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Recommended Titles for Young Adults (Age 13+)

Written and illustrated by Gene Luen Yang
First Second
Release Date: 9/5/13
Boxers - $18.99, ISBN: 978-1-59643-359-5
Saints - $15.99, ISBN: 978-1-59643-689-3
Boxers/Saints Box Set: $34.99, 978-1-59643-924-5



Boxers & Saints is a groundbreaking novel in two volumes, presenting two parallel tales about young people caught up on opposite sides of a violent rift. Boxers tells the story of Little Bao, and the companion volume, Saints, tells the story of Vibiana, a Chinese girl who converts to Christianity. China, 1898. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants. Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers - commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from "foreign devils." But nothing is simple. Little Bao is fighting for the glory of China, but at what cost? So many are dying, including thousands of Chinese citizens who have converted to Christianity.


Arrow Vol. 1

Arrow Volume 1
Written and illustrated by Various

DC Comics - $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-40124-299-2
Release Date: 9/18/13

DC Comics collects the digital-first comics based on the hit CW television show based on Green Arrow. Oliver Queen, billionaire heir by day, fights the criminal underworld in his home of Starling City by night as the vigilante known as "The Hood" with his trademark bow and arrows. Show creators Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim team with artists including classic Green Arrow contributors Mike Grell and Phil Hester on these tales that fill in the gaps between episodes of the tv show.

Star Wars Volume 1

Star Wars Volume 1: In the Shadow of Yavin
Written by Brian Wood, illustrated by Carlos D'Anda
Dark Horse Comics - $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-61655-170-4
Release Date: 9/18/13

After the destruction of the Death Star, the Rebels are hounded by the Empire. Suspecting a spy in their ranks, Princess Leia forms a secret X-wing squadron-which includes Luke Skywalker-to expose the spy and find a safe home. Meanwhile, Han Solo and Chewbacca are sent on a covert mission. The new series from writer Brian Wood (DMZ, The Massive) takes place between Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, featuring the cast of characters who started it all.

Lost Vegas

Lost Vegas
Written by Jim McCann, illustrated by Janet Lee
Image Comics - $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60706-785-6
Release Date: 9/18/13

The Eisner Award-winning team behind Return of the Dapper Men reunite to create a completely different, and far more dangerous cosmos filled with intrigue as one gambler-turned-slave has 24 hours to go all in and pull off the greatest heist the universe has seen. Aboard a luxury star-cruiser whose glamour hides deep secrets that endanger the entire galaxy, will Roland choose his own freedom or expose the greatest lie hiding in plain sight? High risk stakes where either choice means someone will lose everything! USA Today describes Lost Vegas as "Part Star Wars, part Ocean's Eleven and all intergalactically awesome."

Sailor Moon: Short Stories Vol. 1

Sailor Moon Short Stories Volume 1
Written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi
Oni Press - $10.99
ISBN: 978-1-61262-442-6
Release Date: 9/18/13

In this first of two collections of short stories, we find our favorite Sailor Guardians and their friends encountering new mysteries, enemies, allies, and once more saving the day. After the daughter of a foreign diplomat transfers to her school, Chibi-Usa's male classmates suspiciously stop attending classes. Upon investigation, Chibi-Usa discovers the new transfer student is a vampire! Mamoru's birthday gift to Chibi-Usa turns out to be the brainwashing device of a depressed folk tale heroine come-to-life, seeking sympathy from fellow women and girls! Chibi-Usa's Pink Sugar Heart Attack becomes literal when defeating a local sprite that has possessed the dentist she and Usagi visit to get their cavities treated. Then, other local sprites wreak havoc in the lives of Mako, Ami, and Rei as they and Mina and Usagi study for high school entrance exams. Finally, Chibi-Usa and her newfound BFF's help out the quirky proprietor of a mysterious pawnshop that is under attack by both human and otherworldly entities!

Nick Fury Vs. SHIELD

Nick Fury Vs. SHIELD
Written by Bob Harris, illustrated by Paul Neary and Kim DeMulder
Marvel Comics - $29.99
ISBN: 978-0-78518-500-0
Release Date: 9/25/13

SHIELD faces its greatest threat - from within! All that stands in the way of its enigmatic inner agenda is Nick Fury himself...but Fury falls from grace when SHIELD's ruling council, commanded by the mysterious Deltite, frames him for treason and sends him running for his life. The network Fury built turns against him, and even he can't fight an army alone. Going underground, Fury gathers allies - but the Deltite's cult have targeted Fury's few remaining loyalists, replacing them with Life Model Decoy androids. Which agents are true to Fury? Which ones aren't even real? And which, if any, will survive? Must Fury destroy the organization to which he's devoted his life? In a world of lies that he constructed, who can a master spy trust?


Written by Brian Wood, illustrated by Kakifly

Image Comics - $11.99
ISBN: 978-1-60706-810-5
Release Date: 10/9/13

Acclaimed creator Brian Wood (The Massive, DMZ, X-Men) and newcomer Ming Doyle (Guardians of the Galaxy, Fantastic Four, Girl Comics) bring you Mara, the story of an especially gifted woman in a sports- and war-obsessed future. When she starts manifesting strange superpowers, the world that once embraced her turns against her, and for this young woman who once had it all, it's almost too much to bear. Both an intimate coming-of-age story and an epic superhero drama.

The Answer!

The Answer!
Written by Mike Norton and Dennis Hopeless, illustrated by Mike Norton
Dark Horse Comics - $12.99
ISBN: 978-1-61655-197-1
Release Date: 10/23/13

Insomniac librarian Devin McKenzie is yanked into a maelstrom of mayhem and mystery by the punctuation-faced crime fighter known as the Answer! Between her brains and his brawn, can this unlikely team take on the sinister organization of geniuses, The Brain Trust? This thoroughly original superhero adventure from Mike Norton (creator of the Eisner award-winning webcomic Battlepug) and Dennis Hopeless (Avengers Arena, Cable and the X-Force) skillfully mixes sly humor and explosive action. BookShelf spoke with Norton about The Answer! in this interview.

Old City Blues Vol. 2

Old City Blues Volume 2
Written and illustrated by Giannis Milonogiannis
Archaia Entertainment - $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-939867-02-5
Release Date: 10/30/13

The next chapter in the critically acclaimed web comic Old City Blues arrives in print. The year is 2048. Southeastern Europe. Built on the ruins of the country once known as Greece, New Athens is a city crawling with life-low-life that is. From mech smugglers and drug dealers, to corrupt politicians and all-too-powerful corporations, the city is at the mercy of high-tech criminals. And it's up to Solano, Thermidor, and the rest of the New Athens Special Police to keep the city in order.

Sock Monkey Treasury

Sock Monkey Treasury
Written and illustrated by Tony Millionaire
Fantagraphics Books - $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-696-6
Release Date: 10/30/13

Now, for the first time, all twelve of multiple Eisner Award-winner Tony Millionaire's acclaimed Sock Monkey all-ages comic books (1998-2007, originally published by Dark Horse Comics) are collected under one cover, as well as the full-color graphic novella "Uncle Gabby" (2004) and the full-color illustrated storybook, "The Glass Doorknob" (2002).
The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby and his innocent pal Mr. Crow are the heroes of this funny, unsettling and endearing collection. Follow them as they try to find a home for a shrunken head, play matchmakers between the bat in the doll's house and the mouse in the basement, unlock the mysteries of a glass doorknob, hunt salamanders, try to get to heaven, and much more. The book also includes the only full-length Sock Monkey graphic novel, "The Inches Incident." Inches the doll was the cutest in the whole house and loved by everyone. Then one day... Inches turned EVIL! What will Mr. Crow and Uncle Gabby do? Beloved by adults and children, Sock Monkey harkens back to a time when comics actually were for kids.

Summer Wars Part 1

Summer Wars Part 1
Written and illustrated by Iqura Sugimoto
Vertical Inc. - $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-93913-015-0
Release Date: 10/30/13

Vertical brings the manga adaptation of the hit anime to North America in a two-volume series. Kenji is your typical teenage misfit. He's good at math, bad with girls, and spends most of his time hanging out in the all-powerful, online community known as OZ. His second life is the only life he has - until the girl of his dreams, Natsuki, hijacks him for a starring role as a fake fiancée at her family reunion. Things only get stranger from there.

Bandette Volume 1: Presto!

Bandette Volume 1: Presto!
Written by Paul Tobin, illustrated by Colleen Coover

Dark Horse Comics - $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-61655-279-4
Release Date: 11/6/13

Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover's enchanting, Eisner-nominated digital series comes to print. The world's greatest thief is a costumed teen burglar in swinging Paris by the nome d'arte of Bandette! Gleefully plying her skills on either side of the law, Bandette is a thorn in the sides of both police inspector Belgique and the criminal underworld. But it's not all breaking hearts and purloining masterpieces when a rival thief discovers that an international criminal organization wants Bandette dead! This beautiful hardcover includes the first arc, tales of Bandette's street urchin helpers by guest artists, an original illustrated story, and more.

Quantum and Woody Vol. 1

Quantum and Woody Volume 1: The World's Worst Superhero Team
Written by James Asmus, illustrated by Tom Fowler

Valiant Entertainment - $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-939346-18-6
Release Date: 11/6/13

Those guys are the worst! Once upon a time, Eric and Woody Henderson were inseparable. Adopted brothers. Best friends. Brilliant minds. Years later, they are estranged siblings, petty rivals, and washed-up failures. But when their father's murder leads them into the throes of a life-altering scientific accident, Eric and Woody will find themselves with a whole new purpose — and a perfectly legitimate reason to wear costumes and fight crime! Go big or go home, folks! Quantum and Woody are coming! (And, yes, there is a goat too.)

An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will o' the Wisp

An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will o' the Wisp
Written by Tom Hammock, illustrated by Megan Hutchison
Archaia Entertainment - $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-936393-78-7
Release Date: 11/20/13

After her parents' accidental death by mushroom poisoning, young Aurora Grimeon is sent to live with her estranged grandfather on Ossuary Isle, deep in the southern swamps. Joined by her grandfather's pet raccoon Missy, Aurora explores the fog-covered island of graves. Along the way she meets its sinister residents who care for the tombstones and mausoleums, living out their lives by the strange rules of Hoodoo magic. When ghostly things start happening out in the swamp and island residents start disappearing, Aurora thrusts herself into the middle of the mystery, uncovering secrets that might be better left buried.

Bravoman Vol. 1

Bravoman Volume 1
Written by Matt Moylan, illustrated by Dax Gordine

Udon Entertainment - $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-61655-202-2
Release Date: 11/27/13

It's Bravoman: Super Unequaled Hero of Excellence! This ultra-stretchy, Japanese-style superhero battles intergalactic octopus monsters, city-smashing giant robots, and armies of squawking crow-demons, all while trying to fit in some quality videogame hours on the couch. And did we mention the deadly ninja princess who wants to both date and kill him? Yikes! Bravoman Volume 1 collects over 130 zany strips from the Bravoman webcomic on Namco Bandai's ShiftyLook site, plus bonus pin-ups, rough sketches, and plenty of creator commentary.