I don’t have time to keep tabs on all the fabulous new comics showing up every week at my local comic shop, so I’m glad there are folks I trust who do. One of them is Ross Johnson at the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, who checks in with a list of the 19 most promising new graphic novels this month. Here’s a few of the highlights.
Scales & Scoundrels, Vol. 1: Into the Dragon’s Maw, by Sebastian Girner, Galaad, and Jeff Powell
Girner and Galaad introduce a new breed of fantasy adventurer in Luvander, a tough loner who sets out on a quest to find what treasure awaits in “the Dragon’s Maw,” a labyrinth that she hopes will bring an end to her days of penniless wandering. The only problem: she needs a team. The colorful story offers a modern take on medieval-style fantasy with a light touch and a sense of the epic.
Godshaper, by Simon Spurrier and Jonas Goonface
Following the collapse of the laws of physics in 1958, everyone received their own personal deity, whose size, shape, and influence determines your fate. Then there are those women and men like Ennay, who were born without their own gods but with the power to shape the deities of others. Ennay meets up with Bud, a god without a human, and together, they wind up in the heart of a mystery. It’s a unique story with some lovely, colorful artwork.
Grass Kings, Vol. 1, by Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins
Stunning watercolor art is a highlight of this rural mystery series from Kindt and Jenkins. The titular kingdom is a self-sufficient trailer park offering sanctuary to the lost, homeless, and desperately poor. Three brothers rule the place, including the eldest, Robert, who lost his daughter to an accident. He takes in a stranger named Maria whose identity threatens to overturn their idyllic community.
Carthago, by Christophe Bec, Eric Henninot, and Milan Jovanovic
The absolutely bonkers book from French writer Bec has incredible art from Henninot and Jovanovic and stars a modern megalodon, ancestor of our own great white shark. An oceanographer named Kim Melville is the one who learns that the ancient predator is back and ready to rule the oceans again. Bloody shark action aside, the thriller is full of twists and turns, slowly revealing creatures of myth and horrific cities of the deep. The book was only recently translated into English, and this new edition is a great way to get in on the action.
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Vol. 2: Doctor Aphra and the Enormous Profit, by Kieron Gillen, Kev Walker, and Marc Laming
Doctor Aphra remains the only original character from Marvel’s Star Wars run to rate her own book, and she’s still up to no good in volume 2, which sees her trying to auction off an ancient Jedi artifact while surrounding herself with some of the nastiest villains in the galaxy, none of whom are all that fond of the not-so-good doctor.
The Michael Moorcock Library: The Chronicles of Corum Vol. 1—The Knight of Swords, by Mike Baron, Mike Mignola, Rick Burchett, and Kelly Jones
Corum Jhaelen Irsei, the Prince in the Scarlet Robe, is the last of his kind, as well as an incarnation of Moorcock’s Eternal Champion. This volume collects the comics adaption of Knight of Swords, the first book to feature the character. He faces the forces of Order and Chaos on his quest for the mystical city of Tenelorn.
Check out the complete list here.
The Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog has proven to be a fantastic resource over the past few years. Here’s a few of our recent selections.
The B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog on the Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2017 by Joel Cunningham
The B&N Sci-fi & Fantasy Blog on the Best Comics & Graphic Novels of August by Ross Johnson
The B&N Sci-fi & Fantasy Blog on the Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of August by Jeff Somers
B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog on the Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of 2017 So Far by Joel Cunningham
The Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog on the Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of June 2017 by Jeff Somers
The Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog on the Best SF and Fantasy Books in May by Jeff Somers
B&N Blog on 96 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books to Read in 2017 by Joel Cunningham
Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog Selects the Best Horror Books of 2016 by Sam Reader
Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog Selects the Best Collections and Anthologies of 2016 by Joel Cunningham
Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog Selects the Best Novels of 2016 by Joel Cunningham
Barnes & Noble on 7 Essential New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Short Story Collections by Sam Reader
See all our recent Comics coverage here.