As we launch headlong into a new decade of comics, we’ve decided to try and make it as easy as possible for you by singling out some of the new titles on the horizon that we’re most excited about.
It’s worth pointing out that these are just the tip of the January 2020 comic book iceberg, and we’ve opted to focus on new titles for the most part (or, ideally, solid jumping-on points).
As always, we’d also love to hear what you’re all most excited about, so feel free to reach out on social media, or comment below, with your own “must buy” books.
THOR #1 (Marvel Comics) – on sale 1st Jan
Writer: DONNY CATES
Artist: NIC KLEIN
A BRAND-NEW, SUPERSTAR CREATIVE TEAM TAKES THE KING OF ASGARD TO NEW REALMS OF GLORY!
The prince is now a king. All Asgard lies before Thor, the God of Thunder. And after many months of war, the Ten Realms are finally at peace. But the skies above the Realm Eternal are never clear for long. The Black Winter is coming. And the God of the Storm will be powerless before it.
BATMAN #86 (DC) – on sale 8th Jan
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist(s): Tony S. Daniel and Danny Miki
It’s a new day in Gotham City, but not the same old Batman. With Bane vanquished and one of his longtime allies gone, Batman has to start picking up the pieces and stepping up his game. Batman has a new plan for Gotham City, but he’s not the only one. Deathstroke has returned as well, under a mysterious new contract that could change everything.
Beginning a whole new chapter in the life of the Dark Knight, the epic art team of Tony S. Daniel and Danny Miki are joined by new series writer James Tynion IV!
GHOSTBUSTERS: YEAR ONE #1 (of 4) (IDW Publishing) – on sale 22nd Jan
Writer: Erik Burnham
Artist Dan Schoening
In anticipation of the new Ghostbusters feature film coming to theaters Summer 2020, we look back at the Boys in Grey’s first year on the job, showcasing never before seen adventures! After defeating Gozer and becoming heroes in the city, county, and state of New York, a publisher has decided to cash in with a biography of the Boys in Grey and sends a writer to interview them all for background.
He starts with WINSTON ZEDDEMORE, the first ‘buster hired into the supernatural start-up. Winston relates the story of his very first bust, so we can finally know what kind of… ahem, stuff he’s seen that’ll will turn you white!
FIREFLY: THE OUTLAW MA REYNOLDS #1 (BOOM! Studios) – on sale 15th Jan
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Davide Gianfelice
After the shocking conclusion of Mal’s journey with Boss Moon, Mal hands himself into the Alliance…but it turns out its not him they want.
The infamous Ma Reynolds is at the top of the Alliance’s Most Wanted, and if Mal doesn’t get to her first, the Alliance will!
Kicking off a new year of Firefly, discover the secret history of Mal and his mother, and what that will mean for the rest of the ‘verse…and a new brewing war to end all wars.
WONDER WOMAN #750 (DC) – on sale 22nd Jan
Writer(s): Vita Ayala, Marguerite Bennett, Kami Garcia, Dean Hale, Shannon Hale, Jeff Loveness, Steve Orlando, Greg Rucka, Gail Simone, Mariko Tamaki, and others
Artist(s): Elena Casagrande, Colleen Doran, Jesus Merino, Gabriel Picolo, and others
An all-star 96-page celebration of the Amazon Princess by longtime favorites and acclaimed new voices! In the lead story, Wonder Woman’s epic “Year of the Villain” battle comes to a close, leading the way to new challenges ahead.
Additionally, this oversized gem tells tales from Diana’s past, present and future by some of the greatest storytellers in the business— including Colleen Doran, Mariko Tamaki, the Teen Titans: Raven team of writer Kami Garcia and artist Gabriel Picolo, and legendary Wonder Woman creators returning to the character, including Gail Simone and Greg Rucka!
SEX CRIMINALS #26 (Image Comics) – on sale Jan 29th
Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Chip Zdarsky
• THE SERIES? It’s back.
• JON AND SUZE? Also back.
• THE BANK? MUST BE TAKEN DOWN.
• THIS ARC? THE LAST. Gasp!
• BULLET LISTS? How do you turn them off in Microsoft Word
The highly anticipated return of the #1 New York Times bestselling humor/romance series SEX CRIMINALS kicks off its final story arc. Praised for its emotionally compelling characters, taut storytelling, and comedic genius, Time Magazine called it “the best comic of the year” upon launch. Since its debut, SEX CRIMINALS has garnered coverage from such mainstream media outlets as Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, NPR, and The Washington Post and won multiple awards. SEX CRIMINALS follows the adventures of Suzie and Jon—a couple who discover they can stop time when they have sex. This final chapter sees the reunion of writer MATT FRACTION (NOVEMBER, Hawkeye) and CHIP ZDARSKY (THE WHITE TREES, Daredevil).
VAGRANT QUEEN PLANET CALLED DOOM #1 (Vault Comics) – on sale 29th Jan
Writer: Magdalene Visaggio
Artist: Jason Smith
Get ready-Vagrant Queen is BACK!
Elida Al-feyr has finally managed to build a happy life… until a mysterious man in an ancient white ship shows up and takes it all away. And hey, where the hell is Isaac?
DAPHNE BYRNE #1 (DC / Hill House Comics) – on sale 8th Jan
Writer: Laura Marks
Artist: Kelley Jones
In the gaslit splendor of late 19th-century New York, rage builds inside 14-year-old Daphne. The sudden death of her father has left her alone with her irresponsible, grief-stricken mother—who becomes easy prey for a group of occultists promising to contact her dead husband.
While fighting to disentangle her mother from these charlatans, Daphne begins to sense a strange, insidious presence in her own body…an entity with unspeakable appetites. What does “Brother” want? And could she even stop him if she tried?
Writer Laura Marks (TV’s Ray Donovan, The Expanse, and The Good Fight) and horror-art legend Kelley Jones (The Sandman, Batman: Red Rain) join forces to unleash spirits from beyond into the Hill House Comics line!