New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the End of 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.

The year has come to an end. As expected, publishers hold back new series debuts until after the new year starts at this point. Therefore, we have a small but excellent list of new series and special editions for the last two weeks of 2023. Yes, that’s right! This week, we combined the third and forth weeks of December into one column. Don’t forget to visit your small business comic shop before the year winds out and pick up some of these amazing books.

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

Animal Pound #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Tom King
Art by Peter Gross & Tamra Bonvillain
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Cover Art by Gross & Bonvillain

When animals grow tired of being caged, killed, and sold off-it’s only a matter of time before they’ve had enough…

When an uprising puts a pound in control of the animals, they quickly find themselves as comrades, united against everything that walks on two legs.

But with this newfound power comes a sudden challenge: how best to lay the groundwork for this new democracy as they write their first constitution!

Discover an epic graphic storytelling event from celebrated New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-winning writer Tom King (The Human Target, Love Everlasting) and New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-nominated artist Peter Gross (American Jesus, The Books of Magic).

King and Gross collaborate for the first time ever to bring this enduring Orwellian allegory to life for the 21st Century.

Release Date: December 20, 2023

PCS NOTES: We are definitely looking forward to this one. This is absolutely the NEW NUMBER ONE OF THE WEEK at PCS.

Borealis #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Aaron Douglas & Mark Verheiden
Art by Cliff Richards & Guy Major
Cover Art by Richards

From screenwriter Mark Verheiden (The Mask, Swamp Thing), writer/actor Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica, Hemlock Grove), and artist Cliff Richards (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Justice League) comes Borealis, a bone-chilling supernatural thriller! Winter nights last months, temperatures can hit seventy below, alcohol is illegal… and something mysterious is emerging on the remote ice. Welcome to the isolated Qinu, Alaska and a world of bad memories for State Trooper Silaluk “Sil” Osha. After thirteen years away from Qinu, Sil is pulled back to investigate a series of brutal murders, only to face a dark past… and her frightening connection to deadly legends.

Release Date: December 20, 2023

PCS NOTES: The premise of this book is intriguing, and we are excited to see these writers in the comics medium.

Duke #1
Image Comics / Skybound
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Tom Reilly & Jordie Bellaire
Cover Art by Reilly


Conrad Hauser has made first contact with an alien being and lived to tell the tale. But no one, not even Colonel Hawk, believes the story of the jet fighter converting into a colossal alien robot that nearly killed the man known as Duke. Now, one of the US Army’s most decorated soldiers is on the hunt for answers, drawn into a conflict that no amount of training could ever prepare him for. A war that only a real American hero has any chance of surviving…

Superstar writer JOSHUA WILLIAMSON (Superman, Batman) and artist TOM REILLY (The Thing, Ant-Man) kick off the first of four action-packed miniseries that will introduce the best and worst humanity has to offer in the Energon Universe.

Release Date: December 27, 2023

PCS NOTES: The stuff that they are building in that Energon Universe at Skybound is pretty cool. We are looking forward to this one. 

Ninjak: Superkillers #1
Valiant Entertainment
Written by Jeff Parker
Art by Mike Norton
Cover Art by Dave Johnson

A ruthless team of superpowered killers versus the world’s most lethal assassin – who will survive? The all-new explosive limited series Ninjak: Superkillers is a fast, fun, globetrotting noir tale presented by the talented team of Jeff Parker and Mike Norton! Surrounded in hostile territory, Ninjak and songbird agent Myna are in the fight of their lives! With no support, no supplies, and no way to escape, there’s no way out but through!

Release Date: December 27, 2023

PCS NOTES: This series has been delayed and reformatted into a two-part prestige edition set, but we are looking forward to seeing what Parker and Norton have in store for us.

New One-Shots and Specials 

Black Solstice HC
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Martin Desmond Rose & Travon Free
Art by Aremo Massa
Cover Art by Massa

Original Graphic Novel

From the minds of Martin Desmond Roe and Travon Free, the Academy Award winning writing duo behind the film TWO DISTANT STRANGERS, comes a brand-new graphic novel!

Last winter solstice the whole world turned upside down when every single Black person gained a superpower that lasted exactly one day before disappearing entirely.

It’s three days until the next solstice, and everyone on earth is anxiously holding their breath to see if it happens again. Everyone except the Wallace kid — they’re betting their lives their powers will return and they plan to use them to change everything…for everyone.

Release Date: December 19, 2023

PCS NOTES: I am intrigued.. 

Book of Butcher #1
Boom! Studios
Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Werther Dell’Edera & Miguel Muerto
Cover Art by Dan Mora

One-Shot Special

Leading into the fifth anniversary of Something Is Killing The Children and building on last year’s Book of Slaughter, Maxine Slaughter steps into the spotlight in her journey from White to Black Mask.

With New Orleans as her destination, what will Maxine uncover about House Boucher… and what will she learn about herself in the process?

The award-winning, bestselling creative team of James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera unleash their only first issue of 2023 and set the stage for year five of the Slaughterverse!

Release Date: December 27, 2023

PCS NOTES: Slaughterverse Fans get ready!

Godzilla Rivals: Jet Jaguar Vs. Megalon #1
IDW Publishing
Written by Nola Pfau
Art by Megan Huang
Cover Art by Huang

One-Shot Special

Jen Onça is not excited to start her new, fast-paced fast-food career at Minilla Burger, but she’d much prefer a mundane day to the sudden return of Megalon! The monster brings destruction, trapping Jen in a forgotten lab deep beneath the restaurant with only the half-built form of Jet Jaguar to help her get out! She must repair the robotic defender to save herself and the city, but first she needs to escape the rubble trapping her in this tense adventure!

Release Date: December 20, 2023

PCS NOTES: Kaiju and Mechs in the same book? Yes! Please! 

The Original X-Men #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Christos Gage
Art by Greg Land, Jay Leisten, & Frank D’Armata
Cover Art by Ryan Stegman, J.P. Meyer, & Brad Anderson

One-Shot Special

THE OG 5 ON AN ALL-NEW ADVENTURE! Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman and Angel—the first and greatest heroes to bear the X-Men name—once traveled into their own futures and reset the course of history. Now another multiversal mystery calls them forth. When the dust settles, one hero will remain, trapped in the world as we know it. With shocking surprise guests and heart-pounding twists and turns, Christos Gage and Greg Land kick off a story that will shake the whole MU!

Release Date: December 20, 2023

PCS NOTES: Let’s be honest. You had me at the cover. We are excited to see what this book holds. 

Star Wars: Revelations #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Various
Art by Various
Cover Art by Rod Reis

One-Shot Special

FROM THE HIGH REPUBLIC TO THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY AND BEYOND! JABBA THE HUTT! DARTH VADER! MACE WINDU! KEEVE TRENNIS, THRAWN AND MORE! Introducing new characters, new twists and new turns across all of Marvel’s STAR WARS line! This star-studded issue puts the pieces on the board for what’s to come in a galaxy far, far away!

Release Date: December 20, 2023

PCS NOTES: If you like Star Wars comics this is one you will want to make sure you pick up. Just about every Star Wars comics writer has a story in this book. 

Timeless #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Jackson Lanzing & Colin Kelly
Art by Juann Cabal
Cover Art by Kael Ngu

One-Shot Special

BEHOLD THE FUTURE OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE—FEATURING THE DEBUT OF TWO NEW MARVEL ICONS! In a devastating future born from the choices of today, all of time and space is threatened by the ascension of an ancient evil. The MOON KNIGHT UNENDING has risen—a nightmare born of StarkTech, the Eternal Machine and the God of the Moon—and now all of Earth bows before his overwhelming power! But one man stands against Khonshu’s coming tide of chaos: POWER MAN, the Marvel Universe’s final living super hero. But who is Power Man—and how did he come to wield the unstable powers of the Sentry, the Hulk and the Iron Fist? What dark, deeply personal conflict underpins this mind-bending apocalypse? And at the end of the line, can the Marvel Universe ever truly be saved? PLUS—a SHOCKING glimpse into the next year of Marvel stories!

Release Date: December 27, 2023

PCS NOTES: The tradition of teasing the next year of Marvel Comics continues with this special edition.

Titans: Beast World Tour – Central City #1
DC Comics
Written by Simon Spurrier, Jarrett Williams, A.L. Kaplan, & Alex Paknadel
Art by George Kambadais, Scott Koblish, Serg Acuña, & More
Cover Art by Mikel Janín

One-Shot Special

BEAST WORLD INFECTS THE FLASH FAMILY! Speedsters infected! The home of the Flash is not immune from the Starro spores, and as a member of the Flash Family is infected, it’s all hands on deck across both Central and Keystone City. Irey West has a plan that requires the help of her BFF Maxine Baker, while Avery Ho, Wallace West, and fan-favorite Circuit Breaker will all be working together with the entire clan to contain the infected speedsters causing chaos across the city. Oh, and the recent issues within the Speed Force haven’t gone away…This key chapter of the Beast World saga also contains important revelations for the Scarlet Speedster’s next steps as The Flash writer Simon Spurrier is joined by Speed Force writer Jarrett WIlliams, Circuit Breaker scribe A.L. Kaplan, and Knight Terrors: The Flash writer Alex Paknadel!

Release Date: December 19, 2023

PCS NOTES: And the Beast World Tour roars on!!