Best of 2015: New Series

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Every year bunches of new comics come out but not all of them true staying power. This year, like last year, saw the comic market explode with new books and relaunches. Below are the best new series of the year and we fully expect to see all this have the mileage to be on the best ongoing series list next year. Let us know in the comments what your favorite new series were!

Doctor Strange

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Doctor Strange is the title we have waited for to represent the realm of the supernatural in the Marvel Universe. Full of adventure, wonder, and all the weirdness you’d expect when this creative team aims to blow open the doors to Doctor Strange’s world like never before. This is  creative team really took that opportunity  to reinvigorate Strange as a hero who has too often fallen to the background. shows us how Doctor Strange lives his days as the Sorcerer Supreme. When he has fun, we do too. We learn more with each passing issue about his past that is new, and that is all you can ask for to go into every issue not knowing what will come next. – Jideobi Odunze

Giant Days

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Giant Days is sort of the college aged sequel to Lumberjanes. Both series have a lot in common with their senses of humor but Giant Days is much more relatable for the older crowd. Esther, Daisy and Susan are modern young women dealing with college, dating and living away from home but writer John Alison approaches it all with a very positive sensibility. You’ll cringe only because you’ll relate to the awkwardness and you’ll laugh for the same reasons. Thankfully for all of us this was extended into an ongoing so the adventures for these three are just getting started. – Jess Camacho

DC Bombshells

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In the same vein of Injustice: God’s Among Us, the DC Bombshells digital series is a comic based on a flimsy flash-in-the-pan premise which has no reason to have had so good as it is. Marguerite Bennett has been tasked with making a book based on a line of variant covers and action figures and turned the whole operation into an ever expanding mythology. The series features various heroines of the DC Universe reimagined in a pseudo-fantasy version of World War II. This series has managed to hit a fine line between its glamourous face value and hitting on the deeper impacts of the era. It covers the war from unconventional and often overlooked perspectives. – Grant Raycroft

Omega Men

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Out of DC Comics’ new series to emerge this year, Omega Men is the one that’s uprooted any and all expectations. Originally it seemed this serious would be DC’s attempt to cash in on their own weird Bronze Age science fiction team book after witnessing Guardians of the Galaxy’s success, but Omega Men plays a much more sinister game. What Tom King and Barnaby Bagenda create is no-nonsense scifi epic; following a terrorist group determined whose grey spectrum of morality is only equivalent of the government they seek to destroy. The series ditches the overused contrivances of exposition, demanding the reader be active in an ever escalating Machiavellian plot of twists and turns. This is the comic that’s defied all odds, both on and off the page, to come out a bona fide must read. – Grant Raycroft

Midnighter

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For a hero who kills like a madman, this is one of the most genuine out there. DC’s new initiative DCYou aimed to promote diversity in terms of characters and creators. Midnighter served as the perfect example of what that can do for better storytelling. This series had a violent and sexy debut that does a great job reintroducing the character while establishing the type of hero we could look forward to getting as the story progressed. Steve Orlando represents and does so perfectly with a series that takes those things like sexuality and childhood traumas seriously. – Jideobi Odunze

Invisible Republic

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Invisible Republic is everything I love in comics. It’s dark, it’s political and the art is gorgeous. Invisible Republic tells two narratives: one of Croger Babb a writer living in a time after the fall of a dictator and Maia, the cousin of said dictator as Arthur rises to power. Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman are telling an important story that cannot be ignored but as a comic book, it’s entertaining month in and month out without a single panel wasted. Read Invisible Republic now. – Jess Camacho

Jem & the Holograms

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IDW’s long made its place as the monarch of licensed comics, but what’s even more impressive is when their books outshine the projects they’re based on. Jem & the Holograms is yet another revived Generation X nostalgia property but brought into the 21st century with popping bright humor while giving its characters considerable depth and development. Sophie Campbell in particular makes this book with her fantastic art style. – Grant Raycroft

Ninjak

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Action at it’s finest as the most anticipated of the new Valiant titles to hit shelves this year, and proved worth the wait with every passing issue as Ninjak took on the Shadow Seven. The spy game done right while fleshing out this character for a new generation of readers while keeping the same appeal for those who are old fans. This series had depth, it had heart, and it had true motivation for both Colin and Neville taking on a mission that made them walk the line with their own people. – Jideobi Odunze

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

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Superheroes have gone through a weird dark time as of late. A lot of them are brooding and dealing with the end of the world (looking at you Avengers) but then comes Squirrel Girl who not only beat Galactus but did it by cracking jokes. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is a breath of fresh air that actually wants you to have a good time. – Jess Camacho

Harrow County

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This upstart horror comic from the Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook is a twisted, gothic exploration into the American heartland. Bunn in particular shows beyond his other serviceable project that he has genuine greatness and vision but it’s Crook who steals the show. Crook creates a fantastic and terrifying comic with skin crawling and memorable locations and monsters. Harrow County has real potential to expand its scope and mythology into something utterly unique on the spinner racks. – Grant Raycroft

 

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