New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 5/1/24

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.

May has arrived and the list of new debut issues is getting longer. Summer events are starting to kickoff and with Free Comic Book Day this weekend, publishers are making sure the shelves have a bunch of new series on them.

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:  Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, DSTLRY Media, Mad Cave Studios, Fantagraphics Books, Oni Press, DC Comics, Vault Comics, 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


Barbaric: Born in Blood #1
Vault Comics
Written by Michael Moreci
Art by Nathan Gooden & Fabi Marques
Letters by Jim Campbell
Cover Art by Gooden

A new era of Barbaric begins!

Worried Axe is going to find out you fell behind on a few issues? Scared to admit that despite all your friends raving about Barbaric for years, you still haven’t joined in on the fun? Rejoice! For Barbaric: Born in Blood begins the next season of Owen, Axe, and Soren’s tale. Yes, that’s right! We did it…the thing everyone says they’re doing, even when they’re lying through their teeth: a genuinely good jumping on point. How, you ask? Well, it all starts with a compelling new bad guy.

Meet Orrick, the tortured barbarian now turned master torturer, who will take us deep into Owen’s past, revealing secrets that should have stayed buried…like Axe in a chest cavity slurping up that sweet, delicious blood. Will the cursed-to-do-good barbarian finally do some actual good? Probably not! But some much worse guys will almost certainly lose their heads. Yummy!

Release Date: May 1, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are very excited to see more from this excellent storyverse.


Bear Pirate Viking Queen #1
Image Comics
Written by Sean Lewis
Art by Jonathan Marks Barravecchia
Cover Art by Marks Barravecchia

From SEAN LEWIS (KING SPAWN) comes a blood-splattered story of conquest. Bears. Pirates. Vikings. And Queens—all battling for their claim to determine what the world will become.

Rendered in stunning watercolor by artist JONATHAN MARKS BARRAVECCHIA, it’s a gorgeous story of the blood spilled to make countries. And what’s cooler than bears, pirates, vikings, and queens???

With 72 stunning pages, it’s sure to be one of the most beautiful and thought-provoking books of the year.

Release Date: May 1, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is interesting.


The Blood Brothers Mother #1
DSTLRY Media
Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Eduardo Risso
Letters by Jared K. Fletcher
Cover Art by Risso

NEW SERIES DEBUT by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso—the legendary creative team behind the seminal crime series 100 BULLETS!

In the old American West, three children set off across the wild Texas frontier to rescue their mother—kidnapped by ruthless outlaws who gunned down their preacher father. Throughout their journey, they’ll face the harsh elements of an unforgiving landscape, deadly animals hungry for blood, merciless bounty hunters and so much more…all in a relentless quest to rescue their family. Along the way, they’ll learn the terrible cost of revenge‚ Äînot just in lives, but in how it stains a soul. While revenge may be satisfying in the moment, it leaves a yearning behind that lasts a lifetime. And once you taste it, nothing else is ever so sweet. In the tradition of The Searchers, The Outlaw Josey Wales, and Blood Meridian comes a brutal new western series from writer BRIAN AZZARELLO and artist EDUARDO RISSO—the Eisner award-winning team behind the Vertigo crime classic 100 BULLETS and Image Comics MOONSHINE!

For fans of 1883, BLOOD MERIDIAN, & THE GOOD, & THE BAD AND THE UGLY

Release Date: May 1, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are excited to see that DSTLRY Media is varying the genres of the books they are putting out.


Blood Hunt #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Jed MacKay
Art by Pepe Larraz & Marte Gracia
Cover Art by Larraz & Gracia

THE BLOODIEST MARVEL EVENT EVER! The skies have gone dark, the sun hiding its face from the carnage to come. The children of the night, the vampires, have risen from the dark and hidden places of the world as one to drown the Marvel Universe in blood. Earth’s final night has fallen — can even the heroes of this doomed world stem the tide of blood that is to come? Join the AVENGERS, BLADE, BLOODLINE, SPIDER-MAN, HUNTER’S MOON, TIGRA, DOCTOR STRANGE and CLEA as the dance of death begins in BLOOD HUNT #1!

Release Date: May 1, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is the big Marvel event of the summer. Get on board now.


Deadpool & Wolverine: WWIII #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Joe Kelly
Art by Adam Kubert & Frank Martin
Cover Art by Kubert & Martin

WADE WILSON AND LOGAN AT THE ENDS OF THE EARTH — AND EACH OTHER’S THROATS! The most intensely mismatched team-up in comics and pop culture — the best there is and the merc with the mouth — undergoes a radical change as we kick off a three-part, globe-spanning saga for the ages! The mysterious DELTA believes in change. Change is good. But as he sets his sights on DEADPOOL, and WOLVERINE is caught up in the plot, is the third time really the charm, or the curse? Get ready for WWIII to erupt on the scene with the wildest duo in comics from legends Joe Kelly (DEADPOOL, UNCANNY X-MEN) and Adam Kubert (WOLVERINE, UNCANNY X-MEN)!

Release Date: May 1, 2024

PCS NOTES: A great creative team to take on a couple of fan favorite characters just in time for the movie to hit.


Get Fury #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Garth Ennis
Art by Jacen Burrows, Guillermo Ortega, & Nolan Woodard
Letters by Rob Steen
Cover Art by Dave Johnson

GARTH ENNIS RETURNS TO MARVEL — WITH NICK FURY AND FRANK CASTLE AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN! It’s 1971, there is a war raging in Vietnam, and Nick Fury has been captured by the Viet Cong. At this moment, they don’t quite understand that they have in their possession a man who knows enough secrets to damage the United States beyond comprehension. The C.I.A., however, DOES realize this and they can’t risk their enemy getting those secrets, so they dispatch the most deadly man in the U.S. Army — LT. FRANK CASTLE.

Release Date: May 1, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are excited to see Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows make some magic.


Lester of the Lesser Gods #1
Dark Horse Comics / Albatross Funnybooks
Written by Eric Powell & Lucky Yates
Art by Gideon Kendall
Cover Art by Kendall

Eric Powell (The Goon) and comedian and voice actor Lucky Yates (Archer) combine twisted comedic talents to bring you Lester of the Lesser Gods. Originally created as an unproduced animated short by Powell a decade ago, the concept was revived when the two writers were looking for a comic project to work on.

Lester, the larping bastard son of the Odin, wanders the post-apocalyptic wasteland after thwarting Satan’s attempt to bring about the end of days. But can this hero of the downtrodden survive the battle arena of Will Frye the Technomancer Guy.

Release Date: May 1, 2024

PCS NOTES: This book looks like tons of fun.


Mezo: The Trial of Roden #1
A Wave Blue World
Written by Tyler Chin-Tanner & Jarred Lujan
Art by Val Rodrigues
Cover Art by Rodrigues

In the aftermath of war, the Tzalekuhl Empire has reclaimed its dominance over the land of Mezo. But there is a traitor in the midst. Roden, the once faithful soldier, showed mercy to the enemy by aiding their escape. Now he faces judgement before the Almighty Kuhl. Who will come to his defense? Old friends, fellow soldiers, and even bitter rivals will decide the fate of the man who once risked everything to save them all.

Release Date: May 1, 2024

PCS NOTES: The return of this property from A Wave Blue World is definitely going in the pull list.


RoboForce #1
Oni Press
Written by Melissa Flores
Art by Diógenes Neves
Cover Art by Taylor Esposito

THE NACELLEVERSE BEGINS HERE! AN EXPLOSIVE NEW UNIVERSE OF TOY AND ANIMATION ICONS LEAPS INTO ACTION . . . WITH THE UNSTOPPABLE ROBOFORCE LEADING THE CHARGE! Meet Maxx 89, the latest and greatest innovation in the field of robotics! As a member of RoboForce—the crew of highly advanced androids that are redefining technological advancement on 22nd century Earth—there’s no job too big for him to handle. But when their creator’s newest invention is stolen by a rival company in a brazen act of corporate warfare, Maxx and the high-powered Detonator are determined to get it back . . . even if it means breaking company protocol! Leading directly into the upcoming Nacelle Company animated series co-produced by Brian Volk-Weiss, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Seven Bucks Entertainment, enter a brave new world of incendiary action and robot-on-robot firepower in the first landmark NacelleVerse limited series from blockbuster creators Melissa Flores (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and Diógenes Neves (Realm of X, Suicide Squad)!

Release Date: May 1, 2024

PCS NOTES: We have been hearing about the Nacelleverse for a while now and are excited to see what it is all about.


The Scale Trade #1
Magma Comix
Written by Steve Orlando
Art by Megan Huang
Cover Art by Huang

In a modern-day world one step removed from our own, dragons are a highly respected—and highly endangered—species, but poaching is an existential threat. When a young idealist joins the federal agency tasked with managing dragon populations, he quickly discovers that the entire system is corrupt. After seeing firsthand the cruelty of the system, our newly radicalized dragon savior takes matters into his own hands! Eisner Award nominated writer Steve Orlando (Wonder Woman, Spider-Man 2099) teams with Megan Huang (Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) for a fantasy-meets-reality story that’s sure to make your heart race and warm it as well.

Release Date: May 1, 2024

PCS NOTES: I feel like I will be captivated by this book.


Space Ghost #1
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by David Pepose
Art by Jonathan Lau
Letters by Taylor Esposito
Cover Art by Francesco Mattina

Greed and corruption flourish in the darkness between stars. With the territories of the Galactic Federation spread far and wide across the vastness of space, pirates and hijackers ransack the distant colonies with cruel disregard for the innocent scientists living within them.

Yet there is a cosmic vigilante who metes out justice throughout the galaxy, bringing vengeance to those prey upon the defenseless.

Some say he is a policeman who has abandoned the strictures of the law. Others say he is a phantom, the sole survivor of a war-torn planet. And those who have survived his wrath claim he is more a force of nature, able to bend the very elements of Creation to decimate his enemies. They call him the SPACE GHOST – and his adventures begin here!

Award-winning writer DAVID PEPOSE (Punisher) and superstar artist JONATHAN LAU (Vampirella Strikes) kick off this action-packed series with a surprise attack on Space Colony Omicron – home of the brilliant scientist Dr. Jerrod Keplar and his young children, Jan and Jace, as well as their pet monkey, Blip. With the colony’s defenses overwhelmed, all seems lost – but these ruthless pirates didn’t count on the wild card that is Space Ghost!

Release Date: May 1, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is the big one this week. I am very excited to read this book. 


Toxic Summer #1
Oni Press
Written by Derek Charm
Art by Charm
Cover Art by Charm

FROM THE MUTATED MIND OF EISNER AWARD–WINNING CARTOONIST DEREK CHARM (JUGHEAD, THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL) COMES A MONSTER-SIZED 48-PAGE NIGHTMARE BEACH PARTY THAT WILL KEEP YOU UP ALL NIGHT . . . IF YOU CAN LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO TELL THE TALE!

Best friends Ben and Leo had the perfect summer planned after high school graduation. As lifeguards in the idyllic beach town of Port Dorian, they were planning for three months of hot guys, late-night bonfires, and no regrets . . . until a toxic spill of unknown properties on the beach transformed their dream summer into a waking nightmare. Now Port Dorian is flooded with panicked tourists, a local researcher is paralyzed while investigating the spill, and a horrifying pack of subhuman monstrosities is snatching beachgoers in the night. Mix one part Riverdale with one part The Creature from the Black Lagoon and drink it down fast because this bi-monthly horror shocker comes packed with enough acidic sludge, perverted beach maniacs, and ill will to ruin anyone’s first summer away from home!

Release Date: May 1, 2024

PCS NOTES: This looks like a fun summer book!!


The Whisper Queen: A Blacksand Tale #1
Image Comics
Written by Chip Zdarsky
Art by Kris Anka & Matt Wilson
Cover Art by Anka

MINISERIES PREMIERE

CHIP ZDARSKY (NEWBURN, Batman) and KRIS ANKA (Across the Spider-Verse), the ALL-STAR TEAM behind THE WHITE TREES, return to the fantastical land of Blacksand!

The royal guard has sent their most capable bounty hunters after the accomplices in the king’s murder! Javro, once the king’s most skilled assassin, must find the killers before they and the bounty hunters—including her son—are wiped out by the kingdom’s most feared specter: The Dark Whisper!

Release Date: May 1, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are huge fans of Blacksand stories. 


New One-Shots and Specials 


Blessed Be HC
Fantagraphics Books
Written by Rick Altergott
Art by Altergott
Cover Art by Altergott

Original Graphic Novel

Small-town weirdness scales new comedic heights in Altergott’s long-awaited graphic novel.

When Tom “The Acid King” Cottonwood is sentenced to prison for dealing, he vows to exact revenge on the judge and all of Flowertown, U.S.A. One year later, when hillbilly Henry Hotchkiss violates the single principle binding the members of the local men’s group, the 40 Acres Club ― preserving his virginity ― he proactively excommunicates himself to the woods in shame, prompting his distraught best friend, Doofus Anderssen (he of straw boater and Beatle haircut over a permanent five-o’clock shadow), to organize a community search. But little does he know that Cottonwood has been paroled and is making plans in those same woods to fulfill his destiny as “The Acid King” ― in the form of a deadly act of terrorism he calls “Scorpio Rising.”

Altergott’s farcical earnest cast of smalltown bums, outlaws, hippies, bikers, and babes ― with names like Father John Beggarweed, Stink Hair Stu, Rubberneck Nelson, Muttonchop O’Rourke, et. al. ― intertwine in a web of crime and mystery involving satanic ritual, religious tracts curiously popping up around town, naked fishermen, and psychedelic drugs, driving the narrative to ever-greater depths of hilarity (even though none of his characters are in on the jokes). Blessed Be reads like an R-rated Mad magazine parody of Our Town written by John Waters and drawn by Mort Drucker and Wally Wood. Altergott both skewers and celebrates an eerie realm of ’70s men’s magazines and small-town conservatism. A cult favorite since the 1990s amongst intellectuals and philistines alike for his impeccably crafted brand of lowbrow humor, cartoonist Rick Altergott has never crafted a full-length graphic novel ― until now.

Release Date: May 1, 2024


DC’s Spring Breakout! #1
DC Comics
Written by Joey Esposito, Thomas Krajewski, Meghan Fitzmartin, James Reid, Mike W. Barr, Patrick R. Young, Morgan Hampton, & Cameron Chittock
Art by Vasco Georgiev, Wes St. Clare, Ivan Plascencia, Gavin Guidry, Rico Renzi, Scott Kollins, John Kalisz, Kenya Danino, Emilio Lopez, Nico Bascuñán, Paul Pelletier, Norm Rapmund, Enrica Eren Angiolini, Marco Santucci, & Arif Prianto
Letters by Jame, Tom Napolitano, Josh Reed, Carlos M. Managual, & Becca Carey
Cover Art by John Timms

ONE-SHOT SPECIAL

EIGHT ALL-NEW STORIES TO PUT A SPRING IN YOUR STEP! Spring has sprung! Flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, Harley is breaking King Shark out of Belle Reve prison… all is right in the DCU as both heroes and villains face all sorts of different spring breaks. Breaking out of a coffin? Lex Luthor has that covered. Spring break training? Send in Superman! Breaking out of your shell? Batman and Mr. Freeze explore that possibility through a connection in their shared past. Breaking down a worthy adversary? Katana and her sword of souls might just be able to tackle that. And it wouldn’t be a spring break without a Teen Titans beach trip! All these and more in DC’s Spring Breakout!—eight breakout stories to put a spring in your step (is there a zit breakout story? You’ll have to read to find out!)

Release Date: May 1, 2024

PCS NOTES: There is some great new talent mixed in with some veterans in this one-shot. The stories look like fun.


Harley Quinn 2024 Annual #1
DC Comics
Written by Erica Henderson
Art by Henderson
Cover Art by Henderson

ONE-SHOT SPECIAL

Toot toot! Ladies and germs, don’t you just hate it when you bust your butt left and right with no reward? Whether you’re devoted to a life of heroism, villainy, or regular-person-ism—everyone needs a break. Which is where the HARLEY QUINN 2024 ANNUAL comes in! 40 pages of luxurious luxury cruise-based comedy guaranteed to leave you feeling rested, relaxed, and READY TO FRICKING SOLVE A MARITIME MURDER MYSTERY. When Zatanna gets framed for a mystery on a cruise ship, ol’ Shamluck Harley is on the case!

Release Date: May 1, 2024

PCS NOTES: Yes. More Erica Henderson is always a good thing. 


Nightwing 2024 Annual #1
DC Comics
Written by Travis Moore
Art by Moore, Ivan Plascencia, & Alex Guimarães
Cover Art by Moore

ONE-SHOT SPECIAL

DISCOVER THE SECRET ORIGIN OF THE PIRATE QUEEN! The secret origins of Bea Bennett! During Nightwing’s recent pirate adventure, we learned that Bea Bennett, Dick/Ric’s ex-girlfriend, is a pirate queen whose father, the Quartermaster, left her an entire pirate society! But what about her life before she became a pirate? Before she met Ric Grayson? Just what, and more importantly, who led her to where she is today. A backstory like no other with tales of betrayal, love, and independence.

Release Date: May 1, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are excited to see Travis Moore explore this character.


Scoop Vol. 1: Breaking News TP
Mad Cave Studios / Maverick
Written by Richard Ashley Hamilton
Art by Joseph Cooper
Cover Art by Iniki Miranda

When the news breaks, she fixes it! Sophie Cooper was just an average, Cuban-American high school freshman, until her dad got accused of a crime he didn’t commit. To prove his innocence, Sophie now interns at Miami’s worst TV news station, where she studies investigative journalism – and accidentally uncovers a vast supernatural conspiracy connected to her dad’s case. UFOs, Miccosukee ghost tribes, Chupacabras, alligator men, and time travel are real and can clear the Cooper name…if Sophie lives long enough to report about it!

Release Date: May 1, 2024

PCS NOTES: Maverick is putting out fantastic books and this one looks like it will add itself to the list.


Star Wars: Phantom Menace 25th Anniversary Special #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Greg Pak
Art by Will Sliney, Guru-eFX
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Cover Art by Phil Noto

ONE-SHOT SPECIAL

CELEBRATING THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PHANTOM MENACE WITH AN ALL-NEW STORY! Explore the earliest days and secret inner life of ANAKIN SKYWALKER with never-before-seen, revelatory stories set before, after and between the scenes of the classic movie! Featuring the dream of a JEDI, the gift of a TUSKEN RAIDER, the heart of a GUNGAN, the ache of a mother and the horror of a hero!

Release Date: May 1, 2024

PCS NOTES: TWENTY-FIVE YEARS!!!!????!!!!


Superman: House of Brainiac Special #1
DC Comics
Written by Joshua Williamson & Mark Russell
Art by Edwin Galmon, Steve Pugh, Jordie Bellaire, Fico Ossio, & Rex Locus
Letters by Dave Sharpe
Cover Art by Jamal Campbell

ONE-SHOT SPECIAL

BRAINIAC’S SECRET HISTORY WITH LOBO IS REVEALED! An essential issue in the Action Comics/Superman crossover as Brainiac’s secret history with Lobo and Czarnia is revealed! How did Brainiac create a Bottled City of Czarnia? Who steps up to protect Metropolis after Brainiac’s army leaves it in ruins? Will Lois Lane confront Perry White about his own secrets as he runs for mayor of Metropolis? And how is Amanda Waller involved in all of this? All these questions are answered in this crucial issue that connects to DC’s Superman-Sized event! Meanwhile, Bibbo steps up! With the heroes gone and a city in need of some champions, our favorite bartender organizes the community to save their beloved home.

Release Date: May 1, 2024

PCS NOTES: DC’s summer event runs through this one-shot.


Thoughts?