New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 12/6/2023


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.

December has arrived and there are plenty of new comics coming out. You will notice a theme in the “One-Shots and Special Editions” section as publishers are ringing in the Holiday Season in style.

We have books on the list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Mad Cave Studios, Archie Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Sumerian Comics, Oni Press, Dynamite Entertainment, 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 


Bloodrik #1
Image Comics
Written by Andrew Krahnke
Art by Krahnke
Cover Art by Krahnke

MINISERIES PREMIERE

Bloodrik is angry, confused, and starving. Unable to achieve success in his usual hunting grounds, he stomps his way into unfamiliar woods in an attempt to feed his stomach and heal his ego. What he finds will lead him on a journey of madness, violence, fire, and BLOOD!

Release Date: December 6, 2023

PCS NOTES: This looks like a fun book.


Invasive #1
Oni Press
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Jesus Hervás
Cover Art by Hervás

Beyond excess, beyond ethics, beyond science . . . Enter a terrifying new experiment in pain from Eisner Award nominee Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Basilisk) and acclaimed illustrator Jesus Hervás (The Empty Man)! Dr. Carrie Reynolds was a veteran trauma surgeon with a godlike mastery of muscle and bone. But outside the operating room, her rigidly ordered life spiraled into chaos when her daughter Heather, a recovering plastic surgery addict, suddenly disappeared, only to mysteriously reemerge in a catatonic state, her vocal cords removed . . . the latest in a series of victims scarred by a battery of brazenly cruel medical procedures that have baffled police and left an alarming number of once-ordinary citizens maimed, mutilated, or dead on arrival. Deep beneath the streets of Carrie’s city, a new kind of underground hospital has just opened its doors . . . and, once inside, there are no rules, no oaths, and no taboos too deep to not to be broken. Together, a new class of surgeon has sworn to pierce the final threshold of accepted medical orthodoxy one incision at a time. The scalpel is their tool. The alleys are their operating theater. Murder is their medicine. And only Carrie can stop what they’re planning next

Release Date: December 6, 2023

PCS NOTES: Holy smokes! This looks terrifying. I can’t wait.


Legenderry: Red Sonja #1
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by Katana Collins
Art by Kewber Baal
Cover Art by Sean Murphy

When last we saw the Legenderry world’s Red Sonja, she was living the pirate’s life aboard her ship, The Nautilus. But times have changed! In this special 40-page one-shot adventure – created exclusively for Red Sonja’s 50th Anniversary – fan-favorite writer KATANA COLLINS weaves a tale of thievery, deception, and a mysterious painting with a decidedly handsome and unaging owner – all set against the steam-powered backdrop of the Legenderry world!

Illustrated by the incomparable KEWBER BAAL, Legenderry Red Sonja also features incredible covers by SEAN MURPHY, CORIN M. HOWELL, and a special cosplay cover by SHANNON KINGSTON!

Release Date: December 6, 2023

PCS NOTES: We always enjoy a trip to the Legenderry realm.


ORCS!: The Gift #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Christine Larsen
Art by Larsen
Cover Art by Larsen

An alliance between Orcs, Crows, and Elves is the last thing anyone would expect, but times have changed since the defeat of the Wizard.

The adventuring party grows larger as two of the Crows join the gang of miscreant Orcs! But the fun can only last so long as the Wolf King holds a deep grudge against the Orcs, threatening a second War of the Beasts!

Will this unlikely alliance last?

Release Date: December 6, 2023

PCS NOTES: If you haven’t experienced the world of ORCS that Christine Larsen has created, here is your chance to fix that, and if you have, there are more ORCS coming your way. 


Our Bones Dust #1
Image Comics
Written by Ben Stenbeck
Art by Stenbeck & Dave Stewart
Cover Art by Stenbeck

A feral child equal parts predator and prey, navigates a nightmare landscape of brutality and blood inhabited by scattered cannibal tribes. An interesting place to poke around for a curious Artificial Intelligence. A four issue mini-series by long time Mike Mignola collaborator Ben Stenbeck (Baltimore, Frankenstein Underground, Koshchei)

Release Date: December 6, 2023

PCS NOTES: Looking forward to this one.


The Sentry #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Jason Loo
Art by Luigi Zagaria & Arthur Hesli
Cover Art by Ben Harvey

WHO WILL BE THE NEW SENTRY? The Sentry is dead, but ordinary people all over the world are suddenly manifesting his powers and experiencing snippets of Bob Reynolds’ memories. Will one of them survive long enough to emerge as the new Sentry? Or will their newfound power destroy them? When Misty Knight and Jessica Jones cross paths in search of answers, they open an investigation that will change everything you think you know about the Sentry!

Release Date: December 6, 2023

PCS NOTES: We really are interested in this book. The mystery in the superhero space is something that we are looking forward to.


Skeeters #1
Mad Cave Studios
Written by Bob Franz & Kevin Cuffe
Art by Kelly Williams
Cover Art by Williams

Small town hijinks ensue as extraterrestrial mosquitos descend on a sleepy beach town. When giant mosquito-like alien creatures invade a rural seaside community, a frustrated sheriff and two oddball exterminators end up being the town’s only hope for survival. A comedic and gruesome story for fans of Slither, Arachnophobia, and other classic creature-features!

Release Date: December 6, 2023

PCS NOTES: DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK! This is our Book of the Week!


Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Daniel Jose Older
Art by Harvey Tolibao & Michael Atiyeh
Cover Art by Tolibao

“Out here at the edge of the war… death surrounds us.” It has been one year since the fall of Starlight. Padawan Lula Talisola and many others are missing and presumed dead. At the Almohaj Cantina, a Republican Outpost on the planet of Eriadu, Zeen mourns… and waits. When an intriguing transmission is received from Tartak Vil, a warlord on the remote moon of Bracront, Zeen, Qort, and a void-contemplating droid named 5A-G3 must venture once more into hyperspace to repair their fractured team and, perhaps, the galaxy.

Release Date: December 6, 2023

PCS NOTES: A new start for this series set in the High Republic era.


Thunderbolts #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing
Art by Geraldo Borges & Arthur Hesli
Cover Art by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson

A REVOLUTION IS COMING! Bucky Barnes, the Revolution, just inherited a mountain of covert intel, and he has one objective: Justice. Like Lightning. He’s going after the establishment, the people no one else is willing or able to take down, and he’ll do whatever it takes to win. Teaming with the mysterious Contessa Valentina Allegra De Fontaine, Bucky assembles a team of black-ops heavy hitters to pursue high-profile targets like the Red Skull, Kingpin and even Doctor Doom himself. No one is safe from the Thunderbolts!

Release Date: December 6, 2023

PCS NOTES: We definitely like the vibe that this solicitation is giving off.


Time Traveler Tales #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by David Scheidt & Karl Jacobs
Art by Kicking Shoes
Cover Art by Wendy Chen

Oliver has a problem—a time travel problem. Some mysterious force keeps throwing him through time, and this time he’s in the Wild West, rescuing… circus animals? But as crazy as that is, it’s only the beginning of his adventure.

Content creator and internet superstar Karl Jacobs debuts his new all-ages comics series, created in collaboration with writer David Scheidt, artists Kicking Shoes, and letterer Joamette Gil.

Inspired by Karl Jacobs’s popular Minecraft stories on Tales from the SMP.

Release Date: December 6, 2023

PCS NOTES: This looks cool.


New One-Shots and Specials 


Archie Christmas Spectacular #1
Archie Comics
Written by Various
Art by Various
Cover Art by Francis Bonnet & Steven Butler

One-Shot Special

BRAND NEW STORY: “Christmas Chaos!” Christmas goes from nice to naughty for Archie and his friends when Jingles and Sugarplum are replaced by their bizzarro counterparts Jangles and Sourplum and a cranky ol’ version of Santa called Grumpus! All that plus more holiday hijinks!

Release Date: December 6, 2023

PCS NOTES: Let the Holiday Spectaculars begin.


Batman / Santa Claus: Silent Knight #1
DC Comics
Written by Jeff Parker
Art by Michele Bandini & Alex Sinclair
Cover Art by Dan Mora

One-Shot Special

THE DARK KNIGHT PARTNERS WITH A NOT-SO-JOLLY ST. NICK AS SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN! The four-part crossover event of a generation begins when a not-so-jolly St. Nick hits Gotham City to investigate a brutal crime in the days leading up to Christmas… What manner of man or beast could have committed such atrocities?! With the help of his former student, Batman, Santa will team up with the heroes of the DC Universe to right this wrong—or the world wakes up to coal in their stockings! A brutal, two-fisted holiday tale of hope, wonder, and monster hunting is the perfect treat to ring in the holidays—it’s Claus in canon!

Release Date: December 5, 2023

PCS NOTES: We can never get enough Jeff Parker.


Creepshow Holiday Special 2023 #1
Image Comics / Skybound
Written by Daniel Kraus & James Asmus
Art by Jonathan Wayshak & Letizia Cadonici
Cover Art by Guillem March

One-Shot Special

CREEPSHOW is here to put the fear in your cheer!

You’ve heard of Santa, you’ve heard of Krampus, but have you ever heard of “The Christmas Man”? Witness the birth of a new horrifying holiday classic from DANIEL “DON’T CALL ME SANTA” KRAUS (The Shape of Water) and jolly JONATHAN WAYSHAK (Skin Crawl)!

Then, jovial JAMES ASMUS (Survival Street, Rick & Morty) and lively LETIZIA CADONICI (House of Slaughter) deliver a cautionary tale about stealing the wrong parcel in “Package Thief.”

Release Date: December 6, 2023

PCS NOTES: Scary Christmas stories are where it’s at!


Hellboy Winter Special: The Yule Cat #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Matt Smith
Art by Smith & Chris O’Halloran
Cover Art by Smith & O’Halloran

One-Shot Special

Hellboy travels to Reykjavik, where children are disappearing and a giant beast has been spotted. Could it be the infamous Yule Cat of Icelandic lore? Fan-favorite Hellboy artist Matt Smith writes and draws this chilling wintery one-shot!

Release Date: December 6, 2023

PCS NOTES: Chilly, wintery tales abound.


Marvel’s Voices: Avengers #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Various
Art by Various
Cover Art by Taurin Clarke

One-Shot Special

And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth’s mightiest heroes from all walks of life united against a common threat. Join a team of Marvel’s finest creators, from veterans to new recruits full of potential, for four tremendous tales of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Don’t miss the latest anthology in the Marvel’s Voices series!

Release Date: December 6, 2023

 


One of Us Is the Killer HC
Sumerian Comics
Written by Sam Romesburg & Ben Roberts
Art by Gregorio Di Angilla & Warnia K Sahadewa
Cover Art by Gregorio Di Angilla

Original Graphic Novel

Brought to you by one of rock’s most dangerous band, inspired by one if Sumerian Record’s most adventurous LPs – even over five years after their explosive farewell shows, and ten years after the namesake album’s release, the Dillinger Escape Plan can’t/won’t sit still and have signed off on this most ambitious project!

A string of assassinations made by a politically-motivated killer known only to the public as The Quill serves as the spark to ignite a full-scale revolution. Set in a technologically advanced American City in the not too distant future, VERTICAL INTEGRATION CORP. has seized all means of production and capital available, creating a financial synergy unlike any that has ever existed. Employees work and live in this living city-sized factory supporting the lives of the ruling business class while subjected to living in tenements. The Quill is the never-seen but soft-spoken hero of the lower class.

Release Date: December 6, 2023

PCS NOTES:  This book has us intrigued.


Rocket & Groot: The Hunt for Star-Lord TP
Scholastic Books / Graphix
Written by Amanda Deibert
Art by Cam Kendell
Cover Art by Kendell

Original Graphic Novel

Join Marvel’s fan-favorites Rocket and Groot in this hilarious, high-octane original graphic novel! Rocket and Groot are living their best lives touring the galaxy for the very best deep-dish pizza in the universe. Just as Rocket is about to bite down on a gooey slice of pizza with extra trash, an alert pops up on his bounty tracker: Star-Lord has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom! Rocket and Groot immediately drop their ‘za and jump into action. Who would want to capture Peter Quill anyway? Okay… maybe a lot of people. It’s probably best to start with someone who actually likes Peter. Gamora! But when Rocket and Groot locate Gamora, she is in the middle of a battle with Thanos. Great! One more enemy to deal with!

Release Date: December 5, 2023

PCS NOTES: Just in time for holiday presents, Amanda Deibert and Cam Kendell bring us a tale featuring two of the best loved MCU characters.


Stuff of Nightmares: Slay Ride #1
Boom! Studios
Written by R.L. Stine
Art by Pius Bak
Cover Art by Francesco Francavilla

One-Shot Special

If you dare, get into the sinister spirit of the season and join The Nightmare Keeper for a demented Saint Nick story… one who decks the halls with holiday horror, crafting a very merry macabre Christmas unlike any other!

As malls continue to die, a down-and-out former mall Santa named Heinrick Fiddler’s rage turns to madness, and he’s dead-set on making sure department store shopping isn’t the only thing that’s deceased.

Treasured Fear Street and Goosebumps author R.L. Stine is joined by Bram Stoker Award-nominated artist Pius Bak (Eat the Rich) for another tale straight from your nightmares!

Release Date: December 6, 2023

PCS NOTES: More spooky Christmas stories! Keep them coming.


Through Clouds of Smoke: Freud’s Final Days HC
Humanoids, Inc.
Written by Suzanne Leclair & William Roy
Art by Leclair

Original Graphic Novel

The aging Sigmund Freud reflects upon the torments of age, the lung cancer he suffers due to his cigar addiction, and the rise of Nazism. A look at the life of a pivotal figure in history through the lens of his late life, as the doctor becomes the patient.

Release Date: December 5, 2023

PCS NOTES: Kudos to Humanoids for brining this book to print.


Titans: Beast World – Waller Rising #1
DC Comics
Written by Chuck Brown
Art by Keron Grant
Cover Art by Grant

One-Shot Special

BATWING, VIXEN, VAL-ZOD SUPERMAN, AND BLACK MANTA MUST STOP DR. HATE! The Kingdom, a mystical and metaphysical realm, sits at the nexus of the Parliaments. A formidable new adversary, Dr. Hate, emerges with intentions to corrupt both the Kingdom and the Parliament of the Red in the pursuit of chaos. Batwing, Vixen, Val-Zod Superman, and Black Manta are thrust together in a desperate fight for survival. They must learn to cooperate to thwart Dr. Hate’s destructive plans before The Wicked Entity can devastate this unique plane, which represents a collective consciousness. This consciousness unifies the Red, Green, Rot, Clear, Melt, Metal, and Grey into a harmonious realm of peace. In their struggle against Dr. Hate, these heroes and villains also face the task of unraveling how Amanda Waller’s rise is entwined with the ongoing crisis. The saga features guest appearances from Nubia, Dr. Mist, Red Tornado, Dead Eye, and more!

Release Date: December 5, 2023


Titans: Beast World Tour – Metropolis #1
DC Comics
Written by Steve Orlando & Nicole Maines
Art by Fico Ossio & Luis Guerrero
Cover Art by Mikel Janín

One-Shot Special

THE BATTLE WITH STARRO REVERBERATES ACROSS METROPOLIS! As the ramifications of the Titans’ battle with Starro reverberate across the globe, Metropolis is hit with an unexpected surge of electricity from…is that—? No. It can’t be. Livewire? BUT SHE’S A—A—okay you’re going to have to read this one to believe it. Meanwhile, Supergirl and Dreamer take on the terror of the Flamebird, Power Girl is no longer, and amid the chaos a threat continues to grow on the horizon. All signs point to a major new shift in the world of Superman in Beast World Tour: Metropolis!

Release Date: December 5, 2023

PCS NOTES: These two One-Shots that tie-in to the latest event have some excellent creators involved. We are interested in both of these.


The Witcher: The Lesser Evil HC
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Jacek Rambis
Art by Adam Gorham & Jordie Bellaire
Cover Art by Kai Carpenter

Original Graphic Novel

A tragic tale of passion, vindication, and the root of evil is presented in this graphic novel adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s original short story.

In search of a reward, Geralt brings the carcass of a slain creature to a small town where he is told it may be of use to the local sorcerer—but the mage isn’t who he is alleged to be.

In hiding for his life, he requests Geralt’s help in slaying the monster who seeks to murder him—a young woman said to have been born under the Curse of the Black Sun—a prophecy of inborn evil. He declares that she is more a monster than the creature presented before him. Geralt later encounters the woman, who asserts that it is the sorcerer who is the true monster—committing unspeakable crimes at the behest of his superstitious beliefs. With the boundaries blurred between the evil that is done and the evil done in return, Geralt is met with a quandary. The face of evil is ever-changing and his verdict, whether by choice or by force, can only lead to tragedy.

This graphic novel is the second in a series of adaptations from Sapkowski’s acclaimed short story collection The Last Wish!

Release Date: December 5, 2023

PCS NOTES: Here is some sword and sorcery action to round out a thick list of New Number Ones for this week. 

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