New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 12/13/2023


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 a big week for this list. The holiday themes continue to pop up in the One-Shot and Special Editions section as we steam towards the end of 2023.

We have books on the list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Mad Cave Studios, Archie Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Titan Books, 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 


Addams Family: Charlatan’s Web #1
IDW Publishing
Written by Chynna Clugston-Flores & Leah Williams
Art by Juan Samu, Francine Delgado, & Danny Sánchez Chaves
Cover Art by Chynna Clugston-Flores

Everyone’s favorite spooky family is back! Spinning out from the popular animated movies, these all new adventures of the Addams family are as mysterious and kooky as you’ve come to expect. When Wednesday Addams discovers a mysterious health club has opened up in her hometown, she’s shocked to discover that the rest of her clan has already joined its ranks and has quickly assimilated to their program, surrendering their individual personalities in the process. Are the Addamses still lurking behind those empty eyes? And in our backup feature, a burglar breaking into the Addams Family’s home discovers he might be the one losing everything when he stumbles on Gomez and Morticia!

Release Date: December 13, 2023

PCS NOTES: This looks like a fun book with everyone’s favorite spooky family.


The Assassin’s Apprentice II #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Jody Houser & Robin Hobb
Art by Ryan Kelly & Jordie Bellaire
Cover Art by Anna Steinbauer

Spring comes to the Six Duchies, and with it, the fearsome menace of the Red-Ship Raiders. As the danger creeps ever closer to Buckkeep, Fitz is given his first true mission from Chade, to infiltrate the estate of a nobleman and look for any signs of treason. But an assassin’s job is far from simple, and the fate of the realm may depend on if Fitz can take a life, or spare one instead.

Release Date: December 13, 2023

PCS NOTES: This is the go-to book for Fantasy stories this week.


Beyond Real #1
Vault Comics
Written by Zack Kaplan
Art by Fabiana Mascolo, Toni Fejzula, & Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Cover Art by John Pearson

An artist’s discovery. When struggling artist June is injured in a severe car accident that leaves her boyfriend in a coma, she begins to experience strange visual phenomena. Soon, she’s able to see that we are all actually living in a computer simulation. June must set out on a journey of possibility and peril into the metaphysical layers of the simulation to reach the world’s creator and save her true love from death.

Release Date: December 13, 2023

PCS NOTES: This is our NEW NUMBER ONE of the week. You won’t want to miss this fantastic comic. We spoke to the writer on the SquadCast last month. You can check that out here.


The Bloody Dozen: A Tale of the Shrouded College #1
Image Comics
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque, Rachelle Rosenberg
Letters by Crank
Cover Art by Will Sliney

MINISERIES PREMIERE

SPACE VAMPIRES! In this new installment of THE SHROUDED COLLEGE, CHARLES SOULE / WILL SLINEY’s supernatural horror-adventure saga, three down-and-out astronauts are tasked with the ultimate heist—breaking a group of deadly vampires out of a space prison orbiting the Sun. **Apollo 13 **meets Blade in this killer thriller!

Release Date: December 13, 2023

PCS NOTES: We are fans of the Shrouded College stories that this book is based in.


Charred Remains #1
Mad Cave Studios
Written by Anthony Cleveland
Art by Andrea Mutti
Letters by Taylor Esposito
Cover Art by Maan House

A dark entity made of fire, smoke, and ash–“The Fire Man”–blazes through a young girl’s home, killing her entire family. Amy Durant swears she saw this supernatural creature, but no one ever believed her. Unfortunately, these past fears reignite a decade later as her city goes up in flames. With no one else to rely on, Amy is forced to battle both past trauma and the face of the inferno.

Release Date: December 13, 2023

PCS NOTES: This one definitely goes on the pull list.


Daredevil: Gang War #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Erica Schultz
Art by Sergio Fernandez Dávila, Sean Parsons, Ceci de la Cruz
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Cover Art by Dávila, Parsons, de la Cruz

THE HEAT IS ON IN HELL’S KITCHEN! ELEKTRA NATCHIOS, former assassin turned DAREDEVIL, has been recruited by the Amazing Spider-Man to stop New York City from tearing itself apart as every mobster and super villain in town go to war! And Elektra is the only thing standing in the way of Hell’s Kitchen’s annihilation at the hands of a dangerous new gang—the HEAT—whose violent schemes from the pages of DAREDEVIL unfold!

Release Date: December 13, 2023

PCS NOTES: A great creative team to explore this character for this crossover event.


Gumaa: The Beginning of Her #1
Titan Comics
Written by JeeHyung Lee
Art by Nabetse Zitro
Cover Art by Lee

YOUNG KHALIDA escapes from a drug syndicate and discovers an ancient blade in a long-abandoned temple. Using its power, she becomes the GODDESS OF THE CITY, controlling the citizens through dark magic and fear. But events are being manipulated against her from the shadows, targeting Khalida.

A final action-packed confrontation will reawaken the ancient war and change the balance of power between HEAVEN AND HELL…FOREVER.

Release Date: December 13, 2023

PCS NOTES: This book looks pretty cool.


Masterpiece #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Alex Maleev & Ian Herring
Cover Art by Maleev

Emma, aka “Masterpiece,” is a brilliant and driven 16-year-old. She has paid for school with her next level inventions and is well-known for her funny and honest webcomics. Then, one day, Zero Preston, one of the most famous billionaires on the planet, confronts her with the truth about her world. Emma discovers she is the only daughter of two of the greatest, most charismatic master criminals of all time. Her parents were the authors of the greatest casino robbery of all time, the greatest museum heist of all time, AND they took Preston for a cool billion… before they disappeared never to be seen or heard from again.

Zero Preston has been looking for payback for years since then and now he finds Emma… who clearly does not have his money. Instead, Zero threatens Masterpiece into pulling a grand, impossible job against his corporate enemy and, in order to pull off one of the greatest heists of all time, Masterpiece fashions a crew of her peers and her parents’ old associates.

Release Date: December 13, 2023

PCS NOTES: A truly interesting premise from a great creative team. Sounds good to me.


Quick Stops: Volume 2 #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Kevin Smith
Art by Ahmed Raafat
Letters by Andrew Thomas
Cover Art by Nate Gonzalez

Kevin Smith and his Secret Stash Press bring you the seedy, sexy, sensational origin of the Askewniverse’s sacred cow: Mooby the Golden Calf! Learn the udder truth about an American icon when a young podcaster tries to milk Mooby creator Nancy Goldruff for the bovine’s beginnings, only to meat a cow tale so shocking, it turns her brain to hamburger.

Release Date: December 13, 2023

PCS NOTES: More cool comics from the Askewniverse.


Spider-Gwen: Smash #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Melissa Flores
Art by Enid Balam, Elisabetta D’Amico, & Fernando Sifuentes
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Cover Art by David Nakayama

TIME TO FACE THE MUSIC! The Mary Janes are off on a four-city tour as the opening act to one of Earth-65’s biggest rock bands! Gwen has promised the band that this big break will be all about the music. No web-slinging, just drums. But when a mysterious assassin targets the headliner, Gwen begins to wonder how she got this gig in the first place. Featuring new versions of some of your favorite characters!

Release Date: December 13, 2023

PCS NOTES: Spider-verse happenings are in this book.


Space Usagi: Death and Honor #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Stan Sakai
Art by Sakai & Emi Fujii
Cover Art by Sweeney Boo

As a general of the Shirohoshi Clan’s space fleet, it’s Usagi’s responsibility to keep the lord and his family safe. Now tasked with the education and protection of the lord’s heir, Usagi must remain vigilant at all times to protect the heir from a murderous plot and an unexpected betrayal.

The rabbit ronin’s classic adventure in space–now in color!

Release Date: December 13, 2023

PCS NOTES: Looking forward to this.


Underheist #1
Boom! Studios
Written by David Lapham & Maria Lapham
Art by David Lapham
Cover Art by David Lapham

After his gambling addiction brings David to the lowest point in his life and decimates his personal life, he’d do anything for one last chance at setting things right but the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

He may just be in luck-if he can call it that; the grapevine yields illicit fruit as he learns of a heist, one involving a tunnel system that no one knows better than former NYC subway veteran David…

In this brand new hardboiled heist series with a supernatural horror twist perfect for fans of Phantom Road and Newburn, the hit Stray Bullets creative team of David & Maria Lapham explore how seeking atonement can lead people to do desperate and dangerous things.

Release Date: December 13, 2023
PCS NOTES: The Laphams are masters of their craft. Don’t sleep on this.


New One-Shots and Specials 


DC’s Twas the Mite Before Christmas #1
DC Comics
Written by Zipporah Smith, Rob Levin, Ethan Sacks, Natalie Abrams, Jillian Grant, Michael W. Conrad, Josh Trujillo, & Sholly Fisch
Art by Logan Faerber, Bob Quinn, Soo Lee, John Kalisz, Marcus Smith, Norm Rapmund, Hi-Fi, Rebekah Isaacs, K. Michael Russell, Gavin Guidry, Ryan Cody, Andrew Drilon, & Juan Bobillo
Cover Art by Ben Caldwell

ONE-SHOT SPECIAL

After his gambling addiction brings David to the lowest point in his life and decimates his personal life, he’d do anything for one last chance at setting things right but the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

He may just be in luck-if he can call it that; the grapevine yields illicit fruit as he learns of a heist, one involving a tunnel system that no one knows better than former NYC subway veteran David…

In this brand new hardboiled heist series with a supernatural horror twist perfect for fans of Phantom Road and Newburn, the hit Stray Bullets creative team of David & Maria Lapham explore how seeking atonement can lead people to do desperate and dangerous things.

Release Date: December 12, 2023

PCS NOTES: This is a buzzworthy December one-shot. We will definitely check it out.


Four Gathered on Christmas Eve HC
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Eric Powell, Becky Cloonan, Mike Mignola, James Harren
Art by Powell, Cloonan, Mignola, Harren, & Dave Stewart
Design by Phil Balsman

ORIGINAL ANTHOLOGY

Four of the top creators in comics gather to continue the Victorian tradition of ghost stories on Christmas Eve.

Four tales of the bizarre and terrifying to keep you company on the cold yule night. A unique approach to the ghost story format where the creators themselves become part of the story in this deluxe edition hard cover designed by the award-winning Phil Balsman.

Release Date: December 13, 2023

PCS NOTES: We are super excited to get our hands on this and curl up by the fire to get the bejeezus scared out of us.


Macbeth: A Tale of Horror TP
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Stefano Ascari
Art by Simone D’Armini
Cover Art by D’Armini

ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL

By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes …

Deep within the walls of Castle Dunsinane, a seed of madness begins to bloom. Spurred on by the prophesies of witches, and the whispers of his scheming wife, Lord Macbeth plots the death of his friend, King Duncan. This one cruel act soon spirals out of control, and murder after murder erupt into a wave of chaos and violence that threatens to consume all of Scotland.

Dark Horse Books present, Macbeth: A Tale of Horror, a new gothic adaptation by Stefano Ascari and Simone D’Armini.

Release Date: December 13, 2023

PCS NOTES: Looks cool.


The Many Deaths of Barnaby James TP
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Neil Gibson & Brian Nathanson
Art by Piotr Kowalski & Brad Simpson
Cover Art by Kowalski

ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL

Every year, the circus comes to town.

However, “The Black Top” isn’t like any you’ve seen before–its performers were once dead and they’ve been resurrected by their fearsome ringmaster, AZLON.

BARNABY JAMES, a young gravedigger, requests that Azlon resurrect the love of his (former) life, DELILAH. Time and time again, his pleas are rejected. Frustrated, Barnaby decides to steal Azlon’s magic wand and bring back Delilah himself. On his desperate journey to find her, Barnaby must overcome murderers, cannibals, and sex slavers, not to mention the full fury of Azlon, or he might just find himself dead … again.

Release Date: December 13, 2023

PCS NOTES: This is an intriguing solicitation.


Sabrina the Teenage Witch Holiday Special #1
Archie Comics
Written by Kelly Thompson, & Danielle Paige
Art by Veronica Fish, Andy Fish, Veronica Johnson, & Matt Herms
Cover Art by Veronica Fish

ONE-SHOT SPECIAL

Celebrate the winter solstice with Sabrina Spellman in this special holiday one-shot that returns to the acclaimed world of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch series! First, in “The Longest Night,” at Sabrina’s magic boarding school, she and her friends work together on the longest night of the year to save their friend enthralled by a dark and clever Beast, impossible to kill in his own world, and difficult to kill in our own. Then, in “A Very Spellman Solstice,” a flash backstory shows young Zelda and Hilda breaking tradition to go to a school dance, but when Hilda joins forces with one of the ghosts of Solstice past, it curses their night out. Writer Kelly Thompson and artists Veronica and Andy Fish return for another bewitching Sabrina story, along with the team of writer Danielle Paige and artist Veronica Johnson for a festive flashback story!

Release Date: December 13, 2023

PCS NOTES: Great creators on one of Archie’s most fun characters. This is a can’t miss.


Titans: Beast World Tour – Gotham #1
DC Comics
Written by Various
Art by Various
Cover Art by Mikel Janín

ONE-SHOT SPECIAL

BEAST WORLD SPREADS TO GOTHAM CITY! As the bestial infection spreads all over Earth, the shape-shifting spores finally start to take root in Gotham City! Follow the feral tales of your favorite heroes and villains as they lose themselves to their more beastly nature. With stories by Eisner winners Chip Zdarsky, Grace Ellis, and so many more, it’s sure to leave you hooting and howling in delight!

Release Date: December 12, 2023

PCS NOTES: More fun in the Beast World Tour Event from DC.


Where the Body Was HC
Image Comics
Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by Sean Phillips & Jacob Phillips
Cover Art by Sean Phillips

ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, bestselling creators of PULP, RECKLESS, and CRIMINAL, are back with a new original graphic novel that readers will be obsessed with…

A boarding house full of druggies. A neglected housewife. A young girl who thinks she’s a superhero. A cop who wants to be left alone. And a Private Detective looking for a runaway girl. These stories collide one fateful summer in WHERE THE BODY WAS, a tale of love and murder in the suburbs, told from a dozen different points of view. All the neighbors on the block have an opinion about the murder and how it happened, but which of them is telling the truth?

WHERE THE BODY WAS is a tour-de-force from grandmasters Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Starting with a map of the crime scene, this murder mystery follows the ripples of this killing as they echo through decades of love and loss and passion and violence. Like a true crime podcast crossed with a long-lost diary, WHERE THE BODY WAS is unlike anything Brubaker and Phillips have ever done, and a must-have for all their avid fans!

Release Date: December 13, 2023

PCS NOTES: This team is at the top of the list of creators for crime comics. We will be checking this out.

Thoughts?