Femme Power Picks: May 1st!!

Between Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones, we are coming off a weekend where badass women in pop-culture are reigning supreme! We plan to continue that momentum right into the list of comics below. Here, we like to believe badass ladies always reign supreme.

This week we have an amazing mix of superpowered femme heroes and folx being badass heroes in their everyday lives. We get two stories featuring one of our favorite inhumans, Ms. Marvel, in both Champions #5 and Marvel Team-Up #2. We also have an exciting new graphic novel featuring the one and only Selina Kyle (who you may know better as Catwoman)! In the story, titled Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale, we find a teenage Catwoman trying to make it on her own on the streets of Gotham. Though this comes out of DC Comics new teen line and is about a teen anti-hero, this is a grittier look at the character and potentially not for the faint of heart (you may have heard DC issued "warnings" about the book due to story lines about trauma and other "adult" content). Nonetheless they released a preview a few months back to comic shop owners and we have heard nothing but good things from those folx!

Speaking of graphic novels, there are two in particular we want to draw your attention to this week: I Was Their American Dream and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me. Full disclosure, we received preview copies for both of these books, and we loved them both! Though coming from different perspectives and tackling different subject matter, both books have overlapping themes regarding the challenges of coming-of-age in the U.S., especially when you come from a minority group (whether that be racial/ethnic or sexual orientation). While one text lays out these challenges at length, displaying the differences with humor and heart, the second turns this on its head, presenting different stories and experiences as equally present fact. We are a sucker for a good coming-of-age story and both of these books really knocked it out of the park for us!

Scroll through all of our recommendations for May 1st's New Comic Book Day, listed below! 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!

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Adventures of the Super Sons #10

MAR190481 (W) Peter J. Tomasi (A) Scott Godlewski, Matt Santorelli (CA) Dan Mora It's the runaway train from hell! Superboy and Robin better hold on for dear life as they ride a 20-megaton cosmic engine of mass combustion (that's a pun!) into their final battle with Rex Luthor! But Rex has got a brand-new army of shiny young super-villains ready to conquer all they survey...will the son of Batman and the son of Superman be enough to stop him?

Alice at Naptime OGN

MAR191975 (W) Shea Proulx (A/CA) Shea Proulx A beautifully poetic exploration of being both a new mother and an artist, told using Shea's unique graphic novel approach. When Alice was born her mother only found time to draw her while she napped. Alice is multiplied in a tapestry of selves, while the narrative muses on the meeting of former and future selves. A universal story of a parent pining for past freedoms, while simultaneously descending down a rabbit hole of all-encompassing paternal love. Available in softcover and hardcover editions.

Aurora Borealice OGN

MAR191671 (W) Joan Steacy (A) Joan Steacy A memoir of triumph over the education system. When Joan Steacy graduated from High School in 1974, she left her small town behind to embark on a lifelong quest for education. In Aurora Borealice, Steacy explores her personal journey through alter-ego Alice, a functional illiterate with a creative mind and an astonishing amount of artistic skill. The book is a lesson in perseverance and ultimately believing in yourself regardless of the challenges thrown your way.

Champions #5

MAR190823 (W) Jim Zub (A) Juanan Ramirez (CA) Aaron Kim Jacinto WAR OF THE REALMS TIE-IN! • The War of the Realms rages across Midgard, bringing together heroes from across the globe to fight for our world against mythic evil. • In the midst of this chaos, the Champions need...Scott Summers? • Cyclops reunites with the Champions, all grown up!

DC's Year of the Villain #1

MAR190460 (W) Brian Michael Bendis, Scott Snyder, James TynionIV (A) Jim Cheung, Alex Maleev, Francis Manapul (CA) Greg Capullo Evil is winning! Lex Luthor and The Legion of Doom conspire with Cosmic Gods, bending mankind toward a dark destiny. Elsewhere, the scourge of Leviathan spreads unchecked, seizing power in every corner of the world. And all the while the Batman Who Laughs busies himself in the shadows, aligned with no one-yet with sinister plans for all. The carnage starts here as the badguys take center stage in "The Year of the Villain," the most treacherous event in DC Comics history. Some act with united goals, others with plans selfish and secret, every one of them on a monstrous collision course against Batman, Superman and the heroes of the DC Universe. And our heroes will fail us. Don't miss the start of "The Year of the Villain," featuring the talents of writers Brian Michael Bendis, Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV, artists Jim Cheung, Alex Maleev and Francis Manapul and cover artist Greg Capullo-all for just $0.25!

Doctor Who The Thirteenth Doctor #7

FEB191998 (W) Jody Houser (A) Rachael Stott, Giorgia Sposito, Arianna Florean (CA) Sanya Anwar The Thirteenth Doctor continues her second comic adventure under the pen of Eisner Award nominee Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Stranger Things, Star Wars, Faith, Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows)! Gorgeous art from Rachael Stott, Giorgia Sposito, and Eren Enrica Angiolini sends fans old and new on fresh adventures through time and space!

Domino Hotshots #3

MAR190946 (W) Gail Simone (A) David Baldeon (CA) R. B. Silva, Guru eFX Behold! The Creation Constellation! • What does it do? You know, besides incite an international arms race between the most powerful governments in the world...

The Dreaming #9

MAR190509 (W) Simon Spurrier (A) Bilquis Evely (CA) Yanick Paquette Chapter 9: "Entrances and Reflections." It seeks him here, it seeks him there, The nightmare seeks him everywhere. Is he in faerie, or among damned screams...? That doomed, elusive Lord of Dreams...

Female Furies #4

MAR190514 (W) Cecil Castellucci (A) Adriana Melo (CA) Walter Simonson Is there life beyond the confines of Apokolips? Scott Free, the future Mister Miracle, is about to find out. But when Big Barda plays a role in his escape, it could spell trouble not just for her potential promotion to the role of the leader of the Female Furies, but to the very existence of the Furies. The women warriors already have too many secrets among them, and if one is exposed, all are exposed. But which of Darkseid's minions holds the true key to their destruction? Could it possibly be Granny Goodness herself?

Giant Days #50

MAR191306 (W) John Allison (A/CA) Max Sarin In times of a disastrous norovirus outbreak in McGraw's for-fun cricket team, Susan, Esther, and Daisy are called upon to defend McGraw's sportly honor. Taking up the bats of his fallen mates and donning their cricket whites, it's a sporting adventure the girls had literally never anticipated! Can Susan be genteel and sportsmanlike? Can Esther stop goofing off? Will Daisy prove the greatest cricketer of all time?

The Girl in the Bay #4

MAR190358 (W) J. M. DeMatteis (A/CA) Corin Howell In the thrilling finale, Kathy Sartori comes face-to-face with the man who murdered her fifty years ago, discovering that Hugh Lansky is just a pawn in the hands of a dark entity that's determined to erase her from existence. Will Kathy ultimately learn the reason for her mysterious rebirth-or will she be destined to die again?

Goosebumps: Horrors of the Witch House #1

JAN190829 (W) Denton J. Tipton, Matthew Dow Smith (A/CA) Chris Fenoglio When young tech entrepreneur Veruca Curry buys the old Whaley House, the kids in town are worried the ghosts who haunt it will get her. But when they discover Veruca's horrible secret, it will turn their world upside-down!

Grumble #6

FEB191356 (W) Rafer Roberts (A/CA) Mike Norton, Marissa Louise What the Hell are we doing in New Jersey? Eddie and Tala barrel full-force into the Garden State in search of the one man who can turn Eddie human again. But standing in their way are some small-time mobsters, a crew of inter-dimensional bounty hunters, and an army of toothless grannies! Oh, and Eddie summons The Devil! New arc! A perfect jumping on point!

Harley Quinn #61

MAR190519 (W) Sam Humphries (A) Otto Schmidt (CA) Guillem March Harley Quinn welcomes new series artist Otto Schmidt! Harley travels to Gotham City to blow off some steam with her friend Catwoman in the best way she knows how... No, not a bank robbery... Game Night! But the good, clean fun soon turns into a nightmare when they discover that the game is cursed, and that they've inadvertently turned Gotham City into something straight out of a fantasy RPG! Now, with the entire city gone insane, Harley Quinn is the only one who remembers reality...but will anyone believe her?

I Was Their American Dream OGN

FEB191658 (W) Malaka Gharib (A/CA) Malaka Gharib One part Mari Andrew, one part Marjane Satrapi, I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir is a triumphant tale of self-discovery, a celebration of a family's rich heritage, and a love letter to American immigrant freedom. Malaka Gharib's illustrations come alive with teenage antics and earnest questions about identity and culture, while providing thoughtful insight into the lives of modern immigrants and the generation of millennial children they raised.

Jim Henson's Beneath the Dark Crystal #9

MAR191297 (W) Adam Smith (A) Alexandria Huntington (CA) Benjamin Dewey Thurma and Kensho are struggling on their chosen paths. Divided from their respective allies by betrayal and loss, both heroes must put their trust in the powers of Thra and Mithra, which work to bring Kensho and Thurma together for a much needed reunion.

Justice League #23

MAR190525 (W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Jorge Jimenez "The Sixth Dimension" chapter four! Our heroes have been banished to the prison planet of villains by the World Forger. Stuck with no way of escape, the team hatches a plan to defeat the World Forger and get back to their dimension with the help of a new ally, but where is Superman?!

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me OGN

MAR191776 (W) Mariko Tamaki (A) Rosemary Valero O Connell From This One Summer co-creator Mariko Tamaki comes a hilarious and poignant story of teen heartbreak and friendship. Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley's dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There's just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend. Reeling from her latest break up, Freddy's best friend, Doodle, introduces her to the Seek-Her, a mysterious medium who leaves Freddy some cryptic parting words: Break up with her. But Laura Dean keeps coming back, and as their relationship spirals further out of her control, Freddy has to wonder if it's really Laura Dean that's the problem. Maybe it's Freddy, who is rapidly losing her friends, including Doodle, who needs her now more than ever. Fortunately for Freddy, there are new friends and the insight of advice columnists like Anna Vice to help her through being a teenager in love.

Marvel Action: Avengers #4

JAN190802 (W) Matthew K. Manning (A/CA) Jon Sommariva Magic and mayhem collide for more mighty Marvel action in this new adventure featuring Earth's Mightiest Heroes! Thor, Captain Marvel, and Doctor Strange have gone missing! Forced to face fiendish foes without their teammates, can the rest of the Avengers find their friends before it's too late? And what's this about a ruby?! It's an adventure you'll need to see, True Believers! Earth's Mightiest Heroes tackle adventures perfect for young and old readers alike! Jump in to Marvel action as you've never seen it before! All your favorite heroes are here: team up with Captain America, Black Panther, Black Widow, and more!

Marvel Action: Spider-Man #3

NOV180603 (W) Delilah S Dawson (A/CA) Fico Ossio As if Peter Parker didn't have enough problems at high school, suddenly New York's crawling with Spider-People! Peter has no choice but to forge a tentative partnership with Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy, as a larger mystery threatens the trio! All-new web-swinging action in the Mighty Marvel Manner!

Marvel Team-Up #2

MAR190919 (W) Eve Ewing (A) Joey Vazquez (CA) Stefano Caselli Looks like trouble for our hero, Spider-Man, also known as Kamala Khan. Er...wait. We mean Ms. Marvel, also known as Peter Parker. Dang, that's not right either. Peter Khan? Kamala Parker? Well, whoever it is, this duo isn't feeling so dynamic at the moment, and they need to work it out fast.

Meet the Skrulls #4

MAR190883 (W) Robbie Thompson (A) Niko Henrichon (CA) Marcos Martin • After the conclusion of Issue Three, the Warner family is a house divided... • And to make matters worse, they've been exposed! • Will the mysterious Man in the Hat be their exterminator...or their salvation?

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #77

FEB190673 (W) Katie Cook (A/CA) Andy Price With stars aligning, villains escaping, and princesses out of commission, can Equestria's favorite ponies find a way to defeat Cosmos-before it's too late?! Cosmos is freed, and it's going to take a little bit of magic-and a lot of friendship-to stop her!

Paper Girls #28

MAR190230 (W) Brian K. Vaughan (A/CA) Cliff Chiang PART THREE OF THE FINAL ARC! Experience four timelines simultaneously in this tour de force issue.

Self Made #6

MAR190241 (W) Matt Groom (A/CA) Eduardo Ferigato MINISERIES FINALE! "A REAL PAIN-IN-THE-ASS ACCIDENT": Amala lost her family in her search for answers. Bryce lost his soul in his quest for revenge. Now, outside the walls of the universe, far beyond all that we understand, they come face-to-face for the last time.

Sincerely Harriet OGN

MAR191792 (W) Sarah Winifred Searle (A/CA) Sarah Winifred Searle Harriet Flores struggles with boredom and an unrequited crush while learning to manage her chronic illness through a long, hot, 1990s summer in Chicago. She uses her imagination to cope, which sometimes gets her into trouble, as she makes up fantastical fibs and wonders if there are ghosts upstairs. One neighbor, Pearl, encourages Harriet to read and write, leading Harriet to have a breakthrough and discover the power of storytelling.

Snap Flash Hustle #3

NOV181580 (W) Pat Shand (A/CA) Emily Pearson The deeper Haley gets into her new role as alt-model / middleman for the drug cartel and its American distributors, the more Haley realizes that she's in over her head. As the money comes in, the certainty of tomorrow falls away... but is it still possible for Haley to make it out with her life? In the penultimate issue of the winter's hottest crime series, everything is thrown into question!

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #8

MAR190879 (W) Seanan McGuire (A) Takeshi Miyazawa (CA) Bengal • Making a dent in the criminal underworld has painted a target on Spider-Woman's back - and with her secret identity revealed, Gwen Stacy will find the people she cares about most in the crosshairs! • But even if she can save her loved ones from the criminals of Earth-65, Gwen will still be a target herself!

Star Wars #65

MAR190958 (W) Kieron Gillen (A) Angel Unzueta (CA) Gerald Parel "THE SCOURGING OF SHU-TORUN" PART 4 • Her planet under threat, a heroic princess battles to save it! • Not Leia - it's QUEEN TRIOS OF SHU-TORUN, ally to Darth Vader and the Empire! • PRINCESS LEIA'S plan begins to unfold. But some members of her strike team have schemes of their own. When will Leia realize just what she's set in motion?!

Sweetie #3

FEB191312 (W) Sean Dillon (A/CA) Sean Dillon The chase is on! Not wasting a second after their leader's capture, a truck full of armed minions charges through the city streets. With incredible speed and agility, Maggie is in hot pursuit with her new friend Griffin in tow. Their first joint adventure is off to a rough start, however, when Maggie realizes the possible consequences of dragging her untrained partner into the fray. As detectives Issac and Lee investigate the motives of this mercenary group, known only as "The Numbers," their search brings them alarmingly close to Maggie's personal life. With Maggie's school, home, and hero life at odds, are friends a luxury she can afford? Or are they the only thing that can save her?

Uncanny X-Men #17

MAR190933 (W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Carlos E. Gomez (CA) Whilce Portacio • First...the X-Men lose one of their own. • Then...the new Black King of the Hellfire Club makes a move.

Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale OGN

JAN190554 (W) Lauren Myracle (A/CA) Isaac Goodhart She rejects human cruelty, but sometimes it seems as though brute force is the only way to "win." And if Selina is to survive on the streets, she must be tough. Can she find her humanity and reconcile toughness with her desire for community ... and love? From Lauren Myracle, the New York Times best-selling author of books like ttfn and ttyl, comes the story of a teenage Catwoman, as she struggles to find her own identity while living on the streets of Gotham.

Vamplets: The Undead Pet Society #1

FEB191307 (W) Gayle Middleton (A/CA) Amanda Coronado Vamplets have always been obsessed with their pets, but now who can save the Ponies from a new villain? Someone is capturing the different Pony's all over Gloomvania, causing chaos in their wake. Who will be able to stop them, and what secret connection do they have to the elusive Ghost Pony?

War of the Realms #3

MAR190780 (W) Bryan Hill (A/CA) Leinil Francis Yu THE PUNISHER LEADS THE CHARGE TO SHUT DOWN THE BLACK BIFROST! Deep in the swamps of Svartalfheim stands the Black Bifrost, Malekith's corrupted Rainbow Bridge and the only reliable means of travel between the realms with the true Bifrost in pieces. If the gods are going to stop Malekith's invasion, the Black Bridge must fall. With her son missing and husband injured, Lady Freyja must take up the challenge herself. But she won't go alone. Hulk (Jen Walters), the Punisher, Blade and Ghost Rider follow the All-Mother of Asgard straight into Malekith's home territory!

War of the Realms Strikeforce: Dark Elf Realm #1

MAR190780 (W) Bryan Hill (A/CA) Leinil Francis Yu THE PUNISHER LEADS THE CHARGE TO SHUT DOWN THE BLACK BIFROST! Deep in the swamps of Svartalfheim stands the Black Bifrost, Malekith's corrupted Rainbow Bridge and the only reliable means of travel between the realms with the true Bifrost in pieces. If the gods are going to stop Malekith's invasion, the Black Bridge must fall. With her son missing and husband injured, Lady Freyja must take up the challenge herself. But she won't go alone. Hulk (Jen Walters), the Punisher, Blade and Ghost Rider follow the All-Mother of Asgard straight into Malekith's home territory!

Young Justice #5

MAR190562 (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Kris Anka (A/CA) Patrick Gleason Gemworld rips in half as Dark Opal battles the teen heroes of Young Justice as this huge, in-continuity epic continues. While Robin, Amethyst, Impulse, Teen Lantern and Superboy fight for their freedom, the secrets of Jinny Hex, Jonah Hex's great-great-granddaughter, are revealed-and it is a DC Universe doozy!

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