Good Books to Order for May 2016

The latest Diamond Previews catalog lists a lot of books worth checking out. Here are a few of them. You can order them now through your local comic shop for delivery in May or later. (The ones with April dates are relists of books that have already been published, so they’re available earlier.)

Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In Wonder Woman '77 Special #1
Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In
Dark Horse, $3.50, MAR16 0030, May 4
A new story written by Evan Dorkin and painted by Jill Thompson about cats fighting mystical beasties.
Wonder Woman ’77 (collection)
DC Comics, $16.99, MAR16 0277, June 1
Collecting a variety of nostalgic digital-first comics based on the TV show.
Back to the Future: Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines No Mercy Volume 2
Back to the Future: Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines
IDW Publishing, $19.99, MAR16 0337, May 18
A fun ride for movie fans, with more info about all the favorite characters.
No Mercy Volume 2
Image Comics, $14.99, MAR16 0679, June 8
Issues #5-9 of the across-the-border horror series continues, as the various teen survivors begin to be reunited with their parents… or continue to do stupid things in a foreign country. It’s the individual personality moments portrayed by Alex de Campi and Carla Speed McNeil that make this so gripping.
Private Beach Barnaby Volume 3
Private Beach: The Complete Collection
Dover Publications, $16.95, MAR16 1405, May 18
Collecting David Hahn’s series with a new conclusion.
Barnaby Volume 3
Fantagraphics Books, $39.99, MAR16 1472, May 25
I love this classic comic strip by Crockett Johnson, and I’m thrilled to see this new installment finally due.
Hippopotamister Something New
Hippopotamister
First Second, $17.99, MAR16 1488, May 11
A charming kids’ book with a great message.
Something New: Tales From a Makeshift Bride
First Second, $19.99, MAR16 1489, May 4
Lucy Knisley’s latest autobio covers the wedding industry and her struggles with authenticity within it.
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen cover Primates
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
First Second, $17.99, MAR16 1491, April 20
An outstanding autobiography by Lucy Knisley that connects key life moments and food memories.
Primates: The Fearless Science of Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas
First Second, $19.99, MAR16 1490, April 13
An inspiring science biography of three women who worked with apes by Jim Ottaviani (the godfather of true science comics) and Maris Wicks.
Science Comics: Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean Science Comics: Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers
Science Comics: Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean
First Second, $9.99, MAR16 1492, March 29
The better of these two books, as Maris Wicks draws great undersea life.
Science Comics: Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers
First Second, $9.99, MAR16 1494, March 29
A bit muddled, but an admirable attempt at explaining the history of paleontology.
Human Body Theater Louise Brooks: Detective
Human Body Theater
First Second, $14.99, MAR16 1496, April 13
Adorable anatomy lessons by Maris Wicks.
Louise Brooks: Detective
NBM, $15.99, MAR16 1576, April 27
A wonderful historical fiction by Rich Geary asking “what if a famous silent film actress solved a murder?”
Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White cover Hank Ketcham’s Dennis The Menace Volume 1: The Cult-Classic Comicbooks by Al Wiseman & Fred Toole
A Treasury of 20th Century Murder: Madison Square Tragedy
NBM, $15.99, MAR16 1577, April 27
A fascinating exploration of the murder of Stanford White, combining celebrity, torture, and madness in early 1900s New York City.
Dennis The Menace Volume 1: The Cult-Classic Comicbooks
Papercutz, $19.99, MAR16 1635, April 27
Read KC’s recommendation of this book by Al Wiseman & Fred Toole for more information.
Love Stage!! Volume 5 A Trip to the Bottom of the World With Mouse
Love Stage!! Volume 5
SuBLime, $12.99, MAR16 1672, May 11
The amusing boys’ love manga series continues with the latest volume, in which the two guys are separated by work.
A Trip to the Bottom of the World With Mouse
Toon Graphics, $12.95, MAR16 1771, April 20
A kid-friendly character goes to Antarctica.
What Did You Eat Yesterday? Volume 10
What Did You Eat Yesterday? Volume 10
Vertical, $12.95, MAR16 1858, May 25
SO glad this cooking romance manga series is coming back! I love reading it.



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