New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 4/17/2024

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.

This week’s list has some very interesting new series and graphic novels as well as a massive collection of a something very small.

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.

We have books on this week’s list from:  Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Boom! Studios, Mad Cave Studios, Fantagraphics Books, Dynamite Entertainment, and Marvel 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

Blow Away #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Zac Thompson
Art by Nicola Izzo
Cover Art by Annie Wu

Unyielding wildlife photographer Brynne Brautigan, isolated in the remote cold of Baffin Island, sees something she can’t unsee.

An argument, followed by an outburst of intense violence between two nearby climbers-did she just witness a murder?

In a frantic search for the truth, Brynne discovers just what she’s looking for, but little does she know that more than the silent white of winter is keeping her company…

Hit writer Zac Thompson (Hunt for the Skinwalker, Cemetery Kids Don’t Die) and star artist Nicola Izzo (Buffy: The Last Vampire Slayer) team up for this neo-noir crime thriller rife with murder and paranoia, in the tradition of Fargo and Rear Window!

Release Date: April 17, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is exactly the kind of story I want to be reading from Zac Thompson. It goes on the pull list.

Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Jamal Igle, Juan Castro, & Chris Sotomayor
Letters by Tom Napolitano
Cover Art by Igle

From New York Times bestselling creators Scott Snyder and Jamal Igle comes this rollicking sci-fi adventure story about a boy, his dog, and a machine that controls time and space! What could go wrong?

Have you ever wondered why all the great figures in history had a pet companion, and if they were all running from the same mysterious threat? Such questions have never crossed the mind of Dudley Datson, a fifteen year-old with a penchant for invention. But when dastardly foes turn his world upside down, Dudley is going to have to start facing things beyond his wildest imagination in this modern day fable.

Release Date: April 17, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are finally getting the printed version of this Comixology Original. If you are unfamiliar with this book, you will be delighted by it.

Gargoyles: Quest #1
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by Greg Weisman
Art by Pasquale Qualano
Letters by Jeff Eckleberry
Cover Art by Clayton Crain

Acclaimed author and Gargoyles creator GREG WEISMAN is joined by artist PASQUALE QUALANO for an all-new chapter in the ongoing Gargoyles saga — and the stakes have never been higher for the Manhattan Clan!

Thwarted in her earlier attempt to gain control of the ancient magical artifacts known as the Original Keys to Power, the evil DEMONA has set her sights on three New Keys that will give her the ability to make any human in her vicinity into her willing puppet. All that stands between Demona and world domination are Goliath and the Manhattan Clan. But despite their best efforts, Demona always seems to be a step ahead, gathering one Key after another. And once she has them all, the entire human race had better beware!

Release Date: April 17, 2024

PCS NOTES: Keep giving me Gargoyles by Greg Weisman.

Love Me: A Romance Story #1
Mad Cave Studios
Written by Francesca Perillo
Art by Stefano Cardoselli & Lorenzo Scaramella
Letters by Buddy Beaudoin
Cover Art by Cardoselli

New York City, sometime in the far future, where robots like JoJo have taken over the tasks humans no longer want to perform…like driving a taxi. JoJo is pretty happy with his lot in life but feels as though something is missing…then he meets Gilda and it’s love at first sight. But the course of true love is a bumpy one and JoJo is going to find that out firsthand when he discovers that Gilda is entangled with the mafia that runs his beloved city, and they’re very much against this potential union for their own reasons. Watch out, JoJo!

Release Date: April 17, 2024

PCS NOTES: Love takes all forms. We are looking forward to see how this romance unfolds.

Star Wars: The High Republic – Saber for Hire #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Cavan Scott
Art by Rachael Stott & Nicola Righi
Cover Art by Stott

Fan-favorite saber-for-hire Ty Yorrick returns in her most dangerous — and personal — mission yet. The former Jedi turned monster hunter is having the time of her life behind the Nihil Stormwall. She’s never been busier, battling dangers that the Jedi would’ve usually handled and earning credits galore. If only she hadn’t agreed to take an apprentice. A storm is brewing on the horizon that will see Ty crossing sabers with old enemies… and friends.

Release Date: April 17, 2024

PCS NOTES: Yeah. More Star Wars The High Republic from Cavan Scott and Rachael Stott is just what the doctor ordered.

New One-Shots and Specials 

The Agency HC
Fantagraphics Books
Written by Katie Skelly
Art by Skelly
Cover Art by Skelly

Collected Edition

Each of the sex-positive short stories in this comics collection stars an agent who will go far-out (real far-out, like outer space) to accomplish her mission.

Skelly’s psychedelic sex romp originally appeared on the web (2014–2107) and was collected in a limited paperback edition — this is a newly expanded hardcover version, featuring an all-new story! In The Agency, Skelly’s agents gather intelligence, meticulously documenting a universe of sass photography, fascist surgery, horny skeletons, yonic portals, thrill-seeking vegetation, and multitudinous wry glances and stammered phrases! Each story in The Agency is executed in a different style/color palette, which taken together create a visually stunning collection greater than the sum of its parts. A must-have for fans who have discovered Skelly’s work more recently, through the hits Maids (2020) and My Pretty Vampire (2018).

Hardcover – 96 pages – $24.99 – Squarebound

Release Date: April 17, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is a book to be read and displayed prominently in you bookcase.

Giant-Size Hulk #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Art by Andrea Boccardo & Kike J. Díaz
Letters by Cory Petit
Cover Art by Bryan Hitch & Alex Sinclair

One-Shot Special

THE ONLY WAY TO CONTAIN THE HULK… IS IN A GIANT-SIZE STORY! Riding the rails is no walk in the park — especially for the INCREDIBLE HULK! And particularly when something — no, someONE — has been stolen from him by a gruesome new threat with evil machinations in mind. Clear the tracks — the HULK is coming through!!! PLUS: Includes a reprinting of INCREDIBLE HULK #372 by Peter David and Dale Keown, featuring high-speed action and heartrending drama in a Hulk tale for the ages!

Comic – 48 pages – $6.99

Release Date: April 17, 2024

PCS NOTES: If you haven’t been reading Phillip K. Johnson’s run on the Hulk, you have been missing some great comics.

In Perpetuity GN TP
IDW Publishing / Top Shelf
Written by Peter & Maria Hoey
Art by Hoey & Hoey
Cover Art by Hoey

Original Graphic Novel

The Afterlife is just as the ancient Greeks imagined: an endless twilight where time stands still in perpetuity and shades have nowhere to go. For Jim, that means long shifts at a gas station, with only crossword puzzles and cigarettes to break the tedium. One day, two criminal shades from Jim’s past come to collect a debt. They’ve tracked him down for something he didn’t know he had: the ability to cross back into the living world. It’s a rare gift, and they intend to exploit it. During Jim’s first crossing back into sunny California, he meets Olivia, who is dying on an Echo Park sidewalk. Pulling her back from the edge of death, he strikes a connection that will run deeper than either can imagine. Jim weaves back and forth between the Afterlife and Los Angeles, desperately trying to evade the criminals’ plot. But he and Olivia are pulled into a web of deceit and murder that reaches across both L.A. and the A.L., and ultimately to Hades himself.

Trade Paperback – 208 pages – $19.99 – Perfect Bound

Release Date: April 17, 2024


Micronauts: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Bill Mantlo
Art by Michael Golden, Josef Rubenstein, & Glynis Oliver
Letters by Tom Orzechowski
Cover Art by Dave Cockrum

Collected Edition

From out of the Microverse, the Omnibus you thought could never happen! Helmed by writer Bill Mantlo, MICRONAUTS brought together the subatomic heroes of Homeworld and the Marvel Universe! And Mantlo’s rich character mythology, combined with groundbreaking artwork by Michael Golden, made the series an instant classic. The Micronauts — Commander Rann, Princess Mari, Biotron, Acroyear and Bug — traverse their universe aboard the microship Endeavor as they struggle to free Homeworld from the tyrannical Baron Karza! Their exploits also bring them to Earth, where our micro-sized heroes encounter big-time Marvel heroes and villains — including the Fantastic Four, S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain Universe and Man-Thing! This Omnibus edition presents a stunning restoration, complete with letters pages and host of bonus material, including house ads, original artwork and more!

Collecting MICRONAUTS (1979) #1-29 and ANNUAL #1-2.

Hardcover – 744 pages – $100.00 – Oversized – Case Bound – Dustjacket Cover

Release Date: April 17, 2024

PCS NOTES: The long awaited Omnibus of tales of tiny warriors is finally here.

Roxxon Presents: Thor #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Greg Land, Jay Leisten, & Frank D’Armata
Letters by Joe Sabino
Cover Art by Land & D’Armata

One-Shot Special

From the pages of IMMORTAL THOR — the ROXXON AGE OF COMIXX BEGINS! In his secret identity as A.I. spokesguru CHAD HAMMER, the son of Odin knows Mama Gaea is a TOP PRIORITY for heroes AND for business! But when a group of insane environmental activists take “saving the Earth” TOO FAR, it’s time to show them the wisdom on BOTH sides — AS THOR! But WHICH God of Evil is prompting the kids to rebel? Could it be…LOKI, GOD OF EVIL??? Featuring an all-star cast of heroes! MINOTAUR! EXECUTIONER! ENCHANTRESS! And the THOR-TRUCK! This is the story of THE ROXXIN’ THOR… and it’s a VITAL part of the “ABSOLUTE ABSOLUTION” MEGA-EVENT!

Comic – 28 pages – $3.99

Release Date: April 17, 2024

PCS NOTES: Insert tongue into cheek and crack open this comic.