5 New Comics and Graphic Novels to Watch Out For

Berlin by Jason Lutes (4 Sep 2018)
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During the past two decades, Jason Lutes has quietly created one of the masterworks of the graphic novel golden age. Serialized in twenty-two issues, collected in two volumes, with a third to be released at the same time as this omnibus, Berlin has more than 100,000 copies in print and is one of the high-water marks of the medium: rich in its well-researched historical detail, compassionate in its character studies, and as timely as ever in its depiction of a society slowly awakening to the stranglehold of fascism. Berlin is an intricate look at the fall of the Weimar Republic through the eyes of its citizens?Marthe Muller, a young woman escaping the memory of a brother killed in World War I, Kurt Severing, an idealistic journalist losing faith in the printed word as fascism and extremism take hold; the Brauns, a family torn apart by poverty and politics. Lutes weaves these characters lives into the larger fabric of a city slowly ripping apart. The city itself is the central protagonist in this historical fiction. Lavish salons, crumbling sidewalks, dusty attics, and train stations: all these places come alive in Lutes masterful hand. Weimar Berlin was the world s metropolis, where intellectualism, creativity, and sensuous liberal values thrived, and Lutes maps its tragic, inevitable decline. Devastatingly relevant and beautifully told, Berlin is one of the great epics of the comics medium.

Dirty Plotte: The Complete Julie Doucet (2 Oct 2018)
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Julie Doucet arrived in comics in the 1990s as a fully formed cartoonist. Her comic book series Dirty Plotte was visionary both for the medium and for storytelling. Her stories are candid, funny and intimate, plumbing the depths of the female psyche while charting the fragility of the men around her. Her artwork is dense and confident, never wavering in the wit and humour of its owner. Doucet was active in comics for fifteen years before she moved on to other mediums. Her influence casts a long shadow over the medium, Dirty Plotte is quite simply one of the most iconic comic book series to have ever been created. Dirty Plotte: The Complete Julie Doucet collects the entire comic book series, including the acclaimed My New York Diary, as well as rare comics and previously unpublished material; a reproduction of the first Dirty Plotte mini comic; essays about her comics legacy and feminist influence by curator Dan Nadel and academic Martine Delvaux respectively; an interview by comics scholar Christian Gasser; and personal anecdotes from Jami Attenberg, Adrian Tomine, and more. Doucet uses the covers of this two-book box set to present an all-new comic that explores her complicated relationship with femininity and the importance of her relationships with female readers. Astonishingly honest, brutal, and funny, Dirty Plotte is a revelatory journey into a legendary cartoonist’s oeuvre.

The Wicked + The Divine Volume 7: Mothering Invention (9 Oct 2018)
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In the past: awful stuff.
In the present: awful stuff.
But, increasingly: answers.

Collects THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #34-39

Gideon Falls: Volume 1, The Black Barn (23 Oct 2018)
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A brand-new ongoing horror series from the acclaimed best-selling creative team of Old Man Logan and Green Arrow!

The lives of a reclusive young man obsessed with a conspiracy in the city’s trash and a washed-up Catholic priest arriving in a small town full of dark secrets become intertwined around the mysterious legend of The Black Barn—an otherworldly building alleged to have appeared in both the city and the small town throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake.

Rural mystery and urban horror collide in this character-driven meditation on obsession, mental illness, and faith that Mark Millar (Hitgirl) called his “personal pick as the best comic of 2018!” Also featuring a variant cover gallery from some of comics’ best artists, including Cliff Chiang (PAPER GIRLS), Jock (WYTCHES), Skottie Young (I HATE FAIRYLAND), and more!

Collects GIDEON FALLS #1-6

The League of Regrettable Sidekicks: Heroic Helpers from Comic Book History by Jon Morris (23 Oct 2018)
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Batman has Robin. Captain America has Bucky. And Yankee Doodle has Dandy. Being a superhero is hard work, which is why so many comics characters rely on a sidekick- someone to watch the hero’s back, help the hero search for clues, or, if nothing else, give the hero someone to talk to. But not every superhero achieves the glory of Batman, and not all sidekicks are as capable as Boy Wonder. In The League of Regrettable Sidekicks, athor Jon Morris shines a hilarious spotlight on forgotten helpers like Thunderfoot (explosive-soled assistant to the Human Bomb), super-pets (like Frosting, polar bear pal of space hero Norge Benson), fan favourites (Rick Jones, sidekick to hald the Marvel Universe), and obscure partners of iconic heroes (Superman Junior’s career barely got off the ground).

 

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