Category: New Number Ones

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 2/28/2024

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 2/28/2024

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.

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.

Again this week is light on New Number Ones, but what is here looks fun. One of the things that we have been noticing is that some of the non-Big2 books have been generating longer runs and we are definitely happy to see that. We have books on this week’s list from: Marvel Comics, Dark Horse, Titan Books, Band of Bards, and Fantagraphics Books.

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.

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New Series This Week 


Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Ray Fawkes
Art by Gabriel Guzman & Michael Atiyeh
Letters by Michael Heisler
Cover Art by Aniekan Udofia

A six-issue miniseries based on all-new Ubisoft’s AAA PC/console video game Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora! Meet So’lek, a Na’vi warrior who must go on a transformative journey across Pandora. While the battle of the Hallelujah Mountains is over, the trauma of war is never-ending. So’lek finds himself alone, stricken with grief and desperation. Only through Eywa can he find a path to heal-and though danger, doubt, and pain await him, it’s time for him to answer the call. This story introduces readers to new characters and clans, and is the origin story of one of the key characters in Ubisoft’s forthcoming game!

Release Date: February 28, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is a great creative team for fans of this franchise to generate this series.


The Savage Sword of Conan #1
Titan Comics
Written by John Arcudi, Patrick Zircher, & Jim Zub
Art by Max Von Fafner, Zircher
Cover Art by Joe Jusko

THE SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN IS BACK from Heroic Signatures and Titan Comics!

Featuring a new CONAN epic from John Arcudi and Max Von Fafner, the rousing return of SOLOMON KANE written and drawn by Patch Zircher, an electric prose story from Jim Zub, spectacular art pin-ups, and more, the SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN Issue #1 heralds a new era of adrenaline-fueled adventure.

Release Date: February 28, 2024

PCS NOTES: This title has a lot of history and we are glad to see Titan Books bring it back with this terrific cast of creators on the first issue. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 2/28/2024”

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 2/21/24

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 2/21/24

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.

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.

It is a relatively light week for new series, but there are some very interesting books on the list and a couple of long awaited collections in the One-Shots and Specials section. We have books on this week’s list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, DSTLRY Media, Oni Press, Archie 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.

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New Series This Week 


Alien: Black, White & Blood #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, Ryan Cady, & Stephanie Phillips
Art by Dev Pramanik, Marcelo Ferriera, & Michael Dowling
Cover Art by Ryan Stegman, J.P. Mayer, & Edgar Delgado

THE ALIEN UNIVERSE AS ONLY MARVEL COULD IMAGINE IT! Black, white, red—and GREEN! Marvel Comics and 20th Century Studios present a kill-fest of an anthology in chest-rending artistic detail! Superstars Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing (CAPTAIN AMERICA: SENTINEL OF LIBERTY, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) and brilliant artist Michael Dowling (BLACK CAT, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) kick off a generations-spanning story that will continue through all four issues! Fan-favorite writer Ryan Cady explores the limits of compassion in “Maternal Instincts.” And rising stars Stephanie Phillips and Marcelo Ferreira bring you “The Hunt,” a tale of guts, glory and the most exhilarating of games…

Release Date: February 21, 2024

PCS NOTES: Three new groups of creators taking swings at the Xenomorphs? Sound like a fun read.


Blasfamous #1
DSTLRY Media
Written by Mirka Andolfo
Art by Andolfo & Gianluca Papi
Letters by Fabio Amelia
Cover Art by Andolfo

From international superstar MIRKA ANDOLFO (SWEET PAPRIKA, MERCY, UNNATURAL, Harley Quinn, Punchline…) comes a new horror comedy that only Andolfo can deliver—asking the question: how many fans is your soul worth? In a world where pop stars have ascended to divinity, and the masses bow in veneration to a new generation of viral superstars, angels and demons thrive on this exaltation, and revel in this spotlight that grants them unimaginable power. Clelia, the reigning queen of pop, finds her throne shaken by a newcomer radiating with enigmatic charm. As her fans waver and the public eye threatens to wander, Clelia and her demonic agent, Father Lev, are thrust into a battle for dominance on this exhilarating stage of music and mysticism. How far will they go to defend her reign and unravel the mystery of this sensational new threat? Mixing the sacred and profane, Harvey Award-winning Mirka Andolfo effortlessly merges the mythological urban fantasy of American Gods with the sardonic wit of The Good Place in a brand new dark series featuring stunning visual and narrative intensity set in the glittering world of pop music.

Release Date: February 21, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is the NEW NUMBER ONE OF THE WEEK. DSTLRY keeps the hits coming. We can’t wait for this one. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 2/21/24”

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 2/14/24

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 2/14/24

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.

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.

February is in full swing and we are getting more new and interesting books this week. It feels like the publishers are finally coming out of the end-of-year / beginning-of year hiatus for new titles. So let’s hit the comic shops and get some books. We have books on this week’s list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Boom! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, Titan Books, Fantagraphics Books, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Ahoy Comics, and Image Comics. Oh Yeah, and Penthouse too?!

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.

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New Series This Week 


Blue Book: 1947 #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Michael Avon Oeming
Letters by Tom Napolitano
Cover Art by Oeming

This ambitious, non-fiction comic book experience depicts true stories of UFO abductions with an eye to capturing the strange essence of those encounters. In 1947, Kenneth Arnold flew his Call-Air A-2 over the skies of the Pacific Northwest when all of a sudden he saw a blinding flash of silver light. What followed was a bizarre and difficult to explain encounter with several flying objects that would change the course of his life forever. Tiny Onion Studios and Dark Horse Comics present a line of upcoming creator-owned work from the mind of James Tynion IV across a broad spectrum of his interests. Also includes a True Weird backup story by Zac Thompson, Gavin Fullerton, and Aditya Bidikar!

Release Date: February 14, 2024

PCS NOTES: This creative team absolutely picked the perfect genre for their combined talents. We are excited about this book.


The Cabinet #1
Image Comics
Written by Jordan Hart & David Ebeltoft
Art by Chiara Raimondi
Cover Art by Raimondi

Mini-Series Premiere.

In this vibrant, tongue-in-cheek adventure series, atypical teen Avani and midwestern jock Trent teleport across a post-Cold War landscape to collect bizarre relics. Why? Well, because they need to summon the arcane powers of a resplendent 17th-century cabinet to fix a teeny-tiny mistake the last time Avani used it… unleashing an ancient evil from its prison and accidentally slaughtering her parents. Courtesy of Eisner-nominated writer Jordan Hart (Ripple Effects) and co-writer David Ebeltoft, and introducing the technicolor wizardry of artist Chiana Raimondi! Each issue features a variant interconnected cover by artist Marguerite Sauvage!

Release Date: February 14, 2024

PCS NOTES: This looks fun. We will definitely check it out.


The Displaced #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Ed Brisson
Art by Luca Casalanguida & Dee Cunniffe
Cover Art by Casalanguida & Cunniffe

The city of Oshawa, Ontario has vanished without a trace. Even worse, nobody remembers it or the 170,000 missing residents that disappeared along with it.

As the survivors also fall into the forgotten, they must seek each other out, if they hope to have any chance of surviving in a world where no one believes they exist…

Highly acclaimed writer Ed Brisson (Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Predator), rising star artist Luca Casalanguida (Regarding the Matter of Oswald’s Body, James Bond), and red hot colorist Dee Cunniffe (Barnstormers, Crossover) pose the question… how can you feel connected to reality or each other if by all veritable means, you don’t exist?

Release Date: February 14, 2024

PCS NOTES: This has a intriguing premise and we love the work of everyone involved with this book. Add it to Pull List. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 2/14/24”

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 2/7/2024

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 2/7/2024

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.

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.

February is upon us and this is the time of year that comics turn to thoughts of romance. The One-Shots and Specials section is loaded with Valentine’s Day Specials. We have books on this week’s list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Boom! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, Titan Books, AWA Studios, Archie Comics, IDW Publishing, 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.

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New Series This Week 


Dark Souls: The Willow King #1
Titan Books
Written by George Mann
Art by Maan House
Cover Art by Stephanie Hans

FALLEN DECAYING WORLD OF DARK SOULS WITH AN ALL-NEW TITAN COMICS SERIES!

The mighty king USTRAD OF UTHREL linked the flame, after his servant Herad failed and was consumed by the fire, reduced to ashes. Now, the time has come to link the fire again, but Ustrad now refuses to do his duty to his kingdom. HERAD, resurrected as unkindled, returns to unite three mighty warriors to venture into the WILLOW KING’S domain, and do what needs to be done.

Release Date: February 7, 2024

PCS NOTES: Man! This looks like a pretty cool horror adventure book.


Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Amy Jo Johnson & Matt Hotson
Art by Nico Leon
Cover Art by Goñi Montes

In an alternate universe, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers finally defeated Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd, but at a terrible cost… In the wake of tragedy, the team went their separate ways.

22 years later, the long-disbanded team reunites to mourn the losses of beloved friends, but Zack and Billy have some unexpected information to share-Jason, the Red Ranger, has been operating as a lone vigilante, and has since disappeared.

Will the remaining Rangers be able to track him down, especially with a mysterious figure in pursuit?

Written by actress, screenwriter, and director Amy Jo Johnson, the original Pink Ranger herself, along with rising star co-writer Matt Hotson (Titans) and renowned artist Nico Leon (Spider-Man, Catwoman), fans can experience something unlike anything they ever have before in the Power Rangers universe, in TV or comics!

Release Date: February 7, 2024

PCS NOTES: I am super happy to see Amy Jo Johnson diving into other mediums with this franchise. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 2/7/2024”

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 1/24/2024

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 1/24/2024

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.

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.

This is the forth week of the month, but get ready because we have a five-Wednesday month to start the year. We have books on this week’s list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Mad Cave Studios, Massive Publishing, IDW Publishing, 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.

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New Series This Week 


Crashdown #1
Massive Publishing
Written by Tom Garcia & Ryan Sargeant
Art by Ben Templesmith
Cover Art by Templesmith

Cover by series artist Ben Templesmith, known for his work with IDW, Image, Oni Press, Dark Horse, and more.

Tom Garcia and Ryan Sargeant, the hosts of the Comic Tom 101 YouTube Channel with over 12 million views, team up with legendary horror artist BEN TEMPLESMITH (30 Days of Night) for this three-issue story of suspense and survival.

Equal parts Lost and Alien, with a Lovecraftian twist, Crashdown delivers a dark vision of our world’s final days.

The Earth is dead. Humanity’s last hope is the distant planet EMPYREAN and the ship full of colonists ready to repopulate our civilization. But what happens when their new home doesn’t want them there and it fights back?

Release Date: January 24, 2024

PCS NOTES: Massive Publishing is starting to deliver some consistently good content and we are interested in checking this one out.


Deer Editor #1
Mad Cave Studios
Written by Ryan K. Lindsay
Art by Sami Kivela & Lauren Affe
Letters by Jim Campbell
Cover Art by Kivëla

A John Doe slaying lures a journalist into a world of political intrigue, a wi-fi-enabled grotto, and a station locker full of secrets. For Bucky, an editor of the crime beat at “The Truth,” it’s all in a day’s work…

…but he also happens to be a deer.

Will he chase down his last story in this antler noir series? Deer Editor is perfect for fans of Blacksaad and Chinatown.

Release Date: January 24, 2024

PCS NOTES: We have long been a fan of Sami Kivëla and look forward to this bizarre-ish tale. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 1/24/2024”

Brainiac On Banjo: The Ultimate Reprise?

Brainiac On Banjo: The Ultimate Reprise?

Is he strong? Listen bud, he’s got radioactive blood. Can he swing from a thread? Take a look overhead. Hey, there goes the Spider-Man! “Spider-Man” written by Bob Harris and Paul Francis Webster.

As is our want, my dear friend and editor Bob Harrison asked me if I had read this year’s version of Ultimate Spider-Man #1. I said I hadn’t, and I felt the last thing this particular Earth needs is still another Spider-Man book. Bob is a family man without sufficient time to debate me on this; he knows my position on this sort of thing because it’s his job to read my stuff here at Pop Culture Squad, so his simply said “Well, you should. It’s very good, and Jonathan Hickman wrote it.”

Bob’s never steered me wrong and, yes, I really like Hickman’s stuff. I haven’t read all that much of it lately as I haven’t followed the sundry X-Mens since they became, much like Russian nesting dolls, the first comic book franchise to spawn its own massively incestuous comic book franchise. That was around 1983. Had I been more observant, I might have had a similar reaction to The Killing Joke.

Like the word “unique,” the word “ultimate” is an absolute. One thing cannot be more ultimate than another. Ultimate is the top of the peak, and grammatically speaking there isn’t room up there for another. Yet we’ve had more Ultimate Spider-Man #1s in the past few years than we’ve had Doctor Strange #1s in the past few weeks. Is this new Ultimate even Ultimater? Continue reading “Brainiac On Banjo: The Ultimate Reprise?”

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 1/17/2024

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 1/17/2024

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.

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.

This week is certainly eclectic in the genre of books that made this list, but it is definitely a high quality list. We have books on this week’s list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, 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.

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New Series This Week 


Avengers: Twilight #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Chip Zdarsky
Art by Daniel Acuña
Letters by Cory Petit
Cover Art by Alex Ross & Daniel Acuña

In a gleaming new world of prosperity, Captain America is no more. But Steve Rogers still exists, floating through an America where freedom is an illusion, where THE AVENGERS are strangers and his friends are long dead. But is the Dream? How do you assemble Avengers in a world that doesn’t want them? PLUS: A behind-the-scenes look at the making of this issue!

Release Date: January 17, 2024

PCS NOTES: I gotta say. This looks pretty interesting.


Cable #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Scot Eaton, Cam Smith, Victor Nava, & Javier Tartaglia
Letters by Joe Sabino
Cover Art by Whilce Portacio & Alex Sinclair

THE FUTURE MUST NOT COME TO PASS! All the signs are here: The Neocracy is coming—and with it comes not only the end of mutantkind, but all of the humankind as well! As if rescuing Young Nate from the ongoing threat of Orchis weren’t enough, can Cable root out this growing threat and decimate it before the Neocracy has a chance to take hold. But is he already too late to change the future? Don’t miss out on Fabian Nicieza and Scot Eaton’s explosive first issue of CABLE!

Release Date: January 17, 2024

PCS NOTES: Certain people should write certain characters. This is one of those such combinations. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 1/17/2024”

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 1/10/2024

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 1/10/2024

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.

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.

This week is certainly eclectic in the genre of books that made this list, but it is definitely a high quality list. We have books on this week’s list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Titan Books, Ahoy Comics, Massive Publishing, First Second Books, Dynamite Entertainment, 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.

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New Series This Week 


Action Comics #1061
DC Comics
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by John Timms & Rex Lokus
Cover Art by Timms

SUPERMAN SUPERSTARS BEGINS! JASON AARON WRITES SUPERMAN FOR THE FIRST TIME, JOINED BY FAN-FAVORITE ARTIST JOHN TIMMS! THE WIZARD, BIZARRO!

Jason Aaron writes Superman for the very first time, teaming up with all-star artist John Timms to present a startling new vision of the Man of Steel’s strangest foe. When Superman’s doppelgänger discovers a dark secret about himself, it unleashes the most dangerous version of Bizarro the world has ever seen.

Release Date: January 9, 2024

PCS NOTES: Ok. You got us. It’s not really a new number one. But it is a new story by a new (to Superman) writer. The addition of this comic to this list is probably as much an homage to the end of Phillip Kennedy Johnson’s fantastic run on Action as it is our excitement to see what Jason Aaron and John Timms have up their sleeves regarding the Man of Steel, and we are very excited. 


Adventureman: Ghost Lights #1
Image Comics
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson
Cover Art by Dodson & Dodson

NEW STORY ARC

When the Good Guys of the Golden Age come back, all their ghosts follow—now Claire, the new Adventureman, and her maybe-beau Chris, the new Crossdraw Kid, defend peace on earth from a phantom empire of crime!By MATT FRACTION (SEX CRIMINALS, Hawkeye) and TERRY RACHEL DODSON (RED ONE, Harley Quinn).

Release Date: January 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are happy to see this property return for a new arc. Adventureman has always been under celebrated. It is a great comic with a fantastic creative team.  Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 1/10/2024”

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 1/3/24

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 1/3/24

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.

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.

The New Year has come. I only wrote the wrong year three times below before going back to correct it. As we enter the new year we are bringing you new graphics to this column. We hope you like them and remember the same quality comic selections and book notes will be here for you regardless of the new images.

We have books on this week’s list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and Boom! Studios. It is definitely a light week of new number ones. Publishers will be ramping up new series and OGNs as the month moves on; so, stay tuned to this column for updates.

One thing to remember, we continue to measure the “comic week” as Wednesday. #NCBD is Wednesday.

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.

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New Series This Week 


The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #1
DC Comics
Written by Sholly Fisch
Art by Dario Brizuela & Franco Riesco
Letters by Saida Temofonte
Cover Art by Brizuela & Riesco

BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT: NOW AN ONGOING SERIES! A new ongoing series teams up Gotham’s greatest detectives with Crystal Cove’s teen sleuths! The big top’s the place for thrills and chills—even more so when a traveling circus is haunted! But even Scooby and the gang don’t realize just how chilling it is for Nightwing…because this is Haly’s Circus, Dick Grayson’s childhood home!

Release Date: January 2, 2024

PCS NOTES: These type of comics are so important, and we are excited for the fun that will be inside this book.


Beware the Planet of the Apes #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Marc Guggenheim
Art by Álvaro López
Cover Art by Taurin Clarke

INTO THE FORBIDDEN ZONE! In a hostile world run by aggressive gorillas, scientists Cornelius and Zira are the only apes alive who see value in the mute, dumb human race—but even they know human capabilities have severe limits. So when their nephew Lucius goes missing, it is with great trepidation that they turn to a human ally, a young woman who will someday earn the moniker “Nova”… Steeped in a love for the classic tales, Marc Guggenheim and Álvaro López’s series will take the Planet of the Apes legacy to explosive new heights—and it all starts here!

Release Date: January 3, 2024

PCS NOTES: With the trailer for the latest installment of the film franchise fresh in everyone’s mind, it feels like a great time to visit with this property, and we are confident that Marc Guggenheim and Álvaro López will deliver high quality stories. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 1/3/24”

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the End of 2023

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the End of 2023


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.

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 month. Check below for our PCS NOTES to find out what we just have to tell you about the new comics in question.

The year has come to an end. As expected, publishers hold back new series debuts until after the new year starts at this point. Therefore, we have a small but excellent list of new series and special editions for the last two weeks of 2023. Yes, that’s right! This week, we combined the third and forth weeks of December into one column. Don’t forget to visit your small business comic shop before the year winds out and pick up some of these amazing books.

We have books on the list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, and Boom! Studios.

One thing to remember, we continue to measure the “comic week” as Wednesday. #NCBD is Wednesday.

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.

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New Series This Week 


Animal Pound #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Tom King
Art by Peter Gross & Tamra Bonvillain
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Cover Art by Gross & Bonvillain

When animals grow tired of being caged, killed, and sold off-it’s only a matter of time before they’ve had enough…

When an uprising puts a pound in control of the animals, they quickly find themselves as comrades, united against everything that walks on two legs.

But with this newfound power comes a sudden challenge: how best to lay the groundwork for this new democracy as they write their first constitution!

Discover an epic graphic storytelling event from celebrated New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-winning writer Tom King (The Human Target, Love Everlasting) and New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-nominated artist Peter Gross (American Jesus, The Books of Magic).

King and Gross collaborate for the first time ever to bring this enduring Orwellian allegory to life for the 21st Century.

Release Date: December 20, 2023

PCS NOTES: We are definitely looking forward to this one. This is absolutely the NEW NUMBER ONE OF THE WEEK at PCS.


Borealis #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Aaron Douglas & Mark Verheiden
Art by Cliff Richards & Guy Major
Cover Art by Richards

From screenwriter Mark Verheiden (The Mask, Swamp Thing), writer/actor Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica, Hemlock Grove), and artist Cliff Richards (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Justice League) comes Borealis, a bone-chilling supernatural thriller! Winter nights last months, temperatures can hit seventy below, alcohol is illegal… and something mysterious is emerging on the remote ice. Welcome to the isolated Qinu, Alaska and a world of bad memories for State Trooper Silaluk “Sil” Osha. After thirteen years away from Qinu, Sil is pulled back to investigate a series of brutal murders, only to face a dark past… and her frightening connection to deadly legends.

Release Date: December 20, 2023

PCS NOTES: The premise of this book is intriguing, and we are excited to see these writers in the comics medium. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the End of 2023”