New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 2/28/2024

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.

Again this week is light on New Number Ones, but what is here looks fun. One of the things that we have been noticing is that some of the non-Big2 books have been generating longer runs and we are definitely happy to see that. We have books on this week’s list from: Marvel Comics, Dark Horse, Titan Books, Band of Bards, and Fantagraphics Books.

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 


Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Ray Fawkes
Art by Gabriel Guzman & Michael Atiyeh
Letters by Michael Heisler
Cover Art by Aniekan Udofia

A six-issue miniseries based on all-new Ubisoft’s AAA PC/console video game Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora! Meet So’lek, a Na’vi warrior who must go on a transformative journey across Pandora. While the battle of the Hallelujah Mountains is over, the trauma of war is never-ending. So’lek finds himself alone, stricken with grief and desperation. Only through Eywa can he find a path to heal-and though danger, doubt, and pain await him, it’s time for him to answer the call. This story introduces readers to new characters and clans, and is the origin story of one of the key characters in Ubisoft’s forthcoming game!

Release Date: February 28, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is a great creative team for fans of this franchise to generate this series.


The Savage Sword of Conan #1
Titan Comics
Written by John Arcudi, Patrick Zircher, & Jim Zub
Art by Max Von Fafner, Zircher
Cover Art by Joe Jusko

THE SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN IS BACK from Heroic Signatures and Titan Comics!

Featuring a new CONAN epic from John Arcudi and Max Von Fafner, the rousing return of SOLOMON KANE written and drawn by Patch Zircher, an electric prose story from Jim Zub, spectacular art pin-ups, and more, the SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN Issue #1 heralds a new era of adrenaline-fueled adventure.

Release Date: February 28, 2024

PCS NOTES: This title has a lot of history and we are glad to see Titan Books bring it back with this terrific cast of creators on the first issue.


Spider-Punk: Arms Race #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Cody Zigler
Art by Justin Mason & Morry Hollowell
Letters by Travis Lanham
Cover Art by Takashi Okazaki & Rico Renzi

ENCORE! YOU WANTED MORE! In a world without NORMAN OSBORN, SPIDER-PUNK REIGNS! This ain’t no victory lap though—as HOBIE BROWN and team try to rebuild society, JUSTIN HAMMER & DOCTOR OTTO OCTAVIUS have other plans…like introducing the world to the SPIDER-SLAYING SENTINELS! Cody Ziglar (MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN) & Justin Mason (SPIDER-MAN 2099: DARK GENESIS) reunite to bring the Brooklyn boy back with the whole crew you know and love! Grab your boots, your instruments, your amps and LET’S GO!

Release Date: February 28, 2024

PCS NOTES: This character has struck a chord (Ha! See what I did there?) with spider-fandom and more. I expect we will be seeing more of Spider-Punk for a while.


What If…?: Venom #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Jeremy Holt
Art by Jesús Hervás & Cici De La Cruz
Letters by Ariana Maher
Cover Art by Leinil Francis Yu & Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Years ago, in a familiar church tower, the Venom symbiote was spurned by Peter Parker and found a willing host in the vengeful and wrathful Eddie Brock! Or, at least, that’s the story you know! From rising stars Jeremy Holt (MARVEL’S VOICES: SPIDER-VERSE) and Jesús Hervás (MARVEL: UNLEASHED) comes an ALL-NEW look at what makes the Marvel Universe’s most sinister symbiote tick, with a journey that reimagines its earliest days bonded to a host with a rage and temper ENTIRELY different from those of Eddie Brock!

Release Date: February 28, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are excited to see more from these creators and are happy to see them on this book.


Working Class Wizards #1
Band of Bards Comics
Written by Nick Goodwin & Chuck Satterlee
Art by Jeremy Megert & Nicholas Michael
Letters by Tom Orzewchowski
Cover Art by Megert & Chris Benamati

Monsters, Wizards, Barbarians, and Heavy Metal set in Chicago of 1976! A heavy metal guitarist in 1970s Chicago hasn’t made the big time with his songs of magic, wizards & elves. Let’s see how he does with the real thing. High stakes action & adventure set to the tune of classic heavy metal and the best of pulp sci-fi/fantasy

Release Date: February 28, 2024

PCS NOTES: Damn! This looks fun.


New One-Shots and Specials 


Blood Oath TP
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Alex Segura & Rob Hart
Art by Joe Eisma & Hilary Jenkins
Letters by Jim Campbell
Cover Art by Eisma

COLLECTED EDITION

1927. New York. The peak of Prohibition. Hazel Crenshaw just wants to be left alone, to tend to her farm, to care for her younger sister, and to run her business. But her business is inescapably tangled up with the New York gangs that will eventually coalesce into the mafia, and a new, unknown partner. When the Crenshaw farm is attacked, Hazel must not only defend her home, she must cope with the realization that her flirtation with the other side of the law might also put her in the crosshairs of something else-something much more sinister.

Release Date: February 28, 2024

PCS NOTES: This story was originally published digitally and now is finally being collected for print. We definitely recommend it.


Giant-Size Fantastic Four #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Creees Lee & Arif Prianto
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Cover Art by Bryan Hitch & Alex Sinclair

ONE-SHOT SPECIAL

IMPERIUS REX! Namor is imprisoned, serving out his sentence as the disgraced King of Atlantis! So when a new yet ancient threat arises from the sea, who better to leap into the fray than Marvel’s First Family: the FANTASTIC FOUR! Writer Fabian Nicieza and artist Creees Lee join forces for a GIANT-SIZE deep dive into some of Atlantis’ most dangerous history…and the present that can scarcely hope to contain it! PLUS: Includes a reprinting of FANTASTIC FOUR #33, a classic issue from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby featuring betrayal, action and high drama—in the Atlantean style!

Release Date: February 28, 2024

PCS NOTES: What a fantastic (I am full of double-entendre this week) creative team to bring this cool story to us!


The N-Word of God HC
Fantagraphic Books
Written by Mark Doox
Art by Mark Doox
Cover Art by Doox

ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL

A dazzlingly illustrated postmodern epic of social commentary by ordained iconographer of the Coltrane Church, Mark Doox, who explores the story of Saint Sambo and Black existential wonder through the prism of his Byzantine and early Italo-religious style.

The N-Word of God is a literary graphic novel of interconnected illustrated stories of social insight, cognitive surprise, wry mirth, and Black existential wonder. Artist Mark Doox transports readers back to the beginning of the universe when God fatefully declared Light and Darkness as opposing forces. Doox then follows this theme through a religious and societal retelling of his own gospel-like myth. With a devil figure that advocates for John Coltrane’s philosophy of ‘A Love Supreme,’ The N-Word of God challenges binary racial ideas making a case for the commonality and the dignity of all human beings. The striking art combines Christian iconography with caricatures and terms that have been used against Black people through which Doox artfully recontextualizes them as religious symbols of resilience, protection, counter-truth, agency, and new and pertinent revelation. With satirical wit and stunning illuminated manuscript-like illustrations, Doox has created a metamodern masterpiece of African American storytelling and Black signifyin’ wisdom. While Doox’s focus is always on the empathic center of his illuminating truths, The N-Word of God challenges the reader with unexpected ideas and connections in a must-have work of Black art and Black literature.

Release Date: February 28, 2024

PCS NOTES: This feels like a book we should all read.


Whistleblowers: Four Who Fought to Expose the Holocaust to America TP
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Rafael Medoff
Art by Dean Motter
Cover Art by Motter

ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL

A compelling nonfiction graphic novel, set on the stage of World War II, Whistleblowers is the true story of 4 courageous individuals who risked their careers-or their lives-to confront the unfolding Holocaust. Who were the whistleblowers? A young journalist-and future U.S. senator-who exposed the truth of Hitler’s plans. A member of Franklin Roosevelt’s cabinet who pressured the President to grant haven to refugees. An eyewitness to Nazi atrocities who met with American and British officials to disclose the death camps. An American civil servant who blew the whistle on colleagues who were blocking the rescue of refugees. Acclaimed author Rafael Medoff, co-founder of the David Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, and award-winning comics creator Dean Motter bring to life these tales of moral courage in the shadow of genocide.

Release Date: February 28, 2024

PCS NOTES: Another graphic novel that captures our attention. We are looking forward to checking this out!


Women of Marvel #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Celeste Bronfman, Erica Schultz, Gail Simone, & Sarah Rees Brennan
Art by Arielle Jovellanos, Giada Belviso, Leila Leiz, & Lydia Rasero
Cover Art by Carmen Carnero

ONE-SHOT SPECIAL

CELEBRATING THE MIGHTY WOMEN OF MARVEL! Because they worked hard for this and they deserve it! But who you callin’ “doll?!” Marvel’s most powerful heroines take center stage in an anthology that will inspire, empower and motivate fans from all walks of life! Whether i’’s the Boss of Space pummeling back an alien invasion or the Scarlet Witch weaving a magical protection, the women of Marvel have got your back. Featuring a story by industry legend Gail Simone and more to come!

Release Date: February 28, 2024

PCS NOTES: An all women creative cast focusing on women characters sounds Marvelous!

Thoughts?