May 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 May!

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.









May - ABC Warriots Return to Mars cover
ABC Warriors: Return to Mars 
Pat Mills, Clint Langley
2000 AD
The Shrap is back!
Mars, the far future. Tasked with increasing the peace on the war-ravaged Red Planet, the A.B.C. Warriors are reunited with one of their oldest number – the mechanic known as Tubal Caine AKA Happy Shrapnel. As Happy explains how he died and was subsequently resurrected by Medusa (the planetary consciousness).
Happy’s story exposes the identity of the villain responsible for most of the trouble on Mars – ‘the father of all A.B.C. Warriors’ needs to be executed, and the Warriors are going to need the help of another old ally to carry out the mission…
CBP - Caliban
Garth Ennis, Facundo  Pericio
Avatar Press
The crew of the mining ship Caliban is on a routine mission deep in the universe and confident that nothing outside the normal humdrum monotony of space travel will occur. But when they encounter an alien vessel their dreams of a simple mission turn into a nightmare unfolding along the lonely corridors of the cold steel ship. Something is stalking them and systematically eliminating the few remaining personnel one by one.
How can you fight something you can’t even understand? Claustrophobic terror grips the crew now as they attempt to escape the thing that has waited patiently for them to eventually arrive in the vast lonely darkness. No one is safe in deep space.
Revolutionary comics writer Garth Ennis (Preacher, Crossed) takes you down a desolate corridor with the type of high tension paranoid storytelling that will leave a lasting mark on you. Beautifully illustrated by Facundo Pericio (Fashion Beast), Caliban is a must read for horror and sci-fi fans alike. This volume collects the Caliban #1 – 7 comic book series.
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Uber Vol.3
Kieron Gillen, Daniel Gete
Avatar Press
The horrors of enhanced soldier war have taken a dire turn for the Allies. Their attempts to develop a counter to the German Battleship Ubers have led to a crossroads in development. But the discovery that the Nazis have not only discovered the same weapons, but have improved upon them, leaves a terrible gouge in their mounting defenses.
With both sides suffering herculean losses and the devastation of world war decimating every nation, the escalation of super human combat is making the Allies desperate for foothold. The horrors of super human warfare are immeasurable!
Kieron Gillen (Journey into Mystery) has created a unique and terrifying mix of the fantastic and the horrible that will leave you speechless in the blood-soaked pages of Uber. This volume collects issues #12 – 17 of the ongoing Uber comic book series.
CBP Black Mask - 12 Reasons to Die
12 Reasons To Die Volume 1
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Black Mask Studios
Created by Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge * Story by Adrian Younge, CE Garcia, Matthew Rosenberg * Writers: Matthew Rosenberg, Patrick Kindlon * Artists: Breno Tamura, Gus Storms * Colors: Jean Paul-Csuka * Transition Splash: David Murdoch * Letters: Frank Barbiere, Jim Campbell * Production Artist: Vincent Kukua, Ed Brisson * Produced by Bob Perry & Matt Pizzolo * Executive Produced by RZA * Guest Artists: Kyle Strahm * Joseph Infurnari * Dave Murdoch * Brian Level * Tim Seeley * Nate Powell * Tyler Crook * Toby Cypress
“This comic looks awesome!” – Jimmy Fallon
“Ass-kicking, gore splattering… damn intriguing.” – Ain’t It Cool News
This horror-crime hybrid from the legendary Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah and New York Times Bestselling author RZA is the brutal story of a vengeful soul hunting the 12 most powerful crimelords in the world. A reclusive, retired mob boss has hired a young record collector named Dan Migdal to track down 12 rare records… and ask no questions. As Migdal locates the albums, he discovers each one has its own unique and tragic story – when it was first played, one of the old mob bosses of the 12 DeLucas was mysteriously murdered in a ghastly fashion.
First Migdal only hears whispers about The Ghostface Killah, but soon he pieces together the story of a young, black mafioso named Anthony Starks who rose to power as an unstoppable killing machine serving in the 12 DeLucas’ criminal army… but something went wrong, Starks disappeared, and a murderous ghost began hunting down the bosses of the old crime family. Now, Migdal realizes he’s working for the last surviving DeLuca and has inadvertently placed himself between The Ghostface Killah and ultimate vengeance.
CBP DC - New Suicide Squad V1
New Suicide Squad Volume 1 TP (The New 52)
Sean Ryan, Jeremy Roberts, Blond
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.
CGP - May - Deadshot Bulletproof
Deadshot: Bulletproof TP
Christos Gage, Steve Cummings
DC Comics
What happens when a man with a death wish finds something to live for? Deadshot, an expert marksman and cold, efficient killer, believes he has no reason to live — until he learns he has a daughter!
When he discovers she’s living in a neighborhood plagued by violence, he decides to clean up the area — by any means necessary!  Part film noir and part classic Western, Deadshot tells the story of a violent man who must take on local mobs, corrupt cops, and even a former Suicide Squad member to give his daughter a life of peace and security!
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Earth 2 Volume 4: The Dark Age TP (The New 52)
Tom Taylor, Nicola Scott
DC Comics
Once thought dead, Superman now returns to Earth to do the destructive bidding of Darkseid! The Wonders of Earth 2 have struggled to keep the forces of Brutal and Darkseid at bay. But now with the return of Superman, they can no longer stand up to the wake of destruction he brings.
But with the emergence of a new and mysterious Batman, comes the hope that he may know how to defeat the rogue Man of Steel before Earth 2 is destroyed completely.
Collects Earth 2 #17-20, Earth 2 Annual #2.
CBP DC - Gotham City Sirens V2
Gotham City Sirens Book Two TP
Peter Calloway, Andres Guinaldo
DC Comics
Catwoman deals with the aftermath of battling her sister, setting her against Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy in a brutal display of their villainous roots. And don’t miss guest appearances by Zatanna and Talia al Ghul.
Then, The Joker is back in Arkham Asylum and Harley Quinn breaks back in with him – but is she there to stand by him or destroy him? Either way, Poison Ivy and Catwoman must put aside their tumultuous past to help their wayward friend. Guest-starring Clayface and Batman!
Collects Gotham City Sirens #14-26.
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Batman Volume 5: Zero Year – Dark City TP (The New 52)
Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
DC Comics
Before the Batcave and Robin, the Joker and the Batmobile … there was Zero Year. The Riddler has plunged Gotham City into darkness. How will a young Dark Knight bring his beloved hometown from the brink of chaos and madness and back into the light?
From the critically acclaimed, New York Times #1 best-selling creative team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo comes the concluding volume to Batman’s origin story, as you’ve never seen it before.
Collects Batman #25-27 and #29-33.
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Dial H Deluxe Edition HC (The New 52)
China Mieville, Mateus Santolouco, Alberto Ponticelli
DC Comics
Award-winning China Mieville’s entry in the highly publicized DC Comics – The New 52, Dial H, is now collected in this deluxe edition! There exists dials in the world that hold unbelievable power – the ability to turn you into a super hero!
Once Nelson accidentally discovers one such dial, his life will never be the same as he travels the world in search of a relic that could explain their Dial H powers. But new and deceptively dangerous villains have surfaced who are awaiting their return home!
Collects Dial H #0-15.
CBP DC - Batman-Superman V2
Batman/Superman Volume 2: Game Over TP (The New 52)
Greg Pak, Brett Booth, Jae Lee
DC Comics
The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel uncover a plot by the Toymaster to use a secret, potentially deadly element in his new video game – the characters created by players manifest in real life! Now a world-wide network of players must team up to create the most powerful, skilled Super Heroes imaginable with one goal: To kill Batman!
When Batman and Superman are cornered by the Toymaster and Mongul, they are pitted against one another in a battle to the death, with their only hope being the The Worlds’ Finest.
Collects Batman/Superman #5-9, Batman/Superman Annual #1, and Worlds’ Finest #20-21.
CBP DC - Batman Earth One V2
Batman: Earth One Volume 2 HC
Geoff Johns, Gary Frank
DC Comics
Following the events of the #1 New York Times bestselling original graphic novel by Geoff Johns, comes the highly anticipated sequel Batman: Earth One Volume 2!
The Riddler has arrived in Gotham and he’s terrorizing the city with his own twisted brand of anarchy. But why is he attacking now, and what is his endgame? The Riddler isn’t Batman’s only problem, as Killer Croc is on the streets and his violent crimes can’t be ignored. Meanwhile, the Dark Knight has trouble reconciling the increasingly conflicting ideologies of Alfred Pennyworth and James Gordon in this gripping re-imagining of the Batman mythology.
Writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank bring you Batman as you’ve never seen him before in this thrilling original graphic novel that continues their unique take on the Dark Knight.
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Forever Evil TP
Geoff Johns, David Finch, Richard Friend
DC Comics
The Justice League is DEAD! And the villains shall INHERIT the Earth!
In a flash of light, the world’s most powerful heroes vanish as the Crime Syndicate arrives from Earth-3! As this evil version of the Justice League takes over the DC Universe, no one stands in the way of them and complete domination … no one except for Lex Luthor.
By New York Times #1 best-selling creators Geoff Johns and David Finch, Forever Evil is the first universe-wide crossover of The New 52. Collects Forever Evil #1-7.
CGP - May - Earth 2 - World's End V1
Earth 2 World’s End Volume 1 TP
Daniel H Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson, Eddy Barrows et al
DC Comics
Collecting the new weekly series that spotlights the darker, alternate world version of the DC Universe, written by bestselling author Daniel H. Wilson. You never know who will live and who will die in these stories taking place in an alternate version of the DC Universe, where Superman is the world’s greatest villain and heroes like Batman, The Flash, and others must fight for their very lives.
Collects Earth 2 World’s End #1-11.
CBP - Vertigo - May - FBP
FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics Volume 3 – Standing on Shoulders
Simon Oliver, Robbi Rodriguez
Vertigo / DC Comics
Every journey starts with a single step. Cicero’s started when he crashed into a TV repair shop and eventually landed in the FBP Academy.
Collects FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics #14-19.
CGP - May - Redhand
Busiek, Kurt; Timel, Sam; Alberti, Mario & Bazal
Humanoids Inc
Set free in a foreign world and without memory of his origins, all Redhand wants is a peaceful life. But destiny wants it otherwise. Touched by a prophecy, imbued with incredible fighting skills and immune to magic, he is preordained to bring about great change to a land burdened by strict worship practices and warring factions – the very downfall of the ruling gods. Created by award-winning writer Kurt Busiek (“Astro City,” “Marvels”) and artist Mario Alberti (“Spider-Man and the X-Men”), and concluded by Sam Timel (“Milan K.”) & Bazal (“Retroworld”).
CBP I - Southern Bastards
Southern Bastards Volume 2: Gridiron
Jason Aaron, Jason Latour
Image Comics
Sheriff “Big Bert” Tubb once cleaned up Craw County, Alabama with an iron jaw and a big ol’ stick. But that was 40 years ago. When his son, Earl Tubb, returns home to settle some family business, he finds his daddy’s grave unkempt, the stick he was buried with grown into a gnarled old tree, and Craw County in worse shape than ever.
Then that tree gets struck by lightning. And suddenly Earl has a stick of his own. And some questions he’d like answered.
The hit new crime series, Southern Bastards, returns for its second volume, as Jason Aaron (Scalped, Thor, Star Wars) and Jason Latour (Wolverine & the X-Men, Loose Ends) pull back the curtain on the dark and seedy history of Craw County and its most famous and feared resident, the high school football coach turned backwoods crime lord, Euless Boss. In a place where only bastards flourish, what does it take to be the biggest, meanest, most powerful bastard of them all? Only Coach Boss knows. But if I was you, I wouldn’t ask him.
Collects Southern Bastards #5-8.
CBP I - Walking Dead V23
The Walking Dead Volume 23
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, Cliff Rathburn
Image Comics
A new threat has emerged from within the walker hordes, catching the communities off guard. The time for peace and prosperity is over as a new fight for survival begins.
Collects The Walking Dead #133-138.
Mark Millar, Duncan Fegredo
Image Comics
Growing up in Detroit, Roscoe and his friends know all about hard luck. But their fates take a different turn when they stumble upon a street drug called MPH — little pills that give them the power of super speed, and the opportunity of a lifetime.
Now holding the perfect Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card, Roscoe leads Rosa, Chevy, and Baseball on a lightning-fast crime spree across the nation. But as a good guy dealt a tough hand, that’s not enough for Roscoe. Before long, he and his friends are taking the fat cats for all they’re worth, and sharing their take with the masses.
But zooming through their riches at super-speed has a downside. The pills are running out, the Feds are cracking down, and a mysterious figure named Mr. Springfield is teaming up with the authorities, claiming to know more about the speedsters than they know about themselves. When time is your only asset, what happens when the clock runs out?
A high-octane adventure, MPH brings you super speed like you’ve never seen before, by the  writer of Kick-Ass and the artist of Hellboy.
CGP - Apr - If
Steve Bell
Jonathan Cape
In his daily cartoon for the Guardian and his long-running strip, IF, in the same paper, Steve Bell has proved that he is without equal in Britain as political cartoonist. Savage, funny, rude, constantly transgressing the rules of good taste, and of course beautifully drawn his cartoons are hated by those they lampoon and loved by everyone who likes to see authority subverted.
In his new collection he covers the years of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government, 2010-2015, fertile ground for Bell’s genius. From George Osborne in his bondage gear, the ‘Quiet Man’ zombie Ian Duncan Smith, Cable the elephant, Cameron the talking condom and Clegg the butler to Kipling and the IF penguins, every awful moment of the coalition years is re-run before your eyes … but Steve Bell style: ‘outrageous, anarchic, brilliant, sometimes inexplicable and a bit mad (not really)’ to quote John Pilger.
CBP JC - Death of the Artist
Death of the Artist
Karrie Fransman
Jonathan Cape
*** Late Announcement – Scheduled for May, brought forward to March *** Click here for a preview of interior art from Death of the Artist on Carabas and you can check out our Creator Profile of Karrie via the hyperlink on her name in the biblio above!
On 13 August 2013 graphic novelist Karrie Fransman invited four old friends from university to an isolated cottage on the misty moors of the Peak District to join her for a week of hedonism and creativity. Like Shelley and Byron before them, they would use the retreat to tell stories. Except these would be comics, collected together in this very book.
The theme? The Death of the Artist.
None of the five friends realised how appropriate this theme would become.
The book weaves a single narrative across watercolour, digital art, photography, collage and illustration, exploring the themes of creation, destruction, and how we kill our inner artists as we grow up. It takes the graphic novel into entirely new realms.
CGP - May - Annihilator
Morrison, Grant & Irving, Frazer
Legendary Comics
Washed-up Hollywood screenwriter Ray Spass is caught in a downward spiral of broken relationships, wild parties and self-destruction. Out of luck and out of chances, he’s one failed script away from fading into obscurity. Little does he know he’s about to write the story of his life. As his imagination runs rampant, Ray must join forces with his own fictional character Max Nomax on a reality-bending race to stop the entire universe from imploding, without blowing his own mind in the process.
Hickman, Jonathan; Caselli, Stefano; Deodato, Mike
Panini UK Ltd
The clock is ticking; time is running out for the Avengers to save everything! The countdown to the an event that will dramatically shake the entire Marvel Universe begins here. Collecting Avengers Vol.5 #40-42, New Avengers Vol.2 #29-30.
CBP - Thor V1 Goddess
Aaron, Jason; Dauterman, Russell
Panini UK Ltd
The great hammer Mjolnir lies on the moon, unable to be lifted by anyone in all the heavens! Even THOR! Something dark has befallen the God of Thunder, leaving him weakened and for the first time in forever… unworthy! But when Frost Giants invade the Earth, the hammer will be lifted and an all-new Thor will arise! A Thor unlike any we’ve ever seen before!
Who is this new Goddess Of Thunder? Not even Odin knows!
Collecting Thor Vol.6 #1-5.
CBP - Marvel - Spider-Verse
Slott, Dan; Gage, Christos; Hine, David & Coipel, Olivier
9781846536618 (Apr)
Panini UK Ltd
Someone is working their way through the multiverse, leaving a trail of dead spiders in their wake! As the Superior Spider-Man faces this foe in the future, MC2’s Spider-Girl finds herself under attack! Spider-themed heroes everywhere, in every world, begin to falter and fall. How can our Spider-Man possibly hope to survive against this interdimensional onslaught?
Collects: Amazing Spider-Man 7-15, Superior Spider-Man 32-33, Free Comic Book Day 2014 (Guardians of the Galaxy) 1 (5 Page Spider-Man Story), Spider-Verse 1, Spider-Verse Team-Up 1-3 & more
PANINI: When Morlun the vampiric entity, a nigh unstoppable force of evil, and his deadly brood threaten spider-characters throughout the multiverse, it will take every Spider-Man ever to save the day! Collecting Amazing Spider-Man Vol.4 #9-14.
CBP - NB - The Hunter
The Hunter
Joe Sparrow
See PREVIEW PAGES on Carabas!
In a time centuries before our own, one arrogant hunter has grown bored of sport. Only the legends of a mythical beast excite him now, but when he goes hunting for the creature he quickly discovers that he is outmatched. Because this beast is not any mythical animal but is composed of all the hunted prey killed in the past, and it is most certainly out for revenge.
Joe Sparrow was born in London and grew up in Cornwall, UK. He took an art foundation at Falmouth University and then moved to London to study Illustration at Kingston University, where he specialised in animation. He has been commissioned to work on commercial animation for various studios, exhibited as part of the 72Demons project and self-published several of his own comics which are sold at fairs and conventions.
“Joe Sparrow… one of the rare folk who will appeal to readers all over the comics spectrum.” – Martin Steenton, Blank Slate”
CBP SMH - End of a Century
End of a Century: Nineties Album Reviews in Pictures
Run Wrake
Self Made Hero
Run Wrake’s career as an animator and graphic designer was distinguished by an engagement with music, from the videos he produced for the Gang of Four and Howie B. to visuals he created for the live shows of U2 and the Rolling Stones.
Between 1988 and 2000, he illustrated album reviews for the NME, turning his talent to documenting one of the most exciting periods in pop music history. Drawing on his influences – early hand-drawn animation, Dada, Pop Art and punk graphics – Run Wrake developed a unique, bold and contemporary style to capture a vibrant musical culture with a perceptiveness and wit that was all his own.
 The illustrations collected here are a testament to the versatility of Run Wrake’s art: End of a Century pictures musicians, good and bad, from the heady days of the nineties, from guitar-driven grunge and Britpop acts to ageing folk musicians and manufactured pop stars.
CBP T - The Evil Within
Evil Within
Ian Edginton, Alex Sanchez
Titan Comics
In a hellish mindscape where her greatest fears become chilling reality, one girl stands alone! When college student Dana Robinson wakes, lost and abandoned, in a world of twisted nightmares, can she overcome her fears – and a ton of truly horrific foes – to make it out with body and mind intact?
EVIL takes hold in the official comic tie-in to the most hotly anticipated game of 2014 – The Evil Within!
CBP T - Flash Gordon 4
Flash Gordon 4 – The Storm Queen of Valkir
Don Moore, Alex Raymond, Austin Briggs
Titan Comics
Featuring four years worth of non-stop exhilarating, science fiction action-adventure as Flash battles a rogue’s gallery of villainy to protect the innocent, the wronged and a bevy of beautiful women from the likes of Kang The Cruel, Queen Valker the Violent, giant birds, lizards, sea-beasts and rock men, as well as wolfmen and gas spiders! For Flash Gordon, the king of the cliff-hanger every Sunday is a day of action!
CGP - Bloodshot V6
Bloodshot Volume 6: The Glitch and Other Tales
See below
Valiant Entertainment
A murderer’s row of comic talents — Peter Milligan (Hellblazer), Duane Swierczynski (Birds of Prey), B. Clay Moore (JSA: The Liberty Files), Howard Chaykin (American Flagg), Lewis LaRosa (Punisher MAX), Manuel Garcia (Black Widow), and many more — come together for a collection of stories from throughout the bullet-riddled history of Valiant’s most brutal and relentless hero!
Meet the man behind Bloodshot — or is he? – when one soldier’s untapped killer instinct takes over in “The Glitch”! Then, Russian superpies don’t die easy as “Sleepers” takes Bloodshot deep into the biting cold of a former Soviet state and face to face with an enemy eerily similar to himself. Plus: the origin of Bloodshot retold, Howard Chaykin’s “Protocol”, and much more!
Collecting Bloodshot #24, the oversized Bloodshot #25 anniversary extravaganza, and an exclusive Director’s Cut of Bloodshot #1 — featuring a never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes look inside the script, art, and character designs of the blockbuster first issue that set Bloodshot in motion!


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.



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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. Finally 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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