Can’t Wait for Comics | ‘Dark Knights of Steel’ draw their swords

New comics arrive this week from Chip Zdarsky, Jacob Phillips, Tom King, Greg Smallwood, Tom Taylor, Mark Millar, Stuart Immonen, Mike Mignola 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 sees the return of the Human Target and the Magic Order, as well as debuts from DC, Image, Vault and more.

You can visit Diamond’s website for this week’s almost complete list of new comics arriving in stores. The Lunar Distribution home page has 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.

Dark Knights of Steel #1 (DC, $3.99): Tom Taylor and Yasmine Putri show us what might have happened if the rocket carrying young Kal-El had crashed on Earth during medieval times, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Black Lightning and more are re-imagined as knights and wizards.

The Human Target #1 (DC Black Label, $4.99): Christopher Chance is back in this Black Label series from Tom King and Greg Smallwood. The story finds Chance trying to solve his own murder, and also features Lex Luthor and Justice League International.

Newburn #1 (Image Comics, $3.99): Another new Chip Zdarsky comic debuts this week, as the versatile writer teams up with That Texas Blood artist Jacob Phillips for a new detective series. Nadia Shammas and Ziyed Yusuf Ayoub provide a back-up tale.

The Magic Order 2 #1 (Image/Millarworld, $3.99): Stuart Immonen replaces Olivier Coipel for the second miniseries featuring Mark Millar’s The Magic Order, as magicians face off in a turf war on the streets of London.

Hellboy: The Bones of Giants #1 (Dark Horse, $3.99): Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, Matt Smith and Chris O’Halloran team up to adapt one of the Hellboy prose novels into comics.

Stranger Things Winter Special (Dark Horse, $6.99): Dark Horse’s line of comics tie-ins for Netflix’s Stranger Things continues this week with a new one-shot focused on Christmas. Timing is perfect, of course; I’ve seen no less than three Christmas ads today in the 30 minutes I watched TV, and my wife is already planning out our decorations after pulling down all the Halloween stuff. Ho ho ho! Anyway, in this one-shot, the Stranger Things kids tell Christmas stories to Eleven to teach her about the season, while something lurks in the forest outside …

A Thing Called Truth #1 (Image Comics, $3.99): This new five-issue miniseries from Shadowline in November is by Iolanda Zanfardino and Elisa Romboli. It’s about “a workaholic scientist who wants to save the world and a woman who fears nothing but discovering her own destiny find themselves mixed up in a chaotic, on-the-road adventure through Europe.”

Chilling Adventures in Sorcery #1 (Archie Horror, $3.99): Eliot Rahal, Vincenzo Federici, Evan Stanley, Pat and Tim Kennedy, Amy Chu and Derek Charm contribute stories to this anthology, which is hosted by Madam Satan from the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Netflix show. The stories focus on the classic Archie Comics characters facing their deepest fears.

My Bad #1 (Ahoy Comics, $3.99): Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman and Peter Krause introduce the world to Gravel City, the super-villain Emperor King and heroes The Accelerator and The Chandelier in this new superhero parody comic.

The Death of Doctor Strange tie-ins (Marvel, $4.99): These days Marvel isn’t content to just publish a miniseries; they have to throw in several tie-in specials to ensure it’s an “event.” The Death of Doctor Strange has two such tie-ins this week, one featuring the Avengers fighting the Juggernaut and one featuring the kids at the Strange Academy and the Enchantress.

The Heathens #1 (AfterShock Comics, $4.99): Co-writers Cullen Bunn and Heath Amodio team with artist Sami Kivelä, colorist Jason Wordie and letterer Simon Bowland on this new series about bad souls escaping from Hell — and the even worse souls sent to retrieve them, including Wild West outlaw Billy the Kid, gangster Lucky Luciano and Russian con artist Sofia the Golden Hand.

Tangled River #1 (It’s Alive, $5.99): Strange Attractors co-creator Michael Cohen returns for this new science fiction/coming of age series. In it, a teenager named Tanya is living on a distant Earth colony when all technology mysteriously stops working.

The Rush #1 (Vault Comics, $3.99): Si Spurrier and Nathan Gooden present a new horror series set in 1899 that delves “into the horror and madness of the wild Yukon.” It features giant spiders!

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