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!

Old Man Logan

Mark Millar & Steve McNiven

Wolverine #72

Wolverine #72

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.

Kick-Ass

Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.

Kick-Ass #7

Kick-Ass #7

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.

Dark Tower: The Fall of Gilead

Peter David, Robin Furth and Richard Isanove

Dark Tower: The Fall of Gilead #4

Dark Tower: The Fall of Gilead #4

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.

Batman

Judd Winick, Ed Benes and Rob Hunter

Batman #687

Batman #687

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.

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9 Comments

  1. Andrew says:

    I collected comics as a teenager, but sold my entire collection off (except the ‘Moonshadow’ mini-series) before university and despite considering getting back into them, the price keeps me well away.

  2. Jeremy S. says:

    I think the last truly fun comic I read, many years ago, was “SCUD the Disposable Assasin” I loved it’s crazy premise and quirky characters.

    I also loved how the writers had a “musical score” for each issue.

    They’d have a list of songs that would be the music for different pages laid out as a simple list.

    Page 1-2: “Like a Virgin” by Madonna
    Page 3: “yadayada” by yadayada
    page 4-8 ———–

    and so on. It was fun.

  3. Beej says:

    I’ve been following the Dark Tower comics for a while, and thanks to my comps, I’ve fallen a couple of minis behind. It was fantastic, though I think that Furth takes a little too much pleasure in explaining things that worked just fine in the novels because of the sense of mystery (example: Sheemie).

    I’d add to your list “Star Wars: Legacy.” It’s set a century in the future past the current Star Wars EU novels, and it’s just good reading. I put it on par with the KOTOR games in regard to storytelling.

  4. Gordon says:

    The Dark Tower comics are excellent at providing some insightful info about the history of Roland and his world. Yeah, I take your point Beej about it ruining the mystery a little and it’s very valid. Personally I’m not a mystery type of guy and I like finding things out :)

  5. Sharon says:

    Oooh… I’m going to have to check out the Dark Tower comics. I’ve eyed them, but haven’t picked them up yet.

    My all time favorite comic is Transmetropolitan… gritty, dystopian and thought-provoking. :)

  6. guaka says:

    A fine selection but I would add Geoff John’s current Green Lantern run, the Iron Fist series and anything touched by the blessed hand of Alan Moore.

    How about a list of disappointing comics? 52, Countdown, Infinite Crisis…

  7. Beej says:

    If you’re not a mystery kind of guy, Gordon, then I suggest you never start watching LOST. It’s one of the best shows on TV (and I hope once the show is over they actually make graphic novel adaptations of it), but it’s entirely built on mysteries resolving into more mysteries.

    And now you’ve got me thinking about the Dark Tower comics again, so now since I get paid on Friday (boo to monthly pay checks), I am going to have to buy the hardcover of the newest mini that I missed next time I am around a bookstore. Thaaaaaaaaaanks. ;)

  8. Gordon says:

    Hehe, I’m glad you’re getting back into the Dark Tower, Beej! Maybe not good for your wallet but it’s great for your mind :) I’ve seen the first season of Lost… I quite liked it but got put off with the second season onwards. I wish they’d just end it already! I suppose you’re right the mystery thing then :) The Wire and Sopranos are definitely where it’s at for me.

  9. Kimmy says:

    Watch Ninja Assasin online here, its not the best quality but its totally watchable!

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