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Dark Ages #4

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Bad Kitty Meets the Baby (Roaring Brook Press) – Great graphic novels for kids that are full of lessons and funny enough parents will enjoy it too.

Batgirls #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue was kinetic fun. Fun being the operative word.

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1 (Marvel) – “Devil’s Reign” has been fantastic and this series focused on Elektra/Daredevil has us excited to see what this chapter brings.

Dark Ages #4 (Marvel) – This alternate world has been awesome so far. With technology/electronics on the fritz, the heroes must take on Apocalypse who might have an answer to the world’s problems.

Devil’s Reign: Superior Four #1 (Marvel) – Doc Ock in his “superior” phase has been great and it looks like we’re getting “superior” versions of well known characters from across the multiverse in his latest machinations.

Falconspeare (Dark Horse) – We’re Mike Mignola fans and love his comics, so an entire graphic novel by him and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell gets us to take notice.

Glam Prix Racers: Back on Track (Feiwel & Friends) – The first volume was My Little Pony meets Mario Kart for kids but we loved it too! We’re excited to check out the second race of the Glam Prix Cup on GLittergear Island!

Joe Hill’s Rain #1 (Image Comics) – Joe Hill’s novella gets a comic adaptation and we gave it a glowing review.

The Last Session #2 (Mad Cave Studios) – Friends get back together to finish their roleplaying campaign but a new player threatens to derail the experience.

Robin & Batman #3 (DC Comics) – Great story but it’s the jaw-dropping art that has us sucked in.

The Scorched #1 (Image Comics) – Todd McFarlane has been expanding his Spawn universe and we get our first team book!

Space Cadet #1 (Scout Comics/Scoot) – A young kid dreams of going to the Moon. One night he wakes up on the lunar surface! Luckily, there’s a friendly astronaut there to give a tour.

Sports is Hell (Silver Sprocket) – If you’ve never read Ben Passmore’s graphic novel, here’s your chance in a new printing with a new publisher.

We Ride Titans #1 (Vault Comics) – A dysfunctional family are the ones who pilot the Titan that protects New Hyperion from kaiju.

Silver Sprocket’s Reveals its Spring 2022 Releases

For the Spring 2022 publishing season, Silver Sprocket’s most ambitious slate yet of 15 new titles includes an Eisner Award-winning new edition from Ben Passmore, original gems from indie comic superstars like Benji Nate and Ben Snakepit, and collections of massively popular Twitter-comic sensations like Little Tunny and Alec Robbins.

A Self Defense Study Guide for Trans Women and Gender Non-Conforming / Nonbinary AMAB Folks by TransFighters Oakland

A Self-Defense Study Guide for Trans Women and Gender Non-Conforming / Nonbinary AMAB Folks offers strategies based in lived experience, ranging from using body language and creating safety in numbers, to training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu moves. The zine includes chapters on how to handle people who have legal or financial power over you, cis women gropers, and menfolk bullies, along with instruction on how to back each other up as a group and how to pause a makeout. Trans women, AMAB nonbinary, and AMAB gender-nonconforming people need self-defense that reflects the specific kinds of threats we get. This study guide is one resource for expanding your toolkit to keep on living in this world.

40 Full-color pages; 5” x 5”; ISBN: 978-1-945509-75-9; SRP: $5.00; Release date: 2/1/2022

A Self Defense Study Guide for Trans Women and Gender Non-Conforming / Nonbinary AMAB Folks by TransFighters Oakland

Sports Is Hell by Ben Passmore

Some wars are for religion and some are for political belief, but this one is for football.

After her city wins the Super Bowl for the first time, Tea is separated from her friend during a riot and joins a small clique fighting its way through armed groups of football fanatics to meet a star receiver that just might end the civil war or become the city’s new oppressive leader.

Winner of the 2021 Eisner Award for Best Single Issue, Sports Is Hell by Ben Passmore is back in print with Silver Sprocket after the shuttering of previous publisher Koyama Press.

60 Partial-color pages; 8.5” x 11”; Softcover ISBN: 978-1-945509-67-4; SRP: $15.00; Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-945509-55-1; SRP: $24.99; Release date: 1/12/2022

Sports Is Hell by Ben Passmore

Good Boy Magazine #2

Good Boy Magazine is back, chock full of the finest, highest quality comics around! This issue: an interview with Gerard Way, plus over 100 brand new, full-color pages from superstar artists like Benji Nate, Michael Sweater, Alex Krokus, Ashley Robin Franklin, and more. Read comics or go to hell.

136 Full-color pages; 7” x 10”; ISBN: 978-1-945509-81-0; SRP: $9.99; Release date: 1/19/2022

Good Boy Magazine #2

Everything Sucks #1 by Michael Sweater

Noah and Calla are high, hungry, and should probably go outside. Unfortunately, the outside sucks. You can’t even get a burger without the whole place almost burning down!

Michael Sweater combines 90s animation nostalgia, sitcom antics, and a seasoning of stoner comedy in this new series. Includes stickers and a double-sided poster!

32 Full-color pages; 6.625” x 10.187”; ISBN 978-1-945509-86-5; SRP: $5.99; Release date: 1/26/22

Everything Sucks #1 by Michael Sweater

Puke Banter by James the Stanton

Someone whose name rhymes with “Pink Panther” has puked at the bus stop, and no one is going to clean it up. Thankfully, nature finds a way. A Gnartoons mini-comic by James the Stanton, presented in brilliant neon!

24 Neon-color pages; 4.25” x 5.5”; ISBN: 978-1-945509-87-2; SRP: $4.99; Release date: 2/9/2022

Puke Banter by James the Stanton

One Hundred Columns for Razorcake by Ben Snakepit: The Complete Comics 2003-2020

All of Ben Snakepit’s comics for Razorcake magazine, collected into one definitive volume! Spanning from 2003 until 2020, Snakepit covers the essentials of DIY punk life, from show reviews and scene reports, to the basics of touring on the cheap and making friends on the road, to falling in love and eating pizza he found face-down on the street. Offered with retrospective footnotes from the artist, this collection shows the growth and change of one punk’s perspective.

112 B&W pages; 6” x 9”; ISBN: 978-1-945509-79-7; SRP: $11.99; Release date: 2/16/2022

One Hundred Columns for Razorcake by Ben Snakepit: The Complete Comics 2003-2020

Hell Phone, Book One by Benji Nate

Sissy and Lola are best friends, next-door neighbors, and now… murder solvers? When Sissy picks up a lost flip-phone and follows the instructions from the stranger on the other line, she and Lola are flung into an investigation of a grisly crime. With each new phone call, the girls are dug deeper into a conspiracy that threatens their lives—and possibly their friendship. But with no way to escape the dreaded calls, the only way out is to unravel the mystery.

160 Full-color pages; 5.875” x 8.25”; ISBN: 978-1-945509-82-7; SRP: $14.99; Release date: 3/9/2022

Hell Phone, Book One by Benji Nate

Gnartoons by James the Stanton

The long-awaited collection of James the Stanton’s beloved Gnartoons comics is here! Drink a 40 with a skateboarding dog, light a cop car on fire with a herd of friendly forest critters, and eat a pizza brunch with a bunch of radical dinosaurs. Stanton’s trademark trippy humor wriggles and shines its way through each lushly illustrated comic vignette, now lovingly presented in a deluxe hardcover.

272 Full-color pages; 6” x 9”; ISBN: 978-1-945509-41-4; SRP: $29.99; Release date: 3/23/2022

Gnartoons by James the Stanton

Puppy Knight: Den of Deception by Michael Sweater and Josue Cruz

There’s no knight braver than Sparky Muttson! (Except maybe his enthusiastic and very cute apprentice, Pugsly.) They’re ready for their first adventure together, and while this quest might not turn out exactly how they expected, Sparky and Pugsly have the chops to make it through—no bones about it!

All Ages; 48 Full-color pages; 7.3” x 11”; ISBN: 978-1-945509-83-4; SRP: $12.99; Release date: 4/13/2022

Puppy Knight: Den of Deception by Michael Sweater and Josue Cruz

ish by Adam de Souza

An evocative and contemplative collection of short comics from cartoonist Adam de Souza, ish explores the complicated nature of grief through a series of loosely connected vignettes. Each brief glimpse brings another layer to the nuances of healing—from the deep muck of despair to unexpected joys—all told with care and thoughtfulness that shows through the page.

56 Full-color pages; 8” x 10”; ISBN: 978-1-945509-88-9; SRP: $14.99; Release date: 4/27/2022

ish by Adam de Souza

Mr. Boop by Alec Robbins

The beloved webcomic collected in its entirety for the first time in a beautiful deluxe edition!

Author Alec Robbins is deeply in love with his wife, 1930s cartoon superstar Betty Boop. And wouldn’t you know it, she loves him back! It’s the perfect marriage, and nothing will ever go wrong. They’ll be happy together forever and nothing will ever come between them—not other famous cartoon characters, not intellectual property law, and certainly not Alec’s own towering insecurities. Basically, they’re just both really happy together and everything’s good and nice and that’s the end of it. No more questions. Don’t even bother reading this comic.

Absurdist humor, a middle finger to corporate IP, and a sweetly romantic heart blend together into one of the most inventive comics of the Twitter age.

384 B&W pages; 8” x 8”; ISBN: 978-1-945509-80-3; SRP: $39.99; Release date: 5/25/2022

Mr. Boop by Alec Robbins

Little Tunny’s Snail Diaries by Grace Gogarty

Snail Diaries collects the very best of the hit weekly diary comics by Grace Gogarty, aka Little Tunny! Lovingly drawn on scraps of paper and broken laptops, Little Tunny documents the highs and lows of living with pets, working customer service, and simply trying to exist as a person in modern society. Hilarious, sweet, and sometimes entirely too real for a comic starring a snail.

160 Full-color pages; 6.5 x 6.5″; ISBN: 978-1-945509-84-1; SRP: $24.99; Release date: 6/15/2022

Little Tunny’s Snail Diaries by Grace Gogarty

Paradox of Getting Better by Raven Clemens

In three vignettes, a young adult deals with different stages of their life, trauma, and mental illness. As their identity transforms, so does their perspective. An intense, incisive look at what it takes to keep surviving.

88 B&W pages; 7” x 9”; ISBN: 978-1-945509-89-6; SRP: tbd; Release date: 6/21/2022

Paradox of Getting Better by Raven Clemens

Cicatrix by Elle

A powerful study in introspection, inheritance, and the manifestation of hypochondria by a talented indie cartoonist. Beautifully illustrated and poignantly told, the author investigates the guilt they carry as a young Filipino person born into a family that benefited from the Marcos regime, and how that materializes within the physical body.

48 Full-color pages; 8” x 11″; ISBN: 978-1-945509-86-5; SRP: tbd; Release date: 7/6/22

Cicatrix by Elle

Let’s Get Burgers by ash s.

This is a comic about a cat named Knife and a dog named Cheddar who are best friends, love burgers, hate capitalism, and are just trying their best, okay? That’s pretty much it. Collects the entire hit webcomic!

208 Full-color pages; 6” x 6”; ISBN: 978-1-945509-90-2; SRP: tbd; Release date: 7/20/22

Let’s Get Burgers by ash s.

Around the Tubes

Suicide Squad #3

It’s a new week and we’ve got lots coming at you! While we get things ready, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

iO9 – Ta-Nehisi Coates Is Ending His Lengthy Run Writing Black Panther – Not surprising and he’s had a solid run.

WVEC – Norfolk man launches original comic book series to tackle bullying – Nice to see this.

Newsarama – Y: The Last Man Finds New TV Lead – Is this it? We’ll believe the show will happen when we tune in at this point.

Reviews

Monkeys Fighting Robots – Books of Magic #17
AIPT – New Mutants #8
But Why Tho Podcast – The Plot Part 1
The Beat – Sports is Hell
Laughing Place – Star Wars #3
Comic Attack – Suicide Squad #3

Around the Tubes

Spirits of Ghost Rider: Mother of Demons #1

It’s new comic book day! What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Kotaku – Every Marvel vs Capcom Character, Together At Last – Nice!

The Mary Sue – 11 Books and Graphic Novels Every Queer Woman Should Read – A good list. Any you’d add?

Reviews

Talking Comics – Killadelphia #3
Newsarama – Spirits of Ghost Rider: Mother of Demons #1
NPR – Sports is Hell

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