This Week’s Comics: Friendship Challenges

Highlights from this week’s list of new comics, manga, and graphic novel releases include, a new Ben 10 graphic novel from BOOM! Studios. Marvel Comics releases a new Spider Gwen trade, Amazing Powers, while Viz Media continues their Pokemon Adventure Collector Editions with volume 3.

The List:

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONSArchie And Friends Endless Summer #1, $2.99Archie 1000-Page Comics Spark TP, $14.99Betty And Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #285, $7.99World Of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #101, $7.99

ATHENEUM BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERSBeetle And The Hollowbones GN, $12.99 **Weekly Pick**

BOOM! STUDIOSBen 10 Volume 5 The Creature From Serenity Shore GN, $7.99Lumberjanes Volume 15 TP, $14.99

DARK HORSE COMICSAvatar The Last Airbender The Promise Omnibus TP, $24.99Disney Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas The Story Of The Movie In Comics HC, $10.99

DC COMICSLois Lane And The Friendship Challenge TP, $9.99 **Weekly Pick**

IDW PUBLISHINGMy Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #89 (Cover A Andy Price), $4.99Sonic The Hedgehog Volume 1 Consecuencias TP (Sonic The Hedgehog Volume 1 Fallout Spanish Edition), $15.99

JYZo Zo Zombie Volume 8 GN, $12.00

KEENSPOT ENTERTAINMENTJunior High Horrors April Fool’s Special #1 (Cover A Eric Kent GS X-Men Parody Variant), $5.99

MARVEL COMICSSpider-Gwen Amazing Powers TP, $12.99Spider-Ham Aporkalypse Now TP, $15.99

PAPERCUTZLoud House Volume 9 Ultimate Hangout GN, $7.99

VIZ MEDIAPokemon Adventure Collector’s Edition Volume 3 TP, $17.99

The Picks:

Beetle And The Hollowbones GN – Atheneum Books for Young Readers debuts a story about goblins, witches, and ghosts. Beetle is a twelve-year-old goblin living in the eerie town of ‘Allows. She is being homeschooled by her grandmother on how to be a witch, including learning to ride a broom. But Beetle would rather hang out with her best friend Blob Ghost, who is cursed to haunt the local mall. The return of Beetle’s old best friend, the beautiful, cool, great at magic and kind of famous online Kat, has her being left in the dust. Now, with Kat’s sorcerer mentor setting a vile scheme in motion, Beetle has less than a week to rescue her best ghost, encourage Kat to stand up for herself, and confront the magic she’s been avoiding for far too long. This graphic novel is perfect for fans of Adventure Time and Steven Universe.

Lois Lane And The Friendship Challenge TP – DC Comics introduces readers to a 13-year-old Lois Lane navigating the world of social media and friendship. It’s summer break, and Lois Lane has got a video channel that only gets two views a week and a best friend, Kristen, who isn’t as enthusiastic about social media. To increase views, Lois sees the big neighborhood picnic and bike race as the perfect backdrop for her and Kristen’s #friendshipchallenge video. But with the annual fireworks missing, and Kristen spending more time with the new girl on the block, Lois begins testing her friendship in ways she couldn’t imagine for internet fame. Will she get her #friendshipchallenge video posted or will she have to face her challenges IRL? Middle school readers will enjoy this new story by Lumberjanes co-creator Grace Ellis and Goldie Vance artist Brittney Williams.

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