A ransomware attack on Diamond Comic Distributors (really) has plunged the world of comic book retail into chaos, so this list is a little more abrupt than normal.
—SPOTLIGHT BOOK— •RADIO APOCALYPSE #1 (Vault) In Bakerstown stands the last Radio Station on the planet. Radio Apocalypse broadcasting into the unknown, a beacon in the dark for those who wander the lost places. Now change is coming to Bakerstown. Among the refugees flocking into an already precarious settlement, an orphan boy Rion, caught in an indiscretion, will twine his fate with the Radio Station. This soundtrack to the end of the world.
—NEW COMICS OF NOTE— •BATMAN SECRET FILES THE GARDENER #1 (DC) Shrouded in mystery, her motives a secret, and one cannot help but ask: Who is Bella Garten, a.k.a. the Gardener, really? Green-thumbed storytellers James Tynion IV and Christian Ward dig deep into her past and unearth the secret origin of the latest addition to Batman’s rogues gallery.
•DARKHOLD WASP 1 (MARVEL) Bidden to draw forth five archetypal heroes, the Scarlet Witch chose Janet Van Dyne as "the artist" - the hero whose ingenuity and strength of will could prove the lynchpin in the coming battle against Chthon. Wasp read from the ill-fated Darkhold text...and it drove her insane. But now, she has the power to reclaim her story...and fight back.
•FANTASTIC FOUR ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE 1 (MARVEL) Sixty years ago, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby made history and brought about the beginning of the Marvel Age of comics with the release of FANTASTIC FOUR #1. Now a bevy of Marvel's finest creators pay tribute to that monumental moment by reinterpreting, page by page, the story from that inaugural release as well as FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #3, in which the entirety of the Marvel Universe attended the wedding of Reed Richards and Sue Storm!
•GETTING DIZZY #1 (BOOM!) Dizzy wants to be the best! But in the case of everything she's tried, including roller skating, this teen has only been able to achieve one thing - disaster. Just when she is ready to pack it in, everything changes when the Negatrixes attack, forcing her to take up the mantle of 'Burb Defender! But if she wants to save the world, she's going to have to assemble the coolest skating crew in the 'Burbs.
•TMNT LAST RONIN #1 DESIGN ARCHIVE (IDW) Never-before-seen behind the scenes artwork and design notes from TMNT: The Last Ronin #2 and #3! You've visited the New York City of TMNT: The Last Ronin-now take a deep dive into what went into building the terrifying dystopia! Every page of this deluxe oversized square bound edition is all-new, packed with never-before-printed material providing an unprecedented look behind the curtain.
•WONDER WOMAN EVOLUTION #1 (DC) Whisked away from Earth by a distant cosmic entity, Wonder Woman is forced to navigate a series of perilous challenges! At stake is the fate of all humanity, with the alien entities casting Diana as Earth’s proxy for a trial judging humankind’s worthiness to exist in the universe. Can Diana stand trial to save humanity without losing her own?
A bleak, post-apocalyptic future; rampant conspiracy theories; weaponized dreams; 2 Venoms; the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing; and the return of YOTSUBA&!—this week has it ALL!!
—SPOTLIGHT BOOK— •WHATS THE FURTHEST PLACE FROM HERE #1 (Image) A post-apocalyptic coming-of-age story from 4 Kids Walk into a Bank's TYLER BOSS & MATTHEW ROSENBERG. The world has ended. All that remains are gangs of children living among the ruins. But Sid believes there must be something more out there. When she disappears into the wastelands, her gang will risk everything to bring her home. A story about the things that matter most-your survival, your loved ones, and your record collection.
—RECOMMENDED NEW COMICS— •REGARDING MATTER OF OSWALDS BODY #1 (BOOM!) Where is Lee Harvey Oswald's body? Meet the ragtag group of "useful idiots" who are unwittingly brought together to clean up the crime of the century - a wannabe cowboy from Wisconsin, a Buddy Holly-idolizing (former) car thief, a world-weary Civil Rights activist ready for revolution, and a failed G-Man who still acts the part - and specifically, regarding the matter of Oswald's body.
—NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL OF NOTE— •YOTSUBA VOL 15 (Yen Press) After almost three years, Yotsuba is back. She's not alone, though‚ Juralumin the stuffed bear makes her triumphant return! What trouble will they get into this time?
—NEW COMICS OF NOTE— •MY DATE WITH MONSTERS #1 (Aftershock) Seven years ago, an attempt to weaponize dreams resulted in holes being punched through the world we know and into the world of dreams. Nightmarish creatures now stalk the land, sprouting from (and killing) anyone unlucky enough to dream. The only way to save the world is for certain people to have their dreams come true...
•PHENOM X #1 (Image) Written by John Leguizamo. Wrongfully imprisoned and desperate to regain his freedom, Max Gomez agrees to become a subject in an underground government experiment. When the trial gives him phenomenal shape-shifting abilities, Gomez learns his new "freedom" requires surviving a superpowered war fought on the streets of NYC.
•ROBIN & BATMAN #1 (DC) This is the story of a young Dick Grayson, newly orphaned, struggling to find his way in a strange, difficult, dark new world…This is the story of Robin and Batman. The bestselling creative team behind the Eisner-winning Descender, Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, reunite in Gotham City to tell the story of a remarkable young man learning to navigate an incredible new life!
•THE THING 1 (Marvel) Renowned storyteller Walter Mosley brings his signature style to a sweeping saga of Yancy Street's favorite son! A lonely evening and a chance encounter sends Ben Grimm embarking on a sojourn that will have him encountering - and battling - figures both old and new. Featuring guest appearances from throughout the Marvel Universe as well as precision artwork by Tom Reilly.
•VENOM 1 (Marvel) Marvel mainstay AL EWING is being joined by RAM V to craft a mind-bending and gut-wrenching tale of symbiosis the likes of which the Marvel Universe has never seen in this brand new, ongoing Venom series featuring not one, but TWO Venoms! And they've been joined by industry legend BRYAN HITCH, who is leaving it all on the page! You have never seen a VENOM like this!
Oh, oh my, this week is HUGE! SO, SO, SO MANY new #1’s! So many in fact, that we’re only focusing on some of them right here. It’s up to you to peruse the rest when they hit the shelves. I don’t think ANY of us are prepared for just how big this week is.
—SPOTLIGHT BOOK— •HUMAN TARGET #1 (DC) Christopher Chance has made a living out of being a human target—a man hired to disguise himself as his client to invite would-be assassins to attempt his murder. He’s had a remarkable career until his latest case protecting Lex Luthor when things go sideways. An assassination attempt Chance didn’t see coming leaves him vulnerable and left trying to solve his own murder...as he has 12 days to discover just who in the DCU hated Luthor enough to want him dead. By Tom King and Greg Smallwood!
—RECOMMENDED NEW COMICS— •DARK KNIGHTS OF STEEL #1 (DC) An entire Medieval world will be forever changed when a spaceship crash-lands from a doomed planet. Monarchs will die, kingdoms will rise, and what seemed the end of the world for many…was only the beginning! An epic high-fantasy story set in a DC Universe where nothing is what it seems… From Tom Taylor and Yasmine Putri.
•NEWBURN #1 (Image) Easton Newburn is a private detective without loyalties, investigating conflicts between rival crime factions while collecting enemies along the way. A man is murdered after stealing from his own mafia family, but they aren't the ones who ordered the hit in this ONGOING SERIES from CHIP ZDARSKY and JACOB PHILLIPS.
—NEW GRAPHIC NOVELS OF NOTE— •LORE OLYMPUS VOL 01 (Del Rey) Scandalous gossip, wild parties, and forbidden love - the Greek tale of Hades and Persephone gets a romantic modern update in the gorgeously illustrated, Eisner-nominated Lore Olympus, including a brand new, exclusive short story! An ingenious take on the Greek Pantheon, this is the modern update on the story of Hades and Persephone. Follow the propulsive love story of two Greek gods, told with lavish artwork and contemporary sensibilities.
•FRIDAY BOOK 01 FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS (Image) The first volume of this genre-defying, post-YA masterpiece from award-winning creators ED BRUBAKER and MARCOS MARTIN. Friday Fitzhugh spent her childhood solving crimes and digging up occult secrets with her best friend Lancelot Jones, the smartest boy in the world. But that was the past. Now she's in college, starting a new life on her own - or so she thought. When Friday comes home for the holidays, she's immediately pulled back into Lance's orbit and finds that something very strange and dangerous is happening in their little New England town...
•GRASS OF PARNASSUS HC SLIPCASE (Adhouse) By Kathryn and Stuart Immonen!! Join a huge cast including angry space techs, anxious energy workers, obsequious ramen robots, suspicious arcade owners, snack-driven vat-grown bears, and correspondence school druids in this backstage adventure aboard a malfunctioning flying space rock. G of P is the legendary Immonens at their breakneck best. This slip-cased volume expands the highly experimental story as it originally appeared online and includes over 50 pages of supplementary material.
—NEW COMICS OF NOTE— •AFTER DARK ONE SHOT (Aftershock) A prestige format "One-Shock" featuring top creative talent just in time for the most horrific month of the calendar year, AFTER DARK is a collection of tales you'll want to read with the lights on! A disparate tale from a possible future; a chance encounter with a mythical Black-Eyed Kid, a children's fable gone awry; and a gut-wrenching last meal at the local diner.
•BLUE BARON #1 (Binge Books) Exploding from the pages of The Heroes Union! Since 1776, The Blue Baron has battled alien invaders, super-powered psychopaths and megalomaniacal mutants, but his greatest challenge awaits him inside this groundbreaking, extra-length, standalone epic from Darin Henry, Ron Frenz, and Sal Buscema!
•HEATHENS #1 (Aftershock) From the wonderfully wretched imagination of horror-alum Cullen Bunn. When evil men and women escape from the depths of the eternal abyss, the Pirate Queen Lady Shih is sent to retrieve them. But when one of history's most notorious killers breaks free, even she needs help. Enter the Heathens: Shih, Lucky Luciano, Bumpy Johnson, Sofia the Golden Hand, and Billy the Kid. From Hell they came to mete out a justice as dark as their own tormented souls.
•HELLBOY BONES OF GIANTS #1 (Dark Horse) When a startling discovery is made in Sweden, the B.P.R.D. sends Hellboy and Abe Sapien to investigate. What ensues is a wild adventure full of Norse legends, mythical creatures, and a threat that could bring not just Earth but the Nine Realms of Norse mythology to their knees.
•KNIGHTED #1 (AWA) Bob Ryder is a hapless bureaucrat whose bad luck streak comes to a crescendo when he accidentally kills the city's masked vigilante, The Knight. Oops. Now, Bob is forced to take on the mantle of the legendary hero before the city descends into chaos. Good thing he's got The Knight's former butler/assistant to show him the ropes.
•GUILLEM MARCH’S LAURA #1 (Ablaze) Laura, the book that led to Guillem March to the mainstream comics world. Suffering from the ever-painful experience of unrequited love, twenty-year-old Laura takes a look at her life. Is the fact that the boy she has feelings for is in love with someone else mean there is something wrong with her? Or is that just how young love goes? And what will happen when she tries to get past the hurt and move on with her life?
•MAGIC ORDER 2 #1 (Image) A magical turf war like you've never seen before! The London chapter of the Magic Order has entered the scene, and these tough Guy Ritchie-style gangsters have a problem with the Eastern European Warlocks moving into their territory. Can new leader Cordelia Moonstone keep the peace? Art by STUART IMMONEN!
•RUSH #1 (Vault) 1899, Yukon Territory. A frozen frontier, bloodied and bruised by the last great Gold Rush. But in the lawless wastes to the North, something whispers in the hindbrains of men, drawing them to a blighted valley, where giant spidertracks mark the snow and impossible guns roar in the night. To Brokehoof, where gold and blood are mined alike. Now, stumbling towards its haunted forests comes a woman gripped not by greed -- but the snarling rage of a mother in search of her child...
•A THING CALLED TRUTH #1 (Image) A chaotic LGBTQ+ road trip! A workaholic scientist who wants to save the world and a woman who fears nothing but discovering her own destiny find themselves mixed up in a chaotic, on-the-road adventure through Europe. Will they manage to find a middle ground between their opposing ways of life - at least for long enough to complete their mission? And could this trip lead to an unexpected romance?