Can’t Wait for Comics | Celebrate Black History Month with Icon, Hardware, Black Panther and more

Check out new comics and graphic novels coming out this week by John Patrick Green, Mac Smith, Jim Zub, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley, Luca Pizzari, Sina Grace, Marc Guggenheim, Justin Greenwood and more.

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:

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.

Icon vs. Hardware #1 (DC/Milestone, $4.99): Two mainstays of the Milestone universe clash in this new miniseries from Reginald Hudlin, Leon Chills, Denys Cowan and more. And not only do they clash, but they clash through time, as Hardware attempts to use a time machine to right the wrongs of the past, but Icon — who you might remember is centuries old — is always there to stop him from destroying the timestream.

Marvel’s Voices: Wakanda Forever (Marvel, $5.99): Marvel’s Voices anthology returns for Black History Month, with this special focusing strictly on characters from Wakanda. You can expect stories featuring Black Panther, Shuri, Okoye and more.

Torrent #1 (Image Comics, $3.99): Marc Guggenheim and Justin Greenwood re-team for a new superhero series about a new hero, Crackerjack, who suffers a tragedy and crosses the line from hero to vigilante.

Betty: The Final Girl (Archie, $3.99): This new Archie Horror one-shot features multiple stories by Micol Ostow, Casey Gilly, Sam Maggs, Natalie Nardozza, Carola Borelli and more, who imagine Betty as a horror movie “final girl,” among other stories.

Rockstar and Softboy Go to Space (Image, $8.99): Sina Grace returns to write and draw this new one-shot featuring characters he introduced last year. Afetr getting rebuffed in L.A., the two housemates decide to relocate to space.

Masters of the Universe: Masterverse #1 (Dark Horse, $3.99): Writer Tim Seeley and a host of great artists are teaming up for this anthology that looks at the Masters of the Universe through the lens of the multiverse. This first issue features art by Eddie Nunez, Kelley Jones, Sergio Aragonés and more.

Murderworld: Moon Knight (Marvel, $3.99): The penultimate chapter of Jim Zub and Ray Fawkes’ Murderworld saga — where contestants face off against killer robot versions of your favorite Marvel characters — is drawn by Luca Pizzari, and features “some of the biggest twists yet.” This has been a fun series-of-one-shots from Marvel, although really it’s a very linear story that probably would have been better served as a five-issue miniseries. But I digress …

Lazarus Planet: Dark Fate (DC, $4.99): I think the thing I’m most excited by in this week’s Lazarus Planet one-shot is the introduction of Dennis Culver and Chris Burnham’s Doom Patrol, before they jump into their own series. The anthology also includes stories by Tim Seeley, Joshua Williamson, A.L. Kaplan, Alyssa Wong, Baldemar Rivas and more, featuring Huntress, Flash and more.

Nightcrawlers #1 (Marvel, $3.99): Nightcrawler and Legion of X fall through the Sins of Sinister looking glass in this three-issue miniseries by Si Spurrier and Paco Medina. Here’s the thing — I love Nightcrawler, but Mister Sinister is not my favorite so I was planning on skipping this crossover, but I do think that art is sublime here. So, maybe I’ll reconsider.

The Last Barbarians #1 (Image, $3.99): Brian Haberlin and Geirrod Van Dyke team for this new series that Haberlin says is “essentially a D&D campaign.” It’s about Sylv, a jack-of-all-trades (that’s fighter, thief and magic user) who lives outside a guild system that makes it hard to find work and accepts a quest from a sketchy cleric.

Scurry (Skybound, $14.99): Skbound’s latest all-ages graphic novel is by Mac Smith and is set in a post-humanity world where animals do what they have to to survive.

Batman/Spawn Unplugged (DC, $6.99): Spawn and Batman go “unfiltered”in this uncolored and unlettered version of last year’s hit crossover comic by Todd McFarlane and Greg Capullo.

Agents of S.U.I.T. (First Second, $10.99): John Patrick Green’s InvestiGators gets a spinoff graphic novel, as Cilantro the Chameleon jumps into her own field assignment that features “a sheep-led worker’s rights revolt and an alien invasion conspiracy.”

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