Jumping On: New Story Arcs Kicking Off On May 25, 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, May 25, 2022.

 

New Arcs:

Action Comics #1043, DC

The next chapter of the Warworld Saga begins! Following the first victory by Superman and the Phaelosians, the Warworld Rebellion has begun. But Mongul has become more merciless than ever, cracking down on his enemies with unspeakable cruelty. With Superman’s people suffering and his options dwindling, his thoughts turn to the mythical necropolis that supposedly lies at the heart of Warworld. Superman’s epic space adventure continues in this new arc! Then, in “Myth of the Mongul,” journey back to the origin of the first Mongul in history…and uncover deadly secrets that could spell certain doom for Superman and his revolution!

The Department of Truth #18, Image

NEW STORY ARC! Co-creator MARTIN SIMMONDS returns for the explosive new arc of the Eisner-nominated hit! For decades, THE DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH battled a secret war against its Soviet counterpart, THE MINISTRY OF LIES. Now Cole Turner will have to face the consequences of his predecessors as the dark actions of the past unfurl before him…

 

Notable #1s and One-Shots:

Devil’s Reign: Omega #1, Marvel

FALL AND RISE / MAYOR FOR HIRE / CLEANING HOUSE

In the wake of one of the most visceral Marvel stories ever, New York City stands remade and reforged—if not in Wilson Fisk’s image, then at the very least in his spirit. After a battle that nearly tore the city and its citizens apart, New York’s Super Heroes have no choice but to try to adapt to the new and dangerous paradigm they find themselves operating under—with eight million people turned against them! The shocking outcome to Marvel’s NYC mayoral race, the fate of Elektra as the Woman Without Fear, and more exciting developments will emerge from the ashes of Kingpin’s takeover.

DEVIL’S REIGN TIE-IN

Legion of X #1, Marvel

PEACE, LOVE AND JUSTICE TO KRAKOA! Krakoa has its laws—but does it have justice? To remain a mutant sanctuary, Krakoa must safeguard itself against those who would damage its peace or traumatize its people. The lost must be found, and the wicked must face redemption—or retribution. It’s up to the ever-soulful swashbuckler NIGHTCRAWLER to keep the spark alive and LEGION to host his unique team in the psychedelic mindspace called THE ALTAR. With PIXIE on point, JUGGERNAUT as a one-man riot squad and a host of X-favorites on the beat, the LEGION OF X will do anything to protect mutants’ right to pursue happiness and hope. Kicking off with a hunt for a missing Arakkii god and a skinjacker possessing innocent mutants, read this issue and come meet WEAPONLESS ZSEN, ORA SERRATA…and a villain worth praying for. The DESTINY OF X bares its heart and soul right here!

Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #1, Marvel

PART I

INTRODUCING THE WINTER SOLDIER OF 2099! After a massive CELESTIAL body crashes into the Wastelands outside of Nueva York, a new Garden of Eden erupts from the crash site, offering unimaginable power. And it’s not just THE CABAL who is hungry to control the Garden. Everyone’s got something to gain from Paradise…including WINTER SOLDIER 13. Salvaged from the black market as a child, the Winter Soldier—raised on mad science—is bent on vengeance and rebirth. But what truly lies within the Garden?

DC vs. Vampires: Hunters #1, DC

THE PROMISE

A blood-soaked one-shot tale of vampire violence! The Son of Batman, after years of training to be an assassin, is on a path toward utter destruction of the vampire race… Enter Damian Wayne: vampire hunter!

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.

Batman: Fortress #1, DC

When an unknown alien ship enters Earth’s atmosphere, disrupting global power and communications and plunging the planet into chaos, the world is left wondering…where is Superman when he is needed most? In the mysterious absence of the Last Son of Krypton, Batman must rally the rest of the Justice League to counter the alien threat…but first, he must quell a crime wave on the blacked-out streets of Gotham! Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ) and Darick Robertson (The Boys ) join forces to turn everything you think you know about Superman upside down in DC’s new comic book mini-series Batman: Fortress launching this May!

Triskele #1, Scout 

When young Alec Ellis is granted a magical gift on Samhain night, the scales of power on the island of Albion are inadvertently shifted. Now, together with his friends, he is about to embark on a dangerous journey that shall decide the fate of their entire kingdom. Set in a medieval world populated by characters and events from Celtic myths and legends, Triskele is a visually stunning journey into the world of once forgotten oral traditions. It is an epic story of courage and friendship imbued with fascinating characters and steeped in the magic of Welsh and Irish folklore.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: Night of the Cyclops #1, Dark Horse

Just as he finishes up one job in Greece, Hellboy is detoured into another adventure by . . . a goat? Join Hellboy in a strange hidden land of treachery and togas as he takes on the wrath of a jealous god.

Unnatural: Blue Blood #1, Image

UNNATURAL IS BACK! Three years after acclaimed creator MIRKA ANDOLFO’s first blockbuster, Leslie and Khal return for a thrilling new adventure!

A few years have passed since Leslie saved the world from hidden dangers and came to understand her true nature in the process. Everything seems to be working out—and not just for Leslie and her newly formed family, but for the rest of the world as well.

But appearances can be deceiving. A new threat is about to disrupt Leslie’s peaceful existence, and once again, her life will never be the same.

Don’t miss this new limited series written by MIRKA ANDOLFO, illustrated by celebrated artist IVAN BIGARELLA, and periodically featuring original artwork from MIRKA herself!

Spectro #1, AfterShock

A Quartet of Quintessential Horror Tales from the Multi-Talented Juan Doe – Presented in a Single Prestige-Format One Shock!

SPECTRO explores the unnerving spectrum of fear through four terrifying stories rooted in a cosmic game of twisted karma and phantasmagoric terror:

  1. What is at stake when sentient technology manipulates a man with projections of his desired self?
  2. What are the consequences of excommunicating a member of the “nine” planets?
  3. What is discovered when an explorer travels to Mars to ascend the tallest mountain in the solar system?
  4. What happens when a scientist aboard the International Space Station is confronted with the most horrifying aspects of humankind?

In what realm of fear do these stories exist? SPECTRO.

Written and illustrated by Juan Doe (BAD RECEPTION, DARK ARK, ANIMOSITY: THE RISE), SPECTRO is a horror anthology from deep within the recesses of the mind of one of comics’ most prolific talents!

Elvira in Horrorland #1, Dynamite

Elvira is back, and she’s going PSYCHO!

The Mistress of the Dark has discovered that films create their own pocket dimensions, and now she’s lost in the Multiverse of Movies! Will she find her way home, or is it just a big Hitchcock-tease? Join writer David Avallone (Elvira Meets Vincent Price, Bettie Page: Unbound) and artist Silvia Califano (the upcoming “Death of Elvira”) for a comic you shouldn’t show mother: she just goes a little mad sometimes.

Pearl III #1, Dark Horse

A brand-new, (yes, all new!) chapter in the tattoo artist, Yakuza assassin romantic odyssey . . . Pearl. That’s right, the critically acclaimed Jinxworld title makes its Dark Horse debut with a brand-new chapter in the wild life of Pearl Tanaka.

Fully painted by award-winning graphic novelist Michael Gaydos, Pearl is a very unique experience about an artist discovering all the secrets of the modern yakuza world she was born into by no fault of her own. After finding out the truth about her parents in previous volumes, the real question is, “Who is the ghost dragon of San Francisco?”

The Recount: Preamble #1, Scout Comics

Scout’s hit series is back! Set years before the shocking events of The Recount, Preamble details the life of Phil Pontus, the tragic death of his mother, his military service and subsequent decision to enter politics, his assent to the office of Vice President, and the terrible events that culminated in his assumption of leadership of a terrorist group known only as “The Masses.”

My Little Pony #1, IDW

A new adventure begins here!

Join Sunny, Izzy, Zipp, Pipp, Hitch, and their trusty sidekick Cloudpuff as they explore a brand-new Equestria following the magical events of the hit Netflix movie!

With magic returned to Equestria, the ponies are more united than ever—at least until one of the Unity Crystals is stolen! Can the Mane 5 find the culprit before magic is gone for good? And where’s Cloudpuff leading them, anyway? Is this . . . Canterlot?!

Lady Death: Sacrificial Annihilation #1, Coffin Comics

Deathocalypse, an official year-long company-wide event unfolds here! Heroes have fallen. Cities lay under siege. And swarms of progeny fill the skies, blotting out the sun. It seems no one can stand against the awesome power of Insurrectus. Bred to destroy worlds, the ruthless tyrant now sets his sights beyond Earth, commanding vicious hordes to invade every corner of the Infinityverse. Humanity’s only hope lies in Hell’s most fearsome warrior witch – Lady Death! There can be only two outcomes for our deadly diva: victory or total Deathocalypse!

Code 45 #1, Scout

There are dragons lurking in the tunnels beneath Montreal’s city streets – at least that’s the rumor that confronts new metro driver Vanessa. Terrified by these mysterious and horrifying apparitions, the night shift turns to self-medication, losing the ability to tell the difference between reality and fantasy. Pulled in deep by the underground raves that blast through the system’s abandoned stations, Vanessa quickly finds herself on the verge of crossing into a dark world she never knew existed.

By the Horns: Dark Earth #1, Scout

Scout Comics’ hit title By the Horns is back!

Six months after their hellacious battle in the sky with the evil sorceress, Feng Po, Elodie and Sajen are back in Wayfarer, reluctantly settling into their new lives as… farmers?! But their days spent tilling the land in overalls proves short-lived when a mysterious blight devastates the continent of Solothus and forces them to take up a new quest.

Macabre Motel #1 One-Shot, Comics Experience Publishing

Writer/creator Frank Martin welcomes you to The Macabre Motel, a Twilight Zone-inspired weird horror story that will leave you feeling deeply unsettled long after the final page! Anxious about meeting his girlfriend’s family, Steve decides to rest his eyes at the only motel around. But once inside, the bizarre cast of characters leaves him shaken, terrified and questioning his very sanity! Are you ready to enter… The Macabre Motel?

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