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Monday, March 2, 2020

New and Upcoming Graphic Novels from DC Comics



about the books

Middle-Grade 


Zatanna and the House of Secrets 
By Matthew Cody 
Illustrated by Yoshi Yoshitani 
2/18/20 
DC Comics 
Welcome to the magical, mystical, topsy-turvy world of the House of Secrets, where Zatanna embarks on a journey of self-discovery and adventure ... all with her pet rabbit, Pocus, at her side  Zatanna and her professional magician father live in a special house, the House of Secrets, which is full of magic, puzzles, mysterious doors, and storybook creatures--it's the house everyone in the neighborhood talks about but avoids. Not that Zatanna cares, though, because she is perfectly content.  But at school one day, Zatanna stands up to a bully and everything changes ... including her friends. Suddenly, Zatanna isn't so sure about her place in the world, and when she returns home to tell her father, he's gone missing, lost within their own home.  With thrilling twists from writer Matthew Cody and dazzling artwork by Yoshi YoshitaniZantanna and the House of Secrets will delight readers at the turn of every page--and the opening of every door! 

With a charming heroine, cool setting, a story full of fun twists and captivating magic, and engaging illustrations with a snazzy color theme, Zatanna and the House of Secrets is an entertaining and engrossing graphic novel for young readers! 

Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime 
By Derek Fridolfs 
Illustrated by Dustin Nguyen 
2/11/20 
DC Comics 
Featuring four distinct stories including Damian Wayne, Alfred and Batman, Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen bring together the DC Universe with classic fairytales.  Once upon a crime...  Damian Wayne dreams of becoming a real boy wonder--as long as he can avoid telling lies and making his nose grow.  Batman's butler takes an unexpected trip through the looking glass and finds himself in a topsy-turvy world, for Alfred's in Wonderland!  Gotham City Police Department detectives interrogate Gotham's most dangerous criminals looking for the princess who stole the pea.  And in our final tale, Batman meets a snow queen who leads him on a dangerous quest.  The creative team behind LI'L GOTHAM returns to their Bat-roots, this time with a fairy-tale flair! 

Batman meets fairytales in this quirky, delightfully absurd collection of unforgettable tales! Fridolfs’ cheeky humor and Nguyen’s pops of watercolors and stylized drawings make for a captivating and super fun read. 
 
 
Batman Overdrive 
By Shea Fontana 
Illustrated by Marcelo DiChiara 
3/3/20 
DC Comics 
Batman: Overdrive tells the story of how a young, pre-Batman Bruce Wayne came to build the Batmobile while still processing the pain and guilt of his parents' death, and how he comes to understand that he doesn't have to walk through life on his own. 
 Driven to solve the mystery of his parents' murders, teenage loner Bruce Wayne hones his detective and combat skills as he scours the underbelly of Gotham looking for clues. Feeling responsible, Bruce is eager to find someone to pin the blame on so he can absolve himself of the guilt he feels. His quest for freedom while still clinging to the past is revealed in his effort to rebuild his dad's first car. Finding the correct parts forces Bruce to open himself up to new friendships and challenges, ultimately leading him to what he desires most: freedom!  Batman: Overdrive by writer Shea Fontana and artist Marcelo DiChiara is a heartfelt story touching on the importance of friendship, trust, and forgiveness. 

Full of thrilling action sequences, engaging characters, bold illustrations, and clever storytelling, Batman Overdrive is a compelling and exciting new origin story! 


Young-Adult 


Shadow of the Batgirl 
By Sarah Kuhn 
Illustrated by Nicole Goux 
2/4/20 
DC Comics 
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Cassandra Cain, teenage assassin, isn't exactly Batgirl material...not yet, at least. But when Batgirl goes missing from Gotham, can Cassandra defy her destiny and take on a heroic mantle of her very own?  Cassandra Cain is the daughter of super-villains and a living weapon trained from birth to be the ultimate assassin. But that doesn't mean she has to stay that way, right? She'll have to go through an identity crisis of epic proportions to find out. But how do you figure out who you're supposed to be when you've been trained to become a villain your entire life?  After a soul-shattering moment that sends Cass reeling, she'll attempt to answer this question the only way she knows how: learning everything she possibly can about her favorite hero--Batgirl. But Batgirl hasn't been seen in Gotham for years, and when Cass's father threatens the world she has grown to love, she'll have to step out of the shadows and overcome her greatest obstacle--that voice inside her head telling her she can never be a hero.  Sarah Kuhn, author of Heroine Complex and I Love You So Mochi, takes on her favorite hero of color for a new audience of readers. Featuring the edgy art style of Nicole GouxShadow of the Batgirl tells the harrowing story of a girl who overcomes the odds to find her unique identity. 

Shadow of the Batgirl is a thrilling and poignant origin story full of powerful emotions, beautiful storytelling, engrossing characters, and stunning illustrations.  


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*Disclaimer: I received copies of the titles above from DC Comics for review/feature purposes. All thoughts, opinions, and reviews are my own 


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