September 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 September!

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 / Creator(s) ISBN Form. RRP Publisher
CG - Im - Sep - The Tithe
THE TITHE VOLUME 1
Matt Hawkins, Rahsan Ekedal
9781632153241
PB
£10.99
Image Comics
A heist story unlike any before! Mega-churches are being robbed for millions of dollars by a crusader hacker group known as Samaritan who is giving the money to causes they deem more worthy. This modern day “Robin Hood” is being pursued by two FBI agents who actually admire their quarry, but want to stop the theft before it escalates.
CG - Im - Sep - The Walking Dead V24
THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 24
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, Cliff Rathburn
9781632154026
PB
£10.99
Image Comics
What level of threat do the Whisperers pose to the communities’ safety? Carl’s not waiting around to find out. Also, the return of Michonne.
Collects The Walking Dead #139-144.
CG - DC - Sep - Gotham by Midnight
GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT VOLUME 1 TP
Ray Fawkes, Ben Templesmith
9781401254735
PB
£10.99
DC Comics
Spinning out of Batman Eternal, Detective Jim Corrigan (aka: The Spectre) stars in his very own series — Gotham By Midnight!
Normally Batman and the other caped protectors of Gotham have the streets of the city covered. But when monsters, ghosts, and other supernatural beings enter the mix, even the Dark Knight needs help. Enter Detective Jim Corrigan, prowling the streets of Gotham, solving the unsolvable supernatural crimes the city can muster.
Collects Gotham By Midnight #1-6.
CG - SMH - Sep - Ruins
RUINS
Peter Kuper
9781906838980
HB
16.99
Self Made Hero
Samantha and George are about to launch into a sabbatical year in the quaint Mexican town of Oaxaca. For Samantha, the trip is a reconnection to her past and an opportunity to complete her novel; for George, it is an unsettling step into the unknown.
As the couple depart for Oaxaca, a monarch butterfly begins its annual migration south from Canada to Mexico. The story of its remarkable journey, woven into the fabric of Ruins, draws striking parallels with the challenges faced by Samantha and George as they adapt to their new surroundings. Beneath its picturesque veneer – the 16th-century architecture, the nearby ruins – Oaxaca is a town shaken by political unrest. Samantha and George will find themselves embroiled in events that will alter their paths forever.
Ruins masterfully captures the shadows and light of a troubled country steeped in history and culture, weaving together personal, political and natural dramas into a thrilling portrait of life south of the Rio Grande.
CG - SMH - Sep - Aama 4 You Will be Glorious my Daughter
AAMA VOLUME 4 – YOU WILL BE GLORIOUS, MY DAUGHTER
Frederik Peeters
9781910593004
HB
12.99
Self Made Hero
On Ona(ji), Verloc Nim is the sole survivor of an expedition to recover Aama, the experiment that has transformed the surface of this desert planet into a landscape inhabited by lethal biorobotic creatures and plants. Having pieced together the events of his recent past – his journey to Ona(ji), his part in the deadly expedition to Aama’s source – Verloc finds himself physically transformed by his confrontation with the experiment. But will his extraordinary new powers be enough for him to save his daughter?
The final volume of Aama, You Will Be Glorious, My Daughter, is the culmination of Frederik Peeters’ award-winning series – a gripping blend of breathless action, existentialism and suspense, and a spectacular vision of the distant future.
CBP - NB - 750 Years in Paris
750 YEARS
Vincent Mahe
9781907704932
HB
£18.00
Nobrow
If you could stand still for 750 years, what could you learn about the world? It’s time to find out.
A literary graphic novel unlike anything else on the racks, 750 Years tells the story of our time, focusing on one single building in France as it sees its way through the upheavals of history. Beginning in the 13th Century and making its way towards today, this historically accurate story is the eagerly anticipated debut from Vincent Mahé.
About the Author:
Vincent Mahé is fast being recognised as one of the most exciting illustrators to come out of France. As well as his contribution to Nobrow 8: Hysteria, including a cover design, he has been widely commissioned across the world to illustrate for publications such as the New York Times and XXI Magazine. Mahé lives in Paris, France.
Check out our preview of 750 Years in Paris here!
CG - Sep - Mean Girls Club
MEAN GIRLS CLUB
Ryan Heshka 
9781910620021
PB
£6.50
Nobrow 17 x 23
This bold and beautiful comic is full of sassy club-slinging sisters who you don t wanna mess with… Introducing: Pinky, Sweets, Blackie, McQualude and Wanda. Together they form the Mean Girls Club, a menacing powerhouse of ruthless rebels. Ryan Heskha creates a subversive comic that re-interprets the image of the stereotypical 50 s female and gives a new and defiant voice to these ladies of leisure.
Check out our preview of Mean Girls on Carabas here!
CG - DC - Sep - Effigy V1
EFFIGY VOLUME 1: IDLE WORSHIP TP
Tim Seeley, Marley Zarcone
9781401256852
PB
£10.99
Vertigo
After a sex-tape scandal, former Hollywood child star turned Z-lister Chondra Jackson returns to her hometown of Effigy Mound, IL, to find a seemingly impossible crime; a fresh corpse in an ancient Indian burial site. Even weirder, the murder resembles a scene from an episode of her old TV show, Star Cop, a live-action children’s show about a kid detective.
As Chondra starts to investigate, she stumbles upon a bizarre cult that worships celebrities as eternal effigies. And these cult members aren’t just worshiping — they’re also ritually sacrificing anyone who defies their veneration of the beautiful and famous. Chondra’s probe takes her on a terrifying tour of burial mounds across the world, from Stonehenge to the Nazca Lines of Peru. But what is the link between the cult, Chondra’s hometown, and her own bloodline?
Will Chondra become the hero detective she played as a child…or is she in fact the cult’s unwitting messiah?
Written by rising star Tim Seeley (Batman Eternal, Grayson, Revival) and illustrated by Marley Zarcone (Black Circle, Madame Xanadu), Effigy is a twisted murder mystery and conspiracy tale that examines celebrity, godhood, and the price of fame.  Collects Effigy #1-6.
CGP - Nextwave
NEXTWAVE: AGENTS OF H.A.T.E. – THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
Warren Ellis, Stuart Immonen
9780785198390
PB
£25.99
Marvel
“Put the Atomic Puppies in the torpedo tubes! Yap yap bang! Ha ha ha ha ha! Yap yap bang!”
*** Select reissue inclusion (jacket image from previous edition): Warren Ellis’ NEXTWAVE took superhero parody to another level with plenty of delicious one-liners and excessive daftness to lap up. Highly recommended!
Action! Excitement! Explosions! The Highest Anti-Terrorism Effort, or H.A.T.E. (a subsidiary of the Beyond Corporation¸) put Nextwave together to fight Bizarre Weapons of Mass Destruction. When Nextwave discovers that H.A.T.E. and Beyond¸ are terrorist cells themselves, and that the BWMDs were intended to kill them, they are less than pleased. In fact, they are rather angry. Collecting: Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. 1-12
CG - Bo - Sep - Wild's End
WILD’S END
Dan Abnett, I. N. J. Culbard
9781608867356
PB
£14.99
Boom!
Lower Crowchurch is a small English community enjoying the peace of the 1930s, but when the town becomes the victim of an alien invasion, the residents’ lives are upended by the harsh realities of life-and-death violence. Led by the town’s outsider and retired war veteran, they will have to rally together to uncover the secret of their invaders and hope to fight back.
Written by Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy) and illustrated by I.N.J. Culbard (H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness) in the classic sci fi tradition but with an anthropomorphic twist, Wild’s End explores how far every day people will go to survive the pains and heartbreak of war.
Check out also our Author Profile of Dan Abnett here!
CG - Im - Sep - Saga V5
SAGA VOLUME 5
Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
9781632154385
PB
£10.99
Image Comics
Multiple storylines collide in this cosmos-spanning new volume. While Gwendolyn and Lying Cat risk everything to find a cure for The Will, Marko makes an uneasy alliance with Prince Robot IV to find their missing children, who are trapped on a strange world with terrifying new enemies.
Collects Saga #25-30.
CG - DC - Sep - New 52 Future's End V3
NEW 52 FUTURE’S END VOLUME 3 TP
Jeff Lemire, Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens, Patrick Zircher
9781401258788
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?
This volume features cameos from Frankenstein, Stormwatch, the Justice League Dark, Brother Eye, Mr. Terrific, and many more as one hero retires, another reconsiders his career, and the world says goodbye to a third. 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!
Collects New 52 Future’s End #31-48.
CG - Titan - Sep - Captain Stone V1
CAPTAIN STONE VOL.1
Christina McCormack, Liam Sharp
9781782762843
HB
15.99
Titan Comics
Cap Stone is the World’s only superhero. But even so, time stops for no man and the good Captain’s powers are fading with middle age and financial crisis. But following a catastrophic miscalculation, the media descend on Stone and he vanishes, but not before he issues warnings of a grave calamity about to before the planet.
Keen to find the truth behind the disappearance of Stone, his sister begins a long, painful and potentially deadly hunt for her brother!
CG - Titan - Sep - Mono
MONO VOL.1
Ben Wolstenholme, Liam Sharp
9781782762850
HB
18.99
Titan Comics
Part man, part, all noble-savage assassin by Royal Appointment! Mono is a one-semi-simian hybrid army! Now his secret war against the Nazi hordes can finally explode into life!
CG - DH - Sep - Aliens Salvation
ALIENS: SALVATION
Mike Mignola, Dave Gibbons
9781616557553
HB
£8.50
Dark Horse
We’re not usually big on Expanded Universe or tie-in titles, and we do try and restrain the exclamation marks – but if Mike Mignola wasn’t enough of a creative draw there’s also Dave Gibbons!!!
One of the most memorable Aliens tales ever told, now available as a premier edition hardcover! Selkirk, a God-fearing crewman aboard the space freighter Nova Maru, is forced at gunpoint to abandon ship with his captain. They crash-land on a small planet, but it is soon apparent that they have not entirely escaped the Nova Maru’s dreadful cargo.
CG - DC - Sep - Astro City Confession
ASTRO CITY: CONFESSION HC
Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson
9781401258306
HB
£18.99
Vertigo
*** Kurt Busiek’s Astro City is a perennial top recommend – anyone who’d raise an eyebrow at that simply can’t have read it!
Brian Kinney has left his rural home, seeking adventure in the big city —Astro City. After working his way into the super-hero scene as a busboy and waiter, Brian attracts the attention of Astro City’s vigilante, The Confessor. Dubbed Alter Boy, Brian becomes the Confessor’s sidekick.
While Astro City suffers under the looming threat of a serial killer on the loose and the city government moves to ban super heroes altogether, Brian questions the actions of his mentor. If that weren’t enough, there just may be an alien invasion looming!
Collects Astro City #1/2, 4-9.
CBP - RR V1
ROCKET RACCOON VOLUME 1: A CHASING TALE
Skottie Young
9780785190455
PB
£14.99
Marvel
Rocket Raccoon is the last of his kind: a hero to the weak, a champion of good, a swashbuckling pioneer of valor (and guns). But his life of adventure may end abruptly when he’s framed for murder – and the authorities aren’t the only ones on his tail! (Get it?) There’s another “”Rocket Raccoon”” out there, but the universe just ain’t big enough! The lookalike killer is one step ahead of Rocket; now, it’s up to our hero and his pal Groot, to find the truth! Can Rocket make it out alive and clear his name?
COLLECTING: ROCKET RACCOON 1-6
* Now in Marvel paperback (previously as Marvel HB and Panini PB edition – see our Marvel publishing Jan-Jun 15 titles page for more or our February 15 Graphic Novel Recommends! See also Volume 2 (Marvel Jul-Sep 15 Titles or August Recommends).
CBP - Death of Wolverine
DEATH OF WOLVERINE
Soule, Charles & McNiven, Steve
9780785191636
PB
£14.99
Marvel
Logan is no stranger to death. He’s killed thousands. He’s watched teammates, friends and lovers die. Now, stripped of his healing factor, the X-Man and Avenger faces his own date with the reaper. There’s a bounty on his head, a price big enough to put a horde of enemies and assassins on his trail.
The race is on to find Wolverine, but who put out the contract? Sabretooth? Viper? Or someone even worse? When Logan discovers that his mystery foe wants him alive, he turns on the offensive. As the hunted becomes the hunter once more, he’s determined to die the way he lived.
The Wolverine will go out fighting.
COLLECTING: Death of Wolverine 1-4
* Now in Marvel paperback (previously as Marvel HB and Panini PB edition – see our Marvel publishing Jan-Jun 15 titles page for more or our January 15 Graphic Novel Recommends!
CG - DH - Sep - Resurrectionists Near Death Experience
RESURRECTIONISTS VOLUME 1
Fred Van Lente, Maurizio Rosenzweig, Moreno Dinisio
9781616557607
PB
£14.99
Dark Horse
Famed architect-turned-thief Jericho Way and his crew of modern-day tomb robbers aren’t born knowing they’ve been trying to pull off the same heist for three millennia. First, they have to wake up.
But with enlightenment comes grave danger – the eternally antagonistic Sojourn Corporation is now hot on their heels! To fight their future, they’ll have to steal the past.
Resurrectionists: Near-Death Experienced collects New York Times best-selling author Fred Van Lente’s original, gripping heist thriller with a twist!

 

You can discover top works of fantastical fiction on our SEPTEMBER 15 NEW BOOKS RECOMMENDS page here (also includes the first volume of the Graphic Novel adaptation of Philip Pullman’s NORTHERN LIGHTS!) 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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January to June 2015:

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