Yesterday I showcased some of the new comics from December 2014 that you should be reading this month. In that article, I promised that I would also share some of the Graphic Novels from December that you should read. Keeping my promise, here they are!
December is a bit of a slow month for Graphic Novels due to an influx of releases in November – for the holiday shopping period – but there are still some gems to be found. I have tried to make this selection as varied as possible so that there is something for everyone.
Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga Volume 1
Holy Manga Batman! DC Comics have been releasing the Batman Manga from the 1960s in short digital chapters for the past few months and it has finally made it’s way into print in the form of this collection. With a mixture of influences from manga of the time and the 60’s Batman series, this is a unique take of Batman which you have never seen before.
You can see some examples of Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga here.
Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga volume 1 is available on December 3rd.
Written by Peter Milligan. Art by Duncan Fegredo. Published by Vertigo Comics.
This 1993 Vertigo classic series, is back in print in a new edition this December. Enigma explores sexual identity and self-discovery through the post-modern lens of superheroes and villains. Michael Smith’s meaningless life gets turned upside down when his favourite childhood superhero who comes to life. This causes him to go in search of the secret of this heroes existence.
Enigma is available on December 10th.
Royals: Masters Of War
Written by Rob Williams. Art by Simon Colby. Published by Vertigo Comics.
From a classic Vertigo series to a recent one, Royals Masters of War tells of an alternative World War II in which the Royal Family have super powers. The problem is that even though they have have powers, they choose to not help their soldiers who are dying on the battlefield. This is until Prince Henry steps in to help, but in doing so has it taken the war to another level?
The Royals Masters of War is available on December 10th.
Wolverine Epic Collection: Madripoor Nights
In the past few years Marvel have been adding to their Epic Collection line, which collect large amount of content (mostly from the 60s-80s) in full colour at great prices. Now it is time for Wolverine to get the Epic Collection treatment with this collecting some of his most early solo stories. As the title suggests, much of it is set in the fictional and crime ridden city of Madripoor.
Wolverine Epic Collection: Madripoor Nights is available on December 24th.
Hit Volume 1: 1955
Written by Bryce Carlson. Art by Vanessa Del Ray. Published by BOOM! Studios.
Set in 1955, LA, Hit is a dark crime noir that has been critically acclaimed and will most likely appear on many Best Comics lists of 2014. This dark series is about a group LAPD detectives who work as hitmen, known as “Hit Squads”, in dark underbelly of the city. The series has great writing from Bryce Carlson and beautiful art by Vanessa Del Ray, which will suck you into this dark world.
Hit Volume 1: 1955 is available on December 10th.
Midas Flesh Volume 1
Finally, we have Midas Flesh the creator-owned series from the creative team behind the Adventure Time comic. Many would be familiar with the Greek myth about the King Midas, who turned everything he touched into gold. But do you know what happened to him? The series follows two female astronauts and a dinosaur in a spacesuit, who come to the sectioned off Earth to discover why it is covered in gold.
Midas Flesh Volume 1 is available on December 10th.