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Miracleman by Gaiman and Buckingham Vol. 1: The Golden Age

Miracleman by Gaiman and Buckingham Volume 1: The Golden Age
Written by:
Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by: Mark Buckingham
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Format: Hardcover, 192 pages, Full Color, $29.99
ISBN: 978-0-78519-055-4
Release Date: March 2, 2016

Award-winning writer Neil Gaiman (Sandman) and artist Mark Buckingham (Fables) follow Alan Moore's groundbreaking run on Miracleman with the Golden Age. Atop Olympus, Miracleman presides over a brave new world forged from London's destruction. It is a world free of war, of famine, of poverty. A world of countless wonders. A world where pilgrims scale Olympus's peak to petition their living god while, miles below, the dead return in fantastic android bodies. It is an Age of Miracles -- but is humankind ready for it? Do we even want it? Is there a place for humanity in a world of gods? Gaiman and Buckingham delve into the lives of lonely idealists, rebellious schoolchildren and fracturing families, exploring the human constant in a changing world of gods and miracles.


Patience

Patience
Written by:
 Dan Clowes
Illustrated by: Dan Clowes
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Format: Hardcover, 180 pages, Full Color, $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-905-9
Release Date: March 2, 2016

Patience is a psychedelic science-fiction love story that swings from violent destruction to deep personal tenderness. It is also the first all new graphic novel from cartoonist Daniel Clowes (Ghost World, Eightball) in over a half-decade.


Mercury Heat Vol. 1

Mercury Heat Volume 1
Written by: Kieron Gillen
Illustrated by: Omar Francia and Nahuel Lopez
Publisher: Avatar Press
Format: Softcover, 160 pages, Full Color, $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-59291-278-0
Release Date: March 9, 2016

This is the new frontier of space, where humanity's insatiable need for energy is being fueled by Mercury. It's a tough environment and it attracts a rough crowd. So Luiza is bringing her own heat as a cop on Mercury, since she's just a bit too intense to be one on Earth. Mercury Heat introduces the sci-fi world of the future where individuals are identified by genetic markers and personality types to fill roles in society, the troublemakers seem to end up on Mercury. Luiza wanted to help people, she wanted with all her heart to be a police officer. But the automated Grapevine system had other plans for her. There are only a few legal options for someone branded with her neuroprofile. As an adult Luiza's dream came true - just on Mercury where she enforces laws with extreme prejudice as a bounty agent in a world of hard-as-nails miners and cyborgs. 


Tokyo Ghost Vol. 1: Atomic Garden

Tokyo Ghost Volume 1: Atomic Garden
Written by:
Rick Remender
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llustrated by: Sean Phillips
Publisher: Image Comics
Format: Softcover, 136 pages, Full Color, $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-63215-663-1
Release Date: March 9, 2016

The Isles of Los Angeles 2089: humanity is addicted to technology. Getting a virtual buzz is the only thing left to live for, and gangsters run it all. Who do these gangsters turn to when they need their rule enforced? Constables Led Dent and Debbie Decay are about to be given a job that will force them out of the familiar squalor of LA and into the last tech-less country on Earth: The Garden Nation of Tokyo. 


Goodnight Punpun Vol. 1

Goodnight Punpun Volume 1
Written by:
 Inio Asano
Illustrated by: Inio Asano
Publisher: Viz Media
Format: Softcover, 6 x 8, 448 pages, Black and White, $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-42158-620-5
Release Date: March 16, 2016

Meet Punpun Punyama. He's an average kid in an average town. He wants to win a Nobel Prize and save the world. He wants to go far away with his true love. He wants to find some porn. But Punpun's life is about to unravel... From the creator of Solanin.


Bartkira: Nuclear Edition

Bartkira: Nuclear Edition
Written by:
Katsuhrio Otomo
Illustrated by: Various
Publisher: 
Alternative Comics
Format: 
Hardcover, 8 x 12, 80 pages, Full Color, $19.99
ISBN: 
978-1-94280-195-5
Release Date: 
March 30, 2016 

A benefit edition of Bartkira that collects a narrative sequence of massive destruction from Akira re-interpreted through the bug-eyed lens of The Simpsons. 


Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus: Prostitution and Religious Obediance in the Bible

Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus: Prostitution and Religious Obediance in the Bible
Written by:
Chester Brown
Illustrated by:
 Chester Brown
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
Format: Hardcover, 5 x 8, 280 pages, Black and White, $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-77046-234-2
Release Date: April 13, 2016

Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesus is the retelling in comics form of nine biblical stories that present Chester Brown's fascinating and startling thesis about biblical representations of prostitution. Brown weaves a connecting line between Bathsheba, Ruth, Rahab, Tamar, Mary of Bethany, and the Virgin Mother and reassesses the Christian moral code by examining the cultural implications of the Bible's representations of sex work.  


The Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks: Lief and Death Under Soviet Rule

The Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks: Lief and Death Under Soviet Rule
Written by:
Igort
Illustrated by: Igort
Publisher: Simon & Shuster
Format: Hardcover, 6 x 9, 352 pages, Full Color, $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-45167-887-1
Release Date: April 27, 2016

Written and illustrated by an award-winning artist and translated into English for the first time, Igort's The Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks is a collection of two harrowing works of graphic nonfiction about life under Russian foreign rule. In The Russian Notebooks, Igort investigates the murder of award-winning journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkoyskaya. Anna spoke out frequently against the Second Chechen War, criticizing Vladimir Putin. In The Ukrainian Notebooks, Igort illustrates the events of the 1932 Holodomor. Little known outside of the Ukraine, the Holodomor was a government-sanctioned famine, an atrocity during Stalin's rule that killed anywhere from 1.8 to twelve million ethnic Ukrainians.


James Joyce: Portrait of a Dubliner

James Joyce: Portrait of a Dubliner
Written by: 
Alfonso Zapico
Illustrated by: Alfonso Zapico
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Format: Hardcover, 6 x 9, 240 pages, Black and White, $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-62872-655-8
Release Date: May 4, 2016

Winner of Spain's National Comic Prize, this graphic biography of James Joyce offers a fresh take on his tumultuous life. A rebel and nonconformist in Dublin and a harsh critic of Irish society, Joyce left Ireland in self-imposed exile with his wife, moving to Paris, Pola, Trieste, Rome, London, and finally Zurich. He overcame monumental challenges in creating and publishing Dubliners, Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake. With evocative anecdotes and hundreds of ink-wash drawings, Alfonso Zapico invites the reader to share Joyce's journey, from his earliest days in Dublin to his life with his great love, Nora Barnacle, and their children, and his struggles and triumphs as an artist.


We Stand on Guard

We Stand On Guard
Written by:
Brian K. Vaughan
Illustrated by: Steve Skroce
Publisher: Image Comics
Format: Hardcover, 160 pages, Full Color, $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-63215-702-7
Release Date: May 4, 2016

Set one hundred years in our future, We Stand On Guard follows a heroic band of Canadian civilians turned freedom fighters who must defend their homeland from invasion by a technologically superior opponent... the United States of America. From the writer of Saga and Y the Last Man.


The Twilight Children

The Twilight Children
Written by:
Gilbert Hernandez
Illustrated by: Darwyn Cooke
Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo
Format: Softcover, 144 pages, Full Color, $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-40126-245-7
Release Date: May 11, 2016

When a white orb washes up on the shore of a remote Latin American village, a group of children poke at the strange object to see what it is. The orb explodes, leaving the children completely blind. And when a beautiful young woman who may be an alien is found wandering the seafront, she's taken in by the townspeople, but soon becomes a person of interest to a pair of CIA agents, and the target of affection for a young scientist.


Cigarette Girl

Cigarette Girl
Written by:
 Masahiko Matsumoto
Illustrated by: Masahiko Matsumoto
Publisher: IDW Publishing/Top Self Productions
Format: Softcover, 5 x 7, 264 pages, Black and White, $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60309-382-8
Release Date: May 18, 2016

Welcome to the quiet, evocative urban dramas of Masahiko Matsumoto, one of the leading lights of the Japanese alternative-comics movement known as "gekiga." Originally published in 1974, these eleven stories now form the first English-language collection of Matsumoto's mature work. His shy, uncertain heroes face broken hearts, changing families, money troubles, sexual anxiety, and the pressures of tradition, but with a whimsy and lightness of touch that is Matsumoto's trademark.


Boy's Club

Boy's Club
Written by:
Matt Furie
Illustrated by: Matt Furie
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Format: Softcover, 180 pages, Black and White, $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-919-6
Release Date: May 25, 2016 

Matt Furie's deadpan comics showcase a series of comical vignettes combining laconic psychedelia, childlike enchantment, drug-fueled hedonism, and impish mischief. Furie's wildly popular teenage weirdoes became an internet sensation when Pepe the Frog was adopted by users of 4chan, giving Boy's Club built-in recognition. Boy's Club's sense of humor will especially resonate with fans of stoner comedies and black humor.


Jessica Farm Vol. 1

Jessica Farm Volume 1
Written by:
Josh Simmons
Illustrated by: Josh Simmons
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Format: Softcover, 104 pages, Full Color, $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-923-3
Release Date: May 25, 2016 

Jessica Farm fuses adventure, fantasy and psychological horror, all stamped with Josh Simmon's macabre sensibility. In Book 1, Jessica arrives at her Grandparents' farm and the banality is subverted by a ratcheting sense of dread, as we discover that Jessica's increasingly nightmarish house is filled with creatures around every corner.