Jumping On: New Story Arcs Kicking Off On July 14, 2021

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 and a few interesting #1’s premiering this upcoming New Comic Book Day, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. 

New Arcs:

Thor #15, Marvel

‘The wounds of Donald Blake have not yet healed, and new Hel is afoot! With all inhabitants back in Asgard, and Odin’s presence returned after being away so long, an air of tension now sits upon the throne! Father and son. All-Father and All-Father. Odin and Thor. Is this relationship forever doomed, and what does it mean for the Ten Realms? Join Donny Cates and guest artist Michele Bandini for the start of a Midgard-shaking new arc—“Revelations”!’

Notable #1’s:

Sinister War #1, Marvel

‘Doctor Octopus is back! And the Sinister War has begun! Ock’s got a new Sinister Six and if you think he’s thought big in the past, think again. What Ock doesn’t know is that the vulture has a sextet of his own: the Savage Six! It’s an all-out war between two of the greatest villains in the marvel universe, and the only person they hate more than each other is Spider-Man! Spidey’s in deep trouble with the toughest battle that he’s ever faced. Nick Spencer and Mark Bagley team up for this epic Spider-Man story guaranteed to shock readers everywhere!’

Extreme Carnage: Scream #1, Marvel

‘Screeeeeam! Scream: Curse Of Carnage writer Clay McLeod Chapman returns to the character to lend his lethal sensibilities to Extreme Carnage! Andi Benton has always been a fighter, and that’s never been truer than since she bonded to the Scream symbiote a few months ago. But even after Absolute Carnage and King In Black, Andi has never had to fight like this—and, worse still, if she can’t save her symbiote from whatever unseen force is affecting it, she might have to do it alone…’

Aliens: Aftermath #1, Marvel

‘For Aliens’ 35th anniversary, a return to Hadley’s Hope!! It’s been 35 years since the tragedy of the Hadley’s Hope colony, but what happened to that ill-fated venture has been shrouded in mystery. A renegade crew of investigative journalists are heading towards the moon that Weyland-Yutani has wiped from all records, and they’ll bring back the truth even if it kills them…and what remains in that bombed out site will try to do just that. Benjamin Percy and Dave Wachter imagine a terrifying possible future for LV-426 in this celebration of the 35th Anniversary of one of the most influential science fiction films of all time!’

Beyond The Breach #1, AfterShock 

‘Life sucks for Vanessa. Her mother just died and her boyfriend is cheating on her (with her own sister!). To clear her mind, Vanessa is taking the California road-trip that she’s been dreaming about for years.

Her postcard-perfect drive through old growth forests quickly turns when The Breach hits. A bizarre anomaly in the sky plunges California into a nightmare-world populated with strange, extra-dimensional creatures. Now Vanessa, along with Dougie, an orphaned child, and Kai, a strange, fuzzball of a beast, must fight to survive if they ever hope to make it back home. If there’s even a home to return to.

Written by Ed Brisson and illustrated by Damian Couceiro , Beyond The Breach is a fantastical sci-fi road trip adventure about perseverance and finding family in unexpected places.’

Ninjak #1, Valiant

‘Out of the shadows and into the spotlight… the world’s greatest superspy has been exposed!

Colin King is Ninjak and he has a target on his back like never before. With enemies lurking around every corner, how will Ninjak survive when there’s nowhere left to hide and the world is gunning for him?

Hang onto your hats, folks! Jeff Parker and Javier Puildo are about to take you on a non-stop thrill ride.’

Canto III: Lionhearted #1, IDW

‘Fan-favorite Canto continues! The tiny clockwork knight in search of a heart has found his people’s freedom and has saved them from the curse of the Shrouded Man, but is he ready to face his enemy on the battlefield? After making the ultimate sacrifice, Canto bears a weapon that could defeat the Shrouded Man and free all the inhabitants of the Unnamed World. Now, he races to find a hidden settlement of his former slavers to enlist them as allies in the coming war. That is, if the Shrouded Man doesn’t find them first…’

Man-Eaters: The Cursed #1, Image

‘Man-Eaters: The Cursed reunites the original Man-Eaters creative team for another tale of adolescent feminist derring-do and supernatural hijinks. Maude, now 15, is sent to Craft Camp for the week. It goes south pretty quickly. Smart, laugh-out-loud funny, provocative, referential, scary, chock-full of ephemera, and compulsively re-readable. Plus, fairies. [ADVISORY: Do not read this book while you are actually camping.]’

Mouse Guard: Owlhen Caregiver #1, Archaia

‘Which of life’s biggest lessons can be learned from the smallest amongst us?

A young mouse learns that compassion and kindness are the great virtues in “The Owlhen Caregiver.” “Piper the Listener” finds a brave mouse venturing into wild country to learn the tongues of other beasts. And a grizzled oldfur shares the lesson of putting a whisker out too far in “The Wild Wolf.”

Three poignant tales mark creator David Petersen’s return to his beloved Eisner and Harvey Award-winning series in this self-contained special.’

Gods of Brutality #1, Scout/Black Caravan

‘In 2020, Rock God Nick Dillion will step off the stage for the final time, ending his 37-year career as the head of the Metal Band: Gods of Brutality. They are about to release their final album, completing the story he set out to tell 37 years before. In his final interview, Nick reveals that when he died for 1 minute, 24 seconds in 1984, he was actually in hell, where he was tortured by demons. In an act of desperation, Nick prayed to any God that would listen. Thankfully his pleas were answered when Thor and Hercules were dispatched to save him. This is the comic telling of that story.’

Savage Hearts #1, Dark Horse

‘She’s a brawny barbarian bruiser with a broken heart; he’s a lonely beastman who talks to dinosaurs. What happens when they team up against an evil sorcerer? Action, comedy, and romance in this all-new jungle fantasy romcom from Aubrey Sitterson (No One Left to Fight, The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling) and Jed Dougherty (World’s Finest, Harley Quinn, Justice League: Future’s End).’

The Lunar Ladies #1, Scout

‘A million years ago in outer space… a highly-advanced society of women lives under the surface of the moon. Their peaceful way of living is quietly fracturing from the inside, as political ideologies pit the queen of the moon against a geneticist hell bent on usurping the queen’s power. The Lunar Ladies is an homage to the public domain character, Moon Girl, complete golden-age ray guns and laser rays. Pew pew!’ 

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