Can’t Wait for Comics | Booster + Beetle get a team-up comic (finally) plus new Shazam!, Moon Knight and more

This week brings new comics and graphic novels from John Layman, Nick Bradshaw, Dan Jurgens, Ryan Sook, Grant Morrison, Mikel Janin, Mike Dawson, Emilia Clarke, Jamie McKelvie 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.

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.

Blue & Gold #1 (DC Comics, $3.99): Blue Beetle and Booster Gold get the team-up miniseries they’ve always deserved, thanks to Dan Jurgens and Ryan Sook. The former Justice League International members will team up to face down the internet as Booster Gold enlists Blue Beetle’s help in becoming a social media superstar.

Superman and the Authority #1 (DC, $4.99): Grant Morrison returns to both Superman AND The Authority in this new miniseries with artist Mikel Janín. The elder Superman teams up with Midnighter, Apollo Enchantress, Natasha Irons, and new versions of Lightray and O.M.A.C. to get to the bottom of what’s happening on Warworld and face off with the Ultra-Humanite.

Shazam! #1 (DC, $3.99): Tim Sheridan, writer of Teen Titans Academy, will team with Clayton Henry and Marcelo Maiolo for a solo miniseries featuring one of the Academy’s students, Billy Batson. It’ll answer questions about what’s been going on with his powers as well as what happened to the rest of his Shazam! siblings.

Moon Knight #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Black Cat writer Jed MacKay and Power Rangers artist Alessandro Cappuccio team up for a new adventure that features Moon Knight after his recent appearance in Avengers, as he returns to the streets to protect “those who travel at night.”

Guardians of the Galaxy #16 (Marvel, $3.99): This issue kicks off The Last Annihilation, a crossover event with S.W.O.R.D. that features both teams and their allies going up against Doctor Strange’s greatest foe, the dreaded Dormammu, after he merges with Ego the Living Planet. Al Ewing writes both series, and based on how much I enjoyed Empyre last year I’m really looking forward to this one.

War of the Bounty Hunters: Jabba the Hutt (Marvel, $4.99): Marvel’s epic Star Wars crossover continues in this one-shot featuring the galaxy’s most notorious crime lord. Justina Ireland and Luca Pizzari show what happens when you piss off Jabba, something Boba Fett was hoping to avoid when he lost the frozen Han Solo.

M.O.M.: Mother of Madness #1 (Image Comics, $5.99): Actress Emilia Clarke is working with co-writer Marguerite Bennett and artist Leila Leiz on this new series about a woman who is single mom, a scientist — and a superhero taking on a secret sect of human traffickers.

Captain Marvel #30 (Marvel, $4.99): Even though he designed the costumes for both Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel, artist Jamie McKelvie has never had the chance to draw one of their stories — until now. McKelvie has written and drawn a story featuring both characters that will appeared in this oversized issue that also features a main story by Kelly Thompson and Jacopo Camagni.

Syphon #1 (Image Comics, $3.99): Filmmaker Patrick Meaney teams up with Mohsen Ashraf and Jeff Edwards for this three-issue “fantasy noir” miniseries about a supernatural empath. Sylas, the fast-living EMT who is also a “syphon,” can ease people’s pain — but it comes with a price.

The Walking Dead Deluxe #19 (Image Comics, $3.99): Skybound continues to re-release The Walking Dead in color, as Dave McCaig expertly applies his craft to the original stories by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. This issue reprints the first appearance of one of the series’ most famous and popular characters, the sword-wielding Michonne.

Dark Blood #1 (BOOM! Studios, $3.99): Screenwriter LaToya Morgan teams with artist Walt Barna for a new miniseries about a Black war veteran in 1955 Alabama who suddenly gains super powers.

Bermuda #1 (IDW Publishing, $4.99): John Layman and Nick Bradshaw’s delayed series about a girl who lives on an island in the Bermuda Triangle inhabited by dinosaurs and pirates finally arrives in comic shops this week, as they introduce the sword-wielding Bermuda (yep, that’s her name as well) and a new mission that could be the death of her.

The Fifth Quarter (First Second, $12.99): Mike Dawson (The Nib, Rules for Dating My Daughter, Troop 142) returns with a new YA graphic novel about a fourth-grader who deals with her insecurities through her love of basketball. This actually came out in bookstores earlier this year, but you should be able to find it at your local comic shop this week. There’s also a hardcover version available for $21.99.

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