February 2015 New Graphic Novel Recommends

Carabas - Graphic Novels Recommends Slightly belatedly, here’s our top picks of graphic novels published in February!
It’s an absolutely brilliant month across the board and fine offerings from the Big Two to the indies and imprints on both sides of the pond. As so much is published we look more to standalone and volume ones than the latest in a long sequence of superhero ongoings; but then if we particularly like something…

You can discover more by clicking on the publisher in a given entry where there’s a link for more of their titles from Jan-Jun, or check out our central JAN-JUN 15 SFF / GRAPHIC NOVELS page here.

More monthly sequential greatness coming very soon but read on and discover the graphic delights published in Februray – Enjoy!

* Pub Title Creators ISBN Bind RRP Publisher
Reb - Dredd UW
Feb
Dredd: Urban Warfare
Arthur Wyatt, Henry Flint
9781781083161
HB
£14.99
2000 AD
Turning up the Dial!
The streets don’t come much meaner than those in Mega-City One. Only the Judges – empowered to uphold law and order – keep the city from falling into total anarchy. Toughest of them all is Judge Dredd – he is the law and these are his stories.
In this 24th volume of the bestselling Case Files series, Dredd is faced with one of his hardest challenges yet – bringing justice to the ‘Big Meg’s’ worst sector known as ‘The Pit’! Also, the ultimate lawman faces a legendary war robot when Judge Dredd squares off against the A.B.C. Warrior Hammerstein!
Reb - JD
Feb
Judge Dredd: Case Files 24
John Wagner et al
9781781083390
TPB
£19.99
2000 AD
The Comic Book Sequel to the Hit Film!
Featuring three action-packed stories from the critically acclaimed cinematic world of DREDD. In Underbelly Ma-Ma’s death has led to a power vacuum and now other criminal gangs in Mega-City One are trying to fill the gap. When a number of corpses are discovered in a rad-pit, the bodies are all revealed to be mutants. Could the dead be connected with an outfit smuggling illegal refugees into the city from the Cursed Earth? Judge Dredd once again teams up with Psi-Judge Anderson as they scour the underworld for the perps responsible!
CBP - Another Suburban Romance
Feb
Another Suburban Romance (Colour Edition)
Alan Moore, Antony Johnston, Juan Jose Ryp
9781592912476
PB
£7.50
Avatar Press
One of the seminal works from the writer who defined modern comics, ALAN MOORE, is re-mastered for the first time in breathtakingly vibrant color!  Alan Moore’s performance works making up the play Another Suburban Romance are translated into print and lavishly illustrated as full sequential stories.  Comprised of three major pieces, adapted from Moore’s original presentations by frequent collaborator Antony (Fashion Beast) Johnston, this original graphic novel is completely illustrated by Juan Jose Ryp.  Running from the 1920′s Chicago style killings in Old Gangsters Never Die, to the ruminations on modern life in the namesake piece Another Suburban Romance, this powerful work is an essential piece of the Alan Moore graphic novel library that no fan will want to miss!
CBP B - Revelations
Feb
Revelations
Paul Jenkins, Humberto Ramos
9781608864607
PB
£10.99
Boom!
The beautiful work of Humberto Ramos unfolds a story of religion, atheism, murder, and mystery, as told by Paul Jenkins. Fans of BBCs Sherlock and Luther will not want to miss this tale of corruption through the eyes of an outsider.A potential successor to the dying pope is killed at the Vatican. Long-time atheist and hard-edged London detective, Charlie Northern, is put on the case by a Vatican priest, and long forgotten friend.
CBP B - Suicide Risk V4
Feb
Suicide Risk Vol. 4
Mike Carey,
Elena Casagrande,
Filipe Andrade
9781608864614
PB
£10.99
Boom!
Mike Carey’s gripping deconstruction of the superhero genre heats up in this latest volume! With an entire country in their grasp, the super-villain team NIGHTMARE SCENARIO has forced the worlds leaders to come to the table for negotiations. But Just-A-Feelings namesake warns of an even greater, bloodier calamity, and every life Leo has managed to save helping Nightmare Scenario against his will, is suddenly at risk…
CBP DH - Abe Sapien
Feb
Abe Sapien Volume 5
Mignola, Mike & Fiumara, Max
9781616555153
PB
£14.99
Dark Horse
Haunted by deaths he’s seen and ones he’s caused, Abe returns to the place where he was shot, where his latest transformation began. His path is blocked by strange priests, apocalyptic prophets, and one doomed soul after another, who all seem to think Abe is either the answer or the cause.
Collects Abe Sapien #12–#14 and #16–#17.
“Incredible storytelling, both writing and art.”—Comic Bastards
CBP V - Coffin Hill
Feb
Coffin Hill Volume 2: Dark Endeavors TP
Caitlin Kittredge, Inaki Miranda
9781401250843
PB
£10.99
DC Comics / Vertigo
Years after a night in the woods gone awry, Eve returns to Coffin Hill, only to discover the darkness that she unleashed ten years ago that fateful night was never fully contained. It continues to seep through the town, cursing the soul of this sleepy Massachusetts hollow, spilling secrets and enacting its revenge. Set against the haunted backdrop of New England, Coffin Hill explores what people will do for power and retribution. Noted novelist Caitlin Kittredge, author of the Black London series, brings a smart, mesmerizing style to comics. Artist Inaki Miranda (FABLES) brings his dynamic storytelling to Coffin Hill, following an acclaimed run on FAIREST.  Collects Coffin Hill #8-14.
CBP V - Hellblazer V10
Feb
John Constantine Hellblazer Volume 10: In The Line Of Fire TP
Paul Jenkins, Sean Phillips
9781401251376
PB
£14.99
DC Comics / Vertigo
In this new Hellblazer collection, John Constantine comes to the aid of his downstairs neighbor, a dimwitted, epileptic giant whose home is haunted by a persistent ghost. Plus, John’s affinity with the supernatural spoils a soccer game when a demon that thrives on holloganism shows up. And in the story “Difficult Beginnings,” Constantine must reconnect with the darker side of his own nature — a journey that leads him to the “most evil man in the world.”   Collects Hellblazer #97-107.
CBP V - Dead Boy Detectives V2
Feb
Dead Boy Detectives Volume 2 TP
Toby Litt, Gary Erskine
9781401250867
PB
£10.99
DC Comics / Vertigo
From the pages of The Sandman, Neil Gaiman’s intrepid dead schoolboys head back to the horror that is St. Hilarions School — the place where they both were murdered. Collects Dead Boy Detectives #8-14 written by Toby Litt and illustrated by Mark Buckingham (FABLES).
CBP DC - Superman Earth One V3
Feb
Superman: Earth One Volume 3 HC
J. Michael Straczynski, Ardian Syaf
9781401241841
HB
£16.99
DC Comics
The follow-up to the New York Times #1 bestselling graphic novels Superman: Earth One Volumes 1 and 2 is here! Written by J. Michael Straczynski with art by Ardian Syaf (Batgirl), Superman: Earth One Volume 3 follows a young Clark Kent as he continues his journey toward becoming the World’s Greatest Super Hero. After defeating villains terrestrial and beyond, Superman faces a threat that he can’t simply outmuscle. A threat smarter, more cunning and deadly than he can imagine: the Luthors!
CBP DC - Secret Six V2
Feb
Secret Six Volume 1: Villains United
Gail Simone, Brad Walker, Dale Eaglesham
9781401250751
PB
£14.99
DC Comics
Collecting the series that led into Infinite Crisis! Six of justice’s deadliest enemies band together to start a revolution. Together, they want to take a stand to stop the super-heroic community from tampering with their minds and to prove how deadly they can be! But not everyone agrees to this agenda. Six rogues are recruited by the enigmatic Mockingbird, charged with opposing the Society and given assignments to thwart their rivals and even help their enemies. Who is Mockingbird? Could it be one of the six? The status quo is rocked by the Society’s formation and the revelations along the way make certain that when the Secret Six are done, nothing in the DCU will ever be the same!  Collects Villains United #1-6, Secret Six #1-6, and Villains United: Infinite Crisis Special #1.
CBP I - Rat Queens V2
Feb
Rat Queens Volume 2
Kurtis J. Wiebe, Roc Upchurch
9781632150400
PB
£10.99
Image Comics
A brand-new, booze-soaked tale of the Rat Queens reveals a growing menace within the very walls of Palisade. And while Dee may have run from her past, the bloated, blood-feasting sky god N’rygoth never really lets his children stray too far.  Collects issues #6-10 of the smash-hit series, plus extras.
CBP I - Sex Criminals V2
Feb
Sex Criminals Volume 2: Two Worlds, One Cop
Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky
9781632151933
PB
£10.99
Image Comics
The second storyline from the Eisner-award winning Sex Criminals finds the honeymoon to be over for Jon and Suzie. Once the thrill of new lust fades, where do you go? Come along and laff and love with Matt and Chip as they brimp back ceaselessly against the past.
CBP I - Starlight V1
Feb
Starlight Volume 1
Mark Millar, Goran Parlov
9781632150172
PB
£10.99
Image Comics
Forty years ago, Duke McQueen saved an alien world from destruction. Back on earth, nobody believed his story. Now his kids are grown, his wife has passed on, and life has little to offer. Until the day a strange boy from the world he once saved makes an appearance, coaxing Duke to join him on one last adventure. Can Duke handle the leap from has-been to hero? Collects Starlight #1-6.
CBP I - Trees V1
Feb
Trees Volume 1
Warren Ellis, Jason Howard
9781632152701
PB
£10.99
Image Comics
Ten years after they landed. All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive.
Trees, a new science fiction graphic novel by Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Red) and Jason Howard (Super Dinosaur, Astounding Wolf-Man) looks at a near-future world where life goes on in the shadows of the Trees: in China, where a young painter arrives in the “special cultural zone” of a city under a Tree; in Italy, where a young woman under the menacing protection of a fascist gang meets an old man who wants to teach her terrible skills; and in Svalbard, where a research team is discovering, by accident, that the Trees may not be dormant after all, and the awful threat they truly represent.
CBP Knockabout - In God We Trust
Feb
In God we Trust
Winshluss
9780861662357
 
£17.99
Knockabout

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Five years after the magnificent Pinocchio (Knockabout, 2011), Winshluss returns with the hilarious In God We Trust.
His multi-levelled retelling of The Bible revises the founding myths of the holy book. We are guided through the maze of the Old and New Testament by St. Franky, with a nose like a straw-berry from drinking altar wine and a sceptical atti-tude. With him, we visit the scenes of Scripture and believe it or not, this is not what we thought!
A true spiritual journey, In God We Trust is an absurd epic with a startling range of drawing styles on display. Following the adventures of God, baby Jesus, Mary, plus all the favourites – from original sin, the crossing of the Red Sea, the last judgement, and the greatest religious love affair… including some surprise guest appearances from a muscle-bound Conan and Gotham city’s own protector.
Winshluss (Vincent Paronnaud) is the successful author of Pinocchio (2011), which won the Fauve d’Or prize in Angouleme (2009). He also works as an award-winning director in France with such films as Persepolis (2007 Cannes Jury Prize) and Chicken with Plums. Absurd and provocative, this rereading of well known biblical characters is a huge lot of fun.  “
CGP - Dreadstalker
Feb
Tower Chronicles: Dreadstalker Vol. 1
Matt Wagner, Simon Bisley
9781937278366
PB
£9.90
Legendary Comics
In this thrilling new monthly series created by Matt Wagner, the creator of Grendel (Dark Horse, series available from Turnaround), Tower faces his greatest challenge yet. After thwarting a demonic possession and tearing a mystic artefact away from the clutches of the Brotherhood of the Rose, Tower believes himself to be one step closer to his mysterious goals.
CBP - AV TRO 1
Jan
AVENGERS: TIME RUNS OUT VOLUME 1
Hickman, Jonathan; Cheung, Jim & Deodato Jr., Mike
9780785193418
HB
£18.99
Marvel
Feb
PANINI
9781846536465
PB
£12.99
Panini UK Ltd
Time Runs Out! For Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Illuminati, it has all been building to this. Following the startling events of Original Sin and the revelations as to what the Illuminati have been up to all this time, this cataclysmic saga jumps forward to the day of the Final Incursion. See what awaits our heroes in the future as the table is set for the astonishing climax of Jonathan Hickman’s acclaimed runs on Avengers and New Avengers. Collecting: Avengers 35-37, New Avengers 24-25
CBP - RR V1
Feb
ROCKET RACCOON VOLUME 1: A CHASING TALE
Young, Skottie
9780785193890
HB
£18.99
Marvel
Feb
PANINI
9781846536335
PB
£12.99
Panini UK Ltd
Spinning out of Guardians of the Galaxy, join the adventures of Rocket Raccoon! As defenders of the cosmos go, Rocket Raccoon has faced his fair share of galactic battles. He’s been a hero to the weka, a champion of good, a protector of the innocent, a heartthrob to the many intergalactic female species and now a raccoon on the run?! Rocket’s high-flying of adventure and heroism may soon be a thing of the past when he becomes a wanted man – and the authorities are not the only one on his tail! Collecting Rocket Raccoon Vol.2 #1-5.
CBP - Ind Hulk V4
Feb
INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK VOLUME 4: HUMANITY BOMB (MARVEL NOW)
Waid, Mark; Parker, Jeff & Asrar, Mahmud
9780785189497
PB
£14.99
Marvel
Inhuman cocoons begin appearing worldwide and Bruce Banner is sure he has the cure – but when Hank Pym, Iron Man and Beast confront the frustrated scientist, they discover just how deep his rage can go. As one of his lab assistants falls to the Terrigen Mists, the enraged Banner has one last chance to prevent Terrigenesis – but the Hulk has unleashed a menace even worse than the Mists, and it’s brought Banner straight into an assassin’s crosshairs!
Collecting: Indestructible Hulk 16, 17.INH -19.INH, 20, Indestructible Hulk Annual
CBP - SFSS V3
Feb
SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN, THE VOLUME 3
Spencer, Nick & Lieber, Steve
9780785191704
PB
£13.50
Marvel
Voted one of the best mainstream super hero comics of 2013 by the Onion A.V. Club!
Only five villains stand between New York and total chaos in the streets of Manhattan. The problem? Those villains are the Superior Foes. And now the world’s most dangerous villains are up against the world’s most dangerous thing – the truth!
A year of duplicity and double crossing has led to this… who will live, who will die, who will get the head of Silvermane?
Collecting: The Superior Foes of Spider-Man 12-17
CBP - SM 2099
Feb
SPIDER-MAN 2099 VOLUME 1: OUT OF TIME
David, Peter; Sliney, William & Leonardi, Rick
9780785190790
PB
£13.50
Marvel
Miguel O’Hara is Spider-Man in the year 2099, but he’s currently stuck in the year 2014. But in 2014, the evil future corporation Alchemax has just been formed – and Miguel has a chance to stop its corruption before it starts! However, Spider-Man 2099 soon discovers that he’s not the only one hoping for a better tomorrow.
Join Spider-Man 2099 creator Peter David and artist Will Sliney for the most adventure found this side of the 22nd century!
Collecting: Spider-Man 2099 1-5, Amazing Spider-Man 1 (2099 story)
CBP - NB - The Spectators
Feb
The Spectators
Victor Hussenot
9781907704758
HB
£14.99
Nobrow
The Spectators unfolds as a poetic and philosophical introspection on the nature of man. Hussenot’s palette is awash with subtle colour, gently carrying the narrative and allowing the reader to envelop themselves in the lyricism of the work. Reminiscent of French New Wave cinema with its clipped dialogue, gentle pacing and departure from a classic narrative structure, Spectators is an exciting new graphic novel by a unique illustrator.
Click here for more including a special peak at some interior art!
LE - The Sculptor
Feb
The Sculptor
Scott McCloud
9781906838973
HB
£18.99
Self Made Hero
David Smith is giving his life for his art – literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding what to create is harder than he thought, and discovering the love of his life at the eleventh hour isn’t making it any easier.
This is a story of desire taken to the edge of reason and beyond; of the frantic, clumsy dance steps of young love; and a gorgeous, street-level portrait of the world’s greatest city. It’s about the small, warm, human moments of everyday life…and the great surging forces that lie just under the surface.
Scott McCloud wrote the book on how comics work; now he vaults into breathtaking, funny, and unforgettable fiction.
CBP T - Kick-Ass 3
Feb
Kick-Ass – 3
Mark Millar, John Romita Jr
9781783290871
PB
18.99
Titan Books
Mark Millar and John Romita’s mega-selling series returns for its final story! Hit-Girl is in jail, leaving Kick-Ass to lead the super hero team Justice Forever. But super heroes have been outlawed, leaving Kick-Ass to dodge both cops and some terrifying new foes! For the first time, Kick-Ass is beginning to have doubts. Is he in too deep to get out?
CGP - The Delinquents
Feb
The Delinquents TP
James Asmus, Fred Van Lente, Kano
9781939346513
PB
£10.99
Valiant
Quantum and Woody are the world’s worst superhero team. Archer & Armstrong are a mismatched pair of conspiracy-busting adventurers. When a mysterious force collides these ill-suited and irresponsible “heroes” for a cross-country race through the darkest corners of American mythology, all hell is bound to break loose.
Can two busted pairs become four of a kind in time to defeat the Hobo King, save the day, and make it back home in time for happy hour? Let’s hope so…’cause these guys make a really, really bad team. (And you don’t even want to know about the goat.)
It’s an all-new superhero joyride from fan-favorite writers James Asmus (Quantum and Woody) and Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong) and heat-seeking artist Kano (Quantum and Woody, Immortal Iron Fist), colliding Quantum and Woody and Archer & Armstrong for the world’s most disastrous team-up adventure!
Collecting The Delinquents #1–4.