New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of November 8, 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.

There are some really important new starts on this list be sure to check them out. Also there are a couple of special editions down below that would make excellent holiday gifts for the music fan in your life.

We have books on the list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Ablaze, Z2 Comics, IDW Publishing, Titan Comics, Kodansha, 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 

The Agent #1
Ablaze Comics
Written by Mathieu Gabella
Art by Fernando Dagnino
Cover Art by Dagnino

For some, magic is a myth. For others, it is a weapon.

What if witchcraft really existed? If our beliefs, superstitions, and legends were material? This is what Rhym, a young narcotics lieutenant, must question when she finds herself confronted with the impossible. While staking out a subway deal, a suspect magically kills his informant and drives the entire station into madness with just a handful of weed. Rhym miraculously escapes unscathed. She’s unaware, but she is a witch, and that fact arouses the interest of a very particular unit of the French secret services. A group of special agents who, like the criminals they hunt, have mastered the art of sorcery…

Welcome to a world where it is better to wear an amulet than a bulletproof vest and where a simple curse by email can destroy you more surely than a bomb. Between thriller, espionage, and fantasy, Mathieu Gabella and DC Comics artist Fernando Dagnino present a powerful adventure!

Release Date: November 8, 2023

PCS NOTES: This one has a plot that seems very interesting. 

Count Crowley: Mediocre Midnight Monster Hunter #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by David Dastmalchian
Art by Lukas Ketner & Lauren Affe
Cover Art by Lukas Ketner

A dead werewolf would have made Jerri Bartman feel victorious just a few days ago. But this deceased beast was her friend and our beloved monster hunter is shocked and depressed. The return of her predecessor brings no consolation and now there’s a ghoulish child-snatcher on the loose in Beloit… Holly Halloween, Count Crowley! Things are really getting batty!

Release Date: November 8, 2023

PCS NOTES: We have been enjoying these Count Crowley stories and are looking forward to this new series.

Petrol Head #1
Image Comics
Written by Rob Williams
Art by Pye Parr
Cover Art by Parr


In a climate crisis-ravaged future metropolis, an old, grumpy, obsolete, smoke-belching, cigar-chomping, HOTROD-RACING ROBOT is one 12-year-old girl’s only hope. Together, can they outrace the chasing Robo-Cops with an invention that might just save humanity?

Release Date: November 8, 2023

PCS NOTES: This looks fun. We can’t wait to check it out.

Punisher #1
Marvel Comics
Written by David Pepose
Art by Dave Wachter & Dan Brown
Cover Art by Rod Reis

Is this the return of Frank Castle—or the start of something else? Frank Castle has disappeared, but evil will always need to be punished. With all-new threats rising to claim innocent victims, criminals will need to beware of a dangerous vigilante hunting them from the shadows. Who is the new Punisher? What put him on his path of vengeance? And when the smoke clears, will he even make it out alive? It’s John Wick meets The Fugitive in this action-packed new saga from Ringo Award-winning writer David Pepose and Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated artist Dave Wachter, as the Marvel Universe meets the next generation of punishment!

Release Date: November 8, 2023

PCS NOTES: We are super excited for friend-of-site David Pepose to take the reigns of The Punisher and begin this new chapter in the history of the character.

Star Wars: The High Republic #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Cavan Scott
Art by Ario Anindito, Jim Towe, Mark Morales, & Jim Campbell
Cover Art by Phil Noto

STAR WARS: THE HIGH REPUBLIC RETURNS FOR ITS EXPLOSIVE PHASE III! A year after the destruction of STARLIGHT BEACON, MARCHION RO and THE NIHIL stand victorious! The galaxy is in turmoil: The once mighty JEDI are outclassed, the REPUBLIC is on its knees. On the edges of the galactic frontier, JEDI MASTER KEEVE TRENNIS leads a desperate assault against an invading force! The odds are stacked against her, but a Jedi always clings to hope. THE FORCE is with her…right? Not so fast!

Release Date: November 8, 2023

PCS NOTES: Fans of the High Republic era will be excited for this return to the timeframe.

Superman ’78: The Metal Curtain #1
DC Comics
Written by Robert Venditti
Art by Gavin Guidry
Cover Art by Guidry

ROBERT VENDITTI RETURNS TO THE MAN OF STEEL FOR THE SUPERMAN ’78 SEQUEL! When the planet Krypton exploded, its last son was rocketed across the cosmos and came to settle in a small town in Kansas. But what else came with him, and what if a piece of his home landed somewhere we never knew about? As Superman has become a symbol of strength and pride for America, the Soviet Union looks to crush that image with a creation of their own, built by their own might and forged by their own power! Robert Venditti returns to the Man of Steel with new artist Gavin Guidry!

Release Date: November 7, 2023

PCS NOTES: We have been excited for this book for a while and am very happy to see it finally hit the stands.

Thanos #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Christopher Cantwell
Art by Luca Pizzari & Ruth Redmond
Cover Art by Leinil Francis Yu & Sunny Gho

THANOS VS. THE ILLUMINATI! The Mad Titan descends upon Earth to retrieve something he has lost. And the Illuminati must band together to stop him, because they’re the ones who hid it from him!

Release Date: November 8, 2023

PCS NOTES: Who doesn’t love a Thanos revenge story?

Zawa + The Belly of the Best #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Michael Dialynas
Art by Dialynas
Cover Art by Dialynas

Trapped inside her mountain by pollution-spewing factories, the guardian spirit Zawa only has industrial waste to eat, leading her to a bitter existence of paranoia and destruction.

But when two siblings from a nearby village help her escape, they’ll quickly learn that the way to calming Zawa’s heart is through a well nourished stomach!

GLAAD Award-winning and Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist Michael Dialynas crafts a charmingly macabre eco-fable about nature, greed, the dangers of retribution, and good food shared among friends.

Release Date: November 8, 2023

PCS NOTES: This book seems to be attempting to generate an entertaining and enlightening story, and we are here for it.

New One-Shots and Specials 

Jimi Hendrix: Purple Haze HC
Titan Comics
Written by Mellow Brown & Benha Meen
Art by Tom Mandrake
Cover Art by Mandrake

This 21st Century psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll odyssey sees Jimi Hendrix embark on a quest to the very centre of the universe in search of a magical talisman powerful enough to unlock the incredible latent power of his music so that he can share it with a universe starved of the rock ‘n’ roll by a tyrannical intergalactic force hellbent on silencing all music from the universe and enslaving all life.

Release Date: November 8, 2023

PCS NOTES: I am certain that this will be gorgeous and looks to be an interesting story.

Miles Davis and the Search for Sound HC
Z2 Comics
Written by Dave Chisholm
Art by Chisholm
Cover Art by Chisholm

Miles Davis and the Search for the Sound is a synesthesia-inducing graphic novel that follows the many lives of music legend Miles Davis.

With narration adapted from Davis’ own words and an innovative visual style that shifts to reflect Davis’ constant musical changes, this 150-page graphic novel follows Davis through four decades of musical innovation, all centered around his quest to find a mysterious sound he heard on a moonlit country road as a child.

Meticulously researched and expertly crafted by writer/artist Dave Chisholm—a doctorate holder in jazz trumpet from the Eastman School of Music—Miles Davis and the Search for the Sound deftly explores the often volatile journey of Miles Davis and his world-renowned music.

Miles Davis and the Search for the Sound is a graphic novel you’ll have to hear to believe–it’ll make you SEE music in a whole new light.

Release Date: November 8, 2023

PCS NOTES: This looks to be that perfect gift for the music historian in your life.

Superman Vs. Meshi Vol. 2
Written by Satoshi Miyagawa
Art by Kai Kitago
Cover Art by Kitago

Superman’s culinary tour through Japan continues! As Superman’s heroic life tires him out, he’s able to recharge his batteries with good eats and good friends. He loves bringing his Justice League pals out to show them the wonderous world of Japanese chain restaurants. He’ll even relax with a bite after a harrowing battle with Lex Luthor. But can the Man of Steel overcome his biggest fear…and ask intrepid reporter Lois Lane out to lunch?!

Release Date: November 7, 2023

PCS NOTES: We enjoyed the first edition of manga Superman’s food journey.

Transitions TP
IDW Publishing
Written by Elodie Durand
Art by Durand
Cover Art by Durand

When university biologist Anne Marbot learns that the 19-year-old she raised as “Lucie” is a transgender man named Alex, she’s overwhelmed by questions. How can this be? Who put these ideas in your head? What if you regret it? Am I overreacting? How will your grandparents react? Why didn’t I see it coming? Why is this so easy for others? Am I a bigot? What does gender really mean, anyway? How can I be the parent my child needs?

It soon becomes clear that Alex is not the only one embarking on a journey of self-discovery. The road is not easy, and sometimes their relationship is bitterly strained. But Alex is sure of himself, and Anne is determined to be strong for his sake. With time, she too will be transformed, rediscovering her identity as a mother in profound new ways.

With grace and sensitivity, award-winning graphic novelist Élodie Durand (Parenthesis) captures the unique journey of well-meaning loved ones who struggle to reconcile new gender identities with their old assumptions. Deeply researched and drawn from true experience, Transitions is a must-read companion for allies and families navigating trans issues and a compassionate roadmap to acceptance.

Release Date: November 8, 2023

PCS NOTES: We are definitely getting this book.

What If…? Dark: Tomb of Dracula #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by David Cutler, Victor Olazaba, Scott Hanna, John Livesay, Edgar Delgado, Antonio Fabela, & Dee Cunniffe
Cover Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli

Legend Marv Wolfman returns to TOMB OF DRACULA and the character he co-created! WHAT IF…the legendary Dracula transformed BLADE the vampire slayer…into a vampire?!

Release Date: November 8, 2023

PCS NOTES: The concept of Marv Wolfman writing this book makes it a must read.