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.
Ronin II #1 (Frank Miller Presents, $7.99): Almost four decades after the first volume ended, Frank Miller returns to the world of Ronin for a new story with artists Philip Tan and Daniel Henriques. This six-part miniseries follows the original story and takes Casey and her newborn son across “the ravaged landscape of America.” While the original was published by DC back in the 1980s, this is actually one of two debut comics from Frank Miller’s new publishing company.
Once Upon a Time at the End of the World #1 (BOOM!, $4.99): Jason Aaron returns to creator-owned comics with artist Alexandre Tefenkgi for this post-apocalyptic love story, about a couple who might be breaking up just as the world itself breaks apart.
Dark Crisis: The Dark Army #1 (DC, $5.99): Mark Waid, Delilah S. Dawson, Dennis Culver, Freddie E. Williams II and more contribute to this one-shot that features Damian Wayne and a ragtag team of heroes attempting to disrupt Pariah’s control of his Dark Army.
Ancient Enemies #1 (Frank Miller Presents, $7.99): This is the second title from Frank Miller’s new publishing company, although it doesn’t involve Miller. It’s by former DC co-publisher Dan Didio and artist Danilo Beyruth, and it’s about an intergalactic war between two alien races using Earth as their final battlefield.
Doctor Strange: Fall Sunrise #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Tradd Moore writes and draws this miniseries starring Stephen Strange, who “awakens alone in a distant world not his own.”
Star Wars Revelations (Marvel, $5.99): Marc Guggenheim, Salvador Larroca and more explore what comes next for Marvel’s Star Wars comics, as they set the stage for the futures of the Rebellion, the Empire, Doctor Aphra and more.
Yoda #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Cavan Scott and Nico Leon are the creative team for the first of three arcs set in the past of the Jedi master known as Yoda. This first story is set during the High Republic time frame, as Yoda has to protect a community from an attack.
G.I. Joe #300 (IDW, $6.99): This issue comes with a record-setting cover featuring every G.I. Joe and Cobra character you can imagine. This issue wraps up the long-running series by writer Larry Hama, with S. L. Gallant joining him for this story that finds Cobra resurrecting dangerous heroes and villains for the Joes to fight.
Kamen Rider: Zero-One #1 (Titan, $3.99): Brandon Easton and Hendry Prasetya bring Japanese hero Kamen Rider to Western audiences in this new series from Titan Comics. The motorcycle-riding Arturo Hiden jumps right out of tokusatsu television to the comic page to face the threat of the volcanic cluster cell-powered villain Ragnarok.
Image! #8 (Image, $5.99): The latest issue of Image’s 30th anniversary anthology features the debut of w0rldtr33 by James Tynion IV and Fernando Blanco — among many other stories.
Fear of a Red Planet #1 (AfterShock, $4.99): Mark Sable and Andrea Olimpieri head to Mars for the story of the U.N.’s first and only interplanetary marshal, who is tasked with solving the murder of the most hated man on the planet.
Amazing Spider-Man #14 (Marvel, $4.99): Zeb Wells, Michael Dowling, Kyle Hotz and Terry Dodson set the stage for the upcoming Dark Web crossover event that teams Spider-Man with the X-Men against the combined threat of the Goblyn Queen and Chasm.
Fantomesque #1 (Lev Gleason New Friday, $9.99): Jacob Norris writes and draws the story of Fantomesque, a masked investigator who operates in the city of New Empire, tracking down both mobsters and monsters.
Cat Kid Comic Club: Collaborations (Graphix, $12.99): Just in time for the holidays, Dav Pilkey returns with another new book that is surely on many kids’ wish lists. Like the previous Cat Kid Comic Club books, this one once again features Dog Man’s sidekick teaching kids how to make their own comics.
Santiago! (Margaret Ferguson Books, $22.99): Jay Hosler (The Way of the Hive) writes and draws this biographical graphic novel about the father of modern neuroscience, Santiago Ramon y Caja, who wanted to be an artist but was pressured by his parents to go to medical school. He discovered the microscopic mysteries of the brain and, using the art skills he had honed as a child, painted brain cells to unlock their secrets — and then went on to win the Nobel Prize.
Tales from the Rancor Pit (Dark Horse, $19.99): Writer Cavan Scott teams up with Nick Brokenshire, Juan Samu, Rafael Pérez and more for three horror-filled Star Wars stories. “Experience clanking droid ghosts, explore the chilling wampa caves of Hoth and go monster hunting with Saber-For-Hire Ty Yorrick.”