Can’t Wait for Comics | ‘Endless Winter,’ ‘King in Black’ and more

New comics arrive this week from Kaare Andrews, Dav Pilkey, Tom King, Clay Mann, Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, Paul Grist, Ryan Kelly, Ron Marz, Andy Lanning and more.

Let’s take a look at what’s arriving in comic shops, bookstores and on digital this week, from the latest issue of Marvel’s big crossover event to the return of Dav Pilkey to the end of Lumberjanes.

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.

DC’s 12-issue Black Label series Batman/Catwoman finally kicks off this week, almost a year after it was initially supposed to arrive. Tom King and Clay Mann team up to tell a love story about Batman and his sometimes enemy, sometimes more-than-friend Catwoman across three different timelines — including a future where they’ve had a daughter, Helena. The miniseries also promises to heavily feature the Joker and Andrea Beaumont, a.k.a Phantasm.

Dav Pilkey, creator of the Dog-Man and Captain Underpants graphic novel empires, returns this week with a spinoff featuring Cat Kid and his comic book club, which was previously introduced in the pages of Dog-Man. My son recommends this one wholeheartedly. If you’re looking for a good Christmas gift for an avid young reader, you can’t go wrong with this.

I think we’ve mentioned before that we’re big fans of these Marvel Snapshots one-shots; for the most part they’ve been excellent so far, with an interesting mix of creative teams and subject matter. This one is by Saladin Ahmed and Ryan Kelly, and takes place during the original Civil War event comic. Curated by Kurt Busiek and sporting a cover by Alex Ross — the original Marvels team — these are a fun way to revisit classic storylines from a more human perspective.

What is it about Daredevil that always seems to bring out the best work in its creative teams? In this issue, Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto kick off a new storyline, “Doing Time,” where the masked vigilante once again finds himself behind bars. Really, though, this is part 25 of a bigger story that’s been playing out since the relaunch, as Daredevil explores the consequences of his actions and a death he believes he’s responsible for.

This week brings the kickoff of Endless Winter, an event that will run through several of their titles –plus a few specials — during December. All nine of the chapters will be written by Ron Marz and Andy Lanning, and they’ll feature the Justice League, the Flash, Aquaman, Black Adam, the Teen Titans and more, fighting someone called the Frost King.

Fans of Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s run on Venom have known that “Knull is coming” for quite sometime, and now he’s here — in King in Black, which follows Empyre, Outlawed and X of Swords in terms of big Marvel events this year. Speaking of Empyre

I was excited when Marvel announced The Union, which was originally supposed to be a tie-in miniseries to their big Empyre event. Then COVID happened, and it disappeared from their plans, until this week … and now it’s a King in Black tie-in. I’m not exactly sure how that will work — did they have to redraw all the skrulls as symbiotes? — but I do suspect that this is more of its own thing with only a hint at being tied to the bigger event — ie a “Red Skies” crossover. Anyway, it features Paul Grist working on a Marvel title with a heavy UK bend to it — so I’m in, regardless.

The Fantastic Four take a much-needed vacation in the Fantastic Four: Road Trip one-shot by new Iron Man scribe Christopher Cantwell and artist Filipe Andrade. It features family fun, a station wagon … and a Reed Richards experiment gone wrong, as these things typically do. Maybe they should have gone to Walt Disney World instead.

Lumberjanes: End of Summer wraps up the story from the long-running series from BOOM! Studios’ BOOM! Box imprint.The oversized issue is by from cartoonist Kat Leyh, co-writer and co-creator Shannon Watters, artists Kanesha C. Bryant and Alexa Bosy, as well as returning co-creator and series artist Brooklyn Allen.

Kaare Andrews writes and draws a new miniseries for AWA’s Upshot line, E-Ratic. In it, Andrews introduces a new teen hero who gains super powers that he can only use for 10 minutes a time. Combine that with moving to a new town and inter-dimensional monsters, and you have the makings for what could be a fun series.

Eliot Rahal and Mattia Monaco team up for a new supernatural comedy from AfterShock Comics, Knock’em Dead. It’s about a comedian trying to break into the business, until an accident “changes everything.”

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