July's first new comics day is a belter with something for everyone - a host of new releases and big ongoing series - but let's start with Skybound X - a weekly series running through July giving us new stories in many of Skybound's fantastic roster of titles
You can celebrate a sensational 10 years of Skybound with a cavalcade of your favourite creators and all-new stories of your favourite series past, present, and future in Skybound X #1 (Various)! Each issue of this oversized, weekly series will kick off with a new chapter of a serialised The Walking Dead story - Rick Grimes 2000 - by Robert Kirkman & Ryan Ottley! In addition, we'll be debuting all-new series and characters every issue, starting with the first appearance of the most requested Walking Dead character of all-time: Clementine, star of the bestselling Telltale's The Walking Dead video game series! Did we mention new Ultramega and Manifest Destiny stories?! If you want to know what to expect in Skybound's next 10 years, it all starts here!
Following a vicious Orlax attack on his father King Randor, He-Man learns the creature is linked to the origin of the sword of power. To save Randor and put an end to the chaos He-Man embarks on an epic journey that pits him against his longtime foes Skeletor and Evil-Lyn, and sees Teela take the reins of a powerful legacy. Masters Of The Universe: Revelation #1 (Kevin Smith, Rob David, Tim Sheridan, featuring art by Mindy Lee) is the official prequel to the upcoming Netflix show!
An unmissable brand new era in the life of full-time cop and part-time wizard Peter Grant begins in Rivers of London: Monday Monday (Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel). A Werewolf is on the loose and will stop at nothing to avoid capture!
It's up to Peter and his cohort of chums to hunt the deadly lycanthrope and bring him to justice.
The Signal (Tony Patrick, Christian Duce) comes back as Gotham City's daytime protector after his time with the Outsiders. But during his sabbatical from his hometown, everything about the city and the people closest to him changed. And the mystery of the White Market, a deadly source of weapons being trafficked into Gotham City that even Batman can't track down, will only push the Signal further away from everything he knows and into a brand-new world of danger. Batman Secret Files: The Signal #1 presents a new chapter in the life of Duke Thomas!
The heroes of Krakoa are here to save the planet! Things might be complicated between the nation of Krakoa and the rest of the world, but to the X-Men #1 (Gerry Duggan, Pepe Larraz), things are simple - you do what's right, you protect those who need protecting and you save the world we all share. Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Sunfire, Rogue, Wolverine, Synch and Polaris are the chosen champions of mutantkind, and they will not shrink from any battle for their home planet.
As the dust continues to settle after the species-redefining King In Black saga, Eddie Brock and his son, Dylan, won't be the only ones learning to adjust to a new normal in Extreme Carnage Alpha #1 (Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Manuel Garcia). Collectively called the Life Foundation, symbiotes Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher and Agony have tried to reconcile the sometimes-noble intentions of their hosts with their often-bloodthirsty impulses.
But the Life Foundation symbiotes aren't the only ones with a part to play in this story, and they aren't the only symbiotes who find themselves reinvented after King In Black. They have an older sibling who may be reinvented in its own right: Carnage.
In Black's Myth #1 (Eric Palicki, Wendell Cavalcanti) you can meet Janie "Strummer" Jones, just an ordinary werewolf PI, trying to make it on the mean streets of LA. When the case of a lifetime falls into her lap, it's up to her and her charming djinn assistant Ben Si'lat to figure out just how many silver bullets have been used, and just where do silver bullets come from anyway?
The Luminary. The Prodigy. The Brute. The Trickster. The Innovator. Five gods - Ordinary Gods #1 (Kyle Higgins, Felipe Watanabe) - from a realm beyond our own, leaders in the "War of Immortals." At least, they were - before they were trapped, sent to a planet made into a prison, forced into an endless cycle of human death and reincarnation. Christopher is 22. He's got two loving parents and a 12-year-old sister. He works at a paint store. He's in therapy. He's one of the Five. Which means, in order to save everyone he cares about, Christopher will have to reconnect with his past lives and do the unthinkable: become a god again.
Can Orla O'Reilly embrace her destiny in order to bridge the divide between humanity and the faerie world? Orla, the youngest in a long line of hedge witches, finds herself pulled back to her hometown after the death of her grandmother - Mamo. Without Mamo managing magical relationships between the townsfolk and the fae, the seas are impossible to fish, the crops have soured... and Jo Manalo's attic has been taken over by a poltergeist! Now, Orla and Jo will both be pulled into worlds they never wanted to be part of. Can the two girls work together to save the town? Mamo #1 (Sas Milledge) is an original series perfect for fans of The Last Witch and Sabrina The Teenage Witch that answers the question of how we all reconcile our responsibilities with our dreams for our own future.
Life Is Strange: Coming Home #1 kicks off a new arc featuring backup strips with the first comic appearance of Alex Chen - lead character from the new game - Life Is Strange: True Colours! Max's attempt to return home enters a thrilling new phase! A shocking discovery offers unexpected hope, and the epic cross-country trip with Chloe and Rachel reveals a new ally.
Kofi. Xavier. Big E. Six-time. W.W.E. Tag. Team. Champions! The. Longest. Reign. In. W.W.E. History! You know the matches. You know the catchphrases. You think you know The New Day... but now discover the origins and struggles of these three WWE Superstars before that fateful day when they realised that they're stronger together than apart and seize their place in WWE history. WWE The New Day: Power Of Positivity #1 (Evan Narcisse, Austin Walker, Daniel Bayliss) reveals the untold story behind one of the greatest tag teams of all time!
Hellboy works with a psychic to clear a haunted mansion for auction. But the ghosts in residence aren't quite ready to go gentle into that good night, and the answer may lie in a connection with the living world in Hellboy and the BPRD: Secret of Chesbro House #1 (Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, Shawn McManus)...
On the far side of the galaxy, an isolated branch of humanity is trapped in a feudal dystopia. Oder is maintained by a system of oppression, until an orphaned girl and her incorrigible adoptive father sow the seeds of a revolution and unite the clans against a fearsome alien threat. Clans of Belari #1 (Rob Blackie, Peter Blackie, Daniel Maine) is a vast and enthralling sci-fi adventure.
Godkiller: Tomorrows Ashes #1 (Matteo Pizzolo, Anna Wieszczyk) is here to ratchet up the chaos and roar through the comic market, spitting punk rock fury, thundering into your eyeballs and running roughshod across your brains with its often mindbending, sometimes horrifying, always clever & devious tale of sci-fi magic, apocalyptic sex, and subversive mindbombs.
Dynamite proudly presents a prestige project by the world's greatest storytellers! Sword and sorcery like you've NEVER seen before...all presented in the beautiful Red Sonja: Black, White, and Red #1 (Various)!
Tales Told In Techni-Horror #1 (Kiyarn Taghan, Christian DiBari) is a biennial horror series that blends the best in horror sub genres (body shock to grindhouse and more). Each issue contains five short stories from the dark minds that brought you Provenance of Madness. Includes a mini pinup gallery of horrors.
Gor, Kravis, and Mongtar are three Orcs trying to survive while on the run from everything and everyone on their homeworld. When the naive bureaucrats from StarBleep land on their planet, the orcs unwittingly steal the most advanced ship in the fleet and blast into the dankest reaches of the outer galactigon in Orcs In Space 2-in-1 (Justin Roiland, Michael Tanner, Rashad Gheith, Abed Gheith, Francois Vigneault). Now the universe's most wanted, the Orcs befriend the ship's AI, D.O.N.A., in a bid to get free... but will that be enough to escape StarBleep?
Ten hard-as-nails women face off in an ancient contest of champions where the winner truly takes all: the title of "Queen of the Galaxy." To win the challenge each contestant must survive the hazards of the planet's harsh landscape, the ferocious predators on and below its surface, and their fellow contestants. This edition of the contest has a twist: one of the contestants is an infiltrator who has her eye on something bigger than the prize. Who is she and what does she really want? Fine out in Fight Girls #1 (Frank Cho, Sabine Rich)
When a violent storm levels his sleepy Middlewest town, Abel and his childhood companion, Fox, must hastily flee into a world of mystical carnies and soothsayer hobos, bridge trolls and wilderness spirits, endless forests and forgotten children. Middlewest: The Complete Tale (Skottie Young, Jorge Corona) collects the complete Eisner Award-nominated tale of Abel, a boy who must navigate a strange and mysterious land in order to discover who he can become.
Follow the crew from Hawkins, Indiana, as they discover the legendary monsters and epic adventures of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game together. Long before the dreaded Demogorgon took one of them to the Upside Down, watch Mike, Lucas and Will bond with Dustin for the first time over the game that would define their childhood. See the party come together as a team through communal story and perilous quests to learn important lessons about friendship and find the courage to stand up to the bullies that challenge their everyday. Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons (Jim Zub, Jody Houser, Kyle Lambert) is a love letter to a game that has defined role-playing through the lens of your current favourite icons of eighties nostalgia.
Take a bite of the Hellboy universe with the creator's hand-picked essential stories in this new jumping-on point collection - Hellboy Universe Essentials: Hellboy (Mike Mingola, others). Confront the undead, swim to strange places, and encounter powerful fey in this introduction to the world of Hellboy. Newcomers to the series needn't have read the original stories to jump right in and see what Hellboy is all about thanks to this collection of short stories, selected by Mike Mignola himself as the perfect introduction to his most famous comic book character!
In Judge Dredd: Guatemala (John Wagner, Colin MacNeil) a deathbed request sends Judge Dredd on a diplomatic mission to Guatemala, a dictatorship ruled by the despotic robot El Presidente. Under the military rule of robots, humans are enslaved, trafficked and farmed for parts. El Presidente seeks to expand its repressive regime - and if Mega-City One doesn't give into its demands, its nuclear arsenal will blow the city off the map!
During a routine shift, a lonely maintenance worker encounters an altercation between a mysterious woman and the Maelstrom gang in Cyberpunk 2077: Your Voice (Aleksandra Motyka, Marcin Blancha, Danijel Zezelj). As the woman attempts to escape, she hands him a chip. To find her and uncover the data, he sets off on a wild journey through the city's seedy mecca and dangerous wastelands where he meets a sly new client, crazy cyberpunks, and the infamous Johnny Silverhand. He'll finally discover what true love is and why it'll never be possible, not in a place like Night City.
In Fire Power vol 3. (Robert Kirkman, Chris Samnee) Chou Feng has been defeated, and Wei Lun has retaken control of the Temple of the Flaming Fist. Owen Johnson is now able to return home to his life in St. Louis where everything has gone back to normal... right? No? Oh, dear... what now?
A brand new value-priced edition of the best-selling series created by comic book legend Michael Turner, Fathom follows Aspen Matthews a young woman who has always been drawn to the sea. As a Marine biologist, she discovers something strange and beautiful on the sea floor; something not of our world. Now, Aspen's life will never be the same, and the fate of two civilisations will rest in her hands.
Two stories of soaring combat as the master of Euro comics, Hugo Pratt, meets the classic comic book air ace who's as skilled a fighter on land as he is in his Spitfire: Battler Britton! Reprinted in graphic novel form for the first time, these two fast-paced Battler Britton stories from 1960 - Wagons of Gold and Rockets of Revenge - are drawn by the legendary artist behind Corto Maltese. In this thrilling collection, Britton helps resistance fighters smuggle gold from Nazi occupied Yugoslavia, before escorting a ballistics expert on his mission to analyse an unexploded V2 rocket in Poland!
Miskatonic Valley holds many mysteries - cultists worshipping old gods, a doctor deadset on resurrecting the recently deceased, a house overrun by rats in the walls - but none more recent than a series of bombings targeting the Valley's elite.
These horrors reach a breaking point when the brilliant, hard-nosed investigator Miranda Keller is sent to stop the bombings. To J. Edgar Hoover, there can be no other explanation than those responsible for similar actions during the Red Scare of the 1920s...but when Miranda digs too deep, she uncovers an unimaginable occult conspiracy, one that may cost Miranda her job - and her sanity. Miskatonic (Mark Sable, Giorgio Pontrelli) is a mix of historical crime fiction and Lovecraftian-horror that dives deep into the American nightmare.
Blade Runner Ash hunts the streets of Los Angeles for renegade Replicants. She finds her loyalties and humanity challenged by two Replicants... one offering her salvation, the other deadly damnation in Blade Runner 2029: Reunion (Mike Johnson, Michael Green).
Barbarella's never ending quest to repair her ship's regulator and be on her way takes a detour to Falladim, where there's a rush on for R.U.S.T.-Radically Unstable Space-Time! The rarest and most valuable stuff in the universe, even Barbarella can't resist its mighty call. But competition brings out the worst in humans and aliens alike, and the Siren of Space is about to see what the worst really is! Barbarella: Hard Labour (Mike Care, Kenan Yarar, Donny Hadiwidjaja) is the second volume of the hit Dynamite series.
Enter the world of Mega Man: Fully Charged (Marcus Rinehart, AJ Marchisello, Stefano Simeone), based on the television series of the same name, as your favorite heroes like Mega Man, Rush, and Dr. Light must battle the wickedest of Robot Masters led by Skull Man. After Mega Man's father Dr. Light is kidnapped, a shocking truth rocks Mega Man's world as it seems the Robot Masters know more about his secret history than he does. But as Skull Man's machinations trigger Mega Man's forgotten memories of the brutal human/robot war, our hero is left to question just who he is and if he can trust anything or anyone - including the man he calls father.
The Fabulous Killjoys, once a group of teenage exterminators determined to save reality, have lost their way-and their memories. After a period of mental confinement, former Killjoys leader Mike Milligram gets de-programmed and hits the road to bring the gang back together for a final showdown against an evil pharmaceutical corporation, their monstrous hitman, and savage gang rivals. Read the full story in The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem (Gerard Way, Shaun Simon, Leonardo Romero ) trade collection.
Strangers In Paradise fans rejoice! This fun series follows the all-new adventures of Katchoo and Francine, aged six! The whole SIP gang is here: sweet David and his bossy sister Darcy; the twins Tambi and Bambi; Francine's over-protective mother and, yes, the comically grouchy Freddie. It's 80 pages of full colour laughs for kids of all ages as SIP: Kids collected edition (Terry Moore).
The nomadic space station called Stone Star (Jim Zub, Max Dunbar) brings gladiatorial entertainment to ports across the galaxy. Inside this gargantuan vessel of tournaments and temptations, foragers and fighters struggle to survive. A young thief named Dail discovers a dark secret in the depths of Stone Star and has to decide where his destiny lies-staying hidden in the shadows or standing tall in the searing spotlight of the arena. Either way, his life, and the cosmos itself, will never be the same!
From blocks to panels, Minecraft returns to comics in anthology collection Minecraft: Tales From The Overworld (Varuous)! With tales of witch and pillager rivals finding common ground, a heartless griefer who bit off more than they could chew, and valiant heroes new (or not!) to the Overworld, this anthology tells tales that span the world of Minecraft.
Deep in space, the Arno closes in on their destination . . . the artefact. Oliver spends his days in school, with his little brother, and battling Wargles! After his father, Wyatt, gave him a family heirloom, a compass, Oliver fears he broke it when the needle starts spinning uncontrollably. This new discovery alarms his father who begins to suspect that the ship they all live on may be in grave danger. However, Wyatt's warnings and suspicions only bring dismissal and rebuke from his superiors along with a demotion to the maintenance crew. Will Wyatt and Oliver figure out what's happening to the Arno in time to save everyone? Check out Space Boy vol. 10 (Stephen McCranies) to find out more.
Kuvira's true nature is revealed, and the Earth Kingdom will feel the consequences in Legends of Korra: Part Three - Ruins of Empire (Michael Dante DiMartino, Michelle Wong). Thanks to Commander Guan and Doctor Sheng's brainwashing technology, all hope for a fair election in the Earth Kingdom is lost. Korra works with Toph, Su, and Kuvira to plan a means to rescue not just the brainwashed Mako, Bolin, and Asami, but everyone else caught up in Guan's plan! With the Earth Empire potentially on the rise again, Kuvira pulls another trick from her sleeve . . . but whose side is she truly on?
The confrontation between the heroes and the villains of the Paranormal Liberation Front is about to kick off as My Hero Academia vol. 27 (Kouhei Horikoshi) drops! With so much at stake, even the students of U.A. have joined the heroes to help in the coming battles. Within the PLF, Hawks continues to play a dangerous game as a double agent, but the villains have fearsome resources of their own, including whatever lurks in the doctor's lab. Plus, with every moment that passes, Tomura Shigaraki comes closer to his ultimate form... When everything goes down, there won't be any going back!
High schooler Ryuu knows he's transgender. But he doesn't have anyone to confide in about the confusion he feels. He can't tell his best friend, who he's secretly got a crush on, and he can't tell his mum, who's constantly asking why Ryuu is always "dressing like a boy." He certainly can't tell Jin, the new transfer student who looks like just another bully. The only time Ryuu feels at ease is when he's wearing his favourite clothes. Then, and only then, the world melts away, and he can be his true self. One day, while out shopping, Ryuu sees an unexpected sight: Jin. The kid who looked so tough in class is shopping for the same clothes that Ryuu loves. And Jin offers Ryuu a proposal: to start their own brand and create apparel to help everyone feel comfortable in their skin. At last, Ryuu has someone he can open up to-and the journey ahead might finally give him a way to express himself to everyone else. Boys Run The Riot (Keito Gaku) is a personal, heartfelt, fictional story from a Japanese transgender manga creator is completely unique, and comes presented in two extra-large, 400-page volumes.
As players of Monster Hunter and Dungeons & Dragons know, the slime is not exactly the king of the fantasy monsters. So when a 37-year-old Tokyo salaryman dies and wakes up in a world of elves and magic, he's a little disappointed to find he's become a blind, boneless slime monster, in That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime vol. 16 (Fuse, Taiki Kawakami). Mikami's middle age hasn't gone as he planned: He never found a girlfriend, he got stuck in a dead-end job, and he was abruptly stabbed to death in the street at 37. So when he wakes up in a new world straight out of a fantasy RPG, he's disappointed but not exactly surprised to find that he's facing down a dragon, not as a knight or a wizard but as a blind slime demon. But there are chances for even a slime to become a hero...
Terrorising its populace, Jack the Ripper has shaken London to its very core in Black Butler vol. 3 (Yana Toboso). But when Sebastian Michaelis, singular butler of the Phantomhive house, lays bare the madman's true identity, all that is left for him to do is eliminate the perpetrator in the name of the Queen and Phantomhive. But inhumanly efficient skills don't guarantee victory when the opponent is just as supernaturally gifted! And though Sebastian may be able to save Ciel from physical harm in the battle that ensues, will the young earl ever recover from the emotional scars it will leave on his heart?
There's demon-slaying action galore in this stylish update to a Japanese folktale as Peach Boy Riverside vol 1 (Coolkyoushinja) hits the manga shelves this week. The rambunctious, teenage Princess Saltherine is fed up with being trapped behind high walls and engineers an escape. But this world is full of monsters both human and otherwise, and it could be Sally herself is one of them! Saltherine, princess of the Kingdom of Aldarake, dreams of travelling the world, a dangerous dream in a land where monsters roam the countryside! A chance meeting with a wanderer gives her hope that she might still find excitement in her life. But then she discovers the wanderer's true identity: Momotaro the Peach Boy, demon-slayer of legend! Though terrified by his bloody profession, Sally feels driven to follow Momotaro and learn more. But is this curiosity, or a magical connection that goes deeper than either of them realise...?
One day in Toilet Bound Hanako Kun vol 9 (Aidalro), Nene went to school as usual, but found Hanako-kun acting like one of her normal classmates...!? She seems to be the only one who notices anything amiss, seeing as Hanako-kun was supposed to be a ghost...! Hunting for the truth, she heads to a mysterious tower. Fact and fiction clash in this Seven School Mysteries ghost story!
Bitten by a vampire at a club, nineteen-year-old En barely survived. Taken under the wing of Ichii - a member of the health and welfare division of the vampire rights organisation known as FANGS (Billy Balibally) - En learns he's to be taught about this new "world" he must survive in. In order to control the urge to suck blood and attack innocents, FANGS established a "pairing system," where two vampires support one another with regular meals. As a young, virginal vampire, En is highly sought after by many senior vamps. That is, until he declares his intention to pair with his guardian, Ichii...
There's plenty more to tempt you also hitting the shelves this week so dive in below to see all this week's new releases!