This is a big week, friends! Scroll through our recommendations for January 23rd's New Comic Book Day, listed below. We have a collection of new series, exciting graphic novels, and of course many of our returning favorites! Those are pretty standard things for a Wednesday, sure, but wait until you see what they are!
There are SEVEN first issues and specials coming on Wednesday! We are particularly excited about two new titles from Boom! Studios- Avant-Guards #1 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1! Avant-Guards, described as "Giant Days meets Check, Please!", follows a ragtag basketball team at an historically all-female arts college. Along with Check, Please!, Fence, and Dodge City, we're excited to add this to our collection of adorable sports stories (something we never thought we'd say). The other new title (and the one we are admittedly most excited for): Buffy! In a very abridged comic history of Buffy, after the television show ended, the remaining "seasons" of the story were created in comic book form through Dark Horse. After season 12, which saw a very grown up Buffy (this past Saturday was her 38th birthday after all), Dark Horse lost the license for Buffy, and it was up in the air whether the story would continue. Cut to Boom Studios!, home of adorable favorites like Steven Universe and Goldie Vance, snagging the rights and folks weren't quite sure what would come next. This brings us up to speed on the upcoming first issue on Wednesday, which finds Buffy Summers back in high school, but living in an modern, iPhone world. With Jordie Bellaire at the helm, the brilliant writer behind the dark witch story Redlands, any fears of a saccharin vampire slayer largely dissipated. We'll share that we had a chance to read the first issues of Avant-Guards and Buffy already, and they are both worth a pick up! We don't want to spoil anything, but we're excited for other folks to read them so we can talk about it! Oh, and those other five new titles? More badass stories including Naomi and Guardians of the Galaxy, which consists of a new team including Moondragon and Phyla-Vell (in what looks like her Captain Marvel costume)!
We also get some great graphic novels and returning stories this week! The graphic novels are especially strong in the kiddo department, with a new Hilda story (yes, that Hilda from the amazing Netflix show!), and the new book Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield's First Ride! We're also psyched to pick up the next issues of Exorsisters (funnier than we expected!), Livewire (Vita Ayala is clearly incapable of not being a badass and therefore only writes badass characters), Monstress (a new story arc!), and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (guest-starring Doctor Strange!).
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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The Avant-Guards #1
NOV181300 (W) Carly Usdin (A/CA) Noah Hayes • Giant Days meets Check, Please!, from the creator of Heavy Vinyl! • Welcome to the Georgia O 'Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics, an historically all-female school whose population is decidedly more drama geek than jock. • Liv, aspiring actor and basketball enthusiast, doesn't understand why she can 't be both, but she seems alone in that belief... until Charlie. • Charlie is a recent transfer, a star basketball player, and the answer to all of Liv 's problems. She'll stop at nothing to get Charlie to join the ragtag group of misfits that make up their fledgling basketball team.
NOV180882 (W) Jason Aaron (A) Andrea Sorrentino (CA) Steve Epting FEATURING THE IRON FIST OF 1,000,000 BC! ANDREA SORRENTINO JOINS SERIES WRITER JASON AARON another flashback tale of the Prehistoric Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Meet the primordial woman who was the first to harness the power of the heart of the dragon Shou-Lao, becoming the very first Iron Fist.
Blossoms 666 #1
NOV181518 (W) Cullen Bunn (A) Matt Herms (A/CA) Laura Braga BRAND NEW SERIES! Cheryl and Jason Blossom are a pair of seemingly normal kids in Riverdale. They're wealthy, popular and likeable-but they also harbor a deep, dark secret-one of the Blossom Twins is the Anti-Christ. Both want the title, and no one in Riverdale is safe.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1
NOV181302 (W) Jordie Bellaire (A) Dan Mora (CA) Matthew Taylor • Go back to the beginning as the critically acclaimed pop culture phenomenon Buffy The Vampire Slayer is reimagined under the guidance of series creator Joss Whedon. • This is the Buffy Summers you know, who wants what every average teenager wants: friends at her new school, decent grades, and to escape her imposed destiny as the next in a long line of vampire slayers tasked with defeating the forces of evil. • But her world looks a lot more like the one outside your window, as Eisner Award-Nominated writer Jordie Bellaire (Redlands) and Russ Manning Award-Winner Dan Mora (Saban's Go Go Power Rangers) bring Buffy into a new era with new challenges, new friends...and a few enemies you might already recognize. But the more things change, the more they stay the same, as the Gang faces brand new Big Bads, and the threat lurking beneath the perfectly manicured exterior of Sunnydale High confirms what every teenager has always known: high school truly is hell. • WELCOME BACK TO THE HELLMOUTH, FOR THE FIRST TIME!
NOV180421 (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) David Mack Comics creator Max Field has been recruited to be a spy-and now it's beginning to affect his work. The lines of fantasy and reality are beginning to blur, and the world of comics may never be the same. A valentine to all that comics can be, COVER is a genre-bending series Comic Watch called "a masterful book" by the award-winning team of Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack.
NOV180135 (W) Ian Boothby (A/CA) Gisele Lagace Cate and Kate learn that the only thing worse than selling your soul to the Devil is selling it to someone you thought was the Devil. Can they save a soul from being saved? Also, their Mother returns, bringing the first-ever evil along with her.
Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield's First Ride
NOV181857 (W) Joel Christian Gill (A/CA) Joel Christian Gill Bessie dreams of riding her bike with the boys after school, but they tell her she isn't fast enough. Fast Enough combines an imagined story of Bessie Stringfield as a young girl with historical facts about Bessie, a true adventurer and the first African American woman to travel solo across the United States on a motorcycle.
NOV181441 (W) Rafer Roberts (A/CA) Mike Norton, Marissa Louise The cat's outta the bag... and out for blood! Eddie and Tala are on the verge of escaping Baltimore once and for all, but Simon, the feline hitman, stands in their way. Will our heroes be able to defeat Simon, steal back their car, and skip town in one piece? Or will Eddie do something stupid and get everyone killed? Find out inside, Grumble fans! And for the hardcore collectors out there, Albatross offers a special limited edition card stock cover of Grumble #3 with art by Farel Dalrymple!
Guardians of the Galaxy #1
NOV180771 (W) Donny Cates (A) Geoff Shaw (CA) David Marquez WHO WILL STAND The universe is on fire. Hundreds of worlds are at war. Never has there been such hatred and division across the cosmos. And in spite of all this, Thanos of Titan is still dead...or is he? Now, more than ever, the cosmos need the Guardians of the Galaxy...but in the aftermath of the Infinity Wars, who is left to answer the call? Featuring every cosmic super hero in the known universe by the THANOS WINS creative team of Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw!
Hilda and The Great Parade GN
NOV181887 (W) Stephen Davies, Luke Pearson (A/CA) Seaerra Miller Book two in the Hilda Netflix TV tie-in series offers new never-before-read content in this illustrated chapter book, picking up where Hilda and The Hidden People left off. It's tough moving and changing neighborhoods. In this book, Hilda faces new challenges as she moves from the wilderness to the city of Trolberg! As Hilda starts at her new school, she has to adapt to a whole new way of life and make new friends, humans as well as other creatures. Hilda faces all kinds of surprises as she explores the city and faces hordes of people, and learns to find her own space within the crowds.
Jem and The Holograms: IDW 2020
NOV180618 (W) Sina Grace (A/CA) Siobhan Keenan Jem and the Holograms are back with new music, old flames, and good friends in this adventure set 20 years in the future! Join Jerrica, Synergy, and the rest of your favorite holographic gals for a rockin' reunion that's sure to please old and new fans alike! Celebrate 20 years of IDW with new stories about all your favorite characters!
Jim Henson's Beneath the Dark Crystal #6
NOV181344 (W) Adam Smith (A) Alexandria Huntington (CA) Benjamin Dewey Thurma tests her new Fireling abilities with dangerous results while Kensho and the others seal the fate of the town of Dagger Root... for better or worse.
Justice League #16
NOV180469 (W) James TynionIV, Scott Snyder (A) Stephen Segovia, Mark Morales (A/CA) Jim Cheung It's a mystery in space: Why would the Guardians of the Universe hide top-secret intel deep in the bowels of a secret vault on Thanagar Prime? That's what Martian Manhunter, GL and Hawkgirl want to know! That's not the only puzzler popping off either, as an ancient connection that bonds Kendra and Shayera Hol unlocks the secret of the map on Hawkgirl's Dark Metal wings. Back on Earth, Starman and the Trinity look to create a wormhole that could transport them to Thanagar Prime. The only catch? It could vaporize them!
NOV182040 (W) Vita Ayala (A) Raul Allen, Patricia Martin (CA) Adam Pollina POWERLESS! When the super-powered psiot codenamed Livewire plunged the entire country into a nationwide power outage, she made more than a few enemies - and now she's about to meet them face to face! But these mysterious foes aren't simply interested in bringing her to justice...no, they have other far more nefarious plans for the most wanted woman in the world...
Long Lost: Part Two #6
OCT181884 (W) Matthew Erman (A) Lisa Sterle The series finale of Scout Comics' critically acclaimed bizarre horror story that has been called "quite possibly the best Southern Gothic comic" about two sisters, Piper and Frances Laurent, and their horrific adventure through their disintegrating hometown, a shared traumatic history, as well as space and time. Everything has been leading up to this. The end is here!
NOV180165 (W) Marjorie M. Liu (A/CA) Sana Takeda NEW STORY ARC
Five-time Eisner Award winner for 2018
As Maika and Corvin search for Kippa through a warped and lethal land, Kippa herself will face her own terrible monsters...
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #39
NOV180942 (W) Brandon Montclare (A/CA) Natacha Bustos "BAD DREAM" CONTINUES! GUEST-STARRING DOCTOR STRANGE! • The sleep of reason produces monsters... • What monsters lay within the unconscious mind of a 65-million-year-old thunder lizard? • Worse yet, the mind of a 9-year-old super-genius?!
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #74
NOV180625 (W) Ted Anderson (A/CA) Kate Sherron Nerves abound when Zephyr Breeze signs up for the All-Equestria Mane Styling Conference! Will he be able to prove to others-and to himself-that he belongs in the styling biz? Or will his fear of failure get the better of him?
The return of Zephyr Breeze, Fluttershy's younger brother! Zephyr attempts to overcome his fear of failure in order to execute the most difficult of pony mane styles... the Three-Point Hurricane!
My Little Pony: IDW 2020
NOV180610 (W) Ted Anderson (A/CA) Toni Kuusisto Ponyville's most courageous and magical ponies celebrate friendship and fun in this adventure set twenty years in the past! Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, and the rest of your favorite fillies are young foals-surely things can't get too crazy, right?! One thing's for sure: no matter what escapades they face, the magic of friendship will see them through! January's "20/20" initiative celebrates 20 years of IDW by exploring the future and past in your favorite comics!
NOV180384 (W) Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker (A) Jamal Campbell DC's biggest, newest mystery starts here! When a fight between Superman and Mongul crashes into a small Northwestern town, Naomi (last name?) begins a quest to uncover the last time a super-powered person visited her home-and how that might tie into her own origins and adoption. Follow Naomi's journey on a quest that will take her to the heart of the DC Universe and unfold a universe of ideas and stories that have never been seen before. Join writers Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker and breakout artist Jamal Campbell in Wonder Comics' massively ambitious new series and star... NAOMI.
New Life GN
NOV181827 (W) Xavier Betaucourt (A/CA) Yannick Marchat An emotional journey through one man's desire for freedom and the discovery of a new life he could never have expected. With his son grown and his marriage dissolving, Xavier, a 48-year old writer, finds himself deep in the heart of a mid-life crisis. Setting out on his own, he finds emotional freedom and true independence. When he meets Leah, a young and vibrant artist, together they set out to lead a life of spontaneity and youthful adventure. A romantic tale of unexpected love, second chances and the questions we all must answer when a new life is put in our hands.
NOV180483 (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Michael Gaydos From the Eisner and Peabody-award winning creators of Jessica Jones comes another blistering chapter in the Yakuza epic IGN called a "four-star gorgeous crime comic," with 10/10 ratings from AiPT, Comicosity, Comicsverse and Comics Watch! Tattoo artist Pearl Tanaka has finally discovered her past and legacy and how they have informed all her choices up to this moment. Now she must choose her path: master tattoo artist-or master assassin? Although PEARL was originally solicited as a six-issue miniseries, based on your support, PEARL will now be an ongoing series! PEARL will skip a month in February so Michael Gaydos can catch his breath, but we'll be back with issue #7 in March!
NOV180928 (W) Nnedi Okorafor (A) Leonardo Romero (CA) Sam Spratt WHEN THE POWER GOES OUT IN WAKANDA Shuri's returned from her space adventure with Rocket and Groot - but she's brought something back with her. And now, centuries-old music and stories are disappearing across Africa. Something is stealing the continent's cultural history - and its electrical power. Then, as if the heir to the throne didn't have enough on her plate, a mysterious envoy arrives, and they're looking for the Black Panther. Life as the princess of Wakanda just got a lot more complicated!
Smooth Criminals #3
NOV181355 (W) Kurt Lustgarten, Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith (A) Leisha Riddel (CA) Audrey Mok With their heist all planned out and the clock counting down, Mia and Brenda are ready to case the place and make their move. Sneaking into the exhibit hall should be cake, but going unnoticed? To pull that off, they'll both have to shape up and work on playing their part: with Mia trying to pass herself off as a modern 1990s woman, and Brenda as a high-society dame!
Star Wars #60
NOV180989 (W) Kieron Gillen (A) Angel Unzueta (CA) Jamal Campbell "THE ESCAPE" PART FOUR! • You can escape the horror of the galaxy. • But only for a while. • The return of SCAR SQUADRON.
Steven Universe #24
NOV181362 (W) Grace Kraft (A) Rii Abrego (CA) Missy Pena Steven, Connie, and the Crystal Gems work together to restore a historic site special to the Crystal Gems from the past.