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 29, 2021.
BRZRKR #5, BOOM! Studios
What shocking new discovery will bring B. one step closer to understanding his origins?
As B. and Diana’s bond continues to grow, B. opens up about a recurring trauma from his past.
Will this new revelation jeopardize B. and Keever’s latest mission? Or is it all part of a plan by Caldwell to trigger more memories?
Crossover #8, image
‘MEANWHILE, PART ONE
After the massive events of the last arc (and not counting that weird issue that CHIP wrote… what the hell was that all about?), the adventure continues as new foes and new allies join the fold to uncover a deadly mystery beyond the walls of the dome. With special guest appearances by [REDACTED BY LEGAL]!’
The Good Asian #5, Image
‘NEW STORY ARC
Suffering a traumatic loss, Edison Hark relives the pivotal and contentious moments that led a Chinese-American to become a cop in 1930s America, as the “secret origin of Edison Hark” is revealed.’
Blade Runner 2029 #8, Titan
‘New Arc in the bestselling series based on Ridley Scott’s Scifi Masterpiece. A fanatical army of super-human replicants have been laid siege to L. A. Now it is up to Detective Ash to retire cult leader
Yotun before he destroys both her and city she loves. BLADE RUNNER 2019 – WINNER OF THE 2020 SCRIBE AWARD FOR BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL’
Inferno #1, Marvel
‘THE CULMINATION OF JONATHAN HICKMAN’S X-MEN BEGINS! “There will be an island—not the first, but the last…” Promises were made and broken. The rulers of Krakoa have been playing a dangerous game with a dangerous woman, and they are about to see how badly that can burn them. Mastermind powerhouse writer Jonathan Hickman (X-MEN) brings his plans to a head, joined by an incredible lineup of artists beginning with Valerio Schiti (S.W.O.R.D.)…as one woman follows through on her promise to burn the nation of Krakoa to the ground.’
Deathstroke Inc. #1, DC
‘After suffering too many losses, Slade Wilson decides it’s time for a change. When he’s enlisted to work with an ages-old secret organization called T.R.U.S.T. who want to take down the heavy-hitter villains, he’s all in. They’ll supply him with an all-new team and resources for his new mission into the depths of the weirdest parts of the DCU, including a new partner…Black Canary! Wait what?! Enjoy explosions, kick-ass action, and new outrageous adventures as DC’s meanest S.O.B. gets tangled up in a major mystery building in the shadows of the DCU.’
Gun Honey #1, Titan
‘DEBUT GRAPHIC NOVEL FROM AWARD WINNING WRITER AND CO-FOUNDER OF HARD CASE CRIME PUBLISHING CHARLES ARDAI.
When a gun smuggled into a high-security prison leads to the death of dozens and the escape of a brutal criminal, notorious weapons smuggler Joanna Tan is enlisted by the U.S. government: find the man she set loose and bring him down!’
Human Remains #1, Vault
‘Dax and Bisa love each other. But in this new and terrifying world, love is dangerous. Feeling anything is dangerous. Earth has a new and terrible invader-monsters that deprive us of the very feelings that make us human.
A shocking tale of pent-up emotions, perilously loud sex, and forced compsure in the face of unspeakable horror…from one of the most celebrated writers in comics, Peter Milligan (X-Force, Enigma, Shade, the Changing Man, Hellblazer) and breakout horror artist Sally Cantirino (I Walk With Monsters, The Final Girls).’
Darkhold: Alpha #1, Marvel
‘ENTER THE PAGES OF THE DARKHOLD — AND LOSE YOUR MIND IN MIGHTY MARVEL FASHION! Critically acclaimed writer Steve Orlando joins forces with extraordinary artist Cian Tormey for a story that will delight and terrify! For hundreds of years, scholars and heroes alike have searched for the complete text of the Darkhold — a.k.a. the Book of the Damned, written by the elder god Chthon. Now one of the greatest sorcerers in the Multiverse has found it — and Chthon has found him. To save them all, the Scarlet Witch must gather the world’s greatest heroes…and unleash their inner darkness. Witness the Marvel Universe’s descent into chaos!’
Orision #1, Second Sight Publishing
‘Head of a medical technology company, Steven Gedian is dying from brain cancer , he sends a research team up the Shishapangma Mountain looking for a cure only to be met by a mythical demon.’
Extreme Carnage: Omega #1, Marvel
‘IT’S ALL COME DOWN TO THIS! CARNAGE WINS!’
Verge #1, Red 5
‘A mysterious time travel event known as the Verge had brought thousands of people from across all of history to New York City. Vikings, Samurai, Romans, Mayans, Cavemen, and thousands of others all live in a vast and turbulent melting pot. Connie Liu, an NYPD Detective, investigates the murder of three Samurai, a case which threatens to turn the divisions in the city into all out war.’
Batman vs. Bigby! A Wolf in Gotham #1, DC
‘With the blood dry at Gotham’s fourth gruesome murder scene in as many weeks, Batman is stumped. The same hallmarks haunt each investigation: brute-force entries, bodies ripped to shreds and stamped with enormous bite marks, and clumps of fur—wolf fur—scattered in the wreckage. The streets buzz with rumors of the “Werewolf of Gotham.” Determined to crack this case, Batman finds no leads and a mysterious, hairy, chain-smoking figure dogging his every move. The Dark Knight’s dangerously close to losing his cool when a series of bombings levels the city’s libraries in the days leading up to the 32nd annual Gotham Literary Festival.
As Batman narrows in on the Bookworm and his literary henchmen, he discovers that an invaluable book from another world is at the center of the violence. Stranger still, the wolf is in on it. But what kind of monster is built from such brains and brawn—and is he an enemy or an ally?
Worlds collide as a Gotham mystery kick-starts a return to the world of Fables!’
Freakshow Kingdom #1, Second Sight Publishing
‘Welcome to the Freakshow Kingdom! Jonathan Hedrick’s zombie universe is collected for the first time ever. Step inside a horrific realm full of the undead and those unfortunate to live among them and their own tragic deformities. Featuring the one-shot stories Freakshow Princess, Freakshow Knight, and Freakshow Jester.’
10 Years To Death #1, AfterShock
‘The Shawshank Redemption meets The Sixth Sense, inspired by an eerily bone-chilling true story.
A newly-hired prison guard, a notorious mass murderer finally incarcerated for his crimes, and the death that binds them together. What happens when the murdered becomes the murderer?
A prestige format “One-Shock” featuring top creative talent, 10 YEARS TO DEATH is a horrific, unnerving tale conceived and written by Aaron Douglas (“Chief” from the iconic TV series Battlestar Galactica), and drawn by Cliff Richards (SHOCK, Buffy the Vampire Slayer).’
Iron Head #1, Second Sight Publishing
‘In a huge battle that stretches for miles and miles, a fierce and terrible massacre of enemy soldiers by the Duke Higher, who seems to know no fear. In fact, he takes pleasure in killing does not spare anyone, even those who surrender. Higer has a face full of scars (a sign of countless battles and killings) but can not be killed.’
Stranger Things: Tomb of Ybwen #1, Dark Horse
‘It’s January 1985 the Hawkins crew survived their battle with the mind flayer, but Will and Joyce are still reeling from the recent death of Bob Newby. Will’s friends have been too busy with their girlfriends to notice how much he is struggling. After he and Mr. Clarke discover a mysterious map Bob left in a box of old nerdy memorabilia, Will rallies the crew to investigate.
Is there a secret hidden in the hills of Hawkins?’
Firefly: River Run #1, BOOM! Studios
‘The great lengths Dr. Simon Tam had to go to in order to save his only sister, River, from her captors are finally revealed in this special standalone issue!
Follow Simon’s “fall from grace” as he risks it all and races against time to save River… even as she struggles to hold onto her sanity.
The truth of River’s life in the Alliance Academy facility, what really happened to her there, and the origin of Firefly’s greatest sibling bond is finally revealed by writer David S. Booher (Canto) and artist Andrés Genolet (Runaways)!’
Forsaken #1, Second Sight Publishing
‘London, 1883. For Vida Gedmintas and the Order of the Golden Lance, what begins as another magically fuelled murder investigation soon turns into a race against time to prevent a dark wizard from summoning Abaddon, the Angel of Death, to our realm.’
Unborn #1, Source Point Press
‘On a strange world, five explorers mine for super fuels in a last-ditch effort to save a collapsing Earth, but the mission goes to hell when they are overrun by a hostile alien species. With humanity’s survival hanging in the balance, the crew must eradicate the deadly horde and salvage the mission. But what if the monsters aren’t the only things they have to worry about? What if the most dangerous threat facing the crew is each other?’
Life is Strange: Settling Dust #1, Titan
‘THE HEART-WRENCHING CONCLUSION TO THE BEST-SELLING LIFE IS STRANGE COMIC SERIES.
Max finally believes that she has found a way to cross the timelines and return to the woman she loves, Chloe Price. Features the comic debut of fan favorite characters Steph Gingrich and Victoria Chase from the original game.’
These Damn Kids #1, Second Sight Publishing
‘In a small town in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the children have been acting strange. There have been reports of parents being attacked by the very children they raised. Some have even gone to school to try and kill the teachers and faculty. The town sheriff has brought in a young rookie cop.’
Willy’s Wonderland #1, American Mythology
‘Hey Kids! Do you know what time it is? It’s your birthday and we want you to have Fun! Welcome to Willy’s Wonderland! The surprise hit horror flick of 2021 is Willy’s Wonderland! Nicolas Cage unleashes a can of Punch Pop on the Willy’s serial killing animatronic crew in the film, but what came before the janitorial rampage? Find out here in this official prequel to the movie giving you all the party filled blood spatter you can handle! Willy, Ozzie, Arty, Cammy, Tito, Gus, Sara, and Knighty Knight all are back with a blood soaked romp through homicidal birthday parties! This special series is written by SA Check (Volcanosaurus) and James Kuhoric (Freddy vs Jason vs Ash) with interior art by Puis Calzada (Hatchet). Willy’s Wonderland Prequel #1 comes with three covers – Main Connecting Cover (issues #1-4 make a huge single shot of terrifying birthday horror) by the horror team of Buz Hasson & Ken Haeser (The Living Corpse), Variant by interior artist Puis Calzada (Hatchet), and a special rare “Slashin’ Time” movie poster edition featuring Willy Weasel!’
Silence #1, Second Sight Publishing
‘After suffering a life threatening medical event, former comic book superstar Stanley Kane seeks to regain his health in the remote town of Silence, Michigan. Will the accidental discovery of a mystical amulet galvanize his return to comic book glory, or will it lead him down a dark path from which he can never escape.’
Zorro: Flights #1, American Mythology
‘Legendary scribe Don McGregor returns to Zorro for the first time in over 15 years! His stories have defined comics for decades. From Black Panther to Sabre to the very pages of Zorro, he has delivered groundbreaking tales of adventure, passion, and the human condition. In “Flights,” Zorro finds himself face to face with a fire breathing dragon. But something is not quite right, for though this huge creature soars into the air breathing fire, it also seems to be controlled by man! Come with us on a wild ride as we deliver one of the most anticipated Zorro stories of the new century! Available with three covers – Main with cover by Roy Allan Martinez, Variant by interior artist Vincenzo Carratu, and a Limited-Edition B&W Photo Cover!’
Verotika: Revenge #1, Verotik
‘Pumkyl is summoned by the White Witch for a most grisly task by Glenn Danzig and Simon Bisley. Verotik’s Devil-Girl Akuma-She makes her shocking return to the Verotik pantheon by Glenn Danzig and Rafa Garres. All wrapped in an Incredible painted cover by Simon Bisley!’
Chamber of Terror #1, Advent Comics
‘In this creepy Halloween Special, two chillingly frightening tales are told within the dark corners of the Advent Universe. In “Dark Pathways” evil comes to a small Midwestern town, and in “Djinn” a malevolent entity seeks freedom at any cost.’
Alias: Black & White #1, Antarctic Press
‘A woman introduces her new boyfriend to her family, unaware that he is being tracked by the FBI for a string of murders until it’s too late.’
Howling Snow: A Kung Fu Fable #1, Comics Experience Publishing
‘For one hundred years, Fox roamed the land in human form! Once a formidable swordsman and a master of the mystic arts, now he is a disenchanted soul, in constant search of pleasure and distraction. But all that changes when Fox encounters a demon wolf, fueled by an intense rage that threatens to shatter Fox’s fragile peace. Now Fox must reawaken his slumbering fighting spirit and find balance between the animal, human and supernatural realms, in this beguiling and gorgeous one-shot comic! Also features a variant cover by artist Queenie Ng!’
Horn Island Trilogy #1, Second Sight Publishing
‘The Zombie Apocalypse has hit Mississippi and no place is safe! But is this the first time it has happened? Find out about the very first Zombie sightings in the state of Mississippi and how Horn Island’s past plays a role in the state’s present.’