New Number Ones: New Comics Series Coming in April 2022

Welcome to April! We have compiled an alphabetical list with cover art and the official solicitation text from the publishers of some of the cool new comics that are coming out this month. Check below for our PCS NOTES to find out what we just have to tell you about the new comics in question.

This month we spotlight books from the usual suspects: AfterShock Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics, Marvel Comics, Boom! Studios, AWA/Upshot Studios, IDW Publishing, and Dark Horse Comics.

This month is super front loaded with new comics. The first week has double the number of new series as each other week; so, make sure you go out this week and get your fill of new comics.

We will bring you reviews 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 April 6

Alice Ever After #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Dan Panosian
Art by Giorgio Spalletta & Fabiana Mascolo
Cover Art by Panosian

Return to Wonderland in this twisted sequel by superstar artist and writer Dan Panosian perfect for fans of Mirka Andolfo’s Mercy and Luna.

Alice first visited Wonderland as a child. Now an adult, it’s her only escape from a cold, strange reality she finds herself living in.

But in order to return to her fantasy world, she’ll need something stronger than mushrooms that change her size, and is forced to resort to crime to feed her growing addiction.

Will Alice choose to escape from her uncaring family and childhood trauma in Wonderland, or find the courage to face her demons in the real world?

Release Date: April 6, 2022

PCS NOTES: Dan Panosian’s amazing talent as an artist is unquestioned, but his writing in recent years makes this book required reading.

Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #1
DC Comics
Written by Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly
Art by Max Dunbar & Sebastian Cheng
Cover Art by Dunbar & Cheng


Neo-Gotham is alive and has killed Bruce Wayne. It’s rejected Terry McGinnis as Batman and offered him the chance to escape. Terry turned it down—he is the city’s protector, and he will uphold the legacy of Batman. Now Neo-Gotham will do everything in its power to destroy Terry, including creating brand-new villains to fight him. Terry’s first year without Bruce Wayne begins…does he have a fighting chance? From the rising-star creative team of Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing and Max Dunbar, a new future for Batman Beyond has begun!

Release Date: April 5, 2022

PCS NOTES: As solicitations go for a new chapter in a existing property go, this is a pretty good one. We are intrigued.

Deadpool: Bad Blood #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Chris Sims, Chad Bowers, & Rob Liefeld
Art by Liefeld
Cover Art by Liefeld

Deadpool’s smash-hit, first-ever original graphic novel – now serialized in comics form! Wade Wilson has been shooting, stabbing and otherwise annoying people for a long time. He’s made a lot of enemies. But one he just can’t quite place is the brutal Thumper, who keeps showing up out of the blue to pound him into jelly. What is Deadpool’s past connection to this beefy face masher? Wade has as much of a clue as you do! So he decides to call in some help from an old friend: Domino! Superstar co-creator of the Merc with a Mouth, Rob Liefeld, tells his greatest Deadpool tale yet!

Release Date: April 6, 2022

PCS NOTES: We are certain there are plenty of people excited about this series considering the subject and artist. 

Earth-Prime #1: Batwoman
DC Comics
Written by Natalie Abrams, Camrus Johnson, & Kelly Larson
Art by Clayton Henry & Marcelo Maiolo
Cover Art by Kim Jacinto


Ever since the tech that created many of Batman’s rogues hit the streets, Ryan Wilder has been running herself ragged trying to contain the new villains popping up around Gotham City. But when Clayface’s mud binds itself to a local high schooler, Batwoman will need help from an unexpected source in order to contain this muddy foe! Also, follow how Luke Fox balances his life as a superhero and a boyfriend!

Release Date: April 5, 2022

PCS NOTES: DC has endeavored to launch a series of one-shots that translate the CW DC Universe to comics, and this is the first.

The Joneses #1
AWA / Upshot Studios
Written by Michael Moreci
Art by Alessandro Vitti & Ive Svorgina
Cover Art by Mike Deodato

Spinning out of the pages of The Resistance, The Joneses focuses on a suburban family with a big secret: In the global pandemic known as the Great Death, mother, father, sister and brother were all transformed into something superhuman. While the world embraces fascism born of fear, the Joneses realize they face grave consequences if they are exposed as Reborns. Do they keep a low profile and hide in plain sight… or use their powers for good and risk exposure?

Release Date: April 6, 2022

PCS NOTES: We absolutely cannot wait to see what this creative team does with this subject. The expectations are high.

The Ocean Will Take Us #1
AfterShock Comics
Written by Rich Douek
Art by Carlos Olivares & Manuel Puppo
Cover Art by Olivares

Something’s lurking in the waters of Almanzar Bay – and when Casey March tries out for the swim team, he learns firsthand that messing with the social order of his new high school can have dangerous – even deadly – consequences!

From Bram Stoker-Award nominated writer Rich Douek and artist Carlos Olivares, comes a new tale of horror and intrigue – where a group of high school outcasts band together to fight a growing evil in their school and town.

Release Date: April 6, 2022

PCS NOTES: This book from AfterShock looks to have Rich Douek expanding his horror arsenal to include a younger cast and we are here for it. 

Project Superpowers: Fractured States #1
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by Andy Lanning & Ron Marz
Art by Emilio Utrera
Cover Art by Michael Rooth

As the nation is torn apart, someone is murdering all the patriotic heroes.

A mysterious amnesiac awakens in a sealed underground base, naked and abandoned. This John Doe emerges to the year 2052, where the entire Project Superpowers Universe has been turned on its head. The United States is no more, ravaged by environmental disaster, and fragmented into warring regions. The Black Terror is now many – revolutionaries trying to save the republic. But who IS John Doe? Why can’t he remember anything? And does his presence in this brave new world bring its salvation…or its doom?

Release Date: April 6, 2022

PCS NOTES: Did you read that solicitation? Don’t you want to find out the answers? If Andy Lanning and Ron Marz are writing it, I certainly do.

The Rocketeer: The Great Race #1
IDW Publishing
Written by Stephen Mooney
Art by Mooney & Len O’Grady
Cover Art by Mooney

Ace stunt pilot Cliff Secord has returned from his New York Adventure to a West Coast steeped in paranoia over the looming war in Europe. Having finally had enough of his near-death scrapes as the high-flying Rocketeer, the only thing in Cliff’s crosshairs is The Great Race: a prestigious, winner-take-all air race that runs from California to France! Maybe it’s finally time to smarten up and fly straight . . . by taking his best girl Betty to Paris! But other parties want to win the race for their own nefarious ends, and Cliff will need to decide which prize is truly the most valuable of all.

Release Date: April 6, 2022

PCS NOTES: For fans of the character, new Rocketeer stories are always welcome.

Spider-Punk #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Cody Ziglar
Art by Justin Mason & Jim Charalampidis
Cover Art by Olivier Coipel

ANARCHY IN THE SPIDER-VERSE! SPIDER-PUNK GETS HIS OWN SERIES! HOBIE BROWN is THE ANARCHIC SPIDER-PUNK — set to protect EARTH-138 with his ax in hand and his chaotic band of punk rockin’ heroes backing him! NORMAN OSBORN is dead, but will the chaos he’s created be too much for Spider-Punk and gang to handle? Feel the vibes as CODY ZIGLAR and JUSTIN MASON bring you the jams when “BANNED IN DC” begins here!

Release Date: April 6, 2022

PCS NOTES: We are excited to see what Cody Ziglar brings to this Spider-Verse character. 

X-Men: Red #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Stefano Caselli & Federico Blee
Cover Art by Russell Dauterman

WHO CAN SAVE THE RED PLANET? The mutants of Arakko spent millennia scarred by war—but on what was once called Mars, they’re learning to live in peace. STORM knows the red planet needs something greater than a queen. But ABIGAIL BRAND has other plans, along with an unstable VULCAN on her side and CABLE keeping his own secrets. Welcome to X-MEN RED. It’s a new world…and someone has to fight for it.

Release Date: April 6, 2022

PCS NOTES: While the first X-Men Red series focused on Jean Grey, this title gives the second most important female mutant her own room to lead. We are excited to see what this series brings.

Week of April 13

Break Out #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Zack Kaplan
Art by Wilton Santos & Jason Wordie
Cover Art by Adam Gorham

When massive cube spaceships from another dimension materialize over our cities and routinely abduct teenagers to be held inside their mysterious floating prisons, Liam Watt’s younger brother, Tommy, is taken. But while governments and adults across the world accept this loss as inevitable, Liam refuses to give up hope. Now, in a “take back our future” anthem, Liam assembles a skilled team of ordinary high school students to risk it all-but can they pull off the impossible and succeed in an out-of-this-world prison break?

Join the crew and unlock a sci-fi adventure like no other, written by rising comics star Zack Kaplan, with kinetic art-buzzing with life-drawn by Wilton Santos and colored by Jason Wordie.

Release Date: April 13, 2022

PCS NOTES: We are big supporters of Zack Kaplan and have a lot of faith in this art team. We have high hopes for this new series.

Immortal Red Sonja #1
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Alessandro Miracolo
Cover Art by David Nakayama

Sonja…as you have never witnessed!

It is a time of British legend! A young Red Sonja, cursed by mysterious chainmail, seeks counsel with the mysterious MERLIN. She seeks to be rid of her curse, in order to forge a future of fantasy and adventure! She will be pursued by the loathsome GREEN KNIGHT, and if she survives and arrives at the Castle Of Merlin, what she finds would be infinitely more than she bargained for.
By the all-star creative team of DAN ABNETT and ALESSANDRO MIRACOLO!

Release Date: April 13, 2022

PCS NOTES: Sonja in Camelot? Sure! Sounds good to me.

Midnight Rose #1
AfterShock Comics
Written by Jim Starlin
Art by Nikkol Jelenic
Cover Art by Jelenic

Join the legendary Jim Starlin and Nikkol Jelenic on a journey through the life of a singular, frightening and very human creature: MIDNIGHT ROSE. A particularly bizarre tale of loneliness, love and what happens when you can’t help but give in to the vengeance growing deep within yourself.

Release Date: April 13, 2022

PCS NOTES: We are intrigued whenever Jim Starlin creates something new, and we will be on board for this AfterShock book. 

The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country #1
DC Comics
Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Lisandro Estherren & Yanick Paquette
Cover Art by Reiko Murakami

Sometimes, nightmares walk the Earth. Every night when you sleep, the Lord of Dreams chooses the path you’ll follow…into a sylvan Elysium, or down the hallways of your darkest fears. And sometimes, if it is Dream’s will, those nightmares escape those halls, and go out into the world. But it is not a choice he makes lightly. Today the Corinthian walks the Earth again. The most feared of all Dream’s nightmares, his ravenous mouths have made him a legend among serial killers. Letting the Corinthian out among mortals is the most dangerous thing Dream could possibly do. But he has no choice—because there is another nightmare walking the Earth, one that must be hunted…and this monster is one that Dream, lord of all nightmares, did not make.

Release Date: April 12, 2022

PCS NOTES: James Tynion IV writing one of the most terrifying creatures in the Sandman Universe?? Yes, Please. Read this book, but leave the lights on!!

A Town Called Terror #1
Image Comics
Written by Steve Niles
Art by Szymon Kudranski
Cover Art by Kudranski

Henry West is brutally kidnapped in the middle of the night while his wife Julie watches, terrified. Henry awakens to the reality of his whereabouts, but Julie, with no evidence of the phantom crime, is unable to get help to search for him. A new series from the minds of cutting-edge horror creators STEVE NILES and SZYMON KUDRANSKI.

Release Date: April 13, 2022

PCS NOTES: Fans of the horror genre won’t want to miss this one.

X-Men ’92: House of XCII #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Steve Foxe
Art by Salvador Espin
Cover Art by David Baldeón

THE ’90s ARE BACK—AGAIN! Everyone’s favorite ’90s incarnations of the X-Men have returned…but this time, everything is even all-newer and all-more different! Mutantkind is taking a huge leap forward by founding their own nation on the island of Krakoa, guided by Professor X, Magneto, and a mysterious long-lived woman who knows more than she should. That’s right—the ’90s X-Men are tackling the Krakoan Age thirty years early…and it’s NOT going to go the way you expect!

Release Date: April 13, 2022

PCS NOTES: Honestly, we are intrigued to see the 90’s X-Men Cartoon integrated into the House of X concept.

Week of April 20

The Collector: Unit 731 #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Will Conrad
Art by Marco Lesko & Rod Monteiro

A man can go by many names, and when someone has been around as long as Michael, he can gain more than just a few aliases. Now he’s Michael Smith, but back in the 1940s he went by James. When the obituary for John, who Michael met during WWII, comes up in the paper, Michael finds himself reflecting on a lifetime he left behind-and the horrors and experimentation he, John, and others, endured at the infamous Manchuria-based Japanese facility known as Unit 731.

Release Date: April 20, 2022

PCS NOTES: This is another one of those books where the solicitation grabbed us, and we just want to know what it is all about.

John Carter of Mars #1
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by Chuck Brown
Art by George Kambadais
Cover Art by Jung-Geun Yoon

Soldier. Outcast. Husband. Hero. Award-winning author CHUCK BROWN and dynamic illustrator GEORGE KAMBADAIS present a bold sci-fi vision of a classic titan!

It is the year 1919. An asteroid of pure Ninth hurtles towards Earth. Its teeming power slowly melds the people of Earth to Mars, and Mars to Earth. John Carter is RIPPED from everything he knows, powerless and confused, suddenly in battle with Martian Apes…in Virginia.

Strap in for full-octane adventure every month…in JOHN CARTER OF MARS!

Release Date: April 20, 2022

PCS NOTES: This looks like a fun chapter in the adventures of this classic pulp-hero.

Magic: The Hidden Planeswalker #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Mairghread Scott
Art by Fabiana Mascolo
Cover Art by Karen Darboe

Delve even deeper into the Magic: The Gathering universe with comic and screenwriter Mairghread Scott and artist Fabiana Mascolo!!

While our heroes have many dangers to face throughout the multiverse, the powerful Necromancer Liliana Vess returns to her new home as a professor at the greatest college of magic in the Multiverse.

But she doesn’t return alone. Sensing the presence of a distant planeswalker calling for help… one with the power to save, or destroy, entire planes, puts her on a collision course with the diabolical machinations of the Tezzeret, the Master of Metal…

Release Date: April 20, 2022

The Vampire Slayer #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Sarah Gailey
Art by Irene Flores
Cover Art by Goni Montes

A bold new story in a new universe begins, courtesy of Hugo Award-winning author Sarah Gailey and artist Irene Flores!

After years of fighting against the forces of evil, Buffy Summers finds herself succumbing to the burden of bearing the Slayer mantle. To help his Slayer, Rupert Giles is willing to risk a return to chaos magic, and with Willow’s help, they attempt a spell to remove the trauma from Buffy’s psyche. The effects backfire though, and leave Buffy unable to remember her past, or her purpose! With Sunnydale under attack, a new Slayer must rise to protect it, while Buffy’s friends race against the clock to restore her true self.

Release Date: April 20, 2022

PCS NOTES: We have a feeling that all fans of the happenings in Sunnydale won’t be disappointed with the writing of Sarah Gailey on this new chapter in the legends of the Slayers.

Week of April 27

Blood Stained Teeth #1
Image Comics
Written by Christian Ward
Art by Patric Reynolds
Cover Art by Ward

CHRISTIAN WARD, the Eisner Award-winning co-creator of ODY-C, Invisible Kingdom, and Machine Gun Wizards, returns to Image with red-hot artist PATRIC REYNOLDS for an all-new ONGOING SERIES—a fast-paced 100 Bullets-style crime saga with fangs!

Atticus Sloane—misanthrope, criminal, asshole, and vampire—lives in a world where blood isn’t the only thing vamps crave. And for the right price, he’ll make you a vampire too. After all, immortality isn’t cheap.

Release Date: April 27, 2022

PCS NOTES: This book is very high up on our most anticipated list of April releases. We can’t wait for it.

The British Paranormal Society: Time Out of Mind #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Mike Mignola & Chris Roberson
Art by Andrea Mutti & Quinton Winter
Cover Art by Sebastian Fiumara

British Paranormal Society members Simon Bruttenholm and Honora Grant arrive at Noxton together, but with separate goals: Honora hopes to uncover information on the town’s strange traditions, while Simon is searching for his missing assistant. But their separate investigations lead down the same twisted path that hides a dark secret behind Noxton’s innocent façade!

Release Date: April 27, 2022

The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1
DC Comics
Written by Kenny Porter
Art by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
Cover Art by Max Fiumara

In The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive, Barry Allen’s world-saving adventure with the Justice League has driven Central City’s favorite son to become a truly skilled and inspirational Super Hero. But when a new threat by the name of Girder emerges in Central City, Barry turns to Batman for advice on training to master his powers. Under the Dark Knight’s tutelage, The Fastest Man Alive will have to find a way to defeat this metallic menace or be crushed by Girder’s strength!

Release Date: April 26, 2022

Knights of X #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Tini Howard
Art by Bob Quinn & Erick Arciniega
Cover Art by Yanick Paquette

THE QUEST BEGINS HERE, WHERE MUTANTS ARE HATED AND FEARED ONCE AGAIN! The gates to Otherworld are closed—and Captain Britain is trapped on the wrong side! Usurpers Merlyn and his right-hand man, King Arthur, are now in control of Lunatic Citadel. Furies the size of Sentinels raze villages to the ground in their hunt for the “witchbreed.” Cutoff from Krakoa, Betsy Braddock is Otherworld’s only hero—and to save her people, Betsy must recruit a round table of her own. The Knights of X gather to restore the rightful order and rescue desperate mutants—but their quest is about to get so much bigger than that. This is the era of destiny…and the fate of Otherworld lies at the center of mutantkind’s future. Don’t miss this essential piece of the new Krakoa!

Release Date: April 27, 2022

PCS NOTES: As the Dawn of X continues to evolve, this book with this creative team has us very excited.

The Naughty List #1
AfterShock Comics
Written by Nick Santora
Art by Lee Ferguson
Cover Art by Francesco Francavilla

I had a family once. A wife who loved me…a child we loved together. That’s all gone now, been gone for hundreds of years. All because of that damn star. My name? It depends on where you live. Some call me Kris Kringle, others Papa Noël, but my real name is Nicholas Sinterklass, and this is the story of what happens when you steal my Naughty List.

Up on the housetop CLICK, CLICK, CLICK! Down through the chimney with old Saint Nick!

Release Date: April 27, 2022

PCS NOTES: Come on?! This book just sound like a ton of fun.