2015 could be seen as the year in which readers were finally burned out from line-wide crossovers or event stories. But if you didn't want to participate in what the big two were slinging out, there were a handful of new titles coming out from Image every week. Dark Horse saw a boost in their creator-owned titles, and Valiant proved that they are worth the read if you didn't mind another universe to juggle. Vertigo came back with a vengance, launching 12 new titles in the last quarter of the year. Boom!, IDW and Black Mask had impressive catalogs, so the hardest thing to say in 2015 was, "no."
One thing we noticed are bigger, badder and bolder stories featuring women, and there's also a diversification in the type of horror stories we're seeing. Old school readers may have viewed this as forced political correctness while others found it a welcome opening to new points of view, new voices and new avenues to invite the untapped readers. Also, science-fiction comics are no longer in short supply, and with genre mashing, it's ever present in many of today's most thought-provoking series.
We couldn’t include every great new title, but we wanted to share a sampling of our favorites, sticking close to Blastr’s coverage of all things sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, that impressed us for their fresh take on their respected genre and for surprising us over the last year.
These are in no particular order. Let us know you favorite new comics of the year in the comments.