Best of
Graphic-Novels

2009

The Walking Dead Compendium 1


Robert Kirkman - 2009
    With The Walking Dead #1-48, this compendium features more than one thousand pages chronicling the start of Robert Kirkman's Eisner Award-winning story of zombie horror, from Rick Grimes waking up alone in a hospital, his band of survivors seeking refuge on an isolated farm and the controversial introduction of Woodbury despot, The Governor.

Y: The Last Man - The Deluxe Edition Book Two


Brian K. VaughanJ.G. Jones - 2009
    Accompanied by his mischievous monkey and the mysterious Agent 355, York embarks on a transcontinental journey to find his girlfriend and discover why he is the last man on Earth.Now, the entire critically acclaimed Y: THE LAST MAN saga written by Brian K. Vaughan, one of the writers of LOST, is collected into a new edition. In this second volume, a Russian space from the International Space Station is returning to earth carrying three passengers: one woman and two men. Could this be the end of Yorick's tenure as last living male? Plus, the group runs up against a roadblock in Arizona where the female remains of the Sons of Arizona militia have cut the interstate to keep out any vestiges of the U.S. government.Collects Y: The Last Man #11-23

Preacher, Book 1


Garth Ennis - 2009
    After merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Texan preacher Jesse Custer has become completely disillusioned with the beliefs to which he had dedicated his entire life. Now possessing the power of "the word," an ability to make people do whatever he utters, Custer begins a violent and riotous journey across the country. Joined by his gun-toting girlfriend Tulip and the hard-drinking Irish vampire Cassidy, Custer loses faith in both God and man as he witnesses dark atrocities and improbable calamities during his exploration of America. This new collected edition features an all-new introduction by series writer Garth Ennis.

Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: Storm Front, Volume 1: The Gathering Storm


Jim Butcher - 2009
    Harry Dresden is a wizard who knows firsthand that the everyday world is actually full of strange and magical things—most of which don't play well with humans.Now the cops have turned to Dresden to investigate a horrifying double murder that was committed with black magic. Never one to turn down a paycheck, Dresden also takes on another case—to find a missing husband who has quite likely been dabbling in sorcery. As Dresden tries to solve the seemingly unrelated cases, he is confronted with all the Windy City can blow at him, from the mob to mages and all creatures in between.

Bone: Quest for the Spark, Vol. 1


Tom Sniegoski - 2009
    So when he discovers everyone in his village is asleep and plagued by nightmares, he assembles a band of unlikely heroes. They must fight to preserve the Spark--a divine light born at the core of a vast, dark nothingness called the Nacht. The Nacht is trying to permeate the Waking World with nightmares of the Dreaming, and it's Tom's mission to defeat the Nacht and its most loyal follower, the Constable. If he fails, his family--and everyone--might never wake up again.

The Talisman (Volume 1): The Road of Trials


Robin Furth - 2009
    Here’s a bold new look at the classic tale of treachery and betrayal that could only have sprung from the imaginations of master storytellers Stephen King and Peter Straub. In a run-down amusement park on a desolate beach in New Hampshire, thirteen-year-old Jack Sawyer is about to learn some hard truths—about his father’s death, about why he and his mother are on the run from his sinister uncle Morgan, and about the real nature of the mysterious realm Jack once called the Daydreams. Now, with help from his newfound friend Speedy Parker, this young man will reclaim his identity as Travellin Jack and make his first foray back into the Territories to retrieve the magical Talisman, an object of immense cosmic significance. Yet even more important to Jack, the Talisman holds the key to saving his mother’s life. In the Terrorities, where monsters lurk, evil watches, and an unbelievably precious prize awaits, Jack embarks upon a desperate quest to fulfill a destiny he never sought but cannot escape.The Talisman: The Road of Trials comprises Issues 0 through 5 of the thrilling comic book series and features original, never-before-seen material, including interviews and early sketches. Be warned: Once you’ve seen the Talisman, nothing will ever be the same.

Hellboy, Volume 3: Conqueror Worm and Strange Places


Mike Mignola - 2009
    Hellboy Library Edition Volume 3 collects three pivotal stories of Hellboy's journey, as he leaves behind the world of men and journeys into the unknown: the award-winning Conqueror Worm, which brings back some of Hellboy's earliest foes, in the story that ends his career with the B.P.R.D., and marks his first run-in with the fan-favorite masked hero Lobster Johnson; the haunting fairy tale The Third Wish; and The Island, a dark and surreal glimpse into the true origin of the Right Hand of Doom and Hellboy's own destiny; along with a new, expanded sketchbook of never-before-seen Mignola artwork.

All-Star Superman, Vol. 2


Grant Morrison - 2009
    In this follow-up to the award-winning All-Star Superman, the Man of Steel goes toe-to-toe with Bizarro, his oddball twin, and the new character Zibarro, also from the Bizarro planet.

Criminal: The Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1


Ed Brubaker - 2009
    Also features many extras, including a Criminal short story and the never-before-printed five page "movie trailer in comics form" that Brubaker and Phillips created to announce the series online, plus illustrations, selected articles, behind-the-scenes glimpses, painted covers, and much more! Features an introduction by comics legend and Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons.Collects Criminal (2006) #1-10 and Criminal (2008) #1-3.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: #1-3 [Collection]


Jeff Kinney - 2009
    Desperate to prove his new found maturity, which only going up a grade can bring, Greg is happy to have his not-quite-so-cool sidekick, Rowley, along for the ride. Three fantastic titles in a box set: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw.

Wolverine: Old Man Logan


Mark Millar - 2009
    Nobody knows what happened on the night the heroes fell. All we know is that they disappeared and evil triumphed and the bad guys have been calling the shots ever since. What happened to Wolverine is the biggest mystery of all. For 50 years, no one has heard hide nor hair from him... and in his place stands an old man called Logan. A man concerned only about his family. A man pushed to the brink by the Hulk Gang. A man forced to help an old friend - the blind archer, Hawkeye - to drive three thousand miles to secure his family's safety. Get ready for the ride of your life, Logan!Collecting: Wolverine 66-72, Wolverine Giant-Size Old Man Logan

Essex County


Jeff Lemire - 2009
    In Essex County, Lemire crafts an intimate study of one community through the years, and a tender meditation on family, memory, grief, secrets, and reconciliation. With the lush, expressive inking of a young artist at the height of his powers, Lemire draws us in and sets us free. This new edition collects the complete, critically-acclaimed trilogy (Tales from the Farm, Ghost Stories, and The Country Nurse) in one deluxe volume! Also included are over 40-pages of previously unpublished material, including two new stories.

Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Book One


Bill WillinghamSherilyn van Valkenburgh - 2009
    But when Snow White's party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently murdered, it is up to Bigby, Fabletown's sheriff, and a reformed and pardoned Big Bad Wolf, to determine if the culprit is Bluebeard, Rose's ex-lover and notorious wife killer, or Jack, her current live-in boyfriend and former beanstalk-climber.Collecting: Fables 1-10, and Bill Willingham's prose story from Fables, Volume 1: Legends in Exile, as well as character sketches Awards: YALSA: 2004 annual recommended list of Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers·Willingham, Bill. Animal Farm (Fables series). DC Comics: Vertigo. ·Willingham, Bill. Legends in Exile (Fables series). DC Comics: Vertigo. YALSA: 2007 Great Graphic Novels for Teens·Willingham, Bill, Todd Klein, and others. Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall. 2006. DC Comics/ Vertigo As of 2008, Fables has won twelve Eisner Awards.·Best New Series in 2003 ·Best Serialized Story in 2003, 2005 and 2006 (Legends In Exile, March of the Wooden Soldiers and Homelands) ·Best Anthology in 2007 (Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall) ·Best Short Story in 2007 (A Frog’s Eye View, by Bill Willingham and James Jean, in Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall) Hugo Award Nomination 2009:·Fables: War and Pieces was nominated for the first Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story

Ender's Shadow: Battle School


Mike Carey - 2009
    This is a tale of street smarts, survival instincts and the inevitable meeting with the Interstellar Fleet's battle-hardening school for children, where Ender Wiggin holds court as rising star.

Footnotes in Gaza


Joe Sacco - 2009
    Raw concrete buildings front trash-strewn alleys. The narrow streets are crowded with young children and unemployed men. On the border with Egypt, swaths of Rafah have been bulldozed to rubble. Rafah is today and has always been a notorious flashpoint in this bitterest of conflicts. Buried deep in the archives is one bloody incident in 1956, that left 111 Palestinians dead, shot by Israeli soldiers. Seemingly a footnote to a long history of killing, that day in Rafah—cold-blooded massacre or dreadful mistake—reveals the competing truths that have come to define an intractable war. In a quest to get to the heart of what happened, Joe Sacco immerses himself in daily life of Rafah and the neighboring town of Khan Younis, uncovering Gaza past and present. Spanning fifty years, moving fluidly between one war and the next, alive with the voices of fugitives and schoolchildren, widows and sheikhs, Footnotes in Gaza captures the essence of a tragedy. As in Palestine and Safe Area Goražde, Sacco’s unique visual journalism has rendered a contested landscape in brilliant, meticulous detail. Footnotes in Gaza, his most ambitious work to date, transforms a critical conflict of our age into an intimate and immediate experience.

Smile


Raina Telgemeier - 2009
    But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there’s still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly. This coming-of-age true story is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever been in middle school, and especially those who have ever had a bit of their own dental drama.

Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition


Stan Sakai - 2009
    Stuffed with engaging supporting characters, villains, and even a romantic interest or two, Usagi Yojimbo chronicles the action-packed wanderings of a masterless samurai (a “ronin”) in feudal Japan — as told with funny-animals. (If Pixar and the late Akira Kurosawa were to collaborate on a movie, it might very well look like this.)For the first ten years of his career, the battling bunny was published by Fantagraphics Books. In honor of his 25th anniversary, Fantagraphics is releasing a deluxe slipcase set collecting the first seven Usagi books, including the earliest stories; the origin story, “Samurai”; “The Dragon Bellow Conspiracy,” a full graphic novel; and literally dozens more. With over 1000 pages of story, this is the complete, definitive, early Usagi. But that’s not all! This Special Edition (our third in a line of books revisiting Fantagraphics’ most beloved classics, following Palestine: The Special Edition and Ghost World: The Special Edition) will also be brimming with extra material, some from the long-out-of-print hardcover editions of those first seven volumes, some brand new. Just a few of the goodies are a complete full-color gallery of the more than 50 Usagi covers from that period (never-before-collected); many preparatory sketches, including Sakai’s original first draft of the “Samurai” story; two “non-canon” Usagi stories by Sakai co-starring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (with whom Usagi also shared screen time in the TMNTs’ TV series); and an updated and expanded, long out-of-print and feature-length, career-spanning interview with Sakai from the pages of The Comics Journal.

The Batman Adventures: Mad Love and Other Stories


Paul Dini - 2009
    Also included are tales by Dini, Timm and others that feature the Scarecrow, Ra's Al Ghul, Mr. Freeze, Batgirl and more.

Picture This: The Near-Sighted Monkey Book


Lynda Barry - 2009
    The R. R. Donnelley and Eisner Award–winning book posed, explored, and answered the question: "Do you wish you could write?" Now with Picture This, Barry asks: "Do you wish you could draw?" It features the return of Barry's most beloved character, Marlys, and introduces a new one, the Near-Sighted Monkey. LikeWhat It Is, Picture This is an inspirational, take-home extension of Barry's traveling, continually sold-out, and sought-after workshop, "Writing the Unthinkable."

Sleeper: Season One


Ed Brubaker - 2009
    Holden Carver is also an agent of global spy group International Operations, working in deep cover. But the only person who knows his secret is lying in a coma.

The Death of Captain America Omnibus


Ed Brubaker - 2009
    But the collapse of Steve Rogers' dream was merely the first step in the wicked machinations of the Red Skull, who is determined to see the death of America follow soon after the death of the Captain. As the Skull's master plan kicks into motion, and chaos begins to take hold of the United States, only one man stands in its way - but is he up to the task? Freed from the psychosis that transformed him into the relentless mercenary known as the Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes is called on to live up to the dream in ways he never imagined. Eisner Award-winning writer Ed Brubaker refuses to let up on the action, suspense, and human drama in a tale that ties together all eras of the star-spangled warrior's history!Collecting: Captain America 25-42

Deadpool: Suicide Kings


Mike Benson - 2009
    Everyone wants a piece of him - and for a crime he didn't commit! That's right: Someone's framed Deadpool, and it just might be the same guy who hired him in the first place, a guy who just might be using the mouthy merc as a wild card in a twisted wager. If Wade's going to clear his name and serve up some revenge, he's first got to avoid getting captured - or killed - by some of the Marvel Universe's heaviest hitters: Daredevil, the Punisher, and Spider-Man. Plus, see what happens when Deadpool goes behind the scenes of "Pain Factor" - the reality TV game show so controversial, it's been banned around the world! Collects Deadpool: Suicide Kings #1-5 and Deadpool: Games of Death.

Sleeper Season Two


Ed Brubaker - 2009
    While spymaster John Lynch slept in a coma, his protégé Holden Carver was trapped undercover. Now that his star has risen in criminal mastermind Tao's organization, Carver is shocked by the news that Lynch is awake. Torn between new loyalties and his original mission, Carver must decide whose side he's really on – and if they're on his.This collection features SLEEPER SEASON TWO #1-12, the full second year of the critically acclaimed series by Brubaker and Phillips, plus the never-before-collected prequel story from COUP D'ETAT: AFTERWORD."SLEEPER could hold its own against any noir, from any medium...Brubaker is without a doubt the best crime fiction writer in comics today."--AIN'T IT COOL NEWS

Asterios Polyp


David Mazzucchelli - 2009
    An epic story long awaited, and well worth the wait. Meet Asterios Polyp: middle-aged, meagerly successful architect and teacher, aesthete and womanizer, whose life is wholly upended when his New York City apartment goes up in flames. In a tenacious daze, he leaves the city and relocates to a small town in the American heartland. But what is this “escape” really about? As the story unfolds, moving between the present and the past, we begin to understand this confounding yet fascinating character, and how he’s gotten to where he is. And isn’t. And we meet Hana: a sweet, smart, first-generation Japanese American artist with whom he had made a blissful life. But now she’s gone. Did Asterios do something to drive her away? What has happened to her? Is she even alive? All the questions will be answered, eventually.In the meantime, we are enthralled by Mazzucchelli’s extraordinarily imagined world of brilliantly conceived eccentrics, sharply observed social mores, and deftly depicted asides on everything from design theory to the nature of human perception.Asterios Polyp is David Mazzucchelli’s masterpiece: a great American graphic novel.

Blackest Night


Geoff Johns - 2009
    But to what end? As the War between the different colored Lantern Corps rages on, the prophecy of the Blackest Night descends and it's up to Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps to lead DC's greatest champions in a battle to save the Universe from an army of undead Black Lanterns made up of fallen Green Lanterns and DC's deceased heroes and villains.Collecting: BLACKEST NIGHT #0-8, BLACKEST NIGHT DIRECTOR'S CUT #1.

Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter


Darwyn Cooke - 2009
    Betrayed by the woman he loved and double-crossed by his partner in crime, Parker makes his way cross-country with only one thought burning in his mind - to coldly exact his revenge and reclaim what was taken from him! Richard (Donald Westlake) Stark's groundbreaking Parker books are adapted for the first time as a series of graphic novels by Darwyn Cooke. The initial graphic novel brings to life the first Parker book, The Hunter, which introduces readers to the dangerous anti-hero's cold and calculated world of criminals, thugs, and grifters.

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker Omnibus, Vol. 1


Ed BrubakerGene Colan - 2009
    Now, pushed beyond the limit, he finds himself behind the eight ball with no clear way out, the people he calls friends slowly deserting him, and Hell's Kitchen gradually slipping out of control. The question is, when his back is against the wall, just how far will Daredevil go to get back what is his? And if you think Matt's life is going to start getting simpler after that, think again As he tries to find a way to move forward, a threat from his past begins to creep toward daylight. And with the post-Civil War fallout all around him, he finds himself fighting a battle on both fronts of his life: in the courtroom and on the rooftops of Hell's Kitchen.Collecting: Daredevil 82-105

Strangers in Paradise (Omnibus, Books One & Two)


Terry Moore - 2009
    All 107 issues of the Strangers In Paradise series are here, including the spin-offs Molly & Poo, Princess Warrior, When World's Collide, and David's Story.

The Big Book of Barry Ween, Boy Genius


Judd Winick - 2009
    What does a ten-year-old boy do with a 350 I.Q.? Anything he wants! Cranky, egotistical, arrogant, and foul-mouthed, Barry in general wants to conduct his experiments and be left alone, but it never seems to work out. Hurdles that Barry must outmaneuver range from time warps, to art thieves, to inter-dimensional warfare with gorillas, to accidentally turning his best friend into a dinosaur! This massive volume collects all three BARRY WEEN mini-series—12 issues in all—for a complete compilation of the hit series, THE ADVENTURES OF BARRY WEEN, BOY GENIUS.

I Kill Giants


Joe Kelly - 2009
    Barbara Thorson, a girl battling monsters both real and imagined, kicks butt, takes names, and faces her greatest fear in this bittersweet, coming-of-age story called "Best Indy Book of 2008" by IGN.

Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles


John Green - 2009
    This graphic novel's original illustrations accompany an easy-to-read account of Holmes and Watson's investigation of a family curse. Readers will be irresistibly drawn into the search for a giant spectral hound that haunts the fog-shrouded moors.This Dover Graphic Novel Classic offers readers ages 8 and up an exciting introduction to a time-honored tale. Expertly abridged and packed with dramatic illustrations, this version offers a streamlined narrative that retains all of the storytelling essentials.

X-Men: Magneto Testament


Greg Pak - 2009
    But in 1935, he was just another schoolboy - who happened to be Jewish in Nazi Germany. The definitive origin story of one of Marvel's greatest icons begins with a silver chain and a crush on a girl - and quickly turns into a harrowing struggle for survival against the inexorable machinery of Hitler's Final Solution From X-Men: Phoenix - Endsong writer Greg Pak and award-winning artist Carmine Di Giandomenico. Collects X-Men: Magneto Testament #1-5.

ALPHA…Directions


Jens Harder - 2009
    We see our infant universe as it rapidly expands, formed by black holes belonging to another universe. He uses a cinematic style to show every step, with imagery taken from popular culture, archaeology, science, film, and art sources, and to take use through the formation of our solar system and the earth itself, charting the long course of biological evolution.Alpha is the first in a trilogy covering the world and mankind's evolution. Alpha is the starting point of investigating the pre-history of Earth, from just a speck in the sky to the birth of life that we cherish so much today. It is the 'greatest story in the world'

The Hound of the Baskervilles


Ian Edginton - 2009
    Culbard have teamed up again to create a visually compelling graphic novel adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s masterpiece. The superb writing and beautiful art takes Conan Doyle’s supernatural tale to new heights.All the elements are here for a thrilling tale: A gnarled walking stick, missing boot, neglected family portrait, convicted killer on the loose, and the ancestral curse of a phantom hound. The great detective himself, Sherlock Holmes—with the help of Dr. Watson—has his work cut out for him in a dramatic mystery that will keep readers guessing until the very end.

100 Bullets, Vol. 13: Wilt


Brian Azzarello - 2009
    Offering his clients an attaché case containing proof of the deed and a gun, he guarantees his "clients" full immunity for all of their actions, including murder.In this final volume, we learn more about the past history of The Trust and the Minutemen's place in contemporary history as secrets are revealed about what really caused Graves' war with the Trust.

Secret Six, Vol. 1: Unhinged


Gail Simone - 2009
    The Secret Six are back in an all-new ongoing series that promises to deliver some of the darkest, most twisted action-adventure the DC Universe has seen since...well, the last time the Secret Six got together!Join Catman, Scandal, Deadshot, Ragdoll, and their two newest members as they hit the road on the run from some of the world's most dangerous killers! A contract has been put out on the lives of the Six, but the sly team has some tricks - and a whole lot of bullets - up their own sleeves! Prepare for an adventure that will take them through a gauntlet across the seediest parts of the DC Universe, and will ultimately pit them against a foe more monstrous and murderous than any they've ever had to face!Collecting SECRET SIX #1-7!

The Punisher MAX, Vol. 5


Garth Ennis - 2009
    Heart full of blackest hate and loving every minute of it, he's out to crush the vigilante to pulp - and take his time over killing what remains.

Pim and Francie: The Golden Bear Days


Al Columbia - 2009
    Collecting over a decade s worth of artifacts, excavations, comic strips, animation stills, storybook covers, and much more, this broken jigsaw puzzle of a book tells the story of Pim & Francie, a pair of childlike, male and female imps whose irresponsible antics get them into horrific, fantastic trouble. Their loosely defined relationship only contributes to the existential fear that lingers underneath the various perils they are subjected to. Columbia s brilliant, fairytale-like backdrops hint at further layers of reality lurking under every gingerbread house or behind every sunny afternoon. Never have such colorful, imaginative vistas instilled such an atmosphere of dread, and with such a wicked sense of humor. This is a comprehensive collection of Columbia s Pim & Francie work, including paintings, comics, character designs, and much more, all woven into something greater than the sum of its parts, with Pim & Francie careening from danger to danger, threaded together through text and notes by the artist. This is the first book collection by Columbia, a well-regarded talent amongst longtime fans of the alternative comic book scene, and one who will thrill an entirely new audience with the singular, inspired, fully-realized fantasies within Pim & Francie.

Amazing Spider-Man: Ultimate Collection, Book 1


J. Michael Straczynski - 2009
    Michael Straczynski and John Romita Jr. introduce an enigmatic stranger who will forever change the way Peter Parker views himself ... and the origins of his amazing alter ego Plus, the web-slinger struggles with the most horrific tragedy ever to befall his city: the events of Sept. 11. Then, for years, Peter Parker kept his heroic double identity a guarded secret from his beloved Aunt May. Now that she's finally learned the truth, how will May react to the shocking revelation? Plus: On a trip to California, Spider-Man takes on his classic foe, Doctor Octopus Collects Amazing Spider-Man #30-45.

Circle Series Visual Edition: Black, Red, and White Graphic Novels


Ted Dekker - 2009
    Two worlds. One Story. Now in a stunning, four color visual edition. Nothing is as it seems when dreams and reality collide. Black - A virulent evil has been unleashed upon the people of the earth. The only man who can stop it is Thomas Hunter, an unlikely hero whose life is stretched between two worlds. Red - In one world, Thomas Hunter is a battle-scarred general commanding an army of primitive warriors. In the other, he's racing to outwit sadistic terrorists intent on creating global chaos.

The Ultimates Omnibus


Mark Millar - 2009
    But just as they begin to get comfortable in their roles as international celebrities and America's champions, things get hard Can the Ultimates survive the Hulk's execution, Thor's imprisonment - and the advent of the Ultimate Defenders? The world's greatest heroes are in for the battle of the century - and not all of them will be walking away Collects Ultimates #1-13, Ultimates 2 #1-13, Ultimates Annual #1, and Ultimates 2 #1 Variant Sketch Edition.

Gears of War: Volume One


Joshua Ortega - 2009
    The best-selling video game franchise arrives in comic books stores with a blast - one month before the debut of the new Xbox 360 game! This story bridges the end of the first Gears of War game and the start of the second one, following the brutal adventures of Marcus Fenix and Delta Squad in the battle against the Locust! What happened after the Lightmass Bombing and how did the Locust react to this devastating weapon? Find out in this new series by Gears of War 2 game-writer Joshua Ortega (Death Dealer) and artist Liam Sharp (LORD HAVOK AND THE EXTREMISTS).

The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook


Eleanor Davis - 2009
    There, they can work to their hearts content on projects like the Stink-O-Meter, the Kablovsky Copter, and the Nightsneak Goggles. All that tinkering comes in handy when the trio discovers an evil scientist's dastardly plan to rob a museum. Can three inventors, armed with their wacky creations, hope to defeat this criminal mastermind?

Hack/Slash Omnibus Volume 2


Tim Seeley - 2009
    All this and the first-ever Hack/Slash Annual in one mega-volumeCollects: Hack/Slash 1-11, Annual 1 featuring the Suicide Girls, portions of 12 and 13, and 14-17.TPB Equivalent: A portion of Friday the 31st (volume 3) and all of Revenge of the Return Part 4 (volume 4) and Reanimation Games (volume 5).Extras: Cover and pinup gallery, sketchbook, and Psychofiles featuring The Lunch Lady, Dr. Gross, Father Wrath 2, Six Sixx, Emily Cristy, The Children, Tin Woodsman, Diaboliq and Dr. Herbert West.

Beanworld, Vol. 1: Wahoolazuma!


Larry Marder - 2009
    Dark Horse proudly introduces Beanworld to a new generation of fans with this first volume in a series of standalone graphic novels Meet Mr. Spook, Professor Garbanzo, Beanish, and the Chow Sol'jer Army as they experience adventures that prove, whether friends or adversaries, we all ultimately depend on each other for survival. Beanworld reflects deep truths about our world, including themes of ecology, advertising, culture, and art, making the experiences of these fanciful creatures feel as true, funny, moving, and relatable as anything in our own reality.

The Secret of Whale Island


Thea Stilton - 2009
    Between classes and friendships, love and small fits of jealousy, they're finding college life is really exciting! In "The Secret of Whale Island," it's the start of the new school year and the students have arrived at Ratford College. Every year at this time, the whales move off the coast of Whale Island, but this time, a savage killer whale threatens the peace.

Astonishing X-Men Trilogy Collection


Joss Whedon - 2009
    A new menace emerges, however, that tests the team to their limits, forcing them to question their every ideal, as they discover that the threat is a 'cure' for the mutant phenomenon - a cure that holds a dark secret! Three graphic novels collected in an attractive slipcase.

The Fat Freddy's Cat Omnibus


Gilbert Shelton - 2009
    

Too Much Coffee Man Omnibus


Shannon Wheeler - 2009
    Who would have ever guessed that ten years later, he would have multiple volumes of critically acclaimed cartoons under his belt and a rich, satisfying career? The Too Much Coffee Man Omnibus gathers all of the cartoons from four hilarious volumes of work, bringing together all of Wheeler's signature satire and sweetness in one convenient package. Essential for Too Much Coffee Man fans, and sure to convert new ones!

Deadpool, Volume 1: Secret Invasion


Daniel Way - 2009
    but, in Deadpool's world, that just means it's Monday! Crazy times call for crazy men, but c'mon, this guy's insane! Like it or not, Deadpool may be the only person on the planet who can save us... but who's to say he wants to? An explosive debut story by writer Daniel Way (Wolverine: Origins, Ghost Rider, Bullseye: Greatest Hits) and fan-favorite artist Paco Medina (New Warriors, New X-Men)! Deadpool: His madness is his method! You won't want to miss it!Collecting: Deadpool 1-5

Nine Ways to Disappear


Lilli Carré - 2009
    Skillfully drawn single panels explore a rich imagined world where actions have unexpected consequences and loneliness pervades, but not without a sense of the absurd. The stories read like vignettes that can span a day or decades, all drawn within a bordered page in intimate detail.Each story unfolds quickly and features characters that run the gamut: joke-writing sisters gone awry, a wandering sleepwalker, a pearl with curious properties, an elusive coughing neighbor, a wide-eyed girl of questionable appeal, even a storm drain. Whether animate or inanimate, sweet or monstrous, Lilli has the ability to infuse them all with pathos, humanity, and humor.

G.I. Joe: COBRA


Christos Gage - 2009
    He's the Joes' top undercover agent. And he's just infiltrated a top secret, highly organized terrorist organization... one the Joes aren't familiar with... one with a snake motif. As Chuckles is pulled deeper and deeper into the dark underbelly of Cobra, where one misstep means death, can he pull off the ultimate deception and bring them down from within?

They Still Suspect Nothing: Two Lumps Year Four


Mel Hynes - 2009
    It has since become a cult legend. Collected here in print, for the first time, are the strips from the fourth year of Two Lumps - complete with author and artist annotations. Forward by Chris Daily from "Punch an' Pie"!

Lightsurfing: Living Life in the Front of My Mouth


Marrus - 2009
    A bawdy and heartfelt memoir of the coming of age of a young artist amidst the party lights of 1990s New York City, this full-color book also collects dozens of Marrus's most beloved sketches, drawings and paintings on heavy coated stock for the very first time. Revealed in the book’s poignant and often hilarious entries are the answers to some of the elusive mysteries behind how Marrus came to be, as she takes us on journeys through Manhattan's club scene, the kink underground, Medieval Renaissance fairs and even the famous Knob Row of Valiant Comics. Along the way we will all learn how to "surf the light" as Marrus does, turning failure into hope, sorrow into triumph.

Amazing Spider-Man by J.M.S. Ultimate Collection Book Two


J. Michael Straczynski - 2009
    Michael Straczynski and artist John Romita Jr., featuring Spider-Man continuing to protect innocent citizens from harm as he struggles to keep his personal life together. Peter always believed the radioactive spider-bite that granted him his powers was an accident. Now, the mysterious Ezekiel offers a shockingly different explanation! Next, Peter's career as a teacher intersects with his life as Spider-Man in a touching story about family devotion. Then, the web-slinger teams up with Iron Man, Captain America and others to battle a group of monsters set on destroying New York City! Volume also includes the historic 500th issue featuring artwork by legendary Spidey artist John Romita Sr.! Collects Amazing Spider-Man #46-58, #500-502, and Best of Spider-Man Volume 3 HC, with extras.

G-Man Volume 1: Learning To Fly


Chris Giarrusso - 2009
    From the creator of the sold-out Mini-Marvels digests comes the first G-Man digest Writer/artist Chris Giarrusso continues his signature Mini-Marvels brand of comics with G-Man and his pals, the next wave of all-new kid super-heroes Collects the sold-out G-Man one-shot, the G-Man Christmas Story, an extensive collection of Comic Bits comic strips, and more.

Today I Hunt...Humankind: Two Lumps - Year Three


Mel Hynes - 2009
    It has since become a cult legend. Collected here in print, for the first time, are the strips from the third year of Two Lumps - complete with author and artist annotations.

Oz: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz


Eric Shanower - 2009
    When Kansas farm girl Dorothy flies away to the magical Land of Oz, she fatally flattens a wicked witch, liberates a living scarecrow and is hailed by the Munchkin people as a great sorceress but all she really wants to know is: how does she get home?

The Creature


Luiz Eduardo de Oliveira (Leo) - 2009
    Telling the story of humanity's first attempts to colonise distant planets, this is the tale of Kim and his companions and the strange creatures and perilous dangers they face in the unknown worlds.

I Want You #1


Lisa Hanawalt - 2009
    This issue tackles interspecies romance, freeway accidents, bug sex, and animal obsessions with a sense of humor equally sophisticated and crass. But don't be fooled: This is one of the most genre-defying, formally inventive comic books of the last decade. It features narrative comics, illustrated lists, newspaper-style color comics, plus so much more. And Hanawalt draws some of the most attractive, skillfully rendered animals in absurd hats you'll ever see.

The Bawlplayers and Other Stories


John Stanley - 2009
    The gang is all here as Tubby teaches Lulu to turn purple so she can get ice cream, Alvin refuses to go home until everyone says they like him, and the boys go to war over their clubhouse presidency.

Luba


Gilbert Hernández - 2009
    But he soon picked up the story of Luba: The hammer-wielding matriarch had emigrated to the U. S. where she contended not only with an unwelcoming new culture but also her extended family. These "America" stories - over 80 of them, ranging from quick one-page blackout sketches to graphic novellas—were originally published in a number of different comics and reprinted in a trilogy of oversized paperbacks. Luba collects in one compact, affordable hardcover the entirety of these tales, showcasing Gilbert Hernandez's wicked wit, great compassion, and uncanny understanding of how human beings love, squabble, and ultimately find a way to make it through this life.

Daughters, Sons & Shrink-Ray Guns


Aaron Williams - 2009
    The latest collection of Aaron Williams' delightful PS238, in which "metaprodigy" (IE superhero) children attend a special school to learn mystical literature, multidimensional history, mad science, and hyperspatial arithmetic.

Homestuck, Act 1: The Note Desolation Plays


Andrew Hussie - 2009
    

PS Comics


Minty Lewis - 2009
    They might be strawberries or terriers, but they're the drunken coworkers, troubled classmates, and vindictive roommates that haunt everybody.

Wolverine: Inside The World Of The Living Weapon


Matthew K. Manning - 2009
    While he was part of the Weapon X program his skeletal structure was bonded with the near-destructible alloy adamantium, and now very little can stop him. DK's publishing program celebrates Wolverine's classic comic book roots, with gorgeous imagery, classic story lines, and a nod to the franchise that Wolverine has become. Super-fans can learn about Wolverine's comic book debut (a cameo in a Hulk comic in 1974), and the development of his character, his story, the X-Men, and more in our comprehensive and spectacularly illustrated Ultimate Guide. MARVEL, Wolverine and the distinctive likenesses thereof are trademarks of Marvel Characters, Inc., and are used with permission. _ Copyright (c) 2008 Marvel Characters, Inc. All rights reserved. www.marvel.com. This book is produced under license from Marvel Characters, Inc.

Tales Designed to Thrizzle, Volume One


Michael Kupperman - 2009
    And now the first four issues of Michael Kupperman s revered series are finally collected into one deluxe hardcover. Even better, Kupperman has taken the original two-color printing and made the entire book full color These tales are more thrizzling than ever What are tales designed to thrizzle? Tales designed to thrizzle are about evil girls and their owls. They are about Jesus half-brother Pagus, the Mysterious Avenger, Dick Crazy, scary snakes, delicious bacon, Private Eye Johnny Silhouette, the Silver Knight, Murder She Didn t Write, the Mannister, the Space Patrol, portraits where the eyes move, Pablo Picasso, sex blimps (and their logical inverse, sex holes), the hot boy band Boybank, soccer joust, Underpants-On-His-Head Man, Hercules the Public Domain Superhero, Cousin Granpa, Mister Bossman, Mark Twain, the silent robot Citobor and, of course, the Thirties.The stories in Tales Designed to Thrizzle made their debut in 2009 on the Cartoon Network s Adult Swim program as Snake N Bacon. The show, a mix of live-action, puppetry and animation, stars David Rakoff (This American Life), Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords), James Urbaniak (The Venture Brothers), and Dan Bakkedahl (The Daily Show), and is produced by Kupperman, Robert Smigel (SNL, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog), Scott Jacobson (The Daily Show) and Rich Bloomquist (The Daily Show).

Miss Feeny's Folly and Other Stories


John Stanley - 2009
    A compendium of collected stories that makes you laugh along with neighborhood kids Lulu, Tubby, Alvin, Annie, and the rest as they play practical jokes, solve mysteries, connive for dimes, and have all manner of hilarious adventures.

Map of My Heart


John Porcellino - 2009
    In this collection, while Porcellino is living in isolation and experiencing the pain of divorce, he crafts a melancholic, tender graphic ballad of heartbreak and reflection.Known for his sad, quiet honesty rendered in his signature deceptively minimalist style, Porcellino has a command of graphic storytelling as sophisticated as the medium's more visually intricate masters. Few other artists are able to so expertly contemplate the sadness, beauty, and wonder of life in so few lines.

Angel: Not Fade Away


Scott Tipton - 2009
    As a bonus, this collection also includes the original episode script by Joss Whedon and Jeffrey Bell, including spot illustrations by artist Jeff Johnson.Originally published as Angel : not fade away issue #1-3 and :Not fade away" from Angel scriptbook, vol. 2

The Adventures of Hercules


Martin Powell - 2009
    The goddess Hera commands that the mighty Hercules must undergo twelve incredible tasks to pay for a mistake he made in the past. Hercules easily completes the first few labors, as he overpowers a ravenous lion and battles a giant bull barehanded. But not all the gods support him, and Hercules faces difficult tasks that test his strength and his mind.

Tiny Titans, Volume 1: Welcome to the Treehouse


Art Baltazar - 2009
    You'll see what life is like for the very young heroes of Sidekick Elementary and learn what could go wrong when the kids of Sidekick Elementary spend an afternoon in the Batcave in this new graphic novel.These all ages tales from the DC Universe, beautifully written and illustrated by Art Baltazar and Franco, will entertain new readers and seasoned fans of comics.Collecting: Tiny Titans 1-6

Mini-Marvels: Secret Invasion Digest


Chris Giarrusso - 2009
    All-ages fun featuring the wild and crazy kid counterparts to Marvel's greatest heroes! Here come the Mini Marvels in their second comedy/adventure digest! Featuring Spidey, Wolverine, Iron Man, Hulk and more Marvel favorites - reimagined for an all-ages audience!

Dungeon: The Early Years - Vol. 2: Innocence Lost


Joann Sfar - 2009
    In the second story which happens quite a few years later, he’s married and a poor husband, worse even, a poor lover, until Alexandra plots to gain him back. Cloak and dagger with romantic bravura! And you thought he didn’t have it in him. Art by Eisner nominated Blain (Isaac The Pirate, Gus) and story by legendary Trondheim and Eisner nominated Sfar (Rabbi’s Cat).

The Group


Luiz Eduardo de Oliveira (Leo) - 2009
    Telling the story of humanity's first attempts to colonise distant planets, this is the tale of Kim and his companions and the strange creatures and perilous dangers they face in the unknown worlds.

The Art Of Top Cow


Michael Layne Turner - 2009
    Today's top artist lists are filled with alumi of the famous Top Cow "Pit". The Art of Top Cow is a massive collection that combines The Art of The Darkness, The Art of Witchblade, and The Art of Marc Silvestri into a single tome, complete with select additional pieces rendered by some of the best artists to have graced the pages and covers of Top Cow titles.

Club Penguin Comics: Volume 1


Grosset & Dunlap - 2009
    This collection features the best comics from the virtual world of Club Penguin - plus lots of original, brand new comics. It's perfect for reluctant readers, and for Club Penguin fans everywhere.

Nocturnals, Volume Two: The Dark Forever and Other Tales (Nocturnal Archives, #2)


Dan Brereton - 2009
    The nighttime world is teeming with dangers the sleeping populace is dimly aware of and only the Nocturnals are equipped to fight. This handsome, must-have volume - for newcomers and completists alike - includes two mini-series: The Dark Forever, with story and art by Dan Brereton, and Gunwitch: Outskirts of Doom, with story by Brereton with art by Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin, Death Jr.), as well as the Halloween special Troll Bridge, and the stories Spectres and Beasts. Extras include an afterword by creator Dan Brereton with Nocturnals insights and inspirations.

Spy vs Spy Masters of Mayhem


Antonio Prohías - 2009
    Spy" was the brainchild of Cuban-born political cartoonist Antonio Prohias, who fled his country after receiving death threats from Fidel Castro. Prohias settled in America, and in 1960 he began a 26-year run of Spy misadventures in MAD Magazine. This book by Prohias, long out of print, showcases his genius as an artist, storyteller, and graphic designer.

My Every Single Thought


Corinne Mucha - 2009
    

Marc Bell's Hot Potatoe: Fine Ahtwerks: 2001-2008


Marc Bell - 2009
    . . cartoonist . . . The delight of his work is in the play of a free-associating and funny imagination.” –Ken Johnson, The New York Times Marc Bell’s Hot Potatoe seamlessly combines more than a decade’s worth of comics activities with a lifelong devotion to, as Bell calls it, “Fine Ahtwerks.” Part artmonograph, part comics collection,Hot Potatoe is filled with mixed-media cardboard constructions, watercolor drawings, altered found texts, and Bell’s most intense, dizzying comics from the contemporary avant-garde comics anthologies Kramers Ergot and The Ganzfeld. Bell’s works have their roots in draftsmanship, typography, and old-fashioned gags, but morph into assemblages that connect his images into real space. His comics are funny, seat-of-thepants narratives that give the characters an inner life.Represented by the Adam Baumgold Gallery in Manhattan, Bell is one of the leading lights in the new emphasis on drawing in the art world. He comes on like a stepchild of R. Crumb, Ray Johnson, and Basquiat, armed with a dashing and looping rapidograph.

Dungeon: Zenith - Vol. 3: Back in Style


Joann Sfar - 2009
    Two stories continue the heyday of Dungeon, in the first, Isis is to be married to the Keeper but she wants Herbert! Besides, the whole affair promises to ruin the Dungeon completely. In the second, besides the continued Keeper financial mishaps, Herbert wishes to make his comeback to his hometown where his name is mud. He disguises himself with a potion that makes him the mask of death . Only one problem: if he laughs, he becomes himself again!

The Alamo and Other Stories


John Stanley - 2009
    Containing the previously uncollected 'Marge's Little Lulu' numbers 88-93 in full color, this volume features works by comic-book legends John Stanley and Irving Tripp that haven't been seen since they were first released over 50 years ago.

Sleeper Car


Theo Ellsworth - 2009
    This small collection of short stories features gambling robots, a thrilling space mission, a whimsical train ride and a coterie of generous sky gnomes. With his unique blend of humor, wild creativity, and artwork as intricate as ever, Ellsworth realizes worlds unknown. Sleeper Car is about discovery, exploration and the benefits of letting your imagination guide you.

The Gift of the Magi


O. Henry - 2009
    Henry, originally published in 1906, has become one of the best known and most beloved of Chistmas tales. An exuberant couple urged on by their love, make great sacrifices in order to purchase the perfect Christmas gift for the other. The husband sells his gold watch in order to buy expensive combs for his wife's luxurious locks. While the wife sells her hair to the wigmaker in order to buy a chain suitable for her husband's handsome timepiece. When all is revealed on Christmas Eve, the sweet irony of their dual generosity leaves them, whether they know it or not, as the wisest of gift givers: "But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. O all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi."The artist Joel Priddy employs the same twists of reciprocity in his own work and is well suited to adapting and updating this classic for a modern audience.

Uncovering Mummies: An Isabel Soto Archaeology Adventure


Tammy Enz - 2009
    Dr. Isabel Soto is an archaeologist and world explorer with the skills to go wherever and whenever she needs to research history, solve a mystery, or rescue colleagues in trouble. Readers join Izzy on her journeys and gain knowledge about historical places, eras, and cultures on the way.

Senseless Acts of Tourism


Aaron Williams - 2009
    See the Castle Beyond Time & Space where Tyler must choose the destiny of every superhero yet to be. And go with Cecil Holmes as he finds out that many corporate CEOs have spandex outfits in their past. All this and an introduction by Wildstorm's editor supremo, Scott Peterson in ps238 Volume 6: Senseless Acts of Tourism.

Sunny Side Down: A Collection of Tales of Mere Existence


Levni Yilmaz - 2009
    Armed only with insecurity, doubt, and a seemingly inadvisable tenacity, Lev trudges through his days furiously analyzing himself and the world around him, desperately trying to figure out where he fits in. If you have ever felt like a perpetual square peg in a world of round holes, you have found a kindred spirit.

Star Trek Omnibus Vol. 2 - The Early Voyages


Dan Abnett - 2009
    The entire 17-issue Star Trek: Early Voyages series is collected in its entirety in this massive volume

The Presidents of the United States


Ben Templesmith - 2009
    Ben Templesmith (Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, 30 Days of Night) serves up a collection of portraitures featuring all of the United States' Presidents! Take an unprecedented look at the personalities of the men who lead the world's largest democracy through the best and worst of times.

Action Philosophers!: the lives and thoughts of history's A-list brain trust


Fred Van Lente - 2009
    These are not just great thinkers they also make great comics. Action Philosophers details the lives and thoughts of history's A-list brain trust in hip and humorous comic book fashion. All nine issues of the award-winning, best-selling comic book series have been collected into a single volume, making this a comprehensive cartoon history of ideas from pre-Socratics to Jacques Derrida, including four new stories. ""You'll never have more fun getting the real scoop on the big ideas that have made the world the mess we live in today!"" — Tom Morris (Author of Philosophy for Dummies, If Aristotle Ran General Motors, and If Harry Potter Ran General Electric).

Tokyo on Foot: Travels in the City's Most Colorful Neighborhoods


Florent Chavouet - 2009
    Each day he would set forth, with a pouch full of colored pencils and a sketchpad, to visit different neighborhoods. This stunning book records the city that he got to know during his adventures, a gritty, vibrant place, full of ordinary people going about their daily lives. Realistically rendered city views or posters of pop stars contrast with cartoon sketches of iconic objects or droll vignettes, like a housewife walking her pet pig and a Godzilla statue in a local park.With wit, a playful sense of humor, and the colored pencils of his kit, Florent Chavouet sets aside the question of urban ugliness or beauty and captures the Japanese essence of a great city.

Star Trek: Crew


John Byrne - 2009
    But that supposedly pedestrian mission may just be the most dangerous of her life! Acclaimed creator John Byrne brings this story to life, torn from the beginnings of the Federation.

Lenore #3


Roman Dirge - 2009
    It's the first appearance of Ragamuffin, the vampiric monster trapped in the body of a cute lil' doll! The boy with his heart in a box! Little Miss Muffet! Roman Dirge's Tattooed Autopsy! It's all in another jam-packed, chaotic issue starring everyone's favorite little dead girl.

A Refreshing Look at Renewable Energy with Max Axiom, Super Scientist


Katherine E. Krohn - 2009
    Using powers he acquired in a freak accident, Max demonstrates and explains science in ways never before seen in the classroom. Whether shrinking down to the size of an ant or riding on a sound wave, Max can do whatever it takes to make science super cool and accessible.

Nancy: The John Stanley Library, Vol. 1


John Stanley - 2009
    Most famous for scripting the adventures of Marjorie Henderson Buell’s Little Lulu, John Stanley is one of comics’ secret geniuses. He provided a visual rough draft for all the comics he wrote and then handed off these “scripts” for someone else to render the finished art. No matter what comic he was writing, he breathed life into his characters. In Stanley’s comics, Nancy is no longer a crabby cipher but a hilarious, brilliant, scheming, duplicitous, honest, and loyal little kid—a real little kid. Her adventures with her best friend, the comically destitute Sluggo, involve moneymaking schemes to afford ice-cream sodas, botched trips to the corner store for Nancy’s Aunt Fritzi, and comically raucous attempts to remove loose teeth.Drawn & Quarterly is launching several kid-friendly volumes of Nancy and Nancy and Sluggo as companion volumes to Melvin Monster and Dark Horse’s Little Lulu volumes. The books are designed by Seth (The Complete Peanuts; Melvin Monster; Clyde Fans; It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken).

The Flash Archives, Vol. 5


John Broome - 2009
    The Flash races into adventure in this new volume featuring some of his greatest foes!Originally published in the early 1960s, these stories pit The Fastest Man Alive against members of his infamous Rogues Gallery including Captain Cold, Abra-Kadabra, Mirror Master, Pied Piper, Heat Wave and the Reverse Flash!

Sugar Hero


Michael Dahl - 2009
    Soon she learns that the candies give her the incredible powers of nature. Halo uses the powers to combat Doozie Hiss, a rival student with superpowered hair.

Elmer


Gerry Alanguilan - 2009
    Recognizing themselves to be sentient, the inexplicably evolved chickens push to attain rights for themselves as the newest members of the human race.Originally self-published by the author in the Philippines, this is the first US edition of the book and the first edition to be made available to the book and library trade.

Excalibur Visionaries: Alan Davis, Vol. 1


Alan Davis - 2009
    Excalibur leader Captain Britain is double-teamed by problems when the Technet take over his house and he's abducted to be put on trial by his fellow Captain Britains Meanwhile, Excalibur's own ranks grow as Widget, Kylun, and Cerise join the action - presuming anyone on the team survives the wrath of the Anti-Phoenix Plus, more than four years of mutant madness culminates in a fearsome fight in #50 Collects Excalibur #42-50.