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$44.99 USD, $49.99 CAD
504 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785190035, 0785190031

Summary: Spider-Man’s greatest fashion disaster continues! With his symbiotic black costume safely removed and imprisoned for study, Spidey re-dons the classic red-and-blues to battle fearsome foes including Hobgoblin, Silvermane and the Kingpin! And when the Black Cat whips him up a homemade version of his ebony ensemble, Spidey can embrace a modern look that only looks killer. But while Peter thinks he’s done with his rather clingy former suit, the sinister symbiote isn’t finished with him.

COLLECTING: Marvel Team-Up (1972) 146-150; Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) 96-100, Annual 4; Amazing Spider-Man (1963) 259-263; Web of Spider-Man (1985) 1

damage control Look What Marvel Has Planned For The Middle Of 2015!Damage Control : The Complete Collection

On Sale Date: May 5, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
376 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197904, 0785197907

Summary: Galactus ate your apartment building? Call Damage Control. The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier crashed on your car? Call Damage Control. Aliens destroyed Manhattan…again? Call DAMAGE CONTROL ! Meet the Marvel Universe’s number one clean-up crew, the guys and gals with the bulldog badge who work tirelessly to put New York back together after every super hero battle. Now, witness the biggest messes Damage Control ever handled – from giant robots, to the devastation wreaked by the Acts of Vengeance, to the coming of the cosmic clean-freak Edifice Rex!

COLLECTING: Damage Control (1989A) 1-4, Damage Control (1989B) 1-4, Damage Control (1991) 1-4, WWH Aftersmash: Damage Control 1-3; material from Marvel Age Annual 4, Marvel Comics Presents (1988) 19

Marvel Masterworks : Doctor Strange Volume 1 (New Printing)
Stan Lee, Steve Ditko

On Sale Date: May 26, 2015
Ages 0 And Up, Grades P to 17
$49.99 USD, $55.99 CAD
336 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785191377, 0785191372

Summary: A vain man driven by greed and hubris, Dr. Stephen Strange was a world-renowned surgeon until a car accident crippled his hands. Broken and destitute, he journeyed to Tibet to seek a cure…and there found the path to the mystic arts! From his eerie Greenwich Village home, Dr. Strange unveiled new wonders and unimaginable dimensions, creating the most amazing corner of the Marvel Universe. Mystical menaces including Baron Mordo, Eternity, Dormammu, Nightmare, and the Mindless Ones awed readers, while Clea, Wong and the Ancient One rounded out Dr. Strange’s astounding world!

COLLECTING: Strange Tales 110-111, 114-141; Am azi ng Spider -Man Annual 2

Marvel Masterworks : The X-Men Volume 1 (New Printing)
Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

On Sale Date: May 26, 2015
Ages 0 And Up, Grades P to 17
$49.99 USD, $55.99 CAD
248 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785191384, 0785191380

Summary: Billed as “the Strangest Super-Heroes of All!”, the X-Men blasted onto the comic book scene in 1963. Today, the Marvel Masterworks are proud to present the very beginning of what has become one of comics’ most famous franchises! In these pages, Professor X’s teenage students begin their mission of peace and brotherhood between man and mutant. Featuring the first appearance of the classic team – Cyclops, Angel, Beast, Iceman and Marvel Girl – and villains including Magneto, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and the Blob!

COLLECTING: X-Men 1-10

Marvel Masterworks : The Incredible Hulk Volume 9

On Sale Date: May 26, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$75.00 USD, $85.00 CAD
304 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785191940, 0785191941

Summary: Artist Herb Trimpe is joined by writer Steve Englehart for another Hulk-sized Marvel Masterworks edition! But first, a trip to Counter-Earth, where Hulk confronts his most-hated enemy: Bruce Banner! Add in the Rhino and the Abomination, and the action and drama can’t be contained! Then, Hulk heads for Canada where the X-Men’s Mimic returns, and the Wendigo makes his first appearance! And Hulk’s travels will take him both over land and undersea until he returns to the United States to unleash his vengeance on General Thunderbolt Ross!

COLLECTING: Incredible Hulk (1968) 157-170

figment Look What Marvel Has Planned For The Middle Of 2015!Figment
Jim Zub, Filipe Andrade

On Sale Date: May 19, 2015
Ages 0 And Up, Grades P to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
136 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785190998, 0785190996

He juggles his time between being a freelance comic writer and Program Coordinator for Seneca College’s award-winning Animation program.

His current comic projects include Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate, a new series celebrating 40 years of the classic tabletop RPG, Samurai Jack, continuing the award-winning cartoon, Wayward, a modern supernatural story about teens fighting Japanese mythological monsters, Skullkickers, a sword & sorcery action-comedy, and Disney Kingdoms: Figment, telling the secret origin story of Disney’s famous theme park mascot.

Star Wars : The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Volume 2

On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$125.00 USD, $140.00 CAD
848 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785193425, 0785193421

Summary: The very first Star Wars comic-book series continues! After the events of Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, loveable rogue Han Solo is lost, frozen in carbonite. But as the search for Solo begins, Imperial Forces and other troubles keep getting in the way. Princess Leia clashes with Darth Vader! Luke

Skywalker goes on trial for treason! C-3PO and R2-D2 face danger on a droid moon! Lando Calrissian finds Cloud City deserted! If the Crimson Forever doesn’t get the Rebels, maybe the new Imperial super-weapon will! And a new member joins the gang, with a crush on a certain handsome Jedi! Meanwhile, the discovery of a gold statue of Han reveals a hidden story from his and Chewbacca’s past. And who are the Hoojibs? It’s Star Wars in the Mighty Marvel Manner!

Marvel’s Agent Carter : Season One Declassified

On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
Ages 0 And Up, Grades P to 17
$49.99 USD, $55.99 CAD
200 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9780785197188, 0785197184

Summary: It’s 1946; the war is over, but Peggy Carter has new battles to fight as the men return home. The love of her life -Steve Rogers -is gone, and Peggy is pinned with administrative work at her new job in the covert SS R (Strategic Scientific Reserve). She finds solace in secret missions from Howard Stark -but the missions are more dangerous than she knows. Hayley Atwell reprises her role as Peggy Carter in the show inspired by Marvel’s feature films Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, along with the short Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter. In this collectible volume, go behind the scenes with production design, photographs and stills from the set -plus interviews with the cast and crew. Follow Peggy’s journey in Marvel’s Agent Carter: Season One Declassified as she navigates life as a single woman in an America still recovering from war.

Marvel’s Ant-Man Prelude
Will Pilgrim, Miguel Sepulveda

On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$14.99 USD, $16.99 CAD
144 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197980, 0785197982

Summary: Get ready for Marvel’s next smash-hit film with this all-new official prequel! Before Scott Lang becomes Marvel’s shrinking sensation, his predecessor, Dr. Hank Pym, will pull on the Ant-Man helmet and leap into action on a death-defying mission that will take him into the icy heart of Cold War East Berlin! Then, thrill to an all-new Infinite-style adventure set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as explosive new details in the history of the astonishing Ant-Man are revealed! But can the lessons of his past prepare him for the trials he is about to face? Plus: Experience Scott Lang’s comic-book transformation into Ant-Man and the first chapter in his all-new adventures, and witness a dramatic change for the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym! The action-packed buildup to Marvel’ Ant-Man begins here, so get on board now!

COLLECTING: Marvel ‘s Ant-Man Prelude 1-2, Ant-Man: Cinematic Infinite Comic 1, Marvel Premiere 47-48, Ant-Man (2015) 1, Age of Ultron 10AI

Ant-Man Vol. 1 : Second-Chance Man
Nick Spencer, Ramon Rosanas

On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$15.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
120 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785193876, 0785193871

Summary: Scott Lang has never exactly been the world’s best super hero. Heck, most people don’t even think he’s been the best Ant-Man! And the last guy invented Ultron and joined the Masters of Evil, so that’s saying something. But when the Superior Iron Man calls with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and an old enemy returns (sort of), Scott’s going to get a chance to turn it all around and be the hero he’s always dreamed of being. That’s right, Ant-Man’s starting a new life -a bold new adventure – and you know what that means! It means he needs to borrow some money. Sure he’s been to prison! Sure he’s been through a messy divorce! Sure he’s been, um…dead. But this time is different! This time nothing is gonna stop the astonishing Ant-Man!

Collecting: Ant-Man 1-5

Ant-Man : Scott Lang

On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
232 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192664, 0785192662

Summary: Meet 2015’s silver screen sensation in waiting -Scott Lang, the astonishing Ant-Man! To save his daughter Cassie’s life, Scott is forced to return to a life of crime, stealing Hank Pym’s original costumed identity. But when his noble intentions win the Avengers’ approval, he takes over as the all-new Ant-Man, full-time! Electronics whiz Scott secures a job with Tony Stark, but the size-changing super hero must save Iron Man after a brutal battle with the Hulk. No shrinking violet, Scott holds his own in astonishing adventures with Spider-Man, the Thing and the Avengers…nd when Ant-Man and Hawkeye join forces, somebody’ gonna get it!

COLLECTING: Marvel Premiere 47-48; Iron Man (1968) 131-133, 151; Avenger s (1963) 195-196, 223; Marvel Team-Up (1972) 103; Marvel Two -In-One (1974) 87; material from Avenger s (1963) 181, Iron Man (1968) 125

Ant-Man : Natural Enemy Prose Novel
Jason Starr

On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
304 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785193234, 0785193235

Summary: Marvel’s smallest hero stars in his biggest story yet: an all-new, original prose novel timed to coincide with the ANT-MAN feature film! Meet Scott Lang: ex-con, single father and part-time super hero. Scott and his teenage daughter, Cassie, are just settling down in a new city when a criminal from Scott’s past comes gunning for them. But is the killer really after Scott, or the secrets of the Ant-Man tech? And just how far will Scott go to protect his only child? Award-winning crime writer Jason Starr (Twisted City, WOLVERINE MAX ) spins a thrilling tale of desperation, secrets and microscopic adventure.

Avengers : Time Runs Out Volume 4

On Sale Date: June 30, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
144 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192244, 0785192247

Summary: For Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Illuminati, it all ends here! After two years of carefully crafting his cataclysmic saga, writer Jonathan Hickman jumps ahead eight months to the grand finale, the honest-to-goodness immediate future of the Marvel Universe…and the day of the Final Incursion! The Illuminati’s desperate, world-destroying actions have fragmented the Avengers, turning lifelong friends into sworn foes! But as the final incursion looms, will the Avengers, Illuminati and Cabal band together to save what they can, or destroy one another? And have all the battles they’ve endured, and the sacrifices they’ve made, prepared either group for the inevitable moment where time runs out…and the Secret Wars begin? The final act of the astonishing climax to Jonathan Hickman’s legendary run is here!

COLLECTING: Avengers 43-44, New Avengers 31-33

Avengers : Millennium
Michael Coasta, Carmine Di Giandomenico

On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
152 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785191667, 0785191666

Summary: At a secret Hydra installation hidden away in rural Japan, the Avengers discover a time-portal that sends them on an adventure that spans millennia. But what kind of bad guys have a time machine they don’t use to change the past? Bad guys who know they win. Now the team must leap through time to figure out what kind of horrors Hydra have cooked up for the world, but something goes horribly wrong. Something always does. Plus: The Avengers are sent back to 1945 where they meet Cap and Bucky before the explosion that changed their lives forever. And later the team finds themselves in WWII Paris where Kang and the Grandmaster force them to battle the Invaders!

COLLECTING: Avengers: MILLENIUM Infinite Comic 1-6; Avengers (1963) 56, 71

All-New Captain America : Fear Him

On Sale Date: June 30, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
152 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192589, 0785192581

Summary: A hungry villain has returned to feed on the city’s fear! It’s up to the All-New Captain America and Nomad to curb the Scarecrow’s appetite…a task that might be easier if the dysfunctional duo weren’t always at each other’s throats! While the Scarecrow and his army of terror crows do their worst, Cap and Nomad find themselves separated, one step behind the villain’s fearsome plans. But when the Scarecrow’s terror pheromone takes Captain America’s mind, it’s Nomad’s last stand! What does it take to scare a man who grew up in a dimension of boogeymen? And can he bring Cap back to his senses before his mind is lost to fear forever? Plus: classic tales of terror starring the Scarecrow and Sam Wilson!

COLLECTING: All -New Captain America Fear Him 1-4, Captain America (1968) 280, Avengers (1998) 64

All-New Captain America Vol. 1 : Hydra Ascendant
Rick Remender, Stuart Immonen

On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
136 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785193760, 0785193766

Summary: The all-new, spy-fi, high-flying adventures of Sam Wilson, Captain America and Nomad begin here! Hydra is growing. The terrorist band has infiltrated society completely, but what is their ultimate goal? Cap and Nomad’s new partnership is put to the ultimate test as they race to uncover the Sect of the Unknown – but Steve Rogers’ old rogues’ gallery, united by Hydra, gathers to take down the new heroes! And as Nomad stands tall against one of Cap’s oldest foes, the new generations meet: the all-new Captain America battles Sin, daughter of the Red Skull! Cap uncovers the new Hydra’s ultimate goal, but is it too late to stop them? Millions of innocent souls hang in the balance – but, broken and nearly dead from Hydra’s gauntlet, can Cap stop the Great Leveling?

COLLECTING: All -New Captain America 1-6

All-New Invaders Volume 3 : The Martians are Coming

On Sale Date: June 9, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$17.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
112 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192473, 0785192476

Summary: Jim Hammond, the original Human Torch, has been driven mad by recent events – and now it’s up to Namor to stop his rampage! And in England, Spitfire and Union Jack must face a different kind of Invader…one from another world! In 1917, several WWI heroes banded together to battle Martians -and now the invading aliens are back! As the Winter Soldier dispatched the all-new Invaders to help Spitfire, Tanalth the Pursuer seeks answers…and Toro emerges from his Inhuman cocoon with dangerous new powers! Can the all-new Captain America help him navigate his rebirth?

COLLECTING: All -New Invaders 11-15

Iron Man Volume 5 : Rings of the Mandarin (Marvel Now)

On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$19.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
136 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785189442, 0785189440

Summary: Malekith the Accursed, lord of the Dark Elves, has a problem with Iron Man. Then again, Malekith the Accursed has a problem with pretty much everyone on Earth. And when Malekith the Accursed strikes, blood will flow and darkness will fall – unless Iron Man can gain the upper hand! It’s cutting-edge mortal science vs. the most arcane Asgardian science imaginable -all in a bath of blood. Plus: Which classic Marvel UK character returns in a reinvented form after the events of Revolutionary War?

COLLECTING: Iron Man 23-28

Captain America & the Mighty Avengers Vol. 1 : Open for Business

On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
160 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785193821, 0785193820

Summary: Spinning directly out of AXIS! Sam Wilson is Captain America, and when he assembles the Mighty Avengers, he has a whole new mission in mind for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. But the events of AX IS already spell doom for the team’s new direction! Why is Luke Cage meeting with the head of the notorious Cortex corporation? Once, Luke was a hero for anyone who needed help -but now, the only one Luke’ helping is himself! Will Luke’ marriage survive his inversion? As Spider-Man tries to rejoin the group, Captain America gets fed up with the team he re-formed -and alongside Iron Man, declares war on the Mighty Avengers! Meanwhile, as AXIS tears the team apart, Power Man and White Tiger investigate the brutal murder of Gideon Mace!

COLLECTING: Captain America & The Mighty Avengers 1-7

Deathlok Volume 1
Nathan Edmondson, Mike Perkins

On Sale Date: June 9, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$19.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
144 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192787, 0785192786

Summary: A medic who travels to war zones to heal the wounded, Henry Hayes has no idea that when he’s in the field, he is activated by the mysterious Biotek group and becomes the ultimate weapon of assassination and war: Deathlok! But now, other parties good and bad are taking an interest in him. Deathlok tackles globetrotting missions including racing the clock in the Philippines, infiltrating a hostage situation in Stuttgart, Germany, taking on an aerial assault on a battlefield, and even stopping an airplane in mid-flight! Meanwhile, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Andrea Hope investigates Henry Hayes…and she’ll go to a Avenger for help! As Domino finds Michael Collins, the previous Deathlok, Henry Hayes lands in the hospital while searching for his daughter! But will S.H.I.E.L.D. or Biotek track him down first?

COLLECTING: Deathlok 1-5, material from Original Sins 1

Spider-Man 2099 Volume 2 : Spider-Verse

On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$17.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
160 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785190806, 0785190805

Summary: Miguel O’Hara is finally back in his home era, the year 2099! But there’s no time for nostalgia as Spider-Man 2099, Lady Spider, and the six-armed Spider-Man are on the run for their lives from the dangerously ravenous Inheritors! Spider-Man 2099 and Lady Spider, of the steampunk 1800s, bring past and future science to bear as they study Daemos, desperate for a clue to help battle Morlun and his family. But can they make it back to the rest of the spiders in time to turn the tide of the final battle? Who will survive the Spider-verse? Will Miguel finally be able to return home for good? And what happens when he finds that his future is now…imperfect? Guest-starring that classic green-skinned future menace, the Maestro!

COLLECTING: Spider-Man 2099 6-12

Amazing X-Men Volume 3 : Once and Future Juggernaut

On Sale Date: June 30, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$15.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
192 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192480, 0785192484

Summary: We’ve all heard the phrase “those are big shoes to fill.” That’s especially true when those are the massive boots of the unstoppable Juggernaut! When the Gem of Cyttorak reappears, seeking to create a new avatar, none hear its call more than those who have previously housed Cyttorak’s power, Cain Marko and Colossus. But they aren’t the only ones hunting for the Gem. Can the X-Men find it before it’s too late? And can Colossus resist the temptation of Cyttorak’s power? “Unstoppable” takes on a whole new meaning as Cyttorak’s gem is finally located. The Juggernaut rises…and the X-Men fall! Plus, a death in Storm’s family sends the X-Men to Africa! Anole’s deepest fears are unleashed on the streets of New York City! And Nightcrawler and Mystique’s relationship reaches a boiling point!

COLLECTING: Amazing X-Men 13-19, Annual 1

Axis : Revolutions

On Sale Date: June 2, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$12.99 USD, $13.99 CAD
96 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197683, 0785197680

Summary: It’s a compendious collection of companion stories, spinning directly out of Marvel’ newest blockbuster event, AX IS! As the Red Skull broadcasts hate across the globe, will the Avengers and X-Men be able to quell the madness? Or might they just be swept up in it? New world disorder is the name of the game as the Skull’ havoc touches every mind on the planet…and the heroes’cure proves worse than the disease! Heroes go bad! Villains go good! And Thor goes…on a bender? Now, shock follows shock as Dr. Strange struggles against his hate, She-Hulk breaks the law, Sandman reaches out to help a friend in prison, Kitty Pryde robs a bank, and Nightcrawler decides to avenge the death of Wolverine…by hunting down Sabretooth! Experience the inverted world of the Marvel Universe like never before!

COLLECTING: Axis: Revolutions 1-4

Deadpool Vol. 8 : All Good Things?

On Sale Date: June 9, 2015
Ages 15 And Up, Grades 10 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
176 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192442, 0785192441

Summary: Deadpool has been through a lot recently, and he needs to relax. Sounds like it’s time for a good, old fashioned, simple merc job. Yes sir, Deadpool in the Middle East…should be nice and uncomplicated, right? Right? No, wrong! And when Deadpool clashes with Russian super-agent Omega Red, this time it’s personal! Well, for one of them. Sort of. We’ll explain. But how does Deadpool’s latest misadventure, and one final fan-favorite flashback tale, lead to the most shocking event of all? (That’s what we call a tease. You have to read the book now, right? Right?)

COLLECTING: Deadpool 41-44, 250

Deadpool by Posehn & Duggan Volume 2

On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
Ages 15 And Up, Grades 10 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
296 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197928, 0785197923

Summary: Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn’s hilarious, nonstop reinvention of the Merc With a Mouth continues! First, it’s a lost adventure from the groovy seventies as Deadpool hits the streets with Power Man and Iron Fist! Then, when Deadpool’s Weapon X past returns to haunt him, he recruits fellow Weapon Plus “alumni” Wolverine and Captain America! The reluctant team learns that Deadpool’s past has been weaponized, but can they unite to take this new threat down? And when S.H.I.E.L.D. stiffs Deadpool on a bill, he declares a one-man war on the agency! But as S.H.I.E.L.D. discovers someone has been betraying them – and it seems to be Agent Preston – Deadpool faces down Agent Phil Coulson on the Helicarrier! Plus: Take another trip back to the past as the Deadpool wreaks havoc on a cosmic level!

COLLECTING: Deadpool 13-25

Fantastic Four Volume 4 : The End is Fourever
James Robinson, Leonard Kirk

On Sale Date: June 30, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$14.99 USD, $16.99 CAD
120 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197447, 0785197443

Summary: The internet-wrecking end of the Fantastic Four is here! The team meets the All-New Invaders as the hunt for Reed Richards and the missing Future Foundation kids continues! Meanwhile, the mastermind behind everything unveils his ultimate plan…but how does young Franklin Richards factor in? With the villain’s plans revealed, the invasion of Earth begins -using the creatures from the “ranklinverse”as well as corrupted versions of the heroes from Heroes Reborn! Will the Fantastic Four have enough power to fight them on the streets of New York? Meanwhile, Sue, Namor and Jim Hammond travel to the Franklinverse to combat this threat at its source -but find something more terrifying than they expected! And how does all of this add up to…he end? Guest-starring the all-new Captain America, the Hulk, and Sleepwalker!

COLLECTING: Fantastic Four 642-645

msmarvel3 Look What Marvel Has Planned For The Middle Of 2015!Ms. Marvel Volume 3

On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$15.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
120 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192275, 0785192271

Summary: Love is in the air in Jersey City as Valentine’s Day arrives! Kamala Khan may not be allowed to go to the school dance…but Ms. Marvel is! Well sort of – by crashing it attempting to capture Asgard’s most annoying trickster! Yup, it’s a special Valentine’s Day story featuring Marvel’s favorite charlatan, Loki! The fan favorite, critically-acclaimed, amazing new series continues as Kamala Khan proves why she’s the best (and most adorable) new super hero there is!

COLLECTING: Ms. Marvel 12-15, Annual 1

Spider-Woman Volume 1 : Spider-Verse

On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$15.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
112 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785154587, 0785154582

Summary: Jessica Drew has been an agent of both S.H.I.E.L.D. and S.W.O.R.D., an Avenger and so much more. But nothing could prepare her for the multidimensional insanity that is Spider-Verse! A war is brewing, and every spider-character in the multiverse is a target! But being a target is something Jessica Drew just won’t abide. She’s a woman with a mission – and with Silk, the newest spider on the block at her side, she’ll need to put all her training to the test if she wants to make it out of Spider-Verse alive! Now, undercover in the most dangerous place in the multiverse, Spider-Woman is in the tightest spot she’s ever been in. What if even succeeding with her mission means her death? And can Silk handle a solo mission?

COLLECTING: Spider-Woman 1-4

Spider-Man : Kraven’s Last Hunt Prose Novel Mass Market Paperback

On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$7.99 USD, $8.99 CAD
352 pages
Mass Market
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785189718, 0785189718

Summary: Born to a rarified breed of Russian aristocracy, Kraven the Hunter had stalked and killed every animal known to man, and considered himself the world’s best big-game hunter. It was this confidence that brought him to New York years ago, in an obsessive quest to hunt what he considered the city’s greatest prey: Spider-Man. But his target eluded him time and again, mocking him at every turn. Now, after years of crushing defeats against the web-slinger, Kraven has hatched one last plan to best Spider-Man. In a stunning instant of shocking violence, Kraven stands finally triumphant over Peter Parker’s seemingly dead body. And to prove that he is the hero’s master, Kraven will don Spider-Man’ costume -and become him! Experience the classic, genre-defining Spider-Man shocker like never before in this new adaptation!

Silver Surfer Vol. 2 : Worlds Apart
Dan Slott, Mike Allred

On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$17.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
112 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785188797, 0785188797

Summary: Everything up until now was chance and fate, but now it’s decided. Dawn has earned her spot on the board, and she and the Surfer are going to explore the universe together. And the universe holds many wonders – including Planet Prime, the most perfect planet in the universe; a lone lighthouse, floating in the void at the edge of all space and time; and an unlikely planet with a population of 666 billion beings…each from a different race! But can they survive the threats of Warrior One, the Greatest Monster in the Galaxy, and a very strange spacefaring family? And witness the Silver Surfer’ soul laid bare in a cosmic clash unlike any you have ever seen! It’ a cosmic tale of triumph and tragedy as the Surfer takes on his former master: Galactus!

COLLECTING: SILVER SURFER 6-10

Miles Morales : Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 2
Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez

On Sale Date: May 12, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$17.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
112 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785154181, 0785154183

Summary: Miles Morales’ life has been turned upside down on every conceivable level! New villains are coming out of the woodwork…but more importantly, Miles has a girlfriend! Her name is Katie Bishop – but she has a secret, and it’s bad news for Spider-Man! Miles makes a life-changing decision and discovers a mind-blowing truth. Who was his father? What is the secret of Miles’ legacy? And will the Ultimate Spider-Man become an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.? As Miles confronts his family’s past and his terrifying future, and discovers a new spider-power, the man behind the mysteries of the Human Flies plans reveals himself…and it’s not good news for Spider-Man!

COLLECTING: MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDERMAN 6-12

Wolverines Vol. 2 : Claw, Blade and Fang

On Sale Date: June 9, 2015
Ages 15 And Up, Grades 10 to 17
$15.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
112 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192879, 0785192875

Summary: The assault on Mr. Sinister’s fortress continues! Logan’s remains are located -but which team winds up keeping the goods? For what purpose? And when Mr. Sinister pleads his cause, it hits home to more than one team member. Does this mean a change in allegiance? Meanwhile, Mystique’s power play kicks into full gear as more is revealed about her plans to control her destiny. She obtains one of the very last control words, and with it the power to get everything she ever wanted! And Lady Deathstrike is finally coming to the conclusion that she doesn’ have to be alone…ut will this moment of vulnerability come back to stab her in the back? It’s romance, betrayal and lies! And what happens when an old buddy of Wolverine’s shows up? Enter: Fang!

COLLECTING: Wolverines 6-10

Thanos : The Infinity Relativity
Jim Starlin

On Sale Date: June 2, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
120 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785193036, 0785193030

Summary: Annihilus, lord of the Negative Zone, makes a renewed assault on the positive universe, searching for a source of infinite power. To stop him, a fragile alliance of cosmic protectors forms. The Guardians of the Galaxy. Gladiator, Majestor of the Shi’ar. And Adam Warlock – whose complex cycle of death and rebirth has left him more confused than ever about his true nature. With Adam reunited with his Infinity Watch comrades Gamora, Drax and Pip the Troll – and joined by newer friends like Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and Groot -they hold the potential to end Annihilus’ threat once and for all…if only they knew how! But the answer lies in the dark mind of another. A Titan, whom some would hold as mad. Could the fate of everything rest in the hands of…Thanos? Cosmic maestro Jim Starlin’s infinite odyssey continues!

Secret Warriors : The Complete Collection Volume 1

On Sale Date: June 2, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
480 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197638, 078519763X

Summary: Nick Fury, former director of the now-defunct S.H.I.E.L.D, has gathered a special handpicked team. Young and untested, the Secret Warriors are the offspring of the most powerful forces on Earth…and with Fury’s guidance, they might just have what it takes to save the world. But their mission is upended when Fury uncovers a bombshell Hydra conspiracy that reaches back for decades, to the very beginnings of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

COLLECTING: Secret Warriors 1-16, Dark Reign: The List – Secret Warriors 1, material from Dark Reign: New Nation 1

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Classic Volume 3

On Sale Date: June 9, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
288 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785194088, 0785194088

Summary: Nick Fury and his poker buddies Thing, Mr. Fantastic and Captain America play for high stakes against the Mandarin…but it could soon be Baron Strucker’s Hydra that holds all the cards! When terrorists attack, S.H.I.E.L.D. Central falls. The Avengers and the Fantastic Four join the fight, but after heavy losses, Nick launches a recruitment drive for new agents. Will Wolverine respond? Then, ol’ one-eye could be about to learn that Infinity isn’t forever, as he hunts for the Formula that keeps him (relatively) young. Will the search kill both him and the cyborg known as Deathlok?

COLLECTING: Nick Fury , Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1989) 24-35

kingsizekirby Look What Marvel Has Planned For The Middle Of 2015!King Size Kirby (Slipcase)
Jack Kirby, Martin Burnstein, Joe Simon, Stan Lee

On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$200.00 USD, $200.00 CAD
816 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197959, 0785197958

Summary: Hail to the King! Celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s incredible contribution to Marvel’s history in this decades-spanning, Adamantium-sized collection! Westerns, romance, war, horror, sci-fi, humor and super heroes, Jack Kirby was a master of it all! From Captain America socking Hitler to Devil Dinosaur and the Eternals’ far-out adventures, savor Kirby’s work on his legendary creations including the Hulk, Thor, Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four and Inhumans!

COLLECTING: Red Raven Comics 1; Marvel Mystery Comics 13; Captain America Comics 1, 7; Yellow Claw 4; Rawhide Kid (1955) 17; Amazing Adventures (1961) 1; Strange Tales (1951) 89, 94, 114; Teen-Age Romance 84; Fantastic Four (1961) 1, 48-51, 57-60, Annual 5; Incredible Hulk (1962) 3; Two-Gun Kid 60; Love Romances 103; Amazing Spider-Man (1963) 8; Sgt . Fury 6, 13; Avengers (1963) 4; Tales of Suspense 59; X-Men (1963) 9; Thor 134-136, 154-157; Not Brand Echh 1; Amazing Adventures (1970) 1-2; Marvel Treasury Special: Captain America’s Bicentennial Battles; Captain America (1968) 200; Eternals (1976) 7; Devil Dinosaur 1; What If? (1977) 11

Deadpool Classic Volume 11 : Merc With a Mouth

On Sale Date: June 9, 2015
Ages 15 And Up, Grades 10 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
376 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197300, 0785197303

Summary: Under contract with A.I.M., Deadpool ventures into the Savage Land to obtain the ultimate biological weapon…his own dang head! Yup, Zombie Deadpool’s decapitated head makes its glorious return, and he’s tired of being carried around everywhere. Deadpool will have to keep his own head on straight if he hopes to survive these Savage Land shenanigans and collect his bounty. Then, as if the zombie thing wasn’t enough, it’s alternate universe mayhem as Deadpool encounters a multitude of malevolent mirror images: S.H.I.E.L.D Major Wilson, Wanda Wilson and the Deadpool Kid! But what happens when Deadpool, A.I.M. agents and his foxy new ladylove travel into the Marvel Zombieverse to try to return “Headpool” home?

COLLECTING: Deadpool : Merc With a Mouth 1-13, Lady Deadpool 1

Annihilation : Conquest Omnibus

On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$125.00 USD, $140.00 CAD
872 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192701, 0785192700

Summary: In the aftermath of the Annihilation War, a devastated galaxy struggles to rebuild. The Nova Corps are destroyed, leaving only Richard Rider. Who will rise to guard the galaxy from the threat of Ultron? When the Kree homeworld is invaded by the techno-organic Phalanx, Star-Lord must lead a ragtag team into battle behind enemy lines with a lineup that includes Mantis, Bug, Groot and Rocket Raccoon! Meanwhile, the new Quasar seeks a mysterious savior – and Nova and Gamora are taken over by the Phalanx! Who is the haunted loner called Wraith? Can the New Mutants’ Warlock free Nova? And what are Ultron and the Phalanx really after?

COLLECTING: Nova (2007) 1-12, Annual 1; Annihilation: Conquest Prologue 1; Annihilation: Conquest – Star-Lord 1-4; Annihilation: Conquest – Quasar 1-4; Annihilation: Conquest – Wraith 1-4; Annihilation: Conquest 1-6; Annihilation Saga

Venom by Rick Remender : The Complete Collection Volume 1

On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
320 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785193524, 0785193529

Summary: Flash Thompson is Spider-Man’s biggest fan. That hero worship inspired him to join the Army, where he became a decorated war hero. And though he lost his legs, Flash never lost his dignity – or his desire to serve. Now, the government has offered him a chance to don the alien Venom symbiote and be a hero once again! Now, Flash Thompson is Venom, the government’s most lethal special operative. But Flash soon finds himself losing control of his own mind to the symbiote! And when his nemesis Jack O’Lantern blackmails Flash into serving the merciless Crime-Master, can Venom complete his mission and save his loved ones? Plus: What if the Venom symbiote bonded with…Deadpool?

COLLECTING: Venom (2011) 1-12, Venom/Deadpool: What If? 1

Fantastic Four Epic Collection : Strange Days

On Sale Date: June 2, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
472 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192954, 0785192956

Summary: Life and death struggles for Marvel’s First Family! Just when the FF were coming to terms with Reed Richards’ demise, he makes a suitably fantastic return! But that means Doctor Doom is alive too! How did they both survive? Hyperstorm has all the answers, but his incredible lineage means he may be the one foe the Fantastic Four can’t beat. That’s not the only problem Reed has – there’s also the small matter of the Sub-Mariner’s feelings for Sue!

COLLECTING: Fantastic Four (1961) 403-416, Fantastic Four: The Legend, Onslaught : Marvel Universe, material from Tales of the Marvel Universe (Fantastic Four Epic Collection Vol . 25)

Captain America Epic Collection : Streets of Poison

On Sale Date: June 30, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
512 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192657, 0785192654

Summary: Captain America joins the war on drugs! When Cap targets the gang that’s selling the new designer narcotic, Ice, he receives an accidental overdose that combines with the Super Soldier Serum in his blood. Left permanently enraged, a volatile shield-slinger finds himself in the middle of a street war between the Red Skull and the Kingpin. With deadly villains Crossbones and Bullseye on each side, Cap will need to rely on his friends – but the Ice-induced rage is alienating him from allies like Daredevil and the Black Widow.

COLLECTING: Captain America 372-386, Captain America

Annual 9-10 (Captain America Epic Collection Vol . 16)

echh Look What Marvel Has Planned For The Middle Of 2015!Marvel Masterworks : Not Brand Echh Volume 1
Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Gary Friedrich, Marie Severi…

On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
Ages 0 And Up, Grades P to 17
$69.99 USD, $77.99 CAD
456 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785190707, 0785190708

Summary: When Stan Lee set the tone for the Marvel Age of Comics it came with a healthy dose of humor. When fans demanded more of that Marvel mayhem, Stan, along with Jack Kirby, Gene Colan and the Bullpen’s mistress of mirth, Marie Severin, turned the dial up to 11 and let loose – creating a masterpiece of Silver Age satire! Each issue is packed with Marvel’s greatest talents taking a sideways look at the super heroes they made famous. Now, Charlie America, Scaredevil, the Revengers, Sore Son of Shmodin, the Sunk-Mariner and the one and only Forbush Man are coming at you in this enormous Marvel Masterworks!

COLLECTING: Not Brand Echh 1-13; material from Amazing Spider -Man Annual 5, Avengers Annual 2, Daredevil Annual 1, Fantastic Four Annual 5, Sgt . Fury Annual 4

Marvel Masterworks : The Fantastic Four Volume 17

On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$75.00 USD, $85.00 CAD
272 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785191926, 0785191925

Summary: The Fantastic Four continue their explorations into the impossible – when they confront none other than the Impossible Man! From a tale that rampages through the Marvel Bullpen and features the return of the Frightful Four, Impy will both torment and team-up in an attempt to make our heroes a Fantastic Five! Then, Reed Richards is replaced by his evil Counter-Earth counterpart. It’s a saga so epic in scope that Thundra, Tigra, the Mad Thinker and Annihilus are pulled into it…as Reed battles for his life in the heart of the Negative Zone!

COLLECTING: Fantastic Four (1961) 176-191

X-Men : The Hunt for Professor X

On Sale Date: June 30, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$39.99 USD, $43.99 CAD
368 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197201, 0785197206

Summary: Missing for months, Professor X seemingly returns – and debuts an All-Newer, All-Different-er team of X-Men! But when this new group kidnaps Shadowcat, something seems off to the real X-Men. When the truth is revealed, it’ll spark a globetrotting hunt for Charles Xavier! The search will lead to a showdown with the re-formed – but far from reformed – Brotherhood of Evil Mutants…and reveal the menace of Cerebro?! But for the Children of the Atom to survive, must Professor X die? Plus: Gambit’s back! But so is the Juggernaut! Meanwhile, Colossus has a ghostly Christmas, Kitty Pryde and Marrow play cat and mouse with the terrorist Flag-Smasher, and the X-Men find themselves trapped in a land of epic fantasy!

COLLECTING: Uncanny X-Men (1981) 360-365; X-Men (1991) 80-84, 1/2; X-Men Unlimited (1993) 22

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection : The Old Republic Volume 1
John Jackson Miller, Brian Ching, Travel Foreman, …

On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
440 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9780785197171, 0785197176

Summary: A long, LONG time ago… Discover the state of the Star Wars galaxy in the distant past in this first volume of an Epic Collection series focusing on the ancient Knights of the Old Republic! When young Jedi Zayne Carrick is framed for the murder of his fellow Padawans, he is forced into an unlikely alliance with the Snivvian con artist Marn Hierogryph. Their quest to reveal the horrifying truth, and to obtain justice for the Padawan Massacre, joins them with Jarael and Camper aboard the junk hauler The Last Resort – and their adventures will take them from the research station Flashpoint to the banking planet Telerath! Brace yourself for days of fear…and nights of anger!

COLLECTING: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 1-18, material from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic/Rebellion 0

mshsw box Look What Marvel Has Planned For The Middle Of 2015!Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars : Battleworld Box Set
Jim Shooter, Mike Zeck, Bob Layton, Al Milgrom, Dw…

On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$500.00 USD, $500.00 CAD
3568 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197515, 0785197516

Summary: Get the complete legacy of Marvel’s SECRET WARS saga in this action-packed, eleven-volume box set! Featuring the original heroes-vs.-villains showdown on the Beyonder’s Battleworld, the big B’s journey to Earth and the line-wide crossover that ensued, Nick Fury’s highly hush-hush Secret War, and more! All the tie-ins, follow-ups and alternate takes – including a Spidey-centric look at the first Secret Wars, the wildest Thing adventure of all time, and a rematch of good and evil as a very different group get whisked to Battleworld! Plus: an entire volume full of all the special features we could find, as well as a poster showcasing Alex Ross’ sublime version of the iconic cover to SECRET WARS #1! This is one box set that goes above and Beyonder!

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. : Season Two Declassified

On Sale Date: July 21, 2015
Ages 0 And Up, Grades P to 17
$49.99 USD, $55.99 CAD
240 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9780785193807, 0785193804

Summary: Season One revealed the intricate pieces of the latest saga in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now learn new secrets of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in this keepsake volume. In the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse, Agent Coulson and his team must work even harder to protect the world against the threats it doesn’t even know exist. Starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge, along with a star-studded list of guests, Season Two is a whirlwind of betrayal and heroism. This collection will put fans on the inside with exclusive interviews, detailed production art and never-before-seen photography. The creators of the hit show reveal all!

Marvel’s Ant-Man : The Art of the Movie Slipcase

On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
Ages 0 And Up, Grades P to 17
$49.99 USD, $55.99 CAD
240 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9780785190080, 0785190082

Summary: Experience the true scale of the Marvel Cinematic Universe through the latest entry in Marvel’s ART OF series. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Stars Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas take up the mantles of Scott Lang and Hank Pym as Marvel’s Ant-Man brings a founding member of the Avengers to the big screen for the first time. In this keepsake volume, explore the pages of script secrets and production designs that showcase the creativity of Marvel’s talented filmmakers. With intricate concept art, full-color photography from the set and finished film, and commentary from the filmmakers, including Director Peyton Reed, this collectible will delight new and old fans alike.

Avengers : Ultron Forever
Al Ewing, Alan Davis

On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$19.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
144 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197690, 0785197699

Summary: From the pages of Jonathan Hickman’s AVENGERS, witness the Ultron Singularity of the 25th Century! Machines have inherited the Earth, with Ultron as their All-Father. Mankind’s only hope will be a time-torn team in the tradition of AVENGERS FOREVER! An early Hulk, Jim Rhodes as Iron Man and a Hela-cursed battle-armor Thor are plucked from the past. The unlikely duo of Vision and Black Widow are drawn from our present. And from the near and not-so-near future, the new Thor and an even newer Captain America, with her own heroic legacy to live up to! Who cries “Assemble” to this unique group? The one and only Dr. Doom! Caught between Ultron and Doom, can the Avengers find a way to
save forever?

COLLECTING: Avengers: Ultron Forever 1, New Avengers: Ultron Forever 1, Uncanny Avengers: Ultron Forever 1, Avengers (1963) #54-55

Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men : Black Vortex

On Sale Date: July 7, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$49.99 USD, $55.99 CAD
312 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197706, 0785197702

Summary: The Black Vortex, an ancient artifact imbued with immeasurable power, is now in the hands of Mr. Knife! With billions of lives potentially at stake, Peter Quill, the Legendary Star-Lord, is going to have to dust off his thieving gloves. But with Knife’s Slaughter Squad protecting him, Peter’s probably going to need some help…

COLLECTING: Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha 1, Guardians of the Galaxy 24-25, Legendary Star-Lord 9-11, All-New X-Men 38-39, Guardians Team-Up 2, Nova 28, Cyclops 12, Captain Marvel 14, Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Omega 1

New Avengers Volume 4 : A Perfect World (Marvel Now)

On Sale Date: July 21, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$19.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
144 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785189602, 0785189602

Summary: It’s the battle you didn’t know you wanted to see – until now! In all creation, only one Earth has successfully met and triumphed over each Incursion that has threatened it: the Earth of the heroes of the Great Society! And guess which Earth is on a collision course with ours? Now, the New Avengers must take on the combined power of the Great Society – and only one parallel Earth can survive! But how far is Dr. Strange willing to go to protect the Marvel Universe? Which New Avenger will find the strength to press the button that destroys a world? And what will come in the aftermath? As the Illuminati shatters under the weight of an exploding planet, follow the broken would-be world-savers through their last day on Earth.

COLLECTING: New Avengers 18-23

Avengers Volume 6 : Infinite Avengers (Marvel Now)

On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$19.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
152 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785189220, 078518922X

Summary: Original Sin tie-in! Remember when the Illuminati erased Captain America’s knowledge of their existence? So does Captain America! The Illuminati have fortified themselves to save the Earth – but Captain America will remind them of the cost. And as Avenger faces Avenger, the Time Gem reappears and takes the team on a peril-filled journey forward into days-to-come! 50 years into the future, the Avengers meet with the legacy of their actions! Then, 5,000 years into the future, the rogue planet’s mysterious origin is revealed! And finally, 50,000 years into the future, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes find themselves on Holoworld, captured in conceptual space. But as they try to figure out how to defeat an idea, the first Avenger meets the last Avenger, the Avengers World crumbles, and you won’t believe what comes next.

COLLECTING: Avengers 29-34

Iron Fist: The Living Weapon Volume 2 : Redemption

On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$17.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
136 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785154365, 0785154361

Summary: Can the broken hands of Danny Rand re-form to IRON FISTS? There’s a hostile takeover of Rand Tower. VERY hostile. Young Danny Rand discovers the mechanical heart of K’Un-Lun!

COLLECTING: Iron Fist: The Living Weapon 7-12

Uncanny Avengers Volume 5 : Axis Prelude TPB
Rick Remender, Cullen Bunn, Sanford Greene, Salvad…

On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$19.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
144 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785154266, 0785154264

Summary: The march to AXIS begins here as the Uncanny Avengers are reunited! The threat of Kang is over, but what are the repercussions? A dark secret is revealed in Genosha, and Havok and his team are defeated at the hands of the sinister S-Men. The Red Skull’s revenge is now unstoppable! The great vanishing has begun, the Uncanny Avengers are too late, and Havok witnesses the Skull’s greatest atrocity yet! Meanwhile, Magneto discovers the Skull’s possession of his dead friend Charles Xavier’s brain and powers, and becomes determined to shut the villain’s scheme down!

COLLECTING: Uncanny Avengers 23-25, Magneto 9-10, Uncanny Avengers Annual 1

Daredevil Volume 3

On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$15.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
112 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192282, 078519228X

Summary: Daredevil’s recent traumas have left him coping in an unexpected way! A mystery that’s been building since issue one starts to pay off big! San Francisco now has TWO men without fear — and only one will be left standing!

COLLECTING: Daredevil 11-15

Amazing Spider-Man Volume 3 : Spider-Verse

On Sale Date: July 21, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
168 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192343, 0785192344

Summary: It’s the biggest Spider-event ever! When the evil Inheritors begin exterminating spider-characters throughout the multiverse, every single Spider-Man ever is needed to save the day! A spider-army gathers to fight Morlun and his deadly family, and the Superior Spider-Man intends to lead it! Our universe’s amazing Spider-Man has an issue with that…but the army doesn’t have time for this in-fighting, as the Inheritors continue slaughtering Spider-totems left and right! As the first skirmishes unfold into all-out war, Miles Morales shows his stuff, Silk finds a valuable edge, and a surprising Spider-character makes the scene! As the Prophecy comes to fruition, every spider must fight…and no spider is safe! But what does the Superior Spider-Man have up his sleeve? And what will the war’s fallout mean for Peter Parker…and the rest of the spiders?

COLLECTING: Amazing Spider-Man 9-15

Secret Avengers Vol. 3 : God Level

On Sale Date: July 7, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$16.99 USD, $18.99 CAD
112 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197102, 0785197109

Summary: Hawkeye and Coulson face off. Who survives? Why is this even happening? Vladimir makes a deal with the Fury. Is this a good thing? Is this a bad thing? We won’t tell! But you’ll find out. Helicarrier is under attack. Spider-Woman engages. M.O.D.O.K. gets the message.

COLLECTING: Secret Avengers 11-15

Hulk Volume 3 : Omega Hulk Book 2

On Sale Date: July 21, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$19.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
136 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192268, 0785192263

Summary: GAMMA, GUNS AND GLORY!!! DOC GREEN ‘S wayward artificial intelligence causes more problems. Doc Green receives training from an unexpected tutor…IRON FIST ! Then, DOC GREEN hires DEADPOOL for a very sensitive mission. Is he more trouble than he’s worth? An unexpected person voices concern over Doc Green’s ANTI -GAMMA campaign. DID WE MENTION DEADPOOL?

COLLECTING: Hulk 11-16

Spider-Man & the X-Men

On Sale Date: July 7, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$19.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
136 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197003, 0785197001

Summary: Meet the Jean Grey Academy’s new guidance counselor: Spider-Man! What’s a non-mutant doing at a school for mutants? What secret suspicion has fueled the formation of his special student class? And because you demanded it! Sauron and Stegron the Dinosaur Man! The villain team 65 million years in the making! You didn’t demand it? Well somebody did.

COLLECTING: Spider-Man & The X-Men 1-6

Thor Volume 2 : Who Holds the Hammer?
Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman

On Sale Date: July 21, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
136 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197843, 0785197842

Summary: Who is Thor? That’s the question on everyone’s lips. Most especially Prince Odinson of Asgard. This volume, he starts to narrow down the list of suspects. Meanwhile, tensions continue to flare between the All-Mother and All-Father, Malekith forges his most dangerous pact yet, and Thor prepares to face her greatest challenge!

COLLECTING: Thor 6-8, Annual 1

Thor : God of Thunder Volume 2

On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
328 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785198000, 0785198008

Summary: The chase is on across the Nine Realms to capture Malekith, former lord of the Dark Elves! To find him, Thor allies with a Dark Elf sorceress, a gun-toting Light Elf, a gargantuan Mountain Giant, a dynamite-loving dwarf and a particularly surly troll! But when one teammate falls, will it mean war for all Nine Realms? As a traitor within the group strikes and Thor prepares to take drastic measures, Malekith stages his final bloody raid – on Earth! Then, Thor battles the multinational super-corporation Roxxon, but has he met his match in its ruthless new CE O, “the Minotaur”? And millennia from now, King Thor and his granddaughters battle to save what remains of Earth from Galactus! Plus: Jane Foster returns! Young Thor vs. Frost Giants! The origin of Malekith! And King Thor’s Original Sin!

COLLECTING: Thor: God of Thunder 12-25

Thor: God of Thunder Volume 4 : The Last Days of Midgard (Marvel Now)

On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$19.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
168 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785189916, 0785189912

Summary: Thor battles to save Earth, but who can he fight when the planet itself is dying? S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Roz Solomon has a suggestion: the nefarious energy company Roxxon and its ruthless new CE O, “the Minotaur!” Has Thor met his match in the form of a multinational supercorporation? Meanwhile, millennia from now, King Thor and his granddaughters, the Warriors of Thunder, face a very different battle to save what remains of the earth – from Galactus! But even if Thor wins, is the Earth still doomed? In the present, Thor makes a final stand against the Minotaur, Ulik the Troll and Roxxon’s forces – but not even a god can save everyone. Plus: Young Thor vs. Frost Giants! The untold origin of Malekith! And King Thor’s granddaughters discover the startling secret of his Original Sin!

COLLECTING: Thor: God Of Thunder 19-25

Cyclops Volume 2 : A Pirate’s Life for Me

On Sale Date: July 7, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$17.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
160 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785190769, 0785190767

Summary: RESCUED ! But by whom? And is it really a rescue…or does this put Scott at greater risk than before? And what bounty are they hunting? Lots of shooting and things blowing up! The bad news: the Starjammers are about to die! The good news: Cyclops is no longer a Starjammer. Scott Summers is aboard a new space pirate ship, with a cruel, cutthroat captain, and a crew of criminals and killers. None of them trust Scott– and a few just might want to kill him! But, hey, that Captain’s daughter is kinda cute, right?

COLLECTING: Cyclops 6-12

Storm Volume 2

On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$19.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
160 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785191629, 0785191623

Summary: Finishing her business with Yukio in Las Vegas, Storm hitches a flight home. But unbeknownst to her, she’s got some stowaways in her carry-on luggage: vengeful assassins armed to the teeth! And they intend to make sure Storm doesn’t reach her destination. Then, Over the course of her recent adventures, Storm has made some powerful enemies. And now they’ve pulled some strings and had her branded Public Enemy Number One! Can Storm evade the authorities long enough find out who’s gunning for her and clear her name?

COLLECTING: Storm 6-11

Magneto Volume 3

On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
Ages 15 And Up, Grades 10 to 17
$17.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
112 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785193869, 0785193863

Summary: In his war against those who would see his kind extinguished, Magneto has one steadfast ally: the mysterious woman called Briar Raleigh. But what are her true designs for the Master of Magnetism? On the island of Genosha, the backdrop for his greatest triumphs and most devastating tragedies, Magneto is confronted by S.H.I.E.L.D.! But the Master of Magnetism doesn’t stand alone…

COLLECTING: Magneto 13-17

X-Men Volume 5 : Burning Earth

On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$12.99 USD, $13.99 CAD
96 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197263, 0785197265

Summary: When a sinkhole appears under mysterious circumstances in the middle of the Black Rock Desert, the X-Men go to investigate… But little do they suspect that the phenomenon has connections to old allies…and enemies! Then, trapped deep underground in the sinkhole, STORM battles her claustrophobia while trying to find answers. Meanwhile, her teammates above ground discover that the phenomenon has ties to old enemies…

COLLECTING: X-Men 23-26

Uncanny X-Men Vol. 6 : The Revolution

On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
136 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192305, 0785192301

Summary: CYCLOPS at a crossroads! Magneto…Matthew Malloy…the Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier…AXIS…all of these pivotal events have driven this already tempestuous mutant to the edge of disaster. Will Scott Summers save himself from ruin or will he make that fateful leap?!

COLLECTING: Uncanny X-Men 32-35, 600

All-New X-Men Vol. 7 : The Utopians

On Sale Date: July 7, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
112 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192404, 0785192409

Summary: You know your friends from growing up? The ones you went to high school with and are to this day some of the people who know you best? Well, imagine there are only five kids in your high school, and you’re all hated and feared by the world around you. Sometimes, it’s nice to take a step back and realize that what you’ve been told is your “team” is really something much better – your best friends.

COLLECTING: All-New X-Men 37-41

Wolverines Vol. 3 : The Living and the Dead

On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
Ages 15 And Up, Grades 10 to 17
$15.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
112 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197355, 0785197354

Summary: Romance is brewing between X-23 and, well, you’ll have to read to find out! But is it unrequited or unwise for heroes to get tangled in love? The battle inside the man known as Shogun is now risking the lives of his teammates and friends…looks like evil may prevail? What does that mean for the overall mission at hand? Fantomelle and Culpepper have been fighting tooth and claw for an unknown benefactor, risking their lives for everything…but who are they risking it all for?

COLLECTING: Wolverines 11-15

Legendary Star-Lord Vol. 2 : Rise of the Black Vortex
Sam Humphries, Paco Medina

On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$16.99 USD, $18.99 CAD
136 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785191605, 0785191607

Summary: Peter comes face to face with Mr. Knife! And you won’t believe who’s behind that snazzy mask. And all this craziness seems to have put a little strain on Peter and Kitty’s relationship. You know what’ll fix that right up? SPACE DATE ! Or rather…SPACE PRISON BREAK! Peter Quill, what a catch. Couples fight. We all know they do. Especially when one half of the couple is Peter Quill. You know what we find often helps a rough patch? Space mischief and scoundreling! That’s a word, right? Of course, it can also distract you from the whole…guarding the galaxy thing. Relationships, am I right?

COLLECTING: Legendary Star-Lord 6-10

Rocket Raccoon Volume 2

On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
136 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785193906, 0785193901

Summary: It’s a cosmic calamity as Rocket tries to fix his past…er… bad calls! Next stop: the dreaded WINTER PLANET ! Winter all the time? Worst. Planet. Ever. The meanest, toughest, wittiest, and furriest guardian of the galaxy just broke out his BIGGEST GUNS . Rocket Raccoon rockets into our hearts with the series beloved by Marvel fans everywhere!

COLLECTING: Rocket Raccoon 7-11

hawkeye2 Look What Marvel Has Planned For The Middle Of 2015!Hawkeye Volume 2

On Sale Date: August 25, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
280 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785154617, 0785154612

Summary: Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Eisner-winning reinvention of the arrowed Avenger concludes! Kate Bishop heads to Los Angeles to get away from New York and Clint Barton – but she can’t escape trouble, because Madame Masque is hanging out poolside! As Kate helps a reclusive pop-music genius find his lost masterpiece, Madame Masque finds Kate. By which we mean tries to kill her again. Meanwhile, back in New York, Hawkeye is reeling from recent events. And just when Clint’s rock bottom couldn’t arrive fast enough, his brother shows up. After a lifetime of bad decisions, Clint and Barney Barton realize they’ll have to save one another – if they don’t kill each other first. And when Clown and the Tracksuit Draculas lay siege to their building, it doesn’t go well! Read this book, bro!

COLLECTING: Hawkeye 12-22, Annual 1

Operation: S.I.N. : Agent Carter

On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$17.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
144 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197133, 0785197133

Summary: Tying into the explosive events of ORIGINAL SIN , see an untold story from the origins of the Marvel Universe! After an alien energy source is discovered in Russia in the early 1950s, it’s up to Peggy Carter and Howard Stark to find out what happened. But a newly risen terrorist group going by the name Hydra also happens to be on the hunt for their own nefarious purposes! It’s only when a mysterious operative going by the name of Woodrow McCord enters the picture to aid Peggy and Howard that they realize just how far some people are willing to go to keep the Earth safe!

COLLECTING: Operation S.I.N. 1-5, Captain America and the First Thirteen 1

Inhuman Volume 3 : Lineage
Charles Soule, Ryan Stegman, Andre Lima Araujo

On Sale Date: July 21, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$12.99 USD, $13.99 CAD
104 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785198048, 0785198040

Summary: QUEEN MEDUSA VERSUS KING BLACK BOLT with the fate of the Inhumans in the balance! The NuHumans are a valuable currency in the new world order and someone is working hard to control their destiny.

COLLECTING: Inhuman 12-14, Inhuman Annual

Marvel Firsts : The 1990s Omnibus

On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$125.00 USD, $140.00 CAD
1288 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785198161, 0785198164

Summary: Revisit comics’ most divisive decade with a giant-sized compendium of daring debuts! All your favorites are here: Deadpool! Nomad! X-Force! Scarlet Spider! Quicksilver! ClanDestine! Venom! Nightwatch! Gambit! Vengeance! Spider-Man 2099! The Thunderbolts! Plus Ghost Rider and Deathlok, reinvented for the ’90s! Guns! Swords! Leather! Clones! Pouches! Don’t dis the ’90s, they’re totally dope!

COLLECTING: Deadpool: the Circle Chase #1, Cable (1993) #1, Venom: Lethal Protector #1, Gambit (1993) #1, Spider-Man 2099 (1992) #1, War Machine (1994) #1, Darkhawk #1, X-Force (1991) #1, Web of Spider-Man (1985) #118, Tales of the Marvel Universe 1, Generation X San Diego Preview 1 & MORE!

Return of the Living Deadpool

On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
Ages 15 And Up, Grades 10 to 17
$16.99 USD, $18.99 CAD
112 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192572, 0785192573

Summary: Last year, Cullen Bunn brought us NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL, the hit tale of the Merc with the Mouth trapped in the zombie apocalypse. In the end, our hero found a “cure” of sorts to this horrible outbreak – any zombie that ate Deadpool transformed…into another Deadpool. And they lived happily ever after? Not so fast, as Cullen Bunn returns, joined by the amazing artwork of Nik Virella, to let us know that wandering hordes of Deadpools might just be worse than flesh-hungry walking corpses.

COLLECTING: Return of the Living Deadpool 1-4

S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol. 1 : Perfect Bullets

On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$17.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
136 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785193623, 0785193626

Summary: High-tech weapons. High-stakes missions. High-octane adventure! For the men and women of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s just another day in the field! Special Agent Phil Coulson brings together the best and the brightest, the gifted and the elite, normal people and superhumans from across the Marvel Universe on an as-needed basis to confront, combat and curtail dangers beyond the scope of any conventional peace-keeping force!

COLLECTING: S.H.I.E.L.D. 1-6

Spider-Man: Big Time : The Complete Collection Volume 4

On Sale Date: July 7, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
360 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192169, 0785192166

Summary: The Big Time era concludes! Morbius has developed a cure for the Lizard, but is there anything left of Dr. Curt Connors to save? And how can Spidey trust Morbius when the Living Vampire keeps sinking his teeth into fresh victims? Then, Alpha is the most powerful entity on Earth – a brash slacker who gained powers in a lab accident caused by Peter Parker! Alpha will have to learn to be a hero, fast – which means Spider-Man’s got his first sidekick!

COLLECTING: Amazing Spider-Man 688-697, Avenging Spider-Man 11, Alpha: Big Time 1-5

Runaways : The Complete Collection Volume 4

On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
448 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785189053, 078518905X

Summary: The Runaways’ adventures conclude! Soldiers from Karolina’s home planet arrive, demanding that she be handed over. Squabbling over the best course to take, the Runaways begin to fracture. Can they face the alien threat when they can’t face one another? Meanwhile, a DJ creates a mystical song that transforms anyone with plastic surgery into an obedient zombie. In L.A., that’s a lot of zombies! And when a mysterious airplane crash takes a Runaway’s life, the team’s mourning is cut short by armed troops, dispatched to retrieve the wreckage.

COLLECTING: Mystic Arcana: Sister Grimm, Runaways (2008) 1-14, Breaking Into Comics The Marvel Way, What if the Runaways became the Young Avengers?

Secret Warriors : The Complete Collection Volume 2

On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
360 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197645, 0785197648

Summary: The shadow war between Hydra and Leviathan has left a trail of destruction across the globe, and it’s up to Nick Fury and his Secret Warriors to take them both out. Fury recruits the Howling Commandos, but will this reunion be the Howlers’ last? Now, Fury must make some of the grittiest life-and-death choices his Warriors have ever seen. What is his final wild card, and how deep does his complex and dangerous scheme go? Plus: how does S.H.I.E.L.D. fit in with the Brotherhood of the Shield?

COLLECTING: Secret Warriors 17-28, Siege: Secret Warriors 1

X-Men/Avengers : Onslaught Omnibus

On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$125.00 USD, $140.00 CAD
1296 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192626, 078519262X

Summary: Onslaught is here! The fury of Magneto plus the psionic might of Charles Xavier equals very bad news for the Marvel Universe! Now, discover exactly how this mental monster came to be – and the full extent of the havoc wreaked on the X-Men, the Avengers and pretty much everybody else! As the truth slowly dawns about the nature of the evil they face, how much are Marvel’s greatest heroes prepared to sacrifice to save the world?

COLLECTING: Cable (1993) 32-36; Uncanny X-Men (1963) 333-337; X-For ce (1991) 55, 57-58; X-Man 15-19; X-Men (1991) 53-57, Annual ’96; X-Men Unlimited (1993) 11; Onslaught: X-Men, Marvel Universe, Epilogue; Avengers (1963) 401-402; Fantastic Four (1961) 415; Incredible Hulk (1968) 444-445; Wolverine (1988) 104-105; X-Factor (1986) 125-126; Amazing Spider-Man (1963) 415; Green Goblin 12; Spider-Man (1990) 72; Iron Man (1968) 332; Punisher (1995) 11; Thor (1966) 502; X-Men: Road to Onslaught 1; material from Excalibur (1988) 100, Fantastic Four (1961) 416

Marvel Masterworks : The Mighty Thor Volume 14

On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$75.00 USD, $85.00 CAD
280 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785191889, 0785191887

Summary: The Mighty Thor adds another volume to his saga of Asgardian adventure in the Marvel Masterworks. Thor is lucky to have the Hercules at his side because Loki has teamed with Firelord in a bid to usurp Odin’s throne! Meanwhile, Jane Foster has returned and Thor is torn between aiding her on Earth and the defense of Asgard. Then, when the Absorbing Man and Ulik the Troll enter the fray, the drama reaches epic proportions that will have you on the edge of your seat! Before it’s over Thor will battle the gods of Egypt to save Odin from death itself. And to top it off, we’re including a rare Hercules solo tale from Marvel Premiere.

COLLECTING: Thor (1966) 229-241; Marvel Premiere (1972) 26

HowardDuck Look What Marvel Has Planned For The Middle Of 2015!Howard the Duck : The Complete Collection Volume 1

On Sale Date: July 7, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
456 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197768, 0785197761

Summary: Get the full story of how Marvel’s most notorious movie star became trapped in a world he never made! Howard the Duck takes an adventure into fear when he is plucked from Duckworld and finds himself on Earth, bill to proboscis with the melancholy muck-monster Man-Thing! Stuck here on a planet of hairless apes, the furious fowl forges a future for himself in, of all places, Cleveland. But the would-be Master of Quack-Fu will have his wings full hanging out with Spider-Man and waging “waaaugh” with madcap menaces like the Space Turnip, the Cookie Creature, the Beaver and Doctor Bong. Will that earn him a spot on the Defenders?

COLLECTING: Fear 19, Man-Thing (1974) 1, Howard the Duck (1976) 1-16, Howard the Duck Annual 1, Marvel Treasury Edition 12, material from Giant-Size Man-Thing 4-5

Iron Fist Epic Collection : The Fury of Iron Fist

On Sale Date: July 21, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$39.99 USD, $43.99 CAD
528 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785191643, 078519164X

Summary: A Himalayan expedition to find the mystical city of K’un-Lun left nine-year-old Daniel Rand’s parents dead, but he found the path to the K’un-Lun and there spent a decade training under its immortal inhabitants. He became an unmatched master of martial arts and spiritual control; armed with the shattering power of the iron fist, Daniel left immortality behind to set out into the Western world and avenge his parents’ deaths. Packed with wall-to-wall kung fu action, Iron Fist runs a gauntlet through the Kara-Kai death cult, ninja adversaries, and mystic dimensions.

COLLECTING: Vol. 1; Marvel Premiere (1972) 15-25, Iron Fist (1975) 1-15, Marvel Team-Up (1972) 63-64

Fantastic Four by Aguirre-Saca & McNiven
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Steve McNiven

On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
176 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197430, 0785197435

Summary: It’s the Fantastic Four like you’ve never seen them before, courtesy of comics superstars Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Steve McNiven! Marvel’s first family faces its most personal crisis yet: bankruptcy! To overcome it, they’ll need to call on the humor, determination and family ties that have delivered them from danger time and time again. Metal-faced despots, intergalactic deities and subterranean savages couldn’t destroy the Fantastic Four, but will the team be torn apart by the realities of life? Then, Reed, Sue and Ben take Franklin and his friends camping in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens. But their getaway takes a terrifying turn when the campers realize that something otherworldly is stalking them in the woods.

COLLECTING: Marvel Knights 4 1-7

Powers Omnibus Vol. 1
Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Avon Oeming

On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
Ages 17 And Up, Grades 12 to 17
$125.00 USD, $140.00 CAD
1296 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Crime & Mystery
9780785198277, 078519827X

Summary: Heroes glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire, alien creatures clash in epic battle – and on the dirty city streets below, homicide detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim do their jobs. The award-winning mash-up of cops and capes that’s taken PlayStation Network by storm finally gets an omnibus edition – completely redesigned, reformatted and reworked! This collection brings together every issue of the first volume of POWERS in one beautiful collection, starting with the mysterious death of Retro Girl, a superhero roleplaying game gone deadly and a Powers groupie murder – and featuring all the characters and stories that eventually won the prestigious Eisner Award, and made creators Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming comic superstars! Also includes the POWERS strips, a gallery of unused art and covers, a key to the POWERS superstar cameos, interviews, Easter eggs and more.

COLLECTING: Powers (2000) 1-37

Star Wars: Episode V : The Empire Strikes Back
Archie Goodwin, Al Williamson

On Sale Date: August 11, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
144 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9780785193678, 0785193677

Summary: Rebuilding an Empire, Marvel style! As the Imperial Forces regroup from their Death Star setback, they target the new Rebel Alliance base on the ice planet Hoth. Will Darth Vader’s AT -AT s find Luke Skywalker, or will a wampa get Luke first? Meanwhile, feelings run high in the galaxy’s greatest love triangle, bounty hunters target Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon, and bloated Jabba the Hutt lies in wait. Luke seeks out the great Jedi

Master Yoda on swampy Dagobah, but the Emperor has designs on turning the young Rebel hero. As the battle begins for Skywalker’s soul, will his fear lead to anger, hate and the Dark Side? It’s all heading to one of the greatest confrontations of all time. Prepare for a grave disturbance in the Force!

COLLECTING: Star Wars (1977) 39-44 (remastered)

Angela: Asgard’s Assassin Vol. 1 : Priceless
Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett

On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$17.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
136 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785193562, 0785193561

Summary: All her life, Angela — the finest warrior of Heven — was raised to hate Asgard with every fiber of her being. And now Angela knows the truth about her identity: She is Thor’s sister. She is an Asgardian. Cast out of her home and wanting nothing to do with Asgard, Angela must now strike out on her own! But what does Angela have that both Asgard and Heven want? And why are they so eager to get it? Visionary writers Kieron Gillen and Marguerite Bennett team with the legendary art team of Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans to finally throw the spotlight onto the Marvel Universe’s most dangerous inhabitant!

COLLECTING: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin 1-6

Uncanny Avengers Vol. 1 : Counter-Evolutionary
Rick Remender, Daniel Acuna

On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$19.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
112 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192374, 0785192379

Summary: From the ashes of AXIS an all-new, all different Avengers assemble! The tragedy at the end of AXIS has left the Uncanny Avengers vulnerable, and someone is taking advantage of it. One of the Avengers’ oldest foes returns with a terrible secret that will, all hyperbole aside, shatter the lives of two members of the squad. What is Counter-Earth? What terrible secrets does it house?

COLLECTING: Uncanny Avengers 1-5

Deadpool : Flashbacks

On Sale Date: August 25, 2015
Ages 15 And Up, Grades 10 to 17
$19.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
168 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197485, 0785197486

Summary: All of Deadpool’s fan-favorite flashback issues, collected in chronological order! (I mean, I think so…really, who can keep track?) First, Deadpool goes back to the 1950s to save Nick Fury from time-traveling Hitler! In the 1960s, Deadpool wreaks havoc on a cosmic level! In the 1970s, he hits the streets with Power Man and Iron Fist! In the 1980s, he matches wits with Iron Man! In the 1990s, Deadpool’s Original Sin is revealed, with help from Sabretooth and Alpha Flight! Plus: learn about gracking, energy source of the future, straight from the Roxxon Corporation! And if you can’t trust a giant faceless corporation, who can you trust? It’s Deadpool through the decades, in one handy package!

COLLECTING: Deadpool 26, 20, 13, 7, 250, 34, 40

Doctor Strange : Don’t Pay the Ferryman

On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
176 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785193258, 0785193251

Summary: Flames of the Faltine! Is it getting hot in here, or is it just Mephisto? When Doctor Strange joins Reed and Sue Richards in battle with the Lord of Lies, the enchanting sorceress Topaz is freed from hell. But half her soul remains in torment. Can Strange complete her – or will he fall prey first to a siren’s song? Or perhaps to a feral feline demon? With a key part of his costume clawed to pieces, Stephen’s going to need a new Cloak – but when the unholy Urthona strikes, he might need a new body too! The old saying goes: don’t pay the ferryman until you get to the other side. But before Strange can reach it, there might even be a new Sorcerer Supreme!

COLLECTING: Doctor Strange (1974) 75-81

Black Panther by Christopher Priest : The Complete Collection Volume 1

On Sale Date: August 25, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
416 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192671, 0785192670

Summary: Black Panther reinvented as a sharp and witty political satire? Believe it! T’Challa is the man with the plan, as Christopher Priest puts the emphasis on the Wakandan king’s reputation as the ultimate statesman, as seen through the eyes of the U.S. government’s Everett K. Ross. As the Panther investigates a murder in New York, Ross plays Devil’s Advocate in an encounter with Mephisto, and a new regime seizes control in Wakanda.

COLLECTING: Black Panther (1998) 1-17

Daredevil : Typhoid’s Kiss

On Sale Date: August 25, 2015
Ages 17 And Up, Grades 12 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
416 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785193265, 078519326X

Summary: Daredevil’s craziest ex-girlfriend, Typhoid Mary, is the star of her own twisted fairy tale! Peek inside the crowded head of Mary Walker, whose dissociative identity disorder and mutant talents for telekinesis and pyrokinesis are a deadly combination. But could the psionic psycho become a force for good when she fights for women too powerless to defend themselves? Typhoid’s appetite for vengeance draws the attention of Ghost Rider, while her growing contempt for men places Daredevil and Wolverine in the firing line.

COLLECTING: Typhoid 1-4, Marvel Comics Presents (1988) 150-151, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) 213-214; material from Marvel Comics Presents (1988) 109-116, 123-130; material from Girl Comics (2010) 3

Inhumans by Paul Jenkins & Jae Lee
Paul Jenkins, Jae Lee

On Sale Date: August 4, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
304 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197492, 0785197494

Summary: The Inhumans are one of Marvel’s most enduring oddities. A race of genetic anomalies secluded on their island kingdom of Attilan, their mutations are self-inflicted; as a coming-of-age ritual, each Inhuman exposes themselves to the Terrigen Mists that impart unearthly powers – some extraordinary, some monstrous. But now, Attilan is under attack from without and within. Can the Royal Family, led by the mute Black Bolt, repel the foreign invaders who assail their outer defenses, as well as the internal threat of Black Bolt’s insane brother, Maximus the Mad? Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee infuse one of Marvel’s oldest families with a modern sensibility – including international politics, class dissension and the age-old struggle of growing up. Dark and grimly compelling, it remains one of Marvel Knights’ most beloved stories.

COLLECTING: Inhumans (1998) 1-12

Venom by Rick Remender : The Complete Collection Volume 2

On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
344 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785193531, 0785193537

Summary: When a portal to Hell opens in the middle of Las Vegas, Venom must join Red Hulk, Ghost Rider and X-23 on a crusade to stop the spread of Hell on Earth. Can these tarnished heroes wrestle free of their own personal demons and band together to save the world in its darkest hour? Then, Venom faces a gauntlet of doom as Crime-Master unites Jack O’Lantern, the Human Fly, Toxin and more to destroy him! Crime-Master’s diabolical plan brings war to Flash Thompson’s family and friends – and in this war, there will be victims! Meanwhile, Venom joins the Secret Avengers, but what’s left of Flash to join the team? Even with the symbiote under control, Flash’s dark secrets put everything at risk…especially when the original Venom host, Eddie Brock, comes calling!

COLLECTING: Venom (2011) 13, 13.1-13.4, 14-22

Nextwave : Agents of H.A.T.E. Ultimate Collection
Warren Ellis, Stuart Immonen

BACKLIST
February 24, 2010
Ages 15 And Up, Grades 10 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
304 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785144618, 0785144617

Summary: The Highest Anti-Terrorism Effort, or H.A.T.E. (a subsidiary of the Beyond Corporation©) put NE XTWAVE together to fight Bizarre Weapons of Mass Destruction. When NE XTWAVE discovers that H.A.T.E. and Beyond© are terrorist cells themselves, and that the BWMDs were intended to kill them, they are less than pleased. In fact, they are rather angry. So they make things explode. Lots of things. Starring Monica Rambeau (formerly Captain Marvel and Photon), Aaron Stack (Machine Man), Tabitha Smith (X-Force’s Meltdown), monster-hunter Elsa Bloodstone and The Captain!

COLLECTING: NE XTWAVE: AGENTS OF H.A.T.E. 1-12.

XMen: Age of Apocalypse Volume 1 : Alpha

On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
408 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785193647, 0785193642

Summary: Charles Xavier is dead – killed twenty years in the past during a time-travel accident – and the world created by his absence is a nightmare! Apocalypse rules with an iron fist, ruthlessly enforcing his dictum that only the strong shall survive…but hidden in Apocalypse’s long shadow are a group of ragtag freedom fighters led by Xavier’s oldest friend, Magneto: the X-Men!

COLLECTING: Uncanny X-Men (1981) 320-321, X-Men (1991) 40-41, Cable (1993) 20, X-Men Alpha, Generation Next 1, Astonishing X-Men (1995) 1, Gambit and the X-Ternals 1, Weapon X (1995) 1, Factor X 1, X-Man 1, X-Calibre 1, Amazing X-Men (1995) 1, X-Men: Age of Apocalypse Ashcan Edition

Deadpool Classic Volume 12 : Deadpool Corps

On Sale Date: August 4, 2015
Ages 15 And Up, Grades 10 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
448 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197317, 0785197311

Summary: Deadpool gears up for an intergalactic adventure, but to succeed, he’ll need to assemble a crack team of special operatives! So naturally he recruits four other versions of himself! What could go wrong? Lady Deadpool, Kid Deadpool, Dogpool, Headpool and the original Merc With a Mouth form…the Deadpool Corps! First, the consciousness-sapping Awareness has wiped out the free will of millions of planets, and the Corps must stop it from destroying the galaxy! If they can keep the in-fighting and binge drinking to a minimum, they just might just stand a chance.

COLLECTING: Prelude to Deadpool Corps 1-5, Deadpool Corps 1-12, Deadpool Family 1

msmarvel1 Look What Marvel Has Planned For The Middle Of 2015!Ms. Marvel Vol. 1
G. Willow Wison, Jacob Wyatt

On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$34.88 USD, $38.88 CAD
248 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785198284, 0785198288

Summary: Presenting the international sensation: the all-new Ms. Marvel! Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City – until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she also unlocks a secret behind them. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her prove too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey! It’s history in the making from acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and beloved artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways)!

COLLECTING : Ms. Marvel 1-11, material from All-New Marvel Now ! Point One

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 : Guardians Disassembled (Marvel Now)

On Sale Date: August 4, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$19.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
160 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785189671, 078518967X

Summary: Meet the new Guardians! With Star-Lord missing and the entire galaxy gunning for the Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s time to bring in a little help. But as the Guardians get ready for new members Venom and Captain Marvel, unexpected dangers arise that promise to tear the team to its core! Where in the universe is Star-Lord? What does his disappearance mean for Earth’s safety? And can he survive on the run from a mysterious new adversary without the aid of the Guardians? Plus: relive Flash Thompson’s transformation into Venom and Carol Danvers’ debut as Captain Marvel! And the series celebrates a milestone with two special stories by former Guardians writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning!

COLLECTING: Free Comic Book Day 2014 (Guardians Of The Galaxy ) 1, Guardians of the Galaxy 14-17, Amazing Spider-Man 654, Captain Marvel (2012) 1

Guardians of the Galaxy : Best Story Ever

On Sale Date: August 11, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$19.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
120 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197973, 0785197974

Summary: This is it: the harrowing tale of the Guardians’ greatest triumph! (Or so they’d have you believe!) Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy explode into action in this bombastic prison break! Plus: find out why these ragtag heroes are worthy of guarding the galaxy in scintillating solo stories! Rocket and Groot team up with old friends to rescue a princess, but will a bounty turn them against one another? Drax battles Thanos and Thor in two classic tales! And get a glimpse of the childhood of Gamora, daughter of Thanos!

COLLECTING: Guardians of the Galaxy Infinite Comic 1, Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow ‘s Avengers 1, Free Comic Book Day (2014) Rocket Raccoon 1, Guardians of the Galaxy : Galaxy ‘s Most Wanted 1; material from Thor (1966) 314, Logan’s Run 6, Marvel Holiday Special 2

Captain America Volume 5 : The Tomorrow Soldier (Marvel Now)

On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$19.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
136 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785189565, 0785189564

Summary: The final chapter of the story that began in Dimension Z: Steve Rogers is Captain America no more! The Iron Nail has neutralized the Super-Soldier Serum in his system, and Steve is vulnerable as never before. Continuing the Red Skull’s plan to finally destroy his oldest enemy, Arnim Zola wages war on New York – and without Cap to lead them, can the Avengers stop the Bio-Fanatic’s plot for revenge? As the Falcon faces a secret from Cap’s past, Zola unleashes his hyper-mutates, and Jet Black joins the battle – to the death! The Red Skull’s long game is revealed as the road to AXIS begins! But Zola and the Skull didn’t anticipate a new player in the game: who is the all-new Captain America?!

COLLECTING: Captain America 22-25, material from Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration

Deadpool : Paws Prose Novel
Stefan Petrucha

On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
304 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785193272, 0785193278

Summary: Marvel’s popular Merc with a Mouth in an all-new ARRGGH * Hey hey, book readers, take off those big thick glasses – this is Deadpool speaking! Sorry Marvel, somethin’ happened to your copy guy. Anyway, this is my first prose novel, and they got this dude Stefan Petrucha to write it. He’s good people, he’s written novels (Ripper and Dead Mann Walking) and comics (Power Rangers, X-Files). But here’s the thing: This book is about dogs. Dogs that turn into big nasty monsters. And then I gotta kill ‘em. Thing is, I like killing people – the ones that deserve it, anyway – but I won’t kill dogs. No way. So that’s what we call a character dilemma. What – wait for the paperback? Who said that?! I’ll gut you right now-

squirrelgirl Look What Marvel Has Planned For The Middle Of 2015!The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 : Squirrel Power
Ryan North, Erica Henderson

On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$17.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
112 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197027, 0785197028

Summary: Wolverine, Deadpool, Doctor Doom, Thanos: There’s one hero that’s beaten them all-and now she’s got her own ongoing series! (Not that she’s bragging.) That’s right, you asked for it, you got it, it’s SQUIRREL GIRL! (She’s also starting college this semester.) It’s the start of a brand-new set of adventures starring the nuttiest and most upbeat super hero in the world!

COLLECTING: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl 1-5

Ultimate Marvel Omnibus Volume 1

On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
Ages 15 And Up, Grades 10 to 17
$99.99 USD, $112.99 CAD
768 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197508, 0785197508

Summary: Witness the birth of a new world, where the heroes you know are reinvented for the modern era! The bite of a genetically engineered spider gives Peter Parker great power, but a harsh lesson will teach him responsibility. To prevent war, Charles Xavier recruits his X-Men – but Magneto’s Brotherhood reaches Wolverine first. Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Giant-Man, Wasp, the Hulk – these are not the Avengers, they are Nick Fury’s Ultimates. Young genius Reed Richards’ efforts to reach the N-Zone will forever change the lives of his fantastic friends.

COLLECTING: Ultimate Spider-Man (2000) 1-7, Ultimate X-Men (2001) 1-6, Th e Ultimates (2002) 1-6, Ultimate Fantastic Four 1-6

Miles Morales : Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Book 1

On Sale Date: August 11, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
416 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197782, 0785197788

Summary: Miles Morales takes up the mantle of the Ultimate Spider-Man! Before Peter Parker died, young Miles was poised to start the next chapter in his life in a new school. Then, a spider’s bite granted the teenager incredible arachnid-like powers. Now, Miles has been thrust into a world he doesn’t understand, with only gut instinct and a little thing called responsibility as his guides. Can he live up to Peter’s legacy as Spider-Man? As Miles grapples with his new life, Miles’ Uncle Aaron – a.k.a. the Prowler – learns his secret! He’s got plans for his nephew, but little does he know that the Scorpion is on his tail! Spider-Man story!

COLLECTING: Ultimate Fallout 4, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (2011) 1-12, Spider-Men 1-5

Savage Wolverine Volume 4 : The Best There Is (Marvel Now)

On Sale Date: August 4, 2015
Ages 15 And Up, Grades 10 to 17
$19.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
136 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785189657, 0785189653

Summary: Untold tales from Wolverine’s century-long life! In 1963, Wolverine must defend a group of innocent workers from evil. Meanwhile, in Dallas, an event will change the world. Then, meet the sole survivor of the 1929 Valentine’s Day Massacre: Wolverine! It’s gangsters, bullets, babes, villains, heroes and murder in a showdown in Capone’s town! Next, in the midst of World War I, Logan leads a daring mission, finds himself at the business end of twenty German soldiers’ guns and discovers that he isn’t the only mutant at war! Then, Wolverine takes on the Wild West!

COLLECTING: Savage Wolverine 18-23

Rogue : The Complete Collection

On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
$34.99 USD, $38.99 CAD
288 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197218, 0785197214

Summary: During her time with the X-Men, the mysterious young woman known as Rogue has been many things: soldier, friend, student…and daughter. But when a mission brings her back to her childhood home in Mississippi, Rogue comes face to face with the demons in her past…and a terrible secret that has haunted her family since her birth! With Gambit on hand to help out, Rogue must discover her parents’ fate! Then, when a photograph surfaces of Rogue and Mystique during their time in the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants – a photograph that Rogue has no memory of – her search for the truth takes her all the way to Japan!

COLLECTING: Rogue (2004) 1-12

Powers Volume 1
Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Avon Oeming

On Sale Date: July 21, 2015
Ages 17 And Up, Grades 12 to 17
$24.99 USD, $27.99 CAD
200 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Crime & Mystery
9780785197454, 0785197451

Summary: Just in time for the debut of the long-awaited POWERS TV show! The Eisner Award-winning POWERS tells the story of homicide detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, who are assigned cases specifically involving powers. If a superhero falls dead from the sky or a super villain is found dead in the gutter, it’s up to Walker and Pilgrim to solve the case. But having barely survived the most harrowing case of their careers and discovering government corruption of the highest level, Walker and Pilgrim are now faced with the most difficult decision they’ve ever had to make. Plus: the discovery of a power no one has ever seen before!

COLLECTING: Powers (2014) 1-6

Power Man & Iron Fist Epic Collection : Heroes for Hire

On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$39.99 USD, $43.99 CAD
448 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785192961, 0785192964

Summary: Marvel’s stronger-than-steel man of the streets, Luke Cage, partners with the mystic kung fu master Iron Fist in the beginning of one of the greatest teams in comic-book history! Together Power Man and Iron Fist are heroes for hire, taking any on any job, any challenge, so long as their clients can meet the price. But both heroes have long pasts and old foes out to destroy them. Between those menaces and making ends meet, it’s a life short on downtime and long on action!

COLLECTING: Power Man 48-49, Power Man & Iron Fist 50-70 (Power Man & Iron Fist Epic Collection Vol. 1)

Marvel Masterworks : Luke Cage, Hero For Hire Volume 1

On Sale Date: August 25, 2015
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 4 to 17
$75.00 USD, $85.00 CAD
336 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785191803, 0785191801

Summary: Luke Cage burst onto the comics scene in 1972 as the “Hero for Hire.” Equal parts Marvel Method and Blaxploitation boldness, he was a new kind of hero for a new era. Now, the Marvel Masterworks proudly presents the complete Luke Cage, Hero for Hire – the historic first title to headline an African-American super hero – in one hardcover volume! Cage’s adventures depicted New York City’s 1970s grit and the plight of its people unlike any other, all while incorporating larger-than-life villains including Black Mariah and Dr. Doom.

COLLECTING: Luke Cage, Hero for Hire (1972) 1-16

Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man : Web Warriors Volume 2

On Sale Date: June 2, 2015
Ages 0 And Up, Grades P to 17
$9.99 USD, $10.99 CAD
88 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785193845, 0785193847

Summary: SPIDER-MAN teams up with the Marvel Universe’s greatest heroes in a series of all-new, all-ages adventures! Spider-Man journeys to the fabled city of K’un-L’un on a quest to aid Iron Fist. Following an assassination attempt, Spidey takes Iron Fist’s place in a combat tournament and faces a powerful warrior known as the Scorpion!

COLLECTING: Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warrior s 5-8

Marvel Universe All-New Avengers Assemble Volume 2

On Sale Date: August 25, 2015
Ages 0 And Up, Grades P to 17
$9.99 USD, $10.99 CAD
88 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785193593, 0785193596

Summary: THE AVENGERS return for an all-new volume of evil smashing! Hulk and Hawkeye have been trapped in a televised deathmatch by the nefarious Mojo! Can they survive the onslaught of killer robot Torgo long enough to escape?

COLLECTING: Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season Two 5-8

Marvel Universe Ant-Man

On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
Ages 0 And Up, Grades P to 17
$9.99 USD, $10.99 CAD
88 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785197478, 0785197478

Summary: Big things come in small packages, and that’s definitely true of the astonishing Ant-Man! Meet the tiny hero with a giant heart in this collection of all-ages adventures. He can shrink and talk to ants – now find out how he uses these awesome abilities to aid mankind! Grab your magnifying glass and learn how the man in the anthill became a size-changing super hero in clashes with the menace of the microverse Psycho-Man and the beach that walks, Sandman! But when the Ant-Man suit is stolen, Power Man and Iron Fist are hired to hunt it down.

COLLECTING: Marvel Adventures Super Heroes (2008) 6, 10; Marvel Universe Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (2012) 17; material from Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (2010) 4, Super Heroes (2010) 19

Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy

On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
Ages 0 And Up, Grades P to 17
$9.99 USD, $10.99 CAD
88 pages
Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9780785193159, 0785193154

Summary: Based on the hit new series, follow the further adventures of the Guardians of the Galaxy! It’s a dangerous galaxy, be glad these guys are on our side!

COLLECTING: Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy 1-4
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5. Owl Diaries: Eva's Treetop Festival

Eva's Treetop Festival (Owl Diaries #1) Rebecca Elliott. 2015. Scholastic. 80 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Tuesday
Hello Diary,
My name is Eva Wingdale. I live at Treehouse 11 on Woodpine Avenue in Treetopolis. 

 Plot/Premise: Eva, the owl, shares her diary. Readers learn about Eva, what she likes/loves, what she does NOT like/love. Readers get to know her and her family/friends. They also get to see Eva at school and home. Eva gets inspired to plan a big event--the Bloomtastic Festival. The diary shows day by day or night by night, I suppose, how that is going for her! Eva has some lessons to learn definitely!

My thoughts: The book just has a cute feel to it. It's cute from cover to cover. It's heavily illustrated. Which is a good thing, I think. Some of the text is narration: diary entries to be precise. But some of the text is dialogue in speech bubbles. This early chapter book is a fun choice for young girls.

The first book in the series releases this month. The second book releases in May.

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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6. Monday Review: MS. MARVEL VOL. 1: NO NORMAL by Wilson and Alphona

Summary: I was excited, intrigued, and a little wary when I heard that the new reboot of Ms. Marvel was going to be a Pakistani-American, Muslim teenage girl. I cheered because young women of South Asian descent would finally be represented in the... Read the rest of this post

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7. El Deafo (2014)

El Deafo. Cece Bell. 2014. Harry N. Abrams. 233 pages. [Source: Library]

I put El Deafo on hold at the library not knowing it was a graphic novel. In a way, I'm glad I didn't know. I don' t read many graphic novels, there are, of course, exceptions to every rule. El Deafo is a coming-of-age memoir in graphic novel format. I loved it. I really loved it. It surprised me in all the right ways.

It begins simply, "I was a regular little kid. I played with my mom's stuff. I watched TV with my big brother, Ashley, and my big sister, Sarah. I rode on the back of my father's bicycle. I found caterpillars with my friend Emma. And I sang. 'We all live in a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine--' But then everything changed." A childhood illness at the age of 4--meningitis--leaves her deaf.

The memoir covers many years of her childhood, from the age of four through her sixth grade year in school. In a way it is about her growing up deaf, growing up different. But in many ways, it is about so much more than that: it's about family and friendship and belonging and struggling to belong. It is about her wanting and needing a 'true' friend. It is about her mishaps in friendships. There are a few untrue friends before there is the one that is true. It is very much about identity: how she sees herself, her struggle to be comfortable with herself, to accept and love herself. Another aspect of El Deafo which I very much enjoyed is Cece's first crush.

In her imagination, she's closer to being there, in that place. She imagines that she is a superhero, El Deafo, the super-hero self stands up for herself to her friends AND her family. Her super-hero self lets others know what she's feeling, when she's mad, when her feelings are hurt, etc. Her superhero self is brave and courageous letting others know that she doesn't need people to talk really loudly or really slowly. Her superhero self lets people know that she hates it when they call her "my deaf friend" or "that deaf kid."

El Deafo is set in the 1970s, I believe. There are plenty of cultural references to place it in that decade. I really enjoyed the scenes where she was watching TV.

So, yes, El Deafo is in my opinion about so much more than growing up deaf. This book is easy to love and oh-so-easy to recommend.

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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8. Here

In this magnificent expansion of a piece he did in 1989, McGuire fixes his lens on one patch of land spanning millions of years. Through vivid illustrations, we see life playing out — with appearances by dinosaurs, Native Americans, early settlers, modern families, futuristic creatures, and more — in a grand yet remarkably intimate display. [...]

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9. Larry Gonick is back with The Cartoon Guide to Algebra

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Long before graphic novels were “respectable” there was Larry Gonick, whose Cartoon History of the Universe books were respected and bestselling looks at history as told in a fanciful but well researched cartoon style. A former calculus calculus instructor at Harvard and a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, his science bona fides have never been in doubt. And he’s back in January with a Cartoon Guide to Algebra. Is there a way to make the abstract more comprehensible with comics? We’ll soon find out.

In this latest addition to the successful Cartoon Guide series, master cartoonist, former Harvard instructor, and New York Times bestselling author Larry Gonick offers a complete and up-to-date illustrated course to help students understand and learn this core mathematical course taught in American schools.

The Cartoon Guide to Algebra (William Morrow; On-sale 1/20/2015; Paperback; $18.99) covers all of algebra’s essentials—including rational and real numbers, the number line, variables, expressions, laws of combination, linear and quadratic equations, rates, proportion, and graphing—with clear, funny, and easy-to-understand illustrations. Rounding out the book is an overview of algebra’s history and its many practical applications in modern life.

Combining entertainment and education, The Cartoon Guide to Algebra is the perfect supplement for any study of algebra, whether readers are high school or college students, independent learners, math lovers, or just fans of Larry Gonick’s bestselling, award-winning cartoon guides.

Gonick’s bestselling series has sold more than a million copies worldwide and has been translated into sixteen languages. Teachers, researchers, and students around the world have embraced Gonick’s unique ability to make difficult subjects fun, interesting, and easy-to-understand while still relaying the essential information in a clear, organized and accurate format. Paperback, e-book, Kindle and iPad versions of The Cartoon Guide to Algebra will be available January 20, 2015.

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10. Fit for a wanna-be king: Stratford Zoo Midnight Review Presents Macbeth (ages 8-12)

Do your kids love graphic novels? Do you know any kid who loves the spotlight or has fun when their friends grab center stage? The Stratford Zoo Midnight Review is a new series of graphic novels that my students are giving a round of applause for the way it combines humor, theatrics, tragedy and puns. It would make a great gift either for comic-book fans or theater fans.
The Stratford Zoo Midnight Review Presents: Macbeth
by Ian Lendler
illustrated by Zack Giallongo
First Second, 2014
Your local library
Amazon
ages 8-12
"Macbeth, the hero of our story, the greatest warrior in the land."
When the zoo shuts for the night, the animals gather together and put on a show. The lion makes a natural mighty Macbeth, full of swagger and a taste for power. My students were easily able to imagine why such a beast would want to be king--and Lender's version shares this classic play in a form that is very kid-friendly. Here's how he adapts the witches' famous song which charms Macbeth, setting the plot in motion:
"Double, double,
toil and trouble,
fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Eat the king,
the plot will thicken,
go on Macbeth,
he tastes like chicken."
Lendler mixes humor and puns throughout Shakespeare's bloody tragedy, giving young readers a real sense of the classic play but making it very age-appropriate. Giallongo's illustrations capture Macbeth's slide into gluttony perfectly, make light of the witches and add plenty of ketchup to keep the tragedy at bay. My students definitely give this version of Shakespeare a hearty round of applause.

We were lucky enough to have Ian Lendler visit Emerson last week to share his book with our 4th and 5th graders. He starts out his presentation with a loud bugle calling everyone's attention (see below), just as the young boys did during Shakespeare's time. He shares an overview of the story with students, emphasizing some of the lessons of the story. Our kids highly recommend his visit to other schools, especially for kids who like funny comic books and putting on their own plays.
Ian Lendler at Emerson
Are you looking for a holiday gift to add to the fun? I know my students would love their own stadium horn to call everyone to their performances. They also might want a mighty robe, fit for a king. Check these ideas out:
The review copies were kindly sent by the publishers, First Second. If you make a purchase using the Amazon links on this site, a small portion goes to Great Kid Books. Thank you for your support.

©2014 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books

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11. Sarah MacLean, Buffy, Assassin Nuns, and more




So I took a bit of a break from Cybils reading this week* because OMG GUESS WHAT WORDS OF LOVE SENT ME?

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean. And oh, it is just as delicious as I hoped. It's probably my favorite of her Rules of Scoundrels series. I love love love love that Chase was Georgiana from Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord. I'm also very excited about the glimpse we got of MacLean's new heroine for her new series (the first will release sometimes in 2015)

Some other non-Cybils things I've read this month?

Buffy: Season Ten Volume 1 : New Rules Woo-Hoo! Season 10 has started. Once again, consequences and repercussions are big themes. At the end someone shows up that proves I really should have been reading the Faith and Angel spin-off, because woah, what was that?! BUT! Dracula's around and the Dracula Xander bro-mance is in full swing, which is always fun and awesome. Now, I just need to wait for-EVER for the next one.

My hold on Mortal Heart finally came in, and, oh, another most wonderful end to a favorite series. Ever since I finished it, I've been trying to figure out which one is my favorite in this trilogy, and I just can't decide. They are all so great--there's no weak link or one particular standout, just straight-up excellence across the board. I was reading this one at a training and the person (NOT a librarian) across asked what it was and as soon as I described it as "historical fiction about assassin nuns in 15th century Brittany" she was on her library's website to see if they owned it. Because, I mean, of course she was! It's HISTORICAL FICTION ABOUT ASSASSIN NUNS. Although now I really want to read more about historical Brittany. Why isn't there an awesome YA nonfiction about the the 15th century Brittany? Someone should get on that for me.

I also read Mistletoe and Mr. Right: A Christmas Romance which I reviewed over here. If you don't feel like clicking over, I liked it.

In non-book reading, did you all see Kelly's poignant and powerful post about fatness in YA? Definitely click over to that one.


*Ok, I don't actually have any Cybils reading until January 1st, because I'm a second round judge. BUT, I'm reading my way through the long list anyway, partly for fun, partly for armchair quarterbacking, and partly so that when I do look at the short list, I'm that much more familiar with the titles and can then do deeper rereading instead of reading for the first time.

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12. The Powell’s Playlist: Richard McGuire

My book Here has just been released; it is a graphic novel that shows one location, a suburban living room, over the span of billions of years. The book is loosely based around my childhood home. While preparing this playlist, it occurred to me how we all get branded by the music we grew up [...]

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13. Review of the Day: Halfway Home by Christine Mari Inzer

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By Christine Mari Inzer
Naruhodo Press
$11.95
ISBN: 978-0-9907014-0-8
Ages 12 and up
On shelves now

There’s been a lot of talk about the role of the reviewer when it comes to self-published books. Horn Book Magazine makes a point of not reviewing self-published fare of any sort. Kirkus, in contrast, makes quite a penny off of doing precisely that. And bloggers? Bloggers make their own rules. Some eschew anything but the professionally published while others are open to all comers. I fall somewhere in the middle. In my experience, you should always be open to self-published books because once in a while you’ll find a diamond in the rough. It might take a while to find them but they’re out there. I receive roughly 2-3 requests to review self-published fare a day, on average. I don’t review books not originally published in the current year and I don’t review books that are only available in an ebook form. That knocks out roughly 60% of the requests I receive right there. I also don’t review YA, so when I was contacted about Christine Mari Inzer’s illustrated memoir Halfway Home I sent a politely regretful email saying I’d be unable to review the title. As it happened, the book had already been sent to me in the mail so I figured I’d just hand it over to the YA specialist in my office and be done with it. Then I saw it firsthand. You know, when folks like Jeff Smith (Bone), Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time), and Kate Williamson (A Year in Japan) are blurbing a high school senior’s memoir of a time spent in a foreign country, you know something’s probably up. Funny and smart with a personal journey that’s infinitely relatable to young readers everywhere, Inzer’s first foray into publishing will leave readers wanting something very specific: more.

Meet Christine. In the summer of 2013 she had a chance to spend a whopping eight weeks in Japan with her maternal grandparents. Born in America with a Japanese born mom, Christine hadn’t visited Kashiwa, a small city outside of Tokyo, since she was ten. Now she’s traveling by herself and recording it all. From crepes and ramen to Kashiwa Matsuri and 6 a.m. sushi, Christine records everything with wit and a surprising amount of acumen. By the time she returns home she’s older, wiser, and more self-assured, though she misses Japan like crazy even before she’s home. But as the quote in the front of the book says, “Each day is a journey, and the journey itself home” – Matsuo Basho.

It’s hard to get perspective on your life when you’re 30, 40, even 50 years of age. Now imagine that you’re a senior in high school and you’ve managed to define for yourself what it is to straddle two very different cultures, both of which you love deeply. Near the end of the book Christine is traveling on a train back to the airport to leave Japan once more. She writes, “What was most painful was when the train doors closed, and Baba was standing outside. And also, the scenery outside the window. Old house rooftops and rice fields and everything, so vivid with color, and I was passing by all of it for the last time.” She concludes eventually that being split between the two countries, she can only be halfway home at any given time. Though the book could be read as a graphic novel, it’s the author’s written passages like this that give it heft and weight. You’re not reading fluff when you read “Halfway Home”. You can get something out of it and apply it to your own life.

To be honest, when I saw the blurbs the book had received I found them interesting but it was Inzer’s artistic style that actually put my mind to rest best. The book is drawn like an artist’s sketchbook, only it has a coherent narrative present throughout. Inzer alternates between pages where the text and images cohabit together to panels to simple images of architecture or food. Photos are also meshed into the final product and help it enormously. The end result is a book that will inspire as many teen readers as it will amuse.

To my mind, all the great cartoonists have one thing in common: if they are writing a memoir then they consistently make themselves less attractive in their comics than they are in real life. This makes perfect sense. If you’re being honest about your life and how you live then often you’ll draw yourself as the “you” that you feel matches the “you” inside your skin. So while the pronounced eyebrows do their best to render Christine heavy browed, you get the distinct sense that she’s just drawing the “Christine” that best represents her inner self. It’s a sophisticated choice on her part. One you’d expect from a cartoonist far older than her scant 17 years.

And it’s funny! Honestly really very funny. Yet not primarily in an “isn’t it funny how they do things in Japan” way. Plenty of books go that route and it’s honestly the easiest way to write a travel manual. I-went-here-and-saw-this-crazy-thing will only get you so far when you’re trying to write a serious book. Fortunately, Christine mixes things up. Because the book has a sketchbook style to it, you really do feel like you’re with Christine every step of the way. And while she’ll milk humor from enormous corner condom stores, toilets, and bathtime, she also knows how to work in situational humor (her Baba’s conversation with a monk is classic), flights of fantasy (imagining Tyra Banks hosting “Japan’s Next Top Maiko”), and everyday moments (flight woes, being eaten alive by deer, etc.). She even uses tropes that I enjoyed greatly, like having her 10-year-old self interact with her present day self (very Hark, a Vagrant).

I once worked the children’s reference desk just a floor below a very active teen library. Since my floor had the nearest bathrooms, we were constantly fielding an array of rather adorkable YA readers. Those that always fascinated me the most were the ones obsessed with Japan. They’d been introduced to it via manga and that obsession had turned into a full on love affair. They learned the language. They read everything they could about it. For them, Halfway Home would read like a How To manual of everything they’ve ever wanted in life. But its appeal stretches far beyond those kids already fixated on the topic. Humor and heart are difficult things to invest in any YA title. You usually either get one or the other. Inzer gets both in a book that feels professional and reads beautifully. Recommended heartily and with a MOS Burger lifted in thanks.

On shelves now.

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Source: Final copy sent by author for review.

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14. Graphic Novels on the Times 100 Notable Books of 2014

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Only two comics made the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014 list, the ubiquitous Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast and Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel by Anya Ulinich. However, the piece did include cute comics style illos by sometime cartoonist Jon McNaught (above). And also, books without pictures can make for good reading. Check out the whole list—you may find something that catches your fancy.

Actually the Ulinich book is an interesting choice—it’s a novel about a woman who ends a 15-year marriage and has to learn about dating again while raising two kids. In other words…it’s literary fiction in comics form. (Ulinich’s previous book was the prose only Petropolis.) These sorts of books when put out by mainstream publishers haven’t found a lot of purchase—but that frontier too is inching forward.

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15. Dover Graphic Novel reprint line now available for preorder

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As a kid, Dover Books was just about my favorite publisher, bringing out fine reprints of sheet music, fairy tales, art and all sorts of other goodies (yeah that’s the kind of kid I was.) And they’re still around and now bringing back long OOP graphic novels in a new line. Publishers Weekly had all the details a few weeks ago but th eline will basically bring back some books that have fallen through th ecracks in the last 20-30 years, many with new foreward and new materials. Dover editor Drew Ford is the mastermind behind the plan, and the line is now available for preorder on Amazon, with the first six books due in April and another six in the fall. Here’s the line-up and some commentary:

A SAILOR’S STORY by Sam Glanzman (April)

Semi-autobiographical adventures of life aboard a WWII destroyer — includes new Foreword by Max Brooks, author of World War Z, new Introduction by Larry Hama, and new Afterword by Chuck Dixon.

Believe it or not this was originally published by Marvel in 1987 as part of their then revolutionary OGN line. It’s a fine war story and Glanzman is still alive and drawing at age 90.

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Civil War Adventure: Book One (May 2015)

Written by Chuck Dixon, illustrated Gary Kwapisz

Graphic drama of the War Between the States by writer of Batman and Green Arrow and the illustrator of The Savage Sword of Conan the Barbarian.

This is a more recent book from a historical publisher.

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Mercy (June 2015)
Written by J. M. DeMatteis, illustrated by Paul Johnson

Mind-bending masterpiece by Eisner Award–winning writer known for his work on The Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America, andJustice League of America — includes new Introduction by the writer and bonus “How It Was Made” material

Originally published by Vertigo, I believe this started out as part of the creator Own Disney Comics graphic novel line. (!)

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Blackjack: Second Bite of the Cobra (July 2015)
Written by Alex Simmons, illustrated by Joe Bennett

Hard-hitting tale of vengeance by illustrator of Batman: Orpheus Rising — first time collected in a single volume. Includes new Foreword by Joe Illidge, new Afterword by David Colley, and new cover by Scott Hanna 

Always good to see more books by Simmons in print!

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The BOZZ Chronicles (August 2015)
Written by David Michelinie, illustrated by Bret Blevins

Cult classic by the writer of Iron Man & penciler of The New Mutants with new Foreword and pin-up by Brandon Graham and new Introduction by the creators — includes entire six-issue run 

Another one from the vaults of Epic Comics…and there are some pretty good things in those vaults.

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The Puma Blues(September 2015)
Written by Stephen Murphy, illustrated by Michael Zulli

Features new Foreword by Dave Sim, new Afterword by Stephen R. Bissette, and new Introduction by the authors: “Intelligent and urgent mythology.” — Neil Gaiman

Talk about a lost classic. This books was originally part of Aardvark Vanaheim’s short lived creator owned line, and features incredible art by Zulli and a strange, powerful post apocalyptic story by Murphy.

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ASYLUM
by William Seabrook, with cover and intro by award-winning graphic novelist Joe Ollmann, is also available for pre-order:

http://www.amazon.com/Asylum-William-Seabrook/dp/0486798100/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417443005&sr=1-1&keywords=asylum+dover

This dramatic memoir recaptures the author’s experiences during an eight-month stay at a Westchester mental hospital in the early 1930s. Written by a renowned journalist who was voluntarily committed for acute alcoholism, it offers an honest, self-critical look at addiction and treatment in the days before Alcoholics Anonymous and other modern programs.

I never even heard of this book, but I’m in.

This is a very cool diverse line, and I’ve corresponded with Ford a bit and let’s just say there are some real surprises on the way.

Ford passed along word of some other Dover reprint books that might be of interest:

NIGHT OF THE LONG KNIVES by Fritz Leiber

THE NIGHT LAND by William Hope Hodgson (This one is a creepy old fantasy masterpiece!)

DARKNESS & DAWN by George Allan England

AFTER LONDON by Richard Jefferies

TEN NIGHTS DREAMING, the book by acclaimed author Natsume Soseki that is said to have been the starting point for fantasy in Modern Japanese literature, is now available again with a new English translation.

Finally here’s a peek at the all-now story by Glanzman for A Sailor’s Tale:

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16. Salon picks 10 best graphic novels

 

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Salon’s Laura Miller has offered a 10 best Graphic Novels list for 2014, a nice eclectic mix with publisher like SelfMadeHero and Nobrow represented. The list is arranged in a slideshow format that requires you to click many times, but I’ve cheated and made a text list.

 

Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoët

Climate Changed by Phillipe Squarezoni

Here by Richard McGuire

Kill My Mother by Jules Feiffer

The Motherless Oven by Rob Davis

Nobrow 9: It’s Oh So Quiet by Various

Over Easy by Mimi Pond

The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew

Shoplifter by Michael Cho

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

 

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17. TURNING PAGES: WAR BROTHERS, by SHARON E. MCKAY

This is a story about child soldiers in Uganda, in Africa, and about Kony Joseph. It's fictional, but based on a true account. Despite the boatload of honors and awards (Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults 2014, YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens... Read the rest of this post

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18. Special edtion of City of Glass: The Graphic Novelgoes up on the PEN Auction

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The US branch of the international literary organization PEN America is holding an auction of “Firest EDitions/Second Thoughts” tpo help support its mission of freedom of expression. The auction, to be held at Christies, includes first editions of various famed books annotated and signed by the origianl authors. Among the works p for bid on December 2nd, City of Glass: The Graphic Novel, in a special copy signed by original author Paul Auster and adapters Paul Karasik, David Mazzucchelli and Art Spiegelman.

The book is often considered a landmark of showing how the comics medium can transform even a celebrated literary work into a new and powerful mode of storytelling. A special panel spotlight on the book was held at CAB 2013.

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19. Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1

After reading and enjoying Seconds, I decided to embark on the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series. What a zippy little book is Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life. The book is in black and white and is the closest thing to a comic that I have read since I was a kid. Total fluffy, no brain required fun, which was perfect after House of Leaves.

Scott is 23 and pretty much mooching off his roommate, Wallace. Scott has loser written all over him. He is in a terrible band called Sex Bob-Omb. He is dating a seventeen-year-old high school girl named Knives Chau. And then he meets Ramona Flowers. She is so out of his league but for some reason she likes him back. But in order for Scott to truly win Ramona, he has to fight all of her seven evil ex-boyfriends. This first volume has him taking on ex-boyfriend number one.

Like I said, fluffy, comic-y fun. That’s pretty much all there is to say. Except, even though I have the drawings in front of me as I read, I can’t help but picture Michael Cera in my head, the actor who played Scott Pilgrim in the movie. I wonder if his face will still be there by the time I make it to the end of the series? I have nothing against Michael Cera, but I hope his face eventually dissolves.

It is election day here so now I am off to cast my vote.


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20. SelfMadeHero announces Spring 2015 line

And as the end of year lists circulate, Spring catalogs are also making 2015 all the closer. SelfMadeHero has announced their Spring 2015 line, some of which has been listed here before. In recent years, SelfMadeHero has distinguished itself for a line of graphic novels both visually stunning and emotionally compelling. This list sounds equally strong.

 

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The Sculptor

Scott McCloud

February

This will be published in January by First Second in the US. IT’s the long–awaited return to fiction by McCloud (understand Comics) with the story of a dying young artist who discovers that getting the power to create anything he wishes isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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Behind The Curtain

Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal (The Master and Margarita, Robot).

March

An autobiographical tale of life in communist Poland, as artistic expression flourished amid an impoverished society.

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Aama Volume 3: The Desert of Mirrors

Frederik Peeters

March

The third volume of Peeter’s stunningly visual, complex SF tale.

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Pablo

Julie Birmant and Clément Oubrerie

April

This biography of Picasso won the Grand Prix at France’s RTL Graphic Novel Awards. Haven’t seen the insides but it’s supposed to be gorgeous.

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The Yellow King

Robert W Chambers and I.N.J. Culbard

May

As previously mentioned, fans of True Detective and horror should enjoy Lovecraft exert Colberd’s adaptation of this highly influential series of short stories.

Fans of I. N. J. Culbards work will be thrilled to hear about his adaptation of Robert W. Chambers’ The King in Yellow, which we publish in May. The stories that make up this classic

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End of a Century: Nineties Album Reviews in Pictures

Run Wrake

May

A collection of Wrake’s illustrations of musicians from NME. Essential 90s nostalgia—just fire up a little Suede while you page through this.

 

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21. Interview: John Patrick Green Marks His Solo Debut With ‘Hippopotamister’

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John Patrick Green is a Long Island-based comics creator, best known for his collaboration with Dave Roman, Teen Boat. In an announcement made yesterday by First Second, Green is striking out on his own with the younger audience based Hippopotamister: the story of a Hippopotamus and his friend, Red Panda, who leave their home at a run-down zoo and strike out into the real world to get jobs. One by one, thanks to Red Panda, they get fired from each new vocation. Our hero then decides to return to the zoo, and use his new-found skills to return the zoo to its former glory, but can he do it without his longtime companion?

Beyond being an exceptional draftsman, Green is also an all-around renaissance man in the comics industry, having served in editorial positions and as a publisher. In honor of the big announcement, we discussed his career in-depth and the origins of Hippopotamister and what readers can expect from this 2016 release.

Why comics? Have you been a fan your whole life? What kinds of comics did you read when you first started–superheroes, all-ages, etc.?

I have been a comics fan my whole life. I was always an artist, constantly drawing as a kid. I was a very sick child and spent a lot of time indoors.  Drawing was an activity I could do that wouldn’t cause an asthma attack or expose me to allergens. My gateway into comics were the funny pages, specifically Garfield. This was shortly before Calvin and Hobbes debuted, and that strip didn’t appear in my local paper for at least a couple years after it started. But the Garfield strips and TV specials were what got me into drawing comics, and using that 3-4 panel format to tells gags and stories. My brother, who is two years older than me, brought the first actual comic books into the house (my dad’s comic books having long been thrown out by his mom). I forget what comics he’d bring home, but I remember not being totally into them until I tagged along to the neighborhood Te-Amo store, which had a spinner rack. It wasn’t the first comic book I read, but I vividly remember the first one I bought with my own money being Marvel’s The Gargoyle #2 (in a Four-Issue Limited Series.) The cover and interior art by Bill Sienkiewicz was like no other comic I’d seen before. Soon my brother and I found an actual comic shop in our area, called The Incredible Pulp (now long-closed), and it was there that I’d get hooked on superhero comics (almost exclusively Marvel, aside from some more prominent DC fare like Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen) like X-Men and Daredevil and indie books like Nexus, Badge, Usagi Yojimbo, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And while I never really read Spider-Man much, one of my all-time favorites was the parody version, Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham.

When did your career in comics start? At what point did you decide that’s what you wanted to do?

My career as an artist began in, I think, 3rd or 4th grade. I had a knack for drawing on model, so I’d draw posters of cartoon characters and sell them to other students for 25 cents. My own mother accused me of tracing an image of Yogi Bear, but she apologized after holding my drawing over the reference up to the light and seeing that the sizes were different. But it was also then that she decided to tell me about copyright law and suggested I create my own comics — which I did. So by the time I was in junior high, I’d already had self-published 9 issues (plus 2 giant-sized annuals) of my own comic book called The Footsies (mostly a parody comic of other cartoons and properties, only starring these three kids who had big feet), which I’d photocopy on my grandparents’ photocopier and sell to other students. The Incredible Pulp also sold copies on commission. Even before I started selling my art, I just knew I wanted to be an artist. My grandfather first said I could work for Disney when I was probably 5. Though I did actually want to be an astronaut most of all, but my health put the kibosh on that.

How did your career begin? What path did you take? What was your number one goal when entering the comics field?

If we ignore the self-publishing as a kid, I’d say my career began in college. In high school I’d kind of given up on comics. They got too expensive (the cover price went over a dollar!) and artistically, I was focused on things like watercolor and oil paints. I went to School of Visual Arts, but I didn’t go for comics or illustration. The school’s biggest focus when I enrolled was design, and the department had a 99% hiring rate upon graduation. I felt like the real reason to go to college was to get an actual job out of it, so I majored in graphic design. But I still *liked* comics, so I’d go to the occasional local comic convention. It was at one on Long Island where I met eventual long-time collaborator Dave Roman. He and his friends were super into comics, and this was early in the days of Image. I actually had a friend who worked at Extreme Studios, so he and I hit it off and they got me back into wanting to make comics. Starting with my sophomore year I took all the comics courses I could as electives. I was a big fan of Klaus Janson’s work, so I took his class, and during the second semester the students have to illustrate a full 24-page comic. We had the choice to draw a Daredevil or Batman script, or write one ourselves. So I teamed up with Dave, and we created the series Quicken Forbidden, which I drew as my project.  When it was done we published it ourselves and distributed it through Diamond. So, just like when I was little, my path into comics was to Just Make Comics. Other than Just Making Comics, the goal was to get paid to do it. When graduation was approaching, Dave and I had already published two issues of Quicken Forbidden, so they were in my portfolio. SVA had a job fair for the design department, and as it turned out Penthouse Magazine had a rep there who said their comics-spin off was looking for an assistant art director. So I interviewed and before even graduating I had an actual paying job in comics, even if it was really just lettering porn.

Who are your biggest influences as an artist?

This is probably the hardest question for me to answer. It’s one that evolves over time. Things that influenced me when I was younger can have had a long-lasting John.Patrick.Green byEllenB.Wright Interview: John Patrick Green Marks His Solo Debut With Hippopotamistereffect, even if I don’t currently consider them to be an influence. So, to bring it back to Garfield, Jim Davis was a huge influence on me. When I was little I sent him some strips I drew and he wrote back personally, encouraging me to do more. And while I can list off all the comic artists, as well as fine artists and illustrators like Van Gogh, Renee Magritte, Norman Rockwell, who I admire, it’s really the fact that I grew up with very supportive and understanding parents and teachers who accepted that I knew, at a young age, that THIS was what I wanted to do, and they let me do it.

At what point did licensed comics become a reality for you, with Phineas and Ferb? How did that experience affect how you worked? Did it change your working style, or were there increased challenges working on a property that wasn’t your own?

Drawing Phineas and Ferb came about mostly because I’d had a long relationship with Disney. After Penthouse Comix, I became the comics assistant at Disney Adventures Magazine. Like Penthouse, it initially mostly involved lettering. The position evolved over time and eventually I was writing and coloring Disney and Pixar comics, but the only comic I drew was a gag strip called “The Last Laugh.” Fast-forward 9 years and Disney Adventures was cancelled. But Disney was still doing magazines and comics, and my former boss contacted me about drawing Phineas and Ferb. Apparently finding someone to draw in the style of the show was difficult. There are a lot of traditional animation techniques (eg, squash and stretch) that the show doesn’t really do, and translating the feel of the show into comics was proving difficult for the studio Disney normally had handle licensed comics. But it was right up my alley, and I was only doing behind the scenes freelance work for publishers here and there, so it was great to work on something that got a little bit more of the spotlight.

How did you go about developing such a variety of skills, having done font and book design? Did you aim to do those things, or did you find yourself in a surprising place with them?

I think they all sort of came about out of necessity. As a graphic design major, I’d do book designs as assignments, but that’s mostly covers and doesn’t really help when trying to lay out a comic that you have to send off to a printer. When I was at SVA everything was still done by hand, all paste-ups and mechanicals. It was at Penthouse that I learned how to color in Photoshop, letter in Illustrator, and lay out comics in Quark. During the year I was there, Dave and I continued to do Quicken Forbidden, but now instead of printing out lettering, gluing it to my art, and mailing that to Quebecor, I transitioned to all-digital. We were just using a free comic-style font for the first few issues, which was turning up in EVERY small-press/indie/self-published comic, so I just said “I’m going to figure out how to make a font based off my own lettering.” Word just got around that I knew how to lay out comic books, design fonts, and get them distributed, and I found myself helping other people who wanted to get into it.  Then when larger book publishers, who were mostly unfamiliar with comics, wanted to start their own line, I guess they heard about me.

When did editing become the direction your career took? Did Disney lead to Penthouse, or did Penthouse lead to Disney? How did those two gigs happen, and were they back to back?

Penthouse lead to Disney, and they were indeed back to back. I had known Heidi MacDonald (full disclosure, she runs The Beat) through Friends of Lulu, an organization that was devoted to encouraging more women in comics, both as readers and creators. Yeah, it was a little weird working at Penthouse Comix and being a member of this group, but you can make the biggest changes from the inside, right? Not that it mattered, because after a year there, Penthouse Comix was getting cancelled.  At the same time Heidi, who was the comics editor at Disney Adventures, was looking for a new assistant. I think maybe a month passed between when my Penthouse job ended and I started at Disney.

Did your experience working on Phineas and Ferb make the editing job on Disney Adventures Magazine easier?

While Phineas and Ferb debuted during the last year Disney Adventures was active, there actually was no overlap. But I was familiar with the property, and had worked with Steve Behling who was editing the Phineas and Ferb comics (and taken over for Heidi after she left Disney), so the whole process was easy to slip into.

How do all your past jobs (artist, font designer, etc.) inform your work as a publisher?

I do have an extremely critical eye, especially when it comes to production, lettering, and design issues. Probably to the point that it’s detrimental.

Do you find that readers often have a misunderstanding about the work that goes into the editorial role?

It’s certainly easier to point at a page and say “this person drew that” or “that person wrote this,” than it is to point out how an editor has affected the final comic you hold in your hands. But the process of making a comic is a mystery to a lot of people. I think most readers don’t understand just how collaborative creating a comic actually can be. An editor plays an important role in any book, but comics is a unique way of telling stories. So even if a person understands what an editor traditionally does, there’s an extra layer to understanding their contribution to a comic.

As a publisher, how do you go about looking for new and interesting talents for Cryptic Press? What are the works that you’ve published that you’re most proud of?

It’s been a while since Dave and I have published other creators’ works. We had grand plans of being this indy press startup, putting out this cool underground comics, like Slave Labor and other small publishers we admired. I miss those days a bit, it was a lot of fun being a ‘businessman’ in comics, not just a writer or artist. Aside from our own book, Quicken Forbidden, the most notable books we published were the first issue of Farel Dalrymple’s Pop Gun War and an issue of Aim by Miss Lasko Gross.

What are the origins of Hippopotamister? What made you want to jump into your first solo graphic novel?

I have a thing for puns and wordplay, and while I’m sure it’s an easy name to come up with, when “Hippopotamister” popped into my head I just knew there was a story there. I really enjoy collaborating on comics with another creator, but every so often I’ve got an idea in my head that takes shape on its own.  Bringing someone else in to work on it with me would just be a step backward. So like many other ideas, this one got filed under “do it myself.” Why this idea became my first solo graphic novel was really just a matter of opportunity.

What is the premise of Hippopotamister? Why a hippopotamus?

I had the title before I had the book concept, but not by much. It started with a kid at a zoo calling a hippopotamus “hippopotamister,” like the kid is mispronouncing the word. The hippo hears this, and thinks “hippopotamister” means that he’s a person, not a hippo, so he puts on a hat and leaves the zoo. And for some reason, whatever hat the hippo wears, like a fireman’s helmet, people think that’s his job. The story evolved, and it’s now very different from that original concept, but the hippo still leaves the zoo and wears lots of different job-related hats.

As a publisher yourself, what made you want to go to First Second with Hippopotamister?

I’ve known everyone at First Second since I think before there even was a First Second. My editor Calista Brill may even remember catching me using the office photocopier to make copies of Teen Boat minicomics when we were both at Disney. I’ve been a fan of their work since the beginning, and I’ve done behind the scenes work for them for years (book layout, ad designs), and I knew they were looking to do more graphic novels for younger readers. I like their approach to comics, and have wanted to do an actual book with them.  So when they responded well to my 10-second pitch for Hippopotamister, I knew it would be a good fit.

Is the intended audience for the book all-ages, younger readers, or do you hope it will entertain readers of all ages?

Hippopotamister is definitely for younger readers, but as a creator I generally want as many people as possible to find something enjoyable out of my work.

A sizable portion of your comics work has been in collaboration with fellow Comics Bakery creators like Dave Roman…was it at all scary to break out on your own, or were you more excited about the opportunity?

I can’t say it’s scary. It really doesn’t feel like I’m breaking out on my own. For all the books I’ve done with Dave, be it Quicken Forbidden or Teen Boat (or ones most people have never seen, like Melon Head or I Just Had My Lab Test), it was just him and me. We didn’t really have editors or publishers, at least not until they came along to publish collected versions. With Hippopotamister, while Dave’s not involved, I *am* working directly with an editor and publisher. Plus, there’s Gina Gagliano, who does First Second’s marketing and PR, something Dave and I didn’t really have resources for as Cryptic Press. And I’m working with an amazing colorist, Cat Caro, on Hippopotamister. So while it’s technically a solo book, I’m certainly not alone in making the book happen, and it’s probably less scary than other projects. It is still very exciting to have the chance to make this book, though, that’s for sure.

How long was the production process on this graphic novel?

You ask that as if I’m not still in the middle of it!  Hippopotamister should be in stores in 2016.

Were there any surprises or roadblocks along the way?

Not yet, knock on wood.

What’s the underlying message of Hippopotamister that you would like your readers to take away?

Don’t be afraid to try something new. You don’t have to be good at something to be able to enjoy it. And if you don’t like what you’re doing, try something else. You might even uncover some hidden talents along the way.

Is there another graphic novel in your future that fans can look forward to after reading Hippopotamister?

There is ALWAYS another graphic novel in my future!  The question is just which one do I do next.

You can find Hippopotamister at local retailers in the Spring of 2016 from First Second

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22. Using comics in your classroom

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One of the panels from Marek Bennet’s “Multiple Intelligences” sequence. http://marekbennett.com/2011/02/28/multiple-intelligences-comics-education/

Last month, I was fortunate to be able to attend several sessions at the Comics and the Classroom symposium offered as part of the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE) on October 5th. The symposium, which was the first of what they hope will become an annual event as part of MICE, brought together a number of comics artists and educators to discuss how comics can be incorporated into the classroom at various levels.

The day started off with a session by Marek Bennett, the creator of Slovakia: Fall in the Heart of Europe, an educator who offers comics workshops for students of all ages, and is one of the Applied Cartooning Program Advisors at the Center for Cartoon Studies. The program teaches students to use cartoons and visual communications techniques in realms outside of comic books or graphic novels. He talked about the way that the styles and techniques of comics can be brought to education in all fields to make subjects more memorable, engaging, and understandable. While the program Bennett works with is aimed at graduate students pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree, he explained how the techniques can be brought to any age group by adapting assignments to incorporate visual elements where there previously may have been only text and walked us through the Applied Cartooning Manifesto. He also displayed this approach in the form of his own visual article on Multiple Intelligences and placed the approach in a historical context that includes Trajan’s Column and the Bayeux Tapestry. A discussion afterwards with the attendees brought up several ways teachers could use these ideas to help students express emotions and advocate for social change.

The second session of the symposium was presented by Michael Gianfrancesco and covered how he teaches close reading techniques using graphic novels. He talked about how, inspired by the work of Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher, he created a curriculum that uses graphic novels, and particularly wordless graphic novels, such as segments of Will Eisner’s New York: Life in the City, to teach students to identify what is obvious, implied and assumed in their reading of a work. Taking text out of the process helps to simplify it by paring it down to its basics but also engages students, many of whom already enjoy comics and manga. After students have worked out what is obvious, implied, and assumed in each comic, they are also prompted to think more about their assumptions, sometimes even writing stories based on what they assumed when first reading the comic. Since he teaches in Rhode Island, a state that has adopted the Common Core, Gianfrancesco has tied his curriculum in to specific sections of the Common Core and uses it with students in multiple tracks at his school. He recommended New York: Life in the City, Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw, A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld, and Stitches by David Small as works that could be used to teach close reading in high school classes.

I also attended a panel discussion between three artists who create educational comics. Two of the artists, Jason Rodriguez and Joel Gill, have written graphic novels on historical topics that aim to educate readers and have been incorporated into classrooms. The final panelist, Cathy Leamy, works on comics that foster health literacy. Leamy discussed the field of graphic medicine which includes both comics aimed at improving health literacy by explaining complicated medical topics through visuals and comics by healthcare professionals and patients as a way of expressing their emotions. One of the highlights of this last panel was a debate between the panelists (and some members of the audience) about how to balance facts and storytelling in their works. This discussion highlighted both the difficulties that authors face in ensuring that their works are accurate, engaging, and clear and the importance that educators place on using materials in the classroom that portray facts correctly.

I found each of the sessions very interesting and useful. If you have an opportunity to attend MICE or the Comics and the Classroom symposium next year, I would highly recommend it.

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23. Starlin in back with THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY OGN in June

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The post-Guardians partnership between Marvel and Jim Starlin continues with the second original graphic novel in a proposed trilogy about Thanos the purple skinned Mad Titan created by Starlin. THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY OGN comes out in June. While standalone graphic novels were once rare at Marvel they’ve gotten into the pool with the Starlin books, and some introductory books aimed at beginning (as in not experts in Marvel continuity) readers. The first book in the trilogy, Thanos: The Infinity Revelation, made the NY Times bestseller list, so it probably did all right.

Starlin created Thanos, who is expected to be the big villain in a number of Avengers movies, and his daughter Gamora, and has had a major hand in developing the mythology of the Infinity Gems which have been a running theme throughout the Marvel MCU for a while. And as the blurb shows, the book includes more of the whole Thanos/Guardians/Warlock mythology that Starlin developed:

Annihilus, lord of the Negative Zone has re-ascended to power, more dangerous and more deadly than ever before. When he and his Negative Zone armies make another, renewed assault on our universe in search of a source of infinite power, a fragile alliance of the universe’s most unlikely protectors will form to stop him.
 
Now the Guardians of the Galaxy, Gladiator the Majestor of the Shi’ar Empire, and Adam Warlock  and more must unite like never before! Only Adam Warlock’s complex cycle of death and rebirth has left him more confused than ever before. What is his purpose in the universe? Why is he here? With his Infinity Watch reunited alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy, between them they may hold the key to ending the threat of Annihilus once and for all – but to do so they’ll need to enlist the help of another.
 
Could it be that the fate of everything lies in the hands…of Thanos?


As with most Marvel books, this will include a bonus code for a digital edition with added augmented reality content.

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24. Thanks, Obamacomics!

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Clear, simple, understandable, useful – those are just a few of the words that recurred in reviews of Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works, a 2012 graphic novel by Xeric-winner Nathan Schreiber and MIT’s Jonathan Gruber.

The irony of these descriptions is no doubt evident to anyone who has been following political news over the past weeks — years after Gruber won praise for his adeptness in making the proposed health law easy to grasp, Gruber has become the center of a political storm due to his recent off-the-cuff claim that the language of Affordable Care Act was deliberately misleading and designed to take advantage of Americans’ “stupidity.”

The dust-up has given new life to the Gruber and Schreiber graphic novel, which thanks to the vagaries of Amazon pricing algorithms appears to become an expensive collectible in hardcover. Conservative sites are finding the book funny in unintended ways, although no one has yet to explain the replacement of its originally announced artist, Dean Motter. It’s natural to assume that there may have been issues of scheduling or style, but perhaps there just wasn’t a place for health care in Terminal City.

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25. The Washington Post’s Top 10 graphic novels of 2014

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LISTS! Michael Cavna—who will be full time at Comics Riffs next year, hoorah—has his top ten, most of which I expect to see over and over as the best lists roll out:

BUMPERHEAD
By Gilbert Hernandez (Drawn & Quarterly)

CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT?
By Roz Chast (Bloomsbury)

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK GRAPHIC NOVEL: VOLS. 1 AND 2
By Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell (Harper Collins)

THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS
By Max Brooks and illustrator Caanan White (Broadway Books)

HIP HOP FAMILY TREE: BOOK 2 (1981-1983)
By Ed Piskor (Fantagraphics)

HOW TO BE HAPPY
By Eleanor Davis (Fantagraphics)

SAGA: DELUXE EDITION, VOL. 1
By Brian K. Vaughan and illustrator Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

THE SHADOW HERO
By Gene Luen Yang and illustrator Sonny Liew (First Second)

SISTERS
By Raina Telgemeier (Graphix)

THIS ONE SUMMER
By Mariko and Jillian Tamaki (First Second)

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