Can’t Wait for Wednesday | Ghost Machine debuts with three titles this week

Check out comics and graphic novels arriving this week by Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok, Gary Frank, Bryan Hitch, Stan Sakai, Elise Gravel, Maple Lam, Christi Furnas, Leela Corman, Graham Chaffee 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 brings the debut of three new titles from Ghost Machine, the publishing venture formed by Geoff Johns, Bryan Hitch, Jason Fabok and more. There’s also a new Deadpool series, the return of Minor Threats, a graphic novel starring DC’s Dreamer and 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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Can’t Wait for Wednesday | The next generation of Ninja Turtles returns

Check out new comics and graphic novels arriving this week by Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Ben Bishop, Peach Momoko, Dan Jurgens, Mike Perkins, Derek Kirk Kim, Greg Weisman, Humberto Ramos, Eduardo Risso, Paul Reiser, Lara Pickle, Johnny Ryan, Katie Cook and more.

Welcome to Can’t Wait for Comics Wednesday, your guide to what comics are arriving in comic book stores, bookstores and on digital. It’s a pretty big week, with the launch of a sequel to last year’s best-selling superhero graphic novel, not to mention another new Ultimate Universe title from Marvel, a new take on classic Bat-Man and the return of Derek Kirk Kim to comics. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

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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Slugfest | Superman’s ‘House of Brainiac’ begins + more new comics coming from DC in April

Read about DC’s Free Comic Book Day plans, the 300th issue of Nightwing, DC’s Spring Breakout and more.

Slugfest is a roundup of cool announcements about projects coming to a shelf near you. This edition focuses on DC’s April 2024 announcements. Hit the links for more information.

DC’s solicitations for April 2024 arrived this past week — you can find them on The Beat or on Newsarama — and I thought I’d pull out some of the highlights. There aren’t many new first issues, but there is a big Superman-themed crossover event launching, several annuals, some graphic novels and listings for three of their four Free Comic Book Day titles for this year.

So let’s begin …

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Can’t Wait for Comics | Shazam! flies again in a new series from Waid + Mora

This week brings new comics and graphic novels from Mark Waid, Dan Mora, Si Spurrier, Phil Noto, Kyle Starks, Steve Pugh, Peach Momoko, Stephanie Phillips, Alvaro Lopez, Noah Van Sciver, Sammy Harkham, Claire Duplan 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 brings a big anniversary issue for Batman, a prelude to the X-Men event Fall of X, the debut of Dark Horse’s Richard Corben library and 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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‘Lazarus Planet’ grows in scope with ‘Revenge of the Gods’ miniseries

G. Willow Wilson and Cian Tormey featuring the Shazam! family, Wonder Woman and some old frenemies from Olympus.

DC’s Lazarus Planet crossover will expand in both time and scope next year, as the publisher announced a follow-up miniseries, Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods by G. Willow Wilson and Cian Tormey.

Revenge of the Gods will feature the Shazam! family and Wonder Woman, as they take a stand against the old gods who have decided to “take down the heroes they once called champions.” Or at least some of them take a stand; at least one of them actually goes over to the other side. The story will run through a four-issue bi-weekly miniseries, as well as issues of Wonder Woman, in March and April.

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Superboy, Doom Patrol and more will get new titles in 2023

DC Comics announces several new titles and storyline coming next year as part of the ‘Dawn of DC’ initiative.

DC today revealed plans to launch more than 20 new titles next year in the wake of their close-to-ending Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths and the upcoming DC Universe: Lazarus Planet. Dawn of DC, their new publishing initiative for 2023, will feature not only new titles but will also spotlight “fan-favorite superheroes and super-villains that haven’t been front and center for some time.”

“After the near-Multiverse-ending events in Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths and DC Universe: Lazarus Planet, the DC Universe will be heading toward the light,” said Jim Lee, DC publisher and chief creative officer. “With brand-new series and story arcs from some of the top creative members in comics, Dawn of DC is one of our most ambitious initiatives ever and is a chance for us to tell bigger and bolder stories across our line.”

Here’s the teaser image for what’s to come, which features icons for several upcoming titles that were announced today — with more to be revealed on the right side in the future:

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Slugfest | A look at DC in August

Olympus: Rebirth, The New Champion of Shazam, DC Saved by the Belle Reve and more arrive in August.

Slugfest is a roundup of cool announcements about projects coming to a shelf near you. This edition focuses on DC’s August announcements, of which there are many. Hit the links for more information.

Like Marvel, DC released their solicitations for August this past Friday (You can find the complete listings on Newsarama or The Beat) and they included several new titles and big storylines that I may or may not have already covered here on Smash Pages. So, here’s a round-up of what to expect and what looks interesting, but first, here’s what I’ve previously covered:

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Can’t Wait for Comics | Booster + Beetle get a team-up comic (finally) plus new Shazam!, Moon Knight and more

This week brings new comics and graphic novels from John Layman, Nick Bradshaw, Dan Jurgens, Ryan Sook, Grant Morrison, Mikel Janin, Mike Dawson, Emilia Clarke, Jamie McKelvie 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.

Check out a few highlights below, or visit Diamond’s website for this week’s almost complete list of new comics arriving in stores — you can visit Lunar Distribution’s home page to see DC’s release — and the comiXology new releases page for what’s available digitally.

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DC announces ‘Shazam! Thundercrack’ by Yehudi Mercado

The new graphic novel is set during the ‘Shazam!’ movie timeline.

Yehudi Mercado will write and draw Shazam! Thundercrack, a new graphic novel aimed at younger readers that will arrive in June 2022.

The graphic novel is set during the timeline of the Shazam! movie, as Billy Batson joins the Fawcett Tigers’ football team and learns to be a team player, while continuing his superhero training.

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Shazam! spins out of ‘Teen Titans Academy’ into a new miniseries

Tim Sheridan, Clayton Henry and Marcelo Maiolo present a new story about Billy Batson.

Tim Sheridan, writer of Teen Titans Academy, will team with Clayton Henry and Marcelo Maiolo for a new miniseries starring the World’s Mightiest Mortal, Shazam!

Shazam!, aka Billy Batson, is currently appearing in Teen Titans Academy as one of the students being taught by Nightwing and company. You might remember from the previous Shazam! series, by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, (or if you saw the film) that Shazam!’s foster siblings also gained the power of Shazam! Apparently they’ve all lost their powers, though, and Billy’s powers have become unreliable — which is what led him to Titans Island in the first place.

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Can’t Wait for Comics | Chu, Joker Wars, Bliss and more

New comics and graphic novels arrive this week from Tom Gauld, World Citizen Comics, Stan Sakai, John Layman, Al Ewing, Dan Slott, Sean Lewis and more.

Welcome to Can’t Wait for Comics, a look at what’s hitting your comic shop, bookstore or digital platform of choice this week. We’ve got comics, we’ve got graphic novels, we’ve got comic strips … and yeah, that’s about it. Comics of all shapes and sizes.

You can check Comic List to see what’s arriving in your local shop, and the comiXology new releases page for what’s available digitally. As always, you should check with your local shop on their hours, curbside pick-up and mask restrictions, due to COVID-19. Stay safe out there and enjoy some comics.

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Comics Lowdown: ‘Love Is Love’ brings in another $51,000 for The Trevor Project

Plus: Tumblr changes its guidelines, November comics sales drop, Olivia Stephens, Sophie Goldstein, Geoff Johns, Kieron Gillen, Todd Klein, more best-of-the-year lists and more!

The Love Is Love anthology published by IDW Publishing and DC Comics continues to raise money for LGBT organizations; earlier this week IDW announced a donation of $51,000 to The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people. This follows a donation of $165,000 in 2017 to the OneOrlando Fund to assist the victims and families impacted by the deadly attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016.

“This has so exceeded any of my wildest hopes for the amount of money it could raise and the attention it got,” Marc Andreyko, who organized and curated the anthology, told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “We were able to give $51,000 to the Trevor Project two years out, when the news cycle is so fast people don’t remember what happened five minutes ago. I’m happy and sad that there is an evergreen quality to this.”

The anthology is currently in its sixth printing, available via online booksellers, comic book specialty retailers and through digital platforms.

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