Jumping On: New Story Arcs Kicking Off On November 17, 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, November 17, 2021.
X-Force #25, Marvel
‘A DEADLY TURN OF THE TIDE TO MARK 25 ISSUES OF X-FORCE! The island paradise of Krakoa has no shortage of beautiful vistas, but WOLVERINE’S tastes run toward the coves with the deadliest waves in the world! It will take more than a healing factor to survive this thresher as a previously unknown threat to mutantkind splashes down! Plus: A sea change for KID OMEGA and PHOEBE CUCKOO!’
Robins #1, DC
‘BEING ROBIN, PART ONE
The five heroes to have donned the Robin cape and mask find themselves at a crossroads in their lives. Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown, and Damian Wayne come together to discuss the big thing that binds them together: Was being Robin, and Batman’s sidekick, the best choice they could’ve made? But before they can get to the heart of the matter, they’re ambushed by an unknown assailant with a bone to pick with them. She claims to have been the first Robin, and she’s out to prove Batman should’ve never trained any of them. Winner of DC’s Round Robin tournament, as chosen by you, the readers!’
Darkhold: Wasp #1, Marvel
‘INTRODUCING THE IRREDEEMABLE WASP! Renowned colorist and writer Jordie Bellaire makes her Marvel writing debut with a story that will make you shrink in fear! Bidden to draw forth five archetypal heroes, the Scarlet Witch chose Janet Van Dyne as “the artist” – the hero whose ingenuity and strength of will could prove the lynchpin in the coming battle against Chthon. To enter Chthon’s dimension and face his darkness head-on, the Wasp read from the ill-fated Darkhold text…and it drove her insane. Now her entire life is subject to question. Janet is no stranger to mental illness; she spent years trying to redeem ex-husband Hank Pym despite his violent breakdowns. But now, she has the power to reclaim her story…and fight back. Bellaire brings you the most twisted comic you’ll read this year!’
Getting Dizzy #1, BOOM! Studios
‘Dizzy wants to be the best! But in the case of everything she’s tried, including roller skating, this teen has only been able to achieve one thing – disaster.
Just when she is ready to pack it in, everything changes when the Negatrixes attack, forcing her to take up the mantle of ‘Burb Defender!
But if she wants to save the world, she’s going to have to assemble the coolest skating crew in the ‘Burbs.
From New York Times bestselling author Shea Fontana (DC Super Hero Girls, Wonder Woman Rebirth) and acclaimed artist Celia Moscote (Juliet Takes Breath) comes an aspirational new series, perfect for fans of Save Yourself! and Rollergirl, that reveals a true hero is nothing without her friends.’
Batman Secret Files: The Gardener #1, DC
‘She is shrouded in mystery, her motives a secret, and one cannot help but ask: Who is Bella Garten, a.k.a. the Gardener, really? Green-thumbed storytellers James Tynion IV and Christian Ward dig deep into her past and unearth the secret origin of the latest addition to Batman’s rogues gallery. Learn not only how Bella Garten came to know Pamela Isley, but how she was integral to the origin of the woman who would one day be known to all as Poison Ivy.
FEAR STATE TIE-IN’
Radio Apocalypse #1, Vault
‘Long after the rock out of space struck the world and turned it all to dust, in Bakerstown stands the last Radio Station on the planet. Radio Apocalypse broadcasting into the unknown, a beacon in the dark for those who wander the lost places. Now change is coming to Bakerstown. Among the refugees flocking into an already precarious settlement, an orphan boy Rion, caught in an indiscretion, will twine his fate with the Radio Station. And in doing so, begin this mixtape of love and heartbreak and interminable hope. This soundtrack to the end of the world.’
Wonder Woman: Evolution #1, DC
‘Whisked away from Earth by a distant cosmic entity, Wonder Woman is forced to navigate a series of perilous challenges that push her to the brink both mentally and physically. At stake is the fate of all humanity, with the alien entities casting Diana as Earth’s proxy for a trial judging humankind’s worthiness to exist in the universe. Can Diana stand trial to save humanity without losing her own? Harley Quinn’s Stephanie Phillips teams with acclaimed artist Mike Hawthorne (Daredevil, Deadpool) for his first major DC project, an epic Wonder Woman tale unlike any other!’
Genis-Vell: Marvel Tales #1, Marvel
‘Meet the son of the greatest warrior the galaxy has ever known, 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! Spawned in a test tube, Genis-Vell now struggles to fill the boots of his late father Mar-Vell – the original Kree Captain Marvel! Genis has inherited Mar-Vell’s greatest gift, cosmic awareness – which might be enough to make him go mad, if he didn’t have Rick Jones along for the ride. But sharing a body, and switching places back and forth from the Negative Zone, might drive them both crazy! Get ready for Peter David and Chriscross’ hilarious CAPTAIN MARVEL (2000) #0-3 – featuring the Hulk, Wendigo, Moondragon…and Rick’s estranged wife, Marlo!’
These Damn Kids #1, Second Sight Publishing
‘In a small town in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the children have been acting strange. There have been reports of parents being attacked by the very children they raised. Some have even gone to school to try and kill the teachers and faculty. The town sheriff has brought in a young rookie cop.’
Godkiller: Spiderland #1, Black Mask Studios
‘Halfpipe and Soledad gaze into The Abyss. Things get intense. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.’
Doctor Who: Empire of Wolf #1, Titan Books
‘CELEBRATING THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EIGHTH DOCTOR’S DEBUT!
Trapped in a parallel universe, Rose Tyler believed her adventures with the Doctor were over. Now, pulled by a mysterious energy into this reality, she must work with two Doctors – the eighth Doctor and the eleventh Doctor – to end the tyrannical rule of the warmongering BAD WOLF EMPRESS!’
Magic: The Gathering – Master of Metal #1, BOOM! Studios
‘When the fate of the Multiverse is at stake, what game will the scheming Master of Metal play?
Tezzeret of Esper, the cruel artificer now free from his former master Nicol Bolas, the God-Pharaoh of Amonkhet, has traveled across the Multiverse seeking the answer to a question only he knows.
Once he finds it, he will manipulate anyone necessary and do whatever it takes to claim his prize… but to what end?
Writer of the upcoming Magic: The Gathering animated series, Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Windblade), and artist Jorge Coehlo (Rocket Racoon) debut the Master of Metal in a 48-page one-shot igniting the spark of events that will ripple throughout the Multiverse in 2022!’
Silence #1, Second Sight Publishing
‘After suffering a life threatening medical event, former comic book superstar Stanley Kane seeks to regain his health in the remote town of Silence, Michigan. Will the accidental discovery of a mystical amulet galvanize his return to comic book glory, or will it lead him down a dark path from which he can never escape.’
Tales of Terror Annual: Goddess of Death #1, Zenescope
‘Keres is the Goddess of Death, and has punished many deserving beings sending them to pay for their sins for eternity in a hellish afterlife. But Keres isn’t the only one who should be feared. The world below is full of those who seek to take power but also escape the prison they are held in and rise to our world. The 12 Kings of Hell are making their move and only Keres stands in the way of utter world-changing chaos. Will she be able to stop them and keep hell from rising? Who is the 13th King of Hell?
Find out in this dark and evil trip to the world beyond as we pull back the veil and learn the secrets of the Goddess of Death!’
Alt Control Delete #1, Second Sight Publishing
‘In an isolated, megacity hidden deep in an icy wasteland thrives a society that has eliminated physical conflict and brutal war practices, the Games are valued above all else. Now, in a world where XP is currency and meritocracy thrives, Tess, a jaded professional gamer must decide between her tournament rankings and finding someone she loves.’