Ready or not, comics and graphic novels are taking over the world. Superhero movies stand at the forefront of the blockbuster ranks. The Walking Dead is one of the most watched shows on television, and Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are close behind. The Sandman, Elfquest, and many other comics have had their film rights bought up, and a sequel to 300 hits theaters in March.
So who knows? In ten years, these forthcoming graphic novels might be the celebrated films of the year, and you’ll be able to say you read them first.
Nothing Eve, by Kurt Wolfgang
In the vein of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, this previously serialized, newly completed graphic novel follows Tom’s last 22 hours on Earth before the apocalypse.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, by Seymour Chwast, Mark Twain
Chwast is one of the best and most creative adapters of classic fiction in the last 50 years. The writer-artist who reimagined Dante’s The Divine Comedy as noir fiction and The Odyssey as 1930s sci-fi pulp is doing his thing with the work of America’s premiere satirist.
Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem, by Steve Niles, Matt Santoro, Scott Allie, David Wachter
This novel, set in World War II, features a golem from ancient Jewish legend. Golems and Nazis: too great a combination to pass up.
Ordinary, by Rob Williams, D’Israeli
Remember that Disney movie Sky High, where that one kid was the only one in his family and school without superpowers? But then it turned out he did have superpowers and the whole thing got even sillier? That’s this graphic novel, sans stupidity.
Marx’s Capital: An Illustrated Introduction, by David Smith, Phil Evans
Ever wished political dissertations like Karl Marx’s Das Kapital had more…pictures? You just got your wish.
The Man Who Laughs, by Victor Hugo, David Hine, Mark Stafford
I’ll be honest. If Victor Hugo’s name is on it, I’m going to read it, be it Les Misérables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, or this graphic adaptation of Hugo’s critique on British politics.
Death, by Neil Gaiman
One of the best things about Gaiman’s Sandman series is the cheerful, punk personification of Death, and this collection of her adventures outside of Sandman, if true to Neil Gaiman’s style, should be brilliant.
The Bojeffries Saga, by Alan Moore, Steve Parkhouse
Alan Moore, writer of Watchmen and V for Vendetta, will always be a legend in the comic and graphic novel community. His writing in the past ten years has gotten pretty weird, but the Bojeffries Saga is a collection of older comics about a family of werewolves, vampires, and other monsters. Alan Moore has collected all the Bojeffries comics and included a new story set in the present time.
The Children’s Crusade, by Neil Gaiman
For lovers of Vertigo comics or Neil Gaiman, The Children’s Crusade is going to be pure heaven. It’s like Teen Titans meets the Vertigo world, bringing together young heroes and heroines from classic Vertigo titles including Sandman, Swamp Thing, The Books of Magic and Doom Patrol and pitting them against a mystery of mystical proportions that’s kidnapping children.
Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives, Vol. 1, by Steve Ditko
If you ever wanted to know more about the artist who designed Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, and many other comic staples, you can see his work as it was before the days of the Comics Code Authority, when he was free to plumb the depths of 1950s pulp. We’re excited to see what horrors lay in the pages of this volume.
What comics and graphic novels are you excited about this year?