New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 5/22/2024

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.

In week four of a five Wednesday month, we have a few very interesting new series and a bunch of original graphic novels that we definitely recommend.

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, Mad Cave Studios, Fantagraphics Books, Archie Comics, Humanoids, Inc, DSTLRY Media, 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


Blood Squad Seven #1
Image Comics
Written by Joe Casey
Art by Paul Fry, Sonia Harris, & Francesco Segala
Letters by Rus Wooten
Cover Art by Fry

SERIES PREMIERE

Thirty years ago, Blood Squad Seven was America’s most popular superhero team. Its members were seen on television, on magazine covers, scoring million-dollar endorsement deals…. They were celebrities and they were everywhere.

But that was then… this is now. And so, a new generation of modern-day heroes takes up the mantle—or perhaps, the poisoned chalice—fulfilling a promise made decades ago: to be the heroes that a fractured America needs.

While deconstructions of superhero nostalgia typically center around the classic characters of the Silver Age, Blood Squad Seven will delve deep into ’90s comic book themes with this imagining of what would happen if heroes from that decade returned to action after a 30-year absence.

Release Date: May 22, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is the kind of superhero story that I want Joe Casey to be writing.


The Butcher’s Boy #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Landry Q. Walker
Art by Justin Greenwood
Cover Art by Greenwood

Deep within the backroads of the Pacific Northwest, an entire town fell victim to the brutal cleaver of the Butcher of La Perdita. But that was more than a hundred years ago, and in that time the generational nightmare of murder and meat has been reduced to morbid clickbait folklore for bored travelers to share online.

And yet some say the Butcher still haunts the streets at night, seeking fresh meat for his larder. A true Lovecraftian horror? Or just the feverish dreams of a mentally unstable serial killer. Six friends on a road trip are about to find out…

Release Date: May 22, 2024

PCS NOTES: Make sure you read this one with the lights on!!!


Spider-Gwen: The Ghost Spider #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Stephanie Phillips
Art by Federica Mancin, Nolan Woodard, & Matt Milla
Letters by Ariana Maher
Cover Art by Mark Brooks

TRAPPED IN THE 616… FOR GOOD! Welcome to New York! Gwen truly becomes a Ghost-Spider when she moves full time to the universe where Gwen Stacy died years ago. But why did she leave Earth-65? Why aren’t the other spiders supposed to know she’s here? Why isn’t she supposed to suit up? And who will get hurt when she does?

LEGACY #61

Release Date: May 22, 2024

PCS NOTES: This looks like a interesting new start for one of the best new characters from Marvel of the past couple of decades.


Union Jack the Ripper: Blood Hunt #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Cavan Scott
Art by Kev Walker, Craig Yeung, Belardino Brabo, Javier Tartaglia, & Dee Cunniffe
Letters by Travis Lanham
Cover Art by Ryan Brown

UNION JACK PAINTS THE UK RED! As vampires inherit the Earth, one lone man has made it his mission to protect it. But what does Joey Chapman, UNION JACK have up his sleeves? And will it be enough? And WHO will Union Jack have to face to keep London from falling? CAVAN SCOTT and KEV WALKER bring you a UNION JACK story like you’ve never seen before!

Release Date: May 22, 2024

PCS NOTES: Union Jack is a very underrated character and has a fantastic costume. I am looking forward to what this team does with him.


White Boat #1
DSTLRY Media
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Francesco Francavilla
Letters by AndWorld Design
Cover Art by Francavilla

From the acclaimed team behind Detective Comics and Night of the Ghoul comes a modern horror classic! White Boats are the mega-yachts that the super-rich use to traverse the globe—floating islands where your every desire can be fulfilled. And getting invited on board one should be a dream come true…that is until the crew traps and transports you to a remote island where secret cults have existed for millennia, working on something called “The Human Project.” Does the White Boat ship you to paradise or sink you into hell on earth? WHITE BOAT reunites Scott Snyder, the visionary writer who redefined comic book dread with Wytches and introduced Batman into a terrifying, cerebral era, with modern noir master Francesco Francavilla for a white-knuckle descent into Lovecraftian maritime madness!

For fans of HEREDITARY, THE HOST, JURASSIC PARK & THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU

Release Date: May 22, 2024

PCS NOTES: You know we are big fans of the books that DSTLRY is putting out and this creative team is a proven winner. We are excited for this one. 


New One-Shots and Specials 


Archie Comics: Judgement Day #1
Archie Comics
Written by Aubrey Sitterson
Art by Megan Hutchinson & Matt Herms
Letters by Jack Morelli
Cover Art by Hutchinson & Herms

One-Shot Special

In a world overrun with demons, Archie Andrews is on a quest to cleanse Riverdale of all wicked-kind. Harnessing the destructive power of a captive fiend, he will have to destroy corrupted and possessed versions of the people closest to him. Questioning his own morality and forced to make difficult sacrifices, are Archie’s efforts truly good, or the work of pure evil? Traverse the most horrifying version of Riverdale yet in the first Archie Premium Event.

Release Date: May 22, 2024

PCS NOTES: Megan Hutchinson interiors with Aubrey Sitterson writing an Archie book? Sounds like a winner to me.


Edenfrost TP
Mad Cave Studios
Written by Amit Tishler
Art by Bruno Frenda
Letters by Taylor Esposito
Cover Art by Frenda

Collected Edition

Two Jewish siblings summon the power of a Golem to fight their way through the fires of the Russian Civil War. Will the monster be their salvation, or hasten their demise?

After losing their parents in a pogrom, teenage siblings Alex and Yuli use the mystical power of a Golem to survive the chaos of the Russian Civil War. In a harrowing journey through war-torn Ukraine, the duo will face the harsh reality of warfare, ethnic bias, and national pride as they fight for their own place in the world.

Release Date: May 22, 2024

PCS NOTES: We love this story. If you missed the individual issues here is your chance to get the whole story. We had the writer on the Pop Culture SquadCast Live recently check out that interview here.


Hobtown Mystery Stories Vol. 1: The Case of the Missing Men TP
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Kris Bertin
Art by Alexander Forbes
Cover Art by Forbes

Original Graphic Novel

Perfect for fans of Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet and Hardy Boys mysteries, The Hobtown Mystery Stories take the teen investigator genre to new levels as they explore small town identity and the surreal.

Welcome to Hobtown, a charmingly bleak village (Population: 2,006) and an easy place to get bored if you don’t make your own fun.

Hobtown Regional High’s top girl, Dana Nance, runs the Teen Detective Club-a registered after-school program that makes it their business to investigate each and every one of their town’s bizarre occurrences including pagan secret societies, psychic assaults, and possible “wee man” sightings. Their small world of missing pets and shed fires is turned upside down when real-life kid adventurer and globetrotter Sam Finch comes to town and enlists them in their first real case: the search for his missing father. Something strange is going on, and no one in Hobtown will talk about it. It turns out Sam’s dad is the sixth man to go missing this year. The rot runs deep in Hobtown, and it’s up to the teen detectives and associates to stay alive long enough to crack the Case of the Missing Men!

Childhood friends Kris Bertin and Alexander Forbes have built a truly unique and discrete universe in Hobtown-an exploration of small town identity drawing from the world of pulp, filtered through a lens of esoteric spirituality, skewed genre tropes, deft character work, and an incredible eye for detail.

Release Date: May 22, 2024

PCS NOTES: I have to say, I am intrigued about this book. 


Medea TP
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Blandine Le Callet
Art by Nancy Peña
Cover Art by Peña

Original Graphic Novel

Who was Medea, really?

Beyond the hearsay, exaggerations, and distortions inflicted by time, this is Medea’s story in her own voice, from the luxuriant gardens of her childhood in Colchis to the mysterious island from which she gives her final confession.

An intoxicating graphic novel reimagining the story of one of the biggest female figures in ancient Greek mythology, for fans of Lore Olympus and Circe.

The legendary sorceress from Greek myth has been cast as many things — a caring mother and a passionate lover who was thwarted by her desires; an independent woman vilified for refusing the tyranny of men; a barbarian who sowed confusion in the regimented world of the Greeks; a formidable witch, mistress of occult forces. Simply put, she was precisely what some would call a monster. And yet, there is so much more to Medea…

This provocative tale is created by writer Blandine Le Callet and artist Nancy Peña, with an English translation by Montana Kane.

Release Date: May 22, 2024

PCS NOTES: I am looking forward to this exploration of this interesting mythological character.


My Fairy Godfather TP
Fantagraphics Books
Written by Robert Mailer Anderson
Art by Jon Sack
Cover Art by Sack

Original Graphic Novel

Set in Liberal, Kansas, a teenager moves in with her gay, film geek Godfather and his partner who run the Starlite movie theater, a safe haven for their eccentricities and artistic yearnings. My Fairy Godfather tells a story about how music and film connect us to who we’ve loved, who we’ve been, and who we are becoming-and that lying beneath the façade of teenage cynicism is the profound desire to be understood and loved.

Release Date: May 22, 2024

PCS NOTES: This sounds like a fascinating story.


Night at the Belfry TP
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Xavier Saxon
Art by Saxon
Cover Art by Saxon

Original Graphic Novel

James Ransom is seventy-four, and a far cry from the tough young boxer he remembers from the eighties.

Sick of growing increasingly powerless and reliant on others in his old age, James reconnects with a former trainer and hatches a possibly-fatal plan to regain the control he believes he’s lost. But is he in over his head? James will quickly learn whether or not he lives up to the towering identity he’s spent four decades constructing for himself.

Release Date: May 22, 2024

PCS NOTES: The possibilities for the themes that this book will tackle have me eager to crack it  open.


Seoul Before Sunrise GN TP
Humanoids, Inc.
Written by Samir Dahmani
Art by Dahmani
Cover Art by Dahmani

Original Graphic Novel

Longtime friends Seong-ji and Ji-won are excited to begin university in Seoul, swearing to stay close in the big city, but from the moment they arrive, they begin to drift apart.

Release Date: May 22, 2024

 


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