Each month I like to showcase some of the new comics that you should be reading. I try and make it varied, mixing up creative ideas, genres and different storytelling to create a list that will have something that will appeal to everyone.
This month’s list features an eclectic mix of legal documents, kung-fu heroes, punk rock ghosts, TV witches and intergalactic wars.
Which of these comics will you be reading? Don’t forget to tell me in the comments!
Written by Ed Brisson. Art by Mike Perkins. Published by Marvel Comics.
With Iron Fist hitting Netflix this month there’s never been a better time for him to start a new series. While recent series began to build the mythology of Iron Fist and his world, this series promises to expand it in a way that has never before. After his source of power is destroyed Danny Rand discovers a hidden civilisation which is knowledgeable in the ways of the Iron Fist. Can they help him get a grip of his powers? You’ll have to read to find out. Whether you’re a longtime fan or brand new one there should be plenty to enjoy with martial arts action in the Marvel Universe.
Iron Fist #1 is available from March 22nd.
Written and art by Jeff Lemire. Published by Image Comics.
Royal City, the new comic by the wonderful cartoonist Jeff Lemire, tells the tale of a dysfunctional family over the space of three decades. When Patrick Pike returns to the factory town which he grew up in he is drawn into the worries and stresses of his family. Most of his family are still haunted by the memory of his younger brother, Tommy, who drowned 20 years ago and is the catalyst for much of their stresses.
This new series is one of Lemiere’s more grounded works, in a similar vein to his Essex County, and has been promised to be his most ambitious and personal work to date.
Royal City #1 is available from March 1st.
Coady & The Creepies
Written by Liz Prince. Art by Amanda Kirk. Published by Boom Studios.
The Creepies are out on tour and they’re picking up more and more exposure with every show. Nothing can stop them – not even a van accident which left Coady dead and Criss in a wheelchair. Like I said, nothing can stop them as Coady is still rockin’ out, albeit secretly being a ghost now. Join the band as they go on tour through the punk rock scene, battle of the bands and other wild adventures.
Coady & The Creepies #1 is available from March 15th.
Written by Matt Kindt. Art by Tomas Giorello. Published by Valiant Entertainment.
After a few months away, Valiant’s flagship comic is back and bigger than ever! Arlic is done with war, violence and the X-O Manowar armour which once liberated him from his oppressors and has moved to a planet in an attempt to live a peaceful life. But his old life come creeping back when he’s conscripted into an alien war.
If you’ve heard good things about X-O Manowar or Valiant in general but haven’t had a chance to check it out then don’t stress. This series aims to be new reader friendly and you should be up to speed with everything you need to know within the first three-issue arc.
X-O Manowar #1 is available from March 22nd.
Eleanor Wharton. Art by Alexandra Colombo. Published by IDW Publishing.
This four-issue miniseries is perfect for younger readers. It features environmentally conscience stories n a package that kids will love, with vibrant colours and imaginative situations. In the first story, Michael and his friend Solar Lola team up with pirates to help stop the polar icecaps from melting. Can he save the North Pole and it’s residents before it’s too late?
Michael Recycle #1 is available March 22nd.
Written by Erica Schultz. Art by Maria Sanapo. Published by Dynamite Entertainment.
Along with the promise of a retro reboot, Charmed is coming back in force with this brand new comic book series. While it’s not the first Charmed comic book it has the potential to be the highest profile with new Dynamite Entertainment being the new home for these witches.
So what’s it about? Expect fighting plenty of demons, while balancing life problems, with a line-up which includes Phoebe, Piper and Paige.
Charmed #1 is available from March 8th.
Once And Future Queen
Written by Adam P. Knave and D.J. Kirkbride. Art by Nick Brokenshire. Published by Dark Horse Comics.
When a 19 year old chess prodigy pulls the legendary Excalibur out of the stone she becomes the once and future queen. But all kinds of craziness comes her way in the form of magic, romance and people you thought were only existed in legends. If you’re into stories involving inspired by legends then this comic should be up your alley.
Based on what I have seen of this minseries, Once And Future Queen look like it will have a very diverse cast with characters from all different hertiages and sexual preferences.
Once And Future Queen #1 is available from March 1st.
Written by Matt Kindt. Art by Tyler Jenkins. Published by Boom Studios.
The Grass Kings are three brothers who rule over their trailer park kingdom. Seen as a promised land, it attracts the hopeless and the lost. But it’s not all sunshine and roses by any means, especially for the brothers who have suffered their own loss and tragedy. But when a young woman enters the kingdom, looking for a safe haven, will she bring doom for the brothers and what they have built?
Grass Kings #1 is available from March 8th.
Term and Conditions
Written and art by R. Sikoryak. Published by Drawn and Quarterly.
Finally, we have the most bizarre of all the comics on this list in the form of this webcomic now available in print as a standalone graphic novel. What make it so weird? The text is Apple iTunes terms and conditions. That might sound as boring as hell, but hear me out. What makes this interesting is that every page is done in a different art style, homaging dozens of classic comic book artists. Top that off, featured on every page is Steve Jobs in signature black turtle neck. It’s the most fascinating reproduction of a legal document you’ll ever read.
If you’re not quite sure or you need to see it to believe it then check out a preview on the Drawn and Quarterly website.
Term and Conditions is available from March 8th.