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.
Superman: Lost #1 (DC, $4.99): Eisner Award nominees and Deathstroke creators Christopher Priest and Carlo Pagulayan team up again on this new 10-issue Superman miniseries that finds the Man of Steel and Lois Lane’s relationship face its biggest challenge yet — a Superman who has been lost in space for 20 years, and the timeless bond between them has been severed.
BRZRKR #12 (BOOM! Studios, $6.99): Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt, Ron Garney, Bill Crabtree and Clem Robins bring their violent series to a close as the immortal warrior faces a challenge not even he can endure.
Star Trek: Defiant #1 (IDW, $4.99): A sister title to the recently launched Star Trek title that brings together crew members from different shows, Defiant is by Christopher Cantwell and Ángel Unzueta, and takes more of a Dirty Dozen approach to the franchise, as Worf leads a crew that includes Lore, B’Elanna and Mr. Spock.
The X-Cellent #1 (Marvel, $3.99): X-Statix return to face their social media-driven enemies, the X-Cellent, in the second half of the story that started last year. As always, it’s by the stellar team of Peter Milligan, Mike Allred and Laura Allred.
The Forged #1 (Image Comics, $5.99): Greg Rucka, Eric Trautmann and Mike Henderson present an “over-the-top pulp adventure of sex, violence and sci-fi inspired by Conan, Heavy Metal, and other comics you tried to hide from your parents,” featuring a group of super soldiers who are in over their heads.
Hellcat #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Speaking of Cantwell, he’s also the author of this new miniseries starring Patsy Walker, who played a major role in his run on Iron Man. Joined by artist Alex Lins, Cantwell takes Hellcat back to the West Coast to live in the demon house haunted by the ghost of her mother. Oh, and her ex, Damian Hellstrom, is also back.
Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods #1 (DC, $4.99): G. Willow Wilson and Cian Tormey follow up the recent Lazarus Planet event with a story of pissed off gods looking to “take down the heroes they once called champions,” including the Shazamily and Wonder Woman.
No/One #1 (Image, $3.99): The Massive-verse adds a new character, No/One, in this true crime/superhero mash-up that also has an accompanying podcast and an in-universe Twitter feed. The miniseries is by Kyle Higgins, Brian Buccellato and Geraldo Borges.
Harley Screws up the DC Universe #1 (DC, $4.99): Frank Tieri and Logan Faerber give Harley Quinn a time machine … what could possibly go wrong?
PeePee PooPoo #69 (Silver Sprocket, $9.99): Last year’s winner of the Ignatz Award in the minicomics category gets a wider release thanks to Silver Sprocket. Caroline Cash tackles the 1960s comic book underground with the aptly titled comic which also comes with a foil cardstock cover.
The Adventures of Captain Underpants 25 1/2 Anniversary Edition (Scholastic, $12.99): The good captain celebrates more than 25 years of fun with this re-release of his first book, which also includes two new comics: Captain Underpants Meets Dog Man and Dog Man and the League of Misfits.
Brooklyn’s Last Secret (Drawn & Quarterly, $29.95): Leslie Stein’s latest graphic novel is a bit of a departure in that it’s a work of fiction from the New Yorker and Vice comics artist. It’s about a band called Major Threat—”Brooklyn’s finest rock band yet to catch a break”—as they tour the country.
Bruce Wayne: Not Super (DC, $12.99): The latest in DC’s middle grade line of graphic novels is set in a middle school where kids fly, run at super speed and use rings to create amazing green constructs. But poor Bruce Wayne is … not super. It’s by Stuart Gibbs with art by Berat Peckmezci.
Bea Wolf (First Second, $19.99): Zach Weinersmith and Boulet team for a different take on the Beowulf legend, where “a gang of badly behaved kids who must defend their tree house from a fun-hating adult who can turn children into grown-ups instantly.” What a monster!
Colin Kaepernick: Change the Game (Graphix, $14.99): Football star and activist Colin Kapernick has gotten into publishing, and through a deal with Scholastic coems this graphic novel memoir detailing his high school years before he entered the spotlight of professional sports. Kaepernick teams with Eve L. Ewing, the incoming writer of Black Panther, and artist Orlando Caicedo to bring his story to life.
Hidden Systems (Random House Graphic, $17.99): This nonfiction science graphic novel by Dan Nott explains the hidden history of basic utilities and various systems that exist in our lives that we may not think about — like how the internet works, how water is brought to our homes and how lights get electricity.
Hoops (Candlewick Press, $12.99): Matthew Tavares writes and draws this “inspired by a true story” graphic novel about the struggle for gender equality in high school sports, focusing in girl’s basketball in Indiana in the 1970s.
Ms. Davis (Fantagraphics, $24.99): In this follow-up to their biography of Muhammad Ali, the French writer and artist duo of Sybille De La Croix and Amazing Ameziane tell the story of Black activist, professor and prison abolitionist Angela Davis.
Squished (Scholastic, $12.99): Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter team up for this new graphic novel about an 11-year-old who shares a house (and a room, in some cases) with six other siblings. So she hatches a plan to get some privacy and her own room.
Parker Girls (Abstract Studios, $16.99): This collects the 10-issue miniseries by Terry Moore that saw Katchoo from Strangers in Paradise drawn back into her previous life as a Parker Girl, named for Katchoo’s ex-employer and lover, Darcy Parker. Katchoo is needed to help stop a power-hungry billionaire who used to be in love with her.