New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 3/13/24

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.

March has hit the ground running with some great new books and the future look bright as well. Some highly anticipated books are on this week’s list. We have books on this week’s list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Fantagraphics Books, AWA Studios, Boom! Studios, 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 


Batman / Dylan Dog #1
DC Comics
Written by Roberto Recchioni
Art by Werther Dell’Edera & Gigi Cavenago
Cover Art by Cavenago

DC’S WORLD’S GREATEST DETECTIVE AND SERGIO BONELLI’S NIGHTMARE INVESTIGATOR UNITE! See how the fates of Batman and Dylan Dog intertwined in the past through their lethal nemeses: The Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime of Gotham City, and Professor Xabaras, a mad genius with a taste for bringing the dead back to life! Joker is in London to seal a hellish pact with Dylan Dog’s nemesis, the Mephistophelian Xabaras! The doorbell of Craven Road No. 7 screams, and beyond the doorway Bruce Wayne appears. For the Nightmare Investigator, an incredible adventure begins side by side with the Dark Knight. They’ll have to forge an uneasy alliance, putting aside their differences in order to successfully confront and defeat an evil that comes from the past…

Release Date: March 13, 2024

PCS NOTES: A Batman book that is reaching out to Europe. Stuff like this is encouraging because it exposes Batman fans to other genres and different types of comic characters. We are hopeful for a good story.


Batman and Robin and Howard #1
DC Comics
Written by Jeffrey Brown
Art by Brown
Cover Art by Brown

To Damian Wayne, there is nothing more important than protecting the streets of Gotham City as Robin. But when he makes a critical mistake while out on patrol, Damian finds himself benched, on top of transferring to a new school. When his new classmate Howard offers to show him the ropes, Damian finds himself in a challenge he never expected…

Release Date: March 13, 2024

PCS NOTES: Like the above book, we are getting another Batman related comic that is reaching out to other audiences than the usual denizens of Gotham fandom.


Black Widow & Hawkeye #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Stephanie Philips
Art by Paolo Villanelli & Mattia Iacono
Cover Art by Stephen Segovia & Jesus Aburtov

THE EYES OF A HAWK AND THE VENOM OF A WIDOW! Even when Black Widow and Hawkeye had no one to trust, they still had each other—even though their paths sometimes diverged. So when Clint Barton is accused of a rogue assassination attempt that puts the U.S. and Madripoor at odds, a symbiote-equipped Natasha Romanoff thinks nothing of coming to his aid. But as echoes of their past ripple into the present, it will take all their faith in each other—and the lessons learned along the way—to protect their futures. Join fan-favorite creators Stephanie Phillips (ROGUE & GAMBIT, CAPWOLF & THE HOWLING COMMANDOS) and Paolo Villanelli (CAPTAIN MARVEL: DARK TEMPEST, STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS) as they celebrate sixty years of Black Widow and Hawkeye with this new chapter IN the pair’s storied legacy!

Release Date: March 13, 2024

PCS NOTES: This looks like a cool new story for fans of these storied characters.


Ghost Rider: Final Vengeance #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Danny Kim & Bryan Valenza
Cover Art by Juan Ferreyra

WHO IS THE NEW SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE? Johnny Blaze was bonded with the Spirit of Vengeance. Unwilling to be a monster, Johnny used this demon from Hell to do good as the Ghost Rider. But heroism isn’t what the Rider was meant for. So who will be the new Spirit of Vengeance? And what will it mean for the Marvel Universe? Find out in this extra-sized first issue by writer Benjamin Percy and hot new art sensation Danny Kim!

Release Date: March 13, 2024

PCS NOTES: Ben Percy has been handing Ghost Rider excellently for years now. We are confident this new direction will be outstanding.


Helen of Wyndhorn #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Tom King
Art by Bilquis Evely & Mat Lopes
Cover Art by Evely & Lopes

From the Eisner award-winning and bestselling creative team of Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow comes this Gothic sword and sorcery epic that’s Conan the Barbarian meets The Wizard of Oz. Following the tragic death of her late father C.K. Cole, the esteemed pulp writer and creator of the popular warrior character Othan; Helen Cole is called back to her Grandfather’s enormous and elustrious estate: Wyndhorn House. Scarred by Cole’s untimely passing and lost in a new, strange world, Helen wreaks drunken havoc upon her arrival; however, her chaotic ways begin to soften as she discovers a lifetime of secrets hiding within the myriad rooms and hallways of the expansive manor. For outside its walls, within the woods, dwell the legendary adventures that once were locked away within her father’s stories.

Release Date: March 13, 2024

PCS NOTES: This book is a must read. It is the NEW NUMBER ONE OF THE WEEK! We cannot recommend it highly enough. Go get it and go read it!!


I Heart Skull-Crusher #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Josie Campbell
Art by Alessio Zonno
Cover Art by Zonno

18-year-old Trini will do anything to compete in her favorite sport, Screaming Pain Ball, aspiring to the heights of her longtime hero Skull-Crusher! But she can’t do it alone, and a gaggle of misfits is just what she needs to cross the American wastes and battle in Queen Mob’s deadly tournament.

With Trini’s dreams of being just like Skull-Crusher on the line, do she and her friends have what it takes to win a coveted spot on Skull-Crusher’s undefeated team?

Release Date: March 13, 2024

PCS NOTES: This has us intrigued. It is giving just enough chaos vibes, that we must check it out.


John Carpenter’s Toxic Commando: Rise of the Sludge God #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Michael Moreci
Art by Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque
Cover Art by Alburquerque

A normal day for Obsidian CEO Leon Dorsey becomes horrific when his search for clean energy accidentally awakens an ancient, Sludgey evil. Humanity’s last hope against a toxic future rests with a private group of commandos…

Written by Michael Morecci and featuring artwork by Alberto J. Albuquerque, Rise of the Sludge God is a prequel to the upcoming game by Saber Interactive & Focus Entertainment, John Carpenter’s Toxic Commando.

Release Date: March 13, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are big fans of Michael Moreci, and therefore will be checking this out!


Little Black Book #1
AWA Studios
Written by Jeff McComsey
Art by Felipe Cunha & Marco Lesko
Cover Art by Francesco Francavilla

Don’t miss the start of this hard-boiled neo-Western thriller!

In this explosive new thriller by writer Jeff McComsey (Grendel, Kentucky) and artist Felipe Cunha (Gatsby), Cole, a straight-arrow handyman, finds himself in the crosshairs of a ruthless crime syndicate-along with his pregnant wife. But what is the meaning of the “little black book” of underworld contacts Cole’s deceased father had hidden in his home? Cole’s deceased father believed the best thing he could do for his son was to stay out of his life, but does the apple fall far from the tree…?

Release Date: March 13, 2024

PCS NOTES: AWA Studios keeps putting out the hits. We want to see what is in that book.


Napalm Lullaby #1
Image Comics
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Bengal
Cover Art by Bengal

SERIES PREMIERE

The bestselling creative duo of RICK REMENDER & BENGAL reteam for NAPALM LULLABY, an all-new, ongoing dystopian epic with a special double-length first issue!

A child with unimaginable power is raised to believe he is God by a cult of zealots utterly confident in the moral authority of their religion. The Magnificent Leader has imposed his will on humanity and created the ultimate theocracy. Join them, or be cast out to suffer with the masses.

Release Date: March 13, 2024

PCS NOTES: The last time this pair of creators teamed up, it was MAGNIFICENT! We can’t wait to see what they are bringing this time around.


Star Trek: Sons of Star Trek #1
IDW Publishing
Written by Morgan Hampton
Art by Miguel Angel Hernandez
Cover Art by Jake Bartok

In the aftermath of Kahless’ harrowing Day of Blood, Jake Sisko struggles to find his place in the universe now that his family has been reunited and his father, Benjamin Sisko, has once again saved the galaxy. Meanwhile, Alexander Rozhenko is recovering mentally and emotionally from his time as one of Kahless’ devout followers. Although his father, Worf, was able to break him away from the Red Path cult, Alexander is haunted by his actions during the bloody coup and is unsure of his ability to atone for the devastation he caused. Jake and Alexander find their stories intertwined as they’re thrust into an alternate universe where they followed their father’s footsteps into Starfleet stardom. As officers aboard the U.S.S. Burton, Jake and Alexander encounter alternate versions of other children of Starfleet legends who show them they all may have a bit more in common than it would seem.

Release Date: March 13, 2024

PCS NOTES: This looks like a great new chapter in the stories that began in the now classic Day of Blood storyline.


Suicide Squad: Dream Team #1
DC Comics
Written by Nicole Maines
Art by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, & Andriano Lucas
Cover Art by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, & Adriano Lucas

A NEW SQUAD FIGHTS FOR DC’S FUTURE… AND THE NEXT BIG STEP TOWARD THE CATACLYSMIC EVENT OF 2024!

When Amanda Waller makes her move to seize ultimate power in the DCU, nothing will stand in her way—not even the future. Spinning out of the events of Titans: Beast World comes the story of Dreamer—the precog dream-walker who has run afoul of the most power-hungry villain in DCU history. With a super-powered hero who can see the future on her side, is Waller’s Suicide Squad finally unstoppable? Join Harley Quinn, Bizarro, Clock King, Black Alice, and Deadeye for the fight for DC’s future…and the next big step toward the cataclysmic event of 2024!

Release Date: March 13, 2024

PCS NOTES: Waller is making moves…


Symbiote Spider-Man 2099 #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Peter David
Art by Rogê Antônio & Sebastian Cheng
Cover Art by Leinil Francis Yu & Sunny Gho

PETER DAVID RETURNS TO THE SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN SAGA!

Comic legend Peter David (THE INCREDIBLE HULK, SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN, SPIDER-MAN 2099) triumphantly returns to pen the next epic chapter in the Symbiote Spider-Man Saga alongside artist Rogê Antônio (CARNAGE). Set your time circuits ahead to the techno-dystopian future of 2099! Miguel O’Hara, A.K.A. SPIDER-MAN 2099, is facing a hostile takeover—of his own body! Kron Stone, the VENOM of 2099 wages an all-out assault on Alchemax, and the only hope of stopping him lies with the power awakened by a top-secret project gone terribly wrong. What must Miguel sacrifice to seal the bond with his new symbiote—his body? His mind? His very soul?!

Release Date: March 13, 2024

PCS NOTES: Spider-Man 2099 fans, get excited.


The Wrong Earth: Dead Ringers #1
Ahoy Comics
Written by Tom Peyer
Art by Jamal Igle & Juan Castro
Cover Art by Igle

AHOY’s acclaimed multiverse comic returns for a new five-issue run by the original creative team! Dragonflyman and Stinger are back where they belong, on campy Earth-Alpha—but Earth-Omega’s gritty Dragonfly and Stinger II are now trapped there too. Will their vigilante violence infect the planet’s innocent, code-approved culture? And what happens when two heroes want to share Dragonflyman’s civilian identity, billionaire Richard Fame? The agonizing answers will shake Fortune City to its foundations!

Release Date: March 13, 2024

PCS NOTES: Yes! We are excited to see more in this cornerstone franchise for Ahoy Comics.


New One-Shots and Specials 


Tender HC
Fantagraphic Books
Written by Beth Hetland
Art by Hetland
Cover Art by Hetland

Original Graphic Novel

A psychological thriller about a woman obsessed with her vision for a picture-perfect, curated life.

Carolanne wanted a perfect wedding, a perfect husband, a perfect family. She carefully performs her own roles (gal pal, bestie, girlfriend, wife, and expectant mother) and in trying to enact agency over her life, sacrifices it completely. Her desire to control the uncontrollable ultimately becomes her undoing. When things don’t go her way, she exerts dominance over the one thing she does have total control over: her body; until that “betrays” her. After suffering a horrible loss, Carolanne spirals into a literal, all-consuming delusion that will engross comics readers and horror aficionados alike.

Chicago cartoonist and educator Beth Hetland’s graphic novel debut is a brilliant psychological thriller that tears down the wall of a genre — body horror — so often identified with male creators. Heady and visceral, Tender uses horrific tropes to confront women’s societal expectations of self-sacrifice despite those traditional roles often coming at the expense of female sexuality and empowerment.

Release Date: March 13, 2024

PCS NOTES: Bring a box of tissues and a flashlight for this one!


One thought on “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 3/13/24

  1. FYI, the credits for Little Black Book #1 should have Felipe Cunha (and colorist Marco Lesko) listed as the artist(s), not Chris Ferguson (me) and Marco.

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