2016 was a great year for Indian comics industry, we saw many exciting titles from new and old publishers, and witnessed a significant growth and engagement of fans in the community. 2017 also holds a bright future, with multiple new titles from various publishers coming out, the sustained growth of the Indian comics industry looks to continue this year as well.
We are listing some of the many new comics announced to be releasing this year.
1. Phoenix (Balcharit Series #4)
Phoenix is one of the most anticipated release of this year that every Super Commando Dhruva fan is waiting for. The fourth part of the Balcharit series: The origin story of Dhruva, written and illustrated by Anupam Sinha will be releasing in the first set of Raj Comics this year.
2. The Village
The Village is an upcoming horror graphic novel from Yali Dream Creations. The solo graphic novel written by Shamik Dasgupta will be set in Tamil Nadu, and is claimed to be one of its kind horror graphic novel in India. The penciling is done by Gourav Shrivastav and colors by Prasad Patnaik. It will be available in mid-year.
3. Kuttapanti (Swamibhakt Rakhwale Series)
For the first time Raj Comics has handed over the artwork of Doga comics to Holy Cow Entertainment. The first comics of Swamibhakt Rakhwale titled Kuttapanti will be coming out this year. All the fans are eager to see a legend and modern contemporary joining hands for a retake on a classic comic character. Written by Sanjay Gupta, artwork is done by Gaurav Shrivastva & Prasad Patnaik.
4. Vishprusat (Kshtipurti #3)
The third part in Kshatipurti series: Vishprusat is also one of the most anticipated comics of this year. The last part Mout Ka Bazigar ended on a cliffhanger and merged different timelines of Nagraj. Fans are eager to know what happens next. It is expected to release this year.
5. The Carvan: Vengeance
Last year YDC announced The Carvan: Vengeance, a direct sequel to their 2013 maiden hit The Carvan, which is a classic horror-action-adventure graphic novel coated with bollywood masala, it was followed by a prequel series – Blood War in 2014. Now after almost 3 years of wait we will be seeing a sequel to the series written by Shamik Dasgupta, the penciling is done by Gaurav Shrivastva and colors by Prasad Patnaik.
6. Rakshak #3 & #4
In 2016 Yali Dream Creation released their first superhero comics Rakshak. The first two issues released last year recieved positive reviews from the readers. This year the remaining two issues of the origin series will be released. Written by Shamik Dasgupta, the penciling is being done by Tadam Gyadu and colors by Prasad Patnaik. Both the issues are expected to release in 2017.
7. Aghori: The Age of Immortals
Aghori is the flagship character of HCE, and it is returning to the HCEverse with the Age of Immortals. The Age of Immortals is a 20 issue event that will bring together new and old actors of HCEverse. Written by Ram V and Anirudh Singh with arts by Saumin Patel, Gaurav Shrivastav and Vivek Goel. First issue was released in 2016 and the series will continue in 2017.
8. Swarn Nagri Ki Tabahi
Swarn Nagri Ki Tabahi is another most anticipated comics from Raj Comics. The comics starring Nagraj and Super Commando Dhruva will also feature characters of Nagrani, Dhananjay and Chandkal in Swarn Nagri. Written by Nitin Mishra and penciled by Hemant Kumar.
Viridian from Holy Cow Entertainment could be one of the most creative graphic novel coming out this year. Written by Aghori fame Ram V, Viridian springs from a far-off and unexpected place with the story taking place in the remote jungles of Arunachal Pradesh.
10. Fenil Comics
Fenil Comics have extensive plans this year. A brand new character Bajrangi will be introduced in Bajrangi series. The final part of Faulad titled Masterplan will be released and the Taskara series will be wrapped up with the third part. Along with that 3 horror comics and one english graphic novels are in pipeline to be released this year.
11. Punrotthaan Series
Punrotthaan is an upcoming multi starer series from Raj Comics. the series will feature multiple Raj Comics superheroes including Anthony, Parmanu, Doga, Nagraj, Super Commando Dhruva, Tiranga, Inspector Steeland Shakti. The sereis is being teased dor a long time, with character posters done by Dheeraj Verma. It is expected to kickstart from end of this year.
12. Indie Publications
Besided all these, various indie publication house like Red streak Publications, Chariot Comics, TBS Planet, Speech Bubble Entertainment has plans to publish exciting titles this year, the details of which are not yet availabe. Stay Tuned for regular updates.