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 New Story Arcs, Notable #1s, and One-Shots premiering this upcoming New Comic Book Day, Wednesday, September 14, 2022.
New Story Arcs:
Immortal Red Sonja #6, Dynamite
A new storyline begins as Sonja the Red realizes her destiny. The journey has been long, the dangers grave. But with a fuller understanding of the cursed chainmail on her back, Sonja will strive to finish her quest before the dark forces on her path overwhelm…
Notable #1s and One-Shots:
Batman vs. Robin #1, DC
CHAPTER ONE: REUNION
Spinning out of the occasions of each Batman / Superman: World’s Finest and Shadow War, father and son will do battle in one of many single most earth-shattering tales ever instructed! Deep within the coronary heart of Lazarus Island, the demonic legacy of the al Ghul household line has finally been freed, and the Devil Nezha is out for blood. To reclaim his whole domination over planet Earth, Nezha has supercharged magic—anybody who dares use it’s overcome by a demonic evil that supercharges their talents to harmful, unpredictable, and in some instances lethal ranges! With Damian in Nezha’s clutches and Bruce haunted by the return of an previous good friend, the Dark Knight and the Boy Wonder are pitted towards each other within the battle of the century! Legendary author Mark Waid helms the following epic saga in Batman historical past, whereas celebrity artist Mahmud Asrar makes his triumphant return to DC!
Midnight Suns #1, Marvel
RISE OF THE MIDNIGHT SUNS! A dark prophesy and apocalyptic new villains with horrifying powers the likes of which Earth has never faced before ordains a team of MIDNIGHT SUNS to rise and tear @#$% up: MAGIK, WOLVERINE, BLADE, SPIRIT RIDER & NICO MINORU. But what does this new threat have to do with the Sorcerer Supreme’s past? And why is STRANGE ACADEMY student ZOE LAVEAU number one on the Suns’ list?
Dark Crisis: Worlds Without A Justice League – Wonder Woman #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…until now. To power his weapons of war, Pariah has captured each member of the Justice League and trapped them on worlds suited to their every dream and desire…while the planets themselves slowly eat away at their respective inhabitants. As Wonder Woman begins a new chapter in her life, Pariah has uprooted her to a reality he controls—how will the Amazon Princess adapt? Also, Dan Watters and Brandon Peterson combine forces for a noir tale featuring Martian Manhunter! 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!
The Bone Orchard Mythos: Ten Thousand Black Feathers #1, Image
From the acclaimed creative team behind GIDEON FALLS, PRIMORDIAL, and THE PASSAGEWAY comes a new series in the bold and ambitious shared horror universe of THE BONE ORCHARD MYTHOS.
Trish and Jackie are best friends and avid gamers. But when the line between reality and their fantasy world is blurred by an evil darkness, can they be the heroes of their own story?
TEN THOUSAND BLACK FEATHERS is the newest entry into THE BONE ORCHARD MYTHOS from LEMIRE & SORRENTINO! This universe will feature self-contained graphic novels and limited series about the horrors waiting to be discovered within the Bone Orchard.
The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1, DC
Race through the streets of Central City in this lead-up to the hotly anticipated blockbuster The Flash! After Barry’s adventure with the Justice League, he’s determined to become a truly skilled and inspirational hero. As a new threat emerges in Central City going by the name of Girder, Barry turns to Batman for advice on training to master his powers. Can the Dark Knight help show the Scarlet Speedster a way to defeat this metallic menace, or will the Flash be crushed by Girder’s strength?
Ms. Marvel & Venom #1, Marvel
Continued from Ms. Marvel & Moon Knight #1
Venom is on the hunt…but who is hunting Venom?! Ms. Marvel and Dylan Brock, the new wicked web-slinger on the block, team up as a scheme to harness the symbiote rears its ugly head. The finale will also reveal the connection between all three team-ups, and fans won’t believe who’s been pulling the strings!
Batman: Hush – Batman Day Special Edition #1, DC
In honor of Batman Day, DC presents a special edition of 2002’s Batman #608, the first chapter of Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee’s seminal 12-part mystery spanning Gotham City and the Dark Knight’s greatest foes! Who is Hush? And why does he want revenge on Bruce Wayne? It all starts here—and continues in the Batman: Hush 20th Anniversary Edition hardcover, also on sale in September!
Batman’s Mystery Casebook – Batman Day Special Edition #1, DC
Batman is a great detective, but he rarely works alone. His sidekicks Robin and Batgirl, his butler Alfred, and the police of Gotham City all play a role in helping him keep his city safe. You can too! In this special Batman Day edition, we’ll take you to a maze and see how you fare against the Riddler!
Maskerade #1, Dark Horse
Felicia Dance is hiding in plain sight. The provocative social media star and shock TV sensation has one of the most recognizable faces in the world-so she can’t capture and kill the butchers who murdered her little brother and experimented on Felicia like a lab rat when she was a child. Not unless she looks like someone else. The face of justice is reshaped forever in Maskerade-an exciting new vigilante comic series from writers Kevin Smith and Andy McElfresh and artist John Sprengelmeyer, marking the dynamic debut of Smith’s Secret Stash Press imprint with his very own vigilante!
An all new sci-fi crime drama from writer and filmmaker Kevin Smith and screenwriter Andy McElfresh!
The Least We Can Do #1, Image
Mysterious magical power arises from a world nearly destroyed by war. A young woman fights for her ideas of revolution and to build a new society from the debris. Realizing that she can’t do it alone, she has to prove her worth to the Eclipse Rebels to join them against the dreadful Eden Army. A story of discovering what is right and what love means in a military-occupied and socially oppressed United Kingdom.
Star Trek: Lower Decks #1, IDW
The hit Paramount+ animated series makes its comics debut with Eisner-winning comics writer Ryan North (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) at the helm! Soon after leading her crew on a planetary expedition aimed at building bridges and advancing Federation technology, Captain Freeman begins to suspect that the planet and its people are not all what they seem… Meanwhile, the crew in the lower decks take to the holodeck, enjoying some much-needed recreational time-until a bloodthirsty visitor decides to join in on their games!
Castle Full of Blackbirds #1, Dark Horse
Castle Full of Blackbirds continues the story of Sara May Blackburn, the fan-favorite character from Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: The Return of Effie Kolb.
When Sara May headed for New York after the events of The Return of Effie Kolb, she had one goal in mind: find the mysterious Miss Brook at the Linton School for Girls, and ask her what she knows about the mysterious powers that have plagued Sara May her whole life. But as is often the case with these things, the answers are not as simple as all that. Sara May is in for an education in more than just reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic at the Linton School.
Vampirella: Mindwarp #1, Dynamite
It’s a deadly chase across reality in a Vampirella epic unlike any you’ve seen before. Enter the twisted world of Mindwarp!
Meet Baroness Gruzal, an evil sorcerer with an ancient crown that possesses dreadful powers. Gruzal’s ambition is to live one thousand years – and she plans to accomplish this by stealing and inhabiting the powerful body of Vampirella! What follows is a mad chase across time and space itself, as seen through the prism of Vampirella’s wild history and dark origins!
Don’t miss this new, brain-melting epic from the feverish minds of writer Jeff Parker (Aquaman) and artist Benjamin Dewey (Namor)!
Mr. Easta #1, Scout
The gloriously demented mind of Kit Wallis brings the galactic adventures of the third best assassin in the universe to Scout Comics! Incredible, kinetically charged artwork blasts the blood, mayhem and quirky humor directly through your brain like a high-caliber bullet. In this issue, it’s Elvis night at an interstellar backwater bar, but with all due respect to the King, that doesn’t stop Mr. Easta. With the help of Frank, his teleportation parasite, who can also transform into any handheld weapon imaginable, it’s business as usual.
The Last Shadowhawk 3D #1, Image
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of SHADOWHAWK #1 with writer/artist PHILIP TAN (SPAWN, X-Men), co-writer BRIAN HABERLIN (HELLCOP, THE MARKED), and inker DANIEL HENRIQUES (GUNSLINGER SPAWN, SHADOW WAR: ALPHA).
In the not-too-distant future, the world will be just as it is today…only worse. Evil has permeated the very fabric of society, from the halls of government to the darkened alleyways. Will the heroes who once defended the downtrodden fail them now? Will a new generation rise, inspired by the last of the old? Who will be THE LAST SHADOWHAWK?
Sgt. Werewolf #1, Scout
Sgt. Steve Hovatter leads a small group of U.S. Commandos to infiltrate Lichtenstein castle in Germany and recover intel on Nazi Occult operations. The Commandos are captured, and Sgt. Hovatter is executed. Hours later Sgt. Hovatter is transformed into a Werewolf and uncovers a much more sinister plot at Castle Lichtenstein. The Nazis are trying to evoke the Norse God of Thunder, Thor to aid them in their war efforts. Sgt. Werewolf must save his team from this Castle of Horrors, but he’ll have to go through an army of Golems first.
Mega: Rise of the Black Swan #1, Red 5
Eons ago, the Ancient Ones won the war against the Jackals and managed to incarcerate them in the depths of our planet. Humankind and all life on Earth arose and evolved on the surface of a massive inner prison. Now, the Primordial Jackals are awakening one by one, and only Mega stands in their way to re-emerge from the darkness. After the success of the first miniseries, Salvador Sanz delivers a new chapter in the epic Mega saga.
Lovecraft Unknown Kadath #1, Ablaze
Randolph Carter, a traveler to dreamland, tries not to wake up before reaching his goal, the elusive Kadath: the home of the gods, a place of fantasy and overflowing imagination. Carter walks through a world full of threats and abominable monsters, but also of palaces, exuberant cities, and geographies that remind man of his insignificant role on the gigantic cosmic chessboard.
Robyn Hood: Baba Yaga #1, Zenescope
Baba Yaga is back in the Big Apple and Robyn is none too happy about it. The evil witch is in town and up to no good, and she’s not about to let Robyn get in the way of her secret mission-and if Baba has to kill her to complete it, all the better. Things aren’t looking good for New York City’s biggest hero.
The 06 Protocol #1, AfterShock
The seemingly perfect life of the Mirino family is shattered when family patriarch, Faust, is brutally murdered on a quiet summer night. His wife, Cat, and 16-year-old daughter, Missy, are forced to confront a shocking truth about Faust’s involvement in a secret government program known as THE 06 PROTOCOL.
Now, Cat and Missy have to protect each other as they are hunted, and haunted, by the people and secrets of Faust’s double life.
Written by Lee Turner and illustrated by Cliff Richards (10 YEARS TO DEATH, Batman: Red Hood – The Lost Days, Wonder Woman: Mission’s End) comes a story of family secrets, betrayal and bonds built in blood.
West Moon Chronicles #1, Scout
The elusive creatures of mud and blood known as the dokkaebi live just off of Route 4 in east Texas, in the ancient pine forest known as the Tanglechase. Joon-Ho, a Korean immigrant with a shadowy past, and his estranged grandson Jae-Sun are the only people in the nearby town of Vane who know the true nature of the dokkaebi. Together, they must figure out what’s causing the creatures to turn hostile. Perhaps it has something to do with the interdimensional portal at the heart of the Tanglechase, for it is from here that the past comes knocking, demanding a reckoning from both men.
Hellfate #1, Blood Moon Comics
1 of 3 issues. Jenna lives undercover in Tokyo, hoping to live a regular life. But she’s being tracked by a religious order. When she is forced to morph and kill to protect herself, she decides to go back to New York, where she kills a priest in a Church. Is she aware she is fulfilling the role of the Antichrist!
Thud: Double Vision #1, Scout
Bo, a creative living in Oakcago, finds himself directionless and tired with his mundane existence. Yet, despite his dissatisfaction, the one happy constant in his life is a comic book character that he has created and drawn since he was a kid-but then a terrible accident changes everything. Meanwhile, a masked vigilante has appeared on the scene and is only starting to discover his capabilities. As this hulking hero begins his career, he must adjust to appearing and disappearing without warning in his new environment.
Combining the original first issue of Thud with a new second issue!
Nervous Rex #1, It’s Alive
Rexford the T. Rex is back in print after 37 years! This was the first comics work from animator William Van Horn, who would go on to make a name for himself at Disney, drawing Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comics! Mild-mannered tyrannosaur Rexford doesn’t really fit in with the Jurassic age, as he’d rather just eat oatmeal and hang out with his friends. His wife Dearie is always after him to be a more aggressive meat-eater and add to the fossil record. Also featuring a backup story starring the diminutive King Billy. Featuring a retro cover, along with an all-new variant cover by original creator William Van Horn and original colorist Barbara Marker!
Sabretooth Dan Versus the Moon #1, Scout
Sabretooth Dan returns in another family-friendly LAUNCH book. Launch Journeys are books created for all ages but meant to be shared with younger readers. In this adventure Dan is plagued by the prophecies written on the moon. He struggles through one nearly impossible task after the other in a wild adventure that sees the return of several characters from Dan Vs. Brunch! The list seems endless and as soon as one is completed, he is sent on the next quest! Exhausted, Dan devises a plan to thwart destiny, but will it work?