I love comics and graphic novels, so what do I do with that love? Well, I turn it into a new feature!
From Panel to Panel is a new feature where I talk about the awesome (and perhaps not-so awesome) comic books and graphic novels I’ve read. Basically, this will be me pushing them onto your laps. You’re welcome.
In August, you get roller derby girls, lots of volume threes of my beloved comics, precious Wirt and Greg on their adventure in the Unknown, an unstoppable wasp, and many more. This month, you need to put these on your TBR list.
Get your shopping carts loaded with all these comics!
|SLAM • VOL. 1|
In the fast-paced, hard-hitting, super cheeky, all-female world of banked track roller derby, two young women will have to decide if their budding friendship is stronger than the pull of a team when a win is on the line.
When life starts coming at you like a freight train, you have two options: run away screaming or lean into the hit.
From the first day of Fresh Meat Orientation for the Eastside Roller Girls, Jennifer and Maisie knew they’d be fast friends. But when they’re drafted to different teams, the pull of competition — and their increasingly messy personal lives — threaten to drive them apart. In roller derby you take your hits, get back up, and learn how to be a better jammer, a better blocker, a better lover, and a better friend. Derby can heal your heart . . . but it might break a bone or two in the process.
Bestselling novelist, screenwriter, and retired Los Angeles Derby Doll Pamela Ribon (Going In Circles, Why Girls Are Weird) joins artist Veronica Fish (Archie, Silk) for a tale of friendship, heartbreak, and truly epic jams. — Boom! Sudios
Publication date: August 2, 2017 by Boom! Studios
Why I’m excited: Roller derby girls! I’ve waited months for this volume to come out because girls roller derbying and friendship!! And you have Veronica Fish as the artist. What a winning combination.
|GREEN ARROW (REBIRTH) • VOL. 3: EMERALD OUTLAW|
Written by Benjamin Percy (TEEN TITANS) and gorgeously illustrated by Otto Schmidt (Korvac Saga) and others, comes a pulse-pounding urban adventure that debuts one of Green Arrow’s greatest villains in GREEN ARROW VOL. 3: EMERALD OUTLAW!
Oliver Queen has lost it all. His sister, Emiko, is missing. His vast family fortune has been obliterated. And the entire world believes he’s dead. That’s when his problems really begin.
As he fights to reclaim what he’s lost, Ollie continues patrolling Seattle’s streets as its vigilante guardian. But soon a rash of murders with a deadly accurate archer as the culprit puts the whole city on edge, and Oliver Queen is the prime suspect…
To clear his name, Green Arrow must find the real killer as the Seattle police hunt him down with extreme prejudice. With Black Canary at his side, can Ollie find his target? Or will he and his reputation both end up six feet under?
Collects GREEN ARROW #12-17. — DC Comics
Publication date: August 2, 2017 by DC Comics
Why I’m excited: Oliver Queen and my #1 baby Black Canary have returned to patrol the streets of Seattle. I love everything about this comic, so seeing that Black Canary is fighting alongside with Oliver has me squealing in joy.
|PAPER GIRLS • VOL. 3|
The multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-winning series from BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and CLIFF CHIANG continues, as newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac, and Tiffany finally reunite with their long-lost friend KJ in an unexpected new era, where the girls must uncover the secret origins of time travel…or risk never returning home to 1988.
Collects PAPER GIRLS #11-15. — Image Comics
Publication date: August 2, 2017 by Image Comics
Why I’m excited: Every time I read Paper Girls, I’m so confused and impressed. It doesn’t seem like we’re learning anything about what these girls are going through, but we totally are! The girls have reunited, and oh boy, there are big changes in their relationship. It has me so excited.
|SURFSIDE GIRLS: THE SECRET OF DANGER POINT|
Sun… sand… and spooky adventures!
Things are getting weird in Surfside. Lately, Samantha’s best friend Jade explodes into fits of giggles whenever she sees a boy, and it’s throwing a wrench into the kick-back summer of surfing and hanging out that Sam had planned. But after swimming through a secret underwater cave, Sam starts to… see things. Like ghosts. And pirates. And maybe something even scarier! Can she and Jade get to the bottom of this mystery in time to save their town? – Top Shelf Productions
Publication date: August 2, 2017, 2017 by Top Shelf Productions
Why I’m excited: A perfect summer read for young people! What’s not to enjoy about summer, friendship, and spooky adventures?
|FAITH • VOL. 3: THE FAITHLESS|
Introducing the ultimate supervillian revenge squad!
The villains are coming! Faith’s most fearsome foes and ruthless rogues―including Chris Chriswell, Murder Mouse, Dark Star, and Sydney―have finally united, creating an unstoppable coalition of evil with one goal in mind: Destroy Faith Herbert! Together, they are The Faithless…and if Los Angeles’ greatest hero doesn’t think fast and fly even faster, they’re going to ground the sky-soaring psiot for good!
Join acclaimed writer Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Star Wars: Rogue One) and stratospheric artists Joe Eisma (Archie, Morning Glories), Marguerite Sauvage (Shade The Changing Girl), and Kate Niemczyk (Mockingbird) as they send Valiant’s high-flying hero headlong into a deadly gauntlet of unstoppable adversaries hellbent on wreaking revenge and ruin! Collecting FAITH #9–12.– Valiant Entertainment
Publication date: August 9, 2017, 2017, 2017 by Valiant Entertainment
Why I’m excited: Oh boy, Faith is gonna have her hands full with this supervillain revenge squad! I loved the thought of supervillains banding together to fight the hero. I’m excited to see how they get to Faith and how she defeats them.
|OVER THE GARDEN WALL • VOL. 2|
wo lost brothers venture across a strange forest and discover incredible and bizarre things on their journey home in a style reminiscent of The Wind in the Willows and Sleepy Hollow.
Wirt and Greg find themselves at a crossroads in the Unknown and it looks like the brothers will each have to take his own path. With the liklihood they’ll come across fantastical creatures or ghastly towns, it doesn’t matter which path is chosen when something far more sinister is on their tail…
Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Jim Campbell returns To Over the Garden Wall with short stories by Danielle Burgos (Over The Garden Wall), Cara McGee (Clarence), George Mager (Uncle Grandpa), and introducing Kiernan Sjursen-Lien, in these not-to-be-missed adventures based on the Emmy award-winning show from Cartoon Network. – KaBoom!
Publication date: August 9, 2017 by KaBoom!
Why I’m excited: I am filled with joy when I see any art from Over the Garden Wall. It’s utter bliss. I want moer and more of this world.
|BATGIRL: STEPHANIE BROWN • VOL. 1|
BATGIRL: STEPHANIE BROWN VOL. 1 features classic stories written by BRYAN Q. MILLER (Smallville) with art by Lee Garbett (LUCIFER), Trevor Scott (EARTH 2) and others.
Stephanie Brown is no stranger to crime-fighting. She’s taken down criminals as the Spoiler and worked with Batman to keep Gotham safe, but she’s assuming a new identity that everyone in her city knows…
A typical college freshman by day, Stephanie takes to the streets at night, recklessly seeking out danger as the new Batgirl. But her nocturnal adventures have attracted the Gotham underworld’s gunfire, and even Batman and Robin don’t know what to make of this new vigilante in a secondhand costume.
With the support and guidance of the original Batgirl, Barbara Gordon, Stephanie must learn the difference between playing dress-up and being the new Batgirl. Can she prove herself and earn her title, or will she fail to honor the legacy of her cowl?
Collects BATGIRL #1-12. – DC Comics
Publication date: August 16, 2017 by DC Comics
Why I’m excited: Have you heard of Batgirl? But Stephanie Brown as Batgirl? No? Then you gotta read this. I love all my Batgirl babies (even if I do love Babs more), and I want Stephanie Brown to get more love!
|WONDER WOMAN (REBIRTH) • VOL. 3: THE TRUTH|
WONDER WOMAN VOL. 3: THE TRUTH is the latest chapter of the instant-classic saga from writer Greg Rucka and artist Liam Sharp.
They say the truth will set you free. That’s what Princess Diana—the hero known to the world as Wonder Woman—believed. But she discovered a far darker truth, learning that her entire life and history had been transformed…and it has driven her to madness.
Even as her life unravels, sinister forces threaten all she holds dear. No matter how great the trauma, she must continue to fight against the evil and lies that have destroyed her life.
With the help of her closest allies—and her greatest enemy, the Cheetah—Diana will put the pieces of her broken mind back together and do battle against her fearsome new foes.
Will she defy the will of the gods, save her Amazon sisters and solve the mystery of her own existence once and for all? Or is the cost of the truth too steep for even Wonder Woman to bear?
Exploding from the pages of the blockbuster DC Rebirth event, this storyline collects odd-numbered issues from WONDER WOMAN #13-25. – DC Comics
Publication date: August 23, 2017 by DC Comics
Why I’m excited: This Wonder Woman Rebirth continues to stun me. After I read The Lies, I was desperate to see how the Truth is unveiled, and voila, here is this volume. I’m excited to see Diana piece together her broken mind with the help of her allies.
|UNSTOPPABLE WASP • VOL. 1: UNSTOPPABLE|
Nadia spent the entire first half of her life a captive of the Red Room, but now this teenage super scientist is spreading her wings! Hank Pym’s daughter has a lot of time to make up for, and she’s determined to change the world. With Jarvis at her side, she’s on a mission to bring together the brightest girl geniuses of the Marvel Universe – starting with Lunella Lafayette, the miraculous Moon Girl! But Nadia didn’t count on evil scientists, man-eating giant rats or Devil Dinosaur – or the lethal lady wrestlers known as the Grapplers! And even as Nadia’s recruiting drive continues, the Red Room is on her trail – and they’ll pull out all the stops to get her back! Can the geniuses of G.I.R.L. find a way to save Nadia from being dragged back to the bunker?
COLLECTING: THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP 1-4; ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS 14. – Marvel Comics
Publication date: August 30, 2017 by Marvel Comics
Why I’m excited: Wasps are scary, but not this one. Nadia, a teenage super scientist, is gonna change the world, and hopefully mines. She’s gonna be working alongside amazing people—Jarvis and Lunella. Yes!
SPECIAL MENTIONS: Black Panther: A Nation Under Out Feet HC Vol. 1, Cinegeek, Angel City: Town Without Pity, Captain Marvel • Vol. 4: Earth’s Mightiest Hero, The Lost Boys, Silk • Vol. 3: The Clown Conspiracy, Super Powers!, Unbelievable Gwenpool • Vol. 3: Totally In Continuity, The Mighty Captain Marvel • Vol. 1: Alien Nation, Sif: Journey to the Mystery The Complete Collection, Copperhead • Vol. 3