Recommended Picks for May 18, 2011

Hot Pick!
Batman: Gates Of Gotham #1
DC Comics
(W) Scott Snyder & Kyle Higgins
(A/Cover) Trevor Mccarthy

When a mystery as old as Gotham City itself surfaces, Batman assembles a team of his greatest detectives — including Red Robin, Owlman, I-Ching and others — to investigate this startling new enigma. As clues are discovered and the mystery deepens, Batman’s team soon finds itself on a journey that explores different eras in Gotham’s history and touches upon notable Gotham families including the Waynes, Kanes, and Elliotts. This miniseries spins out of recent events in the Batman titles and sets the stage for several exciting storylines in 2011. Additionally, this limited series touches upon mysterious story elements introduced in Grant Morrison’s The Return Of Bruce Wayne.

Price: $2.99

Recommended Pick!
(W/A) Chester Brown

Brown calmly lays out the facts of how he became not only a willing participant in but a vocal proponent of one of the world’s most hot-button topics – prostitution. Paying For It offers an entirely contemporary exploration of sex work – from the timid john who rides his bike to his escorts, wonders how to tip so as not to offend, and reads Dan Savage for advice, to the modern-day transactions complete with online reviews, seemingly willing participants, and clean apartments devoid of clichéd street corners, drugs, or pimps. Complete with a surprise ending, Paying For It provides endless debate and conversation about sex work and will be the most talked-about graphic novel of 2011.



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