New Number Ones: New Comics Series Coming in May 2022

Welcome to May! 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: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, AfterShock Comics, Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Boom! Studios, IDW Publishing, Valiant Entertainment, Vault Comics, Comixology, Milestone Studios, Dark Horse Comics, and Archie Comics.

This month is front loaded with new comics. And you will find some special out of the ordinary books on the list below if you look closely enough.

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.

Week of 5/4/22
Week of 5/11/22
Week of 5/18/22
Week of 5/25/22

Week of May 4

Archer & Armstrong Forever #1
Valiant Entertainment
Written by Steve Foxe
Art by Marcio Fiorito
Cover Art by Bernard Chang

When Armstrong seemingly loses his immortality, Archer refuses to let his best buddy go gentle into that good night. But when you live for millennia, you rack up plenty of enemies who’ll be thrilled to find out you’re no longer indestructible. Archer & Armstrong’s globetrotting quest for (more) immortality begins here!

Release Date: May 4, 2022

PCS NOTES: We are certainly interested in the latest foray into this buddy series, and Steve Foxe has been cranking out a bunch of good books lately.

Avatar: Adapt or Die #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Corinna Bechko
Art by Beni Lobel & Wes Dzioba
Cover Art by Mark Molchan

Decades into the advent of the Avatar program on Pandora, pressure to bridge the divide between human and Na’vi has hit a peak. As an ally of the Omatikaya clan, Dr. Grace Augustine begins negotiations to open a school for Na’vi children, but her plans for peace, hope, and unity could trigger an unprecedented disaster—one afflicting the most vulnerable and protected of Na’vi.

Untold story starring popular Avatar heroine Grace Augustine!

Release Date: May 4, 2022

PCS NOTES: As the “Avatar 2” movie has been in the news lately, it seems like fortuitous timing for this new release.

Dogs of London #1
AfterShock Comics
Written by Peter Milligan
Art by Artecida
Cover Art by Andy Clarke

How deep must you bury a body to make sure it doesn’t haunt you?

Frank and Terry are about to find out. They were once members of The Dogs, a feared gang who ruled much of London’s underworld back in the swinging 60s. They thought they’d escaped their troubled pasts, but the past isn’t dead – it’s just bashed about a bit and very pissed off. Spanning different times and classes, DOGS OF LONDON is a brutal, bloody tale of violence, love, revenge…and sleeping dogs who refuse to roll over and play dead.

Written by Peter Milligan and brought to bloody life by Artecida, the Dogs have awoken, and they seek more than mere revenge

Release Date: May 4, 2022

PCS NOTES: If you have ever read anything from Peter Milligan, it is impossible to read this above solicitation and not be excited for this book. 

Dune: The Waters of Kanly #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Kevin J. Anderson & Brian Herbert
Art by Francesco Mortarino & Raul Angulo
Cover Art by Christian Ward

In the aftermath of the battle of Arrakeen, legendary House Atreides warmaster Gurney Halleck takes refuge with spice smugglers, vowing revenge against the Harkonnens no matter the cost.

Release Date: May 4, 2022

PCS NOTES: We have seen the interiors of this book and it is beautiful. Fans of Dune should definitely check this out.

Flashpoint Beyond #1
DC Comics
Written by Geoff Johns, Jeremy Adams, & Tim Sheridan
Art by Mikel Janin, Xermanico, Jordie Bellaire, & Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Cover Art by Mitch Gerads


Batman’s hunt for the Clockwork Killer brings him to Europe and face to face with the mad king, Aquaman. On the eve of Aquaman’s sinking of London, Batman infiltrates his stronghold and goes on the warpath for answers. Nothing matters to Batman, whose world is already dead, but if he can track down the Clockwork Killer, Thomas can save his son’s world and put everything back together again.

Release Date: May 3, 2022

PCS NOTES: This book has generated quite a bit of buzz with Geoff Johns’ fans. There is a rich world to be explored in the Flashpoint universe and we are interested to see where this goes.

Metal Society #1
Image Comics
Written by Zack Kaplan
Art by Guilherme Balbi & Marco Lesko
Cover Art by Balbi

PORT OF EARTH writer ZACK KAPLAN teams up with hot up-and-coming artist GUILHERME BALBI in a dramatic new sci-fi miniseries that’s Blade Runner meets Rocky.

In an inverted future, evolved robots have resurrected humans for manual labor. When a tribalistic cultural clash breaks out, a fearless human fighter and a frustrated, displaced robot will square off in a public MMA-style sport fight of epic stakes to determine once and for all who reigns supreme: man or machine.

Release Date: May 4, 2022

PCS NOTES: This just sounds awesome. We are big fans of Zack Kaplan and are looking forward to this book.

Quests Aside #1
Vault Comics
Written by Brian Schirmer
Art by Elan Gogou
Cover Art by Gogou

A skeleton, an apprentice mage, and an exiled princess walk into a bar… for another shift at Quests Aside, the local watering hole run by once legendary, now retired adventurer Barrow.

When the King privately explains that he plans to shut the place down, Barrow must find a way to hold onto his business and the family he’s built around it.

It’s always sunny in the realms!

Release Date: May 4, 2022

Red Sonja: Red Sitha #1
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by Mirka Andolfo
Art by Valentina Pinti
Cover Art by Jung-Geun Yoon


Once possessed by Xamul, the spirit of the flame, Sitha The Red has chosen to follow the path of the sword, inspired by the courage of her adopted mother, RED SONJA. Ten years have gone by, and Sitha is a young bounty hunter, always on the trail of the most dangerous criminals in the kingdom of Aquilonia! Until one day, someone returns from her past to involve her in a mission bordering on suicide…

Release Date: May 4, 2022

Star Wars: Obi-Wan #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Christopher Cantwell
Art by Ario Anindito & Carlos Lopez
Cover Art by Phil Noto


Fast approaches the ultimate destiny of one of the Jedi’s most renowned masters! As he spends his final days in the remote deserts of Tatooine, Obi-Wan Kenobi takes time to reflect on—and record—key moments of a heroic life long-lived. Writing in old leather-bound journals from his hermit’s hut, Obi-Wan remembers his days as a young Jedi Initiate, his trials as a Padawan, the crucible of Jedi Knighthood and the Clone Wars, and some of the earliest challenges he faced as a true Master of the Force! In this tale, Obi-Wan considers a watershed Youngling adventure he narrowly survived on Coruscant when he was but eight years of age… This is just the beginning of his Jedi journey!

Release Date: May 4, 2022

PCS NOTES: Yes, Please! Come on. You want to buy this for the cover. The rest is gravy, and it is the best gravy you have ever tasted. 

Twig #1
Image Comics
Written by Skottie Young
Art by Kyle Strahm & Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Cover Art by Strahm

It’s the first day of Twig’s new job as a journeyer on a JEFF SMITH’s Bone-esque quest to save a The Dark Crystal/Labyrinth-style world. Join our hesitant hero for an inspiring and imaginative tale of hope, heartache, and determination to overcome insurmountable odds!

Release Date: May 4, 2022

PCS NOTES: There is a sense of wonder and enchantment that this book is resonating and we are here for it. 

Week of May 11


Blood Syndicate: Season One #1
DC Comics / Milestone
Written by Geoffrey Thorne
Art by ChrisCross & Juan Castro
Cover Art by Dexter Soy

You asked, and we delivered…the Blood Syndicate is back! Wise Son and Tech-9 have returned from their military tours in Afghanistan—and life in Dakota City could not be more different. While Icon and Rocket have been busy cleaning up the streets, Bang Babies have been forming rival gang factions. With Holocaust’s influence—and super-powered army—growing, who will look out for the people of Paris Island when the capes aren’t watching? What secrets do Wise and Tech hide from their time overseas? As the struggle for power on the chaotic streets spills into war…who will emerge victorious as the new kingpin of Paris Island?

Original Blood Syndicate series artist ChrisCross teams up with rising-star writer Geoffrey Thorne in this reimagining of the fan-favorite Milestone series, which blows open the next wild chapter in the Milestone Universe!

Release Date: May 11, 2022

PCS NOTES: Yeah, this look great. Can’t wait.

Bunny Mask: The Hollow Inside #1
AfterShock Comics
Written by Paul Tobin
Art by Andrea Mutti
Cover Art by Mutti

Her name is Bunny Mask…and she’s back to ask the question…is there sickness? The HIT horror series returns!

Her footfalls don’t exist. She leaves no marks. Her eyes are a white abyss. Her name is Bunny Mask, and she’s free from her cave and moving through the city, searching for sickness and enacting her own unfathomable sense of justice. Can Tyler Severin control her? Does he want to? The answers are still hidden, but what’s clear is that Bunny Mask is back to grab you by your eyeteeth, and never let go.

Writer Paul Tobin and artist Andrea Mutti have unleashed an eons old legend upon an unsuspecting world – one that’ll make your most horrific nightmare feel like a walk in the park!

Each issue of BUNNY MASK features 24 pages of story and art with a cardstock cover!

Release Date: May 11, 2022

PCS NOTES: This is great to see a second “season” of this AfterShock book.

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Tochi Onyebuchi
Art by R.B. Silva, Jesus Arburtov
Cover Art by Silva & Arburtov

CAPTAIN AMERICA SOARS AGAIN! Sam Wilson picks up the shield once more—and enters a world of trouble! Following a lead from Misty Knight, Sam intercepts a mysterious group hijacking what appears to be an empty train. As he digs deeper, he discovers that the plot may be connected to a crucial piece of Captain America history…and, surprisingly, Wakanda. The world is ready for two Captain Americas—but is Sam Wilson ready for what comes next? Acclaimed writer Tochi Onyebuchi teams with Stormbreaker R.B. Silva to open a thrilling new chapter of CAPTAIN AMERICA history!

Release Date: May 11, 2022

Eight Billion Genies #1
Image Comics
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Ryan Browne
Cover Art by Browne

If you had one wish…what would you wish for? Now, what if everyone else had one wish too? That’s EIGHT BILLION GENIES, the new eight-issue series from CHARLES SOULE & RYAN BROWNE. At exactly the same moment, everyone on earth gets a genie and one wish. All hell breaks loose, in a very entertaining way…and that’s just the beginning. Buckle in for the wildest ride of the year!

Release Date: May 11, 2022

PCS NOTES: When a creative team has already delivered a high quality comic series, you are willing to trust them implicitly with their next offering. That is the case with this book and if you combine that with the type of reality tweaking plot devices that Charles Soule excels at, how can you not be excited for this. 

Grim #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Stephanie Phillips
Art by Flaviano Armentaro & Rico Renzi
Cover Art by Armentaro

Jessica Harrow is dead. But her journey has only just begun!

Release Date: May 11, 2022

PCS NOTES: Do not be fooled by the simplistic solicitation. This is going to be a good comic book. Don’t miss it.

Hawk the Slayer #1
Written by Garth Ennis
Art by Henry Flint
Cover Art by Greg Staples

A few years have passed since Hawk and his trusty band of warriors defeated the evil wizard Voltan, but Hawk is still uneasy, fearing that the Dark wizards have only temporarily disappeared and are due to return. Once again, Hawk must assemble a team of warriors to confront the returning evil. The Mind Sword may be the key to saving the world, but is it also responsible for the resurgence of these ungodly forces?

Release Date: May 11, 2022

PCS NOTES: This looks like a fun book from some terrific creators based on a cult-classic British film.

Jurassic League #1
DC Comics
Written by Daniel Warren Johnson
Art by Johnson & Juan Gedeon
Cover Art by Johnson

You know the story: an infant escapes the destruction of its home planet and is deposited on Earth to be raised by human parents. A goddess from a lost city defends truth. A Theropod dons the visage of a bat to strike fear into evildoers’ hearts. This heroic trinity, alongside a league of other super-powered dinosaurs, join forces to save a prehistoric Earth from the sinister machinations of Darkseid. Wait…what? Okay, maybe you don’t know the story. So join us and bear witness to a brand-new—yet older than time—adventure and experience the Justice League as you have never seen them before!

Release Date: May 10, 2022

Moon Knight: Black, White, & Blood #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Various
Art by Various
Cover Art by Bill Sienkiewicz

A BLOOD MOON RISES—AND ITS CONTENTS ARE BLACK, WHITE & RED! A bevy of comicdom’s finest creators put their mark upon the Fist of Khonshu in stories depicted in stark black, white and blood-red! Jonathan Hickman and Chris Bachalo introduce the all-different Moon Knight of the future! Marc Guggenheim and Jorge Fornés tell a Moon Knight adventure in reverse! And Murewa Ayodele and Dotun Akande team the white-clad crusader up with the Amazing Spider-Man for a harrowing night of adventure!

Release Date: May 11, 2022

PCS NOTES: There have been a bunch of these character centric anthology books lately but we are fans of giving creators a chance to play with characters and tell some fun stories. 

Tales from Harrow County: Lost Ones #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Emily Schnall
Cover Art by Schall

Harrow County is back! The award-winning, Eisner-nominated southern-gothic horror series returns with a brand-new story.

Ten years have passed since Emmy left Harrow County. Since then, a lot has happened in town, but what happened to Emmy herself, and what adventures has she gone on since she forfeited her magical powers and left town with the Abandoned. In this epic and essential tale, find out where life has taken Emmy and what dangers lurk in the shadows waiting for in this story that takes place outside of Harrow County for the first time.

Release Date: May 11, 2022

PCS NOTES: This should be a good trip back to Harrow County.

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1
IDW Publishing
Written by Nick Roche
Art by E.J. Su & Rebecca Nalty
Cover Art by Roche & Josh Burcham

When the last stars flicker and fade, who will be the only Cybertronian left? The planet Donnokt sits on the edge of the universe, far away from all the stars that are flickering and fading out one last time. It is a world on the precipice of revolution-industrialization-taking its first steps into the realms of the mechanical. And on the far edge of nowhere, a Visitor arrives, and Donnokt will never be the same again. The war for Cybertron may be long over… but the war from Cybertron never ends.

Release Date: May 11, 2022

Week of May 18

Duo #1
DC Comics / Milestone
Written by Greg Pak
Art by Khoi Pham, Scott Hanna, & Christopher Sotomayor
Cover Art by Dike Ruan & Miquel Muerto

When Milestone returned, Reginald Hudlin and Denys Cowan weren’t planning to stop there! Now they welcome you to a whole new realm of original characters, extending far beyond Dakota…welcome to Earth-M!

Nanotech engineers Dr. Kelly Vu and Dr. David Kim are committed to only one thing more than each other: using their regenerative nanobots to save the world. And following a violent attack, those very same nanobots end up saving David and Kelly’s lives…sort of. Their salvation comes with an unexpected consequence: husband and wife awaken to realize that they now share one super-powered body!

Writer Greg Pak and artist Khoi Pham team up to introduce two thrilling new superheroes in the body of one, with the power of billions of nanobots. But how close is too close, with the love of your life literally in your head? And what happens when a couple so closely bound discovers they have very different ideas about how their newfound powers should be used?

Release Date: May 17, 2022

PCS NOTES: This is some very interesting new content coming out of the Milestone Universe. We have been waiting for this one for a while now. 

Fables #151
DC Comics
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, & Lee Loughridge
Cover Art by Qistina Khalidah

Just in time for the 20th anniversary of its launch, the acclaimed blockbuster that defined an era of Vertigo returns with an all-new 12-issue story, “The Black Forest”—a tale that picks up right where Fables #150 left off, providing a new entry point into the world of Fabletown!

The dust has barely settled from the climactic battle between Totenkinder and Cinderella—and everything is far from happily ever after. A legendary new adversary has arrived, and he plans to get even with Geppetto for the mess that has been made of Manhattan. But it’s a new day…and with it, a new Jack in the Green has arrived in the Black Forest. And within the emergency room of a New York hospital…a Fable long thought dead returns!

Don’t miss the 20th-anniversary box set to get caught up on one of comics’ longest-running fantasy hits!

Release Date: May 17, 2022

PCS NOTES: Alright! Alright! I know. It’s not a New Number One. But when Fables returns (with original numbering), we have to make a big deal of it. Seeing this in solicitations is very exciting. We can’t wait to get our hands on it. 

The Fox: Family Values #1
Archie Comics
Written by Dean Haspiel & Vito Delsante
Art by Haspiel, Richard Ortiz, & Matt Herms
Cover Art by Haspiel

Archie Comics is setting the stage for the return of everyone’s favorite “Freak Magnet” Paul Patton, Jr. in The Fox: Family Values #1. Coming to comic shops and digital retailers May 18, 2022, the new one-shot comic will follow the adventures of the Pattons, The Fox, She-Fox, and their son Ghost Fox, as they try to be the best hero family of Foxes they can be! Featuring all-new stories by writer/artist Dean Haspiel, writer Vito Delsante, artist Richard Ortiz, and colorist Matt Herms with veteran letter Jack Morelli, The Fox: Family Values #1 will also include a reprint of a classic The Fox story by Alex Toth, providing new readers with a perfect introduction to this family of iconic characters.

Release Date: May 18, 2022

PCS NOTES: This is another book on the list that is a little out of the ordinary, because it is a one-shot. However, we are super excited to see Dean Haspiel return to this classic character. It is definitely a must on the pull-list. 

I Hate This Place #1
Image Comics
Written by Kyle Starks
Art by Artyom Topilin & Lee Loughridge
Cover Art by Topilin & Loughridge


After inheriting a farm house, Trudy and Gabby are ready to start the next chapter of their lives together…except it’s already home to a mysterious force that’s attracted ghosts, aliens, and all kinds of supernatural beings for decades.

Now, Gabby and Trudy must play by the “house rules” in order to survive living among the most frightening creatures on Earth in this new series from KYLE STARKS and ARTYOM TOPILIN.

Release Date: May 18, 2022

PCS NOTES: This comic looks like it will knock our socks off and send us hiding under the covers.

Savage Avengers #1
Marvel Comics
Written by David Pepose
Art by Carlos Mango & Epsen Grudetjern
Cover Art by Leinil Frances Yu & Sunny Gho

AN ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT, ALL-DANGEROUS TEAM ASSEMBLES! Since his exile from the Hyborian Age, Conan the Barbarian has conquered the most dangerous foes the modern Marvel Universe has to offer—but what happens when this hard-edged Cimmerian finds himself on the run from the cybernetic soldier of the future known as Deathlok? Outgunned and outmatched, Conan must turn to an unlikely group of loners, berserkers and killers if he hopes to survive the night—but can these Savage Avengers defy Deathlok’s murderous manhunt, or will they become the next targets in the crosshairs of tomorrow? Don’t miss out on a bold new beginning for Marvel’s most savage super heroes, as Ringo Award-winning writer David Pepose and superstar artist Carlos Magno introduce a sensational new lineup that will resonate across every era of the House of Ideas!

Release Date: May 18, 2022

PCS NOTES: This is another book we have been eagerly anticipating and this lineup of characters looks like a great choice. We are rooting for this book. 

Shaolin Cowboy: Cruel to Be Kin #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Geof Darrow
Art by Darrow & Dave Stewart
Cover Art by Darrow

In Phase 4 of the SCU, the Shaolin Cowboy finds his parenting skills being tested when he is forced to homeschool during a pandemic of unparalleled violence, in this story torn from yesterday’s viral twitter feeds.

Can he get a kung fu grip on the situation before a horde of .45 loving human monsters and not so human monsters send him to the ICU?

Only guns, swords, and flying guillotines will tell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Release Date: May 18, 2022

PCS NOTES: Geof Darrow on Shaolin Cowboy? Sign us up.


Week of May 25

Batman: Fortress #1
DC Comics
Written by Gary Whitta
Art by Darick Robertson & Diego Rodriguez
Cover Art by Robertson & Rodriguez

When an unknown alien ship enters Earth’s atmosphere, disrupting global power and communications and plunging the planet into chaos, the world is left wondering…where is Superman when he is needed most? In the mysterious absence of the Last Son of Krypton, Batman must rally the rest of the Justice League to counter the alien threat…but first, he must quell a crime wave on the blacked-out streets of Gotham! Gary Whitta and Darick Robertson join forces to turn everything you think you know about Superman upside down in DC’s new comic book mini-series Batman: Fortress launching this May!

Release Date: May 24, 2022

PCS NOTES: This is a great creative team that has made some excellent comics in the past. 

Elvira in Horrorland #1
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by David Avallone
Art by Silvia Califano
Cover Art by Dave Acosta

Elvira is back, and she’s going PSYCHO!

The Mistress of the Dark has discovered that films create their own pocket dimensions, and now she’s lost in the Multiverse of Movies! Will she find her way home, or is it just a big Hitchcock-tease? Join writer David Avallone and artist Silvia Califano for a comic you shouldn’t show mother: she just goes a little mad sometimes.

All the fun, thrills, and spills under a series of amazing covers by returning artists Dave Acosta, John Royle, series artist Califano, and an amazing Elvira photo cover!

Release Date: May 25, 2022

Legion of X #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Simon Spurrier
Art by Jan Bazuldua & Federico Blee
Cover Art by Dike Ruan & Matt Wilson

PEACE, LOVE AND JUSTICE TO KRAKOA! Krakoa has its laws—but does it have justice? To remain a mutant sanctuary, Krakoa must safeguard itself against those who would damage its peace or traumatize its people. The lost must be found, and the wicked must face redemption—or retribution. It’s up to the ever-soulful swashbuckler NIGHTCRAWLER to keep the spark alive and LEGION to host his unique team in the psychedelic mindspace called THE ALTAR. With PIXIE on point, JUGGERNAUT as a one-man riot squad and a host of X-favorites on the beat, the LEGION OF X will do anything to protect mutants’ right to pursue happiness and hope. Kicking off with a hunt for a missing Arakkii god and a skinjacker possessing innocent mutants, read this issue and come meet WEAPONLESS ZSEN, ORA SERRATA…and a villain worth praying for. The DESTINY OF X bares its heart and soul right here!

Release Date: May 25, 2022

PCS NOTES: Yes! I am down for some Simon Spurrier X-Men comics…

Pearl III #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Michael Gaydos
Cover Art by Gaydos

A brand-new, (yes, all new!) chapter in the tattoo artist, Yakuza assassin romantic odyssey . . . Pearl. That’s right, the critically acclaimed Jinxworld title makes its Dark Horse debut with a brand-new chapter in the wild life of Pearl Tanaka.

Fully painted by award-winning graphic novelist Michael Gaydos, Pearl is a very unique experience about an artist discovering all the secrets of the modern yakuza world she was born into by no fault of her own. After finding out the truth about her parents in previous volumes, the real question is, “Who is the ghost dragon of San Francisco?”

Release Date: May 25, 2022

PCS NOTES: A Jinxworld favorite returns from a new publisher. This dark story by Bendis and Gaydos has always been intriguing.

Unnatural: Blue Blood #1
Image Comics
Written by Mirka Andolfo
Art by Ivan Bigarella
Cover Art by Andolfo

UNNATURAL IS BACK! Three years after acclaimed creator MIRKA ANDOLFO’s first blockbuster, Leslie and Khal return for a thrilling new adventure!

A few years have passed since Leslie saved the world from hidden dangers and came to understand her true nature in the process. Everything seems to be working out—and not just for Leslie and her newly formed family, but for the rest of the world as well.

But appearances can be deceiving. A new threat is about to disrupt Leslie’s peaceful existence, and once again, her life will never be the same.

Don’t miss this new limited series written by MIRKA ANDOLFO, illustrated by celebrated artist IVAN BIGARELLA, and periodically featuring original artwork from MIRKA herself!

Release Date: May 25, 2022

PCS NOTES: Another great property that we age glad to see come back for more.