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Comics for the Summer - More than Superheroes, but we've got them too! Part 2.

We're into August now and the good weather continues - so here are some more recommendations for you to read on the beach, or the Stray, or in your garden...

Let's start with something for younger readers. Hilda and the Stone Forest is the latest in Luke Pearson's excellent series featuring the eponymous Hilda, the adventurous blue haired girl soon to have her own show on Netflix!

Cover of Hilda and the Stone Forest

Hilda is starting to shirk her responsibilities, spending her time looking for adventure… and her mother is starting to worry. But when she tries to stop Hilda sneaking off into the realm of the House Spirits Mother and Daughter find themselves far away in a dark forest - the land of Trolls!

While trying to stop Hilda from sneaking out into the house spirits’ realm, the pair find themselves flung far away into a mysterious, dark forest – the land of the trolls!

Will they be able to work out their differences in time to rescue each other and get back home?

This is a great read - as with so many "All Ages" books, Hilda and the Stone Forest is enjoyable whether you're 8 or 80. Content and language is age appropriate, but Pearson never talks down or patronises his readers and the narrative is enjoyable whatever your age.

Of course, just because it's summer doesn't mean you can't be serious - it's good to sink your teeth into something substantial - and to that end we have Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece's Ingognegro. Described as "Smart and fast-paced" by Publisher's Weekly this is not a light read

by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a very thought-provoking one.

In the years between the First and Second World Wars lynchings of African Americans in the southern states of the Union were so common as to be normal. Some African American reporters from the north with pale enough skin to "pass" as white risked their lives to find and report the truth about these atrocities. These dangerous assignments were known as going "incognegro".

One such reporter is Zane Pinchback, working for the New York based New Holland Herald. When his cover is blown during an incognegro escapade he barely makes it home alive. But no sooner does he return to the safety of Harlem he is forced to return to the South when his brother is charged with the brutal murder of a white woman in Mississippi.

With a lynch mob forming and tensions running high, Zane's brother will be lucky to survive long enough to stand trial - and even if he does there's no doubt at all that the Jury will hang him - whether the evidence says he's guilty or not. In order to save his brother - and himself - Zane must go incognegro once again to uncover the truth about the murder. A truth that is buried beneath layers of forbidden passion, fluid identities and secrets that are hidden much deeper than skin colour.

This is a densely plotted crime thriller that explores the theme of race relations and racism, but also personal identity as Zane struggles with the idea of pretending he's something he's not - and doesn't want to be.

Sticking with the crime thriller theme - albeit with a rather less serious tone - we have Joelle Jones and Jamie S. Rich's Lady Killer. It's 1950s