We dive into January 2024’s bestselling graphic novels. The NYC Public School System is publishing their own historical comic. Garth Ennis returns to The Punisher for a new Max series at Marvel. All on Comic Book Club News for February 9, 2024.
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Garth Ennis is back on The Punisher.
This is Comic Book Club News for February 9, 2024.
January 2024 Bestselling Graphic Novels Led By Saga:
Yesterday we brought you the bestselling single issues of January 2024. Mostly Marvel, some Image, and DC, and that was pretty much it. The bestselling graphic novels of the month are much more all over the place, publisher-wise, and are led by Image Comics snagging eight of the slots on the Top 20.
As reported by ICv2, the list was led by Saga, Volume 11 in units sold. Saga also took two other slots on the chart, for both the tenth and first volume of the series. Perennial favorite IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin was hot on its heels at number two. TMNT held the number two slot on the dollars earned chart, as well, though the $125 ROM: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus from Marvel took the top slot on that list.
Back to units sold, Where the Body Was by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips held steady at number three. And two James Tynion IV books took the next two slots, Something is Killing the Children, and W0rldtr33.
Perhaps most surprising, though, is the number six slot, which was taken by Dark Horse Comics’ Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser Omnibus by Fritz Leiber, collecting classic stories illustrated by Howard Chaykin, Mike Mignola, Dennis O’Neil, Al Williamson, Walt Simonson, and more. I mean that sounds pretty great, consider one more copy sold.
NYC Public Schools Publish Comic About Dolores Huerta:
Move over, DC and Marvel. Get out of here, Image and Dark Horse. Oni and IDW? Take a hike! The hottest comic book publisher on the block is the New York City Department of Education. And as part of its Civics For All initiative, the governmental body is publishing 100,000 copies of a new comic book to distribute free to students.
As reported by Popverse, the book is part of a series titled Historias de Resistencia, and focuses on Dolores Huerta, a civil rights leader who specialized in the rights of farmers and unions. The book is written by Henry Barajas, with art by Louie Chin, and in addition to the 100,000 distributed copies is also available free online, whether you’re an NYC school student, or not.
Said Barajas: “Historias de Resistencia: Dolores Huerta and the Plight of the Farm Workers’ Union Organizers is more than just a comic book. It is a tribute to the power of grassroots activism and the enduring legacy of one Mexican American woman’s fight for justice. Through its pages, readers of all ages can absorb, study, and be inspired to stand up for what is right.”
This is far from the first comic published by the Civics For All iniative’s Comics Group. Started in 2020 along with Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey with a title called Action Activists, the group has published 18 books in total, including the upcoming one on Dolores Huerta. Highlights include last year’s We Belong, written by Greg Pak, and Awaiting a Wave, a reprint of the Eisner-award nominated web comic by recent Comic Book Club guest Nate Powell. You can check out their full archive online.
Garth Ennis Returns To The Punisher For New Max Series Get Fury:
Garth Ennis is back on The Punisher! Following up on his character defining take in Punisher: Born Again, Punisher: MAX, and many other runs, Ennis is pitting a Vietnam-era Frank Castle against another legacy hero: Nick Fury, in a five issue Max-rated series for Marvel titled Get Fury.
Said Ennis via press release: “There’s a nice sense of things coming full circle with GET FURY; the editor is my good friend Nick Lowe, who handled Born back at the beginning some 20+ years ago, and just like that story this one sees Frank Castle as a U.S. Marine in Vietnam (in fact, it goes some way to explaining how he ended up at Firebase Valley Forge in the first place). As the two most violent men in mainstream comics, Fury and Frank work well together- just like they did in the Vietnam sequence of Fury: My War Gone By. All in all, if GET FURY turns out to be the last time I write Frank, I think it’ll make for a worthy farewell.”
The series will also reunite Ennis with artist Jacen Burrows, and Dave Johnson on covers, as Fury is captured by the Viet Cong, so the CIA recruits Frank Castle to assassinate Fury before he can spill state secrets. The first issue will hit stores on May 1, 2024.
For Comic Book Club News, I’m Alex Zalben. And I bet The Punisher kills Nick Fury, and we never hear about him again. I know what I’m talking about.
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