Here's another list as we continue planning for summer reading 2015! This month I will be focusing on Villains, but be sure to check out our previous lists of Superheroes and Everyday Heroes.
Recommendations for Adults:
The Joker: A Celebration of 75 Years (July 2014)
Collects seventy-five years of comics featuring Batman's greatest enemy, the Joker, from his original arrival in Gotham City to his most recent adventures in "Death of the Family."
DC Comics: Super-Villains: The Complete Visual History by Daniel Wallace (Oct 2014)
Presents a complete list of super-villains in the DC Comics universe, profiling such baddies as the Joker, Doomsday, Black Manta, Lobo, Lex Luther, and Sinestro.
Hitchcock's Villains: Murders, Maniacs, and Mother Issues by Eric San Juan (Aug 2013)
Exploring a number of themes that form the foundation of villainy in Hitchcock's long and acclaimed career, Hitchcock's Villains also provides a detailed look at some of the director's most noteworthy villains and examine how these characters were often central to the enjoyment of the director's best films.
Recommendations for Teens:
V is for Villain by Peter Moore (May 2014)
Brad Baron and his friends discover dangerous secrets about the superheroes running their society.
Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics (Sept 2013)
To coincide with a new documentary from Warner Home Video about the history of DC Comics villains, comes this collection of tales starring DC's most popular villains from some of the biggest names in comics.
Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves, and Other Female Villains by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple
An introduction to more than two dozen of history's most notorious women invites readers to draw their own conclusions while sharing the stories of such figures as Tituba, Lizzie Borden and Cleopatra.
Recommendations for Children:
Catwoman Counting by Benjamin Bird
In this counting board book Batman chases Catwoman through Gotham City.
Archvillain by Barry Lyga (Oct 2010)
Twelve-year-old Kyle Camden develops greater mental agility and superpowers during a plasma storm that also brings Mighty Mike, an alien, to the town of Bouring, but while each does what he thinks is best, Kyle is labeled a villain and Mike a hero.
Minion by John David Anderson (June 2014)
Michael Morn is a supervillain-in-training and the adoptive son of the brilliant criminal mastermind whose sense of right and wrong is thrown into question when a new superhero arrives in town.
Learn to Draw Disney Villains (May 2012)
Presents step-by-step instructions on how to draw famous Disney villains, and includes information on tools, materials and drawing exercises.
Top 10 Worst Vicious Villains by Jim Pope (Jan 2012)
From gun-wielding gangsters to dangerous outlaws of the Wild West, meet the biggest baddies in history and discover how they tortured and terrified their way to the top in Top Ten Worst Vicious Villains.
H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Mark Walden (Jan 2008)
Swept away to a hidden academy for training budding evil geniuses, Otto, a brilliant orphan, Wing, a sensitive warrior, Laura, a shy computer specialist, and Shelby, an infamous jewel thief, plot to beat the odds and escape the prison known as H.I.V.E.
Meet the Villains of Villainville by Lucy Rosen (Sept 2010)
Enter Villainville, just across the river from Super Hero City, and meet all the biggest bad guys, from Dr. Doom to Magneto and from Doc Ock to Loki.