Here’s my look at what graphic novels of interest are coming out in June 2022 (and beyond).
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A full list of solicitations is available here.
- My Buddy, Killer Croc, on sale August 30, $10 (Bookshop)
- The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries, vol. 2, on sale July 19, $13 (Bookshop)
- Wash Day Diaries, on sale July 5, $14 (Bookshop)
Graphic novel thoughts
“My Buddy, Killer Croc” features a young boy new to Gotham City, who idolized a wrestler back in Florida named Waylon Jones. Of course, Waylon is also in Gotham, now known as Killer Croc.
The second and final volume of “The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries” is out in July. The series is a follow-up to “Scooby-Doo Team-Up,” but focused on the Batman Family. This volume features the Creeper (the DC hero, not the Scooby-Doo villain), as well as the Shaggy Man (the DC villain, not Shaggy Rogers).
“Wash Day Diaries,” by writer Jamila Rowser and artist Robyn Smith (of “Nubia: Real One”), focuses on the lives of four best friends living in the Bronx. To quote the solicitation:
Wash Day Diaries tells the story of four best friends–Kim, Tanisha, Davene, and Cookie–through five connected short story comics that follow these young women through the ups and downs of their daily lives in the Bronx.
The book takes its title from the wash day experience shared by Black women everywhere of setting aside all plans and responsibilities for a full day of washing, conditioning, and nourishing their hair. Each short story uses hair routines as a window into these four characters’ everyday lives and how they care for each other.
The graphic novel is an expanded version of, and stems from, a Kickstarter comic by the creators, which was simply titled “Wash Day.”
Image art by Robyn Smith. (Chronicle Books)