February 2017 Book Highlights

Carabas - New Book Recommends
B - Feb 17 - Norse Mythology
B - Feb 17 - Anno Dracula 1899
N - Feb 17 - Thrill Power Overload updated
B - Feb 17 - A Conjuring of Light
G - Feb 17 - Haddon Hall

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Here’s our round-up of fantastic and fantastical reading for February.

We take in Adult Fiction, fantastical and general, creative and socially minded Non-Fiction, Children’s and YA and Graphic Novels. Whether you’re a general or genre reader or a bookshop looking to make sure your customers aren’t missing out we try to balance an inclusion of the biggest titles with slipstream / crossover hits and those hidden gems for all concerned.

Selections are and text here is by Tim Bayley (London flagship bookstore buyer, central buying committee, publishing sales rep, creator of this very website). These highlights are drawn from publisher submissions next to The Bookseller magazine’s own monthly highlights, Buyer’s Guides and more.

NB. You can find full biblio details and publisher copy via the online shop link. We believe in supporting bricks and mortar stores whether online or in person and a tiny snippet of any purchase comes our way to go towards site upkeep so any and all support very much appreciated! Some products still being uploaded to the retailers sites – links to come.

So read on and check out the great reads in print coming your way in February.

Enjoy!

 

Fiction

B - Feb 17 - A Conjuring of Light

A CONJURING OF LIGHT * V.E. Schwab * 9781785652448 * PB * £7.99 * Titan * A Darker Shade of Magic * 3

The precarious equilibrium among the four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise. Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari -begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. Lila Bard, once a commonplace but never common thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery and the Night Spire crew are attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible, as an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown and a fallen hero is desperate to save a decaying world…

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B - Feb 17 - The Last Days of New Paris

THE LAST DAYS OF NEW PARIS * China Mieville * 9781447296546 * HB * £14.99 * Picador

A thriller of a war that never was – of survival in an impossible city – of surreal cataclysm. In The Last Days of New Paris, China Miéville entwines true historical events and people with his daring, uniquely imaginative brand of fiction, reconfiguring history and art into something new.

1941. In the chaos of wartime Marseille, American engineer and occult disciple Jack Parsons stumbles onto a clandestine anti-Nazi group, including Surrealist theorist André Breton. In the strange games of dissident diplomats, exiled revolutionaries, and avant-garde artists, Parsons finds and channels hope. But what he unwittingly unleashes is the power of dreams and nightmares, changing the war and the world for ever.

1950. A lone Surrealist fighter, Thibaut, walks a new, hallucinogenic Paris, where Nazis and the Resistance are trapped in unending conflict, and the streets are stalked by living images and texts – and by the forces of Hell. To escape the city, Thibaut must join forces with Sam, an American photographer intent on recording the ruins, and make common cause with a powerful, enigmatic figure of chance and rebellion: the exquisite corpse.

But Sam is being hunted. And new secrets will emerge that will test all their loyalties – to each other, to Paris old and new, and to reality itself.

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CB - Feb - This Census Taker

THIS CENSUS TAKER * China Mieville * 9781509812134 * PB * £7.99 * Picador

In a remote house on a hilltop, a lonely boy witnesses a traumatic event. He tries – and fails – to flee. Left alone with his increasingly deranged parent, he dreams of safety, of joining the other children in the town below, of escape.

When at last a stranger knocks at his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation might be over.

But by what authority does this man keep the meticulous records he carries? What is the purpose behind his questions? Is he friend? Enemy? Or something else altogether?

A novella filled with beauty, terror and strangeness, This Census-Taker is a poignant and riveting exploration of memory and identity.

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B - Feb 17 - The Bear and the Serpent

THE BEAR AND THE SERPENT * Adrian Tchaikovsky * 9781509830220 * HB * £18.99 * Pan Macmillan * Echoes of the Fall * 2

Maniye, child of both Wolf and Tiger clans, has been named Champion of her people. But they’re unsure if she’s an asset – or a threat. To buy time, she joins Prince Tecuman’s warband of outcasts and heads south, to help him gain his crown. She wants to discover her true place in the world, but instead heads into the jaws of a fierce new conflict.

Civil war threatens as Tecuman and his twin sister battle for the throne, for only one can rule. Yet whoever triumphs will carry a heavy burden, as a great doom has been foreseen that will fall across their whole world. And soon Maniye finds herself at the heart of a political storm.

Danger is also shadowing her old home, where Lord Thunder and his bear clan are attempting to unite the northern tribes. But only extreme peril will end age-old rivalries. An adversary from the most ancient of times is preparing to strike, putting their lands and their very souls in danger. And neither north nor south will be spared the terror to come.

The Bear and the Serpent is the second book in Adrian Tchaikovsky’s epic fantasy series, Echoes of the Fall, following The Tiger and the Wolf.

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B - Feb 17 - Anno Dracula 1899

ANNO DRACULA 1899 AND OTHER STORIES * Kim Newman * 9781781165706 * PB * £7.99 * Titan

A brand new collection of chilling stories by master of horror Kim Newman, in which Jack the Ripper still stalks the streets, Frankenstein s monster rises from the Arctic ice, and the terrifying legacy of Dr Jeyll and Mr Hyde haunts fog-shrouded London. This volume also includes a brand-new, exclusive Anno Dracula story, Yokai Town: Anno Dracula 1899 , which sets the scene for the forthcoming novel Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju.

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B - Feb 17 - The Ninth Rain

THE NINTH RAIN * Jen Williams * 9781472235176 * TPB * £7.99 * Headline * The Winnowing Flame Trilogy * 1

Jen Williams, acclaimed author of The Copper Cat trilogy, featuring THE COPPER PROMISE, THE IRON GHOST and THE SILVER TIDE, returns with the first in a blistering new trilogy. ‘An original new voice in heroic fantasy’ Adrian Tchaikovsky

The great city of Ebora once glittered with gold. Now its streets are stalked by wolves. Tormalin the Oathless has no taste for sitting around waiting to die while the realm of his storied ancestors falls to pieces – talk about a guilt trip. Better to be amongst the living, where there are taverns full of women and wine.

When eccentric explorer, Lady Vincenza ‘Vintage’ de Grazon, offers him employment, he sees an easy way out. Even when they are joined by a fugitive witch with a tendency to set things on fire, the prospect of facing down monsters and retrieving ancient artefacts is preferable to the abomination he left behind.

But not everyone is willing to let the Eboran empire collapse, and the adventurers are quickly drawn into a tangled conspiracy of magic and war. For the Jure’lia are coming, and the Ninth Rain must fall…

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B - Feb 17 - Those Below

THOSE BELOW * Daniel Polansky * 9781444779967 * PB * £9.99 * Hodder * The Empty Throne Duology * 2

For centuries beyond counting, humanity has served the Others, god-like Eternals who rule from their cloud-capped mountain-city, building a civilization of unimagined beauty and unchecked viciousness.

But all that is about to change. Bas Alyates, grizzled general of a thousand battles, has assembled a vast army with which to contend with the might of Those Above. Eudokia, Machiavellian matriarch and the power behind the Empty Throne, travels to the Roost, nominally to play peacemaker – but in fact to inspire the human population toward revolt. Deep in the dark byways of the mountain’s lower tiers, the urchin Pyre leads a band of fanatical revolutionaries in acts of terrorism against their inhuman oppressors. Against them, Calla, handmaiden of the Eternals’ king, fights desperately to stave off the rising tide of violence which threatens to destroy her beloved city.

The story begun in Those Above comes to a stunning conclusion in this unforgettable battle for the hearts and minds of the human race, making The Empty Throne the most exciting epic fantasies of

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CBJJ16 - Go - Mar - Into Everywhere

INTO EVERYWHERE * Paul McAuley * 9781473203990 * PB * £8.99 * Gollancz * Something Coming * 2

The Jackaroo, those enigmatic aliens who claim to have come to help, gave humanity access to worlds littered with ruins and scraps of technology left by long-dead client races. But although people have found new uses for alien technology, that technology may have found its own uses for people.

The dissolute scion of a powerful merchant family, and a woman living in seclusion with only her dog and her demons for company, have become infected by a copies of a powerful chunk of alien code.

Driven to discover what it wants from them, they become caught up in a conflict between a policeman allied to the Jackaroo and the laminated brain of a scientific wizard, and a mystery that spans light years and centuries. Humanity is about to discover why the Jackaroo came to help us, and how that help is shaping the end of human history.”

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B - Feb 17 - Smells Like Finn Spirit

SMELLS LIKE FINN SPIRIT * Randy Henderson * 9781783297290 * PB * £7.99 * Titan * Finn Fancy Necromancy * 3

Finn’s re-adaptation to the human world is not going so well. He’s got a great girlfriend, and is figuring out how things like the internet work, but he is still carrying the disembodied personality of Alynon, Prince of the Silver Demesne, the fae who had occupied his body during his imprisonment. And he’s not getting along at all with his older brother. And oh, by the way, his dead grandfather is still trying to possess him to bring about Armageddon.

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B - Feb 17 - The Weight of the World

THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD * Tom Toner * 9781473211391 * TPB * £14.99 * Gollancz * The Amaranthine Spectrum * 2

The universe is in disarray. Rebellions against the immortal Amaranthine are spreading, worlds and moons have fallen, and the Emperor is missing. An ancient being has reawoken and claimed the throne. And the most important invention in the history of time itself has been stolen.

And amidst this chaos, lives continue. A pair of sisters and one small child flee across a world they know nothing of. An outcast, hunted by his tormentors, is caught up in the machinations of a petty warlord. An imprisoned AI creates empires of its own in the building to which it is confined, and seeks an escape.

Mind-bending Science Fiction from a remarkable new voice

*** Check out book one The Promise of the Child in mass market paperback on our October 2016 Highlights page here ***

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B - Feb 17 - Norse Mythology

NORSE MYTHS * Neil Gaiman * 9781408886816 * HB * £20.00 * Bloomsbury

The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling – from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman’s own award-bedecked, bestselling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales. Gaiman’s gods are thoroughly alive on the page – irascible, visceral, playful, passionate – and the tales carry us from the beginning of everything to Ragnarök and the twilight of the gods. Galvanised by Gaiman’s prose, Thor, Loki, Odin and Freya are irresistible forces for modern readers and the crackling, brilliant writing demands to be read aloud around an open fire on a freezing, starlit night.

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GOLDEN YEARS * Ali Eskandarian * 9780571321070 * PB * £8.99 * Faber

In Brooklyn, New York, during November 2013, Ali Eskandarian was murdered alongside two members of his band the Yellow Dogs. In the months leading up to this terrible event, Ali had been in correspondence with a publisher, about a semi-autobiographical novel he had written. Golden Years is that book, and tells the story of a group of young Iranian musicians in Brooklyn who are hungry and poor, high and hopping from bed to bed. It is a fictional document from a life cut tragically short, Golden Years is the story of youth, hope and beat psychosis. (See also Yellow Dogs on Wikipedia – notes that Ali Eskandarian was not actually part of the band but a friend of them).

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B - Feb 17 - Infernal Devices

INFERNAL DEVICES * K.W. Jeter * 9780857666840 * PB * £8.99 * Angry Robot * The George Dower Trilogy * 1

“This is the real thing – a mad inventor, curious coins, murky London alleys and windblown Scottish Isles … a wild and extravagant plot that turns up new mysteries with each succeeding page.” – James P. Blaylock

A steampunk classic from the father of the genre – a classic tale of time travel, clockwork and sexual intrigue. * When George’s father died he left George his watchmaker’s shop – and more.

But George has little talent for watches and other infernal devices. When someone tries to steal an old device from the premises, George finds himself embroiled in a mystery of time travel, music and sexual intrigue.

The classic steampunk tale from the master of the genre.

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Children’s / YA

C - Feb - Traitor to the Throne

TRAITOR TO THE THRONE * Alwyn Hamilton * 9780571325412 * PB * £7.99 * Faber * Rebel of the Sands * 2

This is not about blood or love. This is about treason.

Nearly a year has passed since Amani and the rebels won their epic battle at Fahali. Amani has come into both her powers and her reputation as the Blue-Eyed Bandit, and the Rebel Prince’s message has spread across the desert – and some might say out of control. But when a surprise encounter turns into a brutal kidnapping, Amani finds herself betrayed in the cruellest manner possible.

Stripped of her powers and her identity, and torn from the man she loves, Amani must return to her desert-girl’s instinct for survival. For the Sultan’s palace is a dangerous one, and the harem is a viper’s nest of suspicion, fear and intrigue. Just the right place for a spy to thrive… But spying is a dangerous game, and when ghosts from Amani’s past emerge to haunt her, she begins to wonder if she can trust her own treacherous heart.

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Non-Fiction

N - Feb 17 - Pressionism

PRESSIONISM * Marc Restillini, Alain-Dominique Gallizia, Margo Thompson * 9781785250774 * HB * 29.95 * Parkstone Press Ltd

Street Art is everywhere. Misunderstood and considered illegal for a long time, Urban Art, known as Pressionism, is today deemed an art within itself. From Basquiat to Bando, not forgetting Rammellzee, or even Toxic, this work presents the very first initiators of this graffiti movement as well as the great American and French masters.

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N - Feb 17 - Saving Capitalism

SAVING CAPITALISM: FOR THE MANY, NOT THE FEW * ROBERT REICH * 9781785781766 * PB * £8.99 * Icon Books

Do you recall a time when the income of a single schoolteacher or baker or salesman or mechanic was enough to buy a home, have two cars, and raise a family? Robert Reich does – in the 1950s his father sold clothes to factory workers and the family earnt enough to live comfortably. Today, this middle class is rapidly shrinking: American income inequality and wealth disparity is the greatest it’s been in eighty years. As Reich, who served in three US administrations, shows, the threat to capitalism is no longer communism or fascism but a steady undermining of the trust modern societies need for growth and stability. With an exclusive chapter for Icon’s edition, Saving Capitalism is passionate yet practical, sweeping yet exactingly argued, a revelatory indictment of the economic status quo and an empowering call to action.

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N - Feb 17 - Empire of Things

EMPIRE OF THINGS: HOW WE BECAME A WORLD OF CONSUMERS, FROM THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY TO THE TWENTY-FIRST * Frank Trentmann * 9780141028743 * PB * £12.99 * Penguin

What we consume has become the defining feature of our lives: our economies live or die by spending, we are treated more as consumers than workers, and even public services are presented to us as products in a supermarket. In this monumental study, acclaimed historian Frank Trentmann unfolds the extraordinary history that has shaped our material world, from late Ming China, Renaissance Italy and the British empire to the present. Astonishingly wide-ranging and richly detailed, Empire of Things explores how we have come to live with so much more, how this changed the course of history, and the global challenges we face as a result.

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N - Feb 17 - Thrill Power Overload updated

THRILL-POWER OVERLOAD: FORTY YEARS OF 2000 AD: REVISED, UPDATED AND EXPANDED! * David Bishop * 9781781085226 * HB * £35.00 * Rebellion / 2000 AD

The definitive history of the most influential British comic ever! Updated, expanded and revised for 2000 AD’s 40th anniversary. From 2000 AD’s humble and rocky beginnings to its current position as the Galaxy s Greatest comic, Thrill-Power Overload charts the incredible history of this ground-breaking comic. With exclusive interviews, hundreds of illustrations and rarely-seen artwork, former 2000 AD editor, David Bishop and journalist Karl Stock, guide the reader through four decades of action, adventure, excitement and the occasional editorial nightmare! Told by the people who were there, this is the definitive history of the comic that launched a thousand talents including legends such as John Wagner, Pat Mills, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Carlos Ezquerra, Brian Bolland, Dave Gibbons, Mick McMahon, Grant Morrison, Kevin O’Neill, Simon Bisley and continues with 21st Century breakthrough talents such as Jock, Rob Williams, Andy Diggle, Al Ewing, Henry Flint, Frazer Irving – and many many more.

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N - Feb 17 - Considering Watchmen

CONSIDERING WATCHMEN * Andrew Hoberek * 9780813590363 * PB * £24.95 * Rutgers * Comics Culture

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s Watchmen has been widely hailed as a landmark in the development of the graphic novel. It was not only aesthetically groundbreaking but also anticipated future developments in politics, literature, and intellectual property. Demonstrating a keen eye for historical detail, Considering Watchmen gives readers a new appreciation of just how radical Moore and Gibbons’s blend of gritty realism and formal experimentation was back in 1986. The book also considers Watchmen’s place in the history of the comics industry, reading the graphic novel’s playful critique of superhero marketing alongside Alan Moore’s public statements about the rights to the franchise. Andrew Hoberek examines how Moore and Gibbons engaged with the emerging discourses of neoconservatism and neoliberal capitalism, ideologies that have only become more prominent in subsequent years. Watchmen’s influences on the superhero comic and graphic novel are undeniable, but Hoberek reveals how it has also had profound effects on literature as a whole. He suggests that Watchmen not only proved that superhero comics could rise to the status of literature-it also helped to inspire a generation of writers who are redefining the boundaries of the literary, from Jonathan Lethem to Junot Diaz. Hoberek delivers insight and analysis worthy of satisfying serious readers of the genre while shedding new light on Watchmen as both an artistic accomplishment and a book of ideas.

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Graphic Novels

G - Feb 17 - Haddon Hall

HADDON HALL: WHEN DAVID INVENTED BOWIE * Nejib * 9781910593264 * PB * £14.99 * SelfMadeHero

Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Halloween Jack: David Bowie had an extraordinary talent for reinvention. But at the beginning of his career, he made the most significant transformation of his life: from ‘David’ to Bowie. In 1969, shortly after the release of his first hit single, David and his girlfriend Angie move into Haddon Hall, a sprawling Victorian villa in the suburbs of London. Part commune, part creative hub, the house becomes home to a community of musicians and hippies and hangers on. As egos clash and parties get out of hand, David keeps writing: ‘Changes’, ‘Kooks’, ‘Life on Mars’ – he begins producing songs that will propel him to global fame. Charting Bowie’s personal life, the development of his music and the transformation of his image, Haddon Hall is an evocative portrait of a man presiding over a musical revolution.

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G - Feb 17 - Civil War II

CIVIL WAR II * Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez * 9781302901561 * HB * £37.99 * Marvel * 9781846537554 * PB * £16.99 * Panini

IT IS HERE! The Marvel comic event EVERYONE will be talking about. A new Inhuman emerges, with the ability to profile the future, and the ramifications ripple into every corner of the Marvel Universe. Lines are drawn, bodies fall, and the Marvel Universe will be rocked to its very core. COLLECTING: CIVIL WAR II 0-7, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2016

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G - Feb 17 - The Sheriff of Babylon

SHERIFF OF BABYLON VOLUME 2 * Tom King, Mitch Gerads * 9781401267261 * PB * £14.99 * Vertigo

The War on Terror still rages in Baghdad as cop-turned-military consultant Chris Henry must solve a deadly murder. He is forced to align himself with Nassir, the last policeman in Baghdad to try to unravel the bloody mystery. While Henry and Nassir search for answers there are forces in the shadows pulling strings that these men don’t even know they’re tied to. This mini-series continues with the wonderfully brutal script by Tom King (GRAYSON, THE OMEGA MEN) and devastatingly beautiful art by Mitch Gerads (The Punisher, The Activity), this wartime crime crama takes you deep into the underworld of the city of Baghdad in one of the most tumultuous times in modern history. Collects SHERIFF OF BABYLON #7-12.

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G - Feb 17 - The Galaxy's Greatest

THE GALAXY’S GREATEST: CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THRILL-POWER! * John Wagner, Alan Grant * 9781781085400 * PB * £12.99 * Rebellion / 2000 AD

From humorously twisted Future Shocks to the dystopian escapades of Judge Dredd, 2000 AD has inspired generations of readers and has spawned some of the greatest talents in the comics industry.

To celebrate the creative droids behind the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, a selection of writers and artists from across 2000 AD’s forty-year history were asked to choose their favourite one-off story by a fellow creator and explain why they chose it. The result is this incredible anthology featuring work by Alan Grant, Kevin O’Neill, Rob Williams, Brian Bolland, Chris Weston and Steve Dillon selected by creators such as founding editor Pat Mills, celebrated artist Jock and recent newcomer Tom Foster.”

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G - Feb 17 - Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire

FORBIDDEN BRIDES OF THE FACELESS SLAVES IN THE SECRET HOUSE OF THE NIGHT OF DREAD DESIRE * Neil Gaiman, Shane Oakley * 9781472248619 * HB * £14.99 * Headline

Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire, a satirical tale from the mind of Sunday Times bestselling writer Neil Gaiman, has been strikingly adapted for the first time by illustrator and comic book artist Shane Oakley. For fans of Alan Moore, Dave McKean and Sandman…

SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT, A RAVEN CAWS, AN AUTHOR’S PEN SCRATCHES AND THUNDER CLAPS.

The author wants to write serious non-fiction: stories about frail women in white nightgowns, mysterious bumps in the night and the undead rising to collect old debts. But he keeps getting interrupted by the everyday annoyances of talking ravens, duels to the death and his sinister butler.”

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G - Feb 17 - Britannia

BRITANNIA * Peter Milligan, Juan Jose Ryp * 9781682151853 * PB * £8.99 * Valiant

On the fringes of civilization, the world’s first detective is about to make an unholy discovery…

Ruled by the Fates. Manipulated by the Gods. Commanded by Caesar. In the year 65 A.D., one’s destiny was not his own. At the height of Nero’s reign, a veteran of Rome’s imperial war machine has been dispatched to the farthest reaches of the colonies to investigate unnatural happenings… In the remote outpost of Britannia, Antonius Axia – the First Detective – will become Rome’s only hope to reassert control over the empire’s most barbaric frontier…and keep the monsters that bridge the line between myth and mystery at bay…

From comics mastermind Peter Milligan (X-Statix, Shade the Changing Man) and incendiary artist Juan Jose Ryp (NINJAK, Clone) comes a psychological journey into terror, temptation, and bloodshed in Valiant’s latest magnum opus.

Collecting BRITANNIA #1–4.

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G - Feb 17 - Angel Catbird Volume 2

ANGEL CATBIRD VOLUME 2 * Margaret Attwood, Johnnie Christmas, Tamra Bonvillain * 9781506701271 * HB * £12.50 * Dark Horse

ONE OF THE WORLD’S BIGGEST AUTHORS PRESENTS A PULPY PUN-FEST

Lauded novelist Margaret Atwood and acclaimed artist Johnnie Christmas collaborate on one of the most highly anticipated comic book and literary events of the year.

On a dark night, young genetic engineer Strig Feleedus is accidentally mutated by his own experiment and merges with the DNA of a cat and an owl. What follows is a humorous, action-driven, pulp-inspired superhero adventure – with a lot of cat puns.

Published in over 35 countries, Margaret Atwood is one of the most important living writers of our day and is the author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her work has won the Man Booker Prize, the Giller Prize, Premio Mondello and more. ANGEL CATBIRD is her first graphic novel series.”

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G - Feb 17 - Empress

EMPRESS * Mark Millar, Stuart Immonen * 9781302902063 * HB * £20.99 * Marvel / Icon

Imagine you’re married to the worst bad guy from your favorite sci-fi movie. An alien dictator feared throughout the universe, who will kill you if you leave, but you need to escape for the sake of your three children. All you have are your wits , your bodyguard, and three guns. Welcome to EMPRESS, your new favorite comic. COLLECTING: EMPRESS 1-6

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G - Feb 17 - Generation Zero

GENERATION ZERO VOLUME ONE * Fred Van Lente, Francis Portela * 9781682151754 * PB * £8.99 * Valiant

READY… SET… RIOT!

Years ago, the children of the experimental strike team known as Generation Zero were taken from their families by Project Rising Spirit, a private weapons contractor, and raised to be psychic soldiers. After years of taking orders, they have fought for and won their freedom. Now, the world’s most wanted teenagers have pledged to protect each other tooth and claw, while using their extraordinary abilities to right wrongs for a generation without a future… To fight for kids, just like them.

One of those kids is Keisha Sherman, whose boyfriend just turned up dead after a suspicious car crash in Rook, Michigan – a newly booming tech town that sprang from rags to super-riches seemingly overnight. When Keisha makes a desperate plea into her webcam, the local high school suddenly finds itself with several unusual new students… But as word of Generation Zero’s presence spreads rapidly through the halls, this volatile band of teenage upstarts is about to discover that they’re far from the most extraordinary thing lurking behind Rook’s stainless-steel facade…

New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, Amazing Spider-Man) and blockbuster artist Francis Portela (FAITH) launch four highly specialized superhuman soldiers into their most dangerous mission yet: high school!

Collecting GENERATION ZERO #1–4.”

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G - Feb 17 - Mad Gods and Scotsmen

RED THORN VOLUME 2 * David Baillie, Meghan Hetrick et al * 9781401267254 * PB * £14.99 * Vertigo

The next chapter of Vertigo’s stunning fantasy epic is here in RED THORN VOL. 2! With the “Glasgow Kiss” epic finished, Isla must pick up the pieces of her shattered reality. How will she cope with the devastating consequences of her greatest trial? Evil forces are at play and no one is safe as the legends of Scottish mythology collide with the modern world. Fans of FABLES and THE SANDMAN won’t want to miss this riveting dark graphic novel series! Collects issues #8-12.

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G - Feb 17 - Nameless

NAMELESS * Grant Morrison, Chris Burnham * 9781534300934 * PB * £13.99 * Image Comics

NAMELESS tells the story of a down-at-heel occult hustler known only as “Nameless” who is recruited by a consortium of billionaire futurists as part of a desperate mission to save the world. A massive asteroid named Xibalba – the “Place of Fear” in Mayan mythology – is on collision course with the planet Earth and if that wasn’t trouble enough, the asteroid has an enormous magical symbol carved into its side and is revealed to be a fragment of our solar system’s lost fifth planet, Marduk, destroyed 65 million years ago at the end of an epic cosmic war between the inhabitants of Marduk and immensely-powerful, life-hating, extra-dimensional “gods”. One of those beings is still alive, imprisoned on Xibalba, dreaming of its ultimate revenge on all that exists. When Nameless and his team-mates inadvertently unleash this malignant soul-destroying intelligence, the stage is set for a nightmarish, nihilistic journey to the outer reaches of human terror. Collects THE NAMELESS #1-6.

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G - Feb 17 - Weird Detective

WEIRD DETECTIVE * Fred Van Lente, Guiu Villanova * 9781506700380 * PB * £14.99 * Dark Horse

The streets of New York have been plagued by a pattern of crimes too weird and bizarre for the average detective. Lurking in the evidence are shadows of loathsome horrors from beyond space and time, seeking to usher in the unimaginable evil of the Old Ones. And the only man capable of fighting against the unspeakable terrors isn’t a man at all. Detective Sebastian Green is one of them it takes a monster to catch a monster.

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