The TOP 20 New Independent Comics To Read and Order in November
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I am your host, Jake West from Comics Academy!
This is a new monthly ongoing series I created to help more people order books, especially when they are still available to be ordered by your local comic store, instead of hoping that they will have what you want in stock. This is a list of currently pre-orderable titles you can find in Previews either online or from their monthly catalog. The best way to help support stores and creators is to preorder your books by adding them to what comics nerds call a "pull list"! Ask a person at your local comics shop to get one set up.
I thought this would be better than doing a pull list every week because I already post photos of my weekly comics haul on Instagram and Twitter (@ComicsAcademyX). I also think it will help people to find books they will like. There are plenty of Image, Boom Studios, IDW, Vault Comics and other Independent press represented on this list! We will also be doing weekly lists for the top Marvel and DC Comics to order, as well as the best Kickstarters to back, and even new manga every month. There’s a list for any comics reader!
If you want to order any of these titles, you can use the link in each entry for that issue and its previous issues and volumes! You should still be able to find the trade paperbacks that lead up to the current issue quite easily if the original issues are out of print. Or, you can always check your local comic shop or ask them to order the previous issues as well by using the diamond codes on the Previews website. You can also find most, if not all, of these titles for sale online or digitally.
Full Disclosure: Each entry on the list was decided by my own personal tastes. 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 issues and want to stay up-to-date.
If you find this list in the far future, don’t despair! You can still most likely find all of these titles in trade paperbacks or digitally. And they won’t stop being great reads – that’s for sure. If you are interested in checking out more content from Comics Academy including video reviews, live comic creator interviews, comic community events and more, then click here!
1. Tomboy Vol 1-3 Reprints (W) M Goodwin (A/CA)
M Goodwin/Michelle Wong
Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues:
https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=tomboy For New Readers (No Spoilers): New printings! "No Crime Goes Unpunished. No Criminal Walks Away." The death of a friend catches sixteen-year-old Addison off guard, but a chance encounter with his killers on the subway forever changes her life. Crime cover-ups, dirty cops, and magical dead boyfriends consume her life as she's thrust into the vigilante lifestyle and murder becomes her after school activity.
2. LOUD GN
(W) Maria Llovet (A/CA) Maria Llovet
Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Catalog/NOV191583 For New Readers (No Spoilers): The LOUD nightclub. A latecomer stripper, a pissed waitress, a hitmen couple, a suspension bondage performer, a pregnant teenager, a clan of vampires, a pedophile, a lesbian junkie, a divorcing middle-aged woman, a sadistic dominatrix, and many other souls in search of love, drugs, and blood converge at the hottest club in town on a night that none will ever forget. If they survive.
3. GRAFITY’S WALL GN
(W) Ram V. (A/CA) Anand Radhakrishnan Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues:
https://previewsworld.com/Catalog/NOV190200 For New Readers (No Spoilers): A coming-of-age graphic novel about rebellion, ambition, self-expression, and acceptance, expertly painted against the backdrop of Mumbai's ever-changing and evolving street culture. Giving brief glimpses into the incandescent lives of four teens chasing their dreams impeded and inspired by the impossible city that they live in.
4. MONSTRESS #25
(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): Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900's Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both. For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): NEW STORY ARC
The long-dreaded war between the Federation and Arcanics is about to explode as secret peace negotiations are threatened and the Old Gods conspire. Now, Maika must choose her next steps: will she help her friends, or strike out on her own?
5. PROTECTOR #1
(W) Simon Roy, Daniel M. Bensen (A) Artyom Trakhanov, Jason Wordie, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (CA) James Stokoe Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Catalog/NOV190012
For New Readers (No Spoilers): SERIES PREMIERE!
A sci-fi adventure equal parts Conan the Barbarian, Mad Max, and The Expanse.
Of all the tribes that dwell in the hot ruins of far-future North America, the Hudsoni reign supreme, but even they fear and obey the godlike Devas. When the Devas warn of an old-world demon in the conquered city of Shikka-Go, Hudsoni war chief First Knife decides to deal with the threat personally.
6. SEX CRIMINALS #26
(W) Matt Fraction (A/CA) Chip Zdarsky Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=sex%20criminals For New Readers (No Spoilers): Suzie's just a regular gal with an irregular gift: when she has sex, she stops time. One day she meets Jon and it turns out he has the same ability. And sooner or later they get around to using their gifts to do what we'd ALL do: rob a couple banks. A bawdy and brazen sex comedy comic! For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): NEW STORY ARC!
* THE SERIES? It's back.
* JON AND SUZE? Also back.
* THE BANK? MUST BE TAKEN DOWN.
* THIS ARC? THE LAST. Gasp!
* BULLET LISTS? How do you turn them off in Microsoft Word
The highly anticipated return of the #1 New York Times bestselling humor/romance series SEX CRIMINALS kicks off its final story arc!
7. CROWDED #11
(W) Christopher Sebela (A/CA) Ro Stein, Ted Brandt Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=crowded
For New Readers (No Spoilers): Ten minutes in the future, the world runs on an economy of job shares and apps-like Reaper, a platform for legal assassination. When the apparently average Charlie Ellison wakes up one day to find out she's the target of a million-dollar Reapr campaign, she hires Vita, the lowest-rated bodyguard on the Dfend app. Now, with all of Los Angeles hunting Charlie, she and Vita will have to figure out who wants her dead, and why, before the campaign's 30 days-or their lives-are over. For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): Charlie and Vita look for safe harbor in a community of reformed cultists and militia nuts. And with their new romance in full bloom, everything's coming up Charlie. What could possibly go wrong?
8. BLACK STARS ABOVE #3
(W) Lonnie Nadler (A/CA) Jenna Cha Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=black%20stars%20above For New Readers (No Spoilers): A young fur trapper flees her overbearing family only to get lost in a dreamlike winter wilderness that harbours a cosmic threat.
The year is 1887 and a storm brews. Eulalie Dubois has spent her entire life tending to her family's trapline, isolated from the world.
A chance at freedom comes in the form of a parcel that needs delivering to a nameless town north of the wilderness. Little does Eulalie know, something sinister hides in those woods and it yearns for what she carries. A chilling historical cosmic horror tale of survival from the deranged minds of Lonnie Nadler (The Dregs, Marvelous X-Men) and debut artist Jenna Cha. For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): Eulalie holds the life of an otherworldly infant in her hands. Desperate to keep it safe, she finds refuge in an abandoned cabin taken over by hunters, who also seek relief from the worsening storm. While these men offer shelter, food, and companionship, they ask for something in return. For they view the ever-shifting snow as a herald of great change in the nation, and their minds have succumbed to the icy embrace of winter.
9. SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #5
(W) James Tynion IV (A/CA) Werther Dell'Edera
Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=children&CreatorName1=James%20TynionIV For New Readers (No Spoilers): When the children of Archer's Peak begin to go missing, everything seems hopeless. Most children never return, but the ones that do have terrible stories-impossible stories of terrifying creatures that live in the shadows. Their only hope of finding and eliminating the threat is the arrival of a mysterious stranger, one who believes the children and claims to see what they can see. Her name is Erica Slaughter. She kills monsters. That is all she does, and she bears the cost because it MUST be done For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): The time for investigation is over. The hunt begins, as Erica Slaughter brings her namesake to the monsters of Archer's Peak.
10. MONEY SHOT #4
(W) Tim Seeley, Sarah Beattie (A) Kurt Michael Russell (A/CA) Rebekah Isaacs Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=money%20shot For New Readers (No Spoilers): In the near future, space travel is ludicrously expensive and largely ignored. Enter Christine Ocampos, inventor of the Star Shot teleportation device. Her big idea: She'll travel to new worlds, engage-intimately-with local aliens, and film her exploits for a jaded earth populace trying to find something new on the internet. Now, Chris and her merry band of scientist-cum-pornstars explore the universe, each other, and the complexities of sex in MONEY SHOT!
A story about scientists having sex with aliens for the glory of mankind-and money. For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): In the afterglow of an orgasm that devastated an army, the XXX-Plorers must pick up the pieces, pull up their britches, and figure out how to save a dying world. But first: The horror known only as BWEEDT! Ball-swinging science and romance in the Mighty Money Shot tradition!
11. HEAVY VINYL: Y2K-O
(W) Carly Usdin (A/CA) Nina Vakueva Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=heavy%20vinyl For New Readers (No Spoilers): New Jersey, 1998. Chris has just started the teen dream job: working at Vinyl Mayhem, the local record store. She's prepared to deal with anything - misogynistic metalheads, grunge wannabes, even a crush on her wicked cute co-worker, Maggie. But when the staff's favorite singer mysteriously vanishes the night before her band's show in town, Chris finds out her co-workers are doing more than just sorting vinyl... her local indie record store is also a front for a teen girl vigilante fight club! For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): It's 1999 and Chris is living her dream: working at Vinyl Destination by day and fighting for (musical) justice by night in the world's coolest teen girl vigilante fight club, and playing in a band during her free time. When the girls enter a Battle of The Bands, they learn that the shadowy corporate masters of the music industry plan to destroy the fledgling world of digital music and blame it on Y2K. The critically-acclaimed team of writer Carly Usdin (The Avant-Guards) and Russ Manning Award-nominated artist Nina Vakueva (League of Legends: Ashe) reunite for a follow-up to Heavy Vinyl: Riot on The Radio.
12. JAMES BOND #2
(W) Vita Ayala, Danny Lore (A) Eric Gapstur (CA) Jim Cheung Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=james%20bond&CreatorName1=Vita%20Ayala For New Readers (No Spoilers): Vita Ayala (Morbius, Age Of X-man), Danny Lore (Queen Of Bad Dreams) and Eric Gapstur (James Bond 007) present a fresh take on the world's greatest secret agent. When a priceless piece of art is found to be fake, investigations lead down a rabbit hole of international crime and corruption. But what the hell does James Bond know about the world of art forgery? For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): A fake is only the beginning...James Bond is forced into a world he doesn't understand. Counterfeits, smuggling, following impossible trails to invisible villains. Can he learn to trust others for help, or will the mission leave him behind?
13. SONATA #7
(W) David Hine, Brian Haberlin (A/CA) Brian Haberlin, Geirrod Van Dyke Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=sonata For New Readers (No Spoilers): From David Hine (The Bulletproof Coffin), Brian Haberlin (WITCHBLADE), and Geirrod Van Dyke (SPAWN, Medieval SPAWN/WITCHBLADE) comes a tale of the clash of two cultures on a planet they each believe is their Promised Land. The Rans are a peace-loving people, but the Tayans are a race of warriors who seek to colonize and control.
The mysterious Sleeping Giants also call this place home, though no one knows if they're monsters or the gods of legend. And a young woman named Sonata is willing to break all the rules to find her place in this world. She's not about to let sleeping gods lie. For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): NEW STORY ARC
"THE CITADEL: RISE," Part One
War comes to Perdita as Sonata finds herself lost in a desolate landscape where death has dominion over all. Is this a vision of the past, the future or something outside of time and space?
14. WASTED SPACE #13
(W) Michael Moreci (A/CA) Hayden Sherman Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=wasted%20space
For New Readers (No Spoilers): Billy Bane is a prophet who got it all wrong, and the galaxy has been burning ever since. All he wants is to waste away in the darkest corner of space with his best pal Dust, a supercharged Fuq bot. But when a new prophet comes calling, Billy is summoned to save the galaxy he's at least partially responsible for destroying. Too bad he couldn't care less. For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): Molly and Dust go on a quest of Tolkien proportions while Billy and Fury try to avoid being roasted by emotional vampires!
15. MIDDLEWEST #14
(W) Skottie Young (A/CA) Jorge Corona, Jean-Francois Beaulieu Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=middlewest 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. 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): Nicolas Raider is a hard man with a keen eye who recognizes the raw talent, work ethic, and leadership qualities that Abel possesses. Always looking to better his operations, Raider tempts Abel with a chance at a different life.
16. FOLKLORDS #3
(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? For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): Outside of the village, life is no fairy tale-and Ansel has learned this the hard way. Betrayed by one of his traveling companions, Ansel finds himself at the mercy of Hanz and Greta. He needs to escape before the worst happens, but the siblings have a story for him, and the truth is more gruesome than he could have imagined.
17. ONCE & FUTURE #6
(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Dan Mora Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=once%20&%20future For New Readers (No Spoilers): When a group of Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring a villain from Arthurian myth back from the dead to gain power, ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire escapes her retirement home and pulls her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, a museum curator, into a world of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat. For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): With the fate of the world in the balance, Duncan must finally accept his role in the larger story. But has Gran trained him well enough to defeat the undead King of the Britons by himself?
18. FARMHAND #13
(W) Rob Guillory (A/CA) Rob Guillory Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=farmhand For New Readers (No Spoilers): Jedidiah Jenkins is a simple farmer. But his cash crop isn't corn or soy. He grows fast-healing, highly-customizable human organs. For years, Jed's organic transplants have brought healing to many, but deep in the soil of the Jenkins Family Farm something sinister has taken root. Today this dark seed will begin to sprout, and the Jenkins family will be the first to taste its bitter fruit. For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): Twenty years ago, Dr. Walter Sparrow helped create the Jedidiah Seed. Now, the Jenkins siblings need his help destroying it. One problem: he just wants to be left the hell alone.
19. MOONSHINE #15
(W) Brian Azzarello (A/CA) Eduardo Risso Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=moonshine For New Readers (No Spoilers): Set during Prohibition, and deep in the backwoods of Appalachia, MOONSHINE tells the story of Lou Pirlo, a city-slick "torpedo" sent from New York City to negotiate a deal with the best moonshiner in West Virginia, one Hiram Holt. What Lou doesn't figure on is that Holt is just as cunning and ruthless as any NYC crime boss. Because not only will Holt do anything to protect his illicit booze operation, he'll stop at nothing to protect a much darker family secret...a bloody, supernatural secret that must never see the light of day... or better still, the light of the full moon. For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): "RUE LE JOUR," Part Three
They say when you lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas...but when you're a werewolf waking up in a haunted voodoo cemetery filled with zombies like Lou Pirlo is, fleas are the least of your problems!
20. HEIST: HOW TO STEAL A PLANET #3
(W) Paul Tobin (A/CA) Arjuna Susini Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Catalog/NOV191992 For New Readers (No Spoilers): Welcome to planet Heist! It's the cutthroat capital of the entire Nehring System, home to billions of the worst men and women in the galaxy. The Pan-Galactic government has no idea what to do with the planet, but conman Glane Breld and his band of thieves know exactly what to do with Heist-they're going to steal it. It's Ocean's Eleven in space, brought to you by writer Paul Tobin (Colder and Bandette) and Arjuna Susini (The Replacer)-the only minds crazy enough to steal an entire world. For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): Glane and the gang shift the heist into high gear, but there's a few bumps along the road-like a highly-trained bird, some even higher-trained assassins, and a group of Glane lookalikes with murder on their minds. Luckily, Glane has a master plan that involves... two drops of red ink? Huh? How's THAT going to work?
Top Kids Comic of the Month: Princess Princess Ever After
(W) Katie O'Neill (A) Katie O'Neill Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=princess%20ever%20after For New Readers (No Spoilers): When the heroic princess Amira rescues the kind-hearted princess Sadie from her tower prison, neither expects to find a true friend in the bargain. Yet as they adventure across the kingdom, they discover that they bring out the very best in the other person.
They'll need to join forces and use all the know-how, kindness, and bravery they have in order to defeat their greatest foe yet: a jealous sorceress, who wants to get rid of Sadie once and for all. Join Sadie and Amira, two very different princesses with very different strengths, on their journey to figure out what "happily ever after" really means – and how they can find it with each other.
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