Hot New Graphic Novels To Anticipate In 2019
We’re never left wanting for choice in the world of comics and graphic novels, and 2019 looks like it will be no different. A wide range of hotly anticipated titles has already been announced. We want to look at five which we believe show the most promise, to help you prepare for what will undoubtedly be another great year.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
An older series, this franchise found immense success with its 1997 television series. Buffy the Vampire Slayer has also already seen significant representation on the comic front. What makes 2019 so exciting for fans is the fact that the property has recently changed hands from Dark Horse comics to Boom!, signifying what should hopefully be a bold new change in direction.
Now Buffy the Vampire Slayer is under the writing of Jordie Bellaire and the art of Dan Mora. This new series aims to update the classic formula with more modern technology and sensibilities. As Mora’s designs tie into the television series to such a faithful degree, it is easier than ever to get back on board the Buffy train. So lapsed fans shouldn’t ignore this one.
Kiss Number 8
Kiss Number 8 follows the story of Amanda, a 16-year-old girl struggling with her traditional understanding of affection and relationships. Working off the knowledge afforded by her awful seven kisses so far, it’s the eighth kiss which makes her re-examine her previous assumptions and take a greater look at what she knows of the world.
Driven to suspicion by her father and struggling to understand her feelings towards her friend Cat through the lens of her religious surroundings, Amanda struggles through her daily life as she tries to find her place in the world.
Kiss Number 8 is a unique tale which reflects growing concerns which many families have with an increasingly changing world. As heartwarming as it can be heartbreaking, this is a must-read for any looking for something different.
They Called Us Enemy
One of the best trends we have seen recently in graphic novels is the adoption of historical non-fiction into this traditionally fictional form of media. Top graphic novels of 2018 lists have reflected this, with entries like Hedy Lamarr: An Incredible Life taking part in many readers most loved.
They Called Us Enemy details the accounts of beloved actor George Takei, best known as Sulu in the original Star Trek series, during his childhood experiences in a U.S. internment camp.
Internment camps are one of the more shameful parts of American history. This graphic novel raises questions as to what it means to belong and the sort of action and inaction which can allow sanctioned racism to prevail. This will no doubt prove to be an uncomfortable read for many graphic novel enthusiasts. But then, there is perhaps no better way to encourage cognitive dissonance and a critical examination of our own history.
A Fire Story
Another biographical graphic novel, A Fire Story covers Brian Fies’ first-hand experiences with the 2017 California fires. It was originally released as a short webcomic draft. But this comic has drawn enough national and international attention to qualify for a full release come spring 2019.
The fires are a repeating tragedy which affects thousands of Americans a year. This novel hopes to raise awareness and create an understanding of the dangers which appear with each passing year. A Fire Story covers many facets of how humans experience this catastrophe, from the loss and homes and family to the bonding and heroism which helps draw survivors together.
This is a story of hope as much as helplessness. A Fire Story promises a relatable and evocative tale, regardless of where you live.
Batman: Three Jokers
We’ve loved many Batman comics over the years. But like many long-running series, it can be difficult to keep up with canon. Batman: Three Jokers aims to offer a more focused entry on the series’ most notorious villain. It will cover the disturbing parts that the three different versions of the Joker play across DC’s current continuity.
Batman: Three Jokers will be published under the mature-centric Black Label; this one promises to bring readers up to speed on the current state of Joker canon, and what the Clown Prince of Crime might have in store for the immediate future.
Writer Geoff Johns and artist Jason Fabok are once again collaborating. This is most certainly one for Batman fans, both current and lapsed, to keep an eye on.
Those are our top picks for the coming year. But make no mistake, there will be dozens more which are just as well worth your time. Be sure to keep an eye on Word of the Nerd; we’ll keep you updated with all the latest and important graphic novel and comic news that you won’t want to miss.
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