June 29, 2017 • Cee • Comics

from panel to panel

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.

Babes on bikes. Hot guys and their abs and their booty. Queens fighting World Wars and the Empire. June is filled with so many comics I’m obsessed with getting, and believe me, I bought six out of the 11. (I also bought five different covers of Motor Crush so….) This month, you need to put these on your TBR list.

Get your shopping carts loaded with all these comics!

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE • VOL. 5: IMPERIAL PHASE (I)

The gods are free to do whatever they want. Inevitably, they do.

Collects THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #23-28, including the critically lauded KEVIN WADA magazine issue.  — Image Comics

Publication date: June 7, 2017 by Image Comics

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Why I’m excited: The Wicked + The Divine is back! And ready to break hearts! YES. Imperial Phase is a…doozy. This comic never fails to make my mouth drop open because holy shit. Shit goes down. Chaos reigns. It’s amazing.

NOTHING LASTS FOREVER

Cartoonist SINA GRACE returns with another chapter in his growing library of reflective memoir, producing his most compelling and strongest tale to date. Chronicling a year of heartbreaks, writer’s block, career highs, emotional lows, and the emergence of a mystery illness, Nothing Lasts Forever is Grace’s unflinching exploration of how to pick up the pieces and find hope when absolutely everything falls apart.

If life’s a show, Grace makes certain that it’s worth every pay-per-view. Image Comics

Publication date: June 5, 2017 by Image Comics

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Why I’m excited: I’ve gotten to read a bit of this memoir, and Sina Grace writes and draws amazing stories. All his struggles he explored made me emotion. I can’t wait to read more.

SPELL ON WHEELS

Three young witches head out on an east coast road trip to retrieve their stolen belongings and track down the mysterious thief before he can do any damage to–or with–their possessions.

Story by Kath Leth and art by Megan Levens, this trade paperback collects the first 5 issues of Spell on Wheels. Dark Horse

Publication date: June 7, 2017 by Dark Horse

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Why I’m excited: WITCHES + KATE LETH?! Yessssssss. And did you see that cover? Different type of women—in body types and ethnicity. Love.

BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA • VOL. 1: DAWN OF THE MIDNIGHT ANGELS

The world building of Wakanda continues in a love story where tenderness is matched only by brutality! You know them now as the Midnight Angels, but in this story they are just Ayo and Aneka, young women recruited to become Dora Milaje, an elite task force trained to protect the crown of Wakanda at all costs. Their first assignment will be to protect Queen Shuri… but what happens when your nation needs your hearts and minds, but you already gave them to each other? Meanwhile, former king T’Challa lies with bedfellows so dark, disgrace is inevitable. Plus, explore the true origins of the People’s mysterious leader, Zenzi. Black Panther thinks he knows who Zenzi is and how she got her powers – but he only knows part of the story! COLLECTING: BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA 1-6

From writers Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay, BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA collects issues #1-6.– DC Comics

Publication date: June 14, 2017, 2017 by DC Comics

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Why I’m excited: What excellent writers to write World of Wakanda! I don’t know about the people in Wakanda, and I’m so thankful that there will be a comic exploring the residents of this place.

MOTOR CRUSH • VOL. 1

The team behind the critically acclaimed revamp of Batgirl—Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr—returns with an exciting sci-fi action-adventure series! By day, Domino Swift competes for fame & fortune in a worldwide motorcycle racing league. By night, she cracks heads of rival gangs in brutal bike wars to gain possession of a rare, valuable contraband: an engine-boosting “machine narcotic” known as Crush. — Image Comics

Publication date: June 14, 2017 by Image Comics

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Why I’m excitedBEST COMIC YOU’LL EVER READ THIS YEAR. IT’S ABOUT MOTORCYCLING BABES + IT’S QUEER + THE WRITING AND ART IS FRICKIN’ AMAZING + SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS SO IT’S LIKE HAKDHKASYDKASDKAIDSADAD.

NIGHTWING (REBIRTH) • VOL. 2: BACK TO BLUDHAVEN

Writer Tim Seeley (GRAYSON), artist MARCUS TO (RED ROBIN) and colorist Chris Sotomayor (BIRDS OF PREY) take Dick Grayson from Gotham City to a whole new stomping ground in NIGHTWING VOLUME 2: BACK TO BLÜDHAVEN.

No sooner did the former super-spy take up his old mantle as Batman’s ally Nightwing than he was forced to fight for the soul of Gotham City during the Night of the Monster Men-then do battle with Raptor, the new mentor he thought he could trust. Not even Superman can help him escape the nightmare.

So Nightwing takes off for the neighboring city of Blüdhaven, hoping to find a fresh start. Instead, he finds old foes who’ve waited years for payback against the one-time Boy Wonder.

And Blüdhaven holds bloodier horrors. A serial killer stalks the streets, framing Nightwing for crimes he didn’t commit. His only hope to catch the killer and clear his name: teaming up with his sworn enemies. If he succeeds, he can be this strange new city’s greatest guardian. If he fails, the blood in Blüdhaven will be his own… DC Comics

Publication date: June 14, 2017, 2017 by DC Comics

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Why I’m excited: Give me that Dick Grayson booty. Gotham no longer needs him, so he heads over to nearby Bludhaven to start over. I love seeing DC comics exploring other cities outside of Gotham.

TEEN TITANS (REBIRTH) • VOL. 1: DAMIAN KNOWS BEST

Exploding from the blockbuster DC Rebirth event, it’s an action-packed new spin on one of the most famous superhero teams of all time, from writer Benjamin Percy (GREEN ARROW) and a titanic team of talented artists including Jonboy Meyers (Spawn), Diogenes Neves (GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS) and Khoi Pham (The Mighty Avengers) comes TEEN TITANS VOL. 1: DAMIAN KNOWS BEST.

His father is the world’s greatest detective. His grandfather is the world’s deadliest terrorist. He is Damian Wayne, a.k.a. Robin, Son of Batman—and he now commands the Teen Titans. Whether they like it or not.

When Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Kid Flash answer this brash new Boy Wonder’s call for help, they find themselves on the front lines of a war between Damian and his immortal grandfather, Ra’s al Ghul. The entire League of Assassins and the elite Demon’s Fist are prepared to move against these young heroes, all to claim Robin for their own. And if these new Titans are toppled, so be it.

The stakes are crystal clear: if they win, they live. If they lose, Robin will join the forces of evil—and the rest of them are history. But with Damian in charge, sometimes death doesn’t look so bad…

It’s a culture clash for the ages in TEEN TITANS VOL. 1: DAMIAN KNOWS BEST. Collects TEEN TITANS #1-5 and TEEN TITANS: REBIRTH #1.  – DC Comics

Publication date: June 21, 2017 by DC Comics

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Why I’m excited: Damian the leader of his very own superhero group? That sounds like a wonderful disaster. I always love reading Damian because I love seeing his different relationships with people.

DC BOMBSHELLS • VOL. 4: QUEENS

The explosive creative team of writer Marguerite Bennett (BATWOMAN) and artists including Laura Braga (Witchblade), Mirka Andolfo (Ms. Marvel) and Marguerite Sauvage (Faith) bring an all-new chapter in the acclaimed alternate-history saga inspired by the hit DC Collectibles in DC COMICS: BOMBSHELLS VOL. 4: QUEENS.

Technology and terror form an unholy alliance in a world at war, and only the heroines known as the Bombshells can shut it down!

As World War II rages around them, Batwoman, Catwoman and Renee Montoya take a journey to Africa to get help from an old ally: Vixen, Queen of Zambesi and co-founder of the Bombshells.

But they’re not alone. The lethal Cheetah has her claws out, and she’s digging them directly into a forbidden site: the dwelling place of the mechanical gods, whose incredible powers could spell triumph for the Reich and the destruction of all that the Bombshells hold dear.

Now Vixen, her fellow Bombshells founder Hawkgirl and the rest of the squadron must face their biggest threat yet! Can this brilliant but beleaguered African queen count on the support of a fellow royal—Wonder Woman—to turn the tide?

Find out in DC COMICS: BOMBSHELLS VOL. 4: QUEENS. This volume contains the debuts of Vixen and Hawkgirl—and the secret origin of the Bombshells! Collecting issues #19-24.– DC Comics

Publication date: June 21, 2017 by DC Comics

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Why I’m excited: QUEENS ARE HERE. (Or have been for the past three volumes, now four.) You are introduced to more awesome ladies, and I’m pretty sure I’ll have hearteyes forever.

DOCTOR APHRA • VOL. 1: APHRA 

Following her time in the clutches of Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra has barely escaped with her life. If he ever learns of her survival, he’ll hunt her to the ends of the galaxy. But for now, it’s time for a return to what she does best. With the droids 0-0-0 and BT-1 in tow, she’s off in search of rare artifacts from the galactic center to the Outer Rim and everywhere in between. Aphra’s got debts to pay after all. Just as long as she can stay one step ahead of the Empire, some Bounty Hunters and just about everyone else in the galaxy!

COLLECTING: STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA 1-6. – Marvel Comics

Publication date: June 21, 2017 by Marvel Comics

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Why I’m excited: MI don’t know much about Doctor Aphra, but everybody I know can’t stop talking about her, so I gotta know what the fuss is about. And seeing her face and Kieron Gillen’s name, I neeeed this.

 

STAR-LORD • GROUNDED

Peter Quill might have been born on Earth, but he’s been away a long time. And now that the Guardians of the Galaxy have gone and got themselves stranded on terra firma, how does a man go from soaring through the stars as the legendary Star-Lord, to living with his feet planted firmly on the ground? What kind of job options are available for a guy whose résumé mostly consists of “guarding the galaxy”? One thing is certain: Earth has a new guardian. Also, a new bartender. 

Story by Chip Zdarsky and art by Kris Anka, Star-Lord: Grounded collects issues #1-6. – Marvel Comics

Publication date: June 21, 2017 by Marvel Comics

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Why I’m excited: STAR-LORD + ABS. HOTTTTTT. That’s all I’m excited for. ;) (Y’know aside from Chip Zdarsky, who is a fabulous and hilarious writer, and Kris Anka, who draws all the hot babe dudes, are behind this comic.)

MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR • VOL. 3: SMARTEST THERE IS

Tony Stark, Victor von Doom, T’Challa, Amadeus Cho…the greatest minds in the Marvel Universe all have one thing in common: they’re not smarter than a 4th grader! That’s right, the rumors are true – Lunella Lafayette is the smartest there is! Now it’s time to put her unrivaled intellect to the ultimate test. Thankfully her best friend, Devil Dinosaur, is thirty feet of mutated prehistoric muscle, making for the perfect combination of brains and brawn! And they’re going to need it to stand up to some of the worst villains the world has to offer – and maybe even one of the greatest heroes! Because, while Reed Richards, the guy who used to be the cleverest one around, is away, his best pal Benjamin J. Grimm is here to defend his pole position!

This volume collects collects #13-18. – Marvel Comics

Publication date: June 28, 2017 by Marvel Comics

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Why I’m excited: We get more of delightful Lunella and her devil dinosaur. I need all the cuteness, and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur never fails to give me that.

SPECIAL MENTIONS: Wonder Woman by George Perez Vol. 2, Lumberjanes To Max Ed HC Vol. 3, Romulus Vol. 1, Batwoman By Greg Rucka And JH Williams III, Giant Days Vol. 5, Ms. Marvel HC Vol. 5, Mother Panic Vol. 1, Spider-Gwen Vol. 3: Long Distance, Star Wars Poe Dameron Vol. 2: Gathering Storm, New Super Man Vol. 1, Absolute Y The Last Man HC Vol. 3, East Of West Vol. 7

Do any of these comics interest you? Tell me which ones you’re excited about! Have you read any of these?

 

3 Responses to “June 2017 Graphic Novel Releases To Look Out For”

  1. I haven’t heard of Spell on Wheels or Motor Crush and I just added them to my TBR! My library just purchased Bitch World at my suggestion and I got first dibs, so I’m read it now :D

  2. Ooh thanks for sharing. I’ve only read the first Wicked and Divine, so I really need to get caught up on those ASAP. I loved the first one!!

    -Lauren

  3. Spell on Wheels – I need it! Kate Leth is everything, but add in witches and I’m over the moon. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur looks adorable, too!


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