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New Comic Book Day: This Week’s Must-Have Indie New Releases (12/28)

New Comic Book Day this coming Wednesday (12/28) 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 & Action Lab: Danger Zone, AfterShock ComicsDark HorseIDW Publishing, Image ComicsValiant and Zenescope.

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

#NCBD

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ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

Athena Voltaire and the Volcano Goddess #2

Writer: Steve Bryant
Art: Steve Bryant
CoverSteve Bryant

Cover Price: $3.99

The Eisner-nominated adventures of Athena Voltaire continue in this latest installment! Athena flies to Hawaii in the hope of returning the artifact known as Pele’s Tears to the Kilauea Volcano, but deadly assassins, an old nemesis, and the Nazis all want the mystical item for themselves!


Blue Hour
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Writer: Dino Caruso
Art: Chad Cicconi
CoverChad Cicconi
Cover Price: $3.99
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Both the colonists and the Maasym struggle choose between peace and revenge in the aftermath of a brutal assassination. The path chosen could mean life or death for the colony.
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ACTION LAB: DANGER ZONE

Tomboy #9 – Cover A
Tomboy #9 – Cover B

Tomboy #9

Writer: Mia Goodwin
Art: Michelle Wong
CoverMia Goodwin
Cover Price: $3.99
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After Henri is attacked, Detective Autry zeroes in on her prime suspects, while Dead Jessica’s words send Addison looking for information at Mercy Hospital from Iris

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Cover A – Standard Cover (unlimited): Dan Mendoza

Zombie Tramp New Years Eve 2016

Writer: Dan Mendoza
Art: Rene Cordova
CoverDan Mendoza
Cover Price: $3.99
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It’s New Years Eve in NYC and that means a couple stiff media friendly suits gripping their mics and broadcasting live while giant balls drop! Well this year Zombie Tramp is going to help them bring in 2017 with a BANG in this all new special issue! An all new special number one issue with 3 regular and risqué variant covers!!!

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COVERS AVAILABLE


AFTERSHOCK COMICS

InSEXts #9

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Writer
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Marguerite Bennett
Art: Ariela Kristantina
CoverAriela Kristantina
Cover Price: $3.99

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In the glamour and glory of Paris, Lady’s family is drawn into a web of art and intrigue with an intoxicating new monstress at its center…
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Rough Riders, Vol. 1 TPB
Writer: Adam Glass
Art: Pat Olliffe
CoverPat Olliffe
Cover Price: $19.99
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Collecting the first seven issues of the epic AfterShock series! At the cusp of the 1898 World’s Fair, America is poised to become Earth’s most industrious nation. When a terrible power emerges from the darkness, a group of unlikely heroes team-up to stop it.

A tortured Teddy Roosevelt recruits a struggling Coney Island magician named Harry Houdini: a hard-drinking, gun-slinger, Annie Oakley; a financially strapped and aging Thomas Edison; and a boisterous, womanizing African American boxer with a big chip on his shoulder named Jack Johnson.
These legends of old will soon wage a shadow war that will change the course of history for America, and the world. That is of course, if they don’t kill one another first. Don’t miss out on this first collection from ADAM GLASS (executive producer of Supernatural & writer of Suicide Squad) and PAT OLLIFFE (Untold Tales of Spider-Man).


DARK HORSE

 

AVP: Life and Death #1 – 30th Anniversary Variant (Carlos D’Anda)
AVP: Life and Death #1 – Cover A (David Palumbo)

Aliens Vs Predator: Life And Death #1

Writer: Dan Abnett
Art: Brian Thies
Cover: David Palumbo
Cover Price: $3.99

The Predators arrive on LV-223! The question is: are they here to finish the fight with the Colonial Marines, or will they join the marines in the battle against the Aliens? And who will Ahab-the Predator from the Fire and Stone story cycle-side with?

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Cover A – Daniel Dos Santos
Cover B by Georges Jeanty

Serenity: No Power In The Verse #3

Writer: Chris Roberson
Art: Georges Jeanty
Cover: Daniel Dos Santos
Cover Price: $3.99

 

With River still away from the Serenity, Mal and the crew are forced to conduct a rescue mission without her. Simon and Inara go deep undercover to locate their old friend at an Alliance headquarters while Mal finds his new partnership may include more than he bargained for! o iZombie creator Chris Roberson writes the continuing adventures of Mal and crew.


IDW PUBLISHING

Cover A by Ariel Olivetti

G.I. Joe (2016) #1

Writer: Aubrey Sitterson
Art: Giannis Milonogiannis
Cover: Ariel Olivetti
Cover Price: $3.99

G.I. JOE IS BACK! In the wake of IDW’s Revolution crossover event, G.I. JOE’s mission has become a global one-they aren’t just Real American Heroes, they’re Real Earth Heroes. Get ready for an explosive, innovative take on Joe, as writer Aubrey Sitterson (Street Fighter x G.I. Joe, SKALD) and artist Giannis Milonogiannis (Prophet, Old City Blues) bring you lasers, intense sci-fi action, and the return of all your favorite characters: Scarlett, Roadblock, Snake Eyes and more! Spinning directly out of the events of IDW’s Revolution event! Writer Aubrey Sitterson brings his unique take on the G.I. JOE characters and mythos! Featuring stunning, updated character designs by series artist Giannis Milonogiannis! With an explosive cover by international superstar artist Ariel Olivetti (Venom: Space Knight)!

COVERS AVAILABLE

Cover A by Tommy Lee Edwards

Mask: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #2

Writer: Brandon Easton
Art: Tony Vargas
Cover: Tommy Lee Edwards
Cover Price: $3.99

M.A.S.K. vs. V.E.N.O.M. for the very first time! After being lured into a trap, Matt Trakker and the M.A.S.K. team must survive in order to stop Miles Mayhem from leaking their secret technology to terrorist cells around the world. Matt and Gloria Baker go undercover to infiltrate a black market weapons ring but what they discover will change Matt’s life forever!

COVERS AVAILABLE


IMAGE COMICS

A.D. After Death #2

Writer: Scott Snyder
Art: Jeff Lemire
Cover: Jeff Lemire
Cover Price: $5.99

What if we found a cure for death? The second chapter of the haunting sci-fi epic by SCOTT SNYDER (WYTCHES, Batman, American Vampire) and JEFF LEMIRE (DESCENDER, Moon Knight, Sweet Tooth). Jonah Cooke is haunted by his long, long past, but will it be enough to push him to turn his back on eternal life? And who or what may be calling to him from the old world below the clouds?

 

Cyberforce Artifacts #0

Writer: Kelly Bender
Art: Jim Towe
Cover: Khoi Pham
Cover Price: $3.99

CYBERFORCE: ARTIFACTS #0 delves deep inside the secret world of CyberForce with three stories. ‘Someone is dealing in Protocol tech, and it’s up to APHRODITE IV to stop them dead.’ ‘Velocity mourns the supposed death of her father, Stryker, the only way a super speedster can.’ and more!

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VALIANT

Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN

Divinity III: Komandar Bloodshot #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Art: Clayton Crain
CoverClayton CrainCover Price: $3.99

Out of the the pages of DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE, New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Death of X) and comics superstar Clayton Crain (4001 A.D.) present the first of four essential specials chronicling the history of the Stalinverse’s worldwide superhuman regime! He’s put down protests, led the purge of political undesirables, and executed dozens of traitors to the Soviet super-state. His name is KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT, and his existence is a hushed whisper among the terrified populace of the 21st century’s global Soviet Union. But just who is this unrelenting enforcer of state superiority, and what is the shocking truth about his power, his allegiances, and his true identity? Valiant’s first reality-shattering event explodes outward as Jeff Lemire & Clayton Crain lead KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT from DIVINITY III, and into a gut-wrenching tale of power, sacrifice, and authority that will take Valiant’s blood-stained icon to his most punishing depths yet!

COVERS AVAILABLE

 

Cover A by STEPHEN MOONEY

Generation Zero #5

Writer: Fred Van Lente
Art: Francis Portela
Cover:Stephen MooneyCover Price: $3.99

We live for destruction! Generation Zero has finally pinpointed the silent evil that has infiltrated Rook High School?but it’s not going down without a fight! Now, every corner of this idyllic techtown is about to become a war zone as Cronus, Telic, Animalia, and Cloud hit back with the force of four walking hydrogen bombs and show the world why this one group of reformed commandos aren’t just dangerous? They’re disorderly!
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COVERS AVAILABLE

Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA

Savage #2

Writer: B. Clay Moore
Art: Clayton Henry
CoverLewis LaRosa

Cover Price: $3.99

Nature conquers all! Marooned in an unforgiving prehistoric landscape, high society’s most privileged celebrity family is fighting tooth and claw – literally – for survival. With no shelter, no weapons and no escape, the Savage family is about to come face to face with the cruelest laws of nature – in the form of the lethal dinosaurs that somehow stalk the impossibly ancient island that has become their home. Once they lose everything – and each other – what part of them will endure? Where will the man inside each of them end?and the animal begin? It’s survival of the fiercest as acclaimed writer B. Clay Moore (Aloha, Hawaiian Dick) and blockbuster artists Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS) and Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) catapult the fiercest Valiant hero of all time into the bone-breaking comic book debut that will have everyone talking!

COVERS AVAILABLE


ZENESCOPE

Grimm Fairy Tales #1 – Cover A by David Finch

Grimm Fairy Tales #1

Writer: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco
Cover:
David Finch

Cover Price: $3.99

New Series Launch! Grimm Fairy Tales is Back! The world of humans has forever changed and the Grimm Universe has been shaken to its core. It started with the Age of Darkness and now with the death of Sela Mathers, earth’s long time guardian, the Realms of Power have fallen into chaos. But Sela left behind one thing that may be able to save the world…her daughter, Skye. Don’t miss this new chapter in Grimm Fairy Tales that takes the series back to its roots.

COVERS AVAILABLE

GFT Presents Apocalypse #4 – Cover A by Salvatore Cuffari

GFT Presents: Apocalypse #4

Writer: Pat Shand
Art: JG Miranda
CoverSalvatore Cuffari

Cover Price: $3.99

The casts of Zenescope’s flagship series – Grimm Fairy Tales, Robyn Hood, and Hellchild – unite for an event to end all comic book events? the apocalypse. As Marian and the witches unite to launch a massive attack against the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Robyn must place her trust in the murderous Cindy to escape a perilous situation. The stakes have never been higher as the heroes and villains of the Grimm Universe are put to the test!

COVERS AVAILABLE

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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