We went through the 1,000+ October catalog items to pick out the potentially best and brightest comics. Take a look below to see what is on tap:
Animal Pound #1 (of 4) – Tom King Animal Farm sounding series.
Book of Butcher #1 – Leading into the fifth anniversary of Something Is Killing The Children and building on last year’s Book of Slaughter, Maxine Slaughter steps into the spotlight in her journey from White to Black Mask. With New Orleans as her destination, what will Maxine uncover about House Boucher and what will she learn about herself in the process? The award-winning, bestselling creative team of James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera unleash their only first issue of 2023 and set the stage for year five of the Slaughterverse!
Charred Remains #1 A dark entity made of fire, smoke, and ash-‘The Fire Man’-blazes through a young girl’s home, killing her entire family. Amy Durant swears she saw this supernatural creature, but no one ever believed her. Unfortunately, these past fears reignite a decade later as her city goes up in flames. With no one else to rely on, Amy is forced to battle both past trauma and the face of the inferno.
Distemper #1 (of 3) (Cover A – Nenad Cviticanin) – Just getting by in this post-apocalyptic shell of a world where man’s best friend has caused the death of 90% of humanity is already hard enough, but it becomes exponentially more deadly when a group of survivors inadvertently rescue a kidnapped woman and find themselves inexorably dragged into an unrelenting struggle against a family of better armed-and much more dangerous-adversaries.
Duke #1 – GI Joe kicks off at SKybound.
Gumaa Beginning of Her #1 – YOUNG KHALIDA escapes from a drug syndicate and discovers an ancient blade in a long-abandoned temple. Using its power, she becomes the GODDESS OF THE CITY, controlling the citizens through dark magic and fear. But events are being manipulated against her from the shadows, targeting Khalida. A final action-packed confrontation will reawaken the ancient war and change the balance of power between HEAVEN AND HELL forever. All has a Momoko Cover and a Sozomaika Foil Cover
Invasive #1 – Beyond excess, beyond ethics, beyond science . . . Enter a terrifying new experiment in pain from Eisner Award nominee Cullen Bunn and acclaimed illustrator Jesús Hervás! Dr. Carrie Reynolds was a veteran trauma surgeon with a godlike mastery of muscle and bone. But outside the operating room, her rigidly ordered life spiraled into chaos when her daughter, Heather-a recovering plastic surgery addict-suddenly disappeared, only to mysteriously reemerge in a catatonic state, her vocal cords removed . . . the latest in a series of victims scarred by a battery of brazenly cruel medical procedures that have baffled police and left an alarming number of once-ordinary citizens maimed, mutilated, or dead on arrival. Deep beneath the streets of Carrie’s city, a new kind of underground hospital has just opened its doors . . . and, once inside, there are no rules, no oaths, and no taboos too deep to not to be broken. Together, a new class of surgeon has sworn to pierce the final threshold of accepted medical orthodoxy one incision at a time. The scalpel is their tool. The alleys are their operating theater. Murder is their medicine. And only Carrie can stop what they’re planning next . . .
Kid Venom Origins #1 – Kid Venom gets a solo series spotlighting his origin.
Kneel Before Zod #1 – General Zod was Krypton’s most notorious criminal. Now he has an entire planet to rule–but what happens when the most dangerous individual in the universe gets everything he ever wanted? Obviously, he wants more–and he’ll stop at nothing to get it–in the most brutal series you’ll read this year! This is not a hero’s journey. This is a dark ride.
Maze Agency #1 – Maze Agency returns to print with a new series. Worth hunting the old Adam Hughes issues.
Miguel Ohara Spider-Man 2099 #1 – Spider-Man 2099 gets a new series.
Original X-Men #1 – THE OG 5 ON AN ALL-NEW ADVENTURE! Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman and Angel – the first and greatest heroes to bear the X-Men name – once traveled into their own futures and reset the course of history. Now another multiversal mystery calls them forth. When the dust settles, one hero will remain, trapped in the world as we know it. With shocking surprise guests and heart-pounding twists and turns, Christos Gage and Greg Land kick off a story that will shake the whole MU!
Return to the Planet of the Apes #1 – Oh my god I was wrong, this was Earth all along. You finally made a monkey out of me.
Skeeters #1 (of 4) – This I like.. Small town hijinks ensue as extraterrestrial mosquitos descend on a sleepy beach town. When giant mosquito-like alien creatures invade a rural seaside community, a frustrated sheriff and two oddball exterminators end up being the town’s only hope for survival. A comedic and gruesome story for fans of Slither, Arachnophobia, and other classic creature-features!
Underheist #1 – New David Lapham crime story. After his gambling addiction brings David to the lowest point in his life and decimates his personal life, he’d do anything for one last chance at setting things right but the road to hell is paved with good intentions. He may just be in luck-if he can call it that; the grapevine yields illicit fruit as he learns of a heist, one involving a tunnel system that no one knows better than former NYC subway veteran.
Vengeance of the Moon Knight #1 – Clad in the black of mourning, the Midnight Mission remains! But who is left to keep the faith? And how have they been changed by the Black Spectre’s master stroke? The next chapter of MOON KNIGHT starts here as the congregants of the Midnight Mission pick up the pieces and carry on the mission…and find themselves faced with a mysterious new enemy in eerily familiar vestments.
Giant-Size Super-Stars #1 Facsimile Edition – The Thing and the Hulk have one of the most powerhouse rivalries in the entire Marvel Universe – and in 1974, it spilled out of the pages of both of their own books into a double-length slobberknocker! And like all the best bouts, this one takes place in the ring at Madison Square Garden – with the Fantastic Four watching on! In the green corner, it’s Bruce Banner’s incredible alter ego! In the orange corner, it’s bashful Benjamin J. Grimm! But there’s a twist to this fight that you won’t believe – and the formidable warrior Thundra is on hand to tag in! Will it be Clobberin’ Time for the Hulk? Or will the ever-lovin’ Thing get smashed? Find out in one of the all-time great Marvel comic books, boldly re-presented in its original form, ads and all!
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1 Facsimile Edition – They should facsimile the whole series.
New Teen Titans #1 Facsimile Edition – Roll call: Robin! Cyborg! Beast Boy! Kid Flash! Wonder Girl! Assembled by the mysterious sorceress Raven, these heroes must band together to protect the alien princess Koriand’r from marauders who have pursued her to Earth. Witness the rise of DC’s greatest teen superhero team in this nostalgic facsimile re-creation of the groundbreaking first issue. Also available in a Foil Edition
Wolverine by Claremont Miller #1 Facsimile Edition also available in foil
X-Men #4 Facsimile Edition – Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
For the Cover
White Widow #2
Ones To Watch
Amazing Spider-Man #40 (J.S. Campbell Ski Chalet Variant) – Art not available yet, but Ski Chalet and JSC sounds interesting
GI Joe a Real American Hero #302 – Death of a Joe and the now-mutant Serpentor Khan turns to a deadly new ally you won’t see coming!
Timeless #1 – BEHOLD THE FUTURE OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE – FEATURING THE DEBUT OF TWO NEW MARVEL ICONS! In a devastating future born from the choices of today, all of time and space is threatened by the ascension of an ancient evil. The MOON KNIGHT UNENDING has risen – a nightmare born of StarkTech, the Eternal Machine and the God of the Moon – and now all of Earth bows before his overwhelming power! But one man stands against Khonshu’s coming tide of chaos: POWER MAN, the Marvel Universe’s final living super hero. But who is Power Man – and how did he come to wield the unstable powers of the Sentry, the Hulk and the Iron Fist? What dark, deeply personal conflict underpins this mind-bending apocalypse? And at the end of the line, can the Marvel Universe ever truly be saved? PLUS – a SHOCKING glimpse into the next year of Marvel stories!
Ultimate Spider-Man #1 – Will this be Miles, or someone else? No creator or story details yet.