Can’t Wait for Comics | Jokers, a ronin and the return of the Runaways

New comics arrive this week from Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok, Rainbow Rowell, Natacha Bustos, Eastman & Laird, and more.

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.

Coming out of the Joker Wars event, the latest run of Batgirl wraps up this week with a double-sized 50th issue that not only wraps up the series, but also serves to introduce Ryan Wilder to the comics universe. Wilder is the name of the new Batwoman on The CW’s Batwoman TV show, and her appearance here could have implications for the comic-book Batwoman down the road.

The third and final issue of Batman: Three Jokers also arrives this week, bringing the Black Label title by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok to an end.

It’s all Batman events all the time now at DC, it seems, or at least for this week. The Darkest Night, a.k.a. the character formerly known as the Batman Who Laughs, graces the cover of another Dark Nights: Death Metal crossover title.

And now for some non-Batman news — Marvel’s X of Swords crossover, which has been a ton of fun so far, hits the halfway mark this week with X of Swords: Status. Marvel’s mutants spent the first half of the crossover getting their swords ready for the big battle on Otherworld, and now it’s time to fight!

After delays due to COVID-19, Marvel surprised fans with a last-minute announcement that Runaways #32 will arrive this week. Rainbow Rowell and Natacha Bustos return to tell us what happens following the Doc Justice’s J-Team arc that wrapped up in issue #31.

This week brings the release of The Last Ronin #1, a much-anticipated “lost” comic idea from Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Set in a future where there’s just one turtle left, he “goes on a seemingly hopeless mission to obtain justice for his fallen family and friends.”

A new Aftershock title from Brandon Thomas, Lee Ferguson and the wonderful Jose Villarrubia debuts this week, about the last remaining human in a world now filled with demons and monsters. Despite having a title that “rolls” off your tongue like a “stone,” this looks like it could be fun.

My colleague Shane Bailey actually reviewed an advance copy of Giga by Alex Paknadel, John Le, Aditya Bidikar and Rosh last month. Here’s what he said:

It’s about a civilization that centers around, and in, giant deactivated mechs. I found the world built around these mechs fascinating. It’s one of those ideas where you ask yourself, “How has no one done this already?” It’s not only brilliant, but it’s executed so well that you’ll be seeing these images and thinking about the world and the characters within it well after reading the first issue.

As we get closer to the end of the year I always start thinking about what to put on my “best of” list, and Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen: Who Killed Jimmy Olsen? is definitely in contention. If you missed out on the series by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber, now’s your chance to grab it as a trade paperback.

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