New Comics Collected Editions: 'Superman: The Harvest of Youth,' 'Monica' by Daniel Clowes, More

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Clark Kent’s idyllic teen life is wrenched away when the death of a classmate rocks Smallville. As he and his friends grieve, the challenges they face become darker, more complex, and deeply insidious. For the first time in his life, Clark must grapple with life’s biggest questions, and confront his own mortality (or lack thereof) in order to become the hero his beloved town needs. Acclaimed GLAAD Media Award-nominated writer and artist Sina Grace (Iceman) tells the deeply moving and quintessential story of teenage Clark Kent and the town that must overcome grief and hate to restore hope.

Monica is a series of interconnected narratives that collectively tell the life story — actually, stories — of its title character. Clowes calls upon a lifetime of inspiration to create the most complex and per - sonal graphic novel of his distinguished career. Rich with visual detail, an impeccable ear for language and dialogue, and thrilling twists, Monica is a multilayered masterpiece in comics form that alludes to many of the genres that have defined the medium — war, romance, horror, crime, the supernatural, etc. — but in a mysterious, uncategorizable, and quintessentially Clowesian way that rewards multiple readings.

Five years in the making, Monica marks the apex of creativity from one of the defining voices of the graphic novel boom over the past quarter-century. 

Now available in an affordable paperback format, Eerie Archives Volume 1 features some of the most acclaimed works of horror, murder, and the macabre in the history of graphic fiction.

Eerie, like its killer kin Creepy, features work from many of the grandmasters of comics storytelling, including Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson, Gray Morrow, Alex Toth, Steve Ditko, and others and stories by the legendary Archie Goodwin.

Features the ultra-rare Eerie #1, for which only 200 “ashcan” copies were originally printed!

Collects Eerie magazine #1–#5.

Weird Fantasy from EC Comics captured the wonder and terror of science fiction like no other title of its era.

And now the Dark Horse Comics library of EC classics returns with EC Archives: Weird Fantasy Volume 2, now in a value-priced paperback edition featuring the work of comics legends Al Feldstein, William Gaines, Wally Wood, Jack Kamen, Joe Orlando and more.

This volume collects Weird Fantasy issues #7–#12 with remastered digital color based on Marie Severin’s original tones.

Foreword by rock superstar Gene Simmons of KISS!

The Xavier School has a new headmaster: Roy Thomas! Stan Lee’s right-hand man, Roy took mutantkind on wild new adventures as he cut his teeth as a scripter of superhero sagas. These early adventures come from the time when Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Angel and Iceman were a quirky quintet of teenagers together against the world. Across ten issues you’ll see them confront a host of villains — from Count Nefaria and his henchmen, to the Locust and the Aztec-inspired Kukulcan! You’ll also witness the first appearance of mainstay X-Man Banshee and read the rare stories when a sixth mutant member, the Mimic, joined Professor X’s squad!

Collecting X-MEN (1963) #20-29.