Okay, this one is kind of cheating, but even though it was technically a mini-series, I’m giving my Best New Series nod to Batman Beyond. The six issue miniseries was so well received that DC comics has decided to make it an ongoing series; the first issue of which ships in January of 2011. Fans of the Batman Beyond animated series have been clamoring for more ever since the series went off the air back in 2002. This new series picks up where the animated version left off, bringing it into the much more dark setting of the DC comics universe (as compared to the DC animated universe, which is geared more towards being family friendly). I can’t get enough of Batman Beyond, and I’m really glad to see that it will be an ongoing series now and not just a limited expedition into the streets of Neo-Gotham.
Nick Spencer and CAFU’s T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents has come out of the gate swinging. Super-powered espionage with some great character moments, Spencer appears to planning for the long-haul, and I’m signing up till the end. If you enjoy titles that live on the fringe of DC’s universe away from all the flights and tights, like the character-driven heroics like Marc Andreyko’s Manhunter, or the imaginitive tales told in Will Pfiefer’s H.E.R.O. then this is for you. Just buy it, basically.
Let’s not bicker and argue here. The characters were compelling with different motivations, different histories, and different goals. It was good. The only problem was that it wasn’t written for trades as much as some of Marvel‘s other things. Real shame.
Scarlet, hands down. I have been waiting for a saga like this my entire life and cannot wait to see where it goes. It’s a tale of revenge, spun at the hands of a fiery haired femme fatale who has declared that enough is enough, and we get the privilege of watching her work as she starts cleaning up the mess.
Also the best new series to be canceled unjustly, this series was a showcase for what superhero comics were in the ‘good old days.’ It was light hearted, fun and energetic. It was almost like seeing the world through the eyes of a child. It was full of wonder and probably why it didn’t catch on despite rave reviews and staunch support from its to few readers.