Femme Power Picks: July 24th!!

WHAT. A. WEEK! After several weeks with few new series of note, last week finally brought us a handful of new things. This week, takes all that newness to the next level with half a dozen new series we can't wait to read!

It's not often we would pick a Batman series, but anyone who read Sean Murphy's Batman: White Knight knows that the original eight issue run featured a pretty unique Harley Quinn storyline. This week brings the first issue of the sequel series, Batman: Curse of the White Knight, which promises to bring Harley even more front and center!

Not to be overshadowed by the caped crusader, we also get THREE exciting new series from Marvel! First up from Marvel is their new mini-series, Fearless! Headlining three of the most powerful women in the Marvel Universe, Fearless features Captain Marvel, Storm, and the Invisible Woman teaming up to create an unstoppable crime-fighting trio! Next up from Marvel we have a new ongoing series titled Jane Foster: Valkyrie! We've known her in the past as Dr. Jane Foster, then as The Mighty Thor, Goddess of Thunder (this might sound familiar to folks paying attention to recent Phase 4 announcements for the Marvel Cinematic Universe!). Now, Jane must take on the role of Valkyrie, guide and ferry woman to the dead. When new foes arise, she must use skills learned in her past to save those around her. And the final new series from Marvel this week is House of X! Creating a new era for the X-Men, Jonathan Hickman takes over the reins for the X-Men Universe and sets the story after Professor Xavier reveals his plan to bring muntantkind out of the shadows once and for all!

Oh hey, AND we get two new things from IDW, including a GLOW Summer Special and the first issue of Star Pig, which follows late 21st-century teen Vess as she is saved by a gigantic water bear after a space shuttle accident! We're hoping this latter comic turns out to be just weird enough to work.

We also have some returning favorites this week such as Batgirl, Lumberjanes, Magnificent Ms. Marvel, Marvel Rising (which sadly is ending this week), Wonder Woman, and so many other Femme Power Comix favorites!

For graphic novels, we highly recommend you scroll down and check out Making Friends Vol. 02 from the amazing Kristen Gudsnuk, as well as Skip from Nobrow Press!

Each title, listed below in alphabetical order, includes cover art and a brief description. To learn more about each title, click on the cover art image and head over to Previews World!

Are there other titles you're picking up this week? What are we missing from our list? Become a member of Femme Power Comix and let us know in the comments section!

Ascender #4

MAY190053 (W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Dustin Nguyen "THE HAUNTED GALAXY," Part Four (of Five): The hit series continues as readers catch up with the evil vampire witch Mother inside her floating castle on the planet Mata. She's been tipped off that a force for hope has come to free the oppressed people of her galaxy, but she won't give up her power without a star-spanning magical conflagration.

Batgirl #37

MAY190379 (W) Cecil Castellucci (A) Carmine Di Giandomenico (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith Eager to prove himself as a guardian for the criminals of Gotham City, Killer Moth has set his sights on taking out one of Gotham's finest heroes...Batgirl! Does this insect menace really stand a chance against Batman's smartest ally? Meanwhile, after their daring escape, the Terrible Trio is on the hunt for new ways to cause trouble for Batgirl. Little do they know, Lex Luthor has already beat them to it and is about to bring Batgirl's worst possible nightmare to life! Oracle is back online. And she's angry.

Batman: Curse of the White Knight #1

MAY190356 (W) Sean Murphy (A/CA) Sean Murphy In this explosive sequel to the critically acclaimed blockbuster BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT from writer/artist Sean Murphy, The Joker recruits Azrael to help him expose a shocking secret from the Wayne family's legacy-and to run Gotham City into the ground! As Batman rushes to protect the city and his loved ones from danger, the mystery of his ancestry unravels, dealing a devastating blow to the Dark Knight. Exciting new villains and unexpected allies will clash in this unforgettable chapter of the White Knight saga-and the truth about the blood they shed will shake Gotham to its core!

Books of Magic #10

MAY190392 (W) Kat Howard (A) Tom Fowler, Brian Churilla (CA) Kai Carpenter Tim returns home to find things aren't as he hoped and that magic is not the shortcut he hopes it'll be. Everything comes at a cost, even safety.

Clue Candlestick #3

MAY190582 (W) Dash Shaw (A/CA) Dash Shaw The Boddy Mansion is piled in bodies. Still, the candlestick lurks, and may illuminate the unseen killer... or last victim. In the climactic issue of this whodunit, we finally see who'd done it! Cartoonist auteur Dash Shaw takes his last turn in the puzzling, quirky and colorful world of Clue! From the creative mind that brought you the animated movie, My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea! Visionary creator Dash Shaw re-imagines the world of Clue in this suspense-filled murder mystery! Each extra-length issue also features playable Clue cards based on the comic!

Extraordinary: A Story of an Ordinary Princess OGN

MAR190336 (W) Cassie Anderson (A/CA) Cassie Anderson While her sisters were blessed at birth with exceptional skills, Princess Basil's "gift" is to be ordinary.

After escaping an unconventional kidnapping, Princess Basil finds herself far from her castle and must take fate into her own hands. She tracks down the fairy godmother who "blessed" her, and finds the solution to her ordinariness might be as simple as finding a magic ring. With an unlikely ally in tow, she takes on gnomes, a badger, and a couple of snarky foxes in her quest for a less ordinary life.

Fearless #1

MAY190735 (W) Seanan McGuire, Leah Williams, Kelly Thompson (A) Claire Roe, Carmen Nunez Carnero (CA) Yasmin Putri THE FIERCEST LADIES OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE - ON AND OFF THE PAGE! Straight off her silver-screen debut, Captain Marvel takes the world by storm! And speaking of the weather, Storm of the X-Men faces a problem only a goddess could solve. Add the Invisible Woman, and you've got an unstoppable trio in a story by Hugo-nominated novelist and SPIDER-GWEN: GHOST-SPIDER writer Seanan McGuire! Then, Leah Williams takes us back to the golden days of romance with Millie the Model! PLUS: Get your dose of herstory with profiles on classic and contemporary creators!

Glow Summer Special #1

MAY190556 (W) Devin Grayson (A/CA) Lisa Sterle It's the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling versus... nuclear war?! Real-life tensions simmering between Russia and America explode into the ring in this spectacular summer issue! Zoya, Liberty Belle, Nuke, Ozone, a cage match, existential dread, and glitter, so much glitter-looks like this Cold War's about to heat up! Devin Grayson (Nightwing) and Lisa Sterle (Submerged) enter the ring in their GLOW debut!

House of X #1

MAY190690 (W) Jonathan Hickman (A/CA) Pepe Larraz FACE THE FUTURE! Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (SECRET WARS, AVENGERS, FANTASTIC FOUR) takes the reins of the X-Men universe! Since the release of Uncanny X-Men #1, there have been four seminal moments in the history of the X-Men. Giant-Sized X-Men. X-Men. Age of Apocalypse. New X-Men. Four iconic series that introduced a new era for Marvel's mutants and revolutionized the X-Men. In House of X, Charles Xavier reveals his master plan for mutantkind...one that will bring mutants out of the shadow of mankind and into the light once more.

Invisible Kingdom #5

MAY190253 (W) G. Willow Wilson (A/CA) Christian Ward The thrilling conclusion of the first arc! At the height of a mega-battle against Lux's formidable ship, Grix manages to out-maneuver their opponent despite the Sundog's less-than-battle-ready defenses. Will Vess and Grix ultimately get the help they need from Duni? And when faced the unsettling truth, will the public be with them . . . or against them?

Jane Foster: Valkyrie #1

MAY190727 (W) Jason Aaron, Al Ewing (A) CAFU (CA) Mahmud A. Asrar JANE FOSTER STARS IN AN ALL-NEW NEW ONGOING SERIES! A new hero emerges straight from the pages of THE WAR OF THE REALMS! For years, you knew her as Dr. Jane Foster, one of Thor's most steadfast companions. Then you knew her as Thor, the Goddess of Thunder, who took up the mantle when no other hero - god or human - was worthy. Now Jane takes on a new role as Valkyrie, guide and ferrywoman to the dead! But her days of punching are far from over.

Justice League Dark #13

AY190429 (W) James TynionIV (A) Daniel Sampere, Mark Buckingham (CA) Guillem March Their battle against Doctor Fate may have come to an end, but the Justice League Dark's problems are just beginning when the helmet begins its search for a new host. Meanwhile, what can Lex Luthor offer a magic user like Circe? For one thing, Lex knows a thing or two about monsters. And where Circe can find them.

Lazarus Risen #2

MAY190081 (W) Greg Rucka (A/CA) Michael Lark "FRACTURE I," Part Two: The alliance between Carlyle and D'Souza is nothing more than a trap-and now Forever must face not one, but two Lazari in a desperate battle to the death. And at Sequoia, Marisol finds herself following Eight's footsteps into a snowy night. The secrets are beginning to take their toll, and when they come out, the results will be shattering. All this, plus artifacts from the firm of Trautmann and Howe, another installment of World of Lazarus: Tools of War, and original short fiction by award-winning author ADAM CHRISTOPHER.

Livewire #8

MAY192022 (W) Vita Ayala (A) Kano (CA) Kenneth Rocafort Wanted fugitive Livewire reveals that the Psiot Security & Education Program is the evil organization O.M.E.N. to the world! Will Phoebe Daniels choose to defend O.M.E.N. or go with Livewire and fight? Find out in the climatic final issue of Livewire Arc 2: "Guardian"!

Lumberjanes #64

MAY191249 (W) Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh (A) AnneMarie Rogers (CA) Kat Leyh Having lost their magical, portal-spotting spyglass (borrowed from Bear-Woman, natch), April, Jo, Ripley, Molly and Mal are stuck in the Land of Lost Things for the foreseeable future! Surrounded by dinos and other dangerous critters and with the snow piling up around them, Mal is beating herself up for getting them in this mess in the first place... but can she come up with a plan to redeem herself, and get them all back home to summertime and the (relative) safety of the Lumberjanes Camp?

Magnificent Ms. Marvel #5

MAY190871 (W) Saladin Ahmed (A) Minkyu Jung (CA) Eduard Petrovich Ms. Marvel reaches the explosive finale of her adventure in space and finds her life - and her costume - forever changed! Victory comes at a cost, and when it comes to paying up, Kamala may not have much choice in the matter... PLUS! Kamala gets an AWESOME NEW COSTUME!

Making Friends Vol. 02

MAY191733 (W) Kristen Gudsnuk (A/CA) Kristen Gudsnuk Almost everything is going great for Dany. She and Madison are still best friends, she still has her magic sketchbook, and the new school year is looking up. But when Dany creates a duplicate of herself to secretly help with homework and raise her social status, the two of them accidentally unleash a magical dog that wreaks supernatural havoc on the town. Now, with the big school dance coming up, time is running short for Dany, Madison, and their friends to set things right before the night is completely ruined!

Marvel Action: Avengers #6

MAR190631 (W) Matthew K. Manning (A/CA) Jon Sommariva Count Nefaria's otherworldly assault reaches its fever pitch as the Avengers struggle to reunite and save Dr. Strange! Can Earth's Mightiest Heroes overcome impossible odds?

Marvel Rising #5

AY190889 (W) Nilah Magruder (A) Roberto Di Salvo (CA) Audrey Mok Morgan Le Fay is on the verge of turning the tri-state area into the kingdom she's always dreamed of - and Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl and their friends are out of ideas to stop her. But sometimes help can come from the most unexpected places - and just when you need it most, you'll find the pathway home is clear after all.

Middlewest #9

MAY190085 (W) Skottie Young (A/CA) Jorge Corona Run as he might, Abel's past is catching up to him. He is astounded and relieved, however, when the woodland people he and Fox encounter seem to know his mark.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #45

MAY190877 (W) Brandon Montclare (A) Alitha Martinez (CA) Rahzzah THE END IS NEAR! Will Lunella and Devil be able to fix the Omni-Wave Projector and repair time? Not without help from Lunella's preteen parents... but she might accidentally erase herself from history in the process!

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #80

MAY190620 (W) Sam Maggs (A/CA) Kate Sherron Get ready to roll a natural 20 as Pinkie Pie and the rest of your favorite ponies gear up for a live-action role playing game for the ages! With elaborate costumes, captured princes, and one of Pinkie's famous pies on the line, you can bet things are going to get crazy! Gear up for a fantastic adventure with your favorite ponies! Sam Maggs and Kate Sherron return to My Little Pony!

Psi-Lords #2

MAY192013 (W) Fred Van Lente (A) Renato Guedes (CA) David Nakayama After an explosive escape from a cosmic prison, the team of amnesiac astronauts need to find a way home! But where is the ship that brought them here in the first place? And just who are these Psi-Lords they keep hearing about? It's a deadly scavenger hunt around the Gyre in search of a way back home, but this cosmic ring of decaying ships hides many threats within its aging walls!

Shuri #10

MAY190861 (W) Nnedi Okorafor (A) Rachael Stott (CA) Kirbi Fagan INTO THE DJALIA! The alien creature that followed Princess Shuri to Wakanda is inches from destroying the Great Mound - and taking Shuri's friends with it! With her Ancient Future powers gone and Wakanda's entire supply of Vibranium at risk, Princess Shuri must take a leap of faith - into the plane of Wakandan memory. But will Shuri restore the Djalia...or doom it?

Skip OGN

MAY191834 (W) Molly Mendoza (A) Molly Mendoza In this epic tale of friendship, compassion, and growth, Molly Mendoza's stunning art and gripping storytelling immerses you in alternate world filled with mystical creatures and dazzling landscapes. When Bloom is thrown from their world, and Gloopy is exiled from their own, the two youngsters