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First Second’s spring line-up includes new Kindt, Seagle and more

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First Second sent out its latest catalog earlier this week, highlighting all the graphic novels it will release next spring. The bad news is, there’s still no Battling Boy on the schedule, nor do the Box Brown Andre the Giant or as-yet-unrevealed Becky Cloonan books appear. But the good news is there are projects featuring the likes of Faith Erin Hicks, Matt Kindt, Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen, Dave Roman and many more.

Here’s the rundown:

Odd Duck, by Cecil Castellucci and Sara Varon.  “A heartwarming tale of the perils and pleasures of friendship featuring two ducks who are both a bit odd.” Varon has done several graphic novels for First Second, including Bake Sale and Robot Dreams, while Castellucci wrote the Plain Janes books for DC’s Minx line, as well as several Young Adult novels.

Primates, by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks.  A new science book from Jim Ottaviani, the author of thwe well-received Feynman, “with Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, Biruté Galdikas and all sorts of primates.” Wicks, meanwhile, has a fun blog where you can check out her work, which includes several kids titles like Spongebob and Adventure Time.

Red Handed, by Matt Kindt. This is described as a “crazy psychological mystery” from the prolific creator behind Super Spy, 3 Story and Mind MGMT, and the current writer of DC’s Frankenstein.

Genius, by Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen. From the team that brought us It’s a Bird …, House of Secrets and the The Re[a]d Diary comes the story of Ted Marx, a quantum physicist who discovers his father-in-law knew Einstein and “claims that Einstein entrusted to him a final, devastating secret—a secret even more profound and shattering than the work that led to the first atom bombs.” Check out the preview at the link; Kristiansen’s haunting art style seems to fit the book well.

Astronaut Academy: Reentry, by Dave Roman.  Roman returns for another semester of his fun kids’ series.

Templar, by Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland. This is a sequel to Mechner’s Solomon’s Thieves, which was also published by First Second, and features a quest to find “the lost secret of the location of the Templar gold – still hidden to this day.” Pham and Puvilland worked with Mechner on the Prince of Persia graphic novel that came out around the time of the film, if I’m remembering correctly.

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks. “All the high school robot death matches you could ever want!” This one is currently being serialized on the web, so you can check it out directly.

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As excited as I am about Primates (Ottaviani is a fantastic writer and there should be WAY more of Maris’ art out in the world for people to drool over), I’m chewing my fingernails in anticipation of TEMPLAR. The first third, released a few years ago as its own book, was incredible. I was reluctant to give it a try because I have no patience with the templar consipracy stuff, and Mechner avoids that overused and historically inaccurate drivel entirely and instead presents a compelling caper story with knights. And the art is top notch. It could easily stand alongside the best contemporary European adventure comics, and feels like that’s the category into which it might best fall despite its domestic origin.

Battling Boy is a summer blockbuster, so it will be released accordingly. Or; I’m being dishonest to myself.

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