Can’t Wait for Comics | ‘Heroes Reborn’ arrives; ‘Die’ begins its final act; Richard Sala’s final work gets collected

New comics arrive this week from Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness, Zander Cannon, Ed Piskor, Charles Soule, Steve McNiven, Stephanie Hans, Kieron Gillen, Richard Sala, Garth Ennis and more.

Welcome to Can’t Wait for Comics, your guide to what comics are arriving in comic book stores, bookstores and on digital this week. This week brings new comics and graphic novels by Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness, Zander Cannon, Ed Piskor, Charles Soule, Steve McNiven, Stephanie Hans, Kieron Gillen, Richard Sala and more.

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.

Heroes Reborn #1 (Marvel, $5.99): Springing out of the pages of Avengers, Heroes Reborn #1 by Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness kicks off Marvel’s next big event this week — well, one of them anyway. It introduces a world where the Avengers never assembled, and instead the Squadron Supreme became the world’s A-list superhero team. Only Blade remembers the world as it’s supposed to be.

Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha (Marvel, $3.99): While Heroes Reborn takes over the 616 this week, War of the Bounty Hunters does the same to Marvel’s Star Wars line. Set between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the story features Boba Fett losing a frozen Han Solo, and everyone in the galaxy vying for the prize. Charles Soule and Steve McNiven team up on this “alpha” issue that sets the whole thing off.

X-Men: Curse of the Man-Thing #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Steve Orlando and Andrea Broccardo wrap up the three-part story that celebrates 50 years of the Man-Thing, bringing in Magik and a new team of Dark Riders for the finale.

Batman: The Adventure Continues: Season 2 #1 (DC Digital, $1.99): Alan Burnett, Paul Dini and Ty Templeton are back for another season of adventures set in the world of Batman: The Animated Series. This issue, which arrives on digital, finds Batman investigating the death of the mayor, which sets him on a crash course with the Court of Owls and seeking aid from Deadman.

Batman #108 (DC, $4.99): This issue by James Tynion IV and Jorge Jimenez not only sees Batman heading undercover to battle the Unsanity Collective, but also features the debut of a new character, Miracle Molly.

Die #16 (Image Comics, $3.99): Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ story of role players sucked into their RPG’s fantasy world begins its final arc this week in a story that begins with “regrets and screaming.” The comic will wrap up with issue #20.

The Good Asian #1 (Image Comics, $3.99): Infidel writer Pornsak Pichetshote partners up with Outpost Zero artist Alexandre Tefenkgi for this nine-issue “noir” miniseries. This issue introduces Edison Hark, a haunted, self-loathing Chinese-American detective who is on the trail of a killer in 1936 Chinatown.

Jenny Zero #1 (Dark Horse, $3.99): This one was actually supposed to come out in April, but printing errors caused a delay. Dave Dwonch, Brockton McKinney, Magenta King and Megan Huang team up for a new series about the “celebutante” daughter of a superhero who tries to give up the party lifestyle to become a superhero herself. It also features giant monsters.

Eve #1 (BOOM! Studios, $3.99): This new miniseries by author Victor LaValle and artist Jo Mi-Gyeong tells the story of a girl raised by virtual reality who wakes up in an environmentally devastated world and must head out on a quest to save her dying father.

Eden (AfterShock, $6.99): Cullen Bunn and Dalibor Talajić, who previously worked together on Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, team up on this new one-shot about tattoos, romance and horror. A tattoo artist who lives in a daze has his life changed when a woman, Eden, comes into his shop and into his life.

Kaijumax, Season 6 #1 (Oni Press, $3.99): Zander Cannon is back for the final round of lockdown with the crazy criminal kaijus of Kaijumax. As aliens prepare to invade Earth, the inmates are forced to go all “Suicide Squad” and defend the planet from the invading forces in order to get their sentences reduced.

Red Room #1 (Fantagraphics, $6.99): Ed Piskor presents a double-sized first issue of “cyberpunk, outlaw, splatterpunk” insanity, in a story about a subculture of criminals who livestream murders for entertainment. This one is definitely adults only.

Marjorie Finnegan, Temporal Criminal #1 (AWA, $3.99): Garth Ennis and Goran Sudzuka reteam for what looks like a fun series from AWA. It features the title character, Marjorie Finnegan, as she makes her way through time stealing things and getting into trouble with her sidekick, Tim, who is just a head.

Poison Flowers & Pandemonium (Fantagraphics, $18.99): Richard Sala passed away a year ago, and this volume collects four of his final graphic novellas that “showcase Sala’s love of B-movie horror, silent film-era archetypes, and femmes fatale.” The four stories are House of the Blue Dwarf, which features master criminal the Bloody Cardinal; Monsters Illustrated, which highlights Sala’s visual imagination through a fun riff  on monster movies; Cave Girls of the Lost World, about a team of young women whose plane crashes in a land filled with dinosaurs, carnivorous plants and apemen; and Fantomella, an action-packed thrill ride starring a mysterious masked heroine.

Billionaires: The Lives of the Rich and Powerful (Drawn + Quarterly, $24.95): Darryl Cunningham looks at the secret origins of four billionaires — Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and oil and gas tycoons Charles and David Koch — and offers a critique of the power they have over policy-making, political campaigns and society at large.

Summer Spirit (Nobrow, $16.95): French creator Elizabeth Holleville presents this graphic novel about a teenager who befriend a ghost while visiting her grandmother’s house.

Crude: A Memoir (Graphic Mundi, $19.95): Activist Pablo Fajardo team up with artist Damien Roudeau for this first-hand account of the devastation left behind by the oil company Texaco after extracting crude out of the ground in Amazonian Ecuador.

The Body Factory (Graphic Mundi, $18.95): This new graphic novel from Heloise Chochois has what could be considered a somewhat sinister title and also features a talking painting — but this is no horror story. It’s actually a clever narrative that reveals the history of surgical amputation, “from the Stone Age to the Space Age.”

Fearless (Scholastic Graphix, $12.99): Kenny Porter and Zach Wilcox tell the story of a girl whose friend moves away and stops answering her texts — so she decides to take an epic bike ride to find her.

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