Well, that’s another year over and done with and all the decorations in boxes and back up into the attic. The hangover has all but dissipated and so, through the clarity that comes with the new year, I find myself looking forward to comics coming up this year. There are lots of series that will be concluded in 2019 (Doomsday Clock and Heroes In Crisis to name but two heavy-hitters), but what about new titles coming out this year? Especially with new publishers like Ahoy Comics and TKO Presents coming out of nowhere fast.
Here’s five of the best (in no particular order) you may want to check out in the coming months.
First up we have the return of the extremely popular Young Justice to both animation and comics, with the latter making up one of the many titles Brian Michael Bendis’ Wonder Comics line-up is curating. Written by himself, with art by Patrick Gleason, I imagine this one to be a firm favourite with older fans and new ones too as we are reintroduced to Conner Kent’s Superboy, Amethyst, Robin, Wonder Girl and Impulse while also introducing us to two new, and intriguing characters, in Jenni Hex and Teen Lantern.
Young Justice #1 is out from DC Comics on January 9th.
Another title from the Wonder Comics line that I’m really looking forward to is the return of the Wonder Twins under the guidance of Mark Russell and Stephen Byrne. Russell has certainly established himself of late with plaudits all round for both The Flintstones and last year’s Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles. With a sharp wit and satirical take that’s hard to beat, I can’t wait to see what Russell does in reinterpreting these lame-ass, but fondly remembered, characters as siblings Zan and Jayna are reinvented as teenagers about to embark on the slings and arrows of outrageous fortunes that inevitably come with being a high schooler in America today. Add to that a part-time job as interns at the Hall of Justice and its a ripe scenario for Russell to drop the odd gag or two. Usually at the expense of stuffy authoritarian figures. Whether that be teachers or heroes, all I’m saying is that Batman better watch his back.
Wonder Twins #1 is out February 13th from DC Comics.
Third up for your consideration is Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt by Kieron Gillen and Caspar Wijngaard. Everyone’s favourite Ozymandias impersonator has another lease of life as Gillen and Winjgaard breath life into this genius adventurer who makes Einstein look like Ralph Wiggum. I’m intrigued enough in Gillen’s name being attached to this to give it a go. Especially as Gillen hasn’t touched superheroes – and other companies’ characters (with the exception of Star Wars, but who’d EVER turn that gig down?) – in some time. Described as Gillen’s, “dark, humorous and relentless love song to the genre,” I can’t wait to see what he has to say. And, what playlist and musical artists he listened to while writing this larger than life person. They Might Be Giants maybe?
Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #1 is out January 16th from Dynamite Comics.
A fourth title I’m looking to throw myself into this year is the return of Isola by Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl and Msassyk. One of my favourite series of last year, I can’t wait for its return this January as it goes bi-monthly. A majestic, beautifully realised lavish fantasy world in which dangers of a magical nature await our travellers – Captain Rook and Queen Olwyn – in every copse and carve they come across in their hero’s quest for a safe haven. Just a stunning book from start to finish.
Isola #6 is out January 16th from Image Comics.
Last, but by no means least, is another returning title, Punks Not Dead: London Calling, coming your way this February from David Barnett and Martin Simmonds. A rollicking good read that’s both a black comedy and a supernatural adventure around the UK too. Our teenage hero, Fergie Ferguson, along with the ghost of Sid Vicious have “done a runner” to London, from the North of England, with Culpepper Potts and her Department of Extra-Usual Affairs hot on their trail. Along with the cops and some freaky “magpie monsters” to boot.
Punks Not Dead: London Calling #1 is out February 4th from Black Crown.