So many comics, so little time. You can always rely on old and faithful titles such as Spider-man and Batman to provide you with some good entertainment, but there are always those new series and relaunches that you don’t know if they’re worth your money. To make your life easier, we’re recommending the best 5 new comic book series you need to check out. Before we start, you may ask yourself: What is considered new? For this lists sake, a new comic book series to me is one that’s currently under 12 issues, and most of these series are well under that mark. Although that might seem like a lot to some people, 12 issues will give you a good feel for the story while still being very easy to catch up on and fully digest.
Here are the 5 best new comic book series that you should read:
DC Universe: Rebirth (DC Comics)
Various Artists, Various Writers
DC just relaunched their brand, putting an end to the New 52 era. Rebirth is not a complete reboot, it’s more of a convergence (not to be confused with the DC event of the same name) of various DC universes in an attempt to bring some much needed continuity. When New 52 launched, a lot of the rich history from certain characters was somehow completely erased. DC’s chief creative officer, Geoff Johns, did a magnificent job with the first main issue, as did the other writers and artists in charge of individual character Rebirth titles. In the introductory issue we are immediately introduced to a few changes that will set off a major chain of events, which include: The return of the original Wally West, the existence of 3 different jokers, the reestablished relationship between Black Canary and Green Arrow, the revival of the original Superman (New 52 Superman died recently) as well as Lex Luthor as another Superman, and a huge surprise integration from one of DC’s most critically acclaimed titles. This is a ballsy move from DC that is set to have more impact than New 52 ever did. Will it be confusing for new readers? Yes, but for those interested in a bit of background before starting off here, that’s something this video can help you with.
Black Panther (Marvel Comics)
Art by Brian Stelfreeze/Laura Martin, Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Took them long enough but the timing couldn’t be better for Black Panther. Right after he stole the show in the movie Captain America: Civil War, Marvel debuted his new series which is being handled by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Right off the gate, the first issue became the highest selling comic that month by selling over 270,000 issues. Coates will be writing Black Panther for it’s first year, with it’s initial story named A Nation Under Our Feet. Coates’ story aims for complexity by introducing multiple characters with individual purposes that will affect T’Challa’s current rule of Wakanda. Marvel has even gone the extra mile in promoting it by doing some brief previews on youtube (with a soundtrack provided by Run The Jewels & Prodigy of Mobb Deep), which is something I’ve never seen before. Instead of attempting to explain the story and characters myself, you should just watch the video above and let the man himself, Ta-Nehisi Coates, guide you through it. Black Panther should definitely be on your radar and pulldown list for the foreseeable future.
Tokyo Ghost (Image Comics)
Art by Sean Murphy, Written by Rick Remender
First of all, what the fuck does Rick Remender do to get all these great artists in his new comics? Remender’s artist bullpen is very impressive, from Greg Tocchini’s gorgeous work on Low (which is amazing, but it’s not as new) to Sean Murphy’s chaotic art on Tokyo Ghost. The story starts off in the Islands of Los Angeles in the year 2089, where humanity is addicted to technology. Our main characters are Constables Led Dent, a berserk tech junkie who kills anyone in his way as long as he gets a hit of virtual entertainment, and his girlfriend Debbie Decay who attempts to keep his humanity in check. Before they are able to retire, they are sent on one last mission to Tokyo, the last tech-free place on earth, in order to find out how they’ve been able to keep technology away from that area. Remender explores these 2 characters’ background with vivid story telling that touches on the human element and it’s obsession with technology, social media and disposable entertainment. The story has had a few twists and turns and it takes a few issues until the epic reveal of the title character, but it’s been one of the best stories this year.
James Bond (Dynamite Entertainment)
Art by Jason Masters, Written by Warren Ellis
Warren Ellis goal with this series was to bring back Bond to his gritty roots. Ellis was determined to take Bond out of the womanizing pretty boy spy that Hollywood turned him into, and more to the cold-hearted, vengeful asshole that Ian Flemming originally wrote him out to be. Even Masters’ design of James Bond is based on Flemming’s description of him and not a particular actor. The first arc just finished, and it details Bond’s mission to find the origin of a drug nicknamed Vargr. As much as I enjoys Ellis’ writing for his ruthless characters, Masters does an excellent job in drawing the fight scenes that make this book the stand out that it is. The second Bond arc, Eidolon, will have hints of SPECTRE along with an all new story. While we’re on the subject, Ellis is also working on one of the best new books from Marvel based an inhuman by the name of Karnak, make sure to check that out.
Vision (Marvel Comics)
Art by Gabriel Hernandez Walta/Michael Walsh, Written by Tom King
When I say that this might be the best Marvel book in a decade, I’m not exaggerating in the slightest. Tom King’s work is an eerie take on Vision, the Avenger’s resident synthezoid, as he attempts to have a regular human-like life with his own family. Through this book, we are introduced to Vision’s family whom he created himself: his wife Virginia, and his children Viv and Vin. What sets Vision off from the rest of Marvel’s current comics is the utterly cold tone that it’s written in. The dialogue is lifeless and inorganic but it works to perfection as Vision’s family struggle through their attempts to fit in their sleepy suburban town, as well as their neighbors fear of them which mirrors racism and xenophobia. The narration foreshadows the events to come and it gives the book a horror/thriller vibe that will grab you by the ending of it’s first issue. Tom King will finish his 12th issue and end of this story arc before migrating to DC’s Batman, but he’s making sure his final work at Marvel will be amazing.
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