Superhero Graphic Novels
From Spider-Man to Iron Man and his fellow Avengers, Marvel has brought us some of the world's mightiest superheroes - and this super hardback features them all in the best comic book covers you'll ever see...
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Looking back over 75 years of Marvel Comics, it's packed with bold cover illustrations of the famous heroes and their foes as they battle for good against evil. The book also takes a behind-the-scenes look to look at the process involved in creating such iconic artwork.
Providing a comprehensive insight into the visual history of Marvel Comics, there are also little-known facts about Marvel's history and the talented artists and comic creators throughout including Jack Kirby and Mr. Marvel himself, Stan Lee.
The landscape of the Marvel Universe is changing, and it's time to choose: Whose side are you on? A conflict has been brewing from more than a year, threatening to pit friend against friend, brother against brother - and all it will take is a single misstep to cost thousands their lives and ignite the fuse! As the war claims its first victims, no one is safe as teams, friendships and families begin to fall apart. The crossover that rewrites the rules, Civil War stars Spider-Man, the New Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the entirety of the Marvel pantheon! Collects Civil War #1-7 and Marvel Spotlight: Civil War.
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A New York Times Bestseller! As a part of the monumental DC Comics - The New 52 event, comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee bring you an all-new origin story for the Justice League! In a world where inexperienced superheroes operate under a cloud of suspicion from the public, loner vigilante Batman has stumbled upon a dark evil that threatens to destroy the earth as we know it. Now, faced with a threat far beyond anything he can handle on his own, the Dark Knight must trust an alien, a scarlet speedster, an accidental teenage hero, a space cop, an Amazon Princess, and an undersea monarch. Will this combination of Superman, The Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman be able to put aside their differences and come together to save the world? Or will they destroy each other first? In one of the most game-changing titles in comic industry history, Geoff Johns and Jim Lee re-imagine the classic heroes of the DC Universe for the 21st century. This volume collects issues #1-6 of Justice League, part of the DC Comics - The New 52 event.
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#1 New York Times Bestseller! Following his ground-breaking, critically acclaimed run on Detective Comics, writer Scott Snyder (American Vampire) alongside artist Greg Capullo (Spawn) begins a new era of The Dark Knight with the relaunch of Batman as a part of DC Comics - The New 52! After a series of brutal murders rocks Gotham City, Batman begins to realize that, perhaps, these crimes go far deeper than appearances suggest. As the Caped Crusader begins to unravel this deadly mystery, he discovers a conspiracy going back to his youth and beyond to the origins of the city he's sworn to protect. Could the Court of Owls, once thought to be nothing more than an urban legend, be behind the crime and corruption? Or is Bruce Wayne losing his grip on sanity and falling prey to the pressures of his war on crime? Collects issues #1-7 of Batman.
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This is a number 1 New York Times Bestseller! After having his face sliced off one year ago, the Joker makes his horrifying return to Gotham City! But even for man who's committed a lifetime of murder, he's more dangerous than ever before. How can Batman protect his city and those he's closest to? It all leads back to Arkham Asylum...This new softcover collects the critically acclaimed tale "Death of the Family" from the superstar number 1 New York Times best-selling team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo. This title collects Batman numbered 13-17.
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From the masterful minds of Grant Morrison (Final Crisis, the Multiversity) and Yanick Paquette (Swamp Thing, batman, Inc.) comes the most provocative origin of Wonder Woman you've ever seen - a wholly unique retelling that still honors her origins. For millennia, the Amazons of Paradise Island have created a thriving society away from the blight of man. One resident, however, is not satisfied with this secluded life - Diana, Princess of the Amazons, knows there is more in this world and wants to explore, only to be frustrated by her protective mother, Hippolyta. Diana finds her escape when Air Force pilot Steve Trevor, the first man she has ever seen, crashes onto their shores. With his life hanging in the balance, Diana ventures into the long forbidden world of men. The Amazons chase after her and bring her back to Paradise Island in chains to face trial for breaking their oldest law - staying separated from the world that wronged them. Thought-provoking yet reverent, thoroughly modern but still timeless, the power and courage of Paradise Island's greatest champion - Wonder Woman - is introduced in this new addition to DC Comics' New York Times best-selling Earth One original graphic novel series.
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In an alternate world where the mere presence of American superheroes changed history, the US won the Vietnam War, Nixon is still president, and the cold war is in full effect. Watchmen begins as a murder-mystery, but soon unfolds into a planet-altering conspiracy. As the resolution comes to a head, the unlikely group of reunited heroes - Rorschach, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias - have to test the limits of their convictions and ask themselves where the true line is between good and evil. In the mid-eighties, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons created Watchmen, changing the course of comics' history and essentially remaking how popular culture perceived the genre. Popularly cited as the point where comics came of age, Watchmen's sophisticated take on superheroes has been universally acclaimed for its psychological depth and realism. Watchmen is collected here in a deluxe hardcover, with sketches, extra bonus material, and a new Introduction by series artist Dave Gibbons.
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The New York Times best-selling creative team Grant Morrison and Rags Morales' landmark run on Superman: Action Comics ends here! Five years ago, Clark Kent moved to Metropolis. Alone but hopeful, he donned a simple t-shirt laden with a giant "S", beginning the career of one of the greatest heroes this - or any other - world has seen. Superman has grown with the city around him, and though he is feared by the public, there's no doubt they need him to protect them from this universe's gravest threats. But when the multiverse sends it's deadliest villains against the Man of Steel, can even he turn them back? This book collects Superman: Action Comics numbered 13-18.
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Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem - he just can't seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on! Every time a promising villain appears, he beats the snot out of 'em with one punch! Can Saitama finally find an opponent who can go toe-to-toe with him and give his life some meaning? Or is he doomed to a life of superpowered boredom?
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This is a fascinating written exploration of the superhero phenomenon, from its beginnings in the depths of Great Depression to the blockbuster movies of today. For over 90 years, superheroes have been interrogated, deconstructed, and reinvented. In this wide-ranging study, Robb looks at the diverse characters, their creators, and the ways in which their creations have been reinvented for successive generations. Inevitably, the focus is on the United States, but the context is international, including an examination of characters developed in India and Japan in reaction to the traditional American hero. Sections examine: the birth of the superhero, including Superman, in 1938; the DC family (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and The Justice Society/League of America), from the 1940s to the 1960s; the superheroes enlistment in the war effort in the 1940s and 50s; their neutering by the Comics Code; the challenge to DC from the Marvel family (The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and The X-Men), from the 1960s to the 1980s; the superhero as complex anti-hero; superheroes deconstructed in the 1980s (The Watchmen and Frank Miller's Batman), and their politicization; independent comic book creators and new publishers in the 1980s and 90s; superheroes in retreat, and their rebirth at the movies in blockbusters from Batman to Spider-Man and The Avengers.
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Mark Millar and John Romita's mega-selling series returns for its final story! Hit-Girl is in jail, leaving Kick-Ass to lead the super hero team Justice Forever. But super heroes have been outlawed, leaving Kick-Ass to dodge both cops and some terrifying new foes! For the first time, Kick-Ass is beginning to have doubts. Is he in too deep to get out?
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Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem - he just can't seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on! He's easily taken out a number of monsters, including a crabby creature, a malicious mosquito girl and a muscly meathead. But his humdrum life takes a drastic turn when he meets Genos - a cyborg who wants to uncover the secret behind his strength!
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Having played out every trick on the fine citizens of Gotham City, Harley Quinn - the Joker's former girlfriend - decides that another city deserves her attention. After all, why menace one city when you can menace two? Especially if the second has a Man of Steel guarding it. Harley hightails it to Metropolis, with allies Poison Ivy and Bizarro in tow. Writer Karl Kesel and artist Terry Dodson continue their now classic run on this beloved title in Harley Quinn: Welcome to Metropolis, collecting Harley Quinn issues numbered 14-25.
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The critically acclaimed Superman: Red Son now collected in a brand-new edition! In this vivid tale of Cold War paranoia, the ship carrying the infant who would grow up to become Superman lands in the midst of 1950s Soviet Union, where he is raised on a collective. As he becomes a symbol to the Soviet people, the world changes drastically from what we know - bringing Superman into conflict with Batman, Lex Luthor, and others. This volume collects Superman: Red Son numbered 1-3.
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The sidekicks to DC's greatest heroes--including Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Speedy and Wonder Girl--set out to make a positive difference in the world, during a time when social change was at the forefront of society. This series also includes the introduction of Bumblebee and Bat-Girl (Betty Kane)! The true-life events of the 1970s are reflected in this era of TEEN TITANS. As the Vietnam War is all over home TV sets, a peace activist in the comic book is accidentally killed and the Teen Titans must face their roles in the world. Collects TEEN TITANS #25-52; THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #94, #102, #149; BATMAN FAMILY #6 and WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #205.
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The bestselling graphic novel of all time is back in a new, 12-volume box set collector's edition at DC's Deluxe Edition trim size, just in time for the series' 30th anniversary! It all begins with the paranoid delusions of a half-insane hero called Rorschach. But is Rorschach really insane - or has he in fact uncovered a plot to murder super-heroes and, even worse, millions of innocent civilians? On the run from the law, Rorschach reunites with his former teammates in a desperate attempt to save the world and their lives, but what they uncover will shock them to their very core and change the face of the planet!
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Y: THE LAST MAN, winner of three Eisner Awards and one of the most critically acclaimed, best-selling comic book series of the last decade, is that rare example of a page-turner that is at once humorous, socially relevant and endlessly surprising. Written by Brian K. Vaughan (LOST, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD, EX MACHINA) and with art by Pia Guerra, this is the saga of Yorick Brown - the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why he's the last man on Earth. In these stories, a Russian Soyuz capsule is coming down from the International Space Station carrying three passengers: one woman and two men. Could this be the end of Yorick's tenure as last living male? And then, as the Last Man on Earth and his companions continue to head west, the story takes a detour into the psychological. In the care of a fellow Culper Ring member, Yorick Brown is forced to confront his tremendous feelings of survivor guilt that lead him to constantly put his life in danger. Collects Y: THE LAST MAN numbered 21-40.
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Eisner Award-winning author Brian Azzarello's critically acclaimed WONDER WOMAN in a never before seen high resolution Absolute format. Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, has kept a secret from her daughter all her life--and when Wonder Woman learns who her father is, her life will shatter like brittle clay. The only one more shocked than Diana by this revelation? Bloodthirsty Hera--so why is her sinister daughter, Strife, so eager for the truth to be told? Superstar writer Brian Azzarello creates a new direction for one of DC's best-known heroes, with spectacular art by Cliff Chiang and Tony Akins!
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Known for his groundbreaking work on Green Lantern over a decade ago, Geoff Johns brought the Justice Society of America characters once rooted in the Golden Age of comics back to the forefront of graphic storytelling. Mixing younger, edgier characters with the elder statesmen of superheroes, Johns brought the JSA back to the forefront of the comics in what became the industry's best-selling comic series. Collected here are JSA numbered 76-87, Justice Society of America numbered 1-28, Justice League of America numbered 8-10, Justice Society of America Annual numbered 1, JSA Kingdom Come Special: Superman numbered 1, JSA Kingdom Come Special: Magog numbered 1, and JSA Kingdom Come Special: The Kingdom numbered 1.
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Get the complete run of the series Ain't It Cool News calls "the best buddy team book of all time" in this next essential omnibus collection from Valiant! Obadiah Archer, left for dead as a boy by his corrupt evangelist parents, has spent the last decade honing his innate abilities in a monastery deep in the mountains of Ladakh before emerging now as the world's greatest hand-to-hand fighter and marksman. His body a temple, his every movement in harmony and his mind perfectly serene...except for the overriding desire to avenge his own murder. Armstrong is a 10,000-year-old libertine who may be as strong as a battalion, but abandoned idealism millennia ago. Now he spends his days drinking, carousing and telling tales of outrageous adventures throughout history to anyone who will listen - that is, when he's not on the run from an ancient cult whose bumbling agents have been hunting him for two thousand years. But Armstrong counts as the worst day of all his days the one when Archer turned up and decided that they were partners - a team chosen by fate to save the world! Featuring work from iconic Valiant creators Barry Windsor-Smith (Conan, Weapon X), Jim Shooter (Secret Wars), Bob Layton (Iron Man), Mike Baron (Nexus), and more, the groundbreaking adventures of the original conspiracy-smashing duo are brought together in their entirety for the very first time right here in this massive, oversized volume. Collecting Archer & Armstrong(1992) numbered 0-26 and Eternal Warrior (1992) numbered 25 along with Archer & Armstrong: The Formation Of The Sect.
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One of the most important and critically acclaimed graphic novels of all time is now presented in a stunning Absolute edition. In 1986, Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli produced this groundbreaking reinterpretation of the origin of Batman - who he is and how he came to be. Written shortly after THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, Miller's dystopian fable of Batman's final days, YEAR ONE set the stage for a new vision of a legendary character. This oversize Absolute edition includes artist David Mazzucchelli's original pencil pages, sketches and script pages from Frank Miller, along with other bonus materials, all presented in a gorgeous slipcase.
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Gotham City: a town teeming with corrupt cops, ruthless crime lords, petty thieves...and just a small handful that would oppose them. Grizzled veteran Harvey Bullock, Captain Maggie Sawyer, Detective Renee Montoya and the GCPD are the law force that stands between order and complete anarchy. Gotham's Finest work around the clock to not only keep the world's most psychotic criminals off the street...but also cleaning up the mess left behind by Batman's one-man war on crime. Written by critically acclaimed authors Ed Brubaker (Captain America) and Greg Rucka (52, Detective Comics), this Eisner Award-winning series follows the detectives of Gotham City's Special Crimes Unit as they navigate against the city's greatest villains - in the shadow of Batman himself. This Eisner Award-winning series is now available in its entirety in this Omnibus edition. It collects issues numbered 1-40.
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