JUMBO Comic Highlights for January 2021

We are at the FINAL Nerd News Social Comics Round-Up post for 2020. And to prepare you for the new year, we have a JUMBO article preparing you for my most favorite NEW comics coming out January 2021! 

These comics are already curated to be my most favorites, so if you liked any of the NNS articles or reviews, you will like this list. Question is… what to read first?

Let me start off by saying keep an eye out for DC’s Future State. DC will be putting out new #1’s of their most popular key comic properties. It will be a two-month extravaganza that reveals what lays in store for the World’s Greatest Heroes! Spinning out of the finale of Dark Nights: Death Metal, DC Future State will take you on a journey from the near future to the end of time to witness the destinies and their most popular will tackle unexpected new roles even as younger heroes take their places. Some will find themselves in new, hostile territory; others will see their heroic missions turned upside down. There are so many I didn’t put them down, but trust me… they will be hard to miss.

Note: Release dates and covers are current as of this article being written, please double check dates with your local comic shop or online since dates may change.

 

THE NEXT BATMAN, PART ONE / OUTSIDERS, PART ONE / ARKHAM KNIGHTS, PART ONE

Release Date: January 5th, 2021

Gotham City has always been dangerous—but now, it’s downright deadly! Following the tragedy of “A-Day,” the mayor allowed the private law enforcement group known as “the Magistrate” to take over policing so-called mask crime—and that has given rise to a new Dark Knight! What is this mysterious crime fighter’s connection to former Batman weaponeer Lucius Fox? The fight for justice has never been this dangerous! 

Then, in a new tale of the Outsiders, everything in Gotham City may be under the thumb of the Magistrate—but even members of that totalitarian force know that the outskirts of town are protected by the sword of Katana! 

Ride with the Arkham Knights on their quest for freedom. Arkham Asylum has been decommissioned, and the Magistrate rules the land with an iron fist and zero tolerance. Now it’s time for the lunatics to take back their town! Follow Croc, Two-Face, Phosphorus, Zsasz, Clayface, and Astrid Arkham as the Arkham Knights raise holy hell on the occupiers of Gotham!

 

ETERNALS #1

Release Date: January 6th, 2021

NEVER DIE. NEVER WIN. ETERNALS. What’s the point of an eternal battle? For millions of years, one hundred Eternals have roamed the Earth, secret protectors of humanity. Without them, we’d be smears between the teeth of the demon-like Deviants. Their war has waged for all time, echoing in our myths and nightmares. But today, Eternals face something new: change. Can they—or anyone on Earth—survive their discovery? From the thought provoking minds of Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, UNCANNY X-MEN, THOR) and Esad Ribić (SECRET WARS, KING THOR) comes a new vision of the classic Marvel mythology!

 

STAR WARS: THE HIGH REPUBLIC #1

Release Date: January 6th, 2021

BEFORE THE SKYWALKER SAGA! THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE JEDI!

A new era of STAR WARS storytelling begins. It is centuries before the SKYWALKER SAGA. The JEDI are at their height, protecting the galaxy as REPUBLIC pioneers push out into new territories. As the Frontier prepares for the dedication of majestic STARLIGHT BEACON, PADAWAN KEEVE TRENNIS faces the ultimate choice — will she complete her Jedi Trials or rescue the innocent from disaster? New Jedi! New ships! New evils to fight!

 

GENERATIONS: SHATTERED #1

Release Date: January 5th, 2021

A threat of cosmic proportion to DC’s newest (and oldest) universe compels one of the most unusual groups of heroes ever assembled to take on the most mysterious foe they have ever encountered. What started in Detective Comics #1027 explodes out of Dark Nights: Death Metal to tell the story of the generations-spanning history of the DC Universe! Join the original Batman, Kamandi, Starfire, Sinestro, Booster Gold, Dr. Light, Steel, and Sinestro in their quest to save the universe before time runs out…

 

SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN: MARVEL TALES #1

Release Date: January 6th, 2021

Go back in black with Spider-Man and his symbiotic suit as we celebrate the legacy of the House of Ideas with MARVEL TALES! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories and highlights some of Marvel’s most impressive talent from the past eight decades. First, amid the chaos of Secret Wars, there comes a costume in MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS #8 from the titanic team of Jim Shooter and Mike Zeck! But there’s more to the outfit than meets the eye — as Spider-Man, the ferocious Puma and the Fantastic Four all discover in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #256-258 by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz! Plus: A mighty Marvel team-up of legendary Spidey creators Dan Slott and Mark Bagley results in a poignant tale featuring the late, lamented police captain Jean DeWolff, from VENOM SUPER SPECIAL #1!

 

LAST WITCH #1

Release Date: January 6th, 2021

Featuring a cover from Middlewest’s Jorge Corona, for fans of Wynd in the same oversized format comes an all-new modern fairy tale from Conor McCreery (Adventure Time/Regular Show) and V.V. Glass (Doctor Who). It’s the one time of the year when the witch known as Cailleach hunts the children of the village – so Saoirse, a brave and reckless young girl, decides this is the perfect opportunity to defy her father and discover the secrets of the witch’s tower! But when the Cailleach captures Saoirse and her brother Brahm, their lives are forever changed in ways they never expected. Now, Saoirse will have to save everyone she loves by discovering the truth about the mysterious mark on her shoulder – and embracing her secret magical powers!

 

NINJA NUNS: BAD HABITS DIE HARD #1

Release Date: January 6th, 2021

Did you accidentally summon a vengeful demon from another dimension? Have you recently committed heresy and started a church rave? Did your neighbor gain powers from a noodle god? If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, then you need to pray for assistance from the Ninja Nuns! Rising from the pages of Metalshark Bro, these heavenly sisters star in an action-packed one-shot that hits harder than Sister Mary’s ruler across your poorly-behaved knuckles!

 

SENGI AND TEMBO #1

Release Date: January 6th, 2021

Scoot! Imprint! The African savannah. Sengi, the little mouse, finds himself alone after the death of his mother and must learn to survive. Tembo, the old elephant, feels that his life is coming to an end. So he decides to leave his herd to try to reach the “Land without beginning,” a mythical place accessible by a secret passage to the west. For a few days, this pragmatic mouse and even-tempered elephant will join paths. Enjoy the first issue of this NON-STOP! title followed by the entire story collected soon after in one volume.

 

HAHA #1

Release Date: January 13th, 2021

ICE CREAM MAN writer W. MAXWELL PRINCE brings his signature style of one-shot storytelling to the world of clowns-and he’s invited SOME OF THE COMIC INDUSTRY’S BEST ARTISTS to join him for the ride. HAHA is a genre-jumping, throat-lumping look at the sad, scary, hilarious life of those who get paid to play the fool-but these ain’t your typical jokers. With issues drawn by VANESA DEL REY (REDLANDS), GABRIEL WALTA (Vision), ROGER LANGRIDGE (Thor), and more, HAHA peeks under the big top, over the rainbow, and even inside a balloon to tell a wide-ranging slew of stories about “funny” men and women, proving that some things are so sad you just have to laugh. 

 

AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY: MONSTER #1

Release Date: January 13th, 2021

American Mythology Productions is plunging into the darkness… And we’re taking you with us! American Mythology Monsters is our first foray into full-tilt fright, an all-new, black and white anthology title featuring modern takes on some of the horror world’s most classic creations. Meet the hideous creature called “Quinn,” an assemblage of sickening parts that together form a nightmarish creature who wants nothing more than to rip you to shreds! Beware the curse of “Safiya,” rising from the unearthed corpse of an ancient Egyptian mummy and bent on the destruction of a scientific facility and the possession of its human inhabitants! And howl with a university professor whose brief sexual encounter with a mysterious woman has left him with “The Bite,” and the horrifying curse of the werewolf! It’s serialized horror in the classic tradition, in three tales that will haunt your dreams, but only for mature readers.

 

RAIN LIKE HAMMERS #1

Release Date: January 20th, 2021

KING CITY AND PROPHET writer and artist BRANDON GRAHAM returns with an all-new OVERSIZED FIVE-ISSUE SERIES! Eugene is a new inhabitant of Elephant, a walking city on the desert world of Crown Majesty. Far from friends and family, he spends most of his time navigating melancholy daydreams, toying with alien technology, and researching the best places to find high-quality fast food. At best, his life is lonely and monotonous-but all of that changes when a mysterious force begins destroying Crown Majesty’s walking cities!

 

G.I. JOE: CASTLE FALL #1

Release Date: January 27th, 2021

The past year of G.I. Joe leads to this! The Joes aim to topple Cobra by turning its own assets against them– but Cobra strikes first at Joe leadership from the inside! Twists, turns and massive amounts of action make this a G.I. Joe event not to be missed!

 

JONNA AND THE UNPOSSIBLE MONSTERS #1

Release Date: January 27th, 2021

Don’t miss the brand-new, original series written and drawn by Eisner-winner Chris Samnee! Filled with action, adventure… and monsters! Rainbow has been searching for her sister, Jonna, for a year. The last time she saw Jonna was also the first time she saw one of the monsters that now roam the planet. They’re big, ugly, and dangerous creatures, driving humanity to the brink of extinction. Though there isn’t much hope for survival out in the wild, Rainbow knows that her sister is out there somewhere-and she’ll do anything to find her.

 

So which ones will you be picking up? Digital or paperback? What are you reading now? Do you have any reading goals for the new year? Let us know in the comments, don’t forget to support your local comic shop, and as always, we will catch you next week, same Nerd-Time, same Nerd-Channel.

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