This is a great week for comics, including two new titles that we have been eagerly awaiting! First of those two would be Man-Eaters #1, from Image Comics and written by the ever talented Chelsea Cain. A mutation causes menstruating women to become killer cats, and the fate of the world lies with one 12-year-old girl. We love unique plots, stories focused on women, and teen heroes, so this is high on our wishlist for Wednesday! The second title is DC's Heroes in Crisis #1 which dives deep into how our favorite heroes and antiheroes get support for their traumatic pasts. We have been honest on our Instagram about how PTSD was a huge reason we started reading comics, and so we are both extremely excited for this pick, and, if we're being honest, a bit nervous about seeing our heroes in such a vulnerable state that may feel a bit close to home.
There are some great graphic novels coming to shelves this week, including the long anticipated Amulet Volume 8 from writer and artist Kazu Kibuishi. If you follow along on Instagram (its where all the good stuff goes down), then you know we were able to snag an early copy of this book and it is GOOD. We're also excited to pick up Alice: From Dream to Dream and F*ck Off Squad. Though their descriptions are markedly different, we're clearly suckers for a good coming of age story!
Scroll through our recommendations for September 26th's New Comic Book Day, listed below! 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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Alice: From Dream to Dream Graphic Novel
(W) Giulio Macaione (A/CA) Giulio Macaione
Writer/artist Giulio Macaione makes his comics debut in this breathtaking story about family and friendship. Alice can enter and share dreams by sleeping near someone, a power utterly outside her own control. After moving back to Cincinnati, Alice is stuck sharing a bedroom with her brother and worse, sharing his dreams. The bright spot in her life is her best friend, Jamie, but there's more history between their families than Alice realized, and there are secrets buried deep.
Amulet: Supernova Volume 8
(W) Kazu Kibuishi (A/CA) Kazu Kibuishi
Kazu Kibuishi's thrilling #1 New York Times-bestselling series continues! Emily has lost control of her Amulet and is imprisoned in the Void, where she must find a way to escape the influence of the Voice. Meanwhile, Emily's brother, Navin, travels to Lighthouse One, a space station where the Resistance is preparing to battle the approaching Shadow forces that would drain planet Alledia of all its resources. Emily and Navin must be smarter and stronger than ever to ensure Alledia's survival.
(W) Mairghread Scott (A) Paul Pelletier, Norm Rapmund (CA) Sean Murphy
You can't go home again. But that's just where Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl, is forced to go when the chip granting her mobility keeps shorting out in the aftermath of her clash with Grotesque. Will Commissioner Gordon drive Babs totally bonkers with his bedside manner? Or will the malfunctioning tech impact more than just her legs? Plus, what's the deal with killer art critic Grotesque and his murderous new M.O.? It's all in part two of "Art of the Crime."
Beasts of Burden #2
(W) Evan Dorkin (A/CA) Benjamin Dewey
The dogs have started to solve the occult activity happening around them until one of their own is struck down and puts the mission in jeopardy.
Betty & Veronica Vixens #10 (Final Issue)
(W) Jamie L Rotante (A/CA) Sanya Anwar
The Vixens-forced to flee Riverdale! But with their work done in their hometown the ladies are ready to expand their reach and help out women all over the globe. *FINAL ISSUE*
Black Panther #4
(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Daniel Acuna (CA) Paolo Rivera
"THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA" CONTINUES! Rebellion among the rebels! When M'Baku rises to lead the Nameless, he'll advocate for a new strategy in their war against the Empire - one that goes against everything T'Challa believes. But M'Baku's plan could save lives. And without his mantle, what power does T'Challa have to fight for what he knows is right?
Cold Spots #2
(W) Cullen Bunn (A/CA) Mark Torres
Dan has tracked his estranged wife and daughter to a dreary island off the coast of North Carolina-and the closer he gets, the colder his surroundings become. A cold so deep it can freeze the flesh from your bones lingers in the air, and Dan is starting to believe his daughter might be the key to this dawning, bone-chilling supernatural winter.
Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #0
(W) Richard Dinnick (A) Giorgia Sposito, Mariano Laclaustra, Brian Williamson, Arianna Florean, Iolanda Zanfardino, Neil Edwards, Pasquale Qualano, Rachael Stott, Fer Centurion (A/CA) Claudia SG Iannicello
The ultimate celebration of the Doctor's many, many lives, a perfect beginner's guide and a brilliant tribute for long-term fans to enjoy! It's said that your life flashes before your eyes when you die: as the Doctor regenerates from his Twelfth incarnation to her Thirteenth, she relives memories from her many incarnations, showcasing unseen adventures from EVERY version of the Doctor! If you don't know your TARDIS from your Sonic Screwdriver, this story is a wonderful introduction to Doctor Who. If you've seen every adventure so far, it's an amazing journey from the past into the future!
F*ck Off Squad Graphic Novel
(W) Dave Baker (A/CA) Nicole Goux
F$$$ Off Squad centers on the lives of three queer teens as they attempt to navigate their way into young adulthood. It's the greatest comic ever made about skateboarding, Instagram, and low-key trying to date someone while you're still in a relationship.
Faith: Dreamside #1
(W) Jody Houser (A) Mj Kim (CA) Marguerite Sauvage Even before Faith Herbert, AKA Zephyr, gained the power of flight, joined the Harbinger Renegades, and soared through the skies of the Valiant Universe, deep down she was always a hero at heart. But what's a hero to do in the face of a foe that exists only in nightmares? Face them head-on, of course! To protect the dreams of her teammate, Animalia, Faith must venture into a fantastical new realm the likes of which we've never seen... and she'll need some help from the world's premiere parapsychologist, Dr. Mirage, to make it back with her subconscious mind still intact!
(W) C.S. Pacat (A) Johanna the Mad (CA) HamletMachine
Nicholas is determined to get Seiji to focus on him and him alone.
Heroes in Crisis #1
(W) Tom King (A/CA) Clay Mann
There's a new kind of crisis threatening the heroes of the DC Universe, ripped from real-world headlines by C.I.A.-operative-turned-comics-writer Tom King: How does a superhero handle PTSD? Welcome to Sanctuary, an ultra-secret hospital for superheroes who've been traumatized by crime-fighting and cosmic combat. But something goes inexplicably wrong when many patients wind up dead, with two well-known operators as the prime suspects: Harley Quinn and Booster Gold! It's up to the DC Trinity of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman to investigate-but can they get the job done in the face of overwhelming opposition?
How to Slay the Buffy Way Graphic Novel
Are you ready to be strong? Vampires, demons, forces of darkness, superpowers, mean girls, young love, homework, death. Over the course of seven seasons, Buffy, the teenaged heroine of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, faced these daunting challenges and more with badass courage and aplomb. Full of feminist attitude, wisdom and killer advice, How to Slay the Buffy Way showcases the best of seven seasons of The Chosen One, her friends, frenemies, foes, and her eternal loves, and celebrates Buffy's unflinching approach to life. Rich in '90s nostalgia and featuring iconic images from the series, How to Slay the Buffy Way is a treasure trove that inspires you to face any challenge and live fearlessly.
Jim Henson's Labyrinth: Coronation #7
(W) Simon Spurrier (A) Daniel Bayliss (CA) Fiona Staples
While Maria continues to make her way through the Labyrinth, the Owl King's plot ensnares her trusted goblin companion.
Justice League Dark #3
(W) James TynionIV (A/CA) Alvaro Eduardo Martinez Bueno, Raul Fernandez
Wonder Woman! Swamp Thing! Zatanna! Man-Bat! Um...Detective Chimp! The JL Dark team may not be strong or deep enough to stop the omnipotent Upside-Down Man from taking over our entire plane of existence. UDM takes the JLD apart one by one, but Wonder Woman might have enough mojo to keep everyone alive. Turns out Diana had a power not even she knew about that bursts to the surface, but will it be enough to turn the Upside-Down Man on his head, or is it just a lot of mystical mumbo jumbo?
(W) Chelsea Cain (A) Kate Niemczyk (CA) Lia Miternique
Eisner-nominated and New York Times bestselling thriller writer CHELSEA CAIN returns to comics with a new ONGOING SERIES! A mutation in Toxoplasmosis causes menstruating women to turn into ferocious killer wildcats-easily provoked and extremely dangerous. As panic spreads and paranoia takes root, the fate of the world rides on the shoulders of one twelve-year-old girl. Part Cat People, part The Handmaid's Tale, MAN-EATERS will have everyone talking.
Modern Fantasy #4 (Final Issue)
(W) Rafer Roberts (A/CA) Kristen Gudsnuk
The nefarious Cultists mange to summon the fire demon on the equinox! The fate of the city, maybe the world, hangs in the balance as Sage and her friends battle the Balrog head on. Will the demon be too powerful for our young heroes?! Don't miss the epic conclusion here!
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #35
(W) Brandon Montclare (A/CA) Natacha Bustos
"SAVE OUR SCHOOL" BARRELS TOWARD THE INEVITABLE! Lunella's school is on the brink of shutting down and the Wrecking Crew is here to take it apart brick by brick! It's up to Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur to prevent an early dismissal! Plus: The mystery of Princess Fisk thickens!
Raven: Daughter of Darkness #8
(W) Marv Wolfman (A) Pop Mhan (CA) Cully Hamner
The mystical manhunters known only as the Shadow Riders want the young arcanes surrounding Raven for their next prey. And they are all too successful: one of them dies! Introducing...the beginning of a brand-new Night Force.
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Alex Maleev
Scarlet has declared war against those who would abuse their power against innocent people-and that war has shut down the city of Portland and brought the eyes of the world upon her. But as the revolution grows, will it slip through her fingers? Oh, and the president is on the phone. It's another blistering chapter of a world we may one day find ourselves in from the creators that brought you the Eisner Award-winning Daredevil and Iron Man.
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #24
(W) Simon Spurrier (A) Kev Walker (CA) Ashley Witter
OUT OF THE FRYING PAN, INTO THE HEAT-DEATH OF A PLANET-KILLING METEOR STRIKE! • Swindling, backstabbing and even occasionally feeling bad about it, all of DOCTOR APHRA's attempts to escape her prison-world have failed. • But...wait - here comes an Imperial shuttle. Could this be salvation? • [life support breathing sounds]
Stranger Things #1
(W) Jody Houser (A) Stefano Martino (CA) Aleksi Briclot
The nostalgia igniting hit Netflix original series comes to comic shelves. Follow Will Byers into a dimension of decay and destruction where he must use his wits and resolve to dodge the pursuit of the Demogorgon and escape the Upside Down.
o Written by award winning comics veteran Jody Houser (Faith, Orphan Black, Mother Panic)
o Based on Will's unseen journey during season 1 of hit Netflix show Stranger Things.
The Agony House Graphic Novel
(W) Cherie Priest (A/CA) Tara O'Connor
A haunted house, a killer ghost, and a long-lost comic come to life in another spectacular package of novel and comics from Cherie Priest, author of I Am Princess X. Denise Farber has just moved back to New Orleans with her mom and step-dad. They left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and have finally returned, fixing up an old, rundown house. Nothing seems to work around the place, which doesn't seem too weird to Denise. But when floors collapse, deadly objects rain down, and she hears creepy voices, it's clear to Denise that something more sinister lurks hidden here. Denise finds concealed in the attic: the final project of an artist who disappeared in the 1950s. Denise isn't budging from her new home, so she must unravel the mystery, on the pages and off, if she and her family are to survive.
The Wicked + The Divine 1373 One-Shot
(W) Kieron Gillen (A) Ryan Kelly (CA) Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson
"THE TRANSUBSTANTIATION OF LUCIFER" The final THE WICKED + THE DIVINE historical special plunges into the shadow of life after the Black Death. KIERON GILLEN gets back together with THREE collaborator RYAN KELLY to tell the story of penitent nun Lucifer hearing the confession of penitent murderer Ananke. Yes, everyone will be sorry.
(W) Caitlin Kittredge (A/CA) Roberta Ingranata
"GOOD INTENTIONS," Part Two Alex and Debbie work to unravel the mystery of Johnny's reappearance-and where he's been for the past six years. The answers don't lead anywhere good.
Wonder Woman #55
(W) Steve Orlando (A) Raul Allen (CA) David Yardin
Then, two armies stand ready to annihilate each other, with Wonder Woman and Artemis caught in the middle, fighting for the souls of the exiled Amazons living in Bana-Mighdall! Does Diana possess the might and diplomatic prowess to convince her sisters to stop their march toward war? Who will fall beneath the flaming swords of Rustam? And more importantly, how does she make sure this doesn't happen again? Will Diana have to Occupy the Amazons?!
X-Men Red #8
(W) Tom Taylor (A) Carmen Nunez Carnero (CA) Jenny Frison
In the wake of an unprecedented assault on Atlantis, the X-Men must react and recover...while at the mercy of a world that grows more hostile to mutants every day, and a foe who is determined to keep it that way!