New Number Ones New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 5/29/2024

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.

As we reach the end of a five Wednesday month, Marvel’s Blood Hunt continues to generate new number ones, and a few publishers are getting the jump on Pride Month with some anthology specials.

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, IDW Publishing, Fantagraphics Books, AWA Studios, DC Comics, Alien Books, 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


Black Panther: Blood Hunt #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Cheryl Lynn Eaton
Art by Farid Karami & Andrew Dalhouse
Letters by Joe Sabino
Cover Art by Andrea Sorrentino

T’CHALLA THE VAMPIRE! Spinning directly from the events in the BLOOD HUNT series, Black Panther finds himself transformed into a vampire and tasked with carrying out a key mission for the vampire overlord. But even a dark transformation won’t keep T’Challa from his duties to Wakanda — for better or for worse…

Release Date: May 29, 2024

PCS NOTES: The impact of Blood Hunt on T’Challa has been profound. This seems like it would explore that even futher,


Critical Role: Vox Machina – Origins IV #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Jody Houser & Matthew Mercer
Art by Noah Hayes & Diana Sousa
Letters by Ariana Maher
Cover Art by Alicia Sanchez

Hello! Is anybody home?

Vox Machina is tasked to investigate the whereabouts of Sir Fince after his disappearance. After some poking and prodding, clues lead the team to a mysterious basement. What dark surprises await our heroes in the bowels of his homestead?

The campaign continues with series IV of Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins, from the New York Times bestselling team of Jody Houser (Orphan Black, Stranger Things), Noah Hayes (The Avant-Guards), Diana Sousa (Critical Role: The Mighty Nein Origins, Mall Goth), and Ariana Maher (James Bond, Xena)!

Release Date: May 29, 2024

PCS NOTES: More early day of Vox Machina by Jody Houser and Noah Hayes.


Death Ratio’d #1
AWA Studios
Written by Mark Russell
Art by Vladimir Krstić-Laci & Marco Lesko
Cover Art by Rahzzah

In this futuristic dark comedy by Eisner and ‘Ringo Award-winning writer Mark Russell, life and death are ruled by social media. One too many dislikes…and you’re dead. When Arnold awakes from a coma twenty years into the future, he discovers that society is now ruled by social media. Enough “likes” and “upvotes” can unlock fame and fortune but — watch your step! — enough “thumbs down” clicks and the collar around your neck explodes. And you’re done. Now, confused and running on his last Like, Arnold must navigate a world in which the slightest online misstep can have fatal consequences.

Release Date: May 29, 2024

PCS NOTES: Mark Russell explores the expansion of today’s reaction society and the consequences of constant judgement.


Grommets #1
Image Comics / Giant Generator
Written by Rick Remender & Brian Posehn
Art by Brett Parson & Moreno DiNisio
Cover Art by Parson

MINISERIES PREMIERE

Two best-friend outcasts navigate the Sacramento suburbs of 1984, where they find a home in skateboard culture and punk rock. On one side of the coin, GROMMETS is an authentic look at ’80s skater culture, a snapshot of the generation that turned skating into a worldwide phenomenon. On the other, it’s a heartfelt coming-of-age story that follows two friends from troubled homes as they navigate their damage in an era when no one cared.

Release Date: May 29, 2024

PCS NOTES: Giant Generator has been consistently putting out good content.


Hellverine #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Julius Ohta & Frank D’Armata
Cover Art by Ryan Stegman, J.P. Meyer, Marte Gracia

RIDE TO HELL AND BACK IN HELLVERINE’S FIRST EVER SOLO SERIES! Because you demanded it — the return of the HELLVERINE! When a DEMONIC FORCE known as BAGRA-GHUL first came to earth, it brought LOGAN and GHOST RIDER together to hunt it before it possessed WOLVERINE. But now, in the present day, what event will put the Hellverine back on the streets… and is he slashing his hellfire claws for good or evil? And, introducing the ALL-NEW HELLFIRE WARRIORS! Don’t miss the launch of the all-new series, brought to you by Hellverine co-creator Benjamin Percy (WOLVERINE, GHOST RIDER) and blazing hot talent Julius Ohta (ALIEN, VENOM)!

Release Date: May 29, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is the right creative team for this book.


Midnight Sons: Blood Hunt #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Bryan Hill
Art by Germán Peralta & Arthur Hesli
Letters by Cory Petit
Cover Art by Ken Lashley & Juan Fernandez

THE RETURN OF THE MIDNIGHT SONS! The original Midnight Sons reunite to deal with the vampire threat unleashed in BLOOD HUNT! But first they must defeat one of their own: Blade!

Release Date: May 29, 2024

PCS NOTES: Fire and blood galore!!


Rai: Book of the Darque #1
Alien Books / Valiant
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Emilio Utera
Cover Art by Toby Willsmer

Hold onto your seats as Rai and Raijin face off against their ultimate nemesis—the sinister Darque! Brace yourselves as the storytelling maestro, Dan Abnett (Nova, the Guardians of the Galaxy), returns triumphantly to conclude his epic run on Rai in this miniseries.

Release Date: May 29, 2024

PCS NOTES: Very excited to see a new story from Dan Abnett


William of Newbury #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Michael Avon Oeming
Art by Oeming
Cover Art by Oeming

From the co-creator of the Eisner Award-winning, bestselling POWERS comes this brand-new anthropomorphic supernatural series that’s Hellboy meets Redwall.

Loosely based on real events in 12th century England during what was known as “The Anarchy.” A time where the country was beset with plague, civil war, and demons.

William of Newbury is a neurotic monk, fearful of the earthly world, but confident and unwavering in the face of true evil. He fights the dead to restore peace, but his brother is intent on stopping him, fearing for his soul. Newbury is dark, yet quaint, deadly yet cute. Follow him as he negotiates with thieves, evades his brother and the church, and battles the undead and evil spirits.

This is a tale fit for lovers of history and supernatural folklore of all ages.

Release Date: May 29, 2024

PCS NOTES: Michael Avon Oeming is a fantastic storyteller and we are very excited for this book.


New One-Shots and Specials 


DC Pride 2024 #1
DC Comics
Written by Al Ewing, Ngozi Ukazu, Gretchen Felker-Martin, Jamila Rowser, Jarrett Williams, Nicole Maines, Calvin Kasulke, Melissa Marr, & Phil Jimenez
Art by Stephen Byrne, Ukazu, Claire Roe, Triona Farrell, ONeillJones, D.J. Kirkland, Jordan Gibson, Gogou, Marissa Louise, Jenn St. Onge, Jeremy Lawson, & Giulio Macaione
Letters by Aditya Bidikar, Jodie Troutman, Lucas Gattoni, Ariana Maher, Morgan Martinez, & Frank Cvetkovic
Cover Art by Kevin Wada

THE AWARD-WINNING DC PRIDE ANTHOLOGY IS BACK, WITH ALL-NEW STORIES FOR 2024! DC’s Eisner and Ringo award-winning Pride anthology returns in the form of a universe-spanning travelogue like you’ve never seen! In its pages, Dreamer makes a first-time pilgrimage to her ancestral planet, Naltor! Poison Ivy and Janet from HR go spore-hunting on Portworld! Superman (Jon Kent) gets the boys together for a night out in A-Town, but things go sideways when The Ray vanishes into thin air! Steel (Natasha Irons) works up the courage to face Traci 13 at the Oblivion Bar’s Pride party for the first time since they broke up! Aquaman (Jackson Hyde) catches an unexpected ride to the Fourth World just in time for their annual Love Festival! All this and more in a volume celebrating how the LGBTQIA+ community is everywhere and belongs anywhere—even the very furthest reaches of the universe. Plus, this year’s anthology features a special preview of the upcoming YA OGN The Strange Case of Harleen and Harley, as well as an unmissable autobiographical story written by industry legend Phil Jimenez about the fantastical worlds that shaped him, brought to life by Giulio Macaione!

Release Date: May 29, 2024

PCS NOTES: These are some amazing stories collected in this Pride Month anthology.


Godzilla: Mechagodzilla 50th Anniversary #1
IDW Publishing
Written by Rich Douek
Art by Andrew Griffith
Cover Art by Griffith

For 50 years, the King of the Monsters, Godzilla, has gone toe to toe with its robotic doppelgänger, Mechagodzilla! As an intrepid reporter profiles the history of Mechagodzilla and its creator before the launch of the newest model, he finds himself entangled in a much deeper conspiracy. A decades-spanning adventure celebrating the mechanical monster’s milestone!

Release Date: May 29, 2024

PCS NOTES: Great creators taking on some literal giants.


My Favorite Thing is Monsters Vol. 2 HC
Fantagraphics Books
Written by Emil Ferris
Art by Ferris
Cover Art by Ferris

In the conclusion of this two-part graphic novel, set in 1960s Chicago, dark mysteries past and present abound while 10-year-old Karen tries to solve them.

Vol. 2 takes place is tumultuous and violent Chicago in the summer of 1968. Young Karen attends the Yippie-organised Festival of Life in Grant Park and finds herself swept up in a police stomping.

Privately, she continues to investigate her neighbour’s recent death and discovers one last cassette tape that sheds light upon Anka’s heroic activities in Nazi Germany. She wrestles with her own sexual identity, and tells her good friend, Sam Silverberg, that the best birthday present she could receive is to ‘feel like there is someone in the history of the world who has been like me.’

In this second book, the cast of characters introduced in Volume 1 of Emil Ferris’ critically acclaimed masterpiece experience revelations and epiphanies that both resolve and deepen the mysteries earlier visited upon them.

Visually, the story is told in Ferris’ trademarked style of a breathtakingly seamless combination of panel sequences and cartoon montages.

Release Date: May 29, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is the followup to the book that won all the awards for 2017. It is sure to be a must read.


Star Trek Celebrations #1
IDW Publishing
Written by Steve Orlando, Vita Ayala, Magdalene Visaggio, and more
Art by Various
Cover Art by Paulina Ganucheau

“Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate but to celebrate differences in ideas and differences in life forms.” — Gene Roddenberry

IDW proudly presents a one-shot anthology centering and celebrating LGBTQIA+ characters from across the Star Trek universe! Join legendary heroes from each era of the beloved franchise in stories that showcase the strengths of infinite diversity in infinite combinations, brought to you by a star-studded cast of writers and artists including Vita Ayala, Steve Orlando, Mags Visaggio, and more!

Release Date: May 29, 2024

PCS NOTES: Boldly going out for adventure in the stars in celebration of Pride Month.


X-Men: The Wedding Special #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Kieron Gillen, Tate Brombal, Tini Howard, & Wyatt Kennedy
Art by Emilio Pilliu, Jenn St. Onge, Phillip Sevy, & Rachael Stott
Cover Art by Jan Bazuldua

WEDDING EXTRAVAGANZA! Mystique and Destiny are one of the most beloved — and longest running — gay couples in history. Somewhere in their 100+ years together, the pair married, but we’ve never seen the event on the page. This year MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE makes history with Marvel’s first woman-to-woman wedding in a story by superstar X-Men scribe Kieron Gillen! And with a couple as complex as these two, you know there’s a lot more to the story. We promise party crashing! Villainy! Romance! In the classic tradition of FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #3 and X-MEN #30, this anthology will be a must-read for every comics fan. Featuring the Marvel debuts of award-winning writers Yoon Ha Lee (Ninefox Gambit, Machineries of Empire) and M. Louis (Agents of the Realm), and much more talent to be announced!

Release Date: May 29, 2024

PCS NOTES: I am very interested in this book. 


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