Books we’re looking forward to in the second half of 2015 (Part three by Daniel Carpenter)


Wonder Woman: Earth One by Grant Morrison & Yanick Paquette: DC Comics haven’t delivered a decent comic this year other than Multiversity, so is it going to take the reappearance of Grant Morrison to give us another? His out of continuity Superman series, All Star Superman, stands out as the finest work of superhero fiction this side of Watchmen, and his take on Wonder Woman may just match it. Art from Yanick Paquette (Swamp Thing) won’t hurt a bit either. 

The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray: Skippy Dies was a masterpiece. A bona fide masterpiece. Really, all we need to say here is that Paul Murray has a new book out, and you should all be interested. The Mark and The Void is a semi-metafictional novel about a mysterious writer called Paul and the relationship he forms with a French banker called Claude. It’ll be great.

Trashed by Derf Backderf: A graphic novel recounting the year that writer/artist Derf Backderf spent as a bin man, Trashed has already been through several variations. This collection, published in autumn, is hopefully going to be the definitive version of this weird, funny, and sad story about trash, and the people who collect it. 

Becoming Unbecoming by Una: A graphic novel from Myriad Editions about a young girl growing up in West Yorkshire, as the Yorkshire Ripper looms in the background. It’s already got grand praise from the likes of Emma Jane Unsworth and Mary Talbot, and we like both of them very much. Una’s memoir looks to be an evocative coming of age story which investigates male violence against women. 

The Weightless World by Anthony Trevelyan: Released this month, the latest release from the very reliable Galley Beggar Press is about two men who arrive in India to buy an anti-gravity machine. Trevelyan is looking to be a major new talent in English fiction, and Galley Beggar haven’t steered us wrong yet. Count us in. 

City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg: This one has weight behind it. A 900 page Great American Novel, described by the published as the “best American novel I’ve ever read.” Subject to a $2million advance in the States and a ‘substantial six figure deal’ in the UK. Apparently the book calls to mind Tom Woolf, Patti Smith and Don DeLillo, it’s big book both literally and figuratively. 

We Stand on Guard by Brian K Vaughan and Steve Skroce: Look, if you were to make a list of the best comic book series of the past decade, you’d likely include one of the following in your top ten: Runaways, Saga, Y The Last Man, and Ex Machina. All of them were written by Brian K Vaughan. We Stand on Guard is his latest ongoing series, about the Canadian army defending their country against the United States. He teams up with Canadian artist Steve Skroce, last seen storyboarding films such as The Matrix. The first issue lands in the summer, and we cannot wait. 

Mother of Eden by Chris Beckett: Dark Eden was a big surprise. Chris Beckett not only created a stunningly evocative world, but managed to tell an incredibly compelling story within it. His tale of a society born from a group of lost astronauts was one of the best science fiction novels of the past several years. This sequel picks up the action several generations later, complicating the already complex mythology. 

Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories by China Mieville: More beguiling science fiction from one of the masters of the genre. Mieville’s last collection of short fiction, Looking for Jake, was excellent. His subsequent novels have also erred on the side of brilliant. Several stories from this latest collection have been seen out in the world, so we’ve a sneaking suspicion that this will be very good indeed.

 Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton: Kate Beaton has impressed us for years with her comic blog Hark! A Vagrant, with its literary sensibilities and goofy humour. Step Aside, Pops is the second collection packaging her webcomics. Expect Nancy Drew, Heathcliff, and several Shakespeare jokes.


You can see Part One and Part Two of our 50 Books list or you can just spend the next 24 hours getting really excited about the prospect of Part Four, which is brought to you by Valerie O’Riordan and features… Kevin Barry, Tessa Hadley, Michael Cunningham… so many good things!


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