New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 7/10/24

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.

This is quite a list this week. The most anticipated item for this Wednesday is the relaunch of the X-Men franchise from Marvel with X-Men #1; however DC Comics also has some interesting debuts. The creator-owned new number ones look to be amazing. We highly recommend that you 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, IDW Publishing, Fantagraphics Books, Hummanoids Inc., Storm King 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

New Series This Week 

Absolute Power: Task Force VII #1
DC Comics
Written by Leah Williams
Art by Caitlin Yarksy & Alex Guimarães
Letters by Dave Sharpe
Cover Art by Pete Woods

THE TRINITY OF EVIL’S FORCES TARGET THE MARVEL FAMILY! LAST SON STRIKES! SUPER NO MORE! With the assault on Metropolis’s heroes complete, Amanda Waller’s latest living weapon, the Last Son, sets his sights on the other most powerful supers in the DCU… the Marvel Family! Will their combined powers be enough to survive this terrifying threat? In this biweekly series we’ll see the ABSOLUTE POWER event through the eyes of evil — as told from the point of view of the TRINITY OF EVIL!

Release Date: July 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: The Absolute Power event is off to a terrific start. This series will come almost weekly and has a great creative team.

The Domain #1
Image Comics
Written by Chip Zdarsky
Art by Rachael Stott & Enrica Eren Angiolini
Letters by Jeff Powell
Cover Art by Stott

When three best friends discover a crashed UFO, they also discover technology that gives them incredible abilities! But there’s a catch: only one of them can use the powers at a time! Can their friendship survive the power’s temptation? In the pages of Image’s Eisner-winning series, PUBLIC DOMAIN, Syd Dallas and the team at Dallas Comics reimagine their classic character THE DOMAIN for a new audience, and… this is that comic! This special series, written by CHIP ZDARSKY (BATMAN, NEWBURN) with amazing art by RACHAEL STOTT (Fantastic Four, Dr. Who) and EREN ANGIOLINI (Justice League: Last Ride) is a classic superhero story for those coming in fresh, and a fun meta story for readers of PUBLIC DOMAIN!

Release Date: July 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: I am always in the mood for a new Chip Zdarsky series, and am a huge fan of Rachael Stott. Will be reading!!

From the DC Vault: Death in the Family – Robin Lives #1
DC Comics
Written by J.M. DeMatteis
Art by Rick Leonardi
Letters by Taylor Esposito
Cover Art by Leonardi

JASON TODD LIVES! WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE FALLEN ROBIN? In 1988, DC fans made a seminal choice in the history of DC publishing — voting to kill off Jason Todd’s Robin in the Death in the Family storyline. Now, for the first time, we want to find out what would have happened if fans had voted to let him live. And it begins — with the murder of The Joker!

Release Date: July 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: Wow! I am absolutely intrigued with this concept.

From the World of Minor Threats: Barfly #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Kyle Starks, Jordan Blum, & Patton Oswalt
Art by Ryan Browne
Letters by Nate Piekos
Cover Art by Scott Hepburn

Spinning out of the world of the hit Minor Threats superhero series by Patton Oswalt, Jordan Blum, and Scott Hepburn comes a new tale of costumed underdogs — featuring a low-level henchman without a leader to serve.

The Lower Lair bar is home to all sorts of supervillains, lowlifes, and scumbags… but only one of them has to puke digestive fluids onto his food to eat. $#!%eater, the humanoid mutant fly is a loser, a lifelong minion who lives to serve his criminal master. But what happens to a henchman when he no longer has anyone left to hench for?

Comic book legends Kyle Starks (Where Monsters Lie) and Ryan Browne (Eight Billion Genies) present the heartwarming, feel good, coming-of-age story about an insect monster-man searching for his identity amongst the criminal underworld of Twilight City. A grimy punk rock odyssey that answers the question “How much $#!% can one lackey eat before he says NO MORE?!”

Release Date: July 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: If you are not aware or caught up with the Minor Threats universe, you should be, and this spinoff with this creative team looks like tons of fun.

Gatchaman: Galactor #1
Mad Cave Studios
Written by Steve Orlando
Art by Katherine Lobo
Letters by Frank Cvetkovic
Cover Art by Lobo

Galactor is under siege by a threat from within! After a secret attempt on his life, Berg Katse sets about to uncover a conspiracy within Galactor, born of their earliest days. Galactor’s leader goes undercover to hunt, identify, and ruthlessly dispense with a revolution growing within Galactor’s ranks. The masked villain Berg Katse must root out a conspiracy within Galactor, the sinister organization that plagues Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. The first issue in an all-new miniseries that expands upon the ongoing series!

Release Date: July 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: Keep giving me more Gatchaman. Steve Orlando and Katherine Lobo are going to hit this one out of the park. I can just feel it. 

The Hunger and the Dusk: Book Two #1
IDW Publishing
Written by G. Willow Wilson
Art by Christian Wildgoose, Diana Sousa, & Michele SassyK
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover Art by Wildgoose & SassyK

After the falling out between Cal and Tara, love is lost and the fragile human-orc alliance has ripped at the seams. The Last Men Standing are sitting ducks without their healer… and their enemies have multiplied. As ruthless Vangol and rogue orc dynasties stoke the flames of war, Tara could be civilization’s last hope for peace — but she may become a distant memory when a fresh face joins the battlefield.

Release Date: July 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: Finally, one of my favorite series of 2023 returns with a new arc. Can’t wait to read it.

Kill All Immortals #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Zack Kaplan
Art by Fico Ossio & Thiago Rocha
Letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Cover Art by Oliver Barrett

Succession meets John Wick… with immortal Vikings. A thousand years ago, Viking explorer Erik the Red and his four adult children discovered a mysterious source of immortality. Now, in our modern world, they are an enigmatic billionaire family with a powerful banking empire. But when Erik’s only daughter, Frey Asvald, seeks to finally be free from her family’s influence, she must be prepared to reveal their supernatural secrets and confront her well-trained siblings in a deadly and epic struggle for power. Get ready for a bloodthirsty immortal fight like no other!

Release Date: July 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: We have been excited for this one for a while now. 

Primer: Clashing Colors #1
DC Comics
Written by Thomas Krajewski & Jennifer Muro
Art by Gretel Lusky
Cover Art by Lusky

Ashley wants nothing more than to be taken seriously as a superhero — she can’t help it that things don’t always go as planned! And when the Teen Titans roll into town chasing after their infamous nemesis, Deathstroke, Ashley will put her powers to the test to prove that Primer has what it takes to join the team.

Release Date: July 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: I am interested in this new-ish character from DC and how she fits in the universe.

Star Wars: Ahsoka #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Rodney Barnes
Art by Steven Cummings, Wayne Faucher, & Rachelle Rosenberg
Cover Art by David Nakayama

After the fall of THE EMPIRE, AHSOKA TANO stalks the galaxy for GRAND ADMIRAL THRAWN! A valuable prisoner escapes New Republic custody; a search for answers reunites two old friends. The villainous MORGAN ELSBETH returns along with two new mysterious Force users, BAYLAN SKOLL and his apprentice, SHIN HATI. Will the REBELS be able to track down their lost comrade, EZRA BRIDGER?

Release Date: July 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: Great creative team. Great character. No brainer.

X-Men #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Jed MacKay
Art by Ryan Stegman, J.P. Meyer & Marte Gracia
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Cover Art by Stegman, Meyer, Gracia

FROM THE ASHES! Krakoa is gone, ORCHIS has fallen… but the X-Men remain, always. Cyclops leads, because that is what he does. Beast builds, because that is what he does. And from their new home in Alaska, the X-Men raise a flag of defiance. Mutant business is their business. Join CYCLOPS, BEAST, MAGNETO, PSYLOCKE, KID OMEGA, TEMPER, MAGIK and JUGGERNAUT as new forces in the world move into position, battling for the destiny and philosophy of the mutant species.

Release Date: July 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is the beginning of the rest of your existence, X-Men. Are you ready for it?

New One-Shots and Specials 

Carmilla Vol. 2: The Last Vampire Hunter TP
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Amy Chu
Art by Soo Lee
Letters by Sal Cipriano
Cover Art by Lee

Original Graphic Novel

Before Dracula, before Nosferatu, there was… CARMILLA.

In the second volume of this feminist tale of murder, monsters, and mystery layered with dark Chinese folklore, social worker turned vampire hunter Athena Lo has just lost everyone she loves — and it’s all her fault.

Hoping to put her life back together, Athena travels to San Francisco’s Chinatown on a quest to uncover the secrets of her mysterious family history. But her journey escalates into a nightmare when she‘s violently introduced to a new, ruthless gang of Asian American vampires and its unlikely leader, who hold shocking truths. As she navigates this dangerous territory, Athena can’t escape the ghost of Carmilla… and neither can the vampires. Athena must decide — whose side is she on?

Inspired by the gothic novel that started the vampire genre, this queer, feminist murder mystery graphic novel is a tale of identity, obsession and fateful family secrets.

Release Date: July 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is the follow-up graphic novel to the Bram Stoker Award Winning first Carmilla book. It is sure to be fantastic.

Dark & Twisted: The Killing Hole TP
Storm King Comics
Written by Steve Niles
Art by Trevor Denham & Ryan Winn
Letters by Janice Chiang
Cover Art by Denham & Winn

Original Graphic Novel

The year is 1979, and Stewart is a neglected 14-year-old living with his overworked divorced mother in a run-down apartment. He struggles in school, avoiding bullies and cliques, and finds solace in his friendship with Peter, the new kid in town. But as their bond deepens, they enter a world of darkness, turning this Gen X coming-of-age story on its head.

Release Date: July 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are big fans of the Dark & Twisted series of graphic novels from Storm King and this should only enhance that feeling. 

The Incredible Hulk: Blood Hunt #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Art by Danny Earls
Cover Art by Joshua Cassara & Marte Gracia

One-Shot Special

WHAT LIES BENEATH! Hulk and Banner’s quest to save Charlie’s soul leads them through the Old West town of OLD TUCSON, population of one… but the last man in town has a heck of a story to tell. Before the night ends, Hulk and Banner will learn that there’s a lot more than meets the eye in Old Tucson, and that there’s a lot more under the desert floor than either of them could have guessed. Don’t miss this spine-chilling chapter of the BLOOD HUNT event!

Release Date: July 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: Blood Hunt infects the not-so-jolly green giant.

I’m a Mess GN TP
Mad Cave Studios
Written by Einat Tsarfati
Art by Tsarfati
Cover Art by Tsarfati

Original Graphic Novel

A charmingly honest illustrated guide to living a messy life!

I’m A Mess is a funny and deep exploration of messiness in people’s lives. It invites readers into a world where messiness is not a flaw but a feature. It humorously examines the characteristics and behaviors associated with different kinds of messy types and discusses the unexpected advantages that messy individuals may possess, such as enhanced visual memory. The book also includes a section that provides practical advice on managing and organizing clutter in a non-traditional way. It reminds us that, within the chaos, lies creativity and resourcefulness.

Release Date: July 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: This book looks absolutely charming.

The Nancy Show: Celebrating the Art of Ernie Bushmiller TP
Fantagraphics Books
Written by Ernie Bushmiller
Art by Bushmiller
Cover Art by Bushmiller

Special Collection

A companion catalogue of original art, memorabilia, and more from “The Nancy Show”, a 2024 exhibition honoring Ernie Bushmiller at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. This book includes reproductions from the museum show, including over 100 pieces of original artwork, with special bonus material.

Ernie Bushmiller stated that his Nancy was created for “the gum chewers” and not the “caviar eaters.” He might be surprised to find his work honored in an important art exhibition. Nancy herself would believe she deserves nothing less!

By scholars, collectors, and fans, the importance of Ernie Bushmiller’s work has been acknowledged in recent years as he takes his place among the great classic cartoonists. This book is a companion catalogue of artwork, memorabilia, and more from “The Nancy Show” a 2024 exhibition honoring Bushmiller at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Included are high-quality images of over 100 pieces of Ernie Bushmiller original artwork, plus a biography by exhibition curator Brian Walker. A collector’s story by Tom Gammil gives insights on Nancy artwork and displays a gallery of dolls, toys, and other merchandise. The Nancy Show also features contributions by authors Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden (How To Read Nancy), as well as notes from Bill Griffith, Patrick McDonnell, Ivan Brunetti, and others.

The book also features a collection of the best Nancy Sunday pages from over the decades, meticulously restored and printed in near full-size, most never been reprinted in color before. This book gives comic lovers an opportunity to experience “The Nancy Show” exhibition long after it leaves the museum. It’s a volume no Nancy fan should be without! Special bonus gift: This book includes a sheet of exclusive Nancy gift-wrapping paper, suitable for wrapping the book itself or anything else one might give to a Nancy lover.

Full-color illustrations throughout.

Release Date: July 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: Fans of Nancy and Bushmiller will not want to miss this historic release.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 40th Anniversary Comics Celebration #1
IDW Publishing
Written by Various
Art by Various
Cover Art by Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird

One-Shot Special

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turn 40! Revisit some of their greatest eras with stories told by some of the many creators of the page and screen who made each iteration of the Turtles so special!

This all-new anthology takes a look all the way back to the start, celebrating that initial spark of creativity from Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, and then works its way through the next four decades, highlighting fan-favorite touchstones from comic books and beyond. Eastman leads a host of incredible talent who are contributing new stories and pinups from a gaggle of legendary TMNT contributors, including Jim Lawson, Tristan Jones and Paul Harmon, Ronda Pattison and Pablo Tunica, Tom Waltz and Michael Dialynas, Ciro Nieli, Lloyd Goldfine with Khary Randolph and Emilio Lopez, Andy Suriano, Chris Allan and many more, all hearkening back to the era of TMNT they are best known for, ranging from the initial Mirage series through the 1990s and up until now, as well as the Tales of TMNT and Rise of the TMNT.

Featuring a host of covers designed to celebrate individual decades, including new pieces by Eastman & Laird, Campbell, Randolph, the Escorza Brothers, Michael Dooney, Vincenzo Federici, Michael Dialynas, and the mighty Simon Bisley! Plus a special “Golden Age” cover by Michael Cho!

Release Date: July 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: FORTY YEARS!?!?! Seriously folks, there is a lot of very interesting turtle related things coming soon and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

What We Wished For GN TP
Humanoids, Inc.
Written by Ilias Kyriazis
Art by Kyriazis
Cover Art by Kyriazis

Original Graphic Novel

On the night a mysterious comet passes overhead, a group of kids encounter a supernatural being who promises to grant them one wish each, but they take too long and the comet passes. 35 years later, the comet returns…and their wishes begin to come true.

What We Wished For is an extraordinary exploration of the sweeping concerns of our time-gender and sexuality, isolation, technology, power, polarization-filtered through a funhouse mirror of magical realism and experienced through deeply relatable characters whose desires, foibles, and failings are nothing compared to their heart-wrenching humanity.

Release Date: July 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: What a fantastic concept for a story.