New Graphic Novels for February
Anomaly. Vol. 1 by Skip Brittenham & Brian Haberlin (GN/A) -- Earth 2717, the third golden age of man, building a better tomorrow today. The planet we call home slowly dies beneath us. Most humans now live in teeming surface "Terrarium Cities," off world colonies or orbiting space stations. All of earth's resources have been depleted. All corporations, nations, and technologies have merged into the Conglomerate, whose Enforcer Battalions now conquer whole planets to feed its shareholders' insatiable appetites.
Black butler. Volume 11 & 12 by Yana Toboso (GN/MANGA) -- Whispers turn into screaming headlines in Earl Ciel Phantomhive's morning paper as word of the dead being resurrected takes society by storm. But when the unsavoury details of the business reach Ciel's ear, he and his superlative butler, Sebastian, book themselves on a luxury liner to look into these alleged miracles and the 'Aurora Society' conducting them. As the waters lap and crash all around the vessel, mysterious individuals gather under the banner of the 'Phoenix.' Ciel and Sebastian may be one step closer to the truth, but have they sealed their fates by conducting an investigation on what could easily become a floating coffin--?
Death, the deluxe edition by Neil Gaiman (GN/D) -- The first story introduces the young, pale, perky, and genuinely likable Death. One day in every century, Death walks the Earth to better understand those to whom she will be the final visitor. Today is that day. As a young mortal girl named Didi, Death befriends a teenager and helps a 250-year old homeless woman find her missing heart. What follows is a sincere musing on love, life and (of course) death. In the second story, a rising star of the music world wrestles with revealing her true sexual orientation just as her lover is lured into the realm of Death that Death herself should make an appearance. A practical, honest, and intelligent story that illuminates "the miracle of death."
Superman : Earth one. Volume 2 by J. Michael Straczynski (GN/DC) -- Young Clark Kent continues his journey toward becoming the World's Greatest Super Hero, but finds dealing with humanity to be a bigger challenge than he ever imagined! From a ruthless dictator to a new love interest who's not Lois Lane, things are never easy for this emerging Man of Steel.
Chew. Vol. 6, Space cakes by John Layman (GN/C) -- While Tony Chu - the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from what he eats - clings to life in a hospital ICU, his twin sister Toni steps up to take center stage. Toni is cibovoyant, able to see the future of anything she eats, and, lately, she's seeing some pretty terrible things.
Bleach. Vol. 52-54 by Tite Kubo (GN/MANGA) -- After a long struggle, Ichigo finally regains his Soul Reaper powers thanks to Rukia. But as the battle against Kugo Ginjo heats up, Ichigo learns a shocking secret behind his role as a Deputy Soul Reaper. With the truth finally revealed to him, what action will Ichigo take?
The chronicles of Vladimir Tod. Vol. 1, Eighth grade bites by Heather Brewer (GN/C) -- For thirteen years, Vlad, aided by his aunt and best friend, has kept secret that he is half-vampire, but when his missing teacher is replaced by a sinister substitute, he learns that there is more to being a vampire, and to his parents' deaths, than he could have guessed.
Avengers vs. X-Men by Jason Aaron, et al. (GN/MARVEL) -- The world-destroying Phoenix Force is back -- and this time, the Avengers are intent on stopping it. Cyclops and his X-Men have other ideas. To Captain America, the Phoenix threatens doom. To Cyclops, it could mean slavation. Marvel's two greatest leaders wage war, with the Phoenix's chosen host -- Hope Summers -- caught in the middle. As the fate of a girl trained from birth to be a mutant savior hangs in the balance, how far are Captain America and Cyclops willing to go? The answer lies in a battle so big no one world -- no one series -- could contain it!
American vampire. Vol. 4 by Scott Snyder (GN/A) -- Southern New Mexico Territory, 1871. Before he became the Wild West's most wanted man, before he became a whole new breed of American vampire, Skinner Sweet was a soldier in the U.S. Army. But he's still as dangerous and deadly as the monster he'd soon become. Skinner's willing to win the war with the local tribes by any means necessary. But so are they. And the long-buried horror they're preparing to unleash could change the course of human and vampire history forever ...
Bakuman. Vol. 14-16 by Tsugumi Oba (GN/MANGA) -- Is Akito Takagi and Moritaka Mashiro's newest rival also their greatest fan? The duo is asked to judge a manga contest and the best entry reminds them of their own creations. But who is this mysterious new artist and what are his controversial methods of creating manga?
Foiled. Vol. 2, Curses! Foiled again by Jane Yolen (GN/F) -- Aliera Carstairs is back. This time she's got her cousin—and best friend—Caroline in tow, and the stakes are higher than ever. The realm of Seelie, the fairy kingdom of which Aliera is the hereditary defender, is under attack, and only Aliera and Caroline can set things right. Caroline, fragile and wheelchair-bound, may seem like more of a liability than an asset, but Aliera knows there's more to her quiet cousin than meets the eye. Curses! Foiled Again, a follow up to graphic novel Foiled! is Jane Yolen at her best, reunited with her partner in crime, the fabulously talented illustrator Mike Cavallaro.
Afterschool charisma. Volume 7 by Kumiko Suekane (GN/MANGA) -- As Shiro struggles to adapt to this unusual campus, St. Kleio's first graduate, a clone of John F. Kennedy, is killed. Are the clones doomed to repeat the fate of their genetic progenitors, or can they create their own destinies? And how does a normal boy like Shiro fit in? To enroll at St. Kleio Academy, a student must be a clone of a famous historical figure. This volume features Sigmund Freud.
Alex Rider. Bk. 4, Eagle strike by Anthony Horowitz (GN/A) -- Relaxing in the south of France, reluctant MI6 agent Alex Rider is finally able to feel like any ordinary fourteen-year-old - until a sudden, ruthless attack on his hosts plunges him back into a world of violence and mystery. And this time, MI6 don't want to know. Alex is determined to track down his friends' attackers, even if he must do it alone. But it's a path that leads to a long-buried secret - and a discovery more terrible than anything he could have imagined. Alex Rider has 90 minutes to save the world.
Pandora hearts. Vol. 13 by Jun Mochizuki (GN/MANGA) -- Oz Vessalius makes his high-society debut at the manor of Isla Yura intending to investigate the potential location of one of the stone seals that Pandora seeks. But over the festivities and the secrets that swirl behind the masks of the merrymakers hangs a cloying scent of intrigue. And when the blood-blackened hand of a demon unexpectedly descends on those gathered, a waltz of madness begins... as if heralding anew an all-too-familiar tragedy...
The Manhattan projects. Vol. 1 , Science bad by Jonathan Hickman (GN/M) -- What if the research and development department created to produce the first atomic bomb was a front for a series of other, more unusual, programs?
Avengers Academy. Vol. 3, Fear Itself by Christos Gage (GN/MARVEL) -- During his dark reign, Norman Osborn attempted to mold super-powered teens to further his twisted agenda. So, the earth's mightiest heroes created the Avengers Academy to reverse his influence on these impressionable heroes. But, what happened to the young men and women who weren't enrolled? Will friendship bloom or will fists fly when this year's Avengers Academy students meet the kids who didn't make the cut? Then, as Fear Itself engulfs the Academy, the teachers must battle not one, but two hammer-wielders at the same time!
The walking dead. Vol. 17, Something to fear by Robert Kirkman (GN/W) -- In this volume of the NYT bestselling survival horror, Rick and his band of survivors work to build a larger network of thriving communities, and soon discover that Negan's "Saviors" prove to be a larger threat than they could have fathomed. Crossing Negan will lead to serious, dire consequences for the group; it seems that for the first time since the Governor's reign of terror that Rick may have Something to Fear.
Vampire knight. Vol. 15 by Matsuri Hino (GN/MANGA) -- Yuki Cross, who was adopted by the headmaster of the Cross Academy after a vampire attack, must protect the students in the day classes from the vampires in the night classes.
Fables. Vol. 18, Cubs in toyland by Bill Willingham (GN/F) -- When Snow and Bigby's cub Therese receives a Christmas gift from an unknown admirer, this red plastic boat magically takes her on a journey to a desolate place known as Toyland. Will Therese be their savior? Or their destroyer?