Welcome to Can’t Wait for Comics, your guide to what comics are arriving in comic book stores, bookstores and on digital this week. And what a week it is.
Things seem to be back to normal at Diamond Comics Distributors this week, or at least normal-er, following a few weeks of recovering from a ransomware attack. Their Previews World site is up and showing this week’s comics as expected, so I’ve added it back to the list of sites you can visit to get the full picture of what’s arriving this week:
- Penguin Random House (Marvel + graphic novels + manga)
- Lunar Distribution (DC + Scout + more)
- Diamond’s PreviewsWorld (IDW + Image + Dark Horse + many more)
- ComicList (Pretty much all of the above)
- comiXology new releases (digital comics)
Also, as a reminder, things can change and what you find on the above lists may differ from what’s actually arriving in your local shop. So always check with your comics retailer for the final word on availability.
Wonder Woman: Historia #1 (DC, $7.99): Kelly Sue DeConnick sets out to tell the definitive tale of the Amazons in this three-issue Black Label series that’ll feature different artists each issue, starting in the first issue with Phil Jimenez.
Batman: Fear State Omega (DC, $4.99): The latest Batman event comes to a close, setting up a new status quo in Gotham City, sans Batman, courtesy of James Tynion IV and a host of artists.
Justice League Incarnate #1 (DC, $4.99): Joshua Williamson and Dennis Culver follow up this past summer’s Infinite Frontier miniseries with Justice League Incarnate, a five-issue oversized series. The first issue features artwork by Andrei Bressan and Brandon Peterson, as President Superman, Flashpoint Batman, Captain Carrot and more team up to save the multiverse.
Gotham City Villains Anniversary Giant #1 (DC, $9.99): A slew of comic creators, plus actor Danny DeVito, come together for this anthology featuring some of Gotham’s worst villains. Contributors include Wes Craig, G. Willow Wilson, Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Joshua Williamson, Stephanie Phillips, Emma Rios, Riccardo Federici, Max Raynor, Max Fiumara, Skylar Patridge, Ariela Kristantina, Khary Randolph, Jill Thompson and more.
Various DC Annuals (DC, $5.99 each): This week brings a whole slew of new annuals from DC, with seven titles all landing on the same day. Wonder Woman, Batman, Nightwing, Robin, Justice League Dark and more get extra-sized issues this week, in most cases written by the series’ regular writer.
Avengers #50 (Marvel, $9.99): Issue #50 of the current Avengers series is also issue #750 of the Avengers overall, if you follow the legacy numbering and trust Marvel’s math. This 96-page issue includes multiple stories by current Avengers writer Jason Aaron and artists like Carlos Pacheco, Aaron Kuder, Ed McGuinness and Javier Garrón. It features the end of the “World War She-Hulk” storyline and the introduction of the Avengers of the Multiverse.
Daredevil #36 (Marvel, $4.99): The current Daredevil series comes to a close to make way for Devil’s Reign, the crossover event featuring everyone vs. the Kingpin. This oversized issue features the wedding of Wilson Fisk and Typhoid Mary, which we know will go off without a hitch and won’t have any WWE-level wedding problems, nope.
Darkhold: Black Bolt #1 (Marvel, $3.99): Mark Russell and David Cutler bring the king of the Inhumans into the ongoing fray with the evil elder god Chthon and the Darkhold. I believe this is the last Darkhold one-shot before the big conclusion, which is coming in January.
The Death of Doctor Strange specials (Marvel, $4.99 each): Both Spider-Man and White Fox jump into the Death of Doctor Strange event, courtesy of Jed MacKay and Marcelo Ferreira, and Alyssa Wong and Andie Tong, respectively.
King of Spies #1 (Image/Millarworld, $4.99): Mark Millar and Matteo Scalera team up for a new series about a veteran spy who finds out he only has months to live — and decides to go after the men behind the curtain who “made a buck creating the mess we’re in right now.”
Sir Edward Grey: Acheron (Dark Horse, $3.99): This one-shot features both story and art from Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, his first interior artwork since 2016. Joined by colorist Dave Stewart, Mignola picks up the story that began in B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know and shows us what happens when Edward Grey returns to Hell to battle a familiar foe.
Maniac of New York: The Bronx is Burning #1 (AfterShock Comics, $4.99): Elliott Kalan and Andrea Mutti’s Maniac Harry tore through a New York subway train in the pages of his first miniseries, and now he’s back to wreck havoc on the Bronx.
Animal Castle #1 (Ablaze, $3.99): Xavier Dorison and Felix Delep present a story that sounds like an Animal Farm spinoff, as a bull named Silvio rules a castle full of animals with an iron hoof — until a rat shows up to breed discontent.
White Ash Season 2 #1 (Scout Comics, $4.99): Charlie Stickney, Conor Hughes and Fin Cramb present a second season of their crowdfunded comic about elves and dwarves living in secret among the population of a small mining town in Pennsylvania.
The Last Session #1 (Mad Cave Studios, $3.99): Here’s a role-playing game comic that hits pretty close to home; it’s about a group of D&D players trying to finish their campaign before college ends, and one of their number decides to bring in a new player. Every DM’s worst nightmare …
Magic: Master of Metal (BOOM! Studios, $8.99): Mairghread Scott, Jorge Coehlo, French Carlomagno, Jacques Salomon, Francesco Segala and Ed Dukeshire venture into the multiverse of Magic: The Gathering for a story featuring Tezzeret of Esper.
Cat Kid Comic Club: Perspectives (Scholastic Graphix, $12.99): Dog Man creator Dav Pilkey returns just in time to make every kid’s holiday merry and bright with a new graphic novel that will fit just right under the Christmas tree. This is the second Cat Kid Comic Club book, featuring Dog Man’s sidekick Li’l Petey and a whole bunch of baby frogs in stories featuring a variety of illustrative techniques.
Chuck D Presents Apocalypse ’91: Revolution Never Sleeps (Z2 Comics, $19.99): Public Enemy frontman Chuck D presents a new graphic novel inspired by their album Apocalypse 91: The Enemy Strikes Back. The anthology will include “an array of speculative fiction stories” with contributions from Evan Narcisse, Regine Sawyer, Che Grayson, Troy-Jeffrey Allen, Koi Turnbull, Carlos Olivares and Butch Mapa. Chuck D also contributes artwork to the project.
Yummy: A History of Deserts (Random House Graphic, $12.99): Victoria Elliot writes and draws this nonfiction graphic novel about the history of dessert. It includes recipes, naturally, and now I am hungry …