Best Comics Books of the Month March 2013

Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52) by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Rafael Albuquerque

Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52) by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Rafael Albuquerque

Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls

Book Description
Release date: March 26, 2013 | Series: Batman
“NIGHT OF THE OWLS” continues here! Batman must stop the TALONS that have breeched the Batcave in order to save an innocent life … and Gotham City! In the backup story, learn more about the PENNYWORTH family and the secrets they’ve kept from the Wayne family! Collects BATMAN #8-12 and BATMAN ANNUAL #1.

About the Author
Scott Snyder has been published in Zoetrope, Tin House, One-Story, Epoch, Small Spiral Notebook and other journals. He most recently has co-written AMERICAN VAMPIRE for Vertigo/DC Comics, along with horror-master Stephen King, as well as BATMAN, DETECTIVE COMICS and SWAMP THING.

 

Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction, David Aja and Javier Pulido

Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction, David Aja and Javier Pulido

Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon

Book Description
Release date: March 19, 2013 | Series: Hawkeye
The breakout star of this summer’s blockbuster Avengers film, Clint Barton – aka the self-made hero Hawkeye – fights for justice! With ex-Young Avenger Kate Bishop by his side, he’s out to prove himself as one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! SHIELD recruits Clint to intercept a packet of incriminating evidence – before he becomes the most wanted man in the world. You won’t believe what is on The Tape! What is the Vagabond Code? Matt Fraction pens a Hawkeye thriller that spans the globe…and the darkest parts of Hawkeye’s mind. Barton and Bishop mean double the Hawkeye and double the trouble…and stealing from the rich never looked so good.

 

Nemo: Heart of Ice by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill

Nemo: Heart of Ice by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill

Nemo: Heart of Ice

Book Description
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
In the grim cold of February 2013 a new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen book will surface: Nemo: Heart of Ice, a full-color 56-page adventure by the inestimable Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill. It’s 1925, fifteen years after the death of Captain Nemo, when his daughter Janni Dakkar launches a grand Antarctic expedition to lay the old man’s burdensome legacy to rest. Accompanied by Nemo’s shipmate Ishmael, a ration of rum, and her father’s log, Janni embarks on a perilous journey to the bottom of the world pursued by employees of an influential publishing tycoon, who seek the return of plundered loot. Jules Verne meets H.P. Lovecraft in the final showdown beneath the Mountains of Madness – the uncharted gap in the map where time is broken and our hero’s reality is about to crack! Ready the Nautilus! She’s going back to the South Pole!

 

Kick-Ass 2 Prelude: Hit-Girl by Mark Millar and John Romita

Kick-Ass 2 Prelude: Hit-Girl by Mark Millar and John Romita

Kick-Ass 2 Prelude

Book Description
Release date: February 27, 2013 | Series: Kick-Ass
Hit-Girl spins off into her own blood-soaked saga! Mindy McCready tries to settle into life as a regular school-girl, but wants nothing more to be dispensing hot justice to the scum of New York City. Her mother thinks she’s doing her homework, but in reality she’s taken Kick-Ass on as her sidekick and training him up to punch, shoot and stab … just like Daddy would have wanted. And in return, Kick-Ass is helping her learn to survive middle school – without spilling anyone’s blood. But when Kick-Ass gets benched, leaving Mindy to take on the mafia solo, even Hit-Girl may be in over her head. Meanwhile, Red Mist pursues his goal of becoming a super-villain … and faces a final test of his own.

About the Author
Mark Millar is a Scottish comic book writer, known for his work on books such as The Authority, The Ultimates, Marvel Knights Spider-Man, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Civil War, Wanted, and Kick-Ass, the latter two of which have been adapted into feature films. In August 2007, he won the Stan Lee award at Wizardworld in Chicago.

 

Superman: The Death and Return of Superman Omnibus by Various

Superman: The Death and Return of Superman Omnibus by Various

Superman: The Death and Return of Superman Omnibus

Book Description
Release date: March 26, 2013 | Series: Superman
The historic story of the death and return of Superman is collected in one massive hardcover volume featuring an all-new cover by pivotal creator Dan Jurgens, timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the event! The Death and Return of Superman Omnibus includes the best-selling trade paperbacks The Death of Superman and The Return of Superman, as well as portions of
World Without Superman, plus 40 pages of bonus extras including promotional material and product spotlight.

 

Avengers vs. Thanos by Jim Starlin, Mike Friedrich, Steve Englehart and Steve Gerber

Avengers vs. Thanos by Jim Starlin, Mike Friedrich, Steve Englehart and Steve Gerber

Avengers vs. Thanos

Book Description
Release date: March 5, 2013 | Age Range: 9 and up
Eternal. Nihilist. Madman. Would-be lover of Death itself. All these things is Thanos of Titan, and even before he created the Infinity Gauntlet and decimated half the universe, he was still a mighty force to be reckoned with. And here, collected in one volume for the first time, is the complete story of Thanos’ first life…and first death. Witness as Thanos targets Captain Marvel and the Avengers in a bid to become a god, manipulates Adam Warlock, and finally lays siege to the Earth itself! Guest-starring Daredevil, Spider-Man, the Thing, Moondragon, Drax the Destroyer and more! By cosmic mastermind Jim Starlin!

 

The Comics Journal #302 (The Comics Journal) by Gary Groth

The Comics Journal #302 (The Comics Journal) by Gary Groth

The Comics Journal #302

Book Description
Publication Date: March 6, 2013 | Series: The Comics Journal
This comics criticism annual feature career-spanning interviews with Maurice Sendak and Jacques Tardi, a kids’ comics roundtable moderated by Art Speigelman, and much more.

The newly formatted, 600+ page Comics Journal has proved a resounding success with 2011’s edition, featuring a cover and interview with R. Crumb, instantly selling out. 2012’s #302 is sure to prove just as critically and commercially exciting to comics readers worldwide. This edition’s cover feature is a long, intimate interview-portrait with and of Maurice Sendak, the greatest and most successful children’s book author of the 20th — and 21st — century, the author of Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, Higglety Piggelty Pop, and the illustrator of works by Herman Melville, Leo Tolstoy, and Randall Jarrell. In his longest published interview, Sendak looks back over a career spanning over 60 years and talks to Gary Groth about art, life, and death (especially death), how his childhood, his parents, and his siblings affected his art and outlook, his search for meaning — and also, on the lighter side, about his love (and hate) of movies. Kim Thompson conducts a career-spanning interview with French graphic novel pioneer Jacques Tardi; the two will explore the Eisner Award-winner’s genre-spanning oeuvre comprising historical fiction, action-adventure, crime-thriller, “icepunk” and more. Art Spiegelman conducts a wide-ranging aesthetic colloquy on classic kids’ comics (Carl Barks’s Donald Duck, John Stanley’s Little Lulu, Sheldon Mayer’s Sugar and Spike, and many more) with a group of comics critics and historians. Michael Dooley moderates a roundtable discussion with Robert Williams, Joe Coleman, Marc Bell, and Esther Pearl Watson about the relationship between fine art and comics. Bob Levin provides a revelatory investigation of the twisted history of the Keep on Truckin’ litigation and a fascinating biographical portrait of R. Crumb’s lawyer, Albert Morse. Warren Bernard writes a groundbreaking historical investigation of the 1954 Senate Subcommittee Hearing on Juvenile Delinquency. Plus: “How to Draw Buz Sawyer” by renowned newspaper cartoonist Roy Crane (and a previously unpublished interview), comics by Lewis Trondheim in English for the first time, Tim Kreider on Chester Brown, a visual gallery of and commentary on proto-comics, and more. The Comics Journal has been for 37 years the world’s foremost critical magazine about comics. It is now more vital than ever, a gigantic print compendium of critiques, interviews, and comics. Yes

About the Author
Gary Groth is the founder of The Comics Journal and also the co-founder and co-publisher of Fantagraphics Books. He lives in Seattle.

 

Daredevil by Mark Waid, Vol. 1 by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, Marcos Martin and Emma Rios

Daredevil by Mark Waid, Vol. 1 by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, Marcos Martin and Emma Rios

Daredevil by Mark Waid

Book Description
Release date: February 26, 2013 | Series: Daredevil (Book 1)
A fresh start for the Man Without Fear! Matt Murdock is back in New York and hoping to resuscitate his law practice, but not everyone is happy to see him. And Daredevil hits the streets as Klaw, master of sound, makes his deadly return! Then, a blind client holds the key to a global conspiracy perpetrated by some familiar foes. Can Daredevil protect him long enough to bring down an international criminal organization? And when a piece of cutting-edge technology goes missing, Daredevil and Punisher team up to track it down and clear the Black Cat of the crime. But is Black Cat really innocent?! And after someone exhumes Battlin’ Jack Murdock’s grave, DD heads underground to find the villain responsible. Mark Waid’s fantastic rejuvenation of Daredevil begins here!

 

Letting It Go by Miriam Katin

Letting It Go by Miriam Katin

Letting It Go by Miriam Katin

Book Description
Release date: March 19, 2013
A Holocaust survivor struggles to let go of the past
Miriam Katin has the light hand of a master storyteller in this flowing, expressive, full-color masterpiece. A Holocaust survivor and mother, Katin’s world is turned upside down by the news that her adult son is moving to Berlin, a city she’s villainized for the past forty years. As she struggles to accept her son’s decision, she visits the city twice, first to see her son and then to attend a museum gala featuring her own artwork. What she witnesses firsthand is a city coming to terms with its traumatic past, much as Katin is herself. Letting It Go is a deft and careful balance: wry, self-deprecating anecdotes counterpoint a serious account of the myriad ways trauma inflects daily existence, both for survivors and for their families.
Katin’s first book, We Are On Our Own, was a memoir of her childhood, detailing how she and her mother hid in the Hungarian countryside, disguising themselves as a peasant woman and her illegitimate child in order to escape the Nazis. The stunning story, along with Katin’s gorgeous pencil work, immediately garnered acclaim in the comics world and beyond. With Letting It Go, Katin’s storytelling and artistic skills allow her to explore a voice and perspective like no other found in the medium.

About the Author
Miriam Katin was born in Hungary during World War II. She later immigrated to Israel and then the United States, where she worked in background design for animation studios such as MTV and Disney. Her debut graphic novel was the award-winning memoir We Are On Our Own. She currently lives in Washington Heights with her husband and a giant Ficus benjamina tree.

 

Hair Shirt by Patrick McEown

Hair Shirt by Patrick McEown

Hair Shirt by Patrick McEown

Book Description
Release date: March 12, 2013
John and Naomi were childhood sweethearts— and then they grew up. Life took them on very different paths, but accidents will happen. When their two lives intersect again, they decide to have another go at love. But this is no simple romantic rekindling: Both John and Naomi are wearing the hairshirts of miserable memories and dark nightmares, which may be too painful to shed, even if they hold each other tight again. Their terrible struggle is powerfully represented in beautifully nuanced art that reflects a soulless city, troubled love, and tense aimlessness.

Praise for Hair Shirt:

“Unlike the whimsical logic that often governs courtship comics . . . McEown’s characters behave with believable insecurities and are simultaneously responsible for and helpless against the deterioration of their love.” —Publishers Weekly

“With Hair Shirt, McEown constructs a dark and dreamlike visual spectacle that tackles memory and the labyrinthe of emotional trauma that can follow suit.” —The Beat

About the Author
Patrick McEown is an Eisner Award–winning artist whose credits include the popular comics series Grendel: War Child and collaborations with Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy. He lives in Montreal, Canada.

 

 

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