Somehow you blink after a giant turkey dinner and suddenly its December! The good news is, this first week brings a ton of amazing femme-powered reads!
We have many returning favorites (Blackbird! Moon Girl! Snotgirl! Unnatural!), but we also get a TON of new goodies to look forward to! First up is DIE from Kieron Gillen, the amazing writer of Wicked + Divine (which also has a new issue this week!). DIE follows a group of forty-somethings as they are forced to face a grizzly memory from their time as teen role-players. The author describes in as "Goth Jumanji" and that sounds pretty amazing to us! This week also brings new titles LaGuardia, Self Made, and Snap Flash Hustle. The first is about a pregnant Nigerian-American doctor and her smuggled alien plant; the second follows a young warrior as she attempts to escape her chaotic world and confront her God; the last, a secret society of elite models who are also maybe running a narcotics ring.
All in all, we have a week of diverse and badass stories in store, so be sure to scroll through our recommendations for December 5th's New Comic Book Day, listed below! You can also scroll down to see cover art and read brief descriptions from the publishers (titles listed in alphabetical order). 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!
(W) Sam Humphries (A/CA) Jen Bartel Nina thought magic was just cool spells and hot guys. But magic turned out to be so much more. Don't miss this issue's heartbreaking cliffhanger!
Border Town #4
(W) Eric M Esquivel (A/CA) Ramon Villalobos Racist high school bully Blake has become that which he hates the most: a figure of Mexican legend! Transformed into a walking, talking D a de los Muertos skeleton, Blake's possessed by the spirit of Santa Muerte herself, who compels the tortured young man to undertake a most dangerous mission: open the border between worlds-permanently.
(W) Christopher Sebela (A/CA) Ro Stein, Ted Brandt Things go from bad to oh-crap as the Reapr-shaped net of bad hitmen and desperate civilians begins to close around Charlie and Vita. As their library hideout comes under assault and the campaign rolls past two million dollars, the Million Dollar Girl and the 1.4-Star Bodyguard have to make some hard choices. And quickly, because Trotter's master plan is finally unfolding, all with a little help from Circe.
(W) Kieron Gillen (A) Stephanie Hans, Stephanie Hans THE WICKED + THE DIVINE writer KIERON GILLEN teams up with artist supernova STEPHANIE HANS (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE 1831, Journey Into Mystery) for her first ongoing comic! DIE is a pitch-black fantasy where a group of forty-something adults have to deal with the returning unearthly horror they barely survived as teenage role-players. If Kieron's in a rush, he describes it as "Goth Jumanji." That only captures a sliver of what you'll find in oversized debut issue-where fantasy gets all too real.
Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #2
(W) Jody Houser (A) Rachael Stott, Giorgia Sposito (CA) Paulina Ganucheau Eisner-nominated writer Jody Houser (Faith, Mother Panic, Stranger Things) leaps in with mind-blowing adventures for the Thirteenth Doctor and her brand new companions! A mysterious new time traveller appears - but can he be trusted when he says he's human?
The Dreaming #4
(W) Simon Spurrier (A) Bilquis Evely (CA) Jae Lee As its rightful steward, Lucien, wrestles with the slow decay of his mind, the realm of wonders slips into totalitarianism beneath the thunderous gavel of Judge Ezekiel Gallows. But as the gates are fortified and the citizens terrorized by a foul new form of execution, something far greater and more terrifying slouches toward the Dreaming to be born. With nowhere else to turn, it's time to seek the counsel of the Endless...
Giant Days: Where Women Glow and Men Plunder #1
(W) John Allison (A/CA) John Allison Stop the presses! Ed Gemmel has a girlfriend. With Christmas looming, it's time to meet her family - in Australia. Which is fine. Who cares that they're all Manly Men! Ed once... did something manly. That one time. It happened. It's going to be fine.
(W) Rafer Roberts (A/CA) Mike Norton, Marissa Louise When the forces of good and evil are hunting you down, the only logical thing to do is disguise yourself as a dog and go on the run! Eddie is a low-rent hustler who got magically turned into a pug during a con gone wrong. Tala is Eddie's long-lost, part-demon daughter. When Tala finds herself the target of powerful inter-dimensional forces, she goes to Eddie for help-setting off a chain reaction of chaos and destruction that could threaten the very fabric of existence. Can Eddie and Tala put aside their differences long enough to survive the magical mayhem and madness that they started, or will they kill each other first? (It's probably the second one!) For readers who like it gruff and anthropomorphic, get ready for your new favorite comic!
Harley Quinn #55
(W) Sam Humphries (A) John Timms (CA) Guillem March It's a Harley ho-ho-holiday special! Nothing's worse than spending the holidays with your uninvited, unannounced family-just ask Harley. Her brothers won't stop fighting, her dad wants peace and quiet, and her mom just wants everyone to get along. But the dysfunctional family dynamic masks a major secret that the whole Quinn family is keeping from Harley. Will the big reveal mean an even bigger family blowout, or can Harley's clan end their squabbling and remember the true meaning of the season?
Justice League #13
(W) James TynionIV (A/CA) Guillem March It's on-the Totality will totally total the Multiverse! What could possibly go wrong when the Legion of Doom gets their hands on it? Plus, what is the connection between JUSTICE LEAGUE and the new BATMAN WHO LAUGHS miniseries from Scott Snyder and Jock?
(W) Bryan Edward Hill (A/CA) Juan Ferreyra THE BRUTAL TALE OF A MAN WHO WILL STOP AT NOTHING FOR FREEDOM... One day, Erik Killmonger will rise up and attempt to steal the throne of Wakanda. The throne he believes he is owed. But long before he became "Killmonger," there was a boy known as N'Jadaka. A boy who was stolen from his home and taught only the world's cruelties. A boy who knew the Black Panther only as a fairy tale, a whisper from strangers. This is the story of a man who driven by revenge. This is the legend of Killmonger.
(W) Nnedi Okorafor (A/CA) Tana Ford Set in an alternative world where aliens have come to Earth and integrated with society, LaGuardia revolves around a pregnant Nigerian-American doctor, Future Nwafor Chukwuebuka who has just returned to NYC under mysterious conditions. After smuggling an illegal alien plant named "Letme Live" through LaGuardia International and Interstellar Airport's customs and security, she arrives at her grandmother's tenement, the New Hope Apartments in the South Bronx.
There, she and Letme become part of a growing population of mostly African and shape-shifting alien immigrants, battling against interrogation, discrimination and travel bans, as they try to make it in a new land. But, as the birth of her child nears, future begins to change. What dark secret is she hiding?
(W) David Lapham, Maria Lapham (A/CA) David Lapham Ricky Toledo was 15 when a handsome lodger rented a room in her family's small, rural home. Lust, adultery and murder would follow. It's three years later and the serial killer who murdered Ricky's mother and got her father sent down for it is cutting a bloody swath through the broken soul of America. This warped game of cat and mouse between a tortured young woman and a serial killer can only be told by the comics masters of the crime thriller and the artform, David and Maria Lapham.
Low Road West #4
(W) Philip Kennedy Johnson (A/CA) Flaviano Separated and surrounded by enemies, the kids feel as though they have nowhere to turn... and that's before they find a mysterious journal, belonging to a survivor named Abraham.
Merry X-Men Holiday Special #1
(W) Charlamagne Tha God , Chris Sims, Various (A) Marco Failla, Kris Anka, More (CA) David Nakayama Twenty-five holiday tales of merry mutants, one for each day of December 1 through December 25! What does Magneto do for Hanukkah? What's Rogue and Gambit's first married Christmas like? Is Jubilee truly the master of navigating malls during the holidays? These questions and more are answered as all your favorite X-Men and more creators than you can shake a jingle bell at come together for a holiday celebration to last all month long!
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #38
(W) Brandon Montclare (A) Natacha Bustos ALL-NEW STORY ARC! "BAD DREAM" STARTS HERE! • Eight hours of sleep usually means a full night's rest but for Lunella and Devil, it's a fight to stay out of the Dream Dimension, a place at the edge of our subconsciousness where all manner of monsters dwell! • Plus: Meet the Dream Dimension's newest resident!
Moth & Whisper #4
(W) Ted Anderson (A/CA) Jen Hickman Niki's been unmasked. Being captured and chained isn't a problem for the child of the Moth and the Whisper, but now that their face has been seen, nowhere in the city is safe. Unless Niki's parents left them one last surprise... A Young Adult cyberpunk thriller starring a genderqueer super-thief, MOTH & WHISPER is the brainchild of Ted Anderson (My Little Pony, Adventure Time) and Jen Hickman (Jem and the Holograms, The Dead) - a socially significant and engaging story that AfterShock is proud to tell.
(W) Dagen Walker, Joseph Ettiner (A/CA) Marc Rene It's a nice day for a murder... American Gothic Press's first series collaboration with Echo Lake Entertainment begins here! Kevin and Jose are twenty-something hipsters crusing through life in a fancy car, drinking at bars and chatting about nothing, except when their mysterious employer sends them on errands that may involve killling people. More often they're expected to just clean up after the excitement is over. But a deranged cop's personal investment in the organization they work for is about to change everything.
Self Made #1
(W) Matt Groom (A/CA) Eduardo Ferigato SERIES PREMIERE! Introducing a new creative team everyone will be talking about-superstar talent writer MAT GROOM and artist EDUARDO FERIGATO. When chaos besieges the kingdom of Arcadia, warrior Amala Citlali sees it as her chance to escape her clearly-defined role-and to change her destiny. But she could never have predicted that it would also be her chance to confront her God. In his debut editorial role, comics veteran KYLE HIGGINS guides this intimate, worlds-spanning story of self-discovery.
Snap Flash Hustle #1
(W) Pat Shand (A/CA) Emily Pearson Haley Mori, a downtrodden alternative-model, happens upon a secret society of elite models in NYC that are using their platforms to sell narcotics. Seeing a possible escape from a lifetime of crushing debt, Haley becomes involved and works her way up the ranks, making new alliances and enemies alike while getting a taste of a power she never knew she craved.
(W) Bryan Lee O'Malley (A/CA) Leslie Hung Lottie's big sister is here to visit, and she's taking over Lottie's entire life. Can a girl get some privacy?! Meanwhile, Sunny tries to get back in the dating game, and John takes a fresh stab at fashion design.
Star Wars #58
(W) Kieron Gillen (A) Angel Unzueta (CA) Jamal Campbell "THE ESCAPE" - PART 3 • Is there romance in the air for Luke and Tula? • Is there romance in the air for HAN AND LEIA?! • Is there romance in the air between a bunch of stranded rebels and enormous ravenous monsters? • No. This last one is no.
Steven Universe Harmony #5
(W) Shane-Michael Vidaurri (A) Mollie Rose (CA) Marguerite Sauvage With the location of the last Harmony Core on Earth revealed, Garnet sets out to retrieve it, while Steven and those left in Beach City try to figure out what to do next.
Uncanny X-Men #4
(W) Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, Matthew Rosenberg (A) Pere Perez (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!
United States Vs. Murder Inc. #4
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Michael Avon Oeming In a world where the United States has declared war on the five families of crime, Valentine Gallo, the made man who was raised as a rogue agent inside the family, is about to make his move.
(W) Mirka Andolfo (A/CA) Mirka Andolfo NEW STORY ARC
THE SECOND ACT OF MIRKA ANDOLFO'S SUMMER SENSATION BEGINS HERE!
Leslie is on the run! Unjustly hunted by the government for the murder of her best friend Trish, she can't help but trust that hooded wolf who's been snooping on her since the very first issue. Who is he? What does he really want from her? And is he somehow related to that steamy lupine creature from Leslie's dreams?
Vanishing Act HC
(W) Roman Muradov (A/CA) Roman Muradov Written and drawn in thirteen styles, from comedy and confession to prophecy and interpretative dance, Vanishing Act is a polyphonic play of interconnected stories, synchronized in time and space on one melancholy evening. A paranoid man rehearses the upcoming party. A disheveled actor expounds on the conceptual potential of sitcoms. A beloved dog disappears into the Internet and starts a cult. A couple runs their argument in reverse. A bored seagull excretes the entire known universe. Vanishing Act is governed by one looping constraint that unifies all of the disparate threads: each following story starts in the middle of the previous one, overlapping until the end of the night, and back into the beginning of the book.
Welcome to Wanderland #3
(W) Jackie Ball (A/CA) Maddi Gonzalez Back in the real world, and dragging a rambunctious rogue Princess along with her, Bel realizes that her magic has affected the Wanderland theme park itself-and not everyone is a fan.
West Coast Avengers #5
(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Daniele Di Nicuolo (CA) Stefano Caselli CITY OF EVILS BEGINS! • Turns out not EVERYONE is happy the good guys have gotten the band back together again in the form of an all-new West Coast Avengers. Some villains were actually pretty pleased with the status quo, and they've got creative ideas about an UN-welcoming party to rectify the situation. • Double Hawkeyes, America Chavez, Quentin Quire, Gwenpool and Fuse find themselves caught in a not-so-amusing amusement park, where the other attendees are, well, mostly villains looking to take them out. Super fun!
The Wicked + The Divine #40
(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Jamie McKelvie, Matthew Wilson NEW STORY ARC
"OKAY," Part One The pop-obsessed sensation starts its final arc. Yup, you read it right. We're rushing toward the climax. Are you really going to stop now? C'mon. Stay with us. We've got a five-years-in-the-making conclusion to be getting on with.
Women in Gaming: 100 Pioneers of Play HC
(W) Meagan Marie Women in Gaming: 100 Pioneers of Play is a celebration of female accomplishments in the video game industry, ranging from high-level executives to programmers to cosplayers. This insightful and celebratory book highlights women who helped to establish the industry, women who disrupted it, women who fight to diversify it, and young women who will someday lead it. Featuring household names and unsung heroes, each individual profiled is a pioneer in their own right. A select few of the remarkable women featured in this book include Amy Hennig, Senior creative director and writer; Perrin Kaplan, Former vice president of marketing for Nintendo of America; Ashly Burch, Award-winning writer and voice actress; and Lorraine McLees, Senior Artist at Bungie.