New Comic Book Day: This Week’s Must-Have Indie New Releases (4/12) #NCBD

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New Comic Book Day, this coming Wednesday, April 12th,
has some great new releases, debuts, and variants galore.

PopCultHQ has compiled a list of new releases from indie publishers
that we think are must-reads and ones to watch!

Our top picks this week are from  Action Lab: Danger Zone, Aspen Comics, Boom! Studios, Dark Horse ComicsDynamite EntertainmentImage Comics, Oni Press, Scout Comics, Valiant Entertainment, and Vault Comics.

Check out all the available covers, read up on each one’s synopsis,
and then pick them up this coming Wednesday!



AmeriKarate #2 – Cover A by Devin Roth
AmeriKarate #2 – Cover C – Photo Cover ft. April O’Neil
AmeriKarate #2 – Cover B by Daniel Arruda Massa

Amerikarate #2

Brockton McKinney

Art: Devin Roth

Cover Artists:
Devin Roth
Daniel Arruda Massa  

Diamond IDs:
FEB171052 (Cover A)
FEB171053 (Cover B)
FEB171054 (Cover C)

Cover Price: $3.99

Sam Kickwell has been thrown back into the high-stakes world of professional karating thanks to the ninja assassin who took his limbless brother’s life. But while he prepares for the fight of the century, he inadvertently comes kick-to-kick with FBI karate expert Cynthia Weaver. Will the two team-up to take down a megalomaniacal maniac or will their sparks ignite a karate-fire that will consume them both?!

Spencer & Locke #1 – Cover A by Jorge Santiago, Jr.
Spencer & Locke #1 – Cover C by Joe Mulvey
Spencer & Locke #1 – Cover B by Maan House

Spencer & Locke #1

Writer: David Pepose

Jorge Santiago, Jr.
Jasen Smith (Colors)

Cover Artists:
Jorge Santiago, Jr.
Maan House
Joe Mulvey


Diamond IDs:
FEB171047 (Cover A)
FEB171048 (Cover B)
FEB171049 (Cover C)

Cover Price: $3.99

When his grade-school sweetheart is found dead, there’s only one friend Detective Locke can trust to help solve her murder — his childhood imaginary panther, Spencer. But when they face both a vicious crime syndicate and memories from Locke’s traumatic youth, can this unlikely pair survive long enough to find the truth?

<PopCultHQ’s Spoiler-Free Review: SPENCER & LOCKE #1>


All New Fathom #3 – Cover A by Marco Renna
All New Fathom #3 – Cover C by Randy Green
All New Fathom #3 – Cover B by Marco Lorenzana

All New Fathom #3

Blake Northcott

Marco Renna


Marco Renna
Marco Lorenzana
Randy Green



Diamond IDs:
FEB171229 (Cover A)
FEB171230 (Cover B)
FEB171231 (Cover C)
Cover Price: $3.99

Dive back into the world of MICHAEL TURNER’S FATHOM! Aspen Matthews, along with her longtime friend and journalist Tyler, and their pet bulldog Matilda, discover that Aspen’s newfound celebrity status comes with a cost-and that price includes a visit from the S.W.A.T. team at their front door!

Godshaper #1 – Cover A by Couceiro Magno
Godshaper #1 – Cover C by David Aja
Godshaper #1 – Cover B by Sonny Liew

Godshaper #1

Simon Spurrier

Vinz el Tabanas

Couceiro Magno
Sonny Liew
David Aja

Diamond IDs:
FEB171285 (Cover A)
FEB171286 (Cover B)
JAN178874 (Cover C)
Cover Price: $3.99

Written by Eisner Award-nominated writer Simon Spurrier (The Spire, X-Men Legacy) and illustrated by breakout talent Jonas Goonface, Godshaper introduces a vast world where there’s a god for every person and a person for every god…though for Ennay, unfortunately exceptions may apply. People like him are Godshapers, godless social pariahs with the ability to mold and shape the gods of others. Paired with Bud, an off-kilter but affectionate god without a human, the two travel from town to town looking for shelter, a hot meal, and the next paying rock ‘n’ roll gig.

American Gods #2 – Cover A by Glenn Fabry
American Gods #2 – Cover C by Bill Sienkiewicz
American Gods #2 – Cover B by David Mack

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows #2

Neil Gaiman

P. Craig Russell

Glenn Fabry
David Mack
Bill Sienkiewicz 


Diamond IDs:
FEB170013 (Cover A)
FEB170014 (Cover B)
JAN178680 (C0ver C)

Cover Price: $3.99

Fresh out of jail, Shadow Moon finds himself recruited as a bodyguard for the enigmatic Mr. Wednesday, only to be interrupted and kidnapped by the dangerous Technical Boy, who wants answers as to Wednesday’s plans. The Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula award-winning novel and upcoming Starz television series by Neil Gaiman is adapted as a comic series for the first time!

Z Nation #1 – Cover A by Denis Medri

Z Nation #1

Writer: Craig Engler
Art: Edu Menna
Covers: Denis Medri, Lucio Parrillo, Denis Medri, Edu Menna

Diamond IDs:
FEB171484 (Cover A)
FEB171485 (Cover B)
FEB171486 (Cover C)
FEB171487 (Cover D)
FEB171488 (Cover E)
FEB171489 (Cover F)
FEB171490 (Cover G)
FEB171491 (Cover H)
JAN178963 (Cover I)
Cover Price:

A prequel set in the world of Syfy’s #1 scripted hit zombie series Z Nation, Black Summer is as bad as the apocalypse gets. A worldwide drought and famine when most of the surviving population dies and turns zombie. As the remnants of humanity cling to existence, fan favorite Charles Garnett returns to send a new team on a desperate new mission: Retrieve a possibly untouched cache of the food substitute Soylent Z from Galveston, Texas. But when mission leader Israel Johnson and his small team arrive in Galveston, they’ll face a threat unlike anything ever seen before in the zombie genre. Featuring Z Nation’s signature blend of horror, humor and heart, Black Summer is the start of a new six-issue miniseries from acclaimed writer Fred Van Lente (Marvel Zombies, G.I. Joe) and Craig Engler, based on the long running series Z NATION by Karl Schaefer and Craig Engler.



Rat Queens #2 – Cover A by Owen Gieni
Rat Queens #2 – Cover B by Owen Gieni

Rat Queens #2

Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Art: Owen Gieni
Covers: Owen Gieni  

Diamond IDs:
FEB170671 (Cover A)
JAN178755 (Cover B)

Cover Price: $3.99

‘CAT KINGS AND OTHER GARYS,’ Part Two Giant goose dragon eat your friend? Best go down in a bloody battle the bards will lament in years to come! The Queens face a terrifying monster while Betty makes a startling discovery about a smidgen gut merchant that threatens her very life! Featuring an original Rat Queens backup comic by acclaimed novelist PAT ROTHFUSS, writer of the internationally best-selling Kingkiller Chronicles!

Rose #1 – Cover A by Ig Guara
Rose #1 – Cover B by David Finch

Rose #1

Writer: Meredith Finch
Art: Ig Guara

Ig Guara
David Finch

Diamond IDs:
FEB170548 (Cover A)
FEB170549 (Cover B)

Cover Price: $3.99

SERIES PREMIERE A classic fantasy tale about a girl trying to restore balance to a broken world. Rose must connect with her Khat-Thorne-to become the Guardian the world needs. But things aren’t easy for Rose and Thorne, the powerful sorcerous Drucilla has many powerful and demonic allies-all of them focused on stopping one scared little girl who’s desperately trying to stay alive and do what’s right. Written by MEREDITH FINCH (Wonder Woman, Little Mermaid), and drawn by fan-favorite artist IG GUARA (Batman: Arkham Knight, Blue Beetle, The Ravagers).

Seven to Eternity #5 – Cover A by Jerome Opena

Seven To Eternity #5

Writer: Rick Remender
Art: Jerome Opena

Jerome Opena
Phil Noto
Rafael Albuquerque

Diamond IDs:
FEB170623 (Cover A)
FEB170624 (Cover B)
FEB170625 (Cover C)
JAN178439 (Cover D)
Cover Price: $3.99

NEW STORY ARC! Adam Osidis and the Mosak come to a crossroads. The choices they make here will echo throughout the lands of Zhal for all eternity.


Redline #2

Writer: Neal Holman
Art: Clayton McCormack
Cover: Clayton McCormack  

Diamond ID: FEB171813
Cover Price: $3.99

It’s Mars, and it’s Mardi Gras, and it is blowing up. Literally. (Again.) Coyle and his team investigate a suicide bombing outside the gates of Vantage Solutions, Inc., a crime that may possibly/probably have ties to Coyle’s past. Guest starring a giant wiener.


Solar Flare #1

Writer: James Haick III
Art: Branko Jovanovic
Cover: Song Ye

Diamond ID: FEB171845
Cover Price:

Where were you when the world went dark? The world has been plunged into darkness and society as we know it has launched into chaos. Jake Clifford was just a regular guy, a man trying to achieve greatness in his career and a father doing his best to be the man his daughter deserved. That is, until a solar flare makes contact with earth, wiping out all electricity and modern technology with one fatal blow. Now Jake must adapt to this new world, hoping to one day be reunited with his daughter who was states away when the lights went out.

Think Tank: Animal #2 (Vol.5)

Writer: Matt Hawkins
Artist: Rahsan Ekedal
Cover Artist: Rahsan Ekedal

Russia deals with several terrorist attacks using the animals controlled by technology based off of David Loren’s designs. Mirra Sway is trapped behind the Russian forces as they assault the Ukraine to “protect themselves.” David confronts his father and the demons inside that keep him from having a happy life while trying to figure out WTF is happening in Russia.

Item Code: FEB170683
In Shops: Apr 12, 2017
SRP: $3.99


Immortal Brothers: The Tale Of The Green Knight #1 – Cover A by Cary Nord
Immortal Brothers – The Tale Of The Green Knight #1: Cover C by Marc Laming

Immortal Brothers:
The Tale of the Green Knight #1

Writer: Fred Van Lente
Art: Cary Nord

Cary Nord
Mico Suayan
Marc Laming
J.M. Dragunas

Diamond IDs:
FEB172060 (Cover A)
FEB172061 (Cover B)
FEB172062 (Cover C)
FEB172063 (Cover D)

Cover Price: $4.99

Immortal Brothers – The Tale Of The Green Knight #1: Cover B by Mico Suayan
Immortal Brothers – The Tale Of The Green Knight #1: Cover D by J.M. Dragunas

Archer and Armstrong! The Eternal Warrior! Ivar, Timewalker! (And a very brief appearance by Faith!) In the great Armstrong tradition of telling history as it really happened, join the immortal Anni-Padda brothers for a journey to King Arthur’s court, where the true history of the monstrous GREEN KNIGHT is revealed! It’s winter at King Arthur’s court in Camelot, when the monstrous GREEN KNIGHT appears at the Round Table wearing no armor and bearing a gigantic axe. Eager for a challenge suitable for the weaker knights, he insists that they participate in a friendly ‘winter’s game’. Anyone can strike him once with his axe, but on the condition that the Green Knight may return the exact blow in one year’s time. Arthur agrees to the game, but the youthful knight, GILAD, takes up the challenge to protect his king. Much to the court’s surprise, the Knight doesn’t move as Gilad strikes his head off. The Green Knight picks up his own head and gives Gilad his own mighty axe, telling him he is fated to receive the same blow before the year is out. Now, Sir Gilad must solve the mystery of who the Green Knight is before his hour at the axe comes to pass! But first, he’ll need to find some help… in the form of his immortal brothers, who will be united once again! New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente returns to Archer & Armstrong as Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (X-O Manowar) joins in for an oversized, 48-page one shot epic!



Heathen #3 – Cover A by Tess Fowler

Heathen #3

Writer: Natasha Alterici
Art: Natasha Alterici
Cover: Tess Fowler  

Diamond IDs:
FEB172083 (Cover A)
FEB172084 (Cover B)
Cover Price: $3.99

Things haven’t quite gone as Aydis planned. She’s been kidnapped. By the goddess Freya. And she’s trapped in the impenetrable stronghold of the Valkyries. Escape seems impossible. It’s hard enough just resisting Freya’s spell. Roles now reversed, Brynhild plans a rescue, with help from Saga and a very old friend.


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