We hope you kept up on your reading in 2018, because the comic book industry definitely isn’t slowing down in 2019. The new year is bringing with it some epic new superhero crossovers, relaunches of fan-favorite titles, new directions for licensed properties like Transformers and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and some very promising new graphic novels.
To help make sense of it all, we’ve broken down the 19 big releases we’re most looking forward to read in 2019. Check out our slideshow or scroll down to find out what’s coming down the pipeline this year.
The Debut of Wonder Comics
DC has been focusing a great deal on curated imprints in the last couple years, resulting in lines like Young Animal, Sandman Universe and the rebooted Wildstorm line. That approach is continuing in 2019, as the newly DC-exclusive Brian Michael Bendis sets about spearheading a new line called Wonder Comics.
The goal with Wonder Comics is to shine a light on DC’s teen heroes, both new and existing. Bendis himself will be joining with Superman artist Patrick Gleason for a new volume of Young Justice, one which finally brings together Superboy, Robin, Wonder Girl and Impulse on the same team again. That series will debut in early January, to be followed by Naomi (by Bendis, David Walker and Jamal Campbell), Wonder Twins (by Mark Russel and Stephen Byrne) and Dial H (by Sam Humphries and Joe Quinones).
We’d be excited for any of these books individually. But taken as a whole, it’s clear that DC is giving its younger heroes the big push they deserve this year.
Cyclops & Wolverine’s X-Men
The recently relaunched Uncanny X-Men is still in the midst of the weekly, 10-part epic called “X-Men Disassembled.” Disassembled will set the stage for a new crossover event called “Age of X-Man.” Sort of a spiritual sequel to 1995’s “Age of Apocalypse,” this crossover introduces an alternate reality where Nate Grey reigns over a utopia and most of the X-Men have become his servants. Expect several new miniseries to debut starting in February, including The Marvelous X-Men and Nextgen.
But if anything, we’re even more interested in the future of Uncanny X-Men in February and beyond The series will shift focus as Wolverine and a newly resurrected Cyclops have to rally what few X-Men remain in order to defend the world from bigger and deadlier threats. Last time these two iconic heroes were on a team together, things didn’t end so well. We can’t wait to see how this uncomfortable reunion plays out.
A Transformers Relaunch
IDW capped off more than a decade’s worth of Transformers comics last year with Transformers: Unicron. For a while, it wasn’t even clear there would still be a Transformers franchise when the dust finally settled.
Thankfully, there is, and IDW is using this opportunity to give Transformers fans a fresh start. Their first post-Unicron series is simply titled Transformers and flashes back all the way to the golden age of Cybertron. This new biweekly series will debut in March and will be written by Brian Ruckley and drawn by Angel Hernandez.
Buffy Goes BOOM!
The bad news is that Dark Horse Comics recently lost the rights to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer franchise, bringing an end to a sequel saga that had been running in one form or another since 2007. The good news is that the flow of new Buffy comics won’t be slowing in 2019. The franchise has simply followed the example of Firefly and made a new home at BOOM! Studios.
Rather than continue exploring the aftermath of the original TV series, Boom’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic will effectively reboot the saga when it debuts in January. Writer Jordie Bellaire and artist Dan Mora are taking Buffy, Willow, Xander and the rest of the gang and shifting them from the ’90s to the present day. It’s an interesting approach, and one that could allow this creative team to leave a huge mark on the franchise.
Doomsday Clock Finale
With Doomsday Clock, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank have done what many would have thought impossible. They’ve crafted a direct sequel to Watchmen that actually honors and even enhances the source material. Barring any further, unforeseen delays, Doomsday Clock should be wrapping up in mid-late 2019. We’re eagerly awaiting the final showdown between Superman and Doctor Manhattan, as the Man of Steel tries to prove once and for all that hope is stronger than despair.
Doomsday Clock #12 promises to be one of the most significant releases of the year. It’s poised to wrap up a story Johns has been weaving for years. It also promises to open the door for all sorts of new storylines, characters and teams. Once Doomsday Clock ends, we’re hoping to see characters like the classic Justice Society and Legion of Super heroes finally make their return.
Epic Marvel Relaunches
Several long-running Marvel books are due to be relaunched in early 2019, and each one of them has our attention. In January, Kelly Thompson and Carmen Carnero will take the helm of the new volume of Captain Marvel and Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw will debut a new, much bigger incarnation of the Guardians of the Galaxy. In February, Chip Zdarsky and Marco Chechetto will kick off a new era for Daredevil. And in March, Saladin Ahmed and Minkyu Jung will join forces for The Magnificent Ms. Marvel.
In every one of these cases, it’s the strong creative teams as much as the characters themselves that have us excited for the future of Marvel Comics.
More DC Books From Bendis
Over the years, Brian Bendis has built a reputation for being one of the most prolific writers in comics. That hasn’t changed one bit since his shift to DC. Recently the writer took to Instagram to reveal a number of art snippets and tease upcoming projects. It’s hard to know exactly what to make of these teasers, but it appears that Bendis will be diving into the world of Batman Beyond and tackling the Legion of Super Heroes at some point in 2019.
How he has the time to pursue these new projects on top of his work on Superman, Wonder Comics and Jinxworld we’ll never know. But we’re not complaining.
Revisiting The Magicians
Whether you prefer the Syfy TV series or author Lev Grossman’s original novels, The Magicians is one of the best adult-oriented fantasy sagas in recent memory. And now that saga is making its way to the comic book realm in July in the form of The Magicians: Alice’s Story.
This original graphic novel from writer Lilah Sturges and artist Pius Bak is designed as a companion to the books. As the title suggests, it tells Alice’s side of the story, offering a completely different perspective on the events of the first book. If you’ve ever wondered how Alice dealt with the punishing Brakebills curriculum, grappled with first love and with the tragedy of losing a brother and how she felt during that chaotic, transformative first trip to Fillory, this graphic novel should cover all the bases.
Head to page 2 to see the rest of our most anticipated comics of 2019.