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New Comic Book Day: This Week’s Must-Have Indie New Releases (2/8) #NCBD

New Comic Book Day, this coming Wednesday (2/8),
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, Action Lab: Danger Zone, AfterShock Comics, Aspen Comics, Black Mask Studios, Dynamite EntertainmentImage Comics, Keenspot EntertainmentValiant, 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

Blue Hour #4

Writer: Dino Caruso
Art: Chad Cicconi
Cover: Chad Cicconi

Cover Price: $3.99

The unity of Two-Sun colony is torn apart as both the colonists and the indigenous Maasym choose sides and prepare for an inevitable confrontation which could spell the end of the colonists’ dreams – or their very lives.

 

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Miraculous #10 – Cover B
Miraculous #10 – Cover A

Miraculous #10

Writer: Zag Entertainment
Art: Zag Entertainment
Covers: Zag Entertainment

Cover Price: $4.99

It’s Valentine’s Day! Marinette is determined to declare her love for Adrien while Kim confesses his love for Chloé. Great mistake for the latter: rejected by the pesky Chloé, Kim gets turned into Dark Cupid by Hawk Moth. Now a black angel, he flies over Paris to shoot the inhabitants with evil roses. With their wounded hearts, the Parisians see the love they have for their friends turn into hate. Ladybug and Cat Noir intervene, but they don’t know that their feelings will be put to the test…


ACTION LAB: DANGER ZONE

Dollface #2 – Cover A by Dan Mendoza

Dollface #2

Writer: Dan Mendoza
Art: Dan Mendoza
Covers: Dan Mendoza, Ray Anthony Heights,

Cover Price: $3.99

Still getting used to her new body and life in our modern day time period, Lila comes to find that she is not the only soul from the past that exists in the 21st century. After hundreds of years will Lila at long last exact revenge and put her soul to rest? Get ready for this action-packed second issue, ‘FIRST KILL!’

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COVERS AVAILABLE


AFTERSHOCK COMICS

Alters #4

Writer: Paul Jenkins
Art: Leila Leiz
Cover: Brian Stelfreeze

Cover Price: $3.99

CHAPTER 4: The Rising Tide-As she juggles difficulties in her home and public lives, Charlie Young must now decide whether or not to take on her most important role so far: as a spokesman for the Gateway Army, and Alters everywhere! When in costume as Chalice, she is quickly becoming an icon. However, this makes her a target for the demented super-Alter known as Matter Man. Charlie’s new responsibilities as Chalice may act to unite a nervous populace struggling to come to terms with alteration? but they are going to put Charlie and her family firmly in the crosshairs! From the writer of Wolverine: Origin, Sentry, and Hellblazer.


ASPEN COMICS

All New Fathom #1 – Cover A by Marco Renna

ALL NEW FATHOM #1 (Vol.6)

Writer: Blake Northcott
Pencils: Marco Renna
Inks: Mark Roslan

Colors: John Starr
Letters: Zen of Hcmp
Covers: Marco Renna (A), Alex Konat (B), Jordan Gunderson (C), Talent Cladwell (12 copy), Michael Turner (24 copy)

Dive back into the world of MICHAEL TURNER’S FATHOM in this great jumping-on point for new readers! ASPEN MATTHEW’S role in the brand new ASPEN UNIVERSE, spawning out of last summer’s mega-event, Aspen Universe: Revelations, is larger than ever! Now, the preeminent heroine must navigate the treacherous divide between the humans and her ancestral people of The Blue-as well as the surprises in store for both races in this all-new FATHOM landscape where anything is possible! Nearly two decades of the best-selling series created by superstar artist, the late Michael Turner, have culminated in this all-new FATHOM adventure by Aspen’s newest up-and-coming talents! Please join newcomers, writer Blake Northcott and artist Marco Renna, as they bring readers back under the surface into the world of The Blue, and everything you loved about FATHOM!

<Check out PopCultHQ’s Spoiler-Free Review of ALL NEW FATHOM #1>

COVERS AVAILABLE


BLACK MASK STUDIOS

Black #4

Writer: Kwanza Osajyefo
Art: Jamal Igle
Cover: Khary Randolph

Cover Price: $3.99

A schism between Juncture and Kareem sets the young man on the run from the people he thought were his comrades. Traversing the depths of the Project, he searches for answers he can’t get from Juncture – will he find what he’s looking for or will his discovery put everyone in danger?

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DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

John Carter The End #1 – Cover A by Garry Brown

John Carter The End #1

Writer: Brian Wood
Art: Hayden Sherman

Cover Price: $3.99

THE DEATH OF MARS! Centuries have passed and time has taken its toll. Conflict burns across the landscape of Barsoom. A war of supremacy and genocide at the hands of a brutal despot has brought the planet to the edge of collapse. A search party has finally located an aged John Carter and Dejah Thoris, living in quiet seclusion on a desert moon, in perpetual mourning for a lost son. How could they be Mars’ last hope?

COVERS AVAILABLE


IMAGE COMICS

Moonshine #5 – Cover B by Juan Doe
Moonshine #5 – Cover A by Eduardo Risso

Moonshine #5

Writer: Brian Azzarello
Art: Eduardo Risso

Cover Price: $2.99

‘MOONSHINE,’ Part Five-In the penultimate issue of the opening story arc, torpedo Lou Pirlo is juggling two femme fatales and a bloodthirsty werewolf? and about to discover the true meaning of the expression ‘love bites.’

 


Motor Crush #3 – Cover B by Cameron Stewart
Motor Crush #3 – Cover A by Babs Tarr

Motor Crush #3

Writer: Brenden Fletcher
Art: Babs Tarr
Covers: Babs Tarr, Cameron Stewart

Cover Price: $3.99   Diamond ID: DEC160724   GCIN: 965310

All hope of winning the World Grand Prix is lost unless Domino can convince ace mechanic Lola to rejoin Team Swift, but another Cannonball street battle puts everything in jeopardy. Featuring part three of ‘ISOLA: PROLOGUE’ by BRENDEN FLETCHER & KARL KERSCHL!


KEENSPOT ENTERTAINMENT

Hunters Of Salamanstra #1

Writer: John Joseco
Art: John Joseco
Covers: John Joseco

Cover Price: $3.99

In the Kingdom of Salamanstra, monsters are real, and hunting them is the world’s greatest thrill! Kessah, younger sister of famous hunter The White Wolf, must confront her grief and her sister’s lies. She must also trust Adrien, a total stranger, to tell her the truth.

 


Marry Me #2

Writer: Bobby Crosby
Art: Remy Eisu Mokhtar
Cover: Remy Eisu Mokhtar

Cover Price: $3.99

Stasia Tyler is your everyday, ordinary, world-famous pop star, frustrated with her love life and on the verge of a nervous breakdown. One night at a concert in Oklahoma she shocks the world by accepting the proposal of a random audience member holding a ‘Marry Me’ sign, forever changing the life of a high school guidance counselor named Guy. In this issue, the newlyweds and their entourage hit the road, on the run from Stasia’s furious manager/father.


VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (DEC162034)

DIVINITY III: SHADOWMAN & THE BATTLE OF NEW STALINGRAD #1
Written by SCOTT BRYAN WILSON with MATT KINDT
Art by ROBERT GILL with JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover B by MARCO RUDY
Cover C by DIEGO BERNARD
Character Design Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Variant Cover by KANO

Welcome to the world of today. Welcome to the Stalinverse! The visionary, event-level epic of the winter continues here in an all-new, all-star special introducing the secret weapon of the Soviet Union: Shadowman, agent of the USSR!

To save the devastated and oppressed island of New York, Jack Boniface might just have to annihilate it first – by leading an army of Deadside-spawned monstrosities onto the streets to fight the Soviets’ super-powered shock troops wherever they stand. But freedom fighters like the one they call Shadowman seldom get the happy ending they deserve…

COVERS AVAILABLE


Cover A by RYAN BODENHEIM (DEC162039)

NINJAK #24
(“THE SEVEN BLADES OF MASTER DARQUE” – PART 2)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Cover A by RYAN BODENHEIM
Cover B by BEN OLIVER
Cover C by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Variant Cover by BILQUIS EVELY
Variant Cover by BEN TEMPLESMITH

At the mercy of Sandria Darque!

As Master Darque fights to return to the land of the living, his former disciple – the deadly assassin Roku – will build an army to put him down for good. But not even the Shadow Seven — the underworld’s deadliest cabal of murderers and mercenaries — will be enough to assure victory. To truly defeat an undead lord of death and resurrection, she’ll need the complete and unquestioning allegiance of Ninjak…who isn’t interested. But when Darque’s long-missing sister Sandria returns with a gambit that could reveal his greatest weakness, an unholy alliance of light and darkness will be forged that could upset the balance of good and evil once and for all time…

COVERS AVAILABLE


ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Steampunk Alice In Wonderland #1 – Cover A by Renato Rei

GFT Steampunk Alice In Wonderland #1

Writer: Ryan Fassett
Art: Noah Salonga, Fritz Casas
Colors: Robby Bevard, Erick Arciniega
Letters: Taylor Esposito
Covers: Renato Rei (A), Daniel Leister (B), Mike Krome (C), Jose Luis (D)

Cover Price: $5.99

The Wonderland ongoing series may have ended but that isn’t the end of Alice. An alternate dimension is emerging in the Grimm Universe and what better place to explore it could there be than by going through the looking glass. This new Alice in Wonderland tale expands on the story that began in the Grimm Fairy Tales Steampunk Mini-series.

COVERS AVAILABLE


Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Van Helsing Vs The Mummy Of Amun Ra #1 (Of 5) – Cover A by Sean Chen

GFT Van Helsing Vs The Mummy Of Amun Ra #1

Writer: Pat Shand
Art: Roberta Ingranata, Marc Rosete
Colors: Fran Gamboa, Walter Pereyra, JC Ruiz
Covers: Sean Chen (A), Allan Otero (B), Renato Rei (C), Jason Metcalf (D)

Cover Price: $3.99

She’s faced countless vampires including Dracula himself? she’s defeated monsters that defy the imagination including Frankenstein? but now she’s about to face her greatest challenge. This time Liesel Van Helsing must travel back through time to ancient Egypt to battle an enemy that has returned for vengeance? the Mummy of Amun-Ra.

COVERS AVAILABLE

Jason Bennett

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