Eric Bittle is now team captain, and his secret boyfriend, Jack Zimmerman plays for an NHL team, the Falcons! Bitty and Jack have to navigate a long-distance relationship, and dating in secret starts to take its role on Bitty. He doesn’t want to jeopardize Jack’s career in a sport that is not known for being accepting of LGBTQ+ lifestyles. Slowly, the couple start to come out within their safe spaces, like to their friend group and a few other key people. Jack’s team manager believes the Falcons will be supportive, and she turns out to be right. Time marches on, and it’s suddenly Bitty’s senior year. He has a tough time breaking in one of the freshmen who can’t seem to come to terms with who he is. Bitty has to repair damage done to his relationship with his parents with the way they found out about Him dating Jack. When it’s time to write his senior thesis, Bitty’s supportive housemates disconnect the oven and warn every kitchen on campus not to let him come bake until his writing is finished. Not only does he have that looming over his head, but championships are fast approaching, and a win could validate everything Bitty has built and expressed over the last four years at Samwell.
Vol 3: The Knights of Mars
The Knights of the Aether are hiding out at Seraphin's grandfather's house in Brittany. Seraphin's father travels to London to a society of the best minds, a group he calls "The International Society of the Aether." He seeks to showcase aether ships and to recruit anyone willing to be an ally against the Prussian forces. But, their meeting is sabotaged, and Seraphin loses contact with his father. Meanwhile, King Ludwig's sister begs for more information about her brother's whereabouts, and she won't believe he is traveling to Mars. Then, the Prussian forces are upon them, and it will take everything the Knights have to outwit and escape them, on board a ship hurtling towards Mars!
Vol 1: Here there be Gerblins, by Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, and Travis McElroy. Illustrated by Carey Pietsch
Based on a popular podcast, Adventure Zone follows three heroes as they quest and roll for initiative. Warrior Magnus has an aptitude in pretty much everything, which both helps and annoys his companions. Takko is a kleptomaniac spell-caster who Often charms monsters and other characters. Merle is the typical treasure-obsessed dwarf with a cousin who has the inside scoop on a really great score. When a mysterious warrior shows up and every other word is censored, the trio has no choice but to go along with her. Mix in a dungeon master who keeps everyone on the straight and narrow by breaking through the top corner of panels periodically, you’ve got a recipe for hilarity!
This latest installment in History Comics presents the events leading up to and including the accident of the Challenger. This is done through a group of four students and their teacher, set 400 years into the future, where the students are tasked with a history report on Challenger Day, a holiday commemorating the lives lost during the space craft's explosion. The narrative is comprised of four parts: history of the space program, where particular attention is placed on the Space Shuttle program in particular; the history of Challenger crew, where each member shares their biographical information through the use of AR technology in the students' classroom; the accident itself, presented by the teacher and given all due gravitas; and the Rogers Commission, told largely by Richard Feynman through AR again.
Vol 2: The Moon-King
After the dangerous runaway liftoff from the end of volume 1, the aethernauts, the professor, and the king make it to the moon. The ship has sustained some damages from leaving Earth’s atmosphere, and they’ll have to slingshot around the moon using the moon's gravity if they want to get back to Earth. However, the aether has other plans for them and pulls them to the surface of the moon. On the dark side of the moon, they will have 14 days of lunar daylight before descending into 14 days of lunar night. The lunar day brings about melted snow and provides a thin atmosphere, so the crew sets about repairing the ship. More discoveries on the moon help in repairs and preparing them to return without the balloon that helped them float in Earth’s atmosphere. But, many of these discoveries are too alluring for the king, and he decides to explore on while the rest of the crew returns to Earth.
Vol 1: The Space Race of 1869
After a tragic science experiment claims the life of a family member, Séraphin his father find themselves in the castle of the King of Bavaria, working with a small crew on an engine powered by the legendary substance known as Aether. But there is more involved than just science and engineering in this tale of political intrigue and invention. Séraphin recognizes someone in the castle as a person who tried to sabotage everything, but none of the adults believe him. Instead, Séraphin and his new friends swear to protect the project and the King as the Knights of the Aether.
Illustrated by Andy Ristaino
In this entry of Science Comics, artist and writer attempt to break down a complicated system and explain it with clever illustrations, narrated by bacteria found throughout the digestive system. Readers are taken through the major areas of digestion: the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and the rectum. Other organs discussed are the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and appendix. Vomit, burping, and farting are also explained as products and necessary functions of digestion.
The Science Comics line has around 20 books, as of this writing, and they are all separate storylines delving into a concept in science.
In Rocks and Minerals, Wally is trying to prove he can be a worthy assistant to geologist Sedona. He brings her a rock sample, and this starts Sedona down the path of describing where rocks and minerals come from, starting with the Big Bang. Sedona then covers the different layers of the earth, plate tectonics, volcanos, caverns, minerals, and so much more. There is a lot of great information for the budding geologist or rock hound, and I really liked the inclusion of a glossary of terms that are highlighted in orange throughout the book.
Kiku is a high schooler on vacation with her mother in San Francisco, trying to find their family home in Japantown, when she gets swept back in time to her grandmother's violin recital. She travels back and forth a few more times before she is sent back to 1942, right as her grandmother's family is being shipped out to an incarceration camp. She is "stuck" in the past for a year, living in the camps alongside other Nikkei and her grandmother, who she doesn't have the courage to speak to. Back in the present, Kiku and her mother decide to research more of the family's history and the history of the Topaz, Utah camp, and to become activists against the camps at the U.S. Border for Latinx immigrants.
Eric Bittle, or Bitty, used to do figure skating and has a vlog where he discusses life and baking, but figure skating isn't an option at Samwell University. He joins the hockey team, moves into their team house, vlogs about their atrocious stove, bakes a lot of pies, and tries to fly under the radar about his crush on team captain Jack. Bitty attends practices, finds out why Jack didn't go pro when he had the chance, and learns a lot about his teammates and the type of people they are. At first, he's horrible at hockey because he can't stand getting banged into the walls, and he shies away from pretty much all physical contact on the ice. He's a lot smaller than the other guys on any team they play, but he's fast and has some tricks in his skates.
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