10 Comics to Look Out For in February

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on January 20, 2016.

Movies and television come in seasons, books and music remain evergreen, but comics come out at a constant pace. It’s a treadmill and that’s a good thing. No matter who you are or what your current tastes may be, there’s little doubt that you can find something that appeals to you each week. Whether you’re looking for superheroes, creator-owned inventions, new translations, or something else, there’s always a new comic waiting just around the corner.

However, that rate of publication can make it difficult to keep up on all of the announcements. That’s why we’re putting together a list of the most notable new releases coming up in the month of February 2017. Rather than spend hours parsing through the Previews catalog, start here with these 10 slides. We guarantee you’ll find something here that you need to check out, and it’ll give you plenty of time to let your local shop pre-order a copy with your name on it.

So what are you waiting for? Click ahead to see what February has to offer in comics.

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Batwoman: Rebirth #1

Published by DC Comics

Written by James Tynion IV and Marguerite Bennett

Art by Steve Epting

There’s no disputing that the first wave of Rebirth series have been a big success for DC Comics, and round two kicks off in February with the one-shot premiere of Batwoman. As the leader in Detective Comics, Batwoman has brought back a passionate fanbase while discovering a brand new one. Now she gets to explore Gotham City on her own in this series from a true all-star lineup, including the return of Steve Epting to superhero comics.

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The Belfry (One-Shot)

Published by Image Comics

Created by Gabriel Hardman

Gabriel Hardman was ready for a break from his work on storyboards (including those on the upcoming film Logan) and the ongoing series Invisible Republic. His answer to all of that great work? More of it. The Belfry is a stunning tonal poem that delves into the darkest trenches of horror, providing new twists and imagery to the vampire genre. As a one-in-done story, readers are bound to be thirsting for more after they turn the final page.

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Bullseye #1

Published by Marvel Comics

Written by Ed Brisson

Art by Guillermo Sanna

February sees a major expansion to the Daredevil universe with three new series – including Elektra (created by Matt Owens and Alec Morgan) and Kingpin (created by Matthew Rosenberg and Ben Torres). Of all these exciting additions, Bullseye tops the list. It comes with the gritty, street-level approach of writer Ed Brisson and kinetic artwork of Guillermo Sanna. This is sure to be a violent treat for fans of Marvel’s deadliest marksman.

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Darth Maul #1

Published by Marvel Comics

Written by Cullen Bunn

Art by Luke Ross

When Darth Vader concluded it left a gaping hole in Marvel’s Star Wars line that demanded a Sith lord. The moody antagonist of Episode I has appeared to fill it. Darth Maul offered fans an incredibly cool appearance and awesome combat sequences, but little else in that first film. This new series promises to fill in the gaps of his history while offering more of what was already great. Darth Maul should offer both backstory and lightsaber duels to kill for.

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The Old Guard #1

Published by Image Comics

Written by Greg Rucka

Art by Leandro Fernandez

Any time that either Greg Rucka or Leandro Fernandez put out a new series at Image Comics, it’s a reason for interest. When they do one together, you absolutely have to pay attention. This pair is teaming up to tell the story of seemingly immortal soldiers on Earth, some of whom have worked as mercenaries for centuries. It’s a tale wrapped in history and politics, which play to both of their strengths in what should be a fascinatingly violent adventure.

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Snow Day

Published by Humanoids

Written by Pierre Wazem

Art by Antoine Aubin

Humanoids is bringing this French noir to English-speaking audiences for the first time in February. It’s the story of a quiet town with a new sheriff who discovers things aren’t as sleepy as they seem when you pay attention. With careful pacing and dynamite mysteries, this is one volume you won’t be able to put down. It’s perfect to cuddle up with, alongside a cup of cocoa, when you have a snow day of your own in February.

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Soupy Leaves Home

Published by Dark Horse Comics

Written by Cecil Casttelucci

Art by Jose Pimienta

In a new all-ages tale from the writer of Shade the Changing Girl, a young woman escapes an abusive household on an adventure of her own. Traveling across the country with a hobo aimed at California, Soupy discovers new joys and reasons to live. It’s an affirming tale that is beautifully illustrated by Jose Pimienta. While sadness accompanies the fun, this is a story worth sharing with comics lovers both young and old.

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Steven Universe #1

Published by Boom! Studios

Written by Melanie Gillman

Art by Katy Farina

The newest Steven Universe series begins in February, offering current fans a chance to continue and new ones a chance to hop on. The Kaboom! line has made sure each new adaptation of this incredible cartoon has stuck to the heart of the series while showing off exciting new voices. This new #1 should be no exception either. Even if this is your first encounter with Steven and the Crystal Gems, it’s bound to be a delight.

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The Walking Dead #163

Published by Image Comics

Written by Robert Kirkman

Art by Charlie Adlard

After the devastating events of “All Out War”, The Walking Dead resumes with an issue that’s perfect for new readers. It’s perfect because it costs only 25 cents. In an effort to encourage show watchers to check out the comic, Kirkman and Adlard are publishing two issue of the series in February and the first costs far less than a soda. Even if you’ve never read The Walking Dead, it’s impossible to turn down a deal this good.

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The Wildstorm #1

Published by DC Comics

Written by Warren Ellis

Art by Jon Davis-Hunt

Following the success of Gerard Way and his collaborators at the pop-up imprint Young Animal, Warren Ellis will be starting a similar initiative with the newest form of Wildstorm. The initial collection of titles kick off in February with The Wildstorm, a comic that will set the scene and mood of this revamped superhero universe. Knowing Ellis and his collaborators, it’s bound to be thought- and conversation-provoking. So don’t risk being left behind in discussions at your shop next month.

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About chasemagnett

Chase is a mild-mannered finance guy by day and a raving comics fan by night. He has been reading comics for more than half of his life (all 23 years of it). After graduating from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with degrees in Economics and English, he has continued to research comics while writing articles and reviews online. His favorite superhero is Superman and he'll accept no other answers. Don't ask about his favorite comic unless you're ready to spend a day discussing dozens of different titles.
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