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*A.D.: New Orleans after the Deluge. By Josh Neufeld. Illus by the author. Pantheon, $24.95 (9780307378149).
Deeply moving true stories of survival during and after Hurricane Katrina.
Gettysburg: The Graphic Novel. By C. M. Butzer. Illus. by the author. 2008. HarperCollins, paper, $9.99 (9780061561757).
Be there: witness the Civil War’s turning point and Lincoln’s historic address.
The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors without Borders. By Emmanuel Guibert and others. Tr. by Alexia Siegel. illus. Roaring Brook/First Second, paper $29.95 (9781596433755).
In 1986 a young French photographer accompanied Doctors without Borders into war-torn Afghanistan. This is his story.
Trotsky: A Graphic Biography. By Rick Geary. Illus. by the author. Hill & Wang, $16.95 (9780809095087).
The mind behind the Soviet revolution and the foundation of the USSR.
Animal Academy: Hakobune Hakusho, v.1. By Moyamu Fujino. Illus. by the author. Tokyopop, paper, $10.99 (9781427810953).
Neko might be the only human in her class of special students at Morimori High.
*Bayou, v.1. By Jeremy Love. Illus. by the author. DC Comics/Zuda, paper, $14.99 (9781401223823).
A kidnapping and a lynching send Lee on a quest into a terrifying fantasy world hidden beneath the bayou.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, v.3: Wolves at the Gate. By Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon. Illus. by Georges Jeanty and Andy Owens. 2008. Dark Horse, paper, $15.95 (9781595821652).
Her enemies say she’s bringing on the apocalypse, her closest allies are sleeping around, and now she has to ask a vampire for help. Is Buffy really doing the right thing?
Cat Burglar Black. By Richard Sala. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook/First Second, paper, $16.99 (9781596431447).
Teen orphan K’s skills as a burglar are the key to an international ring of crime.
*Children of the Sea, v.1. By Daisuke Igarashi. Illus. by the author. VIZ Media, paper, $14.99 (9781421529141).
Three young teens hear the call of the ocean and realize their special connection to the depths of the sea.
Cirque du Freak, v.1. By Darren Shan. Illus. by Takahiro Arai. Yen, paper, $10.99 (9780759530416).
In this adaptation of the popular series, Darren becomes a vampire to save his friend’s life. A 2010 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
Clover Omnibus Edition. By CLAMP. Illus. by the authors. Dark Horse, paper $19.95 (9781595821966).
Former soldier Kazuhiko is asked to do one last job—deliver a young woman to a mysterious location only she can find.
Romance blooms in the parallel stories of a young girl and her widowed mother in a traditional Korean society.
Crogan’s Vengeance. By Chris Schweizer. Illus. by the author. 2008. Oni, $14.95 (9781934964064).
“Catfish” Crogan never thought he’d be a notorious pirate, but life just took a turn for the worse.
Cthulhu Tales, v.2: Whispers of Madness. Ed. by Mark Waid. 2008. illus. Boom! Studios, paper, $15.99 (9781934506516).
Lovecraftian tales of terrifying alien gods that resemble icky squids.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. By F. Scott Fitzgerald and others. Illus. by Kevin Cornell. 2008. Quirk, $15.95 (9781594742811).
Like the movie, only funnier and closer to the original story.
The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle. By Jim Butcher. Illus. by Ardian Syaf. 2008. Del Rey, $19.95 (9780345507464).
Magic, murder, and mayhem in downtown Chicago—this is a job for a professional wizard.
Ender’s Game: Battle School. By Orson Scott Card and Christopher Yost. Illus. by Pasqual Ferry. Marvel, $24.99 (9780785135807).
Training to save the earth, Ender enters Battle School and faces the monsters that haunt his own psyche.
Ender’s Shadow: Battle School. By Orson Scott Card and Mike Carey. Illus. by Sebastian Fiumara. Marvel, $24.99 (9780785135968).
Bean’s life on the street is a constant war. Will he find peace at Battle School?
Frankenstein. By Mary Shelley and Jason Cobley. Illus. by Declan Shalvey. Classical Comics, paper, $16.95 (9781906332495).
Horror comes to life: the ethics of creation and destruction.
G.I. Joe: Origins. By Larry Hama. Illus. by Jim Clark and Tom Feister. IDW, paper, $19.99 (9781600104978).
It’s the war on terror, and G.I. Joe is there.
Green Lantern: Secret Origin. By Geoff Johns. Illus. by Ivan Reis. 2008. DC Comics, $19.99 (9781401219901).
The tough road from test pilot to interstellar hero.
Green Manor: Assassins and Gentlemen. By Fabien Vehlmann and Denis Bodart. Illus. by the authors. 2008. Cinebook, paper, $13.95 (9781905460533).
The fog of Victorian London conceals the perfect murder.
*Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation. By Thomas Siddell. Illus. by the author. Archaia Studios, $26.95 (9781932386349).
Antimony starts her first year of boarding school, where secrets and spooky events are part of the curriculum.
*The Helm. By Jim Hardison. Illus. by Bart Sears and Randy Elliott. Dark Horse, paper, $14.95 (9781595822611).
Pathetic loser Matt Blurdy has a heroic destiny, but he’d better shed those extra pounds and beat that murder rap in a hurry, because his destiny is about to be put to the test.
Higurashi When They Cry: Abducted by Demons Arc. By Ryukishi07. Illus. by Karin Suzuragi.
After moving to a sleepy little town, Keiichi is settling in quite nicely when he learns of a series of grisly and mysterious murders.
*I Kill Giants. By Joe Kelly. Illus. by J. M. Ken Nimura. Image, paper, $15.99 (9781607060925).
Barbara carries a hammer to school every day to battle monsters, but are they real or a mark of something more disturbing?
The Invincible Iron Man: The Five Nightmares. By Matt Fraction. Illus. by Salvador Larroca. 2008. Marvel, $19.95 (9780785134602).
A terrorist uses Iron Man’s own technology against him.
Katman. By Kevin C. Pyle. Illus. by the author. Holt, paper, $12.99 (9780805082852).
An urban teen spends his summer vacation caring for stray cats while he cultivates a friendship with an aspiring cartoonist.
Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You. By Karuho Shiina. Illus. by the author.
Shy girls win.
Karakuri Odette, v.1. By Julietta Suzuki. Illus. by the author. Tokyopop, paper, $9.99 (9781427814074).
An android wants to find out what it means to be human, so she enrolls in high school.
Locke & Key. By Joe Hill. Illus. by Gabriel Rodridguez.
After the father is murdered, a family finds that all is not as it seems in a town called Lovecraft.
Marvel 1985. By Mark Millar. Illus. by Tommy Lee Edwards. Marvel, $24.95 (9780785121589).
A boy with family issues realizes he’s got a lot more to worry about when Marvel supervillains start invading the real world.
Mixed Vegetables, v.1. By Ayumi Komura. Illus. by the author. 2008. VIZ Media, paper, $8.99 (9781421519678).
Hanayu longs to be a sushi chef, but can she abandon her family’s bakery to follow her heart?
The Mourning Star, v.2. By Kazimir Strzepek. Illus. by the author. Bodega, paper, $13 (9780977767977).
A wild fantasy world of magic and combat . . . and, dude, the guy’s got scissor hands!
Moyasimon, v.1: Tales of Agriculture. By Masayuki Ishikawa. Illus. by the author. Del Rey, paper, $10.99 (9780345514721).
Tadayasu has the remarkable ability to see microscopic organisms—and they’re really cute!
Mythos, v.1. By Paul Jenkins. Illus. by Paolo Rivera. 2008. Marvel, $24.99 (9780785115977).
Superhero origins: every great story has a great beginning.
The Name of the Flower, v.1. By Ken Saito. Illus. by the author. DC Comics/CMX, paper, $9.99 (9781401215965).
A teen girl and an eccentric older author develop a relationship as they overcome past tragedy.
Nightschool. By Svetlana Chmakova. Illus. by the author.
When you go to a school for vampires and demons, don’t get caught without your hall pass. A 2010 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
*Ooku: The Inner Chambers, v.1. By Fumi Yoshinaga. Illus. by the author. VIZ Media, paper, $12.99 (9781421527475).
In an imaginary feudal Japan, women are in charge and men are objects of desire.
Orange. By Benjamin. Illus. by the author. Tokyopop, paper, $14.95 (9781427814630).
Soaring art turns this story of a suicidal girl into a fever dream of emotion.
Orbital. By Sylvain Runberg. Illus. by Serge Pellé.
Teamed with an alien partner, a human tries to keep the galactic peace on behalf of an interstellar coalition that despises him.
Otomen, v.1. By Aya Kanno. Illus. by the author. VIZ Media, paper, $8.99 (9781421521862).
In the stoic and manly breast of Asuka Masamune beats the heart of a . . . girly girl?
Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood. By Tony Lee. Illus. by Sam Hart. Candlewick, $21.99 (978076364399).
The Robin Hood legend retold.
The Nobody. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author. Vertigo, $19.99 (9781848564831).
A mysterious stranger covered head to toe in bandages arrives in a small town, and paranoia follows in his wake.
*Omega: The Unknown. By Jonathan Lethem. Illus. by Farel Dalrymple. 2008. Marvel, $29.99 (9780785130529).
The weird, twisting journey of a boy with a (maybe) superheroic destiny.
Parade (with Fireworks). By Mike Cavallaro. Illus. by the author. 2008. Image/Shadowline, paper, $12.99 (9781582409955).
In 1920s Italy, a fight between the Fascists and Socialists forces Paolo to make a choice that will change his life forever.
The Picture of Dorian Gray. By Oscar Wilde and Roy Thomas. Illus. by Sebastian Fiumara. 2008. Marvel, $19.99 (9780785126546).
Dorian possesses a portrait that is “the most magical of mirrors,” revealing his true self.
Pigeons from Hell. By Joe R. Lansdale. Illus. by Nathan Fox and Dave Stewart. Dark Horse, paper, $13.95 (9781595822376).
Hoo-doo in a haunted plantation house deep in the bayou.
*Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer. By Van Jensen. Illus. by Dusty Higgins. SLG, paper, $10.95 (9781593621766).
Thought Pinocchio’s story had a happy ending? Wrong!
*Pluto. By Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka. Illus. by Naoki Urasawa.
Who is killing the greatest robots on earth?
Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Edition. By Ray Bradbury and Tim Hamilton. Illus. by Tim Hamilton. Hill & Wang, paper, $16.95 (9780809051014).
A gorgeous retelling of this compelling tale of censorship and intellectual freedom.
Refresh, Refresh. By Danica Novgorodoff and others. Illus. by Danica Novgorodoff. Roaring Brook/First Second, paper, $17.99 (9781596435223).
Three young men struggle to cope with the absence of their fathers, Marine Corps reservists sent to war in Iraq.
The Return of King Doug. By Greg Erb and Jason Oremland. Illus. by Wook-Jin Clark. Oni, $14.95 (9781934964156).
A major loser gets a second chance to be a hero when he returns to a magical land to save his son.
Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone: Deaths-Head Revisited. By Rod Serling and Mark Kneece. Illus. by Chris Lie. Walker, paper, $9.99 (9780802797230).
A former death-camp commander faces justice . . . in the Twilight Zone.
The Sandman: The Dream Hunters. By Neil Gaiman. Illus. by P. Craig Russell. Vertigo, $24.99 (9781401224240).
The tale of a young Buddhist monk and the fox spirit who loves him.
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, v.1: The Power of Negative Thinking. By Koji Kumeta. Illus. by the author. Del Rey, paper, $10.99 (9780345508935).
This is what happens when the most positive girl in the world meets the most negative teacher in the world.
The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook. By Eleanor Davis. Illus. by the author. Bloomsbury, $18.99 (9781599901428).
A jock, a tough girl, and the new kid use their secret love of science to bring down a nefarious plot.
Solanin. By Inio Asano. Illus. by the author. VIZ Media, paper, $17.99 (9781421523217).
Life after college: office drone or rock star?
Spider-Man Noir. By David Hine and Fabrice Sapolsky. Illus. by Carmine Di Giandomenico. Marvel, paper, $14.99 (9780785129233).
The Spider-Man legend is reimagined in a dark Depression-era New York.
The Storm in the Barn. By Matt Phelan. Illus. by the author. Candlewick, $24.99 (9780763636180).
Jack and his family are struggling to survive the Dust Bowl. Will the mystery in the barn be their salvation or their complete undoing? The 2009 Booklist Top of the List winner for youth fiction and a 2010 Notable Children’s Book.
Superman: Brainiac. By Geoff Johns. Illus. by Gary Frank. DC Comics, $19.99 (9781401220877).
Superman and Supergirl face a terrifying threat from their home planet.
Swallow Me Whole. By Nate Powell. Illus. by the author. 2008. Top Shelf, $19.95 (9781603090339).
Teen step-siblings deal with their own mental illnesses, mistaken love, and the strength of family ties.
Takeru: Opera Susanoh Sword of the Devil. By Kazuki Nakashima and Karakara Kemuri. Illus. by the authors.
Three men, all named Takeru, join forces to search for the legendary Sword of Susanoh.
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, v.1. By Hiroyuki Asada. Illus. by the author. VIZ Media, paper, $7.99 (9781421529134).
In a land of perpetual darkness, where telephones and e-mail are nonexistent, will your message be received?
T-Minus: The Race to the Moon. By Jim Ottaviani. Illus. by Kevin Cannon and Zander Cannon. Aladdin, $21.99 (9781416986829).
The scientists behind the space race.
Train*Train, v.1. By Eiki Eiki. Illus. by the author. DMP/Doki Doki, paper, $12.95 (9781569700969).
Asahi’s dream of working with trains hits a snag when he gets assigned a job with the weirdos at the Minami-Kitazawa Station.
We Were There. By Yuki Obata. Illus. by the author.
What do you do when you fall in love with a guy who is still in love with his dead girlfriend?
Wonder Woman: The Circle. By Gail Simone. Illus. by Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson. 2008. DC Comics, $24.99 (9781401219321).
Following a war that decimated the Amazon nation, a long-imprisoned enemy seeks the death of Wonder Woman.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. By L. Frank Baum and Eric Shanower. Illus. by Skottie Young. Marvel, $29.99 (9780785129219).
The classic story you don’t know if you’ve only seen the movie.
Wonderland. By Tommy Kovac. Illus. by Sonny Liew. Disney, $19.99 (9781423104513).
Wonderland as seen through the eyes of the White Rabbit’s maid.
X-Men: Magneto Testament. By Greg Pak. Illus. by Carmine Di Giandomenico. Marvel, $24.99 (9780785138235).
The story of villain Magneto as a Jewish child in Nazi Germany.
X-Men: Misfits. By Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman. Illus. by Anzu. Del Rey, paper, $12.99 (9780345505149).
In this manga take on X-Men, Kitty Pryde is the only girl at a school for supermutants.
Yokaiden, v.1. By Nina Matsumoto. Illus. by the author. 2008. Del Rey, paper, $10.95 (9780345503275).
When his grouchy grandmother’s soul is stolen by the Yokai, Hamachi journeys into their realm to get it back.
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