New Comic Book Day 5/3/17: This Week’s Must-Have Indie New Releases #NCBD

New Comic Book Day, this coming Wednesday, May 3rd,
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 451 Entertainment, AfterShock Comics, American MythologyArchie ComicsDark Horse Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, IDW PublishingImage Comics, Lion Forge ComicsOni Press, Titan ComicsValiant Entertainment, and Zenescope Entertainment.

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



Stained #1 – Cover A by Steve Morris
Stained #1 – Cover B by Jock


Writer: David Baron
Artist: Yusuf Idris
Colorist: David Baron
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover Artists:
Steve Morris (Cover A)
Jock (Cover B)
Item Codes:
MAR171839 (Cover A)
MAR171840 (Cover B)
MAR171841 (Blank Variant)
In Shops: May 03, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Meet Emma London: recovery artist and bounty hunter for hire. She is strong, possibly indomitable, and did we mention…part machine. Emma is the type that dives head first into things that most wouldn’t and shouldn’t. Those dark places that no one else will go to track down the subhuman criminals lurking in the underbelly of society and brings them to justice. STAINED first comes to life with Emma trying to take down a pair of international diamond smugglers, but her story explodes forward when initially what was thought to be a hunt for a priceless painting with a record high bounty, leads her to something darker and more monstrous than she could have ever imagined.

From 2016 Harvey Award Nominee, David Baron comes a noirish sci-fi adventure unlike any other.

<PopCultHQ’s Spoiler-Free Review: STAINED #1>


Writer: Phil Hester
Art: Tony Harris
Cover Artist: Tony Harris  

Item Code: DEC161182
Cover Price: $3.99

You don’t have to die to go to hell. The corruption Brandon Hull once believed was confined to his soul has now spread to his once-perfect body. Struggling to come to grips with the supernatural realm, Hull seeks answers in the darkest corners of the natural world. Can he stop the infection from not only taking over himself but also the family he loves? Opening a jarring window on to a world of horror from the Eisner Award-nominated writer of THE COFFIN, FIREBREATHER, and DEATHSTROKE and the Eisner Award-winning artist of EX MACHINA and STARMAN.

<PopCultHQ’s Spoiler-Free Review of BLOOD BLISTER #1>

Cover A by Tim Bradstreet
Cover B by Szymon Kudranski


Writer: Frank Tieri
Art: Oleg Okunev

Cover Artists:
Tim Bradstreet
Szymon Kudranski

Item Codes:
MAR171236 (Cover A)
MAR171237 (Cover B)

Cover Price: $3.99

NEW SERIES! It’s the late 14th Century, and a Great Pestilence-the ‘Black Death’- is sweeping across Europe, killing over 100 million people. BUT, what if history as we know it was a lie? What if, in reality, this was no straightforward plague, but the FIRST non-recorded Zombie Infestation of man? Ex-Crusader Roderick Helms and his fellow ‘black ops’ agents the Church, Fiat Lux, must seek out the cause of this undead outbreak and vanquish it before mankind ceases to exist! Written by the master of violence, gore, and mayhem, Frank Tieri (Marvel vs Capcom, Wolverine, Deadpool), with spectacular art from Disney illustrator, Oleg Okunev, and covers by Eisner Award-nominated artist Tim Bradstreet (The Punisher, Hellblzer)!

<Preview AfterShock’s New Series PESTILENCE>

Shipwreck #4 – Cover A by Phil Hester
Shipwreck #4 – Digital Variant by Mike Zagari


Writer: Warren Ellis
Art: Phil Hester

Cover Artists:

Phil Hester
Mike Zagari

Item Codes:
NOV161077 (Cover A)
ComiXology Variant

Cover Price: $3.99

He told people he knew how to evacuate the human race to another world. Now he’s stranded on that world. But the thing about Jonathan Shipwright is that he never tells anyone the whole truth. And maybe he’s stranded on a planet that wants to kill him for a good reason… From the co-creator and writer of The Authority, Transmetropolitan, and Planetary.

Underdog #1 – Cover A by Bill Galvan


Writer: Batton Lash
Art: Batton Lash

Cover Artists:
Bill Galvan (Cover A)
SL Gallant (Cover B)
Adrian Ropp (Cover C)
Patrick Owsley (Cover E)

Item Codes:
FEB171115 (Cover A)
FEB171116 (Cover B)
FEB171117 (Cover C)
FEB171118 (Cover D)
FEB171119 (Cover E)

Cover Price: $3.99

There’s no need to fear, UNDERDOG is here! American Mythology is proud to bring back another nostalgic kids classic to a brand new audience. Underdog is an incredible animated series that chronicled the adventures of Shoeshine, who when danger was afoot would turn into a powerful superhero! With an incredible rogues’ gallery of villains like Simon Bar Sinister, Cad Lackey, Riff Raff, Battyman, and Overcat on the loose, the world needs Underdog more than ever! Get in on the all-original first issue of Underdog by Batton Lash (Supernatural Law) and Bill Galvan (Pink Panther), in stores before Free Comic Book Day! Covers by interior artist Bill Galvan, Adrian Ropp, S.L. Gallant, and Retro Animation Incentive cover by vintage animation artist Patrick Owsley. And be sure to pick up the Underdog Free Comic Book Day edition with even more new stories and fun!


Riverdale #2 – Cover A by Francesco Francavilla
Riverdale #2 – Cover C by Matthew Southworth
Riverdale #2 – Cover B by Michael Dooney



Joe Eisma

Cover Artists:
Francesco Francavilla (Cover A)

Michael Dooney (Cover B)
Matthew Southworth (Cover C)

Item Codes:
MAR171339 (Cover A)
MAR171340 (Cover B)
MAR171341 (Cover C)

Cover Price: $3.99

Set in the same universe as the hit CW series, Riverdale continues to reveal untold stories of the world’s most famous teenagers. When five students from different social cliques (Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Josie) end up in Saturday detention together-will they kill each other or come together against the forces of evil that brought them there?

Predator Hunters #1 – Cover A by Doug Wheatley
Predator Hunters #1 – Cover B by Francisco Ruiz Velasco


Writer: Chris Warner

Art: Francisco Ruiz Velasco

Cover Artists:
Doug Wheatley (Cover A)
Francisco Ruiz Velasco (Cover B) 

Item Codes:
MAR170015 (Cover A)
MAR170016 (Cover B)

Cover Price: $3.99

Space aliens have been coming to Earth for centuries-but not with any message of brotherhood or peace. They’re here to hunt the toughest, most dangerous humans they can find. Only now their former prey have teamed up against them. Predators, watch your backs! o Written by Predator comic series veteran Chris Warner! o Art by Francisco Ruiz Velasco. o Covers feature special metallic ink!

Project Superpowers Hero Killers #1 – Cover A by Pete Woods


Writer: Ryan Browne
Art: Pete Woods

Cover Artists:
Pete Woods (Covers A, F)
Ryan Browne (Covers B, D, SS)
Goran Sudzuka (Covers C, E)

Item Codes:
MAR171610 (Cover A)
MAR171611 (Cover B)
MAR171612 (Cover C)
MAR171613 (Cover D)
MAR171614 (Cover E)
MAR171615 (Cover F)
MAR171616 (Cover SS)

Cover Price: $3.99

Welcome to Libertyville U.S.A.! Home of too damn many superheroes! Watch out, crime, here comes Captain Battle Jr.! And Sparky! And Tim! Yeah, you know?Tim! What? You’ve never heard of them? Huh. Well, it’s hard to be a sidekick when there is a city full of capes running around stopping every misdemeanor with a spandex wrapped flourish. Now watch as things get weird when three lad companions (totally not weird) try to get to the criminals before their bosses do! From the insanity-riddled minds of Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts) and Pete Woods (Robin, Deadpool). Prepare to feel the wrath of Tim!


Swordquest #0 – Cover A by Goni Montes


Writer: Scott Kowalchuk
Art: Scott Kowalchuk

Cover Artists:

Goni Montes (Covers A, C)
Mel Rubi (Cover B)
George Perez (Cover D)

Item Codes:
MAR171590 (Cover A)
MAR171591 (Cover B)
MAR171592 (Cover C)
MAR171593 (Cover D)

Cover Price: $0.25

Peter Case was a boy on a quest. The quest to win the prizes from Atari’s SwordQuest challenge! He was counting down the days to the release of the final game, AirWorld, only to be shattered when the news surfaced that it would never be released. Now Peter is an adult?and things aren’t going well. The bad news is he has to move back in with his mother. The good news is she still has all of his old Atari stuff. With nothing else to look forward to, his obsession with SwordQuest is reignited, in a more, ummm, interesting way? Written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims (X-Men ’92, Down Set Fight) and art by Scott Kowalchuk (Batman ’66, Down Set Fight). This is the SwordQuest comic we’ve been waiting for since 1983!


TMNT Funko Universe #1 – Cover A by Nico Pena
TMNT Funko Universe #1 – Variant by Jamal Peppers
TMNT Funko Universe #1 – Funko Toy Variant


Caleb Goellner

Nico Pena

Cover Artists:
Nico Pena (Cover A)

Jamal Peppers (Variant)


Item Codes:
MAR170461 (Cover A)
MAR170462 (Funko Toy Variant)
MAR170463 (Peppers Variant)

Cover Price: $4.99

The Funko craze comes to TMNT! Funko-style TMNT get wind of a new Shredder-inspired cereal and go to the source to investigate the bad-guy based breakfast! An absurd and hilarious adventure awaits! Bullet points: Inspired by the Funko toys based off the original TMNT cartoon! Part of this month’s big FUNKO UNIVERSE event!


Writer:Sarah Vaughn
Art: Jonathan Luna
Cover: Jonathan Luna  

Item Code: MAR170672
Cover Price: $3.99

JONATHAN LUNA (ALEX + ADA, THE SWORD, Spider-Woman: Origin) and SARAH VAUGHN (ALEX + ADA, Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love, Ruined) return with ETERNAL EMPIRE, a fantasy epic! The Eternal Empress has waged war against the countries of Saia for over one hundred years and now her sights are set on the last country standing. Within the brutal Empire’s workforce, a young woman receives strange visions that give her the courage to escape her fate…or run straight toward it.

Youngblood #1 – Cover A by Jim Towe


Writer: Chad Bowers
Art: Jim Towe

Cover Artist:
Jim Towe (Cover A)
Rob Liefeld (Cover B)
David Finch (Cover C)

Chris Daughtry (Cover D)

Item Codes:
MAR170637 (Cover A)
MAR170638 (Cover A)
MAR170639 (Cover A)
MAR170640 (Cover A)
MAR170641 (Sketch Variant)

Cover Price: $3.99

‘YOUNGBLOOD REBORN,’ Part One DEBUT ANNIVERSARY ISSUE! 25 years ago, YOUNGBLOOD launched the Image Revolution and turned the comics world on its head! Now the original blockbuster hit series returns with an all-new cast and a brand-new mission! When a young hero goes missing, his friend’s search for answers leads to some unexpected allies. Together, they’ll do whatever it takes to find him?even if it means resurrecting the world’s most infamous super-team. Gear up, strap in, and get ready to rediscover comics’ most extreme universe with creators CHAD BOWERS (X-Men ’92, Deadpool: Bad Blood) and newcomer JIM TOWE!



Writer: Thierry Labrosse
Art: Thierry Labrosse
Cover: Thierry Labrosse

Item Code: MAR171902
Cover Price:

In a dystopian future of rising sea levels, the rich have access to a rejuvenating vaccine that can allow lifespans of hundreds of years. A young man named Riel arrives in the urban metropolis of Montreal and meets a young woman, Neve, who is allied with rebel insurgents (the ‘Bastards of God’) fighting the corporate powers that control the city and the vaccine.

Catalyst Prime: Noble #1 – Cover A by Roger Robinson


Writer: Brandon Thomas
Art: Roger Robinson

Cover Artists:
Roger Robinson (Cover A)
Khary Randolph (Cover B)
John Cassaday (Covers C, D)

MAR171903 (Cover A)
MAR171904 (Cover B)
MAR171905 (Cover C)
MAR171906 (Cover D)

Cover Price: $3.99

Catalyst Prime has begun! One year after ‘The Event’, missing astronaut David Powell has resurfaced! With dangerous new abilities and no memory of the man he once was. While desperately trying to regain his identity David quickly finds himself a man on the run from shadowy forces as well as his forgotten past. From writer Brandon Thomas (Horizon, Civil War II: Choosing Sides), artist Roger Robinson (Batman: Gotham Knights, Solo Avengers), and colorist Juan Fernandez.



Writer: Cullen Bunn
Art: Brian Hurtt
Cover: Brian Hurtt  

ID: MAR171937
Cover Price: $1.00

‘Ill-Gotten’: Part 1-In a Prohibition-era world where demonic princes pull the strings that make crime families dance, Eddie is a mortal with two things working for him. First of all, he can’t die. Well, he can and does, quite often, but he doesn’t stay down for long. Second, Eddie runs the Gehenna Room, a nightclub with a strict ‘no demons allowed’ policy. But blessings and curses don’t look all that different these days, and failing to tell the two apart can get a guy killed-over and over again in Eddie’s case. So when one of Eddie’s old pals shows up seeking sanctuary, Eddie knows he’s in for a double-cross, and that means walking the line between salvation and damnation once more.

Penny Dreadful #2 – Cover A by Tristan Jones
Penny Dreadful #2 – Cover D by Louie De Martinis
Penny Dreadful #2 – Cover C by Nick Percival


Chris King

Jesus Hervas

Cover Artists:
Tristan Jones
(Cover A)

Nick Percival
(Cover C)

Louie De Martinis (Cover D)

Item Codes:
MAR172092 (Cover A)
MAR172093 (Cover B – Photo Variant)
MAR172094 (Cover C)
MAR172095 (Cover D)

Cover Price: $3.99

Written by Penny Dreadful TV series co-executive producer Chris King with interior art from Jesus Hervas (Sons of Anarchy); continues the story directly after the shocking events of Penny Dreadful’s Season Three TV finale! Features Ethan Chandler, Sir Malcolm Murray, Ferdinand Lyle and Lily!

Tekken #1 – Cover A by Alex Ronald


Writer: Cavan Scott
Art: Andie Tong

Cover Artists:
Alex Ronald (Cover A)
Andie Tong (Covers B, F)
Anton K (Cover C)
Jimbo Salgado (Cover E)

Item Codes:
MAR172030 (Cover A)
MAR172031 (Cover B)
MAR172032 (Cover C)
MAR172033 (Cover D)
MAR172034 (Cover E)
MAR172035 (Cover F)
MAR172036 (Cover G Blank Sketch Variant)

Cover Price: $3.99

All new comic series based on the iconic fighting game franchise! Written by Cavan Scott (Doctor Who, Vikings) and illustrated by Andie Tong! This sensational new comic series will tap into Tekken’s rich history, and will feature memorable characters from the celebrated video game canon including Heihachi Mishima, Yoshimitsu, Nina Williams and Paul Phoenix. Comic regularly promoted on official Tekken social networking channels – over 3 million fans!



Writer: Jody Houser
Art: Joe Eisma

Cover Artists:
Kano (Cover A)
Mike Norton (Cover B)
Cryssy Cheung (Cover C)
Sarah Winifred Searle (Cover D)

Item Codes:
MAR172182 (Cover A)
MAR172183 (Cover B)
MAR172184 (Cover C)
MAR172185 (Cover D)

Cover Price: $3.99

Faith no more! One by one, Faith has outsmarted and defeated every member of her brand-new rogues gallery. But when all four of Los Angeles’ most sinister minds attack their sworn enemy at once, their combined power may prove to be too powerful to handle! But will evil finally triumph over the high-flying psiot…or collapse under its own collective weight? The most pivotal moment in Faith’s solo career starts here with a rumble that won’t just seal the fate of Los Angeles, but the entire nation!


Courier #2 – Cover A by Drew Edward Johnson


Writer: Ralph Tedesco

Cover Artists:
Drew Edward Johnson (Cover A)

Allan Otero (Cover B)
Mike Krome (Cover C)
Robert Atkins (Cover D)

Item Codes:
FEB172153 (Cover A)
FEB172154 (Cover B)
FEB172155 (Cover C)
FEB172156 (Cover D)

Cover Price: $3.99

Zenescope’s brand new Apocalyptic thriller continues here! Eve Harper fights for her life against a pack of mutated and bloodthirsty creatures called ‘Primals.’ Meanwhile, the ruthless Apostles find they’re unwelcome at the compound they’ve forced their way into as they threaten the residents with bodily harm unless the Apostles leader, Colvin, is treated for his wounds.



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