New Comic Book Day, this coming Wednesday (1/11), 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 Media GroupAction Lab Entertainment, Action Lab: Danger Zone, AfterShock Comics, BOOM! StudiosDark Horse, Dynamite Entertainment, Image Comics, Titan Comics, and Valiant.

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




Red Dog #2 – Cover A by W. Scott Forbes
Red Dog #2 – Cover B by Tom Velez

Red Dog #2

Writer: Rob Cohen
Adapted by: Andi Ewington
Art: Robert Atkins

Cover Price: $3.99

Whoever said, ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,’ never met Q. A birthday gift from his uncle Jake, the cyber canine is more than a companion to the young Kyle. Q is Kyle’s best and only friend. And on the planet Kirawan where mining the time-travel mineral Imperium is all anyone does, having a companion like Q counts for just about everything, including saving Kyle from an alien assault from the hostile insectoid Kira intent on eradicating the human colonists from their planet!


Action Lab: Dog of Wonder #5 – Cover A by Reilly Leeds
Action Lab: Dog of Wonder #5 – Cover B by Jay Peteranetz


Action Lab: Dog Of Wonder #5


Writer: Vito Delsante
Art: Reilly Leeds

Cover Price: $3.99

Say ain’t so! Has Percy really gone over to the dark side? Or is he under Biggles’ spell? How will he break out of it? Has Comet double crossed the Action Lab League? What’s with the cat and the hair ball? How gross is that? Have we run out of questions? Read this one to the end, kids – there’s a big surprise ending you will NOT see coming!


Voracious: Feeding Time #2 – Cover A by Jason Muhr
Voracious: Feeding Time #2 – “Mouthwatering” Variant Cover by Jason Muhr


Voracious: Feeding Time #2

Writer: Markisan Naso
Art: Jason Muhr

Cover Price: $3.99 (Cover A),$4.99 (Cover B)

Nate and Jenna finally have a heart-to-heart about their relationship, Starlee ponders a future away from Blackfossil, and the tables turn on Captain Jim and Nate as they become the hunted. Featuring a horizontal ‘Mouthwatering’ variant cover by series artist Jason Muhr! Limited to 1500 copies!



Black Eyed Kids #10

Writer: Joe Pruett
Art: Szymon Kudranski
Cover: Francesco Francavilla

Cover Price: $3.99

Gus and Meredith on the run from the wrath of the B.E.K. leader! Meanwhile, Jim Loudin and Riley wonder if there’s any chance of saving Michael after their last dangerous encounter with him! And if so, at what cost? From the Eisner Award-winning writer of X-Men Unlimited and Cable.


Captain Kid #4

Writer: Mark Waid
Art: Wilfredo Torres
Cover: Wilfredo Torres

Cover Price: $3.99

Plagues and disasters hammer Captain Kid’s city, all deliberately summoned by harbingers of a hopeless future. Someone in Captain Kid’s circle betrays him.



Shipwreck #3

Writer: Warren Ellis
Art: Phil Hester
Cover: Phil Hester

Cover Price: $3.99

Shipwright encounters the Inspector again, with a piece of Shipwright’s past – the key to who Shipwright is and how he got here. And the bodies he left in his wake. From the brilliant mind of WARREN ELLIS (co-creator of The Authority, Planetary, & Transmetropolitan) with stunning art by PHIL HESTER (Green Arrow, Wonder Woman).


Deep #1 – Cover A by James Brouwer
Deep #1 – Cover B by Brooke A. Allen

Deep #1

Writer: Tom Taylor
Art: James Brouwer

Cover Price: $3.99

Journey into The Deep with the daring aquanaut family, The Nektons, aboard their state-of-the-art (and oh so shiny) submarine, The Aronnax. When an earthquake off the coast of Greenland leads to strange reports of monster sightings, William and Kaiko Nekton, along with their kids, Fontaine and Ant (and of course, Ant’s pet fish, Jeffrey), dive into the mystery! Will they find what they’re looking for? Will they teach a fish to fetch? Will they be accidentally eaten? Find out in the all-ages adventure from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us, All-New Wolverine, Star Wars: Adventures) and James Brouwer (Justice League Beyond).


Lobster Johnson Garden Of Bones (One Shot)

Writer: Mike Mignola
Art: Stephen Green
Cover: Tonci Zonjic

Cover Price: $3.99

When an undead hit man goes after the NYPD, the Lobster steps in to figure out if it’s a zombie-or something worse. ‘In a world currently obsessed with Capes and Cowls, it’s refreshing to have a pulp sci-fi book where the hero isn’t perfect, and doesn’t always win.’-Big Comic Page



Red Sonja #1

Writer: Amy Chu
Art: Carlos E. Gomez

Cover Price: $3.99

A new chapter for the Queen of the Hyrkanian Age. Our favorite warrior has faced the toughest of demons, foes and strange magic, but nothing has prepared this 6 ft. tall barbarian for?the modern world. Emerging from a subway construction site in New York City, confronted by cops and guns, Sonja fights for her survival in a new and hostile world. Is she here by accident or by design? Who brought her here, and why? By the creative team of Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, KISS) and Carlos Gomez (Dresden Files).



God Country #1 – Cover A by Geoff Shaw
God Country #1 – Cover B by Gerardo Zaffino

God Country #1

Writer: Donny Cates
Art: Geoff Shaw

Cover Price: $3.99

SERIES PREMIERE Emmet Quinlan, an old widower rattled by dementia, isn’t just a problem for his children-his violent outbursts are more than the local cops can handle. When a tornado levels his home-as well as the surrounding West Texas town-a restored Quinlan rises from the wreckage. The enchanted sword at the eye of the storm gives him more than a sound mind and body, however. He’s now the only man who can face the otherworldly creatures the sword has drawn down to the Lone Star State… ‘So much fun to watch creators find that next level. Go, Cates, go!‘ -Brian Michael Bendis

Moonshine #4 – Cover A by Eduardo Risso
Moonshine #4 – Cover B by Lee Bermejo


Moonshine #4

Writer: Brian Azzarello
Art: Eduardo Risso

Cover Price: $2.99

After Joe the Boss’ NYC crew doesn’t receive quite the ‘warm Southern welcome’ they were expecting from Hiram Holt’s family, it’s all-out gang war! But when one side has a werewolf, it’s hardly a fair fight.



Motor Crush #2 – Cover A by Babs Tarr
Motor Crush #2 – Cover B by Cameron Stewart


Motor Crush #2

Writer: Brenden Fletcher
Art: Babs Tarr

Cover Price: $3.99

Domino confronts her father about the ‘machine narcotic’ Crush, and is forced to put her life on the line to save an old flame from danger. Featuring Part Two of ISOLA: PROLOGUE by BRENDEN FLETCHER and KARL KERSCHL!


Southern Bastards #16 – Cover A by Becky Cloonan
Southern Bastards #16 – Charity Variant Cover by Jason Latour


Southern Bastards #16

Writer: Jason Aaron
Art: Jason Latour

Cover Price: $3.50

‘GUT CHECK,’ Part Two Things get bloody as Coach Boss is forced to expand his criminal dealings to keep control of the football season.




Reassignment #1 – Cover A by Jef

Reassignment #1

Writer: Walter Hill
Art: Matz

Cover Price: $5.99

Hitman Frank Kitchen’s assignment to kill a fashion designer, who’s fallen behind on his debts, takes a turn when his victim’s sister, a sociopathic surgeon, decides to punish him in the unique way only she can. Abducted and operated on against his will, Frank comes to in an unexpected place – but with a hitman’s hunger for revenge?




Ninjak #23 – Cover A by Ryan Bodenheim

Ninjak #23

Writer: Matt Kindt
Art: Marc Laming

Cover Price: $3.99

ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! ‘THE SEVEN BLADES OF MASTER DARQUE’ begins here! Master Darque has returned! The sadistic lord of death and resurrection is once again free to inflict his will upon a wounded world… But to bring Darque down, Ninjak will have to call upon his deadly foes in the Shadow Seven? Now, as Colin King scours the globe in search of the Seven’s mystic adepts, Ninjak will become the only man that can prevent a clash of dark powers with the potential to ignite Armageddon itself! Everything has led to this? Out of the ashes of BOOK OF DEATH, Ninjak and Master Darque will collide in a punishing circle of death, destruction and hellfire! Join New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE) and blistering artist Marc Laming (Planet Hulk) here for a steelhardened jumping-on point that will leave Valiant’s seven-time Harvey Award-nominated series forever scarred!!