Can’t Wait for Comics | Cliff Chiang sends Catwoman into a ‘Lonely City’

Check out what’s arriving in comic shops this week from Cliff Chiang, Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, Scott Snyder, Francesco Francavilla, Todd McFarlane, Erik Larsen, James Tynion IV 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.

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.

Catwoman: Lonely City #1 (DC, $6.99): Paper Girls and Wonder Woman artist Cliff Chiang writes, draws, colors and letters this new four-issue, 48-page, Prestige Plus format series coming from DC’s Black Label imprint. It involves a world where Batman, The Joker, Nightwing, and Commissioner Gordon all died on one fateful night, and 10 years later Catwoman gets out of prison and sets her sights on one last score: the secrets hidden inside the Batcave.

Reckless: Destroy All Monsters (Image Comics, $24.99): The third book in Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ series of Reckless original graphic novels arrives, as Ethan Reckless’ latest case involves him investigating the secrets of a Los Angeles real estate mogul.

Nubia and the Amazons #1 (DC, $3.99): If you watched DC FanDome this weekend, then you saw that DC announced a new Wonder Women-themed crossover titled Trial of the Amazons. And you also know that this new miniseries will serve as a prelude to that story. Written by Vita Ayala and Stephanie Williams with art from Alitha Martinez, this miniseries puts the spotlight on Nubia, the current queen of the Amazons.

Refrigerator Full of Heads #1 (DC, $3.99): Just in time for Halloween comes a sequel to Hill Comics’ excellent Basketful of Heads. Novelist Rio Youers and artist Tom Fowler take up the baton from Joe Hill and Leomacs with what promises even more severed heads — because you can get way more of them into a fridge than you can a basket. Don’t ask me how I know.

Night of the Ghoul #1 (comiXology Originals, $3.99): Scottober enters its third week with a new six-issue miniseries by Scott Snyder and Francesco Francavilla, which is available on comiXology. This story involves an old horror film that never saw release being rediscovered, and the quest to find out the truth behind it.

Gunslinger Spawn #1 (Image, $5.99): The Spawn who likes guns is back, as Todd McFarlane continues to turn his signature creation into a full line of comics. This first issue features three different stories by McFarlane, Ales Kot, Brett Booth, Philip Tan, Kevin Keane and more.

Ant #1 (Image Comics, $3.99): After finishing off the long-delayed first Ant series, Erik Larsen launches a brand new one featuring the hero, revealing her all-new origin.

Batman Secret Files: Peacekeeper #1 (DC, $4.99): James Tynion IV, Ed Brisson and Joshua Hixson aim the spotlight on Peacekeeper-01 and what happened to him after he was dosed with the Scarecrow’s fear toxin (which occurred in Fear State Alpha).

Phoenix Song: Echo #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Science fiction writer Rebecca Roanhorse teams with artist Luca Maresca for a new miniseries focused on Echo, who recently gained the power of the Phoenix in the pages of Avengers.

My Little Pony: Generations #1 (IDW, $3.99): Following the final issue last month of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comes a new My Little Pony title, Generations. This new five-issue miniseries is by Casey Gilly and Michela Cacciatore, and it features the Friendship ponies teaming up with the original Ponies of the 1980s.

The Orville: Artifacts #1 (Dark Horse, $3.99): Dark Horse returns to the Orville universe in a two-issue miniseries by David A. Goodman, David Cabeza and Michael Atiyeh. Based on the TV show, the story involves the search for the lost fleet of the Zankon.

Thor #18 (Marvel, $3.99): Throg, aka the Thor frog, returns in this issue to carry out a special, secret mission for Asgard, courtesy of Donny Cates and guest artist Pasqual Ferry.

Short Order Crooks (Oni Press, $13.99): Christopher Sebela kickstarted and self-published this crime comic set in Portland’s food truck scene several years ago (I spoke to him about it at the time), and now Oni Press is collecting it. Drawn by George Kambadais, the story revolves around Rockwell Granger, a food truck owner attempting to pay off his debt to the Bardem Brothers in very morally grey ways.

Delver (Dark Horse/comiXology Originals, $19.99): Delver by MK Reed, Spike Trotman and Clive Hawken started life as a comiXology Originals title and now make sits way to print courtesy of Dark Horse. It’s about a “living dungeon” that moves from town to town, and how it affects the local economy and societal conditions of wherever it pops up. It’s also got plenty of fantasy swordplay going on. Here’s our interview with Trotman and Reed from when the digital comic first debuted.

All of the Marvels (Penguin Workshop, $28): Here’s a work of prose that Marvel fans will be interested in: Eisner winner Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics) took it upon himself to read every single Marvel comic in existence, and then write about it.

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