February 26, 2010

New Evanovich Graphic Novel

New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich – whose novels have sold more than 90 million copies – brings the popular Barnaby series to comics for her first graphic novel with Dark Horse's Troublemaker Book 1 HC, her newest adventure starring reader favorite Alexandra Barnaby.

Evanovich’s books hold wide appeal among readers, as evidenced by the 14 titles that have topped the Times’ bestseller lists. This new tale is co-written by Janet Evanovich with Alex Evanovich, and illustrated by JoĆ«lle Jones (Dr. Horrible). The story sends race car mechanic Alex and driver Sam Hooker into the darker parts of the Sunshine State as they answer two friends’ calls for help. Soon, they’re hunting for a missing man and assembling a puzzle that pits them against Petro Voodoo, explosions, gift-wrapped body parts, a deadly swamp chase... and Sam Hooker's mother.

The 112-page, full-color hardcover is scheduled to ship on July 14.

Archie The Wedding Epilogue

"Archie Gets Married: the Epilogue": The amazing events that occurred in ARCHIE issues #600 through #605 have left Archie in a daze! He doesn't know how to explain it to his friends... especially Betty and Veronica! Can he readjust to the way things used to be before he walked up Memory Lane?
SCRIPT: Michael Uslan
ART: Stan Goldberg

FNC has all copies of this story in stock!

Kill Shakespeare

I just read an advance copy of Kill Shakespeare #1. IDW decribes the book as "What Fables does for fairy tales, Kill Shakespeare does with the greatest writer of all time. This dark take on the Bard pits his greatest heroes (Hamlet, Juliet, Othello Falstaff) against his most menacing villains (Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Iago) in an epic adventure to find and kill a reclusive wizard named William Shakespeare."

We'll have to see how the characters are developed over the course of the series in order to judge if the book is worthy of the Fables comparison, but I enjoyed the 1st issue. The story sets up the journey of a banished Hamlet on a quest to resurrect his dead father. But, in order to do so, he must first kill a wizard named William Shakespeare.

This book should also be popular with English teachers. They could have students read the comic and make comparisons with the actual works of Shakespeare. Why didn't I ever get a cool assignment like that in school? :) As a school project or as just a fun read, Kill Shakespeare is worth your time! The first issue arrives in April.