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, June 8, 2022.
That Texas Blood #14, Image
“THE SNOW FALLS ENDLESSLY IN WONDERLAND,” Part One
THAT TEXAS BLOOD returns with a BRAND-NEW STORY ARC! As a winter storm looms over Ambrose County in January of 1992, a local woman’s body is discovered and believed to be the latest victim of a horrifying West Texas serial killer.
Batman #124, DC
In the aftermath of the Shadow War, Batman has returned to Gotham! But when he hears word of strange developments in Badhnisia, he’s forced to question…has Abyss returned? Or has a new hero been born in the dark? And in the backup, Poison Ivy uncovers the troubling ramifications of the Gardener and Harley Quinn’s actions during Fear State in this prologue to Poison Ivy drawn by Dani and written by Poison Ivy series writer G. Willow Wilson.
Notable #1s and One-Shots:
DC Pride 2022 #1, DC
SUPER PRIDE / CONFESSIONS / SPECIAL DELIVERY / ARE YOU READY FOR THIS? / A WORLD KEPT JUST FOR ME / THE GUMSHOE IN GREEN / THINK OF ME / PUBLIC DISPLAY OF THE ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM / THE HUNT / BAT’S IN THE CRADLE / UP AT BAT / FINDING BATMAN
DC’s 2022 celebration kicks off with more stories, more characters, and more pride than ever before! This anthology features 13 all-new stories spotlighting LGBTQIA+ fan-favorites new and old including Superman (Jon Kent), Nubia, Tim Drake, Kid Quick, Aquaman (Jackson Hyde), Green Lantern (Jo Mullein), Alysia Yeoh, the Ray, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Batwoman, and more! This special also includes: A Multiversity: Teen Justice kickoff story spotlighting Kid Quick and written by the miniseries team, Danny Lore and Ivan Cohen! An introduction by activist, actress, and real-life superhero Nicole Maines that will include a teaser for her upcoming Dreamer project!
Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor #1, Marvel
When Mjolnir comes crashing through Jane Foster’s apartment window, she fears the worst has happened to Thor. As Asgard’s greatest enemies—including Hela, Ulik the Troll, and Enchantress—mount an assault on the Golden Realm, Jane must find Thor and save Asgard—even if that means she must once again risk her life to become Thor herself!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Armageddon Game – Opening Moves #1, IDW
The Rat King is scheming behind the scenes, and it will be up to the Shredder to find a way to stop the trickster god and his new trio of terror-Madame Null, Baxter Stockman, and LeatherKrang! Will the former master of the Foot Clan be able to locate the necessary counter-pieces to foil the Rat King’s latest deadly gambit-or will chaos rule the day in NYC and Mutant Town? One thing’s for certain: the answers won’t be found in only one dimension. Longtime TMNT scribe Tom Waltz returns to the pages of IDWs ongoing canon in this official prequel to the massive TMNT event of 2022, The Armageddon Game!
Aquaman: Andromeda #1, DC
Deep in the Pacific Ocean, at the farthest possible distance from any land, sits Point Nemo: the spaceship graveyard. Since the dawn of the space race, the nations of the world have sent their crafts there on splashdown, to sink beneath the silent seas. But there is something…else at Point Nemo. A structure never made by human hands. And that structure seems to be…waking up. The crew of the experimental submarine Andromeda, powered by a mysterious black-hole drive, have been chosen to investigate this mystery. But they aren’t the only ones pursuing it. Anything of value beneath the ocean is of value to the master pirate Black Manta…and anything that attracts Black Manta attracts Arthur Curry, his lifelong foe, the Aquaman! But heaven help them all when the doors of the mystery at Point Nemo swing wide to admit them…
Star Wars Tales: Krrsantan #1, Marvel
He thrilled audiences in The Book of Boba Fett—now experience the stories that made him a legend! The deadly Wookiee bounty hunter called Krrsantan is almost unstoppable, but you can get him on your side…for a price. On the desert world of Tatooine, witness Krrsantan hunt down Jedi-in-hiding Obi-Wan Kenobi in a tale set between Star Wars Episodes III & IV! Then, as the Rebel Alliance clashes with Darth Vader, get ready for the ultimate Wookiee fight. Who will be left standing when Krrsantan takes on Chewbacca?! Finally, learn Krrsantan’s origins—from his years in the gladiator pits to an alliance with Doctor Aphra to serve up some well-deserved revenge! It’s wall-to-wall Wookiee action as only Marvel can deliver!
Collecting STAR WARS (2015) #14-15 and #20 and STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA ANNUAL #1.
Multiversity: Teen Justice #1, DC
Kid Quick—the Future State Flash—and their fellow heroes Supergirl, Robin, Aquagirl, Klarienne the Witch Girl, and Troy take center stage in a miniseries that rocks Earth-11 to its core! Co-writers Ivan Cohen (The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries) and Danny Lore (DC Pride, Champions) join rising-star artist Marco Failla (DCeased: Hope at World’s End) for the incredible debut issue, which begins with an attack by the H.I.V.E. and ends in the Church of Blood! What is Sister Blood’s true mission among the lost souls of New York City? Can Teen Justice get through their growing pains fast enough to learn the answer in time to stop it? And what role will the mysterious Raven—the brooding hero who has refused to join the team in the past—play in the ultimate battle? The secrets of Earth-11’s newest heroes and villains unfold in DC’s most exciting new team title!
Astronaut Down #1, AfterShock
Douglas Spitzer wants to be one of the “astronauts” selected for the crucial Mission Politzer. And just like astronauts like Buzz Aldrin and Sally Ride, Douglas is brave, adaptable, and self-sacrificing. He’s one of the program’s best candidates.
But if he qualifies, Douglas won’t be traveling through space; he’ll be launched into alternate realities on a desperate mission to save Earth from a horrific crisis that has our world on the brink of extinction. Unfortunately, it’s a mission where everything will go wrong, where Doug-las’s training and very humanity will be put to the test, and where a deep-seeded secret could sabotage everything.
Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #1, DC
Nubia may be queen, but not all Amazons call Themyscira home, which prompts the new monarch to leave Themyscira for the first time in decades to serve her people in a way Hippolyta never had the opportunity to. Now, as she embarks on her tour through Man’s World to show off the newly established sisterhood, she will be met with joy, distrust, and danger. As she travels to the homes of both the Bana-Mighdall and Esquecida tribes, something lurks in the shadows following her every move. A villain from Nubia’s mysterious past has been waiting for the day the queen joined the outside world again, and they’re ready to make her wish she never left the paradise! Taking place right after the Nubia: Coronation Special, a second miniseries for the fan-favorite Amazon begins! You won’t want to miss the exciting new adventures of the one true queen, brought to you by the creative team behind Nubia & the Amazons—writer Stephanie Williams and artist Alitha Martinez!
Where Starships Go to Die #1, AfterShock
Point Nemo – the farthest oceanic point on earth from any landmass. A spacecraft graveyard where rockets and satellites can be safely ditched on the ocean floor. In a near future ravaged by climate change, an African astronaut teams with an Indian shipping magnate to mount a dangerous salvage mission to recover the wreck of humanity’s first interstellar starship. But what they find is beyond their worst nightmares.
Afterschool #1, Skybound
Morals have eroded. Your kids are out of control. Skybound’s new horror anthology is going to teach those teens a lesson.
In the debut issue, JUSTIN BENSON & AARON MOREHEAD (Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight) and GREG HINKLE present a standalone cautionary tale soaked in blood and tears.
Nora’s anxiety prevented her from approaching high school with any degree of confidence—that is, until she adopted Janie, an emotional support dog with a winning smile and a killer secret. But just how far will Nora go to keep her new life?
Doctor Who: Origins #1, Titan
A brand new, never-before-seen adventure featuring the Fugitive Doctor in her comics debut!
Working for the mysterious Divisoin on a dangerous assignment, the Doctor uncovers something insidious afoot.
Discover why this regeneration became known as The Fugitive!
The Free Comic Book Day 2022: Doctor Who Comic leads into this new arc!
The Ward #1, Dark Horse
From the writer of Star Wars: The High Republic comes an intense medical drama brimming with fairies, trolls, and real human pathos.
St. Lilith’s is a secret hospital for supernatural creatures. The personnel are overworked and the facility is underfunded. It’s a place, and a life, Dr. Nat Reeves thought she left behind. Until a wounded woman (with a tail) appears on her doorstep.
ER meets Hellboy!
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero – Best of Snake Eyes #1, IDW
He’s the best of the best: ninja, soldier, and arguably the most recognizable member of G.I. Joe-and the most mysterious. He is Snake Eyes, and here’s your chance to delve into the mystery that surrounds this enigmatic (and silent) warrior, told by some of the greatest writers and artists in G.I. Joe publishing history. Yeah, Snake Eyes might not have a lot to say, but at nearly one hundred pages of ninja-warrior action, this special reprint comic is going to get plenty loud!
Doctor Who Comic: Special 2022 #1, Titan
AN EPIC STORY BY EISNER AWARD-WINNING WRITER DAN SLOTT THAT SEES COMPANION MARTHA JONES CAPTURED BY THE INSATIABLE PYROMETHS! HER ONLY HOPE FOR SURVIVAL IS TO KEEP THEM DISTRACTED WITH SENSATIONAL UNTOLD TALES OF THE TENTH DOCTOR FACING OFF AGAINST HIS GREATEST FOES – BOTH CLASSIC AND NEW!
FEATURES A BONUS STORY STARRING THE NINTH DOCTOR AND ROSE TYLER!
Potions Inc. #1, Mad Cave Studios
The call of adventure always seems to hang up whenever Randelgast Jones tries to answer it, leaving him facing the dull future of working in his family’s successful potion shop. But when a powerful artifact is stolen from his parents and puts them under a terrible curse, Ran finally gets the quest he’s been after his whole life. He and his siblings set off to find the missing artifact – and its trail leads them from their homeland of Primaterra to the very strange realm of… Earth.
Justice Warriors #1, Ahoy
First issue of a new dystopian satire, written and co-created by cartoonist, publisher, and Pulitzer Prize finalist Matt Bors! Outside the walls of prosperous Bubble City, two tense cops patrol the Uninhabited Zone, a vast slum where most of the population lives, many of them mutants. After his partner is killed by a self-driving bus, traumatized veteran Swamp Cop must teach na ve rookie Schitt that the UZ can only be policed by breaking every rule!
ORCS!: The Curse #1, BOOM! Studios
The fun and fantastical ORCS! series from creator Christine Larsen (Adventure Time) returns with a new installment featuring our favorite underdog heroes: Bog, Pez, Zep, Utzu, and Gurh!
After returning from their travels and celebrating with a dance party, a prank gone wrong inadvertently unleashes something ancient and evil.
Even worse, in a tower in the middle of a dark forest, a wizard with grand, sinister plans needs a real army, and his sight turns toward the Orcish tribe…
Grimm Tales of Terror Quarterly: Back to School #1, Zenescope
72 Pages of Content!
In these hallowed halls of learning, a new guidance counselor has arrived with a very…unique view of right and wrong. Her name is Keres, otherwise known as the Goddess of Death, and it’s best to heed her teachings as your very life may depend on it.
Follow four new tales of terror, as both students and teachers alike will be finding out firsthand that the lessons learned can sometimes be fatal.
Don’t miss this terrifying collection of stories set in the most terrifying place one can imagine, high school, in this new, over-sized issue!
Volcanosaurus #1, American Mythology
More terrifying that a hurricane of flying sharks! More bone chilling than an invasion of giant snow scorpions! And more destructive than gargantuan slithering snakes throwing down! Erupting from the very Earth comes an unimaginable threat – giant lava breathing dinosaurs!
Dark Crisis #1, DC
Crisis on Infinite Earths. Infinite Crisis. Final Crisis. And now…Dark Crisis! The epic event years in the making is finally here! Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the Justice League are dead. The remaining heroes are left to protect the world from an onslaught of violent attacks by DC’s greatest villains! Can the legacy heroes step out of the shadows of the classic heroes to form a new Justice League? And will that be enough to stop a darkness greater than anything they’ve ever faced from destroying everything? Don’t miss out on the first issue of the blockbuster event of the summer!
Poison Ivy #1, DC
Pamela Isley has been a lot of things in her life. A living god, a super-villain, an activist, a scientist, and dead. In a new body that she didn’t ask for and with a renewed sense of purpose, Ivy leaves Gotham and sets out to complete her greatest work—a gift to the world that will heal the damage dealt to it…by ending humanity. Spinning out of the pages of Batman, DC is proud to present the unbelievable next chapter in Poison Ivy’s life by the incredible creative team of G. Willow Wilson and Marcio Takara.