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18 New Comics and Graphic Novels for August 2023

With each new month comes fresh new reads being published! Here are 18 new comics and graphic novels for August 2023 to round out your summer. Don’t forget to take a look at the bottom of the page for some recommendations for where to get your hands on these titles!

Cover for the comic Eve: Children of the Moon TP. Eve walks through a snow storm with Wexler, a stuffed bear, walking beside her. The moon glows in the sky.

Eve: Children of the Moon TP

Illustrator: Jo Mi-Gyeong, she/her

Colorist: Brittany Peer, they/them

Letterer: Andworld Design, he/him

Writer: Victor LaValle, he/him

Publisher: Boom! Studios

Publish Date: August 1, 2023

Pages: 144

ISBN13: 9781684159048

The long-awaited return of the Afrofuturist, coming-of-age adventure, perfect for first-time fans!

Eve saved the world once already, embarking on a perilous quest to protect what remained of humanity after a deadly virus outbreak… but the story continues!

Selene, a source of hope for the many children that flocked to her rest stop, resents Eve, Eve’s sister, and Wexler. The conflict amongst them and the survivors is dire… even sowing the potential for civil war. But an A.I. with terrifying origins from deep beneath the sea brings new revelations about the threats they face… not only of earth, but beyond.

Eve and her companions face new challenges and a darkness from their past, in this exciting sequel series from award-winning author and lauded professor Victor LaValle (The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle’s Destroyer) and returning Eve artist Jo Mi-Gyeong (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance). Collects Eve: Children of the Moon #1-5.”

Cover for the comic Malcolm Kid and the Perfect Song. A Black child wearing glasses and holding a keyboard looks up hopefully against a backdrop of tall buildings and a blue sky.

Malcolm Kid and the Perfect Song

Illustrator: Sarah Bollinger, she/her

Inker: Marika Cresta

Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, he/him

Book Designer: Carey Soucy, she/her

Writer: Austin Paramore, he/him

Editor: Robin Herrera, she/her

Editor: Sarah Gaydos, she/her

Editor: Grace Scheipeter

Publisher: Oni Press

Publish Date: August 1, 2023

Pages: 208

ISBN13: 9781637152232

“What does the perfect song sound like?

Normally, Malcolm Kid wouldn’t give this type of question the time of day. As a straight B-student with a heart of copper, he is far more concerned with overcoming mediocrity than he is with achieving perfection. But that all changes when he stumbles across the LK-2000—a strange keyboard cursed with the soul of an old jazz musician.

Malcolm soon learns that the only way to free this musician’s soul is by performing the perfectsong. With much hesitation, and the help of his lifelong friend January Young, Malcolm embarks on a musical journey across the city of New Bronzeville in the hopes of discovering the perfect song and finding himself as a musician along the way.”

I also want to mention here that I’ve actually read an advanced reader copy of this comic, and it was AMAZING!! I plan to share my review of it in the future in an issue of More Comics Please!, but you can check it out now if you want on my Storygraph or Goodreads accounts! If I could recommend one single comic to a newbie to them, it would be this comic. It’s so good, check it out!

Cover for the comic Saving Chupie. A young child holds a chupacabra in her arms as she walks through a forest and looks over her shoulder. Several yellow glowing eyes watch her from behind the leaves.

Saving Chupie

Illustrator: Ronnie Garcia, they/them

Writer: Amparo Ortiz, she/her

Publisher: HarperAlley, an imprint of HarperCollins

Publish Date: August 1, 2023

Pages: 224

ISBN13: 9780062950284

“Violeta Rubio only has one goal in mind for her first-ever trip to Puerto Rico: help Abuelita reopen her beloved restaurant. The only problem is that Violeta’s whole family thinks they can do it without her. Now Violeta doesn’t have anyone to hang out with or anything to do. But when best friend duo Diego and Lorena need help capturing the rumored chupacabra, Violeta sees her chance to change all that.

What she isn’t expecting is to run straight into the beast! Only…he isn’t as monstrous as everyone assumes. Sure, he’s got some scales and spikes, big red eyes, and pointy fangs—but he’s a totally puppy and loyal to a fault. Violeta must find a way to keep Chupie hidden and convince her newfound friends that he isn’t anything to be scared of.

And if that isn’t hard enough, a new threat lurks around the corner that is dead set on capturing Chupie for their own nefarious means. Will Violeta be able to save Chupie from the danger that surrounds them without sacrificing everything else in the process?

Saving Chupie captures the resilience of a young girl, a family, and an island in face of nearly impossible odds and proves that love and friendship conquers all in this timely new adventure inspired by Puerto Rican culture and lore.”

Cover for the comic Of Thunder and Lightning. The color palette is a salmon colored pink, black, and white. The background is abstract with illustrations of flowers in hexagons. There are two figures holding weapons in opposing hexagons, their faces in shadow, look at the viewer.

Of Thunder & Lightning

Illustrator + Author: Kimberly Wang, they/them

Publisher: Silver Sprocket

Publish Date: August 16, 2023

Pages: 80

ISBN13: 9798886200287

“To fight is to live, to fight is to die, to fight is to become something unknown.

In a world where pop media meets military power, two idol-supersoldiers are locked in a world-ending conflict on behalf of their corporate nations. Battles blast across a dying land, both sides convinced of their own righteousness. Ragnarok looms on the horizon. Yet Magni and Dimo—young icons created for the sole purpose of eliminating the other—find their closest reflection in their opposite. Now, completing their mission means destroying the one who understands them most.

Debut author Kimberly Wang crafts a thrilling two-tone sci-fi graphic novel, growing the seeds of hope from the gravel of apocalypse.”

Cover of the comic The Cull. A person lies down amidst colorful, orange to pink hued, abstract flowers or perhaps cells. Their arm covers their eyes. They hold a rod of some sort in their hand, and there are old self-harm looking scars on the forearm. In their other hand, they hold four small red flags, one of them with a sad face drawn on it.

The Cull, Issue #1

Illustrator: Mattia De Iulis

Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, he/him

Writer: Kelly Thompson, she/her

Publisher: Image Comics

Publish Date: August 16, 2023

UPC: 70985303806100121

“Something is Killing the Children horror vibes mix with The Goonies-style adventure as five friends set off to shoot a short film on a forbidden rock near their home the summer before they all go their separate ways. But that’s not really why they’re there. One of them has lied… and it’s a lie that will change their lives forever.”

Cover for the comic The Naked Tree. A woman stands with a wind up handle in her back next to a tree with two birds sitting at the top. She looks solemn or uncertain. The title is woven into the tree branches in yellow font.

The Naked Tree

Illustrator + Writer: Keum Suk Gendry-Kim

Translator: Janet Hong

Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Publish Date: August 22, 2023

Pages: 316

ISBN13: 9781770466678

“Critically acclaimed and award-winning cartoonist Keum Suk Gendry-Kim returns with a stunning addition to her body of graphic fiction rooted in Korean history. Adapted from Park Wan-suh’s beloved novel, The Naked Tree paints a stark portrait of a single nation’s fabric slowly torn to shreds by political upheaval and armed conflict. Fleshing out the characters in fresh, imaginative ways, and incorporating the original author into the story, Gendry-Kim breathes new life into this Korean classic.

The year is 1951. Twenty-year-old wallflower Lee Kyeonga ekes out a living at the US military Post Exchange where goods and services of varying stripes are available for purchase. She peddles hand-painted portraits on silk handkerchiefs to soldiers passing through. When a handsome, young  northern escapee and erstwhile fine artist is hired despite waning demand, an unlikely friendship blossoms into a young woman’s first brush with desire against the backdrop of the Korean War at its most devastating. 

Gendry-Kim brings a masterpiece of world literature to life with bold, expressive lines that capture a denuded landscape brutally forced into transition and the people who must find their way back to each other within it. The Naked Tree is exquisitely translated by award-winning expert Janet Hong.”

Cover for the comic Harley Quinn: The Animated Show: The Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour TP. Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy passionately embrace in the confines of a spotlight while several side characters look on in varying degrees of irritation and annoyance.

Harley Quinn: The Animated Series: The Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour TP

Illustrator: Max Sarin, they/them

Illustrator: Erich Owen

Colorist: Marissa Louise, she/her

Letterer: Taylor Esposito

Writer: Tee Franklin, they/she

Publisher: DC Comics

Publish Date: August 29, 2023

Pages: 144

ISBN13: 9781779520401

“Harley and Ivy are on the road trip of the century! Following the wedding disaster of the decade, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy end up on the run from Commissioner Gordon and the GCPD!

But as fun as that all sounds, Ivy still worries about her actions after Kite Man left her at the altar…luckily, Harley’s got the perfect scheme to shake her out of her wedding day blues. A HarlIvy Moon! But when they come face-to-face with one obstacle after another-old lovers? trust issues? childhood trauma?-not to mention a bevy of villains with their own bones to pick, will this Thelma and Louise-style journey end in victory, or tragedy? This packs in the entire run of the GLAAD Media Award-nominated series. Collects Harley Quinn: The Animated Series: The Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour #1-6.20″

Cover for the comic The Hills of Estrella Roja. The color palette is shades of green, blue, and purple. A pair of frightened looking people crouch at night amongst cactuses, a human skull with a scorpion on top, and a spider web.

The Hills of Estrella Roja

Illustrator + Author: Ashley Robin Franklin, she/her

Publisher: Clarion Books, an imprint of HarperCollins

Publish Date: August 29, 2023

Pages: 400

ISBN13: 9780358567028

“When college freshman Kat Fields receives a mysterious email urging her to visit a relatively unknown Texas town with a history of witchcraft, strange sightings, and ‘devil lights’—glowing red stars that appear above the town’s hills every night—she ditches her plans for spring break and takes a solo road trip to Estrella Roja to investigate for her podcast, Paranormal Texas, catchphrase: ‘Y’all stay spooky!’

Meanwhile, Marisol ‘Mari’ Castillo, is also headed for Estrella Roja to attend the funeral for her abuela whom she hasn’t seen since childhood, when her mom cut ties with the family and left town. Feeling lost and bored, she decides to help Kat after a chance meeting at the local diner—and, okay, it doesn’t hurt that Kat is super cute.

As the two girls grow closer not only to each other, but to uncovering the dark legacy that the town was built on, they discover that something hungry lurks beneath the strange stars and that in the hills of Estrella Roja, some secrets should stay buried.”

Cover for the comic Things in the Basement. The color palette is green and yellow. A young person stands backlit at the top of a stairwell looking into the basement where a number of strange things rest: a giant eyeball, an anthropomorphized mushroom, a crown, and more.

Things in the Basement

Illustrator: Ben Hatke, he/him

Publisher: First Second Books, an imprint of MacMillan

Publish Date: August 29, 2023

Pages: 240

ISBN13: 9781250909541

“It was supposed to just be a normal basement—some storage boxes, dust, you know, the usual basement stuff. But when Milo is sent by his mother to fetch a sock from the basement of the historic home they’ve moved into, Milo finds a door in the back that he’s never seen before. Turns out that the basement of his house is enormous. In fact, there is a whole world down there.

As Milo travels ever deeper into the Basement World, he meets the many Things that live in the shadows and gloom…and he learns that to face his fears he must approach even the strangest creatures with kindness.”

Cover for the comic Opus and Ashes. The color palette is blues and purples with a pop of yellow. The illustration shows a snowy night scene with a cabin in the background. Yellow light streams from the windows. In the foreground, an axe is embedded in a tree stump.

Opus & Ashes

Illustrator: Sergi Domènech

Colorist: Josh Jensen

Letterer: Sean Rineheart

Writer: Brett Seth Simon

Publisher: CEX Comics

Publish Date: August 30, 2023

Pages: 24

UPC: 79394597461000111

“A mother-daughter relationship is put to the ultimate test when they, along with the daughter’s best friend, find themselves trapped in a remote cabin during a blizzard. Will they be able to withstand the harsh conditions and the tension that arises between them? Only time will tell as they wait for the storm to pass.”

More August Releases!

Heartstopper Box Set, Volumes 1-4 by Alice Oseman – August 2

Quest by Crystal Wood and Jonathan Luna – August 2

Trve Kvlt TP by Liana Kangas and Scott Bryan Wilson – August 2

Akane-Banashi by Takamasa Moue and Yuki Suenaga – August 8

A Guest in the House by Emily Carroll – August 15

The Cull by Mattia De Iulis , Hassan Ostmane-Elhaou, and Kelly Thompson – August 16

All the Lovely Bad Ones by Naomi Franquiz, Brittany Peer, Joamette Gil, and Mary Downing Hahn – August 17

Pandora: Volume 1: The Awakening by Emma Kubert and Chris Silvestri – August 30

How to Read

So there you go! 18 new comics and graphic novels for August 2023! Which comics are you looking forward to reading this summer? Have any of these caught your eye? Let me know in the comments!

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A long graphic showing several comic books overlapped at the bottom by the title of this post: "18 New Comics and Graphic Novels for August 2023." The comics visible are Eve: Children of the Moon, Saving Chupie, Malcolm Kid and the Perfect Song, Of Thunder and Lightning, The Hills of Estrella Roja, The Naked Tree, Harley Quinn: The Animated Series: The Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour TP, The Cull, and Opus and Ashes.

Jessi Eoin (they/them) is an illustrator who loves making, reading, and talking about comics, and they have come to accept that this is probably how they would be lured by a kidnapper.