Can’t Wait for Comics | Coates’ ‘Black Panther’ finale arrives

Also this week: a new Mister Miracle miniseries begins, ‘The Blue Flame’ arrives, James Stokoe draws ‘Heroes Reborn’ and Reptil returns.

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 from Marvel, DC, Vault, Image, Dark Horse and more.

Check out a few highlights below, or visit Diamond’s website for this week’s almost complete list of new comics arriving in stores — you can visit Lunar Distribution’s home page to see DC’s release — and the comiXology new releases page for what’s available digitally.

The Blue Flame #1 (Vault Comics, $3.99): I talked about this one a bunch in yesterday’s What Are You Reading? column; it’s an excellent debut issue by Christopher Cantwell, Adam Gorham, Kurt Michael Russell, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou and Tim Daniel, about an Adam Strange-esque cosmic superhero … or maybe he’s just a local vigilante? It’s hard to tell at this point, but it’s a lot of fun.

Black Panther #25 (Marvel, $5.99): Ta-Nehisi Coates is joined by Daniel Acuna and Brian Stelfreeze for the oversized conclusion to his four-year run on the title and the “Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda” storyline. “This is the story of a king who sought to be a hero, a hero who was reduced to a slave, a slave who advanced into legend – and the man who has struggled to hold up an empire in his bare hands.”

Heroes Reborn #4 (Marvel, $4.99): Artist James Stokoe joins Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness for the latest issue of Marvel’s Heroes Reborn event, as he gets to draw the cosmic adventures of Doctor Spectrum. Rocket Raccoon also pops by.

Magneto & The Mutant Force, Siege Society, Young Squadron (Marvel, $4.99 each): Along with issue #4 of Heroes Reborn come three one-shots that tie into the overall event, set in this new world where the Squadron Supreme reign and we’re getting all sorts of fun Marvel/DC mash-ups. For instance, Young Squadron seems like a nod to Young Justice, with Kamala Khan, Miles Morales and Sam Alexander becoming “junior” versions of the Squadron, while Siege Society seems to mash up Thunderbolts and Suicide Squad.

Made in Korea #1 (Image Comics, $3.99): Jeremy Holt and George Schall explore what family means in a world of artificial intelligence in this new six-issue miniseries. Made In Korea is about Jesse, the world’s first true A.I. system, who is on “an exciting exploration of what it means to be a family in an age when biological parenthood is no longer a reality.”

Money Shot #11 (Vault Comics, $3.99): The adults-only science fiction series kicks off a new storyline with a new artist this week, as Caroline Leigh Layne joins the Money Shot team. It’s not the only change, as in this issue, the XXX-plorers welcome a new team member themselves while dealing with budget issues.

Mister Miracle #1: The Source of Freedom (DC, $3.99): Shilo Norman takes the spotlight in this new miniseries that spins out of DC’s big Future State event from earlier this year. Brandon Easton and Valentine De Landro, who worked on the Mister Miracle story in Superman: Worlds of War, give the character a fresh start in this six-issue miniseries.

The Other History of the DC Universe #4 (DC, $6.99): Renee Montoya takes the lead in this issue of DC’s ongoing prose/comic combo series by John Ridley, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Andrea Cucchi, as they continue to explore the “hidden” history of several DC characters.

Reptil #1 (Marvel, $3.99): It’s been some time since we’ve seen Reptil on a regular basis, but the former Avengers Academy student returns this week in a new four-issue miniseries by Terry Blas and Enid Balám. They’ll explore both the past and the future of this young hero in the new series.

The Witcher: Witch’s Lament #1 (Dark Horse, $3.99): Bartosz Sztybor, Vanesa R. del Rey, Jordie Bellaire and Aditya Bidikar bring The Witcher back to comics for another miniseries, with this one focusing on a burnt witch that haunts Geralt’s visions and bring an ominous warning.

Goblin (Dark Horse, $14.99): Eric Grissom and Will Perkins, the creators of Gregory Suicide, team up once again for a new middle grade graphic novel. It’s about an orphaned goblin named Rikt who embarks on a journey of loss, self-discovery and sacrifice.

Onion Skin (Top Shelf, $11.99): Top Shelf brings Edgar Camacho’s award-winning Onion Skin to the United States. It’s about a man who leaves his job and starts up a food truck with a woman he just met who lives only for the moment.

Turtlenecks (AdHouse, $19.95): This new graphic novel by Steven Christie is about a “heist-based performance art collective” that specializes in stealing conceptual artworks.

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