Happy Thanksgiving week and welcome to Can’t Wait for Comics, your guide to what comics are arriving in comic book stores, bookstores and on digital. It’s a lighter week due to the holidays, but you should still find plenty of comics to enjoy after a day of food, family and football.
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 + Image + more)
- Diamond’s PreviewsWorld (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.
Somna #1 (DSTLRY, $8.99): Tula Lotay and Becky Cloonan’s erotic folk-horror comic series arrives this week, which spins out of their 11-page story “What Blighted Flame Burns in Thee?” from The Devil’s Cut anthology. Per the publisher, it is an “eerie exploration of puritanical oppression and forbidden passion presented in oversized, 48-page perfect bound issues.”
The Holy Roller #1 (Image, $3.99): Actor and comedian Andy Samburg teams with X-Force/Scumbag writer Rick Remender, Fallout Boy guitarist Joe Trohman and Scumbag artist Roland Boschi for this new title about a vigilante who smashes Nazis in the face with a bowling ball.
Batman: Off-World #1 (DC, $3.99): After a very long run at Marvel, writer Jason Aaron returns to DC for this new Batman story. He teams with artists Doug Mahnke and Jamie Mendoza for a tale set in teh early days of the Dark Knight, detailing his first trip into space.
Carnage #1 (Marvel, $5.99): It’s another Carnage title, as the killer symbiote and Cletus Kasady get set to update their relationship status, courtesy of writer Torunn Grønbekk and artist Pere Pérez.
Mortal Terror #1 (Dark Horse, $4.99): Christopher Golden, Tim Lebbon and Peter Bergting flip the vampire world upside down with this new miniseries that’s set in an underground version of London filled with vampires who think the mortals living above ground and the stories of Count Dracula are just myths
Darkling #1 (Archie, $3.99): Writer Sarah Kuhn and artist Carola Borelli tell a “dark academia” tale featuring Darkling, who first appeared in the Mighty Crusaders back in 1983. They’re joined by colorist Ellie Wright and letterer Jack Morelli for a story that “explores the character’s origins and her mysterious powers of teleportation in the sinister halls of Ivy Hollow University.” The “boarding school drama,” whether it’s magical or superheroes or whatever, is always a favorite of mine, so I’m looking forward to this.
Edenfrost #1 (Mad Cave, $4.99): This new historical fiction/fantasy series is written by Amit Tishler with art and colors by Bruno Frenda and letters by Taylor Esposito. It’s set in the Ukraine during the Russian Civil War and is about two teenage siblings who “use the mystical power of a Golem to survive the chaos” of the war.
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Battleworld #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Marvel’s trip down nostalgia lane continues in this miniseries that will “expose never-before-told secrets behind one of the significant conflicts in Marvel history,” ie the first Secret Wars comic from the 1980s. Tom DeFalco, who edited the original miniseries, will team with artist Pat Olliffe on this — reuniting the team behind the long-running Spider-Girl title.
Catwoman #59 (DC, $3.99): Following the wrap-up odofthe Gotham War storyline, Tini Howard and Steffano Raffaele send Selina Kyle out of Gotham and out on the road. In her sights are nine deadly missions, “each one set aside for their certain lethality–only possible for a cat with nine lives.”
Lunar Lodge #1 (Dark Horse, $3.99): Screenwriter Tyler Marceca makes his comics debut with artist Mirko Colak, colorist Brian Valenza and letterer Frank Cvetkovic on this new miniseries. It’s about a husband who investigates his wife’s reservation at a place called the Lunar Lodge, where werewolves go during the full moon to protect their loved ones.
Daredevil: Black Armor #1 (Marvel, $4.99): Writer D.G. Chichester returns to Marvel for the first time in forever to work with artist Netho Diaz on this “retro”miniseries about the time Daredevil decided he needed armor. Hey, it was the ’90s, and all the cool kids were doing it.
Titans Beast World: Evolution (DC, $7.99): In preparation for the upcoming Beast World crossover event, DC collects several older Beast Boy stories in this one-shot by Marv Wolfman, Bob Haney, Leah Williams, George Perez, Bill Molno, Marguerite Sauvage and more.
Disenchantment: Untold Tales (Titan, $24.99): In the first volume of this two-volume collection, Titan collects two limited-release comics as well as a bunch of unused comics material based on the animated Netflix series from Matt Groening.
Planeta Blu (Dark Horse, $19.99): Activist and rapper Tem Blessed and artist Michael LaRiccia created this graphic novel about a group of teens who gain magical powers and team up with the animals of the world to battle a billionaire oil tycoon and the climate crisis.
Escaping Wars and Waves (Graphic Mundi, $18.95): Olivier Kugler spent four years with Doctors Without Borders, and druing that time he interviewed and photographed Syrian refugees and their caregivers in camps, on the road and in provisional housing in Iraqi Kurdistan, Greece, France, Switzerland and England. This graphic recounts many of their stories of loss, sadness, fear and hope.
Red Harvest (NBM, $19.99): Michael Cherkas writes and draws this graphic novel about Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and the brutal war he waged against the Soviet peasantry leading to the Holodomor, the terror-famine that killed at least 4 million Ukrainians during the fall and winter of 1932-33.
Grendel: Devil by the Deed Master’s Edition (Dark Horse, $29.99): In honor of the 40th anniversary of Grendel, Matt Wagner has completely redrawn and expanded “Devil by the Deed,” the introductory story of Hunter Rose that originally appeared as a back-up in Mage back in the 1980s. What was originally 37 pages has been expanded to 120 and fills an entire graphic novel — so there’s a lot of new content here.