Can’t Wait for Comics | Read the ‘Fine Print’ from Stjepan Šejić this week

Check out new comics and graphic novels coming out this week from Brian Michael Bendis, Stephen Byrne, John Ridley, Juann Cabal, Rob Liefeld, Allison Shaw, Jim Mahfood and more.

Welcome to Can’t Wait for Comics, your guide to what comics are arriving in comic book stores, bookstores and on digital this week. While this is a holiday week in the United States, you can be thankful to find several new title launches and big releases below.

The list of comics distributor websites has become quite the cornucopia lately. Here are some options to get the full picture of what’s arriving this week:

Also, when comics will actually arrive at your local store this week could vary, depending on where you are. Diamond Comics Distributors is still experiencing issues after the ransomware attack on their website, and they also noted that several Marvel titles could be delayed to their customers due to “a systems issue affecting Penguin Random House.” So always check with your comics retailer for the final word on availability.

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Marvel returns to the wastelands with five one-shots this December

Wolverine, Star-Lord, Black Widow and more get new tales set in the alternate future from ‘Old Man Logan.’

Marvel’s just-released solicitations reveal five new one-shots that spin out of the “Old Man” titles Marvel has made for the last several years. A variety of writers and artists are returning to the wasteland first introduced in the classic “Old Man Logan” storyline from Wolverine.

Previous “old man” versions of Wolverine, Hawkeye, Star-Lord and Doctor Doom will each get a one-shot, while Black Widow will make her debut in this alternate future world originally created by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven.

Here’s the rundown:

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Marvel announces a new Hawkeye series starring Kate Bishop

And Pizza Dog, too.

Author Marieke Nijkamp and artist Enid Balám will bring Kate Bishop back to New York for a new five-issue miniseries. Hawkeye: Kate Bishop, which also features Pizza Dog, will debut in November.

“I love Kate,” Nijkamp told Bustle. “I love her snark. I love the way she jumps first and asks questions later, but somehow still always finds a way out.”

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Hawkeye faces a new Ronin in January

Matthew Rosenberg and Otto Schmidt launch a new series focused on Marvel’s original Hawkeye.

Clint Barton will return to action as Hawkeye in a new solo title next year that’ll pit him against a new version of Ronin — one of his previous aliases.

Hawkeye: Freefall launches in January by writer Matthew Rosenberg, with art by Otto Schmidt and cover by Kim Jacinto.

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Smash Pages’ favorite comics of 2018

See what the Smash Pages’ staff enjoyed reading this past year.

With 2018 winding down, Smash Pages’ contributors take a look back at some of their favorite comics of the year, from Hey Kiddo and Spectacular Spider-Man #310 to Wet Moon and The Secret Voice.

Brigid Alverson

Silver Spoon, by Hiromu Arakawa (Yen Press)
Arakawa is best known as the creator of Fullmetal Alchemist, but you couldn’t get any farther from that series than Silver Spoon, a comedy about a city boy who goes to agricultural school in rural Hokkaido. Yuugo Hachiken worked hard and did everything he was told, but he still didn’t get into an elite high school, so he takes what he thinks is the easy way out by going to a school that’s not academically focused—or so he thinks. In fact, the students at Ooezo Agricultural High School are very knowledgeable in their fields, but those fields are things like genetics and animal husbandry. The rubber really hits the road in the practical lessons, though, and Hachiken quickly realizes he is out of his depth when it comes to herding chickens, riding a horse, or fetching a stray calf. There’s a lot of city mouse-country mouse comedy in this series, but it’s also a fascinating look at where our food comes from (at least in Japan), and the different agricultural models espoused by different farmers. In fact, like Hachiken’s classmates, this book is very smart and sophisticated in addition to being endlessly entertaining.

Meal, by Blue Delliquanti and Soleil Ho (Iron Circus)
The idea of eating bugs may elicit an “Eeeww” from most people, but Delliquanti and Ho go beyond the ick factor in this romance about an insect cuisine enthusiast and a chef who wants to start a new restaurant based on the dishes of her youth—dishes that include ants, grasshoppers, and tarantulas. There’s a love story woven in there as well. Yarrow has just moved to a new city in hopes of getting a job in the kitchen of Chandra Flores, insect chef extraordinaire, who is about to launch a new restaurant. Milani, her neighbor, is friendly and helpful but the two have a little trouble making it click. At the same time, Chandra suspects that Yarrow is only into insect cuisine because it’s sensational, while to her, it’s part of her heritage. There’s a lot in this slim volume: Love, food, bugs, and bugs that are food, and the creators even include a couple of recipes at the end of the book.

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Marvel announces ‘Old Man Hawkeye’

Ethan Sacks and Marco Checchetto revisit the world of “Old Man Logan” with a prequel story about Wolverine’s road trip buddy.

The New York Daily News reports that one of their own, Ethan Sacks, is writing a 12-issue Old Man Hawkeye series for Marvel. This prequel to the Old Man Logan series will be drawn by Marco Checchetto.

“In this story, [Hawkeye is] losing his vision and that sort of forces him to confront something really horrible that happened to him personally 45 years ago, and go on his own hero’s journey while he still can,” Sacks told the Daily News. “It’s very much like a ticking clock that’s forcing him into action.”

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