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RWBY: official manga anthology. Vol. 3, From shadows, illustrations, mojojoj, Mugupo, ryuga, Sai Izumi; [translation, Joe Yamazaki; English adaptation, Jason A. Hurley].
Straight from Rooster Teeth's hit animation series, a new four-volume anthology series featuring stories from various manga creators, each focusing on a different member of Team RWBY! The world of Remnant is filled with horrific monsters bent on the destruction of humanity. Fortunately, the kingdoms of the world have risen to combat these forces by training powerful Huntsmen and Huntresses at academies around the planet. Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long are four such Huntresses in training. Blake used to be a freedom fighter for her people, suppressed by humans for years. She's a hero; but she's also a teen girl who just wants to fit in with her friends. These stories highlight her awesome personality, from serious to silly. From a team of exciting new manga artists comes the third volume in a series of short story collections showcasing Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang!
Snow in love, Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman, Kasie West.
Fire force. 13, Atsushi Ohkubo; [translation, Alethea Nibley & Athena Nibley].
It's a battle to get the Fifth Pillar, but Company 8 has more than just the Evangelist's goons to deal with; a massive Infernal outbreak has set the entire city on fire! While the Fire Force works tirelessly to extinguish the blaze, Shinra fights an uphill battle against the powerful Charon. Will he be able to save Inca? Or will the Fire Force drown in a sea of flames?
Magi. 33: the labyrinth of magic, story & art by Shinobu Ohtaka; [translation & English adaptation, John Werry].
Overcoming her hatred, Kogyoku resolves to leave the International Alliance. In Sindria, Sinbad is increasingly frustrated with a world straying far from what he intended, and he heads for the Sacred Palace. Torn between the black and white rukh within him, Sinbad seeks a way to control the world. But Ugo awaits Sinbad's arrival and a confrontation is inevitable.
Case closed. Volume 1, Gōshō Aoyama.
Case closed. Volume 32, Gōshō Aoyama; [translation, Tetsuichiro Miyaki].
The legendary samurai Toyotomi Hideyoshi has just died a second time: a historical re-enactor playing Hideyoshi has been killed at the daimyo's own Osaka Castle. Time for Conan to make history stop repeating itself, and for Osaka native Harley Hartwell to pick up a wooden sword and eke out some old-fashioned justice! Then Detective Moore attends a star-studded engagement party on the arm of idol singer Yoko Okino, but the festivities are cut short when one of the stars of Yoko's old girl group is found dead in the bathroom. And Conan races to save an American tourist from kidnappers who may be connected to the Syndicate!
Case closed. Volume 33, Gōshō Aoyama; [translation, Tetsuichiro Miyaki].
A high school boy named Jimmy Kudo changes his identity to Detective Conan after being shrunken to the size of a seven-year-old in a criminal attack, and starts helping police investigate a number of other crimes.
Case closed. Volume 41, Gōshō Aoyama; [translation, Tetsuichiro Miyaki].
Case closed. Volume 42, Gōshō Aoyama; [translation, Tetsuichiro Miyaki].
In their most monstrous case yet, Conan and his friends dress up as famous monsters for a murder mystery game set on a creaky ghost ship. It's an evening of spooky fun-until a real murder interrupts the game. Then it's up to Jimmy Kudo to figure out which rubber mask hides the face of a killer! But there's more than one monster on the loose. Faced with evidence that the Men in Black have discovered their real identities, Conan and Anita have only one hope: find the deadly assassin Vermouth before she finds them. Can they unmask the Syndicate's top mistress of disguise?
Case closed. Volume 44, Gōshō Aoyama; [translation, Tetsuichiro Miyaki].
Serena's wealthy Uncle Jirokichi unveils his most prized possession: the Blue Wonder, a legendary blue gem said to possess mystical powers. It's a prize no thief can resist-and that's exactly what Jirokichi is hoping! But when he uses the gem as bait to trap the infamous Kaito Kid, he gets far more than he bargained for. Fortunately, Conan has his own grudge against the Kid, and this time he's determined to get his man!
Case closed. Volume 69, Gōshō Aoyama; [translation, Tetsuichiro Miyaki].
Following an anonymous tip, Richard Moore travels to a remote inn to catch a murderer. Instead he finds evidence of river monsters! Conan is sure the killer is all too human, but then Rachel sees one of the legendary creatures for herself. Then Conan visits a hot spring where a movie crew's crime drama is interrupted by a real murder. And at a romantic chocolate-themed party, the host samples a not-so-sweet bite of cyanide!
Damsel, Elana K. Arnold.
The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: When the king dies, his son the prince must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been. When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon or what horrors she faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome young man, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny of sitting on a throne beside him. It's all like a dream, like something from a fairy tale. As Ama follows Emory to the kingdom of Harding, however, she discovers that not all is as it seems. There is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows, and the greatest threats may not be behind her, but around her, now, and closing in.
The expedition, Chris Babu.
Drayden and his friends thought nothing could be harder than the Initiation. Little did they know it had only been a warmup for the challenge that lay ahead. With New America's situation dire, Drayden and the pledges venture out into the unexplored world outside the walls, escorted by a team of elite Guardians. The group seeks to contact another civilization in what remains of Boston, but Drayden has secret goals of his own. Dangers abound in the real world, including Aeru, the deadly superbug that wiped out humanity. While they battle the elements of a desolate landscape, a power struggle emerges within their ranks. The Guardians seem to be carrying out a covert mission themselves, and the quest turns everything they thought they knew about New America upside down.
The XY, Virginia Bergin.
In River's world, XYs are a relic of the past, along with things like war and violence. Thanks to the Global Agreements, River's life is simple, safe, and peaceful; until she comes across a body in the road one day. A body that is definitely male, definitely still alive. River isn't prepared for this. There's nothing in the Agreements about how to deal with an XY. Yet one lies before her, sick, suffering, and at her mercy. River can kill him, or she can save him. Either way, nothing will ever be the same.
The wicked king, Holly Black.
You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring. The first lesson is to make yourself strong. After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undiminished. When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.
Inventing Victoria, Tonya Bolden.
A young black woman in 1880s Savannah, Essie is trapped between the life she has and the life she wants; until she meets Dorcas Vashon, the richest and most cultured black woman she's ever encountered. Dorcas transforms Essie into Victoria: with a fine wardrobe, a classic education, and the rules of etiquette, Victoria is soon welcomed in the upper echelons of black society in Washington, D. C. When the life she desires is finally within her grasp, Victoria must decide how much of herself she is truly willing to surrender.
Virus, Chris Bradford with illustrations by Anders Frang.
Only the ocean, Natasha Carthew.
Fifteen-year-old Kel Crow lives in the swamp slums, selling drugs for a family with whom she shares nothing but blood. Kel has only one thing on her mind and that's survival; to survive the heart defect she has had since birth. So when the opportunity to escape comes her way she takes it: setting off on a journey to kidnap a girl for a ransom that might pay for the heart operation to save her life. But soon she is in deep water as the world storms around her and things take a turn for the worse in a society that is split between those who inhabit the swampland and those who live in the sky towers. Kel thinks life is over before it's started, but if she can find the will to fight back, she may discover it is just beginning. Only The Ocean is a story about the loss of innocence and of youth and the courage that comes from overcoming adversity through hope, healing and ultimately love.
The twisted ones, Scott Cawthon, Kira Breed-Wrisley.
The storyteller, Traci Chee.
Sefia is determined to keep Archer out of the Guard's clutches and their plans for war between the Five Kingdoms. The Book, the ancient, infinite codex of the past, present and future, tells of a prophecy that will plunge Kelanna in that bloody war, but it requires a boy; Archer, and Sefia will stop at nothing to ensure his safety. The Guard has already stolen her mother, her father, and her Aunt Nin. Sefia would sooner die than let them take anymore from her, especially the boy she loves. But escaping the Guard and the Book's prophecy is no easy task. After all, what is written always comes to pass. As Sefia and Archer watch Kelanna start to crumble to the Guard's will, they will have to choose between their love and joining a war that just might tear them apart.
The gilded wolves, Roshani Chokshi.
When the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay; an historian who can't yet go home; a dancer with a sinister past; and a brother in all but blood, who might care too much. Together, they'll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.
Combat magicks, Steve Cole.
The TARDIS arrives in Gaul in 451AD, on the eve of battle between the forces of Attila the Hun and those of the crumbling Roman Empire. But the Doctor soon finds that both sides are being helped by sinister, supernatural creatures. While Graham makes allies in the Roman camp and Ryan is pursued by the enigmatic Legion of Smoke, the Doctor and Yasmin are pressed into service as Attila's personal sorcerers. But the Doctor knows there is science behind the combat magicks and that the true war will pit all humanity against a ruthless alien threat.
Miss Kobayashi's dragon maid. 1, story & art by coolkyousinnjya; [translation, Jenny McKeon; adaptation, Shanti Whitesides].
Miss Kobayashi lives in an ordinary apartment, along with her new maid, Tohura, a dragon girl! Take a peek into the daily life of a hard-working office lady and her inept dragon maid.
Miss Kobayashi's dragon maid. 2, story & art by coolkyousinnjya; [translation, Jenny McKeon; adaptation, Shanti Whitesides].
From housekeeping to Comiket to a trip to the beach, Dragon Maid Tohru is ready to help out her beloved Miss Kobayashi with all of her supernatural strength! Tohru is starting to get used to life in the human world, and so are her dragon friends, like cute little Kanna and dark, moody Fafnir. But what will happen when her father appears to take her back to her old world? Find out in this comedy that's loved by humans and dragons alike!
Miss Kobayashi's dragon maid. 3, story & art by coolkyousinnjya; [translation, Jenny McKeon; adaptation, Shanti Whitesides].
Tohru the dragon has gotten very comfortable in her role as Miss Kobayashi's maid. But when Elma; the new dragon in town, enters the picture, Tohru's jealousy overflows! Box lunch battles and noisy neighbours are nothing Tohru can't handle when the affections of her dear Miss Kobayashi are on the line!
Miss Kobayashi's dragon maid. 4, story & art by coolkyousinnjya; [translation, Jenny McKeon; adaptation, Shanti Whitesides].
Tohru's just trying to enjoy life with her beloved Miss Kobayashi, but that's no so easy to do with Ilulu wreaking havoc around every corner! Though Tohru fights to protect Miss Kobayashi from the chaos dragon's destructive desires, Ilulu has been raised with the belief that all humans are enemies and doesn't believe their bond can be real! It's dragon maid vs. dragon fiend in the latest volume of this super- popular, monstrously funny comedy!
Miss Kobayashi's dragon maid. 5, story & art by coolkyousinnjya; [translation, Jenny McKeon; adaptation, Shanti Whitesides].
The Kobayashi household is peaceful once again, and Tohru has happily returned to an "ordinary" life. Whether patrolling the neighbourhood for suspicious characters or taking on a part-time job, it's always "go hard or go home" for the diligent Dragon Maid! But not all is well. Ilulu is having trouble embracing the life she's chosen, Shouta is worried about his relationship with Lucoa, and could something be brewing in Miss Kobayashi and Tohru's relationship, too?
Miss Kobayashi's dragon maid. 6, story & art by coolkyousinnjya; [translation, Jenny McKeon; adaptation, Shanti Whitesides].
Long before the dragon maid Tohru came into her life, Kobayashi had been a big fan of maids. Now, Kobayashi gets a chance to step into her fantasy when Tohru organizes her friends to design a maid outfit especially for Kobayashi. When she does so, Kobayashi learns an important lesson about what makes a maid outfit & and what makes a maid.
Miss Kobayashi's dragon maid. 7, story & art by coolkyousinnjya; [translation, Jenny McKeon; adaptation, Shanti Whitesides].
It's time for a camping trip! Everyone's looking forward to spending a little time outdoors; until disaster strikes, that is. What will Elma do when she loses the youngsters in the mountains?
The good Doctor, Juno Dawson.
On the planet of Lobos, the Doctor halts a violent war between the native Loba and human colonists. Job done, the TARDIS crew departs, only for Ryan to discover he's left his phone behind. Again. Upon returning, the Doctor finds that the TARDIS has slipped hundreds of years into the future and that something has gone badly wrong. The Loba are now slaves, serving human zealots who worship a godlike figure known as The Good Doctor. It's time for the Doctor to face up to the consequences of her last visit. With Lobos on the brink of catastrophe, will she be able to make things right?
The cursed sea, Lauren DeStefano.
Wil, the exiled princess of northern Arrod, must do what she never thought possible: return home to discover the origins of her own curse. But home is very different from how she left it; Wil's unpredictable elder brother Baren is now king, leading a war against the Southern Isles. And with time running out, Wil must navigate the dangerous secrets within her family to find the truth. Nothing goes as planned, and suddenly Wil and her allies are fighting for their lives as the Southern king is out to ensure neither of his children will survive to take the throne. Traveling across cursed seas and treacherous kingdoms, Wil and Loom must make peace with their pasts if they hope to secure the future of their world. But when their plans lead them right back to evil marveler Pahn, and to Baren, who is more dangerous than ever, can Wil and her friends outsmart their enemies, this time for good?
The orphan's wish, Melanie Dickerson.
Orphaned, Aladdin travels from the streets of his Arab homeland to Hagenheim, Germany. He meets Lady Kirstyn, whose father is the powerful Duke of Hagenheim. Despite the difference in their stations, Aladdin quickly becomes Kirstyn's favorite companion. Through his integrity, intelligence, and sheer tenacity, Aladdin earns a position serving as the duke's steward, but eventually decides to leave Hagenheim and seek his fortune. When Lady Kirstyn becomes a pawn in a terrible plot against her father, will Aladdin return in time to save her?
Dodger boy, Sarah Ellis.
In 1970 Vancouver, thirteen-year-old Charlotte and her best friend, Dawn, are keen to avoid the pitfalls of adolescence. Couldn't they just skip teenhood altogether, along with its annoying behaviors; showing off just because you have a boyfriend, obsessing about marriage and a ring and matching dining room furniture? Couldn't one just learn about life from Jane Austen and spend the days eating breakfast at noon, watching "People in Conflict," and thrift-store shopping for cool castoffs to tie-dye for the upcoming outdoor hippie music festival? But life becomes more complicated when the girls meet a Texan draft dodger who comes to live with Charlotte's Quaker family. Tom Ed expands Charlotte's horizons as they discuss everything from war to civil disobedience to women's liberation. Grappling with exhilarating and disturbing new ideas, faced with a censorship challenge to her beloved English teacher and trying to decode the charismatic draft dodger himself, Charlotte finds it harder and harder to stick to her unteen philosophy, and to see eye to eye with Dawn.
The lying woods, Ashley Elston.
Owen Foster has never wanted for anything. Then his mother shows up at his elite New Orleans boarding school cradling a bombshell: his privileged life has been funded by stolen money. After using the family business, the single largest employer in his small Louisiana town, to embezzle millions and drain the employees' retirement accounts, Owen's father vanished without a trace, leaving Owen and his mother to deal with the fallout. Owen returns to Lake Cane to finish his senior year, where people he can barely remember despise him for his father's crimes. It's bad enough dealing with muttered insults and glares, but when Owen and his mother receive increasingly frightening threats from someone out for revenge, he knows he must get to the bottom of what really happened at Louisiana Frac and the cryptic note his father sent him at his boarding school days before disappearing. Owen's only refuge is the sprawling, isolated pecan orchard he works at after school, owned by a man named Gus who has his own secrets, and in some ways seems to know Owen better than he knows himself. As Owen uncovers a terrible injustice that looms over the same Preacher Woods he's claimed as his own, he must face a shocking truth about his own past and write a better future.
Here to stay, Sara Farizan.
What happens when a kid who's flown under the radar for most of high school gets pulled off the bench to make the winning basket in a varsity playoff game? If his name is Bijan Majidi, life is suddenly high fives in the hallways and invitations to exclusive parties—along with an anonymous photo sent by a school cyberbully that makes Bijan look like a terrorist. The administration says they'll find and punish the culprit. Bijan wants to pretend it never happened. He's not ashamed of his Middle Eastern heritage; he just doesn't want to be a poster child for Islamophobia. Lots of classmates rally around Bijan. Others make it clear they don't want him or anybody who looks like him at their school. But it's not always easy to tell your enemies from your friends. Here to Stay is a painfully honest, funny, authentic story about growing up, speaking out, and fighting prejudice.
Anonymous noise. 11, Ryoko Fukuyama; [English translation & adaptation, Casey Loe].
Nino, Yuzu and Momo take the stage together with six years of emotions racing through their hearts. When Nino's singing unleashes her deeply held feelings, how will Momo respond with his love for her?
Haikyu!!. 30, Broken heart, Haruichi Furudate; [translation, Adrienne Beck].
The Inarizaki vs. Karasuno game continues! With their own Freak Quick and on-the-fly plays, the Miya twins and Inarizaki make it clear that they are in, in fact, the greatest contenders in the tournament. Meanwhile, Nekoma struggles through their own game against Sarukawa Tech. Will Nekoma and Karasuno make it through their games and keep the dream of the dumpster battle alive?
My Hero Academia. Vigilantes, 3, writer/letterer, Hideyuki Furuhashi; penciller/colorist, Betten Court; original concept, Kohei Horikoshi; [translation/English adaptation, Caleb Cook].
When you're not a licensed hero, sometimes you need all the help you can get. For Koichi, unexpected, but not entirely unwelcome, assistance comes in the form of Makoto Tsukauchi, one of Koichi's friends at school. Makoto's got a self-confident vibe that makes Pop Step more than a little anxious and jealous? Meanwhile, out in the streets of the Naruhata district, the scheming bee user Hachisuka continues her distribution of the "instant villain" drug, Trigger.
The Similars, Rebecca Hanover.
The Similars are all anyone can talk about at the elite Darkwood Academy. Who are these six clones? What are the odds that all of them would be Darkwood students? Who is the madman who broke the law to create them? Emma couldn't care less. Her best friend, Oliver, died over the summer and all she can think about is how to get through her junior year without him. Then she comes face-to-heartbreaking-face with Levi; Oliver's exact DNA replica and one of the Similars. Emma wants nothing to do with the Similars, but she keeps getting pulled deeper and deeper into their clique, uncovering dark truths about the clones and her prestigious school along the way. But no one can be trusted, not even the boy she is falling for who has Oliver's face.
All the other days, Jack Hartley.
Drawing is not just Judd's biggest passion; it's how he escapes when his parents are fighting. In high school, his artistic talents get him praise, but at home they're his means of survival. When he sketches, Judd enters a world of his own, a place where he can follow his dreams - and change the course of his life. Perhaps even find love. Then one day, it happens. Love, exactly like in the movies. But just when his dreams are about to come true, reality catches up with him. Barely settled in her new high school, Kate is pulled into a strange, disorienting world. Inexplicable events are occurring around her and even in her sleep. Soon, her entire reality blends with the imaginary. And in that blurry space, she crosses Judd's path and makes an unlikely connection.
Stargate Atlantis. Volume 2, [written by Mark L. Haynes & J.C. Vaughn, art by Greg LaRocque, Gordon Purcell; color by Gene, Emmanuel Ordaz Torres; lettering by James Dufendach, Natalie Jane].
The Atlantis team must find a way to stop the out-of-control Ancient, Janus, and his alien army, with the fate of two galaxies on the line! The official comic book continuation of Stargate Atlantis picks up after the events of the television series final episode and thrusts the fan-favorite characters back into a universe on the brink of destruction. Come with us, back to Pegasus!
Last battle of the Icemark, Stuart Hill.
Queen Thirrin's tiny kingdom of Icemark has enjoyed peace since the banishment of her murderous daughter Medea, but when Medea allies herself with the King of Darkness and his terrifying Ice Demons, the queen must respond to the threat of war.
Aho-Girl. 10, Hiroyuki; [translator, Karen McGillicuddy].
The time has come for that hallmark of high school life: the school trip. Yoshiko's class will be visiting the balmy southern isle of Okinawa. Yoshiko's deeply interested in the fascinating history and culture of the Okinawan islands, so she's excited to go. Nah, just kidding, she doesn't even know where Okinawa is, and she's only excited because some fool told her there were good bananas there. Classic Yoshiko.
The reckoning of Noah Shaw, Michelle Hodkin.
Noah Shaw doesn't think he needs his father's inheritance but he does. Noah believes there's something off about the suicides in his visions and there is. Noah is convinced that he still knows the real Mara Dyer but he does not. Everyone thought the nightmare had ended with Mara Dyer's memoirs, but it was only the beginning. As old skeletons are laid bare, alliances will be tested, hearts will be broken and no one will be left unscarred.
My Hero Academia. [Vol. 16], Red riot, Kohei Horikoshi; [translation & English adaptation, Caleb Cook].
The Hassaikai crime gang, led by the young boss Chisaki, has been working on a plan to distribute a Quirk-destroying drug. The key to this evil scheme is the young girl Eri, held prisoner in Chisaki's hideout. Nighteye asks other heroes to form a team to launch a rescue attempt; and the students of Class 1-A are going into the lion's den with them! But Nighteye, who can see the future, refuses to look at the fates of anyone going on the mission.
Two feet under, C.C. Hunter.
Riley has accepted that her special gift is to help dead people with their unfinished business. But she never thought she'd be tasked with helping the spirit of a convicted criminal who died in prison. He may lead her on the scariest mission yet, but helping him could mean saving the life of a child. The convict's daughter needs a liver transplant and the one person who could still be a match is his brother, who also happens to be a gang leader. Hayden's not happy that Riley's discovered who he is and is seeing him sick and unconscious in his hospital bed. This feels like as good a time as ever to cross over and put all of them out of their misery but Riley is in danger. She's visiting some of the most dangerous spots and confronting some of the creepiest low-lifes in town. For her, he'll need to regain his strength and fight to keep her safe. But dealing with other people's problems still can't keep Riley from her own. Her dad's drinking has gotten worse. And she'll soon learn it's because he's been keeping a huge, horrible secret that will change everything she believes about her family and her mother's death.
Dr. Stone. 2, Two kingdoms of the stone world, story, Riichiro Inagaki; art, Boichi; [translation, Caleb Cook].
Senku, Taiju and Yuzuriha are well on their way to crafting gunpowder when they spot smoke far off in the distance. Convinced that it's a sign of other humans, Senku takes a huge risk by sending up a smoke signal of their own. Meanwhile, Tsukasa is determined to stop their progress on gunpowder, and his arrival on the scene could spell the end for our heroes!
Batman beyond. Vol.4, Target: Batman, Dan Jurgens, writer; Will Conrad, Marco Castiello, Mark Morales, artists; David Baron, Wil Quintana, colorists; Travis Lanham, letterer.
After the events of "The Long Payback" we find Batman with his mysterious new partner, but can this new partner be trusted? You never know when it comes to the corrupt city of Gotham. Follow Terry as he dives deeper into the secrets of the city and the true idenity of his new partner. Terry McGinnis' battle to keep Gotham safe continues.
Blue exorcist. 21, Kazue Kato; [translation & English adaptation, John Werry].
An attack on Tokyo by a huge demon that is visible to almost everyone marks the start of an unprecedented outbreak of demonic activity around the world. While the Knights of the True Cross and the Japanese government scramble to contain the damage, Lightning's investigation into the Illuminati has pushed the Knights of the True Cross, and Yukio, just a little too far. Now Yukio rushes to confront Mephisto, determined to hear the truth of the circumstances of his and Rin's birth. Yet Mephisto, aloof as always, still seems to be pulling everyone's strings. For Yukio and Rin, there will be no easy answers.
These broken stars, Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner.
Batman. Vol. 8, Cold days, writer, Tom King; artists, Lee Weeks [and five others]; colorists, Tomeu Morey, Elizabeth Breitweiser; letterer, Clayton Cowles.
In the aftermath of the wedding of Batman and Catwoman, the Dark Knight's life has changed completely. Having walked down the aisle, how will this new Bruce Wayne view himself? What is to become of Batman now?
Intergalactic highway, Paul A. Knights.
"Thirty four original sci-fi short stories that will take you on exciting and startling adventures. Meet robots, aliens and weird creatures. Enjoy a Venusian donut and coffee. Travel to distant stars and galaxies. Run from a Pantherodonocus. Play Skuldig with an Olagi. Fight space pirates. Save the Earth and discover the secret of the Elradi!" -- Back cover.
Yona of the dawn. 15, story & art by Mizuho Kusanagi; [English adaptation, Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane; translation, JN Productions].
A drug known as "nadai" has spread throughout the Water Tribe territory, so Yona and Riri, the daughter of the Water Tribe chief, are determined to end this drug crisis. However, their task is an uphill battle, and they couldn't have imagined the dangers that await them!
Batgirl. Vol. 4, Strange loop, Hope Larson [and four others], writers; Sami Basri [and nine others], artists; Mat Lopes [andfour others], colorists; Deron Bennett, letterer.
It's the holiday season in Burnside, and everyone is getting into the spirit, including Harley Quinn and the Penguin! After the maid of mischief infects Barbara Gordon's company party with a killer virus, Batgirl must embark on a wild-goose chase around the city to find a cure. Meanwhile, a massive blizzard hits Gotham City without warning, and Batgirl must brave the bitter cold to discover the truth behind the storm. When the storm finally clears, Batgirl begins a thorough investigation into a string of attacks targeted toward women in Burnside. But she's not the only one searching. Can a father-daughter duo put their differences aside long enough to crack the case?
Girls on the line, Jennie Liu.
A powerful, dual-narrative coming-of-age story set in 2009 China. Luli has just turned sixteen and finally aged out of the orphanage where she's spent the last eight years. Her friend Yun has promised to help her get work. Yun loves the independence that her factory job brings her. For the first time in her life she has her own money and can get the things she wants: nice clothes, a cell phone, and Yong, her new boyfriend. There are rumours about Yong, though. Some people say he's a bride trafficker: romancing young women only to kidnap them and sell them off to bachelors in the countryside. Yun doesn't believe it. But then she discovers she's pregnant the same day she gets fired from her job. If she can't scrape together enough money to terminate the pregnancy, she'll face a huge fine for having an unauthorized child. Luli wants to help her friend, but she's worried about what Yong might do, especially when Yun disappears.
Wildcard, Marie Lu.
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn't just a game; it's a way of life. And teenage hacker Emika Chen has found herself caught up in a conflict that could change the world. Warcross creator, Hideo Tanaka, wants to use to the game to control peoples' thoughts and feelings, effectively ending free will; Zero, a mysterious (and dangerous) hacker, wants to stop him. Now Emika must decide who she will fight for. The game is on.
Unconventional warfare, Chris Lynch.
Danny Manion has been fighting his entire life. Sometimes with his fists. Sometimes with his words. But when his actions finally land him in real trouble, he can't fight the judge who offers him a choice: jail or the army. Turns out there's a perfect place for him in the US military: the Studies and Observation Group (SOG), an elite volunteer-only task force comprised of US Air Force Commandos, Army Green Berets, Navy Seals, and even a CIA agent or two. With the SOG's focus on covert action and psychological warfare, Danny is guaranteed an unusual tour of duty, and a hugely dangerous one. Fortunately, the very same qualities that got him in trouble at home make him a natural-born commando in a secret war. Even if almost nobody knows he's there.
Dagger and coin, Kathy MacMillan.
Soraya Gamo was meant to be queen of Qilara, until an Arnath slave rebellion upended the social order and destroyed the capital city. Now, improbably, she sits on the new ruling council and must work with her former enemies. She finally holds the political power she always wanted, but over a nation in ruins. As she helps to rebuild Qilara, she can, at last, use what everyone once told her to hide: her brain. But not everyone is ready to accept that the Arnathim are no longer enslaved to the Qilarites. So when a slave ship arrives in the city, full of Arnathim captured before Qilara fell, the civil unrest that has been bubbling since the rebellion erupts. Forced to confront her own prejudices, Soraya struggles to gain the trust of the Arnath people she once disregarded and establish peace in what has become chaos. With the threat of attacks high, Gelti, a former guard captain, trains Soraya in self-defense. As the two grow close, tension within the city ramps up, with danger, betrayal, and deception meeting Soraya everywhere she turns. Friends become foes, adversaries become companions, and the clashing of classes threatens to unravel all the good Soraya has been trying to do. Can Soraya, raised to be a submissive Qilarite lady, learn to be a true leader? Or will the sins of her past forever haunt the footsteps of her future?
Mushoku tensei: jobless reincarnation. 8, art by Yuka Fujikawa; story by Rifujin Na Magonote; original character design by Shirotaka; [translation, Jill Morita; adaptation, Cae Hawksmoor].
The picture of grace, beloved of her people, Princess Ariel is nonetheless last in line for her throne and caught in a deadly contest for the crown. There is but one person she can rely on: Her mysterious guardsman, Fitz, who hides a secret history!
Fairy tail. 14, Hiro Mashima; translated and adapted by William Flanagan; lettered by North Market Street Graphics.
Laxus wants Fairy Tail for himself, and he's set his three powerful allies against the entire guild! But when the attacks of Laxus's right-hand man become sadistic, the guild's angel, Mirajane, is forced to reveal the frightening satanic power she's been hiding for so long!
My monster secret: actually I am. 14, story and art by Eiji Masuda; [translation, Alethea and Athena Nibley; adapation, Rebecca Scoble].
Seeking the truth about Asahi's marriage, Mikan chases after Yuka; right into the future! Meanwhile, Saki takes a different approach to reclaiming her family's honor. Nympho powers aren't the only way to seduce the gentlemen, after all, and Saki's got a secret recipe: curry!
Molten heart, Una McCormack.
Deep below the surface of the planet Adamantine lies a crystalline wonder world of lava seas and volcanic islands, home to living rock-people. But when the Doctor and her friends arrive on Adamantine they find it under threat. The seas are shrinking, the magma is cooling, and mysterious, fatal seething pools are spreading fast. Something has come to Adamantine; but what does it want? Fearing an invasion is underway, the Doctor must lead an expedition to the surface of the world to save its molten heart.
The girl with the broken heart, Lurlene McDaniel.
Kenzie Caine is enrolled at Vanderbilt University, with the goal of becoming a veterinarian. When she lands a summer job caring for and helping to rehabilitate abused horses at the Bellmeade Estate stables, she is over-the-moon happy. One place she does not want to be is at home with her parents. Since the tragic death of Kenzie's younger sister, her mother has unraveled and her father has lost Kenzie's trust. At the stables, Kenzie is in her element. But a serious heart condition limits her ability to complete the more physical aspects of the job, so her employers have tasked the charming Austin Boyd with helping her. But Austin has secrets. And as Kenzie and Austin become closer, those secrets threaten to harm their relationship, as well as reveal other startling truths.
Catch me when you fall, Eileen Merriman.
A moving novel about learning to find happiness in the face of uncertainty and discovering a love that transcends the boundary between life and death. Seventeen-year- old Alex Byrd is about to have the worst day of her life, and the best. A routine blood test that will reveal her leukaemia has returned, but she also meets Jamie Orange. Some people believe in love at first sight, and some don't. I believe in love in four days. I believe in falling. Both teenagers have big dreams, but also big obstacles to overcome. 'Promise me you won't try to die,' I said. 'Ever.' 'Promise me you won't either,' he countered. 'It's not really something I can control.'
Pieces of you, Eileen Merriman.
Fifteen-year-old Rebecca McQuilten moves with her parents to a new city. Lonely but trying to fit in, she goes to a party, but that's when things really fall apart. Things look up when she meets gregarious sixteen-year-old Cory Marshall. 'You're funny, Becs,' Cory said. 'You have no idea,' I said, and clearly he didn't, but I was smiling anyway. And after that, he was all I could think about. Cory helps Rebecca believe in herself and piece her life together; but that's before he shatters it all over again.
Echo north, Joanna Ruth Meyer.
Echo Alkaev's safe and carefully structured world falls apart when her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf; the same creature who attacked her as a child. The wolf presents Echo with an ultimatum: if she lives with him for one year, he will ensure her father makes it home safely. But there is more to the wolf than Echo realizes. In his enchanted house beneath a mountain, each room must be sewn together to keep the home from unraveling, and something new and dark and strange lies behind every door. When centuries-old secrets unfold, Echo discovers a magical library full of books-turned-mirrors, and a young man named Hal who is trapped inside of them. As the year ticks by, the rooms begin to disappear and Echo must solve the mystery of the wolf's enchantment before her time is up otherwise Echo, the wolf, and Hal will be lost forever.
Ultimate X-Men. [Vol. 5], Ultimate war, story, Mark Millar; pencils, Chris Bachalo.
Dumplin', Julie Murphy.
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed "Dumplin'" by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked until Will takes a job at Harpy's, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn't surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant along with several other unlikely candidates to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she'll shock the hell out of Clover City and maybe herself most of all.
Whisper, Lynette Noni.
For two and a half years, Subject 684; "Jane Doe", has been locked underground in a secret government facility, enduring tests and torture. In that time, she hasn't uttered a single word. Not even her real name. Jane chooses to remain silent rather than risk losing control over the power within her. She alone knows what havoc her words can cause. Then the authorities put her in the care of the mysterious Landon Ward, and Jane is surprised when he treats her like a person rather than a prisoner. Ward's protective nature causes her resolve to crack in spite of her best efforts to resist. Just as Jane begins to trust him, though, a freak accident reveals the dangerous power she has concealed for years. It also reveals that the government has been keeping secrets of its own. Now Jane's ability is at the heart of a sinister plot for vengeance, and she has to decide whom she will trust, and whom she will help.
The unbeatable Squirrel Girl. [9], Squirrels fall like dominoes, Ryan North, writer; Derek Charm [and Madeline McGrane], artist; Rico Renzi, color artist; VC's Travis Lanham.
Doreen Green and her friend Nancy Whitehead have had a great idea: get some friends together and play an escape room! That's one of those real-life games where you get locked in a room and have an hour to escape before you die! Except you don't really. I mean, it's not like if you die in the game you die in real life, ha ha. But when Squirrel Girl and Nancy gather Koi Boi, Chipmunk Hunk, Brain Drain and Kraven the Hunter inside and lock the door, it turns out that this escape room is actually lethal after all! Can Doreen and company escape? Find out, why don't you?! It's everything you crave from a Squirrel Girl book: friendship, adventure and a room full of death traps!
One piece. Vol. 88, Lion, story and art by Eiichiro Oda; [translation, Stephen Paul].
Luffy continues his clash with General Katakuri, one of the toughest enemies he's ever faced. What can Luffy do against a foe who dodges his every move? Meanwhile, the other Straw Hats are on the verge of total destruction as an angry Big Mom bears down on them!
Doctor Who. The road to the Thirteenth Doctor. [1], [writers, James Peaty, Jody Houser; artists, Iolanda Zanfardino [and three others]; colorists, Dijjo Lima, Enrica Eren Angiolini; letterers, Richard Starkings and Comicraft's Jimmy Betancourt].
Join the road to the Thirteenth Doctor with this essential comics collection, featuring three standalone tales of the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors, and a tantalising prologue to the Thirteenth Doctor's All New Comics Adventures! The Tenth Doctor, Gabby, and Cindy have their work cut out for them when they encounter a lost spaceship whose crew is being absorbed by mysterious, ghostly creatures! But everything is not as it seems, especially when disturbing facts about the crew come to light! The Eleventh Doctor and Alice visit 19th Century San Francisco, but there's just one problem; it's full of robots! Do the automata come in peace, or does their displacement in time signal something sinister? The Twelfth Doctor and Bill find London's Piccadilly Circus transformed into an empty wasteland of pteradactyls! And on the Road to the Thirteenth Doctor, written and drawn by the creative team of the all-new ongoing Thirteenth Doctor series, meet a brand new character who has been drawn to incarnations of the Doctor all throughout history; but will they be friend or foe?!
Legacy of light, Sarah Raughley.
After Saul's strike on Oslo; one seemingly led by Maia herself, the Effigies' reputation is in shambles. Now they're being hunted by nations across the globe, grouped in with the very terrorists they've been trying to stop. With Maia's resurrected twin, June, carrying out vicious attacks across the world, everyone believes Maia is a killer. Belle has gone rogue, Chae Rin and Lake have disappeared, and the Sect is being dismantled and replaced by a terrifying new world order helmed by Blackwell. As for Saul, his ultimate plan still remains a mystery. And Maia? No one has seen or heard from her in weeks. It's all somehow connected; Saul, Phantoms, the Effigies, everything. But if the Effigies can't put the pieces together soon, there may not be much left of the world they've fought so desperately to save.
Words we don't say, K.J. Reilly.
Ever since the thing that happened, there are certain people Joel Higgins hasn't been able to talk to in person. Sure, he shows up at school, does his mandatory volunteer hours at the soup kitchen, and spends pretty much every moment thinking about Eli, the most amazing girl in the world. But that doesn't mean he's keeping it together, or even that he has any friends. He's drafted 901 text messages but never presses send. But as Joel spends more time with Eli and Benj, he forms bonds with the people they serve at the soup kitchen and begins to understand that the world is bigger than his own pain.
Allegiant, Veronica Roth.
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she's known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. But Tris's new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature and of herself while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.
Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell.
Meet Eleanor. She's just moved to a new town, is struggling to make friends and is finding it even harder living under the same roof as her dysfunctional family. When she first meets Park, she thinks he's obnoxious. Meet Park. He's liked by everyone but has never felt liked he fitted in. He loves his family but feels like they don't understand him. When he first meets Eleanor, he thinks she's weird. It is hate at first sight. But as they suffer each other's company in silence on the bus rides from and to home every day, Eleanor and Park realise that first impressions can be deceiving' From the author of Attachments comes a poignant and unforgettable tale of two misfits finding love in the unlikeliest of places.
Runaways. [2], Best friends forever, writer, Rainbow Rowell; penciler, Kris Anka; inkers, Kris Anka with Craig Yeung; color artists, Matthew Wilson & Tríona Farrell; letterer, VC's Joe Caramagna.
The Runaways are a family again! But a family needs a guardian. The only Runaway who's got her life together is in middle school, and even for a kid like Molly who likes her classes, that can be fraught with peril. Meanwhile, the Runaways welcome a new arrival, a Runaway's celebrity past catches up with her, time-travel experiments go awry, and you won't believe what happens to Victor.
The demon prince of Momochi House. [13], story and art by Aya Shouoto; [translation, JN Productions].
Aoi's and Himari's shikigami restraint rings release after Aoi reveals his true feelings for her. Kasha appears and shoots Himari, and she sees her own corpse. Can Aoi save Himari if she's already dead?
Dry, Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman.
Scythe, Neal Shusterman.
In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ('gleaned') by professional reapers ('scythes'). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe--a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn't
Thunderhead, Neal Shusterman.
The Thunderhead cannot interfere in the affairs of the Scythedom. All it can do is observe—it does not like what it sees. A year has passed since Rowan had gone off grid. Since then, he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt Scythes in a trial by fire. His story is told in whispers across the continent. As Scythe Anastasia, Citra gleans with compassion and openly challenges the ideals of the "new order." But when her life is threatened and her methods questioned, it becomes clear that not everyone is open to the change. Will the Thunderhead intervene? Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?
All wrapped up, Holly Smale.
Harriet Manners knows a lot about Christmas. She knows that every year Santa climbs down 91.8 million chimneys. She knows that Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was almost definitely a girl. She knows that the first artificial Christmas trees were made out of goose feathers. But this Christmas is extra special for Harriet, because four days ago she had her First Ever Kiss. Now she just needs to work out what's supposed to happen next.
Hearts unbroken, Cynthia Leitich Smith.
When Louise Wolfe's boyfriend mocks and disrespects Native people in front of her, she breaks things off and dumps him over e-mail. She'd rather spend her senior year with her family and friends and working on the school newspaper. The editors pair her up with Joey Kairouz, an ambitious new photojournalist, and in no time the paper's staff find themselves with a major story to cover: the school musical director's inclusive approach to casting The Wizard of Oz has been provoking backlash in their mostly white, middle-class Kansas town. As tensions mount at school, so does a romance between Lou and Joey. But 'dating while Native' can be difficult. In trying to protect her own heart, will Lou break Joey's?
Beneath the citadel, Destiny Soria.
In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade. In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt. Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her, and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city, or themselves.
Star Wars. Poe Dameron. [5], The spark and the fire, [Charles Soule, Jody Houser, writers; Angel Unzueta, Andrea Broccardo, artists; Arif Prianto, Rachelle Rosenberg, Stefani Renee, color artists; VC's Joe Caramagna, letterer].
Lor San Tekka has been found! Now Poe Dameron is off to recover the missing link to legendary Jedi master Luke Skywalker's whereabouts. But his plan goes astray when the First Order intervenes on Jakku. Meanwhile, the rest of Black Squadron takes off on their most daring mission yet! Follow everyone's favorite Resistance crew as Poe Dameron tells Rey and Finn all about his unseen adventures during the events of Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens.
Four three two one, Courtney Stevens.
Golden "Go" Jennings and her boyfriend Chandler weren't supposed to be on Bus 21 the day it blew up in New York City. Also there was Rudy, a cute stranger Go shared a connection with the night before. And Caroline, a girl whose silence ended up costing nineteen people their lives. A year after the bombing, Go makes an impulsive decision: round up the rest of the survivors and head to New York City. There they will board an art installation made of the charred remnants of Bus 21 and hopefully reach some sort of resolution. Their reunion stirs up conflicting feelings of anger and forgiveness. Although they all survived, they may still need saving.
Black clover. 13, The royal knights selection test, Y?ki Tabata; [translation, Taylor Engel, HC Language Solutions, Inc.].
In order to form a new powerful team to take down the nefarious Eye of the Midnight Sun, the Clover Kingdom commences the Royal Knights exam. But mages will need to compete as teams and Asta's been assigned a teammate who seems impossible to work with!
No matter how I look at it, it's you guys' fault I'm not popular! 1, presented by Nico Tanigawa; [translation/adaptation, Krista Shipley, Karie Shipley].
Tomoko Kuroki naturally assumed she'd be popular when she got to high school but then cold, hard reality swooped in for the attack! Turns out all the popularity points she'd racked up in her video game dating sims are worth squat in real life, and Tomoko's far from prepared to navigate high school! How can she possibly hope to impress her classmates when she can't even talk to them?! A new high-school heroine is born (maybe?)!
No matter how I look at it, it's you guys' fault I'm not popular! 10, presented by Nico Tanigawa; [translation/adaptation, Krista Shipley, Karie Shipley].
Tomoko's caught in a love triangle and she doesn't even know it yet! First-year Akari is head-over-heels for Tomoko's kid brother, Tomoki. But thanks to Komi's meddling, Akari thinks she and Tomoko are rivals in love! When the three girls finally get together, the confrontation quickly devolves into a heated debate about dcks!
No matter how I look at it, it's you guys' fault I'm not popular! 11, presented by Nico Tanigawa; [translation/adaptation, Krista Shipley, Karie Shipley].
As the third term of her second year in high school gets into full swing, Tomoko finds conversations blooming all around her! The days of awkward interactions with her classmates seem no more than a distant memory. Have the kids at school matured? Perhaps it's Tomoko who's changed? Or maybe the joke's on Tomoko?!
No matter how I look at it, it's you guys' fault I'm not popular! 12, presented by Nico Tanigawa; [translation/adaptation, Krista Shipley, Karie Shipley].
As the third term of her second year in high school rolls around, Tomoko's looking like she just might be about to graduate from loserdom! With all the time she's been spending with the girls from the field trip, are her days as a loner numbered?!
No matter how I look at it, it's you guys' fault I'm not popular! 2, presented by Nico Tanigawa; [translation/adaptation, Krista Shipley, Karie Shipley].
Despite having made it to high school, her long-awaited promised land, poor Tomoko Kuroki continues to strike out with her peers and remains utterly, wretchedly unpopular. And before she knows it, the first school term is nearly at its end! Can Mokocchi manage to make at least some happy memories over the break? Plunge into one girl's summer of agony!
No matter how I look at it, it's you guys' fault I'm not popular! 3, presented by Nico Tanigawa; [translation/adaptation, Krista Shipley, Karie Shipley].
As her second term of high school begins, a sudden seat change knocks Tomoko for a loop! And after surviving that trauma, how will she face the looming "Cultural Festival"?! Tomoko's smack-dab in the way of an oncoming term loaded with terrifying events!! Will she make it through unscathed?!
No matter how I look at it, it's you guys' fault I'm not popular! 4, presented by Nico Tanigawa; [translation/adaptation, Krista Shipley, Karie Shipley].
As the second term of high school winds down, Tomoko Kuroki's life continues to be full of awesome nothing. But ever the optimist, she pins her hopes on the possibilities that winter break will bring. Unfortunately, there's a cold breeze blowing in more ways than one, and Tomoko's in for a disappointment. Is she doomed to spend her theoretically monumental first year as an HSG without any friends at all?!
No matter how I look at it, it's you guys' fault I'm not popular! 5, presented by Nico Tanigawa; [translation/adaptation, Krista Shipley, Karie Shipley].
After an unforgiving and grueling introduction to high school, Tomoko's now finally a second-year. One with a tough, sports-crazed homeroom teacher, a somewhat friendly classmate, and a kid brother now stalking the halls of the same school with an even colder attitude toward his big sister. With all these things shaking up her high school life, will Tomoko be able to stick it out through her second year?!
No matter how I look at it, it's you guys' fault I'm not popular! 6, presented by Nico Tanigawa; [translation/adaptation, Krista Shipley, Karie Shipley].
A face from Tomoko's past shows up at her high school but Tomoko can't remember her middle school classmate Komiyama for the life of her! As if that's not bad enough, Komiyama holds a serious grudge against Tomoko, and there's no way she's gonna just let it go. On the grand stage of high school, these two lonely hearts wage war on each other!
No matter how I look at it, it's you guys' fault I'm not popular! 7, presented by Nico Tanigawa; [translation/adaptation: Krista Shipley, Karie Shipley].
Tomoko plunges into her second summer vacation as a high school student. Though determined to do absolutely nothing to the best of her ability, she ends up getting dragged into a school event in the early days of her break. Later, Tomoko sees Kii-chan again for the first time in months. Can Tomoko triumph in a covert battle of wills against her little cousin?
No matter how I look at it, it's you guys' fault I'm not popular! 8, presented by Nico Tanigawa; [translation/adaptation: Krista Shipley, Karie Shipley].
Now in her second year and second term of high school, Tomoko comes face-to-face with a new nightmare; the class trip! The first obstacle that awaits her is the dreaded "picking of groups," where an unexpected pitfall lurks. Then comes departure! Stuck with classmates she detests, will Tomoko be able to survive this fresh hell?!
No matter how I look at it, it's you guys' fault I'm not popular! 9, Nico Tanigawa; [translation/adaptation, Krista Shipley, Karie Shipley].
As the dreaded class trip comes to an end, it leaves an unexpected boon in its wake-Tomoko has gotten juuust a bit more capable of conversing with her classmates! But never fear! The trials of an antisocial butterfly are unending, and Tomoko now has a new hurdle to tackle: the sports festival! Forced to take part in events that require actually talking to people, her newfound social skills are put to the test, but youthful enthusiasm and passion are the farthest things from Tomoko's mind.
Splendor and spark, Mary Taranta.
Faris has been forced to give up the man she loves for a dangerous but necessary alliance. Her loyalty is bound by a powerful spell to his future bride, the villainous Bryn. And her mother's powerful spell that could be the key to saving Avinea fights with poisoned magic for control of her heart. None of that matters though because everything Faris has done has been for Cadence, the little sister she's been trying to rescue from the king's slavery. Now they're finally reunited, but Cadence has a gut-wrenching confession: she remembers everything from while she was under the king's enchantment. She wants nothing to do with Faris. Heartbroken, Faris focuses on tracking Merlock, the king who must be killed to stop The Burn, by manipulating her mother's spell through her dreams. Before long though, Faris realizes these aren't normal dreams, they might just be real, and they may show her a way to kill Merlock herself. But there are things darker than poison that lie in The Burn, and not even the spell deep in Faris's chest can stop them. Faris will again be faced with impossible choices. Does she risk everything to save Avinea, even if she might lose North and further betray her sister's trust? Or does she succumb to the poison inside that begs her to think this time, finally, of herself?
Made in abyss. 1, story & art Akihito Tsukushi; [translation, Beni Axia Conrad; adaptation, Jake Jung].
In an age when the corners of the world have been scoured for their secrets, only one place remains unexplored-a massive cave system known as the Abyss, filled with monstrous creatures and lost relics. Those who delve into its depths are known as Cave Raiders. A young orphan named Riko dreams of following in her mother's footsteps as a Cave Raider, and when she meets a strange robot while exploring the Abyss, she is one perilous step closer to achieving her goal!
Made in abyss. 2, story & art Akihito Tsukushi; [translation, Beni Axia Conrad; adaptation, Jake Jung].
Reg and Riko's descent to the bottom of the netherworld has begun! With a perilous journey ahead and their pursuers from the surface not far behind, the trek is already testing the limits of their strength. Will their quest end before it's barely even started?
Made in abyss. 3, story & art Akihito Tsukushi; [translation, Beni Axia Conrad; adaptation, Jake Jung].
Riko and Reg have left the Seeker Camp and ventured further into the Abyss! The mysteries and peril that await them are the stuff of nightmares-but these nightmares are ruthless, deadly and very real. Do they have the courage and strength to survive as they descend into the deeper layers?
Made in abyss. 4, story & art Akihito Tsukushi; [translation, Beni Axia Conrad; adaptation, Jake Jung].
Riko is finally on her feet again after her near-death brush with the orb-piercer. But the threat of death is always close in the Abyss. The Garden of the Flowers of Fortitude isn't far off, and its splendor hides a perilous secret
The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner.
Forsaken by the gods and left to his own devices, Eugenides, Royal Thief of Eddis, summons all his wit and wiles in an attempt to conquer the rival Queen of Attolia. When his small mountains country goes to war with the powerful nation of Attolia, Eugenides the thief is faced with his greatest challenge. He must steal a man, he must steal a queen, and he must steal peace. But his greatest triumph-as well as his greatest loss-can only come if he succeeds in capturing something the Queen of Attolia may have sacrificed long ago.
Sleepless. Volume 1, Sarah Vaughn, writer; Leila del Duca, artist; Alissa Sallah, editor & colors; Deron Bennett, letters; Gabe Fischer, color flats; Shanna Natuszak, production.
Lady "Poppy" Pyppenia is guarded by the Sleepless Knight Cyrenic but becomes endangered when an assassin threatens her life in the new king's reign. As Poppy and Cyrenic try to discover who wants her dead, they must navigate the dangerous waters of life at court and of their growing feelings for one another.
Lumberjanes. [10], Parents' Day!, written by Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh; illustrated by Ayme Sotuyo; colors by Maarta Laiho; letters by Aubrey Aiese.
Yetis, greek gods, and grootslangs are old news to the Roanoke cabin but now the Lumberjanes face their most harrowing experience yet: Parents' Day! The Lumberjanes must try to keep their parents away from the supernatural, even as a mysterious force tries to intervene.
Archival quality, written by Ivy Noelle Weir; illustrated and colored by Steenz; lettered by Joamette Gil; flatting assistance by Deb Groves; designed by Kate Z. Stone; edited by Robin Herrera.
The Logan Museum is a mysterious old building practically covered in skulls, and also the new workplace of Celeste "Cel" Walden, a librarian who was let go from her previous job after a mental breakdown. But Cel is desperate to feel useful, and Abayomi Abiola, the Logan Museum's chief curator, is desperate to hire an archivist. Cel soon realizes the job is unlike any other she's had. There's an apartment onsite she's required to live in, she only works in the middle of the night, and she definitely gets the impression that there's more to the museum than Abayomi and her new boss, Holly Park, are letting on. And then strange things start happening. Odd noises. Objects moving. Vivid, terrifying dreams of a young woman Cel's never met, but feels strangely drawn to. A woman who for some reason needs Cel's help. As Cel attempts to learn more about the woman, she begins losing time, misplacing things, passing out; there's no denying the job is becoming dangerous, but she can't let go of the woman in her dreams. Who is she? Why is she so fixated on Cel? And does Cel have the power to save her when she's still trying to save herself?
Slayer, Kiersten White.
Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, grew up at the Watcher's Academy, where teens are trained as guides for Slayers; girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. While their mother is a prominent member of the Watcher's Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic. Until her life changes, and now Nina is not only the newest Chosen One; she's the last Slayer, ever. Period. She's honing her skills on a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina's dreams, and then the bodies start turning up.
Paper avalanche, Lisa Williamson.
When it comes to flying under the radar, Ro Snow is the expert. No friends. No boys. No parties. And strictly no visitors. It may be lonely but at least this way the truth remains where it should; hidden. Then Tanvi Shah, the girl who almost died, comes tumbling back into her life and Ro finds herself losing control of her carefully constructed lies. Because if Ro's walls come crumbling down, who's going to take care of Bonnie. Bonnie. Never Mum or Mummy or Mother. Just Bonnie.
The girl king, Mimi Yu.
Sisters Lu and Min have always known their places as the princesses of the Empire of the First Flame: assertive Lu will be named her father's heir and become the dynasty's first female ruler, while timid Min will lead a quiet life in Lu's shadow. Until their father names their male cousin Set his heir instead, sending ripples through the realm and throwing both girls' lives into utter chaos. Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu has no choice but to go on the run, leaving Min to face the volatile court alone. Lu soon crosses paths with Nokhai, the lone, unlikely survivor of the Ashina, a clan of nomadic wolf shapeshifters. Nok never learned to shift, or to trust the empire that killed his family, but working with the princess might be the only way to unlock his true power. As Lu and Nok form a shaky alliance, Min's own hidden power awakens, a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set's reign or allow her to claim the throne herself. But there can only be one emperor, and the sisters' greatest enemy could very well turn out to be each other. This sweeping fantasy set against a world of buried ancient magic and political intrigue weaves an unforgettable story of ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice.

Non-Fiction

(Don't) call me crazy: 33 voices start the conversation about mental health, Kelly Jensen.
What does it mean to be crazy? Is using the word crazy offensive? What happens when a label like that gets attached to your everyday experiences? To understand mental health, we need to talk openly about it. Because there's no single definition of crazy, there's no single experience that embodies it, and the word itself means different things; wild? extreme? disturbed? passionate?, to different people. In (Don't) Call Me Crazy, thirty-three actors, athletes, writers, and artists offer essays, lists, comics, and illustrations that explore a wide range of topics. If you've ever struggled with your mental health, or know someone who has, come on in, turn the pages and let's get talking.
Dear heartbreak: YA authors and teens on the dark side of love, Heather Demetrios.
In this powerful collection, well-known YA authors answer real letters from teens all over the world about the dark side of love: cheating, betrayals, break-ups, dating violence, and loneliness. This book contains a raw, no-holds-barred outpouring of the wisdom these authors have culled from mining their own hearts for the fiction they write. Their responses are autobiographical, unflinching, and filled with love and hope for the anonymous teen letter writers.
A quick & easy guide to they/them pronouns, Archie Bongiovanni & Tristan Jimerson.
Archie, a snarky genderqueer artist, is tired of people not understanding gender-neutral pronouns. Tristan, a cisgender dude, is looking for an easy way to introduce gender-neutral pronouns to his increasingly diverse workplace. The longtime best friends team up in this short and fun comic guide that explains what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use them. They also include what to do if you make a mistake, and some tips-and- tricks for those who identify outside of the binary to keep themselves safe in this binary-centric world.
The unwanted: stories of the Syrian refugees, written and illustrated by Don Brown.
Starting in 2011, refugees flood out of war-torn Syria in Exodus-like proportions. The surprising flood of victims overwhelms neighbouring countries, and chaos follows. Resentment in host nations heightens as disruption and the cost of aid grows. By 2017, many want to turn their backs on the victims. The refugees are the unwanted. Don Brown depicts moments of both heartbreaking horror and hope in the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. Shining a light on the stories of the survivors, The Unwanted is a testament to the courage and resilience of the refugees and a call to action for all those who read.
Social media and mental health: handbook for teens, Claire Edwards.
What's on your mind? This illustrated teen's guide to surviving social media will offer handy tips on what platforms are out there, outline how and why social media can affect your mental health, and give you tips on how to keep yourself safe online. In an illustrated, easy-to-read format, this book will help you use social media in a fun way without hurting you or your mental health.
Be a changemaker: how to start something that matters, Laurie Ann Thompson.
Empower yourself in today's highly connected, socially conscious world as you learn how to wield your passions, digital tools, and the principles of social entrepreneurship to affect real change in your schools, communities, and beyond. Contains profiles of successful projects, step-by-step guides to applied changemaking, and a variety of resources.