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.
The Immortal Thor #1 (Marvel, $6.99): Al Ewing returns to his “Immortal” roots as he and artist Martín Cóccolo plot new adventures and uncover old secrets for the God of Thunder. Marvel hasn’t said too much about this yet, but knowing how critically acclaimed and beloved Immortal Hulk was, I think we can have high expectations for this run as well.
Knight Terrors #4 (DC, $3.99): Joshua Williamson, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Nesi and Caspar Wijngaard bring the story of Insomnia, Deadmand, Wesley Dodd and Batman’s body to an end, as we learn why Insomnia’s hatred for superheroes might be justified.
Knight Terrors tie-ins (DC, $3.99-4.99 each): Along with the wrap-up of Knight Terrors this week comes an ending for the final five tie-in miniseries featuring Harley Quinn, Angel Breaker and Raptor, Power Girl and the Super-Family, Jim Gordon and the Titans.
The Schlub #1 (Image, $3.99): Writers Ryan Stegman and Kenny Porter will team up with artist Tyrell Cannon for the Freaky Friday-esque story about a dentist who is body-swapped with the world’s greatest superhero.
Captain America Finale (Marvel, $4.99): Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing and Carmen Carnero’s time on Captain America comes to an end this week as Marvel prepares to relaunch the title with J. Michael Straczynski at the helm. This issue will deal with the aftermath of Cold War and prepare the way for the new title.
The Penguin #1 (DC, $3.99): Oh hey, isn’t he dead? Tom King and Rafael De Latorre show us that no, he isn’t; the Penguin’s retirement is interrupted when the intelligence community recruits him to help take down elements of the Gotham City underworld — where his two bastard children have taken up shop.
Marvel Unleashed #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Kyle Starks and Jesus Hervas reunite the Pet Avengers, kind of, in this miniseries featuring Lockjaw, Redwing, Pizza Dog and more battling Kraven the Hunter.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds #1 (IDW, $3.99): Kirsten Beyer, Mike Johnson and Angel Hernandez bring the Strange New Worlds crew back to comics, as Captain Pike and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise find themselves losing contact with Starfleet while in the Scorpius constellation.
Realm of X #1 (Marvel, $4.99): This Fall of X tie-in by Torunn Gronbekk and Diogenes Neves features Magik, Mirage, Marrow, Dust and Typhoid Mary stranded in the mystical realm of Vanaheim, as they attempt to fight their way back to Earth.
Jean Grey #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Louise Simonson, legendary Marvel editor and former writer of X-Factor, returns to a character near and dear to her heart in this four-issue miniseries with artist Bernard Chang. Set after the events of the Hellfire Gala, this miniseries will find Jean Grey exploring her past in an attempt to help save the future of mutantkind.
Fantastic Four Annual #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Contest of Chaos continues in this annual by Zac Gorman, Stephanie Phillips, Alberto Foche Duarte and more, as the Human Torch and Ghost Rider face off in a fiery battle. Just in time for those 100-degree summer days!
Okinawa (Fantagraphics, $29.99): Fantagraphics brings together two collections of Susumu Higa’s intertwined stories about the history and modern-day realities of the island of Okinawa.
Lost Boy (Dark Horse, $19.99): Music video director Jay Martin teams with artist Frank Cvetkovic for the story of a lone boy trying to find his way back to civilization after his family is killed in a car accident in remote Wyoming.
Adventuregame Comics: The Beyond (Amulet Books, $14.99): Jason Shiga, creator of the choose-your-own-adventure comic Meanwhile…, is back with another entry in his line of “interactive graphic novels.” Part comic, part game and part maze, this one basically starts after you die and end up in a room with a door, a window and some books. As for what comes next, well — that’s up to you.
Mother Nature (Titan, $29.99): Actress Jamie Lee Curtis teams with Russell Goodman and artist Karl Stevens for this graphic novel about a girl in a small town who battles the evil oil company responsible for the death of her father.
Proof That The Devil Loves You (Fantagraphics, $24.99): Gilbert Hernandez adapts another of the exploitation films featuring Fritz, the B-movie actress who appears in Love & Rockets.
The Naked Tree (Drawn + Quarterly, $29.95): Keum Suk Gendry-Kim adapts Park Wan-suh’s beloved novel of the same name, about a woman trying to survive in post-war Korea.
Chilling Adventures: The Anthology Collection (Archie Comics, $17.99): As part of their Month of Mayhem, Archie Horror collects several of their previous one-shots into one trade paperback collection, including Madam Satan, Chilling Adventures in Sorcery, Jinx: Grim Fairy Tales, Weirder Mysteries, Chilling Adventures of Salem, The Return of Chilling Adventures in Sorcery and Happy Horror Days.
The Never Ending Party (Dark Horse, $22.99): This collects one of Rachel Pollack’s final stories, a collaboration with Joe Corallo and artist Eva Cabrera that originally ran as a digital series on Comixology. It’s the story of a woman who is lured back into her old life 25 years after losing a friend in a cult ritual for Dionysus that went horribly wrong.
Spy Superb (Dark Horse, $39.99): Matt Kindt’s humorous story about a different sort of secret agent — one who doesn’t even know they’re a spy — gets the deluxe hardcover treatment from Dark Horse. This collection of the three-issue miniseries includes brand new cover art with gold embossed foil, a ribbon marker and a kraft paper-like dustjacket that “hides the book in plain sight.”
Art Brut TPB (Image, $19.99): Before W. Maxwell Prince and Martin Morazzo created Ice Cream Man, they made this psychedelic tribute to art history, which has now been remastered and re-released by Image. “Alongside the Bureau of Artistic Integrity, Arthur Brut the Mad Dreampainter (and his trusty sidekick, Manny the Mannequin) must dive back into the very paintings that made him insane…or reality itself might just crumble to pieces.”