Can’t Wait for Comics | Orphans, kaiju, cryptids and more

See what comics and graphic novels arrive this week in a comic shop near you.

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 DC continues the rollout of their Infinite Frontier publishing initiative, while two Marvel books delayed by the pandemic finally arrive in comic shops.

Check out a few highlights 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.

Nightwing #78 (DC Comics, $3.99): Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo take over Nightwing this week as Blüdhaven gets a new mayor who happens to share a last name with the man who turned Dick Grayson into an orphan. Batgirl guest stars.

Superman Red & Blue #1 (DC Comics, $5.99): The first of six issues featuring Superman stories told in red and blue arrives this week. The anthology includes stories by John Ridley, Clayton Henry, Brandon Easton, Steve Lieber, Wes Craig, Marguerite Bennett and more.

Snow Angels #2 (comiXology Originals, $2.99): Jeff Lemire and Jock continue their story about a frozen world as Millie and Mae Mae come face-to-face with the Snowman — who is quite terrible and not near as fun to meet as the name might imply.

Orphan and the Five Beasts #1 ($3.99, Dark Horse): Orc Stain and Sobek creator James Stokoe’s new “kung-fu epic” kicks off this week. The adopted warrior “Orphan Mo” seeks to find and kill her master’s five former disciples who now threaten the land with corruption from their demonic powers.

Ultramega #1 (Image Comics, $7.99): The ultra-sized (60 pages) first issue of Ultramega stomps its way into comic shops this week, as Rumble artist James Harren writes and draws this giant-monster story, with colors by the award-winning Dave Stewart. In a world where a plague turns normal people in kaiju, three heroes take a stand.

Captain America Anniversary Tribute #1 (Marvel, $6.99): Two classic comics featuring the star-spangled Avenger — Captain America Comics #1 and Avengers #4 — are redrawn by contemporary artists, including John Cassaday, Alex Ross, Marguerite Sauvage, David Lapham and Declan Shalvey.

Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #1 (Marvel, $3.99): Following the King in Black special from earlier this year, Simon Spurrier and Sergio Dávila tell a new story featuring Dane Whitman, aka The Black Knight, and the Ebony Blade.

The Trials of Ultraman #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Writers Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom, and artist Francesco Manna re-team for another Ultraman series, showcasing the world’s reaction to the Japanese hero’s efforts in his first miniseries.

Bequest #1 (AfterShock, $4.99): Tim Seeley, Freddie E. Williams II and Jeremy Colwell present the tale of a group of Dungeons & Dragons-esque characters who are stationed on our world to prevent magic items from their world from being sold on the streets of Chicago. Some of the characters are even based on Seeley’s middle-school D&D characters.

Martian Ghost Centaur (Oni Press, $19.99): Mat Heagerty and Steph Mided create a fun-sounding graphic novel about a town known for its Sasquatch sightings. When a tech company decides to put their headquarters there, Louie O’Connor and her best friend Felix plan “an elaborate hoax in hopes of saving the town from the dot-com takeover.”

Count (Humanoids, $19.99): Ibrahim Moustafa writes and draws a new graphic novel that re-imagines The Count of Monte Cristo as a science fiction story.

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