Can’t Wait for Comics | ‘The Ministry of Compliance’ opens its doors as ‘G.I. Joe’ returns to shelves

Check out new comics and graphic novels arriving this week by John Ridley, Stefano Raffaele, Larry Hama, Chris Mooneyham, Dan Slott, Mark Bagley, James Tynion IV, Joshua Hixson, Peach Momoko, Karina Shor, Geoff Johns, Gary Frank 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.

The Ministry of Compliance #1 (IDW, $5.99): John Ridley and Stefano Raffaele, the team behind DC’s GCPD: The Blue Wall, re-team for this conspiracy-laden action series about a secret cabal of aliens who are running the world and who believe they’re doing the right thing for humanity — until they start fighting amongst themselves.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #301 (Skybound, $3.99): Larry Hama’s epic run on G.I. Joe continues at a new publisher, as Skybound picks up where IDW left off, with issue #301. Hama’s joined by Chris Mooneyham on the returning title, which will feature another return — the original Snake Eyes.

G.I. Joe #1 Hama Cut (Skybound, $3.99): Speaking of Larry Hama, Skybound reprints the original first issue of G.I. Joe, with a twist — it “restores Larry Hama’s original, unedited dialogue, which has never before seen print.” It’s just a single panel that Marvel changed, but you can now see it as Hama originally intended.

Superior Spider-Man #1 (Marvel, $5.99): Dan Slott and Mark Bagley chart a new path for Doctor Octopus and Peter Parker, springing from their recent work on Spider-Man and bringing back a villain from the original Superior Spider-Man run.

Outsiders #1 (DC, $4.99): DC reboots Planetary, kind of, with a Batman twist. Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly write this new series drawn by Robert Carey, which will feature Luke Fox, Batwoman and a new version of The Drummer “digging into all the forgotten corners of DC’s history to preserve, record, and better understand the true nature of the DC Multiverse.”

The Deviant #1 (Image, $5.99): Worldtr33 writer James Tynion IV teams with Children of the Woods artist Joshua Hixson for this new Christmas-themed psychological crime thriller. “As snow falls over Milwaukee in 1972, a blood-stained Santa Claus commits unimaginable atrocities against young men. Fifty years later, a troubled young writer interviews this so-called ‘Deviant Killer,’ who still maintains his innocence from behind bars. And as Christmas approaches once again, the past returns, wielding a sharpened ax.”

Deadpool: Seven Slaughters #1 (Marvel, $9.99): This anthology one-shot features seven stories by seven different creative teams — including a story written and drawn by Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld, plus additional stories by Cullen Bunn, Cody Ziglar, Marc Guggenheim, Justina Ireland, Gail Simone, Greg Land, Whilce Portacio, David Baldeón, Phillip Sevy and more.

Geiger: Ground Zero #1 (Image, $3.99): Geoff Johns and Gary Frank return to the world of Geiger for a two-issue miniseries that explores the origins of Tariq Geiger and the world he inhabits. No doubt this will set the stage for the new Geiger series coming from the recently announced Ghost Machine.

Lotus Land #1 (BOOM!, $4.99): Darcy Van Poelgeest and Caio Filipe tell the story a dystopian version of the city of Vancouver, where the mysterious “Keeper Program” that’s meant to save the city comes under attack.

Dungeons & Dragons: Fortune Finder #1 (IDW, $3.99): This new D&D series by Jim Zub and Joe Jaro is inspired bythe TSR Dungeons & Dragons sourcebook Planescape: Adventures in the Multiverse and features an amnesiac named Finder trying to discover who they really are. And maybe fighting Githyanki, if the cover is any indication.

Speed Force #1 (DC, $3.99): I’m excited to see Super Pro K.O. creator Jarrett Williams writing this new miniseries with artist Daniele Di Nicuolo. It teams up Flash family members Wallace West and Avery Ho, as they “encounter old friends, new threats and a chance to forge their own paths” in Keystone City.

Syphon V2 #1 (Top Cow, $3.99): The Ringo Award-winning series returns with a second volume, as Mohsen Ashraf and Thomas Hedglen continue the story of Sylas and his attempts to control his new powers.

Alien #1 (Marvel, $5.99): Declan Shalvey and Andrea Broccardo’s xenomorph stories continue in this new series that will take place in two time periods and feature Shalvey on art duties for the flashbacks.

Dutch #0 (Image, $3.99): Joe Casey and Nathan Fox’s story from the Image! 30th anniversary anthology miniseries gets collected this week, setting the stage for a new Dutch series that’s coming next year.

Monster Fan Club (Floating World Comics, $10): Jason T. Miles and Shaky Kane journey to Monster World, USA for this mash-up of classic monsters and gangsters.

Star Wars Visions: Peach Momoko (Marvel, $5.99): Marvel and Lucasfilm bring the Star Wars: Visions series that you can view on Disney+ to comics with a series of one-shots by comic creators from around the world — starting with Peach Momoko.

Feeding Dangerously (TKO, $44.99): Chef José Andrés runs the World Central Kitchen, which provides food to those in need following humanitarian, climate and community disasters. This graphic novel by Steve Orlando and Alberto Ponticelli tells their incredible story.

Silence, Full Stop (Street Noise Books, $23.99): Karina Shor writes and draws this graphic memoir that looks back at the struggles of a teen girl processing and trying to take control of her own life following the trauma of childhood sexual assault.

Rose Wolves (Top Shelf, $14.99): The graphic novel debut by Natalie Warner is the wordless story of a girl who, missing an arm, plucks a flower that blooms into a rose wolf that’s missing a leg. Together they search for their place in the world.

Marvel Masterworks: Omega the Unknown Vol. 1 (Marvel, $75): Steve Gerber and Jim Mooney’s 1970s Marvel series told the story of James-Michael Starling and his connection to the super-powered being named Omega. Marvel collects the 10-issue series, along with Defenders #76-77 by Steven Grant and Herb Trimpe, which wrapped up the dangling plotlines from the cancelled series.

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