New Number Ones – New Comic Series and Specials Coming the Week of November 1, 2023

Welcome to the New Number Ones!

Each week we bring you the list of new series and special editions coming this week. We are highlighting what you need to put in your cart at the comic shop or digital marketplace.

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.

This is the first week of November and it’s a five Wednesday month folks, so get ready.

We have books on the list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Ablaze, AWA Studios, Vault Comics, and Boom! Studios.

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 

Almost Dead #1
Written by Galaxy
Art by Ryan Benjamin
Cover Art by Tyler Kirkham

Somewhere between pure exhilaration and sheer terror is Almost Dead!

After having an accident on her way home to visit her family, Sara Walker awakens to find that the world has changed. Now she must travel up the Eastern Seaboard, using suppressed survival skills she learned as a child, in hopes of reuniting with her loved ones in the midst of a viral pandemic that has turned humans into monsters. Set in modern day 2005, Sara unites with old acquaintances and new friends along the way, and her struggle to survive will be both an unexpectedly exciting journey and an absolute horror.

Almost Dead is a new post-apocalyptic horror-drama adventure about triumph, growth and the resiliency of the human spirit brought to you by writer and Comic Con Radio / Spoiler Magazine founder Galaxy and Eisner nominated artist Ryan Benjamin (Batman Beyond, Star Wars, Xmen, Grifter) that redefines the genre, with its cinematic approach and attention to detail.

Relentlessly vicious, Almost Dead isn’t your typical apocalyptic story. Tying in conspiracy with historical flashbacks and showing how perhaps everything we’ve learned in our textbooks has been altered over time.

Release Date: November 1, 2023

PCS NOTES: This solicitation has me intrigued and I am a fan of Ryan Benjamin’s art.

Blood Commandment #1
Image Comics
Written by Szymon Kudranski
Art by Kudranski
Cover Art by Kudranski

Living an isolated life in a shadowed valley surrounded by mountains and a thick forest, a father and son are terrorized by a dangerous supernatural presence. Only the father’s dark secrets can save them…or damn their souls for all eternity! Being a single father can be tough, but for Ezra Connolly, it’s a duty he doesn’t take lightly. Living off-grid, away from prying eyes, in the heart of forest country, he spends his days teaching his teenage son Wil survival skills. But Wil has questions, questions Ezra fears to answer—about his past, and about why they never leave the valley before sundown… A four-issue horror miniseries from the creator of the breakout hit series SOMETHING EPIC and the artist of SPAWN and Punisher. SZYMON KUDRANSKI serves us a story about survival, sacrifice, and hope.

Release Date: November 1, 2023

PCS NOTES: This looks like a good pick-up for fans of terrifying comics.

Canary #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Dan Panosian
Cover Art by Panosian

In 1891 a mine collapsed into itself. What was the dark substance found 666 feet underground? Blending modern horror, historical fact and Western lore, Scott Snyder and Dan Panosian have created a uniquely terrifying thriller with Canary.

During the final days of the Gold Rush, one mining company in Colorado, pulled up radioactive Uranium, and then the mine then collapsed in on itself. Legends sprung up about the mine being cursed or even haunted. Now the Frontier is closed, the gold and silver mines have dried up. The country is becoming “civilized,” and yet, in one stretch of the Rocky Mountains, a terrifying, new kind of violence is suddenly emerging. Random killings. People going mad and murdering neighbors, classmates without real cause. When a schoolboy kills his teacher with a hatchet, a famous federal marshal named Azrael William Holt is called in to investigate the killings. What he – and a brilliant young geologist – discover is stranger and more horrifying than anything they could have ever imagined.

Collects the Comixology series in print for the first time!

Release Date: November 1, 2023

PCS NOTES: Dark Horse brining these Comixology Original series into print in periodical format is an excellent idea.

Red Light #1
AWA Studios
Written by Sarah Cho
Art by Pricilla Petraites
Cover Art by Jeff Dekal

A FUTURISTIC EROTIC THRILLER BEGINS! Get ready for a red-hot futuristic erotic thriller that sits at the intersection of sex and tech by exciting new writer Sarah Cho and artist Priscilla Petraites (Chariot, Hit Me). Lacy is an A.I. sex worker in a futuristic Red Light District. And Lacy knows exactly what her clients want — better than they know it themselves. Housed in a high-tech brothel under the watchful eye of the mysterious Mister, Lacy has little in her manufactured life besides work. All that changes when she befriends Natalie, an orphaned child who comes into her care. Now Lacy and Natalie are on a mission to escape the Red Light District, only to find themselves flung headlong into the mystery behind Lacy’s creation.

Release Date: November 1, 2023

PCS NOTES: Pricilla Petraites is an amazing erotic visual storyteller. We are definitely going to check this out.

Savage Red Sonja #1
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by Dan Panosian
Art by Alessio Petillo & Francesco Segala
Cover Art by Panosian

Prepare yourself for the savagery that can only Red Sonja can deliver in this brand-new series that harkens back to the classic era of Robert E. Howard’s original pulp tales of swords and sorcery!

Tasked with retrieving a long-hidden gem from a crumbled, ancient kingdom, the She-Devil With a Sword is traveling alone through a dangerous wasteland when fate intervenes, and her solo adventure is sidetracked by a wayward prince and his bride as they try desperately to escape from fearsome desert bandits – only to be attacked by a monstrous beast from beneath the sands!

Don’t miss out on this fast-paced tale of mystery, suspense, and the supernatural – written by comics superstar DAN PANOSIAN and illustrated by ALESSIO PETILLO, with colors by FRANCESCO SEGALA!

Release Date: November 1, 2023

PCS NOTES: I love the idea of Dan Panosian writing Red Sonja. While I would never have predicted it, it feels like it will work fantastically.

The Space Between #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Corinna Bechko
Art by Danny Lukert
Cover Art by Danny Lukert

Aboard the interstellar ark known as the Dodona, the populations of workers live in strictly separated social castes during the journey that will take multiple generations to complete.

But everything changes when a pilot from the upper tier named Revla falls to the lower levels and meets Les, and they must risk everything for not just themselves, but all aboard the Dodona!

Each issue in the limited series features a new pair of protagonists and a new generation of humanity in a sci-fi epic of love, survival, and liberation from Hugo and Eisner Award-nominated and New York Times bestselling writer Corinna Bechko (The Expanse, Green Lantern: Earth One) and acclaimed comics artist Danny Luckert (Ghostlore, The Red Mother).

Release Date: November 1, 2023

PCS NOTES: This looks like a fun book.

Spider-Boy #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Dan Slott
Art by Paco Medina & Erick Arciniega
Cover Art by Humberto Ramos & Edgar Delgado

SECRETS OF SPIDER-BOY REVEALED! Spinning out of the pages of Dan Slott and Mark Bagley’s monumental SPIDER-MAN run—here comes the spectacular SPIDER-BOY! After the events of THE END OF THE SPIDER-VERSE, Spider-Boy’s secret history as Spider-Man’s sidekick was nearly forgotten forever. But now those mysteries will be revealed while they embark on exciting new adventures…TOGETHER!

Release Date: November 1, 2023

PCS NOTES: Heck Yeah, we are definitely picking this up.

Unnatural Order #1
Vault Comics
Written by Christopher Yost
Art by Val Rodrigues
Cover Art by Rodrigues

Chris Yost, co-creator of X-23, writer of hundreds of X-men issues and films and shows like Thor: Ragnarok and The Mandalorian, returns to comic books with Val Rodrigues to weave together Dark Fantasy and action-packed SciFi in UNNATURAL ORDER!

After the fall of the Britons and the Roman invasion of Hibernia, the captive known only as the Druid is released, sending a darkness across the world…an age of horrors, of fire and entrails. As the innocent burn in the Wicker fields, those who would resist learn of the existence of a man who even the Druid fears. For it is this prisoner, a soldier from a different time, who alone knows the Druid’s secret: this is not how the world is supposed to be.

Release Date: November 1, 2023

PCS NOTES: Vault is very excited about this book and that also makes us excited. 

White Widow #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Sarah Gailey
Art by Alessandro Miracolo & Matt Milla
Cover Art by David Marquez & Rachelle Rosenberg

Yelena Belova returns! Superspy. Rogue agent. Shadow of the Black Widow. Yelena Belova has been many things, but striking out as a hero in her own right is new to her. Now that she’s finally free to choose her own path, who will she become? Sarah Gailey (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Eat the Rich) joins forces with Alessandro Miracolo (OBI-WAN, YODA) for a groundbreaking new chapter in the life of one of Marvel’s most enigmatic antiheroes.

Release Date: November 1, 2023

PCS NOTES: If Sarah Gailey is writing it, I am reading it.

New One-Shots and Specials 

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Special #1
DC Comics
Written by Tim Seeley
Art by Miguel Medonca & Andrew Dalhouse
Cover Art by Ivan Reis, Danny Miki, & Brad Anderson

One-Shot Special

Discover the shocking events that connect the smash-hit Aquaman movie to the eagerly anticipated Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom! Aquaman balances his duties as king and as a member of the Justice League, all while planning a wedding! Black Manta is on the hunt for Atlantean tech to help rebuild his armor! Orm plots to escape his Atlantean prison! Three action-packed tales crammed into a single special!

Release Date: October 31, 2023

PCS NOTES: This is a little appetizer for people getting excited about the upcoming film.

Avatar: The Last Airbender – Azula in the Spirit Temple TP
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Faith Erin Hicks
Art by Peter Wartman & Adele Matera
Cover Art by Wartman & Matera

Original Graphic Novel

Azula continues her destabilizing campaign against the Fire Nation and her brother, Fire Lord Zuko.

But after a failed attack on her latest target, Azula finds herself in a mysterious forest temple inhabited by a solitary monk…or is it something more mysterious? Azula must confront her past, and finally face her chance at redemption.

Written in consultation with Avatar Studios, the veteran team of Faith Erin Hicks, Peter Wartman and Adele Matera is back with a new story in the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Release Date: October 31, 2023

PCS NOTES: This is an excellent concept. Who wouldn’t want to see more content involving Azula?

Bad Karma HC
Image Comics
Written by Alex de Campi
Art by Ryan Howe & Dee Cunniffe
Cover Art by Tony Stella

Original Graphic Novel / Collected Print Edition

After finding out Aaron Carter, an innocent man, is on Death Row for a mercenary job they did 10 years ago, down-on-their luck army veterans Sully and Ethan go on a Christmas road trip to free him. Turns out nobody’s interested in Aaron’s innocence, but someone is very interested in making sure Sully and Ethan don’t live to see the New Year. They just didn’t figure on one thing: Ethan’s ex-wife Cheryl. Collects the hit Panel Syndicate action/comedy series by writer Alex de Campi (DRACULA, MOTHERF**KER!, NO MERCY, TWISTED ROMANCE) and artists Ryan Howe (True War Stories; Daisy Blackwood: Pilot for Hire) and Dee Cunniffe (INDIGO CHILDREN, EMISSARY, JOE FIXIT).

Release Date: November 1, 2023

PCS NOTES: This story seems compelling.

Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War – Scorched Earth #1
DC Comics
Written by Chip Zdarsky & Tini Howard
Art by Mike Hawthorne, Wade Von Grawbadger, Mark Morales & Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Cover Art by Jorge Jimene`z

One-Shot Special

THE GOTHAM WAR ENDS HERE! The final chapter of this epic crossover is here, and Batman and his family must find a way to overcome the endgame of an ancient enemy! Can the Bat and the Cat set their differences aside? Is this the end of the Bat-Family? Lives change forever in this action-packed conclusion!

Release Date: October 31, 2023

PCS NOTES: The end of the latest Bat event concludes in this issue. 

The Return of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1
DC Comics
Written by Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Karl Kesel, Louise Simonson,
Art by Jurgens, Ordway, Jon Bogdonove, Denis Rolier, & Glenn Whitmore
Cover Art by Jurgens, Brett Breeding, & Elizabeth Breitweiser

One-Shot Special

Superman returns! After the tragic events of more than 30 years ago, when Superman met his end at the hands of Doomsday, Metropolis mourned the loss of their greatest hero and soon turned their attention to the search for his successor. Four Supermen rose to the challenge: Superboy, Steel, Eradicator, and Cyborg Superman. Each with their own strengths and weaknesses, they fought in honor of the original Man of Steel. Little did they know, his return was just around the corner! To celebrate the Reign of the Supermen and Return of Superman, DC has brought back the original creative teams for new stories set in the wake of Superman’s death. It all begins with new Daily Planet editor-in-chief Lois Lane discovering Perry White’s journals from the time and the secrets he kept as he searched for who could be the next Superman. What could this discovery mean for our present? Find out in this special that’s sure to be a classic in the future!

Release Date: October 31, 2023

PCS NOTES: Some great creators revisit the scene of some of their best work.

Supergirl Special #1
DC Comics
Written by Mariko Tamaki
Art by Skylar Patridge & Marissa Louise
Cover Art by Jamal Campbell

One-Shot Special

GIRL INTERRUPTED! After joining the Superman Family and their heroic efforts in Metropolis, Kara thought she had found her place in the world. But there’s only room in town for one Supergirl, and Power Girl’s sudden reappearance has made her redundant. Her identity and role are both in question as she looks for answers. Will they lead her out of the city or out of this world? Find out as critically acclaimed writer Mariko Tamaki (SUPERGIRL: BEING SUPER) returns to the Maid of Might with the help of Skylar Patridge (WONDER WOMAN)!

Release Date: October 31, 2023

PCS NOTES: Yeah, you don’t want to miss this one-shot.

Ultimate Universe #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Stefano Caselli & David Curiel
Cover Art by Bryan Hitch & Alex Sinclair

One-Shot Special

THE SPOILS OF VICTORY! After the worlds-shaking conclusion of ULTIMATE INVASION, a new team of heroes bands together to save the future! From mastermind Jonathan Hickman and superstar artist Stefano Caselli, don’t miss out on this foundational issue for the new line of Ultimate Comics!

Release Date: November 1, 2023

PCS NOTES: Hickman’s take on the Ultimate Universe is getting interesting. 


One thought on “New Number Ones – New Comic Series and Specials Coming the Week of November 1, 2023

  1. Good thoughts – just loved Canary, the Superman anniversary issue and the new Savage Red Sonja. And while I don’t like to negative – I was so disappointed in that Supergirl one-shot. It seemed to be unrefined, rushed and almost unprofessional. Not a great use of $5.99.