Can’t Wait for Comics | ‘Geiger’ debuts, ‘King in Black’ ends

New comics and graphic novels arrive this week from Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, Chip Zdarsky, Michael Walsh, Steve Orlando, Nate Powell and more.

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.

Geiger #1 (Image Comics, $3.99): Geoff Johns, Gary Frank and Brad Anderson re-team for a creator-owned series called Geiger, which is about a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland and the mysterious man called Geiger.

King in Black #5 (Marvel, $5.99): Marvel’s latest event series wraps up, bringing Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s epic Venom crossover event to an extra-sized close.

Magic the Gathering #1 (BOOM! Studios, $4.99): Jed MacKay and Ig Guara team up for a new comic based on the popular card game of the same name. I don’t know much about the game myself, but the solicitation copy talks about guilds, Planeswalkers, the “wild plane of Zendikar” and assassinations, so I imagine this might appeal to anyone who is into fantasy stories, not just fans of the game

Beasts of Burden: Occupied Territory #1 (Dark Horse, $3.99): Evan Dorkin, Sarak Dyer, Benjamin Dewey and Nate Piekos head back into the world of Beasts of Burden, this time with a story set in the past. In U.S.-occupied Japan after World War II, a member of the Wise Dogs must deal with a curse that creates an army of crawling heads.

The Silver Coin #1 (Image Comics, $3.99): Artist Michael Walsh has recruited several different writers to work with on this horror anthology miniseries, starting with Chip Zdarsky. The stories will all be set in same world, starting with this one about a band in 1978 whose fortunes change after they discover a mysterious coin. Future issues will be written by Jeff lemire, Kelly Thompson and Ed Brisson.

Project Patron #1 (AfterShock Comics, $4.99): Steve Orlando and Patrick Piazzalunga explore the death and, um, rebirth of a superhero — only he’s really not “reborn.” He actually died fighting a beast from another dimension, but was replaced by the government with a “reploid” design to mimic him. This comic is about the team that “drives” the reploid.

The Resistance: Uprising #1 (AWA, $3.99): J. Michael Straczynski and C.P. Smith kick off the next chapter of The Resistance this week, continuing the story from the first miniseries after the assassination of their leader.

Green Lantern #1 (DC, $4.99): A new Green Lantern title kicks off this week, by Geoffrey Thorne and Dexter Soy. It spins out of Death Metal, Future State and Infinite Frontier, as John Stewart heads back to Oa with Teen Lantern Keli Quintela in tow, as they prepare for a summit between the Guardians of the Universe and the United Planets that will determine the fate of the Green Lantern Corps.

Youth Season Two #1 (comiXology Originals, $2.99): Curt Pires, Alex Diotto and Dee Cunniffe return Tuesday with the first issue of their sequel to their digital comic Youth, which incidentally gets collected by Dark Horse this week as well.

Save It For Later (Abrams, $24.99): It doesn’t look like this one will show up in comic shops this week, but it is showing up on comiXology and is scheduled to arrive in book stores. This is the latest project from Nate Powell, artist on the March trilogy, as he shares seven essays that address “living in an era of what he calls ‘necessary protest’” — and raising his kids in it.

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