Friday, May 10, 2013

Who's On Top: Graphic Novels


This Week's Spotlight:
Hardcover:
MARBLE SEASON
by Gilbert Hernandez

The untold coming-of-age story from a contemporary comics master

Marble Season
is the semiautobiographical novel by the acclaimed cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez, author of the epic masterpiece Palomar and cocreator, with his brothers, Jaime and Mario, of the groundbreaking Love and Rockets comic book series. Marble Season is his first book with Drawn & Quarterly, and one of the most anticipated books of 2013. It tells the untold stories from the early years of these American comics legends, but also portrays the reality of life in a large family in suburban 1960s California. Pop-culture references—TV shows, comic books, and music—saturate this evocative story of a young family navigating cultural and neighborhood norms set against the golden age of the American dream and the silver age of comics.


    Middle child Huey stages Captain America plays and treasures his older brother’s comic book collection almost as much as his approval. Marble Season subtly and deftly details how the innocent, joyfully creative play that children engage in (shooting marbles, backyard performances, and organizing treasure hunts) changes as they grow older and encounter name-calling naysayers, abusive bullies, and the value judgments of other kids. An all-ages story, Marble Season masterfully explores the redemptive and timeless power of storytelling and role play in childhood, making it a coming-of-age story that is as resonant with the children of today as with the children of the sixties.


Paperback:
SMALLVILLE SEASON 11, VOL. 1
by Bryan Q. Miller and Pere Perez

When we left Clark Kent at the end of Smallville Season 10, he had finally donned the iconic Superman suit and set out to defend Earth from Apokolips. Picking up six months later, Smallville Season 11 explores Clark's understanding of the true power of his Superman identity, its effect on those close to him and its ability to inspire the people of Earth.
Smallville Season 11 features Clarke as well as fan-favorite characters including Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, Chloe Sullivan-Queen, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, and General Lane.





Manga: 
SPICE AND WOLF, VOL. 8
by Isuna Hasekura

A new chapter unfolds in the travels of Lawrence and Holo! The pair arrives at the church in the village of Tereo to glean information about Holo's homeland of Yoitsu. But Elsa, the deaconess, turns them away flat! What has happened to make her so suspicious? Could it have something to do with the neighboring town of Enberch?






Top 5 Graphic Novels:
Hardcover:
1. BATMAN, VOL. 2, by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
2. MARBLE SEASON, by Gilbert Hernandez
3. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION, VOL. 4, by Kevin B. Eastman and Peter Laird
4. MARSHAL LAW: THE DELUXE EDITION, by Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neill
5. MADELEINE L'ENGLE'S A WRINKLE IN TIME, by Hope Larson

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. SMALLVILLE SEASON 11, VOL. 1, by Bryan Q. Miller and Pere Perez
4. DARK TOWER: TREACHERY, by Robin Furth and Peter David
5. DIAL H, VOL. 1, by China Mieville and Mateus Santolouco

Manga:
1. BLACK BUTLER, VOL. 13, by Yana Toboso
2. SPICE AND WOLF, VOL. 8, by Isuna Hasekura
3. NEGIMA MAGISTER NEGI MAGI, VOL. 38, by Ken Akamatsu
4. SAILOR MOON, VOL. 10, by Naoko Takeuchi
5. BLEACH, VOL. 56, by Tite Kubo

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

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