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:
- Penguin Random House (Marvel + IDW + graphic novels + manga)
- Lunar Distribution (DC + Scout + more)
- Diamond’s PreviewsWorld (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.
Spider-Man #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Dan Slott and Mark Bagley, two Amazing Spider-Man veterans, return to the character this week in the adjectiveless Spider-Man. This first issue kicks off “The End of the Spider-Verse,” as Morlun comes back with a new friend and the same grudge against Peter Parker and the rest of the Spiders.
Gotham City: Year One #1 (DC, $4.99): Learn the secret history of Gotham City in this new miniseries by Tom King and Phil Hester, which also features P.I. Slam Bradley and the kidnapping of Helen Wayne.
Dark Ride #1 (Skybound, $3.99): The Birthright team of Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan reunites on this new series that “introduces readers to The Scariest Place on Earth” — an amusement park called Devil Land.
Kaya #1 (Image, $3.99): Wes Craig writes and draws this new series about a young girl tasked with delivering her brother to a secret haven who has to fight her way across a brutal world filled with mutants and monsters.
Miracleman #0 (Marvel, $5.99): To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Miracleman, Marvel releases this one-shot anthology with stories by Neil Gaiman, Mark Buckingham, Jason Aaron, Michael Carey, Ty Templeton, Ryan Stegman and more.
Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #1 (DC, $5.99): The Joker flies solo again in this new series by Matthew Rosenberg, Carmine Di Giandomenico and Francesco Francavilla. The first issue features two stories: one that picks up after the events of the previous Joker series, and another one that guest stars the Mirror Master.
Earthdivers #1 (IDW, $3.99): Part of the IDW Originals line, this new series by Stephen Graham Jones and Davide Gianfelice is about four Indigenous survivors in a post-apocalyptic United States who embark on a mission to save the world through time travel, and send one from their group back in time to kill Christopher Columbus and prevent the creation of America. You can read more about it in my interview with Jones.
Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #5 (DC, $4.99): Joshua Williamson and Daniel Sampere continue their reign of terror on the DC universe, with this issue finding that Pariah has won, our heroes must face off with Deathstroke’s army and a member of the Justice League might not be coming home. Wait, aren’t they all dead?
Dark Crisis: The Deadly Green (DC, $5.99): Ram V, Joshua Williamson, Dan Waters, Alex Paknadel and Daniel Bayliss pit the Swamp Thing against his old enemy, The Great Darkness, who he faced the last time their were infinite Earths in crisis.
A.X.E.: X-Men #1 (Marvel, $3.99): Jean Grey takes the stage in the second of three “story critical” one-shots that tie into the bigger A.X.E.: Judgment Day event — and revisits “her time” as Dark Phoenix.
A.X.E.: Starfox (Marvel, $3.99): Starfox, the former Avenger with the creepy powers who is also the brother of Thanos, gets a one-shot this week as part of Marvel’s big A.X.E.: Judgement Day event. Judgment Day architect Kieron Gillen writes it, with Daniele Di Nicuolo on art.
3Keys #1 (Image, $3.99): David Messina writes and draws this new miniseries about “an impetuous, mischievous young woman and her sardonic, furry, and surprisingly violent mentor” who are trying to save the world from an inter-dimensional invasion.
Image 30th Anniversary Anthology #6 (Image, $5.99): Image’s anniversary anthology continues this week with all the various continuing stories it features, plus some notable additions — a new Casanova story by Matt Fraction, Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon, plus a new Pro story by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner.
Junkyard Joe #1 (Image, $4.99): Geoff Johns and Gary Frank team up for a new series that springs from the pages of Johns’ Geiger series.
Night of the Ghoul #1 (Dark Horse, $4.99): Hey, it’s Scottober all over again as Dark Horse releases a print copy of the first issue of the Comixology digital series. Written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Francesco Francavilla, the story involves an old horror film that never saw release being rediscovered, and the quest to find out the truth behind it.
Leonide the Vampyr #1 (Dark Horse, $3.99): Mike Mignola and Rachele Aragno team up for this new series about a small coastal village where a small coffin with a small inhabitant washes up on shore — going from miracle to monstrous very quickly.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Saturday Morning Adventures #1 (IDW, $3.99): IDW heads back to a world of cereal bowls and catchy theme songs for this “faithful new comic book inspired by the classic cartoon.” Erik Burnham (G.I. Joe Saturday Morning Adventures) and Tim Lattie (Ghostbusters) will team for the cowabunga-inducing adventures of everyone’s favorite indie comic turned TV sensation.
Impossible Jones (Scout Comics, $19.99): Scout Comics collects Karl Kesel and David Hahn’s comic about a thief who pretends to be a superhero in order to make a big score.
Victory. Stand! Raising My Fist for Justice (Norton, $17.95): Olympian Tommie Smith teams with Derrick Barnes and Dawud Anyabwile to tell the real-life story of the stand Smith and fellow Olympian John Carlos took against racism during the 1968 Olympics.