Looking for a new comic series or an entry point to a long-running franchise? Look no further as we explore the week’s best new indie comics and graphic novels. This week’s list is a little shorter than usual due to time constraints but there’s still a lot of good stuff. Roller derby, Yakuza demon hunting and a new series from a Hollywood director are all featured below.

NOTE several comics featured are digital only. You can find information at either the publisher’s website or Comixology.

Slam #1

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Pamela Ribon, Veronica Fish – Boom! Box

Let us dive into the dive into the fast-paced, hard-hitting world of roller derby! “Jennifer Chu and Maise Huff (aka Knockout and Ithinka Can on the track) have been best friends since their first day of Fresh Meat Orientation for the Eastside Roller Girls, but when they get drafted for two different teams they’ll have to figure out if the bond between them is stronger than the pull of a team when a win is on the line.” There’s an all-star team behind this comic, having worked on Why Girls are Weird, Moana, Rick & Morty and more. The talent alone would make this one a home run! (I have no idea how roller derby is scored).

Yakuza Demon Killers #1

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Amit Chauhan, Eli Powell – IDW Publishing

“Tokyo harbors a dark secret! When a museum heist goes wrong, a damaged thief named Ochita becomes trapped in the middle of a battle between a horde of demons and the merciless Yakuza. No matter who wins, humanity loses.” It’s the first issue of what is expected to be a six issue limited series.

Battle of Ozellberg #1 (Digital Only)

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Deon Brown, Jeff Morrow – Think Alike Productions

Battle of Ozellberg is a reinterpretation of the classic Red Riding Hood tale. “After losing her parents in battle, Jaana Eberhardt is sent out alone on a journey to aide her grandmother. On her way there, Jaana completely ignores her caretaker’s advice and engages in a conversation with a revenge seeking wolf that puts her grandmother in grave danger. Will Jaana be able to get grandmothers house before the Alwin the wolf can take his revenge on the now helpless grandmother?”

Red Dog #1 (Digital Only)

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Rob Cohen, Robert Atkins – 451

A new adventure series from Rob Cohen, director of Enter the Dragon and The Fast and the Furious. It’s not related to the Australian tale of Red Dog.

Kyle lives amongst 200 grownups on a distant mining colony light-years away from Earth,his best friend is the robotic K-9 named Q. During an upload of resources bound for earth, the alien natives of Kirawan launch a full scale attack on the human miners. The events that follow thrust Kyle and Q into the middle of a mysterious civil war; a war in which the fate of the planet will hang.

Alex + Ada: The Complete Collection (Graphic Novel)

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Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn – Image Comics

I read this series last year and loved it, plus with Westworld and the upcoming Ghost in the Shell film the subject matter never felt more relevant.

“The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids, but after Ada is dropped into his life, he discovers she is more than just a robot and takes a huge risk to unlock Ada so she can think for herself and explore life as a sentient android. Can they survive the consequences? This oversized hardcover collects issues #1-15.”

That’s our pick of the week. What are you reading? Let us know on Twitter or in the comments below.

Michael Vane is a freelance journalist and co-editor of PN2. He’s on Twitter @DrVane

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