Can’t Wait for Comics | Suicide Squad takes aim at theaters — and comics

This week brings new comics from Brian Azzarello, Alex Maleev, Tim Seeley, Scott Kolins, Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, Cullen Bunn, Mark Russell, Mike Deodato Jr., Curt Pires, Jaime Hernandez 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 releases, and the comiXology new releases page for what’s available digitally.

Suicide Squad: Get Joker! #1 (DC, $6.99): You might have heard that the Suicide Squad are returning to movie theaters (and HBO Max) later this week, and along with the new film come three different Suicide Squad comics from DC. First up is a new Black Label miniseries, Suicide Squad: Get Joker! by Brian Azzarello and Alex Maleev. It features Amanda Waller enlisting Red Hood, Harley Quinn, Firefly and more to hunt down — as the title suggests — the Joker.

Suicide Squad: King Shark #1 (DC, $1.99): Also coming out this week on digital is Suicide Squad: King Shark by Tim Seeley and Scott Kolins. If it sounds familiar, you might remember that it is the lead story in one of DC’s Free Comic Book Day offerings for this year. It looks like they’re also making it available on digital for a couple bucks, and it’ll be available on Friday, the same day the film opens. You can find it on comiXology.

Suicide Squad #6 (DC, $3.99): Finally, the regular Suicide Squad series continues with a new issue this week by Robbie Thompson and Dexter Soy. It features the mission debut of Bloodsport, who of course plays a pretty big part in the film, in a story that also features Earth-3, the Crime Syndicate and the new Swamp Thing.

Spirits of Vengeance: Spirit Rider #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Black Eye Peas member Taboo and his writing partner, B. Earl, team up with artists Paul Davidson and Jeffrey Veregge for a one-shot featuring both Johnny Blaze and Kushala the Demon Rider, who previously appeared in Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme.

Deadpool: Black, White and Blood #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Deadpool gets in on the three-color anthology miniseries action, like Wolverine and Carnage before him. This first issue features stories by Ed Brisson, Phil Noto, James Stokoe, Tom Taylor and Whilce Portacio, with a cover by Adam Kubert. Yep, that’s right — Whilce Portacio AND James Stokoe, featured in the same comic. Your cup runneth over.

Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1 (Marvel, $4.99): The Infinite Destinies event continues in this week’s Guardians of the Galaxy annual, as Hercules faces off with the Prince of Power and his infinity stone.

Immortal Hulk #49 (Marvel, $3.99): The penultimate issue of Al Ewing and Joe Bennett’s epic Hulk tale arrives this week, setting up their 50th and last issue. This issue “brings jade-jaws to the gates of the abyss and a final accounting of his life—in time for a last issue you’ll have to experience to believe,” according to Ewing.

Lucky Devil #1 (Dark Horse, $3.99): Cullen Bunn and Fran Galan introduce Stanley, a formerly possessed man who retains all the powers of the demon that once possessed him, in this new miniseries. He uses his new-found powers to get revenge and form a cult, all while the agents of Hell come after him.

Trover Saves The Universe #1 (Image/Skybound, $3.99): This new comic from Skybound is based on a video game created by Justin Roiland, co-creator of the cartoon series Rick & Morty. Skybound has enlisted Tess Stone to work with Roiland on the miniseries, which features two employees from the ICJ — Important Cosmic Jobs — on the run after being accused of murder.

Lost Falls #1 (comiXology Originals, $2.99): Curt Pires’ deal with comiXology Originals continues this week, as he re-teams with his Wyrd collaborator Antonio Fuso for a new miniseries. The horror miniseries stars a detective who wakes up in the town of Lost Falls with no memory of how he got there or why he’s there. You can buy the first issue digitally on Tuesday, and no doubt a collection will arrive from Dark Horse sometime in the future.

Transformers: King Grimlock #1 (IDW, $4.99): Steve Orlando has been doing a lot of creator-owned and Marvel work lately, and this week he adds another franchise to his resume — Transformers, as he tackles this story about the king of the Dinobots with artist Agustin Padilla.

No All Robots #1 (AWA, $3.99): I know this is going to sound crazy, but this new comic by Second Coming and Billionaire Island writer Mark Russell is actually a satire. Russell teams up with artist Mike Deodato Jr. for the story of a future society completely reliant on robots as their workforce.

The Me You Love in the Dark #1 (Image Comics, $3.99): Middlewest creators Skottie Young and Jorge Corona are back with a new five-issue miniseries about an artist named Ro who retreats from “the grind of the city to an isolated old house to find solace and inspiration—but the muse within is not quite what she expected.”

Snelson: Comedy is Dying #1 (Ahoy, $3.99): Paul Constant, Fred Harper, Lee Loughridge and Rob Steen will introduce the world to Melville Snelson, a 1990s comedian fighting against cancel culture and his own irrelevancy. In unrelated news, Andrew “Dice” Clay is touring again.

The Golem Walks Among Us! (Dark Horse, $3.99): Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden,Peter Bergting and Michelle Madsen continue to tell stories set in the same world as Lord Baltimore in another tale from the Outerverse, this one focused on Josef the Golem fighting witches in Europe.

Queen of the Ring (Fantagraphics, $24.99): Love and Rockets fans take note: this new hardcover collects 125 never-before-published illustrations by Jaime Hernandez that introduce a cast of fictional women wrestlers — “all presented in a large hardcover format that echoes the wrestling magazines of the 1960s and 70s.” It also includes an interview that cartoonist Katie Skelly (who also edited the book) conducted with Hernandez.

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