Jumping On: New Story Arcs Kicking Off On November 30, 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, November 30, 2022.
New Story Arcs:
Killadelphia #25, Image
“THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME,” Part One
The perfect jumping-on point for new readers! The sold-out, Eisner Awardhorror series rages on with more mind-bending twists! From Rodney Barnes, the writer behind such hit shows as Marvel’s Runaways and STARZ’s American Gods, and JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER, the artist who redefined SPAWN.
Vampire king and first president of the United States George Washington has unified the warring vampire factions, blurring the lines between good and evil. Now, Washington and company must face one of the most formidable military leaders in history! General Toussaint Louverture and his Haitian army have been resurrected by the side of the light for one thing and one thing only: exterminate all vampires!
Also available in NOIR EDITION, featuring black-and-white line art interiors!
Notable #1s and One-Shots:
Nightwing 2022 Annual, DC
WHO IS HEARTLESS? Find out who the villain is behind the platinum mask, and why he only collects the hearts of some victims and not others…and why he has no heart himself. Then: Bitewing: Year One! Follow Haley in her first year with her humans Nightwing and Batgirl and see how she takes a bite out of crime in her first year becoming Bitewing!
Detective Comics 2022 Annual, DC
GOTHAM NOCTURNE: MOTIE
As a werewolf, Gael has lived through many generations, and so he has visited Gotham land before…hundreds of years ago. Take a trip back to the 1700s Renaissance Gotham with Gael on Arkham land to help remember with him exactly where he buried something important he now has to dig back up. And in a twist of fate, a dark knight in town also seems to be looking for something from out of time…his way back home to the present.
Batgirls 2022 Annual, DC
VICE VERSA, PART 1 OF 2
It’s a freaky Friday when the Batgirls wake up inside each other’s bodies! That can’t be possible, right? It’s only stuff you see in the movies? Except Oracle has seen this happen before and the only person who may have the antidote to swap their bodies back…is Batman! And to make matters worse, Lady Shiva is here confronting her daughter about something…and it’s up to Steph to put on her best Cass to get through it!
Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #1, Marvel
MILLENNIUM! A thousand years from now on the planet Sakaar, a young woman with green skin searches for the legendary Green Scar to help save her brother from a group of apocalyptic cultists. But which Hulk will she find? And after all these years, is he truly the Sakaarson, who will save us all—or the Worldbreaker, who will destroy us?
Avengers Assemble: Alpha #1, Marvel
PART ONE: THE BATTLE A MILLION YEARS IN THE MAKING!
UNITING THE AVENGERS, AVENGERS FOREVER AND AVENGERS OF 1,000,000 BC IN AN EPIC SAGA THAT FORMS THE CAPSTONE TO JASON AARON’S ERA ON AVENGERS! From throughout time and the far corners of the Multiverse, the Mightiest Heroes of All the Earths are assembling as never before for a battle beyond all imaging. A war that will take us from the prehistoric beginnings of an Earth under assault by the greatest villains who’ve ever lived to the watchtower that stands at the dark heart of the all and the always, where an army of unprecedented evil now rises. The biggest Avengers saga in Marvel history begins now.
CONTINUED IN THE AVENGERS #63.
Justice Society of America #1, DC
THE NEW GOLDEN AGE, CHAPTER ONE: LEGENDS DIE TOGETHER TOO
A long-lost hero from the JSA crashes into our era with a grave warning…but it’s too late. A mysterious and malevolent enemy has invaded the entire history of the JSA, and an all-new team must come together to defeat it. But what deadly secret does this messenger from beyond keep? Where are they from? And why is all of this happening now? Only the Time Masters know…
Superman: Kal-El Returns Special #1, DC
THE CONCERT THAT ATE GOTHAM
Kal-El has returned from his long sojourn to Warworld, but what ramifications does this hold for the broader DC Universe In this special issue, we’ll spotlight Kal-El’s reunion with the Dark Knight, Jimmy Olsen, the Justice League, and… Lex Luthor?! Plus: witness the never-before-revealed look at the moments leading to Superman’s abduction by Pariah in the Dark Crisis event! The march toward Action Comics #1050 continues in this essential special volume!
Blue Beetle: Graduation Day #1, DC
Jaime Reyes has a lot to juggle. Whether it’s his finals for senior year or a new villain tearing up El Paso, Jaime is always torn between two worlds. But when his worlds come crashing together at his high school graduation, nothing will ever be the same. A message from the Reach bombards Jaime’s scarab, Khaji Da, and it starts throwing off his connection to the device. And as if that wasn’t enough, Jaime’s parents and friends are pressuring him about his next steps in life. But what’s hidden here on Earth that’s drawing the Reach back? And where did this new Fadeaway Man come from? Can Jaime find balance in his life and rise to become a true hero, or is it curtains for Blue Beetle?
DC’s Grifter Got Run Over by a Reindeer #1, DC
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED DOG / LAST CHRISTMAS / EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS / HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS / NOT-SO-SILENT NIGHT / MEMORIES AND FORFEITS / DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR? / GRIFTER GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER
Ho-ho-ho my gosh, it’s time to deck the halls with holly…er, Harley Quinn, Batman, and more of your favorite DC superstars! Who made it to the Nice List? Hawkman? Black Canary? Is that Animal Man on the naughty list? And how did Grifter find himself in the targeting sights of those pesky reindeer! Get one for you and an extra for a loved one’s stocking (yule be glad you did!) in this holiday song celebration!
“Superman and Wonder Woman in ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Dog'” written by Stephanie Williams, drawn by David Lapham, colored by Nick Filardi, and lettered by Travis Lanham
“Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. in ‘Last Christmas'” written by Dave Wielgosz, drawn by PJ Holden, colored by Mike Spicer, and lettered by Pat Brosseau
“Harley Quinn in ‘Eight Crazy Nights'” written by John Layman, drawn and colored by Juan Doe, and lettered by Ferran Delgado
“Hawkman and Hawkwoman in ‘Home for the Holidays'” written by Cavan Scott, drawn by Fico Ossio, colored by Sebastian Cheng, and lettered by Josh Reed
“Black Canary and John Constantine in ‘Not-So-Silent Night'” written by Max Bemis, drawn by Pablo M. Collar, colored by Ivan Plascenscia, and lettered by Dave Sharpe
“Batman in ‘Memories and Forfeits'” written by Scott Bryan Wilson, drawn by Skylar Patridge, colored by Romulo Fajardo Jr., and lettered by DC Hopkins
“Animal Man in ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?'” written by Michael W. Conrad, drawn by Christopher Mitten, colored by Brennan Wagner, and lettered by Becca Carey
Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #1, Dark Horse
For young Padawan Sav Malagan, joining the ranks of the noble Jedi Order has been all she’s ever wanted. But a chance encounter with a crew of eccentric misfits makes her question everything she’s taken for granted in her life. Trapped aboard the ship of infamous space pirate Maz Kanata, will Save ever be able to rejoin the Jedi? And if she spends much long with Maz and her crew, will she even want to?
Wildstorm 30th Anniversary Special #1, DC
DEATHBLOW / GENERATION MILLENNIAL / REQUIEM / THE ONLY CONSTANT / BACKLASH / BETTER DAYS / THE GRIFTER / CITY BOY AND THE KING OF CITIES / BUILDING A BETTER BOMB / IN SERVICE OF NONE / I AM STRONGER / ZEALOTS
In 1992 Jim Lee changed the course of comics history with the founding of WildStorm Productions, which would revolutionize the business and launch the careers of so many top creators. 30 years later the impact of the imprint, character and creators is felt to this day! In honor of this legacy comes a 100-page giant that pays homage to the past…and looks toward the future! Part of this mammoth special will be reprinting–for the first time in periodical form!– short stories from the acclaimed WildStorm: A Celebration of 25 Years hardcover, including stories by Jim Lee, J. Scott Campbell, Brett Booth, Dustin Nguyen and more…and also included will be new stories featuring WildStorm characters in the DC Core line, charting their future in the DC Universe.
Nubia & the Justice League Special #1, DC
In honor of her 50th anniversary, Nubia is joining the Justice League! After years separated from Man’s World, the Amazons’ most powerful warrior and now queen has been called in to save the day and work alongside the world’s greatest heroes. What danger awaits our hero and her new teammates? Find out in this special that shows a bright new future for the character!
Peter Parker & Miles Morales – Spider-Men: Double Trouble #1, Marvel
They’re friends, heroes and…sidekicks? Peter has dragged Miles into Take Your Sidekick to Work Day, and Miles is not amused—they’re both Spider-Man, after all! So when Peter makes a mistake that unleashes villainous shenanigans on New York City, it’s up to Miles to save the day—and prove who’s the true sidekick among the Spider-Men. Vita Ayala joins the fan-favorite team that brought you SPIDER-MAN & VENOM: DOUBLE TROUBLE and THOR & LOKI: DOUBLE TROUBLE for a brand-new adventure!
Plush #1, Image
Serial-killing, cannibalistic furries! PLASTIC and VINYL creators DOUG WAGNER & DANIEL HILLYARD are back. This time, they’ve recruited colorist extraordinaire RICO RENZI for their disturbing “neon-horror” spin on fursuit psychopaths and bizarre love.
In PLUSH, Devin Fulcher is coerced into attending his first furry convention. When he accidentally happens upon a group of furries devouring a human, the insanity begins. Do they just want Devin for dinner… or something much more wicked?
20th Century Men #4, Image
SPECIAL EXTRA-LENGTH ISSUE!
THE BATTLE OF BEAUX ARTS HAS BEGUN! The American super-force THE SUICIDE COWBOYS launches an all-out assault on the Iron Star, hoping to decapitate the Soviet forces in one decisive action. Meanwhile, back in the states, we learn about President Goode’s plans for the monster known as 6Bill!
Godzilla Rivals vs. Gigan #1, IDW
The year is 2008. The setting is Seattle. Networked computers and video game consoles have connected millions across the globe in virtual combat… and an insidious intelligence has taken notice. The insectoid Nebulans, would-be conquerors of Earth, have hijacked the MMOs and uploaded the collective fighting techniques and strategy of gamers worldwide directly into the central processing unit of their cyborg champion. What chance does Godzilla have at victory when the vicious opponent Gigan has been augmented by the savagery of all humanity? Written by Keith Davidsen (Reanimator, Evil Ernie) and illustrated by Yasmin Flores Montanez (Goosebumps), the Cyber Age meets the Kaiju Age in this epic Emerald City showdown!
Foulness in the Walls #1, AfterShock
A Horror Prestige Format One-Shock from the mind of Cullen Bunn!
After a tragic loss, George hopes to rebuild his life. He moves to a new house. He gets a new job. He starts dating the girl of his dreams. Sometimes, though, guilt can be as malevolent as an evil spirit. Sometimes, ghosts follow you. Something is rotting in the walls of George’s new house. Something hungry.
Written by Cullen Bunn (DARK ARK, UNHOLY GRAIL, Basilisk, Bone Parish) and illustrated by Rodrigo Zayas (Cyber Force: Rebirth), comes a story of loss, rot and hunger.
Koshchei in Hell #1, Dark Horse
The world above may be over, and Hellboy gone with it, but Koshchei is still in Hell content with his wine and his books-until an old face arrives and brings Koshchei a critical task. An old and powerful foe is returning, and Koshchei must take up his sword and defend the city from destruction.
Good Boy: Prodigal Son #1, Source Point Press
Flint learns the hard way that some oaths are not easily broken.
With his fathers life hanging in the balance, the lost child of Flint Sparks makes his bloodthirsty debut.
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness – The Beginning #1, Tokyopop
Based on the 2021 animated series featured on Netflix, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, this exciting graphic novel tie-in features all-new original stories from the world of Resident Evil.
Gangster Ass Barista #1, Black Mask Studios
A COFFEE-FUELED CRIME COMEDY FROM PAT SHAND (DESTINY NY, AZZA THE BARBED, VAN HELSING)!
Trinity used to live a life of crime, but now she has left behind her old life and works at a coffee shop. Unfortunately, making ends meet isn’t easy to do with a minimum wage job. Not to mention the fact that customers are beginning to get on Trinity’s nerves, and it’s getting harder and harder to not let her old tendencies take control.
When Trinity’s past comes calling, it’s like the famous quote: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!”
Includes a bonus comic in each issue!
Collect covers by rising stars Conor Hughes (WHITE ASH), Elisa Romboli (ALICE IN LEATHERLAND, A THING CALLED TRUTH), & series co-creator Renzo Rodriguez (BREATHLESS)!
Pulp Bytes #1, Scout
Two twisted tales of technological terror! The first, “Junebug Bites Back,” is the story of an overbearing pageant mom who gets her just desserts after purchasing supplements from the dark web. In “Terms and Conditions,” Jack and Lacey’s day of distraction turns to a nightmare when they ignore the fine print.
Cat-Man and Kitten #1, Dynamite
An astonishing standalone superhero story that only Jeff Parker could create! Witness the heroic Cat-Man and his loyal sidekick Kitten as they become embroiled in a dangerous race to recover a priceless artifact that may hold the key to conjuring an ancient god of death! Can our classic adventurers evade pterodactyls, throw hands with the Lavender Gang, and survive the serpentine Snake Men? Find out, in this thrilling one-shot by writer Jeff Parker (Batman ’66) and artist Joseph Cooper (Ninjettes)!
Magic: Nahiri the Lithomancer #1, BOOM! Studios
Nebula, Hugo, Locus, and Alex Award-winning novelist Seanan McGuire (Ghost-Spider) returns to the world of Magic: The Gathering with artist Fabiana Mascolo (Firefly, Cyberpunk 2077: Blackout) to bring Nahiri the Lithomancer to comics!
Nahiri-also known as The Harbinger-has protected her home plane of Zendikar for centuries, her ruthlessness and terrible deeds kept in check by a strong sense of justice.
But her fate is far from decided, and a new challenge awaits that may change the way the entire Multiverse perceives her…
Saga of a Doomed Universe #1, Comics Experience Publishing
CEX Publishing is proud to present 1984’s most shocking comic book, revealed at last! The heroes have been murdered – all except for Roy Brannon, a costumed loser who could never become the champion that Earth needs. Now, it will be Roy’s chance to prove everyone wrong…. even if he has to destroy the entire Universe to do it! This is the comic that changed everything, presented in three triple-sized volumes with six covers, including homages to some of the other comics that changed everything!
Bob Phantom #1, Archie Comics
After failing to aid a dying criminal in order to get a more gripping news story, burgeoning journalist Walter Whitney not only gains national acclaim, but the attention of a ruthless global crime syndicate; now he must go from mild-mannered reporter by day to Bob Phantom, a heartless ambulance chaser and even hardened crime fighter by night. It’s Nightcrawler meets Spider-Man in the brand-new take on a classic Archie universe character!
My Bad #1, Ahoy
“One of the most hilariously offbeat superhero comics on the stands” (IGN) returns, from the original creative team of Mark Russell (Second Coming), Bryce Ingman, and Peter Krause (Irredeemable)! Someone is killing capes-or would be, if they were better at it. Will this crisis draw the crime-fighting Chandelier out of retirement? PLUS! Emperor King adopts a new costumed identity so he can get a date!
Divide #1, Comics Experience Publishing
When Salim is separated from his family and imprisoned with countless other Muslims and immigrants, he and his allies develop a plan to return home. But can they escape before this prison’s supernatural secret consumes them all? Inspired by current events, this double-sized first issue of Divide brings you a monstrous and heart-rending story about the toll of divisive politicking and family separation!