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, September 15, 2021.
Fantastic Four #35, Marvel
‘DEATH IN FOUR DIMENSIONS / SOME FAMILY TIME / STARS
The entire Kang bloodline is out to destroy every era of the Fantastic Four! How can Reed, Sue, Ben and Johnny hope to survive simultaneous attacks across their lifetimes by Rama Tut, the Scarlet Centurion, Kang the Conqueror and Kang’s final descendant, the sinister Scion?! Join the FF and some special surprise guest stars as John Romita Jr. returns to Marvel and joins forces with writer Dan Slott for this celebratory adventure! Marvel’s First Family will literally never be the same again! Plus: Mark Waid and Paul Renaud deliver dramatic new insights into the origin of the fabulous foursome in an all-new anniversary tale!’
Black Widow #11, Marvel
‘THE SOURCE, PART 1 OF 1
FRIEND OR FOE?
With Apogee in her rear view, Natasha pushes forward with her plans to become the hero San Francisco needs. When an old source sends Natasha and her team looking for a mysterious pair known only as THE TWINS, the Black Widow has to confront the fact that Apogee may not be as behind them as she’d hoped. But are the Twins friends or foe?’
The Joker #7, DC
‘Très bien—the Joker visits Paris! Gordon must get to Joker ahead of the Sampsons, but has the Clown Prince set an ambush for his pursuers? Plus, Barbara fights for her life after her introduction to the new Talon! Punchline backup: The search for Kelly Ness—Punchline’s former friend who is also in Blackgate Penitentiary—begins.’
Marauders #24, Marvel
‘SPACE PIRATES! The Marauders hit the highest seas of all when they point their bow to the stars! But what threat awaits them…and why has it sworn vengeance?!’
Trailer Park Boys: Bagged & Boarded #1, Devil’s Due Publishing
‘The Boys are back in another anthology special! This time, journey back in time to witness Ricky, Julian and Bubbles as kids, or even farther back to see them as cavemen! They also decide to steal some garden gnomes, and the Green Bastard makes an appearance. Pretty Deee-cent!’
I Am Batman #1, DC
‘In the throes of Future State, the streets of Gotham City cry for justice and Jace Fox answers the call! With a new and improved Bat-Suit, Jace hits the streets to inspire and protect…as he follows the trail of the voice of misinformation and violence—the anarchistic Anti-Oracle! Can the new Dark Knight counterbalance their plan to inspire armed rebellion in the citizens of Gotham?! Can one man inspire a city?’
Primordial #1, Image
‘Mind-bending sci-fi collides with Cold War thriller in this six-issue miniseries by the bestselling and Eisner-winning creative team behind GIDEON FALLS!
In 1957, the USSR launched the dog, Laika, into Earth’s orbit. Two years later, the USA responded with two monkeys, Able and Baker. These animals never returned. But, unbeknownst to everyone, they did not die in orbit…they were taken. And now they are coming home.’
Extreme Carnage: Agony #1, Marvel
‘ENTER: AGONY! As the odds (and symbiotes!) stack against our heroes, is there any way they can win against Carnage?’
Eternals: Thanos Rises #1, Marvel
‘Eternals are created, not born. They have families, but their families make no new children.
It’s simply not what Eternals do.
Some of them thought they could find a way to change that and believed it would be for the best.
They were terribly, terribly wrong.’
Vampiverse #1, Dynamite
‘From the writers of Vengeance of Vampirella, and the Vampirella Valentine’s Day Special 2021 comes a mind-splitting event! A different Vampirella for every thread-for every kind of story-across the Fabric of time and space. A Vampirella of every conceivable notion born to protect her particular reality . . . but now something-someone-is killing them and stealing away their precious life energies and growing in power. It is up to the Vampirella of one of these universes to gather some of her special sisters to stop this growing threat and keep it from destroying the Creator of all things-the Artist-and preventing the unraveling of all reality.’
Godzilla Rivals vs. Mothra #1, IDW
‘Something is trapped in Lake Ikeda-Mothra, the ancient and beautiful guardian of nature and humanity! But when one kaiju awakens, Godzilla is sure to be close behind…’
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957—Family Ties #1, Dark Horse
‘Before they can track down an errant copy of Gustav Strobl’s Witchcraft and Demonology, Hellboy and B.P.R.D. agent Susan Xiang are sidetracked by a beset housewife’s pleas for help. Unraveling the mystery of an unwanted house guest may lead the occult investigators right to where they wanted to be, but also right into demonic danger.
Celebrated writer Mike Mignola and longtime collaborator Chris Roberson bring you yet another hit Hellboy one-shot, with art by the extraordinary Laurence Campbell and colors by Dave Stewart.’
Night of the Cadillacs #1, Scout
‘In the spirit of Lost Boys and Warriors, Night of the Cadillacs is a high-octane, genre-bending mix of horror, hard action, forbidden love, and street culture. Rival supernatural gangs come to earth on an overnight raiding mission to retrieve life-restoring blood from humans. While the gangs battle among themselves for prized Captives, a defiant and charismatic gangbanger breaks free from his crew to go on the run with a rebellious, 18 year old human girl to protect her from his predatory family.’
Nobody’s Child #1, Behemoth
‘In an unspecified time in the future, it is discovered that within a special breed of albino rhinoceros there is a genetic code that holds the properties to regenerate man, that can cure all diseases, even those very serious. As a result, in a short period of time this albino rhino becomes nearly extinct, leaving just one: Sabium. Enter Bakari, a boy dealing with his own devastation, who now decides to dedicate his life to protecting this rhino.’
Maw #1, BOOM! Studios
‘What happens when one woman becomes the real monster society has always made her out to be? Dragged by her sister Wendy to a feminist retreat on the remote island of Angitia, Marion Angela Weber hopes to gain some perspective and empowerment… that isn’t at the bottom of a bottle. But everything is horribly derailed after an assault on their first night there. The violent encounter awakens something in Marion she never imagined, triggering warped mutations in her body, and awakening a hunger she can’t bring herself to name. When the townsfolk react with suspicion and violence, what unforgivable act will transform Marion into the very monster they’ve made her out to be? A provocative five-issue horror series by award-winning journalist and opinion writer Jude Ellison S. Doyle (Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the Fear of Female Power) and artist A.L. Kaplan (Full Spectrum Therapy) that explores the anger of women trapped by society’s expectations and the reclamation of power through collective rage, perfect for readers of Redlands and Something is Killing the Children.’
Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters – Boushh #1, Marvel
‘THE SECRET ORIGIN OF BOUSHH! Before PRINCESS LEIA acquired his armor to infiltrate Jabba the Hutt’s palace, BOUSHH roamed the galaxy as a bounty hunter. He and his team of lethal warriors were exiled from their homeworld; but what horrible event from Boushh’s past doomed them all to wander with no hope of ever returning? Desperate to survive, Boushh takes a suspicious job from a shadowy organization to assassinate DOMINA TAGGE, the leader of the powerful Tagge Family – a galactic dynasty stretching back countless generations. But Domina is the most dangerous enemy Boushh has ever faced, and the desperate exile has the most difficult choice of his life to make! ALYSSA WONG and David Baldeón’s one-shot is the third of four action-packed “War of the Bounty Hunters” tie-ins about the criminal underworld’s most notorious hunters and scoundrels, all told by the best STAR WARS writers and illustrators in the galaxy.’
The Last Annihilation: Wakanda #1, Marvel
‘ORPHANS OF EMPIRE
With the universe itself at stake, Black Panther enlists the might of the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda to help stop the dreaded Dormammu! And leading the Wakandan forces is none other than the legendary M’Baku! Will T’Challa and M’Baku be able to defeat Dormammu’s army of Mindless Ones? Don’t miss this critical chapter of the LAST ANNIHILATION event as a new hero emerges!’