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.
Blue Beetle: Graduation Day #1 (DC, $3.99): Josh Trujillo and Adrian Gutierrez’s miniseries featuring the return of Jaime Reyes has had a long, strange trip to publication — it made it to the final four in DC’s Round-Robin competition back in 2021 and ultimately lost, but it had enough support from fans and DC to earn its own series anyway. And now it’s being published in both English and Spanish simultaneously this week, which is pretty cool.
Avengers Assemble Alpha (Marvel, $5.99): Jason Aaron’s final Avengers story begins here, as he and artist Bryan Hitch kick off a crossover event that brings together his work on Avengers, Avengers Forever, Avengers of 1,000,000 BC and more.
Bob Phantom (Archie, $3.99): A Golden Age character from Archie Comics’ past returns in this new story by James III and Richard Ortiz. When a mild-mannered reporter gains the unwanted attention of a global crime syndicate, he becomes the vigilante Bob Phantom to battle them.
Koshchei in Hell #1 (Dark Horse, $3.99): Mike Mignola, Ben Stenbeck and Dave Stewart team once again for this new miniseries about Koshchei the Deathless, who once tried to kill Hellboy at the bequest of the Baba Yaga. This time around, Koshchei must defend his home, Hell, from destruction.
Plush #1 (Image, $3.99): Doug Wagner and Daniel Hillyard reunite for the story of Devin Fulcher, who is “coerced into attending his first furry convention. When he accidentally happens upon a group of furries devouring a human, the insanity begins.”
Wildstorm 30th Anniversary Special (DC, $7.99): This anthology includes stories that originally appeared in the WildStorm: A Celebration of 25 Years hardcover, plus a few new ones. The Beat has the contents page if you’re curious to know everything it contains. I don’t think that DC has advertised that it includes a story written by Warren Ellis, albeit a reprint from five years ago; it seems like an odd choice given everything we’ve learned about Ellis since then and DC’s own actions that followed.
Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Greg Pak returns once again to the planet Sakaar, the deadly setting of the epic Planet Hulk storyline, for this five-issue miniseries with art by Manuel Garcia, Cam Smith and Chris Sotomayor. Set 1,000 years in the future, a young woman with green skin “searches for the legendary Green Scar to help save her brother from a group of apocalyptic cultists.”
Justice Society of America #1 (DC, $3.99): Geoff Johns is once again writing a Justice Society comic for DC, some 10 years after the last time he wrote the title. Mikel Janin joins him on this new story that spins out of The New Golden Age one-shot from a few weeks.
Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #1 (Dark Horse, $3.99): Dark Horse kicks off another all-ages Star Wars miniseries, this one set back during the High Republic timeline and featuring Padawan Sav Malagan, who encounters a band of space pirates. It’s by Daniel Jose Older and Toni Bruno.
My Bad Vol. 2 #1 (Ahoy Comics, $4.99): Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman and Peter Krause return to Gravel City and the lives of Emperor King, The Accelerator, The Chandelier and more in this superhero parody comic.
Nubia and the Justice League Special #1 (DC, $5.99): The Justice League gains a new member, Nubia, in this special by Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad, Stephanie Williams, Amancay Nahuelpan, Alitha Martinez and more.
Saga of a Doomed Universe #1 (CEX, $8.99): Scott Reed writes and draws this comic that promises to “change everything” while parodying big event comics. It’s the first of three triple-sized volumes about Roy Brannon, a costumed loser who never amounted to much, but ends up being the last hero standing after the rest of his world’s heroes are killed.
Grifter Got Run Over By A Reindeer (DC, $9.99): You might have noticed that November has five Tuesday this year, and traditionally that means DC forgoes its regular releases for a week and instead puts out annuals, specials and other stuff to make up for it. Like this year’s holiday anthology, which has a fun title and features stories by Derek Fridolfs, John Layman, Max Bemis, Cavan Scott, Michael Conrad, Scott Bryan Wilson, Dustin Nguyen, Fico Ossio, Christopher Mitten, Skylar Patridge and more.
Superman: Kal-El Returns Special (DC, $5.99): This anthology ties into the recent storyline in the Superman titles that finds Clark back on Earth and reuniting with old friends (and enemies). In it, Mark Waid, Sina Grace, Alex Segura, Marv Wolfman, Max Raynor, Dean Haspiel, Jack Herbert, Reilly Brown and more show Superman’s reunions with Batman, Jimmy Olsen, the Justice League and Lex Luthor.
Spider-Men: Double Trouble #1 (Marvel, $3.99): Mariko Tamaki and Gurihiru, who worked together on Thor & Loki: Double Trouble, re-team for another all-ages miniseries, bringing co-writer Vita Ayala along for the ride this time. This miniseries features Miles Morales and Peter Parker teaming up to battle “villainous shenanigans” in New York.
Stillwater #16 (Image, $3.99): With only two more issues of Stillwater left after this one, the one-line solicitation for this very special issue should tell fans all they need to know: “The secret of the curse revealed!” It’s by Chip Zdarsky, Ramon K. Perez and Mike Spicer.
Recall (Invader Comics, $14.99): Artist Danijel Zezelj teams with writer Kevin Miller for this graphic novel about race and alien abduction, as they tell the story of Betty and Barney Hill, the first widely publicized alien abduction in the United States.
Super Trash Clash (IDW/Top Shelf, $14.99): Edgar Camacho writes and draws this graphic novel about a young girl who wants a certain video game for her birthday — but her mom buys her Super Trash Clash, the worst video game ever, instead.
Sunburn (Image, $19.99): Andi Watson and Simon Gane team up for this coming-of-age graphic novel about a teenager from England who is invited to spend a life-changing summer in Greece.
Unfamiliar (Andrews McMeel/Tapas, $15.99): Haley Newsome’s popular Tapas webcomic comes to print in this collection from Andrews McMeel. It’s the story of a young witch, Planchette, who buys a haunted house and tries to help the ghosts there with all their problem.