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Dark Night: A True Batman Story

Dark Night: A True Batman Story
Written by:
 Paul Dini
Illustrated by: Eduardo Risso
Publisher: DC Comics
Format: Hardcover, 128 pages, Full Color, $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-40124-143-8
Release Date: June 15, 2016

In the 1990s, Eisner Award-winning writer Paul Dini had a flourishing career writing the hugely popular Batman: The Animated Series and Tiny Toon Adventures. Walking home one evening, he was jumped and viciously beaten within an inch of his life. His recovery process was arduous, hampered by the imagined antics of the villains he was writing for television including The Joker, Harley Quinn and the Penguin. But despite how bleak his circumstances were, or perhaps because of it, Dini also always imagined the Batman at his side during his darkest moments.
Dark Night: A True Batman Story is the autobiographical tale of Dini's courageous struggle to overcome a truly desperate situation.


Fight Club 2

Fight Club 2
Written by:
 Chuck Palahniuk
Illustrated by: Cameron Stewart
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Format: Hardcover, 280 pages, Full Color, $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-61655-945-8
Release Date: June 15, 2016

Chuck Palahniuk presents the sequel to his groundbreaking debut work in graphic novel form.

Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, he lives a mundane life. A kid, a wife. Pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won't last long-the wife has seen to that. He's back where he started, but this go-round he's got more at stake than his own life. The time has arrived...


Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta Vol. 3: This Little Light

Outcast by Kirkman and Azaceta Volume 3: This Little Light
Written by:
 Robert Kirkman
Illustrated by: Paul Azaceta
Publisher: Image Comics
Format: Softcover, 128 pages, Full Color, $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-63215-693-8
Release Date: June 15, 2016

Kyle is faced with the most emotional exorcism he's performed yet... as he begins to learn more about his abilities and what's really happening around him. Secrets are revealed that will change everything. The latest volume in the graphic novel series which was recently adapted for television and made its June 3 debut on Cinemax.


I.D.

I.D.
Written by:
Emma Rios
Illustrated by: Emma Rios
Publisher: 
Image Comics
Format: 
Softcover, 80 pages, Full Color, $9.99
ISBN:
 978-1-63215-782-9
Release Date: 
June 22, 2016 

A dystopian tale that analyzes the conflict between perception and identity through the struggle of three people who consider a "body transplant" as a solution to their lives.


Threadbare: Clothes, Sex & Trafficking

Threadbare: Clothes, Sex & Trafficking
Written by: Anne Elizabeth Moore
Illustrated by: Leela Corman, Julia Gfrörer, Simon Häussle, Delia Jean, Ellen Lindner, Melissa Mendes
Publisher: Microcosm Publishing
Format: Softcover, 6 x 8, 160 pages, Partial Color, $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-62106-739-9
Release Date: July 6, 2016

Threadbare takes the reader from the sweatshops of Cambodia to the traditional ateliers of Vienna, from the life of a globetrotting supermodel to the warehouses of large clothing retailers, from the secondhand clothing markets to the politics of the sex industry, drawing connections between human trafficking, garment manufacturing, and sex workers in a beautifully illustrated comic series. 


The Sheriff of Babylon Vol. 1: Bang Bang Bang

The Sheriff of Babylon Volume 1: Bang Bang Bang
Written by:
 Tom King
Illustrated by: Mitch Gerads
Publisher: DC Comics
Format: Softcover, 192 pages, Full Color, $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-40126-466-6
Release Date: July 13, 2016

Baghdad, 2003. In an effort to establish some semblance of order in the war-torn city, Florida cop-turned-military consultant Chris Henry has been assigned to train cadets in law enforcement. But good intentions are not immune to the chaos found in the post-9/11 Middle East. When one of Henry's trainees is found dead, he's forced to ally himself with Nassir, the last policeman in Baghdad, to unravel a bloody mystery. While Henry and Nassir search for answers, forces in the shadows are pulling strings that these men don't even know they're tied to.


Private Beach

Private Beach
Written by:
David Hahn
Illustrated by:
 David Hahn
Publisher: Dover Publications
Format: Softcover, 7 x 10, 208 pages, Black and White, $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-48680-749-2
Release Date: July 27, 2016

"Dripping with post-modern cool" (comicbookresources.com), this Eisner and Harvey award nominee stars sexy and sarcastic Trudy Honeyvan and her 20-something friends. Fans have been waiting fifteen years for the conclusion to Trudy's cliff-hanger encounter with a cult called Heaven's Rift, and this collection reprints the original seven issues and adds a brand-new 30-page conclusion by series creator David Hahn. New foreword by Jeff Parker


Sounds of Your Name

Sounds of Your Name
Written by:
Nate Powell
Illustrated by: Nate Powell
Publisher: Microcosm Publishing
Format: Softcover, 8 x 10, 338 pages, Black and White, $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-93462-079-3
Release Date: July 27, 2016

March artist Nate Powell's intricate black and white art focuses on the terrors and pleasures of growing up. Poignantly plumbing the existential angst of youth, he invokes great coming-of-age novels with only a few dozen words. This book collects his self-published zines and comics dating back to 1992, his first two graphic novels (Tiny Giants and It Disappears), and new work. These stories build vignette by vignette into a rich tableau of lofty dreams and Deep South disappointment, car crashes and love letters, first kisses and four-tracks. Powell's work is a reminder of the persistence of wonder against all odds.


Warship Jolly Roger Book One: No Turning Back

Warship Jolly Roger Book One: No Turning Back
Written by: 
Miquel Montlló and Sylvain Runberg
Illustrated by: Miquel Montlló
Publisher: Magnetic Press
Format: Hardcover, 120 pages, Full Color, $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-94236-723-9
Release Date: July 27, 2016

In a gritty, star-spanning future, where mankind has colonized planets throughout the galaxy, former Confederation Commander Jon T. Munro was serving a life sentence for a war crime he was forced to commit. When a prison break runs amok, however, he seizes the opportunity to escape with a ragtag team of cons to form a small crew of pirates with one goal in mind: vengeful justice. And the first step in their plan is to steal the battle cruiser he once commanded, a state-of-theart warship they call "The Jolly Roger." 


The White Donkey: Terminal Lance

The White Donkey: Terminal Lance
Written by:
Maximilian Uriarte
Illustrated by: Maximilian Uriarte
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Format: Hardcover, 7 x 10, 288 pages, Black and White, $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-31636-283-2
Release Date: August 3, 2016

This is a story about a Marine, written and illustrated by a Marine, and is the first graphic novel about the war in Iraq from a veteran. A powerful, compulsively page-turning, vivid, and moving tribute to the experience of war and PTSD, The White Donkey tells the story of Abe, a young Marine recruit who experiences the ugly, pedestrian, and often meaningless side of military service in rural Iraq. He enlists in hopes of finding that missing something in his life but comes to find out that it's not quite what he expected. Abe gets more than he bargained for when his journey takes him to the middle east in war-torn Iraq. The White Donkey explores the experience of being a Marine, as well as the challenges that veterans face upon their return home.


Lucifer Vol. 1: Cold Heaven

Lucifer Volume 1: Cold Heaven
Written by:
 Holly Black
Illustrated by: Lee Garbett
Publisher: DC Comics
Format: Softcover, 144 pages, Full Color, $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-40126-193-1
Release Date: August 17, 2016

In these tales from issues #1-6 of the new hit series, God is dead-and Gabriel has accused Lucifer of His murder. Lucifer had motive and opportunity, but claims he can prove his innocence. If Gabriel finds the killer and takes the culprit into custody, his sins will be forgotten, and he'll be welcomed back to Silver City. Their investigation will span Heaven, Hell, Earth and beyond in this antagonistic buddy-cop noir with an angelic flair.


The Greatest of Marlys

The Greatest of Marlys
Written by:
Lynda Barry
Illustrated by: Lynda Barry
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
Format: Hardcover, 8.5 x 10, 248 pages, Black and White, $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-61655-856-7
Release Date: August 17, 2016 

Eight-year-old Marlys Mullen is Lynda Barry's most famous character from her long-running and landmark comic strip Ernie Pook's Comeek, and for good reason! Given her very own collection of strips, Marlys shines in all her freckled and pig-tailed groovy glory. The trailer park where she and her family live is the grand stage for her dramas big and small. Joining Marlys are her teenaged sister Maybonne, her younger brother Freddie, their mother, and an offbeat array of family members, neighbors, and classmates.


Devolution

Devolution
Written by:
Rick Remender
Illustrated by: Jonathan Wayshak
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Format: Softcover, 7 x 10, 144 pages, Full Color, $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-52410-028-5
Release Date: August 24, 2016 

Every living creature on Earth has been devolved - the evolutionary clock turned back, reverting all life to odd mutations and prehistoric incarnations. The cities of man are little more than bloody territories ruthlessly dominated by tribal Neanderthals ruling from the backs of mammoths, packs of saber-toothed tigers, and giant man-eating insects. Raja, one of the few remaining "Still Sapien" humans, heads to San Francisco to find the antidote for the world-changing DVO-8 viral agent. But to cross the wasteland, she'll have to convince the last pocket of humanity to join her quest... and survive the Nazi hillbillies that rule them through fear!


Cosplayers

Cosplayers
Written by:
 Dash Shaw
Illustrated by: Dash Shaw
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Format: Hardcover, 5.75 x 8.5, 116 pages, Full Color, $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-948-6
Release Date: August 31, 2016

Dash Shaw's ode to that defining element of fandom, the "costume play", artfully celebrates both the culture's theatricality and uniquely D.I.Y. beauty via a series of interconnected short stories surrounding two young women. Cosplayers depicts their stories in an affectionately funny way and features plenty of easter eggs for the cognoscenti as well as being the perfect entry point for those befuddled by the phenomenon.