Jumping On: New Story Arcs Kicking Off On June 15, 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, June 15, 2022.
Batgirls #7, DC
BAD REPUTATION, PART 1
With the Batgirls’ damaged reputation still on the line and repairs on the Clock Tower well under way, Babs just might have finally found the key to their redemption. Meanwhile, serial killer the Hill Ripper is still on the loose! The girls receive their first major break in the case from an unlikely source—unfortunately for them, the main suspect is among the most enigmatic and dangerous villains in all of Gotham!
Notable #1s and One Shots:
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #1, Marvel
“The shield isn’t what you think. It’s not your symbol. It’s theirs.” The shield is one of the most iconic images in the world. It stands for hope, justice and the protection of the innocent. It also holds a secret, undiscovered until now, that will change the way Steve Rogers views the 20th century…and how he chooses to fight in the 21st.
Do a Powerbomb #1, Image
Lona Steelrose who wants to be a pro wrestler, but lives in the shadow of her mother’s success before her. But everything changes when a wrestling-obsessed necromancer asks Lona to join the grandest—and the most dangerous—pro wrestling tournament of all time!
DC Pride: Tim Drake Special #1, DC
SUM OF OUR PARTS / HAPPY HOLIDAYS / THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
The breakout story from Batman: Urban Legends collected in one volume for the very first time, in time for Pride Month! Tim Drake’s search for a missing friend kidnapped by the villains known as the Chaos Monsters leads Tim to realize his identity as a bisexual man. Collecting the Tim Drake stories from Batman: Urban Legends #4-6 and 10, with a brand-new story that sees Tim teaming up with his former Young Justice teammates and the Batgirls, beginning Tim Drake’s 2022 path!
New Fantastic Four: Marvel Tales #1, Marvel
Spider-Man, Wolverine, Ghost Rider and the Hulk unite as we celebrate the legacy of the House of Ideas with MARVEL TALES! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories and highlights some of Marvel’s most impressive talent from the past eight decades. And creative duos don’t get much better than Walter Simonson and Arthur Adams, who ushered the World’s Greatest Comics Magazine to surprising new heights in FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #347-349! When the Fantastic Four fall, the Invisible Woman summons a blockbuster quartet to seek vengeance. But as this hastily assembled team heads to Monster Isle to tackle the Mole Man and his rampaging behemoths, they soon learn that there’s more going on than meets the eye. Can the “New Fantastic Four” unravel the mystery and identify their real enemy in time to save the day?
Hulkling & Wiccan #1, Marvel
Hulking & Wiccan have found their happy ending at last…or have they? When a magical artifact shows them the paths not taken in life and love, will Billy and Teddy find their way back to each other? Will they even want to? The hit Infinity comic by Josh Trujillo (UNITED STATES OF CAPTAIN AMERICA) and Jodi Nishijima (SPIDER-GWEN: GWENVERSE) appears in print for the first time!
Seven Sons #1, Image
Delph—a young man who may be the Second Coming of Christ— runs for his life as he attempts to learn the truth behind his existence.
A Calculated Man #1, AfterShock
A verifiable math genius, Jack Beans used to run the numbers for the Pinafore crime family, until one day he ran them too well and concluded that the only way out of this life was in a casket or Witness Protection. So, he turned state’s evidence and ran.
Now, the Pinafores are out to end their favorite accountant. Little do they know that Jack’s skills with math and his perfect memory have made him a better killer than they ever could have realized. What follows is a journey full of murder, mayhem and mathematics.
Undiscovered Country: Destiny Man Special #1, Image
The greatest villain of the UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY is the mysterious DESTINY MAN, the dark god of the plains, the conqueror who believes he is destined to rule the New America. Now, in this special issue, dive into the insanity of his past and learn why his ultimate destiny…is to rule it ALL!
Bill & Ted: Roll the Dice #1, Opus
The time-traveling duo are back in a monthly series of most excellent adventures! Go to Hell with Bill and Ted as they must save their souls with saving rolls! Old friend Joan of Arc, Aleister Crowley, Niccolò Paganini, and… Doctor Feelgood round out the party taking on the Game Master… Satan, himself! Plus, the Secret Origin of Chuck De Nomolos!
Star Trek: The Mirror War – Sisko #1, IDW
The spotlight turns to Benjamin Sisko in this one-shot set in the Mirror Universe of Star Trek: The Next Generation! Expand upon the world of The Mirror War! When Benjamin Sisko is tasked with taking out Intendant Kira Nerys’ political rival at a very public party, things quickly escalate from tense to dangerous when another figure from Sisko’s past makes a dark appearance!
The Death of Elvira Special #1, Dynamite
Wait a minute, I thought this was an Elvira 40th anniversary celebration, not a wake! The fiends at Dynamite have done the unthinkable. In this hour of glory, after four frightening decades, they’ve fitted the Mistress of the Dark with a curvy coffin.
It’s too late…
The deed is done…
Our dearly departed is…well…departed.
But Elvira isn’t one to let something like death get in her way. She’s telling the stories that lead up to the dastardly deed and walking you through a who’s who of would-be assassins. Can you figure out who done it?
The Best Archie Comic Ever! #1, Archie Comics
THE BLOCKBUSTER OF THE SUMMER IS HERE featuring Superheroes! Barbarians! Spies! All this plus Archie’s trademark mix of romance, humor, and adventure in an all-new anthology! In the first of three all-new stories, Pureheart the Powerful encounters a superhero that looks a lot like himself! Is this other hero an imposter, or is it a case of imposter syndrome? Next up, the reluctantly heroic barbarian Jughead Jones is scaling a tower, hell-bent on saving the day and waging war against a menacing wizard in a tale that action & adventure fans will love! Finally, intrigue and espionage take hold as the world’s most dangerous woman Veronica Lodge teams with spy extraordinaire Betty Cooper on a top-secret case!