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Catwoman: Vol. 1: Copycats

As conceived by Jones (Lady Killer) and Fernando Blanco (Midnight and Apollo), Catwoman is sultry and morose; still reeling from her failed relationship with Batman, she’s more human than cat. Insight into her past helps flesh her character out and explains the motivation behind some of her actions. This arc is timely considering recent interest in female superheroes’ stories, and would be a good fit for any adult collection.

Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, and Notes to Self

Adult readers from most walks of life will admire Finck’s poignant observations and find something to laugh (or laugh-cry) at, but the author’s fellow Millennials will find her treatment of modern woes especially relatable.


Many graphic novels explore mental illness, art, and mother-daughter relations in a more helpful way, including Alison Bechdel's Are You My Mother?? and Ellen Forney's Marbles. This work contains mature language and images, but more than anything it's the complete lack of redemption that makes it inappropriate for younger readers—or for anyone struggling to keep a positive outlook.

Amongst the Liberal Elite: The Road Trip Exploring Societal Inequities Solidified by Trump (RESIST)

Conservative-leaning readers may enjoy laughing at Alex and Michael—the very picture of everything the right loathes about the left—and liberal-tending ones will sympathize with their plight to make sense of the political landscape. Suitable for adult collections.

The One Hundred Nights of Hero

Greenberg (The Encyclopedia of Early Earth) is a staunch believer in the power of stories, and, like Manfred, readers get sucked into each one she tells. Highly recommended for adult readers, especially those who enjoy mythology and fable.

The Best American Comics 2014

A pleasing range of comics from lesser-known, small press artists such as Sam Sharpe (Mom) to popular webcomic creators including Allie Brosh (Hyperbole and a Half) to tried-and-true industry favorites like Chris Ware (Building Stories). The "Best American Comics" series offers a comprehensive survey of new graphic fiction and will encourage readers to seek out more. Recommended for all adult collections.

We Won't See Auschwitz

For readers who think a serious story can't be told with pictures, Dres offers a wonderful introduction to the graphic novel. Recommended for graphic novels fans who want to read more nonfiction.

Marble Season

This thoughtful homage to growing up (specifically, growing up geek) will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers. An essential addition to all teen and adult comics collections.

Wake Up, Percy Gloom

Malkasian's gentle pencil drawings, reminiscent of Raymond Briggs's The Snowman and Gentleman Jim, are simultaneously magical and reflective of aspects of humanity. Allegorical, surreal, and thoughtful, this book is recommended for readers who prefer comics with philosophy as a side.

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