The coronavirus pandemic has seen the direct market’s offerings disrupted, delayed, and/or altered to a large degree. As such, it led me to stop writing these comics solicitations posts. However, the mainstream book publishing channels are still going on as usual, and that includes graphic novels.
Thus, I thought I’d look at what graphic novels of interest are out for June, even if it’s a short list (per solicitations being a bit spotty right now). Given my feelings about both the direct market as a (flawed, problematic, and nonsensical) business model and single issue comics, I might be better off shifting my focus to graphic novels and trade paperbacks, anyway.
Note given the pandemic/current state of publishing, the following dates might change.
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A full list of solicitations is available here.
- You Brought Me the Ocean GN, on sale June 9, $17 (Amazon, Bookshop)
- Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed GN, on sale June 2, $17 (Amazon, Bookshop)
“You Brought Me the Ocean” is the new DC young adult graphic novel featuring Aqualad. It’s apparently still being released just in time for LGBTQ Pride Month. The Aqualad of this graphic novel is the modern version, the African-American Jackson Hyde.
Also coming out in June is a new Wonder Woman graphic novel. It’s another story about a teenage Diana learning of the outside world for the first time. This one mentions refugees on rafts, however, which seems to add a modern spin on things.