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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.

New Series
New One-Shots and Special Editions


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”

Pop Culture SquadCast Live – Episode 20: Special Guest – Steve Orlando

Pop Culture SquadCast Live – Episode 20: Special Guest – Steve Orlando

The SquadCast is back. Your hosts Mike Gold and Bob Harrison are back this week with comic writer Steve Orlando. Enjoy the show.

Steve Orlando is a super talented writer and a friend of the show. He has written comics for just about every publisher in just about every genre. We are excited to have him back on the show to talk about his work especially his latest release from TKO Studios that he cowrote with the world famous Chef Jose Andres called Feeding Dangerously.

You can watch below or go to our Facebook, YouTube, or Twitch pages directly to interact.

Pop Culture SquadCast Live – Episode 19: Special Guest – Zack Kaplan

Pop Culture SquadCast Live – Episode 19: Special Guest – Zack Kaplan

The SquadCast returns for November. Your hosts Mike Gold and Bob Harrison are back this week with comic writer Zack Kaplan. Enjoy the show.

Zack Kaplan has become a major player in the comic scene over the last half a decade or so. He has consistently put out excellent thought provoking comics that challenge the traditional expectations of where society is and where it is going.  He has had his books published through AfterShock Comics, Image Comics, Vault Comics,  and Dark Horse Comics. He has two new series starting soon. They are Beyond Real and Kill All Immortals.

You can watch below or go to our Facebook, YouTube, or Twitch pages directly to interact.

New Number Ones – New Comic Series and Specials Coming the Week of November 1, 2023

New Number Ones – New Comic Series and Specials Coming the Week of November 1, 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 the first week of November and it’s a five Wednesday month folks, so get ready.

We have books on the list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Ablaze, AWA Studios, 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.

New Series
New One-Shots and Special Editions


New Series This Week 


Almost Dead #1
Ablaze
Written by Galaxy
Art by Ryan Benjamin
Cover Art by Tyler Kirkham

Somewhere between pure exhilaration and sheer terror is Almost Dead!

After having an accident on her way home to visit her family, Sara Walker awakens to find that the world has changed. Now she must travel up the Eastern Seaboard, using suppressed survival skills she learned as a child, in hopes of reuniting with her loved ones in the midst of a viral pandemic that has turned humans into monsters. Set in modern day 2005, Sara unites with old acquaintances and new friends along the way, and her struggle to survive will be both an unexpectedly exciting journey and an absolute horror.

Almost Dead is a new post-apocalyptic horror-drama adventure about triumph, growth and the resiliency of the human spirit brought to you by writer and Comic Con Radio / Spoiler Magazine founder Galaxy and Eisner nominated artist Ryan Benjamin (Batman Beyond, Star Wars, Xmen, Grifter) that redefines the genre, with its cinematic approach and attention to detail.

Relentlessly vicious, Almost Dead isn’t your typical apocalyptic story. Tying in conspiracy with historical flashbacks and showing how perhaps everything we’ve learned in our textbooks has been altered over time.

Release Date: November 1, 2023

PCS NOTES: This solicitation has me intrigued and I am a fan of Ryan Benjamin’s art.


Blood Commandment #1
Image Comics
Written by Szymon Kudranski
Art by Kudranski
Cover Art by Kudranski

Living an isolated life in a shadowed valley surrounded by mountains and a thick forest, a father and son are terrorized by a dangerous supernatural presence. Only the father’s dark secrets can save them…or damn their souls for all eternity! Being a single father can be tough, but for Ezra Connolly, it’s a duty he doesn’t take lightly. Living off-grid, away from prying eyes, in the heart of forest country, he spends his days teaching his teenage son Wil survival skills. But Wil has questions, questions Ezra fears to answer—about his past, and about why they never leave the valley before sundown… A four-issue horror miniseries from the creator of the breakout hit series SOMETHING EPIC and the artist of SPAWN and Punisher. SZYMON KUDRANSKI serves us a story about survival, sacrifice, and hope.

Release Date: November 1, 2023

PCS NOTES: This looks like a good pick-up for fans of terrifying comics. Continue reading “New Number Ones – New Comic Series and Specials Coming the Week of November 1, 2023”

New Number Ones – New Comic Series and Specials Coming the Week of 10/4/23

New Number Ones – New Comic Series and Specials Coming the Week of 10/4/23

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.

As the calendar has turned to October, the “Spooky Season” is in full effect. This month has a lot of Halloween themed content. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more. Also, you will notice that the number of one-shots and graphic novels getting highlighted on this list is getting more abundant. I don’t think that is a bad thing.

We have books on the list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Mad Cave Studios, Vault Comics, Image Comics, IDW Entertainment, Fantagraphic Books, Drawn and Quarterly, 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 


Abbott: 1979 #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Saladin Ahmed
Art by Sami Kivelä
Cover Art by Taj Francis

On the eve of the 1980s and the Reagan Administration, Detroit is burdened with an oppressive darkness-both political and supernatural.

Dejected and tough tabloid reporter Elena Abbott, who previously defeated the occult forces responsible for her husband’s death, must dig herself out from rock bottom if she’s going to save Detroit from the Umbra, one last time…

As the trilogy’s final chapter by Hugo Award-nominated novelist Saladin Ahmed and artist Sami Kivelä opens, Elena will have to contend with the dark cloud hanging over Detroit… and over her personally.

Release Date: October 4, 2023

PCS NOTES: We are excited to see this next chapter to Elena Abbott’s story on our solicitation list.


Alice Cooper #1
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by Rodney Barnes
Art by Edu Menna
Cover Art by Stuart Sayger

Legendary rock acts are finding themselves attacked by demonic forces. The police investigate, but there’s little to nothing they can do to stop the problem.

At the same time, Alice Cooper has a new album out and is in the midst of a promotional tour. It’s great to see all his fans again, but there’s a disturbing trend happening in every city – more and more of his audience appear to be undead! Complicating matters, when he goes to bed at night he ventures into the Nightmare Place. When he awakens, he’s in another city standing before a throng of fans, where he meets the Archangel Gabriel.

Gabriel tells him there’s a great music club called Burning Meat where the souls of legendary musicians hang out, watching the headliner – Lucifer – play his own personal style of rock music to the raucous applause of the demons in attendance. Now, Lucifer wants to take the show to Earth and the only thing stopping him is… Alice freakin’ Cooper!

Composed and arranged by writer RODNEY BARNES and artist EDU MENNA, this power anthem of an issue has its amps turned up to 11 with a trio of amazing covers from JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER (Rodney Barnes’s collaborator on Killadelphia), the incredible STUART SAYGER, and master of horror ANDREW MANGUM – all capped off with a classic photo cover of the man himself: Alice Cooper!

Release Date: October 4, 2023

PCS NOTES: This looks fun.


The Devil That Wears My Face #1
Mad Cave Studios
Written by David Pepose
Art by Alex Cormack
Cover Art by Cormack

The year is 1740, and the Vatican is in turmoil. Grappling with a profound crisis of faith, outcast exorcist Father Franco Vieri is dispatched on a mission of grave importance — to rescue a Spanish nobleman from the clutches of the sadistic demon known as Legion. But when the exorcism goes tragically wrong, Vieri finds himself trapped in a stranger’s body… and learns what horrors lie ahead when the Devil wears his face. Equal parts Face/Off and The Exorcist, Ringo Award-winning writer David Pepose and Bram Stoker Award-nominated artist Alex Cormack conjure a harrowing tale of terror, action, and body-swap intrigue that will leave comic readers at the edge of their seats.

Release Date: October 4, 2023

PCS NOTES: This book has a cool premise and a great creative team. We are looking forward to it. Continue reading “New Number Ones – New Comic Series and Specials Coming the Week of 10/4/23”

New Number Ones: New Comics Releasing the Week of September 27, 2023

New Number Ones: New Comics Releasing the Week of September 27, 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.

We have books on the list from: DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, TwoMorrows Publishing, Abrams ComicArt, 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.

New Series
New One-Shots and Special Editions


New Series This Week 


The Flash #1
DC Comics
Written by Si Spurrier
Art by Mike Deodato Jr. & Trish Mulvihill
Cover Art by Deodato Jr. & Mulvihill

WALLY WEST RACES TOWARDS THE FUTURE WITH A NEW ALL-STAR CREATIVE TEAM!

Wally West has never been quicker, more fulfilled, more heroic. His loving family is around him. And yet something is off. Very off. His evolving understanding of his powers has opened Wally to new avenues of sci-fi adventure and attuned his senses to strange new ideas. Something whispers from the dark vibrations beyond the Speed Force, and as Wally experiments with creative new approaches to his powers he encounters new realms, mysterious allies, and mind-shattering terrors. A new era for the Scarlet Speedster begins now from the team of Si Spurrier and Mike Deodato Jr.

Release Date: September 26, 2023

PCS NOTES: We are looking forward to this new direction and take on The Flash!


Power Girl #1
DC Comics
Written by Leah Williams
Art by Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, & Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Cover Art by Gary Frank & Brad Anderson

POWER GIRL STARS IN HER OWN EPIC ONGOING SERIES!

Pretty, punchy, and powerful! After the events of Knight Terrors, a long-dormant Kryptonian threat has returned to take down Superman and his family. Who could possibly stop it? Well, according to the Man of Steel, it’s Power Girl! Witness a road trip race against time as Paige reconnects with her roots to save the world from her deadly past. Power Girl Special writer Leah Williams returns with artist Eduardo Pansica for an ongoing series of epic proportions!

Release Date: September 26, 2023

PCS NOTES: Leah Williams has proven that they are the person to write Power Girl and we are hear for it. It has been too long since PG has had a staring role. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Releasing the Week of September 27, 2023”

New Number Ones – New Comic Series Starting in June 2023

New Number Ones – New Comic Series Starting in June 2023

Welcome to the New Number Ones for June! If you are new here, in this column, we have compiled 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.

We are getting this out a little later than we want, but there are plenty of great books to check out this week. Keep an eye out for the sister column to this one: New Number Ones: Specials and One-Shots where we highlight important releases that are not part of series. Some of the books on this list are in some ways related to books on that list.

This month, we have books on the list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Boom! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, Dark Horse Comics, , Mad Cave Studios, Titan Comics, Oni Press, Ahoy Comics, Vault Comics, AWA Studios, and IDW Publishing.

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.

You will find the books listed below in the order of when they are released. There are five Wednesdays in May 2023, so that means five weeks of new comics.

Week of 6/7/23
Week of 6/14/23
Week of 6/21/23
Week of 6/28/23


Week of June 7th  


Destiny, NY: Mystic Mafia #1
Black Mask Studios
Written by Pat Shand
Art by Elisa Romboli
Cover Art by Leirix Li

Lilith Aberdine is the last surviving daughter of a mystical crime family. She has spent her whole life running from her past, but now those old demons are finally catching up to her. She thought she was meant to be with former prophecy girl Logan McBride, but life has pulled them apart. Now, with Lilith in New York and Logan in California, will destiny reunite them or drive them further apart?

Release Date: June 7, 2023

PCS NOTES: This universe that Pat Shand has created is full of interesting characters, and this seems like a great jumping off point.


In Hell We Fight! #1
Image Comics
Written by John Layman
Art by Jok
Cover Art by Jok

Life in hell ain’t easy. Demons try to torture you for all eternity. Monsters want to eat you. There’s a stunning lack of reliable indoor plumbing. And it’s almost impossible to get ice cream. At least, until today, when three condemned teens and their annoying tagalong demon frenemy embark on a daring scheme to hijack a demon lord’s delivery truck. What happens next will take them on an epic journey across the underworld, an infernal excursion of nonstop excitement, danger, and adventure.

Presenting a devilishly fun new series from multiple Eisner-winning writer/letterer JOHN LAYMAN (CHEW, Suicide Squad: Kill Arkham Asylum) and Argentinian superstar artist JOK.

Release Date: June 7, 2023

PCS NOTES: John Layman is a brilliant writer, and whenever he has a new series, it immediately goes on the pull list. Continue reading “New Number Ones – New Comic Series Starting in June 2023”

With Further Ado #241: SXSW Part 1 – Vault Unbound

With Further Ado #241: SXSW Part 1 – Vault Unbound

My head just about exploded at the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals (SXSW) this past week. This is an amazing event- kind of like the love child of San Diego Comic-Con and a musical festival and a business conference with a ton of forward-looking panels. There’s so much to dissect and analyze. I’ll be doing a deep dive in next week’s column.

But to give you a taste of it, I will focus on the lone comic panel at the SXSW this year – the Vault / Def Leppard / Kajabi panel.

This was a high-profile event that was designed, on the surface of it all, to celebrate Vault’s upcoming Hysteria project with Def Leppard. Phil Collen of Def Leppard was on the stage, along with Vault CEO Damian Wassel and Kajabi’s Sean Kim as part of the new Headshell imprint. Continue reading “With Further Ado #241: SXSW Part 1 – Vault Unbound”

New Number Ones: One-Shots and Special Editions for February 2023

New Number Ones: One-Shots and Special Editions for February 2023

Welcome to our New Number Ones: One-Shots & Specials for February 2023 column.

In this regular column, we collect the one-shot books, special anthologies, and original graphic novels that are being released this month. You can check out our regular New Number Ones column for the month here.

There is an alphabetical list of these special books below by release date, and don’t forget to check for our PCS NOTES to find out what we just have to tell you about these comics.

A couple of notes for this list. First of all DC Comics is in the midst of an event that is not quite an event. The Lazarus Planet storyline that is re-setting some status quos across the DC Universe is in full swing, but it is being told through a series of one-shots. We noted them here, because it seems pretty important to the cohesive narrative of the DC continuity of the moment.

Also, be aware that this list is very top heavy with the first week, mostly by DC books. The DC books actually hit some stores on January 31st because of their “New on Tuesday” rule. We consider the month to start on the first Wednesday of the month, so they are included in this February list.

One more thing, February is a month with themes and holidays. As such, you will find some anthologies on this page in honor of Black History Month, and there are some Valentine’s Day specials as well.

There are books on the list from: DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Marvel Comics, Archie Comics, Vault Comics, Top Shelf Productions, Little Bee Books, and Oni Press.


Batman: Legends of Gotham #1
DC Comics
Written by Andy Diggle
Art by Karl Mostert & Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Cover Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico

ONE-SHOT SPECIAL

With Batman preoccupied, his deepest, darkest, most dangerous secrets are about to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. The guest list is strictly villains only, and the outlaw Red Hood fits the bill–putting him on a collision course with Batman’s deniable black-ops team, the Outsiders! With Lazarus Island spawning wild-card superpowers across the globe, the stakes could not be higher. Jason Todd, Black Lightning, and Katana will have to put aside their differences to save Batman’s legacy–and with it, the world. That’s assuming they don’t kill each other first!

Release Date: January 31, 2023


DC’s Harley Quinn Romances #1
DC Comics
Written by Ivan Cohen, Amanda Diebert, Greg Lockard, Jessica Berbey, Alexis Quasarano, Frank Allen, Zipporah Smith, Raphael Draccon, Carolina Munho`z
Art by Ig Guara, Adriana Melo, John McCrea, Fico Ossio, Will Robson, Max Sarin, Priscilla Petraites, Gulio Macaione
Cover Art by Amanda Conner

ONE-SHOT SPECIAL

STRANGER THAN FAN FICTION / HERE’S TO JACK, HERE’S TO MOLLY / POWER GIRL AND ALL-AMERICAN BOY / GRACE / DATING APP DISASTER / ACROSS THE MULTIVERSE / ONCE UPON A ROMANCE NOVEL / SPLENDOR IN THE FOAM

DC is proud to present a selection of eight stories of rapscallion romance, prodigious passion, and undulating, unbridled affection. Tension builds as Apollo and Midnighter are captured by an unknown alien species who are determined to learn the secrets of their supersoldier success. Harley Quinn gets caught in a scintillating fantasy.

Release Date: January 31, 2023 Continue reading “New Number Ones: One-Shots and Special Editions for February 2023”

Preview Review for the Week of 1/18/2023: Barbaric – Hell to Pay #1

Preview Review for the Week of 1/18/2023: Barbaric – Hell to Pay #1

Welcome to the latest installment of Preview Reviews.

This week we have a great book for you. We were able to review Barbaric: Hell to Pay #1 from Vault Comics.

You can find this book at your LCS or wherever you buy books on January 18, 2023.

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


Barbaric: Hell to Pay #1
Vault Comics
Written by Michael Moreci
Art by Nathan Gooden
Colors by Addison Duke
Letters by Jim Campbell
Cover Art by Gooden & Duke

Original Solicitation: 

Barbaric is back and headed straight to hell in an all-new arc so big and bloody, it’s getting an extra issue!

While Owen tames a dragon with an old friend, Soren and Steel cross paths with someone else from our cursed barbarian’s past…who isn’t looking nearly as friendly. Hell hath no fury like a woman stabbed through the heart by an ugly f***ing orc.

Oh, wait! Who’s carrying Axe?

PCS Review:

Hell Yeah! The Axe is Back! Listen, we love this property. This is the start of the third main arc. I think there were a couple of one-shots thrown in. If all out carnage and mayhem are things you enjoy, you will love this book. If humanity and exploring the meaning of regret, companionship, and honor are what you like to see in comics, this is the book for you.

Michael Moreci, Nathan Gooden, et al. have crafted a crazy story about a barbarous axe and the beings that surround it that just brings all kinds of emotions with it. This latest issue jumps the protagonists a few steps from where the last arc ended and ups the ante in terms of the peril that they find themselves in.

Nathan Gooden and Addison Duke work some masterful images to evoke strong emotional beats while also bringing the gore. Gooden’s panel layouts are particularly interesting and important to the flow of the story. Jim Campbell has been slaying on Barbaric from the start and keeps the high quality lettering coming in this issue.

If you are looking for a fun comic that will subtly draw you in emotionally, don’t miss this book.