Good Comics Out May 1

Two great books out today, both creatively inspiring in very different ways.

Will & Whit cover Feynman cover
Will & Whit Feynman (now in paperback)
by Laura Lee Gulledge by Jim Ottaviani & Leland Myrick
Amulet Books, $12.95 First Second, $19.99

Notes on a few other releases: If you’re a Twilight fan, you’ll likely want to see the next chapter told as a graphic novel. Yen Press has released New Moon: The Graphic Novel ($19.99), part one, as a hardcover. If you’re not already a fan, there’s no need to start with this part of the bigger story, and the art is serviceable, not outstanding.

Archaia is tackling an odd cross-cultural project — in July, they’re releasing a Cyborg 009 graphic novel, a retelling of Shotaro Ishinomori’s manga written by F.J. DeSanto and Bradley Cramp. As a sneak peek, today they’re putting out the first 17 pages as “Chapter 000″, a one-shot for a dollar. It’s not all that satisfying on its own, but it’s intended to simply be a teaser, introducing you to the (somewhat familiar) elements of a guy enhanced into a powered cyborg fighter by a mysterious group. He then teams up with others like him to fight back. The art, by Marcus To, is attractive, more superhero than manga. There’s too many characters to get a sense of any of them, but the background material, interviewing DeSanto and providing some history of the property, is informative. I was intrigued enough to consider reading the full story when the whole book is available, drawn by the art.

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