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.
Amazing Spider-Man #26 (Marvel, $4.99): If you have not had this issue spoiled for you yet, well … I’m not going to be the one who spoils it, no matter how much of a letdown this story has been so far. Zeb Wells and John Romita Jr. continue the lackluster tale of why everyone was so mad at Spider-Man, what happened to Mary Jane and their battle with the Emissary.
DC Pride (DC, $9.99): This year’s special includes stories by Christopher Cantwell, Nadia Shammas, Paulina Ganucheau, Stephen Sadowski, Skylar Patridge, Mildred Louis and more, as well as a five-page preview of an upcoming Dreamer story by Nicole Maines and Rye Hickman, and a new Multiversity story by Grant Morrison and Hayden Sherman.
The Rocketeer (IDW, $4.99): This new one-shot anthology was inspired by Dave Stevens: Drawn to Perfection director Kelvin Mao, who found out while filming the documentary that Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo, writers of The Rocketeer movie, had written a script for a story featuring the Rocketeer meeting Amelia Earhart. Adam Hughes brings that story to the comics page, while Robert Windom, Jae Lee, Craig Cermak and Mao himself contribute additional stories.
The Savage Strength of Starstorm #1 (Image, $3.99): Drew Craig, brother to Wes Craig of Kaya fame, writes and draws this new series about a teenager with amnesia who finds a cosmic weapon called the Starstorm after a meteor hits his school.
Cat Fight (IDW, $3.99): Writer Andrew Wheeler teams up with Ilias Kyriazis on this new heist thriller featuring cat-themed cat burglars. Cat Fight “follows a debonaire jewel thief whose decadent sensibilities and taste for high-powered thrills inadvertently lead him down a path of illicit intrigue.” Sounds fun.
Punisher #12 (Marvel, $4.99): It’s the finale of Jason Aaron’s re-imagining of the Punisher as the leader of the Hand. Artist Jesus Saiz joins him for the big finish.
Power Girl Special (DC, $5.99): This special sets up not one but two upcoming DC series, one starring Power Girl and one starring Fire & Ice. Armed with a new power set, Power Girl, her new partner Omen and the Super-Family face Johnny Sorrow, courtesy of writer Leah Williams and artist Marguerite Sauvage.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Saturday Morning Adventures #1 (IDW, $3.99): Writer Erik Burnham and artist Tim Lattie head back to the world of cereal bowls and catchy theme songs for another round of TMNT comics inspired by the TV show. In this multi-part adventure, the Heroes in a Half Shell face off with an overpowered Rat King who can now control reptiles.
Tales from the Pandemic (Band of Bards, $6.99): Band of Bards mark the third anniversary of the COVID pandemic with this collection of stories by Mario Candelaria, Danny Earls, James Ferguson, Andy Michael, J. Paul Schiek, Randy Haldeman, Joe Hunter, Dan Buksa, Sachi Ediriweera, Laura Helsby, Adam Ferris and more.
Starman: David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust Years (SelfMadeHero, $19.99): Reinhard Kleist, who has done similar projects featuring Johnny Cash and Nick Cave, writes and draws this unofficial graphic novel about David Bowie and the rise of Ziggy Stardust.