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August 2022 graphic novel picks and news

Here’s a look at what graphic novels of interest are coming out in August 2022 (and beyond).

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DC Comics

A full list of solicitations is available here.

  • Diana and Nubia: Princesses of the Amazons, on sale Nov. 8, $10 (Bookshop)

IDW

A full list of solicitations is available here.

  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Imposter Syndrome, on sale Oct. 2022, $16

Another Nubia graphic novel

Diana and Nubia, Princesses of the Amazons
“Diana and Nubia, Princesses of the Amazons.” Art by Victoria Ying. (DC Comics)

Nubia’s current resurgence in popularity brings us another graphic novel starring Wonder Woman’s sister. Coming out this fall is “Diana and Nubia: Princesses of the Amazons,” a sequel to “Diana, Princess of the Amazons.” Both are aimed at kids, giving them a kid-friendly introduction to Nubia. It’s also gay-friendly; besides being set on Themyscira, Diana and Nubia have two Moms.

Nubia’s other major kid-friendly appearance was a few years ago in “Scooby-Doo Team-Up.”

Annuals are still a thing?

Sonic the Hedgehog 2022 Annual
“Sonic the Hedgehog 2022 Annual.” Art by Yui Karasuno. (IDW)

 

I noticed coming out in October is a “Sonic the Hedgehog” annual. Which reminds me that they’re still a thing publishers produce, even if their purpose has waned. The website How to Love Comics states annuals were first created to fill holes in monthly publishing schedules.

Originally, annuals in the early 60s were reprints, back when reprints had to otherwise appear in a regular monthly issue. However, they soon became a source of new stories, and stayed as such. Marvel and DC in the 90s tied annuals into a theme (such as DC’s Elseworlds), or into crossovers.

These days, annuals don’t seem as prominent or important. Trade paperbacks, omnibus volumes, and digital comics collect most or all issues in a book’s run. Meanwhile, extra-long issues of regular comics, miniseries, graphic novels, and the like fulfill crossover or stand-alone storytelling purposes.

Still, when done right, annuals can offer fans some memorable stories. The classic Superman story “For the Man Who Has Everything,” for instance, appeared in 1985’s “Superman Annual” #11.

Image art by Victoria Ying. (DC Comics)

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