I’ve been reading comic books, on and off, for most of my life.  I would go months, sometimes years without reading and then, one day, stop by my local comic shop, pick up every title on the stands and start reading – and keep reading the ones that kept my interest, dropping the ones that failed to hold my attention.  Of course, with the increasing strain of weighty backstories, the complexity of innumerable crossovers, and the reimagining, reinventions, and reboots of old favorites, jumping back in has proven daunting.

Still, digital subscription services like Comixology have helped make it a lot easier. Now, instead of jumping into the middle of a story arc, I can start from the beginning, easily acquiring the back issues online and moving forward from there – should the title grab me.

So, here’s where you come in. I’d like you comic book aficionados to recommend some titles. Since I have a fair amount on my plate and am halfway through a script, I’d like to start small – say, 12-15 different books.  And, to help you steer me right, here are a few of the comic books I enjoyed last year…

There are a bunch of my favorites writers I definitely plan to check out (Hickman, Simone, King, Liu, Rosenberg, Moreci to name but a few), but I’d love to hear what YOU’RE enjoying.

Recommend me some comic books!

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KathyC
KathyC

Sorry, can’t help with this one!

congotim
congotim

I know you have an appreciation for anime. Have you read Dark Minds? It was an Image comic around 2000 and it was a very dark detective, sci-fi, anime style book. It was Pat Lee and Adrian Tsang.

https://www.amazon.com/Darkminds-Vol-1-Adrian-Tsang/dp/1582401411

wkrick
wkrick

I already mentioned Tales of the Beanworld to you on Twitter…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tales_of_the_Beanworld

I also really enjoyed the original run of Marvel’s Excalibur (vol. 1, 1988–1998)…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excalibur_(comics)#Excalibur_(vol._1,_1988%E2%80%931998)

Also Marvel’s original Guardians of the Galaxy (1969 team)…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_(1969_team)

I like anything with Ambush Bug in it…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ambush_Bug-related_published_material

I also HIGHLY recommend that you read Scott-McCloud’s amazing book, Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Understanding_Comics

Beth E.
Beth E.

Since I’m sure you’ve already been introduced to the wonders of the current Ms. Marvel, have you tried Animosity? https://smile.amazon.com/Animosity-1-Marguerite-Bennett/dp/1935002899
Basic premise is that animals all woke up and became sentient. The main plot is a bloodhound trying to get his 8 year old human from New York City to her brother in California.

Tim G
Tim G

It is a rather long series to catch up on, but I think the Injustice: Gods Among Us series is the best Superhero series out there. The first couple of “Years” were a little better than the current run, but it is my favorite series.
And there is this little series called Stargate Atlantis that you may have heard of. The current comic series is great.

Julie
Julie

Mmm…. I say the Detective Comics (2016) is good…. well the last arc was quite cool.

Hm… I’d also recommend 20th Cenutry Boys and 21st Century Boys by Urasawa Naoki…tho it’s manga not comic lol but I still think you’d enjoy it. (It’s scifi thriller mystery!)

Peter J
Peter J

I Loved Daytripper by Brazilian twin brother team of writer and artist Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon, respectively. It’s a sort of biography of a boy growing up and his transition to manhood and what it is like to evolve and change and leave parts of ourselves in the past. Limited run and collected into a single graphic novel. No Superheroes or aliens or technology but there is strong element of magic realism without it being too fantastic. The story telling is sublime as is the art

An inspirational message from Drea and her pal Mr Cookie Monster
An inspirational message from Drea and her pal Mr Cookie Monster

Cant help ya with comic book stories to check out.
Albeit, I did bake a fresh batch of delicious secret recipe chocolate chip
and cherry cookies at 1 am last night when I couldn’t sleep. <3

Today's fortune cookie:

Tuesdays always seem better when you include a leisurely walk through a park with a stop off at a favorite bakery on your way home to pick up some pistachio macarons.

Good luck on your conference call today. xo

maggiemayday

I’m trying to think of something interesting and relevant to say, but I’m blank. I do love seeing the cover art, so there’s that.

Happy Tuesday!

Nick Belokon
Nick Belokon

If you enjoy ‘THE VISION’ mini-series than you should read ‘MISTER MIRACLE’ from the same writer.

PBMom
Joel
Joel

If you are a Star Wars fan, I can’t recommend Doctor Aphra enough. Her story starts in the Darth Vader comic, but she got her own book, and it’s incredible. Completely reignited my love of the Star Wars story outside of the Skywalker Saga.

Aku

Spencer & Locke! (4 issue mini, mind-blowing take on a dark Calvin & Hobbes concept, sounds potentially terrible but it’s fantastic!)

ALSO:
Clean Room by Gail Simone
Imaginary Fiends
God Country (this is a writer to watch!)

Many others but I would recommend these over all others!

tylos
tylos

‘Black Science’ is pretty good.
Kinda like a nightmareish ‘Sliders’ but with ‘Rick & Morty’ levels of creativity in imagining parallel dimensions.

mlrts

Second on Black Science, so zany and absurd with a great story at the core