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, January 11, 2023.
New Story Arcs:
Time Before Time #19, Image
NEW STORY ARC
In the aftermath of her devastating confrontation with The Arcola Institute, Nadia finally reunites with her mother and sister. Was it worth everything she lost to get to this point?
The fourth arc of the hit time travel series kicks off with art by JORGE COELHO (The Great Gatsby, Rocket Racoon).
The Flash #790, DC
THE ONE-MINUTE WAR, PART ONE: ZERO POINT
As any super-speedster worth their salt will tell you, time can move pretty slow for the incredibly fast. So what happens when an entire armada of conquering speedster aliens shows up on Earth’s doorstep? The most intense battle the Earth has ever waged in the span of 60 seconds begins!
Carnage #9, Marvel
“FORGED IN BLOOD” begins here! The Carnage symbiote painfully and viciously extracted what it wanted out of Malekith the Accursed—but godhood remains just out of its reach. Wracked with an insatiable lust and longing for power since its communion with Knull, the symbiote is missing only one thing to level untold destruction across the universe: a weapon.
Notable #1s and One-Shots:
Lazarus Planet: Alpha #1, DC
CHANGE THE WORLD. Following the explosive (literally) events of Batman vs. Robin #4, the Lazarus Volcano has erupted, spewing dangerous and transformative chemicals into Earth’s atmosphere! As these Lazarus clouds rain down upon the planet, people across the globe begin to develop strange new abilities, watch their already-extraordinary abilities change, and witness a whole host of chaos unlike anything the DCU has experienced before! It’s up to Damian Wayne to put out the distress call for whoever can still hear it: come to the ruins of the Hall of Justice and help save the world! Poison Ivy, Power Girl, Cyborg, Batman, and more answer the call…but why could the fate of all life as we know it rest in the hands of…Monkey Prince?
Lost Souls: Haywire #1, Scout
Bob is a psychiatrist for robots, a psychiatrist who hates his job. Day in and day out he analyzes, certifies and judges the head-spinning drones, the stuttering bots, the self-looping droids-and he’s had enough! All this silicon lunacy is driving him insane. Luckily it’s his last day on the job. Unluckily, he may have just botched his escape. He’s made a mistake. A mistake that has brought an unusual patient-one that will judge him. Part cybernetic The Metamorphosis part Chuck Palahniuk-tinged Twilight Zone, get ready for the transgressive cyberpunk whodunit in the shared world of Lost Souls.
The Avengers: War Across Time #1, Marvel
Thor! Iron Man! Captain America! Giant-Man & the Wasp! The classic Avengers against the Hulk on the streets of New York! It’s the beginning of a showdown with Kang the Conqueror that will span the centuries! Eisner Hall of Famer Paul Levitz makes his Marvel debut (unless you count a letter in AMAZING ADVENTURES #5) teamed with acclaimed artist Alan Davis!
Black Cloak #1, Image
Eisner Award-winning writer KELLY THOMPSON heads to Image for the first time with BLACK CLOAK, an all-new series with artist MEREDITH McCLAREN! Blade Runner style mixes with SAGA-esque drama in a delectable fantasy/sci-fi blend as two Black Cloaks try to solve the murder of a beloved prince in Kiros, the last city in the known world, before his murder tips the city into war. The mystery begins in a spectacular TRIPLE-LENGTH FIRST ISSUE for $4.99!
Spawn: Unwanted Violence #1, Image
Information can be one of the most valuable resources in the world. It can also be one of the most difficult to obtain. Luckily for Spawn, he has the FREAK. The Freak is a master of getting what he needs out of a subject. But as the Freak works at extracting the whereabouts of “File F,” Al witnesses an act of senseless VIOLENCE-one that he can’t ignore.
The writing of TODD McFARLANE meets the incredible art of MIKE DEL MUNDO in SPAWN: UNWANTED VIOLENCE, a two-part miniseries that forces Spawn to confront the very nature of good and evil!
Batman: The Adventures Continue Season Three #1, DC
Alan Burnett and Paul Dini return once more to the world of Batman: The Animated Series! Someone is targeting the Muscle now that he’s locked up in Blackgate Penitentiary. With his deep ties to the criminal underbelly of Gotham, the worst villains are calling for his head before he turns them over to the police! Batman will need to protect him, but can even the Dark Knight figure out where the next attack will come from?
Nemesis Reloaded #1, Millarworld
The world’s most evil comic book is back! Who is Nemesis, and why does this eccentric billionaire who dresses up in a mask and cape want to terrorize people instead of helping them? Isn’t that how this is supposed to go? Trigger warning: Too violent and too cool for some!
Godzilla Rivals: Rodan vs. Ebirah #1, IDW
Hundreds of kilometers above Tokyo orbits the ParaSOL science facility, connected to terra firma by a massive space elevator, together two incredible feats of engineering and international cooperation. But when the subdued kaiju Rodan and Ebirah arrive at the lab’s mysterious Section X, all of that threatens to come crashing down-literally-when the pair escape their confines and tear into each other. With the two titans locked in battle and plummeting to Earth down the space elevator shaft, it’s up to a team of scientists to stop them before their velocity is truly terminal-for them and for humanity.
Stray Sheep #1, Blood Moon
Colson has lost both the love of his life and his unborn child. With no reason to go on, he ponders if it’s best to just end it all. That’s when he receives a mysterious invitation to participate in a series of dangerous live-or-death underground games sponsored by the mafia. With every round he plays, the risks to Colson’s life become greater, but so does his addiction to these deadly games.
The Phantom Tomorrow #1, Opus
Scientist Dennis Kane has an intellect matched only by his massive ego. When his hubris causes the world to fall apart around him, a dark avenger is born of his agonizing shame. A mysterious figure caught between life and death, the Blackbird desperately seeks redemption, willing to fight through Hell and back to get it.
Grimm Space #1, Scout
The perfect mash-up of sci-fi and classic fairy tales has arrived! Grimm Space tackles “Jack and the Beanstalk” with its debut issue as a mechanic named Jack is forced to sell a broken robot at a space bazaar. Instead, the young mechanic trades it for a mysterious navigation unit with star charts to deep, unknown space. Jack hopes the NAV unit will bring him opportunity, but he and his fellow shipmates find trouble of gigantic proportions. Note: Covers A and B connect.
Rest In Peace #1, Scout
Have you ever been overwhelmed by houseguests who won’t let you rest in peace? Ghoul has! After a long Halloween night, his monster friends start knocking on his door. He reluctantly allows Dracula in. Then the Werewolf. Next the Mummy, followed by Frankenstein’s Monster. Finally when Blob tries to ooze his way through the door Ghoul loses his cool and kicks them all out into the darkness. But was his decision too hasty? Only when his conscience-in the form of the Invisible Man-makes him realize that his friends simply wanted to spend more time together does he see the error of his ways.
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