Jumping On: New Story Arcs Kicking Off On March 16, 2022
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, March 16, 2022.
Notable #1s and One-Shots:
Carnage #1, Marvel
THE BLOODCURDLING CARNAGE SERIES YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR! Ram V. has carved a perfect home for himself in the symbiote corner of the Marvel U, and in this all-new ongoing series starring Venom’s most notorious offspring, that corner is about to get a little bit bigger…and bloodier! After the revelations of CARNAGE FOREVER, and in a year that’s set to be a celebration of all things CARNAGE, this is one symbiote story you cannot afford to miss!
Slumber #1, Image
Nathan Fox Stetson is a nightmare hunter. A dream detective. She runs a shoddy back-alley business where she helps clients sleep at night by entering their dreams and killing their nightmares. But Stetson’s past comes back to haunt her when she tracks down a literal living nightmare – a serial killer that murders people in their sleep. SLUMBER is an ongoing series from the twisted minds of writer TYLER BURTON SMITH (Kung Fury,Child’s Play) and rising-star artist VANESSA CARDINALI.
Rad Wraith #1, Scout
Black Caravan Imprint: Rad Wraith is the story of a young skateboarder named Grom who falls victim to a prank-gone-wrong and dies at the bottom of a half-pipe. What his killers don’t know is that this half-pipe was built on cursed land, and now that curse is coming for them! This February, it’s time to skate…or die! Regular edition has a wraparound cover!
Eternals: The Heretic #1, Marvel
Thanos is now ruler of the Eternals! But believe it or not…he’s actually not the worst leader that the Eternals’ society has ever seen. No, that honor belongs to someone even more horrific. Thanos is evil, yes, but who was the original evil from whom all Eternal evils descend? Meet Uranos, the Undying. And may the Celestials have mercy on your souls.
Stillwater: The Escape #1, Image
THE ANSWERS YOU DEMANDED! They say that no one ever dies in Stillwater and no one gets to leave … but even for those who have freed themselves of the town, is there truly any escaping Stillwater? In this groundbreaking extra-length special, CHIP ZDARSKY & RAMÓN K PÉREZ have assembled a dream team of acclaimed creators to answer all your BIGGEST questions before the final chapter of STILLWATER begins!
Fantastic Four: Reckoning War – Trial of the Watcher #1, Marvel
WHAT IF THE WATCHER HAD NEVER INTERFERED?
In all of the Multiverse, there is only one “What If” world that Uatu has avoided watching—one “What If” that he never wished to see. And now it will be revealed—the story that could damn him for all time…and a revelation that could change everything in this universe. Guest starring the Fantastic Four, Galactus and the Silver Surfer.
Playthings #1, Scout
Black Caravan Imprint: Alison Hart wakes up inside a bright candy-colored room to discover that she’s tied down with licorice, small toys around her move because they’re alive, and her hands are no longer real. She struggles to piece together the surreal and horrific events that led her to this place and more importantly what has happened to her young daughter, Emma.
Van Helsing: Hour of the Witch #1, Zenescope
64-Pages of Blood, Monsters & Magic!
Liesel Van Helsing has gone against almost every type of monster and creature that the universe can throw at her, and she’s out-smarted, out-scienced, or overpowered just about each one of them. But what’s coming for her next goes beyond anything she could prepare for, with a power beyond anything she could fathom.
Featuring Gretel and Calabar in this explosive, oversized story. Don’t cast your gaze anywhere but here, when Van Helsing takes on one of the most powerful beings she has ever faced!
The Clay People: Colossus #1, Image
A biracial boy in the Midwest uses a supernatural gift from his grandfather to push back against two older boys who are terrorizing him. In a tale inspired by the song “Colossus” by heavy metal band THE CLAY PEOPLE, intolerance, drug addiction, poverty, and boredom collide into a perfect storm of grisly revenge!
THE CLAY PEOPLE is a rock band hailing from Albany, New York. The band’s self-titled debut album was released on Mercury/Slipdisc records; their furiously propulsive lead single “Awake” climbed the radio charts and launched the band into an international touring act with the likes of Disturbed, Staind, Clutch, Rob Zombie, Static-X, Stabbing Westward, and Filter. “Colossus” is from THE CLAY PEOPLE’s latest album, Demon Hero.
Black Hops: U.S.A. G.I.: Hopocalypse Now #1, Antarctic Press
The irradiated rabbit commando U.S.A.-*-G.I. is back for more high-stakes military action! Tasked with infiltrating a castle crawling with enemy soldiers, the Black Hops special mission force of U.S.A.-*-G.I., Patriot-R, Rigor-Tortoise, and their human handler, Penelope Freling, will have to fight their way to a rematch with the mercenary Hare Trigger. But the insidious mastermind Apex Moth may be working more angles than the heroes suspect!
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla – Forgotten Myths #1, Dark Horse
In this prequel to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarök, follow Baldr, the valiant son of Odin, on his quest to forge a lasting peace among the realms.
Thor, Baldr, and Heimdall have discovered trouble lurking at Asgard’s borders once again. A mighty fire giant from Muspelheim is threatening the land of the Æsir. In the aftermath of the raging battle, Baldr discovers that the Muspels are now massing at the gates of Svartalfheim and begins a journey to bring peace to the realms.
Stealing Oz #1, Bad Kids Press
Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow embark on a life of crime in our world and can only be stopped by the ones who know them best: The Tin Man and Tik Tok. Part Point Break, part The Godfather, mashed up with The Wizard of Oz – magic and mayhem collide to create the perfect crime.