Femme Power Picks - September 25th
Scroll through our recommendations for September 25th's New Comic Book Day, listed below!
After weeks of few new issues, we're happy to report that this week boasts several new series!
The first, and the one we are perhaps most excited to pick up, is Harleen, which follows promising young psychologist Harleen Quinzel (who you might know best as Harley Quinn) as she tries to test her experimental cure for the madness of Gotham City. How does a brilliant young doctor hellbent on saving Gotham City become a super-villain who plagues it with her own madness? That story begins here, and we can't wait to read it!
A new comic from Image this week entitled SFSX (and pronounced Safe Sex), promises to bring a story that is part Handmaid's Tale, part Ocean's 8, and part Sunstone- and that combination is definitely enough to pique our interest! This new ongoing series is set in a (slightly) alternate America where sexuality is policed, and follows a group of queer sex workers as they try to infiltrate the mysterious government and free their friends.
Last but not least comes an intriguing new series from Vault Comics! Relics of Youth follows Nat as she tries to track down teenagers around the world who seem to be experiencing the same waking dreams of an island that she herself is experiencing. Stranger yet, one day the six teens all wake up with the same tattoo and feel the same undeniable pull to the mysterious island.
For graphic novels, our big pick this week is The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner, because we can all agree getting through middle school is hard enough without suddenly finding out you have magical powers and that your family might be at the center of your home town's centuries old magical drama!
And for folks who prefer graphic novel format over individual issues, the collected and final volume of Paper Girls hits shelves this week!
The good news is, there are always many returning favorites to look forward to! This week we get new issues of Batgirl, Deadly Class, Fearless, Lumberjanes, Wonder Woman, 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!
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(W) Bryan Edward Hill (A) Gleb Melnikov (CA) Dan Panosian
After teetering between Sunnydale and Los Angeles, Angel now knows exactly what his mission is-to make sure the Hellmouth stays sealed! He'll stop anyone who gets in his way, be it friend or foe, vampire...or Slayer.
Angel Vol. 01 TPB
(W) Bryan Edward Hill (A) Gleb Melnikov (CA) 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.
(W) Carly Usdin (A/CA) Noah Hayes
Tiffany and the Coven accidentally stumble onto a surprising discovery... resident cynic Nicole's secret life as an aspiring stand-up comic! Plus, the final regular game of the season is coming up, and with it, questions about the Avant-Guards' place in the playoffs...not to mention the future of the league itself!
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Stefano Caselli
THE CHALLENGE OF THE GHOST RIDERS!
If the Avengers thought one Ghost Rider was tough to deal with, wait'll they see how many Spirits of Vengeance have just been unleashed by the King of Hell, Johnny Blaze! Including the craziest, most powerful Rider of them all...That's right, it's the Avengers vs. Cosmic Ghost Rider!
Ballad of YaYa Vol. 03
(W) Patrick Marty, Jean-Marrie Omont, Charlotte Girard (A/CA) Golo Zhao
As Japanese planes bomb Shanghai, Yaya and Tuduo flee the city by jumping into the truck of a small traveling circus. Tuduo tries to persuade Yaya to stay with the benevolent circusfolk, but Yaya insists on finding her family and sets off on her own, despite the dangers in the cold wilderness...
(W) Cecil Castellucci (A/CA) Carmine Di Giandomenico
After learning about "The Offer" from Killer Moth, Batgirl is on the case to figure out who is behind the rise of the villains in the DC Universe! Meanwhile, the Terrible Trio has gained full control over Oracle and is forcing her to cater to their every whim. But what happens when their puppet decides to cut her strings? Could this be the end of the Terrible Trio?
Batman: Curse of the White Knight #3
(W) Sean Murphy (A/CA) Sean Murphy
Batman salvages a groundbreaking clue from the wreckage of Wayne Manor and recruits Harley Quinn to confront The Joker for answers about the mystery of Gotham City's foundations! Their investigation takes a dire turn in the darkest corners of Arkham, and Gordon's life is in peril after a new commissioner is named.
Black Panther #16
(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (CA) CAFU (A/CA) Daniel Acuna
THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA - TWO THOUSAND SEASONS part 4
N'Jadaka's revenge! T'Challa thought he had rid himself of the Intergalactic Empire and its despotic ruler - but he forgot he was tangling with a god. And now, the Empire knows how to reach Wakanda Prime. Has T'Challa learned what it means to be king just in time to lose his kingdom?
Captain Marvel: Higher Further Faster
(W) Liza Palmer
Carol Danvers kicks off her U.S. Air Force career with her first year at flight school, where she'll be tested in ways she never thought possible-and make a lifelong friend, Maria Rambeau, in the process. Focusing on Carol Danvers and Maria Rambeau as they wend their way through a space that was still very much a 'boys' club' in the 80s, the important social-cultural themes explored in this novel are sure to draw in not only fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but readers of social issue-focused YA who gravitate toward relatable protagonists learning to navigate the world around them, and to succeed in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity.
Deadly Class #40
(W) Rick Remender (A) Jordan Boyd (A/CA) Wesley Craig
NEW STORY ARC
"BONE MACHINE," Part One (of Four)
Another year comes to a close. The Sophomore exam draws near.
Doctor Mirage #2
(W) Magdalene Visaggio (A) Nick Robles (CA) Philip Tan
Death was no obstacle for Doctor Shan Fong Mirage, born with the ability to see and communicate with the dead, but what happens if she's dead?Shan's newest ally, a teenager named Grace, is sure that they're both dead, but can her perceptions be trusted?The mysterious absence of Hwen Mirage is explained here!
(W) Brian Azzarello (A) Maria Llovet (CA) Paul Pope
The variant erotic cover for FAITHLESS will be completely bagged and not publicly previewed due to sexually explicit material.
(W) Seanan McGuire, Zoe Quinn (A) Claire Roe, Cresta, Marika, Alti Firmansyah (CA) Yasmin Putri
YOUR FAVORITE HEROINES UNITE FOR ACTION-PACKED ADVENTURE!
NOW A FOUR ISSUE SERIES!
Alien invasion at a summer camp for young girls? You know who to call. Captain Marvel is on her way - and she won't be alone. Some of Marvel's biggest heroes unite for the battle of the season! Then, a new mystery puts Patsy Walker - a.k.a. Hellcat - on the prowl! And don't miss your dose of Herstory with profiles on classic and contemporary creators!
(W) Seanan McGuire (A) Takeshi Miyazawa (CA) Jorge Molina
• New friends! New villains! Same Gwen Stacy!
• School is in session as Gwen's fall semester begins!
• What villain from the past stalks Gwen's travels?
(W) Stejpan Sejic (A/CA) Stejpan Sejic
"The road to hell is paved with good intentions. On that road I saw a pale man, and he smiled at me..." Dr. Harleen Quinzel has discovered a revolutionary cure for the madness of Gotham City-she just needs to prove it actually works. But with the criminal justice and mental health establishments united against her, the brilliant young psychologist must take drastic measures to save Gotham from itself. Witness Harleen's first steps on a doomed quest that will give birth to the legendary super-villain Harley Quinn in this stunning reimagining of Harley and The Joker's twisted and tragic love affair by visionary storyteller Stjepan ejic (AQUAMAN: UNDERWORLD, SUICIDE SQUAD, Sunstone).
Heroes in Crisis HC
(W) Tom King (A) Travis Moore, Lee Weeks, Mitch Gerads, Jorge Fornes (A/CA) Clay Mann
There's a new kind of crisis threatening the heroes of the DC Universe, ripped from real-world headlines by CIA operative turned comics writer Tom King: How does a superhero handle PTSD? Welcome to Sanctuary, an ultra-secret hospital for superheroes who've been traumatized by crime-fighting and cosmic combat. But something goes inexplicably wrong when many patients wind up dead, with two well-known operators as the prime suspects: Harley Quinn and Booster Gold! It's up to the DC Trinity of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman to investigate-but can they get the job done in the face of overwhelming opposition? This collected edition features the entire nine-issue miniseries!
Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal A Little Golden Book
(W) Jocelyn Lange (A) Bill Robinson
Jim Henson's epic fantasy film from 1982, The Dark Crystal, is gently retold in a beautifully illustrated Little Golden Book. Children ages 2 to 5, not to mention The Dark Crystal fans of all ages, -will be delighted to read about Jen the Gelfling's dangerous quest to heal the Dark Crystal and bring the vicious Skeksis and the peaceful urRu back together and restore harmony to the land.
Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance #1
(W) Nicole Andelfinger (A) Matias Balsa (CA) Mona Finden
+ AN OFFICIAL PREQUEL TO THE HIT NETFLIX SERIES!
+ Return to another world, another time, Before the Age of Wonder. The Skesis rein over Thra, but there are distant echoes of rebellion. Gelfling and unlikely heroes emerge to champion what is good and just, but their paths to legend started long ago. Epic tales of adventure, magic, and mystery send us back in time to the Age of Resistance to witness the untold histories that forged these protectors of Thra.
+ Based on a story by Jim Henson 's Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance series writers, Will Matthews & Jeffery Addiss, Nicole Andelfinger ( Lumberjanes ) and Matias Basla ( Sparrowhawk ) present an official prequel to the next chapter of the pop culture phenomenon, now streaming on Netflix.
Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal Creation Myths: The Complete Collection HC
(W) Brian Holguin, Various (A) Various (A/CA) Brian Froud
Collected for the first time in one oversized edition, this series reveals the definitive origins of the Skeksis, Mystics, Gelfling, and the Dark Crystal itself while introducing all new characters in an epic spanning thousands of years. Written by Brian Holguin (Spawn: Origins), Joshua Dysart (Unknown Soldier), and Matthew Dow Smith (Doctor Who), and lushly illustrated by Alex Sheikman (Robotika) and Lizzy John (Fraggle Rock), Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths is a breathtaking return to the fantasy world that has captivated audiences for over thirty years.
Jughead's Time Police #4
(W) Sina Grace (A/CA) Derek Charm
Jughead is stranded on a desolate timeline, one without burgers, or hot dogs, or any meat couched in bread. He's got to find some way to get back to the future to prevent an all-out war between the time streams-but can he do it alone?
Justice League Dark #15
(W) James TynionIV (A) Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez (CA) Guillem March
The Floronic Man, Papa Midnite, Klarion the Witch Boy, Solomon Grundy...Circe has gathered her Injustice League Dark for a reason, and it is going to tear the world of magic apart! Just as Wonder Woman thought the realms of magic were back under control, a new witching war brought on by this unstoppable group of villains threatens to destroy everything. Can she find out what Circe is after, and stop her before it's too late?
(W) Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh (A) AnneMarie Rogers (CA) Kat Leyh
The Roanoke and Zodiac alien search team up has uncovered something (or rather, someONE) unusual! Her name is Freya, and she says she's a goddess, like Diane! Freya's friendly and outgoing, and immediately super popular around camp in a way our favorite bratty ancient Greek can't stand... she must be up to something! Right? Nobody's that nice!
Magus of the Library Vol. 02
(W) Mitsu Izumi (A/CA) Mitsu Izumi
In a lushly-detailed fantasy world reminiscent of Arabian Nights, the Great Library is the center of learning in the world, and its librarians are capable of magnificent feats of magic! In a small village far from the Library, a poor little elf boy struggles against bullies who call him "knife-ears." His only solace: the books he sneaks out of the village's tiny branch library, which he's not allowed in. When a librarian from the Great Library arrives, he's dazzled by her knowledge and glamor. Their meeting will change his life and begin the adventure he's always dreamed of having!
Marvel Rising: Heroes of the Round Table TPBJUL191129
(W) Nilah Magruder (A) Roberto Di Salvo (CA) Audrey Mok
Magic, monsters and more! Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl are an unbeatable team! But they're in for a serious challenge, because the city has been invaded by a swarm of knights in shining...cars armed with javelins?! Uh-oh. Kamala Khan and Doreen Green are gonna need allies - and they know just who to call. Miles "Spider-Man" Morales, the Inhuman known as Inferno, former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Daisy Johnson and more join the fray against sorceress Morgan Le Fay, who plans to transform the Inhumans' home of New Attilan into New Camelot! Collecting MARVEL RISING (2019) #1-5.
Marvel Team-Up #6
(W) Clint McElroy (A) Ig Guara (CA) Rud, Anna
Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel find themselves caught between a madman seeking revenge and the deadly Kree STARFORCE! Whose side will they choose? And will their friendship survive this close encounter of the Kree kind?
Monstress Vol. 04 TPB
(W) Marjorie M. Liu (A/CA) Sana Takeda
Maika and Corvin make their way through a warped and lethal land in search of Kippa, who is faced with her own terrible monsters. But when Maika comes face-to-face with a stranger from her deep past, startling truths are uncovered, and at the center of it all lurks a dangerous conspiracy that threatens the Known World. Maika is finally close to getting all the answers she ever wanted, but at what price? With war on the horizon-a war no one wants to stop-whose side will Maika choose? Collects MONSTRESS #19-24
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #47
(W) Brandon Montclare (A) Alitha Martinez (CA) Rahzzah
AT LAST! Reed Richards FINALLY meets his match! The long-anticipated ULTIMATE battle of the biggest brains in the Marvel U comes to a close!
Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles Vol. 01
(W) Naru Narumi (A/CA) Naru Narumi
Ramen and manga are two Japanese things that people love everywhere around the world. But no one's ever brought them together before-until now! Let cool, mysterious high school student Ms. Koizumi and her girlfriends show you around the authentic ramen culture of everyday Japan in this fun food manga. The noodles, the toppings, the broth-the street stalls, restaurants, and home cooking . . . and yes, cup ramen too! You'll slurp down a whole new knowledge of Japan's greatest fast food that even many Japanese don't know . . . but Ms. Koizumi does!
New Mutants: War Children #1
(W) Chris Claremont (A/CA) Bill Sienkiewicz
STRONG AND FREE!
Don't miss this momentous event as legendary creators CHRIS CLAREMONT and BILL SIENKIEWICZ reunite with Magik, Wolfsbane, Cannonball, Cypher, Mirage, Karma, and Sunspot to share this never before told story of the New Mutants' past! When Warlock experiences a nightmare, he begins going haywire, and it's up to his friends to save him! But as Warlock grows more frenzied, they should be worrying about being able to save themselves...and doubly so when Magik's inner demon, Darkchylde, threatens to break free! Also, a special guest appearance by none other than Kitty Pryde!
The Okay Witch OGN
(W) Emma Steinkeller (A) Emma Steinkeller
Sabrina the Teenage Witch meets Roller Girl in this hilarious, one-of-a-kind graphic novel about a half-witch who has just discovered the truth about herself, her family, and her town and is doing her best to survive middle school now that she knows everything! Thirteen-year-old Moth Hush loves all things witchy, and when some eighth-grade bullies try to ruin her Halloween, something really strange happens. It turns out that Founder's Bluff, Massachusetts, has a centuries-old history of witch drama. And, surprise: Moth's family is at the center of it all! When Moth's new powers show up, things get totally out-of-control. She meets a talking cat, falls into an enchanted diary, and unlocks a hidden witch world. Secrets surface from generations past as Moth unravels the complicated legacy at the heart of her town, her family, and herself.
(W) Devin Grayson (A) Alitha Martinez (CA) Mike McKone
Dr Cecelia Cobbina is an Ignited. People all over the planet are Igniting with powers too, but she's the only one with the power to understand what's happening...Anthony is in trouble as his phasing power accidentally caused a police officer to be shot. But Cecelia and Mae are not going to let him down. They're going to prove their friend is not a Cop-Killer. Meanwhile, Cecelia is starting to understand what's going on with the Earth. What if the sudden rise of super powered individuals was the prelude to a bigger crisis?
Paper Girls Vol. 06 TPB
(W) Brian K. Vaughan (A) Matt Wilson (A/CA) Cliff Chiang
THE END IS HERE! After surviving adventures in their past, present, and future, the Paper Girls of 1988 embark on one last journey-a five-part epic that includes the emotional double-sized series finale. Featuring a new wraparound cover from Eisner Award-winning co-creator CLIFF CHIANG, which can be combined with the covers of all five previous volumes to form one complete mega-image!Collects PAPER GIRLS #26-30
Powers of X #5
(W) Jonathan Hickman (A/CA) R. B. Silva
As Cerebro does as it was intended to do, Sinister does what Sinister does best and the future comes to an end. Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (FF, NEW AVENGERS, INFINITY) continues his reshaping of X-History alongside breakout artist R.B. Silva (UNCANNY X-MEN). The Future of the X-Men begins here!
Queen of Bad Dreams #4
(W) Danny Lore (A/CA) Jordi Perez
It's a battle of dreamers as Eleanor Chase takes the stage! Daher struggles with the consequences of her outburst, and the Chases see an opportunity to take what is theirs-even if they have to cut through the Wei family to do it. The secrets that Ava thought would protect her are the very ones threatening them all. And so, the nightmares begin.
Red Sonja and Vampirella Meet Betty and Veronica #5
(W) Amy Chu (A) Maria Sanapo (CA) Fay Dalton
Fear and paranoia run rampant in Riverdale, but super sleuths Betty and Veronica finally flush out the mysterious killers with the help of Vampirella and Red Sonja. And it's not who they think...!
Relics of Youth #1
(W) Matt Nicholas, Chad Rebmann (A/CA) Skylar Patridge
Nat Rodrigues keeps dreaming of an island. Soon, the dreams become waking visions. Alone and concerned, Nat manages to locate other teenagers across the globe who share her intense obsession with the unmapped enclave. And then, the strangest part: Every one of them wakes one morning with a mysterious tattoo. A tattoo only the six of them can see. Now, each of them knows-no matter the obstacles in their way... they must discover this unknown paradise.
Sera and the Royal Stars #3
(W) Jon Tsuei (A/CA) Audrey Mok
After a clash with the minions of Draco, Sera, Aldebaran and Antares are left scattered and separated in the land of dreams. A familiar face returns to help Sera reunite with the stars, but is he friend or foe?
SFSX: Safe Sex #1
(W) Tina Horn (A) Michael Dowling (CA) Tula Lotay
Notorious kink writer TINA HORN teams up with artist MICHAEL DOWLING (Unfollow, Death Sentence) for SFSX, a social thriller about sex, love, and torture that reads like SEX CRIMINALS in Gilead crossed with Oceans 8-with a SUNSTONE twist! In a draconian America where sexuality is bureaucratized and policed, a group of queer sex workers keep the magic alive in an underground club called the Dirty Mind. Using their unique bondage skills, they resolve to infiltrate the mysterious government Pleasure Center, free their friends, and fight the power!
(W) Lauren Monger (A/CA) Lauren Monger
This long-awaited reprint of Lauren Monger's 2015 Sleepwalking is incisively relateable, following Clementine and her gritty punk friends as they navigate the perils of ex-partner drama, too-loud house shows, and the overwhelming ennui that is their twenties. Clem's a possum. Her friends are raccoons, badgers, and squirrels. More importantly, they're trying.
(W) Magdalene Visaggio, Darcie Little Badger (A) Guillermo Sanna (CA) Guisseppe Cammuncoli
Elakshi and Adam Land look for a key to understanding their powers at the Wild Saints lodge. But all they found up to now are lies and deceit... Double origin issue! As the mysterious Win schemes, he gets Adam to talk about his past and reveal which traumatic events could have led to his ignition. And how about MI6 super agent Bixby Hardman? He has been on the Lands' backs for months. Is his past the key to our heroes' future?
(W) Tini Howard (A) German Peralta (CA) Andrea Sorrentino
NO COMPROMISE. NO MERCY.
ALL NEW, ONGOING SERIES!
From the dark minds of rising stars Tini Howard and Germán Peralta comes a tale of the underside of the Marvel Universe! A new threat is secretly taking over the planet -- and the more people who know about it, the more powerful the threat becomes. Blade dealt with this threat once before, and hoped to never have to again. He can't bring the Avengers in on this -- not just for their own safety, but for the safety of everyone on Earth. So he must recruit a team of heroes accustomed to darkness -- a strikeforce. Blade, Angela, Spider-Woman, Wiccan, the Winter Soldier, Monica Rambeau and Daimon Hellstrom join forces to fight the fights that no other Marvel team can take on!
White Trees #2
(W) Chip Zdarsky (A/CA) Kris Anka
Violence is on the wind, and Krylos hasn't taken a breath in decades. Can he save his son AND his soul while regaining the trust of lost friends?The gorgeous, spectacular OVERSIZED TWO-ISSUE MINISERIES-written by CHIP ZDARSKY and illustrated by KRIS ANKA and MATT WILSON-concludes!
Wonder Woman #79
(W) G. Willow Wilson (A) Scott Eaton, Wayne Faucher (CA) Aaron Lopresti
Must a world without love be one without our hero? Wonder Woman is forced to discover a new way to fight after the destruction of her golden lasso and unbreakable bracelets at the hands of Cheetah and her God Killer sword. How can she possibly stop the unstoppable?
Wynonna Earp: Bad Day at Black Rock TPB
(W) Beau Smith, Tim Rozon (A/CA) Chris Evenhuis
There's a prison break at Black Rock and it's a family affair! Wynonna Earp, descendant of the legendary gunslinger Wyatt Earp, and her whole family are members of the U.S. Marshals Black Badge Division-a unit dedicated to protecting the world from all things that go bump in the night. Two of their greatest assets in the fight against evil are the Division's relative secrecy and Black Rock Prison, the only facility capable of holding major paranormal threats, and both were just exposed. That means it's time for Bobo Del Rey, Wynonna's old enemy, to step up his plans on a breakout to free his brother. It's family against family as the Earp clan and the Del Reys go head-to-head in a rip-roaring, knock-down, drag out fight to escape the Bad Day at Black Rock.