Scroll through our recommendations for October 24th's New Comic Book Day, listed below!
What a femme-powered week of reading we have in store! This week brings more graphic novels than our list usually includes, but we are excited for the diverse stories being offered. First, we have Bad Friends, a graphic novel set in 1990s South Korea following “bad seed” Jinju in a story that explores the importance of female friendships. We also have Hidden Witch, the long awaited sequel to Molly Ostertag’s gender role exploring youth graphic novel, The Witch Boy. What comes next for Aster now that his family must adjust to his unusual talent for witchery? We can’t wait to find out! Another all ages tale is Sanity & Tallulah, which tells the story of two young friends living on a space station who maybe create a three-headed kitten when genius Sanity gets access to a lab…! If you follow us on Instagram (cough cough, you totally should, cough), then you know we have recently been trying to read more manga, and first up is (our new obsession) Tokyo Tarareba Girls! We’re so excited for Volume 3 to come this week and can’t wait to see what comes next in the lives of Rinko, Kaori, and Koyuki! If you have more manga suggestions, we want to hear them!
Not be overshadowed by graphic novels, we also have some exciting news in comics: this week brings two new lady led comics to the Spiderverse! First up, we have Spider-Girls; this Spider-Geddon tie-in, written by the amazing Jody Houser, brings together (for the first time!) the original Spider-Girl, the Prime Universe Spider-Girl, and Spiderling. Also a Spider-Geddon tie-in, we have a new Gwen Stacy story: Spider-Gwen Ghost-Spider! Silly title aside (which name is it!?), we are always excited to check in with Gwen and see what it is this week that will make her late to band practice.
Scroll through our recommendations for October 24th'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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Alison Bechdel: Conversations (Book)
(A) Alison Bechdel
Collected interviews with the trailblazing creator of the graphic memoir Fun Home and the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. Spanning 1990 to 2017, Alison Bechdel: Conversations collects ten interviews that illustrate how Bechdel uses her own life, relationships, and contemporary events to expose the world to what she has referred to as the "fringes of acceptability," the comics genre as well as queer culture and identity. These interviews reveal her intentionality in the use of characters, plots, structure, and cartooning to draw her readers toward disrupting the status quo.
Bad Friends (Graphic Novel)
(W) Ancco (A/CA) Ancco
Jinju is bad. She smokes, drinks, runs away from home, and has no qualms making her parents worry. Her mother and sister beg her to be a better student, sister, daughter; her beleaguered father expresses his concerns with his fists. Bad Friends is set in the 1990s in a South Korea torn between tradition and Western modernity and haunted by an air of generalized gloom. What unfolds is a story of female friendship, a Ferrante-esque connection formed through youthful excess, malaise, and struggle that stays with the young women into adulthood.
Banana Sunday (Graphic Novel)
(W) Paul Tobin (A/CA) Colleen Coover
Banana Sunday, the classic story by Eisner Award-winning Bandette co-creators Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover, is now presented in full color, with a brand-new introduction and bonus materials! Kirby Steinberg is having a bit of trouble fitting into her new school. Sure, there's the usual problems associated with being from "somewhere else," but this time the new kid also happens to be the guardian for three talking primates. Chuck, the professorial orangutan. Knobby, the love-stricken spider monkey. Go-Go, the befuddled golden gorilla. These primates have learned to speak, thanks to the scientific processes of Kirby's father. Or have they? What's their real story? That's what Nickels-Kirby's new best friend and unfortunately dedicated school reporter-would like to discover. Can Kirby find time to develop a relationship with Martin, the dashing nerd? Steer clear of Skye, the high school's #1 pillar of arrogance? Keep Knobby, Chuck and Go-Go from causing untold catastrophes? And, above all, will Kirby be able to hide the real origin of these three simians from Nickels? Oh, probably not.
(W) Mairghread Scott (A) Paul Pelletier, Norm Rapmund (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
Even millennial superheroes are moving back in with their parents! While recovering from the injuries she suffered battling Grotesque, Barbara Gordon's been living with her police commissioner dad while she recuperates. To get Barbara out of her funk, Jim Gordon hires her to do some I.T. grunt work at the GCPD. Unfortunately, he just gave full security clearance to one of the best hackers on the planet! Batgirl now has access to the police database in hopes of capturing Grotesque...who also seems to be using the database as well! Is this an inside job?
Books of Magic #1
(W) Kat Howard (A) Tom Fowler (CA) Kai Carpenter
From the SANDMAN UNIVERSE #1, it's the return of Neil Gaiman's magical morality fable in an all-new series written by Kat Howard (Roses and Rot, An Unkindness of Magicians) and drawn by Tom Fowler (DOOM PATROL)! Timothy Hunter may be destined tobecome the most powerful magician in the universe, but he's still a London teenager, and having magical abilities complicates things more than it helps. It's not like he can use magic to pass his exams, stop being bullied or convince his cute friend to date him. And while Tim's trying to live his life, there are cultists who want to kill him, believing his power will eventually corrupt him into becoming a merciless mage. Oh, and those are the good guys. Luckily, his new substitute teacher is more than she appears, and may be able to help Tim discover the mystery behind the Books of Magic...
Cold Spots #3
(W) Cullen Bunn (A/CA) Mark Torres
The unquiet dead gather around a crumbling island mansion, drawn to a quiet young girl who is trapped within the dreary old house. The girl's father has come to bring her home, but a sinister family with dark and murderous plans stands in his way.
Hidden Witch (Graphic Novel)
(W) Molly Knox Ostertag (A/CA) Molly Knox Ostertag
From the creator of the acclaimed graphic novel The Witch Boy comes a new adventure set in the world of magic and shapeshifting - and ordinary kids just trying to make friends. Aster and his family are adjusting to his unconventional talent for witchery; unlike the other boys in his family, he isn't a shapeshifter. He's taking classes with his grandmother and helping to keep an eye on his great-uncle whose corrupted magic wreaked havoc on the family. Meanwhile, Aster's friend from the non-magical part of town, Charlie, is having problems of her own - a curse has tried to attach itself to her. She runs to Aster and escapes it, but now the friends must find the source of the curse before more people - normal and magical alike - get hurt. Available in softcover and hardcover editions.
Jim Henson's Labyrinth Coronation #8
(W) Simon Spurrier (A) Daniel Bayliss (CA) Fiona Staples
While Maria and her companions seek refuge among the Goblin rebellion, the Owl King's plan takes a dangerous step forward bringing the second arc to a stunning conclusion.
Justice League Odyssey #2
(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Stjepan Sejic
Cyborg, Starfire, Green Lantern Jessica Cruz and Azrael debate whether so-called "God of Evil" Darkseid should have joined the team. (Too late-that evil horse has left the barn!) But before the team can resolve this conflict, they're forced into action when Vril Dox takes an interest in the Coluan refugees, attacking their ship with a new Manhunter army of his own creation. 'Cuz more violence is always the answer!
Long Lost Part Two #3
(W) Matthew Erman (A) Lisa Sterle
Piper discovers the secrets to The Sound, the unfathomable world beyond Hazel Patch, as Frances fights to survive her abduction by the strange people living in Hazel Patch. Joanna continues her bizarre plans and has captured one of the strange beings that dwell in the forest outside town. What is she planning and how does The Mountain fit into all of this?
Marvel Super Heroes: Captain Marvel's Halloween Spooktacular
(W) Jacob Chabot, Jeff Loveness, Ty Templeton (A) Mario Del Pennino, Ty Templeton (A/CA) Jacob Chabot
EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HERO AND YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN GET SPOOKED! It's October, and you know what that means! HALLOWEEN! And with Halloween, come tricks and treats alike. But while Captain Marvel and Spidey are trying to get their sugar fix, the rambunctious rogues of the Marvel Universe will be spying and scheming from afar...
Meal (Graphic Novel)
(W) Soleil Ho (A/CA) Blue Delliquanti
A tale of youth, good intentions, and entomophagy, Meal is about Yarrow, a young woman determined to make her mark of the cutting edge of cookery with her insect-based creations. However, her evangelist streak concerning insect cuisine rubs some of her fellow chefs the wrong way, particularly Chandra Flores, member of a culture that's been eating bugs for centuries, and deeply suspicious of this young white woman's intentions to turn her traditions into the next big foodie trend. Can Yarrow win over Chandra... and Milani, the neighbor she's been crushing on for weeks?
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #36
(W) Brandon Montclare (A/CA) Natacha Bustos
Kingpin and Princess Fisk are using every trick in the book to shut down P.S. 20 for good! What are a girl genius and her prehistoric partner supposed to do? RESIST! As only they know how...
Old Lady Harley #1
(W) Tieri, Frank (A) Inaki Miranda (CA) Mauricet
After liberating New York City from her now-feral Gang of Harleys, poor Harley wants nothing more than to slip back into retirement in her coastal (and heavily guarded) paradise. But the Laughing Boys Gang has another idea-they'll follow her to the ends of the Earth, to drag her back to their leader! It can't actually be...him! Right?! He couldn't possibly still be alive, could he? After all...Harley killed him herself with her bare hands! Should she turn to President Power Girl for help? Or flee to the 51st state, Atlantis? Step into an insane vision of a future DC Universe we all better hope we don't live to see!
Olivia Twist #2
(W) Darin Strauss, Adam Dalva (A) Emma Vieceli, Lee Loughridge (CA) Vanesa Del Rey
2050 London: The Esthers send Olivia on a heist into the Vertical City-a mile-high tower, the last refuge for wealthy Americans who have lost their country. But there's incredible danger waiting for her on all sides: the mysterious killer from her nightmares, machine-augmented men, the most powerful C.E.O. in the world. And there is also, as it turns out, an even greater danger for Olivia: a love triangle.
Raven: Daughter of Darkness #9
(W) Marv Wolfman (A) Pop Mhan (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
The hunt for the young arcanes gathers steam! Before they can bond as a team and find their strengths, Raven and Baron Winters' new, young Night Force may be ground to dust under the hooves of the Shadow-Riders!
Sanity & Tallulah (Graphic Novel)
(W) Molly Brooks (A/CA) Molly Brooks
Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends on Wilnick, the dilapidated space station they call home at the end of the galaxy. So naturally, when gifted scientist Sanity uses her lab skills and energy allowance to create a definitely-illegal-but-impossibly-cute three-headed kitten, she has to show Tallulah. But Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds is a bit of a handful, and it isn't long before the kitten escapes to wreak havoc on the space station. The girls will have to turn Wilnick upside down to find her, but not before causing the whole place to evacuate! Can they save their home before it's too late? Readers will be over the moon for this rollicking space adventure by debut author Molly Brooks. Available in softcover and hardcover editions.
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Alex Maleev
From the Eisner Award-winning team that brought you Daredevil and Iron Man comes the latest chapter in their critically acclaimed series SCARLET. Scarlet has fought back against the corruption that destroyed her life-and now the next American revolution is underway! The city of Portland has been shut down-or, in the eyes of some, taken hostage-and Scarlet must decide how far she is willing to take her crusade. Enter Kit, the woman who will reduce Portland to rubble. SCARLET tells the story of a generation pushed too far in an alternative world we may soon find ourselves in as created by writer Brian Michael Bendis (SUPERMAN and ACTION COMICS) and artist Alex Maleev.
Short & Skinny (Graphic Novel)
(W) Mark Tatulli (A/CA) Mark Tatulli
As a middle schooler, Mark finds himself on the smaller side of the physical spectrum; being short and skinny has really wreaked havoc on his confidence. So to end his bullying woes and get the girl - or at least the confidence to talk to the girl - he starts to explore bulking up by way of the miracle cures in the backs of his comics. But his obsession with beefing up is soon derailed by a new obsession: Star Wars, the hottest thing to hit the summer of 1977. As he explores his creative outlets as well as cures to his body image woes, Mark sets out to make his own stamp on the film that he loves. Mark Tatulli's graphic novel debut is a humorous and heartfelt take on body image, finding a creative outlet, and spending a summer in the '70s. Available in softcover and hardcover editions.
(W) Jody Houser (A) Genolet, Andres (CA) Yasmine Putri
A SPIDER-GEDDON TIE IN! • MAY "MAYDAY" PARKER, the original SPIDER-GIRL, ANYA CORAZON, the Prime Universe SPIDER-GIRL, and ANNIE MAY PARKER, A.K.A. SPIDERLING - together for the first time! • May will do anything to protect her brother from the Inheritors, and Anya's knowledge of the mystical Spider-Totems could save the day. • But how does Annie fit in? And what chance do three girls have against ageless universal forces?!
Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #1
(W) Seanan McGuire (A) Rosi Kampe (CA) Bengal
A SPIDER-GEDDON TIE IN! • What? You thought we were done with Gwen Stacy after the first two landmark volumes of her series?! GET OUTTA HERE. • It's a whole new spin on Gwen and her world of Earth-65, brought to you by none other than SEANAN MCGUIRE & ROSI KÄMPE! • We pick up with Gwen right where we left her - fighting crime through her home reality, unaware that it sits on the precipice of interdimensional calamity! Someone's gonna be late to band practice...
The Girl Who Married a Skull and Other African Stories (Graphic Novel)
Have you heard the one about the skull who borrowed body parts to pass himself off as a complete human so he could trick the village beauty into marriage? Well, what about when Frog and Snake's daughters had a play date? Okay, okay. But surely you've heard the story about the crocodiles who held a vote on whether or not to eat a man that had saved one of their lives? No? Wow. Have we got some stories for you.
The Long Con #4
(W) Dylan Meconis, Ben Coleman (A) Emilee Denich (A/CA) M. Victoria Robado
A bloodbath at the hands of a murderous cosplay squad is interrupted by... another murderous cosplay squad? Dez and Victor flee into a network of secret tunnels once used to whisk celebrity guests to their appearances without pressing the flesh of normal mortals. Now the tunnels echo with mysterious screams, and those who enter are never seen again. What semi-famous horrors will Dez and Victor discover in the darkness? And more importantly, when was the last time those horrors ate?
The Mental Load: A Feminist Comic (Graphic Novel)
(W) Emma (A/CA) Emma
In her first book of comic strips, Emma reflects on social and feminist issues by means of simple line drawings, dissecting the mental load, ie., all that invisible and unpaid organizing, list-making and planning women do to manage their lives, and the lives of their family members. In her strips Emma deals with themes ranging from maternity leave (it is not a vacation!), domestic violence, the clitoris, the violence of the medical world on women during childbirth, and other feminist issues, and she does so in a straightforward way that is both hilarious and deadly serious. If you're not laughing, you're probably crying in recognition.
Tokyo Tarareba Girls Vol. 3 (Graphic Novel)
(W) Akiko Higashimura (A/CA) Akiko Higashimura
"I spent all my time wondering 'What if?' Then one day I woke up and I was 33." Rinko has hustled her whole life, but one day she wakes up and finds herself a writer of a cheap online soap opera with only two friends (with whom she goes drinking most nights). In a booze-fueled delusion, she swears to get married by the time the Tokyo Olympics roll around in 2020, but it's not going to be a straight line... and there won't be any fairy tale endings!
(W) Greg Smallwood, Megan Smallwood (A) Greg Scott, Matt Herms (CA) Greg Smallwood
NEW ONGOING SERIES! The vampire siege on Riverdale begins! Will Veronica lead the town towards salvation... or doom?
Wonder Woman #57
(W) James TynionIV (A) Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy (CA) David Yardin
"The Witching Hour" part four! As Hecate's new world is born, Wonder Woman is under the goddess' total control! This is magic's darkest hour-one of the most powerful magicians of all time may not survive!
X-Men Red #9
(W) Tom Taylor (A) Roge Antonia (CA) Jenny Frison
• Following the shocking events of X-MEN RED #8, it's time for Jean to finally confront her demon head-on. • Jean Grey and Cassandra Nova... The showdown begins here!