Last week we looked at just a few of the comics we can’t wait to see in 2015 (not counting Biowars, of course, which will be back!). Here are a few more we’re looking forward to reading.
Convegence #0 (DC, April 1)
This promises to be big. And it’s not an April Fool’s joke. All of DC’s superhero comics go on hold for two months, starting in April 2014, with an incredible 40 miniseries dropping in April and May, and episode zero (of nine) of Convergence coming out on April 1.
If you’re not familiar with DC history, Convergence is going to take some explaining. Brainiac, a supervillain and frequent Superman nemesis, is in the habit of shrinking cities and stealing pieces of them. In Convergence, he makes off with pieces of the old DC universe (which was rebooted in 2011) ranging across different eras of comic books. Putting all these pieces on one planet, he mixes them up to see what happens. One event we know will happen is the appearance of a new bad guy, Telos. DC’s Jim Lee describes this as “the most meta epic event we’ve done,” so there’s a lot to take in. Although the point of Convergence is that all of this happens outside time and space—and therefore outside the usual DC universe—there’s a lot of discussion about how all this will fit into the DC story in the future.
Spider-Gwen #1 (Marvel, February 25)
Gwen Stacy has been around since 1965, and perhaps is best known for her murder by the Green Goblin—one of the most dramatic and important moments in comic history. But it didn’t have to be that way—in this series Gwen Stacy is Spider-Gwen, with a girl band and the determination to fight crime. First appearing in the Edge of Spider-Verse, in 2015 she’s back on her own.
ei8ht #1 (Dark Horse, February 18)
According to its creators, the Meld is a place out of time where things go when you lose them—from your car keys to the dinosaurs. A chrononaut from the future named Joshua ends up in the Meld while on a time-traveling assassination mission: he’s agreed to kill someone to save his wife from a disease. Needless to say, nothing in the Meld is going to be that easy, and Joshua’s first concern is staying alive. ei8ht is the baby of Brazilian artist Rafael Albuquerque, and is something of a remake of his earlier webcomic Tune 8.
Ivar, Timewalker #1 (Valiant, January 21)
Featuring previously in Valiant’s Archer & Armstrong, Ivar, described as “history’s most jaded, most tempestuous time traveler,” is an adventurer who follows time arcs whenever they open up, wherever they go. In this new comic hehttp://valiantuniverse.com/comics/ivar-timewalker/’ll need to stop a brilliant physicist from discovering the secrets of time travel—and ruining the whole universe in the process.
The Empty #1 (Image, February 11)
An intriguing title from Image. There’s not much to go on at the moment, but whatever happened to the world of the main character, Tanoor, it’s not good. Humanity is down to one village in a poisoned world full of mutants. Life does not seem to be getting any better, until a stranger arrives who can grow life out of death.
It promises to be an incredible year in comics. And be sure to keep an eye out for Biowars!