As we begin our New Year sit-ups, we look ahead to the next great 12 months of comics. What follows below is a list of just a few of our must-reads in 2014. Happy New Year!
Hellboy in Hell by Mike Mignola (Dark Horse): At last, Mr. Mignola returns to interior art duties for his most famous creation. After the events of The Storm and the Fury, Hellboy descends to Hell, where he meets all manner of demons and darkness that only his creator could illustrate. To hear more about what awaits Hellboy, see our recent interview with Mike Mignola on Omnivoracious.
The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez (Fantagraphics): In the long-running Love and Rockets series, Maggie is typically the focal character, and her relationship with Ray has been a “Will they or won’t they?” plot for decades. Finally, the question is answered, but not before secrets are revealed, heartbreak occurs, and tears are shed. The beautiful “Browntown” story gets its due in this new hardcover, along with several stories that highlight Maggie and Ray throughout the years. Bring a box of Kleenex, folks.
X-Men: Battle of the Atom by Brian Michael Bendis, Chris Bachalo, Stuart Immonen, et al (Marvel): X-Men from the past, present, and future collide in this epic X-over, as illustrated by top talent and penned by blockbuster writer Brian Michael Bendis. In this oversized hardcover, grim time travelers visit the present day X-Men with warning that if the bright and shiny X-Men from the past are not returned to their original timeline, the future is doomed. Confused? You’ll need a flowchart for this one but it’s worth the furrowed brows!
The Complete Eightball: 1-18 by Daniel Clowes (Fantagraphics): The long-out-of-print and hard-to-find issues of this indie comic will be collected in a two-volume, hardcover and slip-cased set, as only publisher Fantagraphics can do. Drool. See how Ghost World and Art School Confidential began—and so much more! Marvel at Daniel Clowes’ weird genius! No Shia LaBeouf jokes, please!
The Doom Patrol Omnibus by Grant Morrison and Various (Vertigo): Admittedly, this is a huge blind spot in my Morrison reading, mostly due to the sporadic availability of the single issues and later collected editions. No more! Now, all 1,200 pages (gulp!) of Morrison’s mad subversion of superheroics will be available in one big doorstop edition. Expect innovation and complex humor.
Whew, and that’s just to start! What are you most looking forward to, Kindle Daily readers?
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