Tis the season! We here at GTP know that it’s quite difficult to shop for the comic book lover on your list, so we thought we’d make your life just a little bit easier. What follows is a list of 5 AMAZING graphic novels that came out this year that are sure to bring a smile to the face of the comic fan that’s hard to please.
Batman Volume 3: “Death Of The Family” by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo from DC Comics (left):
“After having his face sliced off, The Joker makes his horrifying return to Gotham City that shook Batman to his core! But even for a man who’s committed a lifetime of murder, he’s more dangerous than ever before. How can Batman protect his city and those he’s closest to?” – Hardcover $25
MIND MGMT Volume 2: “The Futurist” by Matt Kindt from Dark Horse Comics (right):
“We’ve learned some of the secrets of Henry Lyme; now get ready to meet the rest of Mind Management! With the remains of the Management attempting to reform and hot on Lyme’s tail, the former spy is forced to seek help from other defectors around the globe, including the deadly Futurist, Duncan! Meanwhile, losing her memory has barely slowed journalist Meru down, as an attempt on her life puts her back on the hunt for Mind Management—and on a collision course with the terrible truths Lyme has hidden from her!” –Hardcover $20
The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story by Vivek Tiwary and Andrew Robinson from Dark Horse Comics (left):
“The Fifth Beatle is the untold true story of Brian Epstein, the visionary manager who discovered and guided the Beatles—from their gigs in a tiny cellar in Liverpool to unprecedented international stardom. Yet more than merely the story of “The Man Who Made The Beatles,” The Fifth Beatle is an uplifting, tragic, and ultimately inspirational human story about the struggle to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. Brian Epstein was homosexual when it was a felony to be so in the United Kingdom, Jewish at a time of anti-Semitism, and from Liverpool when it was considered just a dingy port town. He helped spread the Beatles’ message of love to the entire world, yet died painfully lonely at the young age of thirty-two, consumed by staggering ambition and the endless struggles that came with it.” – Hardcover $20
Avengers: Endless Wartime by Warren Ellis and Mike McKone from Marvel OGN (right):
“An abomination, long thought buried, has resurfaced in a war-torn land. But now it wears an American flag. Faced with another nightmare reborn, Captain America will not stand for yet more death at the hands of a ghost from his past. Haunted by his greatest shame, Thor must renew the hunt for a familiar beast. At their side, an assemblage of allies united to end the threats no one of them could face alone. They are soldiers. Warriors. Comrades-in-arms. Mighty heroes led by a living legend, stronger together than apart. They are the Avengers.” – Hardcover $25
The Black Beetle Volume 1: “No Way Out” by Francesco Francavilla (left):
“After witnessing an explosion that decimates the city’s organized crime community, killing dozens, the Black Beetle—Colt City’s sleuthing sentinel—is on the hunt for answers and justice! Follow Francesco Francavilla’s critically acclaimed pulp hero as he searches island prisons, dank sewers, and swanky nightclubs for the mysterious man known as Labyrinto.” – Hardcover $20
So obviously Dark Horse Comics was on a tear this year but these are just a few of the many, many great titles available for the comic fan on your list. Honorable mentions include: Hawkeye Vol. 1 by Matt Fraction, East of West Vol. 1 by Jonathan Hickman, and Saga Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan. And of course there’s the obvious hits: Batman Year One, The Watchmen, Preacher Vol. 1, or any of the Scott Pilgrim series! Plus I highly recommend iTunes or Amazon gift cards which are compatible with the myriad of digital comics apps on your mobile devices AND Comixology now offers gift cards as well!! So believe in yourself, there’s still time to get a great gift for that Magic The Gathering secret santa party you’re going to this weekend. Happy hunting!