Saturday, July 20, 2013

Who's On Top: Graphic Novels



Top 5 Graphic Novels:
Hardcover:
1. Before Watchmen: Minutemen/Silk Spectre, by Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner
2. Before Watchmen: Ozymandias/Crimson Corsair, by Len Wein and Jae Lee
3. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea Of Monsters, by Robert Venditti and Attila Futaki
4. Superman, Vol. 2, by Dan Jurgens and Others
5. Wolverine By Mark Millar Omnibus, by Mark Millar and Others
#Spotlight:
Before Watchmen: Minutemen/Silk Spectre
by Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner   

The controversial, long-awaited prequels to the best-selling graphic novel of all-time are finally here: BEFORE WATCHMEN! For over twenty years, the back stories of the now-iconic characters from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's landmark graphic novel had been the subject of much debate and theorizing. Now, DC Comics has assembled the greatest creators in the industry to further paint the world of WATCHMEN, starting with this first volume starring MINUTEMEN and SILK SPECTRE

The critically acclaimed and Eisner Award-winning creator of DC: THE NEW FRONTIER Darwyn Cooke lends his talents MINUTEMEN. As the predecessor to the Watchmen, the Minutemen were assembled to fight against a world that have more and more rapidly begun to spin out of control. Can these heroes from completely different backgrounds and with completely different attitudes on crime come together? Or will they fall apart before they begin?

SILK SPECTRE takes an introspective look at the WATCHMEN feature player's struggles with her overbearing superhero mother and her scattered path toward taking the mantle of the Silk Spectre. With gorgeous art by co-writer and illustrator Amanda Conner (POWER GIRL, The Pro), SILK SPECTRE takes a very different perspective at the world of BEFORE WATCHMEN.

Collects BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN 1-6 and BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE 1-4.


Paperback:
1. Saga, Vol. 2, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
2. The Walking Dead, Vol, 18, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
3. Advanture Time, VOL. 3, by Ryan North and Others
4. Red Hood And The Outlaws, Vol. 2, by Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort
5. Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
#Spotlight: 
Red Hood And The Outlaws, Vol. 2  
by Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort

Part of the DC Comics - The New 52, this volume collects the second action-packed arc of New York Times best selling author Scott Lobdell.

As if Batman's former sidekick Jason Todd, now known as the Red Hood, didn't have enough problems leading the team of outlaws such as Arsenal and Starfire, now his "estranged" brother Red Robin is knocking on his door because "The Night of Owls" is here! With Batman in dire need of help, will Red Hood answer the call?

And when Jason and the team find out that Starfire is one of the most feared (and dangerous) commanders in all of space, the team will find their adventures taken to the stars and beyond to help decide the fate of the throne of Tamaran. Witness the galactic struggle between Starfire and her sister Blackfire as Red Hood and the Outlaws are caught in the middle of an interstellar war!

Collects Red Hood and the Outlaws issues 0, 8 to 14.

Manga:
1. Bleach, Vol. 57, by Tite Kubo
2. Blue Exorcist, Vol. 10, by Kazue Kato
3. Pokemon Adventures, Vol. 17, by Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto
4. Fairy Tail, Vol. 27, by Hiro Mashima
5. Pokemon Adventures Black And White, Vol. 1, by Hidenori Kusaka
#Spotlight: 
Bleach, Vol. 57
by Tite Kubo 

Bleach tells the story of Ichigo Kurosaki, who is just like any other ordinary 15-year-old high school student -- except for his special ability to see ghosts. So when a teenage girl materializes through his bedroom wall, it should be no call for alarm. However, this girl, named Rukia, is a shinigami (Soul Reaper) who is hunting a Hollow (an evil spirit that consumes souls). The Hollow proceeds to attack Ichigo's family and Rukia is badly wounded. In order to defeat the evil spirit, Rukia must let Ichigo temporarily become a Soul Reaper by absorbing some of her energy. However, Ichigo inadvertently ends up with all of Rukia's powers and after defeating the Hollow, she informs Ichigo that since she has relinquished all her powers, he must now take on all the responsibilities of a Soul Reaper until she can figure out how to get her powers back. Now this 15-year-old high school student begins a brand new vocation as a hyperkinetic, all-purpose ghost buster. With enough attitude to make a grown demon blush, Ichigo and crew are cleaning up the afterlife, one ghoul at a time.

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

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