Seven days in to the new year, and we finally got around to releasing our picks for Best New Comics of 2014. In a list that was dominated by Image Comics, there were also some titles from Archie Comics, Oni Press, and BOOM! Studios that made the cut.
10. Shutter (Image) – Like so many Image titles, the art really makes this series shine, and Leila Del Duca is one of the best at her craft. One of the most joyful adventure stories to come out last year, Joe Keatinge’s plot and characters make Shutter one of our favorite titles.
9. The Wicked and the Divine (Image) – The creative team behind Young Avengers (Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie) brings us a series about mortal gods engulfed in pop culture with The Wicked and The Divine, a remarkable new graphic novel from Image. The cover art from McKelvie are some of the best month after month.
8. Nailbiter (Image) – Kara Ligon writes, “Serial Killers have always been a HUGE fascination to me, and with Nailbiter I get to discover a city that has given birth to sixteen of them! Teaming up with the infamous Edward “Nailbiter” Warren to solve a twisting mystery, each issue leaves me saying, “Oh..My..God”. “
7. Trees (Image) – Stephen Poferl says, “this was another tough call, but I had to think of what “new” means. Certainly, I have never read or seen anything like Image’s “Trees” by Warren Ellis. This book embodies “new”.”
6.Wytches (Image) - Scott Snyder took everything you think you know about Witches and threw it out the window. This series truly unleashes what a horror comic should be and Jocks art work brings Snyder’s nightmare to life. It only three issues into the incredible story and it is already looking like my new favorite series. Just remember, whatever you do, don’t look at them.
5. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Archie Comics) – Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack take us back to the 1960’s in this dark and brilliant reimagination of Sabrina, with the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Not only is this comic one of the best new comics of 2014, but it’s also one of the best horror comics to hit stands last year.
4. Supreme Blue Rose (Image) – Tuta Lotay’s work alone on this title is strong enough to make this one of the best overall comics. Add a Warren Ellis script to the art and you have a beautiful series that is close to perfection. Stephen Poferl says “Lotay’s mastery of the form is evident in this book, simply magical.” Lauren Eyer says, “SBR has definitely been a stand out book for me this year. I mean, Warren Ellis. But it’s hard to grasp, it’s gorgeous, it’s brilliant and mysterious…everything that I want from a book. Ellis is always a strong writer, but in my opinion, Tula Lotay steals the show. Her work on this book is absolutely gorgeous and unmatched in comics right now. She is a true talent and I am truly excited to see what else she has in store!”
3. The Life After (Oni Press) – Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo take us to a world unlike anything you’ve ever imagined, an afterlife solely for suicide victims. Not only are they taking on subject matter that certainly should not be taken lightly (which they are not), but they have given us characters and a story that makes this series one of the most original and visually stunning comics of 2014.
2. The Woods (BOOM! Studios) - James Tynion and BOOM Studios deliver an alternate universe tale the likes of which has never been imagined say Stephen Poferl. With gorgeous illustrations from Michael Dialynas, The Woods is a dark and personal tale that was the smartest and most deeply imaginative comics that came out last year.
1.Southern Bastards (Image) – Jason Aaron and Jason Latour’s love/hate relationship with the South has provided readers with the perfect collaboration, and a series that only they should tell! With transfixing illustrations and Aaron’s incredibly strong story-telling, Southern Bastards has moved readers in a manner that very few comics seldom do. The first story arc was as strong an arc that I read in comics last year, and the second chapter continues to explore Coach Boss and darker side of the south. This title is violent, disturbing at times, but brutally honest. It’s our choice for the best new comic of 2014.