The Ultimate Guide to All of This Summer's Awesome New Comics

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Ah, summer. The perfect time to think about going outside, getting some sun, enjoying all that nature has to offer — and then staying inside to read comics anyway. Happily, this summer’s titles will definitely keep you both occupied and entertained! Here’s our guide to all the fantastic new series coming out over the new few months.


MAY

The Ultimate Guide to All of This Summer's Awesome New Comics

Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 concept work by Daniel Acuna.

Marvel

  • Captain America: Steve Rogers #1—Steve Rogers is back! Powers restored, Steve takes on the Cap mantle once more to face a deadly Hydra threat. (Written by Nick Spencer, art by Jesus Saiz)
  • The Punisher #1–A drug bust gone wrong sends Frank Castle and the DEA Agent hunting him down into the heart of darkness. (Written by Becky Cloonan, art by Steve Dillon)
  • Thunderbolts #1—The Winter Soldier leads a team of renegades across the Marvel universe. (Written by Jim Zub, art by Jon Malin)
  • Nighthawk #1—Squadron Supreme’s dark protector returns to Chicago to chase down a violent killer. (Written by David Walker, art by Ramon Villalobos)

DC

  • Scooby Apocalypse #1—DC takes on Hanna-Barbera with this post-apocalyptic take on the Mystery Team. (Written by Jim Lee, Keith Giffen, and J.M. DeMatteis, art by Howard Porter)
  • Future Quest #1—Johnny Quest, Space Ghost, and a host of other Hanna-Barbera heroes team up to save the galaxy. (Written by Jeff Parker, art by Evan “Doc” Shaner)

Dark Horse

  • Aliens Defiance #1—A young Marine and her synthetic comrades find themselves facing the Xenomorph threat, questioning their loyalty as they try to survive on a derelict spaceship. (Written by Brian Wood, art by Tristan Jones and Dan Jackson)
  • Mae #1—A young girl trapped in a fantastical alternate dimension returns home years later as a hero. But will her sister believe her wild stories? (Written and drawn by Gene Ha)
The Ultimate Guide to All of This Summer's Awesome New Comics

Micronauts #1 cover by J.H. Williams III

IDW

  • The X-Files #1—The adventures of Mulder and Scully following their recent return to the FBI continue in a new series shepherded by show creator Chris Carter. (Written by Joe Harris, art by Matthew Dow Smith and Jordie Bellaire)
  • Micronauts #1—The Micronauts are back, and on the run across their wild galaxy from the evil Baron Karza. (Written by Cullen Bunn, art by David Baldeon, Fico Ossio, Max Dunbar, Jack Lawrence, David Garcia Cruz, Joana Lafuente, Thomas Deer, and John-Paul Bove)
  • Brutal Nature #1—A young man uses a collection of power-granting masks to transform himself into creatures to fight back Spanish Conquistadores attempting to colonise Colombia. (Written by Luciano Saracino, art by Ariel Olivetti)
  • Archangel #1—Politicians of an alternative future abandon Earth to create a new reality for them to rule in Neuromancer author William Gibson’s comic debut. (Written by William Gibson, art by Butch Guice)
  • Satellite Falling #1—A lone human aboard a distant space station tries to move on from a past relationship while making a living as a bounty hunter. (Written by Steve Horton, art by Stephen Thompson)

Boom! Studios

  • MMPR: Pink #1—Boom’s revival of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers spins off with a miniseries dedicated to Pink Ranger Kimberly. (Written by Brenden Fletcher and Kelly Thompson, art by Daniele Di Nicuolo)
  • Weavers #1—A man tries to bring down an East Coast crime family from the inside. The twist? Each member’s loyalty is slowly assured by a supernatural spider implanted inside them, granting them grotesque powers. (Written by Simon Spurrier, art by Dylan Burnett)

Valiant

  • 4001 A.D. #1—Valiant’s big summer event kicks off with a glimpse into the future, as the superheroic defender of a space-bound Japan discovers a dark secret at the heart of his utopian homeland. (Written by Matt Kindt, art by Clayton Crain)

JUNE

The Ultimate Guide to All of This Summer's Awesome New Comics

DC Universe Rebirth #1 Cover by Gary Frank

Marvel

  • Civil War II #1—There’s a special “#o” issue in May, but Marvel’s blockbuster event really starts here, as heroes come to blows over a new Inhuman’s powerful precognitive abilities. (Written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by David Marquez)
  • Civil War II tie-ins—The various corners of the Marvel Universe get drawn into Iron Man and Captain Marvel’s brutal new conflict Choosing Side #1 andGods of War #1, as well as special tie-ins starring the X-Men and Amazing Spider-Man,
  • Vote Loki #1—Loki takes on his most peculiar task yet: Running in the US Presidential Election. (Written by Christopher Hastings, art by Langdon Foss)
  • Deadpool v Gambit #1—The merc’ with a mouth and Remy LeBeau begrudgingly team up to pull a new con together. (Written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, art by Danilo Beyruth)
  • Han Solo #1—Han Solo gets his own miniseries, as he’s tasked by Leia to participate in a wild space race to save a group of Rebel agents. (Written by Marjorie Liu, art by Mark Brooks)
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens #1—The smash hit movie gets a traditional comic adaptation! (Written by Chuck Wendig, art by Luke Ross)

DC

  • DC Universe: Rebirth #1—DC’s new shake-up begins with a special issue revealing the new state of the DC Universe. (Written by Geoff Johns, art by Gary Frank, Ivan Reis, Ethan Van Sciver, Phil Jiminez and Others)
  • DC Rebirth one-shots—Prepare for DC’s biggest new series with these special prelude issues for Superman, Batman, Aquaman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, and the Titans.
  • Superman #1—The Pre-New 52 Superman takes on the cape once more, and struggles to help his son adapt to his burgeoning new superpowers. (Written by Peter J. Tomasi, art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray)
  • Batman #1—Bruce Wayne finds himself up against a hero who wants to save Gotham from the Batman. (Written by Tom King, art by David Finch and Matt Banning)
  • Aquaman #1—Black Manta returns to sabotage Aquaman’s peace talks between Atlantis and the surface world. (Written by Dan Abnett, art by Brad Walker and Drew Hennessy)
  • The Flash #1—Barry Allen finds himself meeting a new speedster in Central City, but where did they come from? (Written by Joshua Williamson, art by Carmine Di Giandomenico)
  • Green Lanterns #1—New Lanterns Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz find themselves alone up against the might of the Red Lanterns. (Written by Sam Humphries, art by Robson Rocha)
  • Green Arrow #1—Black Canary returns to Oliver Queen’s life, as does Ollie’s goatee. (Written by Benjamin Percy, art by Otto Schmidt)
  • Wonder Woman #1—Diana has a crisis of faith when her Lasso of Truth suddenly stops working for her. (Written by Greg Rucka, art by Liam Sharp)
  • Wacky Raceland #1—The quirky world of Wacky Races is flipped upside down in a post-apocalyptic reimagining that sees the Racers ride in a battle... TO THE DEATH. (Written by Ken Pontac, art by Lenardo Manco)
The Ultimate Guide to All of This Summer's Awesome New Comics

She Wolf #1 Cover by Rich Tomasso

Dark Horse

  • Cryptocracy #1—A family that’s secretly controlled civilisation since time immemorial suddenly finds itself exposed and under attack. (Written by Van Jensen, art by Pete Woods)
  • Weird Detective #1—Detective Sebastian Greene is secretly a monster in disguise, tasked with solving a series of monster-driven supernatural crimes in New York City. (Written by Fred Van Lente, art by Guiu Vilanova)

IDW

  • Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything #1—The bumbling minions of Shredder get their first ever miniseries, and they’ve somehow gotten access to time travel. Oh dear. (Written by Ben Bates and Dustin Weaver, art by Ben Bates)
  • Tales from the Darkside #1—Joe Hill’s planned reboot of the horror anthology TV series comes to comics instead! (Written by Joe Hill, art by Gabriel Rodriguez)

Black Mask Studios

  • Jade Street Protection Services #1—A group of teen delinquents at a school for Magical Girls come together in Dentention and find their School has a dark fate in store for them. (Written by Katy Rex, art by Fabian Lelay and Mara Jayne Carpenter)

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  • She Wolf #1—A teenager finds her grasp on reality uncertain after being bitten by a werewolf. (Written and drawn by Rich Tomasso)

Boom! Studios

  • Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy #1—It’s the cutest crossover in all comics: the students of Gotham Academy and the Lumberjane scouts find themselves drawn to a sinister new mystery together. (Written by Chynna Clugston-Flores, art by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell)

JULY

The Ultimate Guide to All of This Summer's Awesome New Comics

Angel Catbird cover by Johnnie Christmas

Marvel

  • Civil War II: Kingpin #1—While the heroes are at each others’ throats, Wilson Fisk and the villains of the Marvel Universe capitalise on the mayhem. (Written by Matthew Rosenberg, art by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz)
  • Deadpool & The Mercs for Money #1—The popular miniseries returns as a new ongoing, as Deadpool and his mercenary friends expand their “heroic” business operations. (Written by Cullen Bunn, art by Iban Coello)

DC

  • More DC Rebirth one-shots — Even more previews of DC’s huge Rebirthshakeup, including Justice League, Nightwing, The Hellblazer, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, and Red Hood and the Outlaws.
  • Justice League #1—An ancient evil rises to claim the Earth and beyond, and not even the might of the Justice League can stop it. (Written by Bryan Hitch, art by Tony S. Daniel and Sandu Florea)
  • Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #1—Sinestro makes a move to wipe out Hal Jordan and the Corps for good! (Written by Robert Venditti, art by Rafa Sandoval and Jordi Tarragonna)
  • Batgirl #1—Barbara Gordon heads to Japan for more training, only to be embroiled in a new mystery when she bumps into an old friend. (Written by Hope Larson, art by Rafael Albuquerque)
  • Nightwing #1—Dick Grayson finds himself with a new mentor that challenges everything he ever learned from Batman. (Written by Tim Seeley, art by Javier Fernandez)
  • New Super-Man #1—In the wake of Superman’s fall, a new hero rises in Shanghai as China begins to form its own Justice League (Written by Gene Luen Yang, art by Victor Bogdanovic)
  • Titans #1—An old ally returns, and the Teen Titans find themselves up against a deadly threat. (Written by Dan Abnett, art by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund)

Dark Horse

  • Angel Catbird—Margaret Atwood makes her graphic novel debut, with a new hero that’s part human, part bird, and yes, part cat. (Written by Margaret Atwood, art by Johnnie Christmas)
  • Black Hammer #1—Banished from their own plane of existence after a multi-versal crisis, a group of former superheroes try to find their way home. (Written by Jeff Lemire, art by Dean Ormston and Dave Stewart)
  • Bounty #1—After years of robbing intergalactic corporations, a group of female space pirates become bounty hunters to avoid becoming targets themselves. (Written by Kurtis Wiebe, art by Mindy Lee)
  • Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #1—The crossover that does exactly what it says on the tin. Judge Dredd finds himself facing a conflict against both the Xenomorphs and the Predators. (Written by John Layman, art by Chris Mooneyham)
The Ultimate Guide to All of This Summer's Awesome New Comics

Rom #1 cover by J. H. Williams III

IDW

  • Rom #1—The Space Knight returns! Rom’s ever-continuing fight against the Dire Wraiths hits a target too close to home. (Written by Christos Gage and Chris Ryall, art by David Messina)

Black Mask Studios

  • Kim & Kim #1—A trans woman and her best friend go on a buddy-cop adventure through dimensions making a name for themselves as premiere ass kickers in the fight against space crime! (Written by Magdalene Visaggio, art by Eva Cabrera and Claudia Aguirre)

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  • Horizon #1—Zhia Malen discovers her homeworld is the target of an attack by desperate planet named Earth, so she begins her own counterattack on the enemy world in retaliation. (Written by Brandon Thomas, art by Juan Gedeon and Frank Martin)
  • The Hunt #1—A young girl finds reality and dreams colliding as a nightmarish army of the dead comes for her. (Written by Colin Lorimer, art by Colin Lorimer and Joana Lafuente)
  • Mechanism #1—A prototype war machine deployed to combat an alien invasion finds itself imprinting on a group of human survivors (Written and drawn by Raffaele Ienco)

Boom! Studios

  • Kong of Skull Island #1—Two warring civilisations make landfall on Skull Island, only to find themselves uniting to survive against the creatures that call it home. (Written by James Asmus, art by Carlos Magno)

Valiant

  • Faith #1—Faith Herbert’s excellent miniseries is reborn as a new ongoing, as the high-flying hero faces a foe that could leave her powerless for good. (Written by Jody Houser, art by Pere Pérez and Marguerite Sauvage)

Again, these are only the new series coming out this summer. Is there something else you’re excited to read over the next few months? As ever, let us know in the comments!