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Here at NPR headquarters in DC, MARVELous IMAGEs and FANTAstic GRAPHICS are dancing in our heads as we contemplate this year’s edition of our famous Summer Reader Poll — who will make the cut? Will it be packed with old favorites or BOOM! Will a DARK HORSE muscle in?

Oh God, we can’t keep this up anymore. Let’s just come right out and say it: This summer, we’re celebrating comics and graphic novels, and we need your help! Whether it’s a dogeared childhood treasure, the latest Eisner Award winner or the webcomic you binge-read last week, tell us about it using the form on this page.

Based on what you tell us, our expert panel of comics creators, reviewers — and geeks — will curate a final list of 100 favorite comics.

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane … It’s Our Comics And Graphic Novels Reader Poll!

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'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Co-Creator To Publish Modern Day 'Jane Eyre' Graphic Novel
Aline Brosh McKenna, co-creator of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and screenwriter of The Devil Wears Prada, will publish a graphic novel, Jane, that reimagines Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel Jane Eyr…

Aline Brosh McKenna, co-creator of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and screenwriter of The Devil Wears Prada, will publish a graphic novel, Jane, that reimagines Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel Jane Eyre, EW can announce exclusively. Jane will be published by Boom! Studios.

Illustrated by Eisner Award winner Ramón K. Pérez, Jane transposes our heroine to the modern era, where she’s an art student who has finally left her small fishing town for the bright lights of New York City. Soon, she realizes that the city and her talented peers are more intimidating than she expected, so Jane gets a nannying job to earn extra money. But the comfort that job provided grows thin when she starts falling for her young charge’s father, Rochester — a wealthy man with a dark secret.

Dark Horse Presents #24 by Geoff Darrow

Multiple Eisner and Harvey Award winner!
Dark Horse Presents #24
Caleb Goellner (W), Al Gordon (W), Carla Speed McNeil (W/A), Rich Woodall (W), Michael T. Gilbert (W/A), Dean Motter (W/A), Buster Moody (A), Bo Hampton (A), Craig Rousseau (A), and Geof Darrow (Cover)
On sale July 20
FC, 48 pages
$4.99
Ongoing
This month, follow reluctant astronaut Brad as he traverses an unknown planet in the hilarious space adventure Slothed in Space, featuring the work of Caleb Goellner and Buster Moody!
Plus, all-new chapters of Al Gordon and Bo Hampton’s The Once and Future Tarzan, Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder: Chase the Lady, Rich Woodall and Craig Rousseau’s Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl, Michael T. Gilbert’s Mr. Monster, and Dean Motter’s Mister X: Pokerface!
“Dark Horse Presents … is a must-read for any and all comic book fans, both casual and hardcore.”—ComicBooked.com

Mark Waid is a  testament to how even good writers aren’t universally applicable to anything.

An Eisner award winner, author of all time greats like Kingdom Come, iconic runs on Daredevil, the Flash and the Fantastic Four…cannot write Spider-Man for shit.

I wish Marvel would stop just handing Spider-Man over to any Tom Dick or Harry writer with street cred to their name and instead actually think hard if their previous work is indicative that they get the character, or at least like have a chat with them to see if they know their stuff.

DISPLACED PERSONS OGN (RES)

story DEREK McCULLOCH

art & cover RANTZ A. HOSELEY

FROM THE WRITER OF THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STAGGER LEE - NOMINATED FOR BOTH EISNER AND EAGLE AWARDS AND WINNER OF FOUR GLYPH AWARDS, INCLUDING BEST WRITER AND STORY OF THE YEAR!

In 1939, a detective in Dashell Hammett’s San Francisco investigates the disappearance of an heiress while struggling to hold his family together. In 1969, twin brothers find themselves on opposite sides of the law as the Summer of Love gives way to the death of the Sixties. In 1999, a marriage explodes in violence under the strain of unsatisfied greed as the dot-com bubble reaches the bursting point.

Displaced Persons tells the story of a uniquely twisted and tragic family history spanning the most turbulent hundred years in the history of mankind: the twentieth century saw 99 wars, 16 famines, 19 pandemics, 14 genocides and one family lost hopelessly in time.

FEBRUARY 4 - 168 PAGES - FC - $19.99

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New Tomb Raider Comic Launches Today!

Ready for an another adventure with Lara Croft, unfolding after the events of Rise of the Tomb Raider? Today marks the beginning of an all new series of Tomb Raider comics authored by 2015 Eisner Award winner, Mariko Tamaki. 

This first issue, previewed above, features 32 pages of full color and line art by Phillip Sevy, colors by Michael Atiyeh, lettering by Michael Heisler, and cover art by Agustin Alessio. 

Here’s the scoop behind Lara’s new journey:

Lara Croft is pursuing a lost truth about the world that just might unlock the secret to defeating death! She becomes entangled in a search for a rare mushroom said to grant immortality and a lethal new enemy that just won’t die!

Press previews have already surfaced with high praises:

“This first issue boasts the classic action that makes Lara Croft fun, and it’s beautifully packaged with fantastic and energetic art. “
- Comicosity 

“The Tomb Raider books from Dark Horse Comics have been firing on all cylinders lately. This brand new volume is the latest in a series of greats “
- Nerdist 

Pick up your copy of Tomb Raider #1 at your local comic book retailer today!

Witchcraft is broken - and the SCARLET WITCH is on a journey across the globe to fix it. 

From the back alleys of Manhattan, to the serene Greek Isles, to the bustling streets of Hong Kong, Wanda will have to face down her foes and find out who her true friends are. But as Wanda solves magical crimes and pieces witchcraft back together, the most important question remains: Who is the mastermind that broke it in the first place? 

Written by Eisner Award winner JAMES ROBINSON, with covers by Eisner Award winner DAVID AJA with the first issue drawn by fan-favorite VANESA DEL REY! 

SCARLET WITCH #1, on sale in December.

If you’ve spent even a modicum of time on the #comics tag in Tumblr, it’s likely that you have seen brianmichaelbendis show up on your dash once or twice, posting some of the best pages in all of comicdom and laying down some serious knowledge. 

The world of comics can be a confusing place, and just like the man himself, we are here to help make it a little clearer for all of you. So if you’ve been looking for some suggestions on what Bendis books to read but have been too afraid to ask, take a look at our

comiXology Guide to Brian Michael Bendis

Arguably, the comic that Bendis is best known for is the reboot of Spider-Man’s universe with 2000’s Ultimate Spider-Man, which not only brought Peter Parker’s origins into the modern age, but also kicked off the now-beloved Ultimate Universe. Bendis, along with veteran artist Mark Bagely, took Spidey’s original 11-page origin story and turned it into a seven issue story arc, and continued on for over 100 more issues to become Marvel’s longest running consistent creative duo on a single title. 

Bendis continues to helm the Ultimate Spider-Man series with sarapichelli on art and starring fan-favorite Miles Morales.

Bendis and Michael Avon oeming’s long running creator-owned series Powers combines the superhero and police procedural genres, and is now in production at FX to get it’s own TV series. Powers pits the wiles of two detectives against a world filled with superhumans. The series went on to become an Eisner award winner and still continues to come out in the ongoing Powers: Bureau. 

In 2001, Bendis took up the task of writing Daredevil with Alex Maleev on art. The series would go on to become one of the most lauded and character defining runs in the characters storied history. The Bendis run introduced a new love interest into Matt Murdock’s life and saw the reemergence of Kingpin. 

Following up Kurt Busiek’s run, Bendis rebooted the Avenger’s series with Avengers Disassembled, which heavily featured the Scarlet Witch and lead directly into the events of the now-beloved House of M event. 

An instant classic! Beast travels through time to bring the original X-Men into the present, imploring past-Cyclops to stop his future self from committing genocide on the mutants. Currently at 27 issues, this series is a regular best-seller and is sure to go down as one of the all-time greatest X-Men series. 

As if all that wasn’t enough, this weekend (5/10-5/12), we have a sale on a bunch of great creator-owned comics by Bendis including Brilliant, Scarlet, and Jinx. Make sure not to miss out on the limited-time Bendis Bundle to get 5 Bendis collections for 59% off!

Check out our Brian Michael Bendis Sale

CASANOVA: ACEDIA—An all-new, mind-bending adventure begins

Casanova Quinn returns to solve the mystery of… Casanova Quinn

Eisner Award-winners Matt Fraction, Gabriel Bá, and Fábio Moon team up with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon for an all-new Casanova Quinn story in CASANOVA: ACEDIA #1, coming to Image Comics on January 7.

In CASANOVA: ACEDIA #1, Casanova Quinn returns to find himself caught between unlocking the riddle of his own past and discovering the hidden history of his mysterious new criminal benefactor. “When we last saw him, Casanova Quinn crash-landed on our Earth from the ruins of his past with absolutely no memory of who he is, where he came from, or anything that happened to him before — but he knows he was somebody dangerous and that people are out to kill him,“ said Fraction. "So new readers and Cass alike have the exact same blank-slate context for this all-new adventure in Los Angeles.”

“It’s an L.A. that’s in the thrall of strange occult happenings—weird graffiti, strange crimes, frightening omens—and it’s set the whole town on uncomfortable edge,” explained Fraction. “Against this hyper-paranoid backdrop, Casanova sets out to investigate the life story of his employer, another dangerous man who, like Casanova, has no memory of his past beyond hints of horrific violence.”

Fraction added: “While Moon and I tell the story of an amnesiac Casanova and what new kinds of trouble he finds himself in, Chabon and Bá’s backups shine a light on what kind of people are hunting him down, where they’re hunting, and why. Longtime readers get a fuller picture and brand-new readers will learn about this world as Casanova RE-learns it to survive.”
 
The idea came up at the end of a podcast with the two writers when Chabon mentioned a desire to write Casanova backups in the spirit of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s classic "Tales of Asgard” strip. Produced for the back pages of The Mighty Thor, these stories introduced young Marvel Comics readers to classic Norse lore.

“When people ask me to name some of my favorite current comic book titles, Casanova is always the first one out of my mouth,” said Chabon. "Now I have to put my mind where my mouth has been! I’m just going to try to reach the high standard that Matt and the Moon/Bá brothers have consistently setting in this book, issue after issue, arc after arc.” 

CASANOVA tells the story of a hedonistic thief turned kind-of spy as he navigates the incredibly complex and stunningly psychedelic parallel world of interdimensional global espionage.

CASANOVA: ACEDIA #1 (Diamond Code NOV140529) arrives in stores this 1/7 and will be available for $3.99.
 

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Scarlet Witch #1 by David Aja

Variant cover by Kevin Wada

SCARLET WITCH #1
JAMES ROBINSON (w) • VANESA DEL REY (A)
COVER BY DAVID AJA
HIP-HOP VARIANT COVER BY BILL SIENKIEWICZ
MARVEL ‘92 VARIANT BY TBA
VARIANT COVER BY KEVIN WADA
Witchcraft is broken - and the SCARLET WITCH is on a journey across the globe to fix it. From the back alleys of Manhattan, to the serene Greek Isles, to the bustling streets of Hong Kong, Wanda will have to face down her foes and find out who her true friends are. But as Wanda solves magical crimes and pieces witchcraft back together, the most important question remains: Who is the mastermind that broke it in the first place? Written by Eisner Award winner JAMES ROBINSON, with covers by Eisner Award winner DAVID AJA with the first issue drawn by fan-favorite VANESA DEL REY!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99