If there is a book in this list that I wish I had spent more time with it's Low. Coming out from Image at a time that was packed full of great books I let it slip in my to read pile after the first issue. With the trade due in early 2015 my plan is to hold fire and then get caught up properly at that time.The reason it still makes the list is the intriguing pre apocalypse storyline mixed with some wonderful art (by Greg Tocchini).
The underwater setting was extremely well crafted and I am looking forward to doing my toe back in when the trade drops.
Winter Soldier; The Bitter March
I picked this up in trade (it's also on Marvel Unlimited) earlier in the year. It's a classic spy story set in 1966 (sadly it has no football references). The story follows Shields Agent Shen who is tagged with the recovery of two scientists who are attempting to escape to the US. Suffice to say craziness soon ensues and this feels like a James Bondesque romp compete with the infamous Winter Soldier for some added spice to the Goulash.
Be warned though if you read this series the identity of the Winter Soldier is revealed and will spoil the twist of the second Captain America Film. I know this because this is how I found out.
This is probably one of the most personal series out there. At the end of the first issue Remender literally pours his soul in to an essay explaining the background to which the story is set.
Reading this did give the story an extra level of depth but even without it this is a great series.
The hook of the series comes from Marcus with his rather traumatic past and his integration in to rather a unique teaching establishment. The real keeper though is the extended cast of students who are seemingly giving this series the legs it needs to be a long running read.
Not to spoil too much but this book will be appearing in more than one run down this year.
There is quite rightly a huge amount of noise being made about Matteo Scalera's art but the art is only one part in my opinion with the charges that Remender has created this series around. The Anarchic League of Scientists are an outstandingly quirky bunch and there inter relationships make for essential reading. Of course the far flung world's are tonnes of fun but this book shows again Remender is a master creator of compelling characters.