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New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 7/17/24

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 7/17/24

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.

There are some massive new series releases this week, and the collected editions list has some really good items as well. 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, Oni Press, Titan Books, DSTLRY Media, Dynamite Entertainment, 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 


Biker Mice From Mars #1
Oni Press
Written by Melissa Flores
Art by Francis Portela
Letters by Taylor Esposito
Cover Art by Dustin Weaver

MARS! MICE! MOTORCYCLES! The next epic chapter of the Nacelleverse starts NOW with an ALL-NEW, ALL-ADRENALINE ADVENTURE for the free-wheelin’, butt-kickin’ animation icons who ride the Red Planet’s hardest roads! Rocketing out of the pages of NacelleVerse #0 . . . the ‘90s cartoon sensation is back in a brand-new comic book series from red-hot writer Melissa Flores (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Spider-Gwen: Smash) and Eisner Award–nominated artist Francis Portela (Green Lantern)!

Best friends Throttle, Modo, and Vinnie were just three anthropomorphic, motorcycle-riding mice who called Mars home . . . and were always bad to the bone. But when the ruthless Plutarkians stage a mass invasion to strip their planet of its precious resources, their antiauthoritarian streak is going to turn into a full-blown insurgency. Only the Biker Mice from Mars can prevent the mass destruction of Earth’s neighbor . . . and the freedom of our entire solar system may just hang in the balance. Leading into the upcoming animated series by executive producers Brian Volk-Weiss, Cisco Henson, Matt Kravitsky, and Michael Goodman from the Nacelle Company, Maximum Effort’s Ryan Reynolds, George Dewey, Kevin Hill, and Ashley Fox, as well as Fubo’s David Gandler and Pamela Duckworth, the summer’s most anticipated return revs up the action as a never-before-told chapter of Biker Mice history stands revealed! MARS WAR starts now!

Release Date: July 17, 2024

PCS NOTES: The Nacelleverse from Oni Press is really getting underway and this is a major piece to it.


Dark Knights of Steel: Allwinter #1
DC Comics
Written by Tom Taylor & Jay Kristoff
Art by Tirso Cons, Riccardo Federici, Arif Prianto
Letters by Wes Abbot
Cover Art by Cons

THE ELSEWORLDS RELAUNCH CONTINUES WITH A BONE-CHILLING DARK KNIGHTS OF STEEL CHAPTER STARRING DEATHSTROKE!

The snow falls thick, blood runs black, and color itself is only a distant memory. The legendary assassin Deathstroke stalks a frozen wasteland, killing for coin among a nation of ever-warring jarls. But when our murderer for hire finds himself cast in the role of reluctant guardian, will he fight to end the icy curse destroying his land or be consumed by the sins of his own dark past? The red-hot Dark Knights of Steel epic expands into bone-chilling new territories with new surprises in store!

Release Date: July 17, 2024

PCS NOTES: The Dark Knights of Steel series was an excellent “alternate universe” tale, and we are happy to see it being placed under the “Elseworlds” label where it belongs. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 7/17/24”

So Long and Thanks for the Fish, Man #090: Vegas Vacation (Part 3)

So Long and Thanks for the Fish, Man #090: Vegas Vacation (Part 3)

Let’s just get this over with:

If you’re just now getting here… you might want to read part one, and part deux

This is the final installment of our Vegas saga. For now.

As it stands… we have not signed a single licensing deal for The Samurnauts, yet. So, if you were actually thinking we were being that coy? Nah. Keep in mind that it’s absolutely beyond rare that a little side hustle no-name business waltzes on to an expo floor for the very first time, and instantly becomes the belle of the ball. We weren’t counting on that, and it didn’t happen. No harm, no foul.

What I can say though… Unshaven Comics has a few things we are actively pursuing and have had positive movement in the last few weeks. Forgive me if I don’t say more. One, because I’m probably a little stupid and superstitious — and I genuinely believe even an ounce of unearned excitement will make the universe pull the rug out from under us. And two, we genuinely don’t know what will happen, good or bad. 

So, let’s head backwards in time to where we actually left things off.

The Licensing Expo was now over. Unshaven Sales-o-matic Kyle Gnepper returned to the Cheesiest State™ to be husband and father. Unshaven Matt and myself hopped into the ole’ minivan and took off to Traverse City, Michigan, for the Cherry Capital Comic Con. So, any follow-up to be done was going to wait until the Monday after the show. That was also a smart move as we figure most folks attending stayed in Vegas through Friday at least, to get in some more entertainment. No need to have our email awaiting them several dozen down in their inbox, right?

Once officially home-home — wife smooched, kids hugged-and-high-fived, and suitcase unpacked — I powered on my PC to fulfill my duties as the Unshaven Business Beard. I pulled out the heavy pile of business cards taken in from Las Vegas, and opened up my Google Sheet of notes. Here I reorganized every contact into piles: unlikely to work with us, likely want our money, mild interest, and heavy interest (#StartHereDummy). Once organized, I created a copy/pastable scripted email. In short, I reintroduced myself and Unshaven Comics. I left specific room to leave some detailed notes so this wasn’t some wholly robotic schpiel. And most importantly, I included a call to action. I should note: I am a marketer by day. So, doing this kind of stuff is very much how I personally pay the bills. In total, I sent out 53 emails, and hoped I’d get a dozen back.  Continue reading “So Long and Thanks for the Fish, Man #090: Vegas Vacation (Part 3)”

With Further Ado #306: Getting Ready for SDCC (part 1) – Don McGregor preparations

With Further Ado #306: Getting Ready for SDCC (part 1) – Don McGregor preparations

Ok, I guess the cat is out of the bag! San Diego Comic-Con has invited Don McGregor to be a guest of honor this July. And for his spotlight panel, I’ve been asked to be the moderator. As if anyone can “moderate” Don McGregor. He’s a man of many passions -always ready with larger-than-life stories, and contagious laughter, his strong friendships, and his focus for doing the very best he can.

And like everyone else, I’ve always found his best is always pretty damn good!

Clearly, the convention has saved the best for last this year. Don’t miss Don’s spotlight panel: It’s Sunday at 1:00 pm in Room 4.

And to help you get ready for this panel, let me steer you to this podcast. I had so much fun interviewing Don a few years ago, and John Siuntres ran it as a Word Balloon Podcast episode! You still can give it a listen right here.

Comic fans know of Don’s many accomplishments: the Black Panther stories, his Killraven adventures, Sabre – one of the first indie series to bravely navigate the direct market, Nathanial Dusk, Alexander Risk, Zorro (in comics and newspaper strips)…the list goes on and on. Just last month, in fact, I stumbled across an issue of Doctor Strange that Don wrote that was new to me!

The Mark of Z …uh, make that : D !

Beyond that convention appearance, I’ve the privilege of interviewing Don several times for several different articles. Every time, he’s fascinating and fresh with new stories and clever insights.

This Zorro article was originally published in TwoMorrow’s Back Issue #138, on sale about three years ago. It’s full of so many of things that make Don a longtime fan favorite. So, allow me to reprint a part of that article here for your reading pleasure. Continue reading “With Further Ado #306: Getting Ready for SDCC (part 1) – Don McGregor preparations”

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

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!! Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 7/10/24”

So Long and Thanks for the Fish, Man #089: Vegas Vacation (Part 2)

So Long and Thanks for the Fish, Man #089: Vegas Vacation (Part 2)

Welcome back to Sin City, kiddos! (and if you missed last week… best give it a read so this makes sense)

Our flight into Vegas was smooth. Our check-in for our rental SUV was not only smooth… we got a free upgrade! We took the keys to our Kia Carnival, and set off for adventure — by way of rolling the dice on Unshaven Comics. 

Our first stop was at the home of family friends — who graciously offered to accept a few shipments of bric-a-brac for our booth. With said crap loaded into our spacious vehicle, we made our second official stop: In-N-Out Burger. As was demanded of us by half a dozen well-wishers, we stopped for the quintessential west coast fast food. Go ahead and cry foul now though. Matt, Kyle, and I all got standard burgers, fries, and pop. No animal style. No protein style. No 3x3s. The joke is on all y’all though: we all loved it anyways. Simple, fresh, and decently priced. Call it a win, and let’s keep driving.

With the Licensing Expo taking place the next day, our plan called for us to set up the booth. As per our usual… we parked incorrectly the first time. Our dumbass selves parked at the main Mandalay Bay parking lot ($25) and meandered throughout the restaurants before finding the convention center. We snagged our passes, and briefly walked the showfloor to locate our diminutive space. After clarifying that the convention center itself boasted its own parking lot, but would not let us sneak from one lot to the other without paying… we made the executive decision to hoof our cart of crap through the common areas of the resort anyways. Hey! $25 is $25!

Landed. Got car. Got booth stuff. Ate. Setup booth. All that was left now was to get to our room and consider the evening’s plan. I could waste an entire chapter of this saga discussing how we wound up not having the room we paid for, but will save us all the anxiety of reliving it. We were supposed to stay at the Mandalay-Bay-adjacent Luxor, but due to things happening, we wound up staying at The Orleans.  Continue reading “So Long and Thanks for the Fish, Man #089: Vegas Vacation (Part 2)”

Brainiac On Banjo: Remember Nostalgia?

Brainiac On Banjo: Remember Nostalgia?

“Summer has come and passed. The innocent can never last. Wake me up when September ends.” From Wake Me Up When September Ends, written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt.

I remember nostalgia before it became an excuse to “fix” things. Whereas this applies to most aspects of modern-day life, it is a particularly dangerous weapon in the hands of comics people.

First, some background. Originally, the term “nostalgia” referred to a disease. According to The Atlantic magazine in 2013:

“These were some of the treatments proposed for nostalgia during the 17th to 19th centuries, when it was considered a psychopathological disorder – rather than a blanket term for fondness for anything that existed more than thirty minutes ago … Swiss physician Johannes Hofer coined the term in his 1688 medical dissertation, from the Greek nostos, or homecoming, and algos, or pain. The disease was similar to paranoia, except the sufferer was manic with longing, not perceived persecution, and similar to melancholy, except specific to an object or place.”

I first heard about the nostalgia disease a very long time ago. At that time, this diagnosis made complete sense to me. Sadly, it still does.

This brings me to the subject of Mystery In Space #75. This truly historic (by the standards of the medium back then) single issue went on sale March 6, 1962, which means I was 11 years old at the time. In other words, I was the exact age DC Comics was targeting. They figured out I was about two years away from the habit-destroying affects of puberty. If you want to quibble about “historic,” DC did a facsimile edition reprint in 2020; of course, the original cost 12 cents and the reprint $3.99, which is almost four times the rate of inflation. I think it’s safe to say the intended audience was significantly older than in 1962, the field fraught with victims of nostalgia. Continue reading “Brainiac On Banjo: Remember Nostalgia?”

With Further Ado #305: Summer Fun

With Further Ado #305: Summer Fun

There’s something about reading comics in the summer. Maybe it’s the sunshine? Maybe it’s carefree feeling – that makes it seem as if we all have endless days to lay around reading.

Here’s another beauty I rescued from the William G. Martin, Sr. collection. This is what summer is all about. It’s Walt Disney’s Donald Duck’s Beach Party #4, a Dell Giant from 1957. In this wonderful comic, Donald Duck and his three nephews go on a two week (!) vacation at a rental property. After a few convoluted adventures, they stumble across a bunch of comics. Continue reading “With Further Ado #305: Summer Fun”

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

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. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 7/3/24”

So Long and Thanks for the Fish, Man #088: Vegas Vacation (Part 1)

So Long and Thanks for the Fish, Man #088: Vegas Vacation (Part 1)

When I last left everyone, I’d made mention of exploring Unshaven Comics’ recent respite to Sin City. So I guess I owe no one a Coke. Whew. That’s right, two articles in two weeks. Maybe I’m on to something? We’ll see.

Before I dive deep into our trip, let me take you back — all the way back — to the secret origins of Unshaven Comics. When we debuted at Wizard World Chicago in 2008, the shared goal of the table was simple: Find an all-important Comic Book Editor™ who would be so enamored with our creative non-fiction book “The March: Crossing Bridges in America” that they’d whisk us off to Comic Book Land™ with three full time jobs waiting for us to just make comics for the rest of our lives.

No, I’m not even kidding. We were in our mid-twenties and absolutely that delusional and devoid of any actual industry knowledge. 

The upside to this goal? It made Mike Gold laugh so hard he hasn’t stopped being our friend since his late wife — the amazing Linda Gold — dragged him over to our table to hear about “The March”. Silver linings and all that jazz.

After we three Unshaven Lads learned how the comic book sausage was actually made, our goals shifted appropriately. If the industry wasn’t going to hand us all jobs, then we’d play the long game instead. We recognized that the journey was likely only ever to be our reward, and as such, we declared to no one the new goal: exist. And maybe, if we were ever lucky? Our flagship title The Samurnauts might one day become more than a comic series.  Continue reading “So Long and Thanks for the Fish, Man #088: Vegas Vacation (Part 1)”

With Further Ado #304: Same as it Ever Was : Toxic Fandom

With Further Ado #304: Same as it Ever Was : Toxic Fandom

There were a few online conversations recently that discussed the nature of Star Wars fans. On one side of the argument, Star Wars fans are categorized as crabby and inflexible, disliking all of the official recent adventures. On the other hand, there’s a school of thought that corporate owners “just don’t get it”, and that they are ruining the property with their clumsy attempts with new material.

And sometimes it gets really nasty.

Toxic Fandom is – unfortunately – a real thing. Conversations, forecasts, and analyses can quickly become judgmental, angry and ugly. Maaaan..I miss the old days when everyone was friendly and nice.

But wait! That might not have been quite the case. Maybe there never were any “good old days” when fans were happy, kind, and complacent. Here’s why I think that.

This past weekend, a comic shop near Buffalo, NY had an amazing sale of a longtime fan’s treasures. He had recently passed, but quite obviously had amassed, and hopefully enjoyed, an astounding collection. I rescued quite a few Avengers items from this “unveiling” sales event.

No, no, not those Avengers. These were books and fanzines all about the 1960s TV Avengers, from the UK. This weekly show was extraordinarily popular, and is still fondly remembered by folks like me. It mixed the prim and proper genteelness of British culture with the violence and sexiness of spy thrillers. Continue reading “With Further Ado #304: Same as it Ever Was : Toxic Fandom”