One of the hardest and most frustrating things about finding new comics to read and enjoy is finding a good jumping on point. It can be confusing and disheartening to pick up a single issue from the middle of an arc without having the context of the previous chapters.
With that in mind, here are some titles kicking off new story arcs and a few interesting #1’s premiering this upcoming New Comic Book Day, Wednesday, August 18, 2021.
Radiant Black #7, Image
‘NEW STORY ARC! Picking up from the shocking ending of issue five, Radiant Black’s life just got a whole lot more complicated. Pursued by a new enemy and not sure who to trust, will our hero escape with his life? Or is this the beginning of the end for RADIANT BLACK?’
Jonna and The Unpossible Monsters #5, Oni Press
‘NEW ARC OF THE ALL AGES HIT BEGINS HERE!
Jonna and Rainbow are searching for their father in the desolate, monster-infested wasteland that was once their world. After their last safe haven is destroyed by an errant monster, they find themselves in a hidden underground city.
Rainbow is intent on finding out the secrets of the bustling makeshift metropolis, but Jonna is a little busy-as she finds herself a sudden celebrity in the city’s sporting arena, thanks to her incredible strength and indomitable spirit!’
X-O Manowar #5, Valiant
‘An all-new adventure starts here in Part 1 of “Upgrade the World!”
Harvey-Nominated Writer Dennis Hopeless and breathtaking artist Emilio Laiso return to continue the epic saga of Aric of Dacia, aka X-O MANOWAR, as he battles an unknown nanite monstrosity that is devouring the earth.
Will our classic hero out of time finally evolve into the warrior of the future or will X-O Manowar drown with their past?’
X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #1, Marvel
‘THE STORY THAT WILL SHAKE KRAKOA TO ITS CORE! A horrific murder. A shocking revelation. A trial that will divide the new mutant nation. Leah Williams (X-FACTOR, GWENPOOL STRIKES AGAIN) and Lucas Werneck (EMPYRE: X-MEN, MARAUDERS) bring you a new epic that threatens the Reign of X and will upend the world of mutants. The truth is hidden, the danger is far from over, and the trial has begun!’
Killer Queens #1, Dark Horse
‘Meet Max and Alex. Reformed intergalactic assassins for hire. On the run. Also super gay. Their former boss-a fluffy monkey with a jetpack-is hot on their tail to take back his stolen ship. They gotta eat, so they take a mission from Alex’s old flame. Your standard no-kill, casualty-free kidnapping recovery from a nearby moon. Only complication? Half the moon is ruled by a fascist dictator hostile to foreigners. They’re the Killer Queens, so what could possibly go wrong?
Join rising star David M. Booher (Canto, Alien Bounty Hunter) and an all-LGBTQ creative team as they tackle issues of love, xenophobia, and the terror of fascist dictatorships in this hilarious sci-fi epic.’
Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #1, Marvel
‘SURVIVE THE GRIM DARKNESS OF THE FUTURE WITH THE SISTERS OF BATTLE!
A squad of Adepta Sororitas, led by CANONESS VERIDYAN arrive on planet Siscia to retrieve a lost Inquisitorial acolyte and put down a heretical uprising. As Novitiate GHITA’S first mission with her Order gets underway, what should be an easy mission turns into something much worse, as an unknown force deep within the subterranean city of the planet rears its ugly head!
It’s no-holds-barred action, mystery, and daemons galore as the all-female military force lets bolters blaze and flamers scorch in this all-new saga! Show your faith and fervor to the Emperor by joining us for the start of the next phase of WARHAMMER comics at Marvel!’
God Of Tremors #1, AfterShock
‘A 19th Century gothic horror of exorcism, demonic worship and epilepsy.
When Aubrey has his first seizure, he’s pulled out of school and hidden away in the family’s remote country estate. His father – a high-ranking English priest – tries to chase the “devil” out of Aubrey – but maybe the devil lurks in the grotesque pagan effigy that dwells on the grounds. And maybe the devil will turn out to be Aubrey’s only ally…
A singular tale of nightmarish terror and creeping enlightenment told against a backdrop of ignorance and brutality, GOD OF TREMORS springs from the fertile imagination of award-winning writer Peter Milligam (OUT OF BODY, Shade the Changing Man, X-Force) with illustrations from Piotr Kowalski (JOIN THE FUTURE, Sex).’
The Box #1, Red 5
‘Leo Bloom is a private detective. His partner is a Box. A magic Box from which he can take whatever he can imagine some of the time. But when he’s framed for the kidnapping of a prominent scholar Leo suspects a plot to take his prized possession from him. Can he find out before either the police or the Mafia find him?’
Second Chances #1, Image
‘Second Chances Hotline – call now and get a new identity! All you need is some cash, a proper referral, and a very good reason to start over. When Leblanc, the man behind the hotline, is approached by a shady figure from his past, he’s forced to accept a new client who doesn’t meet any of the requirements – a client with chemically induced amnesia in desperate need of protection.
Up-and-coming writer RICKY MAMMONE and artist MAX BERTOLINI (The Witcher, Nathan Never) explode onto the scene with this psychedelic, action-packed, bizarre noir that feels like John Wick punching through an existential French New Wave fever dream.’
Nine Stones #1, Behemoth Comics
‘Disturbing dreams shake Alistair ‘Allie’ Jacobi’s nights. But his daytime life is not much better. His father, the boss of a criminal organization, has decided that it’s time for his son to gain experience in the underworld.
So Allie, 19, finds himself doing an ‘internship’ in a convenience store run by the man who, under the cover of home deliveries, is selling drugs to the entire city. To teach him the ‘job’ is Christopher, an older guy. The bond created between the two of them will give life to dark presences and disturbing and enigmatic premonitions.’
Teether: Long And Lonesome Road #1, Antarctic Press
‘Just when yyou thought you’d had your fill, David Hutchinson serves up a second-course sequel to Teether: The Big Bite! After waking up in the morgue, Lily finds herself wandering Indiana’s back roads, struggling to remember who she is. All she knows is a driving urge to return ‘home’. She hitches a ride with a man who smells of death and has an odd gleam in his eye. Despite the warning signs, something tells Lily he’ll take her right where she wants to go. Two monsters are about to share a ride on the road to Hell!’
Batman Secret Files: Clownhunter #1, DC
‘Clownhunter’s brutal mission to hunt down all the clowns from The Joker War continues! The untrained but focused vigilante stalks a boss-level clown, but his luck might be running out as he walks into an ambush set by Punchline! In a horrific parallel to his days at Gotham Academy, Clownhunter finds himself overwhelmed and outgunned…just the type of odds he likes!’
Eat the Rich #1, BOOM! Studios
‘What unspeakable horror eats away at the heart of Crestfall Bluffs?
With law school and her whole life ahead of her, Joey plans to summer with her boyfriend Astor in his seemingly perfect hometown of Crestfall Bluffs.
It’s a chance to finally meet Astor’s family and childhood friends, all while enjoying a vacation with every need attended to by servants.
But beneath the affluent perfection lies a dark, deadly rot… will Joey discover the truth before it’s too late, and if she does, can she survive to tell the tale?
The bold, horrifying psychological thriller from Hugo Award-winning author Sarah Gailey (The Echo Wife, Magic For Liars) with artist Pius Bak (Firefly, The Magicians), perfect for fans of Stillwater and Nailbiter!’
Menagerie #1, Second Sight Publishing
‘When a research outpost on the edge of the galaxy is captured, a team of lethal Space Operators heeds the call to rescue the who’s who of civilian scientists and researchers. But personal secrets and unexpected agendas bubble to the surface and a mutiny sends the rescue mission light-years off course to a new and unusual planet with unusual rules.’
Kang The Conqueror #1, Marvel
‘THE ORIGIN OF KANG! The man called Kang the Conqueror has been a pharaoh, a villain, a warlord of the space ways and even, on rare occasions, a hero. Across all timelines, one fact seemed absolute: Time means nothing to Kang the Conqueror. But the truth is more complex. Kang is caught in an endless cycle of creation and destruction dictated by time and previously unseen by any but the Conqueror himself. A cycle that could finally explain the enigma that is Kang. And a cycle that begins and ends with an old and broken Kang sending his younger self down a dark path…’
Grimm Universe Quarterly : Zodiac vs Deathforce #1, Zenescope
‘Two of the Grimm Universe’s most dangerous antiheroes face each other for the first time ever in a life or death battle, neither knowing they are just pawns in a bigger game. But who is the puppet master pulling their strings behind the scenes?’
Chessmasters #1, Second Sight Publishing
‘In the 25th century, society has finally emerged as a civilized population. No more wars, illness, hunger, or racial hatred. However, the evil Pawn-Master has seen this as an opportunity to control the weak and has been using his eight royal pawns to wreak havoc throughout the city. Conversely, the government has put together an extraordinary team of individuals known as The Chess-Masters to battle against this corruption and oppressiveness.’
Scoot Frontiers #1, Scout
‘Scoot Imprint: The premiere issue of our all-ages magazine! Each Scoot Frontiers is designed to be a standalone, super-sized spectacular! Highlighting Scoot favorites in comic-book stories and prose! Plus, there are activity pages, puzzles, games, coloring pages and more! Misfitz Clubhouse and Supercats makes their first Scoot appearances! Adventures of Byron! Soulstream! Catdad and Supermom! Sengi and Tembo! Wild Bull and Chipper! Action Tank and more! Packed with original material and fun for the whole family!’