Can’t Wait for Comics | Witness Cobra’s rise in the Energon Universe

New comics and graphic novels arrive this week by Joshua Williamson, Andrea Milana, Annalisa Leoni, Chip Zdarsky, Daniel Acuna, Si Spurrier, Aaron Campbell, Bruce Dickinson and more.

Welcome to Can’t Wait for Comics, your guide to what comics are arriving in comic book stores, bookstores and on digital. Nothing like a little post-CES “con crud” to get you down, is there?

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.

Cobra Commander #1 (Skybound, $4.99): In a world where Cobra does not exist — yet — Joshua Williamson, Andrea Milana and Annalisa Leoni present the story of the man who will command that organization in Skybound’s white-hot Energon universe. This four-issue miniseries is a companion to the Duke miniseries also written by Williamson, both of which continue the world-building set up last year in Transformers and Void Rivals.

Avengers: Twilight #1 (Marvel, $5.99): Chip Zdarsky and Daniel Acuna present a story in the vein of Marvel’s “The End” projects, with this one featuring a future world where the Avengers no longer exist — but Steve Rogers still does, as he floats through a world where freedom is an illusion and all his friends are gone.

John Constantine Hellblazer: Dead in America #1 (DC Black Label, $4.99): Si Spurrier, Aaron Campbell and Jordie Bellaire’s run on John Constantine was cut short in 2020, but as we’ve seen in the past, the rapscallion is an expert at cheating death. The trio returns to the character for this eight-issue Black Label miniseries that features a zombie-fied version of Constantine on the run in America as he attempts to help Dream of the Endless against a mystical threat that has taken root in the U.S.

The Colonized: Zombies vs. Aliens (Image, $9.99): An off-the-grid community gets caught between a visiting alien and the zombies he accidentally resurrects in this comic by Chris Ryall and Drew Moss.

Cable #1 (Marvel, $4.99): As a part of the current Fall of House of X storyline that effectively ends the Krakoa era of the X-Men, Fabian Nicieza and Scot Eaton send Old Cable and Young Cable on a mission to save the world from The Neocracy.

The Weather Man Vol. 3 #1 (Image, $3.99): Jody LeHeup and Nathan Fox’s science fiction story about a local weatherman who goes undercover as a notorious terrorist returns for its third and final arc.

Jackpot #1 (Marvel, $4.99): In this one-shot, Celeste Bronfman and Joey Vazquez send Mary Jane Watson out into the streets of New York to help stop the ongoing Gang War that’s currently running through the Spider-Man titles.

Bruce Dickinson’s The Mandrake Project #1 (Z2, $10): Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson teams with comic creators Tony Lee and Staz Johnson for this 12-issue series that ties into Dickinson’s upcoming solo album and tells a “saga that captures the century-spanning generational war between the forces of science and mysticism for control of immortality.”

Brobots (Oni Press, $16.99): J. Torres and Sean K. Dove’s delightful, all-ages stories of three robots who have to deal with kaiju, mechas and other challenges in the town of Brotown.

K Is In Trouble (Little Brown Ink, $13.99): Gary Clement writes and draws this graphic novel about a kid named K who always gets into trouble, whether he deserves it or not. “No matter what he does or says, it seems there is someone ready to blame him for everything. K is in trouble for going to school. K is in trouble for staying home. K is in trouble for running an errand, getting sick, or just being thirsty. K gets into trouble with imperious crows, persnickety station agents, bombastic teachers, his own classmates… even one nice fresh carp.” I think we all know how you feel, K.

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