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 + Dark Horse + more)
- Lunar Distribution (DC + more)
- Diamond’s PreviewsWorld (Image + BOOM! + 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.
Daredevil #14 (Marvel, $4.99): It’s the end of an era as Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto’s epic run on Daredevil comes to an end, wrapping up their tale of Matt Murdock, Elektra and more. Above is not only Checchetto’s main cover, but also Zdarsky’s “burning mask” variant, which suggests an ominous ending.
Uncanny Avengers #1 (Marvel, $4.99): With Fall of X in full swing, Marvel revives the Unity Squad as Captain America sides with the mutants whose names are being dragged in the mud by Orchis (and whose lives were completely destroyed in the Hellfire Gala special). This one is by Gerry Duggan and Javier Garron, but continues that weird marketing thing we’ve seen in recent Marvel issues where Jonathan Hickman writes a page of the comic featuring his upcoming G.O.D.S. characters.
Alpha Flight #1 (Marvel, $3.99): Alpha Flight is back and fighting amongst themselves, as a result of Fall of X. Guardian, Snowbird, Shaman and Puck reunite to take on the “mutant threat” of Northstar, Aurora, Nemesis and Fang in this story by Ed Brisson and Scott Godlewski.
The Cull #1 (Image, $3.99): This coming-of-age horror story by Kelly Thompson and Mattia De Iulis was previously syndicated by Thompson on Substack, and this week it arrives in print. It’s about five friends who “set off to shoot a short film on a forbidden rock near their home the summer before they all go their separate ways. But that’s not really why they’re there. One of them has lied. And that lie will change their lives forever.”
Chilling Adventures Presents … Strange Science (Archie, $3.99): Writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Butch Mapa reveal Archie’s first trans character in Danni Malloy, the star of this story that features a bizarre time travel accident.
What If? Dark: Moon Knight (Marvel, $4.99): Writer Erica Schultz and artist Edgar Salazar imagine what might have happened if Moon Knight was killed by Bushman, and a new champion powered by a different god emerged in the wake. I’m betting this won’t be the last time we see Luminary, but you can see her for the first time here.
Various Knight Terrors tie-in miniseries (DC, $3.99/4.99 each): As we prepare for the big finale of the Knight Terrors event next week, here’s five more tie-in miniseries that wrap up this week, featuring the nightmares of Superman, Catwoman, Punchline, Nightwing and Wonder Woman.
Marvel’s Voices: X-Men (Marvel, $6.99): So this anthology comes at an odd time, as it seems like most of the stories in it takes place before the events of Fall of X. But don’t let that deter you, as it features new stories by Jay Edidin, Raphael Draccon and Carolina Munhóz, Greg Pak, Al Ewing, Jan Bazaldua, Jethro Morales, Nina Vakueva, Wilton Santos, Daniel Bayliss, Gustavo Vargas and more.
Dark Spaces: The Hollywood Special #1 (IDW, $3.99): Jeremy Lambert and Claire Roe team up for this Dark Spaces story — that’s Scott Snyder’s IDW Originals imprint — about a 1942 luxury train touring the United States to support the war effort, and the fading star on board who must contend with a monster called the Mismatch Man when she arrives in Pennsylvania.
The Invincible Iron Man Annual (Marvel, $4.99): Contest of Chaos continues as Iron Man and Storm face off thanks to the machinations of Agatha Harkness, in this story by Jason Loo and David Cutler.
World’s Finest #18 (DC, $3.99): Writer Mark Waid continues to revisit untold tales from DC history in this series, and this issue is extra-special because it features the first-ever meeting between Superman and Batman, as drawn by Travis Moore.
Godzilla: War for Humanity #1 (IDW, $4.99): Honestly I kind of hope that is the final cover art, because it looks pretty great to me. Andrew MacLean and Jake Smith team up for this story about a writer and professor who was saved by Godzilla as a child and now spends her life trying to convince humanity that he’s not their enemy.
Orson Welles: Warrior of the Worlds #1 (Scout Comics, $4.99): Milton Lawson and Erik Whalen show us what life might have been like for director/radio personality Orson Welles if War of the Worlds had actually been real.
Spider-Man #11 (Marvel, $4.99): The secrets of Spider-Boy, the sidekick Spider-Man never knew he had, are revealed in this story by Dan Slott and Luciano Vecchio.
Dark X-Men #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Oh hey, there’s even more new Fall of X titles debuting this week, including this one by Steve Foxe and Jonas Scharf. It features a name that was first used back during the Dark Reign event, and a “dark” cast of characters: Madelyne Pryor, Havok, Archangel, Gambit, Azazel, Zero, Albert and Emplate.
X-Men Red #14 (Marvel, $3.99): As if things weren’t bad enough on Earth for Marvel’s mutants, this Fall of X tie-in by Al Ewing and Yildiray Cinar details the civil war that has broken out on Mars. It’s like nothing the Krakoa Nation did over the last few years is really working out for them, yeah?
Rare Flavours Ashcan/ The Many Deaths of Laila Starr Pen & Ink Edition (BOOM!, $2.99 + $6.99 respectively): Fans of The Many Deaths of Laila Starr by Ram V and Filipe Andrade will be interested to know that this week brings two projects related to that award-winning, mega-popular comic — a “Pen & Ink” version of the first issue, featuring black and white interior artwork with artist commentary by Andrade, and an ashcan preview of Rare Flavours, their next collaboration.
The Penguin Takes Flight (DC, $3.99): If you missed the Catwoman story that appeared as a back-up in Batman #125-127 because, well, I don’t know … maybe you hate Batman, but you like Catwoman? Well, this one’s for you, Batman haters, as DC collects the story that features Catwoman tracking down the Penguin’s next of kin after his death, by Chip Zdarsky and Belén Ortega.
Washington’s Gay General (Abrams ComicArts, $24.99): Josh Trujillo and Levi Hastings tell the story of Baron Wilhelm Von Steuben, one of the United States’ founding fathers who George Washington recruited to lead the Continetal Army and is regarded as the father of the U.S. Army. He was also believed to be gay.
Cindy and Biscuit: We Love Trouble (Oni Press, $19.99): British indie comics maker Dan White has self-published Cindy and Biscuit previously, but this week his comic about a girl with an overactive imagination and her sidekick/dog gets the full-length graphic novel treatment courtesy of Oni Press.
In Search of Gil Scott-Heron (Titan, $29.99): Thomas Mauceri and Seb Piquet tell the story of Gil Scott-Heron, the jazz musician, poet and spoken word artist who wrote The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and is considered to be the godfather of modern rap and hip hop.
Two Tribes (Heartdrum, $15.99): Emily Bowen Cohen’s debut graphic novel pulls heavily from her own life as a member of “two vibrant tribes,” as the Muscogee-Jewish writer and artist tells the story of Mia, a Muscogee who leaves Oklahoma for a new life with her mother after her parents divorce.
The Immortal Hulk Omnibus (Marvel, $150): Al Ewing and Joe Bennett’s seminal run on the Hulk is collected into one giant collection, which includes not only all 50 issues but also various one-shots and tie-ins, like the Gamma Flight miniseries, Immortal She-Hulk and more.