Are you rich? No? Well, then you have a problem. You're about to have too many great comics to buy, as publishers have jam-packed the year with some amazing titles — and you can't possible afford all of 'em. So take a deep breath, maybe make a budget, and use this guide to determine what's essential and what's… slightly less essential, I guess.
Star Wars #1 (Marvel) — So you may have heard a little something about this? I kid, I kid. Marvel is working overtime to make sure their first new Star Wars comic in decades make a splash, and by all accounts writer Jason Aaron and artist John Cassaday have pulled it off with this adventure set after A New Hope.
Superman #38 (DC) — Why bother to pick up the 38th issue of this series if you haven't read the first 37? Well, because a major event gives the Man of Steel new powers and a new suit courtesy of DC's head creative honcho Geoff Johns.
Millennium #1 (IDW) — Frank Black returns in IDW's continuation of X-Files Chris Carter's other hit show. Set 15 years after Black and Agents Mulder and Scully stopped "The Millennium Event," Frank discovers he may have only postponed it.
March Book Two (Top Shelf) — Congressman John Lewis' incredible account of living through the Civil Rights movement returns. Lewis and his fellow protestors travel to the deep south and its many dangers, but gain new allies including Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.
Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #1 (Image) — Davi Lapham's beloved series finally returns! Life is chaos in Baltimore's criminal underworld, and it's all because of one couple's stupid plan to rob the most powerful kingpin in town.
Ivar, Timewalker #1 (Valiant) – "Valiant Next" continues with the return of the Timewalker! This brother to Armstrong and the Eternal Warrior is cursed to leap eternally through time — but the scientist whose about to discover time travel could either lift his eternal curse or doom the planet in a new series from Fred Van Lente.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 (Marvel) — The most powerful hero in the Marvel universe (hey, she's beaten Thanos, Dr. Doom and Galactus by herself [okay, with some squirrels, but still]) begins college with help from Adventure Time comics writer Ryan North.
IXth Generation #1 (Image) — The dark future of Top Cow's superhero universe is revealed as Aphrodite IX and other IXs are worshipped as god-kings in an eternal fight with the Darkness.
The "King" Event (Dynamite) — The publisher celebrates 100 years of King Features Syndicates beloved characters with miniseries showing Flash Gordon, the Phantom, Mandrake the Magician and more at their most iconic.
Conan/Red Sonja #1 (Dark Horse) — The long, intertwined history of the world's two greatest warriors begins in this new crossover from Gail Simone and Jim Zub.
Feathers #1 (Boom) — A young girl tries to find her way home through the danger-laden maze of the city with help from a strange, feather-covered boy.
Galaxy Quest: The Adventure Continues #1 (IDW) — The actors-turned-interstellar explorers of the Protector to return to space, only to discover that by saving one world they may have doomed another.
Ant-Man #1 (Marvel) — Marvel gears up for their next hit movie with the return of thief-turned-hero Scott Lang, who gets an offer he can't refuse from the Superior Iron Man.
The Dying and the Dead #1 (Image) — I'll let the official write-up describe this new series from Jonathan Hickman: "It's Indiana Jones for Old People. There are no fedoras, only bedpans."
Orphan Black #1 (IDW) — Sarah Manning discovered she was a clone when she watched herself commit suicide; now a mysterious organization has plans for her and her "siblings." The world of the hit TV show expands with this new comic co-written by series co-creator John Fawcett himself!
Spider-Gwen #1 (Marvel) — The breakout star of Spider-Verse gets her own series! Now that the Spider-Verse craziness is behind her, Spider-Woman can get back to her own world… and the countless enemies waiting for her there.
The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time #1 (Dark Horse) — The final story of Eric Powell's Goon saga begins here, as the witch coven prepares to finally conquer the Goon's unnamed home town.
Fables #150 (DC) — Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham's beloved series comes to a close as Fabletown, Camelot, Snow white, Rose Red and maybe even Bigby Wolf get their "Happily Ever Afters."
D4VE #1 (IDW) — In a post-apocalyptic future where robots have destroyed humanity and rule the earth, a cybernetic war hero returns home to discover that robots are just as messed up as humans.
Darth Vader #1 (Marvel) — The Dark Lord of the Sith gets his due in Marvel's second Star Wars series following the events of A New Hope.
The Nameless #1 (Image) — A malevolent asteroid hurtles towards earth, inspiring insane acts of terror in this new horror comic from Grant Morrison.
Imperium #1 (Valiant) — Valiant Next continues as a long-lost astronaut returns to Earth with incredible powers. Wait, did I say astronaut I meant "cosmonaut."
Curb Stomp #1 (Boom) — After murdering a rival in self-defense, Machete Betty and her five-woman gang must protect their turf and themselves in an all-out gang war.
Ei8ht #1 (Dark Horse) — A time-traveler is trapped in another dimension with nothing but a mysterious, disembodied voice.
The Black Hood #1 (Archie) — Archie's mature superhero imprint kicks off with the relaunch of the Golden Age hero The Black Hood, reimagined as an ex-cop scarred, hooked on painkillers, but still determined to protect his city.
Harley Quinn Valentine's Day Special #1 (DC) — Harley celebrates another holiday, this time by deciding to treat herself to a celebrity auction — where the grand prize is a date with a Mr. Bruce Wayne.
The Black Vortex (Marvel) — All of Marvel's spacefarers, from the Guardians of the Galaxy to Captain Marvel to the X-Men, try to prevent the son of Thanos from obtaining an artifact imbued with the Power Cosmic in this crossover event.
Help Us Great Warrior #1 — In a fantasy world where witches turn people into hunks, the titular Great Warrior protects her village, her people, and most especially, hunks. Based on the hit webcomic.
Empty #1 (Image) — A stranger with the power to grow things wanders into the a village housing the last remnant of humanity in a world overcome by poisonous decay.
The Sculptor (First Second) — A sculptor trades his life for his art in this new tale from Scott McCloud. But what will he use his new powers for in his final 200 days on earth?
Monster Motors: The Curse of Minivan Helsing #1 (IDW) — I just wanted to point out that this is likely the greatest comic title of the entire year.
Frankenstein Underground #1 (Dark Horse) — Hellboy's Mike Mignola chronicles the modern wanderings of the infamous monster through the underworld.
Jem and the Holograms #1 (IDW) — The truly outrageous band returns with a new look, new music and a new secret to keep from Pizzazz and the Misfits.
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1 (Titan) — When Time Lord technology is stolen, the fan-favorite incarnation of the Doctor returns for a new adventure alongside Rose Tyler and Captain Jack.
Hellbreak #1 (Oni) — There are thousands of hells, but only one special unit with the skills to enter hell and retrieve the souls trapped there
Con Job #1 (Boom) — A group of decreasingly famous stars, regulars on the con circuit, band together to rob the country's biggest convention.
Howard the Duck #1 (Marvel) — The star of the Guardians of the Galaxy's post-credits scene returns semi-triumphantly as Marvel's foremost private duck. Er, dick. Sorry.
Elric of Melnibone: The Michael Moorcock Library Vol. 1 (Titan) — The collection of the classic adaptation of Moorcock's fantasy epic contains arguably the best sword-and-sorcery saga of the '80s.
Bill & Ted's Most Triumphant Return #1 (Boom) — With the excellent adventures of both movies behind them, Bill and Ted decide to drop by the 27th century and see if they can stop their arch-nemesis Chuck from hating them.
Neverboy #1 (Dark Horse) — A former imaginary friend takes drugs to stay in reality, but the world of fantasy wants him back… badly.
Strange Sports Stories #1 (DC) — A veritable who's who of comic stars form a team for this bizarre anthology, including Brian Azzarello, CM Punk, Paul Pope, Gilbert Hernandez, and more.
Southern Cross #1 (Image) — Alex travels to Titan to discover the mysterious circumstances behind his sister's death.
The Fox #1 (Archie) — The world's unluckiest superhero joins the Dark Circle line and a sinister force immediately calls out the hounds, so to speak.
Aquilla (2000AD) — A Roman slave-turned-rebel in Spartacus' army is chosen by the goddess of destruction to enact her vengeance on earth.
Descender #1 (Image) — In a universe where robots are illegal, one android's attempt to survive will begin an epic adventure.
Halogen #1 (Boom) — A woman with the ability to create illusions is tasked with the mission to locate and recover the body of a dead god.
Puppet Master #1 (Danger Zone) — When a group of teens stop by the Bodega Bay Inn, they learn the local legends are both real and deadly.
Princess Leia #1 (Marvel) — Leia must help lead the rebellion against the Empire even as she comes to terms with that fact that her entire planet no longer exists.
Ninjak #1 (Valiant) — Ninjak's past and future collide in this double-tale chronicling the spy's early training and his modern hunt for seven deadly assassins.
Chrononauts #1 (Image) — Two bros become celebrity time travels only to screw everything up almost instantly in this new tale from Mark Millar.
The Fly: Outbreak #1 (IDW) — The son of Jeff Goldbum's character has his father's mutation. But in his search for a cure, he accidentally creates a virus instead.
All New Hawkeye #1 (Marvel) — Hawkeye (Clint Barton) and Hawkeye (Clint Barton) are the targets of every archer the Marvel universe has to offer in this new series from Jeff Lemire.
Norman (Titan) — An 8-year-old fan of slasher movies reenacts his favorite scenes with classmates while trying not to get caught. It's like Dexter: The Early Years!
Convergence (DC) — DC's epic Convergence event replaces all their titles with 40 two-issue miniseries chronicling the heroes and teams from DC universes throughout history, from the '80s Teen Titans to '90s Azrael. Unfortunately, Brainiac has also discovered the multiverse…
Archie Vs. Predator #1 (Dark Horse) — It's the crossover no one ever dreamed they'd see as a tropical vacation has unforeseen consequences when an extraterrestrial stowaway returns with Archie and the gang to Riverdale.
Avengers: Rage of Ultron (Marvel) — Following on the heels of the excellent Endless Wartime, Marvel releases a new straight-to-graphic novel Avengers adventure as the evil A.I. finds another planet to conquer.
Rebels #1 (Dark Horse) — Brian Wood examines the American Revolution through the eyes of one normal family in this historical epic.
World War X: Book One (Titan) — A monstrous race awakens from underground, determined to wipe out all other life on Earth.
Deadpool #250 (Marvel) — Never one to let Wolverine share the spotlight, Deadpool decides it's probably time that he kicked the bucket as well.
Bloodshot Reborn #1 (Valiant) — When gunmen who look like Bloodshot begin killing people, the nanite-infused hero ends his self-imposed exile to clear his name.
Anathema: Book One (Titan) — Burned at the stake by her own father, a girl named Mercy is resurrected by a cult to help resurrect an ancient evil. But Mercy has other plans…
Fight Club 2 (Dark Horse) — Author Chuck Palahniuk finally returns to his most famous creation in this long-awaited sequel. The Narrator has a kid with Maria, but Project Mayhem hasn't finished… and Tyler Durden isn't finished with him.
Secret Wars (Marvel) — Marvel's mega-event arrives. Like DC's Convergence, pretty much every corner of Marvel's multiverses smashed together in Jonathan Hickman's comic, but Marvel plans for Secret Wars to last an entire year. Hey, if they plan on covering everything in all those promo issues they released, it'll take them at least that long.
We don't know exactly when its coming, but man we can't wait for the relaunched Archie, featuring a hell of a creative team with Mark Waid as writer and the amazing Fiona Staples (Saga) as penciler. It looks great, and as Archie's recent titles have proven, they're on one hell of a hot streak.
Image Comics is likewise fuzzy about many of their publication dates, but they have a hell of a lot of great-sounding titles coming. For instance: Heaven, where humanity and aliens have joined forces to invade Heaven itself; The Ludocrats, where the ridiculous elite battle the tyranny of normalcy; Paper Girls, by Saga's Bryan K. Vaughan, where four 12-year-old newspaper deliverers have a unique encounter; Plutona, about kids who discover the corpse of the world's greatest superhero in the woods; and Savior, a brand-new comic from Spawn creator Todd McFarlane. And there's more; head here for more details.
Dark Horse explores the history of Azeroth in World of Warcraft: Chronicle, a new, continuing book series that will begin in November and like be essential for many WoW fans.
Dynamite Comics will be bringing official James Bond stories to the comics shelf at some point, so that will be exciting. As will new stories of Will Eisner's The Spirit (anything to finally get Frank Miller's movie out of our mouths).
And DC has another event planned this year, too. The only thing we know about it is that its called The Darkseid War — but the villain won't be fighting Earth's heroes, he'll be battling the Anti-Monitor. Something tells me the Justice League won't be able to sit this one out, however.