Jumping On: New Story Arcs Kicking Off On November 3, 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, November 3, 2021.

New Arcs:

Two Moons #6, Image

‘GHOST WAR, Part One

After years apart, Frances Shaw (now a medical doctor) and Virgil Two Moons (now a Pawnee shaman) are once again drawn to each other on the eve of an impending crisis.’

Blade Runner 2029 #9, Titan Books

‘New Arc in the bestselling series based on Ridley Scott’s Scifi Masterpiece. Renegade Replicant leader Yuton’s call to arms to all Replicants has seen the city of LA ravaged by urban warfare and terrorist attacks, culminating in the destruction of the iconic headquarters of the LAPD. Now it is up to Detective Ash to retire cult leader Yotun before he destroys both her and the city she loves.’

Notable #1s:

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. Human Target is a hard-boiled, gritty story in the vein of classic detective noirs told by bestselling and critically acclaimed creators Tom King and Greg Smallwood!’

The Death of Doctor Strange: Avengers #1, Marvel

‘EARTH’S WEAKEST HEROES! With Doctor Strange gone, the Avengers are the only ones who can stop a rampaging Juggernaut-like monster from wrecking all of Manhattan! But what does this mystical creature want? And how does the magic-skeptical Iron Man hold the answer? 

DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE TIE-IN’

Newburn #1, Image

‘EASTON NEWBURN is a private detective without loyalties, investigating conflicts between rival crime factions while collecting enemies along the way. In this DEBUT ISSUE, a man is murdered after stealing from his own mafia family, but they aren’t the ones who ordered the hit…

This new ONGOING SERIES from CHIP ZDARSKY (Daredevil) and JACOB PHILLIPS (THAT TEXAS BLOOD) features a riveting backup story, “BROOKLYN ZIRCONIA,” by rising stars NADIA SHAMMAS and ZIYED YUSUF AYOUB!’

Strange Academy Presents: The Death of Doctor Strange #1, Marvel

‘Strange Academy is closed until the events surrounding Dr. Strange’s death are resolved, so the students go back to their parents! Iric and Alvi’s mom happens to be the Enchantress, so you know this isn’t going to go smoothly. We’re going to learn that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and more than just one realm is in trouble. All this and more!

DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE TIE-IN’

The 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?

Celebrate Halloween with the return of your favorite horror series, sequel to the smash-hit first volume by MARK MILLAR and OLIVIER COIPEL. This new arc is drawn by the peerless STUART IMMONEN (Empress, Star Wars, New Avengers) and is set to be as massive and captivating as the first.’

The Thing #1, Marvel

‘THE NEXT BIG THING Begins Here! Renowned storyteller Walter Mosley brings his signature style to a sweeping saga of Yancy Street’s favorite son that will range from the urban sprawl of the back alleys of Manhattan to the farthest reaches of the cosmos itself! A lonely evening and a chance encounter (or is it?) sends Ben Grimm embarking on a sojourn that will have him encountering—and battling—figures both old and new. Featuring guest appearances from figures drawn from throughout the Marvel Universe as well as precision artwork by Tom Reilly, THE NEXT BIG THING will remind audiences why the Thing is one of the most popular and beloved characters in the history of comics!’

Hellboy: The 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.

Based on the illustrated novel by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden, this four-part comics adaptation of Hellboy: The Bones of Giants brings readers into Hellboy’s fight against the Frost Giants with stunning art by Matt Smith (Hellboy and the B.P.R.D: Long Night at Goloski Station, Barbarian Lord, Folklords) and colors by Chris O’Halloran (Folklords, Black Panther, Ice Cream Man).’

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 worldwide bestselling writer Tom Taylor (DCeased, Superman: Son of Kal-El) and acclaimed artist Yasmine Putri comes a generational tale of good and evil within a brand-new DCU!’

After Dark #1, AfterShock

‘Tales from the Crypt meets The Twilight Zone-four tales of horror, lost souls and things that go bump in the night.

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.

These horrific, bone-chilling tales are conceived and written by Cullen Bunn (DARK ARK, EDEN, Harrow County), Jim Starlin (Thanos, Dreadstar, SHOCK), Joe Pruett (BLACK-EYED KIDS, Cable, X-Men Unlimited), Fran Tieri (Wolverine, Harley Quinn, PESTILENCE) and drawn by Cliff Richards (10 YEARS TO DEATH, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Nikkol Kelenic, Szymon Kudranski (BLACK-EYED KIDS, Spawn) and Joe Eisma (Morning Glories, SHOCK).’

The Rush #1, Vault

‘This Hungry Earth Reddens Under Snowclad Hills.

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…

From Si Spurrier (Way of X, Hellblazer) and Nathan Gooden (Barbaric, Dark One) comes THE RUSH, a dark, lyrical delve into the horror and madness of the wild Yukon.’

Knighted #1, Artists Writers & Artisans Inc.

‘In this action-packed adventure set in the universe of The Resistance, Gregg Hurwitz (Legends of the Dark Knight, Vengeance of Moon Knight), Mark Texeira (Ghost Rider, Wolverine), and Brain Reber (X-Men: Legacy, Spiderintroduce a masked vigilante for the 21st Century. 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.’

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?’

North Bend #1, Scout Comics

‘North Bend returns for the second and final arc! Brendan takes an unplanned journey back to his life as a soldier in the war in Russia. After visiting the ghosts of his past, paranoia takes hold as he gets firsthand experience of the crippling mind control drug DV. Jamie receives a stunning revelation about Brendan. And a greater, more sinister enemy is revealed in the trippiest issue of North Bend yet.’

Heathens #1, AfterShock

‘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.’

Sheena: Queen of the Jungle #1, Dynamite

‘The Queen of the Jungle Returns! Featuring an all-star creative team and the most amazing roster of cover artists this side of the jungle!

The thrilling adventure combines the classic elements of the legendary character along with a modern sensibility that will make it the perfect debut for fans new and old! And lookit those covers: Linsner! Parillo! Besch! Suydam! Cohen! Mooney! Cosplay!

Sheena is recruited – that’s being kind, she’s kind of forced to go! – to enter the “bio-dome” — an amazing synthesis and nature and machine, where something has gone terribly wrong. Outside the dome, she’s faced with human trickery and deceit, inside the dome, she faces the deadly jungle and a fast, murdering mystery’

Fox and Hare #1, Vault

‘When black market coder Aurora Yi uncovers top secret data that has tapped into the past lives of the citizens of Mazu Bay, her world is turned upside down. The mega corporation Synastry Designs wants its data back and is hot on her trail. Aurora has no choice but to turn to the Fox and the Hare, the most feared mercenaries in the city, for protection.’

Chilling Adventures in Sorcery #1, Archie Comics

‘THE FUTURE OF ARCHIE COMICS STARTS HERE IN AN ALL-NEW ANTHOLOGY-STYLE ONE-SHOT! Madam Satan is our tour guide into this horrific world exploring the underbelly of Riverdale and its surrounding areas!  Madam Satan is trying to escape Hell. She goes through the circles of Hell in reverse. Along the way she meets lost/tortured souls who tell their stories-like that of Archie Andrews, who accepted a seemingly normal job as the nighttime security shift at Riverdale’s local pizzeria and children’s mascot entertainment venue.  Only to learn that the venue harbors a deep, dark, robotic, monstrous secret! And then there’s Jughead Jones, a teen who never met a food he didn’t like. Until now. What is that eerie noise coming from the kitchen…? All that plus more bonus frightful content sure to delight all Archie horror fans!’

Provenance of Secrets #1, Scout

‘Set in LA, a brutal murder throws up some increasingly strange leads, and pushes a detective down a path to something that is far from his usual work. Taking the world that Robert Chambers’ “The King In Yellow” existed within, will only make this noir even darker and haunting. With a story written by Kiyarn Taghan, brought to life with artwork by Christian DiBari and made strikingly vivid with colors from Simon Gough, “Provenance Of Secrets” is a recipe for a horror noir, that you’ll want to keep reading knowing it will only get more terrifying.’

My Bad #1, Ahoy

‘A sharp super-hero spoof from a stellar team that includes co-creators of Irredeemable and Second Coming! In Gravel City, the super-villain Emperor King has devised not only a sadistic death trap for his arch-enemy, The Accelerator, but also the means to penetrate the top secrets of his other arch-enemy, The Chandelier! Important new comic book universe begins here, we say sarcastically!’

Guillem March’s Laura and Other Stories #1, Ablaze

‘Before his work on Batman and the hit Joker series, before he created Karmen, there was the heartfelt story of 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?

 Laura is an exploration into the mind of a young woman who has experiencing something most people have, but in an honest and beautiful way that only Guillem March can bring us.’

Ranger Stranger #1, Scout

‘Ranger Stranger is a gallows comedy set in majestic Hackaneck National Park, a vast BobRossian world of woods and waters for the adventurous camper or hiker to enjoy. Unfortunately, everything – from the wildflowers to the homicidal deer to the park official – wants to murder you. Enjoy your visit!’

Aggretsuko: Out of Office #1, Oni Press

‘It’s the Golden Week holiday, and Retsuko finds herself once again hurting for cash. While her coworkers chatter about their upcoming vacation plans, Retsuko sadly resigns herself to a week of cheap snacks and old movies. That is, until her old pal Puko enters the scene and hooks her up with a temporary job at her aunt and uncle’s hot springs resort!

What sounds like a win-win scenario at first quickly turns out…not to be.’

Space Corps #1, Comics Express Publishing

‘When an alien species attacks Earth, high schooler Deven Taylor is swept up in the machinery of an intergalactic war and finds himself serving alongside strange recruits from across the galaxy! As the Space Corps’ newest enlistee, Deven must come to terms with who he is and the price he’s willing to pay for survival. Co-created by Gannon Beck and Bryan Richmond, Space Corps is in a sprawling story of combat, honor and duty. Beck is a Marine veteran who hails from a multi-generational military family, and brings that experience to bear throughout this tale.’

Mutiny Magazine #1, Fair Square

‘Mainstream and Indie Comics, together again for the first time! Yes, the rumors are true. After its smash issue #0 debut on Kickstarter this past Spring, MUTINY MAGAZINE comes back this Fall! Say hello to your new favorite creator friendly inclusive magazine. Remember when you went to the comic book store and were amazed by a new title you did not expected? We do too. That’s why we’re keeping our content under wraps. We like surprises! And you’ll love the ones we have in store for you. Without giving too much away though, we can guarantee you’ll find long form interviews with some of the finest talents in comics! We’re also going to celebrate THE BOYS’ 15th Anniversary, as evidenced by our Cover A from Darick Robertson, co-creator of the series. And next to our coverage of mainstream comics, you’ll find 60 pages of explosive original comic stories by both established and new creators. But if you want to have a glimpse of what we can do, our issue #0 is still available on our webstore. Just sayin’… Oh, and one more thing: MUTINY MAGAZINE is a PRINT FIRST-DIGITAL SECOND kind of publication. Get onboard folks, it’s gonna be a ride!’

Road Show #1, Silver Sprocket

‘Arriving at the start of a mysterious race three days late isn’t ideal, and discovering that the entire race is one long battle might be worse. Monolithic rock monsters, hoards of lizards, sharks and truck driving birds face off in the first issue of this humorous battle comic mini-series.’

The Blue Baron #1, Binge Books

‘Exploding from the pages of The Heroes Union, Binge Books proudly presents the sensational solo adventures of The Unbeatable Blue Baron! 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 and featuring a jaw-dropping jumping on point over 200 years in the making!’

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