Can’t Wait for Comics | Superman fights Lobo, DarkHawk soars and King Spawn reigns this week

New comics and graphic novels arrive this week from Todd McFarlane, Tim Seeley, JH Williams, Chip Zdarsky, Mark Bagley, Kyle Starks, Bastian Vivès 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.

Superman ’78 (DC, $3.99): Superman, Lex Luther and Lois Lane, drawn to look like Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder, star in this continuation of the 1978 Richard Donner Superman film. Robert Venditti and Wilfredo Torres introduce Brainiac into this continuity, no doubt arriving on Earth to get in on Luthor’s crazy real estate scheme.

Superman vs. Lobo #1 (DC, $6.99): The Man of Steel meets the Main Man in this no-holds-barred Black Label title by Tim Seeley and Sarah Beattie, writers of Vault’s excellent porn comic Money Shot, and Sweet Paprika creator Mirka Andolfo.

King Spawn #1 (Image Comics, $5.99): This is “the largest monthly title release of the past 25 years for Image,” no doubt aided by that 1:250 retailer incentive variant cover that’s signed by Todd McFarlane. The story, by Todd McFarlane and Sean Lewis, is drawn by a group of artists that includes Javier Fernandez, Brett Booth, Philip Tan, Stephen Segovia, Marcio Takara and McFarlane himself, and it continues the plot introduced earlier this summer in Spawn Universe.

Marvel’s Voices: Identity (Marvel, $5.99): Marvel’s latest “Voices” one-shot includes stories by Asian creators about Asian characters, including a new Shang-Chi story by Gene Yang and Marcus To, a Jubilee story by Christina Strain and Jason Loo, a Wave story by Alyssa Wong and Whilce Portacio, and other contributors you can read about here.

Echolands #1 (Image Comics, $4.99): J. H. Williams, Haden Blackman and Dave Stewart team up once again for this years-in-the-making series. Presented in a landscape format, Echolands tells the story of a thief, Hope Redhood, a dark past and a war between worlds.

Darkhawk #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Darkhawk flies again in a new miniseries. Kyle Higgins, who contributed to the Darkhawk: Heart of a Hawk 30th anniversary special earlier this year, writes the series, with Juanan Ramírez on art. The new series features “a new heir to the mantle of Darkhawk” — a 17-year-old named Connor Young who discovers the mysterious amulet that unlocks the powers of Darkhawk.

Spider-Man: Life Story Annual #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Chip Zdarsky and Mark Bagley told the life story of Peter Parker in the Spider-Man: Life Story miniseries as if he aged in real time, starting in the 1960s. Now they revisit that concept through the lens of a less trustworthy source: J. Jonah Jameson.

Winter Guard #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Fresh off their appearance in the latest Avengers arc AND, at least in a couple cases, their Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Black Widow, come the Winter Guard in a new miniseries by Ryan Cady and Jan Bazaldua. In it, Crimson Dynamo, Vanguard, Darkstar, Ursa Major, Perun and Chernobog hunt down the White Widow and Red Guardian after Red Guardian starts hunting down Russia’s state secrets.

Cable: Reloaded (Marvel, $4.99): Old Man Cable returns in this one-shot by Al Ewing and Bob Quinn that ties into The Last Annihilation event that’s running through Guardians of the Galaxy and S.W.O.R.D.

Ice Cream Man #25 (Image Comics, $4.99): W. Maxwell Prince, Martin Morazzo and Chris O’Halloran present the 25th jumbo-sized issue of their crazy, creepy Ice Cream Man series, which comes with two complete stories for your enjoyment.

Suicide Jockeys #1 (Source Point Press, $3.99): Writer Rylend Grant, artist Davi Leon Dias, colorist Iwan Joko Triyono and letterer HdE, who worked together on Action Lab’s Aberrant, re-team for Suicide Jockeys, which is about “a poor, usually drunken, almost certainly mentally ill crew of monster-fighting, tank-and-aircraft-piloting suckers.”

Cassidy’s Secret (Clover Press, $4.99): This new series about superheroes emerging in the world is actually focused on a lawyer — Cassidy Crawford, who defends their rights from overzealous laws and lawmen. Charles Holland, writer and executive producer of the Black Lightning TV series, joins artist Antonio Fuso on this new miniseries.

Beyond the Farthest Star (American Mythology, $3.99): Mike Wolfer and Alessandro Ranaldi team for a new series based on a classic Edgar Rice Burroughs novel about an Earth woman transported to a world called Zandar, where she gets caught between two warring tribes.

Old Head (Image Comics, $16.99): Kyle Starks writes and draws this new graphic novel about a former basketball star who ends up in a blood feud with Dracula.

The Butchery (Fantagraphics, $11.99): Award-winning French cartoonist Bastian Vivès writes and draws a graphic novel about a crumbling relationship, capturing “the mercurial and tempestuous nature of romance and why we pursue it anyway.”

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