Friday, April 19, 2013

Who's On Top: Graphic Novels

This Week's Spotlight: 
Hardcover:
ALL-NEW X-MEN, VOL. 1
by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen

It's a blast from the past as the original five students of Professor X - Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Angel and Beast - are plucked from the past and brought to the present. But what they find, the state that their future selves are in and the state of Xavier's dream, is far from the future they dreamed of. And how will the X-Men of the present deal with their past coming crashing forward?





 Paperback:
Punk Rock Jesus
by Sean Murphy


A reality TV show starring a clone of Jesus Christ causes chaos across the U.S. of the near future in PUNK ROCK JESUS, a new graphic novel written and drawn by Sean Murphy, the acclaimed illustrator of JOE THE BARBARIAN and AMERICAN VAMPIRE.

J2 causes both outrage and adulation. Religious zealots either love or hate the show, angry politicians worry about its influence on the nation, and members of the scientific community fear the implications of cloning a human being at all, let alone the Son of God.

Thomas McKael is the clones's bodyguard and former IRA operative, who despite his turbulent past is hired to protect the new Jesus—a baby who captivates the world, but grows up to become an angry teenager.

When falling ratings force the network to cut Jesus's mother from the series the young star runs away, renounces his religious heritage and forms a punk rock band. And what starts off as babysitting for Thomas becomes an epic battle, as Jesus goes to war against the corporate media complex that created him.

Along with his artistic credits on JOE THE BARBARIAN and AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST, Murphy also wrote and illustrated the graphic novel OFF ROAD (Oni Press), and cowrote OUTER ORBIT (Dark Horse Comics).


Manga:
BLUE EXORCIST, VOL. 9
by Kazue Kato

The breakout manga and animation hit of 2011. Volume 1 stayed on the Bookscan Top 50 for over 26 weeks.Raised by Father Fujimoto, a famous exorcist, Rin Okumura never knew his real father. One day a fateful argument with Father Fujimoto forces Rin to face a terrible truth – the blood of the demon lord Satan runs in Rin’s veins! Rin swears to defeat Satan, but doing that means entering the mysterious True Cross Academy and becoming an exorcist himself.

Reads R to L (Japanese Style) for teen plus audiences



Top 5 Graphic Novels:
Hardcover:
1. BATMAN, VOL. 2, by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
2. THE WALKING DEAD, BOOK 1, by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard
3. ALL-NEW X-MEN, VOL. 1, by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen
4. THE PHANTOM: THE COMPLETE NEWSPAPER DAILIES, VOL. 5, by Lee Falk
5. ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN: JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ, by Various

Paperback:
1. THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM, VOL. 1, by Robert Kirkman and others
2. THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM, VOL. 2, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
3. AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, PART 2, by Gene Luen Yang and others
4. PUNK ROCK JESUS, by Sean Murphy
5. SAGA, VOL. 1, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

 Manga:
1. BLEACH, VOL. 56, by Tite Kubo
2. SAILOR MOON, VOL. 10, by Naoko Takeuchi
3. BLUE EXORCIST, VOL. 9, by Kazue Kato
4. YU-GI-OH 5D'S, VOL. 4, by Masahiro Hikokubo
5. SOUL EATER, VOL. 13, by Atsushi Ohkubo

Disclaimer: All blurbs come from Goodreads.com, all list come from NYTimes.com.

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