Jumping On: New Story Arcs Kicking Off On October 13, 2021
by Brendan M. Allen
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, October 13, 2021.
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #31, Marvel
‘It’s a date night for Spider-Man, and no one informed Taskmaster that three’s a crowd. Why does the greatest mercenary in history have Miles in his sights? Can Tiana Toomes, A.K.A. Starling, do anything to keep her new beaux alive?’
Darkhold: Iron Man #1, Marvel
‘Ryan North turns his talents to a brand-new genre! Called forth to face the dread god Chthon, Iron Man reads from the ancient ill-fated text the Darkhold…and it changes the course of his entire life. The armor that has saved him countless times is about to become a prison—one whose only escape is a fate worse than death. The brilliant comedic mind behind The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Dinosaur Comics brings you the body-horror tale of the century!!’
Star Trek: The Mirror War #1, IDW
‘Return to the Mirror Universe of The Next Generation with this brand-new series from writers David & Scott Tipton, where familiar faces and exciting new surprises await around every corner!
To conquer the Mirror Universe, Captain Picard must first seize control of the ship-building planet of Faundori! The only problem? Faundori is inside Klingon-Cardassian Alliance territory’
Eternals Forever #1, Marvel
‘IKARIS, AGENT OF THE DEVIANTS?! The Deviants have captured Ikaris! Now under their control, Ikaris has been brainwashed into assassinating Ajak! It’s up to Gilgamesh and Sprite to stop him and prevent all-out war between the Eternals and the Deviants!’
Swamp Dogs #1, Scout Comics
‘They came from the swamp… the scummiest squad of Confederate soldiers– brought back to life by powerful Voodoo magic. They crave power, carnage, and female flesh! They are the SWAMP DOGS! Now, young lovers Ayana and Violet, and their friends from the goofy stoner metal band The Grunch, will unknowingly fall into their ghoulish nest in HOUSE OF CROWS. Bear witness to a rollicking gorefest straight out of the shocking grindhouse and revengeful blaxploitation of the 1970s, and the cult horror classics of the 1980s… with a modern twist. Keep telling yourself, “it’s just a book, it’s just a book…”’
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.’
Ms. Marvel: Marvel Tales #1, Marvel
‘Relive the first appearances of your new favorite super hero as we celebrate the legacy of the House of Ideas with MARVEL TALES! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories, and highlights some of Marvel’s most impressive talent from the past eight decades! And now Kamala Khan claims the spotlight, beginning with a scene-stealing cameo in her idol Carol Danvers’ book, CAPTAIN MARVEL (2012) #17! Then, G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona put the Pakistani-American teen sensation center stage as the new Ms. Marvel in a landmark story from ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE. But how did Kamala get her amazing, shape-shifting, size-changing powers? Find out in Wilson and Alphona’s now legendary MS. MARVEL (2014) #1-2 — as Ms. Marvel learns that the life of an embiggened Inhuman hero comes with big problems!’
Rise of the Djinn #1, Zenescope
‘36 Pages of Content!
Things couldn’t be worse for Tamara Brazile. A highly decorated and venerable police detective with almost fifteen years of experience on the job, her world comes crashing down around her when her husband is murdered at the hands of a serial killer she had been pursuing. And to make matters worse, she is diagnosed with Stage IV for breast cancer before she has a chance to bring the killer to justice. But as fate would have it, she is given a second chance at life when she discovers that she is a descendant of an ancient race of DJINN (genies), with the power to cure herself and others. However, there is a catch: She can only keep the power so long as she aids a pair of evil djinn bring an ancient djinn named Arghan back to life to aid them in a coming war amongst the other djinn of the world.
A war which could usher in an age of misery and strife for mankind.’
Black Panther Legends #1, Marvel
‘Dive into the legend of the Black Panther in this new origin story by acclaimed author Tochi Onyebuchi and New York Times-bestselling illustrator Setor Fiadzigbey, perfect for middle grade readers! T’Challa and Hunter are brothers growing up in the idyllic royal palace of Wakanda. Theirs goes beyond the usual sibling rivalry, though—Hunter, although older, is adopted, and T’Challa is the true heir to the throne. Both brothers wrestle with fairness and the future, readying themselves for responsibility, when tragedy strikes and takes the choice from them. This new series, ideal for young fans and loyal readers alike, will explore the moments that make T’Challa who he is, from his adventurous upbringing to his walkabout as a teen where he meets the enchanting Ororo Munroe before she becomes the legendary Storm, to when he first invites the Fantastic Four into Wakanda! Son, Brother, Warrior, King—as each chapter unfolds, new pieces of T’Challa’s character will be revealed and the Black Panther will emerge.’
James Bond: Himeros #1, Dynamite
‘Himeros is the Greek God of sexual desire and one of the Erotes, the winged gods of love. When Aphrodite was born from the sea-foams she was greeted by the twin loves Eros and Himeros. But when sexual desire goes too far, it takes the legendary super-spy James Bond to bring justice to the most vulnerable among us as he investigates the suspicious death of an accused sex trafficker – one whose ties run deep and deadly.’
No One Left To Fight II #1, Dark Horse
‘The comic you always wanted is back courtesy of creators Aubrey Sitterson (Savage Hearts, The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling) and Fico Ossio (Mister Miracle, Spider-Man). This volume picks up where the smash-hit, critically acclaimed first Fightverse series left off, with the world’s greatest fighter struggling to find his place after all his battles have been won and while there’s still time left.’
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.’
Transformers: Wreckers—Tread & Circuits #1, IDW
‘Out in the Cybertronian colonies, good entertainment is hard to find. Fortunately, there’s always the Wreckers-brave Cybertronians broadcasting death-defying stunts and action-all as a cover for undercover operations! When the only event bigger than a new Wreckers broadcast, the Speedia 500, a race for governmental control of a whole world, is threatened, the Wreckers have a new mission: Save the most viewed race in the galaxy… without getting caught. Wreck & Rule!’
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.’
World of Darkness #1, Vault Comics
‘A World of Darkness Event!
Cecily Bain has become everything she never wanted as The Prince of the Twin Cities. But her rule over a fractured, backbiting vampire court is interrupted by an intruder-something big, hairy and full of teeth. Good. She was missing a good scrape.
There’s worse living in the shadows than vampires. Rip open the doors to the World of Darkness as RPG-comic-king Jim Zub joins the writing team that brought you Vampire: The Masquerade, Winter’s Teeth for this oversized issue events series!’
Rick and Morty: Mr. Nimbus #1, Oni Press
‘Straight out of the Rick and Morty Season Five premiere comes Mr. Nimbus! The origins of Rick’s mightiest foe are revealed in this very special issue of Rick and Morty Presents. Love, war, fish, and friendship undergo the battering sea of time and tide.’
Life is Strange: Settling Dust #1, Titan Books
‘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.
LIFE IS STRANGE FCBD LEADS INTO THIS NEW ARC!’
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.’
ET-ER #1, Artists Writers & Artisans Inc.
‘Intergalactic virus liquefy one of your heads? Feeling a bit “off” ever since you drove through that black hole? Then visit the ET-ER, the galaxy’s leading medical facility. This interplanetary crew of doctors, nurses, paramedics, and technicians is uniquely qualified to cure what ails you. There’s no planet too far, no asteroid too small, no patient too, well alien – and they accept most forms of insurance. This super-sized debut special includes two stories of medical madness that are out of this world.’
Clear #1, Comixology
‘A sci-fi mystery thrill-ride into a strange dystopian future, where a neurological internet connection is transforming reality.
Batman writer SCOTT SNYDER and Detective Comics artist FRANCIS MANAPUL unite to take readers on this hard-boiled sci-fi journey.’
Iron Head #1, Second Sight Publishing
‘In a huge battle that stretches for miles and miles, a fierce and terrible massacres 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.’