Can’t Wait for Comics | DC celebrates Pride Month; ‘Ant’ returns; 80 years of Archie

Check out new comics this week from N.K. Jemisin, Jamal Campbell, Matthew Rosenberg, Jason Aaron, Erica D’Urso, Fred Van Lente, Dan Parent, Kyle Starks, Chris Schweizer 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 from Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, AfterShock Comics, Viz 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.

DC Pride #1 (DC, $9.99): DC’s latest anthology ties into Pride Month, as LGBTQIA+ creators work on stories starring LGBTQIA+ characters. Look for stories featuring Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Midnighter, Extraño, Batwoman, Aqualad, Alan Scott, Obsidian, Future State Flash, Renee Montoya, Pied Piper and more, by James Tynion IV, Marc Andreyko, Kris Anka, Sophie Campbell, Steve Orlando, Sina Grace and many more.

Batman: Earth One, V3 (DC, $24.99): Geoff Johns and Gary Frank team up once again for a third graphic novel featuring a younger Batman, as he has to deal with a well-arm gang that seems to be funded by his old, supposedly dead friend Two-Face.

Far Sector #12 (DC, $3.99): The critically acclaimed Green Lantern series by N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell comes to a close, as GL Jo Mullein wraps up her investigation into the first murder a planet has experienced in ages. Presumably this issue also brings Gerard Way’s Young Animal line to close as well.

The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox #1 (DC Digital, $1.99): This one is actually already out on digital; you can grab it from comiXology here. Matthew Rosenberg and several artists help the Joker host a murder mystery party — with a real murder, of course — within a Gotham Central interrogation room.

Heroes Reborn #6 (Marvel, $4.99): Erica D’Urso, artist of the upcoming Inferno Girl Red graphic novel, joins Jason Aaron for the latest issue of Heroes Reborn. This issue spotlights Power Princess as she ventures into Asgard, “the graveyard of the gods.”

Night-Gwen, Squadron Savage (Marvel, $4.99 each): This week’s stack of Heroes Reborn comics also includes two one-shots — the first, by Vita Ayala and Farid Karami, continues the story of Night-Gwen that started in last week’s Nighthawk-themed issue. (We talked about it here). Squadron Savage, meanwhile, is by Ethan Sacks and Luca Pizzari, and features a team made up of the Punisher, Elektra, Crossbones, Cloak and the character find of 2021, Murder Hornet!

Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #13 (Marvel, $3.99): In other crossover news, War of the Bounty Hunters is now in full swing in Marvel’s Star Wars titles, and this week’s issue of Bounty Hunters features Dengar and Valance’s alliance tested by a big, mad Wookiee named Chewbacca.

X-Men #21, Excalibur #21 (Marvel, $3.99 each): And finally, the X-Men’s Hellfire Gala storyline continues this week with two more party-focused titles. Excalibur focuses on Rictor and his disdain for parties, while X-Men will see the introduction of the new X-Men team.

W.E.B. Of Spider-Man #1 (Marvel, $3.99): With Disneyland’s Avengers Campus now open to the public, Marvel releases a comic tie-in to one of that land’s rides — Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure. I don’t know much about the comic, but the ride itself looks really fun, and the story around it involves not only Spider-Man, but also other young Marvel heroes, like Amadeus Cho, Moon Girl and America Chavez, among others.

Everything’s Archie #1 (Archie Comics, $3.99): Archie Andrews celebrates his 80th birthday in this special issue by Fred Van Lente and Dan Parent. Our own Alex Dueben spoke with Van Lente about the issue; you can read his interview here.

The Secret Land #1 (Dark Horse, $3.99): This new miniseres by Christofer Emgård and Tomás Aira, creators of the supernatural war story The Whispering Dark, is about a soldier at the end of World War II who learns his believed-to-be-dead fiancée is still alive and undercover in Antarctica, spying on the Germans who plot their return to power.

The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #1 (Image Comics, $3.99): Kyle Starks and Chris Schweizer bring together the six former sidekicks of an action hero named Trigger Keaton, as they try to figure out who killed their unlikable former boss.

Bunny Mask #1 (AfterShock Comics, $4.99): Paul Tobin and Andrea Mutti team up for a horror title with an adorable name. The series stars Tyler Severin, a man who accidentally frees an ancient, supernatural creature known as Bunny Mask.

Ant #12 (Image Comics, $3.99): Erik Larsen revives Ant, a series by Mario Gully that was last published 14 years ago. Larsen will wrap up the original run’s story and set up a new series that he’ll debut later this year.

World Piece V1 (Viz, $11.99): As a part of the Viz originals line, Josh Tierney and Agroshka team up for a new manga series about a kid who accidentally triggers an artifact that shrinks the Earth to the size of a basketball, which he carries with him through an alien realm as he tries to find out how to restore it.

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