History in the Making: Top Historical Fiction Graphic Novels

Atomic Blonde: The Coldest City

By Antony Johnston and Sam Hart

Oni Press – 9781620103814, $14.99

Ages: 16+

MI6 spy Lorraine Broughton was sent to Berlin to investigate the death of another agent, and the disappearance of a list revealing every spy working there. She found a powder keg of mistrust, assassinations and bad defections that ended with the murder of MI6's top officer, as the Berlin Wall was torn down. Now Lorraine has returned from the Cold War's coldest city, to tell her story. And nothing is what it seems.



Dreaming Eagles

By Garth Ennis and Simon Coleby

Aftershock Comics – 9781935002949, $29.99

Ages: 16+

Dreaming Eagles tells the story of the first African-American fighter pilots to join the United States Army Air Force in WWII and whose humble beginnings in Tuskegee, Alabama propelled them into the deadly skies above Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. Not only were they instrumental against the Nazi war machine, but also braved an equally great challenge, overcoming everyday bigotry amongst their fellow American soldiers as well as civilians at home. High in the heavens, they fought a battle that would change their country for all time.


Kobane Calling: Greetings from Northern Syria

By Zerocalcare

Lion Forge – 9781941302491, $19.99

Ages: 16+

The autobiographical memoir of a young Italian humor cartoonist who volunteers to support and observe the Kurdish resistance in Syria as a journalist and aid worker. He winds up in Ayn al-Arab, a majority-Kurd town in the Rojava region of Syria, on the front lines against the encroaching Islamic State, and there he receives a heartbreaking education into the Syrian Civil War.

Manifest Destiny Volume 5: Mnemophobia and Chronophobia

By Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts, and Owen Gieni

Image Comics – 9781534302303, $16.99

Ages: 13+

Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark set out on an expedition to explore the uncharted American frontier. This is the story of what the monsters they discovered lurking in the wilds... As winter begins, Lewis & Clark hunker the Corp of Discovery down in their new fort on the very frontier of civilization. All is calm... until old enemies emerge from the fog... and the real nightmare begins. Collects MANIFEST DESTINY #25-30.



By Alex de Campi, Tony Parker, and Blond

Image Comics – 9781534301573, $14.99

Ages: 16+

April 1971. The CIA is handed the espionage coup of the decade when a KGB general defects with a list of all Soviet intelligence assets in Asia. Including spies within the US Army in Vietnam. All Jack Hudson has to do is get the defector and his microfilm from Hong Kong to California... and keep Palm Springs' overzealous FBI office from turning everything into a freak show. All Codename: Felix has to do is kill the defector and get the microfilm back to the USSR, by any means possible. Easy, right? Now throw in a beautiful woman, a fast car, and a whole lot of drugs.


Moonshine Volume 1

By Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso

Image Comics – 9781534300644, $9.99

Ages: 16+

Set during Prohibition, and deep in the backwoods of Appalachia, MOONSHINE #1 tells the story of LOU PIRLO, a city-slick "torpedo" sent from New York City to negotiate a deal with the best moonshiner in West Virginia, one HIRAM HOLT. Lou figures it for milk run -- how hard could it be to set-up moonshine shipments from a few ass-backward hillbillies? What Lou doesn't figure on is that Holt is just as cunning as ruthless as any NYC crime boss and Lou is in way over his pin-striped head. Because not only will Holt do anything to protect his illicit booze operation, he'll stop at nothing to protect a much darker family secret...a bloody, supernatural secret that must never see the light of day...or better still, the light of the full moon.

Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie

By Anthony Del Col and Werther Dell'Edera

Dynamite Entertainment – 9781524104177, $19.99

Ages: 13+

A Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mystery unlike any other you’ve ever read! When the teenage brothers Frank and Joe Hardy are accused of the murder of their father – a detective in the small resort town of Bayport – they must team up with Nancy Drew to prove their innocence (and find the real guilty party in the process) in a twisting noir tale, complete with double-crosses, deceit, and dames. Writer Anthony Del Col (Assassin’s Creed, Kill Shakespeare) and artist Werther Dell’Edera (Batman: Detective Comics, House of Mystery) bring the iconic teen detectives into the modern age, and redefine noir for a new generation of readers!

Paper Girls Volume 3

By Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, and Matt Wilson

Image Comics – 9781534302235, $12.99

Ages: 13+

The multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-winning series from BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and CLIFF CHIANG continues, as newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac and Tiffany finally reunite with their long-lost friend KJ in an unexpected new era, where the girls must uncover the secret origins of time travel... or risk never returning home to 1988. Collects issues 11 through 15!

Rough Riders Volume 1

By Adam Glass and Pat Olliffe

Aftershock Comics – 9781935002925, $19.99

Ages: 16+

At the cusp of the 1898 World's Fair, America is poised to become Earth's most industrious nation. When a terrible power emerges from the darkness, a group of unlikely heroes team-up to stop it. A tortured Teddy Roosevelt recruits a struggling Coney Island magician named Harry Houdini: a hard-drinking, gun-slinger, Annie Oakley; a financially strapped and aging Thomas Edison; and a boisterous, womanizing African American boxer with a big chip on his shoulder named Jack Johnson. These legends of old will soon wage a shadow war that will change the course of history for America, and the world. That is of course, if they don't kill one another first.


We Stand On Guard

Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce

Image Comics – 9781534301412, $14.99

Ages: 16+

Set 100 years in our future, We Stand On Guard follows a heroic band of Canadian civilians turned freedom fighters who must defend their homeland from invasion by a technologically superior opponent...the United States of America. Collecting all six issues of the controversial hit miniseries.