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Best of… Upcoming Series in 2014

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2014 is going to be a huge year for comics. With All-New Marvel NOW!, more books being added to complete DC’s 52, Image comics being red-hot, and many other publishers upping their game it’s a pretty safe bet to say that 2014 might be the best year in comics in a long time.

With all that in mind, it’s hard to just pick a few titles that we, as a whole, are excited for the most. So after asking the All-Comic Crew, we’ve come up with three titles that each of us are looking forward to most. Some stand outs that seem to appear a few times are books like Silver Surfer, All-New Ghost Rider, Winter Soldier: The Bitter March, The Bunker, Deadly Class, Batman: Eternal and the “All-New” Daredevil.

There’s not a lot of multiple picks simply because there is just way too many series in 2014 that have been announced that we just can’t wait for. So, without further adieu, let’s get to it. These are the Best of… Upcoming Series in 2014:

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Silver Surfer: “Dan Slott has told a few tall tales. In doing so he has angered, enthralled and pretty much run his readers through a gamut of emotions from one end of the spectrum to the other. This in itself labels him as polarizing but if you take the time to follow his story threads you can see he is quite a talented writer. Add to that the infinitely groovy art of Mike Allred and you’ve got the makings of something fantastical!”

All-New Ghost Rider: “Tradd Moore is a rising star. Felipe Smith knows his way around a good story. With these two at the wheel there is now telling how awesome this run will be. Judging by the preview art, are we are in for one hell of a ride!”

Prophet: Earth War: “Prophet is dead, long live the new Prophet. Brandon Graham and his many artists will try to bring the Prophet Universe to an emotionally satisfying conclusion. So far the rebooted series has bounced between the Earth Empire, the newly hatched Prophets and the gnarled surviving comrades of the original John Prophet. This series is lovingly handled by those involved and is a thrilling good time. I have high hopes for this epilogue series.”

– Hansel @hanselthelost

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Silver Surfer: “What if the original herald of Galactus was given a new, fun look? What if he was driven by two of the most imaginative, creative, and wacky creators in the industry? Lucky for us, Marvel’s got it covered! Delivering some of the most exciting and intriguing Spider-Man stories in years, Dan Slott consistently shows he’s got the chops to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Combined with the fantastically colorful, introspective, and existential style of Mike Allred, the new Silver Surfer will be a ride you can’t afford to miss. Grab your board shorts, slap on some cosmic grade sun screen, and get ready to hang ten!”

Winter Soldier The Bitter March: “Following the untimely cancellation of Winter Soldier’s Marvel Now ongoing series, Rick Remender and Roland Boschi are lined up to tap into the Soldier’s heretofore untapped potential. With Steranko, James Bond, and the Cold War as inspirations, this series is primed to add a quintessential chapter into the neglected annals of Winter Soldier’s history. Prepare yourself for excellent espionage action, comrade.”

All-New Ghost Rider: “If you’ve read Peepo Choo (if you haven’t, get on it!), you know Felipe Smith has a knack for hyperbolic, outrageous storytelling, and who better to write one of Marvel’s most bizarre and beloved characters. Combined with the insanely stylized and exaggerated art of Tradd Moore, All-New Ghost Rider is shaping up to be one of the most exciting reads of 2014. With the combined imaginations of these two awesome indie talents, the Spirit of Vengeance is about to get a makeover that is bound blow fans new and old away.”

– Nick @SPD4649

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X-Force: “I was a fan of the things Remender did with his x-force book and a big reason why is his use of Fantomex, who has actually become one of my favorite characters of late. Seeing him in a hard book where he is able to kill first and ask questions later is a huge plus. Also having cable and marrow in it is cool too.”

Moon Knight: “He is essentially a schizophrenic batman for the marvel universe, what’s not to love there. I’m always willing to give any moon knight book a chance.”

Magnus: Robot Fighter: “Valiant has knocked it out of the park on their relaunch and Magnus has always been a pretty interesting character. It will be cool to see how they go about modernizing this character, but I’m sure it will be great”

– Jeremy (Doesn’t Use Twitter)

New52FE0-d3c1bThe New 52: Futures End: “You have the likes of Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, and Keith Giffen writing and Ethan Van Sciver, Jugens, and Aaron Lopresti drawing. That isn’t enough to get you hooked? How about Batman Beyond becoming continuity? Sold!”

Black Beetle: Necrologue: “Francesco Francavilla made an incredibly noir miniseries in his first romp with Black Beetle that I absolutely loved. I will buy anything that this man puts his gifted hand on.”

Injustice: Year Two: “I enjoyed Injustice the video game quite greatly, so I decided to check out the digital first comics and was blown away. Tom Taylor told the story brilliantly and can’t wait to see where he takes this next.”

– Tim @thsuing

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Black Widow: “I’ve always thought it was a travesty that Black Widow didn’t have her own series. I’ve got high hopes for this series.”

Daredevil: “I may be the only person that has an interest in comics who didn’t read Waid’s first run on this series. I plan to correct that mistake when it relaunches.”

Avengers Undercover: “After unexpectedly falling in love with Avengers Arena, I’m anxiously looking forward to the next chapter in these character’s lives.”

– Jacob @Jacobb41

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Batman: Eternal: “A weekly Batman series is going to be rough on the wallet, but who cares?  It’s Batman!”

Fantastic Four: “Fantastic Four is always a big deal to me.  I often throw a little party in my head when I get the first issue of a new run.”

Winter Soldier: Bitter March: “I love me some Winter Soldier.  I love me some Remender.”

– Derek @hookmoney

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The Fuse: “I love me some sci-fi and crime drama, and this book seems to have both in spades. Writer Anthony Johnson classifies the book as “Dirty-Sci-Fi” and focuses the book on the homicide division of the understaffed Midway Police Station. Oh yea, and its set on an orbiting power station twenty-two thousand miles above the earth. So I ask, how can this book not be awesome?”

The Bunker: “Originally released in black and white and digital only, “The Bunker” will be coming out soon in full-color through Oni Press.  Here’s the premise: A quintet of college students, about to graduate and set off on their new lives, finds a bunker that contains, among other things, a letter to each of them. The letters purport to be from their future selves, warning the students that if they continue on their current paths, they will bring on the apocalypse — and that might not even be the worst outcome. Having read the first issue for free on ComiXology and loving it to death, I can’t wait to jump on this once it starts being released through Oni.”

Curse: “This book has Horror and Riley Rossmo on art. Enough said.”

– Robert @robertrgaul

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Daredevil (All-New): “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Samnee and Waid continue with Daredevil in a brand new storyline. They are taking Matt out of Manhattan and across the country. This is a title that has impressed since it launched but definitely seems to have hit stride once Mark Waid and Chris Samnee came together. It would be silly to ignore this book.”

Iron Patriot: “One thing that has proven to be true time and time again in comics is that a good creative team can make any character interesting. While Iron Patriot is one of the lesser Marvel characters in recent years, Ales Kot and Garry Brown are going to turn heads. Kot has produced some fantastic work with Change and Wild Children as well as his current book Zero. Brown has a very interesting art style and proves that Marvel is not shy when it comes to putting all different types of art styles on their titles.”

Deadly Class: “Rick Remender has done some fantastic work over at Marvel and his recent new series Black Science is already quite impressive. Deadly Class is a concept that does not necessarily seem completely original in its pitch, but just the few page previews that were released in 2013 should prove to skeptics that this creative team have a good handle on the world from the outset. It sounds clever and it looks gorgeous from art team Wes Craig and Lee Loughridge. Rooted in the 1980s, punk, with a taste for the sinister, it is likely this title will be one of the year’s best.”

– Dan @pennooch

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Batman Eternal: “A weekly Batman series that is spear-headed by Scott Snyder and his creative colleagues. What’s not to like?!”

Multiversity: “Grant Morrison is essentially writing the #1’s for six possible comic series. Having him transport us to different worlds aside from the main DCU Earth sounds like a dream!”

Wonder Woman: The Trial of Diana Prince:  “Morrison is now doing his take on Wonder Woman. What captures my attention is that he is going to incorporate different cornerstone interpretations of the character into this one story. Sounds like a fascinating read and great tribute to Diana’s history!”

– Erik @erikgonz87

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Miracleman (Reprints): “These stories being out of print and the few you can find are attached to outrageous price tags has me both curious and excited to check this series out. ”

Deadly Class: “I have enjoyed the majority of Rick Remender’s original series, Black Science met my high expectations I had for it. Deadly Class however is the opposite, I have no expectations going in and have no idea what the concept of the series is yet. This one I want to go into fresh with an open mind.”

The Bunker: “The Bunker is a series that I’ve seen hyped all over Twitter that came out of nowhere. After I had heard so much online about it I was able to pick up the 1st issue from Comixology for free during their 12 Days of Christmas giveaway. I really enjoyed it and am very interested to read more and see this series in color.”

– Ian @IanTheVillain

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Undertow: “This mini-series sounds like it has an incredible and unique plot. It also sounds pretty weird and I love me some weird comic books!”

EGOs: “Another new Image series, this ongoing has a really great concept that sounds fresh and very interesting. The artwork available in the previews looks really awesome too!”

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind: “An in-cannon follow-up to Serenity, the film sequel to Firefly, written by Whedon himself. If you were a fan of the original show how could you not be excited for this mini-series?”

– Joey @summoning_ifrit

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Punisher: “I don’t know what it is about this guy, or Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads, but this series just looks fantastic. The last Punisher series from Greg Rucka was amazing, and it’s been too long since that series ended. Can’t wait.”

Magneto: “A solo Magneto series written by Cullen Bunn? Yeah, count me in 100%.”

Deadly Class: “Rick Remender has been on fire lately, and anything he touches is just absolute awesomeness. Deadly Class won’t be any different. Definitely something that you need to pre-order or you’re going to miss out on it.”

– Tyler @tygoulet

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