As promised last week, here’s part two of my list of most anticipated 2016 releases. This year was absolutely amazing for comics, and it sounds like next year we’ll see even more stories where readers like me can feel that they belong. Most of the titles listed here are already out as single-issue comics, but so far I’ve resisted reading them on a monthly basis — the cost does add up, and unfortunately a girl has to eat (the only exception to this rule is Lumberjanes, which I fell so hard for that any restraint became impossible). I’m eagerly waiting for the majority of these comics to be released as trade paperbacks, and I can’t wait to see what other stories will start in the new year.
Here’s my list (all blurbs come from the links provided):
Monstress Vol 1 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
Black Canary Vol 1 by Brendan Fletcher and Annie Wu
Bombshells Vol 1 by Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage
Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! by Kate Leth and Brittney Williams
Captain Marvel by Shannon Hale and Natham Hale
I’m cheating slightly here, as this one’s not a comic but a tie-in YA novel. However! Shannon Hale writing about Carol Danvers! I still want to explode whenever I remember this is a thing that’s actually happening.
Help Us! Great Warrior by Madeleine Flores and Trillian Gunn
InSEXts by Marguerite Bennett and Ariela Kristantina
Moongirl and Devil Dinosaur by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare
Power Up by Kate Leth and Matt Cummings
Prez by Mark Russell, Ben Caldwell, Dominike Stanton, Sean Parsons et al
Spider Woman Vol 2: New Duds by Dennis Hopeless and Javier Rodriguez
We Are Robin Vol 1: The Vigilante Business by Rob Haynes, Khary Randolph and Lee Bermejo
Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra by Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau
The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia by Mary M Talbot and Bryan Talbot
Here’s my list (all blurbs come from the links provided):
Steampunk meets Kaiju in this original fantasy epic for mature readers, as young Maika risks everything to control her psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, placing her in the center of a devastating war between human and otherworldly forces.Everything I’ve read about this series makes it sound perfect. Resisting the single issues comics has required some serious restraint!
Dinah Lance hits the road! After years as a soldier and vigilante, the LAST place Dinah saw herself is on stage... but she's quickly learning she'd die to protect the gang of misfits she's fallen into. And she just might have to-for some reason, the newly rechristened band, "Black Canary," seems to be a magnet for trouble...and Dinah's not gonna believe it when she finds out the reason why. Martial arts, super-spies, and rock 'n' roll combine, from Brenden Fletcher (Batgirl) and Annie Wu (Hawkeye).I met Dinah Lance in Batgirl earlier this year and absolutely loved her. I was very excited when I found out she was getting her own comic, especially as it’s one that involves being in a band.
It's World War II and Batwoman's battling crime on the home front. But events in her life are about to quickly change, and she may be leaving Gotham behind for a bigger cause.I have no idea why this blurb only mentions Batwoman, when Bombshells is also about Wonder Woman and Supergirl. Anyway: alternate reality where awesome ladies get involved in WW2!
Patsy Walker has managed to escape her past, her enemies and Hell itself (literally), but nothing compares to job hunting in New York City! Between trying to make rent and dodging (literal) bullets, Patsy barely has time to deal with her mother's exploitative romance comics about her childhood resurfacing, much less how they start to interfere with her work and dating life. As she goes from living a double life to a triple, what the Hell is Patsy Walker supposed to do? Raise your (literal) claws for Patsy Walker, aka Hellcat!PATSY WALKER! Also Kate Leth.
Based on Madeleine Flores' popular webcomic, Help Us! Great Warrior is about a very powerful (but deceptively tiny) Great Warrior who protects her village from evil-doers and looks rad while doing it! Possessing great strength and even greater self-confidence, she's ready to kick some butts and save everyone, especially hunks/pals/handsome skeletons. But Great Warrior has a secret...and will her friends stand by her side when they find it out?Powerful but tiny warrior! How adorable does this sound?
At the dusk of a century, a pair of vengeful Victorian vixens discover a horrifying power that transforms them into rich and strange new creatures. Armed with their dark, evolving forms, they descend into a world of the cultured and occult, with new senses and new sensuality, to forge a life for themselves and the child of their love. This new monthly series is the brainchild of writer Marguerite Bennett (A-Force, Angela, Red Sonja) and artist Ariela Kristantina (Wolverines, Deep State), a comic unlike any you’ve seen before!I confess that neither the title nor the phrase “vengeful Victorian vixens” inspire a lot of confidence, but it’s Marguerite Bennett, plus ladies kissing in the Victorian age. Of course I’m there.
Lunella Lafayette is a preteen super genius who wants to change the world- but learned the hard way that it takes more than just big brains. Fearful of the monstrous Inhuman genes inside her, life is turned upside down when a savage, red-scaled tyrant is teleported from prehistoric past to a far-flung future we call today. The pair is many things, and together the most amazing Marvel Team-Up.I mean, how could anyone look at that cover and not want to read this immediately?
It has been foretold that four noble warriors of incredible strength would be gifted with cosmic abilities at a moment of planetary alignment...which, yeah, something definitely went wrong here. Amie is a disaffected twentysomething with a lot of attitude, Kevin is a washed-up athlete way past his prime, Sandy’s a mother of two teenagers, and Silas...is a goldfish. Just a normal goldfish. Are we sure we read that prophecy right?More potential adorableness from Boom! Studios.
Meet Beth Ross, the first teenaged President of the United States. In a nation where corporations can run for office, the poor are used as human billboards, and tacos are delivered by drone, our only hope is this nineteen-year-old Twitter sensation. But the real question isn’t whether she’s ready for politics — it’s whether politics is ready for her.A political satire from DC with a teen girl in a position of power.
Taking time off from the Avengers, Jessica Drew is back in the investigating business, with reporter Ben Urich at her side. And their first case is a doozy. Someone is kidnapping the loved ones of super villains — but no one cares. No one except Spider-Woman and Ben. With more at stake than she realizes, Jess is heading for a showdown with a new nemesis: Lady Caterpillar! But along the way, which prickly Silver Age bad guy will join Team Spider-Woman?I loved Jessica Drew and Carol Danvers’ friendship in Captain Marvel, so of course I wanted to read more about her. It probably sounds odd to start with volume two, but I heard that this is where we see Jessica start over and devote more of her time to small-scale stories rather than epic Marvel universe happenings, so it sounds like a good entry point for me.
The teenagers of Gotham City have adopted the "R" and made it their own. A new Robin? No, hundreds of new Robins! The Boy Wonder has inspired a movement in Gotham, where different people of all creeds, colors, genders and religions have donned the "R" insignia to combat crime. But will this clean up the city or make more trouble than it's worth?I’m not really into Batman, but I’m definitely into stories about teenagers organising collective action.
They're an elite group of teenage girls with magical powers who have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures...as long as they can get out of class! Known as the Zodiac Starforce, these high-school girls aren't just combating math tests. They're also battling monsters—not your typical afterschool activity! But when an evil force from another dimension infects team leader Emma, she must work with her team of magically powered friends to save herself—and the world—from the evil Diana and her mean-girl minions.“Team of magically powered friends” — say no more.
Set against the background of violence and state repression in a turbulent period of French history, The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia chronicles the incredible and outrageous life of Louise Michel, the revolutionary feminist dubbed ‘The Red Virgin of Montmartre’. A utopian dreamer, notorious anarchist, teacher, orator and poet, she was decades ahead of her time. Always a radical, she fought on the barricades defending the short-lived Paris Commune of 1871 against the reactionary regime that massacred thousands of French citizens after the Commune’s defeat. Deported to a penal colony on the other side of the Earth, she took up the cause of the indigenous population against French colonial oppression.I saved the most exciting one of all for last. I loved Mary and Bryan Talbot’s previous collaborations, and the blurb makes The Red Virgin sound perfect.