New Comics Collected Editions: My Favorite Thing is Monsters Book 2; Spider-Man Epic Collection; Hulk by Byrne and Casey Omnibus, More

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Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Book Two is the eagerly awaited conclusion to one of the most acclaimed graphic novels of the past decade. Presented as the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes as she tries to solve the murder of her beloved and enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold.

In Book Two, dark mysteries past and present continue to abound in the tumultuous and violent Chicago summer of 1968. Young Karen attends a protest in Grant Park and finds herself swept up in a police stomping. 

Privately, she continues to investigate Anka’s recent death and discovers one last cassette tape that sheds light upon Anka's heroic activities in Nazi Germany. She wrestles with her own sexual identity, the death of her mother, and the secrets she suspects her brother Deez of hiding. 

Ferris’s exhilarating cast of characters experience revelations and epiphanies that both resolve and deepen the mysteries visited upon them earlier. Visually, the story is told in Ferris's inimitable style that breathtakingly and seamlessly combines panel-to-panel storytelling and cartoon montages filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster mag iconography.

J. Jonah Jameson has uncovered proof that Peter Parker is Spider-Man — and that’s just the beginning of the web-slinger’s problems! Dinosaurs are fighting the Lizard on Broadway. Doctor Faustus plots to drive our hero insane. And the Molten Man and Punisher are back in town! That’s just another day in the Big Apple for Spider-Man! But when the Green Goblin returns, all bets are off! Spider-Man’s secret identity, the lives of Aunt May and Mary Jane — everything is on the line! Also featuring a team-up with Nova, the first appearance of Rocket Racer, the return of the crime boss Silvermane, an Annual with more spiders than men… and Peter Parker proposes to Mary Jane! Will she accept?

Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #165-185, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL (1964) #11-12, NOVA (1977) #12 and MARVEL CALENDAR 1978.

The origin of Batman and his never-ending fight against crime in Gotham City is modern mythology, but what of the story in between? Superstar writer Chip Zdarsky (Daredevil) and acclaimed artist Carmine Di Giandomenico (The Flash) will take Bruce Wayne on a fraught journey, making allies and enemies, on his training to become Batman in Batman: The Knight!

How did an angry, damaged young man grow into the most accomplished detective and crime-fighter the world has ever known? How did the Dark Knight… begin?

Bruce Wayne’s journey toward becoming the Dark Knight has begun, and he has many hard lessons to learn before his education is complete. His adventure begins in the City of Lights, Paris, where he’ll train with a world-renowned cat burglar and come into contact with a horrifying serial killer stalking the city’s wealthy elite... will this “first test” for the young Batman prove deadly?

Batman: The Knight collects BATMAN: THE KNIGHT #1-10

Writer Joe Casey takes the helm to deliver action-packed adventures, as Bruce Banner seeks answers about Betty’s recent death — while the Hulk battles the Super-Adaptoid, the Circus of Crime and more! Shocking truths are revealed just in time for a seismic clash with the Abomination alongside Thunderbolt Ross! Then, legendary creator John Byrne collaborates with blockbuster artist Ron Garney and more top-tier talent to take the green goliath on a frightening journey to the American heartland — and into his own troubled past! Featuring Iron Man and the Avengers, Wolverine, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Thanos, the powerful mutant X-Man — and Greenskin’s old sparring partner, the Thing! Plus: The classic savage Hulk rampages once again!

Collecting INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #468-474, HULK (1999) #1-11, HULK & SUB-MARINER ANNUAL ’98, X-MAN & HULK ANNUAL ’98, HULK ANNUAL ’99 and RAMPAGING HULK (1998) #1-6.