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The Cosmoknights are Here to Take on the Patriarchy

Top Shelf Productions will publish the solo debut graphic novel by acclaimed cartoonist Hannah Templer. Written, drawn, and colored by Templer, Cosmoknights is a thrilling galactic adventure set in a world where mech-suited warriors duel over the daughters of the aristocracy, and a fledgling resistance of lady knights aim to bring down the system from within.

Templer will serialize Cosmoknights beginning in March 2019 (International Women’s Month), leading to its print publication in Fall 2019.

Cosmoknights

Koren Shadmi’s Highwayman is Out this May from Top Shelf

Israeli cartoonist Koren Shadmi turns to science fiction in a sprawling, ambitious journey across time and space.

Forever on the move, Highwayman travels through the vastness of North America searching for the source of his condition. He suffers from a strange, seemingly incurable disease: immortality. Bound to the road and at the mercy of whomever will give him a ride, he encounters people who reflect the rapidly changing world around him. Moving through centuries of change, he watches humanity’s precarious trajectory towards an unknown future.

Highwayman is a 160 page graphic novel for mature readers, out May 2019 from Top Shelf!

Koren Shadmi's Highwayman

The Jekyll Island Chronicles Helps Raise Money to Complete the National WWI Memorial

With its second volume landing in bookstores everywhere this week, The Jekyll Island Chronicles is an award-winning series of alternate-history graphic novels, featuring an unlikely band of World War I veterans who continue to serve their country by battling an anarchist cabal in a post-war era of invention.

On the centennial of the end of that war, the creators and publishers of the series have prepared a very special way for readers to join in honoring the heroes of “The Great War.”

Through the end of 2018, a portion of every purchase of The Jekyll Island Chronicles, whether in print or digital, will go toward helping complete the National WWI Memorial in Washington, DC.

Red Panda and Moon Bear Save the World in March 2019

Red Panda and Moon Bear are the defenders of their community! Together, these brave siblings rescue lost cats, scold bullies, and solve mysteries, all before Mamá and Papá get home. But lately… the mysteries have been EXTRA mysterious. All of RP and MB’s powers may not be enough to handle spooks, supervillains, alien invaders, and time warps! It’ll take all their imagination — and some new friends — to uncover the secret cause behind all these events before the whole world goes crazy.

In his first book for young readers, Cuban-American cartoonist Jarod Roselló presents a whimsical and tender-hearted adventure, packed with Saturday-morning adventure and glowing with Caribbean sunshine.

Out in March 2019, this all-ages graphic novel features 176 pages for $14.99.

George Takei’s They Called Us Enemy Will Be Released in 2019, Focusing on Immigration, Incarceration, and Family Separation

As nations around the globe confront new versions of old debates about immigration, incarceration, and family separation, actor/author/activist George Takei is preparing a beautiful and powerfully resonant graphic memoir of his own direct experience with American xenophobia.

In summer 2019, Top Shelf Productions will publish Takei’s They Called Us Enemy, created in collaboration with co-writers Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker. George Takei revisits his haunting childhood in American concentration camps, as one of 120,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II. Readers will experience the forces that shaped an American icon — and America itself — in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.

In 1942, at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, every person of Japanese descent on the west coast was rounded up and shipped to one of ten “relocation centers,” hundreds or thousands of miles from home, where they would be held for years under armed guard.

They Called Us Enemy is Takei’s firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the terrors and small joys of childhood in the shadow of legalized racism, his mother’s hard choices, his father’s tested faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future.

What does it mean to be American? Who gets to decide? When the world is against you, what can one person do?

Surfside Girls Gets a Sequel in 2019

Top Shelf Productions has announced that Surfside GirlsKim Dwinell’s celebrated graphic novel series for middle-grade readers about friendship, fun, and lost mysteries of the local landscape, will receive a full-length sequel next summer.

Surfside Girls (Book One): The Secret of Danger Point introduced readers to best friends Sam and Jade, who put together clues ranging from suspicious beachcombers to spooky ghosts to baby dinosaurs in order to save their town from an unexpected threat. Surfside Girls (Book Two): The Mystery at the Old Rancho, scheduled for June 2019, presents even more beautiful beaches, hidden secrets, distracting cuties, and wild adventures:

When one of the ghosts from Danger Point gets… spooked, it’s time for Sam and Jade to pull out the Journal of Weird and jump into action! Trying to solve this two-hundred-year-old mystery takes the girls all over their town and beyond, all while Surfside’s Annual Surf Competition is going on. Add to the mix a cute surfer boy, a mysterious mustached man with a guitar, and a very jealous Sam — can the surfing sleuths save the day again?

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest #1 Sells Out with a Second Printing to Come

Top Shelf Productions and IDW Publishing have announced that The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. IV): The Tempest #1, the first issue in the final miniseries by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill, has already sold through its first printing at the distributor level, less than 24 hours after its release on July 11th.

The Tempest has attracted considerable interest not only as the grand finale of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen saga but also as a swan song for Moore and O’Neill.

Retailers may reorder The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. IV): The Tempest #1 using the Diamond Comic Distributors order code JUN188003.

SDCC 2018: IDW Announces their Signing Schedule and Panels

Once again making a splash at San Diego Comic-Con, IDW Publishing has announced the company’s action-packed signing schedule, featuring exclusive appearances with such fan-favorite talent as Berkeley Breathed, Kevin Eastman, Mike Mignola, Bobby Moynihan, Lynn Johnston, Nate Powell, the full cast of Wynonna Earp, and so many, many more! Check out our complete list below!

Wednesday July 18th Preview Night 

6:00 – 7:00 Transformers: Unicron – John Barber
(*Convention exclusive available!)
6:00 – 8:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed 
(*Convention exclusive hardcover available!)
7:00 – 8:00 Euthanauts – Tini Howard
(*Book debut!)
8:00 – 9:00 Star Wars Adventures – Derek CharmShaun ManningMauricet,
Cavan ScottLandry Q. Walker
(*Convention exclusives available!)
8:00 – 9:00 Marvel Masterpieces – Joe Jusko
(*Convention exclusive hardcover available!)

Thursday July 19th 

10:00 – 11:00 Locke & Key, Sword of Ages – Gabriel Rodriguez
(*Convention exclusives available!)
10:00 – 11:00 The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head – Dan Berry
10:00 – 11:00 Gumballs – Erin Nations
10:00 – 11:00 The Jekyll Island Chronicles – Ed CrowellJack Lowe,
Steve Nedvidek
10:00 – 11:00 Limbo Lounge – Dave Calver
11:00 – 11:30 Marvel Masterpieces – Joe Jusko
(*Convention exclusive hardcover available!)
11:00 – 12:00 Coin-Op Comics – Maria HoeyPeter Hoey
11:00 – 12:00 Walled City – Aya Morton, Anne Optowsky
12:00 – 1:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed 
(*Convention exclusive hardcover available!)
12:00 – 1:00 Transformers – John BarberFico OssioMairghread Scott
(*Convention exclusive available!)
12:00 – 1:00 Goosebumps – Jen Vaughn
1:00 – 2:00 For Better or For Worse – Lynn Johnston
(*San Diego Comic Con Special Guest!)
(*Book debut!)
1:00 – 3:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Kevin EastmanTom Waltz,
Mateus SantoloucoBobby Curnow
(*Convention exclusives available!)
(*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
2:00 – 3:00 Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Mike Mignola
(*Book debut!)
3:00 – 4:00 Star Wars Adventures – Derek CharmDelilah Dawson,
Shannon Eric Denton, Shaun ManningMauricetCavan Scott,
Landry Q. Walker
(*Convention exclusives available!)
3:00 – 4:00 Marvel Masterpieces – Joe Jusko
(*Convention exclusive hardcover available!)
4:00 – 5:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed 
(*Convention exclusive hardcover available!)
4:00 – 5:00 Sonic The Hedgehog – Takashi IizukaEvan StanleyCaleb Goellner
(*Convention exclusives available!)
(*Limited edition print available as gift with purchase!)
5:00 – 6:00 V-Wars – Jonathan MaberryRyan Brown
5:00 – 6:00 Locke & Key, Sword of Ages – Gabriel Rodriguez
(*Convention exclusives available!)
5:00 – 6:00 The Scooter Chronicles – Shahriar Fouladi
6:00 – 7:00 Wynonna Earp – Melanie ScrofanoTim RozonEmily Andras,
Beau SmithLora Innes
(*Convention exclusives available!)
(*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
6:00 – 7:00 Assassinistas – Tini HowardGilbert Hernandez
(*Book debut!)

Friday July 20th 

10:00 ­– 11:00 The Jekyll Island Chronicles – Steve NedvidekJack Lowe, Ed Crowell
10:00 ­– 11:00 Surfside Girls ­– Kim Dwinell
10:00 – 11:00 I Am A Number ­– Rian Hughes
10:00 – 11:00 For Better or For Worse – Lynn Johnston
(*San Diego Comic Con Special Guest!)
11:00 – 12:00 Marvel Masterpieces – Joe Jusko
(*Convention exclusive hardcover available!)
11:00 – 12:00 My Little Pony – Agnes GarbowskaTony FleecsJeremy Whitley,
Thom Zahler
(*Convention exclusive available!)
11:00 – 12:00 Limbo Lounge – Dave Calver
12:00 – 1:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Tom WaltzMateus Santolouco,
Bobby CurnowCaleb Goellner
12:00 – 1:00 Locke & Key, Sword of Ages – Gabriel Rodriguez
(*Convention exclusives available!)
12:00 – 1:00 Judge Dredd – Mark Russell
(*Convention exclusive available!)
1:00 – 2:30 Wynonna Earp – Melanie ScrofanoTim RozonShamier Anderson,
Dominique Provost-ChalkleyKatherine BarrellVarun SarangaChantel Riley, Emily AndrasBeau Smith
(*Convention exclusives available!)
(*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
3:00 – 4:00 Liz Wrightson
3:00 – 4:00 Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Andy SurianoAnt Ward
(Co-executive producers of the new animated series!)
(*Convention exclusive available!)
4:00 – 5:00 Full Bleed Vol. 2 Launch Party – Dirk WoodGideon KendallErin Nations,
Jen VaughnJarrett MelendezSara RichardMark Russell,
Phillip Kennedy JohnsonRob Salkowitz
(*Book debut!)
4:00 – 5:00 Ward’s Valley – Bobby Curnow
4:00 – 5:00 Surfside Girls ­– Kim Dwinell
5:00 – 6:00 Star Trek – Mike JohnsonDavid TiptonScott TiptonJ.K. Woodward
(*Convention exclusives available!)
5:00 – 6:00 Ghostbusters – Erik Burnham
5:00 – 6:00 Come Again – Nate Powell
(*Book debut!)
5:00 – 6:00 The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head – Dan Berry
5:00 – 6:00 Gumballs – Erin Nations
6:00 – 7:00 The X-Files – Delilah DawsonJ.J. LendlJonathan Maberry,
Mister Sam ShearonDenton Tipton
6:00 – 7:00 From HellThe Goat Getters – Eddie Campbell
(*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)

Saturday July 21st

10:00 – 11:00 DuckTales – Bobby Moynihan, Matt YoungbergFrank Angones,
Sean Jimenez
(*Voice Actor, Executive Producers, and Art Director of the hit series!)
(*Convention exclusives available!)
(*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
10:00 – 11:00 Goosebumps – Jeremy Lambert
11:00 – 12:00 Star Wars Adventures – Derek CharmElsa CharretierPierrick Colinet,
Shaun ManningMauricetCavan Scott
(*Convention exclusives available!)
11:00 – 12:00 Stretch Armstrong – Kevin BurkeDoc Wyatt
12:00 – 1:00 Star Trek – Mike JohnsonDavid TiptonScott TiptonJ.K. Woodward
(*Convention exclusives available!)
12:00 – 1:00 My Little Pony – Tony FleecsJeremy Whitley, Thom Zahler
1:00 – 2:00 Sh*t My President Says – Shannon Wheeler
1:00 – 2:00 God is Disappointed in You – Mark Russell
1:00 – 2:00 Come Again – Nate Powell
(*Book debut!)
1:00 – 2:00 I Am A Number – Rian Hughes
1:00 – 2:00 Ward’s Valley – Bobby Curnow
1:00 – 2:00 Coin-Op Comics – Maria HoeyPeter Hoey
2:00 – 3:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Tom Waltz, Freddie E. Williams,
Mateus Santolouco
(*Convention exclusives available!)
2:00 – 3:00 Locke & Key, Sword of Ages – Gabriel Rodriguez
(*Convention exclusives available!)
2:00 – 3:00 Transformers: Unicron – John Barber
(*Convention exclusive available!)
2:00 ­– 3:00 Assassinistas – Gilbert Hernandez
(*Book debut!)
2:00 – 3:00 Goosebumps – Jen Vaughn
3:00 – 4:00 Transformers – John BarberBrendan CahillFico Ossio,
Mairghread ScottMagdalene Visaggio
3:00 – 4:00 Marvel Masterpieces – Joe Jusko
(*Convention exclusive hardcover available!)
4:00 – 5:30 Wynonna Earp – Shamier AndersonTim RozonDominique Provost-ChalkleyKatherine BarrellVarun SarangaChantel RileyEmily AndrasBeau Smith
(*Convention exclusives available!)
(*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
6:00 – 7:00 SECRET PROJECT TO BE ANNOUNCED AT SDCC – Fico Ossio
6:00 – 7:00 Locke & Key, Sword of Ages – Gabriel Rodriguez
(*Convention exclusives available!)
6:00 – 7:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Tom WaltzMateus Santolouco

Sunday July 22nd  

10:00 – 11:00 My Little Pony – Tony FleecsSara Richard
10:00 – 11:00 The Jekyll Island Chronicles – Steve NedvidekJack Lowe, Ed Crowell
11:00 – 12:00 Marvel Masterpieces – Joe Jusko
(*Convention exclusive hardcover available!)
11:00 – 12:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Tom WaltzMateus Santolouco,
Freddie E. WilliamsCaleb Goellner
12:00 – 1:00 Ghostbusters – Erik Burnham
12:00 – 1:00 Star Wars Adventures – Cavan ScottShaun Manning
1:00 – 2:00 Goosebumps – Jeremy Lambert  
1:00 – 2:00 Essex CountyThe Underwater Welder – Jeff Lemire
1:00 – 2:00 Come Again – Nate Powell
(*Book debut!)
1:00 – 2:00 Ward’s Valley – Bobby Curnow
1:00 – 2:00 The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head – Dan Berry
2:00 – 3:00 For Better or For Worse – Lynn Johnston
(*San Diego Comic Con Special Guest!)
(*Book debut!)
2:00 ­­­– 3:00 Love is Love – Marc Andreyko, Cecil Castellucci, Nyambi Nyambi
3:00 – 4:00 The Jekyll Island Chronicles – Steve NedvidekJack Lowe, Ed Crowell
3:00 – 4:00 Marvel Masterpieces – Joe Jusko
(*Convention exclusive hardcover available!)

The Top Shelf section of the booth will be filled all weekend with more great creators, too! 

Don’t miss IDW’s panels, either!

Transformers: Unicron and Beyond 
Thursday , 7/19, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room: 29AB
The planet-eater Unicron has arrived, and nothing will be spared! Come join IDW Editor-in-Chief John Barber, associate publisher David Hedgecock, editor David Mariotte, Hasbro’s Director of Global Publishing Michael Kelly and creators behind the blockbuster event of the summer to find out what’s in store for the Autobots and a hint at what comes next!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles For All!
Thursday , 7/19, 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m., Room: 28DE
Three eras of the Ninja Turtles collide in one room! Co-creator Kevin Eastman is joined by the current comic book creative team of Tom WaltzBobby Curnow, along with other special guests as they talk about the past, present, and future of the heroes in a half shell! Turtle power! There will also be a special Turtle Trivia with prizes for the ultimate TMNT fan!

Spotlight on Lynn Johnston
Thursday, 7/19, 11:00am – 12:00am, Room 32AB
Comic-Con special guest Lynn Johnston is the Canadian creator of For Better or For Worse. This family-based comic strip has been syndicated since 1979 and was named Best Syndicated Comic Strip in 1992. At its peak, For Better or For Worse appeared in more than 2,000 newspapers in 23 countries and was translated into 8 languages for a devoted readership of more than 220 million. Expect to learn more about Johnston’s career in comics and what she’s been up to lately!

Joe Jusko Spotlight 
Thursday, 7/19, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 9
Joe Jusko is one of the premier and most in-demand painters of comic book and trading-card art working today. In an award-winning career spanning more than 40 years, he has produced extraordinary illustrations for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., and many more. Join this acclaimed artist as he talks with IDW editor Scott Dunbier about his long and storied (and believe us, there are stories!) career.

Sonic the Hedgehog’s Way Past Cool Panel 
Thursday, 7/19, 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Room: 9
Sonic The Hedgehog has raced back into comics, bringing old enemies and new friends along for the ride! Join IDW editors Joe Hughes and David Mariotte, artist Evan Stanley, Sega Licensing Specialist Michael Cisneros, Director of Product Development Austin Keys, and special guest Takashi Iizuka, the Head of Sonic Team for a fun discussion on comics and upcoming games, surprise announcements, and more!

Spotlight on Shannon Wheeler
Thursday July 19, 2018 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Room 26AB
Comic-Con special guest Shannon Wheeler (New Yorker cartoonist and Too Much Coffee Man creator) presents a special slide show and free gifts. Secrets will be revealed! Shannon shot 5,000 comics with a gun (self-proclaimed stupidest gimmick ever). Learn the history of the Japanese Bootleg shirt. Was Huey Newton (Black Panther leader) Shannon’s landlord? Did Shannon’s mom take them to hear cult leader Jim Jones speak? Did Shannon smuggle cigars out of Cuba? All true. Those stories will be told, plus selections from his new book, Memoirs of a Very Stable Genius, including “Camp Micro-Penis,” “Getting Trapped in the Paris Subway,” and “How To Sell a Sex Doll.” There might be some dirty words.

IDW: PDX presents Full Bleed
Friday, 7/20, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 32AB
Ted Adams, CEO & co-founder of IDW and Dirk Wood, Creative Director of IDW:PDX present FULL BLEED: A sneak-peek into the world’s only 200 page, hardcover, print only comics & culture “magazine!” Prizes, announcements, Q&A, and a roundtable discussion on comics, journalism and more! Featuring Art Director Robbie Robbins, and contributors Jen Vaughn, Jarrett Melendez, Kim Dwinell, Gideon Kendall, Christina “Steenz” Stewart, and more! Got a pitch for Full Bleed? Bring it to the panel!

The Human Condition: Connecting Humanity With Graphic Novels
Friday, 7/20, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 23ABC
Featuring vibrant stories that bring tales of strength, courage, and determination to audiences of all ages. As the graphic novel space gains popularity and general interest, it presents a powerful medium for sharing complex stories or characterizations across the nuanced tableau of our multi-cultural world. From books featuring real-life frontierswoman Calamity Jane, to the brutal Spanish Revolution, and even the personal demons that cast doubt within our lives — this panel will show the strength of sequential graphic story telling in the 21st Century.

The One, The Only, Artist’s Edition!
Friday, 7/20, 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m., Room: 4
Since their inception nearly a decade ago, Artist’s Editions have become one of the most acclaimed (and imitated) formats in comics. IDW has won five prestigious Eisner-awards for their line of massive art books… so far! Join IDW Director of Special Projects Scott Dunbier as he fills you in on upcoming projects—some not yet announced—and presents a slide show featuring an amazing sampling of art. We’ll talk about Artist’s Editions, Artist Select Series, and Art in general! There will be a special guest or two, and trivia questions to test your knowledge of comic art (AE related, naturally)—the winner will get an AE prize as well as bragging rights… a fun time for all!

Wynonna Earp Season 3 Premiere!
Friday, 7/20, 5:00p.m. – 6:30p.m., Horton Grand Theatre
Join the cast and creators of the breakout SYFY hit series Wynonna Earp as they celebrate the beginning of season three! Come see Melanie ScrofanoShamier AndersonTim RozonDomonique Provost-ChalkleyKatherine Barrell, Varun Saranga, and Chantel Riley along with show runner Emily Andras, and comic creator Beau Smith and watch an exclusive screening of the first episode of the new season, Blood Red and Going Down.

Saturday Morning Cartoon Jam with IDW
Saturday, 7/21, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room: 23ABC
From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to My Little Pony, Star Wars Adventures, Sonic the Hedgehog, and more, IDW publishes some of the hottest properties in children’s comics on the market today. Come meet the people who make it happen and learn the comic-making process so you can make a comic of your own! There will be interactive activities, great announcements, and a special gift for everyone who attends!

Jack Kirby’s Artwork Extravaganza Encore!
Saturday, 7/21, 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m., Room 24ABC
Back by popular demand, the smash-hit panel returns to San Diego! A larger-than life celebration of the King of Comics features an unprecedented multi-media presentation of over 1,300 pieces of Jack Kirby artwork. IDW President and Publisher Greg Goldstein, is joined by esteemed artist Joe Jusko and some surprise guests to discuss the unrivaled work of the legendary talent, Jack Kirby. Everyone in attendance will take home a limited-edition print with them!

IDW’s Big News Panel!
Saturday, 7/21, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 25ABC
Be among the first to hear about IDW’s big announcements at SDCC! New titles! New creators! All the news that’s fit to print in one place. Plus, don’t miss out on an exclusive give away that you can ONLY get here!

IDW Entertainment & SYFY Present: Wynonna Earp
Saturday, 7/21, 6:45p.m. – 7:45p.m., Room 6DE
Join the cast and creators of the breakout SYFY hit series Wynonna Earp! Come see Melanie ScrofanoShamier AndersonTim RozonDomonique Provost-ChalkleyKatherine Barrell, Varun Saranga, and Chantel Riley along with show runner Emily Andras, and comic creator Beau Smith as they reveal behind-the-scenes antics, show off exclusive footage, and answer your biggest questions about season 3!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles On the Tabletop
Sunday, 7/22, 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Room: 4
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has an exciting year on the way for board games. With a successful Kickstarter just finishing up for Munchkin and a new tabletop miniatures game on the way. This panel will look at how the Ninja Turtles are doing on the tabletop, a discussion with the game designers, an early look at the miniatures and then a special/exclusive announcement for the next game!

Plus, don’t miss the CBLDF auction, benefitting the non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics medium on Saturday night at the Hilton Bayfront, Sapphire Room AB at 8PM. Featuring a Keynote speech by Top Shelf writer/artist Nate Powell (Come Again, artist onMarch trilogy), and live-sketching from veteran artist David Lloyd (V for Vendetta)!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays 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 are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

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

The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – Dan Slott’s historic run is done and we’ve got a new creative team headed up by writer Nick Spencer. While Spencer has stumbled a lot lately, in numerous ways, his work on Superior Foes of Spider-Man was excellent. If we get more of that, then this will be a great run.

Come Again (Top Shelf/IDW Publishing) – Nate Powell’s new graphic novel. That’s all you need to know to say you need to get this.

Farmhand #1 (Image Comics) – Rob Guillory gave us some interesting concepts in Chew and it sounds like this one, a farmer who grows organs, will be just as off the wall.

Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 #1 Crisis Midlife & Stories (Dark Horse Comics) – Love the movies? We’re excited to get more of this world.

Mech Cadet Yu #10 (BOOM! Studios) – If you haven’t been reading this series, giant mechs and their kid pilots fight aliens, then you’ve been missing out. Enjoy the battles and drama or dive deeper into the concept of a military that uses children and aliens to do battle. It’s layered and so good.

Oblivion Song #5 (Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics) – Much like Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, Oblivion Song is about the characters and how a world has changed than the threat. It’s about trauma and PTSD. It’s so far fantastic.

Outpost Zero #1 (Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics) – Skybound has been putting out some fantastic new series and this one sounds like an interesting one about the smallest town in the universe.

Ruinworld #1 (KaBOOM!/BOOM! Studios) – A new fantasy series that just looks awesome.

She Could Fly #1 (Berger Books/Dark Horse Comics) – The new Berger Books series focuses on a mysterious flying woman who suddenly explodes. Who was she? The concept sounds really intriguing and we want to find out more about this mystery.

Superman #1 (DC Comics) – Brian Michael Bendis’ Superman run really kicks off with this new ongoing series and the first issue picks up the pieces of The Man of Steel.

Transformers: Lost Light #20/Transformers: Optimus Prime #20/Transformers: Unicron #1 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s end game for Transformers is beginning. We’ve been big fans of their entire run and can’t wait to see how it all wraps up.

Voltron: Legendary Defender Vol. 3 #1 (Lion Forge Comics) – Fan of the animated series? Check this out! It’s a great new take on the classic toy and animated line.

X-23 #1 (Marvel) – She’s back to being X-23 and we want to see where this new series takes Laura and how it makes her again stand out from the pack.

Preview: Strong Female Protagonist, Book Two

Strong Female Protagonist, Book Two

Brennan Lee Mulligan (w) • Molly Ostertag (a)

Alison Green used to be a superhero. With unlimited strength and invulnerability, she fought crime with a group of other teens under the alter ego Mega Girl. All that changed after an encounter with Menace, her mind-reading archenemy, who showed her evidence of a sinister conspiracy that made battling giant robots suddenly seem unimportant.

Now, Alison is going to college in New York City, trying to find ways to actually help the world while making friends and getting to class on time. It’s impossible to escape the past, however, and trouble comes in the form of mysterious murders, ex-teammates with grudges, robots with a strange sense of humor, an inconvenient crush, a cantankerous professor, and many different kinds of people who think they know the best way to be a hero.

TPB • FC • $24.99 • 366 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-0-692-90610-1

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