Independent Comics #202.3: October 3, 2018

Jon Cooney


Giant Days #43

(Cover A Max Sarin), $3.99

(W) John Allison (A/CA) Max Sarin

Attempting to raise funds for Christmas presents, Daisy and Ed Gemmell take a job at a "Winter Village" that turns out to be a borderline-illegal shambles. Can Daisy save Christmas? Or should she just go home?

Jim Henson's Beneath The Dark Crystal #3 (Of 12)

(Cover A Benjamin Dewey), $3.99

(W) Adam Smith (A) Alexandria Huntington (CA) Benjamin Dewey

The challenge for the throne between Thurma and Nita begins in Mithra! Meanwhile, Kensho and his new companions visit a village with hopes of helping the locals... but things are not as they appear.

Sparrowhawk #1

(Cover A Miguel Mercado), $3.99

(W) Delilah Dawson (A) Matias Basla (CA) Miguel Mercado

Teen Victorian fairy fight club!

As the illegitimate daughter of a Naval Captain, Artemesia has never fit in with her fatherfs family, nor the high class world to which they belong. However, when she is targeted by the Faerie Queen and pulled into another realm, she has no choice but to try and save the world that has always hated her.

Writer Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle, Star Wars: Forces of Destiny) and artist Matias Basla (The Claw and Fang) present a beautiful, gripping tale perfect for fans of Labyrinth and Princeless.

Steven Universe Harmony #3

(Cover A Marguerite Sauvage), $3.99

(W) Shane-Michael Vidaurri (A) Mollie Rose (CA) Marguerite Sauvage

With one of their own down for the count, the Crystal Gems must band together and figure out how to deactivate the Harmony Core. When they don't make much headway, it's Pearl's turn to take Steven's place at band practice.

WWE #21

(Cover A Dan Mora), $3.99

(W) Dennis Hopeless, Andy Belanger, Andrew Stott (A) Serg Acu?a, Andy Belanger (CA) Dan Mora

AJ Styles-The Phenomenal One-is a WWE Superstar who traveled the world to make his name, and then confirmed to the WWE Universe just how amazing he was in record time. Follow his round-the-world journey into the spotlight here!


Death Orb #1


(W) Ryan Ferrier (A) Chris O'Halloran (A/CA) Alejandro Aragon

Rider, an axe-wielding wasteland survivor, carves a bloody path across a war-torn North America ruled over by the Lords, the mysterious Father, and their cult followers as he searches for his abducted wife and child. Information from one of Father's hired mercenaries could lead Rider to his family-if the Lords don't take him out first.

From the creator of D4VE and Marvel's Secret Wars: Battleworld.

Fast paced manga-style action in a Road Warrior setting.

Tomb Raider Inferno #4 (Of 4)


(W) Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly (A) Phillip Sevy, Michael Atiyeh (CA) Hannah Templer

It all ends here! A friendly face shows up to aid Lara as she works her way out of the mental haze she's trapped in. Unexpectedly, Lara discovers the key to her survival and how to beat Trinity once and for all but must act quick as time is fighting against her. Will Lara be able to make the tough choice in the end against everything she's always fought for, or will Trinity finally prevail?

Umbrella Academy Hotel Oblivion #1

(Cover A Gabriel Ba), $3.99

(W) Gerard Way (A) Nick Filardi (A/CA) Gabriel Ba

Faced with an increasing number of lunatics with superpowers eager to face off with his own wunderkind brood, Sir Reginald Hargreeves developed the ultimate solution ...

Now, just a few years after Hargreeves's death, his Umbrella Academy is scattered. Number Five is a hired gun, Kraken is stalking big game, Rumor is dealing with the wreckage of her marriage, a rotund Spaceboy runs around the streets of Tokyo, Vanya continues her physical therapy after being shot in the head-and no one wants to even mention Seance until issue #2.

With a Netflix series soon to debut, the award-winning and best-selling superhero series returns, stranger than ever-

And their past is coming back to hunt them.

War Bears #2 (Of 3)


(W) Margaret Atwood (A/CA) Ken Steacy

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Handmaid's Tale, comes this historical fiction graphic novel tracing the Golden Age of comic books.

Al Zurakowski is living his dream to be a cartoonist, working on his own creation Oursonette, but the demands of his publisher is starting to take a toll. Add tough news regarding his brother fighting the war in Europe, and the weight of the world is proving difficult for Al. That said, his real life struggles prove to translate well to fuel his creative endeavors.


Barbarella #10

(Cover A Cliff Chiang), $3.99

(W) Mike Carey (A) Kenan Yarar (CA) Cliff Chiang

Barbarella is missing, presumed dead: fallen into Firu Fenzu's sun, from which there's no coming back. But the core of this star is a brave new world, where Barbarella will learn how badly she has been betrayed - and where she just might find the allies she needs for an epic comeback.

Battlestar Galactica Classic #0

(Cover A Sean Chen), $0.35

(W) John Jackson Miller (A) Daniel HDR (CA) Sean Chen

Commander Adama and the remnants of humanity discover a second fugitive fleet, fleeing a different mortal enemy. Can the two armadas join forces, making common cause against the dreaded Cylons? And what would success mean for the quest for Earth? New York Times bestselling author and comics writer JOHN JACKSON MILLER (Star Wars, Star Trek, Halo) joins Dynamite for a miniseries timed for Battlestar Galactica's 40th anniversary year!

James Bond Origin #2

(Cover A John Cassaday), $3.99

(W) Jeff Parker (A) Bob Q (CA) John Cassaday

The epic account of James Bond's exploits during World War II continues! After barely surviving the Clydebank Blitz, James is determined to enter the Royal Marines, despite being two years too young. He'll need to rely on a family friend to help him through, where he'll begin training alongside the best and brightest that the United Kingdom has to offer. But his military training becomes dangerous, when it's discovered there's a German mole in their midst. By superstar JEFF PARKER (Suicide Squad, Fantastic Four) and BOB Q (The Lone Ranger)!

Lone Ranger Volume 3 #1

(Cover A John Cassaday), $3.99

(W) Mark Russell (A) Bob Q (CA) John Cassaday

A sparking new adventure from multiple Eisner Award nominee MARK RUSSELL (The Flintstones) and BOB Q (The Green Hornet '66 Meets The Spirit)!

  1. The advent of barbed wire is creating havoc in the Texas panhandle. A corrupted state senator conspires with dirty ranchers to make land unnavigable for open rangers and native tribes, passing new laws allowing cattlemen to kill anyone caught cutting the wire. Good people are getting hurt, and The Lone Ranger must act. But to truly stop this rampant villainy, he'll need to go all the way to the top, and rely on an old friend for help... Featuring a brilliant silver foil logo!

Pathfinder Worldscape Dejah Thoris #1 (One Shot), $19.99

(W) Erik Mona (A/CA) Roberto Castro

When Dejah Thoris and Tars Tarkas investigate a mysterious gap in the memory of John Carter, Warlord of Barsoom, they find themselves hurled into the interdimensional demiplane of the Worldscape. Caught in a bloody conflict between the Council of Jungle Kings and a Technic League captain from Golarion, Dejah Thoris must use both her scientific knowledge and her keen-edged blade to survive the perils of the Worldscape.

Pathfinder Worldscape Reanimator #1 (One Shot), $19.99

(W) Erik Mona (A) Matt Gaudio (CA) Roberto Castro

The blood of a thousand Therns drowns Shareen's arena. Empress Camilla's corpse lies among an army of White Martian dead. To Herbert West, Re-Animator, the arena is a vast laboratory of fresh specimens. Conquering the secret of life and death means unlocking the science of Camilla's fountain of youth, but H. P. Lovecraft's most cantankerous scientist must work fast, before Shareen's next would-be empress comes calling!

Pathfinder Worldscape Swords Of Sorrow #1 (One Shot), $19.99

(W) Erik Mona (A) Diego Galindo (CA) Roberto Castro

From her castle gallery at the edge of Everywhere, the immortal witch known as the Traveller gazes across the multiverse. With Dejah Thoris and Vampirella already drawn into the dimensional prison of the Worldscape, two of her Swords of Sorrow generals are missing. Can the mighty Red Sonja be far behind?

Pathfinder Worldscape Vampirella #1 (One Shot), $19.99

(W) Erik Mona (A) Chris Campana, Kendal Gates (CA) Roberto Castro

Vampirella and her old companion, the third-rate magician Pendragon, revive their stage show for a reunion tour that propels them all the way to a fragment of Vampirella's home planet of Drakulon, ensnared in the multi-dimensional Worldscape! There, Vampirella must confront the shades of her past while Pendragon pits his false magic against the very real spells of the Pathfinders Seoni and Seltyiel!

Rainbow Brite #1

(Cover A Paulina Ganucheau), $3.99

(W) Jeremy Whitley (A) Brittney Williams (CA) Paulina Ganucheau

The adventure begins for children and adults alike, as the classic character Rainbow Brite comes to comics and brings a little color to your life! Wisp and Willow are best friends who live in a small town. They are inseparable, until one night Wisp discovers something is stealing the color from the world! To escape their grasp, Wisp must use her wits and the help of a new friend...from somewhere else! Then the adventure begins! Follow along with writer Jeremy Whitley (My Little Pony, Unstoppable Wasp) and artist Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!, Goldie Vance) as we find out how this seemingly normal girl becomes Rainbow Brite and how it changes Wisp, Willow, and their world!


Batman The Maxx Arkham Dreams #1 (Of 5)

(Cover A Sam Kieth), $4.99

(W) Sam Keith (A/CA) Sam Kieth

Batman must face the strangest and most bizarre adventure of his career, as he meets comics' strangest and most bizarre hero... THE MAXX! IDW and DC Comics proudly present the most surreal, quirky, and wonderful crossover of all time!

A devious new doctor at Arkham Asylum is conducting unconventional experiments into the human psyche, and he kicks off a chain reaction of disaster when he experiments on Arkham's newest patient, The Maxx! The city of Gotham is starting to merge with The Maxx's psychedelic mental landscape, known as the Outback, blurring the line between real and unreal. It's up to Batman to save not just Gotham, but all of reality, and he and The Maxx are going to have to travel through some of the darkest places imaginable-the twisted minds of Batman's greatest enemies!

Join Batman and The Maxx on an off-kilter and unforgettable romp through the diabolical consciousnesses of Batman's greatest foes. Legendary artist Sam Kieth (Sandman, Wolverine) returns to his greatest creation, The Maxx, and returns to Gotham as well, assisted by mult-Eisner Award-winning writer John Layman (Detective, Chew).

First new The Maxx story in more than a decade!

Black Crown Quarterly #4 (Summer 2018)

(Cover A Philip Bond), $3.99

(W) Peter Milligan, Rob Davis, David Barnett, Tini Howard, Various (A) Rob Davis, Martin Simmonds, Various (A/CA) Philip Bond

Shock and delight stretch the long, hot summer and bring grand conclusions to "Tales from the Black Crown Pub" and "CUD: Rich and Strange." Plus: "Hey, Amateur!," "Swell Maps," "Beat Surrender" and interviews with local street celebs in this compendium of comics, culture, and cool.

DuckTales #13

(Cover A Giuseppe Fontana), $3.99

(W) Steve Behling (A) Gianfranco Florio (CA) Giuseppe Fontana

Two brand-new stories of life in Duckburg await in DuckTales #13! Join Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Webby, and their friends as they deal with the "Countdown to Termination" and hit the ice in "The Mighty Ducks of Duckburg!"

Euthanauts #3

(Cover A Nick Robles), $3.99

(W) Tini Howard (A/CA) Nick Robles

There's nothing worse than someone coming into your life and solving all your problems. The mess of inheritance burdens Thalia with the ghosts of Mercy's past while Indigo presents the future. Saga meets The Sandman in a series that explores death, dynasties, and psychonautic mindspaces.

House Amok #2

(Cover A Shawn McManus), $3.99

(W) Christopher Sebela (A/CA) Shawn McManus

The Sandifers weren't always nuts. They were made that way, by stories, conspiracies and coincidence. As Dylan continues to recount how she spent her summer vacation full of murder, the truth behind how she and her family infected each other with madness come out. Secrets and blood run deep, but family is forever, no matter how deranged they might be.

My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #71

(Cover A Andy Price), $3.99

(W) Ted Anderson (A/CA) Andy Price

Twilight's new students experience Nightmare Night in Ponyville for the first time! Big scares are in store, but things start to get downright dangerous when they wander into a very haunted Castle of the Two Sisters!

An annual tradition goes delightfully awry!

Star Wars Adventures Tales From Vader's Castle #1 (Of 5)

(Cover A Francesco Francavilla), $3.99

(W) Cavan Scott (A) Derek Charm, Chris Fenoglio (CA) Francesco Francavilla

Tales from Vader's Castle puts a spooky spin on your favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away...

This exciting weekly series explores the hidden corners of the Star Wars universe and features Rebels stars Hear, Kanan, and Chopper; Obi-Wan Kenobi and Count Dooku; Han Solo and Chewbacca; the Ewoks; and of course, Darth Vader -all under the shadow of Vader's Castle!

Fans will be excited to discover these creepy stories by fan-favorite writer Cavan Scott with art by the greatest talent from across the galaxy, including Derek Charm, Kelley Jones, Chris Fenoglio, Corin Howell, Robert Hack, and Charles Paul Wilson III!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Macroseries Donatello #1

(Cover A David Petersen), $7.99

(W) Paul Allor (A) Brahm Revel (CA) David Petersen

TMNT returns to its roots with new spotlights on individual Turtles, but this time they're extra-large! Donatello understands that more is at stake than his brothers realize. In order to prepare for the coming conflict, Don will aim to repair his relationship with his mentor Harold... and his malicious robotic counterpart Metalhead!

The new "Macros" will set up each individual Turtle for the climactic storyline leading to TMNT #100!

Transformers Bumblebee Movie Prequel #4 (Of 4)

(Cover A Andrew Griffith), $3.99

(W) John Barber (A/CA) Andrew Griffith

In 1960s England, Bumblebee and his super-spy allies infiltrate the Decepticons' clandestine island headquarters. Is it a trap? Of course it's a trap. But in the high-stakes game of counterintelligence, who's trapping who?

The prequel to the new Bumblebee film (coming this winter), geared toward a younger audience!

Sometimes serious, sometimes campy action spy adventure for fans of James Bond or Mission Impossible!


Blackbird #1

(Cover A Jen Bartel), $3.99

(W) Sam Humphries (A/CA) Jen Bartel

An all-new ongoing series from fan-favorite writer SAM HUMPHRIES (Harley Quinn, Nightwing) and red-hot artist JEN BARTEL!

In this neo-noir fantasy, Nina Rodriguez is positive that a secret magic world ruled by ruthless cabals is hiding just beneath the veneer of Los Angeles. The problem: everyone thinks she's crazy. The bigger problem: she's not crazy - she's right. Can she unravel the mystery before the Great Beast catches up with her?

Dead Rabbit #1

(Cover A John McCrea), $3.99

(W) Gerry Duggan (A/CA) John McCrea

Back in the '90s, DEAD RABBIT was a prolific Boston stick-up man and hoodlum, until he took down one last big score and disappeared. Nobody ever discovered the truth: he retired to be with the love of his life. Now he's back in the mask to save her, but no one-not his wife, the mafia, or the cops-is happy that he's out of retirement.

From JOHN McCREA, the artist and co-creator of MYTHIC and Hitman, and GERRY DUGGAN, the writer of ANALOG and Deadpool, comes the action-comedy-drama tale of Martin Dobbs, a.k.a. DEAD RABBIT, the man who says he's descended from one of the original gangs of New York City. Get on board with the oversized first issue of an all-new ONGOING SERIES for mature readers.

Die!Die!Die! #3


(W) Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple (A/CA) Chris Burnham

Eclipse #11


(W) Zack Kaplan (A/CA) Giovanni Timpano

In a world where sunlight is deadly, Bax and Valerie sneak back into the city and plan to run away together, but circumstances force them to pick sides as a game of deceit unfolds between Cielo and her father over who will control the Scientist and his sunlight immunity.

Errand Boys #1 (Of 5)

(Cover A Nikos Koutsis), $3.99

(W) D.J. Kirkbride (A/CA) Nikos Koutsis

In the future, if you can't find a decent job, you run errands-the dangerous, often illegal kind. 30-year-old Jace Lopaz is a hard-worn scoundrel and a lifelong solo act-until he's saddled with his 13-year-old half-brother Tawnk full-time. Now Jace has two mouths to feed while evading the law, running from aliens, and jumping off skyscrapers. The only thing weirder than the vastness of space is family.

Jook Joint #1 (Of 5)

(Cover A Alitha Martinez), $3.99

(W) Tee Franklin (A/CA) Alitha Martinez

TEE FRANKLIN (BINGO LOVE) and ALITHA E. MARTINEZ (Black Panther: World of Wakanda) team up for a timely horror series from the Deep South!

Mahalia runs the hottest spot in all of 1950s New Orleans. The Jook Joint keeps the jazz popping, people bopping... and the women? The women are to die for. There's only one rule: "Keep your hands to yourself." But some men think rules don't apply to them, and Mahalia and her coven of slain women enjoy reminding them that they most certainly do.

Last Siege #5 (Of 8)

(Cover A Justin Greenwood), $3.99

(W) Landry Q. Walker (A/CA) Justin Greenwood

The massive army of the warlord King stands at the castle gates, ready to bring swift retribution against Lady Cathryn and her few remaining defenders. Meanwhile, the mysterious stranger who has encouraged this battle at every turn stands revealed for who-and what-he truly is.

Magic Order #4 (Of 6)

(Cover A Olivier Coipel), $3.99

(W) Mark Millar (A/CA) Olivier Coipel

Cordelia and Regan bargain with Madame Albany to preserve what's left of The Magic Order, while she sets out to slaughter their brother Gabriel. Meanwhile The Horologium, a monster let loose from the fourth dimension, is shredding time and destroying human lives.

New Lieutenants Of Metal #4 (Of 4)


(W) Joe Casey (A/CA) Ulises Farinas

This issue: the New Lieutenants of Metal vs. the Beeb! Steppenwulf is unleashed, Manowarrior gets his revenge, The Mighty Krieg's secret is revealed, and Spike's as you like him. The mosh pit happens here!

Paper Girls #25


(W) Brian K. Vaughan (A/CA) Cliff Chang


In another explosive "season finale," the time-traveling Paper Girls' deepest wishes collide with their greatest fears.

Paradiso #8

(Cover A Devmalya Pramanik & Alba Cardona), $3.99

(W) Ram V. (A/CA) Dev Pramanik


Jack struggles to keep the group together as fear and greed lead them astray. We understand The Pneumas, at last. And, witness the making of a new Guardian as sacrifices are made to protect loved ones. The stakes only get deadlier from here on.

Redlands #7

(Cover A Vanesa R. Del Rey), $3.99

(W) Jordie Bellaire (A/CA) Vanesa R. Del Rey


The Eisner-nominated horror series returns! Daddy's home-and he needs something from the witches of Redlands. The coven is divided, Bridget is still inhabited by another woman, and Casper is finding that Nancy is not at all the innocent victim she claims to be. And soon, she'll discover that neither is he.

Spawn #290

(Cover A Francesco Mattina), $2.99

(W) Todd McFarlane (A) Jason Shawn Alexander (CA) Francesco Mattina

PRELUDE Part 2... leading to GIANT-SIZED SPAWN #300

Spawn has to decide if he is going to let one of his enemies live until he can get the answers he wants... but if he does let him live, thousands of innocents will die instead.

What will our dark hero choose?

Thief Of Thieves #41


(W) Brett Lewis (A/CA) Shawn Martinbrough

Conrad and Celia are going to hit the Zubovs where it hurts. But will a familiar face return to ruin everything?

Walking Dead #184

(Cover A Charlie Adlard & Dave Stewart), $3.99

(W) Robert Kirkman (A) Stefano Gaudiano, Cliff Rathburn (CA) Dave Stewart (A/CA) Charlie Adlard

Eugene tinkers... but to what end?