13 Titles to Pick Up in Our B2G1 Image, Marvel, and DC Graphic Novel Sale

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If you’ve been saving up your comics allowance money, now is a perfect time to crack that piggy bank and check out some new books: Barnes & Noble is in the midst of a Buy 2, Get the 3rd Free sale on all Image, DC, and Marvel graphic novels.

There’s a lot to choose from, so here are 13 recent titles to get you started.

Batman: White Knight, by Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth
Gotham City has a new hero: Jack Napier, the reformed Joker, who is determined to bring healing to the city he once terrorized with the help of the long-suffering Harley Quinn. This new Joker becomes a civic hero by exposing corruption in Gotham City as part of a crusade which sees him discrediting the man he sees as Gotham’s true villain: Batman. The past soon closes in on both Jack and Bruce, threatening to destroy them both. This cinematic standalone work marks the debut of DC’s Black Label imprint, which gives A-list creators the chance to offer their own takes on DC’s iconic characters.

Maestros, Vol. 1, by Steve Skroce, Dave Stewart, and Fonografiks
Once banished from an alternate realm to Earth, Orlando millennial and magician-for-hire Will is surprised to inherit a magic kingdom after his entire otherworldly family is murdered by monsters. Now next in line to be Wizard King,  Will suddenly finds he has enemies on all sides—but he also has access to a spell that gives its user god-like powers. This is punk rock fantasy with a dark sense of humor that will appeal to fans of Curse Words, with trippy, hyper-detailed, and gleefully gory art that will put a smile on your face. It’s easy to see why it garnered that Best New Series Eisner nod.

Runaways by Rainbow Rowell, Vol. 2: Best Friends Forever, by Rainbow Rowell, Kris Anka, and Matthew Wilson
For a time, the Brian K. Vaughan-created Runaways was one of Marvel’s buzziest series. But then it wasn’t, and in the wake of the book’s cancellation, the various characters dispersed into the larger Marvel U. Novelist Rowell made it her mission to get the old gang back together, reassembling almost the entire original team over the course of Volume 1. Now that they’re a family again, they realize that they need a guardian, and are joined by Karolina’s girlfriend (and veteran hero) Julie Power. This teen hero drama welcomes new readers, and the fashion-forward art from Kris Anka (with popping colors from Eisner-winner Matt Wilson) is like candy.

Isola, Vol. 1: Barnes & Noble Exclusive, by Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl, and Msassyk
Inspired by the work of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, but nevertheless unique, Isola  is a visually stunning story about the Queen of Maar, under the influence of an evil spell that has transformed her into a tiger, and the Captain of her guard who will stop at nothing to save her, even as the only hope lies half a world away on the mythical island of Isola. The story of two equally formidable women on a quest is available as a very nice B&N Exclusive Edition that includes not just extra design pages and pre-production materials, but also a 10-page prequel story.

Wonder Woman: Earth One, Vol. 2, by Grant Morrison, Yanick Paquette, and Nathan Fairbairn
Volume 1 chronicled Diana’s chance encounter with pilot Steve Trevor and her first journey to man’s world. The stellar creative team from that book, one of the highlights of WW’s recent comic renaissance, returns here as the American government grows suspicious of Diana’s peace-and-love message, declaring her a threat to society. Of course,  darker forces are happy to encourage the conflict. Morrison and Paquette are two of comics’ most innovative creators, and their take on the Amazing Amazon continues to impress.

Batman, Vol. 7: The Wedding, by Tom King, Mikel Janin, and Tony S. Daniel
This buzz-worthy storyline was featured in The New York Times—the paper rather shamelessly spoiling the fact that the wedding of the century didn’t exactly go off without a hitch. No matter: the romance between the Bat and the Cat is one of pop culture’s longest-running flirtations, and this volume is a milestone even amid writer Tom King and artist Mikel Janin’s already legendary run. What might have been an ending is, in fact, the beginning of a new chapter for the couple.

Batman and the Justice League, Vol. 1, by Shiori Teshirogi
In English for the first time, Shiori Teshirogi’s manga combines Japanese influences with Western-style superhero storytelling, making for a uniquely fun experience for fans of either. A young boy from Japan lost his parents in the explosion of an experimental power plant a year ago, but believes that there’s more to the story, and that they’re still alive. His visit to Gotham City in search of answers puts him at odds with powerful forces, but he’ll soon find help from some impressive heroes.

Monstress, Vol. 3 (B&N Exclusive Edition), by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
In the shadow of war, teenager Maika Halfwolf shares a psychic connection with a powerful monster. The latest chapter in the Eisner-winning epic fantasy series sees Maika forced to find allies as invasion looms. Confronting trauma and racism with a cast of powerful and nuanced women, this truly visually stunning book is one of the most acclaimed titles of recent years. And once again, B&N has an exclusive edition of the newest volume of this beloved, buzz-worthy series.

Scarlet, Book One, by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev
Scarlet Rue is a young woman from Portland who rebels against the corruption in the local police force. After her life is ruined, everyone expects her to back down and go away. Instead, she fights back, becoming a counter-culture figure and the spark that fires a new American revolution. Bendis and Maleev stand with the all-time great creator teams, and this book is one of their best.

Gideon Falls, Vol. 1: The Black Barn, by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino (Artist), Dave Stewart
Two men become connected, even without meeting, by their search for a mysterious structure called “The Black Barn.” Norton is a disturbed young man searching the garbage in an unnamed city for bits and pieces of wood and nails that he believes connect to the building, while Father Fred, a similarly troubled Catholic priest, is sent to the small town of Gideon Falls, where he confronts horror among the corn fields. The disorienting tone of mystery and horror in this conspiracy thriller makes for an impressively creepy read.

Star Wars: Darth Vader—Dark Lord of the Sith, Vol. 2: Legacy’s End, by Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Daniele Orlandini, and David Curiel
The Darth Vader books have been among the best in Marvel’s now-extensive SW library, and that trend continues with the second volume of Soule and Camuncoli’s run, set shortly after the birth of Vader in Episode III. Heading up the newly formed Inquisitorius, the Sith Lord is charged with hunting down and eliminating the few Jedi who survived Palpatine’s purge. Opposing them is Jedi librarian Jocasta Nu, determined to preserve whatever remains of the ancient Order. But she’s not guaranteed a win: this is a tale from the dark side of the Star Wars galaxy.

You Are Deadpool, by Al Ewing, Salva Espin, and Paco Diaz
This standalone volume starring the Merc with the Mouth allows you, the reader, to create (and recreate) the story as you go along, making choices about what Wade should do, what items he should carry, etc. Because it’s Deadpool, he’s your fourth-wall breaking guide to a combat adventure in which you’re also invited to keep score and roll dice to determine paths. The book is cleverly constructed, and the cheeky, silly Deadpool humor means that things remain light and funny even when they get complicated. The gimmick shouldn’t work nearly as well as it does, but isn’t that always the case with Deadpool?

Captain America by Mark Waid: Promised Land, by Mark Waid, Leonardo Romero, Jordie Bellaire, and Adam Hughes
One of Cap’s all-time great chroniclers, Mark Waid, returns to the book, but not so much to Steve Rogers. This is the year 2314, and the original Captain’s descendent Jack is living in the type of American utopia that Steve always dreamed of. Things aren’t so great for his family, though: the super-soldier serum that’s been adapted to keep the rest of the population healthy is poison to his own son, and he wants to know why. The quest for knowledge leads him to a disturbing realization about what’s really going on in this future America.

Browse the entire sale. Offer runs through January 14, 2019.

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The Best Comics & Graphic Novels of November 2018

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Wakanda Forever, by Nnedi Okorafor, Alberto Albuquerque, Ray-Anthony Height, and Oleg Okunev
Best known for her award-winning sci-fi and YA prose books (among them Binti and Akata Witch), Okorafor is lately jumping into comics in a big way. Here she takes on Wakanda’s fiercest warriors, the Dora Milaje, who have put their service to the throne of Wakanda behind them. That doesn’t mean they’re not still heroes, and here they’re teaming up with Spider-Man, the Avengers, and the X-Men in order to battle a threat to their homeland that comes from outside of its borders.

Justice League, Vol. 1: The Totality, by Scott Snyder, James Tynion, Jim Cheung, and Jorge Jimenez
Lead by all-stars Snyder and Cheung, this is the book that promises to place the JL back at the center of action in the DC universe, with the new team facing big, cosmic threats. As the series opens, a crack is discovered in the Source Wall that’s bleeding into the universe, inspiring the long-absent Martian Manhunter to reform the team with all of its biggest names. It has not escaped Lex Luthor’s notice that the Source Wall might be vulnerable, and before long the Legion of Doom is just one of several interconnected threats mobilizing against them newly regrouped heroes.

The Man of Steel, by Brian Michael Bendis, Ivan Reis, Jason Fabok, Adam Hughes, and Ryan Sook
Brian Michael Bendis makes the jump to DC with this new series, kicking off his run on the various Superman books. While Clark is adjusting to life without Lois and Jon, who’ve left Earth under mysterious circumstances, a new foe with ties to Superman’s past appears: Rogol Zaar claims that he’s the one who destroyed Krypton, and won’t stop until all of the Kryptonians are gone. He’s not nice.

Moonstruck, Vol. 2: Some Enchanted Evening, by Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle, and Kat Fajardo
The first volume of this upstart Image series, set in a world where monsters and magical creatures are part of everyday life, is a whole lot of fun—a light mystery caper that builds out an immensely cozy world. With the winter solstice just around the corner, the second volume in the (relatively) all-ages, queer-positive series finds Julie, insecure werewolf barista, caught up in the antics of some fairy frat bros.

Girl Town, by Carolyn Nowak
This new graphic novel anthology from Lumberjanes‘ Nowack puts a surreal sci-fi twist on love, coming-of-age, and just managing to get by. Diana has been hurt in relationships before, so purchasing a full-sized robot boyfriend sees like a decent way to keep herself from harm.  Two pals host a podcast about a movie no one has seen (proving there really is a podcast for everything). These and more short stories and mini-comics round out a collection that speaks all too clearly the painful truths of growing up and figuring out who you are.

 

Crude, Vol. 1, by Steve Orlando, Garry Brown, and Lee Loughridge
Big Two regulars Orlando, Brown, and Lee team up for a darkly violent, all-too-relevant revenge thriller. Being queer in modern Russia can be a death sentence, as Piotr Petrovich learns when his estranged son is returned to him in a body bag. A former assassin, Petrovich was once widely feared. His reign of terror will be again as he sets out on a quest to discover who his son really was, and in the process, avenge his death.

Thanos: The Infinity Conflict, by Jim Starlin, Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, and Jim Campbell
Writer/Infinity Gauntlet mastermind Jim Starlin returns with another high impact Thanos story. Adam Warlock is beginning to regret having given the Reality Gem to Thanos, even if he didn’t have much choice at the time. An unlikely crew gathers to prevent Thanos from becoming lord of all reality, but an internal conflict might be the biggest threat to the big guy’s plans. Starlin returns to his creation for the latest chapter in the cosmic journey of the mad Titan, continuing on from Infinity Siblings.

Star Wars: Lando—Double or Nothing, by Rodney Barnes, Paolo Villanelli, Andres Mossa, and Joe Caramagna
There’s no question Lando stole the spotlight from Han in Solo: A Star Wars Story. If we can’t get a Lando movie, maybe this will suffice: In a new adventure set just prior to Solo, Lando Calrissian and his pal L3-37 are looking for action and credits when they meets Kristiss, a Petrusian freedom fighter who wants their help with a rebellion on her home world. Is the price right? If so, they’re interested.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Adaptation, by Gary Whitta, Michael Walsh, and Mike Spicer
You know the story: at the behest of General Leia, Rey tries to bring Luke Skywalker back into the Resistance fold just as the First Order brings the hammer down on our heroes. The comic adaption, penned by screenwriter/author Gary Whitta, not only recreates the film with vivid artwork, it includes expanded and extra scenes that didn’t make it to the big screen.

Wet Hot American Summer, by Christopher Hastings, Noah Hayes, and Rebecca Nalty, created by Michael Showalter and David Wain
The wet world of the cult classic film and Netflix series continues in this original graphic novel. It’s a new story starring some old favorites, set in the summer of 1981: Camp director Beth is thrilled to have survived week one at Camp Firewood, until she learns that the health department is on its way for a surprise inspection. If the whole gang can’t clean up the camp in under 24 hours, Firewood will be closing its doors forever. Adventure Time scribe Christopher Hastings keeps up the manic energy of the films, and artist Noah Hayes captures the likenesses of the star-studded cast in perfect cartoon-y fashion.

Mother Panic: Gotham A.D., by Jody Houser, Shawn Crystal, Ibrahim Moustafa, and Jordan Boyd
Ten years in the future, Gotham is run by the Collective and vigilantes and masked heroes are strictly forbidden. That means there’s no room for Violet’s alter-ego, Mother Panic, but she’s still vowed revenge. She’s also on the hunt for her mother, Rebecca Paige, who’s gone missing. With the shuttering of DC’s Young Animals imprint, this is the last we’ll see of MP for now, and we’re going to miss her nutty vigilante ways.

Hope: For The Future, by Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton
Dark magic is a fact of life in Hollywood of the 1940s. Private detective Mallory Hope is involved in the case of a missing boy with parallels to the loss of his own child, and he’s determined that this story will end better, even as he’s haunted by his own past and by forces of the occult.

Dodge City, by Josh Trujillo, Cara McGee, Brittany Peer, and Aubrey Aiese
Teenage misfit Tomás is struggling until he joins up with the Jazz Pandas, a dodgeball team full of fellow weirdos and outcasts. They’re also extremely competitive, and determined to win the summer regional championships. This fun YA sports comedy is also a neat coming-of-age story.

Mirenda, Vol. 1, by Grim Wilkins
Originally serialized in ISLAND magazine, this near-wordless story is wild, avant-garde, and very visual experimental fantasy. A jungle woman gets a mysterious demon trapped in her leg (like ya’ do) and goes on a wild adventure. It’s a weird, gorgeous book.

I Am Young, by M. Dean
Miriam, a second-generation Iranian immigrant in Edinburgh, met George, a visitor from Wales, at a Beatles concert in Scotland in 1964. The book follows their life stories in parallel with the evolution of the Beatles through a series of interconnected and experimental short stories. It’s a powerful, personal story and a sweeping portrait of an era in one.

Form of a Question, by Andrew J. Rostan and Kate Kasenow
Rostan’s memoir puts Jeopardy! front and center, as some of the cartoonist’s happiest memories were spent watching the Alex Trebek-hosted quiz show with his grandfather. A chance to go on the show himself in his early 20s forced Rostan to face his own past and reconcile a life lived a step removed from humanity.

Maestros, Vol. 1, by Steve Skroce, Dave Stewart, and Fonografiks
Once banished from an alternate realm to Earth, an Orlando millennial and magician-for-hire Will is surprised to inherits a magic kingdom after his entire otherworldly family is murdered by monsters. Now next in line to be Wizard King,  Will suddenly finds he has enemies on all sides, but he also has access to a spell that gives its user god-like powers. This is punk rock fantasy with a dark sense of humor that will appeal to fans of Curse Words, with trippy, hyper-detailed, and gleefully gory art that will put a smile on your face. It’s easy to see why it garnered that Best New Series Eisner nod.

Bingo Love, Vol. 1: Jackpot Edition, by Tee Franklin, Marguerite Bennett, Gail Simone, Shawn Pryor, Gabby Rivera, Jenn St-Onge, Joy San, Cardinal Rae, Erica Schultz, and Genevieve FT
No superheroes, nor explosions, but still one of our faves of the year. Bingo Love tells a charming love story spanning half of a century: Hazel and Mari meet at church bingo in 1963, but their families push them apart before each goes on to marry other people and carve out very different lives for themselves. A heated bingo game 50 years later brings them back together, forcing them to consider what their love for each other means. This queer, black love story is challenging and sweet, with gorgeous artwork, and this  fancy new edition includes a whopping 60 pages of new material from A-list creators, originally available only to Kickstarter backers.

Men of Wrath, by Jason Aaron and Ron Garney
A family of the American south with a long legacy of violence has a chance to walk a new path, if only weathered hitman Ira Rath will take the chance. A century ago, Isam Rath killed a man over some sheep, and the Alabama family has been caught in a generational cycle of violence ever since. Ira’s new job could change their fates, but habits do die hard. Southern Bastards creator Jason Aaron knows from these sorts of hardboiled south of the Mason-Dixon tales, and Ron Garney’s art drips with atmosphere in this remastered Image Comics edition.

The Fade Out: The Complete Collection, by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Elizabeth Breitweiser
Ed Brubaker has brought noir sensibilities to just about every project he’s worked on, including superhero books like Daredevil and Captain America. The Fade-Out, created with his regular collaborator Sean Phillips (working with colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser), is an old-school potboiler, a sordid tale of murder in old Hollywood—and it might be Brubaker’s best work yet. It’s the story of Charlie Parish, a Hollywood screenwriter with PTSD, and his friend Gil, a blacklisted writer. Charlie wakes up in the room of a murdered starlet one day, and has to work out her story while bringing her killer to justice. This new paperback edition collects the entire series.

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