New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 11/22/2023

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 forth week of a five week month, and there are a bunch of really cool new series this week as well as a great slate of ongoing comics at your LCS. Remember that this coming weekend has Small Business Saturday on the schedule. Support your Local Comic Shop.

We have books on the list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Mad Cave Studios, Archie Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and DSTLRY Media.

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 

Batman: Off-World #1
DC Comics
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, & David Baron
Cover Art by Manke & Baron


A routine night in Gotham City for a young Batman proves to be anything but routine when the crime-fighter is confronted with a sort of foe he’s never faced before—one from beyond the stars! A universe of possible alien threats leads Batman to make a daring decision—to venture alone into the far reaches of the cosmos for the very first time, where the Dark Knight will face the fight of his life! Superstar writer Jason Aaron delivers his first Batman story ever, partnered with artist Doug Mahnke for a unique, brutal tale!

Release Date: November 21, 2023

PCS NOTES: Jason Aaron’s first Batman story looks like it will be a good one.

Carnage #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Torunn Grønbekk
Art by Pere Pérez & Erick Arciniega
Cover Art by Pablo Siqueria & Rachelle Rosenberg

ABSOLUTE KASADY! Every symbiote needs a host. And for CARNAGE, there has only ever been one host who has made it feel whole, and it’s time for a reunion… DON’T MISS this shocking and unexpected start to the next chapter of CARNAGE’s story—one which lays the groundwork for the next VENOM epic!

Release Date: November 22, 2023

PCS NOTES: This has me very interested.

Daredevil: Black Armor #1
Marvel Comics
Written by D.G. Chicester
Art by Nethro Diaz, J.P. Mayer, & Andrew Dalhouse
Cover Art by Mark Bagley & Edgar Delgado

BACK IN BLACK! D.G. Chichester returns to Hell’s Kitchen to spin an all-new DAREDEVIL story set during his landmark run with the character! Joined now by rising star Netho Diaz with covers by industry legend Mark Bagley, this is one DAREDEVIL series you can’t afford to miss!

Release Date: November 22, 2023

PCS NOTES: Fans of 90s Marvel Comics have a lot to choose from.

Edenfrost #1
Mad Cave Studios
Written by Amit Tishler
Art by Bruno Frenda
Cover Art by Frenda

Amidst the snow-capped hills of war-torn Ukraine, teenage siblings Alex and Yuli have lost all but each other in the chaos of the Russian Civil War. Their journey becomes a fight for survival in the face of warfare, but when the siblings uncover the mystical powers of a Golem, will they finally find their place in the world?

Release Date: November 22, 2023

PCS NOTES: This is a definite must read this week.

The Holy Roller #1
Image Comics
Written by Rick Remender, Joe Trohman, & Andy Samberg
Art by Roland Boschi
Cover Art by Boschi


Everyone was sitting around wondering when comedy legend ANDY SAMBERG (SNL, Palm Springs) would join super-star writer RICK REMENDER (DEADLY CLASS, LOW) and Fall Out Boy’s multi-talented JOE TROHMAN to write a comic about a vigilante hero who smashes people’s faces with a bowling ball—and everyone’s dreams have come true! With art by the fan-favorite ROLAND BOSCHI (THE SCUMBAG, Wolverine)! To care for his ailing father, pro bowler Levi Coen is forced to quit his dream job and return to his hometown, which he soon discovers has been overrun by Neo-Nazis! With only his bowling ball collection to defend himself, Levi becomes THE HOLY ROLLER, a trick bowling ball-wielding Jewish superhero battling to liberate his home and bowl a perfect game against crime! Kingpin meets Inglourious Basterds meets Batman (that old chestnut) with equal parts action and humor in this special introductory issue with 42 full pages of story! Two issues for the price of one! Three writers for the price of one! Same great low price!!

Release Date: November 22, 2023

PCS NOTES: Sometimes you are curious about a book and you want to see what it is all about. We trust in Remender and are definitely going to give this a shot.

Lunar Lodge #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Tyler Marceca
Art by Mirko Colak & Francesca Vivaldi
Cover Art by Colak

Marriage ain’t easy, especially when your spouse is hiding a monstrous secret. Just ask Rob Moreland, who knows things aren’t great lately with his wife, Fiona, but is hoping to fix that… until the Lunar Lodge calls to confirm her stay. Rob decides to shadow his wife to the hotel but what he finds reveals even more horror than he thought. Rob will soon discover there’s much more to the Lunar Lodge-and to his wife-than meets the eye.

Release Date: November 22, 2023

PCS NOTES: This looks like an interesting horror book and we are big fans of Mirko Colak’s art.

Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Battleworld #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Tom DeFalco
Art by Pat Olliffe & John Kalisz
Cover Art by Guseppe Camuncoli & Paul Mouts

AFTER NEARLY FORTY YEARS, THE MYSTERIES OF THE SECRET WARS DEEPEN! Get ready for an ALL-NEW cataclysmic battle from when SPIDER-MAN first got his ALIEN COSTUME, when a mysterious being called the BEYONDER assembled super heroes and villains from Earth to do battle on a patchwork planet—yes, witness now an untold adventure set during the original SECRET WARS! MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS set the standard for Marvel Comics events (as well as action figures and the characters existing on the forefront of pop culture), and this new story will at last reveal some secret connections and MISSING CHARACTERS going back to the 1984 original series, just in time for its 40th Anniversary! What SECRET TEST are the BEYONDERS conducting…and how will SPIDER-MAN, the HUMAN TORCH and the whole cast determine the fate of the universe? (PLUS: Surprise super-villain appearances inside!)

Release Date: November 22, 2023

PCS NOTES: Here is some 80s nostalgia for Marvel readers wrapped up in an interesting concept. 

Mortal Terror #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Christopher Golden & Tim Lebbon
Art by Peter Bergting
Cover Art by Bergting

A vampire-flipped Dracula in which mortality means life… and life means death. Vampires Jonathan Harker, Lucy Westenra, and Mina Murray live in underground London, trying to keep the undead city safe from the rumored mortals above who seek to give them life, only to kill them. But when the authorities refuse to believe mortals, let alone the mysterious Count Dracula, are anything more than myth, they are on their own to keep their city eternally dead.

Release Date: November 22, 2023

PCS NOTES: This one grabbed me at the solicit. Will be picking this one up for sure. 

Somna #1
Written by Becky Cloonan & Tula Lotay
Art by Cloonan, Lotay, & Lee Loughridge
Cover Art by Cloonan


BECKY CLOONAN and TULA LOTAY—Both writing and drawing a creator-owned project together for the FIRST TIME! Set amidst the terrifying backdrop of the witch hunts in a quiet 1600s English village, SOMNA follows one woman’s descent into an erotic escape from the confines of her puritanical world. Ingrid is unhappily married to Roland, the town’s bailiff and chief witch hunter, who is on a single-minded quest to purge the ‘heretics’ in their midst. After a prominent town leader is found murdered, accusations fly and no one is above reproach from Roland’s deadly crusade. Ingrid has her suspicions about who the real murderer is, but even as she pursues the truth, she’s pursued herself by a shadowy figure. Ingrid finds that she’s drawn to the foreboding phantom in ways she can’t resist— does this dark and tempting stranger may hold the key to the mystery…or will he damn Ingrid’s soul to the blackest circle of Hell? From the masterful minds of Becky Cloonan (BY CHANCE OR PROVIDENCE, Wonder Woman) and Tula Lotay (BARNSTORMERS) comes an intoxicating blend of history, eroticism, and the supernatural in SOMNA—an evocative masterpiece that draws inspiration from cinematic folk-horror gems like Midsommar and The Witch— and will transport readers to a world where passion and spirits intertwine, enrapturing your senses and leave you craving more. For fans of The Witch and Midsommar

Release Date: November 22, 2023

PCS NOTES: This is the NEW BOOK OF THE WEEK. It is sure to move you.

New One-Shots and Specials 

Darkling #1
Archie Comics
Written by Sarah Kuhn
Art by Carola Borelli & Ellie Wright
Cover Art by Maria Laura Sanapo

One -Shot Special

From the outside, Darla Lang looks like a normal college student-save for the peculiar voluminous black cloak she wears everywhere. Her peers and professors chalk this up to Darla’s eccentric, introverted, slightly creepy persona, but Darla is a young woman with a secret… and a mission. Darla’s cloak is actually a mystical artifact that she can use as a melee weapon, trapping her enemies inside and teleporting them away. Darla’s power and connection to the supernatural world have always been a curse, and now she’s enrolled in Ivy Hollow University which harbors some dark secrets of its own. Will Darla find within its hallowed halls the answers to the questions about herself and her powers that she’s been seeking?

Release Date: November 22, 2023

PCS NOTES: More interesting spooky stories from Archie.

The Matriarchs HC
Dark Horse Comics
Written by LouAnne Brickhouse & Jennifer Res
Art by Renae De Liz & Lauren Affe
Cover Art by De Liz

Original Graphic Novel

They look like us. They act like us. They feed on us.

When two female researchers survive a mass prison riot and emerge unscathed, it threatens to reveal them for who they really are: an immortal race of women with superhuman abilities and a violent history of secrets they’ve left buried with the dead. Racing to head off an impending threat to all men on the planet, they must confront their unforgivable pasts and resurrect the very worst of their demons to save us all.

Written by LouAnne Brickhouse and Jennifer Rea making their dynamic comics debut, Matriarchs is a phenomenal look at the strength of women and the morals and value of all humankind.

Release Date: November 21, 2023

PCS NOTES: This looks pretty interesting.