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, October 6, 2021.
The Amazing Spider-Man #75, Marvel
‘BEYOND, CHAPTER ONE: TEST-DRIVE
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is back to thrice-monthly because this story is pure jet fuel. Ben Reilly has returned to NYC and has fully taken back the mantle of Spider-Man, but what does this mean for Peter Parker? The greatest team of web-writers has come together with the most epic arachnid-artists ever assembled to bring you a Spider-story that will shake up Spider-Man’s 59th year in ways you CANNOT PREDICT!’
Destiny NY #6, Black Mask
‘A NEW ARC BEGINS!
WRAPAROUND COVER BY JENN ST-ONGE
“This book is a cross between The Sopranos and Harry Potter. It’s everything we never knew we wanted and now can’t do without. Slamming art, masterfully written.” (- Pulp 716: Coffee & Comics)
The second arc of the ongoing series about what happens after a prophecy is completed begins.
Logan McBride has been living with Lilith Aberdine, the last surviving daughter of a mystical crime family, for a year now. Now, ghosts from their past are beginning to push in, threatening to tear them apart.
Artist Rosi Kämpe (Marvel’s Ghost-Spider) joins writer Pat Shand (Snap Flash Hustle) in the new chapter of this character-driven fantasy saga.’
Horror Comics #7, Antarctic Press
‘Vampire Ninja Ono, Part 1 of 2
Alex Powell came to Japan looking for romance and adventure, but what started as a dream vacation has quickly turned into a nightmare. Caught in the clutches of an ancient cult and hunted by a sword-wielding woman, Alex’s first night in Japan may be his last on Earth! Ben Dunn, the Godfather of American manga and creator of the characters behind Netflix’s hit Warrior Nun, brings you his latest bad girl creation with the help of Matthew Weldon (the artist of AP’s Punchline) and David Furr (writer of Mobster Graveyard)!’
Out #1, Artists Writers & Artisans
‘In the waning days of World War Two, with the Allies advancing, a desperate Nazi officer unearths an ancient force of evil that he hopes will turn the tide of battle: a vampire. To test the power of his secret weapon, he unleashes the monster on an unsuspecting group of Allied POWs. It’s up to Nocona, a Comanche language expert, to communicate with the vampire to find out what it really wants.’
Eternals: Celestia #1, Marvel
‘THERE IS NO GOD FOR THE ETERNALS! Now that the truth of their existence is revealed, Ajak and Makkari must pick up the pieces and try to find a road forward… no matter how terrifying it will be, or how their choices will irrevocably shock the rest of the Eternals? Also: How do the Avengers of 1,000,000 BCE figure into it?’
Chicken Devil #1, AfterShock
‘Mitchell Moss is about as regular as it gets. He’s married with two children, and co-owns a successful chain of Memphis Hot Chicken restaurants. It’s not the life that screams hero/vigilante…until he discovers that his business partner is in bed with the mob and owes them $2 million. Unfortunately, Mitch is ill-equipped to be a badass-he’s just a guy who makes really good chicken. Can he protect his family from cold-blooded gangsters? Absolutely not.
But maybe the CHICKEN DEVIL can…’
Soul Plumber #1, DC
‘From the creators of The Last Podcast On The Left, exorcism just got a whole lot easier. After attending a seminar hosted in a hotel conference room by a mysterious group called the Soul Plumbers, Edgar Wiggins, disgraced former seminary school student, discovers what he thinks is the secret to delivering souls from the thrall of Satan. But after stealing the blueprints and building the machine himself, out of whatever he can afford from his salary as a gas station attendant, Edgar misses the demon and instead pulls out an inter-dimensional alien with dire consequences for all of mankind.’
A Righteous Thirst For Vengeance #1, Image
‘A NEW ONGOING CRIME SERIES from the writer of DEADLY CLASS!
When an unassuming man stumbles upon a dark-web contract assassin’s vicious plot to kill an innocent target, he turns himself into one. The Professional meets Road to Perdition in this story of a family’s unlikely guardian being hunted by rich and powerful men who are used to getting away with everything.
Join New York Times bestselling writer RICK REMENDER (DEADLY CLASS, BLACK SCIENCE) and ANDRÉ ARA JO (GENERATION GONE, Man Plus) for a uniquely atmospheric murder mystery with sudden bouts of brutal violence.’
Rick And Morty Presents: Snuffles Goes To War #1, Oni Press
‘Years ago, Morty’s dog Snuffles left Earth to find a planet for his fellow canine-kind. Now, at the height of their canine empire, WAR IS COMING. It’s dog vs. squirrel in a cosmic battle for the future of all GOOD DOGS!’
Are You Afraid of Darkseid? #1, DC
‘Gather ’round the fire, fellow campers, because it’s time for that most terrifying of traditions—campfire stories so scary you’ll never sleep without a night-light again! The Teen Titans guide those brave enough through tales of Batman and the hidden killer, Superman and Lois Lane and the killer in their back seat, Harley Quinn and Darkseid versus a furious Bloody Mary, and four more stories so hair-raising you’ll call your momma to come pick you up. So toast your marshmallows, pull up a s’more, and answer the only question that matters this Halloween: Are you afraid of Darkseid?’
Arkham City: The Order of the World #1, DC
‘The Joker’s attack on Arkham Asylum left the long-standing Gotham establishment in ruin, most of the patients killed or missing, and only a handful of surviving staff—a few nurses, a gravely injured security guard, and one doctor. In the chaos of the assault, it is believed that several of the asylum’s patients escaped and scurried off into the dark nooks and crannies of Gotham City.
Now, these Arkhamites walk among us, and it’s up to the Asylum’s one remaining doctor, Jocasta Joy, to round up her former patients.
Meet these Arkhamites: a woman with no face, a pyggy in search of perfection, a man who feels nothing and burns everything, a woman who must devour life to save herself, a man unfit for the waking world who looks instead for Wonderland, a body with more than one soul, a being unbound from time who lives in the present and the past, a boy who seeks the comfort of vermin, and the twisted man who sees them all for who they are.
And witness the avenging angel who stalks them.
This fall, join writer Dan Watters and artist Dani on an odyssey through the deepest depths and darkest shadows of Gotham City and find all-new reasons to fear the night.’
The Cimmerian: Beyond the Black River #1, Ablaze
‘Robert E. Howard’s Conan is brought to life UNCENSORED! Discover the true Conan, unrestrained, violent, and sexual. Read the story as he intended!
The Picte country is an obscure jungle where the border between civilization and barbarism is thin. Only one thing symbolizes it: the Black River, which it is claimed that no white man was able to cross and come back alive. None, except Conan. It is in the heart of this green hell that the Cimmerian meets Balthus, a young voluntary peasant whom he saves at the last minute from the clutches of fierce Pictish warriors. Together, they will try to lend a hand to the colonists who have established themselves here, on these hostile lands, in the last bastion of civilization. With a dozen men, they will have to find the powerful sorcerer Zogar Sag before he succeeds in uniting the clans and initiating his bloody invasion…’
Jennifer Blood #1, Dynamite
‘So…once upon a time, a suburban housewife spent her nights as a mobster-murdering assassin, named JENNIFER BLOOD. Then she died…or did she? Because in the cozy cul-de-sacs of Bountiful, Utah, a noticeable number of normal people have gone missing. And by “normal,” I mean “mobsters under witness protection.” And by “missing,” I mean killed by someone that looks, sounds, and murders a lot like JENNIFER BLOOD…’
Willy’s Wonderland #1, American Mythology
Hey Kids! Do you know what time it is? It’s your birthday and we want you to have Fun! Welcome to Willy’s Wonderland! The surprise hit horror flick of 2021 is Willy’s Wonderland! Nicolas Cage unleashes a can of Punch Pop on the Willy’s serial killing animatronic crew in the film, but what came before the janitorial rampage? Find out here in this official prequel to the movie giving you all the party filled blood spatter you can handle! Willy, Ozzie, Arty, Cammy, Tito, Gus, Sara, and Knighty Knight all are back with a blood soaked romp through homicidal birthday parties! This special series is written by SA Check (Volcanosaurus) and James Kuhoric (Freddy vs Jason vs Ash) with interior art by Puis Calzada (Hatchet). Willy’s Wonderland Prequel #1 comes with three covers – Main Connecting Cover (issues #1-4 make a huge single shot of terrifying birthday horror) by the horror team of Buz Hasson & Ken Haeser (The Living Corpse), Variant by interior artist Puis Calzada (Hatchet), and a special rare “Slashin’ Time” movie poster edition featuring Willy Weasel!
Zorro: Flights #1, American Mythology
‘Legendary scribe Don McGregor returns to Zorro for the first time in over 15 years! His stories have defined comics for decades. From Black Panther to Sabre to the very pages of Zorro, he has delivered groundbreaking tales of adventure, passion, and the human condition. In “Flights,” Zorro finds himself face to face with a fire breathing dragon. But something is not quite right, for though this huge creature soars into the air breathing fire, it also seems to be controlled by man! Come with us on a wild ride as we deliver one of the most anticipated Zorro stories of the new century! Available with three covers – Main with cover by Roy Allan Martinez, Variant by interior artist Vincenzo Carratu, and a Limited-Edition B&W Photo Cover!’
Billy the Kit #1, Blue Juice Comics
‘The Wild West has never been wilder! Introducing Billy the Kit, featuring a gunslinging rabbit seeking revenge against the Tornado God that killed his family. Why was this sickly, skinny rabbit spared such a gruesome fate? What makes him so special? With the help of Luther the Goat, a profanity-spewing martial arts master, Billy relies on faith, magical firearms, and Kung Fu to wage war against the pagan gods and monsters of a bygone era. Co-created by Ringo-Award winning writer Justin Gray and artist Barry McClain Jr., digital paints by Slamet Mujiono.’
Van Helsing: Beast of Exmoor #1, Zenescope
‘In the moorlands, across the field of Exmoor, in the United Kingdom a beast of once thought lore has resurfaced and is wreaking havoc on local denizens. The Royal Marines have been called in to dispatch the ravaging cryptid but even the highly trained soldiers are no match for the elusive and ferocious beast, which leaves one, Liesel Van Helsing, a very legend herself, vampire slayer and monster hunter the only hope left to capture this Beast of Exmoor, and bring an end to the carnage.’
Verotika: Revenge #1, Verotik
‘Pumkyl is summoned by the White Witch for a most grisly task by Glenn Danzig and Simon Bisley. Verotik’s Devil-Girl Akuma-She makes her shocking return to the Verotik pantheon by Glenn Danzig and Rafa Garres. All wrapped in an Incredible painted cover by Simon Bisley!’
The Electric Black: Dark Caravan #1, Scout
‘Black Caravan Imprint. Halloween is upon us and it’s the perfect time of year to revisit the employees at our eerie emporium. The Yellow Stranger guides June and Jack through the origin tale of The Electric Black itself. Questions will be answered, Mysteries will be uncovered, and grizzly murders will occur in this very special issue that bridges the events of The Electric Black and The Electric Black Presents.’
Dirtbag Rapture #1, Oni Press
‘She’s stoned. She’s selfish. She’s all that stands between us and the end of the world.
Where do you go when you die? Kat, a stoner with a flexible moral code, can answer that, and the answer is: not very far. Unfortunately for Kat’s peace of mind, a near-death experience has left her with the ability to see and hear ghosts, as well as take them into her “mindscape” so she can bring them to locations of their choosing, essentially playing transporter to the deceased. But when Kat discovers she’s the key to a demonic plan to screw up the whole world, she is forced to take an active role in the battle between good and evil. And she’s not thrilled about it.’
Headless #1, Scout
‘HEADLESS IS BACK! Cursed to live forever as the Headless Horseman, a suicidal young man named Chris, must join up with dark forces to rescue his brother Rick from the pits of Hell.’
Alias: Black & White #1, Antarctic Press
‘A woman introduces her new boyfriend to her family, unaware that he is being tracked by the FBI for a string of murders until it’s too late.’
Hath No Fury #1, Action Lab Comics
‘Thrown into an unfamiliar world and beset by dangers both magical and mundane, Freya and Yatzil will have to learn to cooperate to survive.’
Howling Snow: A Kung Fu Fable #1, Comics Experience Publishing
‘For one hundred years, Fox roamed the land in human form! Once a formidable swordsman and a master of the mystic arts, now he is a disenchanted soul, in constant search of pleasure and distraction. But all that changes when Fox encounters a demon wolf, fueled by an intense rage that threatens to shatter Fox’s fragile peace. Now Fox must reawaken his slumbering fighting spirit and find balance between the animal, human and supernatural realms, in this beguiling and gorgeous one-shot comic! Also features a variant cover by artist Queenie Ng!’
Ninja Scouts #1, Scout
‘Scoot Imprint. It’s time for The Ninja Scouts! Your neighborhood ninjas practice their skills in a world where magic, science fiction, and other genres we consider fictional, are real. After-school clubs and youth organizations thrive and are open to all! Any child can join to explore these extraordinary topics. The one-shot focuses on three pre-teen members – Carlos, Scott, and Tamara, members of the Ninja Scouts. They’re like the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, but ninjas! Join the adventure as they defend their neighborhood from bizarre, otherworldly threats while learning more about themselves in the process.’
Paradise Towers: Paradise Found #1, Cutaway Comics
‘Build High for Happiness! An ice hot science fiction adventure and sequel to the Season 24 Doctor Who adventure “Paradise Towers.” Years have passed since Kroagnon, the great architect, tried to wipe out the inhabitants of Paradise Towers. Paradise Promises Possibility! Now they prosper under the leadership of General Favalan and her soldiers. The residents want for nothing. They fear nothing. After all, in paradise, what is there to fear?’