Jumping On: New Story Arcs Kicking Off On December 29, 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, notable #1s, and One-Shots premiering this upcoming New Comic Book Day, Wednesday, December 29, 2021. 

I couldn’t find any new arcs for this week, so…

Notable #1s and One-Shots:

Timeless #1, Marvel

‘Kang the Conqueror is a warrior, a destroyer, a subjugator—but even he is subject to the whims and vicissitudes of time itself. When a parallel timeline threatens to overwrite the future that Kang has fought so long and so hard to control, the master of the ages will have no choice but to go to war with time itself, battling through days of tomorrow as he struggles to prevent the end of what is to come!’

Swamp Thing: Green Hell #1, DC

‘The Earth is all but done. The last remnants of humanity cling to a mountaintop island lost in endless floodwater. The Parliaments of the Green, the Red, and the Rot all agree: it’s time to wipe the slate clean and start the cycle of life over again. And to do so, they’ve united their powers to summon an avatar—one of the most horrific monsters to ever stalk the surface of this forsaken planet. Against a creature like that, there can be no fighting back…unless you have a soldier who understands the enemy. Someone who has used its tactics before. Someone like Alec Holland.

Of course, it would help if Alec Holland hadn’t been dead for decades…

Jeff Lemire—the author of the smash hits Joker: Killer Smile and The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage, along with the graphic novel that inspired the television sensation Sweet Tooth—returns to Black Label with one of the greatest artists in modern DC history, Doug Mahnke, in tow! Together they’ll unleash a gory, gruesome monster mash, where the fate of humanity rests in the hands of someone who isn’t human at all!’

Stray Dogs: Dog Days #1, Image

‘A series of vicious short stories howling straight out of the pages of STRAY DOGS, 2021’s surprise cartoon/horror smash hit! In DOG DAYS, each stray will get their moment to shine-questions will be answered, mysteries will be solved, and old wounds will be torn open. Starting this December…every dog has its day.’

Cult of Ikarus #1, Scout Comics

‘Tossed out by her foster family after one-too-many rides home in the back of a cop car, Hunter packs up and sets out on a mission to find out who she is. A mysterious book – her only link to her parents – leads her to discover a covert world of magic and danger running parallel to our own. One punk rock show, two whiskeys, and three vicious vampire assassins later, Hunter’s on the run from the ancient, deadly Cult of Ikarus. Hunter came looking for answers. What will become of her once she gets them?’

Dune: A Whisper of Caladan Seas #1, BOOM! Studios

‘During the chaos of the legendary Battle of Arrakeen, a group of Atreides soldiers gets caved in. So while Paul Atreides meets his destiny in battle, Sgt. Vitt must use his family’s gift of storytelling as a Jongleur to transport his men from their tomb to their homeworld of Caladan. Can Vitt mentally transport them back to the lushness and vast oceans of Caladan and give them the gift of hope in the darkness?’

Barnstormers #1, Comixology 

‘A high-flying adventure romance set just after the First World War. This Bonnie and Clyde romp brings together writer Scott Snyder and the breath-taking illustrations of Tula Lotay — her longest sequential work to date.’

Wastelanders: Star-Lord #1, Marvel

‘PETER QUILL HAUNTED BY HIS PAST! The legendary STAR-LORD has fallen on hard times. With the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY disbanded, PETER QUILL returned to Earth to find it a wasteland unlike anything he’s seen across the stars—heroes dead, villains in power. While he’s taken out one threat, others remain in the Wastelands, and Star-Lord’s own desire to assuage his guilt for being off-world during the calamity will land him right in the middle of another! Will Quill overcome the MYSTERIOUS FORCE waiting for him at the site of his lost love’s death? Or is she not really dead at all?’

Power Rangers Universe #1, BOOM! Studios

‘What is the true origin of the Phantom Ranger? And what is his connection to the Morphin Grid?

From the moment he first appeared 24 years ago, fans have wondered about the origin of the mysterious Phantom Ranger. Questions which have never been answered, until now…

BOOM! Studios proudly presents a limited series event that will delve into the deepest origins of the Power Rangers Universe. Origins that have the Phantom Ranger at their heart.’

The Book of Evil #1, Comixology

‘An illustrated prose story about four young friends growing up in a strange, near future where over 90% of the population are born as psychopaths, from the team that brought you Image Comics’ WYTCHES — writer SCOTT SNYDER and artist JOCK!’

Rise of Dracula #1, Source Point Press

‘Rejoice! For the great purge is upon you. Come and see! Nations shall fall. Every human shall be held to account. Witness the rise of Dracula! By her blood will the world be born anew!

Chapter two in Rich Davis’ award winning Dracula nightmare continues with “Rise of Dracula.” Soon to be a television series!’

Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine #1, Comixology

A rollicking adventure story about a boy, his dog and a machine that controls time and space! What could go wrong?

DC Comics mainstays SCOTT SNYDER and JAMAL IGLE team up to launch this new creator-owned saga!’

Rags Sailor Ragowski #1, Antarctic Press

‘In an alternate reality, Regina Finnegan Ragowski is a newly minted Marine stationed on Okinawa, a dream assignment for a super-weeb.  But what happens when she finds out her Japanese tutor is one of Japan’s top-ranked superheroes?  And what happens when that mantle is suddenly thrust upon her?  The firing range is hot!  READY!  TARGETS!!!’        

Pat McCormick’s Charley & Humphrey #1, Acme Ink

‘Here comes the first exciting issue of Charley & Humphrey, with cover art by Darick Robertson! When a motley crew of fleas stow away on Charley, it’s up to accident-prone Humphrey to save the day before the itchy interlopers ruin an important ceremony down at the Sea Horse Docks. Based upon the popular puppet characters created by Pat McCormick, which have delighted audiences for over 60 year! Get in on the adventures of America’s favorite Dog and Pony show!’

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