Best of 2014: New Comics Series

Last year I did a small roundup over at The Founding Fields with fellow reviewer Bane of Kings which contained a list of the best new comics to have come out in 2013. It was a rather small list with only 10 entries each from the two of us, reflecting our reading for the year and the consequent small pool to pick from. But in 2014, I greatly expanded my weekly reading, and so for the round-up of the best new comics to have come out in 2014, whether as mini-series or ongoings, I have decided to go much bigger.

There were a ton of new comics to come out last year and many of them started off well enough but unfortunately well by wayside since subsequent issues were nowhere near as good. That however, is a call to make on any new comic and you have to have a wait-and-see attitude for the most part. For this embiggened round-up, I have some mini-series here and some ongoing titles. Some have had multiple issues come out in 2014, while some have had less than three.

Irrespective of that, these are all the most promising new series of 2014, and I think that they are all well worth the read in 2015.

Let’s see what makes the cut and which comes close then!

A few notes:

  • This is a straight-up list of what I consider to be the best 25 new comics series of 2014.
  • The full creative team for the most-recent (as of 2014) issue of each series is credited.
  • The “Official URL” links are for the most-recent (as of 2014) issue of each series.
  • The covers are all for the most recent (as of 2014) issue of each series.
  • The reviews linked are of whatever last issue of that series I have posted on the blog (or elsewhere), the relevant issue number is mentioned in brackets.
  • The rankings are based on the average of the review ratings for that series. All reviews can be found on the Comics Reviews page.

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Top 25 New Comics Series of 2014

1. Death Vigil by Stjepan Sejic

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Official URL | My Review (#5) | Issues Available: 5

The enemy stands revealed. An ancient order of immortal necromancers known as the Pale Court has resurfaced, and Bernie is plagued by unclear memories and great sorrow as more vigil members fall. One last veilripper remains to be claimed before…

2. Wayward by Jim Zub, Steve Cummings, Tamra Bonvillain, Marshall Dillon and Zack Davisson

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Official URL | My Review (#5) | Issues Available: 5

IMAGE COMICS’S SUPERNATURAL SENSATION!
The first story arc ends. Revelation and sacrifice.

3. John Carter: Warlord of Mars by Ron Marz, Abhishek Malsuni, Zsolt H. Garisa, Nanjan Zamberi, Rob Steen, Ed Benes and Dinei Ribeiro

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Official URL | My Review (#2) | Issues Available: 2

Alien invaders are on the verge of conquering all Barsoom. Only one man stands between them and the planet’s annihilation: John Carter, Warlord of Mars. But John is marooned deep in the Martian wastes, confronted by a savage white ape. Even if he survives, how will he return to the side of his beloved Dejah Thoris in time to save his adopted world?

Ron Marz finally tackles the series he’s always wanted to write, teaming with rising artistic star Abhishek Malsuni for the best Barsoom ever!

4. Hexed by Michael Alan Nelson, Dan Mora, Gabriel Cassata and Ed Dukeshire

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Official URL | My Review (#5) | Issues Available: 5

The start of a brand-new arc, a perfect jumping-on point! The chaos at the gala may be over, but a whole new set of problems emerge for Lucifer as she attempts to recover the stolen artifacts from Val’s demolished gallery and enters into a magical arms race with Madame Cymbaline that’s nigh-unwinnable.

5. King Conan: The Conqueror by Timothy Truman, Tomás Giorello, José Villarrubia, Richard Starkings and Comicraft

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Official URL | My Review (#6) | Issues Available: 6 (Complete)

As Xaltotun and his traitorous lackeys face the returning King Conan, it’s their black magic against Conan’s fury and steel! The barbarian has an oath of vengeance to keep, some powerful friends of his own by his side, and a promise of love to fulfill! The epic adaptation’s thunderous climax!* Conan confronts an ancient evil as he seeks to regain his crown!

6. The Kitchen by Ollie Masters, Ming Doyle, Jordie Bellaire, Clem Robins and Becky Cloonan

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Official URL | My Review (#2) | Issues Available: 2

In part two of the all-new crime drama THE KITCHEN, the girls find their newly claimed criminal empire under threat when a sleazy hustler blackmails them for more money than they have. Can they get it together in time and keep control of the Hell’s Kitchen underworld? Or will they have to take more drastic measures to protect their turf?

7. Prometheus: Fire and Stone by Paul Tobin, Juan Ferreyra, Eduardo Ferreyra, Nate Piekos of Blambot and David Palumbo

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Official URL | My Review (#4) | Issues Available: 4 (Complete)

Casualties rise as the Prometheus’s recovery team find themselves trapped between an unrelenting alien horde, a ruthless Engineer, and a vengeful victim of the mysterious accelerant!

* The blockbuster crossover breaks new ground!

8. Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Scott Hampton, Rob Leigh and Dave Johnson

Official URL | My Review (Future’s End One-Shot) | Issues Available: 6

G.I. Zombie stands alone against a zombie army of thousands as the U.S. military’s experiment reaches its horrifying fruition!

9. Django/Zorro by Quentin Tarantino, Matt Wagner, Esteve Polls, Brennan Wagner, Simon Bowland, Jae Lee and June Chung

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Official URL | My Review (#2) | Issues Available: 2

G.I. Zombie stands alone against a zombie army of thousands as the U.S. military’s experiment reaches its horrifying fruition!

10. Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate by Jim Zub, Max Dunbar, John-Paul Bove, Neil Uyetake and Sarah Stone


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Official URL | My Review (#3) | Issues Available: 3
A knockdown brawl at a noble party, a frantic chase along the rooftops, kidnapping, extortion, and monsters aplenty… Yup, just another day in Baldur’s Gate.

11. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 by Christos Gage, Nicholas Brendon, Rebekah Isaacs, Dan Jackson, Richard Starkings, Steve Morris and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt

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Official URL | My Review (#7) | Issues Available: 10

With the responsibility of writing new rules in the Vampyr book, Buffy and crew are literally the bosses of all magic—but as more baddies learn who has the power, protecting the book is becoming a full-time job!

12. Transformers: Windblade by Mairghread Scott, Sarah Stone and Chris Mowry

Transformers - Windblade 004Official URL | My Review (#3) | Issues Available: 4 (Complete)

THE FATE OF CYBERTRON!

PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE! WINDBLADE seeks out the last refuge she has left, the living city METROPLEX as his malfunctions intensify! WINDBLADE realizes that even if she survives STARSCREAM, METROPLEX himself may doom them all!

13. Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, Ian Herring, VC’s Joe Caramagna, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Kris Anka

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Official URL | My Review (#10) | Issues Available: 10

• Kamala bands together with some unlikely heroes against the maniacal Inventor.
•  But has she taken on more than she can handle?
•  Find out why Ms. Marvel is the best new super hero of the year!

14. G.I. Joe v4 by Karen Traviss, Steve Kurth, Kito Young and Tom B. Long

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Official URL | My Review (#4) | Issues Available: 4

ON THE RUN!

The G.I. Joe team is in pursuit of their target, a revolutionary warlord—but he has a snake in his midst… as the COBRA peacekeeping force circles, SCARLETT’s decisions force other military agencies into action.

15. Death of Wolverine by Charles Soule, Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten, Justin Ponsor and Chris Eliopoulos

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Official URL | My Review (#4) | Issues Available: 4 (Complete)

IT’S THE BEGINNING OF THE END – 3 MONTHS TO DIE ENDS HERE!

• The beginning of the end is now here … THE DEATH OF WOLVERINE!

• THREE MONTHS TO DIE, the loss of Wolverine’s healing factor–all led to this, the single most important X-Men event of the decade.

• Logan has spent over a century being the best there is at what he does…but even the best fade away eventually.

• Over the years, Logan has been a warrior, a hero, a renegade, a samurai, a teacher—and so much more. But now, the greatest X-Men hero will play a role he’s never played before in this special weekly event brought to you by industry superstars Charles Soule and Steve McNiven.

16. Grimm Fairy Tales: Realm War by Joe Brusha, Sami Kivela, Maxflan Araujo, Jim Campbell and Artgerm

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Official URL | My Review (#5) | Issues Available: 5

Sela finds herself against impossible odds as the Dark Queen continues to stay a step ahead. But unbeknownst to anyone, there’s a chink in the Queen’s armor, but Sela must find it in time before all is lost. *AGE OF DARKNESS Tie-in*

17. Predator: Fire and Stone by Joshua Williamson, Christopher Mooneyham, Dan Brown, Nate Piekos of Blambot and Lucas Graciano

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Official URL | My Review (#2) | Issues Available: 2

After the mayhem and terror of Weyland-Yutani’s disastrous mission to the site of the Prometheus, Galgo’s troubles continue when his ship is shanghaied by a Predator stowaway! Its obsession with a mysterious, deadly quarry sends them to the last place in the universe Galgo’d like to revisit—the Xeno-infested LV-223!

* Dark Horse’s Prometheus event goes on the prowl!

* Joshua Williamson (Nailbiter, Captain Midnight) is Multiversity’s breakout writer of 2013!

* Five Ghosts’s Chris Mooneyham pits Predator against vicious game!

18. Black Widow by Nathan Edmondson, Phil Noto and VC’s Clayton Cowles

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Official URL | My Review (#13) | Issues Available: 13

The world has turned against Black Widow. Her web is broken. How will she deal with this? The final path to Chaos is at her feet, but will her own demons keep her from finally taking it? What happened to Isaiah? Can Black Widow still turn to the Avengers, or even to SHIELD? The creative team celebrates the first FULL YEAR of their astonishing unbroken run!

19. Grayson by Tim Seeley, Tom King, Mikel Janin, Jeromy Cox, Carlos M. Mangual and Andrew Robinson

Official URL | My Review (Annual 2014) | Issues Available: 7

At last – it’s the secret origin of Helena Bertinelli!

20. Vampirella by Nancy A. Collins, Patrick Berkenkotter, Dennis Crisostomo, Jorge Sutil, Rob Steen and Mike Mayhew

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Official URL | My Review (#5) | Issues Available: 7

Vampirella assumes the role and obigations of Lord Drago, joining The Kabal, a clandestine organization of supernatural creatures. When a strange, rabies-like plague spreads through the slums of Sao Paolo like wildfire, infecting victims with homicidal fury, the Kabal calls upon Vampirella to capture the disease’s murderous creator — one of The Accursed, a human condemned to eternal life for his sins: the fabled Dr. Faustus.

21. Sinestro by Cullen Bunn, Martin Coccolo, Scott Hanna, Jason Wright, Taylor Esposito, Guillem March and Tomeu Morey

Official URL | My Review (Future’s End One-Shot) | Issues Available: 9

Sinestro has been imprisoned by a powerful new intergalactic force with ideals based on a twisted version of his own code! Lost in a super-max prison on the far side of the universe, he orchestrates an escape…and his revenge!

22. Secret Six by Gail Simone, Ken Lashley, Drew Geraci, Jason Wright and Carlos M. Mangual

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Official URL | My Review (#1) | Issues Available: 1

Dick Grayson. Former sidekick. Former Super Hero. Former dead man. And now…agent of Spyral?!A thrilling new chapter of Dick Grayson’s life begins in this new, ongoing series. It’s a super-spy thriller that will shock you and prove one thing: You might think you know Nightwing – but you don’t know Dick.

23. Grimm Fairy Tales: Robyn Hood by Pat Shand, Tony Brescini, Slamet Mujiono, Dave Lanphear, Mike S. Miller and Mohan Sivakani

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Official URL | My Review (#5) | Issues Available: 5

Ivory has initiated a blackout in Manhattan, as her monsters feed on the unsuspecting citizens, Robyn gathers Marian, Red, and Sam to fight back. However, Ivory captures Robyn and Red and plans to make them fight tot he death as the monsters cheer them on. It’s Robyn Hood vs. Red Riding Hood all over again…and this time it’s a grudge match.

24. He-Man: The Eternity War by Dan Abnett, Pop Mhan, Mark Roberts, Deron Bennett and Stjepan Sejic

Official URL | My Review (#1) | Issues Available: 1

The war to end all wars has begun in Eternia! Hordak and the villainous Dark Horde have taken over Castle Grayskull and plan to use it as a weapon to terrorize and rule the universe. However, a resistance is building led by She-Ra, The Sorceress Teela and the benevolent warrior He-Man! To what lengths will the Masters of the Universe go to reclaim their kingdom? What sacrifices must He-Man make to salvage his family legacy? Don’t miss a moment of this epic new MOTU series!

25. Fantastic Four by James Robinson, Leonard Kirk, Karl Kesel, Jesus Aburtov and VC’s Clayton Cowles

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Official URL | My Review (#13) | Issues Available: 14

THE BLUE IS BACK, BABY!

• The rebuilding of the FF starts here, with the return of the BLUE UNIFORMS!

• Can THE THING and SANDMAN escape from super villain prison?

• Camp Hammond attacked and the FUTURE FOUNDATION kids kidnapped…by THOR?

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So that’s all for now. Hope you enjoyed that!

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