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The TOP 16 New Independent Comics To Read and Order in December

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  • This is a list of currently pre-orderable titles you can find in Previews either online or from their monthly catalog. Ask a person at your local comics shop if you're interested in ordering titles in the future! You can also find all of these titles for sale online or digitally!

  • If you want to order any of these comics, you can use the link in each entry for that issue as well as its previous issues and volumes.

  • The "New Readers" descriptions were taken directly from their first issue or trade paperback, so there are no story spoilers. The "Returning Readers" descriptions were taken from the current issue for people who have already read up to the current issue and want to stay up-to-date.

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1. ALIENATED #1


(W) Simon Spurrier (A/CA) Chris Wildgoose

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https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=alienated For New Readers (No Spoilers): Acclaimed writer Simon Spurrier (John Constantine Hellblazer, Coda) and artist Chris Wildgoose (Batgirl, Batman: Nightwalker) present a subversive coming-of-age story about having all the power to change the world but the unready hands to truly wield it. Three teenagers, each an outcast in their own way, stumble upon an unearthly entity as it's born. As they bond over this shared secret and the creature's incredible abilities, it becomes clear to the teenagers that their cute little pet is a super-predator in the making – and it's in need of prey. Guided by the best intentions at first, the teens' decisions soon become corrupted by adolescent desires, small-town jealousies, and internal rivalries, sending them into a catastrophic spiral of their own making.


2. FINGER GUNS #1


(W) Justin Richards (A) Val Halvorson


Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=finger%20guns

For New Readers (No Spoilers): Two troubled teenagers discover they can manipulate emotions by firing finger guns. There will be laughs. There will be tears. There will be uncomfortable teen feelings and angst.

Oh yeah... and chaos.

So much chaos.



3. WHITE ASH #2


(W) Charlie Stickney (A/CA) Conor Hughs (L) Fin Cramb Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues:

https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=white%20ash For New Readers (No Spoilers): Welcome to White Ash, a small smudge of a town in western Pennsylvania, where mining is a generational calling and the secrets are buried deeper than the coal in the mountain. As Aleck Zwerg tries to escape that legacy and head off to college, he falls into the orbit of the enigmatic Lillian Alden. Together, they race down a dangerous path, leading Aleck to uncover a secret about his family that changes everything he knows about himself and White Ash. And now, if he leaves, there will be no one left to protect the people of the town from an ancient evil that has just returned. For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): As Gunther clings to life, Alex becomes obsessed with finding out what caused the explosion in the coal mine.  Turning to Lillian for help, the duo travels deep into the woods.  But instead of answers, they find Seth, whose appetite for human flesh is only increasing... Welcome to White Ash, a small smudge of a town in Western Pennsylvania, where mining is a generational calling and the secrets are buried deeper than the coal in the mountain. It's Romeo and Juliet meets Lord of the Rings... in rural Pennsylvania.


4. TARTARUS #1


(W) Johnnie Christmas (A/CA) Jack Cole Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=tartarus

For New Readers (No Spoilers): SERIES PREMIERE! A new adventure series with all the sci-fi drama of Breaking Bad set in Mos Eisley! Promising young cadet Tilde is framed for crimes against the empire after discovering her mother was the ruthless warlord of the deadly colony Tartarus, a vital player in the galactic war. Now, Tilde's only way home may be to reclaim her mother's dark crown. #1 New York Times bestseller JOHNNIE CHRISTMAS (Alien 3) and artistic phenom JACK T. COLE (The Unsound) kick off this ongoing series with 44 big pages of story!

5. PROTECTOR #1

(W) David Walker, Chuck Brown (A/CA Sanford Greene Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=bitter%20root


For New Readers (No Spoilers): Once known as the greatest monster hunters of all time, the Sangerye family specialized in curing the souls of those infected by hate. But those days are fading. A terrible tragedy has claimed most of the family, leaving the surviving cousins divided between the desire to cure monsters or to kill them. Now, though, there's a new breed of monster loose on the streets of Harlem, and the Sangerye family must either come together or watch the human race fall to untold evil.


For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): NEW STORY ARC!

The critically acclaimed series returns! Loved ones once thought lost forever have returned, though the bliss of this family reunion doesn't last for long. Cullen has changed, and everyone is concerned. But they'll need all the help they can get, as a new threat has arrived on Earth...


6. HEATHEN #9

(W/A/CA) Natasha Alterici Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=heathen For New Readers (No Spoilers): From critically acclaimed creator Natasha Alterici (Gotham Academy) comes a Nordic fantasy adventure that defies conventions and expectations. Aydis is a viking, a warrior, an outcast, and a self-proclaimed heathen. Aydis is friend to the talking horse Saga, rescuer of the immortal Valkyrie Brynhild, and battler of demons and fantastic monsters. Aydis is a woman. Born into a time of warfare, suffering, and subjugation of women, she is on a mission to end the oppressive reign of the god-king Odin. For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): Aydis is ambushed by trolls shortly after arriving at the godlands. To her surprise, they spare her life and only take her captive. She'll have to find a way to turn them into allies, or risk failing her mission.


7. MIDDLEWEST #15

(W) Skottie Young (A/CA) Jorge Corona, Jean-Francois Beaulieu

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For New Readers (No Spoilers): The lands between the coasts are vast, slow to change, and full of hidden magics. The town of Farmington has been destroyed, sending an unwitting adventurer and his vulpine companion in search of answers-and to quell a coming storm that speaks his name. From author SKOTTIE YOUNG (I HATE FAIRYLAND, Deadpool, Fortunately, the Milk) and artist JORGE CORONA (NO. 1 WITH A BULLET, Feathers, Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack) comes the tale of Abel, a young boy who must navigate an old land in order to reconcile his family's history. The perfect read for fans of dark fantasy like Return to Oz, classic Don Bluth animation, and/or Miyazaki animation. For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): While Fox, Jeb, Maggie, Wrench, and the others struggle through increasingly threatening weather, they also seek to grow their ranks. Any assault on the Raider Farms compound will need as many able hands and sharp minds as the Middlewest can muster.


8. FOLKLORDS #4

(W) Matt Kindt (A/CA) Matt Smith Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=folklords

For New Readers (No Spoilers): * From Narnia to Harry Potter, we've seen our hero leave the real world for a fantasy world-but in Ansel's world of monsters and magic he's haunted by visions of our world with tailored suits and modern technology!


Ansel embarks on his Quest to find the mysterious Folklords, hoping they can explain his visions...but looking for the Folklords is punishable by death. What will Ansel risk to find out about the world he has never truly belonged in?

Eisner Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt (Grass Kings, Black Badge) teams with acclaimed artist Matt Smith (Hellboy And The B.P.R.D.) challenge everything you know about the line between fantasy and reality in a new series for fans of Die, Middlewest, and Fables.

For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): Ansel and his new ally Ugly begin to make their way to the Library Branch of Banned Books-and one step closer to the Folklords. But the Library is full of twists and turns they'll never expect...and the closer they get, the harder it is for them to pin down where Ansel's story is going to end...


9. HEARTBEAT #4

(W/A/CA) Maria Llovet

Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=heartbeat For New Readers (No Spoilers): * Eva, a high school outcast, finds herself witness to a horrible secret: the most popular boy in school enjoys the taste of blood and will kill to get his hands on it.

Horrified and intrigued, Eva lets herself be pulled into Donatien 's macabre world. He offers the escape she has been looking for but how much is Eva willing to betray her moral code in order to find something that gives her life meaning? And will she, or Donatien, ever find redemption?

Maria Llovet (Faithless) presents a dark, violent, decadent, disturbing story, in which life and death, blood, and love are inextricably intertwined. For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): Donatien has managed to escape the consequences of his brutal crime only by charm and wit, but those close to the victim want answers, and they will do anything to get them. When someone gets too close to the truth, Eva will learn how far Donatien will go to protect his secret... and how much Eva is willing to accept.


10. EAT AND LOVE YOURSELF GN

(W/A/CA) Sweeney Boo Get the Diamond Order Code for this graphic novel: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=sera For New Readers (No Spoilers): For fans of Seconds and Wet Moon! Mindy is a young woman living with an eating disorder and trapped in a battle for her own self-worth. When she accidentally discovers a magic chocolate bar that will give her a chance to revisit her past, she thinks she has a chance to put her life back on track. But will she be able to find a way back to her present, and just as important, a way to treat herself with love and kindness, at any size? Join the incredible creative duo of writer/artist Sweeney Boo (Marvel Action: Captain Marvel) and writer Lylian (Ellana) on a journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and just a bit of magic.


11. SERA & ROYAL STARS #6

(W) Jon Tsuei (A/CA) Audrey Mok Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=sera

For New Readers (No Spoilers): Civil war rages in the Empire of Parsa, and famine has struck. As the seasons refuse to turn, Princess Sera receives a vision from the deity Mitra telling her to find the Royal Stars and restore them to the heavens. Despite her kingdom and her troops' need of her command, Sera embarks on a quest to find the fallen stars--now trapped on earth--and save her people from dearth and death. For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): After a fierce battle to escape the Underworld, Sera abandons her mission in hopes of rescuing her family. But the stars of Draco anticipate Sera's actions, forcing her to draw on the power she carries - unleashing a force that will forever change her.


12. MONSTRESS #26

(W) Marjorie M. Liu (A/CA) Sana Takeda Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=monstress For New Readers (No Spoilers): A teenage girl struggles to overcome the trauma of war in an alternate, matriarchal 1900s Asia that's brimming with arcane dangers. This task is made all the more difficult by her mysterious psychic link to an eldritch monster of tremendous power-a connection that will transform them both, and place them in the crosshairs of both human and otherworldly powers. For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): In a border city about to be invaded by Federation troops, Maika finally begins to accept who she must become to survive... no matter the cost.


13. BIRTHRIGHT #41

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Andrei Bressan

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https://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/DEC190158 For New Readers (No Spoilers): For the Rhodes family, losing their son was the most devastating thing that could've ever occurred... but it couldn't prepare them for what happened when he returned. For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): NEW STORY ARC! The God-King Lore has arrived. The war for Earth begins with BIRTHRIGHT's biggest battle yet!


14. BANNED BOOK CLUB GN

(W) Kim Hyun Sook (A) Kim Hyun Sook, Ryan Estrada

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For New Readers: When Kim Hyun Sook started college in 1983 she was ready for her world to open up. After acing her exams and sort-of convincing her traditional mother that it was a good idea for a woman to go to college, she looked forward to soaking up the ideas of Western Literature far from the drudgery she was promised at her family's restaurant. But literature class would prove to be just the start of a massive turning point, still focused on reading but with life-or-death stakes she never could have imagined. This was during South Korea's Fifth Republic, a military regime that entrenched its power through censorship, torture, and the murder of protestors. In this charged political climate, with Molotov cocktails flying and fellow students disappearing for hours and returning with bruises, Hyun Sook sought refuge in the comfort of books. When the handsome young editor of the school newspaper invited her to his reading group, she expected to pop into the cafeteria to talk about Moby Dick, Hamlet, and The Scarlet Letter. Instead, she found herself hiding in a basement as the youngest member of an underground banned book club. And as Hyun Sook soon discovered, in a totalitarian regime, the delights of discovering great works of illicit literature are quickly overshadowed by fear and violence as the walls close in.


15. OBLIVION SONG BY #24

(W) Robert Kirkman (A) Annalisa Leoni (A/CA) Lorenzo De Felici Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=oblivion%20song

For New Readers (No Spoilers): A decade ago, 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia were suddenly lost in Oblivion. The government made every attempt to recover them, but after many years, they gave up. Nathan Cole...won't. He makes daily trips, risking his life to try and rescue those still living in the apocalyptic hellscape of Oblivion. But maybe...Nathan is looking for something else? Why can't he resist the siren call of the Oblivion Song? For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): END OF STORY ARC! It's all been leading to this. Ed and Marco lead their strike team against the Faceless Men-but elsewhere, Nathan is in a whole different world of trouble.


16. HIDDEN SOCIETY #1

(W) Rafael Scavone (A/CA) Rafael Albuquerque Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Catalog/DEC190231 For New Readers (No Spoilers): A new series from Rafael Albuquerque and Rafael Scavone, the team behind Neil Gaiman's A Study in Emerald! Hidden from ordinary eyes, there is a world alongside our own full of deities, demons, and danger-where magic wins out over science and dark secrets lie in wait. Ulloo, the last wizard from the Hidden Society, enlists the aid of a blind girl and her demon, a young magician, and a cursed bounty hunter in order to stop a group of nihilist warlocks from waking the Society's greatest nemesis: a primeval force that, unchecked, will scorch the planet bare of all life.


Top Kids Comic of the Month: The Ballad of Yaya


(W) Patrick Marty, Jean-Marrie Omont, Charlotte Girard (A/CA) Golo Zhao


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https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=yaya


MG: This book is intended for middle-grade readers aged 8-14 or above. It may contain scenes of light intensity.

For New Readers (No Spoilers): 1937. In the chaos of the invasion of Shanghai by Japanese troops, a well-bred little girl is separated from her parents and is left alone but for the help of a boy from the streets. Together, these unlikely and opposite children set off to find her parents and survive adventures across war-torn China.


For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): Having escaped the pirate camp, Yaya and Chan must find help for Tuduo who has fallen sick with a terrible fever. Will they be able to find a doctor and resume their journey to find Yaya's family in Hong Kong? The exciting middle-grade adventure series continues!

Thanks so much for reading! Come back next week for the Top Manga of December.


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