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, January 19, 2022.
New Story Arcs:
Home Sick Pilots #11, Image
‘NEW STORY ARC
The Old James House might turn out to be Ami’s only hope…but it’s still missing a piece. And if anyone’s going to survive, that final ghost must be found.’
Notable #1s and One-Shots:
X Lives of Wolverine #1, Marvel
‘THE BIGGEST WOLVERINE STORY OF ALL TIME BEGINS HERE! WEEK 1—Logan. James Howlett. Weapon X. The mutant best known as WOLVERINE has lived many lives under many identities and in many places, but never before has the fate of the future been so entwined with the past!
Fan-favorite eras of Wolverine’s saga are explored anew, along with never-before-seen episodes as Logan must travel to various points in time to prevent the death of a key figure in mutant history. But these LIVES are only one side of the story… Be here for the start of the time-shredding saga across all of Wolverine’s history and future yet to come!
CONTINUED IN X DEATHS OF WOLVERINE #1’
Batman: The Knight #1, DC
‘The origin of Batman and his never-ending fight against crime in Gotham City is modern mythology, but what about the story in between? How did an angry, damaged young man grow into the most accomplished detective and crime-fighter the world has ever known? How did the Dark Knight…begin?’
She-Hulk #1, Marvel
‘The best character ever is back in her own series and about to glam up the whole Marvel Universe! Jennifer Walters, A.K.A. the Sensational She-Hulk, is no longer savage and needs to put her life back together. She’s got a career to rebuild, friends to reconnect with (and maybe represent in a court of law) and enemies to…well, she may not want to connect with them, but they are DEFINITELY going to connect with her. And the last page of this first issue is going to send Jen down a road she’s never traveled and that will shake up her life and possibly the whole Marvel Universe.’
Devil’s Reign: X-Men #1, Marvel
‘THE QUEEN’S REIGN! Emma Frost has many skeletons in her closet, but only one of them is currently Mayor of New York City. The truth about the White Queen’s secret past with the Kingpin of Crime comes to light. As Wilson Fisk makes his play, will his old ally Emma Frost stand in his way? Or protect the secrets they share?
DEVIL’S REIGN TIE-IN’
Cursed Pirate Girl: The Devil’s Cave #1, BOOM! Studios
‘In the long awaited continuation of Cursed Pirate Girl, her loyal companion Pepper Dice reveals that there’s still time to bring back her father, the Pirate Captain Douglas! If she can escape the Sea King’s Palace with The Bright Star, will she be bold enough to enter The Devil’s Cave in the hope to bring her father back? Or will the Devil Jonah and his minions stop her?’
Cowboy Bebop #1, Titan
‘An original story set in the year 2171. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop chase an ex-gang member who holds a vest which gives the wearer unlimited luck.’
Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1, Marvel
‘THE HUMANITY AGENDA, PART ONE
BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! Iconic Spider-Man scribe J.M. DeMatteis (KRAVEN’S LAST HUNT, SPIDER-MAN: THE LOST YEARS) returns to spin his webs once more within the Spidey mythos, this time joined by explosive artist David Baldeón (WEB WARRIORS, DOMINO)! Together, they’re bringing you unlocked memories in the life of BEN REILLY, A.K.A. SPIDER-MAN! Darkness looms over New York City as murders begin to pile up…but how are they all connected? Do the answers Ben is looking for reside in the haunted halls of the RAVENCROFT INSTITUTE?’
Silk #1, Marvel
‘SILK IS BACK! Cindy Moon returns as the web-spinning Spider-Hero SILK in an all-new, all-star series! As Silk gains popularity in the public eye, Cindy is questioning her place in the world. But existentialism will have to wait when a powerful new villain is turned loose! In a race against the clock, Silk discovers the dangers of ancient Korean magic—and social media. Don’t miss the comics debut of stunning storyteller Emily Kim and the return of legendary comic artist Takeshi Miyazawa!
Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures – Galactic Bake-Off Spectacular #1, IDW
‘Torban “Buckets of Blood” Buck and Kantam Sy face off in a brutal, intense, ruthless… bake-off!
Lightsabers and Jedi robes are put aside in favor of whisks and aprons as the two competitors bake Master Yoda’s special pastry recipe. But the recipe requires one extra special ingredient: a story! “Buckets of Blood” and Kantam recount the tale of an epic battle as they whisk away, both hoping to win the prize of Padawan approval.
Daniel José Older and Vita Ayala team up in this heart-warming one-shot. Plus, bake Master Yoda’s pastries yourself, with the recipe included in the back!’
The Death of Doctor Strange: X-Men / Black Knight #1, Marvel
‘LONDON’S BURNING! THE BLACK KNIGHTS RIDE AGAIN! All manner of vile extradimensional foes are invading Earth following the collapse of Doctor Strange’s magical safeguards for the planet. Dane Whitman, the Black Knight, and his daughter Jacks, now sharing the burden of the Ebony Blade with her father, ride off to confront a terrible evil attacking London—the X-MEN?! Krakoa’s greatest heroes have been transformed—but by what?! Jacks, Dane and Faiza Hussain—wielder of the mighty sword Excalibur—must team up to save the X-Men before an even deadlier threat destroys them all!
DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE TIE-IN’
Bolero #1, Image
A new series from two bright-eyed and bushy-tailed little scamps!
A woman running away from a broken heart discovers a mother-key into parallel universes. The rules are:
* The key can work on any door.
* The mother will only let you visit 53 universes.
* Do not ask to speak to the mother.
* Never hop more than 53 times.’
Devil’s Reign: Villains for Hire #1, Marvel
‘FISK’S FIST, PART1
NEW YORK CITY is on a razor’s edge, and there’s only one force fighting for the rule of law in the chaos: Wilson Fisk’s THUNDERBOLTS!
DEVIL’S REIGN TIE-IN’
Angel #1, BOOM! Studios
‘Welcome to Detective TV, starring Angel and his co-star, Cordelia! But wait, Angel isn’t just a celebrity? No, he leads a double life… as a real monster hunter for Angel Investigations! Sometimes this double life can get his friends in trouble. As Wesley is recovering from a horrific curse, Angel stumbles into a series of supernatural events, and finds himself sucked into an unexpected and mysterious world.
He soon faces a terrifying enemy, who sees him as an intruder…’
Silver Surfer: Rebirth #1, Marvel
‘THEY’RE BACK! No, we don’t mean the guys on the cover… We’re talking about legendary creators Ron Marz and Ron Lim returning to tell a story set during their fan-favorite run of SILVER SURFER! Someone has stolen the Reality Gem, an object that allows the user to fulfill any wish no matter the consequences! But whoever has taken it is doing things like bringing back the dead hero Captain Mar-Vell. It’s up to Silver Surfer to team up with the least likely of allies, Thanos, to find the Gem and restore reality to its proper form!’
Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines #1, Image
‘The new KURT BUSIEK era at Image begins here, as he and superstar artist CARLOS PACHECO (Fantastic Four, Avengers Forever, Final Crisis, X-Men, Superman) bring you the much-anticipated return of ARROWSMITH!
It’s World War I – but a war of wizards and dragons as much as bullets and barbed wire. Young airman Fletcher Arrowsmith plunges back into the heat of war-and finds himself behind enemy lines, facing a threat that could doom the Allied Powers. The first issue in a new ARROWSMITH-universe miniseries!’
Cover of Darkness #1, Source Point Press
‘How far would you go to find your family? On an epic journey, five heroes will travel unfathomable distances, make unlikely allies and encounter horrific, villainous creatures they never knew existed, all in a desperate attempt to reunite with each other.’
The Ghoul Agency #1, Action Lab Comics
‘Meet Shay Melendez, a hard working creative for a unique advertising agency, one that caters to clientele ranging from mad scientists to creatures of the night. Can Shay land an account that her micro-managing literal demon of a boss, Sandy, is sure to fumble?’