New releases: January 2018 – graphic novels & comics

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I’m not at all a comic book reader and I don’t think I’ve ever even held a graphic novel. The only comic books I’ve read are the Belgian classics like Tintin, Kiekeboe or Suske & Wiske. But it’s the third Wednesday of January and I felt like looking at the comic & graphic novel genre this month when it comes to new releases. Other new releases of January 2018 can be found by genre right here on Goodreads.

  1. The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part Two by Michael Dante DiMartino & Irene Koh (Turf Wars #2)
    Publication date: January 17th, 2018
    Recovering from the fight and furious for revenge, Triple Threats member Tokuga solidifies his ties with the duplicitous Wonyong. Meanwhile, when Republic City’s housing crisis reaches its peak, Zhu Li sets her sights on the biggest public figure in the city—President Raiko—in a bid for the presidency! With her friend’s success, the future of the spirit portal, and the wellbeing of Republic City’s citizens at stake, can Korra remain neutral and fulfil her duties as the Avatar? Written by series co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino and drawn by Irene Koh (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Afrina and the Glass Coffin), with consultation by Bryan Konietzko, this is the official continuation of The Legend of Korra!
  2. The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 6: Imperial Phase, Part 2 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie & Matt Wilson (The Wicked + The Divine #29-33)
    Publication date: January 16th, 2018
    When you’re at the peak of your powers, there’s only one way to go. The question becomes – how many people are you willing to drag down with you? The bestselling, critically-acclaimed comic by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson reaches its most dramatic arc yet.
  3. Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer, Stephen Gilpin & Douglas Holgate (Wires and Nerve #2)
    Publication date: January 30th, 2018
    Iko – an audacious android and best friend to the Lunar Queen Cinder – has been tasked with hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele, the leader of a rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers who threaten to undo the tenuous peace agreement between Earth and Luna. Unless Cinder can reverse the mutations that were forced on them years before, Steele and his soldiers plan to satisfy their monstrous appetites with a massacre of the innocent people of Earth. And to show he’s serious, Steele is taking hostages. Cinder and Kai, Scarlet and Wolf, Cress and Thorne, and Winter and Jacin all feature in this epic new battle. But it is Iko who must face her deepest fears when she uncovers the truth about her own unusual programming.
  4. Aquaman, Volume 4: Underworld by Dan Abnett & Philippe Briones (Aquaman, Volume VIII TPB #4)
    Publication date: January 30th, 2018
    Former terrorists have replaced the Atlantean police. Crime lords control huge swaths of the kingdom. And a deadly undersea arsenal is trained on the surface-dwellers. All is as King Rath commands—and yet whispers persist of a rebel in the slums of Atlantis: A hero with the potential to change the world. In a tale that echoes sci-fi and fantasy sagas of the past, this critically acclaimed graphic novel is already being hailed as one of the greatest Aquaman stories ever told. Collects AQUAMAN #25-30.
  5. Hawkeye: Kate Bishop, Vol. 2: Masks by Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero, Julian Tedesco & Michael Walsh (Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #2)
    Publication date: January 2nd, 2018
    Hawkeye finally gets a lead on the top-secret case that brought her to Los Angeles in the first place – but to solve this mystery, Kate Bishop will have to take a good hard look at who she is and where she came from. Is she really ready to face the ghosts of her past? Maybe fixing things for a young client with oddly similar problems will help her fix herself! Probably not, though. At least she’ll get to punch through her frustrations courtesy of the Worst. Fight. Club. Ever. But when her friends get in trouble and need a helping hand from Hawkeye, she always comes through – right? So when she doesn’t, something must be really off. Who is this fake Kate, and what has she done with the real deal?

I know two of these, so proud of myself! I obviously know of Legend of Korra, not from the comics but from the TV show. I loved the original Avatar series, and I’ve seen parts of Korra’s story. I prefer Aang though, and I did know they were originally comic books. They are really stressing that this is the original continuation, so I’m guessing there are a lot of fake sequels out there. I have never heard of the second or third series, but I do know the author of the third series. Her modern fairytales have been on my to-be-read list for a while! I did not know there were also comic books by her hand out there. But I’ll start with the books first, I think. I have of course heard of Aquaman, a superhero from the DC Comics universe. Though all I know of him is what I’ve seen on The Big Bang Theory or from the newest movie Justice League. I prefer the Marvel universe though! But then we get to number five, and I’ve never heard of Kate Bishop. The only Hawkeye I know is the character played by Jeremy Renner in The Avengers-series. Apparently, there is a female version? Interesting!

That was it from me for the new releases this week. I knew (of) three out of the five books, guess I’ve absorbed a little bit more about comics and graphic novels than I thought!


Happy reading,

Loes M.

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