14 Comics to Read in 2014: Black Superhero Edition

Happy New Year one and all and we welcome 2014! So owing to the roaring success of my two 2013 lists 13 comics to read in 2013 was and 13 Comics to read in 2013: Indy List I’m at it again and this time I have fused my both indy and mainstream comics to bring to you 14 Comics to read in 2014!

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  1. WATSON & HOLMES by Karl Bollersand Rick Leonardi

    Watson and Holmes

Synopsis: Re-envisioning Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson as African Americans living in New York City’s famous Harlem district. Watson, an Afghanistan war vet, works in an inner-city clinic; Holmes is a local P.I. who takes unusual cases. When one of them ends up in Watson’s emergency room, the unlikely duo strike up a partnership to find a missing girl. Watson & Holmes bump heads along the way as they enter a labyrinth of drugs, guns, gangs and a conspiracy that goes higher and deeper than they could have imagined

 

  1. Midnight Tiger by Ray-Anthony Height and DeWayne Feenstra

Synopsis: In the almost lawless city of Apollo Bay, high school student Gavin Shaw takes on the role as it’s sole protector. The acrobatic Midnight Tiger! Gavin wants nothing more than to release the stranglehold the criminal have on his city, but if he keeps getting in to trouble at school his dad is going to kill him before he even has the chance.
    
 Having lost all hope in the heroes of his world, fate steps in and gives young Gavin Shaw the power to do the things they have not. Only as the teenage hero Midnight Tiger does his city have a chance at redemption.

 

3.  The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen (Author) and Jamie Mckelvie (Artist)

Synopsis: Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critically thermonuclear floor-fillers Young Avengers and Phonogram reunite to start a new, ongoing, superhero fantasy with a beautiful, oversized issue. Welcome to The Wicked + The Divine, where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.

 

  1. Savage Dragon: A New Beginning by Erik Larsen

 Synopsis: A NEW BEGINNING! It’s the ultimate jumping on point for new readers and a bold, new beginning as Malcolm Dragon takes over the title role from his famous father, fighting the forces of evil in the Windy City! New dangers! New adventures! New villains! Tantrum! Torment! Red Rage! Samurai! Dart! Assassin! Brawn! Insect! Rogue Warrior! Roughneck! Victorious! War-Cry! The Demonoids! The Ant Menaces! Trolls! Demons! Malcolm’s tragic transformation! It’s all here and more! A whole new Savage Dragon!

 

  1. Captain America and the Mighty Avengers by Al Ewing (Author),‎ Luke Ross (Illustrator),‎ Iban Coello (Illustrator)

Synopsis: Spinning directly out of AXIS! Sam Wilson is Captain America, and when he assembles the Mighty Avengers, he has a whole new mission in mind for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. But the events of AXIS already spell doom for the team’s new direction! Why is Luke Cage meeting with the head of the notorious Cortex corporation? Once, Luke was a hero for anyone who needed help -but now, the only one Luke’ helping is himself! Will Luke’ marriage survive his inversion? As Spider-Man tries to rejoin the group, Captain America gets fed up with the team he re-formed -and alongside Iron Man, declares war on the Mighty Avengers! Meanwhile, as AXIS tears the team apart, Power Man and White Tiger investigate the brutal murder of Gideon Mace!

 

  1. Deathlok by Nathan Edmondson (Author),‎ Mike Perkins

 Synopsis: A medic who travels to war zones to heal the wounded, Henry Hayes has no idea that when he’s in the field, he is activated by the mysterious Biotek group and becomes the ultimate weapon of assassination and war: Deathlok! But now, other parties good and bad are taking an interest in him. Deathlok tackles globetrotting missions including racing the clock in the Philippines, infiltrating a hostage situation in Stuttgart, Germany, taking on an aerial assault on a battlefield, and even stopping an airplane in mid-flight! Meanwhile, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Andrea Hope investigates Henry Hayes…and she’ll go to a Avenger for help! As Domino finds Michael Collins, the previous Deathlok, Henry Hayes lands in the hospital while searching for his daughter! But will S.H.I.E.L.D. or Biotek track him down first?

 

  1. Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man

Synopsis: The Ultimate Spider-Man is back in action! Unfortunately, Galactus has arrived in the Ultimate Universe, and he hungers. Miles must undertake a dangerous trip to Galactus’ home universe if Earth has a chance of surviving this cataclysm! Then, Miles faces the worst villain from his predecessor’s past: the Green Goblin – the man who killed Peter Parker! But is Peter truly dead? As events unravel in surprising fashion, Spidey takes on Spidey – and only one of the two will rise!

 

  1. All New Captain America by Rick Remender (Author),‎ Stuart Immonen (Illustrator)

Synopsis: The spy-fi , high-flying adventures of Sam Wilson – the all-new Captain America – begin here! Hydra has infiltrated society completely. Cap’s new partnership with Nomad is tested as they race to uncover the Sect of the Unknown, but Hydra gathers Steve Rogers’ old rogues’ gallery to take down the new heroes! The all-new Captain America battles Sin and Baron Blood, and uncovers Hydra’s ultimate goal – but is it too late? Millions of innocent souls hang in the balance – but broken and nearly dead from Hydra’s gauntlet, can Cap stop the Great Leveling?

 

  1. Ajala by N. Steven Harris and Robert Garrett

Synopsis: In this edition of Ajala: A Series of Adventures, we are introduced to Ajala, her family and friends. We also get to see her in action confronting some thieves robbing and vandalizing a store.

The Story Revolves around the coming of age sci-fi Adventures of AJALA STORM a twelve year old junior agent for a C.S.C., a covert group who operate out of franchise of community centers across the United States. The C.S.C. has been safeguarding communities for so long, and the C.S.C. currently finds themselves in a new sort of conflict. For several decades a long struggle has been waged against a group called The Quo who is determined to hold back the evolution of the urban communities through vices, crime and ignorance. AJALA is introduced to the covert world of the C.S.C. when she uncovers her mother’s past and discovers when she was once a junior agent. AJALA is plunged into the C.S.C. as an agent in training that is sent out to ensure community safety. Through her lessons as a junior agent and her everyday life as a normal school student, AJALA will be leading a new life of adventure and discovery, and helping to protect her community from ruin.

 

  1. Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K Vaughan (Author),‎ Fiona Staples (Artist)

Synopsis: Winner of the 2013 Hugo award for Best Graphic Story! When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. From New York Times bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, North 40), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.  Voted one of the top graphic novels of the year by the NYT, IGN, the Examiner, and SF Weekly. Voted Best Comic of the year by MTV Geek and Best New Series by Paradox Comics. Voted a finalist in the GoodReads Best GN of 2012 contest.

 

  1. Nowhere Man by Jerome Walford (Author, Illustrator)

Synopsis: This series is a police drama and psychological thriller that will draw you in. Meet riveting characters on the verge of uncovering a web of secrets that will change their lives forever. Book One: Haunted by his father’s death, NYPD detective, Jack Maguire tries to prove himself, placing his own life at risk, but Jack has a few tricks on hand.

 

  1. MARTIN LUTHER KING AND THE MONTGOMERY STORY; by Fellowship of Reconciliation (Author),‎ Israel Escamilla (Editor)

Synopsis: Nearly sixty years after its creation, a little-known landmark of comic book history returns! This comic is a simple but revolutionary account of the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, in which Rosa Parks, Dr. King, and 50,000 others used the power of nonviolence to battle segregation on city buses – and win. First published in December 1957 by the Fellowship of Reconciliation, it went unnoticed by the mainstream comic book industry, but spread like wildfire among civil rights groups, churches, and schools, helping to mobilize a generation to join the global fight for equality – nonviolently. Personally endorsed by Martin Luther King, Jr. himself, over time this comic book has reached beyond his time and place to inspire activists in Latin America, South Africa, Vietnam, Egypt, and beyond… as well as inspiring MARCH, the new graphic novel trilogy by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. Incredible depth in a comic book. Covers King’s life, Rosa Parks and the Bus Boycott, and the life of Ghandi. This is a great historical document.

 

  1. MOLLY DANGER BOOK 1 by by Jamal Igle (Author, Artist),‎ Juan Castro (Artist),‎ Romulo Farjardo Jr. (Artist)

Synopsis: She’s the hero you’ve been waiting for! Eternally child-like and inhumanly strong, Molly Danger has protected the citizens of the once sleepy town of Coopersville, New York for the past 20 years from the terror of the sinister Supermechs. But what secrets from her past threaten to destroy everything she holds dear when new D.A.R.T. recruit Austin Briggs becomes her pilot?

  

  1. Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe (Author),‎ Laura Tavishati (Editor),‎ Roc Upchurch (Illustrator),‎ Fiona Staples (Illustrator)

Synopsis: Who are the Rat Queens? A pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, and they’re in the business of killing all god’s creatures for profit. It’s also a darkly comedic sass-and-sorcery series starring Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief. This modern spin on an old school genre is a violent monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack!

There you have it our list of 2014,

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