Staying in? Looking for a new read? DC has you covered with Gotham High, a new young adult (YA) graphic novel written by Melissa de la Cruz, one of the most popular voices in YA literature, with stunning illustrations from Riverdale comics artist Thomas Pitilli. The book hits stores and online retailers everywhere books are sold on April 7, and DC has debuted the official book trailer.
In Gotham High, del la Cruz and Pitilli bring their signature style to DC to put a contemporary twist on Gotham City, following Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle, and Jack Napier, and more classic Batman characters, in high school, before they take on their iconic mantles. Complete with love triangles, epic parties, and betrayals at every turn, Gotham High is a thrilling teen drama.
The highly anticipated Pokémon Detective Pikachu graphic novel adaptation from Legendary Comics, in collaboration with The Pokémon Company International, is now available for purchase online. Last summer’s popular big-screen adventure starred Ryan Reynolds as the adorable super-sleuth Detective Pikachu and was the first-ever live action Pokémon movie. Fans are now invited to relive the adventures of Tim Goodman and his crime-solving Detective Pikachu partner in comic form.
The graphic novel is written by Brian Buccellato with art by Nelson Dániel and draws inspiration from the film that is based on the beloved Pokémon brand—one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and one of the most successful media franchises of all time. Readers are invited to follow along as lead character Tim Goodman, played in the movie by Justice Smith, journeys through Ryme City searching for his missing father. With twists and turns around every corner, nothing is more twist-y than Tim’s unexpected partner: a Pikachu with a penchant for coffee and danger, and the amazing ability to speak human language. In a city where humans and Pokémon live together in harmony, unexpected dangers surround them as they try to solve a mystery.
For Better or For Worse The Complete Library Vol. 4: 1990-1993
(W) Lynn Johnston (A/CA) Lynn Johnston In Shops: Mar 25, 2020 SRP: $49.99
This volume includes the story that earned Lynn Johnston a Pulitzer Prize nomination. The ’90s start with a bang for the Pattersons when Elly finds out she is pregnant! Follow April Patterson as she grows from a toddler to a three-year-old, all in this single volume-but that isn’t all the excitement in the house, especially when there is a teenager around. Michael gets his first summer job, a steady girlfriend, and a driver’s license-if he passes the test. Adolescence is just as challenging for Elizabeth, who navigates middle school, learns to cope with the stigma of wearing glasses, and is peer-pressured into smoking a cigarette! Meanwhile, John succumbs to his (first) mid-life crisis when he buys his first model train.
The highlight of this collection, however, is Lawrence’s coming out story, a tender and compassionate tale of gender identity and acceptance for which Lynn was deservedly nominated for the newspaper industry’s top honor. Includes every comic strip from December 10, 1989 to April 24, 1993.
Enola Holmes Vol. 3 The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets
(W) Serena Blasco, Nancy Springer (A/CA) Serena Blasco In Shops: Mar 25, 2020 SRP: $14.99
Can Enola crack her latest case and find a missing Dr. John Watson before her famous older brother, Sherlock? The adventures continue in these beguiling graphic novel adaptations of Nancy Springer’s mystery series.
Enola is still hiding from her older brothers Sherlock and Mycroft, who want to place her in a boarding school since their mother’s disappearance. Looking for a new disguise, she finds just what she needs in a theatrical costume shop. This time, no old woman or ingenious girl will do as she transforms herself into an elegant and refined lady. When she questions Mrs. Watson about her husband’s disappearance, Enola notices a strange bouquet. It is here that she has the upper hand on Sherlock. Enola’s mother taught her about the secret language of flowers. The meaning of the bouquet is “bad luck,” “death,” and “revenge”! Can she locate Dr. Watson in time?
Lola: A Ghost Story gets a new edition from Oni Press. Written by J. Torres with art by Elbert Or this new edition celebrates 10 years of the acclaimed graphic novel. Lola: A Ghost Story explores family, grief and Filipino folklore in an all-new edition that includes a revised ending and updated illustrations.
We meet Jesse, a young boy who can see everything supernatural including ghosts. He and his family fly to the Philippines as his Lola (grandmother) has passed and the family is there for her funeral. As he gets reacquainted with his family there, he soon finds out his Lola had the same gift as him. The more time he spends there, the more supernatural creatures present themselves to him. It’s a secret he can’t keep from his family as his cousins start to notice his strange reactions to them. His family’s grieving also becomes overwhelming, as everyone is affected by the loss of his Lola. Each family deals with it in their own way.
Overall, a beautiful and affecting story that illuminates, scares and is full of emotion. The story by Torres is heartfelt, affected, and at times, funny. The art by Or is stunning. Altogether, a story that will make you miss the ones that left you and love the ones who are still here.
Story: J. Torres Art: Elbert Or Story: 10 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy
Fantagraphics has announced the 2021 publication of Stone Fruitby debut cartoonist Lee Lai.
Lee Lai is one of the most exciting new voices to break into the comics medium. At the age of 27, Lai has created one of the most sophisticated graphic novel debuts in recent memory.
Stone Fruit is an ode to the love and connection shared between sisters.
Bron and Ray are a queer couple who enjoy their role as the fun weirdo aunties for Ray’s niece Nessie. Their bi-weekly playdates are little oases of wildness, joy, and ease in daily lives that ping-pong between familial tensions and isolation. As their emotional intimacy erodes, Ray and Bron turn to repair their broken family ties. Taking a leap of faith, each opens up to their respective sister and learns that they have more in common with their siblings than they ever knew. In time, the emptiness they feel after their break-up is supplanted with a deep sisterly love and understanding.
At turns joyful, tender, and heartbreaking, Lee Lai’s water colored graphic novel debut reveals how painful it can be to be vulnerable with your loved ones—and yet how fulfilling it is to be finally understood for who you are.
Stone Fruit is Lai’s graphic novel debut and has been sold in auction to 5 publishing houses in 4 different languages worldwide by agent Alessandra Sternfeld at AM-Book.
Oni Press and Limerence Press have announces the latest in the “A Quick and Easy Guide” series, coming in October 2020, with A Quick and Easy Guide To Consent written and illustrated by Isabella Rotman, co-author and illustrator of Wait, What? A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up, also from Limerence Press.
A Quick and Easy Guide to Consent explores how to tell someone you want to do stuff with them; how to ask if they want to do stuff with you; how to discuss exploring what stuff you want to do with each other; and more. Sergeant Yes Means Yes from the Consent Cavalry, a beacon of clarity in a fuzzy minefield of questions, acts as your guide through the tricky minefield of sex and relationships. Sarge drops in on a diverse range of folks deciding whether to engage in sexual activity in this short and fun comic guide to communicating what you want, don’t want, and how you want it!
With wit and charm, Sarge also includes tips on what affirmative consent looks like, advocating for what you want, and setting boundaries that honor your comfort and safety. The result is a positive resource illustrating how easy it really is to respect each other’s bodies and desires.
The A Quick and Easy Guide series started in 2018, and currently includes A Quick and Easy Guide to Queer and Trans Identities, A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns, and A Quick and Easy Guide to Sex & Disability.
A Quick and Easy Guide to Consent will be available where books are sold on October 28, 2020.
Dark Horse Comics and BioWare present Bioware: Stories and Secrets from 25 Years of Game Development and Dragon Age: The First Five Graphic Novels.
From the BioWare’s isometric role-playing roots to its intense space operas and living worlds, chart the legendary game studio’s first 25 years in this massive retrospective. See what it took to make games in those wild early days. Pore over details of secret, cancelled projects. Discover the genesis of beloved characters and games. Includes never-before-seen art and photos anchored by candid stories from developers past and present. Bioware: Stories and Secrets from 25 Years of Game Development hardcover will retail for $39.99.
Return to the world of Dragon Age! In BioWare’s epic fantasy world of Thedas, there are those who are willing to sacrifice their humanity for wealth and power, and those who will die to protect innocent people from them. Empires approach open conflict, assassins lurk in every shadow, and dark forces aim to throw the land into chaos. Heroes will arise from the most unlikely of places to face the darkness approaching. Dragon Age: The First Five Graphic Novels collects Dragon Age: The Silent Grove, Dragon Age: Those Who Speak, Dragon Age: Until We Sleep, Dragon Age: Magekiller, and Dragon Age: Knight Errant. This paperback collection is a must have for Dragon Age fans everywhere and will retail for $29.99.
Bioware: Stories and Secrets from 25 Years of Game Development will be available everywhere October 13, 2020. Dragon Age: The First Five Graphic Novels will be available everywhere October 27, 2020.
Humanoids has been showcasing deeply personal and political stories inspired not by science fiction but the world around us with its new Life Drawn imprint. These acclaimed graphic novels run the gamut: from cartoonist Koren Shadmi’s dazzling biography Twilight Man: Rod Serling and The Birth of Television;torunner Sebastien Samson’s memoir of the New York Marathon; to William Roy’s stunning biography Hedy Lamarr: An Incredible Life. Now William Roy returns with the latest Life Drawn release, the intimate and surprisingly funny graphic novel memoir In Vitro.
Guillaume and Emma are newlyweds. Their life together is full of love and happiness, and they have everything they’ve always wanted… well, almost everything. The two newlyweds are staring down a new and menacing foe unlike anything they’ve ever faced together before: sterility. Determined to find a way to become parents, the couple embarks on the confusing journey that is in vitro fertilization.Together Guillaume and Emma navigate unsuccessful attempts, repeated failures, and the menacing hyperbole of WebMD. Guillaume experiences the daily embarrassment of sperm donations, tests with dreaded results, and endless consultations—not to mention the specter of his own estranged father who reappears suddenly in his life…
With National Infertility Awareness Week coming up on April 19th, In Vitro is a timely, honest, and empathetic portrayal of an experience millions of couples have encountered. With self-effacing charm, William Roy humbly and accurately shares a deeply human experience that is propelled by unshakable hope.
In Vitro will be available where books are sold, in bookstores on March 31st.
BOOM! Studios has announced the brand new graphic novel, Juliet Takes a Breath. Critically-acclaimed writer Gabby Rivera adapts her bestselling novel alongside artist Celia Moscote and colorist James Fenner in an unforgettable queer coming-of-age story exploring race, identity and what it means to be true to your amazing self, even when the rest of the world doesn’t understand, available in November 2020.
Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again.
But don’t worry, Juliet has something kinda resembling a plan that’ll help her figure out what it means to be Puerto Rican, lesbian and out. See, she’s going to intern with Harlowe Brisbane – her favorite feminist author, someone whose work on feminism, self-love and lots of other things will help Juliet find her ever elusive epiphany.
There’s just one problem – Harlowe’s white, not from the Bronx and doesn’t have all the answers. Okay, maybe that’s more than one problem, but Juliet never said it was a perfect plan…