Anthony’s independent comics picks for January 2018

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Here’s a look at what’s coming out from non-DC/Marvel comic publishers for January 2018.

Archie

A full list of solicitations is available here.

  • Mighty Crusaders #2, on sale Jan. 10, $4
  • Cosmo #1, on sale Jan. 3, $3
  • Josie and the Pussycats, vol. 2 TPB, on sale Jan. 31, $13

Boom! Studios

A full list of solicitations is available here.

  • Mech Cadet Yu TPB, $15
  • Lumberjanes: Bonus Tracks TPB, $15
  • The Deep TPB, $15

IDW

A full list of solicitations is available here.

  • Star Wars Adventures, vol. 2: Unexpected Detour TPB, on sale February 2018, $10
  • Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #3, $4
  • Jem and the Holograms: Infinite TPB, on sale February 2018, $20
  • Back to the Future: Tales from the Time Train #2, $4
  • Back to the Future, vol. 5: Time Served TPB, on sale February 2018, $18
  • Time and Vine TPB, on sale February 2018, $25
  • Atomic Robo and the Spectre of Tomorrow #4 (of 5), $4

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A full list of solicitations is available here.

  • Copperhead #18, $4

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Cosmo #1
“Cosmo” #1. Art by Tracy Yardley.

Thom Zahler’s “Time and Vine” is getting a trade paperback release this month.

One of the alternate covers for this month’s “Back to the Future” comic shows Verne reading a comic book (titled “World Fair Comics”) at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Meanwhile, Jules is playing with what looks like a Superman action figure.

In real life, DC Comics made an aggressive push on Superman’s sudden popularity pretty early on (he’d debuted a year earlier in 1938’s “Action Comics” #1). In 1939 and 1940, DC published “New York World’s Fair Comics,” a two-issue series featuring Superman having an adventure at the World’s Fair. (Batman and Robin also appeared in issue #2.)

Archie to relaunch “Cosmo the Merry Martian”

Archie this month is relaunching its short-lived late 50s humor title “Cosmo the Merry Martian” as a new ongoing series. The original series lasted for six issues, though Archie reprinted the stories for decades afterwards. Cosmo himself would also turn up occasionally in Riverdale as a toy, in-universe cartoon or sci-fi character, etc.

Simply titled “Cosmo,” the new series features updated versions of the original cast, similar to the take Archie’s given the rest of its line in recent years. In this case, “Cosmo” replaces the now-departed Sonic the Hedgehog franchise as a kid-friendly action/adventure title. It even has as a writer Ian Flynn, who was the main writer on Archie’s Sonic titles.

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