New Number Ones: New Comics Releasing for the Week of August 9, 2023

Welcome to the New Number Ones!

Each Wednesday we bring you the list of new series and special editions in a post highlighting what you need to put in your cart at the comic shop or digital marketplace.

In this week’s column, we have 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.

The fallout of last month’s Hellfire Gala will have effects on the rest of the Marvel universe; so keep an eye out for those new books.

This week, we have books on the list from: Marvel Comics,  Image Comics, Boom! Studios, AWA Studios, and Dark Horse Comics.

One thing to remember, we continue to measure the “comic week” as Wednesday. #NCBD is Wednesday.

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.

New Series
New One-Shots and Special Editions

New Series This Week 

Children of the Vault #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Deniz Camp
Art by Luca Meresca & Carlos Lopez
Cover Art by Yanick Paquette & Guru-eFX


The Children of the Vault are back, and they are determined to be humanity’s salvation! But not everything is as it seems, and every utopia has its costs. What is the motivation behind these highly evolved beings gifting the world with their advanced technology? And how do Bishop and a now-Orchis-captured Cable figure into their plans? Find out in rising stars Deniz Camp and Luca Maresca’s miniseries!

Release Date: August 9, 2023

PCS NOTES: We are very interested to see how this story fits into the Fall of X.

The Enfield Gang Massacre #1
Image Comics
Written by Chris Condon
Art by Jacob Phillips
Cover Art by Phillips

The THAT TEXAS BLOOD duo returns to Ambrose County, Texas with an all-new MINISERIES set 150 years in the past!

Gunslinging action meets dark frontier drama in this original Western thriller, as Montgomery Enfield and his gang of outlaws find themselves in the crosshairs of an aging Texas Ranger and a newborn county that’s hungry for law.

Release Date: August 9. 2023

PCS NOTES: This promises to be an excellent book in the tradition of its predecessor.

Killer Queens 2 #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by David M. Booher
Art by Bradley Crayton & Harry Saxon
Cover Art by Chris Ables

During a day of questionable choices at Space Pride, Max & Alex bump into their old boss. The grumpy little simian tries to dragoon them into chasing down a runaway heir to the throne of Sarelia, an alien planet ruled by a brutal patriarchy. Little does he know that the heir in question is closely connected to Alex. As Alex and Max race to save the runaway heir from a galaxy-wide bounty hunt, they’ll dredge up Alex’s past and confront her planet’s misogynist present. If that means burning the patriarchy to the ground, well, get out the torches.

Release Date: August 9, 2023

PCS NOTES: We are excited to see this book come back for more!! Go get it this week.

The Madness #1
AWA Studios
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Art by ACO & David Lorenzo
Cover Art by ACO

Legendary writer J. Michael Straczynski teams with superstar artist ACO for a tale of bloody vengeance.

In THE MADNESS, Sarah Ross has been using her power as a thief, stealing from the rich and…well, keeping it. Until the day she stole from the wrong person, a highly placed official who pressures the government to assassinate her. The plot, aided by so-called “good” superheroes sponsored by the government, misses her but wipes out her family. Driven mad by grief, and laser-focused on revenge for the murder of her family, Sarah and a hidden side of her personality – an imaginary friend who may be more real than she believes – goes after these superpowered operatives determined to take her revenge, at any cost.

Release Date: August 2, 2023

PCS NOTES: This is our pick of the week to curl up in a cozy chair with late at night and melt into the dark.

Mech Cadets #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Greg Pak
Art by Takashi Miyazawa
Cover Art by Miyazawa

Fans of the highly anticipated Netflix series won’t want to miss this perfect companion series by highly acclaimed writer Greg Pak, superstar artist Takeshi Miyazawa, and colorist Ian Herring.

General Park-head of Sky Corps Academy-must assemble a team of heroes to protect humankind from alien invasions, and Stanford Yu, Maya Sanchez, Frank Olivetti, and Park’s own daughter Olivia may have been pulled into the role by fate… as they are Earth’s best hope.

But there is more to their relationships with the symbiotic, sentient giant Robos they pilot… and the alien threat of The Sharg is far more epic and widespread than any could imagine!

While Mech Cadets makes a fresh debut for new readers and viewers, long-time fans can delight in having more adventures after the long awaited collection of Mech Cadets Book One!

Release Date: August 9, 2023


New One-Shots and Specials 

Ghost Rider / Wolverine Weapons of Vengeance – Alpha #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Geoff Shaw & Rain Beredo
Cover Art by Ryan Stegman & J.P. Mayer


LOGAN’s the best there is at what he does—and what he does as the deadly WOLVERINE isn’t very nice. When innocent blood is spilled, JOHNNY BLAZE becomes the GHOST RIDER, equipped to deal punishment with the power of hellfire! A demonic serial killer is murdering innocent mutants. But what is it about this deadly new villain that forces our two heroes to team up? And what buried secret does he share with Wolverine and Ghost Rider’s never-before-seen very first meeting in the past? Get ready for claws, chains and violence as only Benjamin Percy and Geoff Shaw can bring in this four-part epic!

Release Date: August 9, 2023

PCS NOTES: Percy and Shaw will deliver. Count on it!

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – Max Rebo #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Daniel Jose Older
Art by Paul Fry & Carlos Lopez
Cover Art by Ryan Brown


Wait…someone ELSE is plotting to kill one of the galaxy’s most infamous gangsters? YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT! When you’re JABBA THE HUTT, you make a lot of enemies…and sometimes, they’re even under your employ! MAX REBO and the band have their own plans on how to deal with a mobster like Jabba… This issue bookends our JABBA’S PALACE one-shot and leads directly into the RETURN OF THE JEDI film!

Release Date: August 9. 2023

PCS NOTES: I really love these books exploring hidden corners of classic movies.