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.
Miracleman: The Silver Age #1 (Marvel, $4.99): In a story literally decades in the making and that somehow has survived bankruptcies, court cases, ownership challenges and more, Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham return to Miracleman. This issue actually reprints material from Eclipse’s Miracleman #23 from 1985, along with some bonus content, while issue #2 will reprint #24. But after that the new material will start.
Hellboy in Love #1 (Dark Horse, $3.99): It’s all about the love in this new miniseries from the creative team of Hellboy: The Bones of Giants, as Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, Matt Smith, Chris O’Halloran and Clem Robins reunite for a five-issue series that reunites Hellboy with Dr. Anastasia Bransfield, his ex-girlfriend from the novel Hellboy: The Lost Army.
G.C.P.D.: The Blue Wall #1 (DC, $3.99): Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley and artist Stefano Raffaele “explore the gritty world of Renee Montoya and the Gotham City Police Department” in this new six-issue miniseries.
Batman: One Bad Day – The Penguin #1 (DC, $7.99): When the Penguin’s criminal empire is stolen by a former associate, Batman faces both Cobblepot and The Umbrella Man on the burning streets of Gotham in this one-shot by John Ridley and Giuseppe Camuncoli.
Deadly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Spider-Man takes on an unlikely foe — the Demon Bear from those classic issues of New Mutants — in this new miniseries from Taboo, B. Earl and Juan Ferreyra.
Fear the Funhouse #1 (Archie, $3.99): Micol Ostow, Magdalene Visaggio, Michael Northrop, Ryan Caskey, Diana Camero and more contribute spooky stories to this anthology featuring the Riverdale gang.
Crypt of Shadows (Marvel, $5.99): Marvel dusts off an old 1970s title for this horror anthology featuring stories by Chris Cooper, Al Ewing, Danny Lore, Rebecca Roanhorse, Adam Warren, Chris Condon, Karen S. Darboe, Geoff Shaw, Ibrahim Moustafa and more.
Sonic the Hedgehog: Scrapnik Island #1 (IDW, $3.99): Sonic and Tails star in this spooky story by Daniel Barnes and Jack Lawrence, as they crashland on an island with scrapped, rusted and malfunctioning Badniks that are out to kill them.
Alpha Betas #1 (Whatnot Publishing, $3.99): Kyle Starks, Trevor Richardson, Kenny Aitken and Michael Calero brings the popular YouTube animated series to comics, just in time for a new season of cartoons.
Harley Quinn: Legion of Bats #1 (DC, $3.99): Tee Franklin and Shae Beagle pick up right after Harley Quinn: The Animated Series season three, as Harley and Ivy assume their new roles as, respectively, a member of the Bat-Family and the leader of the Legion of Doom.
Miracleman: The Golden Age (Marvel, $19.99): To go along with the release of Miracleman: The Silver Age this week, Marvel collects the prior Miracleman story by Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham that, naturally, was titled “The Golden Age.”
It Took Luke (Oni Press, $19.99): This horror/modern fantasy graphic novel by Mark Bouchard, Bayleigh Underwood and others came to life on Kickstarter some years back before being picked up by Oni. It’s about a team of exterminators in the year 2028 who hunts dragons, bugbears and other assorted D&D creatures, and when one of their number is taken by a shapeshifter, their latest job turns into a rescue mission.
Blackwood Library Edition (Dark Horse, $39.99): Dark Horse collects both volumes of Evan Dorkin, Veronica Fish and Andy Fish’s story about Blackwood College, a school that trains students in the occult.
Revenge of the Librarians (Drawn and Quarterly, $24.95): Tom Gauld is back with a new collection of comic strips that’s “his wittiest and most trenchant collection of literary cartoons to date.”
I’m Still Alive (BOOM!, $24.99): This new graphic novel by journalist/writer Roberto Saviano recounts the risks he’s lived under since the release of Gomorrah, his novel that exposed the inner workings of the Italian mafia and placed Saviano under direct threat. It’s drawn by Asaf Hanuka, who had his own reservations about taking on the project.
Where Black Stars Rise (Tor Nightfire, $19.99): This trippy graphic novel by Nadia Shammas and Marie Enger is about a newly licensed therapist who ends up being dragged into another dimension while treating a patient’s night terrors.
Green Lantern: Alliance (DC, $9.99): Green Lantern Tai Pham returns in another YA graphic novel following his debut in the pages of the Green Lantern: Legacy a few years back. Writer Minh Lê and artist Andie Tong pit Pham against his nemesis, Xander Griffin, but this time he’ll have some help from a new Kid Flash.
Career Shoplifter (Uncivilized, $8): Gabrielle Bell, “comics’ most infamous diarist,” returns with a new book about how she spends hours at cafes covertly drawing and eavesdropping on her fellow layabouts and shirkers every day.