Jumping On: New Story Arcs Kicking Off On September 28, 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 New Story Arcs, Notable #1s, and One-Shots premiering this upcoming New Comic Book Day, Wednesday, September 28, 2022.
New Story Arcs:
Action Comics #1047, DC
KAL-EL RETURNS, PART 1
In the aftermath of Superman’s epic Warworld Revolution, the Man of Steel is back on Earth and stronger than he’s ever been! As he and Steel join forces to remake Metropolis as a true City of Tomorrow, two of Superman’s most iconic villains take notice…and they have plans of their own. Meanwhile, Superman’s meddling on Warworld has had unforeseen consequences: he’s awakened an enemy so ancient and powerful, even this stronger-than-ever Superman will need the whole Super-Family to face it. Introducing new characters and beginning this new chapter in Superman’s mythology, don’t miss the kickoff to the countdown to Action Comics #1050!
CONTINUED IN SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL #16.
Notable #1s and One-Shots:
A.X.E.: Avengers #1, Marvel
THE FIRST STORY-CRITICAL A.X.E. ONE-SHOT! He’s spent his life building suits to protect himself, but now, Tony Stark has to enter a suit of armor that could kill us all. Can he survive? Can anyone?
A.X.E.: JUDGMENT DAY TIE-IN
Tim Drake: Robin #1, DC
Step aside, Damian—the world’s favorite Robin has got this! That’s right, after years away, Tim Drake is taking center stage in a brand-spanking-new Robin series of his very own!
A mystery over a year in the making takes shape, as a new villain who’s been hounding Tim from afar decides to take things up close and personal, putting Bernard and everyone else Tim cares about in peril as things go from bad to worse for the world’s oldest and canonically tallest Robin [no, I will not be fact-checking that]. All that and Tim finally carves out a corner of Gotham City just for himself, and sets up shop in his very own…murder shack boat? Fan-favorite writer Meghan Fitzmartin teams up with beloved Harley Quinn artist Riley Rossmo to define the next chapter in Tim’s life.
And as if that wasn’t enough, break out your skateboards and motorcycles cuz we’ve assembled a murderer’s row of artists to draw the 1990s’ One True Robin™ in his various looks from over the years!
Old Dog #1, Image
Old Dog follows Jack Lynch, a once-promising CIA operative. On the eve of retirement, looking back at a failed career he is tasked with one final mission …that goes horribly wrong. He wakes years later to a changed world with even deeper changes within him. When a shadowy group offers Lynch a second chance for a life of adventure, he finds himself paired with the last person he could ever imagine. In order to adjust, this old dog will have to learn some new tricks…
DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #1, DC
Berlin, 1944. The Nazis are besieged on all fronts by the Allied forces. Defeat is inevitable. But Hitler and his team of evil scientists attempt a last-ditch effort that may turn the tide of the war and rewrite history itself: a serum that resurrects their dead soldiers, stronger than they were in life, and sends them back into the battlefield. Now Sgt. Frank Rock and Easy Company have been dispatched into enemy territory to face off against the strangest, most horrific enemies they’ve ever encountered: Nazi zombies! Horror icon Bruce Campbell and comics legend Eduardo Risso bring you a terror-soaked Sgt. Rock tale like no other!
Briar #1, BOOM! Studios
What if Sleeping Beauty never got her happily ever after… and instead had to save herself?
Set in a brutal fantasy world that time forgot, this isn’t the fairy tale you know!
Eisner Award-nominated writer, producer, and director Christopher Cantwell (Iron Man, The United States of Captain America, Halt and Catch Fire) and rising artist Germán Garc a (Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land) reimagine the classic tale as an epic dark fantasy adventure.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Armageddon Game #1, IDW
The Armageddon Game Has Begun!
Under the leadership of the Shredder, the TMNT begin a dangerous quest to seek out allies against Rat King’s trio of terror: LeatherKrang, Baxter Stockman, and Madame Null. It’s a mission that will see the Turtles spread out across New York City… and across multiple dimensions! But they better hurry, because their enemies are already on the march, and things are not looking good for Mutant Town while most of our heroes are away. Desperate measures, false flag attacks, mysterious new villains, and unexpected alliances…
It all starts here in the premiere issue of the biggest TMNT event of the year!
Batman: The Audio Adventures #1, DC
Don’t touch that dial! Picking up right after the season finale of the award-winning podcast, Batman: The Audio Adventures continues in this new seven-issue miniseries! A string of attacks has plagued Gotham’s seedy underbelly, sending criminals into a panic. But it’s not Batman who is striking at the heart of the city, it’s a group of mysterious assailants on the hunt for an ancient artifact. As Batman hunts down these assassins, he finds clues that keep drawing him to their true goal: the sword of King Scimitar!
Marvel Voices: Community #1, Marvel
Returning for another rousing celebration of Marvel’s Latin/x characters and creators is MARVEL’S VOICES: COMUNIDADES! Legendary creator Fabian Nicieza takes to the stars in an action-packed Nova adventure! Superstar Edgar Delgado continues to show off his writing chops with a spine-tingling spider escapade with Miles Morales! And award-winning author Alex Segura blazes a new trail for White Tiger—and introduces a brand new character to the Marvel Mythos! And that’s only scratching the surface—not to mention the amazing lineup of new and established artists lending their voices to this astounding anthology. Trust us, you don’t want to miss out!
Flawed #1, Image
BITTER ROOT cowriter CHUCK BROWN and superstar artist PRENZY (ON THE STUMP) reunite for this ultra-violent, high-octane limited series that’s Frasier meets The Punisher!
Gem Ezz is a psychiatrist in the Kafkaesque city of Setham, where corruption and brutality rule the streets. By day, she uses words to solve her patients’ problems. By night, she takes a more direct-and sometimes deadly-approach. But when her practice puts her in the sights of an immortal serial killer, Gem finds herself embroiled in a power struggle that threatens everything she’s ever known.
The Roadie #1, Dark Horse
More than thirty-five years after his heyday, a former heavy metal roadie must return to the backroads of America to do a job he thought he’d retired from: exorcist. But this time, he’s not saving groupies and drunk bassists. He’s trying to save his daughter.
Hell is a Squared Circle #1, AfterShock
Ted “The Irish Mooska” Walsh is a third-tier wrestling heel with a problem — himself. He’s behind on rent, child support and his career, but he thinks he can change things. As he attempts to take control of his life, his actions leave him with blood on his hands. Ted finds himself on the run from the authorities and the darkness of his past. As Ted tries to escape his former self and build a new, better future, his mistakes come back to haunt him — in the ring and out of it.
Mr. Easta #1, Scout
The gloriously demented mind of Kit Wallis brings the galactic adventures of the third best assassin in the universe to Scout Comics! Incredible, kinetically charged artwork blasts the blood, mayhem and quirky humor directly through your brain like a high-caliber bullet. In this issue, it’s Elvis night at an interstellar backwater bar, but with all due respect to the King, that doesn’t stop Mr. Easta. With the help of Frank, his teleportation parasite, who can also transform into any handheld weapon imaginable, it’s business as usual.
Street Fighter Masters: Chun-Li #1, UDON
The strongest woman in the world, Chun-Li, stars in her own one-shot adventure! Interpol Officer Chun-Li travels to her birthplace of China, determined to put an end to a new Shadaloo scheme.
Locke & Key artist and co-creator GABRIEL RODRIGUEZ, colorist JAY FOTOS, and writer CHRIS RYALL bring you the complete, extra-length tale of a cyborg warrior who calls herself Onyx!
Onyx arrives in a near-future Nigeria beset by overpopulation and food shortages alongside another alien entity that corrupts all lifeforms in its presence. Is Onyx here to save the planet or, in its final throes, help hasten its destruction?
Ginn #1, Artists Writers & Artisans
After his master sets him free, a hard-drinking, foul mouthed genie spirals into an existential crisis, until he falls for a human who works for the Make a Wish Foundation-and for once in eons-finds meaning. However, when his former master has a change of heart, and threatens to put the hurt on Ginn’s girl, unless Ginn recommits to serving him-our troubled genie has to make an impossible choice
Brigade: Remastered Edition #1, Image
The issue that started it all, BRIGADE #1, remastered by today’s top comic book talents!
BRIGADE exploded onto the scene as one of Image Comics’ launch titles, making its first appearance in August 1992 and electrifying fandom! We celebrate and commemorate the impact and anniversary of this historic occasion with a star-studded roster of illustrators creating all-new magic with fresh new pages for this commemorative 30th-anniversary issue!
Mega: Rise of the Black Swan #1, Red 5
Eons ago, the Ancient Ones won the war against the Jackals and managed to incarcerate them in the depths of our planet. Humankind and all life on Earth arose and evolved on the surface of a massive inner prison. Now, the Primordial Jackals are awakening one by one, and only Mega stands in their way to re-emerge from the darkness. After the success of the first miniseries, Salvador Sanz delivers a new chapter in the epic Mega saga.
Pink Lemonade #1, Oni Press
Breakout indy comics sensation Nick Cagnetti’s sleeper hit comes to Oni Press! A new hero on the scene, Pink Lemonade dreams of doing big things, but ultimately, she’ll settle for doing good and helping where she can. Things don’t always work out as planned, as Pink Lemonade sees when she accidentally crashes the set of the next Rex Radical blockbuster movie. While trying to do her hero thing, there’s a misunderstanding with some cops-and just when you think she’s sunk, she gets an offer she may not be able to refuse! But…is it too good to be true?
Meet the heroine with a mysterious past, colorful costume, altruistic outlook, a zippy motorcycle, and an overactive imagination-it’s all pretty cool!
Eternal Descent #1, Opus
Doctorate student and struggling musician Lyra Constance has become obsessed with the occult influence on the history of music, hoping it will lead to her big break. But she soon learns that evil is very real, and finds herself cast into the eternal battle between Heaven and Hell, with the world hanging in the balance.
West Moon Chronicles #1, Scout
The elusive creatures of mud and blood known as the dokkaebi live just off of Route 4 in east Texas, in the ancient pine forest known as the Tanglechase. Joon-Ho, a Korean immigrant with a shadowy past, and his estranged grandson Jae-Sun are the only people in the nearby town of Vane who know the true nature of the dokkaebi. Together, they must figure out what’s causing the creatures to turn hostile. Perhaps it has something to do with the interdimensional portal at the heart of the Tanglechase, for it is from here that the past comes knocking, demanding a reckoning from both men.
Dead Kingdom #1, Red 5
A mysterious plague is haunting the kingdom. With the help of a peacekeeper, a group of soldiers investigate a village that may hold the answers to what is happening. But the truth is far worse that everyone could ever imagine. Dead Kingdom is a five-part, multi layered saga that will explore a world where sorcery, brotherhood, and love collide with the rising nightmare of the living dead.
Born of Blood #1, Merc Publishing
Ancient Sparta is a dangerous place. It requires a strong hand to keep its rivals at bay, and for years King Cleomenes’ strength did just that. But after losing his Queen who only offered him one heir, his daughter Giaris, he’s decided he must put her through a baptism of fire to prepare her to one day take his place in defending Sparta. Will she rise to the challenge or will she and Sparta fall?
World War 3: Raid on Tokyo #1, Antarctic Press
More hard-hitting alternate-history action from combat manga master Motofumi Kobayashi (Cat Shit One)! The abolition of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty leads to incursions by Soviet forces. As the Soviets proceed from landing grounds in Niigata toward Tokyo, the JSDF, isolated from their government, must begin extrajudicial actions to survive. Will they be able to defend their country?
Lady Zorro vs. The Swamp Witch #1, American Mythology
Lady Zorro is back! In this epic tale of sacrifice and death-defying battles, Lady Zorro must face her greatest fears when she encounters an ancient being intent on ending her saga of revenge and redemption. The fan-favorite character dons the famous hat and cape as she encounters an evil that has cursed a local town. Hidden in a deadly swamp an ancient witch dwells, spreading chaos and fear. Her dark magics grant her the ability to warp reality with the use of a stolen artifact, a mystical pearl that channels her hate and fear into power. Writer Pat Shand returns to Lady Zorro to bring her saga to a thrilling and horrifying climax… but will the sword-wielding hero survive her encounter with the Swamp Witch?
Hellfate #1, Blood Moon
1 of 3 issues. Jenna lives undercover in Tokyo, hoping to live a regular life. But she’s being tracked by a religious order. When she is forced to morph and kill to protect herself, she decides to go back to New York, where she kills a priest in a Church. Is she aware she is fulfilling the role of the Antichrist!
Thud: Double Vision #1, Scout
Bo, a creative living in Oakcago, finds himself directionless and tired with his mundane existence. Yet, despite his dissatisfaction, the one happy constant in his life is a comic book character that he has created and drawn since he was a kid-but then a terrible accident changes everything. Meanwhile, a masked vigilante has appeared on the scene and is only starting to discover his capabilities. As this hulking hero begins his career, he must adjust to appearing and disappearing without warning in his new environment.
Combining the original first issue of Thud with a new second issue!
Z-People #1, Sitcomics
Just in time for Halloween, The Walking Dead meets Gilligan’s Island in this hilarious zom-com about what happens after a virus leaves 6 uninfected people trapped in quarantine with 3 million zombies! Darin Henry (Seinfeld) and Tom Richmond (MAD Magazine) bring you a story that tickles your funny bone as it chomps on your brain! Then, tour The Morbid Museum as legendary artist Al Milgrom (Avengers) draws a dark comedy from horror host Barbra Macabre, whose rhyming narration melds Stephen King with Dr. Seuss!
Nervous Rex #1, It’s Alive
Rexford the T. Rex is back in print after 37 years! This was the first comics work from animator William Van Horn, who would go on to make a name for himself at Disney, drawing Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comics! Mild-mannered tyrannosaur Rexford doesn’t really fit in with the Jurassic age, as he’d rather just eat oatmeal and hang out with his friends. His wife Dearie is always after him to be a more aggressive meat-eater and add to the fossil record. Also featuring a backup story starring the diminutive King Billy. Featuring a retro cover, along with an all-new variant cover by original creator William Van Horn and original colorist Barbara Marker!
The Robonic Stooges: The Stooge Wars #1, American Mythology
Could this be The Robonic Stooges last stand?! The fate of the world hangs in the balance as the mysterious stranger known only as The Overyonder has kidnapped the planet’s greatest heroes and deadliest villains to battle for the ultimate prize! Can Moe, Larry, and Curly pull their ragtag team together? Or will the combined forces of Professor Cluck, PoodleMan, Dr. Crackula, and the rest of the Robo-Stooges’ legendary rogues gallery prove too much for the boys! Tune in to find out! This is the Robonic Stooges event of the year! The Robonic Stooges Present – Stooge Wars comes with three covers – Main Parody Cover by Eric Shanower, Animation Cel cover, and a 100 copy limited edition Century cover!
Usher of the Dead: The Evil Men Do #1, Blood Moon
This is what happens when a serial killer becomes the target of Sariel’s scrutiny. His judgment is swift and harsh, making the deeds of the killer seem tame.
Back to Fairtaylia #1, Invader Comics
Once upon a time, childhood friends found a magical doorway to Fairtaylia, an enchanted realm full of wizardry and wonder. 20 years later they are a bunch of self-absorbed adults who don’t believe in fairytales anymore… until a talking squirrel and a chainsaw-wielding fairy show up on their doorsteps. In a fast-paced quest to save Fairtaylia from an unspeakable evil, the gang has to evade wicked witches, battle orcs, ogres, and break into Cinderella’s castle while suffering through fairy farts, skimpy outfits, and several musical numbers. Good luck with happily ever after…
Sabretooth Dan Versus the Moon #1, Scout
Sabretooth Dan returns in another family-friendly LAUNCH book. Launch Journeys are books created for all ages but meant to be shared with younger readers. In this adventure Dan is plagued by the prophecies written on the moon. He struggles through one nearly impossible task after the other in a wild adventure that sees the return of several characters from Dan Vs. Brunch! The list seems endless and as soon as one is completed, he is sent on the next quest! Exhausted, Dan devises a plan to thwart destiny, but will it work?