While summer may be ending soon, comics still bring the heat. There’s a common genre theme across the board with the upcoming August comic releases which will likely draw much interest from sci-fi fans. Time travel is the hot topic in the comics industry, whether it’s intentional or not.
August 2022 will feature comics featuring supervillains and superheroes of various heroic degrees. You’ll see popular comic creators such as Michael Moreci, Dan Watters, Zack Kaplan, Hassan Otsmane-Elhou, and even Patton Oswalt’s names attached to these releases. These are the 10 best comics you should read in August 2022.
August 2022 New Comics
10. Golden Rage #1 – Chrissy Williams, Lauren Knight, Sofie Dodgson, Becca Carey, & Joamette Gil
Golden Rage #1 is another comic that highlights older women in action-packed comics. This trend is a favorite of mine.
The five-issue miniseries from Image Comics is slated as “Battle Royale meets The Golden Girls.” Grannies are out to fight against their perceived obsolescence in a reality where they have been abandoned on an island to live out the rest of their days. Some of these women prefer to fight to the end rather than baking and sitting around all day.
Chrissy Williams is making her debut as a writer with Golden Rage #1. You can’t resist this comic with its cover art and premise guaranteeing bloody action between tough old women.
9. Crash & Troy #1 – Jarred Luján, Kyler Clodfelter, Bruno Furlani, & Buddy Beaudoin
If you’re not familiar with the intense saga over publication rights this comic has gone through, don’t worry about it. The important news is this: Crash & Troy has finally found a home at A Wave Blue World Inc. and will release the first issue in print this August through the new publisher.
Crash & Troy #1 follows intergalactic mercenaries Rex “Crash” Ballard and Troy. 3.0 is a buddy-action comedy about heists. The two break a dictator from a maximum security prison. They don’t want to rest on their laurels. They find themselves suddenly in prison. They make a deal to capture the Supreme Leader who escaped before he begins an interplanetary conflict.
Crash & Troy fans and newcomers alike can finally buy this epic comic when it comes to comic shops soon.
8. Barbaric: Axe to Grind #1 – Michael Moreci, Nathan Gooden, Addison Duke, & Jim Campbell
Publishing delays gave way to three new #1 Vault Comics titles in August. It’s subjective which Vault comic audiences are most looking forward to, but it’s safe to say we’ve been waiting a long time for more Barbaric.
Barbaric: Axe to Grind #1 launches the new arc of one of 2021’s breakout comic series. Three witches had cursed Owen and he did good deeds in Barbaric #1. He then teamed up to his talking Axe to spread hope and punish the evil guys. Owen and his magical Axe, who thirst for the blood of wrong-doers’ blood, are back to settle a matter.
Barbaric is rowdy, irreverent and bloody brilliant in its execution. We can expect the series’ trademark sarcastic banter and bloodshed in the series’ return.
7. End After End #1 – David Andry, Tim Daniel, Sunando C, Kurt Michael Russell, & Jim Campbell
After feeling like the wait for this book would never end, Vault Comics’ End After End #1 finally hits shelves in August.
The story begins with Walter Willem’s tragic death. Walter wakes in a strange afterlife in which evil reigns and all those he meets are dressed in battle attire. For Walter, this is not the end, but a destiny to end an eternal war if he doesn’t want to meet another end after the end.
The comic was originally scheduled for publication in early 2022, but there were a few delays. The high fantasy adventure story, set in a kind of purgatory, promises to be well-worth the wait.
6. Minor Threats #1 — Patton Oswalt, Jordan Blum, Scott Hepburn, Ian Herring, & Nate Piekos
The M.O.D.O.K.The M.O.D.O.K. : Head Games comic duo Patton Oswalt & Jordan Blum have returned to co-author a miniseries on minor villains that Dark Horse Comics has published. Scott Hepburn and Ian Herring are joined by Nate Piekos as the rest of the creative team in Minor Threats #1.
It’s top-tier supervillains versus C-list villains in Minor Threats. Twilight City is falling apart, with savage supervillain Stickman on the rampage and the murder of main crime-fighter Insomniac’s beloved sidekick. Meanwhile, the jewel store robbers are fed up with the harassment by the heroes. These minor threat villains could be the ones to stop Stickman from becoming a police-state in Twilight City.
Head Games and the similar M.O.D.O.K. were both huge hits for me. Oswalt, Blum and the team. Minor Threats will be enriched by their trademark humor and affection for comics’ little guys.
5. #1 Sword of Azrael – Dan Watters, Nikola Čižmešija, Marissa Louise, & Hassan Ostmane-Elhaou
Jean-Paul Valley, Batman vigilante, is back at DC Comics to play Azrael, the warrior angel Azrael, in the forthcoming macabre miniseries Sword of Azrael.
Jean-Paul used to work for the sacred Order of St. Dumas in the role of the warrior protector Angel of Death. Now he wants to be independent from the Azrael. He seeks peace in a European monastery. But the life of an avenging angel calls him again when a young woman requires Jean-Paul’s protection from deadly assassins.
In the capable writing hands of Dan Watters and featuring spellbinding illustrations from Nikola Čižmešija and Marissa Louise, Sword of Azrael #1 should be an instant buy for any Batman fan when it releases this August.
4. Men of 20th Century #1 — Deniz Camp, S. Morian, & Aditya Bidikar
Image Comics welcomes the apocalypse with the special-length premiere issue 20th Century Men comic miniseries by popular creators Aditya Birdikar, S. Morian, Deniz Camp.
In a comic set in an alternate 20th-century, supersoldiers, Soviets and scorched earth politics meet. This issue is the first in a series of speculative fiction stories about a group that includes geniuses, madmen and cyborg soldiers fighting imperialism.
20th Century Men #1 will be a reflection of history and politics, where nuanced storytelling can open the doors to self-awareness. Preview pages flash back to the Vietnam War, Moscow, Russia, in colors of burning orange and red. 20th Century Men is an example of alternate history comics that combine fiction and reality, aiming to give readers insight into real history.
3. Heart Eyes #1 — Dennis Hopeless, Victor Ibáñez, Addison Duke, & Simon Bowland
Vault Comics, the horror publisher has been teasing readers for months with sneak peeks of their upcoming horror romance series. Heart Eyes, the dystopian horror/romance series, is set to release its first issue in August.
Heart Eyes is a place where monsters kill humanity, leaving only a handful of survivors in a world that has been devastated. Lupe, an enigmatic figure, somehow managed to survive the apocalypse and still smiles despite it all. Lupe meets Rico, a San Antonio River Walk dweller, and they make an instant connection in the isolated, monstrous end.
I had the opportunity to read an early review of this creepy and romantic story that intertwined with Lovecraftian horror. Heart Eyes #1 has a detailed interior and a mysterious narrative that fires on all cylinders.
2. Old Dog #1 — Declan Shalvey & Clayton Cowles
Clayton Cowles and Clayton Shalvey, an acclaimed writer/artist, launch a new spy series with Old Dog #1.
The Image Comics #1 issue features Jack Lynch, a promising CIA operative. Lynch embarks on his final mission one night before he retires from the field after a failed career. Lynch wakes up in an altered future. Lynch has a second chance with a shadowy organization, but Lynch must adapt to make it work this time.
Shalvey has been writing time-travel stories for years. His ongoing Time Before Time series also deals with time displacement. I’m thrilled to see Shalvey let loose, pulling double duty on both the scripts and the interiors for Old Dog in this crime-thriller solo series.
1. Forever Forward #1 – Zack Kaplan, Arjuna Susini, Brad Simpson, & Jim Campbell
Another issue in the first series from Zack Kaplan, sci-fi comic-writer extraordinaire, and a highly-acclaimed creative team. Scout Comics has Forever Forward #1, a time-traveling adventure story that readers can enjoy in August.
Forever Forward #1 is kept very secret. This is a great thing considering that time-travel stories can be read easily without much detail. The solicit preview shows us that Dr. Lewis Moody, a brilliant scientist, accidentally launched himself 33 years into the future using a time machine. Moody must jump ahead in time along with his crush and three closest friends to discover the key to returning to the past.
Forever Forward is my most anticipated comic of August 2922, despite having several time-travel adventures. Kaplan is currently the king of scifi comic writing and produces science fiction stories that are accessible to large audiences. Kaplan’s fast-paced scripts are paired with the artistic genius and creativity of the letterers and artists he collaborates with and every comic from his company will gain a wider fan base over time.
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