Friday, May 24, 2013

Who's On Top: Graphic Novels

This Week's Spotlight:
by Rick Remender and John Cassaday

The Marvel Universe's greatest era starts NOW!, as the all-new, all-different Avengers assemble! Captain America creates a sanctioned Avengers unit comprised of Avengers and X-Men, humans and mutants working why is Professor Xavier's dream more at risk than ever? The Red Skull has returned - straight out of the 1940s and full of hatred - and his rebirth will alter the Marvel Universe forever! What are the Skull's new powers? Can Havok and Thor defeat the spreading influence of Honest John, The Living Propaganda? As Rogue and Scarlet Witch find themselves trapped on the Isle of the Red Skull's S-Men, Wolverine and Captain America investigate the worldwide mutant assassination epidemic! Uncanny Avengers Assemble! Plus: from the ashes of AvX, the funeral of one of Marvel's greatest heroes!
COLLECTING: Uncanny Avengers 1-5

by Alison Bechdel  

From the best-selling author of Fun Home, Time magazine’s No. 1 Book of the Year, a brilliantly told graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be.

Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood . . . and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It's a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel’s own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother—to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.

by Nozomu Tamaki
The final volume in the #1 New York Times bestselling manga series! 
Mina has finally been freed from captivity, and Akira has awakened to a new, powerful force inside him. Now, the battle to take back the Bund has begun. Mass panic over the vampire pandemic grips Tokyo, and Mina’s friends are surrounded by violent mobs. Can Mina reach her friends and subjects in time in order to save them?

Top 5 Graphic Novels:
1. ACTION COMICS, VOL. 2, by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales
2. UNCANNY AVENGERS, VOL. 1, by Rick Remender and John Cassaday
3. THE JACK KIRBY OMNIBUS, VOL. 2, by Jack Kirby
4. 100 BULLETS: DELUXE EDITION, BOOK FOUR, by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso
5. RAVEN GIRL, by Audrey Niffenegger

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. SAGA, VOL. 1, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
4. SMILE, by Raina Telgemeier
5. THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, VOL. 2, by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra

1. NARUTO, VOL. 61, by Masashi Kishimoto
2. DANCE IN THE VAMPIRE BUND, VOL. 14, by Nozomu Tamaki
3. BLACK BIRD, VOL. 16, by Kanoko Sakurakoji
4. BAKUMAN, VOL. 19, by Takeshi Obata
5. POKEMON ADVENTURES, VOL. 16, by Hidenori Kusaka

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