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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Collection Builder: Our Favorite Graphic Novels

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Superhero movies have turned comic book heroes into pop culture icons, but comics and graphic novels are about so much more than high-flying fisticuffs and heroes in tights.

In the interest of convincing you that there’s an amazing illustrated narrative out there for every type of reader, we’ve assembled a collection of some of our favorite graphic novels, any of them a great starting point for anyone looking to explore a whole new section of the bookstore (though even if you’re an experienced reader, chances are decent there’s a brilliant book you’ve yet to read here too).

Here’s the full list, and here are 10 standouts; consider this your comic book collection starter pack.

Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes, by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg
The setup: An occultist attempting to capture the physical embodiment of Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70-year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power to reclaim his reign. From there, one of the greatest series in the history of the graphic novel genre begins…
Why we love it: We feel safe in saying that without Sandman, Neil Gaiman wouldn’t be Neil Gaiman. In fact, there’s a strong case to be made that this reboot of a theretofore unheralded DC comics character is Gaiman’s magnum opus, bringing to bear all of his predilections (reinterpreted mythology, sprawling casts of colorful characters, style to spare) in one gorgeous package. The series remains iconic for a reason.

My Favorite Thing is Monsters, by Emil Ferris
The setup: The fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge.
Why we love it: Ferris debut became an Eisner-winning sensation pretty much out of nowhere, and it’s easy to see why: it’s odd mix of gritty art (presented entirely on lined notebook paper, it’s purportedly the work of the 10-year-old narrator), propulsive storytelling, and pur pulpy passion is irresistible.

The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone By, by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore
The setup: The world we knew is gone. The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled: no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, the survivors are forced to finally start living.
Why we love it: The television adaptation turned Robert Kirkman’s long-running survival story into a sensation, but the comics offer,let’s just say it, the better version of the story—and, perhaps, the definitive zombie narrative for the 21st century. We’ve met the monsters, and they are us.

March, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
The setup: Congressman John Lewis is an American icon and key figure of the civil rights movement, and March is a vivid first-hand account of his lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.
Why we love it: Anyone who thinks of comics as merely kids’ stuff would do well to pick up Lewis’s emotionally charged, revelatory graphic novel-as-memoir, which solidifies a lifetime of powerful stories in searing visuals that speak just as loudly as the congressman’s own powerful words.

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
The setup: Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, Monstress tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.
Why we love it: Like something out of Jim Henson’s nightmares, Marjorie Liu and Sana Tekada’s dark fable of female empowerment is a darkly beautiful, bloody coming-of-age tale with an unforgettable protagonist, a diverse cast of heroes and villains, gorgeously rendered monsters, and talking cats.

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life, Vol. 1, by Bryan Lee O’Malley
The setup: Scott Pilgrim’s life is totally sweet. He’s 23 years old, he’s in a rock band, he’s “between jobs,” and he’s dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott’s awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle?
Why we love it: Packed with lovable anti-heroes, sardonic humor, and a plethora of pop culture references, Bryan Lee O’Malley’s breakout series has become something of a bible for the self-aware hipster, and the manga-inspired art is too cute to resist.

Saga, Vol. 1, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
The setup: When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds.
Why we love it: Saga accomplishes the remarkable feat of marrying a sprawling space epic, soap opera storytelling, and intimate family drama, and making it look easy. Reading it, we’ve laughed, and cried, and gasped audibly more times than we care to admit.

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal, by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
The setup: Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City—until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! As Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle? Kamala has no idea either. But she’s comin’ for you, New York!
Why we love it: Not since Peter Parker has there been a scrappy teen superhero so winning. Kamala Kahn is the hero we need right now: feisty, fearless, flawed, and filled with love for her working class city.

American Born Chinese, by Gene Leun Yang
The setup: Jin Wang is the only Asian American boy in his new school; Danny is a young man deeply embarrassed by his visiting Chinese cousin; a Monkey King is desperate to be treated like a god. Three very different characters, one simple goal: to fit in.
Why we love it: This coming-of-age story employs a clever structure (three separate stories of clashing cultures and the search for acceptance) to make a powerful point about the things that divide us and the truths that are universal.

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After, by Skottie Young
The setup: Gert, a forty-year-old woman stuck in a six-yea-old’s body, has been trapped in the magical world of Fairyland for nearly thirty years. Join her and her giant battle-axe on a delightfully blood soaked journey to see who will survive the girl who hates fairyland.
Why we love it: Like a Lisa Frank notebook torn from the Upside-Down, I Hate Fairyland allows Skottie Young’s id to run amok in the truest sense of the word. It’s a candy-colored, blood-soaked romp that gleefully smashes through the wall between childhood innocence and extremely bad taste.

Shop our complete list of graphic novel favorites in the 2018 Holiday Gift Guide.

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