Jumping On: New Story Arcs Kicking Off On November 23, 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 New Story Arcs, Notable #1s, and One-Shots premiering this upcoming New Comic Book Day, Wednesday, November 23, 2022.
New Story Arcs:
The Amazing Spider-Man #14, Marvel
“DARK WEB” PRELUDE! We haven’t seen Chasm since AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #894 and the FCBD issue, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been busy. Join us for this very special issue featuring Spidey’s most dangerous new villain as well as the Goblin Queen and a BRAND-NEW villain that you won’t believe.
LEGACY #908 | DARK WEB PRELUDE
Notable #1s and One-Shots:
Dark Crisis: The Dark Army #1, DC
As Pariah’s Dark Army continues its march around the globe, Damian Wayne thinks he’s got an answer as to why Pariah is able to control the most dangerous cosmic villains of the Multiverse—and he’s taking Red Canary and Dr. Light on the road to see if he’s right! Don’t miss this thrilling Dark Crisis tie-in with direct connections to the present and future of the DCU!
Star Wars: Yoda #1, Marvel
ALL-NEW ADVENTURES FOR THE GREATEST JEDI OF ALL TIME! To some, he was a legend. To others, he was a teacher. Now Yoda is all but forgotten, living in exile and haunted by the past. As a strangely familiar voice echoes through the swamps of Dagobah, Yoda must revisit the many lessons he has given over the years, from the days of the High Republic to the chaos of the Clone Wars. In the first of three story arcs, a desperate cry for help reaches the Jedi Council on Coruscant and only Yoda can respond. But how far will he go to protect a community from attack?
Doctor Strange: Fall Sunrise #1, Marvel
FROM THE MIND OF TRADD MOORE! Doctor Strange awakens alone in a distant world not his own. Lost of purpose and surrounded by danger, the wandering sorcerer must explore this land of blades and mystery to unravel arcane secrets and escape the deadly horrors that lie in wait! From the fantastical mind of creator Tradd Moore (SILVER SURFER: BLACK) comes a Strange story like you’ve never seen!
Once Upon a Time at the End of the World #1, BOOM!
In this epic post-apocalyptic tale, Maceo and Mezzy have never met anyone like each other, and they’ll need all the help they can get to survive a planet ravaged by environmental catastrophe.
This epic trilogy-each issue overflowing with 30 story pages-spans a lifetime as philosophical differences tear at the threads holding Maceo and Mezzy together.
Will they, and the earth beneath their feet, ultimately be torn apart? New York Times bestselling, Eisner and Harvey Award-winning, and Marvel flagship writer Jason Aaron (Thor, The Avengers, Southern Bastards) launches his most ambitious creator-owned series to date with the first of three unique artistic partners – Eisner-winning artist Alexandre Tefenkgi (The Good Asian) – to take on a vision of the end of the world that’s brutal and nostalgic, whimsical and grounded… and ultimately, timeless
Star Wars: Revelations #1, Marvel
THE CAN’T-MISS STAR WARS ISSUE OF THE YEAR! After WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS came CRIMSON REIGN…now in the midst of HIDDEN EMPIRE, Qi’ra has shaken the galactic landscape to its core! …But what lies beyond for the Rebellion? For the Empire? What role do the bounty hunters play? And what is happening to Doctor Aphra? Witness the next step in the legacy of heroes and scoundrels in the galaxy far, far away as Marc Guggenheim (HAN SOLO & CHEWBACCA) is joined by a ragtag team of artists to bring you an explosive tale you won’t soon forget! The path to the future of STAR WARS starts here!
Ronin Book Two #1, Frank Miller Presents
Frank Miller returns to one of his most critically praised and influential body of works, RONIN. Theis six-part mini-series follows the original work and takes Casey and her new born son across the ravaged landscape of America. With layouts by Miller, the beautiful panoramic art by Philip Tan and Daniel Henriques captures all the energy and excitement of the original series, taking the characters and world into a direction all its own. Not to be missed!
Foulness in the Walls #1, AfterShock
A Horror Prestige Format One-Shock from the mind of Cullen Bunn!
After a tragic loss, George hopes to rebuild his life. He moves to a new house. He gets a new job. He starts dating the girl of his dreams. Sometimes, though, guilt can be as malevolent as an evil spirit. Sometimes, ghosts follow you. Something is rotting in the walls of George’s new house. Something hungry.
Written by Cullen Bunn (DARK ARK, UNHOLY GRAIL, Basilisk, Bone Parish) and illustrated by Rodrigo Zayas (Cyber Force: Rebirth), comes a story of loss, rot and hunger.
Ghost Planet #1, Scout
A family of deep space explorers rushes to solve the mystery of Ghost Planet before their recently dead loved ones return to kill them next! Murder birds, eye stalks and space pigs abound in this 40-page graphic novella. Ghost Planet is a classic sci-fi tale with a body horror twist
Fear of a Red Planet #1, AfterShock
Mars. Fifty years from now, humanity’s first Martian colony is no longer self-sustaining. Under the thumb of its corporate mining overlords, the surviving colonists slave away just to pay for resupply rockets from Earth, will little or no hope of returning home.
One woman has kept a fragile peace: the U.N.’s first and only interplanetary marshal. A lawwoman escaping a violent past on Earth, she prides herself on never having fired a shot on Mars. But when she’s tasked with solving the murder of the colony’s most hated man, her investigation threatens to tear the red planet apart.
Written by Mark Sable (MISKATONIC, WHERE STARSHIPS GO TO DIE) and illustrated by Andrea Olimpieri (Dishonored, Dark Souls), MARTIAN LAW is a near-future western with the hard sci-fi of The Expanse and the hard-boiled gunslinging of Justified.
Pulp Bytes #1, Scout
Two twisted tales of technological terror! The first, “Junebug Bites Back,” is the story of an overbearing pageant mom who gets her just desserts after purchasing supplements from the dark web. In “Terms and Conditions,” Jack and Lacey’s day of distraction turns to a nightmare when they ignore the fine print.
Kamen Rider: Zero-One #1, Titan
Aruto Hiden is KAMEN RIDER ZERO-ONE! Along with his trusty humagear companion Izu, he’s saved the world numerous times as the insectile superhero! But when his company HIDEN INTELLIGENCE is attacked by the mysterious RAGNAROK, Aruto must not only face the volcanic cluster cell-powered villain but also his own past…
Darkland #1, Scout
In the 24th-century, a young girl named Rose finds haven in an abandoned mall. When she is inadvertently thrust into the deadly remnants of America, Rose must learn to adapt if she wants to survive. Following closely in her wake is Zed, a notorious bounty hunter. With the odds stacked against her, will Rose make it?
TMNT: Best of – Leatherhead #1, IDW
Long before becoming a pawn in the Rat King’s Armageddon Game, Leatherhead ran rampant as one of the TMNT’s most iconic foes! Relive some of the ruinous reptile’s most raucous tales in this collection featuring the lethal Leatherhead!
Mysterium #1, Source Point Press
Will you dare to walk through the gates of the Mysterium Manor? Conrad MacDowell keeps encountering supernatural occurrences after moving into his new home. Along with a group of world renowned mystics, they will try to help a ghostly presence cross to the other side, all before time runs out! Based on the popular board game Mysterium, this story will keep you guessing as to how, where, and who was behind the murder. Join Conrad and his friends, along with writer Christina Blanch and artist Alex Monik, to see if they can free this spectral soul and let them rest in peace.
The Bones of the Gods #1, Scout
Scout launches its latest high fantasy title! Twenty years after an epic battle between the world’s two Gods, civilization has re-emerged from the ashes of that confrontation. The Gods destroyed each other during the epic fight, their shattered bones raining down below. It is said that these bone shards contain incredible power… if you can find one… if they even really exist. Esper Haddon is sixteen years old and frustrated with her life. She’s the daughter of a protective warrior-turned-farmer, but she wishes for something, anything exciting to happen. However, after she discovers the bone of a God buried on her farm and dark forces come hunting for her, she may soon regret that wish.
Road Trip to Hell #1, Scout
Francis Rhoades has had a life full of hardship, but things get even worse when he learns that his father is Satan himself. Now aware of his heritage, Francis quickly discovers his father has died-and named him the new king of Hell! The catch? All the damned have escaped from Hell. If one of them can kill Francis before he can reach the netherworld himself, that soul will become the new leader of Hell! With the demonic legions in pursuit, Francis will need to rely on his own special power to survive… along with an angelic ally sent by God themself!
Impossible Jones: Naughty or Nice #1, Scout
A Very Special Holiday Special! Holly Daze threatens to blow up the city, forcing IMP to play hero just as she’s planning her own Holiday Heist! And IMP thought they were friends! 🙁 Added Bonus: a seasonal Even Steven story where his insistence that everything be equal is tested when he receives an anonymous gift-and returning the gesture is, well, impossible!
Cover of Darkness: Origins #One-Shot, Source Point Press
Featuring 3 standalone short stories in the COVER OF DARKNESS universe, with incredible art by Andy Belanger (Swamp Thing), GMB Chomichuk (Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal) and John Delaney (Justice League Adventures). A Dragon riding Elf warrior must team up with Dracula to save his dying niece. Frankenstein and his wife, Mary, travel the ancient wonders, only to have their holidays interrupted by Zombies. And Ninjas vs Kaiju!!