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5 Comics to Watch for in May 2015

Brenna Clarke Gray

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Part muppet and part college faculty member, Brenna Clarke Gray holds a PhD in Canadian Literature while simultaneously holding two cats named Chaucer and Swift. It's a juggling act. Raised in small-town Ontario, Brenna has since been transported by school to the Atlantic provinces and by work to the Vancouver area, where she now lives with her stylish cyclist/webgeek husband and the aforementioned cats. When not posing by day as a forserious academic, she can be found painting her nails and watching Degrassi (through the critical lens of awesomeness). She posts about graphic narratives at Graphixia, and occasionally she remembers to update her own blog, Not That Kind of Doctor. Blog: Not That Kind of Doctor Twitter: @brennacgray

Scott Pilgrim Vol 61. Scott Pilgrim Volume 6: Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour by Bryan Lee O’Malley.

This concludes the fancy colourized editions of the Scott Pilgrim series, so now you can own them all in gorgeous hardcover as colourized by Nathan Fairbain (whose work on Seconds was absolutely breath-taking). The final revised edition drops May 5 from Oni Press, so it’s time to complete your set of tales about the little slacker who could.




exquisite corpse2. Exquisite Corpse by Penelope Bagieu

Have you always wanted to live with an author? What if an author just… appeared in your house? And what if you didn’t know enough about books to know that the author was a super famous one — or that he was supposed to be dead? This is the dilemma in which Zoe finds herself, and now she’s tasked with keeping the literary scandal of the millennium all to herself. This cute and clever adventure story comes from fabulous French artist Penelope Bagieu, and this is her first comic to be published in the US. It launches with First Second on May 5.


Nimona cover3. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Fans of webcomics and fans of Lumberjanes, rejoice! Nimona is a completely irreverent adventure comic about a misunderstood shapeshifter and her very sweet villainous buddy. I inhaled my advanced copy of this in mere hours, but I can’t wait to revisit it in all its beauty now that the finished copies will be available. It’s all the humour and heart of Lumberjanes, but with extra dragons, and it is available May 12 from HarperCollins.




the king in yellow

4. Robert Chambers’ The King in Yellow, adapted by INJ Culbard

True Detective fans might be excited to see this graphic adaptation of the hugely influential short story collection that boasts HP Lovecraft and Neil Gaiman as fans. This is an adaptation that tends towards the heavily narrative — there’s a lot of text here — but Culbard’s art is atmospheric and effective. And so creepy. Get it from May 19 from SelfMadeHero.




thor volume 1: goddess of thunder5. Thor Volume 1: Goddess of Thunder by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman

Those who have been waiting for trade can finally get their hands on Volume 1 of Thor’s newest incarnation as a woman. It’s time to learn who this goddess is — and where she comes from. This collects Thor 1-5, and is available form Marvel on May 26.





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