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8 Comics We Can’t Wait To Read In January 2019

As we step into 2019, it can sometimes be tricky to keep track of all the upcoming comic book releases every month. 

So to help with that, we’ve taken a deep dive through the solicitations from all the major publishers and have hand-picked eight new titles that have grabbed our attention for the upcoming month.

And with the return of iconic franchises, celebrated creative partnerships and exciting fresh takes on existing properties, there’s likely to be something here to suit everyone’s tastes.


CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1 (MARVEL COMICS) (on sale Jan 2nd)

The prospect of Robert E. Howard’s iconic barbarian making his long-awaited return to Marvel Comics is exciting enough, but having Jason Aaron (THE MIGHTY THOR, STAR WARS) and artist Mahmud Asrar (UNCANNY X-MEN, ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS) collaborating on the new series pushes this book right to the top of our list this month.

Here’s the official blurb:

From an age undreamed…hither came Conan the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet…

Robert E. Howard’s creation returns to comics, in an epic tale as only MARVEL could bring you! Conan’s travels have brought him to the far reaches of the unknown, from his birthplace in Cimmeria to the kingdom of Aquilonia and all in between. As his fighting prowess allows him to carve his way through life, so too does it attract the forces of death!

The all-new ages-spanning saga begins here, by writer Jason Aaron, as Conan’s destiny is forever changed!


BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #1 (BOOM! STUDIOS) (on sale Jan 9th)

We’re massive Buffy fans here at the Big Comic Page (I mean, who isn’t?), so we’re particularly excited about seeing writer Jordie Bellaire (REDLANDS) and Russ Manning Award-Winning artist Dan Mora (SABAN’S GO GO POWER RANGERS) bringing Buffy Summers into the modern era in this brand new series.

Here’s the official blurb:

Go back to the beginning as the critically acclaimed pop culture phenomenon Buffy The Vampire Slayer is reimagined under the guidance of series creator Joss Whedon.

This is the Buffy Summers you know, who wants what every average teenager wants: friends at her new school, decent grades, and to escape her imposed destiny as the next in a long line of vampire slayers tasked with defeating the forces of evil.

But her world looks a lot more like the one outside your window, as  bring Buffy into a new era with new challenges, new friends…and a few enemies you might already recognize. But the more things change, the more they stay the same, as the Gang faces brand new Big Bads, and the threat lurking beneath the perfectly manicured exterior of Sunnydale High confirms what every teenager has always known: high school truly is hell.

WELCOME BACK TO THE HELLMOUTH, FOR THE FIRST TIME!


GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 (MARVEL) (on sale Jan 23rd)

A new Guardians of the Galaxy series with a brand new roster is one thing, but seeing the superstar pairing of Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw (GOD COUNTRY, THE PAYBACKS, THANOS WINS) working together again is something else entirely.  Plus, Cosmic Ghost Rider is involved, so you pretty much know this is gonna be well worth some of your hard-earned money this month.

Here’s the official blurb:

The universe is on fire. Hundreds of worlds are at war. Never has there been such hatred and division across the cosmos. And in spite of all this, Thanos of Titan is still dead…or is he?

Now, more than ever, the cosmos need the Guardians of the Galaxy…but in the aftermath of the Infinity Wars, who is left to answer the call?

Featuring every cosmic super hero in the known universe by the THANOS WINS creative team of Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw!


CRIMINAL #1 (IMAGE COMICS) (on sale Jan 9th)

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips?  The return of pretty much the most acclaimed crime comic of the 21st century?  Yeah, this was always going to be an automatic inclusion on our list.

Here’s the official blurb:

Hot off their bestselling series KILL OR BE KILLED and their original graphic novel MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES, crime comic masters ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS finally return to their most-demanded title—as a new MONTHLY SERIES!

In this double-sized (at no additional cost!) debut issue, Teeg Lawless is back in town. But he finds himself in more trouble than ever, thanks to his delinquent teenage son—and this time, fists and bullets may not be enough to solve his problems.

A perfect introduction to CRIMINAL and its dark, exciting world, this series will also include back page art and articles to bring readers more fully into the noir experience.


TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: IDW 20/20 (IDW PUBLISHING) (on sale Jan 9th)

IDW is getting ready to celebrate its 20th Anniversary with a new series of 20/20 one-shots, giving us a glimpse at some of our favourite characters either 20 years into the future or 20 years in the past.  It’s a brilliant idea, and with writer Paul Allor and BCP favourite artist Dave Wachter teaming up for a special TMNT story, there was no way we weren’t going to be recommending this one.

Here’s the official blurb:

Meet the Turtles of tomorrow in this adventure set 20 years in the future!

The Utrom Civil War rages across Earth. When news of a backup Technodrome threatens hundreds of millions of innocent lives, it’s up to the Turtles to do what they do best—save the world.


Ghostbusters: IDW 20/20 (IDW PUBLISHING) (on sale Jan 16th)

Speaking of IDW’s 20th Anniversary, and taking into account our absolute love of all things Ghostbusters here at the Big Comic Page, it should come as no surprise that Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening’s trip into GB future is on our list of recommendations for this month.

Here’s the official blurb:

Twenty years in the future, and a new generation of Ghostbusters… is sent on all the jobs Ray, Winston, Peter, and Egon just don’t feel like taking on themselves.

The Sanctum of Slime Ghostbusters—Bridget, Samuel, Gabriel, and Alan—have proven themselves many times over… first against the demon Dumazu, and later with the Ghostbusters of many other dimensions in the recent Crossing Over event.

Now they’re ready for an easy gig, something like a simple haunted house. But they better be careful… you never know Wat could happen.


YOUNG JUSTICE #1 (DC COMICS) (on sale Jan 9th)

Sure, Brian Michael Bendis‘ time in DC Comics so far has been a little hit-and-miss, but the idea of seeing him tackling a brand new team book alongside Patrick Gleason, one of the absolute best artists working in the big two today, makes this new series well worth a roll of the dice.

Here’s the official blurb:

Superboy! Wonder Girl! Robin! Impulse! Amethyst! They’re all united in YOUNG JUSTICE #1, the debut issue of a brand-new series that also introduces new heroes Teen Lantern and Jinny Hex!

When the nightmare dimension known as Gemworld invades Metropolis, these teen heroes reunite to deal with the situation—but they’re shocked to discover the battle may be the key to the return of Conner Kent, a.k.a. Superboy! This mix of fan favorites and new legacy heroes will be the center point for some of the biggest goings-on at DC!

As if that weren’t enough, Bendis reunites with all-star artist Patrick Gleason (SUPERMAN, ACTION COMICS, GREEN LANTERN CORPS) to bring the new heroes of DC’s Wonder Comics to life!


OLIVER #1 (IMAGE COMICS) (on sale Jan 23rd)

Rounding out our list is a series which has such a wild premise that we figured we pretty much had to include it on our list out of sheer curiosity.  While the works of Charles Dickens have been twisted and reimagined in a variety of different ways over the years, this one definitely has the potential to be the wildest of them all.  Plus, it’s drawn by Darrick Robertson, so what more do you really need to know?

Here’s the official blurb:

Award-winning screenwriter GARY WHITTA (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Book Of Eli) teams with celebrated artist DARICK ROBERTSON (Transmetropolitan, HAPPY!, The Boys) for a new take on a literary classic—with a futuristic twist.

OLIVER re-imagines Charles Dickens’ most famous orphan as a post-apocalyptic superhero fighting to liberate a war-ravaged England while searching for the truth about his own mysterious origins.


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