Here are our recommended reads from the graphic novel solicitations for September 2019 onwards.
Bryan Edward Hill, Gleb Melnikov, Dan Panosian
Boom! Studios, along with visionary writer and director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel’s The Avengers), presents the shocking reimagining of the pop culture phenomenon Angel!
Angel walks the line between two worlds; a vampire cursed with a soul, he’s spent centuries battling back the forces that would destroy humanity, in an attempt to redeem himself for the crimes committed by the monster he was when he was first turned. But now, when the trail of the most recent demonic uprising takes him to Sunnydale, he realizes that the redemption he seeks can only come at a startling price.
As Angel gets closer to redemption, the full truth of his horrific past as Angelus will be revealed and there may be no way to escape his darkest secret of all.
Written by Bryan Edward Hill (Detective Comics, Killmonger) with art from Gleb Melnikov (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), discover a brand new, modern take on one of the most iconic vampires in pop culture, perfect for fans and new readers alike!
Collects issues #0-4.
Firefly: The Sting
Delilah S Dawson, Marco D’Alfonso, Various
Saffron and the women of Firefly pull the ultimate heist!
Saffron – the enigmatic rogue who captured the hearts of Firefly fans worldwide – returns to Serenity. But this time, she’s got no time for Captain Malcolm Reynolds, as she’s there to recruit the women of the ship to join her on a heist that has personal stakes for all involved.
New York Times bestselling writer Delilah S. Dawson (Sparrowhawk, Star Wars: Captain Phasma), along with a team of artists including Pius Bak, French Carlomagno, Rodrigo Lorenzo and Taj Tenfold, reveal a new take on the world of Joss Whedon’s Firefly, as each artist shows the heist from the point-of-view of a different woman on the crew.
Girl on Film
Cecil Castellucci, Caz Westover, Various
One thing young Cecil was sure of from the minute she saw Star Wars was that she was going to be some kind of artiste. Probably a filmmaker. Possibly Steven Spielberg. Then, in 1980, the movie Fame came out. Cecil wasn’t allowed to see that movie. It was rated R, and she was ten. But she did watch the television show and would pretend with her friends that she was going to that school. Of course they were playing. She was not. She was destined to be an art school kid.
Chronicling the life of award-winning young adult novelist and Eisner-nominated comics scribe Cecil Castellucci, with art by some of the most original illustrators in comics, Vicky Leta, Jon Berg, V. Gagnon and Melissa Duffy taking on different era of her life, Girl on Film follows a passionate aspiring artist from a young age through adulthood to deeply examine the arduous pursuit of storytelling, while exploring the act of memory and how it recalls and reshapes what we think we truly know about ourselves.
Dark Horse Comics
Last Stop on the Red Line
Paul Maybury, John Rauch, Sam Lotfi
Detective Migdalia Torres investigates a vicious strangling on a Boston subway car with no feasible leads. As potential evidence produces dead ends, Migdalia inadvertently takes in a vagrant named Yusef who may have a supernatural connection to the crime at hand. While Yusef’s plagued by visions and seemingly false memories, both suspect and detective struggle to discover the identity of the phantom killer that stalks the Boston Metro.
Collects issues #1-4 of the miniseries.
Massive (Omnibus) Vol.2
Brian Wood, Garry Brown, Danijel Zezelj, Jordie Bellaire, JP Leon
The Crash was only the beginning. What remains of civilization is being obliterated by a series of cataclysmic events. The truth about the identity of Captain Callum’s companion Mary, which began as a faint signal, grows louder-and she’s seemingly connected to it all.
This second omnibus volume of The Massive collects The Massive #16-#30.
Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack (10th Anniversary Edition)
Celebrate ten years of Perry Bible Fellowship with this comprehensive collection of PBF comics, sketches, and more!
This newly formatted 7″ x 10″ almanac features every PBF comic strip that ran in alternative newspapers between 2004 and 2007 – and simultaneously exploded online during the internet’s golden age! In commemoration of ten years since its initial printing, this almanac also contains content that is unavailable anywhere else, including previously undiscovered PBF comics from the era and numerous sketches for comics that never came to be.
Doomsday Clock – Part 1
Geoff Johns, Gary Frank
Something is amiss in the DC Universe. Following the events of DC Universe: Rebirth and Batman / The Flash: The Button, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank reunite to rewrite the past and future of the DC Universe in a story hailed as a masterpiece!
Seven years after the events of Watchmen, Adrian Veidt has been exposed as the murderer of millions. Now a fugitive, he has come up with a new plan to save his once-adoring world: find Dr. Manhattan. Alongside a new Rorschach and the deadly Mime and Marionette, he arrives in the DC Universe and finds it on the brink of collapse. International tensions are running rampant with the Supermen Theory implicating the U.S. government in creating superhumans to maintain global dominance! But what is Dr. Manhattan doing in the DC Universe? Find out in these stories from Doomsday Clock #1-6!
Wonder Woman Vol.1: The Just War
G. Willow Wilson, Cary Nord, Mick Gray, Xermanico, Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, Jesus Merino, Andy Owens, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Far below Themyscira, Ares, the God of War, has been imprisoned for generations, repenting his past sins. But his new cellmate Grail may have an unexpected effect on him… and the plan they’ve come up with threatens to change Themyscira – and the world – forever!
When Wonder Woman rushes to eastern Europe to rescue Steve Trevor from a mission gone wrong, she’ll find herself face to face with a very new, very different God of War. It’s true, Ares has been reborn on Earth, but has he changed for the better? Of all the role models in the world, he seems to have chosen… Wonder Woman?! Diana and Steve Trevor better watch their backs, because Ares isn’t the only creature of myth to find his way to Man’s World… and he’s not the only resurrected Olympian either.
Collects Wonder Woman #58-65.
James Bond: Live and Let Die
Van Jensen, Ian Flemingn Kewber Baaln Fay Dalton
In this second adaptation of the Fleming novels, James Bond is sent to New York City to investigate “Mr. Big”, an agent of SMERSH and a criminal voodoo leader. With no time for superstition – and with the help of his colleague in the CIA, Felix Leiter – Bond tracks “Mr. Big” through the jazz joints of Harlem, to the everglades and on to the Caribbean, knowing that this criminal heavy hitter is a real threat. No-one, not even the mysterious Solitaire, can be sure how their battle of wills is going to end…
The Shape of Elvira
David Avallone, Fran Strukan, Fernando Ruiz, Francesco Francavilla
The Mistress of the Dark lands the leading role in a touching art film about human / gill monster romance, but there’s something decidedly fishy about her costar. Is there an Oscar in her future, or is director Billy Bullworth interested in spawning something more than an Academy Award-winning movie?!
Back to the Future: The Heavy Collection Vol.2
Bob Gale, John Barber, Emma Vieceli, Athila Fabbio, Marcelo Ferreira
Co-creator Bob Gale takes his most famous creations on new adventures throughout the spacetime continuum, expanding the universe created by the blockbuster films!
Who is Marty McFly? That’s what Marty’s asking himself, as it becomes abundantly clear his childhood memories don’t match up with what actually happened in this timeline. Then, Marty’s uncle, “Jailbird Joey,” is coming home, but is Marty happy about this? In fact, he’s not even sure why Joey went to prison in the first place, so when Marty starts asking questions, he’s shocked to learn it involves Doc Brown.
Collects the final 13 issues, #13-25, of the Back to the Future series.
Dick Tracy: Forever
Michael Avon Oeming
Join the iconic detective with the yellow fedora on this adventure that combines all the elements of his classic past with a modern twist!
Dick Tracy is Sisyphus, pushing the law boulder up the hill as he struggles for reason and order in a world with none. His attempts at law and order are met with crime and chaos in the form of unpredictable and absurd villains. But Dick Tracy will never give up trying, no matter the era of incarnation.
Join Eisner Award-winning creator Michael Avon Oeming (Powers, The Mice Templar) on a startling case through time and space!
Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish
An all-new adventure of epic scope and flair that combines the elements of storytelling and action that make every campaign so fun!
When war threatens the Moonshae Isles, legendary heroes return to defeat the forces of an unthinkable foe. The Forgotten Realms are changed forever as young wizard Helene and her friends grow from raw recruits on the streets of Mintarn into powerful warriors.
The lives of three women intersect in a dark criminal underground. As fire and violence tears through their city over the course of a single day and night, they find that their lives are bound together by one man-who seems to be the cause of it all.
One night. One city. Three women. November: the first in a sequence of three graphic novellas by Matt Fraction (Sex Criminals, Hawkeye) and Elsa Charretier (Star Wars, Infinite Loop), with colors by Matt Hollingsworth and exquisitely crafted lettering by cartoonist Kurt Ankeny.
Battle Chasers: Anthology
Joe Madureira, Munier Sharrieff, Tom McWeeney, Jason Martin, Vince Russel, Scott Williams, Tim Townsend, Trevor Scott, Adam Warren
Collecting every issue ever published of one of the most beloved comic book series of all time, this oversized graphic novel is bursting at the seams with adventure!
Follow young Gully as she searches for her missing father with the help of Garrison, a legendary swordsman; Knolan, the crafty wizard; Calibretto, an outlawed Wargolem; and the notorious mercenary Red Monika!
Assaulted at every turn by a cast of memorable villains, Battle Chasers is packed with over-the-top action from cover to cover!
Don’t miss this definitive collection, which includes never-before-seen sketches and new artwork, including a fold-out poster!
Amazing Spider-Man by Nick Spencer Vol.5
Nick Spencer, Kev Walker, Ryan Ottley, More
Who is the bandaged figure who seems to be in every shadow, and what does he want with Spider-Man? Prepare to have your questions answered!
Spider-Man and Mary Jane have found themselves in an incredibly tough situation, thanks to Electro. Can Spidey save MJ? Can MJ save Spidey?! And what is Mysterio cooking up – and what does it have to do with that mystery man mentioned earlier?
The influence of Peter Parker’s roommate, Boomerang, is finally felt when Spidey joins the Superior Foes! But wait, aren’t they the Superior Foes OF Spider-Man?! No time to debate that, because here comes the new Sinister Syndicate: Beetle, Electro, Lady Octopus, Scorpia and White Rabbit! They’ve come together for one reason: to hunt Boomerang!
Prepare for more amazing action as Nick Spencer’s run continues!
Collecting Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #24-28.
Spider-Man: Life Story
Chip Zdarsky, Mark Bagley
Spider-Man makes history! In 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15, 15-year-old Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider and became the Amazing Spider-Man! Fifty-seven years have passed in the real world since that event – so what would have happened if the same amount of time passed for Peter?
To celebrate Marvel’s 80th anniversary, Chip Zdarsky and Spider-Man legend Mark Bagley unite to spin a unique Spidey tale – telling an entire history of Spider-Man from beginning to end, set against the key events of the decades through which he lived! From the Vietnam War to Secret Wars and Civil War, all the way through to what just might be a 72-year-old Spider-Man’s final mission, prepare to watch Peter Parker age through 57 years of groundbreaking history – and find out what happens to him and those he loves the most!
Collecting Spider-Man: Life Story #1-6.
Life is Strange Vol.2
Emma Vieceli, Andrea Izzo, Claudia Leonardi
Beloved heroines Max and Chloe return in the official comic for smash hit game series Life is Strange!
Three years after the events of Life is Strange: Dust, Max Caulfield has been left stranded on the shores of an unfamiliar reality. Her new world seems too good to be true: Rachel, a girl who suffered a terrible fate in Max’s timeline, is alive and well, and with Chloe. But as echoes of other timelines ripple through past and future, a mysterious boy named Tristan reveals the harsh reality behind Max’s blissful new world…
Cullen Bunn, Adam Gorham, Daniel Brereton
Go punk yourself!
Punk Mambo is a hard-living voodoo priestess who grew up in London, then relocated to Louisiana’s Bayou Country. Now, she’s a mystical mercenary for hire. In her first-ever solo series, Punk Mambo investigates a series of abductions in the New Orleans gutter punk scene, stumbling upon a deadlier mystery that takes her to the haunted shores of Haiti.
From writer Cullen Bunn (Venom) and artist Adam Gorham (New Mutants: Dead Souls) comes this hilariously horrifying breakout adventure for Valiant’s fan-favorite mystic malcontent.
Collecting the complete Punk Mambo five-issue limited series, along with Punk Mambo #0 from writer Peter Milligan and artist Robert Gill.
Betty and Veronica: Senior Year
Jamie L Rotante, Sandra Lanz
Rising stars Jamie Lee Rotante (Betty and Veronica: Vixens) and artist Sandra Lanz (Star Trek: Waypoint) take Betty and Veronica where they’ve never gone before – their senior year of high school!
Only one school year stands between them and freedom, but when the two BFFs think they’ll be attending the same college in the fall find out that their plans have changed, their senior year – and their friendship – is put to the test!