New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 3/6/2024

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.

March has brought us an abundance of New Number Ones. The quality of OGNs in the One-Shots and Specials section is especially impressive. We have books on this week’s list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Oni Press, Fantagraphics Books, Massive Comics, Ablaze Comics, 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 


Aliens: What If…? #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Paul Reiser, Leon Reiser, Adam F. Goldberg, Hans Rodianoff, & Brian Volk-Weiss
Art by Guiu Vilanova
Cover Art by Phil Noto

WHAT IF… CARTER BURKE HAD LIVED? For years, fans of James Cameron’s legendary Aliens questioned whether Carter Burke, a company man more hateable than the Xenos themselves, had actually survived the traumatic events on the terraforming colony Hadley’s Hope. Now the actor behind the beloved villain, Paul Reiser, joins his son Leon and the star-studded team of writers and producers Adam F. Goldberg, Brian Volk-Weiss and Hans Rodionoff for a journey back to Hadley’s Hope and the twisted escape of a man who should have died.

Release Date: March 6, 2024

PCS NOTES: I am interested in seeing Paul Reiser’s take on the character he played in the classic Aliens.


The Bat-Man: First Knight #1
DC Comics
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Mike Perkins & Mike Spicer
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover Art by Perkins

WITNESS THE EARLIEST DAYS OF THE DARK KNIGHT! LEGENDARY WRITER DAN JURGENS AND SUPERSTAR ARTIST MIKE PERKINS TEAM TO RETELL ONE OF BATMAN’S MOST INFAMOUS CASES THROUGH AN ACUTELY MODERN LENS!

The year is 1939. The world, still reeling from the horrors of the First World War, is on the brink of tipping into an even more gruesome conflict, as fascism is on the march—and gathering strength in America’s darkest corners. Against this backdrop, a series of violent murders has begun in Gotham, and the recent emergence of the mysterious vigilante known as The Bat-Man has the power brokers of the city living in fear of institutional collapse. All of the evidence in the murder investigation defies logic: the perpetrators are all men who died in the electric chair. But when the Bat- Man comes face to face with one of these sickening anomalies, he barely escapes with his life—throwing into question his ability to survive in a world that is brutally evolving around him! Legendary writer Dan Jurgens and superstar artist Mike Perkins return to the earliest days of the Dark Knight, retelling one of his most infamous cases through an acutely modern lens, depicting a world paralyzed by anxiety and a desperate populace crying out for release!

Release Date: March 5, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is a new Batman book that we are excited to see from a creative team we trust to  deliver high quality storytelling.


The Fog #1
Massive Comics
Written by Steve Ekstrom
Art by Marco Foderá
Cover Art by Christian Rosado

THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE IN TERROR.

Forty years after the events of THE FOG (1980), this comic series tales a supernatural horror story that reconnects several surviving characters and/or their descendants from. John Carpenter’s original story to a new series of paranormal events that plague Antonio Bay, a small fishing community turned ghost-hunting tourist destination.

Now, in 2022, something far more malevolent from Antonio Bay’s dark past is roiling up from the depths of the sea.

Release Date: March 6, 2024

PCS NOTES: Horror and suspense fans should definitely be interested in this.


Golgotha Motor Mountain #1
IDW Publishing
Written by Lonnie Nadler & Matthew Erman
Art by Robbi Rodriguez & Marissa Louise
Cover Art by Rodriguez & Louise

Join superstar artist Robbi Rodriguez (Spider-Gwen) and the dynamic writing duo of Matthew Erman (Witchblood) & Lonnie Nadler (Age of X-Man) on a high-octane redneck motor massacre! When a derelict chunk of a passing interstellar rock rains down on Elwood and Vernon Damnage’s meth lab in Golgotha Knob, Kentucky, their lives are turned into a redneck body horror nightmare.

Still needing to make their deliveries to the buyers, mutations or not, they set off down Golgotha Knob only to be beset on all sides by crazed addicts, cannibal police, and mutated Neo-Nazis. It doesn’t matter what waits at the bottom of Golgotha Knob for the Damnage brothers because they must ride through a cosmic hell that they’re unlikely to survive… But if these brothers do survive, they’ll finally have made enough money to start over in the beautiful utopia that is Cincinnati.

Release Date: March 6, 2024

PCS NOTES: This looks like a hell of a ride.


The Last Mermaid #1
Image Comics
Written by Derek Kirk Kim
Art by Kim
Cover Art by Kim

SERIES PREMIERE

A lone mermaid roams an endless wasteland on a quest beyond reason. To press ever onward, she must survive the interminable stretches between tiny pockets of water, the roaming bands of cybernetic cannibals, and the fearsome mutant beasts. What propels her forward to take such a risk?

Release Date: March 6, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are definitely interested in this fish out of water story.


Ms. Marvel: Mutant Menace #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Iman Vellani & Sabi Pirzada
Art by Scott Godlewski & Erick Arciniega
Cover Art by Carlos Gómez & Jesus Arburtov

HATED AND FEARED! Ms. Marvel has officially come out to the world as a mutant and a member of the X-Men… and she’s about to learn just how hard things can get for mutantkind! Kamala Khan is used to being a hometown hero—there’s no way her community would turn on her just because she’s a mutant, right? …Right?? The writers of the hit MS. MARVEL: THE NEW MUTANT miniseries (including the MCU’s own Kamala Khan, Iman Vellani) return to chronicle Ms. Marvel’s next steps into exploring her mutant identity!

Release Date: March 6, 2024

PCS NOTES: We have enjoyed Kamala Khan’s story from the beginning and it keeps being told in exciting ways. This creative team inspires confidence that will continue.


Night People #1
Oni Press
Written by Chris Condon & Barry Gifford
Art by Brian Level & Ronda Pattison
Cover Art by J.H. Williams III

From literary icon Barry Gifford—internationally renowned creator of Wild At Heart and cowriter of David Lynch’s neo-noir masterpiece Lost Highway—Night People is a pulsating roadmap of the American subconscious, where neon-lit Southern nights give way to lipstick, sweat, and blood, and the odd, innocent, and evil are all fellow travelers down an interstate of dark, elusive dreams. Adapted from Gifford’s acclaimed novel by breakout writer Chris Condon (That Texas Blood, The Enfield Gang Massacre) and a rotating cast of stunning artistic talents, follow an uneasy company of wanted criminals, cartel killers, and lost souls through four interlocking tales as they travel a path of intoxication, lust, and spontaneous violence from New Orleans to Egypt City, Florida, and back again. In our first tale of desperation, fanaticism, and murder, drawn by Brian Level (Poison Ivy), two ex-convicts—a pair of inseparable lovers named Big Betty Stalcup and Miss Cutie Early—are out on parole using their newfound freedom to purify the world of men’s evil influence.

Release Date: March 6, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are looking forward to this new series.


The Spectacular Spider-Men #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Greg Weisman
Art by Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba, & Edgardo Delgado
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Cover Art by Ramos & Delgado

The stars of two of Marvel’s biggest series come together in their first ongoing series ever! That’s right, Peter Parker and Miles Morales are going to team up on the regular, comparing notes and using said notes to take on some of their most dangerous bad guys. This duo is better than dynamic, amazing, sensational, superior… they’re SPECTACULAR! And with Greg Weisman, writer of the fan-favorite animated Spectacular Spider-Man series, returning to Spidey along with Spider-Legend Humberto Ramos, you know it’s going to be epic.

Release Date: March 6, 2024

PCS NOTES: The fact that this book is being labeled as a “ongoing series” is exciting and we are stoked for this creative team.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin II – Re-Evolution #1
IDW Publishing
Written by Tom Walz & Kevin Eastman
Art by Ben Bishop, Esau Escorza, Isaac Escorza, & Luis Antonio Delgado
Letters by Shawn Lee
Cover Art by Escorza, Escorza, & Delgado

More than a decade after the Last Ronin defeated the Foot Clan, New York City finds itself in a state of steady decline. Now, the disparate gangs vie for economic and political control and that the chaos is taking its toll. It’s clear to Casey Marie that if something isn’t done soon, the city she knows and loves will be lost forever. So, whether they’re ready or not, she and her young pupils must raise a new coalition and lead the charge to keep the peace. Witness the rise of the next generation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as they fight to restore peace to the streets they live below! Legendary TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman proudly presents the next epic chapter of The Last Ronin, reassembling the acclaimed creative team from the original monster bestseller for a second oversized, prestige format miniseries event!

Release Date: March 6, 2024

PCS NOTES: The fan favorite turtle story comes back for a round two. Cowabunga!


Torpedo 1972 #1
Ablaze Comics
Written by Enrique Sanchez Abuli
Art by Eduardo Risso
Cover Art by Risso

From the co-creator & artist of Eisner Award- winning series 100 BULLETS comes a reimagining of TORPEDO 1936!, a crime noir classic of sequential art!

In the 1930s, Lucas Torelli, known as “Torpedo”, was a legend of the suburbs of New York. A tough, trigger-happy Sicilian who only knew how to make friends-anyone else is no longer here to say otherwise. Nearly forty years later, the Big Apple has changed quite a bit. Torpedo, not so much. As a persistent journalist prepares to write an article about the Caputo family, the demons of Torpedo’s past resurface, along with his dirty old habits…

Release Date: March 6, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are excited to see this property coming back for a new generation of hard boiled crime fans.


Ultimate X-Men #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Peach Momoko
Art by Momoko
Letters by Travis Lanham
Cover Art by Momoko

Visionary creator Peach Momoko (DEMON DAYS, STAR WARS: VISIONS) creates a new generation of X-Men for an all-new universe! Hisako Ichiki is a teenage girl who just wants to live a normal life—go to school, hang out with her friends, ignore the political strife broiling over after the events of ULTIMATE INVASION—but life has other plans for her. In Japan, urban legends have sprung to life and brought some unusual new powers with them…Meet Armor, Maystorm and a group of new Ultimate X-Men the likes of which you’ve never seen before!

Release Date: March 6, 2024

PCS NOTES: We have continued to be on board with the new Ultimate Universe, and this one looks very interesting.


Weapon X-Men #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Christos Gage
Art by Yildiray Çinar & Nolan Woodard
Cover Art by Dike Ruan

A MULTIVERSE OF LOGANS BANDS TOGETHER! In Original X-Men, you saw the Phoenix recruit the young X-Men to fix yet another time-displaced disaster. But now the threat is deadlier than ever… and it’s time to call in the X-Men’s big gun. He’s the best there is at what he does, in every universe does it in… and this job is too big for just one of him. Wolverines from across the Multiverse converge to take on a foe even the Phoenix fears! But with friends like Zombie Wolverine, who needs enemies? Christos Gage and Yildiray Çinar kick off an action-packed epic!

Release Date: March 6, 2024

PCS NOTES: Marvel has the same opinion of Wolverine as DC has of Batman. “There is never enough.” This creative team of excellent if slightly underappreciated stars has us interested in this story.


New One-Shots and Specials 


Army of One #1
Oni Press
Written by Tony Lee
Art by Yishan Li & Bryan Valenza
Cover Art by Li

Could one girl be the key to uniting a world split by an ages-old prophecy spurred by Brother Havoc and Sister Fortune?

A thousand years ago, a mighty battle pitched two of the greatest sorcerers against each other, Brother Havoc and Sister Fortune. In the end Brother Havoc won, shattering his rival into a thousand shards.

Now, a millennia later, teenager Carrie Taylor not only learns that she is one of these shards, but that each shard created an alternate universe, with multiple versions of her out there-and a great evil is bent on destroying them all.

Carrie must team with a handful of “alternate” Carries from across the universes to fulfill a prophecy that will bring Sister Fortune back from limbo to defeat this evil, but the more Carrie travels from broken universe to broken universe, she realizes she might not be working for the “good guys”-nor, perhaps, is she one of these shards after all.

If that is indeed the case, then who is she?

Release Date: March 6, 2024

PCS NOTES: The solicitation has us intrigued on this one.


Betty and Veronica Friends Forever: Sleepover #1
Archie Comics
Written by Dan Parent
Art by Parent
Cover Art by Parent

BRAND NEW STORY: Betty, Veronica, Sabrina, and a few friends are all having a sleepover at a cottage on the mysterious estate Alexander and Alexandra Cabot inherited. But when weird things beyond levitation and ghost stories start happening, Sabrina suspects magic is afoot! Plus more stories of sleepover fun, including pillow fights, gossip, and plenty of cute pajamas!

Release Date: March 6, 2024

PCS NOTES: Betty, Veronica, Dan Parent. A winning combination. Also we had writer/artist Dan Parent on the SquadCast last night. Check it out here.


Fatcop HC
Fantagraphic Books
Written by Johnny Ryan
Art by Ryan
Cover Art by Ryan

FATCOP never passes up a possible grift, a chance to use excessive force, or a pit stop at any chain restaurant he passes. He chafes when forced to take a new partner, Pete Rick, to keep him on the up and up. Even when he lucks into a heroic deed, he manages to do so repulsively. But when FATCOP uncovers a child slave ring operating out of the local Trader Joe’s, he may have met his match on the reprehensibility scale. If he’s not careful, it might be a transformative experience that causes him to reconsider his role as a loving partner and father. Well, up to a point, anyway — sometimes a fat cop is just a FATCOP.

Johnny Ryan returns to his lowbrow humor roots following his cult classic and violent fantasy series, Prison Pit. Ping-ponging his antihero through an ever-escalating and cascading series of violent, scatological, and wildly imaginative absurdities (most but not all of FATCOP’s own making), Ryan’s brilliance as a visual and verbal gag writer shines on every page of this master class in physical humor and comics storytelling. FATCOP is as hilarious as it is profane, and a welcome return to long-form comics by the cartoonist and animation veteran Johnny Ryan.

Release Date: March 6, 2024

PCS NOTES: Here is your weekly dose of humor comics.


Giant-Size Spider-Gwen #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Melissa Flores
Art by Alba Glez, Elizabeth D’Amico, & Fernando Sifuentes
Letters By Ariana Maher
Cover Art by Bryan Hitch & Alex Sinclair

Swinging from the pages of SPIDER-GWEN: SMASH, GWEN STACY has finally found some balance in her home dimension. But when the remnants of the CARNAGE symbiote resurface in Gwen’s bandmate MARY JANE, they attract the attention of something…sinister. ORLANDO OCATVIUS, the adopted son of DR. OCTOPUS, now has his sights set on MJ. And SPIDER-GWEN will have to save her friend from a gauntlet of new and terrifying villains in this oversized spectacular! Also featuring a reprint of SPIDER-GWEN #13 (2015) in which Gwen and the MARY JANES first face off against Earth-65’s MYSTERIO!

Release Date: March 6, 2024


I Feel Awful, Thanks GN TP
Oni Press
Written by Lara Pickle
Art by Pickle
Cover Art by Pickle

A lushly illustrated debut graphic novel that explores the hardfought journey of self-acceptance in a complex world of swirling emotions and powerful potions.

Joana has dragons inside her. Can she tame them before they burn her life down?

Joana is a young witch who secured her dream job with a coven in London, her favorite city, where she can dedicate herself to creating potions, her favorite activity! However, she will soon discover the reality of city life is not so idyllic. Finding a flat is an ordeal, her “dream job” is stressful, and she’s totally alone. Little by little, she makes her place, but fatigue, sadness, and doubts threaten to topple her hard-earned success . . . until she starts talking to a professional who helps her realize in order to take care of herself, she must know herself.

Release Date: March 6, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are here for this book. I can’t wait to check it out.


The Marble Queen TP
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Anna Kopp
Art by Gabriella Kari
Cover Art by Kari

The Marble Queen is a YA fantasy graphic novel that’s the political drama of Nimona meets the heartfelt romance of The Princess and the Dressmaker, but this time in a sapphic romance surrounded by a mist of magic.

Princess Amelia’s kingdom, Marion, is in shambles after months of their trade routes being ravaged by pirates. Now, it seems the only option left for her to save it is through a marriage alliance. When she gets an exorbitant offer from the royalty of Iliad — a country shrouded in mystery — Amelia accepts without question and leaves her home to begin a new life. But she lands on Iliad’s shores to find that her betrothed isn’t the country’s prince, but the recently coronated Queen Salira.

Shocked, Amelia tries to make sense of her situation and her confused heart: Salira has awakened strange new feelings inside her, but something dark hides behind the Queen’s sorrowful eyes. Amelia must fight the demons of her own anxiety disorder before she can tackle her wife’s, all while war looms on the horizon.

Release Date: March 6, 2024

PCS NOTES: Another super interesting YA OGN for this week that we are excited for.


Nothing Special Vol. 1 Through the Elder Woods HC
Ten Speed Press
Written by Katie Cook
Art by Cook
Cover Art by Cook

On her seventeenth birthday, Callie goes home with her friend Declan to find her home in disarray and her dad missing. Signs of a struggle point to the portal to the magical realm and when there are signs, you follow them. Now it’s up to Callie, Declan, and Radish to band together and bring him home. As they face creatures good and bad, and all sorts of adventure, Callie and Declan may just find out that they are both special in their own ways after all.

The first season of mayhem, magic, vegetables, and adventure from Katie Cook’s beloved Webtoon, Nothing Special, is collected in this gorgeous graphic novel, which also features exclusive behind-the-scenes content.

Release Date: March 5, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is our NEW NUMBER ONE OF THE WEEK. We cannot say enough good things about this story and the quality of the art and storytelling. We interviewed the creator on the SquadCast last month. Check that out here.

Thoughts?