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.
DC Power (DC, $9.99): DC celebrates Black History Month with this one-shot featuring stories about Cyborg, John Stewart, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Batwing, Vixen, Amazing-Man and more by Chuck Brown, Morgan Hampton, Stephanie Williams, Evan Narcisse, Valentine De Landro, Clayton Henry and more. The anthology also includes the first DC work from writers Dorado Quick, Morgan Hampton and Jordan Clark, as well as artist Petterson Oilveira, who participated in the Milestone Initiative Talent Development Program. Hampton was just announced as the new writer of Cyborg.
Dark Web Finale (Marvel, $4.99): Marvel’s latest crossover between the X-Men and Spider-Man comes to a close this week in this one-shot by Zeb Wells and Adam Kubert. This event felt kind of “crossover lite” to me, as the X-Men and Spider-Man stayed in their individual lanes and dealt with their respective situations independently of each other, but maybe this issue will bring everything together.
Harley Quinn Romances (DC, $9.99): Has DC not used this pun before now? Surely they have, right? I’ll have to Google that later. Anyway, this anthology features, as you might guess, romance stories starring Apollo and Midnighter, Aquaman, Power Girl, Fire and Ice, and of course Harley Quinn. They’re by Greg Lockard, Alexis Quasarano, Frank Allen, Zipporah Smith, Amanda Deibert, Ivan Cohen, Raphael Draccon, Carolina Munhóz, Max Sarin, Fico Ossio, Adriana Melo, Giulio Macaione and more.
Silver Surfer: Ghost Light #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Award-winning writer John Jennings teams artist Valentine De Landro of Mister Miracle and Bitch Planet fame on this series featuring Silver Silver and a new character called Ghost Light.
Lazarus Planet: Legends Reborn (DC, $4.99): If you’ve read the other Lazarus Planet one-shots released this month, then you get the gist of it — these one-shots feature multiple stories about how the Lazarus volcano is affecting heroes, villains and other folks around the DC universe. This issue has stories by Alex Segura, Greg Pak, Alex Paknadel, Dennis Culver, Clayton Henry, Chris Mitten, Minkyu Jung, Jesus Merino and others, starring Nightwing and City Boy, Raven and her resurrected siblings, Firestorm, Harley Quinn, the Question and more.
Black Tape #1 (AWA, $3.99): Dan Panosian teams with Dalibor Talajic for this rock’n’roll horror tale. It’s about the widow of a rock star who is being pursued by dark forces because her husband’s final album may just be the key to opening a gateway to Hell.
Almighty #1 (Image, $3.99): Ed Laroche, creator of The Warning returns with this high-stakes sci-fi/fantasy series that he originally self-published as a graphic novel. It’s set in a “Third World America ravaged by economic collapse, anarcho-warfare and a mysterious environmental disaster contained behind a massive wall,” and features a mercenary hired to bring home a girl who has been abducted.
Archie Valentine’s Spectacular (Archie, $2.99): Jamie L Rotante and Bill Golliher introduce a new character in this special — Cassie Cloud, whose eye Reggie and Archie try to catch. It also includes a few older stories with a holiday theme.
Batman: Legends of Gotham #1 (DC, $5.99): Andy Diggle and Karl Mostert team up on this story about a shady auction in Gotham that Jason Todd, Black Lightning and Katana have to stop. With Urban Legends cancelled, you have to wonder if this was originally intended for the anthology but was shifted over to a fifth-week one-shot instead.
Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #1 (Marvel, $3.99): Blade’s daughter was introduced into the Marvel Universe on Free Comic Book Day, I believe, and now she’s joining dad for a new miniseries. Danny Lore and Karen Darboe return tot the character as she has to learn to juggle high school and her developing vampiric powers.
Blood Tree #1 (Image, $3.99): Writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Maxim Šimić lay down the roots of a new story about two NYPD detectives hunting a serial killer, the Angel Killer, who targets the families of known murderers.
Breath of Shadows #1 (IDW, $3.99): Writer Rich Douek, artist Alex Cormack and letterer Justin Birch reunite for the story of a 1960s rock star/heroin addict who goes looking for an easy solution to his addiction in the South American jungle, only to find “primal horrors that put his own inner demons to shame.”
Demon Wars: Down in Flames (Marvel, $4.99): Peach Momoko continues her series of stories set in the Marvel-through-a-Japanese-folklore-lens world she’s created over the last couple years. It once again features Mariko Yashida, as she ends up in the middle of a “Civil War” between yokai in the spirit world.
Tales from Nottingham #1 (Mad Cave, $3.99): David Hazan and Shane Connery Volk’s Nottingham series, their dark take on the legend of Robin Hood, gets a spin-off series. This issue features the two creators telling an untold story of Everard Blackthorne, the Sheriff of Nottingham, while future issues will feature different creative teams and characters.
Sana Starros #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Justina Ireland and Pere Perez put the spotlight on Sana Starros, a character introduced back in 2015, and her family of ne’er do wells whose dinner is crashed by a bunch of stormtroopers.
Where Monsters Lie #1 (Dark Horse, $3.99): Kyle Starks and Piotr Kowalski pull back the curtain on the life and times of serial killers in this new miniseries. Imagine if Jason, Freddy Krueger and Chucky all lived in the same gated community, and one of their almost-victims decided to come for revenge.
The Flash: One Minute War Special (DC, $5.99): The Flash family’s war against an alien race of super speedsters breaks out into its own special by Jeremy Adams and a host of artists.
Bonding: A Parasitic Romance (Vault, $24.99): Matthew Erman and Emily Pearson are the team behind this new graphic novel from Vault’s Myriad graphic novel line. It’s about “a man, a woman—and their parasites,” as two people on a first date navigate love and the alien slugs that live on their chests.