2011 seemed to the year of new series; if it didn’t already feel like new #1 issues were coming out each week the pressure intensified with moves like Marvel reviving Crossgen and DC relaunching their entire line, chances are just about every comic book fan bought the first issue to a new series at some point this year. Whether they brought continuity-baggage with them or not, new or old characters, were in or out of spandex, each one planted a new seed…some more loved than others.
Our favorite new series category includes any new comic book series that started in 2011 (new 52 included).
Daredevil | Geoff Arbuckle
If there’s one thing you can expect from a Mark Waid book it’s fun. Daredevil went through some bad stuff over the past few years. To come back as he has with fun stories and to actually stop twisting the knife into his chest is a breath of fresh air. They still touch upon those things left over from the most recent volume prior the relaunch, but Waid focuses more on the idea that Daredevil is “The Man Without Fear” and less on the irony that he’s a blind lawyer who also takes the law into his own hands and the obvious problems that come along with that. Plus, the covers and interior art has been gorgeous.
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Batman | John Barringer
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are giving the main Batman title it’s (long overdue) next big run since Grant Morrison left after Batman R.I.P. Snyder’s sense for character, mystery, and intrigue is only matched by Greg Capullo’s stellar pencil work which has reignited an already rich career. The creators on the Batman title have given it it’s own unique feel, separating itself from DC’s growing list of Bat-books. And although the first issue had just about every Batman villain imaginable in one big brawl, the book stands on a mystery that’s fresh and original. Everyone loves a good Penguin or Scarecrow beating but the real thrill of this book is honestly not knowing what is going to happen next; and Snyder’s Court of Owls has a history just as mysterious to us as it is to Bruce Wayne.
I’ve reviewed all four issues so far, averaging out to 95% out of a possible 100%. So yeah, I’ve enjoyed it.
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Animal Man | Dan Cole
Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman have resuscitated Buddy Barker and made him a relevant hero again. It is quite a feat that the book manages to present a compelling portrait of a family unit that is intertwined with what is essentially a horror narrative. The creative team even throws in some great character work for Buddy and some hefty Animal Man mythology. Very impressive for a title that only started in September.
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Demon Knights | Victor Kutsenok
As one of the only ORIGINAL concepts to come from the DC-Nu, this book had me hooked from the word go. Let’s face it. Dungeons and Dragons, with some of the quirkiest but coolest characters in the DC Universe just had winner written all over it. Every issue is straight out of a D&D campaign. There is non stop action galore. Some actual NEW characters are introduced for new fans to get into. The pacing is almost breakneck. The art is phenomenal. What more can you ask from a new series? Oh yeah. Every new issue is just as good as the last one. That makes this series awesome.
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Snake Eyes | Tom Parry
An ongoing series about a man who can’t talk may casue one to think twice, but this new G.I. Joe spinoff series has managed to pull it off. Focusing on the legendary ninja, Snake Eyes manages to be a bit of a different animal than either the Cobra or core series while still focusing on the events within the Cobra Civil War, and with my resurgence into the Joe comic book world, I find it the one I look forward to most.
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All Star Western | Wayland Smith
It’s a great book, and it didn’t need the massive reboot to make it happen. I had some serious doubt about Hex in Gotham, but it’s being done well, and the story is engaging. I admit I wasn’t wild about the first back up with El Diablo, but I’m hoping for more with some other characters of that time.
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Let us know what your favorites were!