Comic Books You Should Be Reading
Aside from MMORPGs, my other passionate hobby is comic books. I am, after all, individual-diverse and like the song goes, I’m a complicated man and no one understands me but my woman (and anyone else who’s familiar with classic geek stereotypes). So I decided to write a non-MMORPG article today and instead recommend some comic books for everyone to read. These are comics currently being released and available as single issues. I’ll probably write another article at some point about graphic novel collections I recommend. Anyway, on with the showdown!
Mark Millar & Steve McNiven
Wow. This comic is absolutely a must read for anyone. It’s essentially a story set in another Marvel reality, about 50 years in the future, in which all of the current superheroes have been killed and the United States is now run by all of the Marvel villains. The plot focuses on Logan aka Wolverine, who’s now an old man and a complete pacifist, going on one last mission with Hawkeye in order to earn protection money to pay off the Hulk Gang who are threatening his family. From the moving story and characters to the shocking moment of finding out exactly why Wolverine refuses to pop his claws to the borderline orgasmic moment when he finally does, this comic is utterly enthralling and amazing. Highly recommended.
Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.
Another excellent series by Mark Millar (and I don’t like him just because his Scottish… that’s only part of the reason) this time set in the real world and following a pretty run-of-the-mill New York teenage geek, Dave Lizewski. You see, Dave is a huge fan of comic books and, one day, decides to become a superhero himself and enter the brutal world of gang violence and vigilantism. No super powers, no mutants, no martial arts, just a kid obsessed with comic books and becoming a hero. Bloody, violent, and full of swearing, this book is not for the faint-hearted but it’s well worth checking out if you want to read something a little different.
Peter David, Robin Furth and Richard Isanove
Beautifully drawn with stunning visuals and exceptional characterisation and story, this comic book does justice to Stephen King and brings the Dark Tower world to life. Since Marvel first published the comic rendition of book IV, Wizard and Glass, they have done an excellent job of converting the story of Roland and his ka-tet into a graphic medium and I was absolutely delighted when they decided to continue publishing new stories set directly after the events of the novel. If you love the Dark Tower books, you will love the comics and the extra depth they bring to Stephen King’s universe.
Judd Winick, Ed Benes and Rob Hunter
I couldn’t recommend a bunch of comic books without including Batman, my favourite superhero and comic. The current story arc is entitled “Batman: Reborn” and follows the events of previous arc, “Batman: R.I.P.”. Yep, in case you didn’t know, Batman is dead or, at least, Bruce Wayne is and now Dick Grayson (the original Robin) has taken up the mantle to continue on with the legacy. The R.I.P arc, written by Grant Morrison, another Scot, is well worth picking up when it’s released in collected graphic novel form in a few weeks. Although it’s still to be seen if Winick will be as good a writer as Morrison, Batman remains a must read comic.
These are just handful of comic books that I’m enjoying at the moment. There’s several other great ones out there too that I haven’t covered, including The Immortal Iron Fist, Thor and of course Captain America. It’s a good time to be reading comic books for sure.