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Collecting Comics: November and December 2018 Edition, featuring a Spider-man, a Squirrel Girl, fierce females and some polar bears, by Ally Watkins

Here are comics titles your teens and tweens will be clamoring for in November and December!

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Adaptation by Gary Whitta, illustrated by Michael Welsh (Marvel, November 6). In this adaptation of the film, the Resistance has located Luke Skywalker, but the First Order isn’t going down without a fight. Collects #1-#6 of the comic book series.

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Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda by J.P. Stassen (First Second, November 6). A thought-provoking nonfiction graphic tale set in Rwanda before and after the genocide of the Tutsi people.

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Volume 9: Squirrels Fall Like Dominoes by Ryan North, illustrated by Erica Henderson (Marvel, November 27). In this ninth volume of Doreen Green’s squirrel-related antics continue. She and her best friend Nancy Whitehead decide to do an escape room adventure with their friends. Except this escape room might actually be lethal. Squirrel Girl to the rescue! Collects issues #32-#36 of the comic book series.

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Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess by Serena Blasco, based on the novel by Nancy Springer (IDW Publishing, November 27).  In this adaptation of Springer’s novel, Sherlock and Mycroft’s younger sister Enola wakes up on her 14th birthday to discover that her mother has disappeared. Determined not to be caught and packed off to boarding school, she escapes to London, determined to crack the case and make it on her own.

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Spidey: School’s Out by John Barber and Todd Nauck (Marvel, December 4). In this original graphic novel, Peter Parker has survived a year of being Spiderman and another year of high school. So obviously for his summer vacation he’s going to Camp Stark! He’s got to keep his camp and his identity safe while navigating the social and technological demands of camp: are both Spidey and Peter Parker up to the task?

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Lumberjanes Volume 10: Parents’ Day by Shannon Waters and Kat Leyh, illustrated by Ayme Sotuyo (BOOM! Box, December 11). It’s parents’ day at the Lumberjanes camp and everyone is excited! Well…almost everyone. The Roanoke cabin wants to express to their families how much fun they’ve been having even though they might not understand the more supernatural elements of it. Soon they find themselves having to protect their parents from that very element. Collects issues #37-#40 of the comic book series.

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Giant Days: Early Registration by John Allison (BOOM! Box, December 18). Flashback to freshman year with Daisy, Esther, and Susan in these collected Giant Days bonus stories. Discover how they get to know one another and become friends!

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Science Comics: Polar Bears: Survival on Ice by Jason Viola, illustrated by by Zack Giallongo (First Second, December 31). In this latest installment of the nonfiction Science Comics series, we join two polar bear cubs as they hunt, play, and survive on the ice. With facts about polar bear biology and ecology, this fact-filled book will be a must for your nonfiction readers.

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.