Jumping On: New Story Arcs Kicking Off On May 4, 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, May 4, 2022. 

Notable #1s and One-Shots:

Flashpoint Beyond #1, DC

THE CLOCKWORK KILLER, CHAPTER ONE

Batman’s hunt for the Clockwork Killer brings him to Europe and face to face with the mad king, Aquaman. On the eve of Aquaman’s sinking of London, Batman infiltrates his stronghold and goes on the warpath for answers. Nothing matters to Batman, whose world is already dead, but if he can track down the Clockwork Killer, Thomas can save his son’s world and put everything back together again.

Giant-Size X-Men: Thunderbird #1, Marvel

All Elite Wrestling superstar Nyla Rose slams into Krakoa with a back-breaking one-shot featuring the first X-Man to die in action! In this mega-sized one-shot, she teams up with comics star Steve Orlando and First Nations artist David Cutler to grapple with the ramifications of Thunderbird’s recent resurrection! The world John Proudstar has returned to is completely different from the one he once knew. Looking to find refuge in the familiar, Thunderbird seeks out someone from his past at an Apache reservation…and uncovers a horrifying threat to the Indigenous mutant community. Will Thunderbird be able to save his people? Or will his justified rage lead him astray?

Star Wars: Obi-Wan #1, Marvel

Fast approaches the ultimate destiny of one of the Jedi’s most renowned masters! As he spends his final days in the remote deserts of Tatooine, Obi-Wan Kenobi takes time to reflect on—and record—key moments of a heroic life long-lived. Writing in old leather-bound journals from his hermit’s hut, Obi-Wan remembers his days as a young Jedi Initiate, his trials as a Padawan, the crucible of Jedi Knighthood and the Clone Wars, and some of the earliest challenges he faced as a true Master of the Force! In this tale, Obi-Wan considers a watershed Youngling adventure he narrowly survived on Coruscant when he was but eight years of age… This is just the beginning of his Jedi journey!

Spider-Man 2099: Exodus – Alpha #1, Marvel

Miguel O’Hara is back! After fighting battles across the timestream, MIGUEL O’HARA is at last back defending his present and our our future! For SPIDER-MAN 2099, the only thing constant about life in Nueva York is change. So when a cataclysmic crash creates a new Garden of Eden in what was once the American Wastelands, Spider-Man knows exactly what the next atrocity will be. Watch as THE CABAL plans to set society ablaze—and you’ll never guess who is leading them!

Twig #1, Image

It’s the first day of Twig’s new job as a journeyer on a JEFF SMITH’s Bone-esque quest to save a The Dark Crystal/Labyrinth-style world. Join our hesitant hero for an inspiring and imaginative tale of hope, heartache, and determination to overcome insurmountable odds!

Nubia: Coronation Special #1, DC

After the events of Trial of the Amazons, a new era for these warriors has dawned. Amazons from around the world have come to Themyscira to witness history and the crowning of their new leader. She stood between Man’s World and the dangers of Doom’s Doorway for centuries; when she was called upon to serve her people, she stood strong and clear-eyed, unafraid to look certain death in the face; she has united peoples on the brink of war… All hail Queen Nubia, champion of the three tribes! 

Join us for an awe-inspiring special celebrating the mysterious past, thrilling present, and promising future of the character. And for the first time, Nubia’s origin will be revealed! You won’t want to miss this moment in Wonder Woman history that is certain to influence stories for years to come!

Dogs of London #1, AfterShock

How deep must you bury a body to make sure it doesn’t haunt you?

Frank and Terry are about to find out. They were once members of The Dogs, a feared gang who ruled much of London’s underworld back in the swinging 60s. They thought they’d escaped their troubled pasts, but the past isn’t dead – it’s just bashed about a bit and very pissed off. Spanning different times and classes, DOGS OF LONDON is a brutal, bloody tale of violence, love, revenge…and sleeping dogs who refuse to roll over and play dead.

Written by Peter Milligan (X-Force, Hellblazer) and brought to bloody life by Artecida, the Dogs have awoken, and they seek more than mere revenge

Dune: The Waters of Kanly #1, BOOM! Studios

In the aftermath of the battle of Arrakeen, legendary House Atreides warmaster Gurney Halleck takes refuge with spice smugglers, vowing revenge against the Harkonnens no matter the cost.

Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer #1, Opus

Frank Frazetta’s legendary creation Death Dealer returns to life in collaboration with Frazetta Girls! Critically acclaimed animation writer Mitch Iverson (Dota: Dragon’s Blood, Voltron: Legendary Defender) joins world renowned artists Stefano Martino (Stranger Things) and Luis Antonio Delgado (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin) to bring you the first salvo in a major launch of new, related titles featuring characters envisioned by the Master himself! Bear witness to the beginning of an entire multiverse of Frazetta’s most famous creations!

Quests Aside #1, Vault

A skeleton, an apprentice mage, and an exiled princess walk into a bar… for another shift at Quests Aside, the local watering hole run by once legendary, now retired adventurer Barrow.

When the King privately explains that he plans to shut the place down, Barrow must find a way to hold onto his business and the family he’s built around it.

It’s always sunny in the realms!

Metal Society #1, Image

PORT OF EARTH writer ZACK KAPLAN teams up with hot up-and-coming artist GUILHERME BALBI in a dramatic new sci-fi miniseries that’s Blade Runner meets Rocky.

In an inverted future, evolved robots have resurrected humans for manual labor. When a tribalistic cultural clash breaks out, a fearless human fighter and a frustrated, displaced robot will square off in a public MMA-style sport fight of epic stakes to determine once and for all who reigns supreme: man or machine.

Red Sonja: Red Sitha #1, Dynamite

BEHOLD…THE DAUGHTER OF FIRE.

Once possessed by Xamul, the spirit of the flame that possessed her, Sitha The Red has chosen to follow the path of the sword, inspired by the courage of her adopted mother, RED SONJA.  Ten years have gone by, and Sitha is a young bounty hunter, always on the trail of the most dangerous criminals in the kingdom of Aquilonia! Until one day, someone returns from her past to involve her in a mission bordering on suicide…

Belit & Valeria #1, Ablaze

Rising from a watery grave, Belit once again finds herself commanding a ship, sailing the seas in search of adventure…and answers. But when a deal goes wrong, she finds herself teamed up with the woman she was holding prisoner: the equally beautiful and deadly, Valeria.

These two iconic characters will find themselves traveling across Hyperborea on a mission to find out how Belit lives once again that will lead them straight into danger…from the gods themselves!

Bonus material included: The original Robert E. Howard essay “The Hyborian Age”

Frontiersman: Lock-Up Special #1, Image

Following the big action of the regular FRONTIERSMAN series, our hero now faces the consequences! When Frontiersman is thrown in the county jail to await trial, he’s visited by an antihero who wants to free him—whether Frontiersman likes it or not!

Featuring all-star guest artist NICOLÒ ASSIRELLI!

This is a standalone DOUBLE-LENGTH superhero extravaganza for established fans and new readers alike!

Archer & Armstrong Forever #1, Valiant

When Armstrong seemingly loses his immortality, Archer refuses to let his best buddy go gentle into that good night. But when you live for millennia, you rack up plenty of enemies who’ll be thrilled to find out you’re no longer indestructible. Archer & Armstrong’s globetrotting quest for (more) immortality begins here!

Transformers: Best of Hot Rod #1, IDW

Whether you call him Hot Rod, Rodimus Prime, or even just Roddy, the hotheaded and cavalier Autobot leader is an all-time great. From his youthful days as the new kid in the group to his accomplishments as Optimus Prime’s successor and (co-)captain of the Lost Light, catch up on all things Rodimus! Do yourself a favor, achieve something, and earn yourself a Rodimus star!

Collects “Rise” from Transformers: Autocracy #10, Spotlight: Hot Rod, “White Fire” from Transformers (UK) #254, “Crucible (Part 2): Lūstrāre” from Transformers: Lost Light #20, “The War to End All Wars, Part 5” from Transformers: Regeneration One #100, and “Peace” from Transformers Annual 1989 (UK).

Black Hops: U.S.A. G.I.: Hopocalypse Now #1, Antarctic Press

The irradiated rabbit commando U.S.A.-*-G.I. is back for more high-stakes military action! Tasked with infiltrating a castle crawling with enemy soldiers, the Black Hops special mission force of U.S.A.-*-G.I., Patriot-R, Rigor-Tortoise, and their human handler, Penelope Freling, will have to fight their way to a rematch with the mercenary Hare Trigger. But the insidious mastermind Apex Moth may be working more angles than the heroes suspect!

The Wrong Earth: Purple #1, Ahoy

The Wrong Earth event of 2022 continues! Meet the masked vigilante Dragon-Fly of Earth-Kappa-a world of big hair, shoulderpads, and funk music, where the 1980s never ended and Greed is always Good. Written by Stuart Moore with stunning art and color by Fred Harper. All five Wrong Earth specials feature covers by co-creator Jamal Igle and a special incentive variant cover by legendary artist Gene Ha. This issue also features a second variant cover by Jerry Ordway.

Avatar: Adapt or Die #1, Dark Horse

Decades into the advent of the Avatar program on Pandora, pressure to bridge the divide between human and Na’vi has hit a peak. As an ally of the Omatikaya clan, Dr. Grace Augustine begins negotiations to open a school for Na’vi children, but her plans for peace, hope, and unity could trigger an unprecedented disaster—one afflicting the most vulnerable and protected of Na’vi.

Untold story starring popular Avatar heroine Grace Augustine!

The Grunch #1, American Mythology

The woods are alive with the sound of Evil! Straight from the pages of the swampy legends of the Louisiana bayou comes a new generation of terror with BITE! The Grunch! Part twisted human part ghastly beast and all teeth and hunger! Come along with your tour guide, Johnny Detour, and his band of misfit vloggers as they delve deep into the murky myths surrounding the murderous brood! Finding the carnivorous clan is only half the battle. Getting out alive is the real trick. Don’t turn out the lights, Brudder! The Grunch are having YOU for supper!

The Grunch #1 comes with three covers – Main by horror maestro Puis Calzada and variants by interior artist Claudio Avella and the Corpse Crew Ken Haeser and Buz Hasson!

Robyn Hood: Hearts of Darkness Oneshot, Zenescope

30 pages of story! Guest Starring Mystere!

Reichhardt Fuchs has dedicated his life to hunting monsters. The Master of the Hunt will kill any creature who wields dark powers, even if they are used for good. Fuchs’ previous brushes with evil have put the Children of Darkness, starting with Robyn and Mystere, at the top of his hit list. Now his hunt for them has begun, and it will not stop until blood has been spilled.

Spidey and His Amazing Friends #1, Marvel

IT’S SPIDEY TIME! Just in time for Free Comic Book Day, swing into adventure with Spidey, Ghost-Spider and Miles as they face Green Goblin, Doc Ock, and more! This FREE promotional comic features all new stories from MY FIRST COMIC READER, an easy-to-read comic book that is perfect for young Spidey fans ages 5-7. PLUS: Pages and pages of thrilling interactive activities sure to engage the youngest of Spidey readers! We promise you, kids will LOVE this not-to-be-missed sampler!

Beorn: The Littlest Viking Saga #1, Red 5

As featured on Free Comic Book Day! Beorn’s world is big, full of living myths and fairy tales, but that won’t stop the littlest Viking from living a legendary life! After Beorn finds his way to an uncharted island, he wastes no time launching headfirst on his quest for adventure… or at the very least, his quest to find a sandwich! What perils await young Beorn in this new land, and will the littlest Viking be big enough to rise above the dangers coming his way?

Kent Menace: Dangers from the Depths #1, American Mythology

It’s time for Ragnaroks and RetroMariners! Scott Braden & Mike Malbrough’s supernatural sailor, Kent Menace, is a mysterious mariner, as well as a weird hero who radiates – and attracts – excitement, danger, and even a bit of humor. Find out why Diamond’s Steve Geppi said Kent Menace “crackles with energy and overflows with possibility” and Valiant Senior Editor Lysa Hawkins said, “…a little dash of pulp, a sprinkle of camp, Kent Menace is what happens if Doc Savage, Namor, and The Tick fused into one!” In addition to Braden, this special issue features comics and illustrated prose stories in the great pulp tradition by Jasper Bark, Michel Buster, Juan Castro, John Charles, Lidia Corinne, Jeff Dillon, Marty Grosser, Mark Herr, Dan Lawlis, Joel Meadows, Rob Moran, Eraklis Petmezas, Meggan Groves Robinson, Dillon Samuelson, J.C. Vaughn, Mark Wheatley, and Lance Woods. Demand yours today!

 

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