New Number Ones – Comics Coming in December 2020

This month we give our readers a list of the exciting new comic book series debuting in December. 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 about the new comics in question.

December is a relatively slow month for new series, and 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 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.

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Week of December 2nd

Batman / Catwoman #1
DC Comics
Written by Tom King
Art by Clay Mann
Cover by Mann

At last, Tom King returns to the rocky, romantic saga of Batman and Catwoman with his Heroes in Crisis collaborator, superstar artist Clay Mann!
Echoing plot points from King’s epic Batman run, this sweeping tale is told across three timelines: the past, when the Bat and the Cat first fell in love; the present, where their union is threatened by one of Batman’s lost loves; and the future, where the couple have a happy life and legacy—including their daughter Helena, the Batwoman. And as the story begins, after a long marriage, Bruce Wayne passes away—which frees Selina Kyle to settle an old score.

At every stage of their relationship, Bruce and Selina have an unwelcome chaperone: The Joker! Oh, and that lost love of Bruce’s? It’s Andrea Beaumont—a.k.a. Phantasm. Just thought you’d want to know.

Release Date: December 1, 2020

PCS NOTES: We have been waiting for this series for quite a while. It promises to be fantastic.

Justice League: Endless Winter #1
DC Comics
Written by Andy Lanning & Ron Marz
Art by Howard Porter
Cover by Mikel Janín

“Endless Winter” chapter one! The crossover event of the season begins here! The Justice League encounters an extinction-level global storm brewing at the former site of the Fortress of Solitude. Enter the Frost King, a monster mad with power with an army at his command! What devastating mystery lies in his past? And how does he tied to Queen Hippolyta, Swamp Thing, Viking Prince, and their reluctant ally, Black Adam? Two timelines will reveal further clues and secrets throughout each chapter of this blockbuster tale!

Release Date: December 1, 2020

PCS NOTES: This is the initial entry into a monthlong crossover event throughout a bunch of DC titles. Honestly, it looks pretty good. Here is a graphic for the checklist of all the chapters to this story.

King in Black #1 (of 5)
Marvel Comics
Written by Donny Cates
Art by Ryan Stegman
Cover by Stegman

After a campaign across the galaxy, Knull’s death march arrives to Earth and, worse yet, he hasn’t come alone! With an army of hundreds of thousands of symbiote dragons at his command, the King in Black is a force unlike any Earth’s heroes have ever faced. EDDIE BROCK, A.K.A. VENOM has seen firsthand the chaos that even one of Knull’s symbiotic monsters can wreak – will he survive an encounter with the God of the Abyss himself?

From Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, Frank Martin and VC’s Clayton Cowles comes the definitive chapter in their two-year-long VENOM saga that changed everything you thought you knew about symbiotes!

Release Date: December 2, 2020

PCS NOTES: This is the beginning of a massive Marvel event with lots of one-shots and spinoffs. Donny Cates tells a pretty good story.

Knock ‘Em Dead #1
AfterShock Comics
Written by Eliot Rahal
Art by Mattia Monaco
Cover by Andy Clarke

Sometimes you kill. Sometimes you get killed. But no matter what, everyone dies the first time they go on stage.

Pryor Brice has always wanted to be funny. And now, he’s taken the plunge and started doing stand-up comedy. Unfortunately, his older sister – Ronan – wants her brother to stop daydreaming and focus on his future.

Pryor is determined to succeed…the only problem is: He totally sucks at stand-up. That is…until an accident changes everything, leading both Pryor and Ronan to discover comedy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

KNOCK ‘EM DEAD is a supernatural horror about comedy, brought to you by writer Eliot Rahal and artist Mattia Monaco.

Release Date: December 2, 2020

PCS NOTES: We are big fans of Eliot Rahal, and look forward to this new AfterShock series.

M.O.D.O.K: Head Games #1 (of 4)
Marvel Comics
Written by Jordan Blum & Patton Oswalt
Art by Scott Hepburn
Cover by Cully Hamner

From Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum, showrunners of the upcoming animated Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. show on Hulu, comes a journey into the mind of one of the biggest heads in the Marvel Universe! M.O.D.O.K. is the ruthless and brilliant leader of the terrorist organization AIM, outsmarting heroes and outmaneuvering his cutthroat colleagues gunning for his position… but when he begins to be haunted by memories of a family he never had, it leaves him unsure if he is losing his freakishly-large mind, or if perhaps there is a lot more to this enormous mind… or if there is something more sinister behind these visions.

Release Date: December 2, 2020

PCS NOTES: Two words have us super excited for this: Patton Oswalt.

Week of December 9th

Batman: Black and White #1
DC Comics
Written by Various
Art by Various
Cover by Greg Capullo

The iconic anthology series returns with a brand-new slate of comics’ most exciting and innovative storytellers to explore the Batman mythos in stark black-and-white!
In this debut issue:

• James Tynion IV and Tradd Moore explore the world of Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Assassins
• J.H. Williams III returns to DC Comics for a trip through the Dark Knight’s history
• Emma Rios explores the eternal struggle of the Dark Knight
• Paul Dini and Andy Kubert pit Batman against an infestation of ninja Man-Bats in the Batcave
• G. Willow Wilson and Greg Smallwood portray Batman in his strangest standoff ever with Killer Croc

With a lineup this strong and a cover by legendary Batman artist Greg Capullo, you won’t want to miss the start of this tremendous collection of Batman tales by some of comics’ top creators!

Release Date: December 8, 2020

PCS NOTES: A fantastic lineup of comic creators giving their take on the Dark Knight Detective? Yes, Please! 

Byte Sized #1
AWA / Upshot Studios
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Nelson Blake II
Cover by Rahzzah

When two young siblings excitedly unwrap their final Christmas presents, they discover toy robots unlike anything they have ever seen. And with good reason. What the kids and their parents don’t know is that their quaint suburban home just became the beachhead for these self-aware ‘bots that have begun to explore the outside world. And when one of the ‘bots breaks bad, it’s going to take a Christmas miracle to stop him.

Release Date: December 9, 2020

PCS NOTES: Cullen Bunn jumps into the Upstart Studios lineup. They have consistenlty published entertaining stories and we expect nothing less from this book.

Home Sick Pilots #1
Image Comics
Written by Dan Watters
Art by Caspar Wijngaard
Cover by Wijngaard

The team behind LIMBO, DAN WATTERS and CASPAR WIJNGAARD, launch a brand-new ONGOING SERIES.

In the summer of 1994, a haunted house walks across California. Inside is Ami, lead singer of a high school punk band-who’s been missing for weeks. How did she get there, and what do these ghosts want? Expect three-chord songs and big bloody action that’s Power Rangers meets The Shining (yes, really).

Release Date: December 9, 2020

PCS NOTES: The creative team has us intrigued and the story looks excellent.

Sam & His Talking Gun #1
Scout Comics
Written by Drew Ferguson
Art by Lee Ferguson

Sam stands in a room full of bodies, blood, and broken things. The only thing on his mind? Colt. His brother, blood or not. Colt, who killed the only other person Sam had left. Colt, who broke Sam’s mind, and left the shattered pieces in an asylum. But Sam is back. He has his talking Gun. And no matter the cost, no matter the consequence: Colt has to pay.

Release Date: December 9, 2020

PCS NOTES: This book looks like a psychological puzzle that we will be looking to put together.

Week of December 16th

Blade Runner 2029 #1
Titan Comics
Written by Michael Green & Mike Johnson
Art by Andres Guinaldo
Cover by Peach Momoko

The first comic to tell original, in-canon stories set in the Blade Runner universe
returns! It is 2029 and Blade Runner Ash continues to hunt the streets of the rain-
soaked dystopian world of Los Angeles for renegade Replicants, but this time she’s
trying to protect as many as she can find.
Written by Academy award-nominated screenwriter MICHAEL GREEN
(Blade Runner 2049) and co-writer MIKE JOHNSON!

Release Date: December 16, 2020

PCS NOTES: We are fans of the Blade Runner universe and this looks fun.

Post Americana #1
Image Comics
Written by Steve Skroce
Art by Skroce & Dave Stewart
Cover by Skroce

From MAESTROS creator, WE STAND ON GUARD co-creator, and The Matrix storyboard artist STEVE SKROCE with coloring by Eisner Award-winning DAVE STEWART.

The Cheyanne mountain installation, aka The BUBBLE, is the most sophisticated super bunker in the world. It was built to ensure the survival of America’s executive branch of government and its most important citizens, should the unthinkable happen. When the world ended, the executive branch failed to reach the sanctuary, but the elite citizenry did. Eighty years later, one of their own has named himself the new President of the United States. His plan? Subjugate the survivors of the American Wasteland using the same bunker resources meant to rebuild it. The only thing standing in their way is a deadly Wasteland girl, hellbent on revenge!

Release Date: December 16, 2020

PCS NOTES: Look, there are tons of post-apocalyptic comic books these days, but we definitely want to check this one out.

Second Coming: Only Begotten Son #1
Ahoy Comics
Written by Mark Russell
Art by Richard Pace & Leonard Kirk
Cover by Pace

“The world’s most dangerous comic book and the most lovely” (Comics Beat) returns for a new six-issue series, by superstar writer Mark Russell and artists Richard Pace and Leonard Kirk. The infant Sunstar will grow up to fulfill his destiny as Earth’s most powerful superhero and roommate to Jesus Christ – but first, he and his parents must endure the mundane and the tedious on the last night of the doomed planet Zirconia. All AHOY comics feature extra prose stories and illustrations.

Release Date: December 16, 2020

PCS NOTES: If this book is only half as good as it’s predecessor, it will be amazing. Don’t miss it.

Taarna: The Last Taarakian #1
Heavy Metal Comics
Written by Stephanie Phillips
Art by Patrick Zircher
Cover by Christian Ward

From the death of the last Taarakian and a collapsed universe, Taarna was born. Heavy Metal’s flagship character from the animated film returns in a new series of cosmic mystery and battles throughout the multiverse in her war against Kako, the embodiment of chaos. This is the story of a millennia-old battle between godlike beings, with all sentient life caught in their path. A new life for Taarna begins from writer Stephanie Phillips, artist Patrick Zircher, with covers by Christian Ward (Invisible Kingdom).

Release Date: December 16, 2020

PCS NOTES: This is another book that we have been looking forward to for a long time. We can’t wait to get our hands on it.

Week of December 23rd

Claim: Song of Ire and Vice #1 (of 4)
Source Point Press
Written by Gregory Wright
Art by Mihajlo Dimitrievski

War has come to Unstablovakia, and the country’s two most incompetent mercenaries realize it’s their time to shine! King Ned is dead, drowned in a wine barrel without any apparent heirs. Now, our mercenary “heroes” – a delusional goblin and his silent doppelganger sidekick – fight with the five factions that sprung up to claim the throne. Who will win? Will the kingdom survive? And will there be anyone left to pay the mercenaries? Based on Claim, the hit fantasy card game from Deep Water Games, Claim: A Song of Ire and Vice provides swords, sorcery, and satire in a crazy, kingdom-stealing caper. Claim it while you can!

Release Date: December 23, 2020

PCS NOTES: This looks fun

Era of Great Wonders #1 (of 6)
Source Point Press
Written by John Myers
Art by Jenn Myers

Three middle-schoolers set out to explore the ruins of a world torn apart by the sudden and terrifying appearance of giant monsters and in the ruins discover a brave new era of great wonders.

Release Date: December 23, 2020

PCS NOTES: A second book from Source Point Press that looks interesting.