New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 1/3/24

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 week. Check below for our PCS NOTES to find out what we just have to tell you about the new comics in question.

The New Year has come. I only wrote the wrong year three times below before going back to correct it. As we enter the new year we are bringing you new graphics to this column. We hope you like them and remember the same quality comic selections and book notes will be here for you regardless of the new images.

We have books on this week’s list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and Boom! Studios. It is definitely a light week of new number ones. Publishers will be ramping up new series and OGNs as the month moves on; so, stay tuned to this column for updates.

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 Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #1
DC Comics
Written by Sholly Fisch
Art by Dario Brizuela & Franco Riesco
Letters by Saida Temofonte
Cover Art by Brizuela & Riesco

BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT: NOW AN ONGOING SERIES! A new ongoing series teams up Gotham’s greatest detectives with Crystal Cove’s teen sleuths! The big top’s the place for thrills and chills—even more so when a traveling circus is haunted! But even Scooby and the gang don’t realize just how chilling it is for Nightwing…because this is Haly’s Circus, Dick Grayson’s childhood home!

Release Date: January 2, 2024

PCS NOTES: These type of comics are so important, and we are excited for the fun that will be inside this book.

Beware the Planet of the Apes #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Marc Guggenheim
Art by Álvaro López
Cover Art by Taurin Clarke

INTO THE FORBIDDEN ZONE! In a hostile world run by aggressive gorillas, scientists Cornelius and Zira are the only apes alive who see value in the mute, dumb human race—but even they know human capabilities have severe limits. So when their nephew Lucius goes missing, it is with great trepidation that they turn to a human ally, a young woman who will someday earn the moniker “Nova”… Steeped in a love for the classic tales, Marc Guggenheim and Álvaro López’s series will take the Planet of the Apes legacy to explosive new heights—and it all starts here!

Release Date: January 3, 2024

PCS NOTES: With the trailer for the latest installment of the film franchise fresh in everyone’s mind, it feels like a great time to visit with this property, and we are confident that Marc Guggenheim and Álvaro López will deliver high quality stories.

Critical Role: The Tales of Exandria – Artagan #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Sam Maggs & Matthew Mercer
Art by Aviv Or & Cris Peter
Letters by Ariana Maher
Cover Art by Toby Sharp

The powerful and mischievous Archfey Artagan, also known as the Traveler, finally gets his day in court — which is the LAST thing he wanted. But since he’s here, he’s happy to tell the Seelie and Unseelie courts how he’s graced the material realms with his knowledge and mentorship. But there are witnesses who may have a different take, and the consequences could be dire.

Writer Sam Maggs, artist Aviv Or, and colorist Cris Peter bring you a fabulous new story from the world of Exandria, created in consultation with the cast of Critical Role!

Release Date: January 3, 2024

PCS NOTES: If you are looking for a new fantasy series, this is the one to check out!

Fall of the House of X #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Gerry Duggan
Art by Lucas Werneck & Bryan Valenza
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Cover Art by Pepe Larraz & Marte Gracia

KRAKOA HAS JUST BEGUN TO FIGHT! Mutantkind has never had a greater fall. From the highs of Krakoa—their own glorious nation, a place where they were safe and happy—to the lowest of lows. Outlawed, hunted, killed, most of their kind missing or dead, and now, one their greatest leaders, Cyclops, is on trial facing a death penalty. Ready or not, the time has come for the X-Men to make their final stand against the forces that have struck them low. The day is now. The place is here. The tale of the house Xavier built will long be told…and few will forget this darkest chapter. From writer Gerry Duggan (X-MEN, MARAUDERS, UNCANNY AVENGERS) and artist Lucas Werneck (IMMORTAL X-MEN, X-MEN: THE TRIAL OF MAGNETO) comes half of the story that will bring the Krakoa Age to its conclusion!

Release Date: January 3, 2024

PCS NOTES: Well, I suppose all things end. We are interested in seeing how this house shall fall.

Kneel Before Zod #1
DC Comics
Written by Joe Casey
Art by Dan McDaid & David Baron
Cover Art by Jason Shawn Alexander

ZOD RULES A WORLD OF HIS OWN! General Zod was Krypton’s most notorious criminal. Now he has an entire planet to rule—but what happens when the most dangerous individual in the universe gets everything he ever wanted? Obviously, he wants more— and he’ll stop at nothing to get it—in the most brutal series you’ll read this year! This is not a hero’s journey. This is a dark ride, brought to you by the sick and twisted minds of Adventures of Superman writer Joe Casey and artist Dan McDaid in his monumental main-line DC debut. For General Zod and his family, the descent into hell has just begun.

Release Date: January 2, 2024

PCS NOTES: One of the greatest lines in any comic book movie adaptation has now become its own series with a tremendous creative team. We are intrigued.

Miguel O’Hara: Spider-Man 2099 #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Steve Orlando
Art by Dev Pramanik & Raul Angulo
Letters by Cory Petit
Cover Art by Nick Bradshaw & Rachelle Rosenberg

BEWARE—MARVEL ZOMBIE: 2099! MIGUEL O’HARA teams up with BLADE 2099 to take on a new horrific threat to NUEVA YORK! Introducing the MARVEL ZOMBIE of 2099! He lives! He strikes! And no spider can hold him! Will SPIDER-MAN be able to stop the ever-evolving zombie infection before it takes hold of his mother and the citizens of the Barrio?

Release Date: January 3, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is the NEW NUMBER ONE of the Week. We are very excited to see Steve Orlando have fun with this character.

Pine and Merrimac #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Kyle Starks
Art by Fran Galán
Cover Art by Galán

On the corner of Pine and Merrimac sits a small, unassuming town… Just a simple place, simple people, and one horrifying secret that could change everything…

After a lifetime of witnessing the worst that humanity has to offer, former homicide detective Linnea Kent has decided to put all of that behind her.

Alongside her husband, a former professional MMA fighter and the unofficial brawn to her brains, she’s moved far from the busy city to open up a quiet little detective agency.

At first, the simple cases this nook of the world has to offer were exactly what she was looking for, but there’s more to the quaint hamlet than Linnea could have possibly imagined, and something truly sinister pulling the strings…

Eisner-nominated scribe Kyle Starks (I Hate This Place, Creepshow) is joined by fan-favorite artist Fran Galán (The Amazing Spider-Man) for an unexpected detective tale perfect for readers of Reckless and The Department of Truth!

Release Date: January 3, 2024

PCS NOTES: Interesting premise, great comics creators? We are there!

Vengeance of the Moon Knight #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Jed MacKay
Art by Alessandro Cappuccio & Rachelle Rosenberg
Letters by Cory Petit
Cover Art by David Finch

Clad in the black of mourning, the Midnight Mission remains! But who is left to keep the faith? And how have they been changed by the Black Spectre’s master stroke? The next chapter of MOON KNIGHT starts here as the congregants of the Midnight Mission pick up the pieces and carry on the mission…and find themselves faced with a mysterious new enemy in eerily familiar vestments.

Release Date: January 3, 2024

PCS NOTES: New Year, New Start. This looks good.

New One-Shots and Specials 

Marvel Meow #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Nao Fuji
Art by Fuji
Cover Art by Fuji

MARVEL MEOW MAKES ITS PAWESOME PRINT DEBUT! Marvel’s most fearsome—and furriest—heroes are here to save the day and beg for treats in the process! Follow Chewie, Liho, Alpine and the rest of the Avengers’ feline friends as they cause a few cat-tastrophes…and maybe vanquish some villains in the process! Whether it’s crashing Captain Marvel’s apartment or defeating Doc Ock, you can always count on these cats for some cute chaos! Collecting the hit Infinity Comic series from Marvel Unlimited and featuring a brand-new cover and exclusive new story!

Release Date: January 3, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are excited that this fan favorite Infinity Comic is being collected in print.

Titans: Beast World Tour – Atlantis #1
DC Comics
Written by Sina Grace, Meghan Fitzmartin, & Frank Tieri
Art by Valentine De Landro & Riccardo Federici
Cover Art by Mikel Janín

AQUAMAN VS. AQUALAD! Beast World plunges into the deep! As Garth reacts to the crisis amongst his former Titans teammates, all hell breaks loose in the depths of Atlantis! It’s a clash of Aquaman and Tempest in a deep-sea battle royale that points the way to new horizons ahead. Plus, megalodons versus Mera and Jackson Hyde, and Black Manta channels his inner manta in this exciting next installment of “Beast World!”

Release Date: January 2, 2024

PCS NOTES: And the tour dives on!!!