Can’t Wait for Comics | ‘Radiant Black,’ John Porcellino and ‘Orcs!’

See what new comics and graphic novels arrive in stores this week.

Welcome to Can’t Wait for Comics, your guide each week to what comics are arriving in comic book stores, bookstores and on digital.

Check out a few recommendations below, or visit ComicList for this week’s full list of new comics arriving in stores, and the comiXology new releases page for what’s available digitally.

Black Hammer: Visions #1

Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt teams up with Dean Kotz and Jason Wordie for the first issue of a spinoff miniseries set in Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Black Hammer universe. Each issue will focus on a different character by a different creative team, starting here with Golden Gail. [Dark Horse, $3.99]

Love Is A Battlefield #1

It’s February, which means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner … and with it comes another DC anthology built around the holiday. This one will feature 86 pages of romance stories starring Batman and Catwoman, Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor, Mister Miracle and Big Barda, Amanda Waller and more by the likes of John Ridley, Mark Russell, Cavan Scott, Tim Seeley, Rob Guillory, Pop Mhan and more. [DC, $9.99]

DC Future State

This week brings yet another batch of Future State titles from DC — seven of them , actually — including the second issues of Justice League, Teen Titans and Green Lantern. There’s also the third issue of Dark Detective, which will feature Bruce Wayne meeting the Next Batman [DC, $3.99 or $5.99, depending on the title]

King in Black

Meanwhile, at the House of Ideas, Knull continues to make his rounds in several King in Black tie-ins, including issues of Daredevil, Fantastic Four and S.W.O.R.D. Meanwhile the Thunderbolts take on a mob of “Knullified” inmates at Ravencroft Institute. And not even Wakanda is safe from the symbiote god, as Black Panther enters the fray in King in Black: Black Panther #1 by Geoffrey Thorne and German Peralta. [Marvel, $3.99 or $4.99, depending on the title]

Morbius: Bond of Blood

The living vampire is back in a one-shot that I can only assume would have been released alongside Sony’s Morbius film if it had come out last summer like it was supposed to. This one puts the spotlight on Morbius’ first kill when he became a living vampire, his research partner Emil Nikos, whose son has a rare blood disease and needs Morbius’ help. It’s by Ralph Macchio and Tom Reilly. [Marvel, $3.99]

ORCS! #1

Christine Larsen has been self-publishing and crowdfunding her wonderful Orcs! comics for awhile now; you can read more about how she got started on them here. BOOM! Studios had the good sense to start publishing them, and the first issue arrives this week. [BOOM! Studios, $3.99]

Radiant Black #1

Michael Cho provides this striking cover for the first issue of Radiant Black, a new title from Kyle Higgins, Marcelo Costa and Becca Carey. It’s about a 30-year-old who is down on his luck when he discovers something called The Radiant, which gives him cosmic powers. [Image Comics, $3.99]

Wolverine: Black, White and Blood #3

The third issue of Marvel’s anthology series starring everyone’s favorite mutant features the Marvel debut of John Ridley, as he and Jorge Fornes pit Wolverine against the Silver Samurai. This issue also features the work of Donny Cates, Chris Bachalo, Jed MacKay and Jesus Saiz. [Marvel, $4.99]


Parenthesis is a new graphic novel from cartoonist Élodie Durand and is based on the cartoonist’s real-life experiences with a brain tumor. It also won the Revelation Prize, Liberation Readers’ Prize and Poland Prize from the Angoulême International Comics Festival. [Top Shelf, $15.99]

King-Cat Comix + more

Drawn and Quarterly is bringing three classics from minimalist/self-publisher John Porcellino back into print, including King-Cat Classix, which collects his early, handmade comix zines from the 1990s. Highly recommended if you’ve never experienced his work before. [Drawn + Quarterly, $19.95-24.95]

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