Femme Power Picks - November 20th

Scroll through our recommendations for November 20th's New Comic Book Day, listed below!

The title we're eager to pick up this week is Heartbeat by the incomparable Maria Llovet of Barcelona. If you're not familiar with her work (like Faithless, and There's Nothing There), Maria is perhaps best known for her artist style, which is often described as erotic and provocative. In her new comic Heartbeat, Maria both pens the script and delivers the art, and though her signature style will be on display, the audience for this comic is meant to be more PG-13 than NC-17. The story follows high school outcast Eva, who discovers that the most popular boy in school has a terrible secret- he enjoys the taste of blood and has no problem resorting to murder to get his hand on it. Though horrified, Eva finds she is also intrigued, and willingly gets pulled into this new world and finds that this just might be the escape she has been looking for. This type of erotic thriller is not for everyone, but if anyone does it well, its Maria Llovet! 

Also worth noting this week is a new Deadpool series, and while that might not always make the list (though we do have a soft-spot for the endlessly silly, pansexual Merc with a Mouth), this new series is written by one of our all-time favorites (Kelly Thompson!), and word on the street is Elsa Bloodstone (an amazingly badass monster hunter in the Marvel Universe) plays a big role in this new story! 

In the world of graphic novels, we are excited to pick up the collected hardcover trade for Image Comics hit mini-series Little Bird! If you didn't read the five issue series as it was released in issue form, we highly recommend checking out this collection! Described as Saga meets Akira and The Handmaid's Tale with its dramatic and surreal world-building, the story follows 12-year-old Little Bird, a resistance fighter trying to discover her identity and blaze her own bath in a North America plagued by three decades of war. The big winner here for us is Ian Bertram's haunting art style, which is not to be missed! 

There are also many returning favorites this week, such as Aero, Captain Marvel, Count Crowley: Reluctant Midnight Monster Hunter, Once & Future, and so many other Femme Power Comix favorites! 

Each title, listed below in alphabetical order, includes cover art and a brief description. To learn more about each title, click on the cover art image and head over to Previews World! 

And in case you missed it: You can now purchase comics and graphic novels in our shop! We are slowly adding inventory as we get things situated, so bear with us! As we decide what we should stock in the shop, we would love your feedback, so always feel free to send us an email or leave us a message on Facebook or Instagram! And don’t miss our first original product, the Princess Pride Wonder Woman patch! 

Are there other titles you're picking up this week? What are we missing from our list? Let us know in the comments section!


Absolute Carnage: Captain Marvel #1

"SEP190802

(W) Emily Lerner (A) Andrea Broccardo (CA) David Nakayama

• Chewie's been Carnagized, and Carol ain't happy about it!

• It's Earth's Mightiest Hero against a symbiotic space cat - what more could you need?!"

Aero #5

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(W) Zhou Liefen, Greg Pak, Alyssa Wong (A) Pop Mhan (A/CA) Keng
SHATTERED!
• AERO unlocks the first mystery of the JADE MONOLITH -- but who's controlling the Crystal Warriors, and why?
• Meanwhile, in our second story, who is the SEA HUNTER, who are the SIRENAS, and what happens when WAVE finally faces ATLANTIS?"

After the Spring: A Story of Tunisian Youth OGN

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In 2011, one of the biggest political events in the world, the Arab Spring, swept across North Africa. But what came next? As the world moves on, four young Tunisians must cope with the reality of an uncertain future in this original graphic novel. Winner of the Raymond Leblanc Foundation's Belgian Prize, and translated into English for the first time, Hélène Aldeguer delivers an authentic look at the disillusioned state of young people in Tunisia after the events of the Arab Spring, illustrated in stark, beautiful black-and-white art. Two years after the ""Jasmine Revolution,"" Tunisia is unstable and facing economic hardship. Saif, Aziz, Meriem, and Chayma are among those who feel abandoned by the developing turmoil surrounding the government. Saif goes to college but worries about his younger brother; Aziz works in a call center hoping to gain approval from Meriem's family, while Meriem attends law school; and Chayma, after watching a man set himself on fire, considers emigration to France. As the situation becomes more serious and calls to activism in the streets get louder, each must consider what, or where, their future is."

Amazing Mary Jane #2

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(W) Leah Williams (A) Carlos E. Gomez (CA) Humberto Ramos
MJ VERSUS MYSTERIO!
• Mary Jane has learned MYSTERIO is the auteur behind her big break!
• (It figures...who else would make a prestige Mysterio biopic?)
• But HOW is he keeping her on set? And if Mary Jane Watson is under Quentin Beck's direction, Hollywood better watch out!"

Beastars Vol. 03

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(W) Paru Itagaki (A/CA) Paru Itagaki
It's time for the Festival of the Meteor, which honors the world's dinosaur ancestors. While helping to decorate the town, gray wolf Legoshi runs into Netherland dwarf rabbit Haru and finds he is still inexorably drawn to her. Is it a crush or bloodlust? Is it her or any small animal? Relationships are complicated for carnivores-their bird classmates lay the eggs they eat, and some desperate herbivores even sell their body parts on the black market. Then, when Bengal tiger Bill is tempted to buy a piece of forbidden meat, he tries to convince Legoshi to join him..."

Big Hero 6: The Series #1

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(W) Hannah Blumenreich, Joe Caramagna (A) Nicoletta Baldari (CA) Gurihiru
Based on the hit Disney Channel series! Hiro, Honey Lemon, Wasabi and Go Go are all off on a class trip for the day-leaving Fred at home to defend San Fransokyo! He'd better come up with a strategy, just in case-and what better way to do that than by writing his very own Big Hero 6 comic book!
Join Hiro, Wasabi, Fred, Go Go, Honey Lemon and Baymax for new adventures, new friends, and new adversaries as the Big Hero 6 team continues to fight to protect San Fransokyo!"

Blade Runner 2019 Vol. 01

"SEP192009
(W) Michael Green, Michael Johnson (A) Marco Lesko (A/CA) Andres Guinaldo
The first original comic set in this iconic sci-fi world, from the Oscar-winning writer of BLADE RUNNER 2049!
Blade Runner Ashina hunts down a Replicant conspiracy!
Collects Blade Runner 2019 #1-4."

Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist's Journey Vol. 03

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(W) Akiko Higashimura (A/CA) Akiko Higashimura
The award-winning autobiographical manga Kakukaku Shikajika by Akiko Higashimura, the creator of Princess Jellyfish, about her high school dream to become a comic book creator! High schooler Akiko has big plans to become a popular mangaka before she even graduates, but she needs to get much better at drawing if she ever wants to reach her goal. Looking for an easy fix, she signs up for an art class, thinking all her problems will soon be solved. She's in for a surprise: her new instructor is a sword-wielding taskmaster who doesn't care about manga one bit. But maybe this unconventional art teacher is just what she needs to realize her dreams!"

Captain Marel #12

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(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Lee Garbett (CA) Mark Brooks
CAPTAIN MARVEL VERSUS THE AVENGERS!
THE LAST AVENGER!
Captain Marvel has fought off alien hordes. Rescued X-Men. Punched Thanos in the face. Literally saved the world. She now faces her greatest challenge: kill the Avengers. Has one of the world's most powerful heroes gone dark? But why? And what does this mean for Carol...for the world? Life on earth will never be the same. Kelly Thompson teams up with Eisner-nominated artist Lee Garbett for a brand-new arc - and a bold new direction!"

Carmen San Diego Vol. 02: The Fishy Treasure Caper

"AUG192007
This full-color graphic novel, based on the Netflix series starring Gina Rodriguez, introduces kids to geography, culture, and history! Learn about all about Ecuador in this fun, new format! Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? Headed to the South American country of Ecuador for her next caper! It's up to Carmen and her crew to stop VILE from their evil exploits in the waters just off the coast-but what is VILE after this time? Adventure awaits in this action-packed graphic novel starring the world's greatest thief. Available in softcover and hardcover editions."

Count Crowley: Reluctant Midnight Monster Hunter #2

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(W) David Dastmalchian (A/CA) Lukas Ketner
A horrifying scene unfolds in the moonlit parking lot behind KSKB-TV. Jerri Bartman, new host of the Count Crowley Show, is in the clutches of a bloodthirsty beast. How will she escape the snarling jaws of this animal? And what secrets lie buried within the abandoned home of her missing predecessor, the real . . . COUNT CROWLEY?"

Crowded #10

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(W) Christopher Sebela (A/CA) Ro Stein, Ted Brandt
With Vegas in their rearview and a complicated new kink in their client-bodyguard relationship, Charlie and Vita try to enjoy each other's company and a moment of quiet as they head east looking for shelter. But the danger is far from over as the assassin Circe's infatuation with Vita turns angry."

Deadpool #1

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(W) Kelly Thompson (A/CA) Chris Bachalo
Deadpool's newest mercenary job has him going after the King of Monsters, who has claimed a new kingdom for his monstrous subjects...on Staten Island! But you know what they say, when you come at the king, you better not miss! The Merc with a Mouth finds himself neck deep in political intrigue, monster law, and a monster hunter out for blood! It's like The Crown but with even more swords and monsters! Can Deadpool's smooth charisma and deft diplomacy allow him to keep his head, or will he be royally screwed?"

Disney's Frozen: True Treasure #1

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(W) Joe Caramagna (A) Eduard Petrovich (A/CA) Studio Kawaii

During a tribute to beloved King Agnarr and Queen Iduna of Arendelle, Elsa and Anna stumble upon some old boxes of their parents' belongings. What they find inside sparks one of their youngest childhood memories-and they begin an adventure of mystery and surprise.


o A lead-up to the highly anticipated film, Disney Frozen 2, in theaters November 22, 2019!"

Excalibur #2

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(W) Tini Howard (A) Marcus To (CA) Mahmud Asrar

Betsy Braddock is Captain Britain, but a citizen of Krakoa. With Rogue's condition a mystery, the team heads to the one place that has always been the seat of Excalibur's power - the Lighthouse."

Excellence Vol. 01 TPB

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(W) Brandon Thomas (A) Emilio Lopez (A/CA) Khary Randolph
Spencer Dales was born into a world of magic. His father belongs to the Aegis, a secret society of black magicians tasked with bettering the lives of others-with higher potential-but never themselves.
Now it's time for Spencer to follow in his father's footsteps, but all he sees is a broken system in need of someone with the wand and the will to change it. But who will stand beside him in this fight for a better future?
KHARY RANDOLPH and BRANDON THOMAS ignite a generational war in this action-fantasy series, made entirely by creators of color, and committed to one truth above all others-Excellence is Real. Collects EXCELLENCE #1-6."

Firefly #11

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(W) Greg Pak (A) Dan McDaid (CA) Lee Garbett
War has come to the small planet, and Mal finds himself caught between the two sides. Will Mal be able to stem the tide of war, or is he already too late to stop it? And how will the mysterious figure from his past influence his choice?"

G.L.O.W. Vs. The Babyface #1

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(W) Aimee Garcia, AJ Mendez (A) Hannah Templer (CA) Veronica Fish
The women of GLOW are preparing for an all-new sort of a foe... a news anchor! As they learn the art of the promo to convince the media that GLOW isn't a bad influence on children thank you very much, they discover a much bigger problem-a runaway who's been living under the ring!"

Gwenpool Strikes Back #4

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(W) Leah Williams (A) David Baldeon (CA) Terry Dodson
Whosoever holds this hammer, if she be awesome, shall possess the power of GWENPOOL! That's right-Gwen's got her mitts on Mjolnir and she's got a list of heads that need hammering! Her mission to make herself known in the Marvel Universe at all costs gallops past all reason!"

Heartbeat #1

"SEP191265
(W) Maria Llovet (A/CA) Maria Llovet
* Eva, a high school outcast, finds herself witness to a horrible secret: the most popular boy in school enjoys the taste of blood and will kill to get his hands on it.
* Horrified and intrigued, Eva lets herself be pulled into Donatien 's macabre world. He offers the escape she has been looking for but how much is Eva willing to betray her moral code in order to find something that gives her life meaning? And will she.or Donatien.ever find redemption?
* Maria Llovet ( Faithless) presents a dark, violent, decadent, disturbing story, in which life and death, blood, and love are inextricably intertwined."

Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Allegiance Vol. 01 TPB

"SEP190991
(W) Sacks, Ethan (A) Luke Ross (CA) Marco Checchetto
THE DECADES-SPANNING SKYWALKER SAGA NEARS ITS CLIMACTIC CONCLUSION!
Before the exciting events of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker! Hounded by the FIRST ORDER across the galaxy, the RESISTANCE is in dire need of ships, weapons and recruits to make a final stand against KYLO REN'S forces. Desperation drives a delegation led by GENERAL LEIA ORGANA and REY to entreat the Rebel veteran's one-time allies, THE MON CALAMARI, to join the fight - but decades after Imperial occupation enslaved their planet, there are those willing to stop at nothing to prevent another war from bloodying the waters of Mon Cala. A system away, POE DAMERON and FINN have their own mission: to hunt down a weapons cache on the remote moon of Avedot, unaware that they are being hunted by the most notorious criminal gang in the galaxy.
COLLECTING JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER - ALLEGIANCE #1-4"

Justice League #36

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(W) Scott Snyder, James TynionIV (A/CA) Francis Manapul
How powerful is too powerful? Lex Luthor has assembled everything he needs to complete his plan of turning the world toward doom, including reviving the ancient goddess Perpetua and restoring her powers. But can he keep Perpetua from dragging the DC Universe into the abyss alongside the rest of the Multiverse? This is a question that hero and villain alike must ask, as the epic battle between the Justice League and the Legion of Doom across space and time comes crashing together. Everything that happens here sets the stage for the senses-shattering finale of the Justice/Doom War-and the fate of all existence hangs in the balance!"

Little Bird: The Fight for Elders Hope HC

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(W) Darcy Van Poelgeest (A/CA) Ian Bertram
With the limitless scope of Star Wars and EAST OF WEST paired with the sociopolitical explorations of A Handmaid's Tale and MONSTRESS, LITTLE BIRD tells the story of a young resistance fighter battling against an oppressive American Empire while searching for her own identity in a world on fire. A gorgeously illustrated epic from Award-winning filmmaker DARCY VAN POELGEEST and Angoulême-nominated artist IAN BERTRAM in which one girl risks everything to save her people, their land, and the freedom they so desperately deserve.

Collects LITTLE BIRD #1-5"

Lumberjanes: The Shape of Friendship OGN

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(W) Lilah Sturges (A) Polterink (CA) Alexa Sharpe
* While adventuring in the woods, Jo, Mal, Molly, April, and Ripley discover the hiding place of a group of magical creatures called Pookas and they think they 've found new friends. But what they don ft know is that the Pookas are tired of hiding, and they 've found the perfect way to join the outside world by impersonating the Lumberjanes themselves and taking over Camp!
* To reclaim their identities, the 'Janes will have to work together to remember who they really are and to help another group of friends accept themselves, too, in a story about looking inside yourself and learning to love who you meet there.
* Based on the New York Times bestseller and multiple Eisner Award and GLAAD Award-winning series, Lumberjanes: Shape of Friendship is written by New York Times best-selling author Lilah Sturges and illustrated by polterink."

Marauders #2

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(W) Gerry Duggan (A) Matteo Lolli (CA) Russell Dauterman
The Hellfire Trading Company has control of Mutant trade on the seas... but that doesn't mean its Inner Circle is done stabbing one another in the back. As Captain Pryde and her Marauders sail on, the real cutthroats are back home..."

Marked #2

"SEP190201
(W) David Hine, Brian Haberlin (A/CA) Brian Haberlin, Geirrod Van Dyke
Banished from The Marked, Liza is recruited by the government's occult research department, Shadowgate, where she is encouraged to take her magic to the limits and beyond. The Marked must find her before she succeeds in creating an unstoppable army of super-soldiers."

Marvel Action: Black Panther #6

"APR190626
(W) Vita Ayala (A/CA) Arianna Florean
When one of Shuri's inventions falls into the wrong hands, she and Black Panther must race against time before the machine can be used as a weapon against all of humanity!

Rising stars Vita Ayala and Arianna Florean conclude their story arc!"

My Little Pony: Feats of Friendship #3

"AUG190735
(W) Ian Flynn (A/CA) Tony Fleecs
The Feats of Friendship comes to a close! But with the Young Six fighting and Swift Foot egging them on, things don't look good for their completing the fourth and final event-defeating a Hydra! Can friendship save the day, or will jealousy be the endgame?!
* Ian Flynn (Sonic the Hedgehog) finishes his My Little Pony debut!"

Necromancers Map #4

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(W) Andrea Fort, Michael Christopher Heron (A/CA) Sam Beck
Bethany, Elissar, and Jonas are close to solving the mysteries of the ancient map, reaching their destination of Vallagard: a sprawling city with a complex history. Here, in the shadow of the God-King himself, the heroic trio do what they must to uncover the answers they need."

Oh S#!t It's Kim & Kim Vol. 03 TPB

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(W) Magdalene Visaggio (A) Eva Cabrera (CA) Phillip Sevy

The Fighting Kims are back! Kim & Kim trade their denim vests and spiked chokers for tuxes and gowns as they infiltrate the glitzy space colony of Santa Palma to try and con a master thief. But, as usual, everything goes to hell... and it's definitely Kim Q's fault. Come on, Kim. Get your life together. A brand new adventure from writer Magdalene Visaggio, artist Eva Cabrera, colorist Claudia Aguirre, and letterer Zakk Saam, the original creative team behind the GLAAD & Eisner nominated Kim & Kim! Collects issues 1-5. "

Once & Future #4

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(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Dan Mora
Gran's monster hunting wasn't the only thing she kept from Duncan. He's about to discover more of the family secrets, and the sacrifices one must make to reach the Holy Grail."

Outer Darkness #12

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(W) John Layman (A/CA) Afu Chan
    END OF STORY ARC! ""Season One"" of OUTER DARKNESS concludes with a new ship, a new crew, and a new mission: hunt down the stolen Charon and bring the girl back."

Ran and the Gray World Vol. 05

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(W) Aki Irie (A/CA) Aki Irie
With the Door destroyed, bugs are an even greater danger than before. The sorceresses build a glass fortress, but it's only a matter of time before the bugs break through. Meanwhile, Ran tries to protect Otaro from being hunted down, but will she end up jeopardizing the battle against the bugs?"

Roku #2

SEP192078
(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Ramon Bachs (CA) Viktor Kalvachev
In order to save a life, the lethal weapon Roku is going to have to kill a lot of people.

The first appearance of the Minister of Blades!

The bloody thrill ride reaches new heights by New York Times bestselling writer Cullen Bunn (Venom) and stunning artist Ram n F. Bachs (Detective Comics)!

Sabrina the Teenage Witch Vol. 01

"SEP191506

(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Andy Fish, Jack Morelli (A/CA) Veronica Fish

Kelly Thompson (Uncanny X-Men) and artists Veronica Fish and Andy Fish (Spider-Woman, Archie) team-up to tell the story of Sabrina Spellman, a teen witch who's struggling with balancing the double life of high school and her burgeoning powers. Newly relocated to Greendale with her aunts Hilda and Zelda (also witches), Sabrina is trying to make the best of being the new girl in town which so far includes two intriguing love interests, an instant rivalry, a couple of misfits that could turn into BFFs, and trying to save the high school (and maybe the world) from crazy supernatural events. NBD! Collects Sabrina the Teenage Witch issues #1-5."

SFSX: Safe Sex #3

"SEP190213
(W) Tina Horn (A/CA) Alajandra Gutierrez

"HORIZONTAL""-Wonder what it would be like to go behind the scenes at the Dirty Mind? Take a tour of this decadent underworld just as its denizens realize they need to take a stand for everything they believe in. This issue features the talents of guest artist Alejandra Gutiérrez! "

Show's End #4

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(W) Anthony Cleveland (A/CA) Jeferson Sadzinski
After a successful show, Dax, Loralye, and the rest of the freak show are joined by Captain Corley in celebration. After a bit of drinking, Corley begins to reveal his dark past and what brought him to Crawfordsville in the first place. However, the celebration is quickly interrupted with tragic news and Loralye discovers the shocking truth about Show's End."

Something is Killing the Children #3

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(W) James TynionIV (A/CA) Werther Dell'Edera
Things in Archer's Peak are only growing worse. Erica Slaughter is on the hunt, but the children are still dying. Angry and afraid, the inhabitants turn their suspicions on the stranger in their midst, the woman who arrived just as the killings began. Will Erica be able to save the town, or will the very people she is trying to protect turn on her?"

Spider-Verse #2

"SEP190863
(W) Ryan North (A) Pere Perez (CA) Dave Rapoza
• The entire SPIDER-VERSE is in trouble including a world where Aunt May got the Spider-Powers (like you saw in SPIDER-GEDDON).
• But don't think that this is just a cute and charming story as it introduces some of the scariest villains in Marvel History!!!
• All this, AND several lucky Spider-Fans bring their Spider-Sonas to the Marvel Multi-Verse!!!"

Star Wars #75

"SEP190953
(W) Greg Pak (A/CA) Phil Noto
FINAL ISSUE! IT'S A TRAP!
• The epic REBELS AND ROGUES storyline reaches its explosive end! Can THREEPIO save the rock people of K43?
• Is WARBA the master or the student? Which Champion falls?
• And how much of LUKE'S desperate plan has DARTH VADER foreseen from the beginning?
• The search for a new rebel base continues!"

Steeple #3

"SEP190289
(W) John Allison (A) Sarah Stern (A/CA) John Allison
A supernatural tale of friendship, the devil, and moral gray areas. Renewable energy, imperiled birds, and a crowd of NIMBYs converge at the heart of this parish's latest crisis as curate Billie and Church of Satan priestess Maggie battle with divine windmills and their own internal dilemmas."

Steven Universe #34

"SEP191308
(W) Taylor Robin (A) S.M. Mara (CA) Missy Pena
Join Lars and the Off-Colors as they begin the treacherous journey to Earth. As they travel, Lars tells the Gems about everything he misses about his home planet, becoming frustrated as the Gems can't understand such human concepts.Will his crew ever be able to understand him, or is Lars stuck as an outsider forever on his own ship?"

Supergirl #36

"AUG190627
(W) Marc Andreyko (A) Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira (CA) Dan Mora
Supergirl-the infected! Brainiac-1 attempts to contact Supergirl at the Fortress of Solitude, but for what nefarious purpose? No matter what he has planned, things are about to go from bad to worse as Supergirl heads on a collision course with the Batman Who Laughs! He's targeted Superman as part of his plan to infect heroes and transform them into their twisted Dark Multiverse counterparts-but Supergirl gets caught in the crossfire, and the Year of the Villain stakes get even higher!"

Wonder Woman: Come Back To Me #5

"SEP190539
(W) Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti (A) Tom Derenick (CA) Amanda Conner
Available to comics shops for the first time! Wonder Woman, The Cheetah, and Princess Sibella enter the aptly named Arena of Death, forced into combat in the name of extraterrestrial entertainment with Steve Trevor, Etta Candy, and Jonah Hex as spectators! But the revelation of Sibella's true motives changes the game entirely...Originally published in Wonder Woman Giant #4 and #5."

You Are Obsolete #3

"SEP191406
(W) Mathew Klickstein (A) Evgeny Bornyakov (CA) Andy Clarke
Investigative reporter Lyla Wilton discovers the awful truth as to why the children on the island she's been assigned to write about have brought her there. Will she help them with their devious plot...and does she even have a choice?"

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