Friday, June 14, 2013

Who's On Top: Graphic Novels


This Week's Spotlight:
Hardcover:
BATMAN INCORPORATED, VOL. 1 
by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham


Grant Morrison continues his earth-shattering run on the Batman titles with this exciting new series illustrated by hot artist Yanick Paquette that features the next stage of evolution of the Dark Knight. Bruce Wayne publicly announces that he is the financial backer of Batman and establishes a worldwide franchise of Batmen that will protect the entire globe. This is the beginning of a stunning direction for the world's greatest detective that will team him with Catwoman, Batwoman and Batman Inc representatives on international crime fighting missions against Lord Death Man in Japan, South America and Argentina.

Paperback:
PERSEPOLIS
by Marjane Satrapi

Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips.

Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming--both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.

Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom--Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today.

Manga:
DURARARA: SAIKA ARC, VOL. 2
by Ryohgo Narita and Akiyo Satorigi

I want to see Shizuo. Soon, soon, soon...
A mysterious serial slasher has struck in Ikebukuro.
The username "Saika" appears in online chat rooms in sync with the attacks. Saika-the name of the demon blade that appeared in Shinjuku years and years ago...
In its chat room posts, Saika repeats one name over and over again, as though singing the praises of its beloved: Shizuo Heiwajima, Shizuo, Shizuo...

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Top 5 Graphic Novels:
Hardcover:
  1. BATMAN INCORPORATED, VOL. 1, by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham
  2. AQUAMAN, VOL. 2, by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis
  3. IN THE KITCHEN WITH ALAIN PASSARD, by Christophe Blain
  4. THE COMPLETE MAUS, A SURVIVOR'S TALE, by Art Spiegelman
  5. SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR, VOL. 3, by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Paperback:
  1. LEGO NINJAGO #7, STONE COLD, by Greg Farshtey and Jolyton Yates
  2. PERSEPOLIS, by Marjane Satrapi
  3. THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM, VOL. 1, by Robert Kirkman and others
  4. THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM, VOL. 2, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
  5. SMILE, by Raina Telgemeier
Manga:
  1. SAILOR MOON, VOL. 11, by Naoko Takeuchi
  2. NARUTO, VOL. 61, by Masashi Kishimoto
  3. DURARARA: SAIKA ARC, VOL. 2, by Ryohgo Narita and Akiyo Satorigi
  4. ATTACK ON TITAN, VOL. 1, by Hajime Isayama
  5. ALICE IN THE COUNTRY OF JOKER: CIRCUS AND LIAR'S GAME, VOL. 2, by QuinRose

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