If you have the comic book bug after seeing all the recent superhero movies, here are five new to Peter White Public Library graphic novels you may want to check out.
Captain America: Winter Soldier; Author: Ed Brubaker; Location: Adult Graphic Novels
If you saw the new Captain America movie, you now know who the Winter Soldier is. However, did you know that the Winter Soldier is based on a comic story written by Ed Brubaker, who wrote Captain America for 8 years, and illustrated by Eisner-Winning artist Steve Epting? Much like the film, in this story is about Steve Rogers, Captain America, man out of time. Working with S.H.I.E.L.D., Rogers must take on a crew of Russian assassins working for a man named Lutkin, and uncover the truth behind their secret weapon, the Winter Soldier. Along with his friend, Sam Wilson, the Falcon, the Captain discovers secrets from his past and must decide how to move forward with his future. If you liked the movie, you should certainly give this book a shot.
Guardians of the Galaxy; Author: Brian Michael Bendis; Location: Adult Graphic Novels
Brian Michael Bendis is one of the most prolific writers in the Marvel Comic Book Universe. With the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie set to hit theaters this summer, Bendis is the perfect choice to write the comic book to run alongside it. Guardians follows Peter Quill, a half human, half alien who discovers his rightful place in his intergalactic family. Then, he swiftly denies his alien family's legacy and meets an odd group of interstellar warriors; a talking tree, a genetically engineered talking raccoon, the daughter of an evil, intergalactic destroyer, and Drax the Destroyer. Together they make up the Guardians of the Galaxy. With the addition of Iron Man, this comic takes you on an adventure through space and what may be the beginning of an intergalactic war.
Avengers Arena; Author: Dennis Hopeless; Location: Adult Graphic Novels
If you are a fan of the Hunger Games or Battle Royale, then Avengers Arena will be right up your alley. Following 16 young superheroes from the Marvel Universe, these teenagers must battle each other in a reality-tv-like show on Murderworld. Slowly, Arcade, the evil mastermind who kidnapped the teens, begins to make Murderworld more difficult to survive. Being stalked by cybernetic creatures, fluctuations in food supply, and extreme weather changes, are some of the hardships the teens must survive until only one victor wins. Even if you are unfamiliar with the characters, Hopeless' writing style and the classic art style makes this a great comic to introduce the readers to many young, up and coming superheroes.
By Tracy Boehm