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Collecting Comics: July 2018 edition by Ally Watkins

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Check out these comics, out in July, that your teens and tweens will want!

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Cottons: The Secret of the Wind by Jim Pascoe, illustrated by Heidi Arnhold (First Second, July 3). The first in an epic trilogy, volume 1 of Cottons follows the story of Bellebridge, a rabbit who seems ordinary, but who actually has magic powers and can turn ordinary objects into beautiful works of art. But there are those about who want to harness her powers and turn them into a weapon.

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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Volume 5: Fantastic Three by Brandon Montclare, illustrated by Natacha Bustos (July 10, Marvel). When the Silver Surfer comes to Earth with a warning about the future, Lunella Lafayette joins forces with The Human Torch and the Thing to make the Fantastic Three! Can they save the Earth? Collects issues #25-#30 of the comic book series.

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Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Volume 4 by Brian Michael Bendis, illustrated by Oscar Bazaldua (Marvel, July 17). Sandman, Hobgoblin, the Spot, Electro and Bombshell have all united to make Spider-Man’s life a living hell. But it’s not just his life that’s on the chopping block–his friend Lana will be affected by this unholy alliance, too. How will they cope? Collects issues #224-240 of the comic book series.

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Lumberjanes, Volume 9 by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh, illustrated by Carolyn Nowak (BOOM! Box, July 24). The Yetis are kicked out of their treehouse by the Sasquatches and it’s up to the gang of Roanoke to win the treehouse back…in a roller derby bout!

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Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk (Graphix, July 31). Middle school is a lot harder than Danny expected. She’s dealing with a new school, cliques, and she feels totally lost. So when she inherits a magic sketchbook, she decides to draw something great: the perfect best friend. But this may not work out like Danny’s hoping.

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Ms. Marvel, Volume 9: Teenage Wasteland by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Nico Leon (Marvel, July 31). Ms. Marvel is nowhere to be found! Where is she? Jersey City is still in need of heroes, and lots of them are stepping up to the plate, including the newest superhero, Red Dagger. But when an old foe comes back, can anyone stop him other than Ms. Marvel herself? Collects issues #25-#30 of the comic book series.

Collecting Comics: May 2018 with Ally Watkins

Check out these May comics and graphic novels that your teens and tweens will be clamoring for!

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Goldie Vance, Volume 4 by Hope Larson and Jackie Ball, illustrated by Elle Power, colors by Sarah Stern (BOOM! Box, May 1). Goldie Vance is back! In Volume 4 of her adventures, sixteen year old ameteur sleuth Goldie finds plenty to keep her detective brain busy at the St. Pascal Rockin’ The Beach Music Festival which is in town! Give this to your young patrons who love historical fiction and/or mysteries.

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All Summer Long by Hope Larson (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux BYR, May 1). A standalone middle grade graphic novel about summer and friendships, All Summer Long is about 13-year-old Bina, who has a long summer ahead of her. Her best friend Austin is off to camp for a month and he’s been acting weird anyway. So Bina bonds with Austin’s older sister, who has similar taste in music. But when Austin returns, growing pains make things even more awkward. Will they reconnect? A touching coming of age story from Goldie Vance’s Hope Larson.

Runaways, Volume 1: Find Your Way Home by Rainbow Rowell, illustrated by Kris Anka (Marvel, May 1). YA superstar Rainbow Rowell takes over the wildly popular Runaways series, bringing back original characters like Nico, Carolina, Molly, Chase, and even Gert. Your comics fans will love this one because of the beloved characters, and your YA fans will be thrilled to get new work from Rowell. Collects issues #1-#6 of the comic book series.

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Angelic Volume 1: Heirs and Graces by Simon Spurrier, illustrated by Caspar Wijngaard (Image Comics, May 15). Centuries after humanity is gone, the earth belongs to genetically modified animals who stick to routines that feel oppressive to one young monkey, Qora, who just wants to fly free. Collects issues #1-#6 of the comic book series.

Misfit City Volume 2 by Kurt Lustgarten and Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith, illustrated by Naomi Franquiz (BOOM! Studios, May 29). Wilder and her friends continue their adventure, hunting for Black Mary’s treasure, and hoping to uncover secrets in their otherwise sleepy hometown. Collects #5-#8 of the comic book series.

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Supergirl: Curse of the Ancients by Jo Whittemore (Amulet, May 1). This book is the second of a planned middle grade Supergirl trilogy. Kara Danvers is back to save the day!

BONUS COMICS INFORMATION:

The Eisner Award nominations have been released. The Eisner Awards are a major comic award given every year at San Diego Comic-Con. The nominees, which include awards for kids and teens, can be found here: https://www.comic-con.org/awards/2018-eisner-awards-nominations.