Jumping On: New Story Arcs Kicking Off On June 29, 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, June 29, 2022.
New Story Arcs:
BRZRKR #9, BOOM! Studios
The stunning conclusion of the blockbuster series begins here!
Discover a brand new story arc that finally reveals the long-hidden secrets of B.’s past… and uncovers shocking new revelations that will change his future forever!
From the ancient mysteries of his origins to the present-day machinations of Caldwell’s master plan… B.’s entire journey has been leading to this moment.
From superstar Keanu Reeves, NYT bestselling writer Matt Kindt, and acclaimed artist Ron Garney comes the final chapter of the epic story that’s sold over a million copies!
What’s the Furthest Place From Here? #7, Image
THIS IS HOW IT ALL BEGAN! A look back at the night known as “Cityfall” finds a father on the run with his children, but the road can only take you so far. And as one society collapses, another begins to form. But what role do the Strangers play in both?
Notable #1s and One-Shots:
Iron Man / Hellcat Annual #1, Marvel
Spinning out of the pages of IRON MAN, Hellcat travels to San Francisco to get her house in order…only this house is an aging Victorian manor left to her by her mother Dorothy. The house and its secrets will reunite Patsy with old friends like Hedy Wolfe—as well as others she’d hoped to leave dead and buried. When a supernatural crisis arises, will Hellcat and Iron Man combined be enough to beat back the flames of Hell itself?!
DC vs. Vampires: Killers #1, DC
In the shadow of the new Vampire World Order, Harley Quinn rules the human underworld in this age of darkness. She has survived by only looking out for herself…but she might have just found the key to saving the world.
The Variants #1, Marvel
What would it really be like to meet an alternate version of yourself, another you who had made different choices and lived a completely different life as a result? That’s the question facing Jessica Jones, as what seemed like a routine investigation instead has her encountering other incarnations of herself from across the Multiverse. Can Jessica get along with herself? Will she want to kill her other selves? And will seeing the lives she could have led drive her into a self-destructive spiral? This is what happens when you meet…the Variants!
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: Old Man Whittier #1, Dark Horse
Trouble runs in the Whittier family! When Catherine Whittier learns she’s inherited the family home, she knows better than to go back alone, and Hellboy’s experience with the family (in Hellboy: The Whittier Legacy) makes him the perfect one to make sure any unkind spirits are rest. Because in a house with a history like this, “plot” can mean more than just a family graveyard.
Iron Cat #1, Marvel
The Iron Cat armor made its first appearance in BLACK CAT #11 but both Black Cat and Iron Man thought that was the last they would see of it. If Felicia is surprised to see the armor again, you can imagine how furious Tony is. There’s someone new in the Iron Cat armor and they have a plan that will put them in the crosshairs of all the heroes of the Marvel Universe. Both Iron Man and Black Cat’s secrets and mistakes are going to come back to haunt them and it’s going to get ROUGH! Don’t miss this fantastic new miniseries!
Public Domain #1, Image
Syd Dallas is responsible for pop culture’s greatest hero: THE DOMAIN! But his sons Miles and David have a complicated relationship with both the creation and their creator. Can they convince their dad to fight for their family’s legacy?
This fun and heartfelt series written and illustrated by Eisner winner CHIP ZDARSKY (SEX CRIMINALS, Daredevil) explores a WILD ALTERNATE WORLD where comic book creators aren’t properly acknowledged or compensated for their creations!! Crazy, I know!!
Hi, it’s me, CHIP! I’m writing this solicitation!
Thor: Lightning and Lament #1, Marvel
The Mighty Thor has abandoned Asgard in her greatest hour of need, leaving the Realm Eternal in the hands of his half brother Loki, in the absence of its rightful ruler, Odin. With Asgard under assault by legions of trolls, and the Lady Sif hovering near death due to a possibly fatal wound suffered in battle, can anyone save the Golden City from annihilation?
Sins of the Black Flamingo #1, Image
OCCULT NOIR. MIAMI SLEAZE. Sebastian Harlow is the Black Flamingo, a flamboyant and narcissistic thief who gets his kicks stealing mystic artifacts from the wealthy and corrupt of Miami’s occult underground. When his latest job leads him to his biggest score so far, the hedonistic outlaw discovers something he wasn’t looking for-something to believe in.
Mindset #1, Vault
When an introverted tech geek from Stanford, with dreams of changing the world, accidentally discovers a form of mind control, he and his friends do something unexpected – they put the science into a meditation app to help users break their addiction to other manipulative technologies and platforms. But after their rags-to-riches rise, a wake of murders and a series of mind games, their Mindset app replaces all rival social media and achieves a cult following of a billion user
Mech Strike: Monster Hunters #1, Marvel
In AVENGERS: MECH STRIKE, the Avengers donned new mech armor to battle an unprecedented threat. Now a trio of the world’s most notorious super villains, assembled by Doctor Doom, have used the Eye of the Kraken to give themselves a mystical—and monstrous!—upgrade. In order to defeat their foes, the Avengers must undergo a similar transformation—and become MONSTER HUNTERS! But will the heroes be consumed by their dark new powers? Featuring classic Avengers characters and some surprising new additions to the team, all outfitted in their very own mech armor!
Power Rangers Unlimited: Countdown to Ruin #1, BOOM! Studios
Discover their past growing up on KO-35, their journey to becoming Rangers, and the epic battle that changed their lives forever…
The future of the Power Rangers saga starts here in this exciting one-shot adventure!
Best of Godzilla #1, IDW
Since the dawn of the Cold War, one monster has reigned supreme-Godzilla! Now, in this first issue in a series of reprints that showcases some of the greatest Godzilla comic book stories ever told by a variety of superstar writers and artists, find out why Godzilla is the undisputed King of the Monsters. And at almost a hundred pages, this comic is nearly as gargantuan as its monstrous star!
Canto: Tales Of The Unnamed World #1, IDW
The lovable knight Canto, his friends Falco and Rikta, and their Malorex mount are returning to the Clockwork Kingdom. But to get home, they must cross a bridge guarded by a mysterious bard. His price? A story he’s never heard in all the Unnamed World. A phenomenal collection of stories by David Booher and some of comics’ top artists expands the world and adventure of the fan-favorite Canto series between Canto II: The Hollow Men and Canto III: Lionhearted.
Buffy ’97 #1, BOOM! Studios
“That Buffy Show,” a The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air meets Dawson’s Creek style teen drama sitcom, is a perfect fit for the Buffster. It’s all going well until the cast gets a taste of the supernatural when the audience totally vamps out!
The Scooby Gang is forced to learn actual slayage skills on live television from “TV” Buffy to save their lives, and more importantly… keep the show from being cancelled!
Tap into some geeky joy with this celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Buffy The Vampire Slayer by Say Anything frontman Max Bemis (Moon Knight) and Marianna Ignazzi (An Unkindness of Ravens), and you’ll be five by five!
Transformers: Fate of Cybertron #1, IDW
The thrilling conclusion to the saga that started in Transformers (2019) #1! The Decepticons have the upper hand. Cybertron is falling. And Optimus Prime has an imploder-possibly the most dangerous Cybertronian-built weapon in history-to his head. This is the Autobots last stand. But what does triumph look like in a desperate situation? The War for Cybertron may end here, but the Autobots and Decepticons aren’t done yet!
Vampiverse Presents The Vamp #1, Dynamite
Torn from the pages of the hit series, Vampiverse! Meet this reality’s version of Vampirella, the Vamp, a mysterious crime fighter in the 1930s classic pulp style who could give the Shadow a run for his money! But who is the Vamp? Where did she come from, and how did she become the scourge of all things evil? And what is her terrifying connection to the Cult of Chaos? Join us this summer for a titanic tale of terror, action and adventure from the creative team behind the hit VAMPIVERSE miniseries!
Agent of W.O.R.L.D.E. #1, Scout
Horny robots! Super-evolved orangutan bosses! Joyriders from the 26th Century! Nothing phases Philip Blank, top agent for the sci-fi spy organization known as W.O.R.L.D.E.! But lately, Philip’s been wondering if there isn’t more to life than saving the world through creative violence. What is Philip hiding from WORLDE, and how far will he go to keep it hidden? The most beautifully bizarre book of the year is here!
Dungeons & Dragons: Ravenloft – Orphan of Agony Isle #1, IDW
Frankenstein meets D&D! Miraculously revived from what appears to have been a gruesome death, Miranda finds herself brought back to life, with no memory, in the mysterious lab of the infamously talented Dr. Viktra Mordenheim of Lamordia. Through unsavory experiments, and flashbacks illustrated by a new guest artist each issue, Miranda will begin to piece together-literally one body part at a time-how she met such a horrifying fate. Who wanted her dead, and how has she found herself reanimated at Schloss Mordenheim? Miranda will be forced to reckon with why Viktra would go through all this terrifying trouble to bring her back.
Mega Centurions #1, Scout
Join Scout Comics for their exciting new sci-fi series Mega Centurions: Mega No More! As the Mega Centurions, Cassidy, Reggie, and Thad saved the world from an alien invasion by the evil Prince Venkor. Today, they are barely scraping by in dead end jobs. Things are flipped upside down when a face from their past comes crashing back into their lives.
Tales of the Coffinverse #1, Coffin Comics
The epic villainy of Insurrectus and his monstrous progeny extends beyond the known universe. Only those willing to take a stand can stop him. In separate stories from across the Infinityverse, meet The Trust – outlaw superheroes who fight the supernatural, Captain Skargrave, intergalactic space pirate who sails the haunted galaxy macabre; Lady Gunfighter, wild west loner armed with demonic guns and a bad attitude; and Captain Death, who opposes the monsters during 1945’s World War Hell as a Satanus invades Europe (told in a 60’s Marvel style). There can only be two outcomes – victory or total Deathocalypse!
Aggretsuko: Out To Lunch Launches #1, Oni
When Aggretsuko and her coworkers go on a company retreat to Tokyo Video Joy Place, a theme park run by an American movie studio, Aggretsuko is overwhelmed by repeated messages to follow her dreams. But what are Aggretsuko’ dreams? And how can she make them a reality?
Wannabes #1, Scout
Jordan and Walt love comics, especially those that follow the adventures of their favorite real-life superheroes! Jordan idolizes the high ideals and selflessness of the more noble heroes, but Walt prefers the street-level vigilantes who punish the bad guys with crippling force. When the fifteen-year-olds decide to don ski masks and patrol their neighborhood to become heroes themselves, they are easily beaten by a mugger and narrowly escape becoming stabbing victims themselves. Undeterred, they try again, but this time there are guns, and this time there are radioactive cannisters, and this time… well read the premiere issue of Wannabes to find out! Enjoy the first issue of this NON-STOP! title followed by the entire story collected soon after in one volume.