Welcome to Can’t Wait for Comics, your guide to what comics are arriving in comic book stores, bookstores and on digital.
The list of comics distributor websites has become quite the cornucopia lately. Here are some options to get the full picture of what’s arriving this week:
- Penguin Random House (Marvel + graphic novels + manga)
- Lunar Distribution (DC + Scout + more)
- ComicList (Pretty much all of the above)
- comiXology new releases (digital comics)
Something to keep in mind, though, is that the list of what is actually arriving at your specific local shop may 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.
And on that note, I’m afraid there’s bad news: this week will again bring delays for products shipped by Diamond, as they continue to recover from a ransomware attack. Their temporary website where they’ve been giving updates is still live and has current updates for retailers, and their regular website has also been restored. But their PreviewsWorld website is missing some information on this week’s books, so I’d suggest using one of the sources listed above.
Robins #1 (DC, $3.99): Tim Seeley and Baldemar Rivas’ Robins won DC’s Round Robin tournament earlier this year, thus earning a spot in their fall publishing line-up. The six-issue series will bring together all of Batman’s former and current Robins to solve the mystery of a woman claiming to be Batman’s previously unrevealed first Robin.
Radio Apocalypse #1 (Vault Comics, $3.99): The last radio station on Earth waits out the apocalypse in Bakerstown, as a young boy named Rion wanders into town for a story that’s a “mixtape of love and heartbreak and interminable hope.” It’s by Ram V and Anand RK, who worked together previously on Grafity’s Wall.
We Only Kill Each Other #1 (comiXology Originals, $2.99): ComiXology Original’s newest comic pits gangsters against Nazis in the 1930s, courtesy of Stephanie Phillips, Peter Krause, Ellie Wright and Troy Peteri. You can purchase and download it here.
Fantastic Four Anniversary Tribute #1 (Marvel, $6.99): A virtual buffet of artistic talent teams up to redraw Fantastic Four #1 and Fantastic Four Annual #13, base don the original work by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Each page is redrawn by a different artist, and the list includes Michael Allred, John Cassaday, Bryan Hitch, Adam Hughes, Ron Frenz, Elsa Charritier, Walt Simonson and many more.
The Darkhold: Wasp (Marvel, $3.99): Janet Van Dyne takes a rare spotlight in this tie-in to Marvel’s Darkhold event, where various heroes open the pages of the diabolical tome and have bad things happen to them. In her case, she goes insane and becomes the Irredeemable Wasp. It’s written by Jordie Bellaire and drawn by Claire Roe.
Wonder Woman: Evolution #1 (DC, $3.99): It’s great to see so many new Wonder Woman projects coming out form DC as they celebrate her big 80th anniversary. This one is a miniseries by Stephanie Phillips and Mike Hawthorne that finds Diana kidnapped by aliens and forced to stand trial for the fate of humanity through a series of trials.
Getting Dizzy #1 (BOOM!, $4.99): Shea Fontana and Celia Moscote team up for a new BOOM! Box series where “friendship, super powers and skating collide.” Is there anything better than a skate crew coming together to save the world?
Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 (DC, $3.99): While Tom Taylor and John Timms’ series featuring Superman’s son has been excellent overall and is always worth a look when shopping for comics, this issue in particular is the headline-making one where DC reveals Jonathan Kent is bisexual.
Carriers #1 (Red 5, $3.99): I’m always a sucker for a good animals-as-heroes story, and this one may fit the bill. In Carriers, four “weaponized” carrier pigeons take on the evil Croc King in New York. This one is by Ben Ferrari, Erica J Heflin, Elias Martins and Jim O’Riley.