Scroll through our recommendations for September 19th's New Comic Book Day, listed below!
We are sad to say goodbye to Dark Horse's Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic. This week we have the final issue of Buffy's Season 12, which will also be the last issue of Buffy from Dark Horse. This promises to be the "culmination of all Buffy Seasons."
This week there are many exciting comics to discuss, but honestly, we have two words on the brain: Harley Quinn! Last Tuesday (September 11th) was the 26th anniversary of Harley's first appearance on Batman: The Animated Series; this past Saturday (September 15th) was Batman Day, largely translating to a celebration of all things Gotham, including Harley; and now, this Wednesday (September 19th) we get Harley Quinn #50! This is a special issue in which DC states Harley will both bend reality and save the universe- and we can't wait! Sign us up for anything starring our Clown Princess of Crime.
We don't often include books of the non-comic variety on our recommendation list, but when we first saw the art from DC Comics: Anatomy of a Metahuman, we were mesmerized. The text is written from the perspective of Batman, who has decided to collect information about the potential threat of metahumans. The book is filled with beautifully illustrated anatomical cutaways and descriptions about the biological differences that define a metahuman.
Scroll down to see cover art and read brief descriptions from the publishers (titles listed in alphabetical order). To learn more about each title, click on the cover art image and head to Previews World.
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(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) David Marquez
"WORLD TOUR" PART ONE In the aftermath of their world-shaking battle against the Dark Celestials, the new Avengers team is officially formed, complete with a startling new headquarters at the top of the world. Behold the wonders of Avengers Mountain. But someone who doesn't seem impressed is Namor, the ferocious lord of Atlantis, whose rage may turn the oceans red with blood!
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 12: The Reckoning #4 (Final Issue)
(W) Christos Gage, Joss Whedon (A) Georges Jeanty (CA) Stephanie Hans
Buffy, Fray, the Scoobies, and the Slayers are in an epic battle against Harth, and his army of baddies. His attempt to steal the power of the Slayers has brought Buffy and her crew to the turning point that they have been trying desperately to avoid. With all other options spent, it is only Buffy and her sacrifice that can save the world . . .
o The entire Buffyverse is united here in the culmination of all Buffy Seasons!
o The return of Fray!
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Illustrated Storybook
(A/CA) Kim Smith
The cult classic TV show is now a charming picture book for the youngest fans in the Buffyverse! In this new picture-book story brought to life with cute and colorful illustrations, young readers see what the world's strongest vampire slayer was like back when she was a kid! Join not-so-brave little Buffy, Willow, and Xander as they investigate strange sounds coming from the closet, seek advice from their school librarian Giles, and encounter everyone's favorite Buffyverse monsters. Charmingly illustrated by Pop Classics artist Kim Smith, this sweet, silly, and not-so-scary book borrows Joss Whedon's beloved characters to tell an endearing bedtime story.
By Night #4
(W) John Allison (A/CA) Christine Larsen
Jane and Heather are finally ready to start filming their extra-dimensional documentary. There's only one problem: their guide, Gardt, is so ridiculous looking that he completely ruins the credibility of any shot he's in. It might be time for Jane and Heather to give their monster bud the slip and venture off on their own!
Chief Wiggum's Felonious Funnies #1
(W) Ian Boothby, Tony Digerolamo, Dean Rankine (A) Jacob Chabot, Mike Kazaleh, Dean Rankine (CA) Jason Ho, Nathan Kane
The man with the badge (and a box of donuts on the backseat of his police cruiser) gets his own arresting One-Shot Wonder with Chief Wiggum's Felonious Funnies #1! It would be a crime not to snatch up a copy of your own!
DC Comics: Anatomy of a Metahuman Hard Cover
(W) S. D. Perry, Matthew K. Manning (CA) Ming Doyle
Explore the powers of DC Comics' greatest characters like never before through stunning anatomical cutaways and in-depth commentary from the Dark Knight. Concerned about the threat that so-called "metahumans" may pose to the world, Batman has begun compiling a detailed dossier on their incredible physiology and abilities. From villains like Killer Croc, Bane, and Brainiac, to Batman's own comrades, including Superman and Cyborg, the file brings together the Dark Knight's fascinating personal theories on the unique anatomical composition of these formidable individuals. Using beautifully illustrated anatomical cross sections depicting twelve different DC characters, the book, told from Batman's unique perspective, will explore how these "metahumans" physical makeup differs significantly from that of the average person.
Death or Glory #5
(W) Rick Remender (A/CA) Bengal
END OF STORY ARC
Glory has what she needs to save her dad Red's life, but in the process she's ticked off literally every criminal organization, the cops, AND a few psycho killers to boot. The road to freedom is wide, but it's paved with the corpses of the foolhardy.
Harley Quinn #50
(W) Sam Humphries (A) John Timms, Others (CA) Amanda Conner
In a special anniversary story, "Harley Saves the Universe!"-no kidding! While reading a mysterious Harley Quinn comic book, H.Q. accidentally breaks all of reality. And you know the saying: if you break it, you bought it! Now it's up to Harley to travel through both time and space to fix all the continuity errors she created. Luckily, she'll have a little help, 'cuz riding shotgun is none other than special guest star Jonni DC, Continuity Cop! Good thing, too, because if Harley fails, it means her own mom will be lost forever. Gulp! That doesn't sound very funny!
Impossible Incorporated #1
(W) J. M. DeMatteis (A/CA) Mike Cavallaro
Join 17-year-old Number Horowitz as she and her team board a cosmic train called the Non-Local Express, riding across the quantum sea and into the Infinite Spiral that leads to other worlds, new dimensions, parallel universes and through time itself. Impossible, Incorporated is the tale of a teenage girl with extraordinary abilities, seeking the truth about the universe-and her own mysterious past!
Justice League #8
(W) James TynionIV (A/CA) Mikel Janin
Part two of the "Legion of Doom" storyline focuses on Lex Luthor's recruiting efforts-and this time around, he's targeting both Cheetah and Black Manta for membership! Lex knows just what buttons to push to acquire his super-powered muscle, and this issue it's all about getting revenge on Wonder Woman and Aquaman, respectively. We bet they sign right up as soon as they find out Lex has METAL's Batman Who Laughs locked up in Doom HQ!
(W) Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh (A) Dozerdraws (CA) Kat Leyh
The mysterious, newly-unfrozen statue woman the 'Janes tracked down with their treasure map has absconded with Ripley! It's up to the rest of the Roanokes to figure out where they've gone, with the help of Diane's Ancient Greek expertise (and exasperation).
Marvel Superhero Adventures: Captain Marvel's First Day of School #1
(W) Sholly Fisch (A) Mario Delpennino, Ty Templeton (CA) Agnes Garbowska
EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HERO TEAMS UP WITH SPIDER-MAN IN A BRAND-NEW ALL-AGES ADVENTURE! Carol Danvers is one of the most powerful super heroes on Earth. She's led Alpha Flight and the Avengers, and prevented more alien invasions than you can count. But she's about to hit big trouble - and even the mightiest heroes need help sometimes! Good thing there's a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man swinging around! Meet Captain Marvel before she hits the big screen - and find out what happens when two very different heroes have to work together!
Passing For Human A Graphic Memoir
(W) Liana Finck (A/CA) Liana Finck
A visually arresting graphic memoir about a young artist struggling against what's expected of her as a woman, and learning to accept her true self, from an acclaimed New Yorker cartoonist. In this achingly beautiful graphic memoir, Liana Finck goes in search of that thing she has lost - her shadow, she calls it, but we can also think of it as the "otherness" or "strangeness" that has defined her since birth, that part of her that has always felt as though she is living in exile from the world. In Passing for Human, Finck is on a quest for self-understanding and self-acceptance--and along the way, she seeks to answer some eternal questions: What makes us whole? What parts of ourselves do we hide or ignore or chase away - because they're embarrassing, or inconvenient, or just plain weird - and at what cost?
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Michael Gaydos
From the Peabody Award-winning creators of Jessica Jones comes a brand-new creation...Pearl. She is a master tattoo artist and reluctant assassin for the Yakuza she was born into, with a very special gift taught to her by her late mother. But a secret she has kept from everyone may be her only chance at happiness beyond the world she was brought up in. This epic romance set in modern-day San Francisco has the creators of Jessica Jones embarking on a completely new and complex character, creation and world.
(W) Joe Henderson (A) Antonio Fabela (A/CA) Lee Garbett
NEW STORY ARC "HERE THERE BE DRAGONFLIES," Part One Now a fugitive thanks to her fight with Barrow, Willa's forced to flee Chicago. What does the rest of this low-G world look like? What terrifying surprises will she face?
Star Wars #54
(W) Kieron Gillen (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) David Marquez
"HOPE DIES," PART 5 • THE EXECUTOR? Bad. • PRINCESS LEIA aboard the Executor? Worse. • DARTH VADER pursuing Leia aboard the Executor? WORST OF ALL.
Steven Universe #20
(W) Grace Kraft (A) Rii Abrego (CA) Missy Pena
After a fight in the Strawberry Battlefield goes awry, the Gems get an important reminder on the value of teamwork.
The Life of Captain Marvel #3
(W) Margaret Stohl (A) Marguerite Sauvage (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
THE DEFINITIVE ORIGIN OF CAPTAIN MARVEL!
Chaos descends on Captain Marvel's small coastal hometown! A deadly Kree warrior has finally tracked Carol home. But just what - or who - is the invader after? The moment you've been waiting for is here: Margaret Stohl and Carlos Pacheco bring you a reveal that will change Captain Marvel's destiny.
The Lost City Explorers #4
(W) Zack Kaplan (A) Alvaro Sarreseca (CA) Rafael La Torre
Hel Coates, her brother and our teenage urban explorers have journeyed through underground New York City and discovered the site where Hel's father disappeared, but in order to find answers and unlock the doorway to the mythical Lost City of Atlantis, they must first deal with the deadly supernatural guardian. Explore science fiction and archaeology in this new adventure series by Zack Kaplan (Eclipse, Port of Earth) and Alvaro Sarraseca (Magnus, Turok) that HAD to be told at AfterShock.
The Unwanted: Stories of The Syrian Refugees
(W) Don Brown (A/CA) Don Brown
The Unwanted is an exploration of the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, exposing the harsh realities of living in, and trying to escape, a war zone. Starting in 2011, refugees flood out of war-torn Syria in Exodus-like proportions. The surprising flood of victims overwhelms neighboring countries, and chaos follows. Resentment in host nations heightens as disruption and the cost of aid grows. The refugees are the unwanted. Don Brown depicts moments of both heartbreaking horror and hope in the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. Shining a light on the stories of the survivors, The Unwanted is a testament to the courage and resilience of the refugees.
West Coast Avengers #2
(W) Kelly Thompson (A/CA) Stefano Caselli
• You thought giant land sharks were bad? How about former West Coast Avenger Tigra transformed into an extremely grouchy, extremely ENORMOUS Woman?! • But Tigra isn't the half of it. Who's the insanely handsome man behind the curtain pulling her strings? • Hawkeye, Hawkeye, America Chavez, Fuse, Gwenpool and Kid Omega are here to uncover the mystery and save the city of Los Angeles from certain death (but not extreme property damage!) • They may not be the heroes we need, but they're certainly the ones we deserve! Strap in, folks!
X-Men Gold #36
(W) Marc Guggenheim (A) Pere Perez (CA) Phil Noto
• A special look into a day in the life of the headmistress of the Xavier Institute...