Welcome to Can’t Wait for Comics, your guide each week to what comics are arriving in comic book stores, bookstores and on digital.
This week brings another wave of both DC’s Future State and King in Black tie-in titles, as well as debuts from Terry Moore and W. Maxwell Prince, as well as tribute comic to Uncanny X-Men scribe Chris Claremont.
This is one I’m torn on: While I personally hate clowns, I do love Ice Cream Man, the horror anthology series that W. Maxwell Prince writes. In Haha, he’s kicking off another anthology series centered specifically on clowns, with rotating art teams. This first issue is drawn by Vanesa R. Del Rey, so it should look great even if it does include, you, know, clowns.
Zoe came into prominence in Rachel Rising and Five Years, two of Terry Moore’s previous series. She’s been 10 years old for 50 years, thanks to a demon that was possessing her, and now she’s using what she learned while possessed — how to be a serial killer — to track down the murderer of one of her childhood friends in Serial, a new 10-issue series. (And somehow this doesn’t disturb me near as much as the clowns in Haha).
Chris Claremont spent more than 15 years as the writer of Uncanny X-Men and other related mutant titles at Marvel. It isn’t often you see his name in the credits nowadays, but this week Marvel brings us a new story by him, drawn by Sean Chen, Brett Booth, Diego Olortegui and Bill Sienkiewicz, featuring Dani Moonstar and other special guests.
DC’s Future State continues to roll out this week, as they released seven new titles (not pictured: Teen Titans). Of these releases, the one that probably jumps out at me the most is Mariko Tamaki’s work on Dark Detective, which precedes her upcoming work on Detective.
King in Black also continues this week with three new releases, including the relaunch of Thunderbolts by Matthew Rosenberg and Juan Ferreyra. It features a completely different team than you’d usually associate with the Thunderbolts, as NYC Mayor (and perpetual bad guy) Kingpin assembles a new team to protect New York from Knull’s forces.
Humanoids kicks off a new series this week written by Eric Peterson and Joe Aubrey, and drawn by The Boys artist Darick Robertson. Space Bastards, a new science fiction comedy, is about mercenaries who work for the Intergalactic Postal Service and compete/fight against each other to make deliveries.
AWA launches a new title this week by Victor Gischler (Deadpool, The Punisher) and Niko Walter (Gasolina), titled Mann’s World. To me it almost sounds like Deliverance in space, as four friends take a vacation on another planet, run afoul of the hostile locals they managed to piss off and have to flee into the wilderness — which turns out to be hostile as well.