New Number Ones – Comics Coming in October 2020

Welcome back to new month of New Number Ones!!

This is where we give our readers a preview of the exciting new comic book series debuting each month. We have compiled an alphabetical list with cover art and the official solicitation text from PREVIEWSworld. Check below for our PCS NOTES to find out what we just have to tell you some more about the new comics in question.

There are a lot of excellent new series of interest starting in October. This is a list of just some of the new series coming this month. Check with your LCS or wherever you get comics to make sure you find new things to thrill you.  We are very excited for this list of books.

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.

You will find the books listed below in the order of when they are released. We hope that will help if you come back to check this list of books weekly.

Week of 10/7/20
Week of 10/14/20
Week of 10/21/20
Week of 10/28/20


Week of October 7th

American Ronin #1 (OF 5)
AWA / Upshot Studios
Written by Peter Milligan
Art by Aco
Cover Art by Aco

War is over, democracy an illusion, real power now lies not with nation states but huge corporations engaged in a silent war for global domination. Their number one weapon: highly-skilled, technologically-enhanced operatives trained since childhood to pledge their allegiance to the corporate flag. But what happens when one such operative breaks free of his mental chains and decides to bring the whole system down? Can one “Ronin” make a difference?

Release Date: 10/7/20

PCS NOTES: Yeah.. Peter Milligan … I am in.

Champions #1 (OF 5)
Marvel Comics
Written by Eve Ewing
Art by Simone Di Meo
Cover Art by Toni Infante

• A law is passed that goes against everything Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spider-Man founded the Champions for…But the world still needs heroes, even if the world doesn’t want them right now.
• After Ms. Marvel makes an unexpected and emotional announcement that her team won’t go down without a fight, a group of teen vigilantes gathers to plan their next move. But the C.R.A.D.L.E. task force is hot on their trail, and there’s a spy in their midst…
Eve L. Ewing and Simone Di Meo team up for a dramatic new era of Champions that will define Marvel’s teen heroes for years to come!

Release Date: 10/7/20

PCS NOTES: We have always been fans of this team and look forward to see what this creative team has in store.

Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell
Art by Russell
Cover Art by Mike Mignola & Jerry Ordway

#1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman and Eisner Award-winning comics legend P. Craig Russell breathe new life into the ancient Norse stories by taking readers through the creation of the Nine Worlds to the epic origin and adventures of Thor, Odin, and Loki all the way to the end of life-Ragnarök.

Having previously written about deities in American Gods and The Sandman, Gaiman teams with Russell to finally bring readers to follow the northern gods in their own setting in this comic book adaptation of the hit novel!

Release Date: 10/7/20

PCS NOTES: We have loved the work that P. Craig Russell has done on American Gods and look forward to more of the same from this series.

Penultiman #1 (OF 5)
Ahoy Comics
Written by Tom Peyer
Art by Alan Robinson
Cover Art by Robinson

From the pages of the AHOY interactive sensation Steel Cage! Penultiman, The Next-To-Last-Stage In Human Evolution, is the greatest, best-looking, and most admired super-hero in the world! So how can he stop hating himself? His android understudy, Antepenultiman, thinks he knows the answer! Created by Tom Peyer and Alan Robinson. All AHOY books feature additional prose stores and art.

Release Date: 10/7/20

PCS NOTES: Tom Peyer and Ahoy have been consistently putting out quality comics for the last three years. Why not give this book a shot?

Rorschach #1
DC Comics
Written by Tom King
Art by Jorge Fornes & Dave Stewart
Cover art by Fornes

It’s been 35 years since Ozymandias dropped a giant interdimensional squid on New York City, killing thousands and destroying the public’s trust in heroes once and for all. And since that time, one figure in a fedora, mask, and trenchcoat has become a divisive culture icon.

So what does it mean when Rorschach reappears as an assassin trying to kill a candidate running against President Robert Redford? Who is the man behind the mask, and why is he acting this way? It’s up to one detective to uncover the true identity of this would-be killer—and it will take him into a web of conspiracies involving alien invasions, disgraced do-gooders, mystic visions, and yes, comic books.

Writer Tom King joins forces with artist Jorge Fornés for a new miniseries that explores the mythic qualities of one of the most compelling characters from the bestselling graphic novel of all time, Watchmen.

Release Date: 10/7/20

PCS NOTES: While there was some unintentional Twitter controversy about this series, I cannot wait to see these two creators play in this universe. If you are looking for happy comics, this is probably not the place to find it, but if you want to see some gripping, thought provoking storytelling, I doubt you will be disappointed.

John Carpenter Presents: Stanley’s Ghost #1 (OF 1)
Storm King Comics / Storm Kids
Written by Paul Storrie
Art by David Alvarez
Cover Art by Jeff Balke & Alvarez

Oh no! Who’s been stealing fruit from all the gardens in Arbordale? Was it the prankster Chester Chipmunk? Or maybe Baby Fang? Accusations fly until someone suggests that maybe it was the Ghost of Bunnyburrow Manor! Neighbors have claimed to have seen it flying around, but are ghosts even real? And if they are, why would they be stealing fruit? Stanley Squirrel offers to lead an expedition into the house to see if it really is haunted and find out just what’s been going on. But as the gang creeps around the house looking for answers, what they find isn’t what any of them were expecting!

Release Date: 10/7/20

PCS NOTES: This likes a fun comic for the spooky season. Look for a Preview Review on the site in the coming days.

Week of October 14th

Commanders In Crisis #1
Image Comics
Written by Steve Orlando
Art by Davide Tinto
Cover Art by Tinto

The last survivors of the Multiverse live among us under new, superheroic identities, five survivors of doomed worlds…taking a second chance to ensure our world lives on. A new twist on strange superhero comics, with a bleeding-edge eye on the modern moment, COMMANDERS IN CRISIS follows in the footsteps of Doom Patrol and Thunderbolts as five unexpected heroes come together to solve a murder unlike any other. The victim? Compassion itself…This is ideacide!

A new series by acclaimed writer STEVE ORLANDO and artist DAVIDE TINTO, an intense, weird action thriller reminding us about the importance of compassion and hope in the present moment, and putting fists to faces along the way!

Release Date: 10/14/20

PCS NOTES: This promises to challenge your thoughts and have a blast doing it. We interviewed Steve Orlando about this book. Look for the Interview soon.

Concrete Jungle #1
Scout Comics
Written by Sheldon Allen
Art by Karl Mostert

When a rogue telepath begins hijacking unsuspecting minds and bodies to commit vicious crimes, crooked Detective Annie Brunson is charged with cracking the case with her new straight laced telepathic partner, Faith Jones. Set among a backdrop of urban decay, exotic aliens, robots, and genetic mutations. In this city, there are no good guys. There are no bad guys. There are only survivors.

Release Date: 10/14/20

PCS NOTES: Love the concept of this book.

The Devil’s Red Bride #1
Vault Comics
Written by Sebastian Girner
Art by John Bivens
Cover Art by Bivens

16th century Japan. The fates of warlords ebb and flow like tides of blood, none more than the Aragami Clan who follow their lord clad in the ‘Red Devil’ mask into every battle. But when Lord Aragami succumbs to illness, his daughter, the fierce Ketsuko, hatches a plot to save her people, no matter the cost…

Years later, as Ketsuko wanders the heaving battlefields of her ruined homeland, she discovers a chance to avenge the terrible wrong done to her clan, even if it means stepping back onto a road steeped in slaughter.

From writer Sebastian Girner and artist John Bivens comes a blood-drenched love letter to Samurai fiction in a chilling tale of guilt, trauma, and vengeance.

Release Date: 10/14/20

PCS NOTES: This themes intended seem a great fit for where this story will be set. 

Albatross Funnybooks
Written by Eric Powell
Art by Powell
Cover Art by Powell

A Lords of Misery Prelude! Who is she? What is she? A vigilante? A Phantom? A beast straight from Hell? Are you listening, Bronze? She is La Diabla! A fuel injected Latina suicide machine sent to strike down the unroadworthy! A rocker, a roller, out-of-controller! She’s laying down a rubber road to freedom, baby! Think of her when you look up at the night sky!

Release Date: 10/14/20

PCS NOTES: Eric Powell has plans, and this is a great place to see where they are going.

The Red #1 (OF 4)
Heavy Metal – Virus
Written by Matt Medney & Morgan Rosenblum
Art by Jon Lam
Cover Art by Lam

In the distant future, a nuclear world war has changed the course of history forever. A single government entity now presides over what’s left of the world, and prohibits certain content that is deemed emotionally dangerous, or “red,” in attempt to maintain order and keep society working. A collection of gifted musicians, who possess the rare ability to create red content, discover they are the key to overthrowing the totalitarian government that has taken their emotional freedoms.

Release Date: 10/14/20

PCS NOTES: Heavy Metal is charging head first into the single issue length storytelling format with their new “Virus” imprint. This story looks great.

True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Gerard Way & Shaun Simon
Art by Leonardo Romero
Cover Art by Romero

After the Analog Wars, the Killjoys lost their way-and their memories. A rat chews through Mike Milligram’s TV cord, and reality unravels. But when his Ramones records disappear, Mike remembers what the fabulous Killjoys and some toy rayguns can do.

Gerard Way and Shaun Simon take it all back to their original concept, rebooting the Killjoys in present-day America, where it’s impossible to tell what’s real and what Mom and Dad just tell you to keep you calm.

o From Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance.

o The original inspiration for My Chemical Romance’s “Danger Days”!

Release Date: 10/14/20

PCS NOTES: It is rare that an artist can explore a concept in multiple media. We are excited to see Gerard Way do that in this book.

The Vain #1
Oni Press
Written by Eliot Rahal
Art by Emily Pearson

Chicago, 1941. A blood bank is held up in a robbery, but no cash is taken-only blood. It’s the latest in a string of similar crimes and FBI Agent Felix Franklin is certain it’s part of a wider plot. But the truth is much more sinister than he could imagine. The four robbers-who call themselves The Vain-are vampires: immortal, physically powerful, and after decades of honing their skills, practically untraceable. But in a world that is rapidly changing, stealing blood is harder every day and with each decade that passes, Agent Franklin inches closer to the truth. Eliot Rahal, Emily Pearson, and Fred C. Stressing kick off a series that spans nearly a century of wild eternal youth and reckless abandon across history.

Release Date: 10/14/20

PCS NOTES: We absolutely love this creative team and the concept of this new series. Looks great.

We Live #1
Aftershock Comics
Written by Roy Miranda & Inaki Miranda
Art by Inaki Miranda
Cover Art by Inaki Miranda

The year is 2084 and the world has changed. Wracked by calamities and crawling with monsters, the last remaining humans face a dangerous existence.

And now, the Earth has been sent a message from the deepest reaches of space – a dark countdown to the extinction of all humanity. But there is hope! Five thousand children will be rescued by these mysterious message-senders.

This is the journey of Hototo, one of the lucky five thousand – but only if his teenage sister, Tala, can safely deliver him to the nearest Beacon before time runs out.

WE DIE is a world of violence and beauty, a unique tale of the apocalypse as told by Inaki Miranda and Roy Miranda, that invites both dread and hope.

Release Date: 10/14/20

PCS NOTES: What a fantastic and terrifying concept. We definitely want to check this out.

Week of October 21st

Edgar Allen Poe’s Snifter of Blood #1
Ahoy Comics
Written by Paul Cornell & Dean R. Motter
Art by Russell Braun & Motter
Cover Art by Jill Thompson

The Snifter of Terror returns with an all-star snark-fest under a bloody new title! Paul Cornell and Russell Braun reimagine Poe’s “Black Cat” – as a dog! In “Atlas Shrugged” (no relation), Mr. X creator Dean Motter settles the science vs. religion debate once and for all! Plus: prose, pix, and a jaunty cover by Scary Godmother’s Jill Thompson!

Release Date: 10/21/20

PCS NOTES: This looks like a great comic in the history of the previous Ahoy books and just in time for Halloween.

King Tank Girl #1 (OF 5)
Albatross Funnybooks
Written by Alan Martin
Art by Brett Parson
Cover Art by Parson

Tank Girl co-creator, Alan Martin, returns with brilliant artist Brett Parson to bring the all new adventures of the classic character to Albatross Funnybooks! Turning the clock back to the early years, ‘King Tank Girl offers up a veritable banquet of brand new stories: Tank Girl and the gang head to the beach for “Barney Don’t Surf”; they explore the expensive world of Wellbeing; and Tank Girl is crowned King of England. And all that before tea time!

Release Date: 10/21/20

PCS NOTES: Tank Girl is back in new stories.

Madam Satan #1 (One-Shot)
Archie Comics
Written by Eliot Rahal
Art by Julius Ohta
Cover Art by Ohta

From the world of the hit series CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA comes MADAM SATAN. The Queen of Hell has had enough playing second fiddle to the Devil himself and is ready to take matters into her own hands! Will Madam Satan prove herself to be the most powerful being of the Underworld? Find out in this terrifying one-shot tale!

Release Date: 10/21/20

PCS NOTES: Another book just in time for Halloween.

Phantom Starkiller #1
Scout Comics
Written by Peter Goral
Art by Joseph Schmalke

For uncounted millennia, the Cryptocrystalline Stone remained lost to the blackness of space, hidden amongst the stars. As time passed, the galaxy slipped into greater peril. Thousands of systems fell and worlds crumbled. Dark and ominous beings conspire from the shadows to possess its unlimited power and ability to resurrect a legion of deathless warriors. From the vastness of the unknown regions, whispers of his return paralyzed all in fear: Phantom Starkiller, The Cosmic Ghoul Warrior must now unleash his inner darkness to carry out his master’s wishes, all while plotting his revenge; for he cannot stop his interstellar rampage until The Curse of The Cryptocrystalline Stone has been broken!

Release Date: 10/21/20

PCS NOTES: Very excited for this book from the Black Caravan imprint.

Savage Circus #1 (OF 10)
Heavy Metal Magazine
Written by Brendan Columbus
Art by Al Barrionuevo
Cover Art by Barrionuevo

A gang of criminals descend into the town of Basin Bay on Christmas Eve. They pull off the perfect heist and are high tailing it out of there when they collide with a runaway train! The train cars scatter, blocking the only way in or out of town. What is worse? The train was a circus car, but not just any circus, it was the Savage Circus, a collection of Earth’s deadliest man-killers. Now Deputy Brady Harrison must navigate through a city of deranged animals, psychotic criminals and the crazed ringleader Lewis Savage to save his town!

Release Date: 10/21/20

The Scumbag #1
Image Comics
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Lewis LaRosa & Moreno DiNisio
Cover Art by Lewis Larosa

RICK REMENDER launches an all-new comedy espionage series, THE SCUMBAG-the story of Ernie Ray Clementine, a profane, illiterate, drug-addicted biker with a fifth-grade education. He’s the only thing standing between us and total Armageddon because this dummy accidentally received a power-imbuing serum, making him the world’s most powerful super spy.

This new ongoing series will feature a murderers’ row of all-star artistic talent rotating each issue. The first issue showcases the stunning work of LEWIS LaROSA, with subsequent chapters and covers by brilliant talents such as ANDREW ROBINSON, ERIC POWELL, TULA LOTAY, WES CRAIG, ROLAND BOSCHI, SIMONE DI MEO, MARGUERITE SAUVAGE, DUNCAN FEGREDO, YANICK PAQUETTE, MIKE McKONE, DAVE JOHNSON, MORENO DINISIO, and many more!

Release Date: 10/21/20

PCS NOTES: This series looks to be full of top notch talent and great storytelling.

Week of October 28th

Colonel Weird: Cosmagog #1 (OF 4)
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Tyler Crook
Cover Art by Crook

From the world of the Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer series comes a bizarre sci-fi adventure origin story!

Wacky space adventurer Colonel Randall Weird leaves Black Hammer farm and embarks on a strange journey through space and time for something that he’s long forgotten with his sanity and life at stake!

Release Date: 10/28/20

PCS NOTES: Who doesn’t love more adventures in the world or Black Hammer.

Vault Comics
Written by Alex Paknadel
Art by John Le
Cover Art by Le

Nobody knows why the skyscraper-sized mechs known as ‘Giga’ fought their bitter, centuries’ long war. All they know is that when the fighting finally stopped, the dormant Giga became humanity’s new habitat and new gods in one. When disgraced engineer Evan Calhoun finds an apparently murdered Giga, his society and the fascistic tech-centered religious order that controls it are rapidly thrown into chaos.

From writer Alex Paknadel and rising star John Le comes another Vault & White Noise partnership about what happens after the mechs stop fighting.

Release Date: 10/28/20

PCS NOTES: This book might be our most anticipated debut of the month. Stay tuned for a Preview Review the week of release.

Legacy of Mandrake the Magician #1
Red 5 Comics
Written by Erica Schultz
Art by Diego Giribaldi & Juan Pablo Massa
Cover Art by Amelia Vidal

King Features, Red 5 Comics, and StoneBot Studios cast a spell this October as they present a new take on the classic comic strip Mandrake The Magician in an all-new comic book series! Mandy Paz is by all appearances an ordinary teenager just trying to make her way through high school. If she seems like she’s going out of her way to avoid attention, that’s because she’s hiding a big secret-she has powerful magical talents. So, when strange and sinister things start happening in her small town, Mandy decides to take action. And on her quest to chase down the root of the town’s trouble she just might discover the truth about her own legacy.

Release Date: 10/28/20

PCS NOTES: We are huge fans of Erica Schultz and have high hopes for this book.

Rick & Morty: Ever After #1
Oni Press
Written by Sam Maggs
Art by Sarah Stern

When one of RICK’S experiments on knowledge-absorption-via-osmosis goes horribly awry (and when don’t they), Rick and MORTY find themselves sucked into AVALONIA: SAD STORIES FOR BAD CHILDREN, an ancient, dusty tome full of fairy tales. And not the sanitized, Disney version – we’re talking old-school, Grimm-dark fairy tales. On their arrival in this strange new universe, the two are separated: Morty, trapped in an old tower, the princess in need of saving; Rick, the scholarly old wizard in the castle’s basement. With the help of SILKE, the cunning sorceress holding Morty prisoner, and MARIUS, the himbo knight tasked with his rescue, Rick and Morty must find their way back to each other – and to their own reality. But what they don’t know is that their arrival in Avalonia releases the EVIL STEP-WITCH, setting off a chain of events that will destroy the world – and the tome itself – while Rick and Morty are still in it! If they don’t take everything they know about fairy tales and subvert those very same expectations, they’re going to breathe their very last, weird breaths.

Release Date: 10/28/20

PCS NOTES: Wow! That solicit is a mouthful, and we are excited for this creative team to show us what they have in store.

Sympathy for No Devils #1
AfterShock Comics
Written by Brandon Thomas
Art by Lee Ferguson
Cover Art by Ferguson

Winston Wallis has a secret. He is all that remains of mankind, and is surrounded on all sides by demons, monsters, and ghouls that picked up where humankind left off – lying, stealing, cheating, and killing.

Years ago, it was Winston’s job to investigate such things. Now his ex-partner needs help solving the brutal murder of the world’s largest Colossal. Because he knows the secret. He knows about the magical curse that gives Winston the ability to survive a world where everything is bigger, stronger, and angrier than he is. But how long can Win’s impossible luck last, and will this new case finally be the death of him?

He certainly hopes so…

From Brandon Thomas and Lee Ferguson, the critically-acclaimed creators of The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury, comes a bold new series filled with murder, mystery, monsters, and magic!

Release Date: 10/28/20

PCS NOTES: Yep! This looks real good.