New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 6/5/24

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.

June is here and Summer is right around the corner. A plethora of publishers have new series and specials coming to shops this first week of the month.

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, DC Comics, Drawn and Quarterly, Boom! Studios, Magma Comics, Mad Cave Studios Oni Press, 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


Beyond the Pale #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Christofer Emgärd
Art by Tomas Aria
Cover Art by Aria

War correspondent Hetta Sawyer is looking into the disproportional loss of black soldiers in the Vietnam War. Leads say losses are especially high at Firebase Tartarus, with most of them simply gone missing, their fate unknown. Something sinister is happening at Tartarus, and Hetta intends to uncover the truth.

A new eldritch horror from Christofer Emgärd.

Release Date: June 5, 2024

 


Canto: A Place Like Home #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by David M. Booher
Art by Drew Zucker & Vittori Astone
Letters by AndWorld Design
Cover Art by Zucker

Hang on to your helmets! The Shrouded Man saga rushes toward the final battle…

The tiny clockwork knight returns after making the ultimate choice to save his people above all else. He has amassed allies in the war against the Shrouded Man, but even an army may not be enough to stop the evil sorcerer’s quest to conquer Canto’s people. Fighting to save New Arcana won’t be easy, but nothing ever is for the brave Canto!

The fan-favorite comic fantasy continues with the miniseries Canto: A Place Like Home by Eisner and GLAAD nominated writer David M. Booher and fan-favorite artist Drew Zucker!

The finale series to the Shrouded Man Saga Begins at Dark Horse Comics!

An All-ages modern fairytale of epic proportions.

Release Date: June 5, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are excited to see this tale come to its conclusion in this new volume.


Cult of the Lamb #1
Oni Press
Written by Alex Paknadel
Art by Troy Little
Cover Art by Charles Dalmau

In partnership with Devolver Digital and Massive Monster, acclaimed writer Alex Paknadel (All Against All, Red Goblin) and Eisner Award–nominated artist Troy Little (Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas) comes a deviously delightful, heretic-smashing excursion into the sprawling cosmology of the worldwide, BAFTA–nominated video game phenomenon that IGN calls “adorably demonic”! In a land pervaded by cruelty and evil, the most innocent among us—young Lamb, the last of their kind—was selected to become a final dark sacrifice. Their death would forever seal the darkest of the Old Gods from our realm and usher in a new age ruled by the four eldritch Bishops of the Old Faith. So Lamb died . . . then forged a deal of their own. At the crossroads of eternity, Lamb was met by the imprisoned deity known as the One Who Waits, who revealed the lies and distortions of the false prophets who rule the world above. And so, Lamb was bequeathed the power and responsibilities of the Red Crown and returned to the land of living with unholy powers to exact vengeance and deliver a new cult unto the earth.

Release Date: June 5, 2024

PCS NOTES: This book made a huge mark on Kickstarter earlier this year, and it hits stands this week.


Hell’s Half Acre #1
Magma Comics
Written by Denton J. Tipton
Art by Ramon Burge
Cover Art by Burge

Life is changing fast in 1904 Nashville, but the sins of the past live free in a place called Hell’s Half Acre—where you can find gambling, sex and most any other debauchery ever dreamed. And none do it better than Miss Marion’s, where a mysterious gambler named Britt sets in motion a chain of events that will have lawmen and outlaws alike aiming to put him six feet under. Will the woman that Britt scorned be his downfall or salvation when Hell comes calling? New York Times-bestselling writer Denton J. Tipton (Cobra Kai, G.I. Joe) teams with Ramon Bunge (Legacy of Mandrake the Magician) for a thrilling Western-noir with a supernatural twist. Each issue features a variant cover by Chris Evenhuis (Wynonna Earp, G.I. Joe)!

Release Date: June 5, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are still interested in checking out what Magma Comics is up to.


Falling in Love on the Path to Hell #1
Image Comics
Written by Gerry Duggan
Art by Garry Brown & Chris O’Halloran
Letters by Joe Sabino
Cover Art by Brown

SERIES PREMIERE

GERRY DUGGAN (Deadpool, X-Men) and GARRY BROWN (Babyteeth) present a massive DOUBLE-LENGTH FIRST ISSUE of their groundbreaking new series!

The sun set on samurai and gunslingers at roughly the same time, but our two leads didn’t die off quietly. In the East, Asami, an Onna-musha warrior and female samurai, would rather die with her weapons than surrender them to a sword hunt. In the West, the gunslinger MacRaith follows his revenge to the bitter end and pays the ultimate price.

The future lovers are mortally wounded a world apart and awake together in a purgatory ruled by a ruthless society of damned warriors. This one has it all—action, the dead, the dying, the undead, and of course…romance.

Release Date: June 5, 2024

PCS NOTES: Great creative team on this series. Let’s go.


The Mammoth #1
Mad Cave Studios
Written by Paul Tobin
Art by Arjuna Susini & Pippa Bowland
Letters by Charles Pritchett
Cover Art by Susini

Something is wrong in the deep forests of Broke Tree Valley. Something deadly. Something mammoth. The legends speak of something larger than human comprehension…A monstrous phantom that disappears for decades at a time. Now, it’s back, and things are about to go Very Bad if four people—Olivia, Jess, Kokoro, and Mason, scientists who have come to the small city of Kasbro to investigate a bizarre series of seismic activities in this heavily forested valley—can’t put the Mammoth to rest. One real problem with this is…Olivia’s dead.

Release Date: June 5, 2024

 


My Adventures with Superman #1
DC Comics
Written by Josie Campbell
Art by Pablo M. Collar & Nick Filardi
Letters by Lucas Gattoni

UP, UP, AND AWAY! A NEW COMIC BOOK ADVENTURE, SET IN THE WORLD OF THE HIT ADULT SWIM ANIMATED SERIES! Flying from the screen to the page, it’s Superman! Picking up from the explosive end of season one, Clark’s about to spend Christmas alone in Metropolis. Though he’s feeling a bit down and out, a tip about a monster in the sewers sends Superman, Lois, and Jimmy into action! But what is this monster that can absorb anything it touches, and why is it here in Metropolis? Written by the head writer of My Adventures with Superman, Josie Campbell, and drawn by Pablo M. Collar, this series brings the hit show to your hands with an all-new adventure!

Release Date: June 5, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are very high on writer Josie Campbell.


Precious Metal #1
Image Comics
Written by Darcy Poelgeest
Art by Ian Bertram & Matt Hollingsworth
Letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Cover Art by Bertram & Hollingsworth

MINISERIES PREMIERE

Thirty-five years before the events of LITTLE BIRD, VOL. 1: THE FIGHT FOR ELDER’S HOPE, disillusioned mod-tracker Max Weaver’s routine hunt for a modified child takes a grisly and unexpected turn. Now, saddled with an unpredictable mod who may be the key to unlocking his missing memories, Max will soon find that he isn’t the only one interested in the child’s unique abilities—and if he wants to know more, it’s going to cost him everything.

Eisner Award-winning creative team DARCY VAN POELGEEST and IAN BERTRAM reunite for their gripping return to the dystopian American Empire.

Release Date: June 5, 2024

PCS NOTES: Fans of Little Bird wont want to miss this one.


Profane #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Peter Milligan
Art by Raúl Fernández & Giada Marchisio
Letters by Jeff Eckleberry
Cover Art by Javier Rodriguez

Solving murders in Los Angeles is the daily bread of private detective Will Profane, but something is strange about his latest case.

When every clue points toward a famous detective novelist at the center of this mystery, Will’s world will transform into something truly unreal.

Discover a new mind-bending thriller from legendary writer Peter Milligan (Hellblazer, X-Statix, Shade, The Changing Man) and veteran artist Raül Fernandez (Detective Comics, Justice League Dark) about the precariously thin line between reality and fiction-perfect for fans of BANG! and Newburn.

Release Date: June 5, 2024

PCS NOTES: Yep! Sign me up for this one.


Scarlett #1
Image Comics / Skybound
Written by Kelly Thompson
Art by Marco Ferrari & Lee Loughridge
Letters by Rus Wooten
Cover Art by Ferrari & Loughridge

MINISERIES PREMIERE

THE NEXT CHAPTER OF CODENAME: G.I. JOE BEGINS HERE.

Shana “Scarlett” O’Hara is about to take on the most dangerous black ops mission of her career: infiltrating the mysterious rising power in Japan known as Clan Arashikage. Her one lead is her former partner—Jinx—turned Arashikage enforcer.

Now, Scarlett must use her very particular set of skills to survive undercover…and discover a shocking weapon that could change the balance of power on Earth.

Red-hot writer KELLY THOMPSON (Black Widow, Birds of Prey) and artist MARCO FERRARI (FRONTIERSMAN) introduce some of the most anticipated characters to the Energon Universe in ways you’ll never expect!

Release Date: June 5, 2024

PCS NOTES: Kelly Thompson on a G.I. Joe book. Immediate Pull.


The Ultimates #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Deniz Camp
Art by Juan Frigeri & Federico Blee
Letters by Travis Lanham
Cover Art by Dike Ruan & Alejandro Sa`nchez

THE ULTIMATES RETURN TO GREATNESS! Spinning out of Jonathan Hickman and Stefano Caselli’s ULTIMATE UNIVERSE #1, rising stars Deniz Camp (CHILDREN OF THE VAULT, 20TH CENTURY MEN) and Juan Frigeri (INVINCIBLE IRON MAN) assemble an all-new team of ULTIMATES in a series that kicks off the next chapter of the new Ultimate line. Six months ago, Tony Stark sent Peter Parker a radioactive spider to set him back on the course to become Spider-Man. Since then, Iron Lad (Stark), Captain America, Doom, Thor and Sif have begun to do the same for other lost heroes, building a network of super-powered heroes hungry for change… Now they must band together to destroy the Maker’s Council and restore freedom and free will to a world ruled from the shadows!

Release Date: June 5, 2024

PCS NOTES: I am liking this new Ultimate Universe so far.


Vampirella: Dark Reflections #1
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by Tom Sniegoski & Jeannine Acheson
Art by Daniel Maine
Cover Art by Jenny Frison

A new miniseries from the writers of Vampiverse explodes onto comic shelves in June! Lilith, a daughter of Vampirella, now working for the Reality Corp., has been assigned her first mission, investigating an anomaly in one of the many threads of the Fabric where the Vampirella of that world has gone eerily silent. Upon reaching this reality, Lilith discovers a world overrun by the spawn of Chaos and a Vampirella beaten and broken by the forces she has sworn to combat. It is up to Lilith to save this world from a monstrous evil and to restore Vampirella to the warrior of Order she had once been.

Release Date: June 5, 2024

 


Wolverine: Blood Hunt #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Tom Waltz
Art by Juan José Ryp & Guru-eFX
Letters by Cory Petit
Cover Art by Ben Harvey

LOGAN FIGHTS BACK THE DARKNESS! WOLVERINE’s the best there is at what he does — and today, fighting vampires is going to have to top that list! Don’t miss the MARVEL DEBUT of scintillating scribe Tom Waltz (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Last Ronin) as he teams up with daring artistic dynamo Juan José Ryp (WOLVERINE, VENGEANCE OF THE MOON KNIGHT) for a bloody good time! As the sky darkens across the globe and vampires reign, what hidden plot puts LOGAN directly in their crosshairs? Hint: It’s like nothing you’ve seen in BLOOD HUNT yet! Be here as the plot (and blood!) thickens when a secret vampire sect enacts a startling strategy that’ll take Logan — and the world — to the brink! Guest-starring some SURPRISE characters from Wolverine’s past!

Release Date: June 5, 2024

PCS NOTES: One more Blood Hunt mini for the list.


New One-Shots and Specials 


Barda TP
DC Comics
Written by Ngozi Ukazu
Art by Ukazu
Cover Art by Ukazu

Join New York Times bestselling writer-artist Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please!) as she takes readers on an unforgettable journey of self-discovery, deep friendships, and first loves!

Darkseid is…and life on Apokolips is tough—but then, it is hell, after all. And no one knows this better than Barda, Granny Goodness’s right-hand warrior.

But Barda has a secret…she is in love. Or she is drawn to the idea of it, anyway, whether it be the beauty of a flower; her affection for her closest friend, Aurelie; or the mysterious and fierce enemy warrior Orion, who is the only match for Barda’s strength.

When Granny decides Barda is becoming too soft, she assigns Barda a task that might be more than she can handle—to break the seemingly unbreakable Scott Free. And as Barda questions why Scott has such hope and what he might have done to provoke such hatred from Granny, she finds herself drawn to him in a way she never expected.

The only thing is, we do not speak of love on Apokolips…

Release Date: June 5, 2024

PCS NOTES: Barda is easily one of our favorite characters from the Fourth World and we will read anything she is in.


The Complete Web of Horror HC
Fantagraphics Books
Written by Various
Art by Various

The legendary, creator-controlled horror magazine from 1969 collected at last!

In 1969, a feisty new comics magazine emerged to rival the popular horror magazines Creepy and Eerie: Web of Horror. Conceived by a plucky, independent publisher, Web of Horror showcased instant classics of horror and science fiction by such rising stars of comic art as Bernie Wrightson, Michael Kaluta, Bruce Jones, Ralph Reese, Frank Brunner, Roger Brand, and Wayne Howard, as well as seasoned veterans such as Syd Shores and Norman Nodel, illustrating stories written by Otto Binder, Nicola Cuti, and others.

Now, over 50 years later, Fantagraphics presents the complete Web of Horror in one expertly edited and designed volume. In addition to all three published issues, this collection includes over a dozen stories intended for subsequent issues that have been rarely or never-before published, several long thought to be lost and recently unearthed. Among these “lost” stories is Wrightson’s “The Monster Jar,” lovingly restored by Frederic Manzano.

The Complete Web of Horror also features a wealth of historical and contextual essays, including the Foreword by original Web of Horror editor and science fiction novelist Terry Bisson; an account of the magazine’s origin by the late Clark Dimond; the history of the magazine’s rise and baffling demise by collection editor Dana Marie Andra; reminiscences by fanzine publishers Robert Lewis and Robert Gerson; and an Afterword by Richard J. Arndt.

Release Date: June 5, 2024

PCS NOTES: Horror collectors pay attention. You don’t want to miss this one.


DC Pride: A Celebration of Rachel Pollack #1
DC Comics
Written by Rachel Pollack & Joe Corallo
Art by Michael Allred, Laura Allred, Scot Eaton, & Rye Hickman
Letters by John Workman & Clem Robbins

SPOTLIGHTING THE OUT-OF-PRINT WORK OF A DC PRIDE PIONEER AND RETURNING HER MOST BELOVED CHARACTER TO THE MAIN STAGE! In the 1990s, writer Rachel Pollack did the impossible: she raised the bar for surprise and strangeness in her beloved run following Grant Morrison’s career-making Doom Patrol! This one-shot reprints the debut of the iconic Coagula, DC’s first transgender superhero, from Doom Patrol #70, along with the long-unavailable one-shot Vertigo Visions: The Geek (with superstar artist Michael Allred)! And in a final, original short story, Rachel’s most beloved creation, Kate Godwin, a.k.a. Coagula, returns to the spotlight in tale of triumph over death itself written by Joe Corallo, Rachel’s longtime friend and collaborator, and drawn by Rye Hickman!

Release Date: June 5, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is a fantastic tribute to an excellent writer and member of the comic book creative community who left us this year. We will definitely be picking this up.


Godzilla Rivals: Mothra vs. Hedorah #1
IDW Publishing
Written by Josh Trujillo
Art by Josh Cornillon
Cover Art by Cornillon

A strange meteor crashes outside a small Icelandic village just after their annual Mothra festival, suddenly bringing the remote town to the attention of a dying trillionaire. As he seeks the secrets to eternal life in the crater, twin villagers Astrid and Aurora deal with the death of their festival-organizing grandmother. But what is waiting to seep out into the village, and who could defend it? It’s a cycle of death and rebirth in Godzilla Rivals: Mothra vs. Hedorah!

Release Date: June 5, 2024


Monster High Pride 2024 #1
IDW Publishing
Written by Hannah Templer
Art by Siobhan Keenan
Cover Art by Betsy Cola

Hi, Ghouls. Rainbow-striped flags are flying everywhere, which must mean it’s the best time of year: Pride Month. At Monster High, everyone belongs, and Pride Month is a time to skelebrate and show extra love to the LGBTQIA+ community.

First, Hannah Templer (Cosmoknights) and Siobhan Keenan (Big Ethel Energy) conjure a story about expectations and role models. Clawdeen and Toralei are claws over tails for each other… but their summer DIY project, and a group of mischievous gnomes, is threatening the ghouls’ relationship! Meanwhile, Ghoulia is writing fan fiction and is on the verge of starting a shipping war!

Then, Megan Brown (My Little Pony: Classics Reimagined — Little Fillies) and Bowen McCurdy (Specter Inspectors) brew a fang-tastic love story. Kieran Valentine thinks love sucks. He enlists the help of his (very cute) Bite-ology partner, Spelldon Cauldronello, to create a potion that will drain him of the feeling forever. But after spending time with Spelldon, will he have the guts to follow through?

Get in from the start as IDW kicks off a whole new run of comics set on the most spooktacularly inclusive campus!

Release Date: June 5, 2024


Second Hand Love TP
Drawn and Quarterly
Written by Murasaki Yamada
Art by Yamada
Cover Art by Yamada

In the end, we’re all the same…we just want to be smothered like babies against another human’s beating heart

Through a cracked door, heartsick Emi hears a playful growl. Cautiously, she lets her lover in—a wolf of a man wielding a bouquet of roses. His shoulders must have been four inches wider than mine. As I stood behind him, I fantasized about the broadness of his chest and the thickness of his neck…and about becoming his mistress once again.

And so their story goes. For a young woman interested in love without the hassle of a traditional relationship, an affair with someone else’s spoiled husband is just what she ordered—until it’s time to move on.

Then there’s Yuko: with even less time for married men’s shenanigans, she turns her attention to her aging father and the guilt of adultery that has gnawed at his heart for years. Her mother is long dead, yet her memory is enshrined for eternity in their—both father’s and daughter’s—mirrored indiscretions.

Drawn soon after the critically-acclaimed Talk to My Back, the two stories in Second Hand Love mark the triumphant return of Yamada Murasaki, one of literary manga’s most respected feminist voices. Translated by noted historian Ryan Holmberg, this edition includes an interview with the artist from the height of her career in 1985, where her wit and wisdom are on shimmering display.

Release Date: June 5, 2024


Stamped, From the Beginning GN TP
Ten Speed Press
Written by Ibram X. Kendi & Joel Christian Gill
Art by Gill
Cover Art by Gill

A striking graphic novel edition of the National Book Award-winning history of how racist ideas have shaped American life. Racism has persisted throughout history-but so have antiracist efforts to dismantle it. Through deep research and a gripping narrative that illuminates the lives of five key American figures, preeminent historian Ibram X. Kendi reveals how understanding and improving the world cannot happen without identifying and facing the racist forces that shape it. In collaboration with award-winning historian and comic artist Joel Christian Gill, this stunningly illustrated graphic-novel adaptation of Dr. Kendi’s groundbreaking Stamped from the Beginning explores the living history of America, and how we can learn from the past to work toward a more equitable, antiracist future.

Release Date: June 5, 2024

PCS NOTES: This looks fascinating and we are happy to see it adapted to this medium.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Alpha #1
IDW Publishing
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Chris Burnham & Brian Reber
Cover Art by Burnham

What’s the world like without the TMNT? Since their time-spanning victory over Armaggon, the Turtles have started to pursue other interests, leaving a void in New York among humans and mutants alike. This special issue explores the effects this change has on those connected to the brothers, from Old Hob to Jennika, across the five boroughs and all the way through Mutant Island. It’s hard to tell how important someone is until they are gone. And who better to write such a story than Tom Waltz, the man who scripted the first 100 issues of IDW’s series and the co-writer of The Last Ronin, and resign TMNT artist Gavin Smith!

Also, get your first glimpse of what is coming in a special prequel to the new TMNT #1, written by superstar scribe Jason Aaron (Scalped, Batman: Off-World) and drawn by white-hot artist Chris Burnham (Batman, Inc., Die!Die!Die!). Donatello has had a hard time since he came back from the future, and he’s found himself in an unexpected place.

Release Date: June 5, 2024

PCS NOTES: Shellheads get ready. Jason Aaron is taking you on an adventure.


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