Can’t Wait for Comics | ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ charts a new course into the frontiers of space

Check out new comics and graphic novels arriving this week by Ben Hatke, Jeffrey Brown, Brian Michael Bendis, Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Kev Walker, James Tynion IV, Lisandro Estherren, Stan Sakai, John Allison, Max Sarin and more.

Welcome to Can’t Wait for Comics, your guide to what comics are arriving in comic book stores, bookstores and on digital.

This week brings a new Guardians of the Galaxy series, more Usagi Yojimbo and a new John Allison miniseries. One thing that was supposed to be on the list this week but isn’t is Worldtr33 #1, the new James Tynion IV/Fernando Blanco series. Image Comics has announced that due to a printing error, the series won’t kick off until April 26. But hey, there’s plenty more coming out this week, including a new Nightmare Country miniseries written by Tynion.

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.

Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Kev Walker and Matt Hollingsworth bring everyone’s favorite space family back to comics, just in time for the third film. Star-Lord, Gamora, Nebula, Drax and Mantis will “venture to new, never-before-seen planets, encounter brand-new alien species, and discover long-hidden galaxy-bending truths that will make readers question everything they thought they knew about the cosmic side of Marvel.”

Nightmare Country: The Glass House #1 (DC/Black Label, $3.99): James Tynion IV and Lisandro Estherren returns to the world of Sandman with this new miniseries that features The Corinthian, the Smiling Man, Ken of Ken & Barbie fame, and more.

The Great British Bump-off #1 (Dark Horse, $3.99): Giant Days creators John Allison and Max Sarin turn a British baking competition into an “Agatha Christie-style mystery” in this new four-issue miniseries, where they’re joined by colorist Sammy Borras and letterer Jim Campbell.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Usagi Yojimbo: WhereWhen #1 (IDW, $4.99): Stan Sakai is writing and drawing this team-up between the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Usagi Yojimbo. It introduces a timeline influenced by the time-traveling cyborg genius Dr. WhereWhen, who travels back to feudal Japan and creates a world dominated by his clockwork samurai robots.

Captain America: Cold War Alpha (Marvel, $4.99): Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, Tochi Onyebuchi and Carlos Magno kick off Marvel’s latest crossover series, as the two Captain America titles — and two Captains America — collide in an adventure that features Dimension Z, the White Wolf, the Winter Soldier and more.

The Seasons Have Teeth #1 (BOOM!, $4.99): This four-issue series features a retired photographer who tries to track down the physical embodiment of the seasons — each a powerful god-like monster. So yes, the seasons literally have teeth in this miniseries by Dan Watters and Sebastián Cabrol.

Star Wars: Ewoks #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Just in time for the 40th anniversary of Return of the Jedi comes a collection of stories told from the Ewoks’ point of view, by Alyssa Wong, Caspar Wijngaard, Kyle Hotz, Lee Garbett and more.

Exorcists Never Die #1 (Mad Cave, $4.99): This new series from writer Steve Orlando and artist Sebastián Píriz is about two exorcists who are also ex-lovers — and they’re brought back together to save thousands of souls being auctioned off in Los Angeles as a part of the bigger war between Heaven and Hell.

The Giant Kokju #1 (Image, $3.99): Gerry Duggan and Scott Koblish bring their NSFW story of a giant kaiju with even bigger sexual needs to print in a series from Image Comics.

Marvel’s Voices: Spider-Verse #1 (Marvel, $9.99): Marvel’s diverse anthology, Marvel’s Voices, focuses in on the Spider-Verse with stories by Cody Ziglar, Jeremy Holt, Steve Foxe, Luciano Vecchio, Jahnoy Lindsay and more.

Paklis #6 (Image, $3.99): Dustin Weaver’s unsettling, surrealist anthology returns with a new issue that finds the creator teaming with writer Jeremy Barlow on a new story.

Hoan of Orcs #1 (Blood Moon Comics, $4.99): This fantasy comic by Nahuel Sb stars an orc who raises an army to reclaim what they lost from their enemies, the elves.

Fortune & Glory (Dark Horse, $19.99): Dark Horse re-releases Brian Michael Bendis’ chronicle of his attempts to break into Hollywood.

Thor and Loki: Midgard Family Mayhem (Marvel/Chronicle Books, $14.95): Jeffrey Brown brings his distinctive style to the Marvel Universe in this new book. If you’ve read his Star Wars books featuring Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader as father and son, or the recent Batman and Robin and Howard, then you are probably as delighted by this news as I am.

Fox Point’s Own Gemma Hopper (Knopf, $13.99): Brie Spangler writes and draws the story of a middle school student who regularly pitches to her high school baseball-star brother, while secretly yearning to play the sport herself.

Missing You (Oni Press, $15.99): Phellip Willian and Deyvison Manes present the story of two sibling who, having recently lost their mother, save and adopt an injured deer — who also recently lost its family.

Reynard’s Tale (First Second, $22.99): Mighty Jack creator Ben Hatke writes and draws a more adult-oriented graphic novel as he presents stories inspired by the medieval folklore tradition of trickster tales, starring Reynard the Fox and featuring murderers, kings, ex-lovers, mermaids and even Death herself

Talent Show Troubles (First Second, $22.99): Jess Smart Smiley writes and draws this graphic novel take on a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book, offering 25 possible endings to a story about a talent show gone awry.

Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies 1932-1935 (Fantagraphics, $39.99): Fantagraphics’ latest Disney collection includes material from Disney’s second-ever original comic strip, including the comic page debut of Donald Duck and stories featuring Bucky Bug, Max Hare, Toby Tortoise and more.

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