July 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 July!

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.

 

* Title Author ISBN Fo RRP Publisher
CG - TT - Jul - Judge Dredd Dark Justice
Dark Justice
John Wagner, Greg Staples
9781781083185
HB
14.99
2000 AD
DREDD’S GREATEST ENEMY AND 2000 AD HAVE SOME SERIOUS RESTRAINT IN HOLDING BACK FOR THIS LONG BEFORE UNLEASHING HIM AGAIN – AND THE ART IS STUNNING
*** Check out our Preview of JUDGE DREDD: DARK JUSTICE on Carabas here! ***
After a ten year absence, the life-hating super-fiend from Deadworld -Judge Death – returns!
Having previously been destroyed by nuclear fire and dragged to hell by the vengeful spirits of those he had murdered, Death has managed to return to world, ready to resume his mission in destroying all life. On his own, Death is a devastating force of evil, but once united with his ‘brothers’ – Judges Fear, Fire and Mortis – the quartet of terror are near invincible!
Can Judge Dredd and Psi-Judge Anderson possibly stop the Dark Judges from attempting to destroy Mega-City One again?
CG - BS - Jul - Beetroot
Beetroot: An Unreliable Memoir
Barnaby Richards
9781906653644
HB
12.99
Blank Slate
In this memoir of childhood, Barnaby Richards recounts how his family moved to Beirut in 1980 just as the already unstable situation in the Lebanon was about to turn into something worse. We see what it is like to live amidst chaos in a city where guns and bullets are commonplace, where danger lurks just round the corner. All seen through the eyes of a child who can’t get his tongue round the word Beirut–it becomes Beetroot–a world populated with his own wild imaginings as well as the reality of feeling he is living as if he were Lebanese: a blue eyed, arab boy.
Dreamily-etched pictures take us inside young Barnaby’s mind as he dodges bullets and giant sentient snakes, and wanders across the city’s rooftops with his imaginary friends. Open this book and accompany him on his journeys, encountering the many unknowable people and bizarre creatures with mysterious agendas who populate the strange world of Beetroot.
Ultimately this book is about the way memory works, how when combined with a child’s ability to mix reality and fantasy it leads to unreliable memories. Unreliable memories which become long-held realities.
CG - Bo - Jul - Clockwork Angels
Clockwork Angels
Rush / Kevin J. Anderson, Neil Peart, Nick Robles (Illustrator)
9781608863686
PB
14.99
Boom!
WE KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR WHEN MUSIC AND COMICS MEET – AND THIS CONCEPT ALBUM’S ADAPTATION HAPPENS TO BE STEAMPUNK!
The graphic novel adaptation of the unprecedented concept album and novel from the multi-platinum, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame music legends RUSH and NY Times Bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson!
Owen Hardy, like all the people of Albion, has lived his whole life under the rule of The Watchmaker. His entire life has been planned down to the exact second. But what happens when a young boy decides that things should not always goes as planned?
Rush s CLOCKWORK ANGELS is a testament to the band s creative versatility it has been successful as a concept album, novel, and international tour. Now, Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart and New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson are bringing the story of CLOCKWORK ANGELS to comics, where newcomer artist Nick Robles will bring the journey of Owen Hardy to visual life! Die-hard Rush fans have longed for Peart s narrative songwriting to be adapted into comic book form for decades, but fans of steampunk fantasy will enjoy journeying into the world of Albion thanks to Anderson s skilled storytelling.
Collects the complete story originally published in CLOCKWORK ANGELS #1-#6.”
CG - DH - JUl - The Massive Ragnarok
Massive, The Volume 5
Brian Wood, Garry Brown, Jordie Bellaire
9781616556525
PB
£14.99
Dark Horse
The Massive careens into its final climactic chapter as Brian Wood and Garry Brown pull back the curtain on the mysteries of one of the most thought-provoking comics series of the last decade!
The Crash was only the beginning. What remains of civilization is being obliterated by a series of cataclysmic events. The truth about Mary’s identity, which began as a faint signal, grows louder–and she’s seemingly connected to it all. The secret of the Crash and the location of the missing ship The Massive get answered here, in the final arc, Ragnarok!
 CG - DC - Jul - Batman and Robin V5
Batman and Robin Volume 5: The Big Burn TP
Patrick Gleason (Artist), Peter J. Tomasi (Author)
9781401253332
PB
£12.99
DC Comics
The origin of Two-Face begins as Batman finds himself in the crossfire of a vengeful war between Two-Face and Erin McKillen! Both are hell bent on killing each other and anyone else who dares to step between them. And what are the mysterious connections between Harvey Dent’s life and the origin of Carrie Kelley!
Collects Batman and Robin issues #23.1 and #24-28.
CG - DC - Jul - Batman and Robin V6
Batman and Robin Volume 6: The Hunt for Robin HC
Patrick Gleason (Artist), Peter J. Tomasi (Author)
9781401253349
HB
£18.99
DC Comics
After losing his son Damian — a.k.a. Robin — Batman has finally found peace with his death. Damian’s grandfather Ra’s al Ghul, however, has not. In order to resurrect Robin, he’s stolen the body and now Batman will stop at nothing to reclaim him. Nearly two years of storylines — including threads from Grant Morrison’s Batman Incorporated and Scott Snyder and Greg Capulo’s Batman —conclude here!
Collects Batman and Robin #29-39.
CG - DC - Jul - Batman Eternal V2
Batman: Eternal Volume 2 TP
Tim Seeley (Artist), Jason Fabok (Artist), Scott Snyder (Author) et al
9781401252311
PB
£29.99
DC Comics
The new weekly Batman series, written by the New York Times best-selling author Scott Snyder, continues! After Commissioner Gordon’s arrest, Batman’s world is turned upside down. New allies emerge, old allies fall, and his rogues gallery of villains are not quite who they seem. With a new power structure being established in Gotham amidst rising tension and chaos, can Batman adapt to the changing status quo?
Collects Batman: Eternal #22-34.
CG - DC - Jul - Hinterkind
Hinterkind Volume 3 TP
Francesco Trifogli (Artist), Ian Edginton (Author)
9781401254353
PB
£10.99
DC Comics
Times were much different before the blight ended mankind’s rule over the world. Travel back to a time before there were trolls, vampires, fairies, and other monsters of myth made their triumphant return to witness the origins of Prosper, Jon, Starla, and many more.
Collects Hinterkind #13-18.
CG - DC - Jul - Batman Harley Quinn
Batman: Harley Quinn TP
Neil Googe (Artist), Paul Dini (Author) et al
9781401255176
PB
£14.99
DC Comics
FANS JUST CAN’T SEEM TO GET ENOUGH OF HARLEY QUINN
The definitive collection of one of DC Comics’s most popular characters is here in Batman: Harley Quinn!
This graphic novel collects Harley’s greatest DC Comics tales including her DC Universe debut story. Fresh on the heels of her bestselling New 52 series, Batman: Harley Quinn includes many stories by Paul Dini, who created the character for Batman: The Animated Series! Don’t miss the greatest hits of the most mischevious and controversial character at DC Comics!
Collects Batman: Harley Quinn #1, Joker’s Aylum II: Harley Quinn #1, Batman Gotham Knights #14, #30, Batman: Black & White #1, #3, Detective Comics #831, #837, Detective Comics: Harley Quinn #23.2, and Legends of the Dark Knight 100-page Super Spectacular #1.
CG - DC - Jul - Future's End V2
New 52 Future’s End Volume 2 TP
Jeff Lemire, Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, and Dan Jurgens, Patrick Zircher
9781401256029
PB
£22.50
DC Comics
Five years from now, the DC Universe is reeling from a war with another Earth, leaving the world unprepared for an approaching evil that threatens to destroy the future. As heroes are turned into mindless villains, the planet as we know it is no more. The only salvation lies in the past, where this future apocalypse must be averted. Can a time-traveling Batman Beyond help a massive cast of the DCU’s finest avert the impending apocalypse?
Written by a cast of the industry’s best talents, including Jeff Lemire, Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, and Dan Jurgens, this new epic series will expose the secrets of the New 52 universe!
CBP DC - New Suicide Squad V1
New Suicide Squad Volume 1 TP Pure Insanity
Sean Ryan (Author), Jeremy Roberts (Artist)
9781401252380
PB
£12.99
DC Comics
Once a secret to even the highest government officials, the Suicide Squad has emerged from Forever Evil as one of its most popular programs. Its mission: to send incarcerated super villains to carry out impossible missions on foreign soil in exchange for a commuted prison sentence. If they are caught or killed, no government could link these operatives back to the U.S. government. At least, that’s the theory. This new series begins with a mission in Russia that features two red-hot Batman villains: Harley Quinn and Joker’s Daughter, plus Deadshot, Deathstroke the Terminator, Black Manta, and more.
Collects New Suicide Squad #1-7.
SPOTLIGHT ON DYNAMITE COMICS
Dynamite are particularly strong on tie-in properties (Army of Darkness, Battlestar Galactica, Red Sonja, Robocop, Vampirella etc) which is less our remit here, but we thought we’d give a little focus here to three top July titles. First up is an adaptation omnibus of one our favourite characters and urban fantasy series; then there’s two collections of their relaunched Golden Key Comics characters by some top creators. Check them out!
CG - Dy - Jul - Jim Butcher's Dresden Files
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files Omnibus Volume 1
Mark Powers (Adapter), Jim Butcher (Author), Ardian Syaf, Chase Conley, Brett Booth
9781606906637
PB
£29.99
Dynamite
When criminal investigations take a weird turn, the officers of the Chicago Police Department call in Harry Dresden!  A wizard and private investigator with formidable yet unrefined skills, the young Dresden is more than capable of tracking down and facing the perps, whether they be black magic practitioners, blood-hungry werewolves, or worse!
This first volume of The Dresden Files Omnibus collects the complete comic book adaptations of “Storm Front” and “Fool Moon,” plus over one-hundred pages of additional story content set within official continuity of Jim Butcher’s beloved magic noir universe.
You can also read our interview A PINT WITH JUM BUTCHER here!
CG - Dy - Jul - Magnus V2
Magnus: Robot Fighter Volume 2
Fred Van Lente, Cory Smith
9781606906644
PB
£12.99
Dynamite
FRED VAN LENTE – IN OUR HUMBLE OPINION – IS ONE OF THE VERY BEST WRITERS IN THE BUSINESS TODAY
Retreating from the mad, mad world of mechanical overlords, Magnus descends into the SubStructure, where a bizarre collection of feral humans called Gophs live free from robot society. Winding up in the Uncanny Valley, a forbidden sex and death club, the timelost rebel discovers a gladiatorial pit where humans fight to the death, and the slain are dismembered for spare parts. Can Magnus hold his own against the merciless Goph hordes?
Collects issues #5-8 of the ongoing Magnus: Robot Fighter series.
CG - Dy - Jul - Solar V2
Solar: Man of the Atom Volume 2: Intergalactic
Frank J. Barbiere, Jonathan Lau
9781606906835
PB
£12.99
Dynamite
Erica Seleski, the daughter of scientist/superhero Solar, has inherited all the powers of the Man of the Atom… but she doesn’t know how to use them! And thanks to these new, out-of-control abilities, she’s been thrown into deep space… where aliens aplenty want to catch her and steal her powers for their own. Welcome to the wildest lost-in-space adventure of all time, courtesy of writer Frank J. Barbiere and artist Jonathan Lau!
*****
CG - Im - Jul - Invincible V21
Invincible Volume 21
Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn, Jean-Francois Beaulieu
9781632153180
PB
£12.99
Image Comics
LATEST VOLUME IN A CONTEMPORARY TAKE ON THE SUPERHERO – BY THE CREATOR OF THE WALKING DEAD!
In the aftermath of Robot’s attempt to take over the world, the few survivors that remain must pick up the pieces of a world once familiar… but now completely alien Collects Invincible #115-120.
CG - Im - Jul - Wytches
Wytches Volume 1
Scott Snyder, JOCK
9781632153807
PB
£7.50
Image Comics
WYTCHES HASN’T CEASED TO GET CONSTANT AND RESOUNDING ATTENTION AND ACCLAIM
“It’s fabulous. A triumph.” -Stephen King
“Dark and brutal… Wytches are like nothing horror fans have ever seen” -USA Today
Everything you thought you knew about witches is wrong. They are much darker, and they are much more horrifying. Wytches takes the mythology of witches to a far creepier, bone-chilling place than readers have dared venture before.  When the Rooks family moves to the remote town of Litchfield, NH to escape a haunting trauma, they’re hopeful about starting over. But something evil is waiting for them in the woods just beyond town. Watching from the trees. Ancient…and hungry.  Collects Wytches #1-6.
“The most terrifying comic you’ve ever read.” -MTV News
“Dark and brutal… Wytches are like nothing horror fans have ever seen” -USA Today
“Very, very scary… Much like the works of Mary Shelley and the other writers of the Villa Diodati…” -Paste Magazine
“Snyder has tackled horror before, but Wytches sets out to be an entirely new level of scary.” -Complex Magazine
“An awesome and at times terrifying tale.” -IGN
CG - Im - Jul - Supreme Blue Rose
Supreme: Blue Rose
Warren Ellis, Tula Lotay
9781632153128
PB
£10.99
Image Comics
WARREN ELLIS IS ONE OF THE VERY BEST TODAY AND NEWCOMER TULA LOTAY HAS BEEN GETTING RAVE REVIEWS, NOT TO MENTION THE BREAKOUT TALENT AWARD FROM BROKEN FRONTIER FOR SI SPENCER’S BODIES AND OTHER WORK
You are not dreaming. We are trying to communicate with you. Local reality has been reinstalled. Things have gone wrong. The revision has corrupted. Finding Ethan Crane is your supreme priority. Do not trust Darius Dax. We are all going to die.
Supreme: Blue Rose re-introduces the central Image Comics character Supreme, in a multi-layered and often hallucinatory mystery presented by New York Times bestselling writer Warren Ellis and acclaimed new artist Tula Lotay in her astonishing graphic novel debut.
CG - Im - Jul - The Autumnlands V1
The Autumnlands Volume 1: Tooth and Claw
Kurt Busiek, Benjamin Dewey with Jordie Bellaire & Comicraft
9781632152770
PB
£7.50
Image Comics
ONCE YOU’VE READ KURT BUSIEK’S WONDERFUL ASTRO CITY, THE CHANCES ARE YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO RESIST ANYTHING ELSE HE’S WRITTEN…
When a secret conclave of wizards brings a legendary hero back from the forgotten past to save their dying world, they get a hero unlike anything they expected, and trigger a crisis none of them may survive.
From New York Times bestselling writer Kurt Busiek (Astro City, Marvels), rising-star artist Benjamin Dewey (I Was the Cat, Tragedy Series), and award-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire, The Autumnlands begins an epic fantasy tale of survival and adventure in a world of beast-wizards, sorcery, brutality, and hope.
This specially-priced volume collects the first six issues of the hit series for adults that Wired calls “…deep, rich and quirky enough to stand leagues ahead of its competition.”
CGP - KG - JD15 - Wicked + the Divine V2
The Wicked + The Divine Volume 2: Fandemonium
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson
9781632153272
PB
£10.99
Image Comics
TOP MARVEL SCRIBE KIERON GILLEN’S ONGOING INDIE SERIES WITH PHONOGRAM CO-CONSPIRATOR JAMIE MCKELVIE (TV RIGHTS HAVE BEEN OPTIONED)
The second volume of the award-winning urban fantasy series where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. Following the tragic and unjust death of Lucifer, it takes a revelation from Inanna to draw Laura back into the worlds of Gods and Superstardom to try and discover the truth behind a conspiracy to subvert divinity.
Includes issues #6-11 of the series, plus supplementary material.
CG - JC - Jul - The Pillbox
The Pillbox
David Hughes
9780224098397
HB
16.99
Jonathan Cape
On holiday in Suffolk, a boy and his dog discover a World War II pillbox half buried on a deserted beach. When he returns the next day with his parents, the pillbox has disappeared. They learn a pillbox had been there and a boy had once been found in it, dead…
1945, another boy, another dog, the same pillbox … and an American serviceman from the local base. Murder, treachery, a terrible secret…
David Hughes’ second graphic novel is a haunting ghost story – dark, disturbing and – as always with Hughes – stunningly drawn.
CG - Ma - Jul - SHIELD V1
S.H.I.E.L.D. Volume 1: Perfect Bullets
Waid, Mark; Pacheco, Carlos; Ramos, Humberto & Davis, Alan
9780785193623
PB
£13.50
MARVEL
9781846536632
PB
£12.99
PANINI
MARK WAID IS ONE OF THE MOST RELIABLY BRILLIANT MAINSTAYS OF THE COMICS SCENE – A BOOK THAT WILL APPEAL TO FANS OF THE SERIES AS WELL AS THE COMICS
High-tech weapons. High-stakes missions. High-octane adventure! For the men and women of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s just another day in the field!
Special Agent Phil Coulson brings together the best and the brightest, the gifted and the elite, normal people and superhumans from across the Marvel Universe on an as-needed basis to confront, combat and curtail dangers beyond the scope of any conventional peace-keeping force!
Collecting: S.H.I.E.L.D. 1-6
CG - Ma - Jul - All-New Captain America V1
All-New Captain America Volume 1: Hydra Ascendant
Remender, Rick & Immonen, Stuart
9780785193760
HB
£18.99
MARVEL
MARVEL’S NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA IS THE ORIGINAL’S LONG TERM PARTNER, THE FALCON. LOTS OF ATTENTION FOR HAVING A BLACK CAPTAIN AMERICA WHILE BEING THE PERFECT CHOICE FOR THE COSTUME AND ROLE
The all-new, spy-fi, high-flying adventures of Sam Wilson, Captain America and Nomad begin here!
Hydra is growing. The terrorist band has infiltrated society completely, but what is their ultimate goal? Cap and Nomad’s new partnership is put to the ultimate test as they race to uncover the Sect of the Unknown. And as Nomad stands tall against one of Cap’s oldest foes, Captain America battles Sin, daughter of the Red Skull!
Cap uncovers the new Hydra’s ultimate goal, but is it too late to stop them?
CG - Ma - Jul - Howard the Duck The Complete Collection V1
Howard the Duck: The Complete Collection Volume 1
Gerber, Steve; Mayerik, Val & Brunner, Frank
9780785197768
PB
£25.99
MARVEL
(SORRY WHO WAS THAT AFTER THE CREDITS OF GOTG?) THE ORIGINAL, CLASSIC STEVE GERBER STORIES OF HOWARD THE DUCK!
Howard the Duck takes an adventure into fear when he is plucked from Duckworld and finds himself on Earth.
Stuck here on a planet of hairless apes, the furious fowl forges a future for himself in, of all places, Cleveland. But the would-be Master of Quack-Fu will have his wings hanging out with Spider-Man and waging ‘waaaugh’ with madcap menaces. Will that earn him a spot on the Defenders?
COLLECTING Fear 19, Man-Thing (1974) 1, Howard the Duck (1976) 1-16, Howard the Duck Annual 1, Marvel Treasury Edition 12, material from Giant-Size Man-Thing 4-5
CG - Ma - Jul - Thor V2 Who Holds the Hammer
Thor Volume 2: Who Holds the Hammer?
Aaron, Jason & Dauterman, Russell
9780785197843
HB
£18.99
MARVEL
9781846536830
PB
£12.99
PANINI
MARVEL RECEIVED MORE MEDIA ATTENTION FOR HAVING A FEMALE THOR – BUT IT’S ABOUT WHO’S WORTHY TO HOLD THE HAMMER SO WHY ON EARTH NOT? JASON AARON IS AN EXTRAORDINARILY GOOD WRITER AND COMBINES THE MYSTERY OF WHO THE NEW THOR IS INTO THE DRAMA.
Who is Thor? That’s the question on everyone’s lips. Most especially Prince Odinson of Asgard.
This volume, he starts to narrow down the list of suspects. Meanwhile, tensions continue to flare between the All-Mother and All-Father, Malekith forges his most dangerous pact yet and Thor prepares to face her greatest challenge!
Collecting: Thor 6-8, Annual 1
CG - Va - Jul - Eternal Warrior Days of Steel
Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel TP
Pete Milligan, Cory Nord
9781939346742
PB
£10.99
Valiant
PETE MILLIGAN WAS ONE OF THE ARCHITECTS OF VERTIGO COMICS ALONG WITH NAMES LIKE GRANT MORRISON, GARTH ENNIS AND NEIL GAIMAN!
From steel comes salvation!
The Eternal Warrior… Gilad Anni-Padda, the Earth’s Fist and Steel… is forever charged with guarding the Geomancer and securing the Earth’s safety. After completing another brutal mission, the Earth’s undying guardian is approached with a cryptic task: find and save a baby — in whose hands might rest the fate of an entire people! But the Eternal Warrior is no nursemaid…and, to complicate matters, a thousand Magyar invaders want the baby dead. At the edge of civilization, can history’s most expert killer keep one precious life alive?
Start reading here as master storyteller Peter Milligan (Hellblazer) and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (X-O Manowar, Conan) chronicle the brutal and bloodied history of Valiant’s immortal champion in an all-new tale of swords, savagery, and steel.
Collecting Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel #1–3.

 

You can discover top works of fantastical fiction on our JULY 15 NEW BOOKS RECOMMENDS page here, 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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