New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 7/3/24

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.

Welcome to July. Half the year is over! This week there are some great new series and special releases. One of the interesting things is that more than half the titles on this list have a colon in it. Check out this list.

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, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Mad Cave Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, Fantagraphics Books, Titan 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


New Series This Week 


Absolute Power #1
DC Comics
Written by Mark Waid
Art by Dan Mora & Alejandro Sánchez
Letters by Ariana Maher
Cover Art by Dan Mora

THE HEROES OF THE DC UNIVERSE ARE POWERLESS! THE TRINITY OF EVIL HAS WON! …THE RESISTANCE MUST RISE!

DC’s epic summer event kicks off with a bang, as the combined might of FAILSAFE and the BRAINIAC QUEEN has at last given Amanda Waller the ability to steal the metahuman abilities of every hero and villain on planet Earth. As chaos erupts in the streets and a massive misinformation campaign sways public opinion to her side, the founder of the Suicide Squad methodically targets each superhero dynasty one at a time, starting with SUPERMAN. But even in this darkest of hours, a resistance is forming… and BATMAN is out for vengeance. It’s a shocking blitzkrieg across the globe that is decades in the making — and will shape the course of the DC Universe for years to come! Brought to you by the superstar talents of MARK WAID and DAN MORA — it all starts here!

Release Date: July 3, 2023

PCS NOTES: DC’s big summer event kicks off in full force with this issue.


Annihilation 2099 #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Steve Orlando
Art by Ibraim Roberson & Neeraj Menon
Letters by Cory Petit
Cover Art by Nick Bradshaw & Rachelle Rosenberg

WHO IS THE LAST NOVA?! A remote town on a remote world is devastated by the ravenous, unforgiving KNULL SET, a gang of raiders and thieves obsessed with offering all life up to the darkness. But that all changes when a stranger comes to town, a stranger from the stars who answers to his own code. THE LAST SURVIVOR OF XANDAR… the LAST NOVA. Who is the Last Nova, and what great tragedy does he carry on his back? Is he the inheritor of the NOVA CORPS or its destroyer?

Release Date: July 3, 2023

PCS NOTES: Steve Orlando is back at it with another weekly adventure into the world of Marvel 2099.


Batman and Robin and Howard: Summer Breakdown #1
DC Comics
Written by Jeffrey Brown
Art by Brown
Cover Art by Brown

Summer is in session, and that means all the neighborhood patrols, soccer games, and snacks the boys can handle. But things take an unexpected turn when a new group of heroes, known as the Hero Club, approach Damian and Howard with an unusual offer — an invitation to help unmask the corporation planning to build a recycling factory in their favorite park. If that weren’t enough, Batman has been acting strangely and disappearing for stretches of time. And there are ninja everywhere… What could possibly be going on?

Release Date: July 3, 2023

PCS NOTES: Jeffrey Brown returns to this story with a serialized format after the previous graphic novel.


Cyberpunk 2077: Kickdown #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Tomasz Marchewka
Art by Jake Elphick & Jason Wordie
Letters by Frank Cvetkovic
Cover Art by Ephick

Fire up the engines, it’s a street takeover! With her foot on the pedal of the hottest ride in Night City, the daughter of a famed carjacker is out to fix the past. In a crowd of gangsters, racers, and criminals, word on the street travels fast-and that’s all according to plan.

Release Date: July 3, 2023


Doctor Who: The Fifteenth Doctor #1
Titan Books
Written by Dan Watters
Art by Kelsey Ramsay & Valentina Bianconi
Cover Art by Stanley Lau

JOIN THE FIFTEENTH DOCTOR IN A NEW COMIC BOOK ADVENTURE!

The FIFTEENTH DOCTOR and RUBY SUNDAY have followed a mysterious signal to a shopping mall in the last days of Earth. It’s sure to be a trap, but to find the source, The Doctor must face his greatest fears…

Release Date: July 3, 2023

PCS NOTES: A fantastic creative team to take on an interesting new chapter in the world of the Doctor.


Free Agents #1
Image Comics
Written by Fabian Nicieza & Kurt Busiek
Art by Stephen Mooney & Triona Farrell
Cover Art by Mooney

SERIES PREMIERE

GIANT-SIZE! BARGAIN PRICE!

An all-new ongoing series! KURT BUSIEK (ASTRO CITY), FABIAN NICIEZA (Deadpool), and STEPHEN MOONEY (Half Past Danger) introduce a team of young veterans, survivors of a massive intergalactic war.

Salvo. Pike. Katari. Shakti. Ridge. Maraud. Chalice.

They’ve fought every day of their existence and won a terrible victory. Now they’re stranded on Earth, free agents for the first time.

But when relics from their long war appear, threatening their chance at better lives, their greatest battle begins. They’ve fought for a million planets. Can they fight to save their own souls?

Release Date: July 3, 2023

PCS NOTES: Hot Damn! This looks fun!


Grendel: Devil’s Crucible – Defiance #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Matt Wagner
Art by Wagner & Brennan Wagner
Cover Art by Wagner

A new Grendel story from visionary creator Matt Wagner!

Grendel Prime has returned to Earth, but things are not as he left them. The pockets of humanity that remain and the “Necro Lords” that rule them have turned against Grendel. Grendel Prime will need to hide his identity as he explores his suddenly hostile home planet.

Release Date: July 3, 2023

PCS NOTES: Matt Wagner returning to Grendel? Yes! Please!


Soul Taker #1
Mad Cave Studios
Written by Tom Sniegoski & Jeannine Acheson
Art by Valeria Burzo & Emilo Lecce
Letters by Jim Campbell
Cover Art by Michael Maria

Amarantha is the last of her race, an ancient species that has lived among us for millennia, feeding on the life energies of humanity. Now enjoying a peaceful existence in a retirement community, she continues to consume just enough to survive. But Amarantha has made enemies throughout her long life and an ancient foe thought long defeated has returned and is out for blood, while a newer threat seeks to capture her for their own nefarious purposes! Now Amarantha must do everything in her power to vanquish her enemies and protect the life she has made for herself.

Release Date: July 3, 2023

PCS NOTES: This looks like an interesting story.


Spider-Man: Reign 2 #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Kaare Andrews
Art by Andrews & Brian Reber
Cover Art by Andrews

BACK TO THE (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN’S) FUTURE! Award-winning writer/artist Kaare Andrews returns to the world of SPIDER-MAN’S dystopian future in this sequel to the landmark, genre-defying SPIDER-MAN: REIGN! And who is the new BLACK CAT?! What tragedies and triumphs await this older, grizzled Peter Parker? Peter isn’t the only one who aged… wait until you see what happened to MILES MORALES!

Release Date: July 3, 2023

PCS NOTES: Kaare Andrews returns to the scene of some of his greatest work, and we are here for it.


Star Wars: Inquisitors #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Rodney Barnes
Art by Ramón Rosanas & Guru-eFX
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Cover Art by Nick Bradshaw & Neeraj Menon

THE JEDI MUST DIE! Weapons of the EMPEROR, sent out into the galaxy to track down and kill any Jedi who survived ORDER 66, the ruthless INQUISITORS are among the most skilled and deadly threats to those who served the light side of the Force. Buried in the annals of Jedi lore is the story of TENSU RUN, the Jedi who faced the Inquisitors and DARTH VADER! What became of him, and why did the EMPIRE so greatly fear his existence?

Release Date: July 3, 2023

PCS NOTES: This looks fun for fans of space action and intrigue.


ThunderCats: Cheetara #1
Dynamite Comics
Written by Soo Lee
Art by Domenico Carbone
Cover Art by Sozomaika

Cheetara of the ThunderCats is renowned as a fierce warrior, famous for her lightning-fast speed. But before her arrival on Third Earth… before the destruction of Thundera… she was a young woman wrapped in a stifling life of Thunderian nobility — a young woman with secrets.

Now, for the first time, those secrets will be revealed, as superstar creator SOO LEE (Disney Villains: Maleficent, Carmilla: The First Vampire) presents CHEETARA in her own solo series!

Lee and acclaimed artist DOMENICO CARBONE bring a lost world to life in ThunderCats: Cheetara, as the future warrior seeks to find her place in an unsure universe — and to understand why she’s seeing alarming visions of the ancient past, and the near future…

All-star artists SOZOMAIKA, LESLEY “LEIRIX” LI, REBECA PUEBLA, and EDWIN GALMON also join Lee in providing spectacular covers for this inaugural issue!

Release Date: July 3, 2023

PCS NOTES: Definitely going on the pull-list!


Wolverine: Deep Cut #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Chris Claremont
Art by Edgar Salazar & Lopez
Cover Art by Philip Tan & Sebastian Cheng

OUT OF THE OUTBACK ON A LIFE-AND-DEATH MISSION! At last — LOGAN’s secret adventure revealed! Featuring a sinister revelation and claw-to-claw confrontations with SABRETOOTH, this is a must-have WOLVERINE story for new and long-standing fans alike that simply cannot be missed! Back in UNCANNY X-MEN #246, Logan set off from the Australian outback, leaving behind what was left of the X-MEN, for a personal mission. Now, after decades of mystery, Chris Claremont reveals just what Wolverine got up to before his classic battle with the REAVERS! The next Chris Claremont-penned mutant saga begins, with the untold story of Wolverine’s most personal mission!

Release Date: July 3, 2023

PCS NOTES: I mean.. Chris Claremont writing new Wolverine stories? Sounds good to me.


New One-Shots and Specials 


Amanda Conner Dynamite Sketchbook
Dynamite Entertainment
Art by Amanda Conner
Cover Art by Conner

With her instantly recognizable style and beautifully crafted work, AMANDA CONNER has long been a favorite of comics fans everywhere and this July, Dynamite is celebrating her illustrious career with a gorgeous new sketchbook showcasing her amazing contributions to the medium over the years!

Amanda drew her first Vampirella story nearly three decades ago, and her unique ability to capture both the fierce and the playful side of the character was an immediate hit. Twenty years later, her work on Red Sonja was equally successful, with covers steeped in beauty and ferocity that captured the She-Devil’s essence.

This new 40-page collection highlights Amanda’s favorite Vampirella and Red Sonja work, and also includes a wealth of behind-the-scenes insights into her creative process, with layouts and pencil art for many of her classic illus- trations. A subject this beloved deserves a publication just as special, so the Amanda Conner Dynamite Sketchbook is being offered in four unique editions – each one a collector’s dream!

Release Date: July 3, 2023

PCS NOTES: This is a no brainer gift for any comic art fan.


Betty & Veronica: Summer Spectacular #1
Archie Comics
Written by Tom DeFalco
Art by Jim Amash & Steven Butler
Cover Art by Holly Golightly

One-Shot Special

BRAND NEW STORY: Chaos reigns when Betty and Veronica’s plans for a tranquil girls’ night with a few friends are ruined by Archie and a team of boisterous Little Leaguers! Plus, even more fun-in-the-sun stories!

Release Date: July 3, 2023

PCS NOTES: Summer time hijinx time!


Life of Wolverine #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Jim Zub
Art by Ramón Bachs & Javier Tartaglia
Letters by Joe Sabino
Cover Art by Ron Lim & Israel Silva

One-Shot Special

LOGAN’S LIFE STORY — IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER FOR THE FIRST TIME! WOLVERINE has been mindwiped, manipulated and given false memories so many times, what is the truth of his long life? Now, as a journey into his own past becomes paramount to the survival of mutantkind, delve into the TRUE story of LOGAN’s life, from his earliest days in the late 1800s, to the many wars he’s fought alongside comrades like CAPTAIN AMERICA and SABRETOOTH, to the WEAPON X procedures that changed his life forever, his days on the X-MEN and more! All IN CONTINUITY, this includes some adventures and links to the past never before revealed, giving the most complete picture of WOLVERINE’s history EVER ASSEMBLED! In print for the first time!

Release Date: July 3, 2023

PCS NOTES: This seems like an nice way to catch up on the saga of Logan.


Werewolf By Night: Blood Hunt #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Jason Loo
Art by Adam Gorham
Cover Art by Davide Paratore

One-Shot Special

As the BLOOD HUNT wreaks untold havoc across the Marvel Universe, one of those affected in most unexpected ways is the WEREWOLF BY NIGHT! Imbued with NEW ABILITIES, a NEW LOOK, and a DANGEROUS NEW DIRECTION, this Werewolf by Night is UNLIKE ANY YOU HAVE SEEN OR KNOWN BEFORE! Starring JAKE GOMEZ, this is one tie-in no BLOOD HUNT reading order is complete without!

Release Date: July 3, 2023


X-Men: Blood Hunt – Psylocke #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Steve Foxe
Art by Lynne Yoshii
Cover Art by Stephen Segovia & Alex Guimarães

One-Shot Special

NINJA VS. VAMPIRE! After serving on the frontlines in the war against Orchis, KWANNON is enjoying some much-deserved downtime with her new lover Greycrow. But when darkness falls across Japan, PSYLOCKE will wield her psionic blade against bloodsucking creatures of legend and faces a foe unlike any she’s ever seen. An all-new villain emerges in the mayhem of BLOOD HUNT!

Release Date: July 3, 2023

PCS NOTES: I am kind of excited to see this creative team work together on this character.


You and a Bike and a Road HC
Fantagraphics Books
Written by Eleanor Davis
Art by Davis
Cover Art by Davis

Original Graphic Novel

Eleanor Davis’s bike tour from Tucson, Arizona to Athens, Georgia is a quest of epic proportions — not just geographically, which it surely is, but inwardly as well. While facing off formidable headwinds, drivers with reckless abandon, and screaming knee pain, the author confronts an even greater challenge — her own mind. Life on two wheels teaches her many lessons, and she narrates them with keen observation and self-deprecating candor through a series of funny, touching vignettes. Companionship from fellow travelers and the generosity of colorful strangers propel Davis along the open road. A tale of serendipitous encounters, surprising friendship, perseverance, and tenderness, Eleanor Davis’s You and a Bike and a Road reveals the power, and truth, of the most efficient mode of human transportation — a bicycle.

Release Date: July 3, 2023

PCS NOTES: This is the graphic novel you should be taking on your beach or lake trips this summer. 


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