New graphic novel series are starting all the time, introducing new characters or new storylines for established characters. Here are some series added to the Davenport Public Library collection in early 2021 that will help you enjoy your graphic novel reading experience from the very beginning.
The Apothecary Diaries – This manga from Natsu Hyuuga tells the story of Maomao, a young woman trained in the art of herbal medicine, who is forced to work as a lowly servant in the inner palace. Using her wits to break a “curse” afflicting the imperial heirs, Maomao attracts the attentions of the handsome eunuch Jinshi and is promoted to attendant food taster. But Jinshi has other plans for the erstwhile apothecary, and soon Maomao is brewing potions and solving mysteries. In this quick moving series, Volumes 2 through 4 are scheduled to come out by the end of the year.
Batman/Superman – From popular comic hero writer Joshua Williamson, Batman and Superman team up in a new series. They must work together to find out who is infected with the mutated Joker virus and hopefully cure them before it’s too late. You can jump in here or get more backstory on the Joker virus in 2019’s The Batman Who Laughs storyline from Scott Snyder. Volume 2 of Batman/Superman is due out later this year.
Canto : If Only I had a Heart written by David M. Booher ; art by Drew Zucker – Canto opens with a quote from the Tin Woodman in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. “I shall take the heart, for brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.” That sets the stage for, what at first appears to be an adorable, short knight going on an epic quest. The story turns darker as it is explained that creatures known as “slavers” have replaced all the hearts of the Canto-like creatures with clocks and forced them to work at furnaces to fuel their city. Canto’s epic quest is to find the heart of the girl he loves after the slavers break her clock and threaten to throw her in the furnace if she can’t work anymore. Volume 2 comes out in May 2021.
Carole & Tuesday written by Shinichirō Watanabe; illustrations by Morito Yamataka – When orphan Carole meets runaway Tuesday, an uptown girl who wants nothing more than to make music, it’s as if they were fated to find each other. With their shared dream, the duo charges headfirst into the world of entertainment on colonized Mars. This is a manga graphic novel, so it reads right to left. Watch for Volume 2 to be available from the Davenport Public Library soon.
Ms. Marvel starts an all-new era with an alien invasion in New Jersey. She must save her hometown, save the planet, and protect her family. But her parents are also trying to protect her by chaperoning her outer space adventures. In Volume 2, Ms. Marvel’s roadtrip is derailed by zombies. You don’t have to wait long for Volume 3, due in May 2021, where Ms. Marvel must complete with a new superhero in town – Amulet. This series is headed by prolific graphic novel writer Saladin Ahmed.
Ragna Crimson — Dragon hunters: warriors armed with special silver weapons who kill their prey for bounty. Lowest among their ranks is Ragna, who forms an improbable partnership with the young genius Leonica, a master dragon slayer with more kills to her name than almost any other. All Ragna wants is to stay by Leonica’s side, but his dream is shattered by an attack from the deadliest dragon imaginable. More volumes are scheduled to come out in May and August.