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Scott Pilgrim vs. ...You

Excited for the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World movie coming out in August? Well check out the Scott Pilgrim avatar creator! Or, scope out the original graphic novels that spawned the movie. They're hilarious! They're action packed. They're... full of obscure video game references... Yeah, you know you want to read them.

Hope and Comics

Eisner winner Hope Larson's newest offering, Mercury, is split between past and present as two girls in the same family line struggle with love, tragedy, and gold prospecting — yes, your read that right — with just the slightest hint of the supernatural. This story is just so perfectly told, with art that is simple yet very evocative and inventive. If you're a fan of comics then check this out. Oh, and in case you're curious, Larson's next project is tackling the graphic novel adaption of A Wrinkle In Time.

Stitches: a memoir

All I can say is this book is amazing. OK, maybe I should explain a bit more. David Small is an artist usually known for his award winning picture books, but here he brings us something very different. Stitches is a darker tale for a much older audience. It's an autobiographical account of his own childhood, a childhood that was not all sunshiny, let me warn you... it's unsettling, it's moving, it's powerful — perhaps in part because it's true; it's one of those books that amazes you with its ability to tell so much with so few words. A masterpiece. Check it out.

Iron-Mania

Does the anticipation for Iron-Man 2 this summer have you going crazy? Well, tide yourself over with a little Invincible Iron Man: World's Most Wanted. One of the best Iron-man storylines in a long while, Tony Stark, no longer head of S.H.I.E.L.D., is a hunted man on the run. He's trying to wipe his own mind to make sure secrets stay hidden, avoid capture...plus Pepper Potts gets her own Iron-armor. Good stuff; take a peek.

Battle for The Cowl

Here it is, what you've been waiting for, the new Batman revealed. If you don't know what I'm talking about I'm about to spoil something for you so you might want to stop reading right now. Still there? Batman died. Yeah. Sorry, it's old news now. What you might not know is that everyone who's anyone has come crawling out of the woodwork to take his place. Batman: Battle for The Cowl is the no holds barred fight to see who will become the new caped crusader with pointy ears. Curious? Take a peek.

Amulet

You need to check out the Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi, the legendary creator of the Flight Anthologies, if you haven't yet. The 2nd book just came out. It's amazing how Kibuishi can convey so much action with just a few scenes. And, the storytelling is top notch. I get the same chills of excitement reading this as when I, say, first started reading Bone. It's that good, and I can't wait for the next one. Take a peek at this all-ages fantasy romp about a girl with a magical amulet and a very unique destiny and you won't be disappointed.

Comic X Novel = Malice

This book may be one of the craziest, most inventive things I've seen lately. Chris Wooding, author of Storm Thief, breaks some new gound with his book Malice. Half of the story is fiction and half is graphic novel, and the main characters travel between the two in a weird, fascinating mix. A few have tried this risky move and failed, but Wooding pulls it off with a story revolving around a comic book that you can go inside if you know the right ritual. Menacing things happen there, of course, once you do... This book is unique, and even has an eye-popping, raised cover image. Just, cool.

Ultimatum

The 'Ultimatum' event in Marvel's alternate timeline series 'Ultimate' has disappointed a lot of fans (a lot of heroes die, sometimes for inexplicable reasons...). However, there is one part of this series that somehow managed to escape a lot of the strange plot and is actually some top notch storytelling: Ultimatum Spider-man. It's tense and gripping, and handles the doom and gloom perhaps a little better than the rest. So, check it out.

Everybody Loves Zombies!

I don't know if you've heard, but Robert Kirkman's survival horror comic book series The Walking Dead is soon going to be a TV series on AMC! Really. I'm not joking. I decided to pick this up recently, and man is it entertaining. I recommend checking it out before the series airs. I'm hooked enough that I'm now digging into book two. Kirkman basically explores what might happen if a zombie movie kept the camera rolling. After the initial survival frenzy, what would it be like trying to live your life in a Zombie apocalypse? What would that do to people? It makes for interesting reading, let me say. Can't wait to finish book two and get into book three...

More Prince of Persia

You've played the Prince of Persia video games, you've heard there is a movie in the works, now read the graphic novel. It's written by the same creator as the award winning video games. The Prince of Persia storylines have always been some of my favorite bits of storytelling, and this new tale in graphic novel form is no exception. Check it out.

Dark Avengers Assemble...

The Dark Avengers...Marvel's latest crossover event. Who are they? Villains dressed as heroes, taking their name, doing heroic things...sort of. See all the twisted fallout. Do some rise to the challenge? Do some villains change heart? What dark things are they realy up to, and what about the real heroes? Look for all the answers in Dark Reign, and, on its way in September, Dark Avengers Vol. 1.

Blackest Night

Green Lantern has gotten a huge revitalization from Geoff Johns as it takes on an epic, action charged quality where heroes clash and sometimes die on a grand scale. Take a look at the Sinestro Corps Wars books and the newly recieved Rage of the Red Lanterns. It's all building up to the mega event Blackest Night, and it's got the DC fan base in a frenzy of anticipation. Check it out.

PX!

Just your ordinary story about a girl and her nuclear powered robot panda. PX! has enough attitude, witty one-liners, and, well, samurais on roller skates to keep you entertained for hours... Take a peek at the webcomic, or check out the collected books.

Final Crisis Is Here!

Final Crisis is here! You've heard the rumors: Batman dies?! Heroes are reborn?! Complex? Yes.  Confusing even? At times, yeah. But, you have to give Grant Morrison credit, this series is epic! The DC universe will never be the same.  See Morrison's interviews on the topic here.

Kids Graphic Novel News - #13

"Owly is a kind, yet lonely, little owl who knows what it means to be human . . . the third graphic novel in the breakout, all-ages series is a charming story of understanding and acceptance, where Owly learns that everyone is special and it's okay to be different."

Check it out in:  Owly : Flying Lessons

Kids Graphic Novel News - #12

"When Megatron falls in battle, Starscream assumes the role of Decepticon leader.  Realizing that he possibly holds the key to rebuilding the Transformers' home planet of Cybertron, Starscream journeys across space to join up with his Decepticon allies.  Meanwhile, the Autobots are close behind, led by the novice soldier, Arcee.  With total control of Cybertron within his grasp, Starscream may find that his true enemies are closer than he thinks."

Check it out in:  The Regin of Starscream

Kids Graphic Novel News - #11

"Mitchie Torres is living her dream.  She's attending the prestigious Camp Rock for her music and has befriended pop star Shane Gray!  But Mitchie has been pretending to be someone she's not to gain acceptance by the popular crowd.  If her secret comes out, will she get the chance to prove to everyone that she deserves a place in the spotlight?"

Check it out in:  Camp Rock

Gunnerkrigg court

Publishers Weekly calls Gunnnerkrigg Court the British boarding school version of Lost. The award winning webcomic is now in printed form! Check it out for a little mystery; it's a mix of magical school adventures akin to Harry Potter mixed with something like the gloomy, gothic, quirkiness of the Adams Family. We've got the book, or visit the webcomic's home online.

Kids Graphic Novel News - #10

"When Will Turner goes looking for Captain Jack Sparrow on a remote island, he has no idea what--or who--lies in wait.  Can the ever-crafty Jack escape certain death yet again?  Watch the hit film's swashbuckling action adventure unfold in the palm of your hand!"

Check it out in:
Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest

Kids Graphic Novel News - #9

Did you know that not all graphic novels are about superheroes?!
Some are about real people.  Check out Dynamic Duos.