Femme Power Picks: May 22nd!

Scroll through our recommendations for May 22nd's New Comic Book Day, listed below!

This week is light on new comic series, with just one mini-series making our list: Clue: Candlestick! We are huge fans of Clue in all its many forms (one of us may have dressed as Mrs. Peacock for Halloween in 3rd grade), so we're excited to give this new run from Dash Shaw a go.

Luckily, there are plenty of returning favorite comics and new graphic novels to keep us busy reading this week. For returning favorites, we have Avant-Guards, Batgirl, Monstress, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, and Runaways- just to name a few!

Now to jump in with some of the exciting new graphic novels: first up we have Lorna from Silver Sprocket! Lorna comes to us from the same creator as Catboy (one of our favorites!), and tells the story of a "normal" young woman just trying to learn about friendship and romance, only with a murderous twist! We would be remiss if we didn't point out the new graphic novel Meat and Bone by Kat Verhoeven. This story finds protagonist Anne at a tough point in her life both professionally and romantically, and does a deep dive examining how her body image is being impacted by those around her as well as how it is impacting other areas of her life. We had the opportunity to read an early release copy of this book a few months ago and personally found it hitting a little too close to home. We happen to think that's the mark of a good writer, but it's also worth noting in case you are also someone who might find it challenging to read a book focused on women's bodies.

Lastly, while not technically a new graphic novel, we wanted to point out the release of a new Black Magick hardcover! We really enjoyed the first arc of this series following witch and detective Rowan Black, so we're excited its being printed in one convenient (and beautiful) book!

Also!- Have you heard the good news? You can now purchase comics and graphic novels in our shop! We've so appreciated the feedback we've gotten so far, but please continue to send us messages on Facebook and Instagram as we decide what to stock in our shop!

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!

Asgardians of the Galaxy #9

MAR190814 (W) Cullen Bunn (A) Paolo Villanelli (CA) Gerardo Sandoval WAR OF THE REALMS TIE-IN! New York City is overrun with Malekith's invasion forces. Earth is inches from falling to the Dark Elf King. And with Thor missing in Jotunheim, All-Father Odin injured and All-Mother Freyja about to embark on a mission of her own, Valkyrie is one of the few gods left to face the onslaught. But her fate is intertwined with another. What of Annabelle Riggs, the mortal girl who shares the body of a god? THE RIDE OF THE VALKYRIE begins here!

Assassin Nation #3

MAR190196 (W) Kyle Starks (A/CA) Erica Henderson Our surviving hitmen go into full-on kill mode as they try to take down the leader of the Merda Morra gang and maybe finally put this whole thing to bed. Though, you know, it IS a whole gang they'll have to fight, and they WILL have to take down current No. 1 hitman Taipan to get the job done. Want to take bets on how many get out of this issue alive?

Avant-Guards #5

MAR191269 (W) Carly Usdin (A/CA) Noah Hayes The Avant-Guards have been on a roll when it comes to their newly-formed Athletic Coalition, and Charlie has been getting more comfortable with her new teammates, but when they hit the end of their winning-streak, will these new friendships survive?

Avengers #19

MAR190827 (W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Ed McGuinness WAR OF THE REALMS TIE-IN! Avengers Mountain is under siege as the last stronghold of Earth's heroes is the subject of an all-out assault by the forces of Malekith!

Batgirl #35

MAR190485 (W) Mairghread Scott (A) Paul Pelletier, Norm Rapmund (CA) Francis Manapul After Batgirl's discovery of the Terrible Trio's bid to control the Gotham underworld, she's immediately off to investigate-starting with the group's muscle...the Shark! Can Babs use her wits to survive a showdown with this bro turned bruiser? Or is he just a warm-up for the battle to come against this band of wild criminals?

Black Magick HC

JAN190138 (W) Greg Rucka (A/CA) Nicola Scott The complete first chapter of the critically acclaimed series from New York Times bestselling creators GREG RUCKA and NICOLA SCOTT, assembled together for the first time! Rowan Black is awakening to the almost unimaginable power that is her inheritance-a power she neither wants nor is able to refuse. But all power comes at a price, and those who seek to destroy her may not be as dangerous as those who wish to control her. Yet when one's will can alter reality, the ultimate enemy may be the human heart. Collects BLACK MAGICK #1-11, plus additional content, artifacts, and back-matter designed by ERIC TRAUTMANN.

Books of Magic #8

MAR190497 (W) Kat Howard (A) Tom Fowler (CA) Kai Carpenter A new storyline begins! After running away to Faerie, Tim Hunter finds himself forgetting why he fled home in the first place. Not that he's complaining! Magic is so much more fun when consequences and math quizzes are no longer one's main concerns. But what's Titania, queen of the faeries, want with the young Tim Hunter, and why does it have Rose more protective of the boy magician than ever?

Clue: Candlestick #1

MAR190723 (W) Dash Shaw (A/CA) Dash Shaw All of your favorite suspicious characters are back in this new brain twister based on the timeless detective game. Ripe with puzzles, secrets, and lies, in CLUE: CANDLESTICK everyone's a suspect! Cartoonist auteur Dash Shaw unleashes his murderous imagination on the quirky, thrilling and mysterious 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 brand new Clue game cards based on the comic!

Faithless #2

MAR191283 (W) Brian Azzarello (A) Maria Llovet (CA) Paul Pope Faith is drawn into a new world when she attends a party at the home of world renown artist Louis Thorn. It's a world of opulence, excess, and sensuality-and something darker that she can't put her finger on. There is something... curious about these people, a darkness or shadow just at the edge of reason... and maybe it is exactly what Faith is looking for.

Ghost Tree #2

MAR190728 (W) Bobby Curnow (A/CA) Simon Gane Brandt discovers more about his family's past as he reels from a surprise return of someone that played a pivotal part in his life. Meanwhile, a malevolent creature begins to stalk the departed denizens of the Ghost Tree... From writer Bobby Curnow (Ward's Valley, TMNT) and artist Simon Gane (They're Not Like Us, Godzilla). Character-based drama with heart!

Hilda and the Nowhere Space OGN

MAR191897 (W) Stephen Davies, Luke Pearson (A/CA) Seaerra Miller Caught up on Hilda on Netflix? Craving more adventures with your favorite blue-haired Sparrow Scout? This is the book for you! Meet Hilda: explorer, adventurer, avid sketchbook-keeper and friend to every creature in the valley! Newly initiated into the Sparrow Scouts, Hilda is ready to explore and document the wilderness, and perhaps even make some human friends. Yet as luck would have it, there is a dark, menacing creature afoot near Trolberg, and Hilda is whisked back home to safety. Even so, intrigue seems to follow our blue-haired heroine wherever she goes, and it seems we may finally discover why so many socks in Trolberg seem to lose their mates.

Invisible Kingdom #3

MAR190360 (W) G. Willow Wilson (A/CA) Christian Ward On the Sundog, Grix is desperately fleeing Lux . . . and running out of fuel. On Duni, Vess wrestles with her spiritual doubts and the newfound knowledge that she is not alone. When she responds to the Sundog's mysterious distress signal, the unlikely pair will learn too quickly that there is no turning back now.

Justice League Dark #11

MAR190529 (W) James TynionIV (A/CA) Alvaro Eduardo Martinez Bueno, Raul Fernandez Wonder Woman and Zatanna have found Mordru, the Lord of Chaos, but when they bring him to the rest of the team, they learn about the destruction Doctor Fate and his Lords of Order have wrought on the world. Time is running out to save magic from the Otherkind, so Zatanna makes a deal with Mordru in the hopes of saving the day. She should've known though-to fight the Lords of Order, they would need to become the Lords of Chaos!

Kino's Journey Vol. 02

MAR192330 (W) Keiichi Sigsawa (A) Iruka Shiomiya Kino's Journey is about a character named Kino who travels around the world with a talking motorcycle named Hermes. Kino travels to many mystical worlds, each with its unique customs and people. Kino's policy is to only stay three days in every town without exception, saying it's enough time to learn about the each place and moving on to explore the next new place.

Lorna TP

FEB191963 (W) Benji Nate (A/CA) Benji Nate Lorna's like any other girl... she loves cats, she's incredibly awkward, and she won't hesitate to pull a knife on those who displease her! From Catboy creator Benji Nate, Lorna follows the malicious-yet-charming Lorna as she learns about fashion, friendship, and romance, with a generous helping of murder!

Mary Shelley: Mosnter Hunter #2

MAR191366 (W) Adam Glass, Olivia Cuartero-Briggs (A/CA) Hayden Sherman Mary discovers not only that their mysterious host is a surgeon intent on reanimating the dead, but also that she's a woman. Banished from a career in medicine because of her sex, Dr. Victoria Frankenstein has decided to create a manservant devoted to her success in a mysoginystic world. The only thing she needs is a partner. Mary quickly sees the potential to carry on her late mother's feminist work, but agreeing would mean betraying her closest companions, and becoming an accomplice to murder...

Meat and Bone OGN

MAR191672 (W) Kat Verhoeven (A/CA) Kat Verhoeven A queer slice-of-life drama about dating and eating. Anne needs a fresh start but then she meets Marshall, the girl downstairs. Their friendship will trigger body image issues she thought she had left behind. Meanwhile, her roommate Gwen tries out polyamorous dating and Jane practically moves into the gym. In Meat and Bone, Kat Verhoeven winds these threads into an unflinching exploration of how women define themselves.

Middlewest #7

MAR190221 (W) Skottie Young (A/CA) Jorge Corona Just as the chance for a new life was starting to come together, Abel spirals out of control again and his adoptive family gets caught in the storm.

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #6

MAR190877 (W) Saladin Ahmed (A) Javi Garron (CA) Marco D'Alfonso • Who is STARLING?! ...And is she single? • Er, we mean, is she going to help stop Tombstone, or is she about to make the .45-thousand-caliber war for Brooklyn even deadlier? • The last thing he needs is another complication at school. Good thing high school is, like, a very chill, logical place - oh wait.

Monstress #22

MAR190225 (W) Marjorie M. Liu (A/CA) Sana Takeda Maika is forced to rethink her entire past and future when she finds herself in the center of a dangerous conspiracy against the Known World.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #43