Welcome to Can’t Wait for Comics, your guide to what comics are arriving in comic book stores, bookstores and on digital this week. Another new Captain America title, this one featuring Steve Rogers, makes its debut, along with the first Bone Orchard Mythos project, an Undiscovered Country one-shot and the best Archie comic — ever.
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:
- 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/Kindle new releases (digital comics)
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.
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Collin Kelly and Carmen Carnero kick off what’s being billed as a “game-changing” story for Steve Rogers and his fabled shield, as some undiscovered secret is found related to it. This is the sister title to Captain America: Symbol of Truth, which stars Sam Wilson also as Captain America and debuted last month.
DC Pride: Tim Drake Special #1 (DC, $5.99): This one-shot collects the Batman: Urban Legends stories from issues #4-6 and #10 by Meghan Fitzmartin, Belen Ortega and Alberto Jimenez Albuquerque, which featured Tim Drake coming out as bisexual. It also features a new story that sets the stage for the rest of Tim Drake’s 2022, featuring Young Justice and the Batgirls.
Hulkling & Wiccan #1 (Marvel, $5.99): The Infinity Comics featuring Hulkling and Wiccan makes its way from Marvel Unlimited to print. Josh Trujillo and Jodi Nishijima tell a story featuring the intergalactic couple, a mystical artifact and paths not take in “love and life.”
Do A Powerbomb #1 (Image, $3.99): Daniel Warren Johnson of Beta Ray Bill and Murder Falcon fame unleashes his power-chord approach to comics on a creator-owned title about a professional wrestler who is recruited by a necromancer into “the grandest pro wrestling tournament of all time.”
Seven Sons #1 (Image, $3.99): Jae Lee returns to creator-owned comics with this new title written by Robert Windom and Kelvin Mao. It’s about a young man who may be the second coming of Christ and is on the run for his life as he tries to discover the truth.
Undiscovered Country: Destiny Man (Image, $3.99): The Destiny Man, the villain of Scott Snyder and Charles Soule’s Undiscovered Country, breaks out into his own special, with art by Leonardo Marcello Grassi and Matt Wilson. Learn the secret origin of “the dark god of the plains” and would-be conqueror of North America.
A Calculated Man #1 (AfterShock, $4.99): Paul Tobin and Alberto Alburquerque present a new title about a math genius/mob accountant who turns state’s witness and runs — and then uses his math skills to become the perfect killer against the mobsters who are after him.
Iron Man #20 (Marvel, $3.99): Tony Stark and Patsy Walker, aka Hellcat, have been getting closer and closer since she started co-starring in Iron Man, and this issue sees the cool exec with a heart of steel popping the question. Oh, and there’s also an angry hyper-intelligent gorilla, courtesy of Christopher Cantwell and Angel Unzueta.
The Best Archie Comic Ever! #1 (Archie, $3.99): This anthology, which was previewed back on Free Comic Book Day, features stories by Fred Van Lente, Aubrey Sitterson, Tim Seeley and more featuring the Archie gang as spies, superheroes and barbarians. Here’s a preview:
Bill & Ted Roll the Dice #1 (Opus, $4.99): A brand Bill & Ted comic hits the stands this week, courtesy of James Asmus, John Barber, Wayne Nichols, Andrew Currie and Opus Comics, which is the comics arm of Incendium. This first issue finds the duo traveling to hell in a Dungeons & Dragons-inspired adventure.
Albatross Exploding Funnybooks #1 (Albatross, $5.99): The Goon, Hillbilly, La Diabla, Lester of the Lesser Gods and Lula the Bearded Girl, all creations of Albatross publisher Eric Powell, star in this new anthology, which also features original one-off stories and satirical cartoons.
The Bone Orchard Mythos: The Passageway (Image, $17.99): Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino and Dave Stewart kick off a very ambitious new storytelling initiative with The Bone Orchard Mythos, a series of horror graphic novels and miniseries that all tie together. This first one, The Passageway, which is about a geologist who is sent to a remote lighthouse to investigate strange phenomenon and finds a seemingly endless pit in the rocks. But what lurks within and how will he escape its pull? The Bone Orchard Mythos was previewed by Image Comics on Free Comic Book Day, and Lemire has made that FCBD issue available through his Substack.
Silk Hills (Oni Press, $24.99): This Appalachian horror graphic novel plays off the legend of the Mothman in a story by Ryan Ferrier, Brian Level, Kate Sherron and Crank! It tells the story of Beth Wills, who comes to the town of Silk Hills to find someone who doesn’t want to be found. Her search for a missing troubled youth finds her running afoul of the local drug trade, too-friendly creepers, a very sinister deer and psychoactive moth dust. You can find more details here.
Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator (IDW, $24.99): This new graphic novel from Sofia Warren chronicles her time with Julia Salazar, the 27-year-old democratic socialist who became the youngest woman to ever be elected to New York’s state senate in 2018. Here’s a preview:
Warren was embedded with Salazar’s staff during her first year in office and drew this graphic memoir while there. You can find more details here.
Secret Reverse (Viz, $16.99): Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi writes and draws this manga team-up featuring Spider-Man and Iron Man as our heroes travel to Japan and battle an inventor and a device that “are not at all what they appear to be.”
Why the People: The Case for Democracy (World Citizen Comics, $28.99): First Second releases another new title by author Beka Feathers in their World Citizen Comics line. In this one, the legal advisor and co-creator of Re:constitutions teams with artist Ally Shwed on a book about political history and systems of power.
Penguin Classics Marvel Collection (Penguin + Marvel, $50): Some of Marvel’s earliest stories join the Penguin Classics line this week, as key issues featuring Captain America, Black Panther and Spider-Man are collected into deluxe hardcovers with bonus material, edited by Ben Saunders.
The Treasure of the Black Swan (Fantagraphics, $29.99): Paco Roca and Guillermo Corral tell the fictionalized story of a real-life sunken ship discovery and “the intense legal and political battles” it sparked.