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Recommended Titles for Older Teens (Age 16+)
Buffy: The High School Years - Freaks and Geeks

Buffy: The High School Years - Freaks and Geeks
Written by:
Faith Erin Hicks
Illustrated by: Yishan Li
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Format: Softcover, 6 x 9, 80 pages, Full Color, $10.99
ISBN: 978-1-61655-667-9
Release Date: June 1, 2016

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is back in classic action in a tale set during her first year at Sunnydale High School. Burdened with the stress of a new school, making new friends, and sleepless nights spent slaying the undead, Buffy becomes the target of a group of nerdy vampires hoping to climb the vampire social ladder.


Indeh: A Story of the Apache Wars

Indeh: A Story of the Apache Wars
Written by:
 Ethan Hawke
Illustrated by:
 Greg Ruth
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Format: Hardcover, 7 x 10, 240 pages, Black and White, $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-40131-099-8
Release Date: June 1, 2016

The year is 1872. The place, the Apache nations, a region torn apart by decades of war. The people, like Goyahkla, lose his family and everything he loves. As he burns his family's possession's he has a vision. A hawk rises to tell him that he can never be killed by a man. It is this vision that prompts the young Goyahkla into action. He approaches the Apache leader Cochise, his son Naiches, and the entire Apache nation to lead an attack against the Mexican village of Azripe for retribution. It is this wild display of courage that transforms the young brave Goyakhla into the Native American hero Geronimo. But the war wages on, lives continue to be lost, and all of Apache is conquered but one-Cochise's band. When it looks like lasting peace has been reached, it seems like the war is over. Or is it? Indeh captures the deeply rich narrative of two nations at war who then try to find peace and forgiveness in a time of great upheaval. Based on incredible research, Indeh offers a remarkable glimpse into the raw themes of cultural differences, the horrors of war, the search for peace, and what is ultimately retribution.


James Bond Vol. 1: VARGR

James Bond Volume 1: VARGR
Written by:
Warren Ellis
Illustrated by: 
Jason Masters
Publisher: 
Dynamite Entertainment
Format: 
Hardcover, 7 x 10, 168 pages, Full Color, $19.99
ISBN: 
978-1-60690-901-0
Release Date: 
June 22, 2016

After a mission of vengeance in Helsinki, James Bond returns to London and assumes the workload of a fallen 00 Section agent. His new mission takes him to Berlin, presumably to break up an agile drug-trafficking operation. But Bond has no idea of the forces ranged in secret against him, the full range of an operation that's much scarier and more lethal than he could possibly imagine. Berlin is about to catch fire... and James Bond is trapped inside. 


White Sand Vol. 1

White Sand Volume 1
Written by:
Brandon Sanderson, Rik Hoskin
Illustrated by: Julius Gopez
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Format: Hardcover, 7 x 10, 160 pages, Full Color, $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60690-885-3
Release Date: June 29, 2016 

A brand new saga of magic and adventure by #1 New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson. On the planet of Taldain, the legendary Sand Masters harness arcane powers to manipulate sand in spectacular ways. But when they are slaughtered in a sinister conspiracy, the weakest of their number, Kenton, believes himself to be the only survivor. With enemies closing in on all sides, Kenton forges an unlikely partnership with Khriss -- a mysterious Darksider who hides secrets of her own. White Sand brings to life a crucial, unpublished part of Brandon Sanderson's sprawling Cosmere universe.


Cook Korean! A Comic Book with Recipes

Cook Korean! A Comic Book With Recipes
Written by: Robin Ha
Illustrated by:
 Robin Ha
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Format: Softcover, 7 x 10, 176 pages, Full Color, $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60774-887-8
Release Date: July 6, 2016 

Playful and instructive, Cook Korean! is the intersection of cookbook and graphic novel in one easy-to-use package dedicated to this increasingly popular Asian cuisine. Illustrator Robin Ha presents colorful, humorous comics that fully illustrate all the steps and ingredients necessary for all 64 recipes in a clear, concise presentation (with no more than two pages per recipe on average). Recipes featured include Easy Kimchi (Makkimchi), Spicy Bok Choy (Cheonggyeongche Muchim), and Seaweed Rice Roll (Kimbap), among many other dishes. Each chapter includes personal anecdotes and cultural insights from Ha, providing an intimate entry point for those looking to try their hand at this cuisine.


Faith Vol. 1: Hollywood and Vine

Faith Volume 1: Hollywood and Vine
Written by:
 Jody Houser
Illustrated by: Francis Portela, Marguerite Sauvage
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Format: Softcover, 112 pages, Full Color, $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-68215-121-1
Release Date: July 6, 2016

Orphaned at a young age, Faith Herbert - a psionically gifted "psiot" discovered by the Harbinger Foundation - has always aspired to greatness. But now this once ordinary teenager is taking control of her destiny and becoming the hard-hitting hero she's always known she can be - complete with a mild mannered secret identity, unsuspecting colleagues, and a day job as a reporter that routinely throws into her harms way! Well, at least she thought it would... When she's not typing up listicles about cat videos, Faith makes a secret transformation to patrol the night as the City of Angels' own leading superhero - the skysoaring Zephyr!

But flying solo is going to be tougher than she ever thought when Zephyr uncovers a deep-rooted alien conspiracy. Two-bit burglars and car thieves are one thing, but when the world needs a hero to stave off a full-blown extraterrestrial invasion, will Faith find herself in over her head...or ready for her biggest challenge yet?


Einstein

Einstein
Written by:
Corinne Maier
Illustrated by:
 Anne Simon
Publisher: Nowbrow Press
Format: Hardcover, 72 pages, Full Color, $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-91062-001-4
Release Date: July 13, 2016

2016 is the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity; isn't it about time he was the subject of a graphic biography? In Corinne Maier and Anne Simon's wry graphic novel, the German-born physicist comes to life, alongside his influential work in physics, his personal struggles at home and the delight he found in friendship. Learning isn't always fun, but with Albert under the spotlight, it will be!


Harley Quinn's Greatest Hits

Harley Quinn's Greatest Hits
Written by:
Various
Illustrated by: Various
Publisher: DC Comics
Format: Softcover, 168 pages, Full Color, $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-40127-008-7
Release Date: July 13, 2016

Get an eyeful of Harley's greatest hits from comics including stories from Batman Adventures #12 (Harley's first comics appearance!), Batman #613, Gotham City Sirens #7, Suicide Squad #1, Batman #13, Harley Quinn #21, Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad April Fool's Special #1, and the two-page origin of Harley from Countdown #10.


Super Zero Vol. 1

Super Zero Volume 1
Written by: 
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Illustrated by:
 Rafael de Latorre
Publisher: Aftershock Comics
Format: Softcover, 7 x 10, 136 pages, Full Color, $17.99
ISBN: 978-1-93500-295-6
Release Date: July 13, 2016 

Meet Dru Dragowski, a nineteen-year-old comic book fan who yearns to escape the normalcy of teenage life. Dreaming to become a real-life superhero for as long as she can remember, Dru recreates the origins of her favorite superheroes in the hope that she too, can become a hero herself. From the creative team behind DC Comics' hit Harley Quinn series.


The Eighth Seal

The Eighth Seal
Written by:
 James Tynoin IV
Illustrated by:
 Jeremy Rock
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Format: Softcover, 124 pages, Full Color, $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-63140-658-4
Release Date: July 20, 2016 

First Lady Amelia Greene has been suffering from horrific visions-visions of herself transforming into something unnatural and bloodthirsty. As the hallucinations worsen, she seeks professional help, but this all must be kept secret for fear of a political scandal. While her husband and members of the White House staff grow increasingly concerned, Amelia learns those closest to her know more about these visions than they let on.

 


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vol. 1

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Volume 1
Written by:
Roberto Aguirre Sacasa
Illustrated by: Robert Hack
Publisher: Archie Comics
Format: Softcover, 7 x 10, 160 pages, Full Color, $17.99
ISBN: 978-1-62738-987-7
Release Date: July 27, 2016

On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress Sabrina Spellman finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family's past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda.


Marie Antoinette, Phantom Queen

Marie Antionette: Phantom Queen
Written by:
 Annie Goetzinger, Rodolphe
Illustrated by: Annie Goetzinger, Rodolphe
Publisher: NBM
Format: Hardcover, 9 x 11, 68 pages, Full Color, $17.99
ISBN: 978-1-68112-029-4
Release Date: July 27, 2016

During the 1930s, Maud, an artist, discovers she has a psychic gift. The first signs manifest themselves in the royal gardens of the Trianon where gradually she understands that a woman from the beyond is attempting to communicate with her. The revelation is beyond belief: it is the ghost of Marie Antoinette appearing to her to share a terrible secret that has tormented her for centuries. After being guillotined, the Queen is said to have been thrown into a common grave but then exhumed and buried with her husband, Louis XVI, in the Saint-Denis basilica. Yet the ghost tells Maud that her remains are still in the pit, on which a chapel stands today. The queen asks Maud to move her body to the right place so she can finally find peace and no longer haunt people.


Fresh Romance Vol. 1

Fresh Romance Volume 1
Written by:
Various
Illustrated by: Various
Publisher: Oni Press
Format: Softcover, 6 x 9, 224 pages, Full Color, $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-40127-008-7
Release Date: August 10, 2016

The critically-acclaimed anthology Fresh Romance is available in print. Have you been wondering what the fuss is all about? Fresh Romance is a new collection of romance comics from some of comics' most talented creators, including Kate Leth, Arielle Jovellanos, Sarah Vaughn, Sarah Winifred Searle, Sarah Kuhn, Marguerite Bennett, and Trungles. From unhappy historical marriages to covert teenage romances, there's something for everyone in Fresh Romance.


Friends is Friends

Friends is Friends
Written by:
Greg Cook
Illustrated by: Greg Cook
Publisher: First Second
Format: Hardcover, 6 x 9, 208 pages, Black and White, $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-59643-105-8
Release Date: August 17, 2016

Friends Is Friends tells the story of complicated friendships through a series of funny, bittersweet vignettes. Greg Cook's deceptively sweet storybook world is imbued with grown-up humor that is both dark and whimsical. The result is a fable for adults, where the only clear moral is this: friendship isn't easy, whether you're a hobo or a snowman or a ghost. Friends Is Friends is indie-favorite Greg Cook's first major work in over a decade. This long-awaited tragicomedy is a great stand-alone work for both new and established graphic novel readers.