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New Comic Book Day: This Week’s Must-Have Indie New Releases (3/22) #NCBD

New Comic Book Day, this coming Wednesday, March 22nd
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 ComicsDark HorseIDW Publishing, Image Comics, Oni Press, and Valiant.

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: DANGER ZONE

Damon Clark’s THE CIRCLE #4

Writer: Damon Clark
Art: Alyzia Zherno
Letters: Zen – HCMP

Covers:
Alyzia Zherno (Cover A),
Mark Torres (Cover B)

Cover Price: $3.99
Item Code: JAN171169

Christian has to kill his friends to break the curse, but when his friends strike first will Christian be ready for them? There will be death in this issue, and the Circle will get smaller.

*** Check out PopCultHQ’s Spoiler-Free Comic Book Reviews of
Damon Clark’s THE CIRCLE issues #1+#2 and issue #3!


Dollface #3 – Cover A by Dan Mendoza

DOLLFACE #3

Writers: Dan MendozaBryan Seaton
Art: Dan Mendoza

Covers:
Dan Mendoza (Cover A + B)
Bill McKay (Covers C + D)
Torrie Harris (Cover E)
Xenia Pamfil (Cover F)

Cover Price: $3.99
Item Code: JAN171200

DollFace and company finally arrived to their destination of the mystical necronomicon book. But will Zombie Tramp hand it over without a fight?

VARIANT COVERS

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AFTERSHOCK COMICS

ALTERS #5

Writer: Paul Jenkins
Art: Leila Leiz
Colors: Tamra Bonvillan
Letters: Ryane Hill

Cover: Brian Stelfreeze

Cover Price: $3.99
Item Code: DEC161185

The Story of Chalice, A Powerful Woman Chapter Five – Sixty One Seconds

Trapped and outnumbered, Chalice has a final showdown with the dreaded Fascist, Matter Man, and his band of domestic terrorists. The entire Eastern seaboard may be at risk, and there seems no way to stop this madman. A new secret threatens to tip the scales – Chalice’s plan may be the craziest gambit of all time but it may just work. And the entire thing rests on the shoulders of a young woman who is only just beginning to come to terms with her brand new powers. From the writer of WOLVERINE: ORIGIN, SENTRY, and HELLBLAZER.


DARK HORSE COMICS

DEPT. H #12

Writer: Matt Kindt
Art: Matt Kindt
Colors: Sharlene Kindt

Cover: Matt Kindt  

Cover Price: $3.99
Item Code: JAN170134

There’s a traitor loose in the Dept. H base, sabotaging the underwater research station, endangering the lives of the crew and their valuable research. With both paranoia and water rising, the crew is at each other’s throats. Will a world-changing discovery and news from the surface bring them together or tear them apart?

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IDW PUBLISHING

Helena Crash #1 – Cover A by Warwick Johnson-Caldwell

HELENA CRASH #1

Writer: Fabian Rangel
Art: Warwick Johnson-Cadwell

Covers:
Warwick Johnson-Caldwell (Covers A & C),
Andrew MacLean (Cover B)

Cover Price: $3.99
Item Code: JAN170547

From writer Fabian Rangel Jr (Space Riders) and artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (Tank Girl) comes a new pulse pounding, caffeine fueled, sword swinging, machine-gun firing, car crashing sci-fi adventure comic! In a future where coffee is illegal, Helena is a courier, delivering black market goods to anyone who can afford her services. When Rojo, a ruthless crime boss, asks her to assassinate his rival, the alien mobster known as White Demon, Helena finds herself in the middle of a gang war! To survive, Helena must use all of her skills, and seek help from her friends to stay ahead of her enemies!

VARIANT COVERS

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IMAGE COMICS

Curse Words #3 – Cover A by Ryan Browne
Curse Words #3 – Cover B by Paolo Rivera

CURSE WORDS #3

Writer: Charles Soule
Art: Ryan Browne

Covers:
Ryan Browne (Cover A),
Paolo Rivera (Cover B)

Cover Price: $3.99
Item Code: JAN170724

‘THE DEVIL’S DEVIL,’ Part Three-Wizord, the world’s most popular wizard (also its only wizard), has undergone a serious setback. So he does what many of us do in such situations-heads for a local watering hole, accompanied by his magical familiar, Margaret the koala. But while Wizord is drowning his sorrows, his enemies back in the Hole World are preparing to strike!


Reborn #5 – Cover A by Greg Capullo

REBORN #5

Writer: Mark Millar
Art: Greg CapulloJonathan Glapion
Covers: Greg Capullo  

Cover Price: $3.99
Item Code: DEC160728

MILLAR-CAPULLO’s epic, sell-out sci-fi fantasy story continues. On Bonnie’s intrepid trek to find her dead husband, Roy-Boy has finally picked up Harry’s scent. Will the couple reunite, or does the message scrawled in blood spell further danger?

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VARIANT COVERS

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Underwinter #1 – Cover A by Ray Fawkes
Underwinter #1 – Cover B by Jeff Lemire

UNDERWINTER #1

Writer: Ray Fawkes
Art: Ray Fawkes

Covers:
Ray Fawkes  (Cover A),
Jeff Lemire (Cover B)

Cover Price: $3.99
Item Code: JAN170663

SERIES PREMIERE! ‘SYMPHONY,’ Part One-Critically acclaimed creator RAY FAWKES launches his new monthly horror series: UNDERWINTER, twisted portraits of our dark world, beginning with the perverse, topical SYMPHONY – a beautifully painted tale of music and cruelty in the modern age.


ONI PRESS

LETTER 44 #31

Writer: Charles Soule
Art: Alberto Alburquerque
Cover: Alberto Alburquerque  

Cover Price: $3.99
Item Code: JAN171895

No one knows when the end will come, only that it will come, and soon. There is no hope for the world, but humanity remains intact. On Mars, the crew of the Clarke are in a last-ditch effort to keep the Builders from taking what they want most – Astra – and leaving the rest of them for dead. Charlotte is determined to keep Astra with her family until the end – whenever it may come.


VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

Cover A by JUAN DOE (JAN172119)

BLOODSHOT REBORN #0

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Art: Renato Guedes

Covers:
Juan Doe  (Cover A),
Kano (Cover B),
Dave Johnson (Cover C)
Lesley Anne-Green (Cover D)
Peter Bagge (Variant Cover)
Roberto de la Torre (Top-Se
cret Spoiler Variant)

Cover Price: $3.99
Item Code: JAN172119

Perhaps the most important issue in Jeff Lemire’s continuing Bloodshot epic. Don’t miss this very special story…as we unveil a shocking new revelation in the Bloodshot saga. The next chapter of Bloodshot starts here!

VARIANT COVERS

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Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (JAN172113)

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1

Writer: Matt Kindt
Art: Tomas Giorello

Covers:
Lewis LaRosa  (Cover A),
Kenneth Rocafort (Cover B),
Tomas Giorello (Pre-Order Edition),
J.G. Jones (Icons Variant),
Mico Suayan (Interlocking Variant),
Monika Palosz (Brushed Metal Variant)

Cover Price: $3.99
Item Code: JAN172113

Born under the oppressive thumb of the Roman Empire, Aric of Dacia learned warfare at an early age. It was amid such violence that he was abducted by an alien race. Forced into slavery, he survived where others perished. His escape would come from bonding with a weapon of immeasurable power: the X-O Manowar armor. With it, he returned to Earth…only to find himself stranded in the modern day. But that was a lifetime ago. Now, far from home on a strange and primitive new world, Aric has begun a new life. Liberated from his past, he tends to his crops. Free from war. Free from violence. Free from the armor. But the machinery of death marches his way once again. Conscripted into an alien army and thrown into an unforgiving conflict, the fury inside him finds voice as he is forced to embrace the armor once more. With it, he will decimate armies, topple empires and incite interplanetary warfare as he rises from SOLDIER to GENERAL to EMPEROR to VISIGOTH. They wanted a weapon. He will give them war!

VARIANT COVERS

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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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