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These Comics Are Experts in Beach

Yes, this is me making a Barbie reference a good six months after the movie came out. I only got to see it a couple of weeks ago, so you are going to cut me some slack and just enjoy the Stack!

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New Releases

Komi Can't Communicate Vol 28 cover

Komi Can’t Communicate Volume Twenty-Eight by Tomohito Oda

In the latest installment of this long-running series, shy Komi has finally started dating Tadano, the boy who is helping her come out of her shell enough to make 100 friends. But can their relationship survive a super-awkward day out with Komi’s dad?

Steel of the Celestial Shadows Vol 1 cover

Steel of the Celestial Shadows Volume One by Daruma Matsuura

Ryudo’s mother’s last wish was for him to be an honorable warrior, but a curse stands in the way, preventing Ryudo from getting near any form of metal, including swords. He decides suicide is the only option — until a mysterious woman saves his life and offers him a new path to greatness and satisfaction.

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Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: the beach! I could have sworn I did this one when I first took over the Stack, but I found no record of it while going through those early newsletters. So here, enjoy some beach time in this sort of cold January weather!

cover image for Goldie Vance vol 1

Goldie Vance by Hope Larson, Brittney Williams, and Sarah Stern

Teenage Goldie wants nothing more than to be the hotel detective at the beach resort her father owns in St. Pascal, Florida. But when a case more complicated than a missing toddler comes her way, are Goldie and her friends up to the challenge?

You Brought Me the Ocean cover

You Brought Me the Ocean by Alex Sanchez and Julie Maroh

Jake Hyde loves the beach, which is a problem when your father drowned and you live in the middle of the desert. As if that wasn’t enough, Jake is pining after the school’s swim captain, but he hasn’t come out to anyone yet, not even his best friend, Maria. Follow the future Aqualad as he learns the truth about his family and himself — and helps others to see the truth, too.

Personally, I prefer reading about the beach to actually going there. But if you do actually enjoy beach time, just hang in there! Winter will be over before you know it.