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Recommended Titles for Young Adults (Age 13+)
Black Canary Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming

Black Canary Volume 1: Kicking and Screaming
Written by:
Brendan Fletcher
Illustrated by:
 Annie Wu and Various
Publisher: DC Comics
Format: Softcover, 168 pages, Full Color, $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-40126-117-7
Release Date: March 2, 2016

After years as a crimefighter, Dinah Lance never imagined herself as a singer...but now she'd die to protect her new band of misfits and trouble magnets!


Archie Vol. 1

Archie Volume 1
Written by:
Mark Waid
Illustrated by:
 Fiona Staples
Publisher: Archie Comics
Format: Softcover, 7 x 10, 176 pages, Full Color, $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-62738-867-2
Release Date: March 9, 2016

Archie, one of the longest-running titles in comic book history, is rebooted here by two of the most popular creators in comics, Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Irredeemable) and Fiona Staples (Saga). Together they create a surprising and definitive take on the origins of everyone's favorite redheaded teen and his friends while showcasing the beginnings of the historic love triangle between Archie, Betty, and Veronica. The book captures the bite and hilarious edge of Archie's original tales in a modern, forward-looking manner, while still retaining the character's all-ages appeal. 


Lucky Penny

Lucky Penny
Written by:
Ananth Hirsh
Illustrated by:
Yuko Ota
Publisher: Oni Press
Format: Softcover, 208 pages, Full Color, $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-62010-287-9
Release Date: March 9, 2016 

If Penny Brighton didn't have bad luck, she'd have no luck at all. She lost her job. And her apartment. In the same day. But it's okay, her friend has a cozy storage unit she can crash in. And there's bound to be career opportunities at the neighborhood laundromat-just look how fast that 12-year-old who runs the place made it to management! Plus, there's this sweet guy at the community center, and maybe Penny can even have a conversation with him without being a total dork. Surely Penny is a capable of becoming an actual responsible adult, and if she can do that her luck's bound to change! Right?

Preview of Lucky Penny

Interview with Lucky Penny creators Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota


Paracuellos Vol. 1

Paracuellos Volume 1
Written by:
 Carlos Giménez
Illustrated by: Carlos Giménez
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Format: Softcover, 9 x 11, 136 pages, Black and White, $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-63140-468-9
Release Date: March 9, 2016

Carlos Giménez's autobiographical account of the plight of children in post-World War II Fascist Spain has won virtually every comics award in Europe, including "Best Album" at the 1981 Angoulême Festival, and the "Heritage Award" at Angoulême in 2010.

In the late 1930s when Spanish fascists led by Franco, and aided by Hitler and Mussolini, overthrew the elected government, almost 200,000 men and women fell in battle, were executed, or died in prison. Their orphaned children—and others ripped from the homes of the defeated—were shuttled from Church-run "home" to "home" and fed a steady diet of torture and disinformation by a totalitarian state bent on making them "productive" citizens.

Carlos Giménez was one of those children. In 1975, after Franco's death, Carlos began to tell his story. Breaking the code of silence proved to be a milestone, both for the comics medium and for a country coming to terms with its past.


The Nameless City Vol. 1

The Nameless City Volume 1
Written by:
Faith Erin Hicks
Illustrated by: Faith Erin Hicks
Publisher: First Second
Format: 
Hardcover/Softcover, 6 x 9, 240 pages, Black and White, $21.99/$16.99
ISBN:
HC: 978-1-62672-157-9/SC: 978-1-62672-156-2
Release Date:
 April 6, 2016 

Every nation that invades the City gives it a new name. But before long, new invaders arrive and the City changes hands (and names) once again. The natives don't let themselves get caught up in the unending wars. To them, their home is the Nameless City, and those who try to name it are forever outsiders. Kaidu is one such outsider. He's a Dao born and bred--a member of the latest occupying nation. Rat is a native of the Nameless City. At first, she hates Kai for everything he stands for, but his love of his new home may be the one thing that can bring these two unlikely friends together. Let's hope so, because the fate of the Nameless City rests in their hands.


Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1

Wonder Woman: Earth One Volume 1
Written by: Grant Morrison
Illustrated by:
 Yanick Paquette
Publisher: DC Comics
Format: Hardcover, 144 pages, Full Color, $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-40122-978-8
Release Date: April 6, 2016 

In this new installment of the Earth One original graphic novel line, Grant Morrison (The Muliversity) joins with Yanick Paquette (Swamp Thing, Batman, Inc.) to reimagine Wonder Woman for a new era. Encompassing the vision of her original creator, William Moulton Marston, Morrison presents a Diana who yearns to break free from her mother and the utopian society on Paradise Island to learn about the forbidden outside world. Her dreams may come true when Air Force pilot Steve Trevor crashes on their shores, and she must defy the laws of the Amazons to return him to Man's World. Is she ready for the culture shock that awaits her in America? And is the world ready for this Wonder Woman?


Batman: Europa

Batman: Europa
Written by:
Matteo Casali and Brian Azzarello
I
llustrated by: Giuseppe Camuncoli and Various
Publisher: DC Comics
Format: Hardcover, 144 pages, Full Color, $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-40125-970-9
Release Date: April 13, 2016 

The impossible has happened and Batman is on the verge of being taken down by an enemy he cannot defeat: a virus for which there is no cure! And the only hope for his salvation is The Joker! Who infected Batman, what does the Clown Prince of Crime know, and how will the Dark Knight get that information? Together, the enemies crisscross Europe, desperate to find answers before time runs out.


Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility

Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility
Written by:
Jane Austen
Illustrated by:
Po Tse
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Format: Hardcover, 5.75 x 8.25, 308 pages, Black and White, $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-927925-62-1
Release Date: May 4, 2016 

Manga Classics brings new life to Jane Austen’s very first novel. Sense and Sensibility is a classic tale about love, romance and heartbreak in this manga adaption. 

 


Back To The Future: Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines

Back To The Future: Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines
Written by:
 Bob Gale and Various
Illustrated by:
 Brent Schoonover and Various
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Format: Softcover, 6.5 x 10.25, 120 pages, Full Color, $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-63140-570-9
Release Date: May 18, 2016 

Back to the Future creator/screenwriter Bob Gale returns with all new tales from the twisting and turning timeline of the pop-culture phenomenon. From the Old West forward to the 1980s, from the 21st Century back to the Jurassic Period... and every time in between... Doc, Marty, along with their friends and enemies, embark on time-space continuum adventures of epic proportions.


X-Men: The Rise of Apocalypse

X-Men: The Rise of Apocalypse
Written by:
Various
Illustrated by: Various
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Format: Softcover, 400 pages, Full Color, $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-30290-069-4
Release Date: May 18, 2016

Chronicling the epic journey of a baby from ancient Egypt, cast out for the color of his pale blue skin, as he rises through the ages to become humanity's greatest enemy! Rescued and raised to believe in the survival of the fittest, the child of destiny known as En Sabah Nur is targeted by the pharaoh's scheming vizier Ozymandias - and the time-traveling Rama-Tut! Millennia later, join timetorn Cyclops and Phoenix in the 19th century, caught between Apocalypse and Mister Sinister! Then discover the centuries-old rivalry between two dark lords: En Sabah Nur and Dracula himself! And in the Middle Ages, Apocalypse pits Exodus against the Black Knight! It's the hidden history of Apocalypse in one time-twisting tome!


Max Ride: Ultimate Flight

Max Ride: Ultimate Flight
Written by:
 Jody Houser
Illustrated by: R.B. Silva
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Format: Hardcover, 144 pages, Full Color, $24.99
ISBN: 978-0-78519-585-6
Release Date: May 25, 2016

Max and her Flock are back - and more determined than ever to unlock the secrets of their past. But when a new stranger comes into their lives, she'll turn their whole world upside down! They're going back to school, but can the Flock hide their gifts and pretend to be regular kids? That might be hard for Max when classes are disrupted by an enemy invasion. Someone has been watching her - but who could it be? And as the search for the truth goes on, will it expose a traitor in their midst? Questions will be answered and mysteries solved, but can Max save the world and her family?


Anne Happy Vol. 1

Anne Happy Volume 1
Written by:
Cotoji
Illustrated by:
 Cotoji
Publisher: Yen Press
Format: Softcover, 192 pages, Black and White, $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-31627-217-9
Release Date: May 25, 2016

At Tennomifune Academy, students with "negative karma"-the kids who are practically weighed down by misfortune-are all collected into one place: Class 1-7. On the first day of school, Ruri Hibarigaoka (Hibari) meets fellow 1-7 classmates An Hanakoizumi (Hanako), a girl up to her ears in bad luck, and the all-too-frail Botan Kumegawa (...Botan). These fast friends just want to have a fun high school life, but are they pushing their luck...?!