Wolves Will Be Wolves

Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham, Craig Hamilton, Jim Fern, Ray Snyder, and Mark Farmer

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Familiar to comics readers and especially to prior fans of the Fables series, the art is crisp, expressive, and pretty.

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At long last! The long-awaited original FABLES: WEREWOLVES OF THE HEARTLAND graphic novel is here!

Bigby Wolf embarks on a quest through the American Heartland to find a new location for Fabletown, a secret society of exiled fairy tale characters living among the “mundys.” In his wanderings, Bigby stumbles across Story City, a small town that seems to be occupied solely by werewolves. Oddly enough, they seem to already know and revere Bigby, but at the same time they’ve captured and caged him.

FABLES: WEREWOLVES OF THE HEARTLAND tells an epic tale that began well before Bigby Wolf set foot in the bucolic plains of the Midwest. It began long ago when he served in World War II and became mired in a Nazi experiment that would change nations. It’s soon evident that murder in Story City is the least of their sins, and unraveling the town’s many mysteries may cost Bigby, the seventh son of the North Wind, much more than his own life.

This new hardcover is a must-have for any longtime FABLES fan, as well as a great entry point for new readers.

Alice’s Pretty, Pretty Adventures!

The Wonderland Alphabet: Alice’s Adventures Through the ABCs and What She Found There by Alethea Kontis and Janet K. Lee

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Cute! I wanted to see inside.

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Eisner Award-Winning artist Janet K. Lee (Return of the Dapper Men,Jane Austen’s Emma) brings her incredible visual flair to the alphabet by way of Lewis Carroll in this 26-letter celebration of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Packaged as a gorgeous oversized poster board book, The Wonderland Alphabet is a surprising new look at one of the most beloved literary classics of all time. Continue reading

Way Cooler Than Nancy Drew

The Girl is Trouble by Kathryn Miller Haines

First Look:

Love it.  Not only is (pretty much) her whole face showing, she’s the same model from the first volume, and the look and feel of the photo is perfectly 1940s noir, which is exactly what the book is!

*Beyond this point be SPOILERS for the first volume of the series* Continue reading

New-School Superheroes FTW!

Hero by Perry Moore

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Gets the message across.  Still hate the headless person thing.

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The last thing in the world Thom Creed wants is to add to his dad, Hal’s, pain, so he keeps secrets. Like that he has special powers. And that he’s been asked to join the League–the very organization of superheroes that spurned his father. The most painful secret of all is one Thom can barely face himself: he’s gay.

But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world for Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, who can control fire but not her anger; Typhoid Larry, who can make anyone sick with his touch; and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide, but they will have to learn to trust one another when they uncover a deadly conspiracy within the League.

To survive, Thom will face challenges he never imagine. To find happiness, he’ll have to come to terms with his father’s past and discover the kind of hero he really wants to be.

Note: In addition, my copy had blurbs from such awesome icons as Lloyd Alexander, Maurice Sendak, and Stan Lee.  Though I liked the summary, the blurbs definitely moved it up my TBR list. Continue reading

Eva in WondLaLand

The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi

First Look:

It definitely looks like the middle-grade novel that it is.  DiTerlizzi’s art is beautiful and creative.  The creatures he has made are unique; whenever one was described in the text, I found myself paging to the next illustration to see its image.

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When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary that Eva Nine was raised in by the robot Muthr, the twelve-year-year-old girl is forced to flee aboveground. Eva Nine is searching for anyone else like her: She knows that other humans exist because of an item she treasures—a scrap of cardboard on which is depicted a young girl, an adult, and a robot, with the strange word, “WondLa.”

Breathtaking two-color illustrations throughout display another dimension of the tale, and readers with webcams can also view Augmented Reality that reveals additional information about Eva Nine’s world….[Clipped because I think there’s a minor spoiler, and there is nothing I hate worse than jacket spoilers.] Continue reading

Moongazing…Whatever That Means

Alternity by Mari Mancusi

First Look:

Um…at least she’s not wearing a fancy dress?  It does show some plot elements, so that’s nice, but it’s also pretty cheesy and screams YA, if you’re an adult who’s sensitive about that.

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Imagine waking up in a post-apocalyptic, nightmare world–and being told your whole life is but a dream. Skye Brown thought she was your typical teen–good grades, hot boyfriend, and an afterschool job that pays her to play videogames. But then she started having the dreams.

In her dreams, there is no Earth. Only Terra, a bleak, underground wasteland where people live in squalor and oppression. In her dreams, there is no Skye–only Mariah, a rebel leader fighting against a vile, dystopian regime. And then there’s Dawn, a handsome, but haunted solider who sees her as but an empty shell of the girl he once love–a betrayer he vows to hate forever, despite what she sees deep in his eyes.

Now, ripped between Dark Siders and club kids, the mundane and the mystic, Skye finds herself in a fight against time–to learn who she really is, where she belongs..and why. The shocking truth will have her questioning her own reality…and her heart. Continue reading