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New Comic Book Day: This Week’s Must-Have Indie New Releases (12/14)

New Comic Book Day this coming Wednesday (12/14) 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, AfterShock Comics, Black Mask, Dynamite, IDW, Image Comics, Valiant, and Zenescope.

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

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ACTION LAB: DANGER ZONE

BRIGANDS #2
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Writer: Ram V.
Art: Nick Barber
Cover: Mukesh Singh
Cover Price: $3.99
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Out to recruit more brigands for their heist, Stilian Desault and Veina arrive at the Barren Halls prison. They’ve come with a box full of stolen gold to buy a good man his freedom. But the trouble with smart people making dodgy deals is, you won’t settle for less but you might still get more than you bargained for. There’s new management in-charge of Barren Halls and they’re not about to let anyone go free.


AFTERSHOCK COMICS

BLACK EYED KIDS #9
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Writer: Joe Pruett
Art: Szymon Kudranski
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Cover Price: $3.99
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As we discover more about Meredith and Ricky’s past together and their mysterious connection to the B.E.K. Boy King, Meredith realizes that it’s now or never and plans her escape. Meanwhile, the mysterious stranger returns…but this time he’s not alone. Close your windows and lock your doors for this next chilling installment by JOE PRUETT (X-Men Unlimited, Cable) and SZYMON KUDRANSKI (Spawn, Daredevil/Punisher)!


CAPTAIN KID #3
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Writer: Mark Waid
Art: Wilfredo Torres
Cover: Wilfredo Torres
Cover Price: $3.99
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Attacked from the future! At odds with his mentor! Abducted through time! In the chaos of his centuries-long birthday, Captain Kid unearths the dangerous secret of his origin!
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BLACK MASK COMICS

Cover A (Censored cover)

BLACK #3
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Writer: Kwanza Osajyefo
Art: Jamal Igle
Cover: Khary Randolph
Cover Price: $3.99
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In the aftermath of Cole’s incarceration, Kareem is beginning to doubt Juncture’s leadership. Meanwhile, the Mann Co. fends off an attack from a terrorist organization, and Detective Waters may have finally received the clue she needs to tie together Kareem’s disappearance with her investigation.

*** Uncensored variant also available


YOUNG TERRORISTS #2
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Writer: Matt Pizzolo
Art: Amancay Nahuelpan
Cover: Amancay Nahuelpan
Cover Price: $3.99
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The Young Terrorists crank things up to 11 when Sera hits the US-Mexico border to recruit a militia for her imminent strike on the New World Order. Meanwhile: bizarre mind-melding sex, severed heads, and radical conspiracy theory collide in the most deliciously seditious comic of the decade.


DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

Standard Cover

RED SONJA #0
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Writer: Amy Chu
Art: Carlos E. Gomez
Cover: Nick Bradshaw
Cover Price: $0.25
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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 foràthe 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).

VARIANTS


IDW PUBLISHING

Optimus Prime #1 – Cover A by Kei Zama

OPTIMUS PRIME #1
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Writer: John Barber
Art: Kei Zama
Cover: Kei Zama
Cover Price: $3.99
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REVOLUTION is over-but the danger to Earth is just beginning. As OPTIMUS PRIME pulls Earth into the larger universe, he’s painted a target on Earth? and a new alien incursion begins when a corkscrew shaped craft drills into our world! The next evolution of TRANSFORMERS is here! OPTIMUS PRIME’s past on CYBERTRON haunts his present on Earth! Amazing artist Kei Zama (Scarlett Witch) makes her debut with veteran writer John Barber (Transformers)!

VARIANTS


Transformers Lost Light #1 – Cover A by Jack Lawrence

TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT #1
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Writer: James Roberts
Art: Jack Lawrence
Cover: Jack Lawrence
Cover Price: $3.99
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Five years ago, Rodimus and a collection of traumatised, lovelorn and/or sarcastic Autobots set off on a quest to find Cyberutopia. So far, they’ve made a right hash of it. They’ve misplaced their map. They’ve lost their ship, the Lost Light, to a mutinous escapologist. Oh, and they’re dead. The crew from MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE might be dead, but the LOST LIGHT lives on! Incredible artist Jack Lawrence (Skylanders, Micronauts) makes his Transformers debut with returning writer James Roberts (Transformers: MTMTE)!

VARIANTS


IMAGE COMICS

GREEN VALLEY #3
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Writer: Max Landis
Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Cover: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Cover Price: $2.99
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‘THE WIZARD REVEALED’ MAX LANDIS & GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI’s epic adventure takes an unexpected turn!
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HADRIAN’S WALL #4
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Writer: Kyle Higgins
Art: Rod Reis
Cover: Rod Reis
Cover Price: $3.99
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END OF STORY ARC A HUGE TWIST! NEW THREATS! And the TRUTH about Simon and Annabelle! HADRIAN’S WALL will return with its second arc in February!
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MAYDAY #2
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Writer: Alex De Campi
Art: Tony Parker
Cover: Tony Parker
Cover Price: $3.99
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Heat, dust, and blood, as Soviet agents Codename: Felix and Codename: Rose’s standoff with the FBI explodes into violence at a Palm Springs gas station.
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Moonshine #3 – Cover A by Eduardo Risso

MOONSHINE #3
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Writer: Brian Azzarello
Art: Eduardo Risso
Cover: Eduardo Risso
Cover Price: $2.99
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‘MOONSHINE,’ Part Three Gangster Lou Pirlo’s mission to Appalachia isn’t going as well as planned, so his NYC boss sends him some help in the form of three rival gangsters. Meanwhile, the only ‘help’ Lou really wants is from the mysterious, but likely deadly, Delia.
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Additional Variant Available

Moonshine #3 – Cover B by Jock

REBORN #3
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Writer: Mark Millar
Art: Greg Capullo
Cover: Greg Capullo
Cover Price: $3.99
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MILLAR & CAPULLO’s epic sci-fi fantasy story continues. Bonnie is captured by Dark Lands gangsters during her quest to find her missing husband-gangsters who will deliver her to evil General Frost and his boss, Lord Golgotha. But just as all hope seems lost, Bonnie’s warrior powers start kicking in.

VARIANTS


VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

BRITANNIA #4
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Writer: Peter Milligan
Art: Juan Jose Ryp
Cover: Cary Nord
Cover Price: $3.99
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Final Fates! Antonius Axia’s nightmarish journey through the heart of the remote Roman colony of Britannia has brought him to death’s door. But when the world’s first detective confronts his deepest fears about gods, men and civilization, will he be able to complete the mission given to him by Emperor Nero, or will his mind collapse under the unfathomable weight of the void that now stands revealed before him?

VARIANTS


Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #14 – Cover A by Stephen Segovia

WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR #14
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Writer: Robert Venditti
Art: Robert Gill
Cover: Stephen Segovia
Cover Price: $3.99
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Out of the abyss?and into oblivion! Gilad Anni-Padda has faced tanks, trenches, and legions many thousands strong. Now, true peace is finally within reach of the man that myth calls the Eternal Warrior? but, to claim it, he must undertake a mission beyond the grasp of any mortal soldier?and rescue the soul of his long-lost son from the underworld. But to venture into the land of death itself means suicide even for an immortal master of war? and the cruel being known as the Pale Herder intends to make sure that this time, Earth’s Fist and Steel stays dead once and for all…

VARIANTS


ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT

Cinderella Serial Killer Princess #1 – Cover A

CINDERELLA SERIAL KILLER PRINCESS #1
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Writer: Patrick Shand
Cover: Joe Brusha
Cover Price: $3.99
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Cinderella is back in a brand new series! A loyal servant to the Dark Horde, Cindy, turned her back on it to help save the world. And all she got for her trouble was a brutal death. But sometimes those that die get a second chance and now Cindy is back with a thirst for blood. And once she’s had her revenge not a single hero in the Grimm Universe will be left alive.

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Jason Bennett
Jason Bennett is PopCultHQ's senior editor, a contributing writer, and comic book reviewer/reporter. He is a big lover of coffee, cats, cooking and comics (plus all things Green Lantern). He is a strong supporter of indie comics, creators, and publishers and Chris Hardwick is his spirit animal (we don't know how to respond to that). Follow Jason on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TahoeJBennett
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