New Number Ones: Comics Coming in May 2019

Welcome back to New Number Ones!!

Here, we give our readers a preview of the new comic book series that we are looking forward to each month. We have compiled an alphabetical list with cover art and the official solicitation text from PREVIEWSworld. Look for our PCS NOTES below where we just have to tell you some more about the new comic in question.

May, with five new release dates, has a great group of premiere issues that we are excited about. They are coming at you from a wide variety of publishers. Some of our favorite comic book talents are bringing us some of these new series.

We hope you will take a look and think about giving these a try. We will bring you reviews of most of these debut issues as they come out, and don’t forget to use the comments section to let us know what you think of this list.


ALEXANDRIA OCASIO CORTEZ & THE FRESHMAN FORCE
DEVILS DUE / 1FIRST COMICS
Writer: Multiple
Artist: Various
Cover Art: Tim Seeley

It’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the “Freshmen Force” (of Congress) vs. the establishment in this all-new special! Comic creators converge to celebrate the election of the most diverse group of freshman Representatives in history, and spare no-one in this satire that takes aim at Washington. From the house that brought you Barack the Barbarian! Featuring comics from various artists and bonus activities and games.

Release Date: May 15, 2019

PCS NOTES: This anthology has a treasure trove of creative talent contributing to it, and we can’t wait to see what they have to show us.


BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #1
DC Comics / Black Label
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion
Cover Art: Capullo

Bruce Wayne wakes up in Arkham Asylum. Young. Sane.

And…he was never Batman.

So begins this sprawling tale of the Dark Knight as he embarks on a quest through a devastated DC landscape featuring a massive cast of familiar faces from the DC Universe. As he tries to piece together the mystery of his past, he must unravel the cause of this terrible future and track down the unspeakable force that destroyed the world as he knew it…

From the powerhouse creative team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, the team that reinvented Batman from the emotional depths of “Court of Owls” to the bombastic power of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, DC Black Label is proud to present the bimonthly, three-issue miniseries BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH, published at DC’s standard comic trim size.

This could be the last Batman story ever told…

Release Date: May 29, 2019

PCS NOTES: We heard Greg Capullo give a spoiler filled synopsis of this book at the 80 Years of Batman Panel at Awesome-Con, and it got us even more excited for this book.


DESCENDENT #1
AfterShock Comics
Writer: Stephanie Phillips
Artist: Evgeny Bornyakov
Cover Art: Juan Doe

WANTED: Information as to the whereabouts of JACKSON E. MILLER, Son of Senator Carter Miller. The child was kidnapped from his home in Washington, DC between 4 and 6 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2018.

Address all communications to FBI representative Joanna Hernandez, writer Stephanie Phillips, artist Evgeny Bornyakov, colorist TBD, or letterer Troy Peteri. All communications will be treated in confidence. Please, no more calls about secret government conspiracies or ancient cults. Conspiracy theories, government corruption, and a really good mix of Prince drives David Corey to help solve the mysterious disappearance of a famous politician’s son.

When David realizes that the truth is much more dangerous than a kidnapping, he must battle ancient secrets that have endangered the lives of children for centuries. This conspiracy-fueled adventure story looks at the darker side of American history through the eyes of an unlikely team of heroes. If they fail, the American government and its people may not survive.

Release Date: May 01, 2019

PCS NOTES: This was one of the books spotlighted at the AfterShock Panel that we attended at C2E2, and it was the one that we left most excited about.


EXCELLENCE #1
Image Comics
Writer: Brandon Thomas
Artist: Khary Randolph and Emilio Lopez

Spencer Dales was born into a world of magic. His father belongs to the Aegis, a secret society of black magicians ordered by their unseen masters to better the lives of others-those with greater potential-but never themselves.

Now it’s time for Spencer to follow in his father’s footsteps, but all he sees is a broken system in need of someone with the wand and the will to change it. But in this fight for a better future, who will stand beside him?

KHARY RANDOLPH and BRANDON THOMAS ignite a generational war in this action-fantasy series, made entirely by creators of color, and committed to one truth above all others-Excellence is Real.

Release Date: May 08, 2019


FIVE YEARS #1
Abstract Studios
Writer: Terry Moore
Artist: Terry Moore
Cover Art: Terry Moore

Five Years weaves the many strands of the “Terryverse” into one epic saga, years in the making!

A dangerous paper written by Lilith has been leaked to the nations of the world containing a formula for the ultimate weapon, and now labs around the globe are attempting to build and test the Phi Bomb. Tambi, in an all-out effort to find the labs and stop them, has enlisted the help of Ivy Raven, Julie Martin, Rachel and Zoe. Meanwhile, Katchoo and Francine have moved their household – including the kid’s new bodyguard, Samantha Locklear – to the beach where Katchoo devises her own solution to the problem…

Release Date: May 01, 2019

PCS NOTES: This series is decades in the making. The anticipation is palpable to see what the master Terry Moore has in store for us with this latest series.


HASHTAG DANGER #1
Ahoy Comics
Writer: Tom Peyer
Artist: Chris Giarrusso
Cover Art: Richard Williams

Three scientific adventurers face strange creatures, lost civilizations, and supernatural threats… when they’re not too busy being complete jerks to each other. PLUS! Follow the depressing misadventures of Snelson, an over-the-hill comedian who peaked in the 90s. EXTRA! Pics, prose, and possibly poems! Painted cover by Richard Williams.

Release Date: May 01, 2019

PCS NOTES: We are very happy to see one of the backup stories from the first season of Ahoy Comics make its debut as the lead story in this new series.


KILLER GROOVE #1
AfterShock Comics
Writer: Ollie Masters
Artist: Eoin Marron
Cover Art: Marron

In 1970s Los Angeles, Jonny is one of the thousands of musicians trying to make it big while working a crummy bar job, and getting drunk with his whiskey soaked P.I. friend, Jackie. When Jonny gets tangled up with a local mob hitman, he not only finds a new and violent career, but maybe the inspiration for his music as well. From Ollie Masters and Eoin Marron comes the next rock’n’roll crime sensation, with a beat that’ll kill you dead.

Release Date: May 29, 2019


RED SONJA AND VAMPIRELLA MEET BETTY AND VERONICA #1
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer: Amy Chu
Artist: Maria Sanapo
Cover Art: Fay Daulton

Mystery, murder, and mayhem descends on Riverdale as four of your favorite comic book women meet for the first time. A string of paranormal, unsolved murders leads the vampire hunter Vampirella and her sword-wielding barbarian partner Red Sonja to the small, sleepy town where things always seem to happen… There they discover Betty and Veronica, investigative reporters for the high school newspaper, also hot on the trail of the same killer.

Release Date: May 08, 2019

PCS NOTES: There are a lot of variant covers for this series, by some fantastic artists. Make sure you get the one you want.


ROAD OF BONES #1
IDW Publishing
Writer: Rich Douek
Artist: Alex Cormack
Cover Art: Cormack

In 1953, the Siberian Gulag of Kolyma is hell on Earth-which is why Roman Morozov leaps at the chance to escape it. But even if they make it out, Roman and his fellow escapees still have hundreds of miles of frozen tundra between them and freedom. With the help of a mysterious being straight out of his childhood fairy tale stories, Roman just might make it-or is the being simply a manifestation of his brutal circumstances driving him insane?

From writer Rich Douek and artist Alex Cormack, Road of Bones will carve a path of unrelenting dread right into your heart. Horror, history, and Russian folklore collide in this brutal survival tale, where the worst prison in the world is merely the gateway to even darker horrors.

Release Date: May 22, 2019

PCS NOTES: Look forward to a Preview Review from us about this series in the next couple of weeks.


SAVAGE AVENGERS #1
Marvel Comics
Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Mike Deodato
Cover Art: David Finch

The most savage, most unkillable team of characters in the Marvel Universe is assembled! Wolverine! Venom! Elektra! Punisher! And in their midst – Conan the Barbarian! Conan has returned to the Marvel Universe and his new adventures begin here. What is the City of Sickles? Who is the Marrow God? How is the Hand involved? The roughest and most dangerous characters rumble through this new title starting with…Conan vs. Wolverine? ‘Nuff said.

Release Date: May 01, 2019

PCS NOTES: Conan unleashed in the Marvel Universe? We will be checking this out.


SHE SAID DESTROY #1
Vault Comics
Writer: Joe Corallo
Artist: Liana Kangas
Cover Art: Kangas

Over millennia, Brigid, Goddess of the Sun, has conquered and converted the entire solar system into worshiping her and her alone, save one space colony. The witches of Fey are the last believers of The Morrigan, Goddess of Death, Brigid’s sister and the only other God left. As Brigid’s forces prepare for one final battle, The Morrigan prepares to do what she does best: Destroy!

Release Date: May 29, 2019


SPENCER AND LOCKE 2 #1
Action Lab – Danger Zone
Writer: David Pepose
Artist: Jorge Santiago Jr.
Cover Art: Santiago Jr.

Suspended by Internal Affairs, Detective Locke grapples with the demons of his past alongside his trusty partner, his childhood imaginary panther Spencer. But when Spencer and Locke face a scarred soldier named Roach Riley, will this unlikely pair finally meet their match?

Release Date: May 01, 2019

PCS NOTES: We interviewed the creators of this series a couple of months ago. Check it out here. We have seen this issue already, and it is worthy successor to the original Ringo Award Nominated volume.


WAILING BLADE #1
ComixTribe
Writer: Rich Douek
Artist: Joe Mulvey
Cover Art: Mulvey & Chris Sotomayor

The Headtaker, feared executioner and wielder of the legendary Wailing Blade, kills every man who meets his gaze. And, right now, he’s looking at Tychon, an upstart bandit prince fighting to save his father from the chopping block. An oversized first issue with so much skull-splitting action, you’re guaranteed to lose your head over it! Wailing Blade is high-adrenaline fantasy adventure, in the dark future of mankind, from the mad minds of Rich Douek and Joe Mulvey. Available in eye-popping Silver and Gold foil enhanced covers.

Release Date: May 29, 2019

PCS NOTES: The second new book this month by Rich Douek looks to have some amazing visuals to go along with great story. We will be doing a Preview Review of this book as well. Stay Tuned.