Summer's almost over, but we couldn't resist showcasing Jaime Hernandez's beach blanket bingo cover from November's Strange Tales 2. Here are 30 or so other comics, miniseries, and story arcs that will bring the heat as the temperature dips.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 36 (Dark Horse): September 1
It's the final arc of Season 8, and Joss Whedon is back to wrap things up. Spike's back on the scene, and that cover is a hoot.
Wolverine 1 (Marvel): September 1
Jason Aaron kicks off a new Logan series. Also debuting this month are Marjorie Liu's X-23 1 and Daken: Dark Wolverine 1 by Liu and Daniel Way.
Weird War Tales (DC): September 8
Darwyn Cooke and Jan Strnad are among the contributors to this one-shot of bizarre battlefield stories.
Kick Ass 2: Balls to the Walls 1 (Marvel): September 15
Mark Millar and John Romita bring back comicdom's unluckiest amateur superhero, the pint-sized character who'd make Fredric Wertham spin in his grave, and the Red Mist's new alter-ego, "The Motherfucker."
Red: Prequel Special 1: September 29
On the eve of the film's release, Red co-creator and artist Cully Hamner revisits what unspeakable incident made Paul Moses a wanted man in the first place.
Prison Pit Book 2 (Fantagraphics): September TBA
The one and only Johnny Ryan delivers another brain-rattling installment of space barbarians and mutants and unseemly monsters tearing the shit out of each other.
Warlord of Mars 1 (Dynamite): October TBA
Arvid Nelson of Rex Mundi pens this series based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars.
Chaos War 1 (Marvel): October 6
It's Earth's Mightiest Heroes versus unknown cosmic horror in Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente Annihilation-esque miniseries.
Deadpool MAX (Marvel): October 6
Kyle Baker and David Lapham give the Merc with a Mouth the R-rated series he deserves, complete with evisceration and cussing.
Incognito: Bad Influences 1 (Marvel): October 6
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips resurrect noir science villain Zack Overkill, and each single issue contains essays by pulp historian Jess Nevins to sweeten the deal.
Strange Tales 1 (Marvel): October 6
An absolutely mind-boggling amount of indie creators contribute to this wackadoo anthology. We're talking folks like Dash Shaw, Nicholas Gurewitch, and Rafael Grampa.
Superior 1 (Marvel): October 6
Mark Millar and Leinil Francis Yu bring you a miniseries about a boy with multiple sclerosis and the superhero who waltzes into his life. Coming to multiplexes, December 2012.
Tron: The Betrayal 1 (Marvel): October 6
This two-issue miniseries explains what happens between Tron and Tron Legacy.
Ultimate Comics Thor 1 (Marvel): October 6
A new series starring the Ultimate Universe's hippie Norse love god, courtesy of Johnathan Hickman and Carlos Pachecho.
Uncanny X-Force 1 (Marvel): October 6
Yes, Marvel has scheduled most of their big debuts for the fall on October 6. Here, Rick Remender pens Wolverine's take-no-prisoners mutie hit squad.
Richard Stark's Parker: The Outfit (IDW): October 6
Darwyn Cooke returns to Richard Stark's pulp universe with this sequel to his Eisner-nominated take on Stark's The Hunter.
Knight and Squire 1 (DC): October 13
Paul Cornell pens this series about Great Britain's dynamic duo. It'll be fun to see Cornell explore the DCU's weird Britannia just as he did Marvel's with Captain Britain And MI:13.
Vertigo Resurrected 1 (DC/Vertigo): October 20
96 pages of rare Vertigo tales from creators including Brian Azzarello, Brian Bolland, Garth Ennis, Grant Morrison, Jim Lee, Peter Milligan, Bill Willingham, and Bernie Wrighston. This also includes Warren Ellis' never-published John Constantine story about a school shooting.
Batman: The Road Home 1 (DC): October 27
Grant Morrison brings Bruce Wayne back to Gotham City after banishing him to live as a pilgrim and a sodbuster for the last year or so. There's also a number of Road Home one-shots throughout October showcasing how the rest of the Bat-cast reacts to Bruce's return.
Action Comics 894 (DC): October 27
Paul Cornell brings Death of the Endless in for a powwow with Lex Luthor, a rare team-up which this guy thinks is a very good thing.
Beasts of Burden/Hellboy (Dark Horse): October 27
Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson's pet detectives meet Mike Mignola's horned one? Yes, please.
Dungeons and Dragons 1 (IDW): November TBA
IDW is releasing the first D&D comic book in over 20 years. Roll for initiative!
Generation Hope 1 (Marvel): November 3
Kieron GIllen tackles this new X-series in which Hope must mentor the world's first mutants in a while. Looks like it has a jet-setting Generation X vibe.
Teen Titans: Game (DC): November 3
Marv Wolfman and George Pérez kick it old-school with this 144-page hardcover set in 1980s New York City. Oh, and look! Nightwing is wearing his crime-fighting ABBA costume!
The Warrior 3 (Marvel): November 3
Bill Willingham of Fables takes over this miniseries about Asgard's finest pugilistic trio.
Superboy 1 (DC): November 3
Jeff Lemire of Sweet Tooth helms this ongoing about Connor Kent's life in Smallville.
Batman Inc. 1, Batman: Dark Knight 1, Batwoman 0: (DC) November 3, 24, and 24
Bruce Wayne's return will bring about three new series in November. There's Grant Morrison's extended Bat-family series, David Finch's supernaturally-tinged book, and J.H. Williams III & W. Haden Blackman's ongoing Kate Kane saga (pictured).
Hellboy: Double Feature of Evil (Dark Horse): November 17
Speaking of rad Hellboy crossovers, here's a one-shot teaming up Mignola with legendary Heavy Metal artist Richard Corben to tell the tale of a cannibal house.
Fables 100 (DC/Vertigo): November 24
The 100th issue of Fables is a 100-page doozy, complete with a board game, a story written by artist Mark Buckingham and illustrated by Bill Willingham, and a puppet theater. Yes, a puppet theater.
Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale (Dark Horse): November 24
Joss and Zack Whedon give Shepherd Book the backstory that's eluded Firefly fans for years. In trade form, no less!