It’s difficult to believe that the end of the year is approaching so quickly, and yet, November is upon us. The warm weather has kept it from feeling like fall is truly here, but as the temperatures have finally begun dropping, you can feel the chill in the crisp air. It’s my favorite season of the year, for sure.
But the year isn’t over quite yet. We’ve still got two more months of comics releases to go. This month was a little lighter in terms of picks; focusing only on first issues and the end of story arcs mean that sometimes, it can be a challenge to find comics I really want to talk about. The number of issues on November’s pull list might be on the low side, but I think how varied and interesting each of them are more than makes up for it.
Bombshells United #5 - Marguerite Bennett, Siya Oum, and Emanuela Lupacchino (November 1, DC Comics)
I’ve been hearing awesome things about this new Bombshells series, and now that issue 5 has concluded this first story arc, I’m definitely look forward to reading it. The Bombshells premise imagines an alternate universe in which female superheroes are on the front lines of World War II. If you want to check the series out in trades, try the first run, called DC Comics Bombshells.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #26 - Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Various Artists (November 8, Marvel Comics)
This standalone issue of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is the perfect example of why I love this series. It’s a standalone issue that imagines what would happen if Doreen convinced all her favorite superheroes in the Marvel universe to create comics of their own. What kind of comics would each of them make? This issue features a lot of guest artists, and you can bet it’s a delight.
Port of Earth #1 - Zack Kaplan and Andrea Mutti (November 8, Image Comics)
I’m a big sci-fi fan (obviously, considering I write here), but one thing I especially love is near-future sci-fi. This particular series focuses on what would happen if aliens came to Earth — but instead of going to war with us, or any other agenda, they came for business reasons. I’m definitely intrigued by this series and am looking forward to seeing where it goes.
Brilliant Trash #1 - Tim Seeley, Priscilla Petraites,and Mike Norton (November 15, AfterShock Comics)
This superhero story features a teenage girl with immense powers and follows two female journalists as they try to figure out the mystery of what, exactly, is going on. I don’t have a lot of information to go on with this series, but it’s been described as “cyberpunk”, and judging solely from the talent attached and the brilliant colors of the cover, I’m willing to go along for this ride.
Betty and Veronica: Vixens #1 - Jamie L. Rotante, Eva Cabrera, Elaina Unger, and Rachel Deering (Archie Comics, November 15)
What would happen if Betty and Veronica decide to become part of a biker gang instead of hanging out at Riverdale High? That’s the premise of this new series, and really, that’s all I need to know to want to read it. This seems like a really fun companion to Riverdale, the popular CW series, and I wouldn’t mind seeing this badassness in the TV show as well.
Fence #1 - C. S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad (November 15, BOOM! Studios)
This fencing comic is described as appealing to fans of Check, Please! and Yuri on Ice. If you’re at all familiar with either of those properties, you’ll understand why that description is such a big deal — and why it sets such high expectations. Sports comics aren’t always my jam, but I don’t know much about the world of fencing, and this might be a fun way to check it out.
Black Panther: Prelude #2 - Will Corona Pilgrim and Annapaola Martello (November 15, Marvel Comics)
I mentioned this comic in last month’s round-up, but because it’s a two-issue series, I wanted to shout it out again. It sets up the story that we’ll see on the big screen in the Black Panther movie. Prelude and movie tie-in comics from Marvel haven’t always been the most stellar, but this is a great two-issue introduction to Black Panther’s world after the events in Captain America: Civil War.
Giant Days 2017 Special - John Allison and Jenn St. Onge (November 22, BOOM! Studios)
Giant Days is such a charming and fun series that focuses on three female friends and their adventures in college. This holiday special issue is a tribute to the classic Christmas movie Love, Actually. It’s also a tribute to the fantasy of London presented in movies, especially as it’s written for an American audience.