I know we have 10 days left in the year, but I am DONE with 2017. Marvel just canceled another batch of titles this week that I’m majorly bummed about (particularly America and Hawkeye, which was one of my faves of the year). In anticipation of a better year ahead, here are five comics due out in 2018 that I am really looking forward to reading.
Destroyer by Victor LaValle and Dietrich Smith
Pub date: March 6
LaValle was probably my favorite new-to-me author in 2017, so when I found out that he’s writing a Frankenstein reimagining I was THRILLED. This is out now in single issues, but the trade paperback is due out in spring 2018.
Publisher description: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein beseeched his creator for love and companionship, but in 2017, the monster has long discarded any notions of peace or inclusion. He has become the Destroyer, his only goal to eliminate the scourge of humanity from the planet. In this goal, he initially finds a willing partner in Dr. Baker, a descendant of the Frankenstein family who has lost her teenage son after an encounter with the police.
Archival Quality by Ivy Noelle Weir and Steenz Stewart
Pub date: March 6
A comic about librarians and ghosts? Count me in. (Full disclosure: Steenz and I used to work together).
Publisher description: After losing her job at the library, Cel Walden starts working at the haunting Logan Museum as an archivist. But the job may not be the second chance she was hoping for, and she finds herself confronting her mental health, her relationships, and before long, her grasp on reality as she begins to dream of a young woman she’s never met, but feels strangely drawn to. Especially after she asks Cel for help…
Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
Pub date: April 24
I’ve been a huge Vera Brosgol fan since her webcomic days and I can’t wait to read her first graphic memoir. A fun summer read to look forward to.
Publisher description: All Vera wants to do is fit in―but that’s not easy for a Russian girl in the suburbs. Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps. Vera’s single mother can’t afford that sort of luxury, but there’s one summer camp in her price range―Russian summer camp.
All Summer Long by Hope Larson
Pub date: May 1
There’s something about coming-of-age stories that make for perfect summer reading in my book.
Publisher description: Thirteen-year-old Bina has a long summer ahead of her. She and her best friend, Austin, usually do everything together, but he’s off to soccer camp for a month, and he’s been acting kind of weird lately anyway. So it’s up to Bina to see how much fun she can have on her own. At first it’s a lot of guitar playing, boredom, and bad TV, but things look up when she finds an unlikely companion in Austin’s older sister, who enjoys music just as much as Bina. But then Austin comes home from camp, and he’s acting even weirder than when he left. How Bina and Austin rise above their growing pains and reestablish their friendship and respect for their differences makes for a touching and funny coming-of-age story.
Moonstruck by Grace Ellis and Shea Beagle
Pub date: March 26
A new comic from one of the creators of Lumberjanes?! Yes, please.
Publisher description: Werewolf barista Julie and her new girlfriend go on a date to a close-up magic show, but all heck breaks loose when the magician casts a horrible spell on their friend Chet. Now it’s up to the team of mythical pals to stop the illicit illusionist before it’s too late.
Until next time, find the stories that make you stronger. #WorkOutNerdOut