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.
Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #1 (DC, $3.99): With Clark Kent back in Action and helming the Superman title once again, Jon Kent spins off into Adventures of Superman, a title that has bit of history to it. Tom Taylor and Clayton Henry tell a story not just about Jon, but about multiple Supermen from around the multiverse as Ultraman goes on a Kal-El killing spree.
Amazing Spider-Man #21 (Marvel, $3.99): Based on the solicitations, it sounds like we’re finally going to start getting some answers to the questions Zeb Wells and John Romita Jr. raised in the first issue of their run on Amazing — specifically, what happened to Peter Parker, his relationship with Mary Jane and, well, with pretty much everyone?
Stoneheart #1 (Image, $3.99): Emma Kubert writes, draws and letters this new series about a mage who is “inexplicably exiled from her magical guild and relocated—left only with vague memories and romanticized hope.”
The Gimmick #1 (Ahoy, $3.99): “What if the Coen brothers told a wrestling story?” is the premise of this new comic by Joanne Starer and Elena GoGou, which is about a wrestler with super strength who accidentally kills his opponent during a match on live TV.
Black Panther #15 (Marvel, $3.99): John Ridley’s time on Black Panther comes to an end as he and German Peralta wrap up the story they’ve been telling about Jhai, T’Challa’s best friend and the Wakandan sleeper agent once thought dead but now is attempting to take over the world.
X23: Deadly Regenesis #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Erica Schultz and Edgar Salazar head back to the past to tell a story set during X-23’s time as a member of X-Force and a resident of Utopia.
A.R.C. #1 (Image, $4.99): Matt Hawkins, Ryan Cady, Paul Feinstein and Atilio Rojo team up for this one-shot about environmental lobbyist who leads a group called the Animal Rights Collective, which battles poachers in Africa.
Clear #1 (Dark Horse, $4.99): Scott Snyder and Francis Manapul’s excellent Comxiology Originals series comes to print this week courtesy of Dark Horse — and not as a collection, but as individual issues. This mystery/science fiction mash-up is set in a future where people use neurological filters to see realty in whatever way they choose
Predator #1 (Marvel, $4.99): This new series by Ed Brisson and Netho Diaz is set on a planet where the Predators release humans to hunt for sport — but now something is hunting the Predators.
New Mutants: Lethal Legion #1 (Marvel, $3.99): New Mutants both old and new unite in this miniseries that features Wolfsbane, Karma, Escapade and others battling a new Lethal Legion.
Teen Titans: Robin (DC, $16.99): Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo return for another middle-grade graphic novel set in the same world as their work on the Teen Titans: Raven and Teen Titans: Beast Boy graphic novels. As Raven Roth, Garfield Logan, Maxine Navarro and Damian Wayne are on the run from the H.I.V.E. and Slade Wilson, Dick Grayson begins looking for his brother Damian. Garcia announced this week on Instagram that another graphic novel in the series featuring Starfire will arrive next year.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Official Movie Prequel Comic (IDW, $14.99): Honestly I’m not sure what the subtitle on this one is — Diamond has it listed as “Official Movie Prequel Comic” but then you have “Feast of the Moon” right there on the cover. Anyway, that’s besides the point — this is a prequel graphic novel to the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons film, which I hope turns out to be as fun as the trailers look. It’s by Jeremy Lambert, Ellen Boener, Eduardo Ferigato and Guillermo Sanna.
The Moth Keeper (Random House Graphic, $13.99): K. O’Neill (The Tea Dragon Society) returns with a new graphic novel about a young girl tasked protecting the lunar moths that allow the Night-Lily flower her village relies on to survive to bloom once a year.