Jumping On: New Story Arcs Kicking Off On March 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 titles kicking off New Story Arcs, Notable #1s, and One-Shots premiering this upcoming New Comic Book Day, Wednesday, March 30, 2022.

New Story Arcs:

Something is Killing the Children #21, BOOM! Studios

‘Discover a brand new story arc in the Eisner Award-nominated horror series from GLAAD Award-winning author James Tynion IV (The Nice House on the Lake, The Department of Truth), artist Werther Dell’Edera (Razorblades), colorist Miquel Muerto (House of Slaughter), and letterer AndWorld Design (We Only Find Them When They’re Dead), as Erica leaves Archer’s Peak and her past behind to hunt down a new monster, even as she herself is being hunted, this March 2022.’

A Righteous Thirst For Vengeance #6, Image

‘When a life is shattered by violence, putting the pieces back together is arduous. But we can find friends in scary places even as enemies lurk in the shadows.’

Notable #1s and One-Shots:

Immortal X-Men #1, Marvel

‘IN THE QUIET COUNCIL, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM! The Quiet Council rules the Krakoan age, for better… or worse. Now, shaken by INFERNO and X LIVES OF WOLVERINE / X DEATHS OF WOLVERINE they strive to hold together, no matter how much they want to tear each other apart. Writer Kieron Gillen (UNCANNY X-MEN, ETERNALS, The Wicked + The Divine, Die) returns to the world of X with artist Lucas Werneck (X-MEN: THE TRIAL OF MAGNETO) to bring us all into the room where it happens. “It” being “the most powerful people on Earth deciding the fate of the whole planet.” Prepare for sinister secrets to be revealed and learn that some secrets are more sinister than others…’

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2022 #1, IDW Publishing

‘The Turtles embark on a secret mission to their roots, but a mysterious creature hunts them relentlessly. The Turtles will have to find a new way to come together to escape their foe-and the pain that haunts them. A special story of remembrance and family written and drawn by acclaimed artist Juni Ba!’

Batman: Beyond the White Knight #1, DC

‘A lot can change in 10 years, especially in Gotham! Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne, may be behind bars, but the real criminals are still out there. Gotham Motors CEO Derek Powers has seized control of the Wayne family’s assets and is using them to transform the GTO and the city they’ve sworn to protect. Crime is down, but at what cost?

A new Batman has emerged in the city, and only Bruce is fully aware of the dangers to come. It’s time to destroy the mantle for good, but he’ll need one of his forgotten sons’ help to do so. Enter Jason Todd…the first Robin?!’

Shadow War: Alpha #1, DC

‘SHADOW WAR, PART 1

When Deathstroke assassinates Ra’s al Ghul, Talia al Ghul demands revenge and sends her League of Shadows to kill Deathstroke and Deathstroke Inc.! Batman and Robin must team up to track down Deathstroke and bring him to justice…but do they? Expect over-the-top fights, action, mystery, and betrayal as this crossover event creates a major impact on the DCU!

CONTINUED IN BATMAN #122.’

X-Men Unlimited: Latitude #1, Marvel

‘WOLVERINE JUMPS INTO THE VOID! When A.I.M. manages a covert infiltration of the S.W.O.R.D. station and kidnaps three mutants, it’s up to Wolverine to take one giant leap for man and get them back. From the vacuum of space to the dripping guts of an evil supercomputer, Logan will stop at nothing to save his friends. Collecting the first four chapters of the hit MARVEL INFINITY COMIC by Head of X Jonathan Hickman and superstar artist Declan Shalvey for the first time in print!’

Hulk: Grand Design: Monster #1, Marvel

‘The acclaimed Grand Design franchise continues! Writer/artist Jim Rugg follows in the tradition of Ed Piskor and Tom Scioli by unfurling the full saga of THE INCREDIBLE HULK, from the very beginning to the present! Witness the biggest moments in the Hulk’s history through the eyes of a single visionary storyteller!’

Zombies vs. Robots Classic #1, Image

‘The original VS. title is back to reclaim its turf and introduce itself to a new world! Eisner Award-nominated duo CHRIS RYALL & ASHLEY WOOD take control of ZOMBIES VS. ROBOTS and kick off the excitement with a lineup of classic adventures – all packed to the gills with action! Each issue will present an iconic tale and, in this debut issue, readers will be treated to a 26-page “Which Came First?” origin story. And because we love you, each issue will also feature new WOOD covers, a new illustrated intro and outro, and an all-new story, too. Join us for the first time all over again!’

Sensational Wonder Woman Special #1, DC

‘Wonder Woman stars in three sensational stories that will push her to her limits. Will the Amazon Princess come out on top after battling the likes of Circe, Blue Snowman, and the Threnn of Doom? Join us in this celebration of all things Wonder Woman for International Women’s Day!’

Astro City: That Was Then… Special, Image

‘ASTRO CITY returns with an all-new special! Who were the Jayhawks? How did they inspire five teen sidekicks looking for answers to hit the road in a rickety crime mobile in 1969? And how will this affect Astro City in the present? This one-shot special features new and existing heroes and launches a mystery that will drive the forthcoming ASTRO CITY series. And don’t miss the ASTRO CITY METROBOOK, collecting the first three years of the acclaimed series!’

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 25th Anniversary Special #1, BOOM! Studios

‘• 25 years later, dive into a whole new universe of stories celebrating the phenomenal icon of a generation, Buffy Summers!

 

  • Where in the Multiverse is Buffy? And what’s happened to the Scooby Gang? Find out in the surprising epilogue to BOOM! Studios’ acclaimed first three years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

 

  • Discover the start of an all new series about the Slayer from Hugo Award-winning author Sarah Gailey (Eat the Rich, Magic for Liars)!

 

  • Plus, three brand new original stories about your fan favorites from the Buffyverse in this 64 page perfect bound deluxe special celebrating the pivotal anniversary of the Slayer!’

Batman / Faze Clan #1, DC

‘FaZe Clan, the world’s most prominent and influential esports and gaming organization, joins forces with Gotham City’s heroes for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure! A new enemy has emerged, and the Dark Knight must call on the world’s greatest gamers to help! FaZe founders Rain, Apex, Banks, Temperrr, and other members of the team unite and gain new abilities to combat an escalating digital threat. Will Batman, Nightwing, Robin, Batwoman, Batwing, and the members of FaZe Clan be enough to stop the Riddler’s devious scheme?’

Cities of Magick #1, Scout

‘Once Upon a Time in Old York…

This is the Age of Magick. The Age of City-States and Magick Gangs and the Post-Post Apocalypse. Our hero, a cowboy named Lev, strolls into Old York City looking for something no one’s ever seen before. He’s picked a bad time. The forces of Hyper-Priestess Isimar Rothschild, the Queen of the Chicago Conglomerate, have attacked Old York. The only person who stands in Isimar’s way is Gregor Steiner, leader of the Red Double Xs, the magick gang that protects the city from foreign invaders.

Lev didn’t come looking for a fight, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t prepared for one. Caught in the midst of a decade-old war between two powerful gangs, Lev has to figure out where his loyalties lie, if he has any to speak of. And he has to do it all quick-like…’

Season of the Bruja #1, Oni Press

‘Althalia Cabrera might seem like any other witchy Portland hipster whiling away her days behind the counter of a freaky occult museum, but there’s more to her whole deal than a trendy pursuit of the craft. Althalia is a bruja by blood-the youngest in a long line of powerful magic users from a long-ago culture indigenous to Mexico. In her twenty years, Althalia has studied with her loving abuela by her side, supporting and mentoring her use of the family magic, and protecting her from the darkest parts of their practice’s history. But just as Althalia’s inner light and power begins to shine, the darkness of the past finds its way into her world and strikes a tragic blow, testing Althalia in ways she might not be prepared enough to survive.’

Broken Souls Ballad: Hell is for Kids #1, Scout

‘Black Caravan Imprint: Alone in the bowels of St. Abigail Asylum, the Mother lies strapped to a birthing table. Now, her children have been brought back to her by Mrs. Adele, the woman tasked with developing these living weapons for the government. However, what no one realizes is that the Mother’s children have become a little less afraid of their tremendous powers. Ever so slowly, their paths are joining together-but will their combined abilities be enough to stop the evil perpetuated at St. Abigail’s?’

Beyond the Farthest Star Chronicles 50th Anniversary #1, American Mythology

‘In 1972 Beyond The Farthest Star was published as a backup feature in several issues of DC’s Tarzan series. This first comic book adaptation of the brilliant Edgar Rice Burroughs tale has not been seen outside those issues in 50 years! American Mythology is proud to present the first collection of these long lost chapters by legendary comic book creators Marv Wolfman, Denny O’Neil, Robert Kanigher, Dan Green, Howard Chaykin, Murphy Anderson, and Rudy Florses!  Come with us – Beyond The Farthest Star – with this special edition showcasing the brilliant imagination of Edgar Rice Burroughs!  This issue has two cover editions – Main and a 100 copy Century Edition by the legendary artist Roy G. Krenkel!’  

One Night in Prague #1, Keenspot

‘A new fantasy adventure epic from the mind of screenwriter Constantin Wernerwith art by Tadd Galusha. After young concert pianist Siwan loses part of his hand in a tragic accident, his family falls into a serious crisis. Following a strange prediction by a psychic, he departs for Prague with his supportive father Minkyu and good-humored uncle Jinwoo. They must find a mysterious white cat, who allegedly holds the key to Siwan’s future. Once reaching the Czech capital, they’re drawn into an ancient struggle between two groups of mystical shapeshifters!

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