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Friday December 7, 2012

Epic sagas

FROM space sagas to fairytale twists, supervillain heists to alien abductions, this month’s selection of new graphic novels for mature readers has something for everyone.

Saga, Vol. 1
Publisher: Image
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples

COLLECTING the first six issues of this epic series by the writer of Y: The Last Man and Ex Machina, with gorgeous artwork by Staples, Saga is the, er ... saga of a child who is born to parents from two opposite sides of a neverending galactic war.

With a fascinating mix of science fiction and fantasy influenced by a healthy dose of Star Wars-like space opera, this is one of the year’s most engaging and entertaining reads.

Fairest, Vol. 1: Wide Awake
Publisher: Vertigo
Writer: Bill Willingham
Artist: Phil Jimenez

A SPIN-OFF from Willingham’s long-running Fables series, Fairest turns the focus on Fables’ female characters, with Willingham himself taking on the first story arc involving Briar Rose a.k.a. the Sleeping Beauty and the Snow Queen. The series is meant to be a complement to the main Fables series, and serves to further expand the already richly detailed world.

Saucer Country, Vol.1: Run
Publisher: Vertigo
Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Ryan Kelly

MEET Arcadia Alvarado, Governor of New Mexico and Presidential candidate, who has to deal with immigration problems, budget cuts, and an alcoholic ex-husband. On top of it all, she’s convinced she was abducted by aliens!

One of the year’s most intriguing new series, Saucer Country explores the myth surrounding UFO abductions and other extraterrestrial activities.

Wide Awake collects issues #1-#6 of the series, as well as an extra story from Strange Adventures #1.

The Unwritten, Vol. 6: Tommy Taylor and the War of Words
Publisher: Vertigo
Writer: Mike Carey
Artist: Peter Gross and various others

THINGS finally come to a head as Tom Taylor goes to war against the cabal that has tormented, imprisoned and tried to destroy him. Collecting issues #31-#35.5 of the ongoing series, this trade paperback also includes the “.5” issues that were released in between the regular comics, detailing the history of the Unwritten cabal.

Supercrooks, Book 1: The Heist
Publisher: Icon Comics / Millarworld
Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: Leinil Yu

JOHNNY Bolt is a veteran supervillain who has just been released after doing a stint in prison for using his superpowers in a robbery. Fed up with the tough competition amongst villains in America, he and a few pals head over to Spain, where they plan one of the most audacious heists of all time – robbing the world’s most notorious super-villain, The B*stard!

This brand-new series from the creator of Kick-Ass has been described as “X-Men Meets Ocean’s Eleven” (comicbookresources.com) and is a worthy addition to Millar’s line of hard-hitting, no-holds-barred Millarworld books.

Annotated Sandman, Vol. 2
Publisher: Vertigo
Writer: Neil Gaiman, Leslie S Klinger (annotations)
Artist: Dave McKean (cover) and various others

THIS special edition collects issues #21-#39 of Gaiman’s iconic series (spanning the Season of Mists and A Game Of You storylines), with annotations by Leslie Klinger (whose previous work includes The Annotated Sherlock Holmes and The Annotated Dracula) that detail the historical and literary references in the series.

Scalped, Vol. 10: Trails End
Publisher: Vertigo
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artists: R.M. Guéra, Davide Furno

IF you’ve been following this gritty, hard-hitting series about life on a Native American reservation, you definitely won’t want to miss the explosive conclusion which sees Dashiell Bad Horse tying up loose ends in a fiery stand-off climax with Lincoln Red Crow, Agent Nitz and Catcher. A satisfying end to a brilliant series. Collects Scalped #56-#60.

Kick-Ass 2
Publisher: Icon Comics / Millarworld
Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: John Romita Jr

AFTER the events of the last book, Kick-Ass’ success in bringing down the Mafia sparks a superhero craze – overnight, everyone wants to be a superhero as well! So, Kick-Ass takes the next logical step – he joins a superhero team! Unfortunately, his nemesis Red Mist also forms his own team of supervillains, and Kick-Ass is forced to cajole the 11-year-old, foul-mouthed, ass-kicking Hit Girl out of retirement to help whip his ass into shape.

All the titles featured here are available at Kinokuniya, Suria KLCC.

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