We’ve barely cracked the calendar in 2015 but it’s never to early to ahead to the future, and 2015 is set to be a great one for comic book. The Big 2 are tossing out their usual stock of event titles, but there’s a lot riding on those events, and the promises of change are compelling. It’s the Indy publishers, however, that are a surprising source of anticipation. No matter how you slice it, though, 2015 is going to be a great year for comics, and here’s the books we can’t wait to read.
10) Jem and the Holograms
This is definitely a comeback tear for Jem and the Holograms. The 1980’s animated series gets its very own full-feature film in October, and IDW Publishing will begin publishing of the Jem and Holograms comic book starting this March. Writer Kelly Thompson and artist Ross Campbell bring the adventures of Jerrica Benton, her hologram creating/alter-ego manufacturing SYNERGY, and her band the Holograms as they battle other bands, save orphans, and keep secrets. Or maybe not. IDW may take things in a completely different direction. Either way, we’re excited.
Jeff Lemire is wrapping up his now classic run on Green Arrow only to take the reins of another archer at a different publisher, Hawkeye. Artist Ramon Perez will be coming along for the ride, a ride that has a lot to live up to coming off the heels of Matt Fraction and David Aja. There’s still a few issues of THIS volume of Hawkeye remaining that may or may not all be out before the March debut of this new volume, and Hawkeye has become a masterclass of comic story-telling, I love Lemire’s work, and I have full faith that he’ll be able to keep up the pace set by Fraction. This should already be on your pull-list, so just leave it there.
8) Fight Club 2
The original author of Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk, joins artist Cameron Stewart on the sequel to beat all sequels, Fight Club 2. We knew the sequel has been coming for years, but the news that it was coming in comic book format was not only amazing news for fans of the original, but was vindication for the medium. It’s not just capes and tights. Honestly, I’m not sure how this story is going to shape up. Set 10 years after the original where our sweet couple become bored and Tyler comes back is an odd story, but doesn’t sound like a prelude to a club of fighting. Are the depictions going to resemble the movie stars? I’m not sure how that will work. Either way, I’m stoked to read this series.
Archie Comics is determined to make 2015 The Year of Archie, and they aren’t pulling any punches when it comes to their modern-day relaunch of their most treasured series. In 2015, Archie will relaunch with a brand new #1 issue written by legendary artist Mark Waid and drawn by the wildly talented Fiona Staples. While Staples will only be on the first arc of the series, Archie Comics is not stopping with this single comic series, and the company has promised to make 2015 a great year for Archie. I’m going to be picking this up for at least a few issues, but I simply cannot wait to see these creators take on these characters.
6) Secret Wars
Not the only ‘Wars’ on this list (see below) and not even my most anticipated event of 2015, Secret Wars is the culmination of the epicness that is Jonathan Hickman, and may (but probably won’t) change the Marvel Universe forever. My guess is (and has been for quite some time) that everything will kind of reset to the Marvel U that everyone recognizes as the stereotypical Marvel U. So, basically your typical Marvel Comics event. The rumors surrounding and abounding this event, however, are too buzz-building to ignore, and I can’t wait to see what finally happens, but I’m not really all that excited to see exactly WHAT happens during the event. It’s a conundrum, but I’m still stoked.
5) Paper Girls
Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, & Matthew Wilson on an Indy book. That’s all you should need to know about this upcoming Image Comics title, but the story is so weird it just has to be awesome. 4 twelve-year-old newspaper delivery girls experience a strange night that overturns their lives. Yup, I’m sold! This creative team is amazing, and I’m so excited to get my hands on this title, I just wish I knew more about it.
The circle is complete. Or, at least it will be once DC tears everything down and builds it up yet again with Convergence. The Pre-New 52 universe collide with the New 52 one, and all that is bound to collide with all these other universes, culminating in something that is bound to change the game entirely. There’s just no telling where we’ll be once the event is over, and even better, because of the New 52, I give a damn about how we get there. Looking at the overall scheme that was the New 52, DC has been able to bring in new readers, introduce them to the all of their complex universe, and can now bring back everyone they alienated to do so. It’s really quite brilliant when you think about it.
3) Tokyo Ghost
Rick Remender’s capes stuff us hit or miss for me, but I’m a huge fan of the writer’s creator owned sci0fi stuff, and this blend of Akira, Judge Dredd, Mad Max, and other dystopian sci-fi elements is right up my alley. And Sean Murphy is in prime form in these pencil pages, maybe the best I’ve ever seen him. Please let this come sooner rather than later!
2) I Hate Fairyland
There are a lot of great comics coming from Image Comics this year; far too many to fit in this list; but out of all of those Skottie Young’s I Hate Fairyland was easily the most appealing. Drawing on inspiration from Dr. Seuss and Looney Tunes, the series stars Gertrude, a girl trapped in fairyland for decades. She’s a snarky, deranged cup of sarcasm, and it’s exactly the sort of character that Skottie Young was born to write, and exactly the sort of world he was born to draw. Of all the new books being released this year, this is easily the one I’m most excited for…because #1 is actually 3 books.
1) Star Wars
I’m kind of/sort of cheating here, but I just can’t help it. Don’t get me wrong, I AM excited for the debut of Star Wars #1 this week, but it’s the whole enchilada that earns the franchise the top spot on this list. This is only the beginning, and the next few years are going to see a resurgence in Star Wars bigger, better, and more robust than anything that has come before it, and it all starts here. It’s a great time to be a comic book fan!