December 2015 New Graphic Novel Recommends!

Carabas - Graphic Novels Recommends There’s another great helping of Graphic Novels / Comic Collections coming our way this month: so here’s our top picks of the fantastical, the weird, the literary and the superheroic all together publishing in December!

You can discover more titles beyond these at the bottom via the links on to the full output or highlights depending on size of all major UK and US Graphic Novel Publishers for the second half of the year.

Please note: Our efforts are directed at being comprehensive and championing quality as well as top selling titles; publication dates are liable to change.

 

* Creators ISBN Form RRP Publisher
CG - Ti - Dec - Tank Girl reduced
21ST CENTURY TANK GIRL
Alan C. Martin (Writer) with artists Jamie Hewlett, Philip J. Bond, Jim Mahfood, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Jonathan Edwards, Craig Knowles & Brett Parsons 
9781782766612
HB
16.99
Titan Comics
We loved Tank Girl waaay back then and we still do. And, among other artists, the original co-creator of this and, with Damon Albarn, Gorillaz, returns to the character who made him famous in the first place!
MAKE WAY FOR THE TANK GIRL OF THE NEW MILLENIUM!  After a break of 20 years, artist Jamie Hewlett (GORILLAZ) is leaping back on the Tank Girl wagon, re-teaming with series co-creator Alan Martin to bring you a whole new take! Featuring riotous 100% original content from Hewlett & Martin along with contributions from a host of series stalwarts and newcomers!
CG - Ma - SW - Dec - Marvel Zombies
MARVEL ZOMBIES: BATTLEWORLD
Spurrier, Simon & Walker, Kev
9780785198789
PB
£11.99
Marvel
Look, there’s a lot of Marvel’s SECRET WARS tie-in collections but how many people like #zombies? A hell of a lot. And it’s Si Spurrier!
In the moments when Elsa Bloodstone is not enrapt in battle against the zombie hoardes, she meditates on her deceased father… how everything he taught her gave her the means to fight the zombies, but all the love he didn’t give her is what motivated the self-destructive actions that landed her on the Wall in the first place. But when she sees a human child caught in the middle of the zombieverse, she’ll muster every ounce of determination she has to throw herself into the zombie horde to rescue the girl. Collecting: Marvel Zombies (2015), Marvel Zombies (2006) 1
Check out more on the main and tie-in Secret Wars collections on our page here!
CG - Ma - Dec - Ms Marvel V4
MS. MARVEL VOLUME 4: LAST DAYS
Wilson, G. Willow & Alphona, Adrian
9780785197362
PB
£13.50
Marvel
Our perennial favourite series: the multi award winning (Hugos, Broken Frontier) Ms Marvel! Unfailingly a TOP recommend…
When the world is about to end, do you still keep fighting? From the moment, Kamala put on her costume, she’s been challenged, but nothing has prepared her for this: the Last Days of the Marvel Universe. Fists up, let’s do this, Jersey City. Plus a very special guest appearance fans have been clamouring for! Collecting: Ms. Marvel 16-19, material from Amazing Spider-Man 7-8
More pre Secret Wars ‘Last Days’ titles can be found on our Oct-Dec 15 Marvel page here…
CG - V - Dec - Astro City Lover's Quarrel
ASTRO CITY LOVERS QUARREL HC
Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson
9781401258252
HB
£18.99
Vertigo
The ever-brilliant Astro City. We love the kind of adult superhero deconstructions by such legends as Alan Moore and Grant Morrison, but with Astro City Kurt Busiek created something maintaining a mature sensibility combined with a genuine love of the superhero genre and wonderfully human characters. Ever a favourite.
In this new ASTRO CITY collection, the spotlight falls on Quarrel and Crackerjack  as they face a real crisis: what does an aging crimefighter do when time starts to take its toll? Plus, a look into Quarrel’s origins – and the end of the line for one of Astro City’s most stalwart heroes. And what’s a talking gorilla to do when he’s always wanted to be a drummer in a rock & roll band? That’s right, you go to Astro City. But from there, well, things are never all that simple.  Collects ASTRO CITY #18-21 and 23-24.
CG - Dec - Hot Jazz reduced
HOT JAZZ WITH MAX ZILLION & ALTO EGO
Hunt Emerson
9780861662487
PB
£11.99
Knockabout
“The story of Max Zillion, the ace saxophonist man-handling his chosen instrument Alto Ego, rising to artistic heights with music and sinking through financial depths thanks to the machinations of Mean McMudda, the eternal agent who takes 100% and then some. Hunt Emerson is the only cartoonist who has had the courage to take jazz as his story, and he improvises on it like Charlie Parker did.” – Miles Kington
120 Pages of stories
Including 32 pages in colour
Plus 25 pages of Gallery drawings by such luminaries as Dave McKean, Peter Bagge, Jay Lynch, Gilbert Shelton, Rian Hughes and many more.
CG - TT - Dec - The Grevious Journey of Ichabod Azrael
THE GREVIOUS JOURNEY OF ICHABOD AZRAEL
Rob Williams, Dom Reardon, Antonio Fuso, Michael Dowling
9781781083710
PB
18.99
2000 AD
Ichabod Azrael was the deadliest, meanest outlaw the Old West ever spat out – but his murder at the hands of hired guns takes him on a journey through the underworld as he desperately tries to return to the land of the living, and his true love Zoe, haunted by the dead he left in his wake…From writer Rob Williams (The Royals: Masters of War) and artist Dom Reardon (The Ten Seconders), comes a tale of vengeance and redemption that will shake the very gates of the afterlife itself.
CG - TT - Dec - ABC Warriors Mek Files V3
ABC WARRIORS: MEK FILES 03
Pat Mills, Henry Flint, Mick McMahon, Carlos Ezquerra et al
9781781083345
HB
£25.00
2000 AD
The human colonists have ravaged Mars and the sentient planet has had enough! Martian natives have taken up the cause and are fighting back for their world. With tensions between the different factions at an all-time high, the A.B.C. Warriors are sent in to ‘increase the peace’. But this mission is fraught with danger and at least one Warrior is destined to fall!
Written by 2000 AD creator Pat Mills (Ro-Busters), this stunning black and white collection features the work of Henry Flint (Zombo, Judge Dredd), Mick McMahon (Slaine, Judge Dredd) and Carlos Ezquerra (Strontium Dog) amongst others.
CG - Ma - Dec - Deadpool vs Thanos
DEADPOOL VS. THANOS
Seeley, Tim & Bondoc, Elmo
9780785198451
PB
£12.99
Marvel
Not going to win the Nobel Prize for literature (probably) but Deadpool’s fans are legion and Thanos is the big bad the Avengers movies are leading up to. Expect insane humour and lots of fans buying…
When life in the universe suddenly stops dying, Deadpool suspects his former rival, Thanos the Titan. As the two lovers of Death (in both its physical and theoretical manifestations) battle to save the universe from immortality, they must confront their own reasons for living and their passions for dying. Collecting: Deadpool vs. Thanos 1-4
CG - DC - Dec - Batman vs Superman reduced
BATMAN VS SUPERMAN TP
Frank Miller, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Jeph Loeb, Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and more…
9781401256982
PB
£7.50
DC Comics
The must-own DC Comics collection to prepare for the upcoming cinematic blockbuster Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice!
The two most popular super-heroes of all time aren’t always on the same side. Witness the battles through the ages when the Earth shook from the blows of these titans – Batman and Superman! This collections captures some of the most incredible and memorable clashes between the Man of Steel and The Dark Knight that sets the stage for the upcoming motion picture event that is Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot.
CG - V - Dec - Kid Eternity
KID ETERNITY DELUXE EDITION HC
Grant Morrison, Duncan Fegredo
9781401258115
HB
£18.99
Vertigo
One of the original Mature Readers creations before Vertigo was Vertigo, and another example of when creators of the ‘British Invasion’ were plucking obscure characters to interpret and place into dark, adult stories (Black Orchid – Neil Gaiman, Shade – Pete Milligan et al). Mind-twisting concepts from Grant Morrison and stunning visual renditions from Duncan Fegredo. Highly recommended.
He’s neither dead nor alive. He’s Kid Eternity, a teenager endowed with supernatural powers and the ability to bring back the dead – a gift from the powers above for being taken by death ahead of his time.
Now the free-spirited Kid Eternity is back as an agent of Chaos, in a world that’s just a bit too ordered for his taste. The Kid must free his partner, Mr. Keeper, from indentured servitude in Hell before he can get on with his mission of undermining the forces of Order. Kid Eternity uses chaos magic to elevate humanity’s existence, but this path to good intentions is paved with demons, death and madness… especially when his way is blocked by a sleazy evangelist and a stand-up comedian. Before this nightmarish excursion into the netherworld has ended, everyone will be swept away in a rush of insanity that sheds new light on good and evil, life and death.
Collects KID ETERNITY #1-3.
CBP DC - Harley Quinn V2
HARLEY QUINN TP VOL 2 POWER OUTAGE
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, John Timms, Alex Sinclair
9781401257637
PB
£12.99
DC Comics
Fan favourite of readers and cos-players, Harley Quinn just keeps selling comics – and graphic novel collections as well.
The best-selling Harley Quinn continues her bloody romp in the second volume of her own series! The first rule of Skate Club is…you do not mess with the Mistress of Mayhem! Harley stumbles across an underground fight club where big money winds with a body count. She’s in…and she’s making Sy Borgman her agent for the fights. And wha would happen if the demented Clown Princess of Crime visited the most popular comic con out there? Find out when Harley Quinn invades Comic-Con!!  Collects Harley Quinn #9-13, Harley Quinn Futures End #1, Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International San Diego #1 and Secret Origin #4.
CG - DC - Dec - Harley Quinn V3
HARLEY QUINN HC VOL 3 KISS KISS BANG STAB
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, John Timms, Alex Sinclair
9781401257644
HB
£18.99
DC Comics
Harley was certain she could have it all: She could be the world’s best landlord, protect Coney Island from the scum of the Earth, woo Mason Macabre, work her day job as a psychiatrist, volunteer at the puppy shelter…but that’s a whole lot of spinning plates, and eventually they’re bound to start breaking! What happens when a psychopath cracks up? Is it possible for Harley to go even more insane?! Collects HARLEY QUINN #14-15, HARLEY QUINN ANNUAL #1, HARLEY QUINN VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL  #1, and HARLEY QUINN HOLIDAY SPECIAL #1.

 

You can also discover top works of fantastical fiction on our DECEMBER 15 NEW BOOKS RECOMMENDS page, not to mention some brilliant NON-FICTION TITLES on our JULY-DECEMBER round-up here.

For more great graphic novels you can click the publisher logos to go through to our pages on the broader output from the key publishers below. NB. Smaller publishers receive inclusion in the Monthly Recommends articles (see bottom for links to those from earlier in the year) as do larger publishers like IDW who’s main output is tie-ins and expanded universe titles which we cover less of here…

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Due to the size of output we’ve split DC, Image and Marvel into Jul-Sep and Oct-Dec articles.

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