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Recommended Titles for Young Adults (Age 13+)

Afar
Written by: 
Leila de Duca
Illustrated by:
 Kit Seaton
Publisher: Image Comics
Format: Softcover, 168 pages, Full Color, $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-63215-941-0
Release Date: 04/04/2017

Boetema suddenly develops the ability to astrally project to other worlds, unintentionally possessing the bodies of people light years away. Inotu, her inquisitive brother with a pension for trouble, finds himself on the run after he's caught eavesdropping on an illegal business deal between small town business tycoons and their cyborg bodyguard. When Boetema accidentally gets someone hurt while in another girl's body, the siblings are forced to work together to solve the problems they've created on their planet and others. 


Black Eyed Kids Volume 2
Written by: 
James Pruett
Illustrated by:
 Szymon Kurdranski
Publisher: Aftershock Comics
Format: Softcover, 7 x 10, 128 pages, Full Color, $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-935002-88-8
Release Date: 05/02/2017

The urban legend come to life. The Black-Eyed Children have announced their presence with horrific authority, leavings lives shattered and multiple bodies in their wake. Jim Loudin and his family, along with a local police officer and a mysterious stranger, seemingly with past ties to these devil children, fight not only for their own lives, but for potentially mankind's very existence. Collecting issues 6-10 of the critically-acclaimed series, and the original short story from AFTERSHOCK GENESIS one-shot. Written by Eisner winner Joe Pruett and illustrated by Szymon Kudranski.


The Backstagers Volume 1
Written by: 
James Tynion IV
Illustrated by:
 Rian Sygh
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Format: Softcover, 112 pages, Full Color, $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60886-993-0
Release Date: 07/25/2017

When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he’s taken in by the only ones who don’t treat him like a new kid, the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. Not only does he gain great, lifetime friends, Jory is also introduced to an entire magical world that lives beyond the curtain. With the unpredictable twists and turns of the underground world, the Backstagers venture into the unknown, determined to put together the best play their high school has ever seen.


Cloudia and Rex
Written by: 
Ulises Farinas, Erick Freitas
Illustrated by:
 Daniel Irizarri
Publisher: Lion Forge Magnetic Collection
Format: Softcover, 6 x 10, 72 pages, Full Color, $11.99
ISBN: 978-1-942367-30-7
Release Date: 07/11/2017

A lushly rendered supernatural fantasy that follows two girls and their mother who find themselves in the middle of a vast, supernatural exodus. On their journey Cloudia is bestowed the powers of hundreds of different gods, but even those don’t help her come to terms with the death of her father.


Duck Avenger New Adventures Book 1
Written by:
 Various
Illustrated by: Various
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Format: Softcover, 200 pages, Full Color, $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-63140-864-9
Release Date: 04/11/2017

At last–it’s the new-to-USA Disney Comics thrill ride that fans and collectors have requested most! When Scrooge McDuck buys mysterious, ultra-hi-tech Ducklair Tower, Donald sneaks onto a forgotten floor, and as Duck Avenger, finds an amazing AI sending him into a breathless space alien battle. A wild journey is starting–with crooked reporter Angus Fangus, dashing space-refugee Xadhoom, and mysterious Lyla Lee on hand to make things wilder!

 


Faith Volume 3: Superstar
Written by: 
Jody Houser, Louise Simonson
Illustrated by: Meghan Hetrick, Pere Perez, Colleen Doran
Publisher: 
Valiant Entertainment
Format: 
Softcover, 128 pages, Full Color, $14.99
ISBN:
 978-1-68215-199-0
Release Date: 
06/13/2017

Fight and flight! Valiant’s chart-topping superhero is about to add a major new player to her frenemies list, courtesy of breakout writer Jody Houser (Mother Panic) and acclaimed artists Meghan Hetrick (Red Thorn) and Marguerite Sauvage (DC Comics Bombshells)!


Invader Zim Volume Four
Written by: Various
Illustrated by:
 Various
Publisher: Oni Press
Format: Softcover, 6 x 10, 128 pages, Full Color, $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-62010-428-6
Release Date: 08/15/2017 

ZIM has plans to take over planet Earth. Schemes! Designs! Machinations! Uh... other words that mean "plans"! And in the fourth volume of the critically acclaimed comic series, these "plans" are plentiful, horrifying, and only half as terrible as usual! From taking over a local restaurant to proving to Dib that he's the master of fear, ZIM will rule the world, one way or another! Or not at all. Or only on Tuesdays?


Jem and the Holograms Volume 4: Enter The Stingers
Written by: Kelly Thompson
Illustrated by:
 Jen Bartel, Meredith McClaren
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Format: Softcover, 152 pages, Full Color, $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-63140-837-3
Release Date: 04/25/2017 

Still reeling from the shattering conclusion to "Dark Jem," Jem and the Holograms regroup--desperate to find a path forward. Meanwhile, THE MISFITS find themselves with a unique problem… one lead singer too many! Plus, a European super group takes the U.S. by storm… The Stingers! Meet Riot, Rapture, Minx, and... Raya!

 


Mer
Written by:
 Joelle Sellner
Illustrated by:
 Abby Boeh
Publisher: Lion Forge
Format: Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pages, Full Color, $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-941302-28-6
Release Date: 05/02/2017

After the death of her beloved mother, Aryn’s father has moved her family to a new town hoping for a fresh start. At first things seem to be going well—Aryn is making friends and has even caught the eye of one of the hottest guys in school. But there are dark forces moving under the surface that Aryn cannot see; and her new crush may not be … human. 


Murder Ballads
Written by: 
Gabe Soria
Illustrated by: Paul Reinwand
Publisher: Z2 Comics
Format: Softcover, 160 pages, Full Color, $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-940878-10-2
Release Date: 07/11/2017

A meditation on music, race, obsession, and how far someone will go to see their vision become real, Murder Ballads follows the fall and reinvention of Nate Theodore, the dead-broke and deadbeat owner of a failed record label who is on a cross-country drive in the dead of winter with his wife Mary, fleeing the wreckage of their business and heading towards the destruction of their marriage. But Nate is given an unexpected chance to redeem himself when, during an unscheduled detour, he "discovers" Donny and Marvell Fontweathers, two African-American brothers who play a singular version of doom-laden country blues. 


Ocean of Secrets Volume 1
Written by:
 Sophie-chan
Illustrated by: Sophie-chan
Publisher: Tokyopop
Format: Softcover, 5 x 7.5, 336 pages, Black and White, $10.99
ISBN: 978-1-4278-5714-9
Release Date: 05/16/2017

Lia, a 17-year old orphan living by the Atlantic is swept away by the ocean currents during a ruthless storm. She is then saved by Moria and Albert, a duo of illegal runaways on their magical ship! Her normal, mundane life suddenly becomes a supernatural adventure as she learns about the powers of their kind and their relations to the human world. But Lia soon discovers that there is a dark secret hidden in a mysterious kingdom. Join Lia as she unlocks the truth behind an Ocean of Secrets!


My Monster Secret Vol. 1

Simply Samuel
Written by: 
Tommi Musturi
Illustrated by:
 Tommi Musturi
Publisher: Fantagraphics
Format: Softcover, 8 x 8, 160 pages, Full Color, $20.98
ISBN: 978-1-60699-998-1 
Release Date: 03/21/2017

High school student Kuromine Asahi is the kind of guy who literally cannot tell a lie.Whether it's trying to maintain a poker face in a simple game of cards, or keeping scurrilous gossip to himself, Asahi is a total failure when it comes to the art of deception. So what happens when he stumbles upon the most shocking secret of his life? When Asahi learns that Shiragami Youko, a beautiful girl of few words, is actually a vampire. Can Asahi possibly keep his lips sealed?


The Castoffs Volume 1: Mage Against the Machine
Written by: 
MK Reed, Brian Smith
Illustrated by:
 Molly Ostertag, Wyeth Yates
Publisher: Lion Forge
Format: Softcover, 6 x 10, 136 pages, Full Color, $12.99
ISBN: 978-1-941302-27-9
Release Date: 04/11/2017

It's Mage against the Machine! Magic vs technology in Roar's newest graphic novel. When three apprentice mages are sent to help a neighboring guild, they reignite a decades-old war with a robot army that has destroyed the world. Brian Smith, New York Times-bestselling author (Stuff of Legend), teams up with MK Reed (Americus) and artist Molly Ostertag (Strong Female Protagonist) on a thrilling new fantasy adventure!


Walt Kelly's Peter Wheat the Complete Series: Volume One
Written by:
 Walt Kelly
Illustrated by:
 Walt Kelly
Publisher: Hermes Press
Format: Softcover, 7 x 10, 272 pages, Full Color, $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-61345-124-3
Release Date: 07/11/2017 

Walt Kelly's Peter Wheat comics are renowned for their humor, artistic flair and appeal to both children and adults. The Peter Wheat comic books are extremely rare and have never been collected as a series before, due to their scarcity and rarity. Between 1948 and 1951, Kelly drew thirty-five issues of The Adventures of Peter Wheat, a sixteen page comic book given away to bakeries to promote Peter Wheat bread. The stories were fairy tales starring Peter Wheat, an elf-sized boy who lived in a hollow tree on the edge of a wheat field where he and the Little Folk battle Dragonel, Queen of the Hornets.

While created with kids in mind the mythology spun in these stories is timeless. “Coupled with Kelly's incredible artwork, this series of stories, which run in arcs, are indispensable in Walt Kelly's canon of work,” commented Dr. Thomas Andrae, editor of this series. Peter Wheat production history was written by Walt Kelly biographer Steve Thomson for this volume.


The Woods Volume 7: The Black City
Written by:
 James Tynion IV
Illustrated by:
 Michael Dialynas
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Format: Softcover, 7 x 10, 112 pages, Full Color, $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60886-989-3
Release Date: 07/11/2017

Is there a reason mankind has always feared the untamed forest? Isaac’s premonitions have revealed the key to returning to Earth: The Black City. Karen, Sanami, and Ben will have to venture far beyond the reaches of the civilization they’ve built and into the heart of the alien wilderness in the hopes of finally going home. But in the center of the woods, they discover the truth behind the ancient fear of the forest for themselves. Written by James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, Memetic) and illustrated by Michael Dialynas (Gotham Academy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), “The Black City” collects the seventh arc of the best-selling series.