We are back with a look at what’s arriving in comic shops, bookstores and on digital this week.
If you’re wondering what to get this week, check out a few recommendations below. ComicList has this week’s list of new comics arriving in stores, and the comiXology new releases page for what’s available digitally.
From the pages of Watchmen comes Rorschach, a new miniseries set 35 years after the original. Tom King and Jorge Fornes jump back into the world created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons with a story about the title character reappearing — and trying to kill a presidential candidate. King said Steve Ditko probably won’t like it, and I’m guessing you can add Moore to that list as well, but you might. [DC Black Label, $4.99]
Speaking of Watchmen, this week Dark Nights: Death Metal returns with a not-so-subtle reference to it on the cover. This latest chapter follows several one-shots that came out in September, detailing various activities by the heroes in the Dark Multiverse. Now Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo show us what’s been happening on Earth while they’ve been away. [DC Comics, $4.99]
DC’s holiday anthologies can be a mixed bag of tricks and treats; this latest Halloween one pulls in stories from an impressive line-up that includes John Arcudi, Saladin Ahmed, Garth Ennis, PJ Holden, Max Fiumara, Travis Moore, Tom Mandrake and more. The stories focus on DC’s magical heroes teaming with, um, less magical heroes — ie Green Lantern and Etrigan, for example. [DC Comics, $9.99]
This one was mi-stake-nly listed as coming out last week, but in fact it lands this week. Alex de Campi and Erica Henderson present Dracula, Motherf**ker!, a new pulpy story featuring everyone’s favorite vampire. The graphic novel with the naughty title will tell a story across two timelines — 1889 Vienna and L.A. circa 1974 — in an action-filled take on the popular Bram Stoker character. [Image Comics, $16.99]
I was surprised when Marvel announced not only that they had picked up the license for Warhammer 40,000, but also when they announced Kieron Gillen would be writing it. Well, maybe not so much on the latter, as Gillen’s always worn his gaming love on his sleeve. He’s joined by artist Jacen Burrows. This miniseries will focus on the “legendary Space Marine Chapter Master of the Warhammer 40,000 universe, Marneus Calgar,” who “leads his elite Ultramarines against humanity’s greatest threats and has had his dark past shrouded in mystery…until now.” [Marvel, $4.99]
My colleague Shane Bailey shared an advance review of this one last month, so let me steal from what he said: “This ancient world that Sebastian Girner, John Bivens, Iris Monahan and Jeff Powell have created is haunting in its familiarity. It’s a perfect way to tell the story of a woman haunted by her own past while attempting to avenge a bloody legacy so she can become something new.” [Vault Comics, $3.99]
It’s been about seven years since Gerard Way, Shaun Simon and Becky Cloonan teamed up for The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, the comic book spinoff of the My Chemical Romance album of the same name. This week the Killjoys return, in the new miniseries The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem. Simon and Way are joined by illustrator Leonardo Romero, colorist Jordie Bellaire and letterer Nate Piekos for this next noise-making chapter. [Dark Horse Comics, $3.99]
Following his well-received runs on comics like Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman and Midnighter, Steve Orlando brings his superhero sensibilities to a creator-owned series, Commanders in Crisis, with artist Davide Tinto. Commanders in Crisis is about “The last survivors of the Multiverse live among us under new, superheroic identities, five survivors of doomed worlds … taking a second chance to ensure our world lives on.” [Image Comics, $3.99]
It’s great when a project gets announced that seems to pull together several of your favorite creators who you might not have ever pictured working together. That’s what Oni Press has done with Dead Dudes, a new graphic novel by Christopher Sebela, Ben Sears, Warren Wucinich and Ryan Hill. It’s about the hosts of a ghost-hunting reality show who have to deal with the consequences of becoming ghosts themselves. [Oni Press, $13.99]
Just in time for Halloween comes The Vain, a new series from Eliot Rahal, Emily Pearson and Fred C. Stressing. This one’s about a group of vampires who steal blood from blood banks, and the FBI agent who spends decades tracking them down. [Oni Press, $3.99]