Unlike last week, we may not have half a dozen new series to boast about, but there is one in particular we are excited to read, as well as next issues for many of our favorite returning stories!
The new series we can't wait to pick up? Goddess Mode! We were lucky enough to hear writer Zoe Quinn speak about the series when we attended New York Comic Con in October, and her passion for the series has had us counting down the days ever since. It doesn't hurt that her partner for the series, artist Robbi Rodriguez, famously helped co-create one of our favorite Marvel ladies: Spider-Gwen (who also has a new issue coming this week)! The near-future set series follows Cassandra, whose job is to provide tech support for the god-like A.I. providing humanity's needs. But when Cassandra discovers a group of super-powered women in a secret digital world hidden beneath our own, her life changes forever! And that is a description just vague and exciting enough to have us jazzed to pick up the first issue on Wednesday!
This week also brings the return of many of our favorites, including Bitter Root (last month's first issue quickly sold out but you can grab a 2nd printing this week if you haven't copped this one yet!), By Night (this week's issue marks the halfway point for this clever 12-issue series), Giant Days (consistently one of the funniest comics on the shelf!), Redlands (witches vs Florida racists- why aren't you reading this yet!? (caution: this has some very mature content)), and of course the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (arguably Marvel's most underrated work- we love you Doreen)!
Scroll through to see all our recommendations for December 12th's New Comic Book Day, listed below! Each title, listed in alphabetical order, includes cover art and a brief description. To learn more about each title, click on the cover art image and head to Previews World.
Which titles are you most excited to pick up? What are we missing from our list? Become a member of Femme Power Comix and let us know in the comments section!
Adventure Time Season 11 #3
(W) Sonny Liew (A) Marina Julia (CA) Jorge Corona
Finn and Jake learn that there is a reason that the three henchmen are so determined to find "precious" objects for Marceline, and it's not anything good. Hunson Abadeer makes a show!
All We Ever Wanted GN
(W) Alisa Kwitney, Howard Mackie, Paul Allor, Various (A) Toby Cypress, Tess Fowler, Robbi Rodriguez, Chris Visions, Various (CA) Ariela Kristantina, Michael E. Wiggam
An exciting new anthology filled with stories that present a brighter vision of the future featuring today's top-level talent. No doom-and-gloom here! These sci-fi tales are meant to inspire hope and restore the belief that a better world is possible. The perfect gift to lift spirits this holiday season!
Asgardians of the Galaxy #4
(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Matteo Lolli, Natacha Bustos (CA) Dale Keown, Jason Keith
ASGARDIANS UNDER ARREST! Just when Nebula falls within their grasp, the Asgardians of the Galaxy find themselves in hot water with the Nova Corps! And every second they're detained, Nebula comes closer to ruling the galaxy. What's a team of warriors and assassins to do?
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Ed McGuinness
THE AVENGERS WORLD TOUR COMES TO A SHATTERING CONCLUSION!
To deal with the fallout from last month's world-shaking issue #700, the Avengers organize an international super hero summit, gathering heroes from the most powerful nations on Earth. But no one was expecting the shocking new representatives of the United States. The world is about to become a far more dangerous place. Especially for the Avengers. Plus Hulk and Thor try to go on a date.
Bitter Root #2
(W) David Walker, Chuck Brown (A/CA) Sanford Greene
An evil force stalks the streets of Harlem as Berg and Cullen face off against a deadly creature that may be more than they can handle. Meanwhile, in Mississippi, a mysterious stranger unleashes furious retribution in the name of justice.
Black Panther #7
(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Kev Walker (CA) Daniel Acuna, Paolo Rivera
THE NEXT CHAPTER OF THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA STARTS HERE!
"THE GATHERING OF MY NAME"
The Maroons strike back! You watched them steal the M'Kraan Shard from the empire. Now, at last, the rebels are ready to show the empire who they really are. "He Who Put the Blade Where It Belonged" retakes his rightful title-and the Black Panther is reborn!
By Night #6
(W) John Allison (A/CA) Christine Larsen
All footage from the other side of the Portal has been stolen! When when the thief auctions off
information to the wrong bidder, it might be up to Jane and Heather to save him-reluctantly.
(W) Jim Zub (A) Max Dunbar (CA) Sean Izaakse
THE CHAMPIONS IN WEIRDWORLD!
• The Master of the Weirdworld?
• The Champions' mystic quest comes to an end - but at what cost?
Empty Man #2
(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Jesus Hervas (CA) Vanesa Del Ray
The Kerry family is being torn apart over their mother's terrible illness, the deadly Empty Man disease. But when a stranger approaches, promising a cure, they must face how far they are willing to go...
Fantastic Four Wedding Special #1
(W) Gail Simone, Dan Slott, Fred Hembeck (A) Laura Braga, Mark Buckingham, Fred Hembeck (CA) Carlos Pacheco
Come and celebrate the impending nuptials of the Thing and Alicia Masters with a Ladies Night Out as only the First Family of Comics can do it! Guest-starring She-Hulk, Medusa, Crystal and more, it's the bachelorette party Alicia never expected-and one whose ribaldry will be interrupted by the arrival of a Surprise Super Villain! (And no, we don't mean Johnny Storm!) Meanwhile, the Thing has an unexpected meeting with his future father-in-law, the Puppet Master!
Giant Days #45
(W) John Allison (A) Liz Fleming (A/CA) Max Sarin
The time has come. It's time for Daisy to swallow her fears and learn to drive. No jokes, please.
Goddess Mode #1
(W) Zoe Quinn (A/CA) Robbi Rodriguez
Don't miss the start of a new series by Hugo Award nominee Zo Quinn and Spider-Gwen co-creator Robbi Rodriguez!
In a near future where humanity's needs are provided for by a godlike A.I., it's one young woman's horrible job to do tech support on it. But Cassandra Price's life changes forever when she discovers a hidden digital world beneath our own, one where a group of super-powered women are locked in a secret war for the cheat codes to reality.
Hex Vet: Witches in Training GN
(W) Sam Davies (A/CA) Sam Davies
Have you ever wondered where witches' cats go when they pull a claw? Or what you do with a pygmy phoenix with a case of bird flu? Nan and Clarion have you covered. They're the best veterinarian witches of all time-or at least they're trying to be. When an injured rabbit with strange eyes stumbles into their lives, Nan and Clarion have to put down their enchanted potions and face the biggest test of their magical, medical careers. Hex Vet: Witches in Training is an original graphic novel suitable for kids of all ages! From popular web cartoonist Sam Davies (Stutterhug), this book explores a truly spellbinding story about sticking together and helping animals at all costs. Perfect for fans of The Tea Dragon Society and Steven Universe!
House of Whispers #4
(W) Nalo Hopkinson (A) Dominike "Domo" Stanton (CA) Sean Andrew Murray
The mysterious infection doctors are calling "Cotard's Delusion" spreads, trapping countless souls in the Dreaming and leaving their physical bodies yearning for death. To handle her own case of the disease, Latoya decides to go on risky adventures, believing she'll feel alive the closer she gets to death, while her girlfriend Maggie tries to find a true cure. Meanwhile, in the Dreaming, Erzulie Dantor calls her war council of Shakpana, Turtle and Uncle Monday to find a way to take her sister-self's bayou and boat back to their realm. Shakpana, however, seems to be more interested in making his way back to the Waking World...
I Moved to Los Angeles to Work in Animation GN
(W) Natalie Nourigat (A/CA) Natalie Nourigat
When artist Natalie Nourigat left her life in Portland to move to Los Angeles and pursue a job in animation, she realized that despite her research, nothing truly prepared her for the wild world that awaited in the studios of Southern California. This autobiographical how-to graphic novel explores the highest highs and lowest lows of pursuing a dream in animation. Brushed with a dose of humor and illustrated advice about salaries, studio culture, and everything in between, I Moved to Los Angeles to Work in Animation is the unique insider experience you won ft find anywhere else.
Infinite Dark #3
(W) Ryan Cady (A/CA) Andrea Mutti, K. Michael Russell
With only backup power available to the Orpheus and panic setting in, Deva returns to the Dark Sector to stop a mad techno-linguist from destroying the last pocket of reality... and risks directly exposing herself to the Entity outside.
Jim Henson's Beneath The Dark Crystal #5
(W) Adam Smith (A) Alexandria Huntington (CA) Benjamin Dewey
As Thurma continues to fight for her right to rule, both candidates for the Throne of Mithra begin their training under The Fire That Stays, but they both find out that they have a lot to learn before either of them are fit to be the Ember Queen.
Justice League Dark #6
(W) James TynionIV (A) Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran (CA) Nicola Scott
The Justice League Dark...trapped in the mystic realm of Myrra! Their jailer? Blue Devil...and he wants revenge on Detective Chimp! Seems Bobo tried to magically resurrect his best friend, the original Nightmaster, but lost control of the spell and filled Myrra with zombies instead. And left Blue Devil behind to get eaten. So BD's kinda sorta maybe got a reason to be pissed. With that in mind, will Wonder Woman and the rest of the JLD even step up to help Bobo against a raging Blue Devil? That sounds bananas to us.
My Little Pony: Nightmare Knights #3
(W) Jeremy Whitley (A/CA) Tony Fleecs
The heist begins! As Luna's band of misfits infiltrates Eris' Palace and Casino, they are faced with challenges that will test each member's resolve. Will they complete their mission, or will they turn on each other first?!
Outer Darkness #2
(W) John Layman (A/CA) Afu Chan
From the creator of CHEW-a horrifying vision of space!
Captain Rigg is prepared to test his new ship and crew by flying them straight into the heart of demon-infested space. One small problem: he didn't brief them beforehand...
(W) Jordie Bellaire, Vanessa R. Del Rey (A) Jordie Bellaire (A/CA) Vanesa R. Del Rey
While the witches are away from Redlands, The Devil's noose tightens around their necks and old enemies return to haunt Laurent in the swamp.
Sasquatch Detective #1
(W) Brandee Stillwell (A) Ron Randall, Gus Vazquez (CA) Ben Caldwell
Before Tonya Lightfoot became Los Angeles' most decorated detective, she was a wee sasquatch roaming the Appalachian mountains, fed a steady diet of tennis and golf (as both of her parents are pros at the local country club) and CSI episodes. But her idyllic life of pranking campers and squatching around the local golf course hits a bump in the fire road when Bigfoot hunters come to the dense forest. Would Tonya back down in the face of adversity? Not yeti! But experiencing this abominable anti-sasquatch sentiment gives her the determination to leave her home behind-she heads to the dangers of the city. After all, it's hard to fight un-conscious bias, but crime is something America's sassiest sasquatch is ready to tackle.
Scooby Apocalypse #32
(W) Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis (A) Pat Olliffe, Tom Palmer, Gus Vasquez (CA) ChrisCross
While the resurrected Fred Jones unleashes his army of monsters on Scooby and the gang, Daphne continues to spiral further into guilt and depression, terrified of losing Fred twice. Fortunately, the gang has another secret weapon: Scrappy-Doo and his mysterious mentor. Plus, the trials of Atom Ant continue as another member of the JLA tests the super-insect to see if he's worthy of joining the League!
(W) Joe Henderson (A) Antonio Fabela (A/CA) Lee Garbett
"HERE THERE BE DRAGONFLIES," Part Four
So... those Farmers who helped save Willa? Yeah, they may have some really bad stuff planned. Willa needs to choose whose side she's on as she tries to fulfill her father's dream-returning gravity to what it was!
(W) Sarah Vaughn (A/CA) Leila Del Duca, Alissa Sallah
Poppy and Cyrenic discover the long-lost and troubling history of Harbeny, and must make critical decisions about their future. Will they escape to safety, or demand justice?
Smooth Criminals #2
(W) Kurt Lustgarten, Kiwi Smith (A) Leisha Riddel (CA) Audrey Mok
When Brenda, hacker extraordinaire, accidentally awakens an international jewel thief from the 1969s, she wasn't expecting to get a new friend. And she might have been right. What she found instead is something better-a partner in crime. And Mia already has a target in mind.
(W) Priest (A) Paulo Siqueira (CA) Shane Davis
A SPIDER-GEDDON TIE-IN!
• Spider-Force is falling, one member at a time.
• The Inheritor Verna will stop at nothing to get the Solus Crystal to bring her father back to life-and killing all of Spider-Force would be icing on the cake.
• Will Jessica sacrifice everything to save the Multiverse?
Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #3
(W) Seanan McGuire (A) Rosi Kampe (CA) Bengal
A SPIDER-GEDDON TIE-IN!
• As SPIDER-GEDDON rages on, Gwen Stacy of Earth-65 comes face-to-face with one of her deadliest opponents yet...THE GWEN GOBLIN!
• Presented with yet another world that's lost a Gwen Stacy, Gwen-65 can't help but wonder if she's destined for doom and what that might mean for her family...
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #27
(W) Si Spurrier (A) Emilio Laiso (CA) Ashley Witter
WORST AMONG EQUALS: PART TWO!
• Rogue archaeologist DOCTOR APHRA has ten hours to cross a hostile megacity before the bomb implanted in her throat blows up.
• No big deal, right? And even if there ARE, say, insane cops and bounty hunters on her tail-she's got a partner to help her!
• (Unfortunately that would be TRIPLE ZERO: the astonishingly unpleasant murder droid who yearns to see her dead.
(W) Marc Andreyko (A) Emanuela Lupacchino, Jill Thompson, Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy (CA) Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza
It's a super-sized issue of SUPERGIRL!
Supergirl and Krypto go back to the "scene of the crime"-the ruins of Krypton! With Z'ndr hitchhiking, Supergirl is not only there to find clues on who the killers of Krypton are, but to pay her respects to her dead family and friends for the first time since she left the planet. But a mysterious caretaker whose duty is to protect Krypton's remnants at all costs attacks and won't let Kara through! As if that weren't enough, the Kryptonian powerhouse and her super-powered pooch are stricken with radiation poisoning from the dead planet and must also fight their inner demons!
This anniversary issue also includes two backup stories! First, witness the thoughts and fears of Krypto as he is affected by the radiation poisoning from the wreckage of Krypton. Then, learn more about our new hitchhiker, Z'ndr Khol, as he scavenges a booby-trapped ruin in a remote corner of the galaxy in an off-the- wall space adventure!
Tales of the Slayer Vol. 01 & 02
Catch up on Slayers past and present in this action-packed collection of Tales of the Slayer Volumes I and II containing original short stories based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer! As long as there have been vampires, there has been a Slayer. One girl instilled with supernatural strength and abilities so that she may protect the world from the forces of darkness. When one Slayer dies another is called, creating an eternal line of powerful female warriors stretching all the way back to the beginning of time. From ancient Greece to present day, Tales of the Slayer chronicles their stories in which each girl has a personal history, a shared moral code, and a commitment to conquer evil, regardless of the cost.
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #39
(W) Ryan North (A) Derek Charm (CA) Erica Henderson
• Last issue ended with Squirrel Girl and someone CLAIMING to be Iron Man getting into a fight! Will this issue show you how that fight goes and who wins and why? THE ANSWER: yes!
• But with an Iron Man imposter on the scene, that means the real Tony Stark is missing! It's up to Squirrel Girl and her friends to find Tony before it's too late: for him AND the world.
• Unfortunately for Squirrel Girl-as this comic is within the super-hero genre of sequential art, one that relies on high-stakes narrative storytelling filled with twists and turns that result in the world never being the same-what she finds is not what she expects and the world will never be the same!
• All this-plus: let's say underwater adventure too awaits you in this issue of the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl!
Uncanny X-Men #5
(W) Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, Matthew Rosenberg (A) R. B. Silva (CA) Elizabeth Torque
X-MEN DISASSEMBLED CONTINUES! Just when things didn't look like they could get worse... The ride of the Four Horsemen of Salvation? The coming of X-Man? And...a return to the AGE OF APOCALYPSE? The weekly epic that threatens to leave the X-Men in tatters rolls on toward its explosive conclusion!
Unstoppable Wasp #3
(W) Jeremy Whitley (A) Gurihiru (CA) Stacy Lee
• What happens when the Unstoppable Wasp decides to take a night off with her mentor to enjoy herself? Well, obviously everything falls apart.
• G.I.R.L. is under attack by the forces of A.I.M., and everybody with super-powers or assassin training is out of the lab. What are they after? Who have they hurt? And who are these new you A.I.M. lieutenants? And has Nadia finally met her physical match in the form of a returning fan-favorite female fighter?
• G.I.R.L. is about to have a bad night.
(W) Greg Smallwood, Megan Smallwood (A/CA) Greg Smallwood
Veronica must endure a series of brutal challenges in order to put a stop to the vampirism that's taken over Riverdale once and for all. But what surprises await her back at the Lodge mansion?
War Bears #3
(W) Margaret Atwood (A/CA) Ken Steacy
From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Handmaid's Tale, comes this historical fiction graphic novel tracing the Golden Age of comic books.
With the triumphant arrival of VA Day, the victorious Allied Nations are filled with hope. For Al Zurkowski and Canoodle Features, the joyous event also brings a level of uncertainty. While the war is thankfully over, the small publisher finds itself as a smaller fish in a massive pond, leading to a business decision that changes Al's life forever.
Wonder Woman #60
(W) G. Willow Wilson (A) Cary Nord, Mick Gray (CA) Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
It's a standoff of mythological proportions when Wonder Woman combats the resurrected God of War, Ares! While trying to stop a war, Wonder Woman appeals to Ares to intervene with her, but he thinks the two parties should fight it out and resolve it themselves. Guess dying and coming back didn't do much to soften Ares' M.O. Meanwhile, Steve Trevor's been kidnapped and confronts his captor: the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, who's extremely pissed. Let's see Steve schmooze his way out of this one!
(W) Mariko Tamaki (A) Diego Olortegui (CA) Ashley Witter
AN ALL-NEW ARC BEGINS
A series of gruesome murders. A killer who disappears without a trace. Laura and Gabby are on the hunt. But when Laura comes face-to-face with the mysterious X-Assassin, nothing is as it seems...