March 2015 New Graphic Novel Recommends

Carabas - Graphic Novels Recommends Catching up and beginning to get ahead – here’s our top picks of the fantastic graphic novels / comic collections publishing in March!
And damn you March! So much good stuff – three of our very favourite series – Astro City, Jupiter’s Legacy and Ms Marvel – come out in collections making it completely impossible to make a top pick!

Then (love them or hate them) there’s two massive events from Marvel – The Death of Wolverine and Avengers & X-Men: Axis – a triple dose of greatness from Mike Mignola, some fantastic indie titles and more besides! Anyway…

You can discover more titles beyond these 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.

 

* Pub Title Creator ISBN Bind RRP Publisher
Reb - In
Mar
INSURRECTION: LIBERTY
Dan Abnett, Colin McNeil
978-1781083406
TPB
£13.99
2000 AD
Worth fighting for, worth dying for…
Mega-City colonial space, 2135 AD. Mining colony K Alpha 61 renamed itself Liberty after cutting loose from the Big Meg. Furious at this dissent, and in a bid to stop the revolt spreading to other colonies, the SJS launched a blistering attack on Colonial Marshal Karel Luther’s forces. Now, the alien Zhind have been defeated, and the SJS are turning on the insurrectionists…
This thrilling conclusion to the Insurrection story was written by Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy) with art by Colin MacNeil (Judge Dredd).
Reb - ToT
Mar
TALES OF TELGUUTH
Steve Moore et al
978-1781083413
TPB
£17.99
2000 AD
A tribute to Steve Moore
In March 2014, British comics lost one of its’ most creative and distinct voices in the form of Steve Moore. The father of the 2000 AD Future Shock, Steve created many memorable characters including Lazer Erazer and Axel Pressbutton for Warrior, and the psychotic Dalek killer, Abslom Daak for the Doctor Who Magazine.
This collection features the highly-regarded fantasy series which Moore developed for 2000 AD, along with some of his classic Future Shocks. It will also a new feature an introduction from Alan Moore (no relation), for whom Steve Moore was a major influence.
CBP - Crossed V11
Mar
CROSSED (VOL.11)
Simon Spurrier, Rafael Ortiz, Justin Jordan
978-1592912483
PB
£14.99
Avatar Press
The Crossed universe is an unyielding nightmare vision of animal depravity and homicidal insanity.  In this volume, two of the industry’s best new talents come together to tell very different stories of despair.  Simon Spurrier takes you to a picturesque environment in the English countryside with tweeting birds, friendly vicars, crumpets and jam, and a mob of Crossed lurking near the duck pond.  No one sees Wheezy the fat asthmatic kid hiding up in the old tower but if he shows his face it will only be the farmer’s wife between him and a bloody fate.  The problem is, she’s Crossed too.
And newly-Crossed Justin Jordan tells his first diabolical tale as two women attempt to escape the band of monsters out for their blood. When a mysterious unseen Samaritan helps them escape to a sanctuary it seems as though they’ve found what little safety there is in the new world order.  But trusting anyone in the world of Crossed usually leads to a gut-wrenching and miserable end.
Crossed Vol 11 TP collects Crossed 2014 Annual and issues #57 – 61 of the ongoing Crossed: Badlands comic book series.
CBP Black Mask - Occupy Comics
Mar
OCCUPY COMICS
See below…
978-1628750072
PB
£11.99
Black Mask Studios
CONTRIBUTORS: David Lloyd, Mike Allred, David Mack, Charlie Adlard, Ben Templesmith, Tyler Crook, Ron Wimberly, Shannon Wheeler, Smudge, Kevin Colden, Salgood Sam, Riley Rossmo, Anna Wieszczyk, Ayhan Hayrula, Eric Zawadzki, Sean Von Gorman, Molly Crabapple (Artists) * Alan Moore, Art Spiegelman, J. M. DeMatteis, Matt Miner , Joshua Hale Fialkov, Joshua Dysart, Matt Bors, Bill Ayers, Matthew Rosenberg , Patrick Kindlon, Simon Spurrier, Caleb Monroe, Matt Pizzolo (Editor), Amanda Palmer, Patrick Meaney (Authors)
V for Vendetta writer Alan Moore and artist David Lloyd are throwing their support behind the growing Occupy Comics project along with Madman’s Mike Allred and American Splendor’s Dean Haspiel. Their support for Occupy Comics is another worthy piece of the 99 percent’s overdue payback.” – Wired
“Regardless how you feel about the Occupy Movement, you’ll find worthwhile stuff in this comic… great art, interesting history.” – IGN
“An unforgettable statement from the comics community.” – Bleeding Cool
The largest, most star-studded coalition of socially-conscious creators in the history of comics is now a book – and it’s already a modern classic. Occupy Comics has inspired, shocked, enlightened, and provoked with its chorus of diverse voices. Featuring an all-star team of comic book legends while also debuting some of the hottest new creators around, Occupy Comics will stand the test of time.
This deluxe book collects the Occupy Comics comic book series, launched in the early days of Occupy Wall Street to provide a forum for artistic expression about the goals and themes of the Occupy movement, create a time capsule of the protests, and raise funds to support the protesters (all profits are donated to Occupy-related initiatives). Collected book contains a 10-page, previously unreleased story by Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls) and David Mack (Kabuki, Daredevil).
CBP DH - BPRD Hell on Earth V10
Mar
B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH VOLUME 10: THE DEVIL’S WINGS
Mignola, Mike; Arcudi, John; Campbell Laurence; Joe Querio; Crook, Tyler & Dave Stewart 
978-1616556174
PB
£14.99
Dark Horse
A battle for dominion!
There is panic at the BPRD when a blackout hits—and Kate is possessed! But with Johann dealing with gigantic monsters from another dimension in Japan, how will Liz and the remaining agents save Kate?
This volume collects B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #120–#124.
“B.P.R.D. is never anything less than good fun (it’s also always stunningly beautiful).”—Comic Bastards
CBP DH - Baltimore V5
Mar
BALTIMORE VOLUME 5
Mignola, Mike; Golden, Christopher; Ben Stenbeck; Bergting, Peter & Stewart, Dave
978-1616556181
HB
£18.99
Dark Horse
Lord Baltimore hunts the godlike Red King, who is responsible for the vampire plague. After saving a young woman from her undead husband, Baltimore and his team of fearless vampire killers face the demonic offspring of a witch and uncover the truth about the inquisitor-turned-werewolf Judge Duvic—now more bloodthirsty than ever.
Collects Baltimore: The Witch of Harju #1–#3 and The Wolf and the Apostle #1–#2.
The adventures continue past the original novel for the first time!
“The added detail of the setting makes this series outstanding, while this new chapter promises a hell of a fight for Baltimore and his crew.”—Comic Bastards”
CBP DH - BPRD Plague of Frogs 3
Mar
B.P.R.D.: PLAGUE OF FROGS VOLUME 3
Mignola, Mike; Arcudi, John; Stewart, Dave & Davis, Guy
978-1616556228
PB
£18.99
Dark Horse
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.
CBP V - Fables 21
Mar
FABLES VOLUME 21 TP
Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham
978-1401251321
PB
£12.99
DC Comics / Vertigo
In this penultimate volume of Bill Willingham’s Fables, the residents of Fabletown look to live “happily ever after”, but there is a steep price to pay for happiness.
Collects issues #141-149 of this 14-time Eisner-Award-winning series.
CBP V - Astro City Victory
Mar
ASTRO CITY: VICTORY TP
Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson
978-1401254605
PB
£12.99
DC Comics / Vertigo
A major new epic begins featuring Winged Victory, Samaritan, and the Confessor, three of Astro City’s most popular heroes. When criminal charges are brought against Winged Victory, the Confessor must investigate and it leads to open combat with Samaritan! Can Astro City’s three greatest heroes find a way to work together against this mystery threat? Plus, Winged Victory’s origin is revealed at last!  Collects Astro City #7-10 and Astro City Visitor’s Guide #1.
CBP V - Astro City Private Lives
Mar
ASTRO CITY: PRIVATE LIVES HC
Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson
978-1401254599
HB
£18.99
DC Comics / Vertigo
When you’re the Silver Adept, one of Astro City’s newest and most powerful mystic heroes, your life is full of magic, battle, demons, apocalypses, and more. When you’re the Adept’s personal assistant, though, life gets really weird. Collects Astro City #11-16.
CBP DC - Justice League V5
Mar
JUSTICE LEAGUE VOLUME 5: FOREVER HEROES TP (THE NEW 52)
Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Doug Mahnke
978-1401254193
PB
£10.99
DC Comics
As the Crime Syndicate hunts down the few heroes left foolish enough to challenge them — including Batman’s protege, Dick Grayson — Owlman has other plans for Nightwing, and Owlman’s teammate: the most deadly being on the planet: Ultraman! Also, Cyborg is one of the lone Justice League members left to fight against the villains that have taken over. How can he possibly find a way to defeat them? Who can he turn to? Two words: Metal Men!  Collects Justice League #24-29.
CBP DC - Justice League V6
Mar
JUSTICE LEAGUE VOLUME 6: INJUSTICE LEAGUE HC (THE NEW 52)
Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Doug Mahnke
978-1401252366
HB
£16.99
DC Comics
Heroes quit, villains join, and the Justice League roster you’ve never seen before emerges, led by the world’s greatest hero — LEX LUTHOR! The violent consequences of Forever Evil must be dealt with as a new and deadly force sets it’s sights on the Justice league. And with the appearance of the new Power Ring, who knows how her presence will affect the team. Collects Justice League #30-35.
CBP DC - Damian
Mar
DAMIAN: SON OF BATMAN TP
Grant Morrison, Andy Kubert
978-1401250645
PB
£12.99
DC Comics
Damian Wayne, the son of Batman, has adopted the cape and cowl as his own…but what horrific events set this troubled hero on the path of his dark destiny? It’s a possible future that may never be in this epic written and drawn by Damian co-creators, Andy Kubert!
Plus, in a tale written by Grant Morrison, Damian Wayne is the Batman of Tomorrow in a story set 15 years from now in a nightmarish future Gotham! In a world torn apart by terrorism, plagues, rogue weather, and bizarre super-crime, only 24-hours are left before the climactic battle of Armageddon — and only one man who might be able to stop it!
Collects Damian, Son of Batman #1-4 and Batman #666.
CBP DC - Justice League United V1
Mar
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED VOLUME 1 HC
Jeff Lemire, Mikel McKone
978-1401252359
HB
£18.99
DC Comics
Top comics writer Jeff Lemire teams with superstar artist Mike McKone for the all-new monthly series Justice League United, starring the new team of powerful heroes Earth calls Justice League Canada!
In the aftermath of Forever Evil, Adam Strange is caught up in an adventure across the far reaches of the cosmos that will unite an unexpected team of heroes including Supergirl, Hawkman, Green Arrow, Stargirl, Martian Manhunter and Animal Man — but if they’re on the team, who exactly is Canadian?
Plus: Don’t miss the debut of a new Canadian hero who will have a huge effect on the group!  Collects Justice League United #0-6.
CBP DC - Batman Beyond 2.0
Mar
BATMAN BEYOND: JUSTICE LORDS BEYOND TP
Kyle Higgins, Christos Gage, Thony Silas
978-1401254643
PB
£12.99
DC Comics
Contains the epic “Justice Lords Beyond” crossover!
Wonder Woman is back, but it seems like she’s hiding something. Meanwhile, Batman’s journey through the dystopian world of the Justice Lords takes an unexpected and deadly turn as he must face Lord Superman! Can an exhausted Justice League and Terry McGinnis stand against this deadly foe?
Collects Batman Beyond issues #9-12.
CBP DC - Justice League Dark V5
Mar
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK VOLUME 5 TP (THE NEW 52)
JM DeMatteis, Mikel Janin
978-1401250072
PB
£10.99
DC Comics
The fallout from the Justice League Dark’s battles with Blight and the Trinity of Sin, during the DC crossover event Forever Evil, has left the team in tatters. Zatanna assumes leadership of the team and prepares to rebuild. With team members angry and confused by Johns Constantine’s methods during the fight with Blight and the Trinity of Sin, how will John Constantine fit into this new team, if at all?
Collects Justice League Dark issues #30-35.
CBP Image - Lazarus V3
Mar
LAZARUS VOLUME 3: THREE
Greg Rucka, Michael Lark
978-1632152251
PB
£10.99
Image Comics
In a dystopian near-future, government is a quaint concept, resources are coveted, and possession is 100% of the law. A handful of Families rule, jealously guarding what they have and exploiting the Waste who struggle to survive in their domains. Forever Carlyle defends her family’s holdings through deception and force as their protector, their Lazarus.
The 16 Families have gathered together in the exclusive luxury confines of Triton One to resolve the emerging conflict between Carlyle and Hock, and they’ve brought their Lazari with them. While Forever’s romance with the Morray Lazarus, Joacquim, continues to blossom, she finds herself not only questioning her identity, but also her loyalty to her Family and her father, Malcolm, when orders her to kill her brother, Jonah.
Collecting issues #10-15 of the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling series and the third story arc, “Conclave.”
CBP I - Jupiters Legacy V1
Mar
JUPITER’S LEGACY VOLUME 1
Mark Millar, Frank Quitely
978-1632150097
HB
£18.99
Image Comics
Comics superstars Mark Millar and Frank Quitely reinvent the superhero epic for the 21st Century!
1932: Sheldon Sampson’s dreams about a mysterious source of power lead him, his brother Walter, and a group of loyal followers on a quest around the world. What they discover sets them on a course that will wrench a family apart and alter the world’s political stage!
Decades after their journey, Sheldon and Walter are superpowered legends, world renowned for their heroism. But the offspring trained to live in their image have fallen desperately short. Rocked by one public scandal after another, Chloe and her brother Brandon are a dishonor to the generation before them. The rift reaches its breaking point when one branch of the family overthrows the government and struggles to rule at any cost – while the others must flee for their own safety. But when the failures of the corrupt leaders catch up to them, the world hovers on the brink of collapse — and the hidden heroes must emerge to take back their legacy!
Collecting Jupiter’s Legacy #1-5, plus loads of extras.
CBP Knockabout - Nemo River of Ghosts
Mar
NEMO: RIVER OF GHOSTS
Moore, Alan & O’Neill, Kevin
978-0861662333
HB
£9.99
KNOCKABOUT
SPECIAL INTERIOR PREVIEW HERE!
In a world where all the fictions ever written coalesce into a rich mosaic, it’s 1975. Janni Dakkar, pirate queen of Lincoln Island and head of the fabled Nemo family, is eighty years old and beginning to display a tenuous grasp on reality. Pursuing shadows from her past – or her imagination – she embarks on what may be a final voyage down the vastness of the Amazon, a last attempt to put to rest the blood-drenched spectres of old.
With allies and adversaries old and new, we accompany an aging predator on her obsessive trek into the cultural landscape of a strange new continent, from the ruined city of Yu-Atlanchi to the fabulous plateau of Maple White Land. As the dark threads in her narrative are drawn into an inescapable web, Captain Nemo leads her hearse-black Nautilus in a desperate raid on horrors believed dead for decades.
Through the exotic spectacle of an imagined South America, Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill steer their fifty-year-long Nemo trilogy to its remarkable conclusion, borne upon a River of Ghosts.
CBP - Axis
Mar
AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS
Remender, Rick; Kubert, Adam & Yu, Lenil Francis
978-0785190950
HB
£37.99
Marvel
Feb
PANINI
978-1846536427
HB
£16.99
Panini
The Red Skull has exploited the gifts of the world’s greatest telepath to broadcast pure hatred across the globe. Now, born of the murder of Charles Xavier, World War Hate has begun. Tony Stark discovers a secret truth that will upend not only his life, but also the lives of everyone he cares for. Can The Avengers and X-Men finally unite? Would their combined strength be enough to hold back the darkness of the Red Onslaught?
Collecting Avengers & X-Men: AXIS 1-9 (Panini description notes + Axis Revolutions #1-4 though less pages than the Marvel edition! Panini edition was also scheduled for Feb)
CBP - AV TRO 2
Mar
AVENGERS: TIME RUNS OUT VOLUME 2
Hickman, Jonathan; Walker, Kev & Caselli, Stefano
978-0785193722
HB
£18.99
Marvel
Feb
PANINI
978-1846536496
PB
£10.99
Panini
The Avengers are fragmented! While one group seeks out the Illuminati for a confrontation, another takes the fight to the new Cabal! What has become of Tony Stark…to say nothing of Doctor Strange!
 Collecting: Avengers 38-39, New Avengers 26-28
(Panini edition was scheduled for Feb)
CBP - DP Art of War
Mar
DEADPOOL’S ART OF WAR
David, Peter & Koblish, Scott
978-0785190974
PB
£11.99
Marvel
Sun Tzu’s Art of War has been called the definitive work on military strategy and tactics and has influenced leaders in both warfare and business for hundreds of years… which means it’s totally in the public domain and ripe for being ripped off by Deadpool! And what’s Deadpool’s plan to ensure his version of Art of War outsells the original? Make sure the entire world is at war when it comes out!
Collecting: Deadpool’s Art of War 1-4
CBP - Origin II
Mar
WOLVERINE: ORIGIN II
Gillen, Kieron & Kubert, Adam
978-0785190325
PB
£14.99
Marvel
[Panini paperback published Jul 14 (£12.99)].
A few years after the events of Origin finds James ‘Logan’ Howlett running with the wolves, until something unexpected brings him back into the world of men! And when word of a clawed wild man reaches civilization, the hunt to capture him begins! James soon falls afoul of someone Sinister, who’s just discovering mutantkind – and the horrors he can visit on them. Escaping his captors and rediscovering his humanity, James and Clara are on the run – but can Sinister offer James something he can’t refuse? Collecting: Origin II 1-5
CBP - DoW The Logan Legacy
Mar
DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY
Soule, Charles; Seeley, Tim & Nome, Oliver
978-0785192596
PB
£13.50
Marvel
Wolverine – the greatest X-Men ever – is dead! With this mutant powerhouse now permanently out of the picture, various factions of both good and evil are scrambling to fill the void left by Logan’s death.
Will Wolverine’s Legacy be shaped by heroes who valiantly fought alongside him or by those villains treacherous enough to have challenged him over the many years of his long life?
Collecting: Death of Wolverine: Logan’s Legacy 1-7
CBP - DoW The Weapon X Program
Mar
DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE WEAPON X PROGRAM
Soule, Charles & Larroca, Salvador
978-0785192602
PB
£12.99
Marvel
The escaped subjects of the revamped Weapon X program flee increasingly deadly attempts to bring them back under control. What will kill them first – their pasts, their strange new powers, or their mysterious connection to the Wolverine?
Collecting: Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program 1-5
CBP - Storm V1
Mar
STORM VOLUME 1: MAKE IT RAIN
Pak, Greg; Ibanez, Victor & Buffagni, Matteo
978-0785191612
PB
£11.99
Marvel
On an ongoing mission to foster goodwill and safeguard both mankind and mutants, Ororo Munroe will travel the globe, confronting villains, gods, monsters and everything in between. She will overthrow tyrants, quell tsunamis and strive to see her dream for the world realized. She is Storm, a hero like no other… and the skies will tremble at the sight of their namesake.
But now, Storm must handle the fallout caused by familiar faces from her past.
Collecting: Storm 1-6
CBP - Loki Agent of Asgard V2
Mar
LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD VOLUME 2: I CANNOT TELL A LIE
Ewing, Al & Coelho, Jorge
978-0785193319
PB
£12.99
Marvel
The March to Axis continues! Loki’s back from the Tenth Realm – and facing his greatest challenge yet! Can you say Doctor Doom? But with Valeria Richards in the mix, who’s the hero of this story… and who’s the villain?
Loki soon learns that Doom has sentenced him to death for the crimes of his future self! But with the Red Skull drowning Doom, Latveria and the entire world in a wave of unstoppable telepathic hate, will there even be a future left to save?
Collecting: Loki: Agent of Asgard 6-10
CBP - Ms Marvel V2
Mar
MS. MARVEL VOLUME 2: GENERATION WHY
Wilson, G. Willow; Wyatt, Jacob & Alphona, Adrian
978-0785190226
PB
£11.99
Marvel
Who is the Inventor, and what does he want with the all-new Ms. Marvel and all her friends? Maybe Wolverine can help!
Kamala may be fan-girling out when her favourite (okay maybe Top Five) super hero shows up, but that won’t stop her from protecting her hometown. Then, Kamala crosses paths with Inhumanity for the first time – by meeting the royal dog, Lockjaw! Every girl wants a puppy, but this one may be too much of a handful, even for a super hero with embiggening powers.
Collecting: Ms. Marvel 6-11
CBP SMH - Aama The Desert of Mirrors
Mar
AAMA: THE DESERT OF MIRRORS
Frederik Peeters
978-1906838935
HB
£12.99
Self Made Hero
Verloc Nim and his brother Conrad depart on an expedition to recover the mysterious substance aama, which has transformed the environment of the planet Ona(ji). As they progress through a world as hostile as it is amazing, the mystery begins to unravel – but the truth about aama remains unknown, and reality begins to waver…