In a deluge of year’s-best lists and maddening holiday preparation rituals (a.k.a. last-minute shopping), it’s easy to overlook December’s new offerings. This final month in a truly excruciating year still holds its own delights (and at this rate, we should enjoy material comforts while we can), from the return of fan-favorite Nova, Richard Rider, to the first Star Wars series based on a character created under the Marvel banner, to the long-awaited premiere of Motor Crush, the attitude-oozing creator-owned series from the team who revamped Batgirl for the modern age. All of this plus Paste contributor Tini Howard’s DC debut await you this Wednesday. Just be mindful of drunk Santas and naughty elves on the way to your local comic book shop.