Library 101: New Graphic Novels

Posted on: Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 by Jody Hanshew

In recent years characters that originated in comic books have had great success in both feature films and television. This shows no signs of slowing down with plenty of comic related properties on their way in the next year. Many of these characters have a long history, some dating back to as early as the 1930s. A new reader looking for a starting point for these characters can be intimidated by decades of backstory. A few years ago Marvel began a series of Season One graphic novels which offer modern retellings of these superhero origin stories and offer a fresh starting point for new readers. Kelly Library now has a selection of Season One collections available for checkout in our Graphic Novel section on the main floor of the library.

Ant-Man: Season One (Graphic Novels PN6728 .A65 D34 2005)

Avengers: Season One (Graphic Novels PN6728 .A9 D38 2013)

Daredevil: Season One (Graphic Novels PN6728 .D33 J65 2012)

Fantastic Four: Season One (Graphic Novels PN6728 .F33 A395 2011)

Hulk: Season One (Graphic Novels PN6728 .H395 V36 2012)

Iron Man: Season One (Graphic Novels PN6728 .I76 C53 2013)

Spider-Man: Season One (Graphic Novels PN6728 .S6 B86 2012)

Thor: Season One (Graphic Novels PN6728 .T64 S78 2014)

Wolverine: Season One (Graphic Novels PN6728 .W585 A25 2013)

X-Men: Season One (Graphic Novels PN6728 .X2 H67 2012)

If D.C. is more your style (or you’re warming up for next year’s Batman versus Superman movie) we also have the first volumes of  both Batman and Superman’s New 52 storylines, which similarly offered new readers a more uncomplicated entry point, while attempting to make the characters more modern and accessible.

Batman. Volume 1, The Court of Owls (Graphic Novels PN6728 .B36 S68 2012)

Superman Volume 1: What Price Tomorrow?  (Graphic Novels PN6728 .S9 P47 2012)

Also new in the Graphic Novel section is:

Miss Fury: Sensational Sundays 1944-1949 / Tarpé Mills (Graphic Novels PN6727 .M5955 M52 2011)

A collection of Miss Fury Sunday newspaper strips from the 1940s; Fury might have been the first female superhero to be created and drawn by a woman.

"21": The Story of Roberto Clemente: A Graphic Novel / by Wilfred Santiago (Graphic Novels PN6727 .S26 A125 2011)

21 chronicles Pittsburgh Pirates baseball star Roberto Clemente’s life from youth in Puerto Rico to his highlight filled baseball career and tragic death.

The Homeland Directive / [created & written by Robert Venditti; illustrated & colored by Mike Huddleston] (Graphic Novels PN6727 .V455 H66 2011)

Set in the Orwellian present, The Homeland Directive is a modern-day political/medical thriller from Robert Venditti (creator and writer of the New York Times bestselling graphic novel The Surrogates).

In other comic (and library) related news, the New River Community College library is sponsoring a Comic-Con on Saturday, October 31st from 10am-4pm. NRCC in Dublin is just a little over an hour’s drive north on interstate 81, and admission is free.  You can dress up as your favorite character and see demonstrations and meet authors and illustrators. For more information visit

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