November 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 November!

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 Creators ISBN Form RRP Publisher
CG - DC - Nov - Multiversity
MULTIVERSITY DELUXE EDITION HC
See below…
9781401256821
HB
£37.99
DC Comics
Grant Morrison with Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Jim Lee, Doug Mahnke, Frank Quitely, Chris Sprouse, Ben Oliver & Cameron Stewart!
The biggest adventure in DC’s history is here! Join visionary writer Grant Morrison, today’s most talented artists, and a cast of unforgettable heroes from 52 alternative Earths of the  DC Multiverse! Prepare to meet the Vampire League of Earth-43, the Justice Riders of Earth-18, Superdemon, Doc Fate, the super-sons of Superman and Batman, the rampaging Retaliators of Earth-8, the Atomic Knights of Justice, Dino-Cop, Sister Miracle, Lady Quark, and the latest, greatest Super Hero of Earth-Prime: YOU!
THE MULTIVERSITY is more than a multipart comic-book series. It’s a cosmos spanning, soul-shaking experience that puts YOU on the frontline in the battle for all creation against the demonic destroyers known as the Gentry!
Featuring artwork by Ivan Reis (JUSTICE LEAGUE), Frank Quitely (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN), Cameron Stewart (BATGIRL) and many others, THE MULTIVERSITY tells an epic tale that span 52 Earths.
CG - Nov - The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood V1 #1
THE DAMNATION OF CHARLIE WORMWOOD
Christina Blanch, Chris Carr, and Chee
9781606907559
PB
£13.50
Dynamite Comics
How far will a man go to save his son’s life? Charlie Wormwood leads a normal life as a husband and father… but between the modest salary of his prison teaching job and recent insurance cutbacks, he’s not able to support his ailing son, Junior. With medical bills backing up, he treads a dangerous path to make things right.
Someone has taken notice of Charlie’s unique skill of photographic memory — Faria Barnum, a criminal entrepreneur stuck inside the prison, whose organization on the outside needs strict, exact orders relegated from the top. If Charlie gives in, starts acting as a messenger for an inmate, what problems will he create for his family? And can he afford not to?
A tense, heart-wrenching thriller from Christina Blanch, Chris Carr, and Chee, featuring an introduction by acclaimed comic book author Mark Waid (Daredevil, Kingdom Come)!
CG - Nov - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS
Troy Little, Hunter S. Thompson
9781603093750
HB
£18.99
Top Shelf
In proud partnership with the Hunter S. Thompson Estate, Top Shelf Productions is pleased to present Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a delightfully bonkers graphic novel by Eisner-nominated artist Troy Little adapting Thompson’s seminal book of the same name. Join Thompson’s alter ego Raoul Duke on the mother of all Vegas benders, as he and his attorney Dr. Gonzo cover a motorcycle race, crash a drug-enforcement convention, and rack up obscenely large room-service bills, all while dosed to the gills on a truly spectacular assortment of mind-altering substances.
CG - Nov - Tabatha
TABATHA
Neil Gibson, Caspar Wijngaard
9780992752347
PB
£11.99
TPub
Luke works as a mailman in Los Angeles and moonlights as a thief — the empty houses on his postal route are rich, easy pickings for him and his friends. Everything goes as planned until one house turns out to not quite be so empty. The situation spirals out of control, leaving the happy-go-lucky thieves battling for their lives. And all because of Tabatha.
CG - TT - Dan Dare V1
DAN DARE: VOL. 1
Pat Mills, Dave Gibbons et al
9781781083499
HB
£30.00
2000 AD
Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future ids a British icon. He was created by Frank Hampson in 1950, and first appeared in the Eagle comic where he was an instant hit with the British public. Almost a decade after the original series had ended, Dan Dare was resurrected in the pages of a brand new sci-fi comic for boys – 2000 AD!
Waking from suspended animation after two hundred years, Dan Dare faced an unfamiliar universe, filled with terrible new threats, but also included all too familiar ones…such as his old nemesis The Mekon!
Collected up for the first time, the first volume of this punk-fuelled space opera features the superb writing of Pat Mills (Nemesis the Warlock), Steve Moore (Doctor Who) and Gerry Finley-Day (Rogue Trooper) with art by Massimo Belardinelli (Slaine) and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen).
CG - Ma - Sep - Star Wars Princess leia
STAR WARS: PRINCESS LEIA
Waid, Mark & Dodson, Terry
9780785193173
PB
£12.99
Marvel
When Princess Leia Organa was captured by the Empire, she never betrayed her convictions – even after the complete destruction of her home world, Alderaan. When her rescue came, Leia grabbed a blaster and joined the fight, escaping back to the Rebel Alliance and helping strike the biggest blow against the Empire – the destruction of the Death Star! But in the aftermath of that victory, the question remains… what is a princess without a world? As Leia comes to grips with her loss, a new mission leads her to the underground world of Sullust.
Collecting: Princess Leia 1-5
CG - Nov - Steampunk Battlestar Galactica 1880 reduced
STEAMPUNK BATTLESTAR GALACTICA 1880
Tony Lee, Aneke
9781606907580
PB
£11.99
Dynamite Comics
New York Times bestselling author Tony Lee reimagines the classic Battlestar Galactica concept and characters with a Victorian aesthetic and Industrial Age metalworks!
When the colonial world of Caprica is destroyed by Professor Baltar’s clockwork army of city-trampling Cyclonics, Archduke Adama of the Aethership Galactica takes to the skies… choosing the survival of the human race over the rescue of his captive son, Apollo. Disobeying orders and striking out on her own, Lady Athena seeks to free her kidnapped brother with the help of the runaway pilot, Captain Starbuck, and his humanoid Daggit copilot, Muffit… if only they can withstand an assault by vengeful Sky Pirates!
Will the ironclad ships and daring spacefarers of this Steampunk universe endure the mechanical menace of the Cyclonics?
CG - Nov - Ragnarok Vol 1
RAGNAROK VOL 1
Walt Simonson
9781631400681
HB
£18.99
IDW
*** SPECIAL PICK: Walt Simonson had a LEGENDARY and defining run as both writer and artist on Marvel’s Thor back in the 80’s. He created new favourite characters in the comics and now on the big screen. This is his return to the mythos that brought him such acclaim – and it’s brilliant.
Ragnarök…the Twilight of the Gods in Norse mythology…the destruction of the Nine Worlds. And now, three hundred years later, the birth of vengeance. Collects issues #1–6. Walter Simonson returns to comics in a BIG way with an all-new series.
CG - Ma - Aug - Avengers Ultron Forever
AVENGERS: ULTRON FOREVER
Ewing, Al & Davis, Alan
9780785197690
PB
£12.99
Marvel
Machines have inherited the Earth, with Ultron as their All-Father. Mankind’s only hope will be a time-torn team! An early Hulk, Jim Rhodes as Iron Man and a Hela-cursed battle-armour Thor are plucked from the past. The unlikely duo of Vision and Black Widow are drawn from the present. And from the near and not-so-near future, the new Thor and an even newer Captain America! Who cries ‘Assemble’ to this unique group? The one and only Dr. Doom!
Collecting: Avengers: Ultron Forever 1, New Avengers: Ultron Forever 1, Uncanny Avengers: Ultron Forever 1, Avengers (1963) #54-55
CG - Im - Nov - Casanova Acedia V1
CASANOVA: ACEDIA V1
Matt Fraction, Michael Chabon, Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá
9781632154774
PB
£7.50
Image Comics
Casanova Quinn, interdimensional superspy and assassin, has crashlanded here on Earth – on OUR Earth – with absolutely no memory of who he is or the things he’s done. He works for a man with just as mysterious a past as his own and has found the New Normal of his life under the name “Quentin Cassaday.” That’s when the end of the world begins.
With nine days to a supposed apocalypse, Los Angeles simmers in fear as a weird cult readies itself for what comes next… and what comes next runs straight through Casanova Quinn.
By Eisner-award winning writer Matt Fraction (Sex Criminals, ODY-C) with art by international superstar Fabio Moon (Two Brothers, Daytripper), this volume also features exclusive back-up stories written by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon and drawn by Casanova co-creator Gabriel Ba (The Umbrella Academy) that tells the story of the women tasked with hunting Casanova Quinn down across space and time.
Collects issues #1-4.
CG - Im - Nov - Thief of Thieves V5
THIEF OF THIEVES
Andy Diggle, Shawn Martinbrough, Adriano Lucas
9781632154019
PB
£10.99
Image Comics
After his brutal confrontation with Lola, Conrad has finally, once and for all, called it quits. Now there’s a new thief of thieves in town, all too willing to sully the Redmond name.
Collects Thief of Thieves #26-31.
CG - Ma - Nov - Star Wars Shattered Empire
STAR WARS: SHATTERED EMPIRE – JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS –
Rucka, Greg & Chechetto, Marco
9780785197812
PB
£12.99
Marvel
*** It seems that most films these days come with an ‘official’ comic prequel but, again, this is Marvel who, like Lucasfilm, are owned by Disney – it’s official and canonical as well, not to mention the fact that the guy who got the dream gig is industry veteran Greg Rucka…
Part of the Lucasfilms Journey to the Force Awakens publishing campaign, this is THE book to read before Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It is the official prequel describing the events between Return of the Jedi and the newest film, Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.”
CG - BM - Nov - We Can Never Go Home
WE CAN NEVER GO HOME
Matthew Rosenberg (Author), Patrick Kindlon (Author), Josh Hood (Illustrator)
9781628750843
PB
TBC
Black Mask Comics
(Copy from #1) “A well worn mixtape, a stolen convertible, a duffel bag full of cash, a fully loaded .45, and super-powers. 17 and on the run is the only way to see America right.”
Navigating the halls of high school is never easy. And for teenage outcast Duncan and popular girl Madison things are even harder. They share a secret- they can do things other people can’t. But their abilities and need for secrecy take them down a dangerous path. After making a terrible and deadly mistake they are left with no choice. They have to leave and never come back.
A blend of crime road stories like True Romance & Badlands, coming of age tales like Pretty In Pink & Ghost World, and “outcast kids against the world” books like Runaways & Deadly Class, We Can Never Go Home is a new chance to fall in love with the doomed misfits and the dreamers who set off to find something bigger.
We Can Never Go Home is the debut creator-owned book from writers Matthew Rosenberg (12 Reasons To Die / co-writer on Ghostface Killah’s new LP 36 Seasons), Patrick Kindlon (hit webcomic Menu / upcoming OGN The Urn), and artist Josh Hood (JLA: Scary Monsters, Venom).
CG - BM - Nov - Space Riders V1
SPACE RIDERS VOLUME 1: VENGEFUL UNIVERSE
Fabian Rangel (Author), Alexis Ziritt (Illustrator)
9781628751093
PB
TBC
Black Mask Comics
(Copy from #1) From the galactic core to the outer quadrants, one name strikes terror in the hearts of evil beings everywhere:
THE SPACE RIDERS!
Sailing the cosmos in the Skullship Santa Muerte, Capitan Peligro and his fearless crew deal harsh justice to the scum of the galaxy while searching for the forbidden truths of the universe!!
Fabian Rangel Jr (Doc Unknown) and Alexis Ziritt (The Package) bring you a new and exciting space adventure that will DESTROY YOUR BRAIN! (in a good way)
CG - Ma - Nov - Secret Wars
SECRET WARS
Hickman, Jonathan; Renaud, Paul & Ribic, Esad
9780785198840
HB
£37.99
Marvel
9781846536892
PB
£15.99
Panini
The interdimensional Incursions have eliminated each and every dimension one by one – and now, despite the best efforts of the scientists, sages and superhumans of both dimensions, the Marvel Universe and Ultimate Universe have collided with one another… and been destroyed! Now, all that exists in the vast empty cosmos is a single titanic patchwork planet, made of the fragmented remains of hundreds of devastated dimensions: Battleworld! And the survivors of this multiversal catastrophe must learn to survive in this strange new realm!
Collecting: Secret Wars 0-8
UPDATE: A ninth issue has been added to the planned eight-issue series – publication date is now MARCH 2016.
CG - V - Nov - Sandman Overture Deluxe Not Final
THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE DELUXE EDITION HC
Neil Gaiman, JH Williams III
9781401248963
HB
£18.99
Vertigo
*** TOP CARABAS RECOMMEND ***
It’s been twenty-five years since THE SANDMAN first changed the landscape of modern comics, Neil Gaiman’s legendary series is back in a deluxe hardcover edition!
THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE heralds New York Times best-selling writer Neil Gaiman’s return to the art form that made him famous, ably abetted by artistic luminary JH Williams III (BATWOMAN, PROMETHEA), whose lush, widescreen images provide an epic scope to The Sandman’s origin story. From the birth of a galaxy to the moment that Morpheus is captured, THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE will feature cameo appearances by fan-favorite characters such as The Corinthian, Merv Pumpkinhead and, of course, the Dream King’s siblings: Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny.
CG - Va - Nov - The Valiant
THE VALIANT DELUXE EDITION HC
Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, Paolo Rivera, Joe Rivera
9781939346919
HB
£18.99
Valiant
From New York Times best-selling writers Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Green Arrow) and Matt Kindt (NINJAK, Mind MGMT), and Eisner Award winning artist Paolo Rivera (Daredevil) comes an epic ten millennia in the making – now in deluxe oversized hardcover format!
The Eternal Warrior has protected the Earth for more than 10,000 years. A master of countless weapons and long forgotten martial arts, he is guided by the Geomancers – those who speak for the Earth. During his long watch, the Eternal Warrior has failed three times. Each time, the Geomancer was killed… and a new dark age for humanity began. Each time, he was unable to stop The Immortal Enemy – a monstrous force of nature. A civilization killer. A horror that appears differently each time it arrives… and whose seemingly only purpose is to bring disorder and darkness to the world.
Now, the time has come for The Immortal Enemy to return once more. But, this time, the Eternal Warrior will be ready. This time, he has a force greater than any single warrior. This time, he has… THE VALIANT.
Collecting THE VALIANT #1-4 – the critically acclaimed, sold-out mini-series event of the year – THE VALIANT DELUXE EDITION HC comes packed with 20+ pages of rarely seen extras including designs, process art, sketches, commentary and more!
CG - Im - Nov - Wolf V1
WOLF VOL. 1
Ales Kot, Matt Taylor
9781632155023
PB
£7.50
Image Comics
Bestselling new star writer ALES KOT teams up with white-hot artist MATT TAYLOR and the Deadly Class colorist extraordinaire LEE LOUGHRIDGE for an all-new SERIES! The crime noir thrills and characters reminiscent of True Detective meet with mythical stakes worthy of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman in this original fantasy/horror/crime saga for mature readers. Antoine Wolfe, a hard-boiled paranormal detective with a death wish, has to cope with sudden responsibility for an orphaned teenage girl who might be the key to the impending apocalypse-California style.
The road to hell and back begins in our first volume, priced at just £7.50!
CG - Im - Nov - Southern Cross V1
SOUTHERN CROSS VOL. 1
Becky Cloonan, Andy Belanger, Lee Loughridge
9781632155597
PB
£7.50
Image Comics
Now boarding: Southern Cross, tanker flight 73 to Titan. Alex Braith is tracing her sister’s steps to the refinery moon, hoping to collect her remains and find some answers. The questions keep coming though-and they lead her down a path of intrigue, betrayal, and galactic horror.
Collects SOUTHERN CROSS #1-5.
CG - Im - Nov - Double D Book 1
DOUBLE D BOOK 1
Eddie Argos, Steven Horry
9781632155610
PB
£7.50
Image Comics
After the official Worst Day Ever, overweight bully magnet Danny Carter discovers he can use his excess body mass to fuel superpowers. Obviously he’s going to be a superhero and fight crime, but when you’re 15 years old and you live in the suburbs it’s not *quite* as easy as he expected…
Written by Eddie Argos, singer and lyricist of critically-acclaimed classic rock band Art Brut with art by Steven Horry, colours by David Cooper and lettering by Colin Bell.

 

You can discover top works of fantastical fiction on our NOVEMBER 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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Due to the size of output we’ve split DC, Image and Marvel into Jul-Sep and Oct-Dec articles: at present the image below links to the former while we get the next installments up.

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OUR MONTHLY RECOMMENDS!

July to December 2015:

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GRAPHIC NOVELS JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

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January to June 2015:

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