Anthony’s independent comics picks for March 2018

Here’s a look at what non-Marvel/DC Comics are coming out for March 2018.

Archie

A full list of solicitations is available here.

  • Mighty Crusaders #4, on sale March 21, $4
  • Cosmo #3, on sale March 7, $4

Boom! Studios

A full list of solicitations is available here.

  • Mech Cadet Yu, vol. 1 TPB, on sale May 2018, $15
  • Lumberjanes #48, $4

IDW

A full list of solicitations is available here.

  • Back to the Future: Tales From the Time Train #4, $4

Image

A full list of solicitations is available here.

  • Copperhead, vol. 4 TPB, on sale March 28, $17

Other

  • Floundering Fathers: A Pearls Before Swine collection, $15

Comments

Copperhead, vol. 4 TPB
Art by Scott Godlewski and Ron Riley.

A new “Pearls Before Swine” collection is due out in March, though the title suggests more of a Presidents’ Day theme from the previous month.

Archie launches yet another horror book this month, “Vamperonica,” which features Veronica becoming a vampire. Given Archie’s severe delays in their other horror titles, I still wonder why they don’t just release this new one as a graphic novel, versus monthly issues. Or at least as a miniseries?

Disney to take a minority stake in Boom! Studios

The biggest news affecting non-Big Two comics this month is the recent news that Disney will buy most of Fox’s assets. Along with the purchase, they’ll be gaining ownership of Fox’s minority stake in Boom! Studios. Fox already had “first look” rights for film adaptions of their comics.

I’m not sure what Disney plans to do with the Boom ownership. One possibility some have suggested is Disney moving their licensed books (“Star Wars Adventures,” “Uncle Scrooge”) from IDW to Boom. Another option Disney could pursue is to sell off their Boom stake, if they feel owning Marvel’s enough.

However, there might not be much of a reason for Disney to sell the stake. Even if Disney bought Boom outright, it wouldn’t run into any antitrust issues (versus, say, trying to buy rival DC, which can’t/won’t happen).

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