Happy New Year and 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.
Scarlet Witch #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Marvel once again puts a spotlight on Wanda Maximoff in this new solo ongoing series by Steve Orlando, Sara Pichelli and Matt Wilson. She’s now the proprietor of a magic shop that “appears only to those who need it most, who have no one else in the world to turn to.”
Shang-Chi: Master of the Ten Rings (Marvel, $4.99): Gene Luen Yang wraps up his work on Shang-Chi with this one-shot that’s drawn by Michael Yg, In it, Shang travels back in time to team up with a younger version of his father, Zheng Zu.
Batman #131 (DC, $4.99): Chip Zdarsky is joined by artist Mike Hawthorne for his second Batman arc, which picks up in a Gotham with no Batman to keep it safe.
Spy Superb #1 (Dark Horse, $7.99): Super Spy creator Matt Kindt goes undercover once again in this new series from his Flux House imprint that stars a different sort of secret agent — one who doesn’t even know they’re a spy.
Joe Fixit #1 (Marvel, $3.99): Peter David, the co-creator of Hulk’s grey-skinned “mobster bodyguard” personality, teams with artist Yildiray Cinar for a new miniseries set during David’s original run on Incredible Hulk. This first issue features the Kingpin picking a fight with Joe in Las Vegas, as Spider-Man tries to keep them from tearing the city apart.
Mosely #1 (BOOM!, $4.99): Farmhand and Chew‘s Rob Guillory teams with artist Sam Lotfi (Last Stop on the Red Line) for this new science fiction miniseries about “a bitter old janitor on a mission from a higher power-to unleash holy Hell upon the ‘too big to fail’ Tech Gods.”
Trojan #1 (AWA, $3.99): Daniel Kraus, Marco Lesko and Laci present a world where centaurs, fauns, gorgons, kelpies, gnomes and other creature so myth were driven away by mankind. “When a mysterious young woman, Nessa, enlists the help of a hacker to take a tour of the grisliest corners of the Dark Web, she sets in motion a war between those who peddle to mankind’s darkest fantasies and a world that transcends imagination.”
Scotch McTiernan’s Holiday Party (Image, $3.99): Scotch McTiernan, the over-the-top character created by Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan, and Scott Koblish, returns for a belated holiday special about billionaires, colonizing Mars and the Ghost of Christmas Future.
Children of the Black Sun #1 (Ablaze, $3.99): Letizia Cadonici, the artist for the BOOM! Studios series House of Slaughter, teams with writer Dario Sicchio for this story about a group of children born under the “black sun” — a phenomenon that drove people mad and changed the appearances of the children born while it was active. As the world fears another black sun is set to occur, these children unite to discover their true nature.