New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 3/27/2024

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.

This is a list of great books that we have been talking about for a while. We have books on this week’s list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphic Books, Mad Cave Studios, and Boom! Studios.

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: Dark Age #1
DC Comics
Written by Mark Russell
Art by Michael Allred & Laura Allred
Letters by Dave Sharpe
Cover Art by Allred & Allred

THE EISNER-NOMINATED SUPERMAN: SPACE AGE TEAM, MARK RUSSELL AND MIKE ALLRED, TAKE ON THE DARK KNIGHT!

Meet Bruce Wayne, Gotham’s favorite delinquent son. In an origin story like no other, witness the boy become a dark knight shaped by a city in turmoil as it marches towards its prophesied doom. Set against the backdrop of actual historical events, Gotham comes alive, filled with the iconic characters who’ve loved and hated Batman over the years like you’ve never seen them before. Spinning out of the Eisner-nominated Superman: Space Age, Mark Russell and Mike Allred return to give audiences a look at Batman as a figure in American history fighting for justice in a world gone mad.

Release Date: March 26, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are super excited for this series. We thoroughly enjoyed the Superman: Space Age series and are hopeful of that excellent storytelling will continue in this series. You can check out our SquadCast Episode with Mark Russell talking about this series and more, here.


Feral #1
Image Comics
Written by Tony Fleecs
Art by Trish Forstner, Tone Rodriguez, & Brad Simpson
Cover Art by Fleecs & Forstner

SERIES PREMIERE

A NEW HORROR FROM THE CREATORS OF STRAY DOGS!

Meet Elsie, Lord Fluffy Britches, and Patch, three indoor cats lost in the not-so-great outdoors during a nightmarish rabies outbreak.

Without their humans to protect them, the cats rush to find their way home before they’re eaten by the forest full of rabid beasts on their tails.

Don’t get bit.

Don’t get scratched.

Don’t become…FERAL.

Release Date: March 27, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is the NEW NUMBER ONE OF THE WEEK! We spoke to Tony Fleecs about this book last month on the SquadCast and have been excited for the public to get their hands on it. Check out the interview, here.


Ghostbusters: Back in Town #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Greg Pak & David M. Booher
Art by Blue Delliquanti & Mildred Louis
Letters by Jimmy Betancourt
Cover Art by Kyle Lambert

A year and a half after the events of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the Ghostbusters are officially back in business and headed to where it all began: New York City! Callie, Gary, Trevor, and Phoebe are moving into the Firehouse and ready to take on the Spengler family business… or are they? Ghostbusting on top of changing family dynamics has a way of going awry-and that’s exactly what one paranormal force is counting on. See what the Big Apple has in store for the latest generation of Ghostbusters with the first installment of an all-new series that bridges the gap between Ghostbusters: Afterlife and the upcoming sequel!

Release Date: March 27, 2024

PCS NOTES: This series has some excellent storytellers working on it and that is very exciting.


The Goon: Them That Don’t Stay Dead #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Eric Powell
Art by Powell
Cover Art by Powell

To mark the 25th anniversary of The Goon, Eric Powell returns with an all-new miniseries, Them That Don’t Stay Dead! The return to Lonely Street hasn’t been easy for the Goon and Franky. And just as they’ve finally got the various gangs of blood suckers and night stalkers back in line, and they can finally relax with a nice night out bowling, a new threat appears. One that will shake the very foundations of Nameless Town. Also, Spider gets hooked on the junk. Drama! With an alternate special edition cover by Craig Davison. Davison’s work is well known for its depiction of childhood pop culture fantasy. From Star Wars to Marvel superheroes, Davison’s art reminds us what it was like to be a kid using creative ways to transform into our favorite heroes and villains.

Release Date: March 27, 2024

PCS NOTES: Wow! Don’t miss this comic. Eric Powell returning to The Goon is a very cool thing.


Jackpot and Black Cat #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Celeste Bronfman
Art by Emilio Laiso & Brian Reber
Letters by Ariana Maher
Cover Art by Adam Hughes

LUCK BE THE LADIES! The most exciting new hero in the Marvel U, JACKPOT, A.K.A. Mary Jane Watson, gets her first action-packed limited series as a super hero alongside the other best female character in comics, BLACK CAT! When someone blackmails Black Cat into a public and blatant crime spree, Jackpot comes to her aid! What classic Spider-Villain is behind the blackmail?! Someone with history with at least one of our titular heroines!

Release Date: March 27, 2024

PCS NOTES: This looks like an interesting series.


Morning Star #1
Mad Cave Studios
Written by Tim Daniel & David Andry
Art by Marco Finnegan & Jason Wordie
Letters by Justin Birch
Cover Art by Finnegan & Wordie

1956. Kootenai National Forest, Montana. When smokejumper Nathan Garrett perishes in a raging wildfire, his surviving family’s hopes and happiness turn to ashes.

Now, one year following Nathan’s death, wife, and mother of two, Jolene Garrett, takes her crumbling family to the Morning Star lookout seeking solace through closure–to scatter her husband’s remains. But something far beyond the reach of their wildest imaginings awaits the Garrett family in the Montana wilderness–something more powerful than their anguish and torment. Something that transcends space and time. No telephones. No electricity. No transportation. No escape.

Release Date: March 27, 2024

PCS NOTES: I am intrigued. This is a great creative team with an interesting premise.


Sam and Twitch: Case Files #1
Image Comics
Written by Jon Goff & Todd McFarlane
Art by Szymon Kudranski
Cover Art by Kevin Keane

SERIES PREMIERE

Your fan-favorite detectives are back in their new ongoing series, SAM AND TWITCH: CASE FILES. From the world of SPAWN, acclaimed creator TODD McFARLANE and artist SZYMON KUDRANSKI bring you a tale of murder, intrigue, and deception in this noir crime drama.

Release Date: March 27, 2024

PCS NOTES: Fans of the Spawnverse, get excited! There will be lots more Spawn related comics in the foreseeable future.


Under York #1
Image Comics
Written by Sylvain Runberg
Art by Mirka Andolfo
Cover Art by Andolfo

MINISERIES PREMIERE

New York’s destiny is written in its depths…

Alison Walker is a promising young painter in Manhattan. But she has a secret. She’s also a witch. She and her family belong to the world of Under York, a mysterious, underground New York where five powerful clans of witches have reigned for centuries. These families with their strict codes of life, drawn from the country’s main communities (African, Irish, Chinese, Mexican, and Amerindian) practice magic as powerful as it is dangerous. For generations, they have been hunted and persecuted. Today, they secretly influence life on the surface and its inhabitants. Their revenge is to participate in the destiny of a world that banished them. And this is the universe in which Alison Walker grew up. The universe she fled and doesn’t want to hear about anymore. Until fate catches up with her…

Acclaimed French writer SYLVAIN RUNBERG (Watchdogs, Warship: Jolly Roger) and superstar Harvey Award winner MIRKA ANDOLFO deliver a fascinating tale, where urban fantasy takes root in the bowels of the world’s most famous city. Two universes—that of contemporary New York and its dynamism and modernity, and that of the secret, underground magical clans of Under York—collide in the destiny of a young witch on the run.

Release Date: March 27, 2024

PCS NOTES: Great premise, superstar artist? We will be picking this up!


X-Men ’97 #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Steve Foxe
Art by Salvadore Espin & Matt Milla
Letters by Joe Sabino
Cover Art by Todd Nauck & Rachelle Rosenberg

THE OFFICIAL PRELUDE TO THE HOTLY ANTICIPATED DISNEY+ SHOW! The X-Men are back—and the ’90s have never looked better! In this official prelude to the upcoming X-Men ’97, created in collaboration with the showrunners, discover what Storm, Jubilee, Wolverine and the rest of the beloved ’90s X-Men cast have been up to in the time before their return! Startling revelations here lead directly into the hotly anticipated new series—don’t miss out!

Release Date: March 27, 2024

PCS NOTES: Fans of the animated series will want to check this group out as they have never appeared before in comics.



New One-Shots and Specials 


Anna TP
Fantagraphic Books
Written by Mia Oberländer
Art by Oberländer
Cover Art by Oberländer

Original Graphic Novel

This debut graphic novel by an up-and-coming star of the German comics scene is an audacious allegory of female resistance and radical acceptance. In the sleepy German countryside live the Annas, cursed to be too tall for their small town. Laughably long-limbed and gangly, their bodies refuse to conform with societal norms of delicate femininity, and the trauma of being different ripples across generations.

And yet, there may be a blessing to their burden; like the mighty mountains surrounding their town, they find that there is resilience and strength to be gained from their heightened perspective.

Drawn with delightful exaggeration and formal inventiveness, Anna is a tongue-in-cheek, modern-day fairy tale about being “too big” for a narrow-minded world.

Release Date: March 27, 2024

PCS NOTES: Fantagraphic Books keeps delivering interesting original graphic novels.


Firebugs HC
Drawn & Quarterly
Written by Nino Bulling
Art by Bulling
Cover Art by Bulling

Original Graphic Novel

Everything is changing

but everything is also exactly the same. Ingken can’t ignore it: ice caps stained brown from forest fires, pipeline construction, drought… the whole world somehow persists despite the slow erosion of stability.

After a trip to Paris, Ingken returns home ready for a break from drugs. Their supportive partner, Lily, is flushed, excited about a new connection she’s made. Although Ingken wants to be happy for her, there’s a discomfort they can’t shake. Sleepless nights fill with an endless scroll of images and headlines about climate disaster. A vague dysphoria simmers under their skin; they are able to identify that like Lily, they are changing, but they’re not sure exactly how and at what pace. Everyone keeps telling them to burn themself to the ground and build themself back up but they worry about the kind of debris that fire might leave behind.

Nino Bulling’s artwork is immediately familiar. Like a conversation with a good friend, their story is told as quiet as it can be loud. Crowds and landscapes squiggle in expressive black and white. Red cuts through panels with energy and persistence, bringing life to what might seem dead. In its most intimate moments, Firebugs asks what it means to transition in a transitioning world.

Release Date: March 27, 2024

PCS NOTES: I really want to get my hands on this book. 


Local Man: Bad Girls #1
Image Comics
Written by Tony Fleecs & Tim Seeley
Art by Fleecs, Seeley, Felipe Sobriero, Brian Reber, & Brad Simpson
Cover Art by Seeley & Reber

One-Shot Special

Inga Johanning, Local Man’s ex-girlfriend and current archenemy, is on the run.

Her journey will bring her face-to-face with her past, her crimes, and two of the other badass ladies in the Local Man Universe—

Neon peers through the pink fog to reveal her dark, violent origin.

**Frightside **encounters Crossjack and tests the selfishness in his heart.

A perfect jumping-on point for new readers and a must-have for fans who love—and especially those who hate—the long-gone days of blood-splattered breasts, big blades, and bad girls.

Release Date: March 27, 2024

PCS NOTES: Local Man continues the tradition of the stand alone one-shot between arcs. Check out the SquadCast episode with Tim Seeley where we talked a lot about this property, here


Sex Criminals Compendium: The Cumplete Story TP
Image Comics
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Chip Zdarsky, Becka Kinzie, Sean Phillips, Spenscer Alfonso, Christopher Sebela, & Elizabeth Breitweiser
Cover Art by Zdarsky

All 31 award-winning, headline-grabbing, head-spinning, genre-defying issues of SEX CRIMINALS collected in one soft unthreatening volume celebrating its tenth-ish anniversary.

When Suzie and Jon have sex, time stops. Literally. So they have lots of sex, fall in love, and eventually start robbing banks. Until they find out they’re not alone…

Collects SEX CRIMINALS #1-30, #69

Release Date: March 27, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is a chonky boy, clocking in at over 850 pages, but it is a must for completionists, and if you haven’t read this award winning series, you are definitely missing out. 


Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures – Crash Landing #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Daniel José Older
Art by Rachele Aragano & Michael Atiyeh
Cover Art by Aragano

“Crash” Ongwa and her ragtag crew have been fighting against anyone who had a hand in the Nihil infiltration that plunged her home planet of Corellia into chaos. Even though an uneasy peace has been reached, if they don’t continue to fight, everything they sacrificed for could slip away. Now, Crash has a lead on the person behind the entire Nihil plot-if her crew can accomplish this mission, could true peace be on their horizon?

Release Date: March 27, 2024

PCS NOTES: I like the concept of this story and look forward to seeing how it all comes together. 


Thoughts?