16 Comics To Start Reading In 2016

by Andrea Purcell

2015 was a year full of great comic series, fun characters, and interesting stories. It’s hard to keep up with every series out there, so we put together a list of 16 comic series you should be reading in 2016. There’s something for everyone on this list, superheroes, manga, horror, all age stories and more; the perfect list to add to your pull-list at the local comic shop. 

Presented in no particular order, this list of sixteen comic series should give you a leg up in the New Year and something new and fun to read in 2016.


DC Comics Bombshells

The beautiful DC Comics Bombshells (DEC150323) come to life in their own ongoing comic series! More than just an excuse to use some awesome character designs, the stories and characters are compelling and fun to read. This series is perfect for someone who’s looking for their new cosplay inspiration or just looking for a fun standalone comic full of great female characters like Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Batwoman. The single issues are available now, and the trade paperback will be in stores March 2nd.


Swamp Thing

Len Wein is back with one of his most famous creations in an all-new Swamp Thing (NOV150169) series featuring art from the legendary Kelley Jones. DC Comics is taking Swamp Thing back to its roots, literally, in this horror heavy tale of dark magic as Alec Holland is under attack from strange forces and odd monsters. But beware, there’s something looming on the horizon that could be the end of Swamp Thing! You can find Swamp Thing trade paperbacks and graphic novels in comic shops now, the first issue of this new mini-series will be released January 6th.


Silver Surfer

Silver Surfer (NOV150763) first showed up in the Marvel Comics universe 50 years ago, but don’t go digging in the back issues yet! He’s got a brand new #1 that’s a perfect jumping on point for new readers and a fresh start for long time fans. Picking up right after the most recent series, Norrin Radd has traveled to the ends of the universe and now he’s heading back to Earth. There are new surprises around every corner on this planet and a secret that might change everything. Silver Surfer trade paperbacks and graphic novels are now available, the first issue of his new series will be in comic shops January 20th.


The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

One of Marvel Comics most unlikely heroes is quickly becoming their breakout star in The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (AUG150821). Join Tippy Toe, Nancy, Koi Boy, Chipmunk Hunk, and Squirrel Girl as they eat nuts and kick bad guys’ butts! A series that never takes itself too serious, Ryan North and Erica Henderson are a dream team of witty writing and punny panels. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is now available in comic shops.



Dark, haunting, and beautiful, Image Comics new series Monstress (SEP150509) will grab you by the throat and never let go. The tale of a woman looking for answers, this lush steampunk fairytale is full of intriguing characters and stunning artwork. Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda breathe life into a fantasy world of epic proportions that will draw in readers. You can find issues of Monstress now at your local comic shop.


The Wicked + The Divine

Writer Kieron Gillen and artist Jamie McKelvie have teamed up again, and this time they’re taking on the gods themselves in The Wicked and The Divine (SEP140684) from Image Comics. As the second story arc wraps up, new fans will have time to read all about Laura, Luci, and all of the other intriguing characters laid out in this celestial murder mystery while diehard fans of the series will be waiting with bated breath until the next issue arrives in stores. There are two volumes of The Wicked and The Divine currently available with the third trade paperback set to release February 3rd.


Jem and The Holograms

Jem and the Holograms (NOV150329) has been a huge breakout hit this year for IDW Publishing, and now with Sophie Campbell back on art writer Kelly Thompson is taking the next story arc someplace a little darker then the usual pink and neon. Fans and newcomers alike have loved the revamped designs and fun stories, but now as The Holograms are the opening act for their musical nemesis The Misfits something called Silica is coming after the band. Don’t miss out on Jem and The Holograms first tour, if they survive it! The first collection of the new Jem and the Holograms series is available and the new story arc starts with issue #11 on January 27th.


Judge Dredd

A new era of Judge Dredd (OCT150342) is dawning in an all new ongoing series from IDW Publishing. As Dredd wakes up in a lush and vibrantly green landscape, he is surrounded by citizen who have no idea what a Mega City is or why they should fear the Judges. Dredd is on his own and must unravel the mystery of where he is while being reduced to an average citizen, and he doesn’t like that one bit. Issues of the new ongoing Judge Dredd series are now available at your local comic shop.


Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service

Dark Horse Comics is reprinting a classic manga about how death can help pay the bills in Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (APR150076). Following five students at a Buddhist college in Japan, each character specializes in a different way to help the dead from finding discarded bodies to hacking into their former accounts and documents. A bizarre yet engaging tale, this series is perfect for fans of Japanese horror and general weirdness. There have been two omnibus editions of Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service released so far with the third omnibus coming on February 17th.


Harrow County

Harrow Country (AUG150030) is a terrifying tale from Dark Horse Comics about a young girl and her connection to the monsters and ghosts that roam the woods surrounding her home. While Tyler Crook’s illustrations wouldn’t look out of place in a picture book, writer Cullen Bunn creates such an uneasy and paranoid atmosphere it’ll send shivers down your spine. This series was recently picked up by the SyFy Channel for a live action pilot, and is the perfect comic for reading late at night under the covers. The first volume of Harrow County is now available with the second volume being released on April 13th.


James Bond

Dynamite Entertainment brought a familiar name back to comics from master storyteller Warren Ellis in the new ongoing James Bond (SEP151205) series. Based on the Bond from Ian Fleming’s novels rather than the popular film franchise, this Bond is brutal and broken by the events around him. On a mission to take up the workload of a fallen agent, Bond must tread carefully as evil is lurking around every corner and sinister plans are waiting for him back in Berlin. You can find the current issues of the new ongoing James Bond series at your local comic shop.


We Can Never Go Home

Indie publisher Black Mask Comics has made a huge splash in 2015 and it looks like there’s even more awesome stories planned for 2016. One of their biggest hits was We Can Never Go Home (SEP151091), a wild tale about two teenagers in love and on the run and who happen to have some very strange abilities. Featuring a very important mixtape, stolen cars, and dead drug dealers; this modern Bonnie and Clyde story is a must read. The second series can’t come fast enough, and we still can’t go home yet. The first trade paperback of We Can Never Go Home is now available at comic shops.


Dreaming Eagles

The stories of the Tuskegee Airmen demands to be told and Aftershock Comics, along with Garth Ennis are helping to bring them to comics in Dreaming Eagles (OCT151055). The true life account of the first African American fighter pilots and their fight against discrimination and the Nazi war machine is a gripping look at the battles that changed the world as we know it. The first issue of Dreaming Eagles was released on December 30th and is now available in comic shops.



Riverdale has never looked this good in the new Archie (OCT151096) series from the superstar team of Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. Archie Comics has redesigned its flagship series from the ground up and created a perfect jumping on point for new readers. A fun and modern take on one of the most classic comic series, this is a reboot you can get behind. Get the first three issues of the new Archie series in a special collector's edition comic issue, now available at a comic shop near you.



A dynamic duo of a different sort are coming back to comics in A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong (JAN161737). A new ongoing series from Valiant Comics; immortal adventurer Armstrong and teenage martial arts master Archer are going on one of their oddest quests yet as they travel inside Armstrong’s bottomless bag to fight monsters, goblins, and anyone else that gets in their way! But as hidden foes rise up, can Archer and Armstrong band together and escape alive? You can find Archer and Armstrong trade paperbacks and graphic novels in comic shops now, the first issue of this new series will be released March 16th.


Adventure Time

Adventure Time (JAN161198) has taken over pop culture this year, and in 2016 it’s turning fifty; the comic series that is. The 50th issue of the bestselling BOOM! Studios series is jam packed full of Finn and Jakes most Mathematical missions yet. With art by Ian McGinty, Zachary Sterling, and Jeffrey Brown; fans of all ages will love this over-sized issue full of fun. Adventure Time graphic novels and trade paperbacks are out now at your local comic shop, and the 50th issue will be released on March 9th.


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