Can’t Wait for Comics | ‘Everyday Hero Machine Boy,’ ‘All-Out Avengers’ and more

Check out what’s arriving in comic shops this week.

Welcome to Can’t Wait for Comics, your guide to what comics are arriving in comic book stores, bookstores and on digital.

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.

All-Out Avengers #1 (Marvel, $3.99): Derek Landy, who worked on the recent Captain America and Iron Man series, teams with artist Greg Land for this new “straight into the action” title starring Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman and more.

Alien #1 (Marvel, $3.99): Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Julius Ohta launch a new Alien series this week that will reveal why “a new cast of characters must go deep into Xenomorph territory for a chance to combat human extinction.”

Dark Knights of Steel: Tales from the Three Kingdoms (DC, $5.99): This anthology by Tom Taylor, Jay Kristoff, CS Pacat, Nathan Gooden and others helps flesh out the characters appearing in the Dark Knights of Steel miniseries that re-imagines the DCU through a medieval lens.

Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #4 (DC, $4.99): The title for DC’s big event series, Dark Crisis, grows by a few extra words — but what a difference they make, as they signal the “birth of a new DC Multiverse.”

X-Men and Moon Girl #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Moon Girl’s journey around the Marvel universe, which started back in June, continues in this one-shot written by Mohale Mashigo with art by David Cutler that features the world’s smartest Inhuman teaming with the X-Men.

Antioch #1 (Image, $3.99): Patrick Kindlon and Marco Ferrari, creators of Frontiersmen, reunite for a new ongoing about a king from a lost continent who returns to the world to save the planet — only to be thrown into a super-powered prison.

Star Trek #400 (IDW, $7.99): IDW celebrates 400 issues of Star Trek comics with an anthology featuring stories by Wil Wheaton, Declan Shalvey, Chris Eliopoulos, Rich Handley, Mike Johnson, Joe Eisma, Megan Levens, Luke Sparrow, Seth Damoose, Angel Hernandez and more.

Image 30th Anniversary Anthology #5 (Image, $5.99): Even though I haven’t been buying every issue, I like to check in on this anthology series to see who might show up. For instance, this issue features new stories by Joe Casey and Nathan Fox, Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, Tim Seeley and Stefano Caselli, and more.

Shock Shop #1 (Dark Horse, $3.99): In the spirit of Creepshow, Tales from the Crypt and other “hosted” horror anthologies comes a new “flip book” featuring stories by Cullen Bunn, Danny Luckert, Leila Leiz and more.

Highball #1 (Ahoy, $4.99): Stuart Moore and Fred Harper, the team behind Ahoy Comics’ recent The Wrong Earth: Purple one-shot, re-team for new sf comedy miniseries about a “sozzled space pilot” who can only hit a target when he’s drunk.

E-Ratic 2: Recharged #1 (AWA, $3.99): Kaare Andrews’ super-charged superhero with eratic (get it?) powers returns for another round of action and teen drama.

Everyday Hero Machine Boy (Image, $12.99): Skybound’s Comet line of young-adult graphic novel continues with this new entry by Irma Kniivila and Tri Vuong. It’s about a robot who fell from the sky who only wants to be a superhero.

My Buddy Killer Croc (DC, $9.99): Sara Farizan and Nicoletta Baldari present the story of Andy, a boy who idolizes Killer Croc and just moved to Gotham, where he seeks out his idol’s help against school bullies.

Space Trash (Oni Press, $21.99): Magical Beatdown creator Jenn Woodall imagines a future where Earth has been abandoned for space colonization, and three teenagers attend a high school for underprivileged kids on the moon.

Batman: Dear Detective (DC, $7.99): Lee Bermejo returns to the world of Batman for Batman: Dear Detective, which DC describes as “One part prestige art book, one part compelling noir tale.” To be honest, I’m not 100% sure what to expect from this.

Kali (Dark Horse, $29.99): Daniel Freedman and Robert Sammelin present a high-octane tale of revenge that stars a woman left for dead by her own biker gang who sets out across a war-torn desert battlefield to find vengeance.

It’s So Magic (Drawn and Quarterly, $21.95): The incomparable Lynda Barry returns with a new graphic novel about the Mullen family and their changing dynamics.

Young Agatha Christie (Humanoids, $14.99): William Augel, who did similar books featuring Young Mozart and Young Leonardo, writes and draws what sounds like a fun story — it stars a child Agatha Christie, who “treats the everyday world as one big crime scene.”

Luda (Del Ray, $28): This last entry isn’t a comic or graphic novel, but is actually a prose novel from someone comic fans will recognize — Grant Morrison, who tells the story of an aging drag queen and the young upstart who wants to learn her secrets.

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