June 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 June!

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 first 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.

 

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Creator(s)

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Publisher

Reb - DW
Devlin Waugh: Red Tide
(See below)
9781781083444
TPB
18.99
2000 AD
John Smith (writer) with Artists: Colin MacNeil, John Burns, Peter Doherty, Sean Philips
Vampirism can be a bally intolerable nuisance to one’s social life – ask Devlin Waugh. Having been transformed into a blood-sucking fiend when on a mission for the Vatican, the one-time Corinthian is now a shadow of his old, jovial self.
But now a terrifying evil from Devlin’s past has returned with an unquenchable thirst for mayhem. Will the former connoisseur of au courant be equipped to defeat this menace? Or is the world destined to suffer in the putrescent grip of this supernatural, degenerate force?
This transcendent tome is brought to you by the considerable talents of John Smith (Indigo Prime) Colin McNeil (Judge Dredd) John Burns (Nikolai Dante), Sean Phillips (Fatale), Peter Doherty (The Dreaming) and Jock (Batman, Judge Dredd).
Reb - VC
The VC’s: Hell In the Heavens
(See below)
9781781083284
PB
6.99
2000 AD
Writers: Gerry Finley-Day, Steve McManus; Artists: Mick McMahon, Garry Leach, Cam Kennedy, John Richardson
Deep Space Classics!
By 2531, humanity had colonised the solar system. Warfare and barbarity had all but been forgotten. Then the ‘Geeks’ arrived – a deadly alien species with only one thing on their dark, unfathomable minds…the extinction of the human race!
And so, humankind was forced to battle once more, this time amongst the stars, in space patrol ships crewed by the V.C.’s (aka Vacuum Cleaners). New recruit Steve Smith is ready for action, but first he must face a fight closer to home, and gain the acceptance of his combat-hardened crew mates.
CPP - KG Uber V4
Uber Vol 4
(See below)
9781592912575
PB
£14.99
Avatar Press
Kieron Gillen, Canaan White, Daniel Gete, Gabriel Andrade
With the realization that the Nazis have pulled far ahead of the Allies in development of Ubers, hope starts to fade and some greater gambles are taken in hopes of turning the tide. Desperation is the currency of the hour with no end in sight to the horrors of enhanced human warfare.
The German war machine has been developing the most powerful weapons ever fashioned. Their Battleship class Ubers are like living atom bombs annihilating every obstacle in their paths. But they were once humans, and it takes more than power to make a monster, so what could have forged such cold, murderous beasts? The past is revealed with the genesis of the German Battleships in this groundbreaking alternate history war story.
Kieron Gillen, Daniel Gete, and Caanan White spin a new chapter of fear and genocide in the pages of the most devastating war comic being published. And for the first time ever, the origin and first missions of Sieglinde and the German Battleships are declassified and illustrated by Gabriel Andrade. This volume collects issues #18-22 of the ongoing Uber comic book series and the Uber 2014 Special.
CBP - GiD V4
God is Dead Vol.4
Mike Costa, Jonathan Hickman, Juan Frigeri
9781592912520
PB
£14.99
Avatar Press
Release the Titans! Jonathan Hickman’s revolutionary world combines the best fictional elements of mythology and science fiction into a unique narrative.
Series author Mike Costa (G.I. JOE) brings the legendary Titans back to a world ravaged by the arrogance of the squabbling gods. Now mountain-sized giants crush everything beneath their feet as they lay waste to god and man alike. The world that has endured destruction and horror at the hands of petty deities now must once again bear the weight of a god war – or be annihilated!
This volume collects issues #19 – 24 of the ongoing God is Dead series.
CBP B - Fairy Quest Outcasts
Fairy Quest: Outcasts
Paul Jenkins, Humberto Ramos
9781608866861
PB
£10.99
Boom!
Fairy tales do come true.. because they have to…The adventures of Red and Mister Woof have only just begun. In Fablewood, all of the stories that have ever been told live side-by-side. But it is an evil place, overseen by the awful Mister Grimm and his cadre of Think Police. Red and Woof want to escape to a world where their friendship isnt prohibited, but nothing can prepare them for what lies ahead in the Dark Forest.
CBP DH - BPRD Plague of Frogs 4
B.P.R.D: Plague of Frogs Volume 4
(See below)
9781616556419
PB
£18.99
Dark Horse
Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, Guy Davis, Dave Stewart
In 2001, Hellboy quit the B.P.R.D., leaving Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman and a bizarre roster of special agents to defend the world from occult threats and the growing menace of the frog army. Plague Of Frogs, which ran concurrently with other volumes in the B.P.R.D. series, explores the fate of the unit after Hellboy’s departure, cracks open the secrets of Abe Sapien’s origin and sets the war on frogs in motion.
CGP - Jun - BPRD 1946-1948
B.P.R.D: 1946-1948
(See below)
9781616556464
HB
£25.99
Dark Horse
Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, Joshua Dysart, Paul Azaceta, Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon, Max Fiumara and Dave Stewart
In the wake of World War II, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm – occult investigator and guardian of the young Hellboy – and a group of war-weary veterans investigate Hitler’s top secret Project Vampir Sturm, exposing one of the greatest villains of the Third Reich, uncovering the secret history of vampires, and leading one Bureau agent to risk his soul and his mind. Collects B.P.R.D.: 1946, 1947, and 1948.
CBP Vertigo - Bodies
Bodies
(See below)
9781401252755
PB
£12.99
Vertigo
Si Spencer (writer) with Dean Ormston, Phil Winslade, Meghan Hetrick, and Tula Lotay
Vertigo brings you a graphic novel with four detectives, four time periods, and four dead bodies – all set in London.
Edmond Hillinghead is an 1890’s overachiever who’s trying to solve a murder no one cares about while hiding his own secret. Karl Whiteman is our dashing 1940’s adventurer with a shocking past. Shahara Hasan is 2014’s kickass female Detective Sergeant, who walks the line between religion and power. And Maplewood, an amnesiac from post-apocalyptic 2050, brings a haunting perspective to it all.
Si Spencer (Hellblazer: City of Demons, The Vinyl Underground) executes a centuries-spanning murder mystery like nothing you’ve ever seen before, with four sensational artists illustrating a six-page chapter in each issue: Dean Ormston, Phil Winslade, Meghan Hetrick, and Tula Lotay.
Collects Bodies #1-8, the complete mini-series.
CBP Vertigo - The Wake
The Wake
Scott Snyder, Sean Murphy
9781401254919
PB
£13.50
DC Comics
A #1 New York Times Best Seller! Winner of the 2014 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series from New York Times bestselling author Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman, Swamp Thing) and artist Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus, Joe The Barbarian), the incredible team behind the mini-series American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest, reunite for the powerful mini-series: The Wake.
When Marine Biologist Lee Archer is approached by the Department of Homeland Security for help with a new threat, she declines – but quickly realizes they won’t take no for an answer. Soon she is plunging to the depths of the Arctic Circle to a secret, underwater oil rig filled with roughnecks and scientists on the brink of an incredible discovery. But when things go horribly wrong, this scientific safe haven will turn into a house of horrors at the bottom of the ocean!
Collects The Wake #1-10.
CBP DC - Secret Six V2
Secret Six Volume 2
(See below)
9781401255374
PB
£14.99
DC Comics
Gail Simone, Scott Nicola, Douglas Hazlewood, Javier Pina
Join Catman, Scandal, Deadshot, Ragdoll, and the rest as they hit the road on the run from some of the world’s most dangerous killers. A contract has been put out on the lives of the Six, but the sly team has some tricks – and a whole lot of bullets!
Then, with Batman’s cowl up for grabs, two of The Secret Six think they should be the new Dark Knight. And a mission on Devil’s Island draws the attention of Wonder Woman.
Collects Secret Six #1-14.
CBP DC - The Question Falling into Place
The Question: Falling in Place
Rick Veitch, Tommy Lee Edwards
9781401255466
PB
£10.99
DC Comics
Vic Sage – a.k.a. The Question – battles back in a mind-bending, six-issue mini-series written by Rick Veitch (Swamp Thing) with art by Tommy Lee Edwards (Batman: Golden Streets of Gotham)!
Vic Sage is a TV journalist with an uncanny ability to break difficult stories, thanks in large part to his relentless crime-fighting campaign as the Question! But has the faceless vigilante’s particular brand of harsh justice finally sent him off the deep end? Prowling the meanest streets of his native Chicago, the trench-coated Question thinks he also walks in another world – a strange shamanic space full of shadowy dangers. When Sage hears the voice of Superman’s home city of Metropolis, he answers the call. Is he crazy? That’s the question.
Collects the entire mini-series of The Question: Falling In Place #1-6.
CBP DC - Action Comics V5
Superman Action Comics Volume 5: What Lies Beneath
Greg Pak, Aaron Kuder
9781401254889
PB
£10.99
DC Comics
This Batman: Zero Year tie-in features the reintroduction of a major character as a cocky young Superman battles the forces of nature to save Gotham City. Superman must also figure out who, or what, is the Ghost Soldier, and what mysterious ties does he have to The Man of Steel? Will he side with Superman as he is caught in the middle of the military’s battle with subterranean monsters?
Collects Action Comics #25-29 and Secret Origins #1.
CBP DC - Deathstroke V1
Deathstroke the Terminator Volume 1: Assassins TP (The New 52)
Toby Daniel (writer & artist)
9781401254711
PB
£10.99
DC Comics
The DCU’s deadliest assassin stars in his own ongoing series by writer/artist Tony S. Daniel! See him as never before in this explosive new series, with one surprise after another as we see Slade Wilson in the fight of his life!
Collects issues #1-6 of Deathstroke.
CBP DC - Gotham Academy
Gotham Academy Volume 1
Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl
9781401254728
PB
£10.99
DC Comics
Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It’s got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by… like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange as the students!
Like, what’s up with Olive Silverlock? Is she crazy or what? Where did she go last summer? And what’s the deal with her creepy mom? And how come that Freshman Maps is always following her around? And is she still going out with Kyle? P.S. Did you hear the rumor about the ghost in the North Hall?!
Collects Gotham Academy #1-6.
 CGP - Jun - First Second - Mike's Place
Mike’s Place
(See below)
9781596438576
HB
£15.99
First Second
Jack Baxter (Author), Joshua Faudem (Author), Koren Shadmi (Illustrator)
*** Note: Brought forward to April ***
Mike’s Place was one of the few spots in Tel Aviv where Jews, Christians, and Muslims could hang out peaceably, surrounded by the expats who filled the bar every night. It was a cosmopolitan haven from the conflict, a local gem that many pointed to as a hopeful sign that peace could come to the Middle East after all. In the spring of 2003, filmmakers Jack Baxter and Josh Faudem had just begun making a documentary about the bar. And then the bar was destroyed in a suicide bombing that took three lives and wounded another fifty people – an attack that changed Jack and Josh’s lives forever.
With art from Israeli cartoonist Koren Shadmi, Mike’s Place is a gripping nonfiction accounting of the lives of a handful of people who came together in hope, then had to find their way together through despair.
CBP I - The Autumnlands V1
Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw
Kurt Busiek, Ben Dewey, Jordie Bellaire
9781632152770
PB
£7.50
Image Comics
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 - Jun - Image - Drifter
Drifter
Ivan Brandon, Nic Klein
9781632152817
PB
£7.50
Image Comics
In its frantic rush to survive itself, humanity has spread across the universe, colonizing and strip-mining countless planets. Abram Pollux barely survives a crash landing on Ouro, a lawless backwater world where life is cheap.
After miraculously surviving not only the crash, but also a one-sided gunfight, Pollux finds himself in a ramshackle town, filled with other survivors shipwrecked on this strange, barren world. There he meets Marshal Lee Carter, an earnest woman giving her all to maintain order, a grizzled Preacher, convinced that Pollux’ coming is a sign from God, and Emmerich Bell, the man who shot him down not moments after he dragged his body from the wreckage of his ship.
What starts, as a struggle for survival quickly becomes a journey to the very edges of what it means to be human, as Pollux searches for answers among the ruins of this forgotten world. And if he can’t have answers, he’ll at least have his revenge.
From the creators of Viking, writer Ivan Brandon (Wolverine, Men of War) and artist Nic Klein (Captain America, Thor) reunite to bring you a chilling sci-fi tale from the strangest planet in the universe. Collects Drifter #1-5.
CGP - Jun - East of West V4
East of West Volume 4
Jonathan Hickman, Nick Dragotta
9781632153814
PB
£10.99
Image Comics
Volume 4 of the Eisner-nominated, best-selling EAST OF WEST is now here! “THE APOCALYPSE: YEAR TWO” begins!
Following the dramatic conclusion of YEAR ONE, the Great Beast now roams the fractured United States of America. Deep into an all-consuming war between the splintered nations, the Four Horsemen move to further their individual agendas while resisting the inevitability of The Message.
CGP - Jun - Ody-C
Ody-C
Matt Fraction, Christian Ward
9781632153760
PB
£7.50
Image Comics
An eye-searing, mind-bending, gender-shattering epic science fiction retelling of Homer’s Odyssey starting with the end of a great war in the stars and the beginning of a very long journey home for Odyssia and her crew of warriors. The journey to Ithicaa begins HERE, by Matt Fraction (Sex Criminals) and Christian Ward (Infinite Vacation, Olympus).
CBP - Ant-Man V1
ANT-MAN VOLUME 1: SECOND-CHANCE MAN
Nick Spencer, Ramon Rosanas, Mark Brooks, Jason Pearson
9780785193876
PB
£11.99
Marvel
9781846536649
PB
£10.99
Panini UK Ltd
Scott Lang has never exactly been the world’s best superhero. Heck, most people don’t even think he’s been the best Ant-Man – and the last guy invented Ultron and joined the Masters of Evil, so that’s saying something.
But when the Superior Iron Man calls with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Scott’s going to get a chance to turn it all around and be the hero he’s always dreamed of being. Sure he’s been to prison. Sure he’s been through a messy divorce. Sure he’s been, um… dead. But this time is different! This time nothing is going to stop the astonishing Ant-Man!
Deathlok-1
DEATHLOK VOL. 1: ALT. CONTROL. DELETE.
Nathan Edmondson, Mike Perkins
9780785192787
PB
£12.99
Marvel
9781846536557
PB
£10.99
Panini UK Ltd
After Michael Collins, there was Henry Hayes, a medic who travels to war zones to heal the wounded. He has no idea that when he’s in the field, he’s activated by a mysterious group and becomes the ultimate weapon of assassination and war: Deathlok!
From the writer of Black Widow and The Punisher comes a new take on the iconic cyborg character making waves on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Collecting Deathlok Vol.5 #1-5
CBP - AV TRO 4
AVENGERS: TIME RUNS OUT VOLUME 4
Hickman, Jonathan; Caselli, Stefano; Deodato, Mike
9780785192244
PB
£18.99
Marvel
9781846536779
PB
£12.99
Panini UK Ltd
For Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Illuminati, it all ends here! After two years of carefully crafting his cataclysmic saga, writer Jonathan Hickman jumps ahead eight months to the grand finale, the honest-to-goodness immediate future of the Marvel Universe… and the day of the Final Incursion! The Illuminati’s desperate, world-destroying actions have fragmented the Avengers. Have all the battles and sacrifices prepared them for the moment where time runs out and the Secret Wars begin?
COLLECTING Avengers 43-44, New Avengers 31-33
CBP - Guardians 3000
GUARDIANS 3000 VOLUME 1
Dan Abnett, Gerardo Sandoval
9780785193128
HB
£11.99
Marvel
Check out our Creator Profile of Dan Abnett here!
The original, classic Guardians of the Galaxy return! Vance Astro, Yondu, Martinex, Starhawk and Charlie-27 fight to save the 31st century from the Badoon. But the Guardians soon discover something behind the Badoon… something even worse than they could have imagined! Time is collapsing, the very future itself is in danger, and the only possibility of salvation relies on them. Now, the Guardians find themselves caught in a deathtrap ambush. Guest-starring the legendary Star-Lord!
COLLECTING Guardians 3000 1-6 * Marvel notes 1-5 plus one from an earlier series.
CBP - Ms Marvel V3
MS. MARVEL VOLUME 3
(See below)
9780785192275
PB
£11.99
Marvel
G. WILLOW WILSON, MARK WAID, TAKESHI MIYAZAWA, HUMBERTO RAMOS
Love is in the air in Jersey City as Valentine’s Day arrives! Kamala Khan may not be allowed to go to the school dance… but Ms. Marvel is! Well sort of – by crashing it attempting to capture Asgard’s most annoying trickster! It’s a special Valentine’s Day story featuring Marvel’s favourite charlatan, Loki! The fan favourite, critically-acclaimed, amazing new series continues as Kamala Khan proves why she’s the best (and most adorable) new super hero there is!
Collecting: Ms. Marvel 12-15, Annual 1 * Marvel note SHIELD #2 instead of the Annual
#WeLoveMsMarvel – one of our favourites…
CBP T - Breathtaker
Breathtaker
Marc Wheatley, Marc Hempel
9781782761822
HB
18.99
Titan Comics
All love withers and dies but for Chase Darrow, it is literally the kiss of death!
Chase Darrow is a beautiful weapon. The US government gave her a sexual power that makes her utterly alluring – the prefect weapon for espionage. Yet to kiss a man leaves his lifeforce drained and means that no one can love her without paying the ultimate price. But Chase is now on the run from The Man – another government creation and the first superhero!
CBP T - Doctor Who
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Vol.1
Robbie Morrison, Dave Taylor, Alice X Zhang
9781782761778
HB
14.99
Titan Comics
Offering shocks, surprises, and galaxy-shaking revelations, seasoned TARDIS pilot Robbie Morrison (Drowntown, The Authority, 2000AD, Nikolai Dante) and New York Times-bestselling artist Dave Taylor (Batman: Death by Design; 2000AD) mark the start of their first five-issue run by diving headfirst into the console room and pulling all the levers they can – spinning the new Doctor off to his most challenging destination yet!
New Face! New Doctor! New Beginning! Get in on the ground floor of this amazing ongoing series!
Instead, she’s facing down exotic flora and fauna in her best dress, backing up the Doctor on a trek through traumatically alien undergrowth – and she doesn’t even know what the Doctor is searching for, or what will try to kill them should they find it!
Clara thought she was in for an evening of marking essays on the Metaphysical Poets, followed by going out on a date – or at least trying to. You know, normal stuff.
Freshly regenerated and with a new head full of unanswered questions, the Doctor (as played by Peter Capaldi) whisks Clara Oswald (as played by Jenna Coleman) away to a strange and distant world.
CBP T - The Light & Darkness War
The Light & Darkness War
Tom Veitch, Cam Kennedy
9781782761808
HB
17.99
Titan Comics
Doorgunner Lazarus Jones is consumed with nightmares and grief after his helicopter crew is killed in Vietnam.
Spiralling into depression and alcoholism, Laz crosses the threshold between life and death, only to find himself battling once more alongside his lost comrades, in the ultimate war between Good and Evil…
CBP T - 13 Coins
13 Coins
Michael B Jackson, Martin Brennan, Simon Bisley
9781782760610
HB
16.99
Titan Comics
John Pozner always knew he was special; that his athletic abilities and fighting skills were far from human. But with a broken childhood, drug addictions, and a criminal record on his plate, he’s already fought more than his share of battles for one lifetime. Or so he hoped…Woken to his true angelic nature, John quickly finds himself at the centre of an apocalyptic war – one that could spell the end of existence as we know it!

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See more fantastic Graphic Novels publishing Jan-Jun 15 by clicking on the logos below – you can find the same for these and books besides on our central JAN-JUN 15 SFF BOOKS / GRAPHIC NOVELS page here.

GRAPHIC NOVEL PUBLISHERS UK

CPP - 2000 AD Logo CPP - Jonathan Cape logo CPP - Knockabout Logo CPP NB Logo CPP - SMH Logo CPP - tc-logo-sq
2000AD JONATHAN CAPE KNOCKABOUT NOBROW SELF MADE HERO TITAN COMICS

GRAPHIC NOVEL PUBLISHERS US

Given the sheer volume of output from Dark Horse, DC, Image and Marvel we’ve highlighted the biggest and most highly recommended titles with cover images and copy for the 6 months and listed the remainder with all biblio detail below. With Marvel going through rapid changes we’ve added an article on what has, is and will be happening to help make sense of that with regards to their publishing.
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There are no individual articles for excellent big league publishers like IDW or Dynamite as their output centres around properties rather than their own or creator-owned characters and fans of the properties in question can doubtless find that information elsewhere; we will still be including key picks from them and smaller favourites of ours like Valiant in the monthly recommends articles and round-ups.
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CBP - Avatar Logo CPP - Black Mask Studios logo CPP - Boom! Logo CPP - Dark Horse Logo
AVATAR BLACK MASK BOOM! STUDIOS DARK HORSE
DC CPP - Vertigo Logo CPP - Image Logo Marvel logo CPP House of Ideas
DC COMICS DC – VERTIGO IMAGE MARVEL
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