I expect that we could go on adding to your reading list until we bankrupt you... What you've already got listed looks good . The first recent things that spring to my mind to suggest would be the first volume each of Lazarus and Velvet. If you like crime fiction at all then looking out Darwyn Cooke's Parker adaptations or last year's Hit: 1955 would be good places to start.
Obviously it depends what you want from your comic reading but while I think some of those books are great (and some just aren't for me) I'd suggest getting some variety in there with
Rover Red Charlie Vol 1 The End of The Fucking World GN Like A Sniper Lining Up his Shot GN
I'd also suggest swapping in Image's best series Stray Bullets (vol.1 - Killers). The Parker suggestion is also top notch.
actually to to be perfectly honest I'd suggest you use comixology and read the first issues of the on-going series you were thinking about.. Seems a cheaper way to eliminate what you might like (for instance two books on your list I couldn't get past the first issue). With a variety of styles and genres you could easily find out something just isn't for you.
Thanks for the feedback and input on my quest to get caught up on 2014, guys.
I have considered going the digital route, and am in the process of researching various tablets for this purpose, however there is a part of me that still likes the tangible nature of a book in my hand.
I also can appreciate that purchasing hard copies can get costly quickly, but a lot of these books are Image offerings which are usually under $6 on instocktrades.com. In an era where Marvel is getting $5 for a single issue, paying $6 for an entire arc from a well received book is a risk I guess I am willing to take.
I'm sure all the titles won't suit my tastes, but I doubt that they will be so bad that I will regret having tried them. But, it's also good to know that I have a few backup titles to sample (compliments of you kind folks), should I completely strike out with the list as it stands.
As always, it's nice to hear from you all and thank you greatly for your suggestions!