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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: All-Ages & YA

First Second has always been killing it, but they are especially bringing their game with all of these new educational comics coming out soon.

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(W) Don Brown

A Shot in the Arm! is the history of vaccinations and the struggle to protect people from infectious disease. Beginning with smallpox - perhaps humankind's greatest affliction to date - and concluding with an overview of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brown traces the evolution of vaccines and examines deadly diseases such as measles, polio, anthrax, rabies, cholera, and influenza. The book is narrated by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, who historically popularized inoculation in England in the early 18th century. Brown covers the science behind how our immune systems work, the discovery of bacteria, and major achievements. Brown also tackles the public and political response to vaccination throughout history.


Why this caught my eye:

Sure would be nice if more people would read books like this, wouldn't it?



(W) Ted Naifeh (A) Ted Naifeh

Will Crumrin needs help adapting to the mortal world after spending a hundred years in the realm of faeries, so his big sister Courtney makes him a glamor charm to ensure he will be loved by everyone in his new life. Eventually, Will finds his endless popularity more a prison than a plus when his friends' affections turn to infighting and Courtney turns to other magic to save him. But her use of magic draws the attention of Emil Gorka, an ancient vampire disguised as the most powerful corporate CEO in town. Now it's Will who must create magic of his own to fight for his sister's life and save her from eternal servitude and the unquenchable hunger of an undead monster.


Why this caught my eye:

Signal flare for the Crumrin fans as it's a pretty dedicated following. I've fallen way behind on these but this sounds like a fun new addition to the series.



(W) Kate Reed Petty (A) Andrea Bell

In this compelling middle-grade graphic novel, Ruth, a young journalist, takes on issues of corruption, pollution, and freedom of the press, determined to uncover a secret that threatens her town.

Ruth Keller is brash and precocious; she argues with her dentist, her parents, and her teachers. So, when she discovers a strange black slime in the man-made lake of her suburban neighborhood, she decides to investigate. Fortified by the encouragement of those around her, Ruth seeks the truth at all costs, even if it means taking on the rich local country club owner, who she believes is responsible for the pollution. Between the teasing of former friends, and a sudden viral spotlight, Ruth discovers how difficult it is for a journalist to take a stand for what's right in the face of critique and controversy. From writer Kate Reed Petty and illustrator Andrea Bell, comes a story about corruption, pollution, and freedom of the press, and the young journalist at the center of it all.


Why this caught my eye:

This was one of those "Wait a minute, I think I follow that artist on Instagram" moments, and yup. I like Bell's style and I always lean towards giving First Second books a shot as they're consistently high quality projects.



(W) Jason Viola (A) Andrew Ristaino

Chew on this! Science Comics: The Digestive System is the latest volume in First Second's action-packed nonfiction graphic novel series for middle-grade readers!

In this volume, visit the inside of your mouth, stomach, liver, intestines, and other organs that make up the gastrointestinal tract! Your guide to the gut is a friendly bacterium who will take you on a journey beyond imagination. Uncover how food is transformed into nutrients! Explore strange and dangerous glands! Behold the wonders of saliva, mucus, and vomit! This is a trip to the toilet you will never forget! JAN211361

Why this caught my eye:

I consider all of the Science Comics from First Second to be basic items all middle grade classrooms should strive to stock.



(W) Colleen AF Venable (A) Kathryn Hudson

Inside Build a Robot!, the latest volume of First Second's DIY comic series, you'll find step-by-step instructions on how to construct six different robots! The family toaster is preparing to take over the world, and he needs your help! Several obstacles lie in his path to greatness: your homework, household chores, and a dastardly kitty cat. All you have to do is build an army of robots, and world domination is within reach! Anyone can build a robot if they have the right tools! With some wire, a battery, and a simple motor-which you can often find lying around the house-building a robot is within your reach.

Follow the easy step-by-step instructions and you can learn to make these robots! Brush bot

Art bot

Scare bot

Noisy bot

LED throwie

Remote controlled car bot


Why this caught my eye:

Dang, First Second just killing it with good books lately. Young me would have absolutely loved this kind of stuff.



(W) James Asmus, Sam Maggs (A) Jack Lawrence, Casey Coller (CA) Tony Fleecs

While using a modified Space Bridge to bring magic to Cybertron, the Decepticons end up unleashing a more powerful evil from Equestria than they ever could've imagined-looks like the only way out of this one is to team up! More ponies, more bots, and more magical mayhem as two worlds collide in the return of this hit crossover event! FEB210437

Why this caught my eye:

Speaking of robots, just look at how happy Optimus is on that cover. Anytthing that can bring him such joy must be great. The first series was lot of fun and pretty adorable, so just embrace the cuteness and run with it.


That's it for this batch, we'll check out some Action/Adventure on the next round!

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