December 2021 graphic novel picks and news

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Here’s a look at graphic novels of interest coming out for December 2021 (and beyond).

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Graphic novel picks

DC Comics

A full list of solicitations is available here.

Marvel

A full list of solicitations is available here.

  • Marvel’s Voices: Legacy TPB, on sale Jan. 19, $25 (Amazon)
  • Marvel-Verse: Moon Girl TPB, on sale Feb. 9, $10 (Amazon)

Other

  • Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors – Rise Up! GN, on sale Feb. 15, $10 (Amazon, Bookshop)

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“Static: Season One” (HC). Art by Khary Randolph. (Milestone/DC Comics)

Archie’s December 2021 comics and graphic novels list has only two single issues offered. Both are one-shot Christmas specials: one done in the traditional art style, another in the modern “realistic” style. Otherwise, it’s all digests.

Renee Montoya, in her identity as the Question, guest-stars in the January-released issue of “The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries.”

Another reason in favor of my switching to writing about graphic novels and trade paperbacks: this month’s “Amazing Spider-Man” is issue number… “80.BEY”. As in “Beyond”, its current storyline. Not even “80A” or its own stand-alone one-shot issue, but “80.BEY?!” Can’t imagine this being fun for someone organizing their back issues.

“Static: Season One” is a collection of the recent reboot of Static’s title.

“Marvel’s Voices: Legacy” is a trade paperback collection featuring stories about Marvel’s prominent (and obscure) Black heroes, including: Storm, Black Panther, Miles Morales, Ironheart, Luke Cage, Shuri, Nick Fury, and obscure characters Doctor Voodoo and the Blue Marvel. Doctor Voodoo (formerly “Brother Voodoo”; real name: Jericho Drumm) is a sorcerer, who even replaced Doctor Strange as Sorcerer Supreme at one point. The Blue Marvel (real name: Adam Brashear) is a hero with Superman-like powers who operated during the early 1960s (retroactively; the character was created in the 2000s). He mostly retired after his identity as a Black man was exposed to the American public. Adam is still alive; once again, he’s openly operating as a hero, thanks to his powers slowing his aging.

The “Moon Girl” TPB is a reprint of a few stories from Lunella’s series, mostly from later in its run.

“Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors – Rise Up!” is a middle-grade graphic novel featuring a group of kids and the eponymous kaiju. While Godzilla’s still coming up from the depths, no idea if he’s 30 stories high here.

Graphic novel shopping tips for the holidays

Christmas tree with DC Comics superhero ornaments

Photo by JD Hancock (Flickr / CC BY / cropped from original)

Since it’s the holidays, I’ve written my annual post on this year’s graphic novel picks.

I also wrote in last month’s graphic novel picks post on how to handle comic shopping this year, between ongoing supply chain issues, labor shortages, and US Postal Service problems. But since it’s the weekend of Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday (as of this writing), to summarize:

  • Do holiday shopping early.
  • Be open to alternate graphic novels if what you want isn’t available.
  • Consider buying the recipient a gift card for a local bookstore, comic shop, or Amazon.
  • If they’re a Marvel fan, consider giving a Marvel Unlimited digital comics subscription as a present. A one-year Marvel Unlimited gift subscription currently costs $60 (through December 31).
  • Other non-Marvel publishers also offer digital subscription services. Unfortunately, there’s no way to give any of these as a gift. (Not only is that a major flaw, but also a missed business opportunity.) One possible option: give a handwritten card with funds to cover buying (on the recipient’s own) a year’s subscription to a desired service? Still, the other major subscription options include:
    • DC Universe Infinite: a one-year subscription costs $75. There’s also a monthly subscription available for $8/month.
    • Viz’s Shonen Jump: no annual rates, but a subscription costs $2/month.
    • Comixology Unlimited: no annual rates, but a subscription costs $6/month.

Comic art by Khary Randolph. (Milestone/DC Comics)

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