Can’t Wait for Comics | ‘Harley Quinn,’ ‘Firefly,’ ‘Alien’ and more

See what’s arriving in comic shops and on digital 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 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.

Batman/Superman #16 (DC, $3.99): The world’s finest duo in comics gets a new creative team this month as it returns from its Future State-induced hiatus. Gene Yang, who wrote the Future State adventures of this same duo, joins Ivan Reis on the comic, which will take a new direction as they explore all those alternate realities that came into being in the wake of Dark Nights: Death Metal.

Harley Quinn #1 (DC, $3.99): Stephanie Phillips and Riley Rossmo launch a new Harley Quinn title this week, picking up on threads from “The Joker War” and moving Harley back to Gotham, where she plans to help clean the city up in the wake of her ex’s rampage.

Teen Titans Academy (DC, $3.99): You can apply the “academy” setting to just about anything — Avengers, Strange, Vampire Diaries — and I’m likely in. Tim Sheridan and Rafa Sandoval do just that to Teen Titans, where Nightwing, Cyborg, Beast Boy and other Titans run a school for the next generation of DC super heroes, including the mysterious Red X.

Detective Comics #1034 (DC, $4.99): DC’s new Infinite Frontier era continues with another new creative team, as Mariko Tamaki and Dan Mora take over Detective with issue #1034. It’ll continue some of the anti-vigilante themes they introduced during Future State’s Dark Detective miniseries, and also includes a Damian Wayne back-up by Joshua Williamson and Gleb Melnikov.

Alien #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson and artist Salvador Larroca team up for a new story featuring the infamous xenomorphs that like to try and eat everyone from Sigourney Weaver to the Predator. This new story features a former Weyland-Yutani mercenary named Gabriel Cruz as he battles a new breed of xenomorph.

Carnage: Black, White & Blood #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Like Wolverine before him, Carnage gets the “Black, White & Blood” treatment in a new anthology miniseries that will feature stories told in three colors (I’ll let you guess which ones, based on the cover). This issue features stories by Al Ewing, Tini Howard, Ken Lashley, John McCrea, Benjamin Percy and Sara Pichelli, who also provided the cover.

Lady Baltimore: The Witch Queens #1 (Dark Horse, $3.99): Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola return to the world of Baltimore in a new miniseries, where they’re joined by Bridgit Connell and Michelle Madsen on art. The comic takes place 13 years after the events of the final Baltimore series, in which the Red King amassed power on his way to the Vatican coronation while his armies swept across Europe in an unholy war. Now Sofia Valk steps up and takes on the title of Lady Baltimore as she faces off with witches, Nazis, monsters and more.

Firefly: Brand New ‘Verse #1 (BOOM! Studios, $4.99): This new series by Josh Lee Gordon and Fabiana Mascolo is based in the Firefly universe, but is set 20 years in the future. Emma, the daughter of Zoe Alleyne Washburne and Hoban Washburne, is the captain of the Serenity, with a brand new crew and new adventures (and I’m guessing plenty of familiar faces will pop up along the way).

Dog Man: Mothering Heights (Scholastic, $12.99): The phenomenon returns with its 10th volume this week, as kids around the world rejoice. Dav Pilkey continues the adventures of the titular character, Petey, Grampa and the rest.

Delicates (Oni Press, $14.99): Brenna Thummler returns with a sequel to her 2018 award-winning graphic novel Sheets, about a girl whose family’s laundromat houses a group of ghosts.

A House Without Windows (Humanoids, $12.99): Central African artist Didier Kassai and British photojournalist Marc Ellison team up for a graphic novel documentary about the children of Bangui in the Central African Republic, told in a style that mixes photo and illustration.

Greetings from the Wasteland (Inkwell Comics, $25): This hardcover collection includes comics from the award-winning comics website The Nib, posted over the last four years. In addition, it includes interviews with 15 of their cartoonists.

Earth Boy (Dark Horse, $12.99): Paul Tobin and Ron Chan, who have worked on Dark Horse’s Plants vs. Zombies books, team up for a new graphic novel. Earth Boy is about a young boy who goes off to space to learn how to be a Galactic Ranger. “But when a combination of culture shock, bullying, and administrative secrets shake his confidence, Benson must dig deep and fight to prove he belongs.”

North Star (AdHouse, $6.95): Thomas Herpich, who has worked on Adventure Time, Over the Garden Wall and Steven Universe for Cartoon Network, creates “an experimental illustrated narrative exploring easy answers, missteps, and the potential for self-correction.”

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