Concept art for Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne
The new year is here, and with it comes a whole batch of brand new, promising comic books. This post will recommend to you five new series' beginning this year that you should check out and maybe add to your monthly haul.
1. Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne
Nobody ever really doubted that Bruce Wayne would, eventually, make it back to the land of the living, it was more a question of how he would do it. Well, the answer is at hand, as Grant Morrison gets to ready to chronicle his return starting this April. Bruce fights his way through different time periods, desperately trying to find his way back to the present. If anyone can tell a time-travelling Batman story, its surely Grant Morrison.
Joe the Barbarian #1
2. Joe the Barbarian
Joe the Barbarian is a new project from Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy that has been billed as Lord of the Rings meets Home Alone. If you don't really know what that means, don't worry, because these kinds of mad ideas are exactly what Morrison does best, and Murphy's artwork looks beautiful. The first issue of this mini-series arrives January 20, is 32 pages, and only costs $1. Why wouldn't you give this one a shot?
Demo, Vol 2 #1
3. Demo, Vol 2.
The first Demo series was a milestone project for both writer Brian Wood and artist Becky Cloonan. Often descibred as X-Men without all the superhero stuff, Demo was a series of one-shot stories about young people with powers, the effects these powers had on their lives, and the way they dealt with them. Dont' worry about this being the second series. As each issue stands on its own, so virgin readers should be able to pick up the new issue #1 and enjoy it without a problem (though the first volume of Demo is highly recommended).
Shield teaser art.
Big things are expected of writer Jonathan Hickman. He has been compared to Alan Moore - by industry voices such as Joe Quesada and Blair Butler, as well common fans - based on his raw imagination. Shield may be the title where he shows Marvel fans what that imagination can really do. The mini-series will chronicle the history of the organization now known as S.H.I.E.L.D., a history that goes back much further than Nick Fury, and as far back as ancient Egypt. There's simply no other Marvel title as daring or interesting as this one scheduled for release next year.
Flash artwork by Francis Manupal
5. The Flash
It's unfortunate that Geoff Johns and Francis Manupal's tenure writing Superboy in Adventure Comics will be so short, but at least the two will be sticking together to work on a brand new Barry Allen Flash book. Johns has said it will be like CSI with supeheroes, but, regardless of the hook, how can you resist Manupal's art?