New Comic Book Day: This Week’s Must-Have Indie New Releases (4/19) #NCBD

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 Entertainment Action Lab: Danger Zone, AfterShock ComicsArchie ComicsAspen Comics, Black Mask Studios, Coffin Comics, Dark Horse ComicsImage Comics, Oni Press, Valiant Entertainment, Vault Comics, and Zenescope Entertainment.

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




Artful #5 – Cover A by Laura Neubert
Artful #5 – Cover B – Concept Sketch by Laura Neubert

Peter David’s ARTFUL #5

Writer: Nicole D’Andria
Art: Laura Neubert
Covers: Laura Neubert  

Diamond IDs:
FEB171032 (Cover A)
FEB171033 (Cover B)
Cover Price: $3.99

Drina struggles to fight against her instincts. Meanwhile, Artful and Bram get into even more trouble! Who is friend and who is foe in the latest issue of legendary comic writer Peter David’s Artful?



Writer: Ram V.
Cover Art: Mukesh Singh

Item Code: FEB171035
Available: April 19, 2017
SRP: $14.99
Collects issues #1-5.

A rat-pack of medieval con men, thieves, cut-throats, has-been’s and never-will-be’s are set to carry out the heist of their lives. For some, it is a second chance at a better life. For others, it’s the only chance they’ll ever get. And in the treacherous world of BRIGANDS there are only two sureties to life; the steel in your hand and the promise of a dagger in your back.

<Preview BRIGANDS TPB Vol.1>


Writer: Joe Pruett (co-creator)
Art: Szymon Kudranski (co-creator)
Colors: Guy Major
Letters: Marshall Dillon
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Cover Price: $14.99

The urban legend come  to  life. The Black-Eyed Children have announced their presence with horrific authority, leaving lives shattered and multiple bodies in their wake. Jim Loudin and his family, along with a local police officer and a mysterious stranger, seemingly with past ties to these devil children, fight not only for  their own lives, but for potentially mankind’s very existence.

Collecting issues 6-10 of the critically-acclaimed series, and the original short story from the AFTERSHOCK GENESIS one-shot. Written by Eisner winner Joe Pruett and illustrated by Szymon Kudranski.

<PopCultHQ’s Spoiler-Free Review of BLACK EYED KIDS Vol. 1 TPB>

World Reader #1 – Cover A by Juan Doe
World Reader #1 – Cover B by Elizabeth Torque


Diamond IDs:
FEB171094 (Cover A)
FEB171095 (Cover B)
Cover Price: $3.99
World Reader #1 – C2E2 Exclusive Variant by Mike Rooth

NEW SERIES! Meet Sarah, an astronaut traveling from dead planet to dead planet, talking to the ghosts of the dead worlds… as she fights to discover the secret that’s killing the universe.  But Death doesn’t give up its secrets so easily, and as Death hunts her from planet to planet, Sarah struggles to maintain the trust of her crew and her own sanity in the endless ocean of lives. Every world has a story, and if she can find the secret tying them all together, she can save Earth from being the next world to die.

From GROOT and THE JIMMY KIMMEL SHOW writer Jeff Loveness and AMERICAN MONSTER, ANIMOSITY: THE RISE artist Juan Doe, comes the chilling, epic new series that will be sure to appeal to fans of THE ARRIVAL, INTERSTELLAR, and THE EXPANSE.


Riverdale Digest #1

Writer: Mark Waid
Art: Fiona Staples
Cover: Francesco Francavilla

Diamond ID: FEB171211
Cover Price: $5.99

See how it all began with this digest-sized collection featuring stories from our recently relaunched New Riverdale titles, including Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats, and Reggie and Me!



Soulfire #2 – Cover A by Giuseppe Cafaro
Soulfire #2 – Cover E by Fan Yang
Soulfire #2 – Cover B by V Kenneth Marion

Soulfire #2

Writer: J. T. Krul
Art: Giuseppe Cafaro

Giuseppe Cafaro
V Kenneth Marion
Fan Yang

Diamond IDs:
FEB171226 (Cover A)
FEB171227 (Cover B)
FEB171228 (Cover C)

Cover Price: $3.99

Aspen’s premiere action-adventure fantasy epic returns in this all new jumping-on point for new readers!

Malikai has come to enjoy his life in the spotlight. Being the ward of a powerful titan of industry like Rainier will have that effect. But, something else is stirring in the air – some strange and unlikely forces are being drawn to him. Are they friends? Enemies? Both? As his true destiny comes knocking on the door, will Malikai be prepared to handle the truth about the universe and his place in it?

Nearly fifteen of the best-selling series created by superstar artist, the late Michael Turner, have culminated in this brand-new SOULFIRE adventure by Aspen’s talented creative team! Please join writer JT Krul, artist Giuseppe Cafaro, and colorist Wes Hartman as they bring readers back to the magic, myth, and everything you loved about SOULFIRE!


Black #5

Writer: Kwanza Osajyefo
Art: Jamal Igle
Cover: Khary Randolph

Diamond ID: DEC161337
Cover Price:

In the aftermath of his defection from The Project, Kareem comes face-to-face with the harsh consequences of his decision. Juncture and his team enlist Detective Waters’s help in a drastic effort to find the boy before he’s too far gone into the system – but a great threat may have nefarious designs for Kareem’s unique abilities.




Lady Death Oblivion Kiss #1 – Cover A by Mike Krome

Lady Death: Oblivion Kiss #1

To save her beloved steed Vassago from eternal torment, Lady Death is drawn the wasteland City Siduri where lust isn’t a sin, it is a way of life. Instead she encounters the demon sorceress Demonika, is put under an ironclad spell and made to be a plaything to be auctioned off to the highest demon bidder. Is all hope lost? C’mon, it’s Lady Death! Lady Death: Oblivion Kiss #1 is a 48-page all-new square bound graphic novel that builds on the mythology creator Brian Pulido has began in Chaos Rules #1, Damnation Game #1, and Oblivion Kiss #1.




Dept. H #13

Writer: Matt Kindt
Art: Matt Kindt
Cover: Matt Kindt

Diamond ID: FEB170081
Cover Price:

The love of Mia’s life, Alain, is desperately trying to maintain contact with her and the rest of the surviving crew trapped in the Dept. H base. With six miles of ocean between him and the woman he loves, will he be able to help her fight bloodthirsty sea creatures, including psychic jellyfish?



Plastic #1 – Cover A by Andrew Robinson
Plastic #1 – April Fools Variant by Andrew Robinson
Plastic #1 – Cover B by Daniel Hillyard

Plastic #1

Doug Wagner
Art: Daniel Hillyard


Andrew Robinson
 Daniel Hillyard

Diamond IDs:
FEB170551 (Cover A)
FEB170552 (Cover B)
JAN178687 (Variant)

Cover Price: $3.99

SERIES PREMIERE Retired serial killer Edwyn Stoffgruppen is in love with Virginia, a girl he ‘met online.’ Her affection quiets his vile urges. Together, they tour the back roads of America in their LTD, eating doughnuts and enjoying their healthy appetites for each other. Life is good?until a Louisiana billionaire kidnaps Virginia, forcing Edwyn to kill again in exchange for her freedom. Oh, and did we mention that Virginia is a sex doll? ‘This is the weirdest shit I’ve ever read. I love it!’ – ROBERT KIRKMAN (THE WALKING DEAD, OUTCAST BY KIRMAN & AZACETA, INVINCIBLE)

Redneck #1

Writer: Donny Cates
Art: Lisandro Estherren
Cover: Dee Cunniffe  

Diamond ID: FEB170570
Cover Price: $3.99

SERIES PREMIERE The Bowmans are VAMPIRES who have quietly run the local barbecue joint in their small town for years, living off cow’s blood. Their peaceful coexistence ends as generations of hate, fear, and bad blood bubble to the surface–making it impossible to separate man from monster! Critically acclaimed writer DONNY CATES (GOD COUNTRY) and artist LISANDRO ESTHERREN serve up the tale of a DIFFERENT kind of family just trying to get by, deep in the heart of Texas.

Royal City #2

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Art: Jeff Lemire
Cover: Jeff Lemire  

Diamond ID: FEB170673
Cover Price: $3.99

The second chapter of JEFF LEMIRE’s ambitious new graphic novel begins as Richie Pike, perpetual screw-up and black sheep of the family, has a very bad night that brings him face-to-face with Royal City’s criminal underworld, and there will be no turning back. Meanwhile, Pat’s troubles continue to mount, sending him on an odyssey of his own.


Letter 44 #32

Writer: Charles Soule
Art: Langdon Foss
Cover: Langdon Foss  

Diamond ID: FEB171814
Cover Price: $3.99

Where did the alien Builders come from? What is the source of the mysterious End that threatens the very fabric of the universe itself? At last, with four issues left in the series, get the answers to these and other fundamental questions about the Letter 44-verse… BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! Special one-shot issue illustrated by Langdon Foss (Get Jiro)!


Generation Zero #1 – Cover A by David Lafuente
Generation Zero #1 – Cover C by Stephen Mooney
Generation Zero #1 – Cover B by Brent Peeples

Generation Zero #9

Fred Van Lente
Art: Diego Bernard

David Lafuente
Brent Peeples
Stephen Mooney 

Diamond IDs:
FEB172073 (Cover A)
FEB172074 (Cover B)
FEB172075 (Cover C)

Cover Price: $3.99

Zeroes to heroes! Generation Zero’s mind-bending journey through the HeroScape-a strange dimension where the world is filtered through any person’s perspective-reaches its final stop! But even if they can escape the deadly apparitions of Rook’s collective conscience, can they stop the strange threats and mysteries that can’t seem to leave their new hometown alone? Take cover, because Valiant’s paramilitary prodigies are about to enter the greatest mission of their violent careers…and when the dust settles, their final fates will be no fantasy!

<Preview GENERATION ZERO #9 by Fred Van Lente & Diego Bernard>

Ninjak #26 – Cover A by Ryan Bodenheim

Ninjak #26

Writer: Matt Kindt
Art: Marc Laming

Ryan Bodenheim

Juan Jose Ryp
Robert Gill
Bob Layton
Tula Lotay 

Diamond IDs:
FEB172068 (Cover A)
FEB172069 (Cover B)
FEB172070 (Cover C)
FEB172071 (Cover D)
FEB172072 (Cover E)
Cover Price:

Battle royale! The moment you’ve been waiting for is here-the final, steel-splintering showdown between Ninjak and Master Darque! But when Valiant’s top assassin and lord of death come to blows, you can bet there’s going to be serious collateral. What will become of the deadly crime cartel known as the Shadow Seven? What final fate awaits the life of Ninjak’s former lover and most hated enemy, Roku? All will be revealed as Ninjak enters a blistering barrage of revelations and revenge…and exits with a brand-new place in the Valiant Universe!

<Preview  NINJAK #26 by Matt Kindt & Marc Laming>



Failsafe #1

Writer: F. J. Desanto
Art: Federico Dallocchio
Cover: Jon Adams  

Diamond ID: FEB172081
Cover Price: $3.99

When he executed the last nanotech-enhanced super soldier, John Ravane thought that was the end of the haywire Insurgence Program. Ten years later, in the wake of social unrest, its true legacy is revealed. As sleeper agents scattered throughout the country activate, Ravane must stand between a government he cannot trust and the soldiers he once hunted.


GFT Robyn Hood I Love NY #11 – Cover A by Josh Burns

GFT Robyn Hood: I Love NY #11

Writer: Joe Brusha
Art: Riveiro

Josh Burns
Marc Rosete
Mike Krome
Abhishek Malsuni

Diamond IDs:
FEB172179 (Cover A)
FEB172180 (Cover B)
FEB172181 (Cover C)
FEB172182 (Cover D)

Cover Price: $3.99

CHILD OF DARKNESS Revenge can be a cancer, eating at your soul. Alina Rose knows this all too well. She’s been harboring her hatred for Robyn since childhood, sharpening it like a blade. But the time to strike has finally arrived. And neither Robyn nor NYC can be prepared for what’s going to happen.


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