New Graphic Novels for December
I kill giants (GN/I) -- Barbara is an angry elementary-school girl who is known as a freak and claims to be a killer of giants. She faces bullies and storms with no fear, but cannot face what she hides from at home.
Locke & Key. Vol. 5, Clockworks (GN/L) -- The sprawling tale of the Locke family and their mastery of the 'whispering steel' thunders to new heights as the true history of the family is revealed to Tyler and Kinsey. Zack Wells assumes a new form, Tyler and Kinsey travel through time, and surprises beyond imagination will be revealed before the sixth issue ends!
Bleach. Vol. 42-51 (GN/MANGA) -- The battle between the Soul Reaper captains and Aizen's Espadas continues with the fate of Karakura town hanging in the balance. And just as things take a turn for the worse, some surprising allies make their grand entrance.
Generation Hope : The end of a generation (GN/MARVEL) -- When Hope and company investigate an unaccounted-for mutant reading in Pakistan, they come across a full-grown mutant with no memory being used as a weapon. They see a mutant in trouble and help - not realizing they're rescuing one of the X-Men's deadliest foes! Plus Generation Hope clashes with a gang of mutant villains living on Utopia, and romance blossoms between Marvel's most unlikely couple! Then, as Zero reveals his true colors, a battle breaks out on Utopia as the lights rebel against their leader. What will be the final fate of Generation Hope?
Nightwing. Vol. 1, traps and trapezes (GN/DC) -- Dick Grayson, Batman's former ward, must now embrace his destiny alone as the high-flyer Nightwing. Haly's Circus, where Dick grew up and performed under the big top, returns to Gotham City, bringing with it murder, mystery and superhuman mayhem.
Homestuck (GN/H) -- Contains the complete first act of the webcomic HOMESTUCK as created by Andrew Hussie on the site MS Paint Adventures.
The red pyramid (GN/R) -- Brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane accidentally unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes the doctor to oblivion and forces his two children to embark on a dangerous journey, bringing them closer to the truth about their family and its links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharoahs.
Bakuman. Vol. 11-13 (GN/MANGA) -- With Hattori, their former editor, helping out again, Moritaka and Akito do everything they can to make their new series the best it can be. Moritaka works on the character designs while Akito tries to come up with the perfect names for the characters and the series itself. But when it debuts in Weekly Jump magazine, can it take the top spot?!
Ultimate comics. Spider-Man. Vol. 2 (GN/MARVEL) -- Given Nick Fury's reluctant approval -- and an actual Spider-Man costume by Spider-Woman -- the Ultimate Universe's new kid on the block is an insider now. But on top of all the responsibilities that come with his new powers, Miles Morales still struggles with all the problems of your typical teenager. And his father hates Spider-Man. Making matters worse, someone has figured out his secret -- someone with secrets of his own.
Demon knights. Vol. 1, Seven against the dark (GN/DC) -- Set in the Dark Ages of the DC Universe, a barbarian horde is massing to crush civilization. It's fallen to Madame Xanadu and Jason Blood, the man with a monster inside him, to stand in their way-though the demon Etrigan has no interest in protecting anyone or anything other than himself! It'll take more than their own power to stop an army fueled by bloodlust and dark sorcery, and some very surprising heroes-and villains-will have no choice but to join the fray!
Amulet. Book 5, Prince of the elves (GN/A) -- Emily survived the chaos of the Guardian Academy, but Max Griffin has stolen the Mother Stone. With it, the Elf King forges new amulets that will give him the power to invade and destroy the nation of Windsor. Emily and her friends lead the soldiers of the Cielis Guard in a fight to stop him, but Max stands in their way. And when she seeks information from the Voice of her Amulet, she discovers that the Voice is much more sinister than she ever could have imagined.
Morning glories. Vol. 3, P. E. (GN/M) -- One of the most prestigious prep schools in the country-- But behind its hallowed doors something sinister and deadly lurks. When six brilliant but troubled new students arrive they find themselves trapped and desperately seeking answers-- and escape from a place where nothing is what it seems to be. The critically acclaimed series continues with this collection of the third arc, 'P.E.'. The first days were just the beginning. When the faculty cancels classes and send the students on an outing in the nearby woods, all hell breaks loose-- sending the Glories on a mysterious journey through time and space.
Vampire knight. Vol. 14 (GN/MANGA) -- Cross Academy is attended by two groups of students. The day class and the night class. At. twilight, whet the students f the day class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the night class on their way to school.... The academy's dark secret: the night class is full of vampires! The Vampire Hunter Society has imprisoned Aido in order to interrogate him about Kaname's connection to Sara Shirabuki. Meanwhile, Yuki wants a fresh start with Kaname, but circumstances arise that may force them apart.
Secret Avengers. Vol. 4, The descendants (GN/MARVEL) -- Captain America and Hawkeye undertake a mission to the Red Light Nation, a country run by criminals for criminals!
Batgirl. Vol. 1, The darkest reflection (GN/DC) -- Mirror, the nightmare-inducing brute, is destroying the lives of Gotham City citizens seemingly at random. A new chapter in the riveting adventures of "Batgirl" continue in stunning fashion.
The city of Ember (GN/C) -- In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.
The underwater welder (GN/U) -- As an underwater welder on an oilrig off the coast of Nova Scotia, Jack Joseph is used to the immense pressures of deep-sea work. Nothing, however, could prepare him for the pressures of impending fatherhood. As Jack dives deeper and deeper, he seems to pull further and further away from his young wife and their unborn son. Then one night, deep in the icy solitude of the ocean floor, something unexplainable happens. Jack has a mysterious and supernatural encounter that will change the course of his life forever.
Afterschool charisma. Volume 6 (GN/MANGA) -- The year is 2xxx, and at St. Kleig Academy, a school for the clones of famous historical figure, Shiro Kamiya is the only non-clone. While Marie Curie, Mozart, Jon of Arc and the other clones struggle to live their lives in the shadows of their originals, someimes seeking solace in a little sheep totem called "The Almighty Dolly," Shiro grapples with how different he is from his classmates.
The Avengers : Marvel Masterworks. Volume 2 (GN/MARVEL) -- Comicdom's greatest assemblage of super heroes burst onto the scene in 1963 as Marvel Comics revolutionized the comic-adventure art form. Gathering together to face the evil Loki, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Ant-Man, the Wasp, and the Mighty Thor formed the improbable core of the ever-changing super-team. But it was three issues later when, from the ice of the northern Atlantic, Captain America returned from the frozen depths that the Avengers truly took form. Now, the epic story continues in Volume 2 with appearances by by Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Man, and more!
Justice League dark. Vol. 1, In the dark (GN/DC) -- The witch known as The Enchantress has gone mad, unleashing a wave of chaos that not even the combined powers of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg can stop. Shade the Changing Man, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Zatanna, Mindwarp and John Constantine may be our only hope - but how can we put our trust in beings whose very presence makes ordinary people break out in a cold sweat? Critically acclaimed writer Peter Milligan brings together an unorthodox team for the most unnatural threats.
A wrinkle in time (GN/W) -- A graphic novel adaptation of the classic tale in which Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
Baltimore. Vol. 1, The plague ships (GN/B) -- After a devastating plague ends World War I, Europe is suddenly flooded with vampires and a soldier, Lord Henry Baltimore, is determined to wipe out the monsters.
Nabari no ou. Volume 7&8 (GN/MANGA) -- What was supposed to be a peaceful discourse on the state of the Nabari world descends into chaos as the students of Alya Academy throw themselves headlong into an attack against the very shinobi they invited to their school. Their purpose? To fulfill the grisly requirements of the cure-all forbidden art, Daya, to revive the beloved leader of Kouga village! As Miharu's former allies from Banten and current ones from the Grey Wolves form an uneasy alliance to stay alive, the no-longer-apathetic vessel of the Shinra Banshou reaches out to the secret art in a desperate bid to save Yoite. In the midst of such emotional and physical chaos, will it answer his call?
Daredevil. Vol. 1&2 (GN/MARVEL) -- Following a shocking discovery about the Marvel Universe, Daredevil has a weighty decision to make, the results of which will affect his friends and enemies both! Meanwhile, the Nelson and Murdock law offices struggle to celebrate the holidays as insurmountable problems descend upon them! Then, Spider-Man and Daredevil team up when Black Cat is arrested, and Murdock is the only lawyer who will touch her (her case, we mean). The next great love triangle of the Marvel U begins!
Superman : Action Comics. Vol. 1, Superman and the men of steel (GN/DC) -- DC Comics took a bold step and renumbered the longest-running monthly comic, "Action Comics," to #1 for the first time since 1938 as part of the DC Comics--The New 52 event. With this renumbering comes a new creative team featuring comics legend Grant Morrison and fan-favorite artist Rag Morales. While Morrison is no stranger to writing the Superman character, having won three Eisner Award's for his work on "All-Star Superman," "Action Comics" will be something new for both old and new readers and present humanity's first encounters with Superman, before he became one of the World's Greatest Super Heroes. Set a few years in the past, it's a bold new take on a classic hero.
The last temptation (GN/L) -- This graphic novel, based on a story by Neil Gaiman and Alice Cooper, introduces Steven, who is afraid of just about everything until he meets the mysterious Showman and his Theatre of the Real. Steven watches the show on a dare, but then he learns what it is to be truly afraid.