Jumping On: New Story Arcs Kicking Off On August 4, 2021

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 and a few interesting #1’s premiering this upcoming New Comic Book Day, Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

New Arcs:

Blade Runner 2029 #6, Titan Books

‘New arc in the bestselling series based on Ridley Scott’s Scifi Masterpiece.

A fanatical army of super-human replicants have laid siege to Los Angeles. Now it is up to Detective Ash to retire cult leader Yotun before he destroys both her and the city she loves.’

Notable #1’s:

Suicide Squad: Get Joker! #1, DC

‘Critically acclaimed and bestselling author Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned) and Eisner Award-winning art legend Alex Maleev (Batman: No Man’s Land) collaborate for the first time in this three-issue, oversize, Prestige plus format Suicide Squad series pitting Red Hood, Harley Quinn, Firefly, and more of DC’s most villainous criminals against The Joker. When Task Force X’s Amanda Waller sets her sights on Batman’s greatest foe, she enlists the Dark Knight’s former partner Jason Todd to track down the Clown Prince of Crime and put an end to his mad reign of terror.’

Snelson #1, Ahoy Comics

‘In the 1990s, “edgy” standup comic Melville Snelson had it all – but twenty-five years later, his jokes come off as tired and offensive. Desperate for a comeback, Snelson sets out on tour with a group of young, socially conscious comedians. Can a ’90s has-been hit the big time, or is Snelson about to be canceled for good? A hilarious, definitely adult contemporary satire that mocks the dying breaths of white male entitlement, from the writer of AHOY’s Planet of the Nerds.’

Action Tank #1, Scout

‘Scoot Imprint: A young boy wakes up to find himself on the other side of the solar system! If he wants to get home in time for his Mom’s spaghetti carbonara, he must rely on his brains, his courage, and the advice of a mysterious talking unicorn guy. As the epic journey unfolds, the boy discovers he’s been drafted into the Intergalactic Space Trooper Squadron and that he now controls the most powerful piece of technology in the universe… The Action Tank! Enjoy the first issue of this NON-STOP! title followed by the entire story collected soon after in one volume.’

Lucky Devil #1, Dark Horse

‘A down-on-his-luck schlub is possessed by a malevolent demon. Just when he thinks things can’t get worse, the exorcism goes wrong . . . and he finds that somehow he’s retained all of the entity’s supernatural gifts. After a path of revenge on all the people that have wronged him, he begins to gather worshippers and form a cult.

But the legions of Hell don’t take kindly to this, and they send demonic agents to murder the schlub-turned-god before he gains too much power.

* For fans of The Sixth Gun, Harrow County, and Locke & Key.’

Porcelain #1, Ablaze

‘Stuck inside an ever-changing mystery house that hunts children and turns them into dolls, Beryl goes on a psychedelic journey where she must face the notion of her own limitations and move past them…before she becomes the building’s newest prey.’

Transformers: King Grimlock #1, IDW

‘KING GRIMLOCK BEGINS! Grimlock, the beloved powerhouse T-rex with an attitude and one of the strongest Cybertronians in existence, finds himself magically transported to a world of fantastical beasts and strange powers! In this savage world, where the strong rule with sword and iron, Grimlock finds a new opportunity to prove he’s the strongest there is… but as Grimlock and the human barbarian, Arko, will learn, sometimes brute strength isn’t enough.

Written by Steve Orlando (Wonder Woman, Justice League of America) with art by Agustin Padilla (Dungeons & Dragons, Suicide Squad), King Grimlock features the iconic Transformers character in a solo adventure through a world of swords-and-sorcery unlike anything you’ve ever seen!’

Deadpool: Black, White & Blood #1, Marvel

‘LIKE A CLASSIC BLACK & WHITE MOVIE, BUT WITH WAY MORE BLOOD! What’s black, white, and red all over? Three blood-drenched tales of violence and mayhem led by Marvel’s Mirthful Mercenary himself, Deadpool! You want to see today’s top talent take it to the hilt to bring you the wildest Wade Wilson adventures yet?! This is the book for you! It’s as plain as black and white. And red.’

The Me You Love in the Dark #1, Image

‘Writer SKOTTIE YOUNG (I HATE FAIRYLAND, Deadpool, Strange Academy) and artist JORGE CORONA (NO. 1 WITH A BULLET, Super Sons, Feathers) follow up their critically acclaimed series MIDDLEWEST with a brand-new haunting tale. An artist named Ro retreats from the grind of the city to an old house in a small town to find solace and inspiration without realizing the muse within is not what she expected. Fans of Stephen King and Neil Gaiman will enjoy this beautiful, dark, and disturbing story of discovery, love, and terror.’

Extreme Carnage: Lasher #1, Marvel

‘Four issues into the Carnage event of the summer and the bodies just keep piling up – including some of the Venomaniacs the Mighty Marveldom know and love! But now is not a time to mourn for fallen heroes (or their symbiotes). CARNAGE is on the loose, and he’s building an army…’

Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters – 4-LOM & Zuckuss #1, Marvel

‘ZUCKUSS BATTLES 4-LOM! Together, lethal droid 4-LOM and Gand Findsman Zuckuss make an unparalleled bounty hunting team. Yet a brutal battle with Boba Fett has divided them. Lost and alone on the crime-infested streets of Nar Shaddaa, Zuckuss faces down an utterly transformed 4-LOM…but why is his old friend out for blood? 

The answer may lie in the past, from an early mission that helped forge their formidable partnership. Daniel José Older and Kei Zama’s one-shot is the second of four action-packed “War of the Bounty Hunters” tie-ins about the criminal underworld’s most notorious hunters and scoundrels, all told by the best STAR WARS writers and illustrators in the galaxy.’

The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox #1, DC

‘It’s story time! The G.C.P.D. discover a mysterious corpse, a magical box, and a murderer’s row of the city’s most dangerous villains sitting in a jail cell. Now all they need to figure out is what exactly happened. Fortunately, one suspect is willing to talk. 

Unfortunately, it’s The Joker. Now, superstar writer Matthew Rosenberg, magnificent artist Jesús Merino, and a multitude of rising-star artists invite you to spend a night in the Gotham Central interrogation room for a dozen tales of murder, mayhem, and mystery as told by the Clown Prince of Crime himself. Can you solve this puzzle before the sun comes up?’

We Don’t Kill Spiders #1, Scout

‘Black Caravan Imprint: In the early Viking Age, a faithless Norseman detective is summoned to a Scandinavian hamlet where a series of murders have occurred. Discovering the dark and bloody history of the village he investigates the local outcast, a necromantic witch who brings his atheistic values into question. Determined to prevent further homicides, the two band together to discover the identity of a serial killer.’

Not All Robots #1, Artists Writers & Artisans Inc

‘In the year 2056, robots have replaced human beings in the workforce. An uneasy co-existence develops between the newly intelligent robots and the ten billion humans living on Earth. Every human family is assigned a robot upon whom they are completely reliant. What could possibly go wrong? 

Meet the Walters, a human family whose robot, Razorball, ominously spends his free time in the garage working on machines which they’re pretty sure are designed to kill them in this sci-fi satire from Mark Russell (The Flintstones, Second Coming) and Mike Deodato Jr. (The Amazing Spider-Man,The Resistance).’

Horizon Zero Dawn: Liberation #1, Titan Books

‘TITAN’S SMASH-HIT COMIC SERIES IS BACK FOR A SECOND ARC!

Critically acclaimed original creative team return for a new chapter in the story of Aloy and Erend! Fending off deadly machines, the pair hunt down the killer of a member of the Oseram tribe!

Over 80,000 copies sold on #1 – 11th bestselling comic of August 2020!

New game Horizon Forbidden West is coming to PlayStation in 2021!

Featuring fantastic cover art by Peach Momoko!’

Miles Morales: Spider-Man – Marvel Tales #1, Marvel

‘A 21st-century sensation swings his way into superstardom 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 when the Peter Parker of the Ultimate Universe falls, young Miles Morales steps up as his world’s new Spider-Man! 

From the brilliant creative pairing of Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli comes a web-slinger for the modern era – but who is Miles? How did he get his powers? What deadly dangers will he face? And how will he live up to Peter’s legacy? Find out in his debut scene from ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 and the mythos-making ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN (2011) #1-5!’

The Golem Walks Among Us #1, Dark Horse

‘The Golem has a long memory . . .

After being awakened from his long sleep in a shrine in Eastern Europe, Josef the Golem aids in the fight against the witches that once again terrorize humanity. Deployed to a small village where a cult has taken root, Josef encounters not only witches but an old enemy who remembers him well . . . and is out for vengeance!’

Elvira Meets Vincent Price #1, Dynamite

‘Elvira is back, with her most historic AND greatest costar ever! The ghost of Vincent Price is a spirit with a mission, and only the Mistress of the Dark can help! The Apocalypse is coming, and it’s going to be live-streamed for binge-watching, but a long-lost movie can save the world… if only the movie star specter and the horror hostess with the mostest can find it in time! Thrills, chills, and all sorts of terrible puns!

Issue #1 features an all-star cast of cover artists, including fan favorites Dave Acosta, John Royle, series artist Juan Samu and a stunning photo of the gorgeous lady herself – Elvira: Mistress of the Dark!’

Cinnamon #1, Behemoth Comics

‘Cinnamon is just your perfectly ordinary, average housecat. At least until we get a glimpse of the world through her eyes! Countertops become skyscrapers, cat toys become biker gangs, and perilous giant robots rampage on the daily! Get drop kicked onto the action packed streets of Big Kitchen City, as she fights the dark forces that dare to keep her from her favorite treat… Catnip!’

Trover Saves the Universe #1, Skybound

‘For fans of Rick and Morty and Mega Man! A new limited series filled with mystery, murder, and mayhem from fan-favorite author TESS STONE, set in the world of Rick and Morty co-creator JUSTIN ROILAND’s hit video game series Trover Saves the Universe! 

Welcome to the ICJ – Important Cosmic Jobs – where the boss ranks employees, and at the end of each month, the worst employee literally gets the axe. It’s… not a great gig. But when ICJ’s top eyehole monster winds up dead, the company’s most inept (and rival) employees, Klover and Bo, are falsely accused of his murder and hunted by the Space Cops! Now they must clear their names and unravel a conspiracy that reaches the very top…that is, if they don’t kill each other first!’

Count Draco Knuckleduster #1, Scout

‘The Curse of the Cryptocrystalline Stone continues in 2021! Follow the Cosmic Ghoul Warrior and young psychic, Acele Aerglo, as they embark on the next chapter of an adventure that will take them from the vastness of The Void to the depths of an aquatic moon crawling with fantastic creatures! 

This action-packed tale of SINISTER CELESTIAL SORCERY picks up where last year’s SMASH-HIT Phantom Starkiller left off. This time around, the story is told from behind the mask of the mysterious and malevolent Count Draco Knuckleduster and his Cybernetic Chrononautical Exosuit! Can the curse be broken in time… or is it already too late?’

Stanley the Snowman #1, Scout

‘Cool down from the summer heat with an uplifting “Christmas in July” special! Jenny Rose is a bit of a loner. She’s not into dolls, the latest cell phones or coolest games. She loves spending time with her family and learning about their traditions from her grandfather. He passes onto her a secret ritual that only one family member in a generation can do, bringing Stanley the Snowman to life! 

Stanley is a magical snowman, the embodiment of the holiday spirit and their family history. After months of preparation, the night finally arrives… but things don’t go exactly as planned!’

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