Can’t Wait for Comics | Explore history with ‘Superman: Space Age,’ ‘Ant-Man’ and more

Check out new comics and graphic novels this week by Noah Van Sciver, Luana Vecchio, Taki Soma, Peter David, Chris Claremont, Cullen Bunn, Vicente Cifuentes, Mark Russell, Michael Allred, Al Ewing and more.

Welcome to Can’t Wait for Comics, your guide to what comics are arriving in comic book stores, bookstores and on digital. The past is very much the future in several new series that debut today, including Superman: Space Age, Ant-Man, Gambit 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:

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.

Superman: Space Age #1 (DC, $9.99): Second Coming co-creator Mark Russell and Madman creator Michael Allred team up for a unique look at the Man of Steel in this three-issue prestige series. The story will follow Superman from his debut through several decades, offering “an unforgettable journey through U.S. history and culture starring our beloved characters.”

Ant-Man #1 (Marvel, $3.99): Al Ewing and Tom Reilly explore the lives of all the various people who have gone by the name Ant-Man in this new miniseries, starting with Hank Pym. Subsequent issues will feature Scott Lang, Eric O’Grady and a “mystery” Ant-Man.

Wild Cards: Drawing of Cards #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Marvel returns to the world of Wild Cards for the first time since the 1990s, when a Wild Cards series was published as part of their Epic Comics line. Paul Cornell and Mike Hawthorne bring George R.R. Martin’s world of “aces” and “jokers” back to the comic page in this new miniseries.

Bloodborne #1 (Titan Comics, $3.99): Cullen Bunn and Piotr Kowalski jump into the world of Bloodborne, the hard-as-hell video game from FromSoftware. I guess the good news here is that it won’t take you 50 tries to get through this issue.

Book of Shadows #1 (Valiant, $3.99): Cullen Bunn (that guy again!) and Vicente Cifuentes bring together several of Valiant’s supernatural characters, including Shadowman, Punk Mambo, Eternal Warrior and Doctor Mirage, in this new team book.

Gambit #1 (Marvel, $3.99): Chris Claremont is once again writing an X-Men comic, this time one set back when Gambit first met the child Ororo after that whole Siege Perilous thing. Sid Kotian provides the art.

Genis-Vell: Captain Marvel #1 (Marvel, $4.99): The son of the original Captain Marvel is back in a new miniseries by Peter David, who chronicled his adventures some 20 years ago. This time around he’s joined by artist Juanan Ramirez in a series that also features Rick Jones and his ex-wife Marlo.

DC Mech #1 (DC, $3.99): Kenny Porter and Baldemar Rivas present an alternate history take on the DC Universe where giant mechanized parademons from Apokolips invaded Earth and killed the Justice Society at the end of World War II. Cut to the future, where a being named Kal-El lands on Earth with his own mech, and faces down two other giant mechs piloted by the Flash and Batman.

Young Justice: Targets #1 (DC, $3.99): Fans of HBO Max’s Young Justice cartoon will be happy to know that DC is continuing the story from the latest season, Young Justice: Phantoms, in this “fully canon” comic by showrunner Greg Weisman and storyboard artist Christopher Jones. Each issue will also have a back-up story, offering a “never before seen” story from a previous season of the show.

Wrong Earth: Meat (Ahoy Comics, $4.99): Ahoy Comics continues their series of one-shots that spotlights different versions of Dragonflyman around the multiverse. This one is by Tom Peyer and Greg Scott, and it’s all about … meat.

As A Cartoonist (Fantagraphics, $19.99): Noah Van Sciver is back with a new collection of comics about his chosen profession, cartooning, that “reveals a funny and often poignant reflection on the human condition and the lives we choose to live.”

Bolero (Image, $17.99): Luana Vecchio, who just won the Russ Manning Award on Friday, drew this miniseries, which gets collected this week. Written by Wyatt Kennedy, it’s about a broken-hearted, down-on-her-luck woman who gets a second chance when she takes “an emotional journey across the multiverse.”

Sleeping While Standing (Avery Hill, $16.95): Taki Soma writes and draws this autobiographical graphic novel that details “important events throughout her life that shaped who she is today, told in a compelling and humorous authorial voice.”

Zatanna: The Jewel of Gravesend (DC, $16.99): Alys Arden and Jacquelin De Leon reimagine Zatanna in this young adult graphic novel. In it, Zatanna is a resident of Luna Park who lives among the the mobsters, mystics and mermaids in Coney Island and ends up in between a dangerous mystic and their quest for a magical jewel.

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