January 23rd New Comix!!

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!

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!

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.

Avengers #13

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!

Cover #5

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.

Exorsisters #4

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.

Grumble #3

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