Can’t Wait for Comics | DC goes full dinosaur in ‘Jurassic League’

Check out new comics and graphic novels arriving this week from Donny Cates, Martin Coccolo, Daniel Warren Johnson, Juan Gedeon, Charles Soule, Ryan Browne, Cullen Bunn, Guillem March, Joe Flood 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.

I’ve pulled out some of the highlights below, but for the complete list of everything you might find at your local comic shop and on digital this week, you’ll want to check out one or more of the following:

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.

Jurassic League #1 (DC, $3.99): If you thought 1999’s JLApe was the height of literary majesty for DC Comics, think again — Daniel Warren Johnson and Juan Gedeon team up for this new six-issue miniseries, which will feature the familiar team as dinosaurs. It also features Darkseid, but I’m not sure yet if he’s a dinosaur (Please be a dinosaur!)

Hulk vs. Thor: Banner of War Alpha (Marvel, $4.99): With Donny Cates currently writing both Hulk and Thor for Marvel, it only seems natural that the two characters would eventually collide — especially with both characters celebrating their 60th anniversaries. The story, which kicks off with this “alpha” issue that’s drawn by Martin Coccolo before erupting into the Hulk and Thor monthly titles, will find the two Avengers brought together by “mysterious circumstances.” And then the smashing starts.

Archie Meets Riverdale #1 (Archie, $3.99): The multiverse gets even madder as two versions of Archie collide in this new one-shot — the traditional Archie characters and the ones who inhabit the insane world of The CW’s Riverdale. It’s by Daniel Kibblesmith, with art by Pat and Tim Kennedy

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Sam Wilson is back wearing the red, white and blue in a new story that also features Misty Knight and Wakanda. This new title is by Tochi Onyebuchi and R. B. Silva — but Steve Rogers fans, never fear: he’ll return in a sister title next month.

Eight Billion Genies #1 (Image, $3.99): This crazy new miniseries from Charles Soule and Ryan Browne of Cursed Words fame shows what happens when every single person on Earth gets a genie — and one wish.

Jenny Zero Volume 2 #1 (Dark Horse, $3.99): Jenny Zero returns for a second miniseries from Dave Dwonch, Brockton McKinney and Magenta King, as the title character and her best friend Dana Sheratin take on a “a Kaiju Death Cult, a giant burger mascot, and a new monster called . . . fame.”

Tales from Harrow County: The Lost Ones #1 (Dark Horse, $3.99): Cullen Bunn and Emily Schnall return to the horror universe Bunn created with Tyler Crook five or so years ago in this new series, which is set 10 years later and will show what happened to Emmy after leaving Harrow County.

Grim #1 (BOOM! Studios, $3.99): Stephanie Phillips and Flaviano present the story of a dead woman who is recruited to serve as a Reaper and usher souls into the land of the dead. With no memory of her life on Earth, she sets out to find out who she was and why she died.

Bunny Mask: The Hollow Inside #1 (AfterShock, $4.99): Paul Tobin and Andrea Mutti return for another round of bunny-themed horror, as they continue the story of Bunny Mask, an ancient power let loose in our world to enact “her own unfathomable sense of justice.”

Moon Knight: Black, White and Blood #1 (Marvel, $4.99): The Fist of Khonshu gets the black, white and red treatment in this anthology that features stories by Jonathan Hickman and Chris Bachalo, Marc Guggenheim and Jorge Fornés, and more.

Devil’s Highway Volume 2 #1 (AWA, $3.99): If you’re a fan of his work on Wolverine, you won’t want to sleep on Benjamin Percy’s collaboration with Brent Schooner from AWA. It’s a horror/conspiracy tale set in the trucker community, and well, after reading it you may not want to sleep at all for awhile.

Karmen (Image, $24.99): Originally published by Dupuis in Belgium, Image translated and published Guillem March’s Karmen as five single issues last year — and now release it as a full collection. You can find some preview pages here.

The Third Person (Drawn and Quarterly, $39.95): With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, this graphic novel couldn’t come at a better time. It’s a debut by Emma Grove about a trans woman in therapy who may have Dissociative Identity Disorder. Here’s a preview.

Shelterbelts (Conundrum Press, $20): This graphic novel, written and drawn by Jonathan Dyck, started life as a series of interconnected short comics about a Mennonite community in southern Manitoba, Canada. It grew from there into this graphic novel, which details what happens when a non-denominational megachurch opens on the edge of this community. You can find a preview here.

Science Comics: Birds of Prey (First Second, $12.99): We’re big fans of First Second’s Science Comics line at my house, which go in deep on various subjects like plagues and sharks and the like. This one should go over well with my 10 year old, as Joe Flood introduces us to the world of Birds of Prey — and their terrifying talons.

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