2015 has begun, and an entire year of comics is ahead of us! Already it’s clear there will be many old favorites to enjoy and new discoveries to be made. Obviously we’re excited for new issues of Biowars in the new year, but over the next couple of weeks, we’ll take a look at some of the other titles we can’t wait to get our hands on.
Star Wars #1 (Marvel, January 14)
We’re finally about to see the results of Star Wars’ move to Marvel, which was announced at San Diego Comic-Con last July. Star Wars will follow Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia in the period immediately after Episode IV: A New Hope. Darth Vader will get his own series of comics, in which he tries to recover from the (spoiler alert) Death Star debacle in Episode IV. Finally, five-part mini-series Star Wars: Princess Leia will also debut this year. As you might expect, the three comics will feature interrelated plot lines.
Multiversity: Mastermen #1 (DC, February 18)
The DC multiverse contains a lot of Earths—52, to be precise. In Multiversity, an acclaimed series of one-shots, writer Grant Morrison took on the task of exploring the far reaches of that multiverse. Mastermen #1 will take us to Earth-10, and we’re being literal when we say it’s not an ideal world. With the help of a superweapon called Overman—who looks suspiciously like a Superman who wound up in Germany instead of Smallville—the Nazis won World War II and became the dominant force on Earth-10 for the next 60 years. Now they face the enigmatic Uncle Sam and a group of heroes known as the Freedom Fighters. The Multiversity experiment is fascinating not just for the comics it’s producing, but for the way it’s shaping our understanding of how the many worlds of DC fit together.
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 (Marvel, January 7)
If you like squirrels, the importance of this comic is self-evident. If not, here goes. First appearing in the Marvel universe in 1992, Squirrel Girl has all the powers of a squirrel, plus a tail—which she has to conceal while she’s taking college courses in computer science. When asked why he was excited about Squirrel Girl, writer Ryan North—whose day job is the webcomic Dinosaur Comics—said: “I am excited to write scenes of her fighting crime with nuts.” We can all agree that not enough crime is fought with nuts.
The Dying and the Dead #1 (Image, January 28)
Writer Jonathan Hickman (Avengers, East of West) and artist Ryan Bodenheim come together for the first, 60-page installment of this series. Beginning with a murder at a wedding, The Dying and the Dead features an ageing World War II veteran who is given the chance to rescue his wife from a slow death by cancer. In doing so, however, he becomes caught up in a subterranean supernatural conflict. “It’s Indiana Jones for Old People. There are no fedoras, only bedpans,” says some of the promotional material, but judging by the artwork, that might be selling this comic short.
Feathers #1 (BOOM! Studios, January 7)
As the name might suggest, Feathers is the story of a boy covered in feathers. He’s not the most self-confident of heroes, and he has something of a mysterious past. It also doesn’t help that he lives in the Maze, a vast slum full of gangs, kidnappers, and other miscreants. But when he meets a girl named Bianca, he makes a friend and finds a partner for adventures. BOOM! Studios turns 10 years old in 2015, and will celebrate by publishing Feathers and other new titles with 10 year anniversary covers.
Happy new year from us at Biowars, and happy reading. More next week!