Comics & Graphic Novels
An anthology of digital Wonder Woman
comics features creators from Gail Simone
to Gilbert Hernandez.
Bodies by Si Spencer, Tula Lotay, and
Phil Winslade (June 2, paper, $16.99,
ISBN 978-1-4012-5275-5). Four detectives, four time periods, and four dead
bodies set off sleuths in four different eras
to investigate a centuries-spanning murder
CMYK by various (July 28, paper,
$19.99, ISBN 978-1-4012-5336-3). The
four colors that are the basis of comics coloring serve as the jumping-off point for
creators to push the boundaries of short
graphic fiction in the new Vertigo Quarterly:
CM YK series, including Fabio Moon, Jock,
Shaun Simon, James Tynion IV, Tony
Akins, Peter Milligan, Nathan Fox, Gerard
Way and many others.
DRAWN & QUARTERLY
Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-five
Years of Contemporary Cartooning,
Comics, and Graphic Novels, edited by
Tom Devlin (May 12, hardcover, $44.95,
ISBN 978-1-77046-199-4). This huge
anthology celebrates the storied transformation of the Montreal publisher with new
work by Michael DeForge, Guy Delisle,
Miriam Katin, R. Sikoryak, and Jillian
Tamaki, and essays by Margaret Atwood,
Jonathan Lethem, Sheila Heti, and Deb
Melody by Sylvie Rancourt, trans. by
Helge Dascher, intro. by Chris Ware (May
12, paper, $22.95, ISBN 978-1-77046-
200-7). In this groundbreaking memoir
from 1985, Rancourt begins dancing in
strip clubs, and the result is a clear-eyed look
at that world, which is neither voyeuristic
nor self-pitying. Rancourt’s original comics
are being reprinted for the first time.
SuperMutant Magic Academy by
Jillian Tamaki (May 5, paper, $19.95,
ISBN 978-1-77046-198-7). Award-winning artist Tamaki (Skim and This One Summer) is back with a collection of her satirical
webcomic. Unrequited love, underage
drinking, and teen angst rule at a high
school for mutants and witches.
Trash Market by Tadao Tsuge, trans. by
Ryan Holmberg (Feb. 17, paper, $22.95,
ISBN 978-1-77046-174-1), collects comics
by one of the key contributors to the legendary avant-garde Japanese comics magazine
Garo, with six of Tsuge’s character-driven
stories about life in post-WWII Japan.
Saint Cole by Noah Van Sciver (Mar. 3,
paper, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-60699-817-
5). Four days in the life of a 28-year-old
suburbanite named Joe, who works at a
pizzeria to support his girlfriend Nicole
and their infant child—then Nicole invites
her troubled mother to move into their
Wuvable Oaf by Ed Luce (May 2, hardcover, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-60699-816-8).
The first collection of the acclaimed self-published gay-themed comic by cartoonist
Luce. Oaf is a large, hirsute, scary-looking
ex-wrestler who lives in San Francisco with
his adorable kitties and listens to a lot of
Black River by Josh Simmons (May 15,
paper, $18.99 ISBN 978-1-60699-833-5).
In Simmons’s first full-length graphic
novel since 2007’s acclaimed House, a group
of women, one man, and two dogs are making their way through a postapocalyptic
world in search of a city that supposedly
still has electricity and some sort of civilization.
Not Funny Ha-Ha by Leah Hayes (June
20, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-
60699-839-7). Two young women from
different cultural, family, and financial
backgrounds who go through two different
abortions (medical and surgical). A non-judgmental, comforting, even humorous
look at what a woman can go through during an abortion.
Bright-Eyed at Midnight by Leslie
Stein (June 20, hardcover, $22.99, ISBN
978-1-60699-838-0). For one full year,
Stein began drawing a comics page a night.
A visual and narrative experimentation
made possible by serendipitous bouts of
Alice in Murderland, Vol. 1 by Kaori
Yuki (June 23, hardcover, $17, ISBN 978-
0-316-34212-4). The Mad Tea Party begins
this deliciously violent, fast- and-loose romp
through the pages of Alice in Wonderland
from master of gothic horror, Kaori Yuki.
The Devil Is a Part-Timer, Vol. 1 by
Satoshi Wagahara and Akio Hiiragi (Mar.
24, paper, $13, ISBN 978-0-316-38313-
4). Satan and his general are trapped in
modern-day Tokyo and must assume
human identities and live average human
lives with mundane jobs until they can find
a better situation.
Unflattening by Nick Sousanis (Mar.
30, paper, $22.95, ISBN 978-0-674-
74443-1). The primacy of words over
images has deep roots in Western culture.
But what if the two are inextricably linked,
equal partners in meaning-making? Sousanis
explores this question as an experiment in
visual thinking, entirely in comics.
HILL AND WANG
The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy by Michael F. Patton and Kevin Cannon (Apr. 14, paper, $17.95, ISBN 978-0-
8090-3362-1) is an authoritative and
engaging guide to the fundamental questions about our existence by Cannon (
Evolution and The Stuff of Life) and philosopher
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Star Slammers by Walter Simonson (Feb.
24, hardcover, $49.99, ISBN 978-1-63140-
230-2). This stylishly illustrated space opera
features a race of men who can out-shoot,
out-fight, and out-kill anybody, and set up
their own business as mercenaries.
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Nemo: River of Ghosts by Alan Moore
and Kevin O’Neill (Mar. 19, paper, $14.95,
ISBN 978-1-60309-355-2). In the final
volume of the Nemo trilogy, it’s 1975.
Janni Dakkar, head of the fabled Nemo
family, is 80 years old and embarks on what
may be a final voyage down the vastness of