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, December 22, 2021.
The Avengers #51, Marvel
‘THE DEATH HUNT BEGINS. Sent by the mysterious Avenger Prime from a great watchtower at the dark heart of all that is, the cybernetic soldiers known as the Deathloks have come to our Earth with a dire warning for the Avengers. But hunters follow close behind them to ensure their warning of megaversal doom is never delivered. The most Earth-shatteringly powerful hunters any universe has ever seen. And their first stop: the golden realm of Asgard.’
Notable #1s and One-Shots:
Batman: One Dark Knight #1, DC
‘When a simple GCPD escort goes sideways, Batman finds himself on the wrong end of Gotham City in the middle of a heat wave with a super-villain in tow. Follow Batman as he traverses block by block across a pitch dark Gotham City while dragging a highly difficult E.M.P. to his permanent home at Blackgate Prison. The dark corners of Gotham City contain many surprises… and E.M.P. plans to deliver many more shocks before the night is through!’
Avengers Forever #1, Marvel
‘AN ALL-NEW SERIES STARRING THE AVENGERS OF THE MULTIVERSE! It begins with a quest for cosmic vengeance. Ghost Rider finds himself roaring through the wasteland on a ruined Earth, where the great age of heroes never came to be, where hope is a four-letter word and where his only ally in the coming battle against the greatest villains any universe has ever seen is the world’s most wanted archaeologist, Tony Stark…the Invincible Ant-Man. Spinning out of the cataclysmic events of AVENGERS #750 and operating in lockstep with the prime AVENGERS series, the next great Avengers saga begins here, as the Mightiest Heroes of every Earth begin to assemble.’
Darkhold: Spider-Man #1, Marvel
‘THE SPIDER TRAPPED IN A WEB OF HIS OWN MAKING! After reading from the ancient Darkhold, Spider-Man was meant to gain the power to enter the dread Chthon’s dimension and stop him from spreading his mythic darkness across the globe. Instead the book drove him insane—but what does that mean for the stalwart Peter Parker? Dive into a warped world of Spider-Man’s broken mind!’
Wastelanders: Hawkeye #1, Marvel
‘On the night of winter solstice in 2020, the world was caught by surprise as every black person suddenly gained a set of superpowers they did not have the day before. As winter solstice 2021 approaches everyone anxiously awaits whether their superpowers will come back. Meanwhile, a group of siblings have conceived the ultimate plan to use their powers-which they’re sure will come back-for the greater good even as everyone else tries to stop them.
The comic debut of critically-acclaimed writers Martin Desmond Roe and Travon Free, the minds behind Two Distant Strangers.’
Wastelanders: Hawkeye #1, Marvel
‘DEADLY ACCURACY! Witness the never-before-told story of HAWKEYE’S training with STICK – the man formerly known as DAREDEVIL! Clint Barton’s sight may be gone, but his will to avenge is stronger than ever, and with the training and expert guidance of MATT MURDOCK, arrows will fly again! But what is Murdock’s actual target? And how will this change Hawkeye’s path in the Wastelands? This is one issue YOU can’t afford to miss!’
Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit #1, Marvel
‘MS. MARVEL RETURNS IN A NEW STORY FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR SAMIRA AHMED! While on a break visiting her cousin in Chicago, Kamala Khan stumbles upon a robbery at a university physics lab . . . and maybe sets off an explosion of interdimensional proportions in the process. Still, nothing she can’t handle. Or so she thinks, until she gets home and finds her whole world turned upside down . . .and into a Bollywood set?! Why is everyone she knows singing, and how can she make it stop?’
King Conan #1, Marvel
‘CONAN’S LAST STAND AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD! Jason Aaron and Mahmud Asrar return to the saga of CONAN in an all-new adventure that takes the story of the Cimmerian further than has ever been revealed in ANY media to date! When King Conan grows restless on the throne, he sails west, toward land and adventure unknown. Now see the first step of King Conan’s fateful journey from Aquilonia, as an old and terrible danger threatens to end the saga of the Cimmerian once and for all! Don’t dare miss the first issue of the adventure of a lifetime!
Marvel Action: Avengers #1, IDW Publishing
‘Riri Williams A.K.A. Ironheart is taking the next step toward being a fully-fledged super hero as the newest member of the Avengers! But balancing her college course load at MIT and fighting bad guys and trying to fit in with the older and more experienced members of the team might prove harder than she expects-especially when super villain Blackheart arrives on the scene!’