6 New Comic Series I Want to See in 2015
We’re only a few weeks into 2015 and we’ve already seen some truly great new comic series begin. My two personal favorites so far have been Ant-Man and Star Wars. Ant-Man #1, by Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas, gives us one of the most likable characters we’ve seen in a comic in recent memory. Marvel brings him to a new location where we don’t typically see superhero comics go, gives him a truly great supporting cast, delivers a fun, intriguing, intelligent story, and some absolutely beautiful art. All things considered, Ant-Man #1 is about as close to perfect as a #1 issue can come. Similar praise can be given to Star Wars #1, also from Marvel, by prolific talent Jason Aaron and John Cassaday. What made Star Wars #1 so great is that it (intelligently) avoiding making the mistake the god-forsaken prequel films made: it stuck with the original characters that we know and love. Taking place in between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars #1 tells a new tale centering on Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, C-3PO, and R2-D2. The characters feel as if they stepped out of the films and directly into the pages of this comic, making it truly feel like an extension of the film universe. Add to that the gorgeous art of the unmatched John Cassaday, and you have a recipe for a great comic.
Reading these two fantastic issues has got me unrealistically optimistic for the upcoming year in comics. What other incredible new series might we be graced with? Here are some ideas for new series that I personally would love to see.
1. A revival of Scarlet Witch and The Vision
What better time to revive this long-dormant series than the year that both of these characters are being introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe? For those that don’t know, Scarlet Witch and The Vision were once married in Marvel Comics. Yes, he is an android. It’s comic logic. Don’t question it.
But seriously, what better way to appeal to the nostalgia of comic fans from back in the day while simultaneously reaching moviegoers than by reviving a beloved series from back in the day? While Vision hasn’t been quite as relevant in the Marvel Universe recently as he once was, Scarlet Witch has never really left the spotlight. From wreaking havoc with the events of M-Day to more recently being one of the main characters in the excellent Uncanny Avengers run by Rick Remender, Magneto’s daughter has always been an important player in the Marvel Universe. A possible rekindling of their romance could add an interesting layer of human drama to what otherwise may have been a fairly standard superhero comic.
2. A Night Nurse ongoing series in the vein of Hawkguy
Linda Carter isn’t a superhero. She doesn’t have powers. She’s just a doctor with a heart of gold. I spoke at length early last year about how bad I want to see a Night Nurse solo series, and I won’t bore you by repeating myself. But I would like to reiterate:
Hey. It’s me, Jordan. That guy that’s given you a shit ton of money over the years.
Yeah, you remember me now. Listen: the world needs a Night Nurse series. Use the article I wrote last year as a springboard. Hell, you don’t even have to pay me for the idea (though I would at least like to get a special thanks in the credits).
Just make it happen. When you start seeing those sales numbers, you’ll be glad you did.
3. Something that will scare the ever-living shit out of me
I’m not the manliest guy in the world. I have a debilitating fear of open water, to the point that I have refused going on free cruises because the thought of being out on the ocean for even 60 seconds makes me woozy, much less a week. For years as a kid, I was terrified of horses because one bit me on the man-boob once (I have since gotten over this irrational fear, but I still don’t like the long-faced mother fuckers).
Having said that, when it comes to fiction, nothing scares me. At all. I don’t know why, but if I know something is fake, I get completely taken out of the experience and simply cannot experience fear from it. Horror movies, horror games, horror comics… I can watch/play/read them without flinching and my heart rate will stay even the entire time. I don’t get it. And I don’t like it.
I want that to change. I want some company, preferably one like Image or IDW, to write a series that just scares the ever-living shit out of me. I want this comic to make me nauseous when I read it. I want it to make me scared to look out of my blinds at night. I want this comic to make me soil myself when my house creaks. I want this comic to make me feel feelings again.
…That got dark fast, didn’t it?
4. A new, modernized Birds of Prey
What do comic companies love to do more than anything else? If you answered anything other than “crossovers/team-ups” or “utilizing characters that are currently popular in movies or on TV,” you’re wrong. So what better way to make the execs at DC cream themselves than by reviving a widely-loved team-up series using characters that having recently gotten popular? With Batgirl undergoing a critically adored change recently and Black Canary and Huntress gaining popularity on The CW’s Arrow, now would be the perfect time to get the girls back together. Putting some Girl Power like Kelly Sue DeConnick or even bringing back Gail Simone would really just make this series shine even more.
5. Something weird, but really intelligent and well-done
I hate things that are weird for the sake of being weird. I’m probably going to lose a lot of readers with this, but I fucking hate Adult Swim. Robot Chicken and Family Guy are hilarious, but everything else is way too weird for me. I watched Too Many Cooks and I haven’t been the same since. It ruined me.
When done well, however, weird can be great. Like if somehow the Star Wars universe crossed over with the Middle Ages. Weird, yes, and yes, there is the potential of it being terrible. But you put the right creative team behind it, and you’ve got a recipe for greatness. Besides, who the hell wouldn’t want to see Darth Vader riding a dragon?
That’s the kind of thing I want to see. Something bizarre, yet really, really good. I don’t even know specifically what. I’d rather be surprised.
6. An absolutely amazing, jaw-dropping, pants-shittingly awesome Boba Fett solo series
If you’re a Star Wars fan, chances are, you like Boba Fett. He’s a badass intergalactic bounty hunter flying around the galaxy in a cool ship hunting people for money. With a fucking missile sticking out of his back. What’s not to like?
Well, a lot, if you care about character development. In the original trilogy (I’m not going to begin scratching the surface of the expanded Star Wars universe, because I’m not even going to pretend that I’m well-versed in it), Mr. Fett didn’t have very much dialogue. At all. Yes, he was a total badass, but he basically existed to look cool and take Luke’s place in the Sarlacc Pit.
Disney and Marvel have already shown us this year that they can make some damn good Star Wars comics. Star Wars #1 was not only a great comic on its own, it was a great addition to the Star Wars mythos. The characters felt authentic, it took place firmly in the original trilogy, and it was incredibly well-done. What say we give the galaxy’s coolest bounty hunter the same treatment? Imagine a Boba Fett solo series that actually characterizes him while also giving us an even better look at what makes him such a badass. It would almost be like Star Wars’ version of Deathstroke. I’m getting a little tingly just thinking about it.