New Number Ones: New Comic Series Coming in December 2022

2022 is almost over. We here at PCS hope is has been a good year for you. In this column, 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 have books on the list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, AfterShock Comics, Image Comics, Boom! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Frank Miller Presents, and Black Mask Studios.

In some months we get five weeks of great comics. This month as the year crawls to an end, the first two weeks of the month have a bunch of cool and interesting new books but then it winds down in the last two weeks. That is mostly function of publishers being aware of the economic disruption in retail purchasing due to the Christmas holiday season and that they hold back new releases for the new year to begin.

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 12/28/22

Week of December 7

All Against All #1
Image Comics
Written by Alex Paknadel
Art by Caspar Wijngaard
Cover Art by Wijngaard

Writer ALEX PAKNADEL, artist CASPAR WIJNGAARD, and letterer HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU present a primal vision of humanity gone terribly wrong.

In All Against All, it is the distant future. Earth is long gone, but a race of alien conquerors knows as “the Operators” have preserved its most savage animals in an artificial jungle environment they barely understand.

With no bodies of their own, the Operators move from world to world, harvesting bodies for the organic exosuits they use to wage their endless wars. Ignored and underestimated by his captors is the habitat’s sole human specimen, Helpless.

However, when their efforts to find and harvest an apex predator intensify, he gives them far more than they bargained for.

Featuring variant covers by artistic powerhouses as SEAN PHILLIPS, MARTIN SIMMONDS, and CHRISTIAN WARD!

Release Date: December 7, 2022

PCS NOTES: This book is one of our most anticipated books of the month. Having had a sneek peak at it, we are confident it will be a big hit.

Frank Miller’s Pandora #1
Frank Miller Presents
Written by Anthony Maranville & Chris Silvestri
Art by Emma Kubert
Cover Art by Kubert

What if you could have everything you ever wanted, but it was at everyone else’s expense?

Drawn to a mystic Relic that can deliver all her heart’s desires, Anabeth Dean uses this power in an attempt to recreate the world and fill her empty life with friendship and love. But power comes at a price and her “perfect new world” is replacing the real world around us. Anabeth now has all she’s ever wanted, but her better place is an invasion, and she’s the gateway to the end of the world. Only she can stop it, but to do so, she must sacrifice everything she loves…

A new Young Adult Fantasy, created by Frank Miller – with art by new sensation Emma (Inkblot) Kubert, and script by Anthony Maranville and Chris Silvestri (Star Trek Discovery) – tbhis is the latest book in the great line of titles from Frank Miller Presents.

Release Date: December 7, 2022

PCS NOTES: FMP is making an impression and we are excited to see Emma Kubert on the art duties for this book. She is excellent.

Gangster Ass Barista #1
Black Mask Studios
Written by Pat Shand
Art by Renzo Rodriguez
Cover Art by Fin Cramb & Conor Hughes


Trinity used to live a life of crime, but now she has left behind her old life and works at a coffee shop. Unfortunately, making ends meet isn’t easy to do with a minimum wage job. Not to mention the fact that customers are beginning to get on Trinity’s nerves, and it’s getting harder and harder to not let her old tendencies take control.

When Trinity’s past comes calling, it’s like the famous quote: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!”

Includes a bonus comic in each issue!

Collect covers by rising stars Conor Hughes, Elisa Romboli, & series co-creator Renzo Rodriguez!

Release Date: December 7, 2022

PCS NOTES: “Coffee-fueled crime comedy” has us intrigued. Sometimes tag lines really work.

Gargoyles #1
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by Greg Weisman
Art by George Kambadais
Cover Art by David Nakayama

All-new ongoing series, in continuity with the epic GARGOYLES television classic!

One thousand years ago, superstition and the sword ruled. It was a time of darkness. It was a world of fear. It was THE AGE OF GARGOYLES. Stone by day, Warriors by night, they were betrayed by the humans they had sworn to protect…frozen in stone by a magic spell for a thousand years. Now, here in Manhattan, the spell is broken, and they live again! They are Defenders of the Night! THEY ARE GARGOYLES!

Series creator GREG WEISMAN and illustrator GEORGE KAMBADAIS reintroduce the Manhattan Clan, a family of Gargoyles at full strength, though modern New York City is full of attractions and distractions, and each member of the clan has begun to go their own way. But their bonds will be tested, when nefarious factions from all across the world attempt to steal that rarest, most precious of possessions…an unhatched Gargoyle egg!

Release Date: December 7, 2022

PCS NOTES: Greg Weisman writing a Gargoyles comic is a holiday gift for everyone!!!

Hexware #1
Image Comics
Written by Tim Seeley
Art by Zulema Scotto Lavina
Cover Art by Lavina

Why sell your soul…when you can buy a new one?

In a corporate-ruled world where class inequality is greater than ever, a desperate, lonely populace is drawn to neo-spiritualism and hedge magic.

When their teenage daughter is murdered, the Marks family is left asking the gods what they did to deserve this. But their android maid, Which-Where, has a different approach. Perhaps if she asked the devil…

A new futuristic miniseries by acclaimed creator TIM SEELEY and rising star ZULEMA SCOTTO LAVINA!

THE MAGIC ORDER meets Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? in this dark mashup of witchcraft and sci-fi.

Release Date: December 7, 2022

PCS NOTES: Do not be mistaken, we are big fans of Tim Seeley. However, the solicitation and cover alone have us adding this to our pull-list.

It’s Only Teenage Wasteland #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Curt Pires
Art by Jacoby Salcedo & Mark Dale
Cover Art by Salcedo

When his parents go out of town for the weekend, Mexican-American high schooler Javi decides to throw a party-one that’ll launch him and his buds into popularity! Or at least get them noticed by some girls. But when things take a turn for the worse, Javi and his friends are thrust into a situation and future they could have never possibly prepared for. For fans of The Nice House on the Lake and What’s the Furthest Place From Here? or other comics with really long titles and cool high concepts.

Release Date: December 7, 2022

PCS NOTES: The solicitation seems to set a great tone for this book with a really long title in which we are looking forward to see what happens.

Know Your Station #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Sarah Gailey
Art by Liana Kangas & Rebecca Nalty
Cover Art by Kangas

The wealthiest people in the solar system abandoned the Earth for a private sanctuary in space, leaving the rest of us to die amidst cataclysmic climate change.

But the 1% won’t be safe for long…A murderer is on the loose, specifically targeting the super-rich.

Soon Elise, an employee of the billionaire’s space station, is wrapped up in a deadly investigation, with each issue featuring a new, diabolically different kill!

2021’s breakout writer Sarah Gailey (Eat the Rich) and rising star Liana Kangas (TRVE KVLT) take a stab at the ultra-wealthy, their dreams of escaping the very planet they’ve put in peril, and the consequences of a future that might not be so far away…

Release Date: December 7, 2022

PCS NOTES: A bunch of really cool up and coming creators making a book that attacks the social and economic elite? Sign us up!!!

Maniac of New York: Don’t Call It a Comeback #1
AfterShock Comics
Written by Elliot Kalan
Art by Andrea Mutti
Cover Art by Mutti

Maniac Harry, the seemingly unstoppable killer, has finally been stopped. The city celebrates, the Mayor takes the credit, and Maniac Task Force Director Gina Greene – last seen slicing the Maniac’s head open – has disappeared to parts unknown. Now NYPD Detective Zelda Pettibone must pick up the pieces of a life that’s suddenly so empty she almost wishes the Maniac was back. And unfortunately, sometimes wishes are granted.

THAT’S RIGHT, THERE’S A NEW MANIAC, BUT NOT THE ONE YOU’RE EXPECTING! Stay out of Central Park and stay away from cable news, ’cause something terrifying is on the loose!

Writer Elliott Kalan and artist Andrea Mutti return to the acclaimed horror-satire series for a tale of horrifying gore and even more horrifying cultural relevance!

Release Date: December 7, 2022

PCS NOTES: We enjoyed the first two arcs in this universe and are looking forward to this one. (Which we are DEFINITELY not calling a comeback.)

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Cody Ziglar
Art by Federico Vicentini
Cover Art by Dike Ruan & Alejandro Sánchez

“TRIAL BY SPIDER”! SPIDER-MAN faces the strongest super-powered foes and most dangerous gauntlets the Multiverse can throw his way, and every time MILES MORALES falls, he rises again—stronger than before. Until now. There are some punches you don’t get up from and a new villain isn’t pulling a single one as they threaten everyone and everything Miles loves. Between school, home, his love life and battling super-charged and upgraded villains night and day—Miles is reaching his breaking point. And when this new foe is finished, Spider-Man’s world will be changed forever. Guest-starring MAC GARGAN, A.K.A. THE SCORPION! Don’t miss the next Marvel masterpiece from writer Cody Ziglar and artist Federico Vicentini!

Release Date: December 7, 2022

PCS NOTES: Miles Morales is one of the best new superheroes of this century and this looks like a great new start for this series.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Jordan Ifueko
Art by Alba Glez
Cover Art by Ken Lashley

Being a preteen super hero is hard. Doing it when your parents finally know about it is even harder. Good thing Lunella Lafayette (A.K.A. Moon Girl, Inhuman super-genius) has a plan to keep heroing. To provide herself with the perfect alibi, she organizes a roller derby team of other Inhuman kids. It’s just supposed to be an excuse to get out of the apartment with all her super-hero gear in tow, but it turns out to be kind of…fun? But nothing is simple when you’re a super hero, and one of the kids on the team might just be more sinister than they appear.

Release Date: December 7, 2022

Radiant Pink #1
Image Comics
Written by Melissa Flores & Megan Camarena
Art by Emma Kubert & Rebecca Nalty
Cover Art by Kubert & Nalty

Life is good for Eva. Ever since teleporting superhero RADIANT PINK (her secret alter ego) started guesting on her streams, her view count has skyrocketed-and fame and fortune are surely close behind. But when a charity appearance is interrupted by a squad of mercenaries hunting for the Radiant that powers her, Eva will find herself very far out of her comfort zone.

Join streaming superstar MEGHAN CAMARENA, rising-star writer MELISSA FLORES, and third-generation comics artist EMMA KUBERT for a galaxy-hopping thrill ride from the world of RADIANT BLACK! A perfect entry point for new readers to the line – and the perfect new series to handsell to those hooked on ROGUE SUN, RADIANT RED, THE DEAD LUCKY, and C.O.W.L.!

Release Date: December 7, 2022

PCS NOTES: More Emma Kubert!!!! This looks fun.

Week of December 14

Art Brut #1
Image Comics
Written by W. Maxwell Prince
Art by Martin Morazzo & Mat Lopes
Cover Art by Morazzo & Lopes

Presenting here the first major work from the creative minds behind ICE CREAM MAN-re-lettered, remastered, and under its original intended name!

The world of fine art is falling apart, and only ART BRUT knows how to fix it. Alongside the Bureau of Artistic Integrity, Arthur Brut the Mad Dreampainter (and his trusty sidekick, Manny the Mannequin) must dive back into the very paintings that made him insane…or reality itself might just crumble to pieces. A colorful, gonzo romp through art and art history, ART BRUT is equal parts police procedural, hyper-fantasy, and psychological thriller-a veritable Pollock-splatter of comics genres tossed onto one giant pulpy canvas!

Each issue features new covers, new design, and a new Silver Age-style backup story featuring the art hero that no one’s ever heard of-until now!

Originally published under the title The Electric Sublime, this special edition presents the NPR-lauded, critically acclaimed material in its intended form.

Release Date: December 14, 2022

PCS NOTES: This is a super interesting concept for the creators.

Danger Street #1
DC Comics
Written by Tom King
Art by Jorge Fornés & Dave Stewart
Cover Art by Fornés

Joining the Justice League is a goal for any superhero, but what happens when a quest for membership takes a sinister turn? Join Starman, Metamorpho, and Warlord as they look to prove themselves worthy by summoning and defeating Darkseid in battle. Soon they’ll learn that calling upon a New God never ends well, and their world is headed for a crisis as a result! The journey to save the day will be a treacherous one filled with princesses, knights, and all kinds of monsters. Each person the heroes encounter plays a crucial role in this sprawling yet gripping narrative that is a little bit silly, a whole lot dark, and completely cool. Expect the unexpected with a supporting cast featuring Manhunter, Lady Cop, the Green Team, and the Creeper!

Inspired by the heroes and villains of 1st Issue Special, Tom King and Jorge Fornés return for an unforgettable maxiseries that reimagines the characters and their stories. A multicharacter, multilayered crime drama starring some of DC’s most obscure creations: no one will see it coming, but everyone will want to see where it goes!

Release Date: December 13, 2022

PCS NOTES: We are very interested in the co-mingling of the individual one-shot characters from 1st Issue Special into a cohesive story. The art we have seen looks fantastic.

Invincible Iron Man #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Gerry Duggan
Art by Juan Frigeri & Bryan Valenza
Cover Art by Kael Ngu

IT ALL ENDS! Tony Stark, the genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist, has lost it all: his wealth…his fame…his friends. But Stark doesn’t realize he still has so much more to lose, especially when the assassins start to come for him! It’s the beginning of the end, as the Golden Avenger must fight for his life and find out what it really means to hit rock bottom. Join Gerry Duggan and Juan Frigeri  as they take Iron Man to the darkest corners of the Marvel Universe yet!

Release Date: December 14, 2022

PCS NOTES: Duggan and Frigeri look like they are going to be giving Tony a hard time. We are interested to see how it plays out.

Monica Rambeau: Photon #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Eve L. Ewing
Art by Luca Maresca & Carlos Lopez
Cover Art by Lucas Werneck

HIGHER. FURTHER. FASTER. Universal powerhouse MONICA RAMBEAU stars in her very own all-new adventure! The hero known as PHOTON has been charged with making a very special, very cosmic delivery—should be light work (get it?) for Monica…if family drama doesn’t hold her back!

Release Date: December 14, 2022

PCS NOTES: A truly underrated character in the hands of a fantastic writer with a great art team sounds like a recipe for success.

Night Club #1
Image Comics
Written by Mark Millar
Art by Juanan Ramirez
Cover Art by Ramirez

THIS SERIES WILL BE $1.99. TAKE THAT, MARVEL AND DC! You’re 17 years old and you’ve been bitten by a vampire. Do you live in the shadows and drink human blood, or do you use your newfound gifts for the dream costumed superhero life you’ve always wanted? You’re bulletproof, you can crawl up walls, and you can turn to mist, bats, or even a wolf. Why not have a little fun?

Release Date: December 14, 2022

PCS NOTES: Fantastic concept combined with a great deal is something we can definitely sink our teeth into.

Week of December 21

Dead Seas #1
IDW Publishing
Written by Cavan Scott
Art by Nick Brokenshire
Cover Art by Brokenshire

Ghosts are real and dangerous. But they’re also valuable, their ectoplasm capable of curing countless diseases. There’s only one problem: harvesting the wonder drug can be just as deadly. Prisoner Gus Ortiz is willing to take the risk in return for a reduced sentence-anything to see his daughter again. All it will take is a few months at sea scraping ectoplasm off the walls of the Perdition, a floating prison containing the most vicious ghosts on Earth. Surrounded by dark waters, Gus soon realizes that angry spirits are the least of his worries. The Poseidon Adventure meets The Haunting of Hill House in this supernatural thriller.

Release Date: December 21, 2022

PCS NOTES: We have read this and we love it. We talked about this comic with the creators on a recent Pop Culture SquadCast.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds – Illyrian Enigma #1
IDW Publishing
Written by Mike Johnson & Kristen Beyer
Art by Megan Levens
Cover Art by Levens

Journey to new reaches in this exclusive comic tie-in set between seasons one and two of fan-favorite Paramount+ series Strange New Worlds! With Una accused of unlawful genetic modification by Starfleet, Captain Pike sets out in search of evidence that could prove his first officer’s innocence. From the mighty pens of Trek duo Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson with art by Megan Levens.

Release Date: December 21, 2022

PCS NOTES: As a fan of the Strange New Worlds series, I am very excited for this comic to come out. 

The Witcher: The Ballad of Two Wolves #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Bartosz Sztybor
Art by Miki Montllo
Cover Art by Montllo

Hailed as the greatest monster slayer-the infamous Witcher Geralt is beckoned to the town of Grimmwald. When a strange occurrence stirs murmurs of a werewolf on the prowl, rumors spread about the peculiar arrival of three Piglet sisters. With a grand mystery and a monster to kill, Dandelion may just find the inspiration he needs to write the perfect ballad.

Release Date: December 21, 2022

PCS NOTES: This looks like a very cool Witcher tale.

Week of December 28

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Ryan Parrot
Art by Dan Mora
Cover Art by Mora

It’s been six months since the Teenagers With Attitude and the Heroes In A Half Shell teamed up to defeat the unholy alliance of Rita Repulsa and Shredder, but a new threat will force them to reunite in the crossover YOU demanded! Between an invasion from beyond, old enemies teaming up with unlikely accomplices, and a threat to the Rangers’ powers themselves, will the two teams survive the onslaught, or will they need help from the most unexpected ally imaginable? Longtime Power Rangers architect Ryan Parrott (Rogue Sun) joins forces with superstar artist Dan Mora (World’s Finest, Once & Future) to deliver the follow-up to the hit crossover!

Release Date: December 28, 2022

PCS NOTES: A super mashup to follow the previous super mashup with some excellent creative talent on board!!!

The Sandman Universe: Dead Boy Detectives #1
DC Comics
Written by Pornsak Pichetshote
Art by Jeff Stokely
Cover Art by Nimit Malvia

The Sandman Universe grows as two of its most beloved characters return to the spotlight! Charles Rowland and Edwin Paine have been detectives for decades—and dead best friends even longer. But their investigation into a Thai American girl’s disappearance from her Los Angeles home puts them on a collision course with new and terrifying ghosts that could give even a dead boy nightmares—including a bloodthirsty krasue. Even scarier than the ghosts? Though neither wants to admit it, the boys might be growing apart. And perilously close by to the boys’ adventure, Thessaly the witch finds herself held hostage by dangerous magics—both a threat to her life and an insult to her ego that simply will not go unanswered…

Eisner Award-winning writer Pornsak Pichetshote is joined by celebrated artist Jeff Stokely to take the Dead Boys to the scariest place of all: the heart of Hollywood!

Release Date: December 7, 2022

PCS NOTES: Probably one of the most underrated properties in the Sandman Universe being written by a veteran of Vertigo sounds like a good idea to me.

Star Wars: The High Republic – The Blade #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Marco Castiello
Cover Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli & Frank Martin

Hundreds of years before the Skywalker Saga, witness the rise of a legend—the mighty Jedi PORTER ENGLE, perhaps the most skilled lightsaber wielder in the High Republic. With his fellow Jedi Knight Barash, he travels the galaxy, serving as a guardian of peace and justice. But even Porter Engle has enemies he cannot defeat.

Release Date: December 28, 2022

PCS NOTES: Charles Soule writing Star Wars is usually a can’t miss.