New Graphic Novels for Adults

Mandela and the general / John Carlin, Oriol Malet. cover
"Will the Freedom Struggle End in a Bloodbath? Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid hero and first leader of the new South Africa, is an international symbol of the power of a popular movement to fight structural racism. But that nonviolent struggle for equality and justice very nearly spiraled into an all-out race war that would have only ended in "the peace of graveyards." As the first post-apartheid elections approach in 1994, with South African blacks poised to take power, the nation's whites fear reprisal. White nationalist militias claiming 50,000 well-armed former soldiers stand ready to fight to the death to defend their cause. They need someone who can lead and unite them. That man is General Constand Viljoen, former chief of apartheid South Africa's military. Mandela knows that he can't avert a bloodbath on his own. He will have to count on his archenemy. Throughout those historic months, the two men meet in secret. Can they trust each other? Can they keep their followers and radical fringe elements from acts of violence? The mettle of these two men will determine the future of a nation. The drama of this contest and the history that pivoted on it comes vividly to life in visual form. Veteran British journalist John Carlin teams up with Catalan artist Oriol Malet to create a historically and artistically rich graphic novel with obvious relevance to today's polarized politics."--Provided by publisher.
One dirty tree / a novella by Noah Van Sciver. cover
"Noah Van Sciver is haunted by the house at 133 ____ Street, or as his brothers rechristened it "One Dirty Tree." This sprawling dilapidated New Jersey house was his first home and the site of formative experiences. Growing up in a big, poor, Mormon family--surrounded by comic-books, eight siblings, bathtubs full of dirty dishes--Noah's childhood exerts a powerful force on his present day relationships. Drawn in his inimitable style, written with wry wit and humor, One Dirty Tree is another reason why Noah Van Sciver is one of the best cartoonists of his generation"--Page 4 of cover.
The antifa comic book : 100 years of fascism and antifa movements / Gord Hill ; foreword by Mark Bray. cover
"The shocking images of neo-Nazis marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, in the summer of 2017 linger, but so do those of the passionate anti-fascist protestors who risked their lives to do the right thing. With a perceptive eye and a powerful sense of resolve, Gord Hill, author of The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book, looks at the history of fascism over the last 100 years, and the concurrent antifa movements that have worked fastidiously to topple it. Fascism is a relatively new political ideology, yet in its short history some of the greatest atrocities against humanity have been carried out in its name. Its poisonous roots took hold in post-World War I Italy, and spread through Nazi Germany, Franco's Spain, and the KKK in America. Now emboldened by the American president, fascism is alive and well again. At the same time, antifa activists have proven, through history and again today, that the spirit of resistance is alive and well, and necessary."--Page 4 of cover.
Drawn to sex : the basics / created by Erika Moen & Matthew Nolan. cover
"Erika and Matthew are ready to talk about sex! Have you ever had a question about sex, but didn't know who to ask? Well, Erika and Matthew have spent years learning about, talking about, and creating informative comics about all aspects of sex. Using comics, jokes, and frank communication, they're here to demystify the world of sex and answer your questions--including ones you might not even know you had! In this first book of the Drawn to Sex series, they explore the practical side of sex, from the basics of what defines sex, to barriers and testing, masturbation, and the ins-and-outs of having sex with other people. Pick up this fun book it you're looking to learn something new, understand sexuality better, or know someone (maybe you!) who might benefit from some judgment-free education. Erika and Matthew are here to help you out!"--Back cover.
Super chill : a year of living anxiously / Adam Ellis. cover
From former Buzzfeed illustrator Adam Ellis comes a collection of autobiographical comics that follows a year in the artist's life.
Paper girls. 5 / Brian K. Vaughan, writer ; Cliff Chiang, artist ; Matt Wilson, colors ; Jared K. Fletcher, letters. cover
"Can anyone escape fate? That's what Mac and her fellow newspaper delivery girls must discover as they travel from the year 2000 to a distant and dangerous future edition of Cleveland, Ohio."--Back cover.
Hobo mom / Charles Forsman, Max de Radigues. cover
A single father and pre-teen daughter are reunited with the woman who once left them, forcing all three to confront their own notions of happiness and whether someone who covets independence so strongly can ever settle down, no matter the cost.-- Provided by publisher.
Piero / Baudoin ; translated and with an introduction by Matt Madden ; English lettering by Dean Sudarsky. cover
"A touching graphic memoir about brotherhood, coming of age, and artistic inspiration by one of France's most celebrated graphic novelists. Edmond Baudoin is one of the most revered and influential figures in European comics, renowned for his slashing, expressive brushwork and narrative experimentation. New York Review Comics is proud to present the first English translation of his most intimate and inviting book, his graphic memoir of growing up with his beloved brother, Piero. Whether stuck in bed with whooping cough or out exploring in the woods, the two brothers draw together endlessly. They confront Martians, battle octopuses, stage epic battles between medieval castles, and fly high over the earth. Inevitably, they begin to grow apart, and their shared artistic life is replaced by schoolwork, romance, dances, motorcycles, and the struggle to decide what sort of people they want to be. Piero is a delicate, exuberant testament to the joys of childhood and a bittersweet account of what it means to become an adult--and an artist"-- Provided by publisher.
Maestros. Vol. 1 / Steve Skroce, writer, artist ; Dave Stewart, colorist ; Fonografiks, lettering, design. cover
The Maestro and his entire royal family have been murdered. Now, his banished son from Earth will inherit the Wizard King's throne along with a spell that turns its user into GOD. With enemies everywhere, will this Orlando-born millennial be able to keep his new magic kingdom?
John Constantine, Hellblazer. 20, Systems of control / Mike Carey, Andy Diggle, writers ; Leonardo Manco, Danijel Zezelj, artists ; Lee Loughridge, colorist ; Jared K. Fletcher, letterer ; Mikel Ja... cover
"When a mysterious worldwide plague starts putting millions of people into deadly comas, Earth's foremost expert on the bizarre, John Constantine, steps in with the "cure," After traveling from the dreary alleys of London to the glittering boulevards of L.A., Constantine realizes that a cadre of wicked demons and hellish monsters is behind the outbreak, and he'll have to sacrifice more than himself to put an end to the nightmare. Includes an amazing softcover edition of the epic horror story written by Mike Carey and Andy Diggle."-- Provided by publisher.
Adulthood is a myth : a "Sarah's Scribbles" collection / Sarah Andersen. cover
Adulthood is a myth confronts head-on the horrors, anxiety, and awkwardness of modern adult life. From the agony of holding hands with a gorgeous guy to the yawning pit of hell that is the wifi gone down to the eye-watering pain of eating too-hot pizza because one cannot stand to wait for it to cool down, Sarah fearlessly documents it all. Like the work of fellow Millennial authors Allie Brosh, Grace Helbig, and Gemma Correll, Sarah's total frankness on extremely personal issues such as body image, self-consciousness, introversion, relationships, and bra-washing makes her comics highly relatable and consistently hilarious.
Wonder Woman, earth one. Volume 2 / written by Grant Morrison ; art and cover by Yanick Paquette ; colors by Nathan Fairbairn ; letters by Todd Klein. cover
"For years, Diana of Paradise Island yearned to leave the only home she knew behind for adventures that laid beyond its shores. Now, after a fateful meeting with Air Force pilot Steve Trevor, the Amazon Warrior finds herself in Man's World. And she is ready for anything that it may throw at her. But is the world ready for Wonder Woman? An American Government, fraught with dissession and conflicts foreign to Diana, have deemed her a danger to society. How will Wonder Woman carry out her mission of peace and love in a world that can't get out of its own way? That is, unless there are more insidious forces at play..."--Back cover.
The wicked + the divine. Vol. 7, Mothering invention / Kieron Gillen, writer ; Jamie McKelvie, artist ; Matthew Wilson, colourist ; Clayton Cowles, letterer. cover
"Every ninety years, twelve gods are reincarnated as young people. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are all dead. It's happening now. It's happening again"--Page 4 of cover.
Royal City. Volume 2, Sonic youth / created, written and illustrated by Jeff Lemire ; lettered by Steve Wands. cover
Follows the lives of the Pike family, all of whom are still haunted by different versions of Tommy, the youngest who drowned decades earlier.
Jim Butcher's The Dresden files. Dog men / written by Mark Powers ; art by Diego Galindo ; colors by Mohan ; letters by Tom Napolitano cover
"Harry Dresden is a man on the edge--and that is something that can be dangerous to friend and foe alike. He's been drafted by a senior member of the White Council of Wizards to investigate a series of murders in rural Mississippi. As always, there's more afoot than is immediately apparent. The question is, will Harry's state of mind keep him from seeing it, and will his actions lead him into direct conflict with the wizard who's depending on his help?"--Dust jacket.
Royal City. Volume 1, Next of kin / created, written, and illustrated by Jeff Lemire ; lettered by Steve Wands. cover
In his most ambitious and most personal project to date, JEFF LEMIRE spins the captivating and engaging story of a family from the small factory town of ROYAL CITY and the ghosts that haunt them. In a return to the literary and thematic territory of Lemire's breakthrough graphic novel ESSEX COUNTY, ROYAL CITY follows Patrick Pike, a fading literary star who reluctantly returns to the once-thriving factory town where he grew up. Patrick is quickly drawn back into the dramas of his two adult siblings, his overbearing Mother and his brow beaten Father, all of whom are still haunted by different versions of his youngest brother, Tommy, who drowned decades ago. As each member of the family struggles to keep themselves above water, it quickly becomes clear that Tommy's death isn't the only dark secret tearing the town, and this family, apart at the seams. Can each member of the Pike family come to terms with their own guilt over Tommy's death, and make peace with the many versions of Tommy that still haunt them, or will they all be dragged down below the river along with his lingering ghost? ROYAL CITY promises to be a sprawling, serialized graphic novel that will chart the lives, loves and losses of a troubled family and a vanishing town, across three decades. Jeff Lemire is the creator of DESCENDER (with DUSTIN NGUYEN), AD: AFTER DEATH (with SCOTT SNYDER), ROUGHNECK, SECRET PATH (with Gord Downie), PLUTONA (with EMI LENNOX), ESSEX COUNTY, SWEET TOOTH, TRILLIUM, and THE UNDERWATER WELDER. He had also written celebrated stories featuring Green Arrow, Animal Man, Bloodshot, Wolverine, Hawkeye, Teen Titans, the Valiant, the X-Men and Inhumans for the major comic book publishers.
Motor crush. Volume 2 [graphic novel] / creators, Babs Tarr, Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart ; color assistants, Heather Danforth, Victoria Evans, Ellen Alsop ; lettering, Aditya Bidikar. cover
The team behind the critically-acclaimed revamp of Batgirl returns with an exciting sci-fi action-adventure series! By day, Domino Swift competes for fame & fortune in a worldwide motorcycle racing league. By night, she cracks heads of rival gangs in brutal bike wars to gain possession of a rare, valuable contraband: an engine-boosting "machine narcotic" known as Crush.
Royal City. Vol. 3, We all float on / Jeff Lemire ; [lettered by Steve Wands] cover
When a surprise new member of the family arrives in the fading industrial town of Royal City looking for answers, the past and present all come together and the Pike family must face the truths about their youngest brother's death, decades earlier. The concluding chapter of this generation-spanning saga of one family haunted by their own private ghosts from the New York Times best-selling writer and artist Jeff Lemire (GIDEON FALLS, Sweet Tooth, Essex County).