New Comic Book Day, this coming Wednesday, April 10th,
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, AfterShock Comics, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Oni Press, Top Cow Productions, Valiant Entertainment, and Zenescope Entertainment.
Check out all the available covers, read up on each one’s synopsis, view the preview pages, and then pick them up this coming Wednesday at your local comic shop or favorite online retailer!
COLD BLOOD SAMURAI #1
32 pgs./ T / FC
‘We are the last warriors, the last pacifists of that school, and I leave her inheritance in your hands… you are a Gaijin.’ A feudal Japan with anthropomorphic and samurai animals inspired by Homer’s poem on ‘War of Mice and Frogs,’ Batrachomyomachia. As in the classic poem, one tells of the futility of war and the desire for peace by Gaijin, a foreign salamander in a Japan of frogs invaded by lizards.
Orphan Age #1
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color
ON SALE 4.10.2019
One day all the adults died, all over the world, at the same time. Now it’s twenty years later, and the children – all grown up – are still rebuilding the world. Horses and caravans are the only thin lines connecting tiny, scattered settlements – little sparks in the great dark night. Gasoline is gone, phones long-dead, television a memory. The only power in America is the New Church, the religion of the angry children, that blames the destruction of the old world on the dead adults. In the settlement of Dallastown, a stranger comes riding in one day, telling a story of escape from the New Church’s unstoppable Firemen. The Church is on the march, and the world might burn again – and the only hope might be a scared teenage girl, a gunslinger keeping his se-crets, and a woman of few words and long knives. Welcome to the Orphan Age.
Faith. Sex. The Devil.
Faith likes to dabble with magic. Her friends think it’s cute—and not just a little off-putting, but it’s part of her charm and her warped search for purpose in a world that makes too much sense. But she’s a true believer and knows there is a power within her reach. She’s right, of course. It just took a while for that magic, that temptation, that unknowable thing to find her . . .
In short—Faith is bored as hell. And Hell has noticed.
RONIN ISLAND #2
Under threat from a mutated horde, the island is forced the cede control to General Sato—and Hana and Kenichi have a choice to make.
Torn between protecting their home or standing against a threat to all of humanity, the two warriors find that their differences may divide them yet again.
She Could Fly: The Lost Pilot #1
The acclaimed miniseries continues!
Luna has crash-landed back into her life after spending a year in a mental institution . . . but that might just mean she’s closer to the edge than she’s ever been before. After discovering clues about the Flying Woman’s missing family, Luna’s obsession reignites, threatening to again unravel her fragile mind. Meanwhile, a mysterious guru appears in the sewers of Chicago and a Russian mercenary seeks old secret technology, and the specter of violence begins to loom over everyone once more.
Luna begins to wonder . . . will she even survive long enough to go insane?
Army of Darkness vs. Bubba Ho-tep #3
Having just scored a victory against the nefarious Bubba Ho-Tep, our heroes Ash and 70’s-era Elvis take to the skies in the King’s private jet, escorting the powerfully destructive Necronomicon Ho-Tep. In order to keep it out of the wrong hands, they must provide the Egyptian artifact safe passage back to Elvis’ secure fortress in Graceland. But even at 20,000 feet, evil lurks closer than they realize…as do giant scarabs! It’s the penultimate chapter of the year’s most groovy crossover event!
Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary: Real Ghostbusters #1
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
The 35th Anniversary of the Ghostbusters is upon us! Let’s celebrate with four spooktacular weekly comics featuring different Ghostbuster teams in all-new standalone adventures!THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS keep losing business to a flashy new rival ghost-catching company: SPOOKS AWAY! They seem to have better gear, better threads… better everything! In fact, Spooks Away seems determined to ruin the RGB. But there’s something far more sinister than a hostile takeover going on here, and it’s up to Ray Stantz to go undercover to find out who-or what-is behind Spooks Away’s sudden rise to supernatural elimination superstardom.The Real Ghostbusters in an all-new original adventure by the ‘busterific creative team of Cavan Scott (Star Wars Adventures) and Marcelo Ferreira (Back to the Future)!
Every fantasy epic ends with a war. But what happens when the war is over? After posing as a man to join the army, Jenner Faulds returns home to The Feld for a new start as a ‘Fairman’-a specially licensed private investigator. But sexism didn’t end on the battlefield, and as the only ‘Fairlady,’ Jenner gets stuck with the cases nobody else wants. Hitting the streets to solve The Feld’s overlooked mysteries, Jenner finds that the smallest cases hide the biggest secrets.
THE LONG CON #8
Artist: EA Denich
Colorist: Fred C. Stresing
Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences
Genre: Humor, Action/Adventure
Page Count: 32
Flix Bixby has always had a chip on his shoulder… specifically, Midshipman “Chip” Nimitz, the spunky wunderkind he played on SkylarksMAX. So it’s no surprise when a cult obsessed with his performance kidnaps Flix and Dez, and he becomes a bargaining chip in their high-stakes canon purity trial. When a challenger enters the courtroom, Flix must fight to save his life’s work from being written out of the timeline… or let the chips fall where they may. Meanwhile, Dez chips away at an escape plan with a little help from some of her favorite Afrofuturist lesbian space-angels…
INFINITE DARK #5
Cover Artist: Nick Robles
NEW STORY ARC!
The passengers of the void ship Orpheus survived the end of the universe, station-wide sabotage, and even the machinations of an Entity from beyond the stars. All that’s left now is to survive each other.
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #2 (of 6)
On sale April 10, 2019
$4.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | Full Color
The deadly campaign of the most
powerful psiot in the Valiant Universe continues!
In the present: Toyo Harada finds himself and The Foundation Zone under attack by a coalition of world governments, as one of his own teammates begins to turn on him. In the past: Toyo Harada escapes Japan aboard a fishing vessel, and sets sail for the new world.
On sale April 10, 2019
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full Color
New story arc! “GUARDIAN,” Part 1
Investigating the disappearance of a young psiot girl, Livewire stumbles upon OMEN’s answer to the psiot ‘problem,’ a facility where young psiots are taken and taught to control their powers. Is this facility the safe haven Livewire’s dreamed of or is there something more sinister to this sanctuary? For fans of superheroes and sci-fi adventure stories.
Robyn Hood: Outlaw #3
Still on the run for a crime she didn’t commit, Robyn falls in with a band of rogues and begins casing out a job she may not want to do but that might ultimately help her clear her name.
Publisher – Action Lab Entertainment
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Publisher – IDW Publishing
Publisher – Image Comics
Publisher – Top Cow Productions
Publisher – Valiant Entertainment
Publisher – Zenescope Entertainment