The Most Anticipated Comics of 2019, Part 2

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The Most Anticipated Comics of 2019, Part 2

You know, we considered 2018 a pretty good year for comics—but we’ve already got a hunch that 2019 is going to do its best to top it in epic fashion. When we started working on our list of the Most Anticipated Comics of 2019, we expected it to top out around 40, 50 comics max, but the more we dug into what publishers like Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Lion Forge, Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, First Second and more have planned for the year, we knew we were going to have an impossible task narrowing it down. Rather than leave off dozens of notable new releases, we’ve chopped our list in half. You can find the first half of the list, which covers releases through mid-March, here. Scroll on down for titles hitting shelves through the rest of March and onward until the end of 2019. Get your reading glasses ready—it’s going to be a hell of a year for sequential art.


LazarusRisenMostAnticipated.jpeg Lazarus: Risen
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Michael Lark
Publisher: Image Comics 
Release Date: March 20, 2019
One of the most reliable Image Comics on stands is back this year—fitting for a title called Lazarus: Risen. Writer Greg Rucka and artist Michael Lark’s saga of power-hungry families and the genetically engineered soldiers who fight their battles went on hiatus throughout most of 2018. Risen picks up two years after the Carlyle Family was betrayed in battle, with the Conclave War encroaching on every side. Johanna Carlyle and Forever present a united front to save the family, but the cracks are starting to show. Lazarus: Risen #1 is a massive 64-page, perfect-bound debut, with a 44-page main story from Rucka and Lark, a short story from writer Lilah Sturges and oodles of supplemental material. Steve Foxe


Thumbnail image for SM_CAW.jpg Marvel’s Spider-Man: City at War
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Michele Bandini
Publisher: Marvel Comics 
Release Date: March 20, 2019
At the end of 2018, Marvel announced that it’s bringing the Spider-Man of Sony’s hit PS4 game to comics in a new series coming this March. Marvel’s Spider-Man: City of War will be a six-issue mini-series that tells the game’s story with new beats and behind-the-scenes details. Just like in the game, City of War starts off with the incarceration of Wilson Fisk and the backlash of taking out one of New York’s biggest crime lords. The creative team is more than ready for the task: Dennis Hopeless, who wrote the acclaimed X-Men Season One, Avengers Arena and the most recent Cloak & Dagger series serves as writer alongside X-Men Gold artist Michele Bandini. Together, they’re penning the first in what will be a series of comics Marvel is calling… the Gamerverse. That title could use some work, but this comic is in good hands. Also coming to Spider-shelves in 2019: Chip Zdarsky and Mark Bagley’s Spider-Man: Life Story, which follows a version of Spider-Man who ages in real time from his fateful 1962 radioactive spider bite. Josh Hilgenberg & Steve Foxe


detective1000JimLee_cover.jpg Detective Comics #1000
Writers: Peter Tomasi, Brian Michael Bendis, Warren Ellis, Others
Artists: Doug Mahnke, Greg Capullo, Becky Cloonan, Others
Publisher: DC Comics 
Release Date: March 27, 2019
Just before the holidays,, DC Comics announced details on the 1,000th issue of Detective Comics, including creative teams and a first look at the Arkham Knight. The milestone will represent 80 years of Batman history, featuring a wrap-around cover from Jim Lee and a main story from current Detective Comics collaborators Peter J. Tomasi and Doug Mahnke, who will introduce a version of the Arkham Knight to mainstream continuity for the first time. Alongside Tomasi and Mahnke, DC has announced a slew of Gotham veterans who’ll be contributing stories to the anthology, including Paul Dini, Brian Michael Bendis, Neal Adams, Alex Maleev, Becky Cloonan, Geoff Johns and more, with variant covers lined up from Steve Rude, Michael Cho, Jim Steranko, Bernie Wrightson, Frank Miller, Tim Sale, Jock, Greg Capullo and Bruce Timm. Josh Hilgenberg


DialHMostAnticipated.jpeg Dial H for Hero
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Joe Quinones
Publisher: Wonder Comics/ DC Comics 
Release Date: March 27, 2019
The last time the Hero Dial had its own series, readers were treated to a delirious acid trip from weird-fiction megastar China Mieville and artists including Mateus Santolouco. It’s an easy bet that Sam Humphries and Joe Quinones’ Dial H for Hero will take a different, but no less exciting approach. Teased in Brian Michael Bendis’ Action Comics and published under Bendis’ Wonder Comics teen-focused imprint, Dial H for Hero introduces Miguel, a teen daredevil and the newest wielder of the Hero Dial, capable of becoming a different weird hero every time he spins the rotary-phone-like contraption. Humphries has recently found success at DC as the new Harley Quinn writer, and Quinones has been a fan-favorite cartoonist since he piloted Hal Jordan through the skies in the pages of Wednesday Comics. Humphries and Quinones have six issues full of dialing to entice readers with coming March. Steve Foxe


GLOWMostAnticipated.jpg GLOW
Writer: Tini Howard
Artist: Hannah Templer
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: March 27, 2019
Get ready for the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling! Hailing from Netflix and appearing this March in your local comic shop, GLOW is an absolute must-buy for viewers of the Netflix series and wrestling fans in general. WWE comic alum Tini Howard is teaming up with artist Hannah Templer on this four-issue IDW miniseries, which will follow Ruth, Debbie and the rest of the GLOW roster as they unexpectedly find themselves scheduled to step into the ring with veteran women wrestlers for a charity event. Howard’s done exceptional work on the WWE comic writing the likes of Asuka and Finn Balor, and Templer’s Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions run is a perfect fit for this peak ‘80s experience. Frankly, this comic will also be a refreshing and welcome change of pace from a wrestling comics landscape dominated by works centering male wrestlers (and frequently male creators). Get ready to rumble, folks: you’re gonna pay for the whole seat, and knowing Tini Howard, you’ll only need the edge. C.K. Stewart


IsThisHowYouSeeMeMostAnticipated.jpeg Is This How You See Me?
Writer/Artist: Jaime Hernandez
Publisher: Fantagraphics 
Release Date: March 27, 2019
If you haven’t kept up with the Maggie and Hopey stories that have been strewn throughout Love and Rockets over the past few years, here they all are for you in a single hardcover volume, ready to squeeze your heart like one of those Squishies that are so popular with the kids these days. Hernandez knows your emotions will recover so that he can do it all over again, and his work continues to become deeper and stronger as a result. July will bring Tonta (also Fantagraphics), an examination of a side character who’s on her way to holding the spotlight. Hillary Brown


SabrinaTeenageWitchMostAnticipated.jpeg Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Veronica Fish
Publisher: Archie Comics
Release Date: March 27, 2019
Archie’s announcement of writer Kelly Thompson and artist Veronica Fish on a new Sabrina the Teenage Witch series was bittersweet—with the successful launch of Netflix’s horror-focused Sabrina series, many readers are eager for Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to resume some sort of regular schedule—or, barring that, for a new creative team to continue the devil-worshipping antics of the Spellman clan. While a more consistent Chilling Adventure still seems out of reach, Sabrina fans have Thompson and Fish’s more lighthearted take to look forward to—perhaps a welcome balance to the darkness, after all. Steve Foxe


MeraMostAnticipated.jpeg Mera: Tidebreaker
Writer: Danielle Paige
Artist: Stephen Byrne
Publisher: DC Ink/ DC Comics 
Release Date: April 2, 2019
One of the first DC Ink books to become available for YA readers in 2019, Mera: Tidebreaker has the benefit of not only excellent post-movie timing but also an amazing creative team. Danielle Paige is the New York Times-bestselling author of books including Dorothy Must Die, the start of a series that offers a twist on familiar Wizard of Oz stories. While Stephen Byrne has found success as an artist for DC Comics’ main line, he also has a substantial following online for several fan comics he made that subsequently went viral; a series called “After the Snap” that he drew after Avengers: Infinity War took the internet by storm earlier this year. Paige and Byrne are an ideal team to tackle a character like Mera, powerful but often overlooked or overshadowed by her association with Aquaman. In Tidebreaker, Mera isn’t just fighting for herself, but for her people who have been persecuted under the rule of the Atlantean king. It’s gratifying to see DC Ink and Zoom embracing a mix of veteran creators and fresh faces, giving creators from underrepresented groups an opportunity to make something special for a new audience and draw them into the DC universe. Caitlin Rosberg


HotelDareMostAnticipated.jpeg Hotel Dare
Writer: Terry Blas
Artist: Claudia Aguirre
Publisher: KaBOOM!/ BOOM! Studios
Release Date: April 10, 2019
In the grand tradition of books like Chronicles of Narnia, Hotel Dare follows siblings who uncover hidden worlds and grand secrets behind the doors of familiar places. Staying with their grandmother in Mexico over the summer, three kids are transported on fantastic adventures that quickly turn dangerous as Olive, Darwin and Charlotte realize that everything they know is poised on the brink of ruin. The story is written by Terry Blas, who has worked on several Cartoon Network comic adaptations like Steven Universe and Adventure Time, which gives some hints at how wild and sweet Hotel Dare may be. The book also features art by Claudia Aguirre, the artist on the fan-favorite Kim & Kim series at Black Mask with writer Mags Visaggio. Aguirre’s skills have grown by leaps and bounds and she’s particularly good at expressive and emotional characters, so seeing what she does with an all-ages graphic novel will be exciting. Caitlin Rosberg


WaroftheRealmsJIM.jpg War of the Realms: Journey Into Mystery
Writers: Griffin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Justin McElroy & Clint McElroy
Artist: André Lima Araújo
Publisher: Marvel Comics 
Release Date: April 10, 2019
What’s up, cool Thor baby? The McElroys net their one of two mentions on this list with War of the Realms: Journey Into Mystery, their first work for Marvel Comics and their first foray into cape comics as a family (dad Clint already has a few Green Hornet credits under his belt). A throwback to Thor’s Journey Into Mystery roots with an ensemble cast is probably a great fit for the McElroys, who will team up with artist André Lima Araújo for the five-issue miniseries. The McElroys and Araújo will take us to an Earth at war, again, but this time with all manner of creatures from the Nine Realms. With Thor mysteriously absent (again), his baby sister may be the only one who can put an end to the war—and in true superhero fashion, it’s going to take a ragtag band of heroes to find her. The series will feature an interesting cast of characters—Miles Morales and Kate Bishop will be joined by Sebastian Druid, Wonder Man, Thori the Hellhound, Balder the Brave and Deathlocket, last seen in the Avengers Arena and Avengers Undercover series. Whether the McElroys’ humor will translate to a Marvel-directed series versus their Adventure Zone work is a journey into mystery itself, but either way this will be a wild ride. C.K. Stewart


PiluoftheWoodsMostAnticipated.jpeg Pilu of the Woods
Writer/Artist: Mai K. Nguyen
Publisher: Oni Press
Release Date: April 17, 2019
A few years ago, Oni Press opened their submissions portal to any and all aspiring creators. Webcomic creator Mai K. Nguyen submitted a pitch, and this April, Pilu of the Woods hits shelves. Pilu is a lost tree spirit who can’t find her way home, and decides to join up with Willow, a young girl who has just run away from home. Oni Press has a diverse publishing slate, from erotica to Rick & Morty comics to all-ages delights like The Tea Dragon Society, and Pilu of the Woods looks to fall decidedly into the last camp—a lovely, heartwarming release to be shared between readers young and old. Steve Foxe


AscenderMostAnticipated.jpg Ascender
Writer:   Jeff Lemire  
Artist: Dustin Nguyen
Publisher: Image Comics 
Release Date: April 2019
It has to be a pleasant surprise for any creator to learn that what they’ve made resonates with their audience. When Descender wrapped earlier this year, writer Jeff Lemire put words to paper in the back of the final issue, sharing with readers that not only had he been blown away by the response to the world he and artist Dustin Nguyen had created, but that fans had actually prompted him to change the ending. This shift allowed Lemire and Nguyen to make plans for a follow-up series, exploring the magic and mystery that stood waiting in the wings as technology and robots took main stage in Descender. Lemire and Nguyen proved with their collaboration that they could make an emotionally evocative, imaginative and utterly original book together, and fans are justifiably eager to see what happens to Tim-21’s brother Andy and Andy’s descendants once all the technology that defined the previous age is gone and the era of Ascender begins. Caitlin Rosberg


EveStrangerMostAnticipated.jpg Eve Stranger
Writer: David Barnett
Artist: Phillip Bond
Publisher: Black Crown/ IDW Publishing
Release Date: April 2019
It seemed only a matter of time before Phillip Bond launched a full series under Shelly Bond’s Black Crown imprint (the shared surname isn’t a coincidence, after all), and Eve Stranger sounds perfectly in line with the punchy, fast-moving Vertigo series on which Bond first made his name. Written by English journalist and fiction writer David Barnett, Eve Stranger introduces the “ultimate amnesiac-for-hire,” who can be anything from a babysitter to an international assassin for the right price—and who forgets it all as soon as the gig is over. Like a British super-spy take on Dollhouse, Eve Stranger should fit right in with Black Crown’s collection of oddities when it hits shelves this April. Steve Foxe


renderMostAnticipated.jpg r(ender);
Writer: Leah Williams
Artist: Lenka Šimecková
Publisher: Lion Forge
Release Date: April 2019
The cyberpunk neo-noir r(ender); (yes, that semi-colon is part of the title) combines a world of technology and fantasy. In this society, those who can’t afford to augment themselves with tech turn to magic, and that’s just what the series’ lead does. Protagonist Emie Ocampo has the power to make the dead speak, and she’s using that to augment her photography show. When r(ender); opens, Emie is taking photographs of the last thing a person saw before they died. Just when her idea starts catching fire, though, she’s accused of magical fraud and arrested. After Emie explains herself to the arresting officer, Detective Natalie Bixel, she’s offered a deal: she can go to jail or she can help crack a homicide case with her power. The two women spend a lot of time together, and X-Men Black: Emma Frost writer Leah Williams isn’t shy about joking that the series is “X-Files, but lesbians and magic,” in a statement. Joining Williams for this 10-issue series is new artist Lenka Šimecková. Josh Hilgenberg


ThanosMostAnticipated.jpg Thanos
Writer: Tini Howard
Artist: Ariel Olivetti
Publisher: Marvel Comics 
Release Date: April 2019
Thanos has come a long way from a somewhat obvious Darkseid knockoff piloting an itty-bitty helicopter. The purple-hued Mad Titan is a household name thanks to a decade of Marvel Cinematic Universe build-up and a commanding performance from Josh Brolin, and this April, Marvel Comics is exploring a little more of what makes Thanos tick in a new series from breakout writer Tini Howard and Death of the Inhumans artist Ariel Olivetti. Thanos has two defining relationships: to his adopted daughter, Gamora, and to his one true love, Death. Howard is adept at navigating both complicated families (Assassinistas) and mortality (Euthanauts), which puts her in a great position to reveal new levels to the imposing character. Olivetti is typically best known for the digital paints he applies over most of his work, but Death of the Inhumans saw him working with a more traditional colorist, and the result was a gorgeous, highly European sci-fi style. With Avengers: Endgame on the horizon, we couldn’t be more excited to see a Thanos series in this vein. Steve Foxe


GhostHogMostAnticipated.jpeg Ghost Hog
Writer/Artist: Joey Weiser
Publisher:Oni Press
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Miss Mermin? Yeah, me too, but Joey Weiser has new things in store with this book about a boar struck down before her time who’s learning about the afterlife and trying to make up her mind about vengeance. Weiser’s proved himself gifted at spinning out a narrative and cast of characters more complex than most folks produce for kids, and his work is a sort of gateway to manga, with Japanese influence running strong behind much of what he does. Not convinced? Already want more? You’ll be able to find some stories not in the book but featuring the same characters on Free Comic Book Day this year. Hillary Brown

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