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.
I should also add that the list of what is actually arriving at your local shop can vary from what’s on anyone’s official website for a myriad of reasons — so always check with your comics retailer for the final word on availability
Immortal Hulk #50 (Marvel, $9.99): Al Ewing and Joe Bennett conclude their critically acclaimed run on Immortal Hulk this week with an oversized issue. “The One Below All, the Green Door, Samuel Sterns, Jackie McGee and Bruce Banner. It’s all been leading here.”
Batman: The Imposter #1 (DC, $5.99): Mattson Tomlin, who is co-writing the upcoming The Batman film starring Robert Pattinson, gives us a taste for what to expect from his approach to the character in this new miniseries.
Here’s a look at some of Andrea Sorrentino’s artwork for the project:
The story revolves around a young Batman, still early in his career, who has to deal with an imposter haunting the streets of Gotham and making him look like a killer.
Batman: The Audio Adventures Special (DC, $9.99): HBO Max’s scripted original Batman podcast gets a prequel comic, as Dennis McNicholas, Bobby Moynihan, Heidi Gardner and more tell short stories about Gotham, the Dark Knight and several characters introduced in the podcast episodes.
Black Panther Legends #1 (Marvel, $3.99): Marvel kicks off a new Black Panther title and a new publishing initiative aimed at kids with Black Panther Legends, which tells the story of a y0ung T’Challa and his brother Hunter, by Tochi Onyebuchi and Setor Fiadzigbey.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #9 (Archie Comics, $3.99): This week brings the return of the Archie Horror series that re-imagined the character and established her “satanic horror roots” that eventually made their way into the Netflix series.
Here’s a preview:
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #9 picks right back up where the series paused in 2017 with the “Witch War” storyline, courtesy of writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, artist Robert Hack and letterer Jack Morelli.
Darkhold: Iron Man (Marvel, $3.99): The Darkhold event series continues this week as Ryan North and Guillermo Sanna show us what happens when Tony Stark reads the Book of the Darkhold. It’s literally not pretty, as Marvel presents “the body-horror tale of the century.”
Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #5 (Marvel, $4.99): Boba Fett and Crimson Dawn have their final showdown over the fate of frozen Han Solo in this story by Charles Soule and Luke Ross. Even though Solo and Fett’s fates are set (See: Return of the Jedi), this miniseries still brought some interesting twists and turns in what’s been a fun story.
Strange Adventures #12 (DC, $4.99): Tom King, Mitch Gerads and Evan “Doc” Shaner’s epic miniseries featuring Adam Strange comes to its conclusion this week, as Mister Terrific’s efforts to expose Strange’s secrets come to a head as Strange battles an alien invasion.
Clear #1 (comiXology Originals, $3.99): Scottober continues with the debut of another new miniseries, Clear, by Scott Snyder and Francis Manapul. It’s a “sci-fi mystery thrill-ride into a strange dystopian future, where a neurological internet connection is transforming reality.”
No One Left to Fight II #1 (Dark Horse, $3.99): Aubrey Sitterson, Fico Ossio, Racial Avila and Taylor Esposito return to the FightVerse with the sequel to their 2019 miniseries. The new series “picks up where the smash-hit, critically acclaimed first No One Left To Fight series left off—with the world’s greatest fighter struggling to find his place after all his battles have been won and while there’s still time left.”
Transformers Wreckers: Treads and Circuits #1 (IDW, $3.99): David Mariotte, Jack Lawrence and Candice Han turn their headlights on this “down-and-dirty Autobot special missions force” that’ll do what the other Autobots are afraid to do.
Star Wars The High Republic: Trail of Shadows #1 (Marvel, $3.99): This new miniseries set before any of the events in the Star Wars films is a mystery story by Daniel José Older, David Wachter and Giada Marchisio, with covers by David Lopez. It involves the Jedi, the Hutts and a murder with no leads or suspects.
Some Strange Disturbances: Cold Winter’s Eve (Headless Shakespeare Press, $7.99): Craig Hurd-McKenney has done two previous Kickstarters for two volumes of Some Strange Disturbances with artists Gervasio and Carlos Aon. Now he presents a collection of relates stories set around a fireplace characters from this volumes share “Christmas ghost stories” in the “Victorian tradition.” This includes contributions from Peter Gross, Vincent Locke, Michael Conrad, G Romero Johnson and more.
Dead Dog’s Bite trade paperback (Dark Horse, $24.99): Dark Horse collects this miniseries by Tyler Boss, one-half of the 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank creative team, who both wrote and drew the four-issue series. Dead Dog’s Bite is about a missing girl whose only hope of being found rests “on the slouching shoulders of her best friend Joe.”
Inferior Five trade paperback (DC, $16.99): It was a bit surprising to see Inferior Five, the miniseries by Keith Giffen and Jeff Lemire that also features a Peacemaker back-up story, return to DC’s schedule in Mach after a long hiatus. With the abbreviated series now complete (I guess?), DC collects this oddball story that’s a sort-of sequel to the Invasion! crossover event from several decades ago.
The Night Fisher 15th Anniversary Edition (Fantagraphics, $19.99): Fantagraphics re-releases R. Kikuo Johnson’s classic graphic novel about two Maui high school students who get mixed up in a petty crime that puts their friendship to the test. This classic, award-winning graphic novel is presented as a hardcover for the first time.
Marvel Meow (Viz, $14.99): Honestly I didn’t know this existed until now, and I’m certainly better for finding out. Japanese artist Nao Fuji presents the story of Chewie, Captain Marvel’s “cat,” as it makes its way around the Marvel Universe and causes chaos for Spider-Man, Deadpool, Galactus and more. The comics originally appeared on Marvel’s Instagram account and admittedly I’m not sure why it is being collected by Viz, but hey, I’ll buy it.
Salt Magic (Margaret Ferguson Books, $14.99): Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock team up for this historical magical realism graphic novel. Set after World War I, the story involves a soldier who returns to his Oklahoma farm and marries his girl — only to be trailed by a mysterious, scorned woman from France who transforms the town’s water supply into saltwater.