Can’t Wait for Comics | Jed MacKay + C.F. Villa reassemble the Avengers

See what new comics and graphic novels will arrive in stores this week from Tom Taylor, Nicola Scott, Che Grayson, Kelsey Ramsay, Jesse Lonergan, Mike Mignola, Dylan Burnett, Scott Chantler, Ram V 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.

Avengers #1 (Marvel, $4.99): The Black Cat team of Jed MacKay and C.F. Villa reunite on a new era of Avengers that will feature several classic Avengers: Captain Marvel, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther, Scarlet Witch, Vision and Captain America — aka the former Falcon, Sam Wilson. They’ll face the Twilight Court from the recent Timeless one-shot, as well as Terminus.

Titans #1 (DC, $3.99): Spinning out of Nightwing #100, Tom Taylor and Nicola Scott elevate the Titans to the moniker of “DC’s Greatest Super Team” in a world without a Justice League.

Dark Spaces: Good Deeds #1 (IDW, $3.99): Writer Che Grayson and artist Kelsey Ramsay team up for the second “Dark Spaces” title, the imprint run by Scott Snyder at IDW. This “Southern Gothic” horror tale draws as much from real-world fears as it does from the supernatural; you can read more about it in my interview with the creative team.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold #1 (DC, $7.99): This new anthology series will feature four stories in its first issue:

  • Tom King and Mitch Gerads reunite for a horrifying four-part retelling of the first bloody clash between The Joker and the Batman.
  • Dan Mora will write and draw a new series of Batman Black & White short stories, with the first one featuring a “mysterious motorcycle-riding, bat-costumed hero of urban legend” who battles the Joker.
  • Ed Brisson and Jeff Spokes’ story features the new Stormwatch, who debuted in the Wildstorm 30th Anniversary Special last year.
  • Christopher Cantwell and Javier Rodríguez set up a mystery inside a decoder ring that only Superman can solve.

Miss Truesdale and the Fall of Hyperborea #1 (Dark Horse, $3.99): Hedra artist Jesse Lonergan joins Mike Mignola on this new Mignolaverse title, which features a failing Heliopic Brotherhood of Ra, the unassuming Miss Truesdale and a gladiator from the ancient past of Hyperborea.

Arcade Kings (Skybound/Image, $7.99): Dylan Burnett’s new project promises to introduce a world of “fists, family, and video game-infused fighting that will leave you speechless.” He’s joined by colorists Walter Baiamonte and Sara Antonellini on the series, which features an ace video game player who must face his past — and his toughest opponent.

Danny Ketch: Ghost Rider #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Howard Mackie and Daniel Picciotto present a tale set in the past, as Danny Ketch gets caught in the middle of a gang war.

Cyborg #1 (DC, $3.99): Morgan Hampton, a graduate of The Milestone Initiative Talent Development Program, teams with veteran artist Tom Raney for a new title starring Victor Stone. We know from WonderCon that this new title will feature some classic Teen Titans Go! faces, including Gizmo and some of HIVE compatriots.

Hulk Annual #1 (Marvel, $4.99): We’re kind of between Hulk titles at the moment, with the previous series having ended and the new one kicking of next month. But the character still gets an annual this year, and it sounds intriguing: David Pepose and Caio Majado will present a “found footage” take on the Hulk, as a young film crew attempts to make the documentary of a lifetime. Things don’t go well for them.

Jinx: A Cursed Life (Archie Comics, $3.99): Magdalene Visaggio and Craig Cermak reunite for a new story featuring the mischievous Jinx as she tries to exorcise a demon from Jughead.

The Vigil #1 (DC, $3.99): Ram V and Lalit Kumar Sharma continue the story of The Vigil, the superhero team who debuted during Lazarus Planet and continued their adventures in recent issues of Detective Comics, as they try to stop metahuman research and tech created for military applications.

Hotel REM (Dark Horse, $14.99): Former Unikitty! and Telltale Games writer Zack Keller teams with artist Gabriele Bagnoli, colorist Valerio Alloro and letterer Frank Cvetkovic on this all-ages graphic novel. The fantastical Hotel REM is the place your dreams go when you’re awake. It’s run by Rembrandt Somner, who runs into problems when a difficult celebrity guest arrives.

Centralia (Living the Line, $35): Miel Vandepitte writes and draws this graphic novel about a group of adventurers who head to the town of Centralia to find treasure, but instead find carnivorous birds, collapsing buildings and the trigger-happy Simia Nasalis.

Squire & Knight (First Second, $14.99): Scott Chantler, creator of the wonderful Northwest Passage, is back with a new story about the brainy squire of an inept knight.

Peculiar Woods (Andrews McMeel, $12.99): A kid moves to a strange new town where he discovers he can talk to inanimate objects, so he teams up with his blanket, a chair and some chess pieces to discover the mystery of a flooded city. It’s by Andres J Colmenares, and the villain just might be a talking washing machine.

The DC Book of Pride (DK Publishing, $19.99): Jadzia Axelrod of Galaxy: The Prettiest Star fame curates this hardcover collection featuring profiles of DC’s LGBTQIA+ characters, drawn by Paulina Ganucheau. It includes Harley Quinn, Jon Kent, Nubia, Tim Drake, Batwoman, Aquaman, Dreamer, new character Circuit Breaker and many more.

Everything Is Fine (Webtoon Unscrolled, $19.99): The hit Webtoon comic by Mike Birchall arrives in print, collecting the first 16 episodes about a couple doing their best to “get by in a world where things are absolutely, totally and unquestionably fine.” It’s fine, right?

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