Best new comics week of January 15 – Superman: Lost #10, Cobra Commander #1 & more

Christopher Baggett
Cobra Commander, Captain America and Superman

From The Avengers to the Transformers to Spider-Man 2099, these are the best comics releasing the week of January 15, 2024. 

There’s a lot going on in comics this week. Spider-Man’s Gang War event is racing towards its inevitable conclusion, while Nightwing is teaming up with Superman to save Robin. Meanwhile, there’s a cowboy Superman, a brand new future Avengers, and a Daredevil/She-Hulk meeting that is probably going to involve some punching before there’s some lawyering. 

That’s not to account for what’s happening outside of the big two, either. Savage Dragon rings in 300 issues this week, and Skybound’s Energon universe adds another layer to its quickly growing foundation. 

To help you decide what to buy this week, these are the best new releases for January 15, 2024. DC books will be shipping on Tuesday, January 16, while Marvel, Image, and other publishers will release their books on Wednesday, January 17. 

The best new comics coming out the week of January 15

A return to Kingdom Come, a new origin for Cobra Commander, and a landmark Spider-Man 2099 issue are all part of the best new comics for the week of January 15, 2024.

Batman Superman World's Finest #23 cover
Magog rises in Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #23

Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #23

We’ve already spoken at length about how great Batman/Superman: World’s Finest is, even putting it on our list of the top comics of 2023. Mark Waid and Dan Mora are doing god’s work for older fans, bringing the Silver Age flavor everyone knows and loves to the modern day. 

That goes doubly so for the current arc, Heir to the Kingdom. Revisiting the universe of Waid’s modern epic, Kingdom Come, the story has retold the origins of Magog in a way that pre-Flashpoint’s The Kingdom wished it could. 

Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #23 is the penultimate issue of this arc, which focuses on how Superman’s forgotten sidekick, Boy Thunder, got lost in the multiverse and became the deadly anti-hero Magog. Can the World’s Finest change the fate of one of DC’s most iconic alternate universes, or are they just present to witness the fall of another Earth? 

Avengers Twilight #1
Captain America tries to reunite the Avengers in Avengers: Twilight #1.

Avengers: Twilight #1

Can Captain America unite the Avengers to save a world that doesn’t want Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? That’s the question asked in Avengers: Twilight, a story writer Chip Zdarsky has apparently been working on since 2019. 

Zdarsky has more than proven his chops with acclaimed runs on Spider-Man and Daredevil. He’s currently making a hell of an impression on Batman, but it’s still nice to see him back at Marvel, and paired with the gorgeous, moody art of Daniel Acuña, no less. 

The Avengers comics have been in kind of a weird place for a while, with the ongoings drifting between big events and self-contained narratives. It’s been a while since it felt like we had a genuine big-deal Avengers book. Could Twilight change that?

Cobra Commander #1
Witness the new origin of Cobra in Cobra Commander #1.

Cobra Commander #1

Skybound’s Energon Universe may not be the biggest thing in the world right now, but you can tell there’s something huge brewing there. The effort to merge Transformers and GI Joe into a shared property has already turned heads with its Transformer ongoing, but now it’s time for the Joes to step up. 

The conceit of the Energon Universe – that the arrival of the Autobot and Decepticon war would lead to the formation of GI Joe and Cobra – has already kicked off in gory fashion. After seeing his friend killed by Starscream, Duke is on a mission to find a way to stop the Decepticons – a mission that has already branded him an outlaw in his own mini-series.

Cobra Commander #1 aims to set up the other side of the conflict, showing the evil mastermind as he sets about forming the criminal organization Cobra. The Energon Universe isn’t huge yet, but it has all the markings of the next great comics event, and this is the chance to get in on the ground floor. 

Superman: Lost #10
The gripping and introspective Superman: Lost wraps up its story this week.

Superman: Lost #10

Superman: Lost might be one of the best examples of how DC can tell stories outside of its normal books. This haunting out-of-continuity tale uses the best aspects of Superman to tell a narrative that will certainly stick with readers for years to come. 

The series follows Superman at two points in his life. In the present, he’s returned to Earth after being stranded in space for 20 years, away from everyone he loved. The series focused on how a person as eternally hopeful as Superman can function when all that hope is taken away. 

The series has had some incredible moments so far and might just be one of the best Superman stories ever told. #10 is the finale and threatens to turn the world on its head even more when Earth is attacked by the renegade Green Lantern Superman fought during his 20-year absence. 

John Constantine, Hellblazer: Dead in America #1 cover
John Constantine cheated death, and now must cheat being undead in Dead in America #1.

John Constantine, Hellblazer: Dead in America #1

The new Sandman Universe branding across DC is a great way to capitalize on the popularity of the Netflix series, but it also means some beloved characters we don’t see often are getting the spotlight again. Lo and behold, John Constantine is back, and he’s got a returning A+ creative team. 

First announced during New York Comic-Con, this new Sandman Universe series reunites 2019’s John Constantine, Hellblazer creative team Si Spurrier and Aaron Campbell. That series ended with Constantine cheating death but at a terrible price. 

Dead in America sees John alive in a decaying body without a pulse, summoned by Dream of the Endless to stop a nightmare plaguing the States. The book also teases a new meeting between Constantine and The Swamp Thing, a duo who have very rarely seen eye-to-eye. 

Miguel O'Hara Spider-Man 2099 #3
Spider-Man 2099 rings in 100 issues with a Werewolf by Night brawl.

Miguel O’Hara: Spider-Man 2099 #3

Alright, this might not be the biggest book out this week. Maybe this one’s just on the list for me. But it’s still incredibly notable. 

After 32 years, Spider-Man 2099 finally gets a canonical 100th issue. Sure, Miguel O’Hara has made way more than 100 appearances, but his own on-goings have always been fairly brief affairs. 

Does it suck that the 100th Spider-Man 2099 issue is part of an event series and not a gala celebration of one of Marvel’s more popular characters? Yeah, a little bit. Will that detract from the sheer bonkers fun of watching Miguel duke it out with Werewolf by Night 2099? Not a chance.

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