New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 2/7/2024

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.

February is upon us and this is the time of year that comics turn to thoughts of romance. The One-Shots and Specials section is loaded with Valentine’s Day Specials. We have books on this week’s list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Boom! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, Titan Books, AWA Studios, Archie Comics, IDW Publishing, and Image Comics.

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 


Dark Souls: The Willow King #1
Titan Books
Written by George Mann
Art by Maan House
Cover Art by Stephanie Hans

FALLEN DECAYING WORLD OF DARK SOULS WITH AN ALL-NEW TITAN COMICS SERIES!

The mighty king USTRAD OF UTHREL linked the flame, after his servant Herad failed and was consumed by the fire, reduced to ashes. Now, the time has come to link the fire again, but Ustrad now refuses to do his duty to his kingdom. HERAD, resurrected as unkindled, returns to unite three mighty warriors to venture into the WILLOW KING’S domain, and do what needs to be done.

Release Date: February 7, 2024

PCS NOTES: Man! This looks like a pretty cool horror adventure book.


Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Amy Jo Johnson & Matt Hotson
Art by Nico Leon
Cover Art by Goñi Montes

In an alternate universe, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers finally defeated Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd, but at a terrible cost… In the wake of tragedy, the team went their separate ways.

22 years later, the long-disbanded team reunites to mourn the losses of beloved friends, but Zack and Billy have some unexpected information to share-Jason, the Red Ranger, has been operating as a lone vigilante, and has since disappeared.

Will the remaining Rangers be able to track him down, especially with a mysterious figure in pursuit?

Written by actress, screenwriter, and director Amy Jo Johnson, the original Pink Ranger herself, along with rising star co-writer Matt Hotson (Titans) and renowned artist Nico Leon (Spider-Man, Catwoman), fans can experience something unlike anything they ever have before in the Power Rangers universe, in TV or comics!

Release Date: February 7, 2024

PCS NOTES: I am super happy to see Amy Jo Johnson diving into other mediums with this franchise.


The One Hand #1
Image Comics
Written by Ram V
Art by Laurence Campbell & Lee Loughridge
Letters by Aditya Bidikar
Cover Art by Campbell

Neo Novena detective, ARI NASSER is about to retire with an enviable record, until a brutal murder occurs, bearing all the hallmarks of the “One Hand Killer”…which should be impossible since Ari already put him away not once but twice in the years before.

What follows is a deadly cat-and-mouse game as Ari pursues his quarry down the rain-soaked streets of Neo Novena. Ari will stop at nothing to unravel the secrets and ciphers of this case but each revelation only leads further into the dark heart of his future-metropolis and Ari’s own beleaguered soul.

Grippingly written by award-winning writer RAM V with hauntingly atmospheric art and covers by LAURENCE CAMPBELL and LEE LOUGHRIDGE, THE ONE HAND is a miniseries that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Release Date: February 7, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is going to be good. I know it. Right to the top of the Read Pile it goes.


Star Wars: Mace Windu #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Marc Bernardin
Art by Georges Jeanty, Dexter Vines, & Andrew
Cover Art by Mateus Manhanini

ONE OF THE GREATEST JEDI MUST STOP AN INCENDIARY SECRET FROM FALLING INTO THE WRONG HANDS! Even in the years before THE CLONE WARS, MACE WINDU was known for his discipline, determination and combat skills. When a scientist’s discovery threatens the balance of the galaxy, Mace is led down a treacherous path of mystery and action. Introducing AZITA CRUUZ, a pirate with a deadly secret, who the HUTTS and the REPUBLIC will stop at nothing to control!

Release Date: February 7, 2024

PCS NOTES: A fantastically crafted team of talented creators are about to take us on a heck of a journey.


Suicide Squad: Kill Arkham Asylum #1
DC Comics
Written by John Layman
Art by Jesus Hervas & David Baron
Letters by AndWorld Design
Cover Art by Dan Panosian

THINGS ARE GONNA GET MESSY IN THIS PREQUEL TO ROCKSTEADY’S SUICIDE SQUAD: KILL THE JUSTICE LEAGUE VIDEO GAME! Before the Suicide Squad sets their sights on the corrupted Justice League in the upcoming videogame Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, join us for this thrilling prequel and witness them kill Arkham Asylum! Amanda Waller has taken control of the recently rebuilt Arkham, and her brutal tactics and merciless methods have led to the most secure asylum Gotham has ever known. But when the cell doors open, and the inmates are left in a free-for-all deathmatch, Waller’s true intentions reveal themselves: identify the strongest, smartest, and most brutal to serve her on Task Force X.

Each print issue includes a redeemable code for a bonus digital token in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League inspired by the comic. Get the new Mr. Zsasz digital doll with issue #1. Paying subscribers with a DC UNIVERSE INFINITE Annual or Ultra subscription (U.S. only) who read the digital issues of Suicide Squad: Kill Arkham Asylum will also receive these bonus digital codes.*

*Terms Apply. See dc.com/suicide-squad-faq for details. DC UNIVERSE INFINITE is not intended for children.

Release Date: February 7, 2024

PCS NOTES: This looks fun, and I vote for John Layman to be the default Suicide Squad writer in 2024 and beyond.


Thundercats #1
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by Declan Shalvey
Art by Drew Moss
Cover Art by David Nakayama

Fleeing through space to escape their dying home world, the ThunderCats were attacked en route by their mortal enemies, the Mutants of Plun-Darr. After diverting their damaged flagship to a planet called Third Earth, the surviving ThunderCats now strive to rebuild their society in harmony with the new world’s natives. But the Mutants, determined to possess the ThunderCats’ mystical gem, the Eye of Thundera, have tracked them down – and they’ve also forged an alliance with Mumm-Ra, the devil-priest of Third Earth!

Now the ThunderCats, led by an inexperienced Lion-O, must band together as never before to protect their legacy from this combined enemy. But will they be able to withstand the onslaught of Mumm-Ra the Ever-Living, once he sets his eyes upon them?

The triple-threat talents (writers, artists, and ThunderCats superfans) of DECLAN SHALVEY and DREW MOSS join forces to bring this exciting new entry in the ThunderCats canon to life! This premier issue features 24 story pages as well as a host of the finest cover artists the galaxy has ever seen, including SHALVEY, DAVID NAKAYAMA, LUCIO PARRILLO, JAE LEE & JUNE CHUNG, and IVAN TAO!

Release Date: February 7, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is the NEW NUMBER ONE OF THE WEEK! Thundercats, HO!!! This is the first book we read this week!


U & I #1
AWA Studios
Written by J. Michael Strazcynski
Art by Mike Choi
Cover Art by Mike Choi

The Resistance Universe Returns in a New Tale by J. Michael Straczynski! The next chapter in the saga of the Resistance Universe focuses on an unlikely love story. The mysterious “U” has no memory of his past before awakening with powers after the Great Death that took many lives and created the superpowered Reborns. His vision of the world is one that is more beautiful and full of hope than the rest of us can see. In searching for a purpose, a reason to live, he discovers Isabelle, whose father died in the plague, and who has recently been thrown out to live in the streets by her uncle. When the two meet, a spark is lit between them. But another spark is lit-one that’s sure to lead to explosive consequences-when U runs afoul of a crime syndicate that will stop at nothing to get revenge.

Release Date: February 7, 2024

PCS NOTES: We have always enjoyed Straczynki’s adventures in the Resistance Universe and look forward to more.


Ultimate Black Panther #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Bryan Hill
Art by Stefano Caselli & David Curiel
Letters by Cory Petit
Cover Art by Caselli & Curiel

THE NEW ULTIMATE BLACK PANTHER! In the wake of ULTIMATE INVASION, Khonshu and Ra — the force known together as Moon Knight — are seeking to expand their brutal control of the continent of Africa. In response, the lone bulwark against them, the isolated nation of Wakanda, will send forth its champion… its king… the Black Panther! From the creative minds of Bryan Hill (BLADE, KILLMONGER) and Stefano Caselli (X-MEN: RED, AVENGERS) comes a bold new take on the world of Black Panther and Wakanda!

Release Date: February 7, 2024

PCS NOTES: We have already said that we are on board with this new Ultimate Universe. This great team is perfect for this book. 


Wolverine: Madripoor Knights #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Chris Claremont
Art by Edgar Salazar & Carlos Lopez
Letters by Cory Petit
Cover Art by Philip Tan & Sebastian Cheng

CLAREMONT, CAP, WIDOW and WOLVERINE—TOGETHER AGAIN!

Return to the island-nation of Madripoor as X-Men legend Chris Claremont takes the helm of an all-new WOLVERINE tale teaming Logan with his long-standing friends CAPTAIN AMERICA and the BLACK WIDOW! Picking up in the window of the all-time classic UNCANNY X-MEN #268, thrill to a brand-new adventure! When a secret weapon brings Captain America to Madripoor, the trio team-up you’ve been waiting decades for will finally come to pass as the mission brings Logan and Black Widow into a race against time against a multitude of foes, including the HAND! You’ve been waiting for this one…and you’ll never guess where it goes!

Release Date: February 7, 2024

PCS NOTES: Nostalgia at your fingertips. I wonder what Claremont has cooked up for this one. 


New One-Shots and Specials 


Archie Valentine’s Spectacular #1
Archie Comics
Written by Ian Flynn
Art by Jim Amash, Holly Golightly, & Glenn Whitmore
Letters by Jack Morelli
Cover Art by Dan Parent

The spirits of Valentines are after Betty and Veronica, but will they bring about love or war?

Release Date: February 7, 2024

PCS NOTES: Who doesn’t want to visit Riverdale on Valentine’s Day?


DC’s How to Lose a Guy Gardner in 10 Days #1
DC Comics
Written by Kenny Porter, Aaron Waltke, Danny Lore, Marguerite Sauvage, Alex
Galer, Dennis Hopeless, Brendan Hay, & George Mann
Art by Nick Robles, Nick Filardi, Ivan Shavrin, Ted Brandt, Ro Stein, Sauvage, Dereck Charm, Baldemar Rivas, Maria Laura Sanapo, Enrica Eren Angiolini, Leonardo Rodrigues, Joe Prado, & Hi-Fi
Cover Art by Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti

EIGHT ROM-COM-INSPIRED NEW STORIES ABOUT LOVE—AND TRYING TO FIND IT—IN THE DC UNIVERSE!

Romance is rarely a simple affair—love is almost always followed by some sort of conflict. Whether you’re Plastic Man twisting yourself into knots trying to please someone, or the Flash traveling back in time to make a catastrophic 50 first dates perfect, or even a lonely robot who just can’t seem to find love unless it’s mail from a computer screen, like Red Tornado, love actually is…a pain in the 27 dresses. So in the grand tradition of these dating conundrums a la rom-coms of the ’90s and ’00s, we are proud to present eight new stories about love and trying to find it in this zany world.

Release Date: February 6, 2024

PCS NOTES: Cute title, an anthology chockful of talented creators? Sounds like fun.


Godzilla: Valentine’s Day Special #1
IDW Publishing
Written by Zoe Tunnell
Art by Dani Pendergast
Cover Art by Pendergast

Is there anything as romantic as seeing the world together? Hopping from country to country to take in the sights and splendor in the fleeting seconds before Godzilla smashes the skyline? Truly, there’s nothing like the thrill of an international game of cat and mouse between an intrepid amateur kaiju researcher and a global kaiju-response lieutenant. But when you’re up against Godzilla, it’s hard to have a bigger “CRUSH.”

Release Date: February 7, 2024

PCS NOTES: Even Godzilla is getting into the Valentine’s Day spirit.


The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe – Master Edition Omnibus Vol. 1 HC
Marvel Comics
Written by Peter Sanderson, Mark Gruenwald, Len Kaminsky, Glenn Herdling, & Murray Ward
Art by Various
Cover Art by Various

Amid the comics boom of the 1990s, THE OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE evolved to meet the collector frenzy — reinvented and presented as shrink-wrapped packs of looseleaf cards, hole-punched to be assembled in dedicated binders (sold separately)! Now, at long last, these fact-filled profiles are collected in Omnibus format — and to save you the work, we’ve put them in alphabetical order! This inaugural volume presents the first half of the Marvel Universe as it stood in 1991-1993, from the Abomination to Lyja the Lazerfist — and the legions of heroes, villains and teams in between! Featuring front, back and side views of all your favorite characters, many making their OHOTMU debuts — including icons of the era Deadpool and Cable!

Collecting material from OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE: MASTER EDITION #1-36.

Release Date: February 7, 2024

PCS NOTES: This title is making a big upgrade in presentation. For those that remember, the Master Edition of the OHOTHMU was the one where the issues came in plastic wrap and with hole punches so you could put them in three-ring binders. Deluxe hardcover is very nice. 


The Question Omnibus by Dennis O’Neil and Denys Cowan Vol. 2 HC
DC Comics
Written by Dennis O’Neil
Art by Denys Cowan & Others
Cover Art by Cowan

Dennis O’Neil and Denys Cowan’s gritty, noir take on DC’s most enigmatic hero concludes in this second volume, which finds the Question struggling to keep a gang-ridden Hub City from tearing itself apart.

Collecting THE QUESTION #28-36, THE QUESTION ANNUAL #2, AND GREEN ARROW ANNUAL #2-3, plus additional tales from THE QUESTION QUARTERLY #1-5, THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #1-6, THE QUESTION RETURNS #1, and stories from SHOWCASE ’95 #3 AND AZRAEL PLUS #1.

Release Date: Februrary 6, 2024

PCS NOTES: Ok. So, it is a collection. So, it is a Volume 2 of the series. Hey! Our column, our rules. This is the completion of one of the greatest runs in comics, and it was guided by our very own Mike Gold, who edited the original issues. O’Neil and Cowan are one of the best comics collaboration teams ever.

Thoughts?