Collection Check for Free Comic Book Day | Wyatt’s World

Saturday, May 6, is Free Comic Book Day. Use the occasion to share the riches of graphic novel collections and build patrons’ TBR lists. Here are five essential volumes to have in the stacks or on order.

  • You & a Bike & a Road by Eleanor Davis (Koyama).
    In 2016, Davis, who garnered wide attention for How To Be Happy, took an epic bicycle road trip from her childhood home in Arizona to her current residence in Georgia. Along the way, she drew and posted her quest to Instagram—her experience documented here. Known for her dynamic, full, and bold work, she presents images that make her long, pedal-powered journey even more resonant.
  • Black Panther: World of Wakanda. Vol. 1: Dawn of the Midnight Angels by Ta-Nehisi Coates & others (text) & Alitha Martinez & others (illus.) (Marvel).
    Collecting Issues 1–6 of the series set in the world of Wakanda, this paperback volume is a spin-off from the mainline of Black Panther tales and marks the debut of novelist/essayist Roxane Gay as a comics author. It recounts stories of the Dora Milaje, also called the Midnight Angels, the all-female protection agency charged with guarding the lives of the Wakanda royal family. Story, writing, and art by an all-star team.
  • Roughneck by Jeff Lemire (Gallery 13: S. & S.).
    A brother and sister, both broken by life, retreat to the woods, where they try to survive and rebuild, but the darkness that haunts their lives—from addiction to abuse—follows. Violent, raw, and realistic, Lemire’s tale is all-consuming, and his artwork, rendered in detailed lines of blue, white, and black, ensnares the reader.
  • Aliens: Dead Orbit by James Stokoe (Dark Horse)
    While not out in a collected volume until November, this new series launched as single issues last week in aid of the film Alien: Covenant, out this month. Fans of Stokoe (Godzilla: The Half-Century War) will recognize the artist’s ability to depict a monster as few others can, making this debut starring the terrifying Xenomorphs event reading.
  • Boundless by Jillian Tamaki (Drawn & Quarterly).
    Coming in June is this next book from the creator of Supermutant Magic Academy (and with cousin Mariko Tamaki This One Summer). These fantastical short pieces showcase Tamaki’s talent for storytelling and expressive design.
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Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at

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