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April 2006

Graphic Novels · Heroes & Superheroes in the Teen Collection

the cover of Plastic Man: On the Lam

Plastic Man: On the Lam
Kyle Baker
Baker’s take on the Plastic Man stories from the 1940s (now being reprinted by DC Comics) recaps the tale of how criminal Eel O’Brien fell into the acid that made him infinitely pliable, and then recuperated in the care of a kindly monk who contributed a moral dimension to Eel’s transformation. Now a superhero, Plastic Man must clear his alter ego, who has been framed for murder.

Batman: War Games
Batman teams up with Nightwing, Robin, Catwoman, Batgirl, Tarantula, Orpheus, and Onyx for all-out war with an army of underworld criminals who threaten to overwhelm Gotham City.

the cover of Nightwing: Year One

Nightwing: Year One
Scott Beatty
This origin story relates how Dick Grayson assumed the identity of adult crime-fighter Nightwing, from the break with Batman through Dick’s assumption of his new responsibilities and finally his confrontation with the new Robin, Jason Todd.

JLA. 17, Syndicate Rules
Kurt Busiek
When the Crime Syndicate of Amerika of Earth 2 attacks the original Earth in revenge for upheavals in their antimatter universe, the Weaponers of Qward exploit the conflict to threaten both sides with a new superweapon.

the cover of Kurt Busiek’s Astro City

Kurt Busiek’s Astro City: Volume 5, Local Heroes
Kurt Busiek
This volume of the acclaimed Busiek series is a collection of nine vignettes about the inhabitants of Astro City, where superhumans live side by side with regular folks.

Shockrockets: We Have Ignition
Kurt Busiek
In the second half of the twenty-first century, Earth begins to recover from a devastating war against an alien species. Humankind’s thin line between chaos and civilization is the peacekeeping team called the Shockrockets, elite fighter pilots using stolen alien technology they’ve only partly mastered.

the cover of Fantastic Four Spider-Man Classic

Fantastic Four Spider-Man Classic
This collection features classic stories in which Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four battle a series of villains together. Highlights include the first appearance of New Mutant Karma and a date with the Invisible Girl.

Teen Titans: A Kid’s Game
Geoff Johns
Robin, Superboy, Wonder Girl, and Impulse begin their adventures together as the Teen Titans, abandoning their sidekick roles to become Earth’s future champions.

Star Wars: Episode III, Revenge of the Sith
Miles Lane
Writer Miles Lane and artist Doug Wheatley deliver a faithful and detailed graphic novel version of the 2005 Star Wars film.

the cover of Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman
George Perez
This collection includes the first three volumes of the now-classic editions of Wonder Woman that George Perez began to write and draw in 1987.

Wonder Woman: Bitter Rivals
Greg Rucka
When the head of the anti-Wonder Woman group “Protect Our Children” is murdered, Diana Prince already has a few battles on her hands. So Batman steps in to solve the murder and expose Wonder Woman’s secret enemy.

Birds of Prey: Sensei & Student
Gail Simone
Black Canary journeys to China to investigate the murder of her sensei (master) and encounters the deadly Lady Shiva, who makes her a devious offer.

the cover of Tales of the Vampires

Tales of the Vampires
Joss Whedon’s graphic novels continue the saga of his hugely popular TV shows, now ended. The stories in this anthology, set in eras ranging from the Middle Ages to the present, include a rematch between Dracula and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and a confrontation between Angel and his darker half, Angelus.

Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure
Brian K. Vaughan
Vaughan, creator of cutting-edge series such as Ex Machina and Y: The Last Man, pits Spider-Man against Doc Ock, while a suspicious staff photographer tries to find out why stringer Peter Parker always gets the front page.

Superman: Birthright
Mark Waid
Waid, who has edited and authored numerous superhero series, rethinks much of the traditional story of Superman’s origins as he takes the Man of Steel from his escape from Krypton to his first adult exploits.

the cover of Astonishing X-Men

Astonishing X-Men
Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon, creator of the phenomenally successful TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, didn’t disappoint fans or critics when he took over the Astonishing X-Men. The main plot in his first story involves a mutant gene at the center of a struggle between the X-Men and Ord, an alien with a mysterious grudge against the team.

Robin, Batgirl: Fresh Blood
Bill Willingham
After the traumatic events of Batman: War Games, Robin and Batgirl flee to Blüdhaven, but there they come up against the Penguin and Nightwing’s enemy Shrike.

the cover of Green Lantern: Passing the Torch

Green Arrow: City Walls
Judd Winick
Green Arrow marshals an unlikely army to save Star City, and the world, from a wealthy man intent on inducing law and order by means of a demonic police force and a spell that seals off the city, even to Superman.

Green Lantern: Passing the Torch
Judd Winick
This collection of stories features several of the many Green Lantern alter egos from the superhero’s 60-year history, including Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern of the 1940s.

Daredevil vs. Bullseye
Marv Wolfman
The Man Without Fear fights his first battles with his nemesis Bullseye in this collection authored by five Daredevil writers, including the legendary Frank Miller.