Sometimes comics are overlooked or forgotten because they are put out and published as a limited or miniseries. As a result, many of these titles are left out for consideration on these end of years lists. We covered and read so many titles that are all worthy of this recognition, so here are our choices for the best miniseries comics of 2014.
10. King’s Watch (Dynamite) – Jeff Parker and Dynamite Comics have taken some of our favorite classic characters and given them new life. Flash Gordon, The Phantom, and Mandrake the Magician are in store for even better things in 2015, with the upcoming “King” Crossover event.
9. Curse (BOOM! Studios) – One of the best werewolf tales that I have ever read, Curse was so much more than just a horror comic. It was a beautifully written story about the lengths a father would go through for the love of his son. Fantastic work from the collaborative team of Michael Moreci, Tim Daniel, Riley Rossmo, and Colin Lorimer.
8. The Auteur (Oni Press) – One of the most insane and hilarious comics I have ever read, The Auteur from Rick Spears was a mad look into the mind of a struggling film producer. With influences such as Star Wars, European horror sex films, and Jesus Franco, as well the impressive art work that Callahan and Anderson put out, this series was easily one of the best of 2014.
7. Memetic (BOOM! Studios) – A short but superb series from James Tynion IV, Memetic is a frightening look about the dangers of cyber warfare. The illustrations from Eryk Donovan are just as hypnotic as the sloth image itself, and the writing, well the story was unlike anything I have ever read.
6. Brides of Helheim (Oni Press) – Cullen Bunn and Joelle Jones gave us Helheim last year, which was my favorite mini of 2013. So far, Brides of Helheim has surpassed that first chapter from a creative standpoint with more witchcraft, sorcery, and unworldly monsters. Especially evident is an even more compelling story and amazing visuals from Jones and Filardi.
5. Furious (Dark Horse) – Says Stephen Poferl, “In a year that was ruled by women (writers, artists, characters, etc.) no woman was stronger in my eyes than Furious. This book flew well under the radar, as most Dark Horse books do, but it delivered every issue.”
4. Evil Empire (BOOM! Studios) – No other series has given you more WTF moments than Evil Empire from Max Bemis. The conclusion of each issue has included shocking and brilliant moments that have kept readers wanting and coming back for more. Along with incredible illustrations from Ransom Getty, Andrea Mutti, and Joe Eisma, this politically charged story about the fall of American society is among the best of year.
3. Wild’s End (BOOM! Studios) – Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard are in the process of delivering one of the most intriguing tales about a small town that has been invaded by alien robots. Besides the majestic storyline and the brilliant illustrations, we have top of the line character building which provides us with a winning cast that makes this one of best minis of 2014.
2. Translucid (BOOM! Studios) – An amazing journey into the dynamic of heroes and villains, in Translucid, Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert redefine the classic good versus evil story. Says Kara Ligon, “My heart was breaking with Sanchez and Echert’s beautiful writing. It spills off the page with lines that made me question my own moral perception of right and wrong.” Having Bayliss and Stokely on illustrations only adds to the high level of creativity that we see in this series.
1. Thomas Alsop (BOOM! Studios) – Every once in a while a comic book comes along and punches you in the gut. That is exactly what Chris Miskiewicz and Palle Schmidt have done with Thomas Alsop from BOOM! Studios. An incredibly personal and magical story about family, friendship, and September 11, this creative team takes us back centuries to the origin of the Alsop’s, explaining how this family obtained the responsibility of the hand of the island, and why to this day they must continue to defend NYC from supernatural threats. Despite some controversy, this series gives us one of the most haunting and unforgettable moments of the year, reminding everyone just how much those towers and the lives lost on that day forever changed us. Along with Schmidt’s wicked illustrations and effective choice of colors, Miskiewicz adds his own personal touch along with powerful storytelling to bring us the best miniseries of 2014.