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!