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New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 5/22/2024

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 5/22/2024

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.

In week four of a five Wednesday month, we have a few very interesting new series and a bunch of original graphic novels that we definitely recommend.

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, Mad Cave Studios, Fantagraphics Books, Archie Comics, Humanoids, Inc, DSTLRY Media, 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
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Blood Squad Seven #1
Image Comics
Written by Joe Casey
Art by Paul Fry, Sonia Harris, & Francesco Segala
Letters by Rus Wooten
Cover Art by Fry

SERIES PREMIERE

Thirty years ago, Blood Squad Seven was America’s most popular superhero team. Its members were seen on television, on magazine covers, scoring million-dollar endorsement deals…. They were celebrities and they were everywhere.

But that was then… this is now. And so, a new generation of modern-day heroes takes up the mantle—or perhaps, the poisoned chalice—fulfilling a promise made decades ago: to be the heroes that a fractured America needs.

While deconstructions of superhero nostalgia typically center around the classic characters of the Silver Age, Blood Squad Seven will delve deep into ’90s comic book themes with this imagining of what would happen if heroes from that decade returned to action after a 30-year absence.

Release Date: May 22, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is the kind of superhero story that I want Joe Casey to be writing.


The Butcher’s Boy #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Landry Q. Walker
Art by Justin Greenwood
Cover Art by Greenwood

Deep within the backroads of the Pacific Northwest, an entire town fell victim to the brutal cleaver of the Butcher of La Perdita. But that was more than a hundred years ago, and in that time the generational nightmare of murder and meat has been reduced to morbid clickbait folklore for bored travelers to share online.

And yet some say the Butcher still haunts the streets at night, seeking fresh meat for his larder. A true Lovecraftian horror? Or just the feverish dreams of a mentally unstable serial killer. Six friends on a road trip are about to find out…

Release Date: May 22, 2024

PCS NOTES: Make sure you read this one with the lights on!!! Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 5/22/2024”

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 5/8/24

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 5/8/24

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 couple of trends we noticed in this week’s new books. Valiant characters are back in print from Alien Books, and Marvel’s Blood Hunt is leaking into some new titles. Besides that it is a great list of new books with a good mix of new and established properties.

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, Mad Cave Studios, First Second Press, DC Comics, Valiant Entertainment, IDW Entertainment, Boom! Studios, 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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Ain’t No Grave #1
Image Comics
Written by Skottie Young
Art by Jorge Corona & Jean-François Beaulieu
Letters by Nate Piekos
Cover Art by Corona

Eisner Award-winning writer SKOTTIE YOUNG and Eisner Award-nominated artist JORGE CORONA, the team behind the hit series MIDDLEWEST and THE ME YOU LOVE IN THE DARK, are back together with an all-new miniseries, AIN’T NO GRAVE! This Unforgiven-style journey is an original macabre Western/fantasy tale for mature readers, told through a Guillermo Del Toro-esque lens.

Ryder put her violent past behind her when she fell in love and became a mother. But that was before she learned it was all going to be taken away. Now she’ll have to pick up her guns once again and ride to kill the one who’s behind the threat. Which just happens to be Death.

The genre-bending adventure begins in this DOUBLE-LENGTH FIRST ISSUE, with **forty pages of story and no ads! **

Release Date: May 8, 2024

PCS NOTES: When this creative team puts out a comic, you get it and you will love it. 


The Armory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume II #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert
Art by Guillaume Martinez & Valentina Bianconi
Cover Art by Gianluca Gugliotta

Long time comics creator and Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez makes a triumphant return to conclude the fan-favorite Amory Wars, where death is only the beginning.

Claudio Kilgannon was thought dead by The Red Army, but a rising suspicion sends them on a trail to discover his fate.

If Claudio is in fact alive, he’ll be in dire straits amidst the mystery and mayhem that’s yet to unfold…

Sanchez teams with co-writer Chondra Echert and artist Guillaume Martinez for this epic maxi-series that acts as a companion story to the Coheed and Cambria album of the same name and is sure to appeal to readers of Descender and Saga!

Release Date: May 8, 2024

PCS NOTES: Fans of this property should be excited for this return!


Blood Hunters #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Christos Gage, Mark Russell, & Ericka Schultz
Art by Javier Garrón, Morry Hollowell, Bob Quinn, Matt Milla, Bernard Chang, & Marcelo Maiolo
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Cover Art by Greg Land & Frank D’Armata

The first in a new anthology series that explores how the shattering events of BLOOD HUNT cover the breadth of the Marvel Universe! HAWKEYE is on the run — but does he have enough trick arrows in his quiver to avoid both the long arm of the law AND vampires out for his blood?! MAN-WOLF and J. JONAH JAMESON do a little father-son bonding — while also fighting for their lives against a horde of bloodsuckers! And, in a continuing story, with CLOAK missing in action DAGGER strikes out in search of new and surprising allies. Witness the genesis of Marvel’s wildest team yet: the BLOOD HUNTERS! It all begins here!

Release Date: May 8, 2024

PCS NOTES: Marvel’s Blood Hunt event will generate a bunch of spinoff series like this one over the next few weeks. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 5/8/24”

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 5/1/24

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 5/1/24

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.

May has arrived and the list of new debut issues is getting longer. Summer events are starting to kickoff and with Free Comic Book Day this weekend, publishers are making sure the shelves have a bunch of new series on them.

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, DSTLRY Media, Mad Cave Studios, Fantagraphics Books, Oni Press, DC Comics, Vault 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
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Barbaric: Born in Blood #1
Vault Comics
Written by Michael Moreci
Art by Nathan Gooden & Fabi Marques
Letters by Jim Campbell
Cover Art by Gooden

A new era of Barbaric begins!

Worried Axe is going to find out you fell behind on a few issues? Scared to admit that despite all your friends raving about Barbaric for years, you still haven’t joined in on the fun? Rejoice! For Barbaric: Born in Blood begins the next season of Owen, Axe, and Soren’s tale. Yes, that’s right! We did it…the thing everyone says they’re doing, even when they’re lying through their teeth: a genuinely good jumping on point. How, you ask? Well, it all starts with a compelling new bad guy.

Meet Orrick, the tortured barbarian now turned master torturer, who will take us deep into Owen’s past, revealing secrets that should have stayed buried…like Axe in a chest cavity slurping up that sweet, delicious blood. Will the cursed-to-do-good barbarian finally do some actual good? Probably not! But some much worse guys will almost certainly lose their heads. Yummy!

Release Date: May 1, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are very excited to see more from this excellent storyverse.


Bear Pirate Viking Queen #1
Image Comics
Written by Sean Lewis
Art by Jonathan Marks Barravecchia
Cover Art by Marks Barravecchia

From SEAN LEWIS (KING SPAWN) comes a blood-splattered story of conquest. Bears. Pirates. Vikings. And Queens—all battling for their claim to determine what the world will become.

Rendered in stunning watercolor by artist JONATHAN MARKS BARRAVECCHIA, it’s a gorgeous story of the blood spilled to make countries. And what’s cooler than bears, pirates, vikings, and queens???

With 72 stunning pages, it’s sure to be one of the most beautiful and thought-provoking books of the year.

Release Date: May 1, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is interesting. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 5/1/24”

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 4/24/24

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 4/24/24

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 week’s list has some very interesting new series and graphic novels. Some of them we have been talking about for a while and are excited for them to be released to the public.

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, DSTLRY Media, Mad Cave Studios, Fantagraphics Books, Fair Square Comics, Archie Comics, Vault 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
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Dick Tracy #1
Mad Cave Studios
Written by Michael Moreci & Alex Segura
Art by Geraldo Borges & Mark Englert
Letters by Jim Campbell
Cover Art by Borges & Englert

A new era for the iconic detective starts here, from bestselling and acclaimed authors Alex Segura and Michael Moreci, as an all-new, noir-infused chapter in the Dick Tracy legacy kicks off with superstar artist Geraldo Borges. In the aftermath of World War II, the country stands frozen–waiting for the next shoe to drop. In The City, a brutal murder draws the attention of rising star detective Dick Tracy, who soon discovers the bloodshed is just the beginning of a complicated web that threatens to ensnare everything he cares about. Blending the classic elements of the Dick Tracy world (including his iconic villains, supporting cast, and unforgettable watch radio) with a hardboiled and realistic take, DICK TRACY #1 kicks off a fresh and modern take on the iconic detective that remains true to his rich history.

Release Date: April 24, 2024

PCS NOTES: This book is our NEW NUMBER ONE OF THE WEEK! We have been looking forward to its release for a while and hope every fan of the property and crime comics love this as much as we do. Check out our review here.


Drawing Blood #1
Image Comics
Written by David Avallone & Kevin Eastman
Art by Ben Bishop, Kevin Eastman, Troy Little, & Brittany Peer
Letters by Taylor Esposito
Cover Art by Eastman

The legendary** KEVIN EASTMAN**, co-creator of the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series and former publisher of the popular **_Heavy Metal _**magazine, returns to comic with a look into the roller coaster life of a successful comics creator. _When you create a global franchise before you turn twenty…what happens next? _ Readers will follow the jaw-dropping journey of Shane Bookman—a cartoonist whose real life has become more absurd and action-packed than any comic book story he could dream up!

Release Date: April 24, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are very excited for this series to finally have a wide release. We spoke to writer David Avallone on the SquadCast earlier this month. Check it out here. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 4/24/24”

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 4/17/2024

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 4/17/2024

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.

This week’s list has some very interesting new series and graphic novels as well as a massive collection of a something very small.

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:  Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Boom! Studios, Mad Cave Studios, Fantagraphics Books, Dynamite Entertainment, and Marvel 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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Blow Away #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Zac Thompson
Art by Nicola Izzo
Cover Art by Annie Wu

Unyielding wildlife photographer Brynne Brautigan, isolated in the remote cold of Baffin Island, sees something she can’t unsee.

An argument, followed by an outburst of intense violence between two nearby climbers-did she just witness a murder?

In a frantic search for the truth, Brynne discovers just what she’s looking for, but little does she know that more than the silent white of winter is keeping her company…

Hit writer Zac Thompson (Hunt for the Skinwalker, Cemetery Kids Don’t Die) and star artist Nicola Izzo (Buffy: The Last Vampire Slayer) team up for this neo-noir crime thriller rife with murder and paranoia, in the tradition of Fargo and Rear Window!

Release Date: April 17, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is exactly the kind of story I want to be reading from Zac Thompson. It goes on the pull list.


Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Jamal Igle, Juan Castro, & Chris Sotomayor
Letters by Tom Napolitano
Cover Art by Igle

From New York Times bestselling creators Scott Snyder and Jamal Igle comes this rollicking sci-fi adventure story about a boy, his dog, and a machine that controls time and space! What could go wrong?

Have you ever wondered why all the great figures in history had a pet companion, and if they were all running from the same mysterious threat? Such questions have never crossed the mind of Dudley Datson, a fifteen year-old with a penchant for invention. But when dastardly foes turn his world upside down, Dudley is going to have to start facing things beyond his wildest imagination in this modern day fable.

Release Date: April 17, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are finally getting the printed version of this Comixology Original. If you are unfamiliar with this book, you will be delighted by it. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 4/17/2024”

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 4/10/24

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 4/10/24

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 a bit of a crazy week in that there are no new series or notable bigger books from Marvel or DC Comics this week. Not to worry. There are a bunch of great looking new books from other publishers and we are looking forward to a whole lot of these new comics.

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:  Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Boom! Studios, Mad Cave Studios, Ablaze Publishing, Drawn and Quarterly, Ahoy Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, and IDW Publishing.

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
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New Series This Week 


Deadweights #1
Ahoy Comics
Written by Tyrone Finch
Art by Sebastián Piriz
Cover Art by Piriz

Is this another exciting new superhero universe? No—just a buddy comedy about two unlucky henchmen trying to make their way in the world! DEADWEIGHTS takes a hard look at what happens after the fight when the villains are tired of being villains, and the heroes aren’t as heroic as they want you to think. Written by Tyrone Finch (Swine, Station 19) and gorgeously drawn by Sebastián Piriz (We Ride Titans). Featuring the first of six “mug shot” incentive covers by Richard Pace (Second Coming), which will form a linked image.

Release Date: April 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: This just looks like it will be tons of fun.


Hercules #1
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by Elliott Kalan
Art by George Kambadais
Cover Art by Kambadais

THE CHAMPION OF OLYMPUS RETURNS!

The world’s favorite demigod-turned-mortal is back, and he’s about to embark on the biggest adventure since The Odyssey!

The Greek gods don’t really get why Hercules chose a mortal life over the opportunity to join them on Mt. Olympus, but since he proved his mettle as a hero many times over, they’re happy to enlist his help with missions that require interventions in the earthly realm. So when Aphrodite grants an artist’s wish that his sculpture be brought to life, Herc gets the call to clean things up when the newly conscious artwork proves to be more bone-crushingly lively than expected!

But after discovering that the rogue statue is just misunderstood, and a little rambunctious (much like himself as a youth), Hercules returns to explain the situation to Aphrodite – only to find her temple empty and abandoned. Is the goddess of love just pouting, or is something more sinister afoot? If you know anything about classic mythology, you know it’s going to be the latter!

The immortal team of Emmy Award-winning writer ELLIOTT KALAN (The Daily Show) and Gargoyles artist GEORGE KAMBADAIS bring these legends of antiquity to hilarious new life in this brand-new ongoing series. This premier issue also features a pantheon of divinely talented cover artists, including KAMBADAIS, MATTEO LOLLI, FRANCESCO TOMASELLI, and more!

GET READY FOR A WHOLE NEW HERO’S JOURNEY!

Release Date: April 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: The concept that Dynamite has been using with these Disney movie character comics is good for comics and we look forward to this one. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 4/10/24”

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 3/27/2024

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 3/27/2024

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 a list of great books that we have been talking about for a while. We have books on this week’s list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphic Books, Mad Cave Studios, and Boom! Studios.

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
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New Series This Week 


Batman: Dark Age #1
DC Comics
Written by Mark Russell
Art by Michael Allred & Laura Allred
Letters by Dave Sharpe
Cover Art by Allred & Allred

THE EISNER-NOMINATED SUPERMAN: SPACE AGE TEAM, MARK RUSSELL AND MIKE ALLRED, TAKE ON THE DARK KNIGHT!

Meet Bruce Wayne, Gotham’s favorite delinquent son. In an origin story like no other, witness the boy become a dark knight shaped by a city in turmoil as it marches towards its prophesied doom. Set against the backdrop of actual historical events, Gotham comes alive, filled with the iconic characters who’ve loved and hated Batman over the years like you’ve never seen them before. Spinning out of the Eisner-nominated Superman: Space Age, Mark Russell and Mike Allred return to give audiences a look at Batman as a figure in American history fighting for justice in a world gone mad.

Release Date: March 26, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are super excited for this series. We thoroughly enjoyed the Superman: Space Age series and are hopeful of that excellent storytelling will continue in this series. You can check out our SquadCast Episode with Mark Russell talking about this series and more, here.


Feral #1
Image Comics
Written by Tony Fleecs
Art by Trish Forstner, Tone Rodriguez, & Brad Simpson
Cover Art by Fleecs & Forstner

SERIES PREMIERE

A NEW HORROR FROM THE CREATORS OF STRAY DOGS!

Meet Elsie, Lord Fluffy Britches, and Patch, three indoor cats lost in the not-so-great outdoors during a nightmarish rabies outbreak.

Without their humans to protect them, the cats rush to find their way home before they’re eaten by the forest full of rabid beasts on their tails.

Don’t get bit.

Don’t get scratched.

Don’t become…FERAL.

Release Date: March 27, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is the NEW NUMBER ONE OF THE WEEK! We spoke to Tony Fleecs about this book last month on the SquadCast and have been excited for the public to get their hands on it. Check out the interview, here. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 3/27/2024”

Preview Reviews: Classic Detectives Returning to Comics

Preview Reviews: Classic Detectives Returning to Comics

We are excited to bring you this special edition of Preview Reviews.

Typically in this column we bring you advanced reviews of comics that are coming out this week. The two books we are reviewing are a little further off in release date. As we mentioned earlier in New Number Ones, this is a fairly light week on new debuts, and we decided to do something different.

Both of the books that we previewed are coming out soon, but they have something else in common. They both are led by classic detective characters that helped to shape what detective stories are meant to be. Mad Cave Studios is reviving Dick Tracy for comic books, and Tripwire Magazine’s Joel Meadows is making his comic book writing debut with a brand new Sherlock Holmes story.

Please enjoy these reviews and then be sure to check out the comics when they come out. You can find these books at your LCS or wherever you buy books.

Also the rest of the #NewNumberOnes for the week are here.


Dick Tracy #1
Mad Cave Studios
Written by Alex Segura & Michael Moreci
Art by Geraldo Borges
Colors by Mark Englert
Creative Consultant: Chantelle Aimée Osman
Letters by Jim Campbell
Editor: Chas! Pangburn
Cover Art by Borges

Release Date: April 24, 2024

Original Solicitation:

DICK TRACY RETURNS IN A NEW ONGOING COMIC BOOK SERIES FROM MAD CAVE!

A new era for the iconic detective starts here, from bestselling and acclaimed authors Alex Segura and Michael Moreci, as an all-new, noir-infused chapter in the Dick Tracy legacy kicks off with superstar artist Geraldo Borges.
In the aftermath of World War II, the country stands frozen–waiting for the next shoe to drop. In The City, a brutal murder draws the attention of rising star detective Dick Tracy, who soon discovers the bloodshed is just the beginning of a complicated web that threatens to ensnare everything he cares about.

Blending the classic elements of the Dick Tracy world (including his iconic villains, supporting cast, and unforgettable watch radio) with a hardboiled and realistic take, DICK TRACY #1 kicks off a fresh and modern take on the iconic detective that remains true to his rich history.

PCS Review:

One of the world’s most famous gumshoes returns to comics for the first time in six years and we are excited for it. As creative consultant Chantelle Osman stated, “This is not your grandfather’s Dick Tracy,” but that is ok with me.

The discerning eye can tell just how hard everyone involved in this project has worked to get this right, and it feels like they pulled it off. The story has a terrific pacing with short two or three page scenes that are jam packed with pertinent action. Geraldo Borges art is stunning. It feels like what should happen if you adapted Chester Gould’s original character into a 2020’s style comic book. Special recognition should be given to Jim Campbell. His lettering in this book is a masterclass in how to control the voice of a comic book.

The book is a high quality hard boiled detective story with all the earmarks that have made Dick Tracy a household name for nearly a century. We are looking forward to more and hope it maintains the high bar that issue #1 has set.


Sherlock Holmes and the Empire Builders: The Gene Genie, Vol. 1
Tripwire Comics Presents
Written by Joel Meadows
Art by Andy Bennett
Letters by Bennett
Editor Jeff Mariotte
Cover Art by Mark Chiarello

Release Date: March 6, 2024

Original Solicitation:

Tripwire launches its Tripwire Comics Presents imprint with the first volume of its Sherlock Holmes and The Empire Builders The Gene Genie graphic novel under two exclusive covers. Sherlock Holmes and The Empire Builders is an epic alternate world sci fi adventure featuring The World’s Greatest Detective as people have never seen him before.

When Watson leaves Holmes to help Crick unravel the DNA helix and finds himself in the employ of England’s most evil man, Holmes is forced to team up with an unlikely group to defeat this monstrous figure and return England to its status quo.

As well as a 64 page full-length comic story, Sherlock Holmes and The Empire Builders The Gene Genie Volume One will also include an 8 page colour section featuring art by the likes of Liam Sharp, Bill Sienkiewicz, Shawn Martinbrough and Barry Kitson and interviews with the series creators as well as character sketches by Bennett and script pages by the writer.

PCS Review:

This graphic novella is definitely a fun read. Joel Meadows has crafted a very interesting story and Andy Bennett delivers a compelling visual narrative in this book. The story brings a retired Sherlock Holmes back into the game and has much of the feel of classic Holmes mystery.

This first volume brings the reader through a coincidental series of events that result in a massive plot twist. We don’t want to share too much of the plot, but it is really well thought-out and executed. Meadows use of dialogue and pacing are impressive, and Bennett’s page layout and panel structures are top notch. We certainly enjoyed this story and look forward to what unfolds in Volume Two of this series.


Also, we interviewed writer Joel Meadows about this book last year, you can check out that interview here.

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 12/13/2023

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 12/13/2023


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.

This is a big week for this list. The holiday themes continue to pop up in the One-Shot and Special Editions section as we steam towards the end of 2023.

We have books on the list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Mad Cave Studios, Archie Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Titan Books, Vault Comics, 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 


Addams Family: Charlatan’s Web #1
IDW Publishing
Written by Chynna Clugston-Flores & Leah Williams
Art by Juan Samu, Francine Delgado, & Danny Sánchez Chaves
Cover Art by Chynna Clugston-Flores

Everyone’s favorite spooky family is back! Spinning out from the popular animated movies, these all new adventures of the Addams family are as mysterious and kooky as you’ve come to expect. When Wednesday Addams discovers a mysterious health club has opened up in her hometown, she’s shocked to discover that the rest of her clan has already joined its ranks and has quickly assimilated to their program, surrendering their individual personalities in the process. Are the Addamses still lurking behind those empty eyes? And in our backup feature, a burglar breaking into the Addams Family’s home discovers he might be the one losing everything when he stumbles on Gomez and Morticia!

Release Date: December 13, 2023

PCS NOTES: This looks like a fun book with everyone’s favorite spooky family.


The Assassin’s Apprentice II #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Jody Houser & Robin Hobb
Art by Ryan Kelly & Jordie Bellaire
Cover Art by Anna Steinbauer

Spring comes to the Six Duchies, and with it, the fearsome menace of the Red-Ship Raiders. As the danger creeps ever closer to Buckkeep, Fitz is given his first true mission from Chade, to infiltrate the estate of a nobleman and look for any signs of treason. But an assassin’s job is far from simple, and the fate of the realm may depend on if Fitz can take a life, or spare one instead.

Release Date: December 13, 2023

PCS NOTES: This is the go-to book for Fantasy stories this week.


Beyond Real #1
Vault Comics
Written by Zack Kaplan
Art by Fabiana Mascolo, Toni Fejzula, & Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Cover Art by John Pearson

An artist’s discovery. When struggling artist June is injured in a severe car accident that leaves her boyfriend in a coma, she begins to experience strange visual phenomena. Soon, she’s able to see that we are all actually living in a computer simulation. June must set out on a journey of possibility and peril into the metaphysical layers of the simulation to reach the world’s creator and save her true love from death.

Release Date: December 13, 2023

PCS NOTES: This is our NEW NUMBER ONE of the week. You won’t want to miss this fantastic comic. We spoke to the writer on the SquadCast last month. You can check that out here. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 12/13/2023”

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 12/6/2023

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 12/6/2023


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.

December has arrived and there are plenty of new comics coming out. You will notice a theme in the “One-Shots and Special Editions” section as publishers are ringing in the Holiday Season in style.

We have books on the list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Mad Cave Studios, Archie Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Sumerian Comics, Oni Press, Dynamite Entertainment, 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.

New Series
New One-Shots and Special Editions


New Series This Week 


Bloodrik #1
Image Comics
Written by Andrew Krahnke
Art by Krahnke
Cover Art by Krahnke

MINISERIES PREMIERE

Bloodrik is angry, confused, and starving. Unable to achieve success in his usual hunting grounds, he stomps his way into unfamiliar woods in an attempt to feed his stomach and heal his ego. What he finds will lead him on a journey of madness, violence, fire, and BLOOD!

Release Date: December 6, 2023

PCS NOTES: This looks like a fun book.


Invasive #1
Oni Press
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Jesus Hervás
Cover Art by Hervás

Beyond excess, beyond ethics, beyond science . . . Enter a terrifying new experiment in pain from Eisner Award nominee Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Basilisk) and acclaimed illustrator Jesus Hervás (The Empty Man)! Dr. Carrie Reynolds was a veteran trauma surgeon with a godlike mastery of muscle and bone. But outside the operating room, her rigidly ordered life spiraled into chaos when her daughter Heather, a recovering plastic surgery addict, suddenly disappeared, only to mysteriously reemerge in a catatonic state, her vocal cords removed . . . the latest in a series of victims scarred by a battery of brazenly cruel medical procedures that have baffled police and left an alarming number of once-ordinary citizens maimed, mutilated, or dead on arrival. Deep beneath the streets of Carrie’s city, a new kind of underground hospital has just opened its doors . . . and, once inside, there are no rules, no oaths, and no taboos too deep to not to be broken. Together, a new class of surgeon has sworn to pierce the final threshold of accepted medical orthodoxy one incision at a time. The scalpel is their tool. The alleys are their operating theater. Murder is their medicine. And only Carrie can stop what they’re planning next

Release Date: December 6, 2023

PCS NOTES: Holy smokes! This looks terrifying. I can’t wait.


Legenderry: Red Sonja #1
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by Katana Collins
Art by Kewber Baal
Cover Art by Sean Murphy

When last we saw the Legenderry world’s Red Sonja, she was living the pirate’s life aboard her ship, The Nautilus. But times have changed! In this special 40-page one-shot adventure – created exclusively for Red Sonja’s 50th Anniversary – fan-favorite writer KATANA COLLINS weaves a tale of thievery, deception, and a mysterious painting with a decidedly handsome and unaging owner – all set against the steam-powered backdrop of the Legenderry world!

Illustrated by the incomparable KEWBER BAAL, Legenderry Red Sonja also features incredible covers by SEAN MURPHY, CORIN M. HOWELL, and a special cosplay cover by SHANNON KINGSTON!

Release Date: December 6, 2023

PCS NOTES: We always enjoy a trip to the Legenderry realm. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 12/6/2023”