There are some great new comics series launching this month, including Bombshells United, the spin-off/continuation of the DC Bombshells series that is such a reader favorite. It will also be very interesting to see what prose writer Rainbow Rowell, responsible for such hits as Fangirl and Eleanor and Park, does with the Marvel property Runaways (along with Kris Anka on art). Image Comics had quite a few interesting sounding series launching in September as well, but you’ll find only one (excellent) series from them on here. When they start publishing comics with more creative teams that include women (their roster of #1s for September is Not Great), then they’ll have more entries on this list! Generally speaking, I’d like to see the industry do better in this regard, but until that happens, you can definitely find some great stories in the comics on this pull list.
Bombshells United #1 - Marguerite Bennett, Marguerite Sauvage, and Terry Dodson (DC Comics, September 6)
Remember when I was lamenting the end of the DC Bombshells series last month? I knew this new incarnation was on the horizon, but it’s always sad to say goodbye to something so excellent. But this new outing takes the Bombshells premise — lady superheroes fighting at the front lines of an alternate history World War II — and brings the action to America. Bennett has promised to bring some Asian American storylines into this series, and I’m really eager to see what she does here.
Motor Crush #6 - Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr (Image Comics, September 6)
This new arc of an awesome motorcycle racing league comic (one that had some controversy surrounding it when it first launched because supposedly some comics shops were reluctant to order and stock a comic with a black woman on the cover) delves into main character Domino Swift’s mysterious past. I cannot express enough admiration for this creative team, who were behind DC’s amazing recent Batgirl run; I’m so happy they’re still together and putting out this great comic. This issue has four variant covers, from Babs Tarr, Kris Anka, Jake Wyatt, and Kevin Wada — usually variants don’t do much for me, but that’s quite a list of talent!
Star Wars: Captain Phasma - Kelly Thompson, Marco Checcetto, and Paul Renaud (Marvel, September 6)
If you know me at all (and if you don’t, HI!), you know that my love for Star Wars is epic and true. That’s why I’m so excited about this comic. I am really curious to learn more about Captain Phasma (which is why I’m also looking forward to Delilah Dawson’s upcoming novel, Phasma) but also, I’m so excited that Kelly Thompson is writing this one. Women have been doing excellent work on the prose side of the new Star Wars universe, but the only comic that’s been penned by a woman is Han Solo (Marjorie Liu, with Mark Brooks doing art). I’m so glad to see that Marvel has a woman writing this important lady character.
Runaways #1 by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka (Marvel, September 13)
I can’t say I was thrilled when Rainbow Rowell was announced as the new writer of Runaways (though I’m stoked to have Kris Anka on art), but I’m definitely willing to give this series a chance. Runaways was one of my first entry points into the Marvel Universe, and it holds a special place in my heart. This series brings back the bulk of the original cast, including Gert, which is an excellent twist. This is prose author Rowell’s first outing as a comics writer, and I’m eager to see how she adapts to the medium. I certainly hope she does justice to this fan-favorite team.
DuckTales #1 by Joe Caramagna, Lucas Usai, and Marco Ghiglione (IDW Publishing, September 13)
I absolutely adored the first episode of the new incarnation of DuckTales (with David Tennant voicing Scrooge McDuck!), so I was excited to discover that there is, in fact, a spin-off comic series! Joe Caramagna, the series’ writers, said in an interview with The Washington Post that the focus of the comic series would be on family. I love that message, and I also love Caramagna (he’s the letterer behind Ms. Marvel, in addition to his extensive work as a comics writer), so I’m doubly excited to see a creator I respect take on a franchise I have a lot of nostalgia for.
Generations: Captain Marvel & Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1 - G. Willow Wilson, Paolo Villanelli, and Nelson Blake (Marvel, September 20)
I’ll admit that I don’t know much about Marvel’s current event, called Generations, other than it takes place outside of Marvel current continuity (thank god). This means that these stories can be told without affecting what’s currently going on in the series you read. This comic appears to be a story that teams Carol Danvers’ previous incarnation, Ms. Marvel, with Kamala Khan. I can’t pretend I really get all of this (I’ve been studiously avoiding Marvel news because of the creative decisions they’ve made recently), but I make no secret of the fact that I adore Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel. That’s enough to make me at least pick this issue up (especially because it’s written by G. Willow Wilson).
SLAM Next Jam #1 by Pamela Ribon, Marina Julia, and Veronica Fish (BOOM! Studio, September 27)
If you’re not familiar with SLAM, you missed out on a excellent lady roller derby comic starring two good friends who are assigned to rival teams. The first run was plagued with delays, unfortunately, but the series is BACK in September for a second go-round. Not only that, but the first trade is out now, so you can catch up on this series and then pick up the first issue of the new run starting in September. It looks like they added a different artist for this second run (Fish, the original artist, is only doing covers for this issue), so it will be interesting to see how the new art style works for this comic.