Every month I like to showcase the most interesting new comic releases of the month, focusing on stories that those new to comics can dive into. For February I have highlighted 15 releases which are all a bit different from each other. Many different genres are represented including science fiction, crime, superhero, horror, sword and sorcery, humour and fantasy.
If anything grabs your attention let me know in the comments below. I am always interesting what others are reading.
For those who prefer to read thier comics in graphic novel form I have also listed the 10 Graphic Novels You Should Read in February 2015.
Spider-Gwen was an instant hit when she first appeared in Edge of Spider-Verse #2, so much so that she has her own series. Set on a parallel universe where Gwen Stacey became Spider-Man instead of Peter Parker, this series is set to be a lot of fun and a fresh take on the Spider-Man concept. If you are looking for a Marvel series that is pretty self-contained then Spider-Gwen is worth your attention.
Spider-Gwen #1 is available from February 25th.
Written by John Fawcett, Graeme Manson and Jody Houser. Art by Szymon Kudranski. Published by IDW Publishing.
I’ll have to admit that I have never watched Orphan black before, although I have heard that it’s worth watching by many people. If you are a fan of the TV show then you will most likely dig this comic as it is written by co-creators of the show John Fawcett and Graeme Manson.
Orphan Black #1 is available from February 25th.
This new series by Lee Bermejo is set in a post-apocalyptic world where killing is entertainment after Los Angeles is stricken by a disaster and disowned by the government. To entertain everyone the television show “Suiciders” was created, which features “the spectacle of hand-to-hand combat with elaborate, high-tech obstacles that test each competitor’s ability to survive.” But to make things a little more exciting is that each competitor has enhanced through technology and drugs. Expect a series that is dark, violent and gritty.
Suiciders #1 is available from February 25th.
Did you read Star Wars #1? If you did you will know that it focused on the Rebellion as they try to take down the Empire straight after A New Hope has ended. Darth Vader is the other side of the coin as we focus on The Empire, specifically Darth Vader. As you all know, Darth Vader is pretty bad-ass so this series should be pretty cool.
Darth Vader #1 is available from February 11th.
Written by Matt Hawkins and Bryan Hill. Art by Isaac Goodhart. Published by Image Comics.
In a small town there has has been a murder, the first in 25 years, but the townsfolk’s reaction to this is anything but normal. Why? This is because the town is secretly a hotbed for fugitives wanting to change their identity. Although, they do more than just get a fake ID, they’re going to the extreme by getting facial reconstruction. Due to the nature of this town, there is a zero tolerance for crime, especially the kind that will get the attention of the authorities. With news of a murder the FBI go undercover to crack the sinister plots going on in the town.
Postal #1 is available from February 4th.
A superhero team receives a new member, but little do they know is that this new member is actually a mole who is trying to find out all of their secrets. The problem is that each hero has a secret to hide which would be devastating when used against them. If you are looking for a superhero story which is self-contained and requires now previous reading Secret Identities is for you.
You can read an early review of issue #1 here.
Secret Identities #1 is available from February 18th.
Written by Erik Mona. Art by Tom Garcia. Published by Dynamite Entertainment.
Each issue of this sword and sorcery series tells the origin story of one of the Pathfinder characters. In this debut issue we have a Valeros story, which tells of his early adventures.
As an added bonus, each issue of Pathfinder: Origins comes with pull-out poster map and official Pathfinder RPG bonus encounter. So if you play Pathfinder you have extra incentive to check this series out.
Pathfinder: Origins #1 is available from February 18th.
Harley Quinn Valentines Day Special
In this Valentines Day themed issue, Bruce Wayne has come to New York City for a special charity bachelor auction. Harley Quinn, using money that I can only assume was acquired in an unorthodox manner, bids and wins a date with Bruce Wayne. But can Bruce Wayne spend a whole night with Harley without her finding out he is Batman?
The Harley Quinn series has been a lot of fun and this special issue looks like it will continue this trend. If you’ve never read Harley Quinn before don’t worry as this looks to be a good jumping on point.
Harley Quinn Valentines Day Special is available from February 11th.
Nameless, an occult hustler and protagonist of this story, has been recruited by a group of billionaires to go on missions of an atypical manner. What he will find is a series of horrifying and events that will warp the mind. Based on early reviews, Grant Morrison throws the reader head first into confusion but in a way that will leave wanting more every time. As icing on the cake we have Chris Burnham on art who in general is a great artist and should be able to capture Grant Morrison’s warped imagination onto the page.
Nameless #1 is available from February 4th.
The Thrilling Adventure Hour: Sparks Nevada Marshal On Mars
Written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker. Art by J Bone. Published by Image Comics.
Thrilling Adventure Hour creators, Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, bring their popular radio serial to the comic book page with a 4 issue miniseires starting this month. Based on one of the most popular serials on the podcast, Sparks Nevada Marshal On Mars is a science-fiction western full of humour and fun.
The Thrilling Adventure Hour: Sparks Nevada Marshal On Mars #1 is available from February 18th.
Thor Annual #1
The much publicised Thor Annual is here, starring the new female Thor. Many people would have heard of this as it features the comic writing debut of wrestler C.M Punk, but that shouldn’t be the only other reason to pick it up. All the other creators involved are pretty top-notch and Jason Aaron has been killing it with the regular series. If you have been interested in Thor, but haven’t had a chance to pick it up yet then here is a great jumping on point.
Thor Annual #1 is available from February 25th.
Help Us! Great Warrior
Written and art by Madéleine Flores. Published by Boom! Box.
The Help Us! Great Warrior webcomic comes to print with new stories. The best way to describe this series is a mix of cartoony sword and sorcery with big batch of cuteness and a hint of Adventure Time. Expect plenty of kickbutt action and fun with this 8 issue series.
Help Us! Great Warrior #1 is available from February 11th.
Written by Swifty Lang. Art by Skuds McKinley. Published by Archaia.
Described as Captain Phillips meets The Thing, Plunder is a horror series set on the high seas. Somali pirates take over an illegal Chinese vessel to discover that a massacre has taken place. It’s then up to a 14-year-old, who is acting as a translator for the pirates, to become a reluctant hero and potentially the key for survival.
Plunder #1 is available from February 18th.
Written and art by Richard Corben. Published by Dark Horse Comics.
Rat God is a 5-issue horror miniseries by Richard Corben that’s inspired by H.P Lovecraft and Native American legends. Richard Corben is a master of horror in both writing and visuals so Rat God should be an eerie read full haunting creatures lurking in the backwoods.
Rat God #1 is available from February 4th.
American Vampire’s Rafael Albuquerque and Supergirl’s Mike Johnson bring you a science-fiction story that transcends all of time. The series follows a chrononaut who is trapped in a time dimension know as the Meld. He has no memory of how to get out or why he is meant to be there. All he can do is trust himself and follow a mysterious voice that keeps reaching out to him.
EI8HT #1 is available from February 18th.