Jumping On: New Story Arcs Kicking Off On July 13, 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, July 13, 2022
Undiscovered Country #19, Image
DISUNITY, PART ONE
Our brave explorers have gotten too close to the truth behind America’s transformation into the Undiscovered Country. They’ve been scattered to different corners of the altered nation, where they will have to fight their way back to each other…and their ultimate destiny.
Daredevil #1, Marvel
AFTER THE REIGN COMES THE DAWN! In the wake of Wilson Fisk’s violent and visceral last act, it’s a new era for New York and the Man Without Fear! With a groundbreaking creative team returning to usher in an all-new chapter, Matt Murdock has no choice but to leave behind everything he’s ever known, and ELEKTRA is the last vestige of his former life. Everything Matt Murdock thought it meant to be DAREDEVIL is about to change, including the challenges he will have to face in the cowl!
Ordinary Gods #7, Image
The explosive second arc starts here! After the game-changing events in Brazil, the Awakened regroup to plan their next steps. But with thousands of lifetimes rushing back to them, can they agree on anything long enough to get started? And what are their enemies planning on the other side of the world?
Notable #1s and One-Shots:
Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League – Superman #1, DC
When Pariah and his forces of the Great Darkness laid waste to the most powerful superheroes of all time, all hope was lost…with the Man of Steel suffering the same fate as that of his comrades, join us for a look at a world of dreams he would never have thought possible while alive. Where there’s life there’s hope, and with that hope comes a deeper unraveling of the tapestry of DC Universe’s biggest event of 2022! Plus, an Aquaman backup!
DARK CRISIS TIE-IN
Star Wars: The Mandalorian #1, Marvel
For the first time, THE MANDALORIAN arrives in comics! The Mandalorian bounty hunter tracks a target for a well-paying, mysterious client. Witness the introduction of Din Djarin and the first meeting between the Mandalorian and the Child!
X-Men: Hellfire Gala #1, Marvel
NEW TEAM REVEALED! At last year’s gala, mutants changed the face of the solar system, terraforming Mars and claiming it for mutantkind. Do you think you can afford to miss this year’s gala, all contained in this one over-sized issue!?
A.X.E.: Eve of Judgment #1, Marvel
FIRST SHOT FIRED—JUDGMENT IS COMING! The Eternals know that the mutants have conquered death. But what are they going to do about it? The oldest immortals on Earth eye up the newest, and the doomsday clock starts to tick toward Judgment Day.
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!
Barbaric: The Harvest Blades #1, Vault
Like a punch in the privates, BARBARIC is back! Bloodier and more irreverent than ever. In this one-shot, Owen, the barbarian cursed to do good, is forced out of hiding and back to his old B.S.! A whole bunch of violence, ethically approved, of course, by his moral compass, the talking Axe! Find out for yourself why Entertainment Weekly, Thrillist, Screen Rant, and a whole bunch of other people called BARBARIC one of the best comics of 2021.
The first of many one-shots that further explore the world of Barbaric, whose second arc, Axe To Grind, arrives in July!
Impact Winter #1, Image
It’s been one year since a comet hit Earth and blotted out the sun. Now, the world is a dark, cold landscape ruled by vampires.
In the British countryside, a band of survivors has formed a resistance in the fallout shelter of a medieval castle. Among them is Darcy, a young, headstrong fighter waiting for the chance to prove she can be on the front lines. But when that opportunity comes, Darcy will come face to face with the true horrors of this new world.
From creator TRAVIS BEACHAM (Pacific Rim) and artist STEPHEN GREEN (Hellboy and the BPRD) comes the prequel to the hit Audible Original.
Dark Spaces: Wildfire #1, IDW
Six weeks into the slow burn of the historic Arroyo Fire, a crew of women from an inmate firefighting program are risking everything on the frontlines when their newest recruit – a white-collar convict with a deep network of shady dealers – discovers they’re mere miles from her crooked former associate’s mansion. When she proposes a plan to abandon their duties and hunt for riches under cover of smoke and ash, the team must decide if they’re ready to jeopardize their one sure path back to normalcy for a shot at a score that would change their lives… But is this a flicker of fortune or a deadly trap? Scott Snyder and breakout artist Hayden Sherman craft an unforgettable heist for a new age in Dark Spaces: Wildfire.
Above Snakes #1, Image
The hit team behind THE FEW and THUMBS returns with an all-new WILD AS HELL miniseries!
Writer SEAN LEWIS (KING SPAWN), artist HAYDEN SHERMAN (Wasted Space), and rock-star letterer HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU introduce a world where Deadwood-style Westerns collide with the fantasia of NEIL GAIMAN in the story of Dirt, a man seeking vengeance for his murdered wife with nothing but a talking vulture to prod him on.
ABOVE SNAKES is a fast and furious explosion of Western tropes and American vengeance that explores where our rage can take us.
The Army of Darkness vs. Reanimator: Necronomicon Rising #1, Dynamite
When an archaeological dig unveils an important element from the world of the Army of Darkness, it ends up in the absolute worst hands of all: Dr. Herbert West’s. As West tinkers in God’s domain, our reluctant hero is once more drawn into the sphere of destiny as he faces a triple threat of danger!
Writer Erik Burnham is joined by returning Dynamite artist Eman Casallos to bring you all the excitement and Deadite action! Joining Dynamite superstar cover artists Arthur “Zombie King” Suydam and Stuart (Kiss) Sayger is Tony (Stray Dogs) Fleecs and the Dynamite debut of Christopher (Hellboy) Mitten!
Erik Burnham is a Minnesotan writer and artist who first broke into comics by way of the Nick Landime feature from Shooting Star Comics. This led first to other anthologies and then work for IDW Publishing, up to and including his critically acclaimed work on the Ghostbusters line of comic books and, later, the official Tobin’s Spirit Guide. Erik’s been fortunate to work with many companies in the last few years, including Cryptozoic, Dynamite, IDW, Insight Editions, Marvel, and Panini on properties such as Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Back to the Future, Galaxy Quest, Scarlet Spider, New Warriors, Red Sonja and KISS – with more on the way. (Which is good news, because he loves his work.)
Behemoth #1, Scout
Theresa is horrified to wake up and find she’s turning into a monster. She learns she’s not the only one when the government throws her into a detention camp with others going through the same transformation. Surrounded by beasts, Theresa tries to hold on to her humanity by training to become a government weapon as part of Project: Behemoth.
Flavor Girls #1, BOOM! Studios
Naoko, Camille, and V are the FLAVOR GIRLS, Sacred Fruit Guardians of Earth! They defend the earth-the source of their power-from the threat of ever-looming aliens, whose motives regarding the planet and its peoples are yet unknown…
But Sara, a normal young woman and a U.N. applicant just doing her best to save the world, gets involved with the Flavor Girls in a way she never could have imagined.
The Brother of All Men #1, AfterShock
It is 1928. Veteran of the Great War and part-time private eye Guy Horn travels to a remote community in Western Canada to retrieve his estranged brother from the clutches of a dangerous cult. As Guy struggles to gain control of his own personal demons, he’s tantalized by the cause and its charismatic leader, Brother XII.
A tightly plotted horror-mystery based on a true story wherein writer Zac Thompson (I BREATHED A BODY, UNDONE BY BLOOD, Ka-Zar) joins forces with artist Eoin Marron (KILLER GROOVE) for a new miniseries that blends the unexpected twists of hard-boiled detective noir with the uncanny traditions of folk-horror.
7174 Presents #1, Image
Following the artistic showcase that was 7174 ANNUAL 01, ASHLEY WOOD is back with this comic-sized 48-pager that showcases his ongoing and continuously evolving love affair with art styles that captivate, titillate, and motivate…you, to keep coming back for more!
Overwatch: New Blood #1, Dark Horse
With chaos and devastation rife around the world, Cole Cassidy receives the call to rejoin Overwatch . . . but memories of its fall still haunt him. After an unexpected reunion with an old friend, Cassidy considers that maybe Overwatch needs more than the old crew to give it new life. Variant cover by Dustin Nguyen (Batman)!
Mullet Cop: The Flavor of Danger #1, Scout
An outspoken mall councilwoman is opposing the evil corporation F.O.A.M. as it tries to get its harmful beverage products in the mall. After an attempt is made on her life, Charles assigns Fred to protect her so she can spread word about the shady dealings. What starts off as a simple bodyguard mission gets sidetracked as the councilwoman must buy a few outfits at the department store, all while assassins wait behind every corner.
Transformers: Best of the Beasts #1, IDW
Maximize or terrorize?! Either way, things are going to get epic in this collection of the best of the Maximals, Predacons, and characters from the world of Beast Wars! Featuring classic characters like Optimus Primal, Megatron, Cheetor, Blackarachnia, Airazor, Tigatron, and Dinobot in clashes for the ages!
Collects Transformers: Windblade (Vol. 2) #6, Transformers: Beast Wars #9, Beast Wars: The Gathering #4, and more exciting stories, including some rarely and never-before reprinted hits!
Manga Z #1, Antarctic Press
Presenting an all-new collection of manga-themed adventure from around the world! “The Adventures of Lenifille” (Kazuaki Ishida): Would-be royal guard Kyle, down on his luck, somehow finds his way into the Forest of the Lost, where he’s captured by the elf Lenifille. By elf law, no human is allowed to return alive from the forest. Can Kyle avoid a death sentence? If so, will he wish he hadn’t? “Foxy and Wolfy” (Kitsune Windsor, N.S. Kane, and Mitsu and Ana Kris): MD-afflicted spirit guardian Foxy and her lupine parter Amaya travel between the human and demon worlds to combat bloodthirsty, genocidal demonic forces. “Jazz Doll” (Guy Brownlee, Erin Bassett, and Andres Zerpa): The year is 1926, and flapper showgirl Moxie Valentine is the talk of the town. However, she holds a secret that will change everything. Plus a special preview of “The Immortal Red Fox” (Palmer & Archer, Steve Ross, and Edward Echavez): The hero who hates evil and loves a good time! 500 years in the making!
Bush Leaguers #1, Scout
The Brooklyn Bridegrooms baseball team is the shame of late nineteenth century New York City. The cranks can’t stand them, the team owner wants to burn the stadium to the ground, and the police want to send them up the river. Can they make a comeback, or are they history? Find out, in this comedy adventure from Scout Comics.
Enjoy the first issue of this NON-STOP! title followed by the entire story collected soon after in one volume.