New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 4/3/24

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.

April is here and this list of books is excellent. We are especially interested in the three Ghost Machine books debuting this week and what that means for the future of that imprint. We have books on this week’s list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Oni Press, Dynamite Entertainment, and IDW Publishing.

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 


Akogun: Brutalizer of the Gods #1
Oni Press
Written by Murewa Ayodele
Art by Adedotun Akande
Cover Art by Akande

In an age thought forgotten . . . when man, monster, and the divine all strode the Earth . . . a lone warrior emerges to test the immortality of the cruel gods who would deal destruction with impunity . . . He is a one-man reckoning that stands in defiance of his divine masters with a sword in hand and a thirst for godblood. His name: AKOGUN THE BRUTALIZER! In the tradition of Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Thor, and the best-selling God of War franchise, superstars-in-the-making Murewa Ayodele and Dotun Akande—the creative duo behind I Am Iron Man and Moon Knight: Black, White & Blood—usher in a new epoch of African dark fantasyon the ancient continent of Alkebulan with amythic cycle of cosmic destiny and unrelenting warfare colliding man against god . . . and blade against blade! Told across three powerful, oversize, bi-monthly chapters, steady your mind and spirit for a glorious new comics milestone revealing the fabled origin and battle-tested fury of . . .Akogun: Brutalizer of Gods!

Release Date: April 3, 2024

PCS NOTES: Damn, this solicitation has me excited. 


Deadpool #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Cody Ziglar
Art by Rogé Antônio & Guru-eFX
Cover Art by Taurin Clarke

A NEW ERA FOR THE MERC WITH A MOUTH, AND A GUN, AND A SWORD… Cody Ziglar (MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN) has a wild ride planned for the Merc with the mouth! Introducing a terrifying new villain who won’t stop until he catches Wade in his DEATH GRIP. But all work and no play makes Deadpool a very dead boy!

Release Date: April 3, 2024

PCS NOTES: Cody Ziglar is really becoming a star, and we are excited to see what this new wild ride is all about.


Geiger #1
Image Comics / Ghost Machine
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Gary Frank & Brad Anderson
Letters by Rob Leigh
Cover Art by Frank & Anderson

SERIES PREMIERE!

IT ALL STARTS HERE! The critically acclaimed team of storytellers GEOFF JOHNS and GARY FRANK (GEIGER: GROUND ZERO, Doomsday Clock) return to the nuclear wasteland of their bestselling GEIGER for an ALL-NEW ONGOING series starring the violent and unpredictable GLOWING MAN!

Leaving his home behind, Tariq Geiger now walks the radioactive roads of the former United States with his two-headed wolf Barney. But as his enemies doggedly pursue him, Geiger discovers salvation from the unlikeliest of foes. But what secrets does this potential ally hold that could help Geiger? And exactly how many people are after The Glowing Man… and why?

Don’t miss this vital, action-packed chapter in the shared universe of THE UNNAMED saga and the momentous Ghost Machine rollout!

Release Date: April 3, 2024

PCS NOTES: The things going on in this Ghost Machine imprint are very interesting, and it starts with this book. 


Godzilla vs. The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers II #1
IDW Publishing
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Baldemar Rivas & Andrew Dalhouse
Letters by Johanna Guzman
Cover Art by Freddie E. Williams II & Dalhouse

Worlds collide a second time as everyone’s favorite kaiju meets up with Earth’s mightiest warriors once again to take on the most fearsome monsters from both sides of the multiverse, with Rita Repulsa egging them on!

This one has it all: SpaceGodzilla! Clawhammer! Tentacreep! But what exactly does Rita intend to do with their collective might, and how have her mysterious new allies, Astronema and the Alliance of Evil, given her added reach across worlds? The Power Rangers are on a mission to find out, but first…all roads lead back to Godzilla!

Release Date: April 3, 2024

PCS NOTES: Come On! You know this is the kind of mashup that you just have to check out! Cullen Bunn with Kaiju and Rangers.. Count me in.


Minor Threats: The Fastest Way Down #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Patton Oswalt & Jordan Blum
Art by Scott Hepburn & Ian Herring
Letters by Nate Piekos
Cover Art by Hepburn & Herring

The hit superhero saga that’s Watchmen meets The Wire returns from Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum, showrunners of Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K on HULU, and superstar artist Scott Hepburn (Tom Morello’s Orchid).

Frankie Follis AKA the costumed criminal Playtime has won. Twilight City’s greatest hero The Insomniac and its greatest villain The Stickman are dead, allowing Frankie to unify the super crook underworld and assert herself as the Queenpin of Redport. But Frankie is feeling the pressure from every side. Rival gangs are challenging her authority, Scalpel her consigliere is pushing her to legitimize her empire, and the act of murdering The Insomniac has broken something deep inside her. Frankie is about to learn the hard way…heavy is the head that wears the supervillain crown.

In the vein of Sin City, Black Hammer, and The Boys, this noir-ish superhero caper, focuses on a lower-class kind of criminal, similar to the Coen Bros most pulpy films, but set in a high concept world of heroes and villains.

Release Date: April 3, 2024

PCS NOTES: I am a huge fan of this property, and am excited every time there is more content in this universe.


Red Sonja: Empire of the Damned #1
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by Steve Niles
Art by Alessandro Amoruso
Cover Art by Joshua Middleton

After landing in jail following a night of drunken revelry, Red Sonja hears an outlandish story from a fellow inmate. Deep in the mountains lies a dead city in a valley with no name. Abandoned and forgotten, its fields and streets are littered with the bones of two armies, all destroyed by a curse from a warlock who has long since vanished, along with his vast treasure – untold riches just waiting to be taken.

At least that is the legend. But Sonja’s cellmate Morgo has more than a diverting tale – he’s also got a map that says this legend could well be reality. All they need to do is break out of lockup and hit the road – which may be easier said than done!

Crafted by legendary writer STEVE NILES (30 Days of Night, Simon Dark) and rising art star ALESSANDRO AMORUSO, Red Sonja: Empire of the Damned #1 delivers monsters, magic, and mayhem in equal measure – all wrapped up in sumptuous covers from JOSHUA MIDDLETON, JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER, JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER, PHILIP TAN, and cosplay by RACHEL HOLLON!

Release Date: April 3, 2024

PCS NOTES: Steve Niles writing Sonja has me intrigued.


Redcoat #1
Image Comics / Ghost Machine
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Bryan Hitch & Brad Anderson
Letters by Rob Leigh
Cover Art by Hitch & Anderson

SERIES PREMIERE!

Immortal. Mercenary. Kind of a tool. Meet Simon Pure, the newest UNNAMED hero, created by comic all-stars GEOFF JOHNS (GEIGER) and BRYAN HITCH.

British redcoat and all-around rogue, Simon mysteriously became immortal in 1776 after a run-in with the clandestine cabal known as the Founding Fathers, which included George Washington, John Hancock, and many other prominent American Revolutionary War leaders. Since that fateful day, Simon has led a life of adventure and avarice, rubbing elbows (and sometimes fists) with many of history’s most renowned figures, including his nemesis Benedict Arnold, Albert Einstein, Annie Oakley, and many more. One thing they all agree on: they never want to see him again! But what are the true origins and extent of Simon’s power and the mysterious organization behind them? And how has it secretly shaped America and the world? Simon’s on a quest to find out!

Don’t miss out this new entry in the exciting Ghost Machine rollout—and it’s 34 pages of story for only $3.99!

Release Date: April 3, 2024

PCS NOTES: Yeah. This is another entry in the Ghost Machine roster that is making it’s debut this week. We want to get our hands on this for sure.


Rook: Exodus #1
Image Comics / Ghost Machine
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Jason Fabok & Brad Anderson
Letters by Rob Leigh
Cover Art by Fabok & Anderson

Geoff Johns (Geiger) and Jason Fabok, the celebrated team behind Batman: Three Jokers reunite for an all-new science fiction series! Hundreds of years from now, the man known as Rook was once a simple farmer who fled the crumbling Earth for a new life on the planet Exodus; a terraformed planet where all of nature, including its imported animal population, was completely controlled by humans called Wardens. But when Exodus’s world engine failed, the Wardens’ power fell into the wrong hands, creating chaos and mass evacuation…for those who could afford it. The rest, like Rook, must scavenge for an escape vessel as the war for control of what’s left of Exodus begins.

Release Date: April 3, 2024

PCS NOTES: The last of the Geoff Johns’ Ghost Machine books is another one that we are eager to see what it is all about.


Spider-Man: Shadow of the Green Goblin #1
Marvel Comics
Written by J.M. DeMatteis
Art by Michael Sta. Maria & Chris Sotomayor
Cover Art by Paulo Siqueira & Rachelle Rosenberg

NORMAN OSBORN WAS NOT THE FIRST GOBLIN! Norman Osborn is the GREEN GOBLIN you know. But he is NOT the ORIGINAL GOBLIN! Learn the shocking secrets of the PROTO-GOBLIN, and its dramatic connection to the Osborn family! What role does a young Peter Parker, who has not yet understood his great power and responsibility, play in this unfolding of events? J.M. DeMatteis (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) continues to build his legacy and the mythos of classic SPIDER-LORE, this time paired with rising star MICHAEL STA. MARIA!

Release Date: April 3, 2024

PCS NOTES: How can you call yourself a Spider-Man fan and not be excited by that solicitation being presented in the capable writing hands of J.M. DeMatteis.


Usagi Yojimbo: The Crow #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Stan Sakai
Art by Sakai & Hi-Fi
Cover Art by Sakai & Emi Fujii

Finally making it out of the frozen mountains, Usagi and Yukichi come across a merchant being attacked by four brigands. They rescue the supposed merchant only to discover much later that he is really a criminal with a huge bounty on his head! Of course, wherever there is a huge reward you will find bounty hunters Gen and Stray Dog… and other unscrupulous trackers!

Release Date: April 3, 2024

PCS NOTES: It’s Usagi. You know it’s good. Add it to the pull list.


New One-Shots and Specials 


Bad Dream: A Dreamer Story TP
DC Comics
Written by Nicole Maines
Art by Rye Hickman
Cover Art by Hickman

Original Graphic Novel

Dreamer’s origin story has finally arrived, featuring characters from Galaxy: The Prettiest Star in DC’s first YA crossover!!

Nia Nal’s spent her whole life taking a back seat to her older sister, Maeve, who’s expected to inherit their mother’s Naltorian powers—the ability to see the future through dreams. But when Nia starts having visions of the future, she must suppress her powers to protect her relationship with her sister. There’s only one problem: Nia can’t stay awake forever…

From actress, activist, and writer Nicole Maines, who originated the role of Dreamer—the first trans superhero on TV—and artist Rye Hickman comes the highly anticipated origin story of a girl who must accept her destiny to discover she’s more powerful than she could ever dream of.

Release Date: April 2, 2024

PCS NOTES: This story and this creative team have us very excited for this book. 


Dungeons & Dragons Ravenloft: Caravan of Curses #1
IDW Publishing
Written by Amy Chase & Casey Gilly
Art by Silvia Califano, Sarah Stern, & more
Cover Art by Stern

One-Shot Special

Welcome to Ravenloft and the Domains of Dread, where horrors lurk around every corner and each day is a new nightmare waiting to unfurl. Join the Crone and her gang of misfits as they travel through these dark realms helping people break curses that have been placed on them… for a price. An oversized one-shot containing four terrifically terrifying short stories from writers Casey Gilly and Amy Chase and an adventuring party of amazing artists.

Release Date: April 3, 2024

PCS NOTES: This book looks like a lot of fun.


Hack/Slash: Kill Your Idols #1
Image Comics
Written by Tim Seeley
Art by Stefano Caselli, Daniel Leister, & K. Michael Russell
Letters by Crank!
Cover Art by Seeley

One-Shot Collection

When Cassie and Vlad encounter an unusual slasher- they’re led to the front door of cyborg former super soldier Superpatriot! Now- the horror hunters are drawn into a race against time alongside a lost super-team in a tour of the gritty underbelly of the Image Universe! Featuring art from the original Hack/Slash creative team- Stefano Caselli & Tim Seeley- just in time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hack/Slash in 2024!

Release Date: April 3, 2024

PCS NOTES: Twenty years of Cassie and Vlad! 


Superman: Lois & Clark 2 – Doom Rising TP
DC Comics
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Lee Weeks & Elizabeth Breitweiser
Letters by Rob Leigh
Cover Art by Weeks & Breitweiser

One-Shot Collection

Picking up where Superman: Lois & Clark left off, young Jon Kent is growing into his powers on the Kent farm when an otherworldly princess crash-lands in search of Superman’s help. Will the two escape after suddenly being imprisoned and whisked across the galaxy? Plus, Lois and Clark are met with a villain connected to Doomsday called Doombreaker! Can Superman put down this new threat and save his son in time?

Collects stories from ACTION COMICS #1051-1057 and THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1.

Release Date: April 2, 2024

PCS NOTES: This collection of backup stories is a great idea. We have always been fans of this storyline since it was introduced immediately after Convergence.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Saturday Morning Adventures April Special #1
IDW Publishing
Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Sarah Myer
Cover Art by Myer

One-Shot Special

What better month to have a special dedicated to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ favorite journalist in a jumpsuit? Shredder’s been stranded after his plan to acquire a new Technodrome backfired on him, but April still finds herself in a serious situation with the heroes in a half-shell nowhere in sight! Luckily, April doesn’t have to adventure alone, as Ace Duck makes his debut, seeking hidden treasure in the Lost Temple of Avila! This adventure will be newsworthy and that’s no April fooling! Also, because you demanded it, this 40-page issue features the return of another very special mutant: Mona Lisa!

Release Date: April 3, 2024

PCS NOTES: Burnham and Myer? Yeah. It’s gonna be good. Check it out.


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