|Great Graphic Novels 2014
Cunningham, Daryl. How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial. 2013. Illus., Abrams ComicArts, $16.95, (978-1419706899.)
Science and myth duke it out.
Hale, Nathan. Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party. 2013. Illus., Amulet Books, $12.95, (978-1419708565.)
You thought the Donner Party's story couldn't be told with a sense of humor.
Knisley, Lucy. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen. 2013. Illus., paper, First Second, $17.99, (978-1596436237.)
A life framed through food.
*Lewis, John, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. March: Book 1. 2013. Illus., paper, Top Shelf, $14.95, (978-1603093002.)
John Lewis is a Congressman now, but back in the 60s he was a teenager standing up for justice.
Mauer, Marc and Sabrina Jones. Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling. 2013. Illus., paper, New Press, $17.95, (978-1595585417.)
A history of incarceration in America, from its origins as a Quaker-influenced institution to the present.
Poseidon: Earth Shaker. 2013. Illus., paper, First Second, $9.99, (978-1596437388.)
Poseidon makes a case for his standing among the gods.
Aphrodite: Goddess of Love. 2013. Illus., paper, First Second, $9.99, (978-1596437395.)
Mighty Aphrodite is born from the sea to provide love and drama to Mount Olympus .
Ottaviani, Jim and Maris Wicks. Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. 2013. Illus., First Second, $19.99, (978-1596438651.)
Three women and three stories of the primates they encounter.
Abnett, Dan, Andy Lanning, Tom Derenick and others.
The Hypernaturals V.1. 2013. Illus., paper, Boom Studios, $16.99, (978-1608862986.)
The Hypernaturals V.2. 2013. Illus., paper, Boom Studios, $19.99, (978-1608863198.)
The future world, run by an artificial intelligence, is protected by the Hypernaturals -- until they are all lost. A new guard must be found.
Alexovich, Aaron and Drew Rausch. Eldritch! V.1. 2012. Illus., SLG Publishing, $29.95, (978-1593622442.) Two teens discover the power to make their cult a reality.
Allison, John. Bad Machinery V.1: The Case of the Team Spirit. 2013. Illus., paper, Oni Press, $19.99, (978-1620100844.)
How do you deal with Mad Terry? With soccer, England and being thirteen.
Asano, Atsuko and Hinoki Kino.
No. 6 V.1. 2013. Illus., paper, Kodansha Comics, $10.99, (978-1612623559.)
No. 6 V.2. 2013. Illus., paper, Kodansha Comics, $10.99, (978-1612623566.)
No. 6 V.3. 2013. Illus., paper, Kodansha Comics, $10.99, (978-1612623573.)
Shion lives a privileged life in a futuristic city. Everything changes when he saves Rat's life and people start mysteriously dying.
Azzarello, Brian and Cliff Chiang and others.
Wonder Woman V. 2: Guts. 2013. Illus., DC Comics, $22.99, (978-1401438094.)
Wonder Woman goes on a diplomatic rescue mission to Hell.
Wonder Woman V.3: Iron. 2013. Illus., DC Comics, $24.99, (978-1401242619.)
Wonder Woman deals with her new family; a string of Gods and Goddesses who might do her more harm than good.
Bendis, Brian Michael and Stuart Immonen. All New X-Men V.1: Yesterday’s X-Men. 2013. Illus., Marvel, $24.99, (978-0785168201.)
Past and present X-Men collide.
Britt, Fanny and Isabelle Arsenault. Jane, the Fox and Me. 2013. Illus., Groundwood Books, $19.95, (978-1554983605.)
Helene is bullied and escapes into the world of Jane Eyre, until she finds a way to see life differently.
Cannon, Kevin. Crater XV. 2013. Illus., Top Shelf, $19.99, (978-1603091008.)
Army Shanks wants to give up adventuring, but some mysteries won't leave well enough alone.
Carey, Mike, Peter Gross, Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon. The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship that Sank Twice. 2013. Illus., Vertigo, $22.99, (978-1401229764.)
Tommy Taylor was orphaned as a babe when his wizard parents went down in a shipwreck. Years later he is learning there is more to the story.
Cervantes, Miguel de and Rob Davis. The Complete Don Quixote. 2013.Illus., Self Made Hero, $27.50, (978-1906838652.) A
lonso Quexada loves stories of knights-errant, so he decides to become one - the great Don Quixote de la Mancha, Knight of the Sorry Face.
Chwast, Seymour. The Odyssey. 2012, Illus., Bloomsbury, $20.00, (978-1608194865.)
Odysseus must make an epic effort to get back home.
Cliff, Tony. Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant. 2013, Illus., paper, First Second, $15.99, (978-1596438132.)
Her life is one crazy adventure after another. Do you think you can keep up with Delilah?
De Pins, Arthur. Zombillenium V.1: Gretchen. 2013, Illus., NBM Publishing, $14.99, (978-1561637348.)
Zombillenium is a place where the undead compete with the likes of Disneyland and Universal Studios.
Fraction, Matt, David Aja and others.
Hawkeye V.1: My Life as a Weapon. 2013. Illus., paper, Marvel, $16.99, (978-0785165620.)
Here's what Clint Barton does on his day off.
Hawkeye V.2: Little Hits. 2013. Illus., paper, Marvel, $16.99, (978-0785165637.)
If you want to kill an Avenger, the easiest one is the normal guy.
Gran, Meredith. Marceline and the Scream Queens. 2013, Illus., paper, KaBoom! Studios, $19.99, (978-1608863136.)
Only Princess Bubblegum can keep the band together while Marceline has an identity crisis on tour.
*Gulledge, Laura Lee. Will & Whit. 2013, Illus., paper, Amulet Books, $18.95, (978-1419705472.)
Will faces her fear of the dark, new friends, love, a hurricane and the death of her parents.
Hagio, Moto and Matt Thorn. The Heart of Thomas. Illus., Fantagraphics, $39.99, (978-1606995518.)
An enigmatic suicide note sets off a chain of drama at a German boarding school.
Harrell, Rob. Monster on the Hill V.1. 2013, Illus., paper, Top Shelf, $19.95, (978-1603090759.)
Rayburn the monster tries to change his reputation and make a name for himself.
Hernandez, Gilbert. Marble Season. 2013, Illus., Drawn & Quarterly. $21.95, (978-1770460867.)
Growing up in 60's California, Huey reads comic books, tries to avoid bullies, and learns how to fit in on his block.
*Hicks, Faith Erin. The Adventures of Superhero Girl. 2013, Illus., Dark Horse. $16.99, (978-1616550844.)
The life of a superhero is not all monsters and flying - especially when you have no archnemesis and a more popular superhero brother.
Hinds, Gareth. Romeo and Juliet: a play by William Shakespeare. 2013, Illus., Candlewick. $21.99, (978-0763659486.)
Classic story of star-crossed lovers with a multicultural cast.
Humphries, Sam and Dalton Rose. Sacrifice. 2013, Illus., Dark Horse. $19.99, (978-1595829856.)
Hector has a fit that changes history.
*Keenan, Sheila and Nathan Fox. Dogs of War. 2013, Illus., Scholastic/Graphix, $22.99, (978-0545128872.)
Dogs can be heroes, too.
*Kindt, Matt. MIND MGMT V.1: The Manager. 2013, Illus., Dark Horse, $19.99, (978-1595827975.)
A journalist trails a missing passenger from “Amnesia Flight 815” and discovers a much bigger mystery.
Kirk Kim, Derek. Tune V.1: Vanishing Point. 2013, Illus., paper, First Second, $16.99, (978-1596435162.)
Andy is down on his luck and accepts a job at a strange zoo.
Kon, Satoshi. Tropic of the Sea. 2013, Illus., paper, Vertical, $14.95, (978-1939130068.)
Yosuke Yashiro's family takes care of a mermaid egg in exchange for safe seas around their island community.
*Lepp, Royden. Rust V.2: Secrets of the Cell. 2012, Illus., Archaia, $24.95, (978-1936393589.)
Is Jet a killing machine or just a boy who's been used to fight a distant war?
Lieberman, AJ and Darren Rawlings. The Silver Six. 2013, Illus., Scholastic/Graphix, $22.99, (978-0545370974.)
Six orphans find out they all own a piece of a faraway moon - could it be connected to their parents' deaths?
*McKay, Sharon and Daniel Lafrance. War Brothers: The Graphic Novel. 2013, Illus., Annick Press, $27.95, (978-1554514892.)
Kids are kidnapped and forced to be killers in Uganda's Resistance Army.
Manapul, Francis and Brian Buccellato. Flash V.1: Move Forward. 2012, Illus., DC Comics, $24.99, (978-1401235536.)
A friend from Barry Allen's past returns just as a new villain disables the city.
Matsumoto, Taiyo. Sunny V.1. 2013, Illus., VIZ Media, $22.99, (978-1421555256.)
Orphaned children escape their troubles using their imagination in a broken-down Nissan Sunny 1200.
Mechner, Jordan, LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland. Templar. 2013, Illus., First Second, $39.99, (978-1596433939.)
When the king of France swoops in to arrest everyone in the Knights Templar, a few stragglers escape.
Mignola, Mike and Duncan Fegredo. Hellboy: The Midnight Circus. 2013, Illus., Dark Horse, $14.99, (978-1616552381.)
Little Hellboy runs away from home and finds himself at the demonic circus.
Mizuki, Shigeru. Kitaro. 2013, Illus., paper, Drawn & Quarterly. $24.95, (978-1770461109.)
Kitaro helps the villagers of Japan fight against monsters called Yokai.
Knights of Sidonia V.1. 2013, Illus., paper, Vertical, $12.95, (978-1935654803.)
Knights of Sidonia V.2. 2013, Illus., paper, Vertical, $12.95, (978-1935654810.)
The Sidonia carries the last of ever-evolving humanity and continues to fight the Gaunts with its dwindling resources.
North, Ryan, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb.
Adventure Time V.1. 2012, Illus., paper, KaBoom! Studios, $14.99, (978-1608862801.)
Adventure Time V.2. 2013, Illus., paper, KaBoom! Studios, $14.99, (978-1608863235.)
Adventure Time V.3. 2013, Illus., paper, KaBoom! Studios, $14.99, (978-1608863792.)
Adventures of Jake the Dog and Finn the Human the in the land of Ooo.
Pope, Paul. Battling Boy. 2013, Illus., First Second, $24.99, (978-1596438057.)
Can monster-plagued Arcopolis be saved by a twelve-year-old demigod?
Rabagliati, Michel. Paul Joins the Scouts. 2013, Illus., paper, Conundrum Press, $20.00, (978-1894994699.)
Paul discovers Wolf Cub Scouts and Helene during a time of civil unrest.
Rogers, Moro. City in the Desert: The Monster Problem. 2012, Illus., Archaia, $24.95, (978-1936393558.)
A suspicious holy man is investigated by Irro the Monster Hunter and his assistant.
Sakakibara, Mizuki and Masakazu Katsura.
Tiger & Bunny V.1. 2013, Illus., paper, VIZ Media, $9.99, (978-1421555614.)
Tiger & Bunny V.2. 2013, Illus., paper, VIZ Media, $9.99, (978-1421555621.)
Hot shot superhero reality star Barnaby is forced to team up with washed-up Wild Tiger.
Strobe Edge V.1. 2012, Illus., paper, VIZ Media, $9.99, (978-1421550688.)
Strobe Edge V.2. 2013, Illus., paper, VIZ Media, $9.99, (978-1421550695.)
Strobe Edge V.3. 2013, Illus., paper, VIZ Media, $9.99, (978-1421550701.)
Strobe Edge V.4. 2013, Illus., paper, VIZ Media, $9.99, (978-1421552705.)
Strobe Edge V.5. 2013, Illus., paper, VIZ Media, $9.99, (978-1421553139.)
Strobe Edge V.6. 2013, Illus., paper, VIZ Media, $9.99, (978-1421553146.)
Ninako has fallen in love for the first time and must learn how to navigate her feelings.
*Shen, Prudence and Faith Erin Hicks. Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. 2013, Illus., paper, First Second, $16.99, (978-1596436596.)
The Cheerleaders and the Robotics Club team up to get money for their school activities.
Slott, Dan, Ryan Stegman, Giuseppe Camuncoli and others.
Superior Spider-Man V.1: My Own Worst Enemy. 2013, Illus., paper, Marvel, $17.99, (978-0785167044.)
Superior Spider-Man V.2: A Troubled Mind. 2013, Illus., paper, Marvel, $17.99, (978-0785167051.)
Will Doctor Octopus make a better Spider-Man than Peter Parker?
Taylor, Tom, Jheremy Raapack and others. Injustice V.1: Gods Among Us. 2013, Illus., DC Comics, $19.99, (978-1401245009.)
The Justice League watches Superman snap.
Tobin, Paul and Colleen Coover. Bandette V.1: Presto!. 2013, Illus., Dark Horse, $14.99, (978-1616552794.)
A teenaged burglar executes whimsical robberies, landing her in the crosshairs of an organization of assassins.
Toppi, Sergio. Sharaz-de: Tales from the Arabian Nights. 2012, Illus., Archaia, $29.95, (978-1936393480.)
To evade execution, Sharaz-de spends every night weaving a new story to appease her captor.
Wartman, Peter. Over The Wall. 2013, Illus., paper, Uncivilized Books, $14.99, (978-0984681433.)
Her brother is missing and the abandoned city holds the key.
Wood, Brian and Kristian Donaldson. The Massive V.1: Black Pacific. 2013, Illus., paper, Dark Horse, $19.99, (978-1616551322.)
The environmental-action ship Kapital searches for its sister ship The Massive in a post-apocalyptic world.
Yakin, Boaz and Nick Bertozzi. Jerusalem: A Family Portrait. 2013, Illus., First Second, $24.99, (978-1596435759.)
A family in Jerusalem faces the reality war and political conflict in the 1940s.
*Yang, Gene Luen.
Boxers. 2013, Illus., paper, First Second, $18.99, (978-1596433595.)
Little Bao's peaceful village is disrupted when a priest and a group of soldiers begin terrorizing the locals.
Saints. 2013, Illus., paper, First Second, $15.99, (978-1596436893.)
Four-Girl is unwanted by her family, and finds solace amongst the Christians who are invading her country.
Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin V.1: Activation. 2013, Illus., Vertical, $29.95, (978-1935654872.)
Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin V.2: Gardam. 2013, Illus., Vertical, $29.95, (978-1935654889.)
Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin V.3: Ramba Ral. 2013, Illus., Vertical, $29.95, (978-1935654971.)
When Amuro stumbles upon a secret prototype weapon he becomes part of a planetary civil war.
Yukimura, Makoto. Vinland Saga V.1. 2013, Illus., Kodansha Comics, $19.99, (978-1612624204.)
The teenaged viking marauder Thorfinn seeks vengeance for his father’s death.