NEW GRAPHIC NOVELS
AND TRADE COLLECTIONS
9 JULY 2014
New graphic novels and trades arriving in store: one of the critic's favourites of last year, time travelling science fiction mystery ROCKET GIRL Vol 1, updated editions of BATMAN BRUCE WAYNE: FUGITIVE, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING Vol 1, and the complete STARLORD and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (90's style) Vol 2, horror series THE STRAIN Vol 1 and SKIN TRADE, a biography of JOSS WHEDON: GEEK KING, and some great books for younger readers, like Neil Gaiman's second picture book staring a ridiculously adorable goggle-wearing panda CHU'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, a GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY digest based on their cartoon counterparts, and the next in the fantastic all ages AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER series. (A:TLA is so much fun, and definitely not just for kids :)
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ANIMAL MAN TP VOL 06 FLESH AND BLOOD
In these stories from ANIMAL MAN #51-63, after being killed in a car crash, Animal Man struggles to return to life by climbing the evolutionary ladder one step at a time. But can he reincarnate himself as a creature with any power in time to help his kidnapped son?
AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 08 RIFT PART 2
Team Avatar find themselves up to their necks in trouble as mysterious forces threaten to destroy land once sacred to the Airbenders! While Aang journeys to the spirit world in search of clues, Toph faces off against her own past!
BATMAN BRUCE WAYNE FUGITIVE TP NEW ED
Indicted for killing Vesper Fairchild, Bruce Wayne is sent to prison...only to escape, launching a citywide manhunt. This new, single-volume edition includes BATMAN #603-607, DETECTIVE COMICS #768-775, BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #29-32 and BATGIRL #29 and 33.
CHARLIE BROWN POW TP
Put me in, Coach! The Peanuts gang is ready to play ball in this collection of baseball-themed comic strips. Some of the most popular Peanuts moments happen on the field and they're gathered here for a season full of enjoyment. As manager of the endlessly losing team, Charlie Brown soldiers on to keep his team's spirits up, while being constantly blown off the pitching mound in a clothes-exploding fashion. It doesn't help that his catcher is a musician by nature or that his shortstop is a dog. Not to mention that centre-fielder Lucy can't keep her mouth shut long enough to know what's going on in the game! Put them all together and you get a game plan for laughs!
CONAN TP VOL 15 NIGHTMARE OF SHALLOWS
In the wake of an unthinkable tragedy, Conan and Bêlit find their
bond buckling under an enormous strain. When Bêlit returns to
her childhood home, what she discovers in the sands of Shem
could separate her from Conan forever. Conan then seeks clarity
through the mind-altering power of the yellow lotus, but the visions
revealed to him may be more than the Barbarian can bear.
Collects Conan the Barbarian #13-#18.
ENDLESS SKY GN
In 1992 David Boller left Switzerland for the USA to become a professional comic book artist. A simple goal turned into a 16-year long adventure, populated with eccentric characters and accompanied by success and defeat that continue to have a profound influence on his life today. David talks about his experience in the American comic book industry, his struggles with his adopted family and his attempt at getting a piece of the American Dream in an honest and easygoing style.
GEORGE RR MARTIN SKIN TRADE TP
The most popular fantasy author of the 21st Century, GEORGE R.R. MARTIN, brings his World Fantasy Award winning short story to graphic novels with SKIN TRADE! Randi Wade is a survivor. She followed in the footsteps of her father, became a cop, and now is working the P.I. trade. But her past still haunts her. What's worse, the vicious animal attacks that took her father's life have sprung up anew claiming victims once again in this sleepy town. Martin's unique creative voice spins a modern day classic horror tale of murder, werewolves, and bladed demons. Illustrated by long time horror comics creator MIKE WOLFER and adapted for comics by Martin's Hugo Award nominated collaborator DANIEL ABRAHAM, this graphic novel is a suspenseful master tale dripping with blood and revenge. Skin Trade represents the best of old school werewolf stories told with modern characters and action. From the creator of A GAME OF THRONES comes a graphic novel that will keep you guessing right up to the last page!
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY BY JIM VALENTINO TP VOL 02
Just in time for the blockbuster film, Marvel offers up a second helping of classic Guardians tales by industry icon Jim Valentino! The original Guardians of the Galaxy land on the World of Mutants, but soon wind up in the middle of a violent rebellion against Wolverine's descendant Rancor! And to make matters worse, there's a Dark Phoenix on the loose! Hope they survive the experience! Then it's off to rescue Firelord, a cosmic clash with Ghost Rider and the debut of the mysterious Protégé -culminating in an epic battle with the Punisher of the 31st century. Wait, did we say Punisher? More like Punishers - a whole army of them! Plus: a major turning point in the life of Vance Astrovik! Who is Major Victory? Collecting GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (1990) #8-20.
JOSS WHEDON: GEEK KING OF THE UNIVERSE
JOSS WHEDON is a male writer whose most famous creation is a girl-power icon; a geek who deals in classic themes of love, betrayal and redemption; and one of the first people in the entertainment industry to have harnessed the power of the internet to engage directly with his fans. Amy Pascale became one of those fans when Buffy Summers enrolled at Sunnydale High in 1997. She has followed Whedon's career ever since, marvelling at his ability to re-imagine seemingly hackneyed genres as heartfelt human drama. In this revealing biography she seeks out the source of that imagination, exploring his artistic liberal upbringing in New York and teenage years at an elite English public school, before tracing his journey from a bruising start in television to his status today as a blockbuster writer and director whose every new project is pored over online by millions of loyal geeks. Using extensive original interviews with many of Whedon's key collaborators - as well as Joss himself - Amy presents candid behind-the-scenes accounts of the making of ground-breaking shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly, and considers Whedon's distinctive contribution to cinema through movies such as Toy Story, Serenity and superhero epic The Avengers Assemble. The result is an intimate portrait of the man who re-wrote popular culture and gave it a heart.
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA TP VOL 01 DANGEROUS (N52)
Green Lantern! Green Arrow! Catwoman! Katana! Vibe! Hawkman! Stargirl! They aren't the world's greatest Super Heroes - they're the most dangerous! But why does a team like the JLA need to exist? What is their ultimate mission? And who is pulling the strings? Find out in this collection of the first five issues of the new series as the team takes on the Secret Society of Super-Villains!
MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD DECLASSIFIED SLIPCASE HC
Learn the secrets of MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. in this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of Marvel's first live-action TV show! Hear from the cast, creators and crew as they reveal never-before-shared details from the first season. This deluxe keepsake volume offers an insider's look into the making of the blockbuster espionage series on ABC produced by Joss Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen & Jed Whedon and Jeffrey Bell; and starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennett, Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge.
MU GUARDIANS OF GALAXY COSMIC TEAM UP DIGEST TP
The Guardians of the Galaxy, the Avengers of outer space, blast out of DisneyXD's hit animated series and into your hands!
When Michael Korvac escapes his alien abductors, he flees home to Earth and seeks the Avengers' protection. For Earth's Mightiest Heroes, defending Korvac will mean battling the Guardians of the Galaxy - but why?
The Korvac confusion continues as Spider-Man gets involved, travelling into deep space with the Guardians to take on Korvac...and the alien Chitauri! Hulk and his agents of S.M.A.S.H. encounter the cosmic Collector on a simulated paradise world...but can they ever escape it?
Relive Rocket Raccoon's classic comic-book debut, as the feisty, furry film star matches wits with the Hulk!
Collecting MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES #18, MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #22, MARVEL UNIVERSE HULK: AGENTS OF S.M.A.S.H. #4, and INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #271.
NEIL GAIMAN CHU'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL HC
It's the first day of school for Chu, a little panda with a big sneeze. He is nervous. He hopes the other boys and girls will be nice. On the blackboard, Chu's teacher writes down everything her students say, and there is a lot of chalk dust in the air. Will Chu's classmates like what he has to share? Master storyteller Neil Gaiman and acclaimed artist Adam Rex reunite in this sequel to the New York Times bestselling Chu's Day.
NIGHTWING TP VOL 04 SECOND CITY (N52)
After The Joker's attack on the Bat-family, Nightwing finds himself in a new city with an unlikely ally, The Prankster. Together they are hunted by the mysterious Mask Killer while Dick tries to find the man who killed his parents, Tony Zullo.
Collects NIGHTWING #19-24.
ROCKET GIRL TP VOL 01 TIMES SQUARED
A teenage cop from a high-tech future is sent back in time to 1986 New York City. Dayoung Johansson is investigating the Quintum Mechanics megacorporation for crimes against time. As she pieces together the clues, she discovers the "future" she calls home - an alternate reality version of 2014-shouldn't exist at all!
Rocket Girl returns this fall with #6 and a new arc!
Collects ROCKET GIRL #1-5
SECRET FILES OF DR DREW HC
In 1949, three of Will Eisner's most talented "ghosts" created
the remarkable horror comic strip featuring Dr. Desmond Drew,
a paranormal investigator and "supernatural Sherlock Holmes."
Gorgeously drawn by future Creepy contributor Jerry Grandenetti
and written in a gripping pulp style by Marilyn Mercer, these
thirteen chilling stories have been collected and digitally restored
while retaining the exquisite design and artwork that characterized
the output of the Eisner studio.
STAR LORD TP GUARDIANS OF GALAXY
Just in time for his big-screen debut, Star-Lord's sensational seventies sci-fi sagas are collected in one volume! After aliens killed Peter Quill's mother, he became an astronaut, hoping to find the killers and take revenge - until a fateful encounter with the Master of the Sun unlocked Quill's true destiny! Now - as the intergalactic policeman Star-Lord - Quill faces alien slavers, space pirates, world-destroying ships, ancient space arks, vengeful beast-men, winged cloud-riders, symbiotic planetoids and more! But how is the Master of the Sun connected to the aliens who killed Quill's mother? Plus: Peer into the future and witness the adventures of the second Star-Lord, Sinjin Quarrel! Collecting the Star-Lord material from MARVEL PREVIEW #4, #11, #14-15 and #18, and MARVEL SUPER SPECIAL #10; and MARVEL SPOTLIGHT (1979) #6-7, MARVEL PREMIERE #61 and STARLORD (1996) #1-3.
STRAIN HC VOL 01
When a Boeing 777 lands at JFK International Airport and goes
dark on the runway, the Centres for Disease Control, fearing a
terrorist attack, calls in Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his team of
expert biological-threat first responders. Only an elderly pawnbroker
from Spanish Harlem suspects a darker purpose behind the
event-an ancient threat intent on covering mankind in darkness.
Collects issues #1-#11.
TALON TP VOL 02 THE FALL OF THE OWLS (N52)
In this volume collecting TALON #8-17 and BIRDS OF PREY #21, Calvin Rose must sneak into Bane's personal island fortress of Santa Prisca to capture scientist Sebastian Clark and uncover the truth about Bane's ongoing experiments on the island.
TMNT MICRO SERIES TP VOL 01 NEW PTG
Four stand-alone tales centring on each Turtle! Raphael is looking for answers but finds Casey Jones instead. Michelangelo explores New York City and stumbles onto a high-stakes heist. Donatello goes incognito to a science fair and finds out that it's being put on by none other than Baxter Stockman. And finally, Leonardo does battle with the ruthless Foot Clan!
TMNT ONGOING TP VOL 01 CHANGE IS CONSTANT NEW PTG
The new adventures of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles begin here! This is the perfect spot to jump onto the hit IDW series! The group is separated as Raphael wanders the streets of NYC in search of food and shelter. His brothers and Master Splinter are searching for him, but so far all they can find is trouble-in the form of mutant alley cat Old Hob and his gang of criminals! Join Tom Waltz, Dan Duncan, and TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman for the start of a wild ride!