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


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  • NEW: We have a new feature for this list called the "Permanent Pull List," which features new entries for ongoing series that have been featured on this list before and that I think everyone should read! I thought this new feature would improve the variety of titles on the list each month and this way you get EVEN MORE COMICS! Also now I can feature more graphic novels (GN)!

  • 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. LUDOCRATS #1


(W) Kieron Gillen, Jim Rossignol

(A) Tamra Bonvillain (A/CA) Jeff Stokely

Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue:

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

For New Readers (No Spoilers): SERIES PREMIERE!


The Ludocrat! The ludicrous aristocrat! A collision of the ornate fantasy of Dune and an M-rated Asterix & Obelix! Baron Otto Von Hades and Professor Hades Zero-K are here, and they're going to save us all have a nice time. KIERON GILLEN (DIE, THE WICKED + THE DIVINE) and JIM ROSSIGNOL (Sir, You Are Being Hunted) write! JEFF STOKELY (The Spire) draws! TAMRA BONVILLAIN (Once & Future) colors! Clayton Cowles (BITTER ROOT, DIE) letters! The universe screams in pleasure, writhing, finally satisfied, complete, joyous!


2. WICKED THINGS #2


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


Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=wicked%20things

For New Readers (No Spoilers):

The Eisner Award-winning team of John Allison and Max Sarin return to the world of Giant Days for a new series about everyone's favorite child detective; Charlotte Grote.

Nineteen-year-old Charlotte Grote has her whole life ahead of her; headed straight to Oxford and a future as a real detective –until she's framed for murder!

Given the choice between going to jail basically forever or joining the police, Lottie decides to hit the beat, all while trying to find the real murderer. Lottie may have been running rings about the police since her 9th birthday, but she's never been on this side of the security tape.

Could the future of law enforcement be 5'2" with an extremely strong bangs game? Yes. Very yes.


For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): At the Savoy Hotel, in the aftermath of an attack on legendary detective Kendo Miyamoto, Lottie Grote finds herself the number one suspect in a potential murder investigation. There might be a way out, though, but only if she's willing to make a deal with the devil... Scotland Yard!


3. FIRE POWER VOL 01 PRELUDE GN


(W) Robert Kirkman (A/CA) Chris Samnee, Matthew Wilson Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=fire%20power

For New Readers (No Spoilers):

SERIES PREMIERE!


ALL-NEW series created by ROBERT KIRKMAN (THE WALKING DEAD, INVINCIBLE, OBLIVION SONG) and Chris Samnee (Daredevil)!


Owen Johnson's journey to China to learn about his birth parents eventually leads him to a mysterious Shaolin Temple. The students there study to rediscover the Fire Power, the lost art of throwing fireballs. A power they claim will be needed soon to save the world. Will Owen Johnson be the first person in a thousand years to wield the FIRE POWER?


4. ADVENTUREMAN #1


(W) Matt Fraction (A/CA) Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=adventureman

For New Readers (No Spoilers): SERIES PREMIERE!


A CATACLYSMIC ADVENTURE DECADES IN THE MAKING!

In this WILDLY AFFORDABLE TRIPLE-LENGTH FIRST ISSUE, revisit how the legend of the greatest pulp hero of them all, ADVENTUREMAN, ended in a heartbreaking CLIFFHANGER with our hero facing execution at the vile hand of his ultra-nemesis BARON BIZARRE on the eve of the MACABRAPOCALYPSE...or did it?!?


Eighty years after his apparent demise, single mother Claire and her Adventurefan son Tommy seem to be the only two people alive that remember the thrilling ADVENTUREMAN sagas...but from that memory burns THE SPARK OF RESURRECTION!


WHERE HIS STORY ENDED...HER STORY BEGINS!


This sense-obliterating, earth-shaking, imagination-quaking adventure that spans generations comes to you from MATT FRACTION (SEX CRIMINALS, Hawkeye) and TERRY & RACHEL DODSON (X-Men/Fantastic Four, RED ONE)!!!

5. NAILBITER RETURNS #1

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Mike Henderson Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=nailbiter%20returns


For New Readers (No Spoilers):

SERIES PREMIERE!


JOSHUA WILLIAMSON & MIKE HENDERSON'S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED HIT HORROR SERIES RETURNS!


Sixteen of the world's worst serial killers were all born in the same small town...but Agent Finch and Sheriff Crane solved and buried that mystery.

Didn't they?

Violent copycat murders imitating the infamous Buckaroo Butchers have begun in Portland, Oregon, and if Finch wants the killings to stop, he'll have to team up with the daughter of the Nailbiter himself. A brand-new mystery begins in this EXTRA-LENGTH FIRST ISSUE!


6. WHITE ASH #4

(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): It's Romeo and Juliet meets Lord of the Rings... in rural Pennsylvania. "He's a what?" After the stunning revelation at the end of last issue, Aleck tries to make sense of the new status quo. But that's not going to be easy. With Lillian around, things are about to get a whole lot more complicated... and dangerous.

For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): A tragic death leaves the residents of White Ash reeling.  More of the Town's secret past is revealed as we get our first glimpse of the "Longest Night." The incomparable Glarien makes her debut appearance cutting a bloody path on to the scene.

7. BANDETTE TP VOL 01 GN

(W) Paul Tobin (A/CA) Colleen Coover

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

For New Readers (No Spoilers): The world's greatest thief is a costumed teen burglar by the nome d'arte of Bandette! Gleefully plying her skills on either side of the law alongside her network of street urchins, Bandette is a thorn in the side of both Police Inspector Belgique and the criminal underworld. But it's not all breaking hearts and purloining masterpieces when a rival thief makes a startling discovery. Can even Bandette laugh off a plot against her life?


8. COLONEL WEIRD COSMAGOG #1

(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Tyler Crook Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Catalog/FEB200226

For New Readers (No Spoilers):

From the world of the Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer series comes a bizarre sci-fi adventure origin story! Wacky space adventurer Colonel Randall Weird leaves Black Hammer farm and embarks on a strange journey through space and time for something that he's long forgotten with his sanity and life at stake! "Jeff Lemire's Black Hammer feels like it's walking two roads-one honoring the past of superhero comics, and one forging a path into the future of the genre."-Cullen Bunn


9. X-RAY ROBOT #2


(W/A/CA) Mike Allred

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

For New Readers (No Spoilers):

Max is a family man seeking a more interesting life. While conducting a new experiment at work, the fabric of his reality is torn before his eyes, and a robotic figure appears, claiming to be his 277-year-old self.


The robot is able to "X-Ray" multiple dimensions and battles a nihilistic entity from another dimension who wants to take all life to its "Pre-Big Bang" status. Max and the robot embark on an interdimensional road trip through past and future to take down the "Nihilist" and save the universe!

For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): After meeting his robotic 277-year-old self, Max learns about the incoming threat of the Ultimate Nihilist, a villain determined to take all life to its "Pre-Big Bang" status, leading Max and the robot to travel through different timelines to protect reality and mankind.

10. HUNDRED WOLVES #1

(W) Myke Cole (A/CA) Tony Akins Get the Diamond Order Code for this graphic novel:

https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=hundred%20wolves

For New Readers (No Spoilers): The Hundred Wolves are bloody-handed terrors of the steppe. Andrei and Oksana have left the Cossack band to raise their daughter on a farm they hold from the noble Count Ostoja, but the raiding life isn't done with them.


Both the Hundred Wolves and the couple's new liege lord wish to employ their deadly skills-and neither will take no for an answer. From celebrated author Myke Cole (The Sacred Throne Trilogy, The Shadow Ops Trilogy) and venerable artist Tony Akins (Fables, Hellblazer, Wonder Woman) comes a story of war and family, blending historical fiction with a touch of fantasy.


11. JOIN THE FUTURE #2

(W) Zack Kaplan (A/CA) Piotr Kowalski Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=join%20the%20future For New Readers (No Spoilers): The Future. Ultra-modern megacities reward millions of their citizens with a completely funded life, with every need met, from food to housing and healthcare, in order to compete in an economic power struggle in which population is key. But a few rural residents still cling to their independence in what last American small towns are left. When a nearby megacity pressures the people of a small town join up or else, a young teenage girl named Clem will learn how far she'll go to defend her principles.

Written by Zack Kaplan (LOST CITY EXPLORERS) with art from Piotr Kowalski (Port of Earth, Eclipse, Sex, Marvel Knights: Hulk, The Dark Tower), JOIN THE FUTURE is a sci-fi western that examines a future where everyone must ask what your values are truly worth.


12. THEY CALLED US ENEMY

(W) George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steve Scott (A/CA) Harmony Becker

Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=they%20called%20us%20enemy For New Readers (No Spoilers): George Takei has captured hearts and minds worldwide with his captivating stage presence and outspoken commitment to equal rights. But long before he braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war with his father's – and their entire family forced from their home into an uncertain future.

In a stunning graphic memoir, Takei revisits his haunting childhood in American concentration camps, as one of over 100,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon-and America itself-in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.

13. LOW #23

(W) Rick Remender (A) Dave McCaig (A/CA) Greg Tocchini

Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues:

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

For New Readers (No Spoilers):

Millennia ago, mankind fled the earth's surface into the bottomless depths of the darkest oceans. Shielded from a merciless sun's scorching radiation, the human race tried to stave off certain extinction by sending robotic probes far into the galaxy, to search for a new home among the stars.


Generations later, one family is about to be torn apart, in a conflict that will usher in the final race to save humanity from a world beyond hope. Dive into an aquatic fantasy like none you've ever seen before, as writer RICK REMENDER (BLACK SCIENCE, Captain America) and artist GREG TOCCHINI (Last Days of American Crime) bring you a tale mankind's final hour in the cold, deathly dark of the sea.


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


"LIGHT BRINGS LIGHT": Part One-The final arc of LOW begins here! Salus rises. The Burnt Legion attacks. Stel Caine faces the greatest challenge to her hope yet: the rage of her daughter, the Helmswoman Della. It all leads to these final four issues, lovingly rendered by legendary art team GREG TOCCHINI & DAVE MCCAIG!


14. CUISINE CHINOISE TALES OF FOOD & LIFE GN


(W/A/CA) Zao Dao

Get the Diamond Order Code for this graphic novel: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=tales%20of%20food%20and%20life


For New Readers (No Spoilers):

From the mind of prodigy cartoonist Zao Dao comes Cuisine Chinoise: Tales of Food and Life featured here in English for the first time! From insects looking for a meal made of ghosts to a man named Yuzi whose passion for cooking is the only hope of maintaining a family legacy, these wonderfully illustrated stories explore the rich and humorous lives of the characters within. This volume showcases the wonderful relationship between Chinese folklore and culture and food! o The first work of esteemed cartoonist Zao Dao translated into English. o Beautifully Illustrated book of Chinese culture through cuisine. o Translated by Diana Schutz and Brandon Kander.


15. CANOPUS #3


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

For New Readers (No Spoilers): Helen wakes up marooned on a lifeless alien planet 300 light-years from Earth with no memories beyond a hazy sense of extinction-level urgency to return to Earth. Joined by Arther, her strange robot companion, she explores the planet to find materials necessary to repair her ship. However, circumstances are not as straightforward as they seem. Along the way, Helen's most painful memories return as monstrous manifestations hell-bent on her destruction. Canopus is Castaway meets Annihilation, with a healthy dose of "Phillip K. Dick" thrown in for good measure!


For Returning Readers (Possible Spoilers): Fiery exploding skulls; super volcanic eruptions; interstellar travel; a mission gone horribly wrong; the ground turned to liquid; a miraculous launch; trapped half a mile beneath the surface of the planet and surrounded by otherworldly fire--the situation is looking dire for Helen and Arther as they attempt to blast their way back to the surface, Helen learns the truth behind the mission to Canopus amping up her urgency to return home.


16. BOG BODIES GN

(W) Declan Shalvey (A) Gavin Fullerton, Nalty Rebecca (CA) Declan Shalvey

Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues: https://previewsworld.com/Search?mode=A&q=bog%20bodies For New Readers (No Spoilers):

An Irish gangster on the run after a job gone wrong stumbles upon a young woman lost in the Dublin mountains. Injured and unarmed, the unlikely pair must try to evade their pursuers and survive the desolate bog that has served as a burial ground for unspeakable murder throughout history. DECLAN SHALVEY (INJECTION, SAVAGE TOWN) and GAVIN FULLERTON (Bags) deliver a cold and poignant story of crime, survival, and regret.


NEW: Permanent Pull List!


Check out the hottest new ongoing series and add them to YOUR pull list today!


Click the arrow on the right to see all the featured comics! A list of the titles is also available below!


Featured Titles Left To Right:

  • Hexagon #2

  • Tartarus #3

  • Sweet Heart #2

  • SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #7

  • Hidden Society #3

  • Sera & The Royal Stars #8

  • The Red Mother #5

  • Reaver #8

  • Protector #4

  • The Plot #5

  • Once & Future #8

  • Nomen Omen #6

  • Mirka Adolfo's Mercy #2

  • No One's Rose #2

  • Middlewest #17

  • Bitter Root #8

  • Finger Guns #3

  • Decorum #2


Kids (All Ages) Comic of the Month!

(W) Damien (A/CA) Alex Fuentes


Get the Diamond Order Code for this issue and previous issues:

https://previewsworld.com/Catalog/FEB201852

For New Readers (No Spoilers): In the year 2036, rich young Nat Kanan receives a genetically engineered "pet" as a bodyguard, and just in time too - his dad is in debt to some nasty criminal gangsters and now they've set their sights on Nat's new GenPet!

Thanks so much for reading! Come back next month for the next Top Independent Comics for March!


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