While Vice had real problems even finding 10 comics they thought great in 2017 (I won’t even link you to the article and give the writer the clicks), I thought I’d jot down a few comics books for Vice, and you, dear readers, to look out for in the coming months. That’s if Vice even sets foot into comic book stores. It would seem they based this on comics they were sent! Well, with this attitude, will anyone send them anything in 2018?
Anyway, here’s to 2018 and another great year for comics and my Top 5 Hot Picks!
1. The Brave and The Bold (DC Comics)
First up, Liam Sharp’s The Brave and The Bold, which we’ve mentioned previously around these here parts. The Washington Post broke the story with Sharpie reported to be mixing Wonder Woman’s “Amazonian mythology with the legends of Irish and Celtic gods. The story would involve the death of an Irish god, and Wonder Woman would bring in Batman, the world’s greatest detective, to help investigate”. A classic team-up lining up to take on the gods themselves. Sounds epic!
2. Punks Not Dead! (Black Crown/IDW)
From new kids on the block, Black Crown, this comic is written by David Barnett and illustrated by Martin Simmonds and out this February.
As if being an awkward, bullied 15-year-old isn’t bad enough, “Fergie” Ferguson suddenly discovers he can see dead people. Well, one dead person specifically—the ghost of a certain punk rocker named Sid. Sid’s spirit was trapped in London’s Heathrow Airport for 40 years until the day he met Fergie. Sid’s ghost is now stuck to Fergie—as if Fergie doesn’t have enough on his plate, being raised by a single mum whose idea of parenting is strictly fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants. Now Fergie has to contend with an unruly ghost sidekick and some weird, uncontrollable new “abilities.” How does the father Fergie never knew fit into this mayhem? And why is the Department for Extra-Usual Affairs showing an interest?
3. Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion (Dark Horse)
Announced at SDCC in the summer, while there is next to nothing known about this series, I dare say Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s third volume of this much loved series will be lapped up by fans old and new, given the forthcoming Netflix adaption. Maybe it’ll be carefully published just as the series hits Netflix sometime this year? So, keep ’em peeled. For both.
4. The Terrifics (DC Comics)
Well, if Marvel won’t put out a Fantastic Four comic, why not DC instead? Launching from the Dark Nights: Metal mini-series as part of Dan Didio’s New Age of Heroes initiative, this is a fun looking book. Well, any book with Plastic Man’s going to be fun, right? And, with the addition of Phantom Girl, can the return of The Legion of Superheroes be too far off? There’s certainly been more than a hint that this will come to pass, if you remember the other Legion member we’ve met recently thanks to Rebirth? Maybe 2018 will be the year we return back to the future! Plus, with writer Jeff Lemire and artists Ivan Reis on this title, you know it’s going to be pedal to the metal good! Especially as the first story arc sees the ABC Universe come face to face with the DC Universe. Synergy to the max!
Bound together by fate, and united by the spirit of exploration and hope for tomorrow, the Terrifics are bound from the Dark Multiverse of Metal! When Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man and Phantom Girl find themselves literally bound together by a tragic accident, our team of unlikely allies must rely on one another to make their way back home. But a startling revelation on their return trip brings them face to face with a new mystery: Where in the universe is Tom Strong?
5. Oblivion Song (Image Comics)
This is the new post apocalyptic comic from writer Robert Kirkman and artist Lorenzo De Felici and I daresay it’ll fly off the shelves when it drops this March.
A decade ago, 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia were suddenly lost in Oblivion. The government made every attempt to recover them, but after many years, they gave up. Nathan Cole…won’t. He makes daily trips, risking his life to try and rescue those still living in the apocalyptic hellscape of Oblivion. But maybe…Nathan is looking for something else? Why can’t he resist the siren call of the Oblivion Song?
That’s my five, although I could have named far more. But, what comics are you looking forward to I wonder?