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Not

I'm Not a Plastic Bag
Archaia Entertainment - $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-93639-354-1
Release Date: 3/21/12

Based on the real-life occurrence of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an island of floating trash in a remote area of the Northern Pacific Ocean more than twice the size of Texas, I'm Not A Plastic Bag tells a moving story about loneliness, beauty, and humankind's connection to our planet. Told entirely through images, this "green" graphic novel will be printed on 100% recycled paper and will be out in time for Earth Day on April 22.


Dark

Dark Shadows Vol. 1
Dynamite Entertainment - $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60690-275-2
Release Date: 3/21/12

Television's original reluctant vampire is back! Barnabas Collins is re-adjusting to life under his vampiric curse. Haunted by terrifying dreams of his age-old lover and nemesis, Angelique, and fighting his bloodlust, Barnabas fears that danger lies ahead for all who live at Collinwood. Meanwhile, Barnabas' ally and trusted friend Dr. Julia Hoffman is harboring secrets of her own... Collecting the first four issues of Dynamite's Dark Shadows series, along with a complete cover gallery!


Tanpopo

Tanpopo Collection Vol. 1
BOOM! Studios - $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60886-254-2
Release Date: 3/28/12

Celebrated creator Camilla d'Errico delivers a stunning visual journey exploring emotion, self-discovery/innocence and what it means to be human. Tanpopo is superhumanly intelligent and inhumanly emotionless. Attached to a mysterious machine and ruled by her vast knowledge, one day her heart rises up to struggle against her ruling mind. Torn and confused, she now seeks humanity, longing to feel what other humans feel. Each chapter of Tanpopo is inspired by a classic piece of literature or poetry, woven into its own epic story, and contained in this hardcover edition.


Mass

Mass Effect: Invasion
Dark Horse Comics - $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-59582-867-5
Release Date: 4/4/12

Mass Effect 2 and 3 lead writer Mac Walters returns with an essential story from BioWare's massively anticipated video game Mass Effect 3. The Omega space station is the center of lawlessness in the galaxy, a den of vice ruled by the deadly asari Aria. It is also a strategic foothold in a galaxy-wide power struggle, and when the station comes under attack from a new threat unleashed by the humanity-first organization Cerberus, Aria is forced to become more ruthless than ever to protect her home-and her dominion!


Nevsky

Nevsky
IDW Publishing - $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-61377-181-5
Release Date: 4/11/12

Alexander Nevsky helped establish the Russian nation by defeating the Teutonic Knights, invaders from the last vestiges of the Holy Roman Empire, with an army comprised of ordinary citizens who were poorly-equipped soldiers but fought for their freedom. This ragtag band, against overwhelming odds, defeated the invaders in an epic battle on the frozen lake Peipus - a spectacular achievement that is still celebrated in Russia to this day.


Canon

Graphic Canon Vol. 1: From Gilgamesh to Dangerous Liasons
Seven Stories Press - $34.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-376-6
Release Date: 4/11/12

This gorgeous, one-of-a-kind trilogy brings classic literatures of the world together with legendary graphic artists and illustrators. There are more than 130 literary works, reinterpreted here for readers and collectors of all ages. Volume 1 whirls us from eye-popping renditions of the great epics Gilgamesh, The Odyssey (in water colors by Gareth Hinds), The Divine Comedy, and The Canterbury Tales (the latter two by legendary illustrator and graphic designer Seymour Chwast), to Robert Crumb's rarely seen adaptation of James Boswell's London Journal, filled with philosophical debate and lowbrow debauchery.


Makeshift

Makeshift Miracle Book 1: Girl From Nowhere
Udon Entertainment - $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-92677-847-1
Release Date: 4/25/12

Maria's frank nature gains her more enemies at her new school, but her angelic singing voice inadvertently catches the attention of Yusuke Kanda and Shin Meguro. Can these boys mend her hardened heart, or will they just end up getting scorched?


JL

Justice League Vol. 1: Origin
DC Comics - $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-40123-461-4
Release Date: 2/22/12

Comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee present the first hardcover collection of a DC Comics - The New 52 series. In a universe where Super Heroes are strange and new, Batman has discovered a dark evil that requires him to unite the World Greatest Heroes! Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg unite for the first time to form the Justice League.


Season

Spider-Man: Season One
Marvel Comics - $24.99
ISBN: 978-0-78515-820-2
Release Date: 5/9/12

Marvel: Season One is a new initiative aimed at attracting new comic fans from the millions of people who know Marvel characters from movies, television, and video games. Each Season One volume is a stand-alone tale designed to give readers a complete story, modernizing the seminal origins of these super-hero icons while also offering new revelations for long-time fans. This is the real Marvel Universe that current fans know and love, updated for a new generation. In this volume, the origins of the most famous wall-crawler are retold.


Vampire

Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy Vol. 2: Frostbite
Razorbill - $12.99
ISBN: 978-1-59514-430-0
Release Date: 5/30/12

The second graphic novel adaptation in the New York Times bestselling series. The drama and romance continue in this 144-page full-color graphic novel adaptation of the second Vampire Academy novel, Frostbite, which was overseen by Richelle Mead and features beautiful art by acclaimed British illustrator Emma Vieceli.