Jumping On: New Comic Book Story Arcs Kicking Off On August 10, 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, August 10, 2022.

New Story Arcs:

The Amazing Spider-Man #7, Marvel

Norman Osborn is back! But what does he have planned for Spider-Man?! One of the biggest Spidey status quo changes in years is here! 

LEGACY #901

Batman: Urban Legends #18, DC

A STRING OF NEW SAGAS BEGINS! Tini Howard and Blake Howard pen an epic Batman story! Batman and the Outsiders have to save the Signal from burning out! A new mystery begins, starring Alfred Pennyworth before his passing, from all-star creator Chris Burnham! And in a story from Batman’s past, the Dark Knight must team up with Etrigan the Demon to stop the Reincarnators!

Notable #1s and One-Shots:

Predator #1, Marvel

HUNT. KILL. REPEAT. In the near future, a young girl sees her family slaughtered by the deadliest and most feared hunter in the universe: a PREDATOR. Years later, though her ship is barely holding together and food is running short, Theta won’t stop stalking the spaceways until the Yautja monster who killed her family is dead…or she is. Ed Brisson (IRON FIST, GHOST RIDER) and Kev Walker (DR. STRANGE, DOCTOR APHRA) forge a violent, heartbreaking, unforgettable new chapter in the PREDATOR saga not to be missed!

Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League – Green Lantern #1, DC

When Pariah and his forces of the Great Darkness laid waste to the most powerful superheroes of all time, all hope was lost…but the spirit of the Justice League can never truly die. John Stewart takes flight to defend his planet as the Emerald Knight of Justice alongside allies Red Hood and the blind prophet Kyle Rayner! Plus: Hawkgirl takes to the skies in her own unique world! Where there’s life there’s hope, and with that hope comes a deeper unraveling of the tapestry of the DCU’s biggest event of 2022!

DARK CRISIS TIE-IN

X-Men: Legends #1, Marvel

AN ALL-NEW TALE SET BEFORE GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1! Before GIANT-SIZE X-MEN brought STORM, WOLVERINE, COLOSSUS, NIGHTCRAWLER and THUNDERBIRD to the team, Roy Thomas redefined the merry mutants in two seminal runs on the book. Now he, at long last, returns to the saga of the X-MEN to take us through the period between his run and GSX, for the first time detailing Wolverine’s government missions before his recruitment by PROFESSOR X (including unrevealed detail on his battle with the green goliath in THE INCREDIBLE HULK #181/182), an untold episode involving BEAST and a host of missing mutants, and the secret behind Wolverine’s costume! Kicking off an all-new volume of X-MEN LEGENDS by a host of legendary creators, this is but the first story in a run of new, in-continuity tales covering the length and breadth of X-Men history from the early eras to fan-favorite latter day sagas! Face front, True Believers! These are the missing links you’ve been looking for!

DCeased: War of the Undead Gods #1, DC

What began as a battle for Earth has become a war for the galaxy as the epic final chapter in the massive DCeased franchise is here! The emergence of a reborn, undead Darkseid in DCeased: Dead Planet sets the stage for the most devastating conflict yet for Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman! As the Anti-Life Equation spreads into the cosmos, the survivors of Earth prepare for the coming apocalypse and realize their only hope could lie in the most powerful surviving hero from the first DCeased series… The bestselling creative team of Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine return for their third and final installment in War of the Undead Gods!

Ghost Rider: Vengeance Forever #1, Marvel

CELEBRATING FIFTY YEARS OF VENGEANCE! Johnny Blaze, still reeling from his time in Hayden’s Falls, seeks the counsel of a seer—named Necro the Tattooist—who uses his needle to bring dark truths to the surface. What follows is not only a wild tour through Ghost Rider’s lost history, but also a warning about the future and an examination of the troubling weight of legacy.

Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2022, IDW

It’s a little mangled, it’s kind of jumbled, it’s the 2022 annual with Rough & Tangle and Rouge & Tumble! Writers Ian Flynn, Evan Stanley & Gigi Dutreix, Aaron Hammerstrom, Daniel Barnes, Ian Mutchler, and India Swift bring to readers six new heartwarming stories of unlikely pairs.

Ms. Marvel & Wolverine #1, Marvel

A DIRE THREAT. A DANGEROUS MYSTERY. AND ONLY THE TOUGHEST HEROES OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE CAN SAVE THE DAY! When a mysterious threat lands in New York City, MS. MARVEL takes matters into her own embiggened hands! But with Krakoan security/tech compromised, you can bet WOLVERINE and the X-MEN won’t be far behind! The best there is at what he does teams up with one of the Marvel Universe’s most lauded heroes in an oversized action-packed adventure for the ages! 

STORY CONTINUES IN MS. MARVEL & MOON KNIGHT #1.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957 – Falling Sky #1, Dark Horse

Cryptozoologist Woodrow “Woody” Ferrier joined the B.P.R.D. to find exciting and previously undocumented cryptids, but unfortunately most of his cases end in disappointment. But a trip with Hellboy to small town Virginia where a huge and mysterious creature stalks the woods might provide him with just the opportunity he’s been waiting for!

Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and longtime collaborater Chris Roberson gives us a new tale from the world of Hellboy. Featuring art by Shawn Martinbrough, colors by Dave Stewart, and letters by Clem Robins.

What’s hiding in West Virginia?

Giant-Size Gwen Stacy #1, Marvel

Gwen’s own miniseries finally gets its ending, and we’re putting it all together! It’s got everything! Gwen! The Green Goblin! Kingpin! The X-Men!!! Re-presenting issues #1-3 of the GWEN STACY limited series (2019)!

Love Everlasting #1, Image

Joan Peterson discovers that she is trapped in an endless, terrifying cycle of “romance”—a problem to be solved, a man to marry—and every time she falls in love she’s torn from her world and thrust into another teary saga. Her bloody journey to freedom and revelation starts in this breathtaking, groundbreaking FIRST ISSUE. 

From superstar award-winning creators TOM KING and ELSA CHARRETIER, comes a new ONGOING SERIES in the tradition of SANDMAN and SAGA.

The Avengers and Moon Girl #1, Marvel

Even after a team-up with Miles Morales to scout Brooklyn for her missing T-Rex, Moon Girl is still missing Devil Dinosaur. and now she has a wonky DD clone to try and stabilize for fear of explosive repercussions. But the Avengers have found some rogue dinosaur activity and need her to come with them right away to fix it—from Wakanda to the moon!

Star Wars: Hyperspace Stories #1, Dark Horse

All-new all-ages adventures from throughout the galaxy!

When the members of a Republic mission led by Senator Padmé Amidala are abducted by the ruthless Separatist General Grievous, Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi jump to the rescue. But the operation quickly goes awry, and the Jedi find themselves cut off and surrounded by an army of battle droids!

Danger and deception at the height of the Clone Wars, in Star Wars: Hyperspace #1!

Parker Girls #1, Abstract Studio

When Annie Graham’s lifeless body washes up Venice beach, the nation mourns the loss of a popular actress. Police suspect her death was no accident but Graham’s husband-billionaire Zachary Lot-has the best lawyers money can buy and the investigation stalls. That’s when Tambi Baker decides to take matters into her own hands and enlist three of her finest Parker Girl operatives to bring the Lot Empire down, one shocking scandal at a time.

Blade Runner: Black Lotus #1, Titan Books

Set after the events of the Blade Runner: Black Lotus anime series!

Elle, AKA Black Lotus, hoped she could leave behind her violent past and find a new life. But is that possible in a world where replicants are still hunted and feared? FEARED.

Expanding the world of Blade Runner with a new type of replicant!

Samurai Doggy #1, AfterShock

During the Fourth War of the Sun, a small dog named DOGGY experienced an irreparable trauma: his mother was brutally murdered, and his eight brothers, still puppies, were kidnapped by a mysterious man. To save them, Doggy fought bravely against the terrible killer, but all his efforts were in vain, and he was left for dead. What nobody imagined was that a technological vulture scavenging the region for corpses would be the one to rescue the dying dog from death’s scythe.

Now, Doggy has become Samurai Doggy, and his only goal is to quench his thirst for revenge.

Written by Chris Tex (BlackOut) and illustrated by Santtos (LAND OF THE LIVING GODS, BlackOut, Night Shift), SAMURAI DOGGY is a story of loss, revenge and the journey to defeat the greatest empire of machines and robots that has ever existed.

The Deadliest Bouquet #1, Image

Jasmine Hawthorn was a hard-edged Nazi hunter who trained her children well in the art of espionage. But in 1998, when her complicated past finally catches up with her, it’s up to her three estranged daughters, Rose, Poppy, and Violet, to solve their mom’s murder—if they can avoid killing each other in the process.

Red Sonja: Fairy Tales #1, Dynamite

Sonja as you’ve never seen her…in a fairy tale!

Once Upon A Time, a handful of magical beans fell to the ground, and up grew a towering beanstalk that reached above the clouds! Those brave enough to scale the beanstalk would find at its top a hungry giant, with a taste for human bones. But his hunger will not be sated when he is visited by a SHE-DEVIL WITH A SWORD…

Trve Kvlt #1, IDW

Marty Tarantella has been flipping burgers for 15 years. He has no kids, no hobbies, no love interests, and, essentially, no life. But what he does have is a plan to change everything. Years of watching the daily rhythms of the neighboring stores has given Marty the idea for a perfect heist, but when he accidentally steals a supernatural weapon from a cult full of violent lunatics, the resulting Satanic panic will be way above his minimum-wage pay grade.

Nothing can prepare you for the coming of Trve Kvlt, a deliciously horrifying and hilarious new series from SCOTT BRYAN WILSON (Batman: Gotham Knights, Pennyworth) and LIANA KANGAS (Star Wars Adventures, She Said Destroy).

Vampirella: Fairy Tales #1, Dynamite

Vampirella as you’ve never seen her…in a fairy tale!

Once Upon A Time, there was a cottage deep within the forest, were an elder lived, eagerly awaiting the arrival of her granddaughter with wine and cake – not knowing of the horrid fanged beast that stalks the forest, seeking easy prey. But little does the fanged beast realize that the granddaughter has fangs of her own…

Evil Ernie: 30th Anniversary Facsimile Edition #1, Dynamite

Back in print for the first time in decades, just in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary! The holy grail and origin of the Chaos! universe can finally be added to your collection with this new facimile edition. In 1991, horror mastermind Brian Pulido and the maestro artist Steven Hughes kicked off what would become an innovative and expansive world of characters. Originally published by Eternity Comics, Dynamite is proud to re-present one of the biggest key issues in comics history! Meet Ernest Fairchild, a disaffected and abused teen being held in the Clearview Mental Institution. Dr. Leonard Price has tried experimental treatments like dream therapy, wherein Ernest met the mysterious and captivating Lady Death, which only prodded him further into homicidal urges. Mary Young visits the institute and observes his violence firsthand, convincing her maybe they can cure him forever with neurotech… Turning him into the maniacal Evil Ernie! This facsimile edition presents the original comic in all its glory, including advertisements and more.

Dejah Thoris: Fairy Tales #1, Dynamite

Dejah as you’ve never seen her…in a fairy tale!

Once Upon A Time, a queen most jealous sought to destroy any woman fairer than she. And so, a beautiful woman struck out into the wilderness, desperate to evade the queen’s envious wrath. The beauty would find allies in the wild, unlike any she’d ever seen before. And she made plans to return to the queen, to lay claim to the planet of Barsoom…

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero – Best of Storm Shadow #1, IDW

Once a warrior for Cobra, then a soldier for G.I. Joe, but ALWAYS an Arashikage ninja first and foremost! He’s Tommy Arashikage, aka Storm Shadow…and these are some of his greatest adventures!

Phantasmagoria #1, Scout

In the Victorian London, an Intruder from the Outer has been summoned, leaving behind a series of gruesome killings. The mysterious Professor Hawke helps the possessed Jane Grantley to get rid of the creature. Hawke is an old, powerful wizard. But he’s not the only wizard in London… and the others may not be on his side!

 

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