Preview Reviews for the Week of 3/13/2024: Helen of Windhorn, I Heart Skull-Crusher, Napalm Lullaby, and Wrong Earth: Dead Ringers

There are four New Number Ones that debut today that we want to tell you about. Typically, in this column, we bring you advanced reviews of comics that are coming out this week.

This week, we have comics from four different publishers, which is something that we love to see. The ironic thing about this group is that three of the books are examples of creative teams from previous series reuniting for these new comics. We have Helen of Windhorn #1 from Dark Horse Comics, I Heart Skull-Crusher #1 from Boom! Studios, Napalm Lullaby #1 from Image ComicsWrong Earth: Dead Ringers #1 from Ahoy Comics.

You can find these books at your LCS or wherever you buy books today March 13, 2024.

Also the rest of the #NewNumberOnes for the week are here.


Helen of Windhorn #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Tom King
Art by Bilquis Evely
Colors by Matheus Lopes
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Cover Art by Evely & Lopes

Original Solicitation:

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.

PCS Review:

This series has been mentioned as a spiritual successor to Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, and that is an easy comparison. That entire team is back for this creator-owned book, and they have strong independent leading women. However, I feel that comparison does a disservice to Helen. This book is amazing as is Supergirl, but readers should take each story on its own.

Tom King and Bilquis Evely craft a fantastic world in the pages of this book that are tinged with despondence and tragedy. The narrative is expertly crafted and King’s use of a hostile narrator adds a level of uncomfortability to the reading experience that requires that the reader not to turn away.

The characters, particularly the title character, are compelling and expertly crafted. The visual tapestry that Evely and Matheus Lopes weave is stunning and intoxicating. Clayton Cowles is one of the best letterers in the business and brings his “A” game to this book.

When I finished reading this book, I was disappointed because I didn’t want it to end. And now I can’t wait for issue two.


I Heart Skull-Crusher #1
Boom! Studios / Boom! Box
Written by Josie Campbell
Art by Alessio Zonno
Colors by Angel De Santiago
Letters by Jim Campbell
Cover Art by Zonno

Original Solicitation:

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?

PCS Review:

I am so impressed with this comic. It is an absolute riot. Alessio Zonno leans into the manga/anime aspects of the design, and the story Josie Campbell is telling is simultaneously outrageously zany and heartfelt. Jim Campbell’s letters are an absolute asset to this book. It is an amusement park ride of an experience that you want to get back on line to ride again when you are done. Well done all around. We are #TeamTrini over here.


Napalm Lullaby #1
Image Comics / Giant Generator
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Bengal
Colors by Bengal
Letters by Russ Wooton
Cover Art by Bengal

Original Solicitation:

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.

PCS Review:

We absolutely adored the last time this group of creators was together on Death or Glory. This first issue to this new series is excellent.

First off, Bengal’s visuals are wonderful. The character styling and color choices are perfect. The experience of reading this book was a series of “holy crap!” moments. Remender takes the reader on a journey that has them questioning what is happening in all the best ways. Underneath the string of jarring plot events, Remender is laying the groundwork for some interesting societal commentary that we are looking forward to see expanded.

Some double-length stories feel long. This one flew by. We will be there in four weeks when issue two comes out ready for more.


The Wrong Earth: Dead Ringers #1
Ahoy Comics
Written by Tom Peyer
Art by Jamal Igle
Inks by Juan Castro
Colors by Lee Loughridge
Letters by Rob Steen
Cover Art by Jamal Igle

Original Solicitation:

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!

PCS Review:

This flagship series from Ahoy Comics returns and thumbs its proverbial nose at the multiverse haters. This book is fun and funny. It is well written by Tom Peyer and fantastically illustrated by Jamal Igle, Juan Castro, and Lee Loughridge. Rob Steen’s steady lettering hand keeps this book rocking. The creative team threads the needle of comedy and sober-mindedness that maximizes entertainment value without taking itself too seriously. Welcome back to this excellent franchise.

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