Can’t Wait for Wednesday | ‘White Boat’ sets sail from Scott Snyder + Francesco Francavilla

Check out comics and graphic novels arriving in shops this week by Stephanie Phillips, Chris Campana, Joe Casey, Paul Fry, Tom Taylor, Bruce Redondo, Vera Brosgol, Kyle Starks, Jed MacKay, Pepe Larraz and more.

Welcome to Can’t Wait for Wednesday, 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.

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DC’s going to the dogs in ‘Barkham Asylum’

The all-ages graphic novel will feature the pets of some of Batman’s greatest villains.

DC Comics has announced a new young adult graphic novel about Batman’s villains’ pets — the cleverly titled Barkham Asylum. Yehudi Mercado, creator of the recent Shazam! Thundercrack, is writing and drawing this one as well.

“When crafting this graphic novel, I pulled some inspiration from my own experience growing up,” said Mercado. “I was a class clown in school and as a result of that, I spent a lot of time in detention. So I can kind of relate to the lead dog, Jester, in my own way.”

In addition to Jester, the book will also feature “a tough-talking stray cat named Penny.”

“All Jester wants is to make people laugh, so in his mind, his master isn’t such a bad guy. Locked up with him is an innocent stray cat named Penny, a loner who rejects Jester’s request to join his pack. But if they’re going to get out of this mess, they will have to team up. And if a stray cat and The Joker’s dog can get along, then maybe there’s hope for all of us,” Mercado said.

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