Can’t Wait for Wednesday | Batman enters a ‘Dark Age’

Check out new comics and graphic novels arriving this week by Mark Russell, Mike Allred, Todd McFarlane, Eric Powell, Tim Seeley, Tony Fleecs, George O’Connor, Jonah Newman, Jay Hosler, Mirka Andolfo, Celeste Bronfman, Steve Foxe and more.

Welcome to Can’t Wait for Wednesday, your guide to what comics are arriving in comic book stores, bookstores and on digital. This week Batman gets the Elseworlds-style treatment by Mark Russell and Mike Allred, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire and X-Men ’97 both get comic book prequels and George O’Connor turns his attention to a new pantheon of gods. And much, much more!

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.

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DSTLRY announces ‘The Big Burn’ by Joe Henderson + Lee Garbett

The new series begins in July.

Hell is a casino in the new series The Big Burn, coming this summer from DSTLRY. And what better place for a couple of condemned thieves to try and break into, to steal their souls back?

Joe Henderson and Lee Garbett, who worked together on Skyward and Shadecraft at Image Comics, will bring this new vision of the underworld to life.

“Creating these worlds with Lee is always an absolute dream, and I’m excited to introduce readers to our unique and deeply twisted take on Hell this summer,” Henderson said. “While The Big Burn features a darker tone than our previous work, the emotional journey of our star-crossed thieves Owen and Carlie maintains the same heartfelt storytelling we’re known for. It’s exciting for us to challenge ourselves with this book, and I always love a good heist.”

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Gerard Way, Shaun Simon + Chris Weston check into a care center for the bizarre this summer

‘Paranoid Gardens’ combines ‘Kafkaesque nightmares with sweet Silver Age reveries.’

Gerard Way and Shaun Simon return to comics this summer with Paranoid Gardens, a six-issue miniseries coming from Dark Horse Comics. The writing team behind The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem team with Judge Dredd artist Chris Weston on the series, which Weston said “combines Kafkaesque nightmares with sweet Silver Age reveries.”

“I’m excited to be back with my incredibly handsome and talented brother-from-another-basement Shaun Simon penning a story that’s really special to us, and honored the masterful Chris Weston joined us to create a visually powerful and emotionally tangible physical object that is this comic,” said Way. “I’m now more complete getting to share something we’ve wanted to for a very long time, and working with this fantastic group of individuals in the process.”

They’re joined by Hellboy colorist Dave Stewart and letterer Nate Piekos on the new series about a care-home filled with aliens, ghosts and superheroes recovering from psychotic episodes.

“Most people dream of rubbing shoulders with someone who is cool, talented, mega-successful and who enjoys a wild rock’n’roll lifestyle. Luckily for Gerard Way the dream came true when he got to work with me on Paranoid Gardens,” Weston said. “It must have been quite daunting for him at first, but once he could see past my notoriety and discover I’m just an ordinary joe who shares his love for the ’60s TV show The Prisoner, we were able to form a joyous union.” 

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Time travel + Dick Wolf: Posehn, Trohman + Johnson team up for ‘Rifters’ from Image Comics

The new series begins in June.

Comic writer and comedian Brian Posehn and Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman are co-writing a new series coming from Image Comics this summer. They’re joined by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles artist Chris Johnson for the “time-traveling comedy romp” that’s described as a cross between Time Cop and Law & Order.

“Joe and I are having a blast with Rifters. We put time travel and police procedurals in a comedy blender, we had underwear on our head and we yelled ‘Dick Wolf‘ three times,” said Posehn.

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