Claudio Sanchez

Best Graphic Novels 2014

underdog literature october 2014

Here are 20 monthly comic book series that caught my interest lately.

Off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention…

all published and / or collected in trade paperback collections in 2014.



01: RICK REMENDER (writer): “Deadly Class”

ongoing high school thriller / mystery series, Image Comics

Deadly Class, Vol. 1: Reagan Youth

02: MARK MILLAR (writer): “Jupiter’s Legacy”

10-issue ongoing mini-series about the children of super-heroes, Image Comics

Jupiter's Legacy Volume 1

03: CLAUDIO SANCHEZ (writer): “Translucid”

philosophical and experimental super-hero tale, Evil Ink Comics


04: KEL SYMONS (writer), “The Mercenary Sea”

adventure and espionage, set in 1938, Image Comics

The Mercenary Sea Volume 1

05: KELLY SUE DeCONNICK, “Pretty Deadly”

ongoing horror / fantasy western, Image Comics

Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The Shrike

06: LARIME TAYLOR (writer), “A Voice in the Dark”

ongoing horror / serial killer drama, Image Comics

A Voice in the Dark, Volume 1

07: ALES KOT (writer), “Zero”

ongoing spy thriller, Image Comics

Zero, Vol. 1 An Emergency

08: KYLE HIGGINS (writer), “C.O.W.L.”

ongoing period drama about Chicago’s super-hero labor union, Image Comics

C.O.W.L. Volume 1: Principles of Power

09: JOSHUA WILLIAMSON (writer), “Nailbiter”

ongoing horror / serial killer small town drama, Image Comics

Nailbiter Volume 1: There Will Be Blood

10: J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI (writer), “Ten Grant”

ongoing supernatural demon-hunter urban fantasy drama, Image Comics

Ten Grand Volume 1

11: JIM ZUB (writer), “Disney Kingdoms: Figment”

limited all ages fantasy mini-series about theme park Disney characters, Marvel Comics

Disney Kingdoms: Figment #1

12: ED BRUBAKER (writer), “The Fade Out”

ongoing noir crime drama set in Hollywood in 1948, Image Comics

The Fade Out #1

13: CHRIS MISKIEWICZ, “Thomas Alsop”

ongoing superatural urban fantasy drama – might be whimsical and melancholic. BOOM! Studios

Thomas Alsop #1

14: SIMON SPURRIER (writer), “Six Gun Gorilla”

ongoing sci-fi western action comedy (?), BOOM! Studios

Six-Gun Gorilla

15: CHARLES SOULE (writer), “Letter 44”

ongoing science fiction thriller about astronauts making first contact, Oni Press

Letter 44 Volume 1: Escape Velocity

16: RICK REMENDER, “Black Science”

ongoing crazy sci-fi adventure, Image Comics

Black Science, Vol.1: How to Fall Forever

17: MARK MILLAR (writer), “Starlight”

ongoing (?) golden-age style space opera, Image Comics

Starlight #1

18: GREG RUCKA (writer), “Veil”

Urban Fantasy / horror ongoing, Dark Horse Comics


19: KIERON GILLEN (writer), “The Wicked + The Divine”

ongoing supernatural drama about deities, reborn as hipsters, Image Comics

The Wicked + the Divine Volume 1

20: JOE KEATINGE, “Shutter”

ongoing Young Adult science fiction adventure, Image Comics

Shutter, Vol. 1: Wanderlost


I’m shocked that so many Image Comics titles made the cut: Image has launched a lot of new series, and reviews / reception has been great for most.

I’m also curious about Brian Michael Bendis’ mob drama “The United States of Murder” and Jason Aaron’s “Southern Bastards”.


5 ongoing older (but still recent) series that I want to read soon:

Revival, Vol. 1: You're Among Friends Bedlam, Vol. 1 The Black Beetle in No Way Out Nowhere Men, Vol. 1: Fates Worse Than Death Storm Dogs Vol. 1 TP

…and all recent ongoing series that I read and enjoy:

Velvet, Vol. 1: Before the Living End Lazarus, Vol. 1: Family High Crimes The Massive, Vol. 1: Black Pacific Saga #1

Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale MIND MGMT, Vol. 1: The Manager Alex + Ada, Volume 1 Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal The Private Eye, Volume One

She-Hulk, Vol. 1: Law and Disorder Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon Injustice: Gods Among Us, Vol. 1 Smallville Season 11, Volume 1: Guardian Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Blood

I’m also curious about Geoff John’s “Superman”, Cameron Stewart’s “Batgirl” and Becky Cloonan’s “Gotham Academy”.


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