For some time now I have had a regular column which points out the new jumping on points for new Marvel Comics coming that month. I point out new series and comics starting new stories so new readers can find places to read the sometimes complicated comics universe. But why should Marvel have all the fun? I’ve decided from this month that there should also be a DC Comics equivalent!
From brand new series launching out of the Young Animal imprint; series launching on the tail-end of the Rebirth initiative; a stack of new miniseries and new stories of current series, there are heaps of new places to start reading DC Comics in October. 24 places to be precise.
Along pointing out the comics I’ve added the solicitation text, creator credits, covers and other things to help you take the dive into DC Universe.
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye
Written by Gerard Way and Jon Rivera. Art by Michael Avon Oeming.
Cave Carson has done it all: survived countless adventures below the Earth’s surface, met the love of his life, and gotten a cybernetic eye…somehow. After he and his wife, Eileen, sent their only daughter Chloe off to college, Cave was ready to become just another mundane member of the surface world. That is, until Eileen got sick. Newly widowed, Cave tries to piece his life back together when a knock on the door of his secret underground lab pulls him back into a past that he and Eileen thought they had left buried deep within the Earth.
Adding to his troubles, Cave must determine if his recent hallucinations and visions are the work of his mind or his mysterious cybernetic eye. (Spoiler: It’s the eye.)
Written by Gerard Way (DOOM PATROL, Umbrella Academy) and Jon Rivera (Heartbreak), and illustrated by Michael Avon Oeming (Powers), this is an absurdist action-adventure story unlike any other!
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #1 is available from October 19th.
Shade The Changing Girl
Written by Cecil Castellucci. Art by Marley Zarcone.
There’s no such thing as a little bit of madness.
Far away on the planet Meta, Loma’s going nowhere fast. She’s dropped out of school, dumped her boyfriend, and is bored out of her mind. She longs to feel things. That’s where her idol, the lunatic poet Rac Shade, and his infamous madness coat come it. Loma steals the garment and makes a break across galaxies to take up residence in a new body: Earth girl Megan Boyer. Surely everything will be better on this passionate primitive planet with a dash of madness on her side and this human girl’s easy life. Only now that she’s here, Loma discovers being a teenaged Earth girl comes with its own challenges and Earth may not be everything she thought it’d be. Megan Boyer was a bully whom everyone was glad was almost dead, and now Loma has to survive High School and navigate the consequences of the life she didn’t live with the ever-growing and uncontrollable madness at her side. Not to mention that there are people back on her homeworld who might just want Shade’s coat back.
Written by Cecil Castellucci (THE PLAIN JANES, Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure), drawn by Marley Zarcone (EFFIGY) and overseen by Gerard Way, SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL starts a whole new chapter in the story of one of comics’ most unique series.
Shade The Changing Girl #1 is available from October 5th.
Deadman: Dark Mansion Of Forbidden Love
Written by Sarah Vaughn. Art by Lan Medina.
Trapped inside an old gothic mansion, Deadman must battle the forces of darkness alongside Berenice, a young woman with a complicated love life who is gifted-or cursed-with the ability to communicate with the dead. Romance, mystery, and evil await in the new, bimonthly miniseries DEADMAN: DARK MANSION OF FORBIDDEN LOVE, by Sarah Vaughn (Alex + Ada) and Lan Medina (FABLES)!
Deadman: Dark Mansion Of Forbidden Love #1 is available from October 5th.
The Death of Hawkman
Written by Marc Andreyko. Art by Aaron Lopresti.
Residing on Earth and out of the hero game, Adam Strange finds himself trying to live a “normal” life, until he’s literally pulled back into adventure again when a seemingly normal Zeta beam transmission returns him to the planet Rann, where he hopes to be reunited with his beloved Alanna. But instead he finds the once-great city of Ranagar in ruins, with millions dead, and the once peaceful Alanna is now calling for the blood of Rann’s oldest enemy, Thanagar, home of the Hawkmen. Sensing something is amiss, Strange finds an ally in Hawkman, who also is trying anything possible to avert war. Don’t miss the start of this sensational new six-issue miniseries!
The Death of Hawkman #1 is available from October 5th.
Midnighter And Apollo
Written by Steve Orlando. Art by Fernando Blanco.
You wanted it? You got it-six more issues of Midnighter madness! Together again after too long apart, Midnighter and Apollo take on subway pirates in Los Angeles and demons in Opal City…but their reunion is about to take a shocking turn and send them both on an epic journey beyond all belief!
Midnighter And Apollo #1 is available from October 5th.
Written by Gary Phillips. Art by Elena Casagrande.
Donny was feeling pretty settled in his cushy life. Even though his girlfriend was politically active, he never gave social justice or racial issues any time. So, when Dorrie discovers something she shouldn’t have and ends up dead, no one expects Donny to be the guy to carry on her work-but that’s exactly what he does, putting on a mask and taking to the streets. He soon finds himself tangled in family history, political conspiracy, and a plot that goes far deeper than he ever imagined.
Set in the heart of Los Angeles, this new VIGILANTE series raises an old question while making it relevant to our times: when you witness bad things being done, how far would you go to set them right? Written by Gary Phillips, noted writer of the Ivan Monk series of novels, and drawn by Elena Casagrande (Suicide Risk), this hard-hitting tale of revenge and redemption takes the Vigilante into a whole new danger zone.
Vigilante: Southland #1 is available from October 26th.
The Lost Boys
Written By Tim Seeley. Art By Scott Godlewski.
The stakes are raised in this nostalgic and unstoppable sequel to the ’80s cult classic vampire film, The Lost Boys. Veteran horror writers Tim Seeley (GRAYSON, NIGHTWING, Hack/Slash), and Scott Godlewski (THE DARK & BLOODY, Copperhead) deliver a gruesome and stylish return to the bloody boardwalks and big hair of 1987!
Santa Carla, California is on edge. The eccentric coastal town and haven for the undead was finally returning to “normal” after its last supernatural scuffle left the local coven’s head vampire dead and gave newcomers Michael and Sam Emerson a housewarming both violent and bizarre. Now the brothers must once again team up with militant vampire hunters Edgar and Allan Frog when a new gang of ruthless, stunning, life-sucking nightcrawlers known as the Blood Belles emerges from the aftermath to collect Michael’s love interest and their lost sister, Star.
Pages: 32 pg
Rating: Mature Readers
The Lost Boys #1 is available from October 12th.
Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special
Written and art by various.
An immense special issue celebrating seventy-five years of the Amazing Amazon, through phenomenal new stories, art, and stand-alone illustrations! Featuring a roster of incredible creators-some who’ve laid down legendary runs with the character, and some who’ve never drawn her before-including Rafael Albuquerque, Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, Renae De Liz, Brenden Fletcher, Adam Hughes, Karl Kerschl, Gail Simone, and many, many more to be announced!
Wonder Woman 75Th Anniversary Special is available from October 26th.
Written by Rob David and Lloyd Goldfine. Art by Freddie Williams II.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe team up with the ThunderCats-the epic crossover event you’ve waited thirty years to see! In his ever-living desire to destroy the mighty ThunderCats, Mumm-Ra quests for a weapon that can rival the legendary Sword of Omens: He-Man’s Sword of Power! But his dimension-spanning scheme kick starts a cataclysmic crisis that will embroil heroes and villains-Masters, Mutants and ThunderCats-in a mind-blowing six-part saga!
He Man/Thundercats #1 is available from October 5th.
Batman Beyond #1
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Bernard Chang.
“THE RETURN” part one! Terry McGinnis is back as Batman, much to the delight of his family and friends. But is the original Joker really back as well? Inspired by the possible return of their role model, the Jokerz have taken over an entire section of Gotham City and are determined to wreak havoc in the still-rebuilding city. While Batman battles chaos on the streets, his friend Dana is at the mercy of the new leader of the now-unified gang.
Batman Beyond #1 is available from October 26th.
Teen Titans #1
Written by Benjamin Percy. Art by Jonboy Meyers.
“Damian Knows Best” part one! Now that Damian has “summoned” the Teen Titans, the tyrannical teen reveals his master plan! But a great evil from Damian’s past is lurking around the corner, ready to strike at the team’s newest leader and destroy the new Teen Titans before they even begin!
Teen Titans #1 is available from October 26th.
Action Comics #965
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Stephen Segovia and Art Thibert.
“BACK IN THE PLANET” part one! Superman returns to the public eye-but what of Lois Lane? When a mysterious package arrives for Lois and Clark back on the farm, Lois can stay on the sidelines no more. But where does that leave Superman’s human doppelgänger, Clark?
Action Comics #965 is available from October 12th.
Written by Dan Abnett. Art by Scot Eaton and Wayne Faucher.
“UNSTOPPABLE” part one! Arthur’s investigation into the mysterious Atlantean terrorist attacks on the surface is cut short when Black Manta taps his newfound weapons cache and unleashes an unstoppable weapon upon the undersea kingdom: a relentless behemoth from the deep that lays waste to anything in its path.
Aquaman #8 is available from October 5th.
Written by Tom King. Art by Mikel Janin.
“I Am Suicide” part one! Batman has always been crazy…but this? This is suicide! In order to retrieve Psycho-Pirate and save Gotham Girl, Batman must recruit a team from Amanda Waller to break into the most impenetrable prison in the world and steal from one of the Dark Knight’s greatest foes…Bane. The next great Batman story begins here!
Batman #9 is available from October 19th.
Detective Comics #943
Written by James Tynion IV. Art by Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez.
“THE VICTIM SYNDICATE” part one! Batman can’t save everyone-innocent people sometimes fall in the war against evil that he’s declared in Gotham. But what happens when those victims start to fight back…and they don’t only blame the criminals who shattered their lives? Batman’s never faced an enemy like this, and his team may find themselves questioning everything they know about what heroes do!
Detective Comics #943 is available from October 26th.
Written by Tim Seeley. Art by Javi Fernandez.
“RISE OF RAPTOR” part one! The Parliament of Owls wasn’t brought to justice like Raptor promised Nightwing-it was eliminated! Raptor’s methods have crossed the line and Nightwing goes to apprehend him. Upon his arrival he discovers Raptor’s true intentions and obsessions…
Nightwing #7 is available from October 19th.
Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Neil Googe.
“KID FLASH OF TWO WORLDS!” In this single-issue tale, Wally West meets Wally West! The original Kid Flash meets his cousin for the very first time in this special issue, which continues The Flashes’ investigation into the events that began in DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1.
Flash #9 is available from October 26th.
Green Arrow #8
Written by Benjamin Percy. Art by Otto Schmidt.
“ISLAND OF SCARS” part one! Artist Otto Schmidt returns to GREEN ARROW for the story fans have been waiting for! Following the life-changing events of the past few issues, Green Arrow and Black Canary are back where Ollie’s journey began: the shores of a deserted island, where DC’s most turbulent super-couple have no distraction-and no escape-from their powerful feelings for each other.
Green Arrow #8 is available from October 5th.
Green Lanterns #8
Written by Sam Humphries. Art by Eduardo Pansica.
“TRICK OR TREAT!” Rookie Green Lanterns Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz face their most daunting mission yet: a night of Halloween trick or treating with Simon’s young nephew and a on-the-run Guardian of the Universe.
Green Lanterns #8 is available from October 5th.
Green Lanterns #9
Written by Sam Humphries. Art by Robson Rocha.
“THE PHANTOM RING” part one! Uncover the mystery of the powerful Phantom Ring that forced a Guardian of the Universe to hide away in the deepest recess of space. Will Simon and Jessica be able to prevent a universe of power-hungry invaders from claiming the new ring for their own?
Green Lanterns #9 is available from October 19th.
Harley Quinn #5
Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. Art by John Timms.
“EAT TO THIS BEAT” part one! There’s been a string of brutal robberies and slayings up and down the East Coast, and the assailants are…knights on horseback?! Harley’s got a lead on the men behind the iron masks, but to find them she’s going to have to go undercover in the strangest place of all…New York’s punk scene!
Harley Quinn #5 is available from October 5th.
Justice League #6
Written by Bryan Hitch. Art by Matthew Clark and Sean Parsons.
“STATE OF FEAR” part one! Following a harrowing battle with a monster from beyond the stars, Green Lantern Jessica Cruz decides to unwind by taking on another unbelievable challenge: overcoming her anxiety and asking The Flash out on a date!
Justice League #6 is available from October 5th.
Written by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason. Art by Jaime Mendoza.
“RETURN TO DINOSAUR ISLAND” part one! Father and Superson work on a science assignment with bizarre consequences that transports the pair along with Krypto to Dinosaur Island! Now, amid relics of World War II, Superman tries to keep Jon from the jaws of prehistoric predators! Worse, Kal-El can’t find a way to fly off the Island.
Superman #8 is available from October 5th.
Harley’s Little Black Book #6
Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. Art by Simon Bisley.
Lobo’s back! The Main Man and Harley Quinn have a lot in common-motorcycles and mayhem, for starters-so it’s long past time they found each other! This could be the start of a fraggin’ beautiful friendship…or they could destroy the planet. Or both! It can be two things!
Harley’s Little Black Book #6 is available from October 26th.
Teen Titans Go #18
Written by Sholly Fisch. Art by Marcelo DiChiara.
The Teen Titans…stars of their own TV series? But which Teen Titans TV series will it be? Each of the Titans has their own idea…and one of them might just be your favorite!
Teen Titans Go #18 is available from October 12th.
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If this is not enough comics for you then don’t forget to check out the Marvel equivalent of this list.