Welcome to Can’t Wait for Comics, your guide to what comics are arriving in comic book stores, bookstores and on digital. This week brings a new Black Adam series, a Punisher tie-in, a new Tyler Crook series, a new graphic novel from Gengoroh Tagame and more.
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.
Black Adam #1 (DC, $3.99): Before launching into his own film later this year, DC’s Black Adam stars in a new comic series by Christopher Priest and Rafa Sandoval. In the first arc, the former villain and current Justice League member faces his own mortality and a new … teammate, of sorts.
Aquaman/Flash: Voidsong #1 (DC, $6.99): Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly and Vasco Georgiev present a story about an alien invasion where the entire world is frozen except for the Flash and Aquaman, who awkwardly team up to save the world.
Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen’s Boss Perry White (DC, $4.99): The award-winning team of Matt Fraction, Steve Lieber, Nathan Fairbairn and Clayton Cowles reunite for a new story about Jimmy Olsen’s — and Clark Kent and Lois Lane’s, for that matter — boss, Perry White. They provide a new story to anchor this one-shot that also includes some past Perry White tales by Elliot S. Maggin and Curt Swan, Neil Kleid and Dean Haspiel, and Brian Michael Bendis and Ivan Reis.
Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1 (DC, $3.99): Meghan Fitzmartin and Laura Braga helm this Dark Crisis tie-in miniseries, which features Tim Drake, Impulse and Superboy going missing and Cassie Sandsmark searching for them.
Punisher War Journal: Blitz (Marvel, $4.99): This is the first of three special that take place “between the pages” of Jason Aaron’s Punisher series, which finds Frank Castle leading the Hand in the exchange for … well, that would be a spoiler. In this special, Torunn Gronbekk and Lan Medina show what happens when the Punisher leads the full force of the Hand against the Hate-Monger.
Marvel’s Voices: Pride (Marvel, $9.99): This year’s Pride anthology from Marvel features stories about the Young Avengers, Hercules, Moondragon and a new hero named Escapade by creators like Charlie Jane Anders, Christopher Cantwell, Alyssa Wong, Stephen Byrne and more.
Milestones in History #1 (DC/Milestone, $9.99): This anthology was originally supposed to come out in February as part of Black History Month, but ended up being delayed until this month. It features stories by Reginald Hudlin, Pat Charles, Tananarive Due, Karyn Parsons, Alice Randall, Toure, Ray-Anthony Height, Jamal Igle, Arvell Jones, Dominike Domo Stanton, Ron Wilson and more about “trailblazing Black and African figures throughout every era of humanity.”
Miles Morales and Moon Girl (Marvel, $4.99): Novelist Mohale Mashigo and artist Ig Guara kick off a series of team-up one-shots this week featuring Moon Girl and various heroes, starting with Miles Morales.
Beware the Eye of Odin #1 (Image, $4.99): Doug Wagner, Tim Odland and Michelle Madsen present mythical story about “Vikings, trolls, frost giants and Valkyries,” as a Viking prince tries to return the Eye of Odin to its rightful owner.
The Lonesome Hunters #1 (Dark Horse, $3.99): Tyler Crook writes and draws this story about a monster hunter who comes out of retirement to help a young girl against the forces of darkness.
New Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Back in the early 1990s, Wolverine, Spider-Man, Ghost Rider and Hulk had a brief team-up in the pages of Fantastic Four while the actual Fantastic Four were out of town (or in another dimension, or maybe space — could be anywhere, really). It was a fun story by Walt Simonson and Art Adams that only last a few issues. But now Marvel will revisit that team — and time period — in The New Fantastic Four, a limited series by Peter David and Alan Robinson.
Silver Coin #11 (Image, $3.99): Michael Walsh’s one-artist anthology series continues this week as a he brings in a new set of writers to help tell the story of a mysterious coin that brings all sorts of misery to people throughout history. This issue is written by James Tynion IV and is about a firefighter who finds the coin in 1978 and unleashes its power on the unsuspecting.
Wrong Earth: Confidence Men #1 (Ahoy, $4.99): The series of one shots spinning out of Ahoy’s The Wrong Earth franchise continues this week with a story by Mark Waid and Leonard Kirk. “After a few near-catastrophic mistakes by the Stingers of Earth Alpha and Earth Omega, the heroes of both Earths decide to teach their sidekicks some hard lessons. Can these junior partners live up to the expectations of Dragonfly and Dragonflyman, or will they ultimately be pushed too far?”
Nook #1 (Source Point Press, $4.99): This historical horror tale by Caleb Thusat and Marcelo Biott centers on a cat named Nook who a family discover in an old house after fleeing World War II-era Germany — an old house filled with secrets of a dark past.
Snow Angels trade paperback (Dark Horse, $19.99): This excellent comiXology Originals series by Jeff Lemire and Jock about a world covered in ice returned for its “second season” last year, and now Dark Horse is bringing it to print. It’s the story of a father and two daughters who brave the ice to battle superstition and myth, as well as the legendary monster known as The Snowman.
The Airless Year (Dark Horse, $14.99): Adam P. Knave and Valentine Barker present the story of Kacee, a queer Black girl struggling through middle school who faces the dread known as … summer school.
Our Colors (Pantheon Books, $32.50): Gengoroh Tagame of My Brother’s Husband fame returns with a new graphic novel about a closeted gay teenager who begins to paint a mural at a coffee shop owned by an out gay man.
Clementine (Image/Skybound, $14.99): The first volume of a new graphic novel series by Tillie Walden arrives, starring Clementine, who Walking Dead fans will recognize from the Walking Dead game series released by Telltale back in the day. Walden is known for her award-winning graphic novels Spinning and On A Sunbeam. In this first volume of three, Clementine will meet an Amish teenager named Amos, and the pair will try to make a safe settlement for teenagers in Vermont — if the zombie threat or cold winter doesn’t get them first.