High School can be Hell: Image focuses on teens in July ~ What'cha Reading?

High School can be Hell: Image focuses on teens in July


Image has some great graphic novels hitting in July. Think your high school years were rough? Your questionable hair and clothing choices have nothing on these kids.

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From Image:

Think back on your teenage years: Rough, right? Cliques. Self-doubt. Emotions gone haywire. Now imagine dealing with all that in the worlds of three Image Comics graphic novels slated for release in July: two separate high schools for the children of assassins and a survivalist camp where all the adults are dead.

image_1DEADLY CLASS VOLUME ONE: REAGAN YOUTH by Rick Remender and Wes Craig is set in San Francisco at the tail end of the Reagan Era. It’s 1987, and Marcus Lopez is going to school with the children of some of the world’s most brutal assassins. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At King’s Dominion School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical. ISBN 978-1-63215-003-5




image_2If DEADLY CLASS sounds intriguing to you, but not quite right for a younger reader you have in mind, check out the teen-friendly FIVE WEAPONS by Jimmie Robinson. VOLUME TWO: TYLER’S REVENGE is the continuing story of Enrique, a boy from the lower rungs of society who gets into the illustrious School of Five Weapons by impersonating the scion of a famous family of assassins.



image_3While other dystopian works of fiction tend to be post-apocalyptic, SHELTERED by Ed Brisson and Johnnie Christmas is pre-apocalyptic, set in a survivalist camp, where people convinced that civilization is nearing collapse have brought their families. The series follows the dramatic events following one of the children’s plot to kill all the adults to make sure the children are the ones who survive the coming apocalypse. SHELTERED: VOLUME TWO sees the kids trying to rebuild after the trauma of losing their families, only for a new threat to close in on them.


Interested in more teenage dystopias? Check out the long-running, critically-acclaimed series MORNING GLORIES by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma, with six volumes available now! In the prestigious Morning Glories Academy, nothing is as its seems and everyone may be an enemy.


About Author

Rosemary Kiladitis is a children’s librarian, a mom, and a proud fangirl/nerdgirl. She did her homework while watching reruns of the 1966 Batman series, which led to her longstanding relationship with the Bat, and she’s pretty sure that Barbara Gordon is the real reason she went to library school. She loves superheroes, supervillains, and is secretly married to Hellboy. Or Loki. She can’t remember, but it’s one of them. Roe blogs about children’s and teen books at http://roespot.blogspot.com, and you can read her 140 character ramblings on twitter @RoeSolo.

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