Monday, 24 November 2014

Comic Books

So I still feel relatively new to the comic book scene. About six years ago my best friend could not stop raving about the comic, Fables. She was in love with the series and offered to lend me her issues. Well, I quickly found out that I loved comic books and I loved Fables and the magical world of Fabletown. About a year later I met my now husband who had a crazy collection of X-Men comics - we're talking X-Factor, Uncanny, New Mutants, X-Force... everything X-Men! Once he saw the Fables comic book on my bedside table he offered me his X-Men collection to read.

Here I am, five years later, obsessed with the X-Men universe and still reading through Adam's never-ending collection (every comic convention we attend adds more X-Men comics to our collection). But during this time, I've been adding some new comic series to my own collection.

I've been asked numerous times about what comics I'd recommend. Fables was the perfect introduction to comics for me. I had a friend to dissect the story lines with and having some knowledge of the actual 'fables' or stories that the characters were from helped me get into it.

Other than Fables and X-Men, I currently read these series and would recommend them:

Morning Glories 
"Morning Glory Academy is one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country, but something sinister and deadly lurks behind its walls. When six gifted but troubled new students arrive, they find themselves trapped and fighting for their lives as the secrets of the academy reveal themselves!"
This is one of the first series I got into and I'm not caught up anymore but the story is SO good. It messes with your mind and the twists and turns are great.


Runaways
"When six friends discover their parents are all secretly super-villains, they run away from home and straight into the adventure of their lives -- vowing to turn the tables on their evil legacy."
Another comic a friend got me into. It takes place in the Marvel universe and there's some cameos of famous superheroes. It's a fun read, especially being a Marvel fan.

Ultimate Spider-man
"High school student Peter Parker finds himself the recipient of strange and amazing powers. Bullied by his classmates and targeted by the deadly Green Goblin, he learns that with great power, there must also come great responsibility."
I wanted to try a Spider-man comic but there's so many options and it was intimidating. I decided on the Ultimate series. I'm about 7 books in and I'm enjoying the story and universe. The art style is great and I enjoy Peter Parker in it.

Lumberjanes 
"Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together...and they're not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Not only is it the second title launching in our new BOOM! Box imprint but LUMBERJANES is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things."
How many times will I recommend this series to you?!? The eighth issue just came out so it'd be easy to catch up on! It's a great story about friends and adventures.

Rat Queens
"Who are the Rat Queens? A pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, and they're in the business of killing all gods' creatures for profit. It's also a darkly comedic fantasy series starring Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Hobbit Thief. This modern spin on an old school genre is a violent monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack!"
The writing is absolutely fantastic! I laugh out loud reading this comic. The attitude and personality of the ladies of Rat Queens are so fierce and strong.



The Wicked + The Divine 
"Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critically thermonuclear floor-fillers Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to start a new ongoing superhero fantasy with a beautiful oversized issue. Welcome to THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, where gods are the ultimate pop stars. But remember: just because you're immortal, doesn't mean you're going to live forever."
So far the story has been really interesting. But it's the art that gets me in this series. It's gorgeous! All the characters are beautiful!


Ms. Marvel
"The all-new MS. MARVEL, the ground breaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is just an ordinary girl from Jersey City--until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel?"
Kamala is a refreshing superhero. I've really been enjoying her story.


There are so many other comics I want to give a try... Saga, Sex Criminals, The Unwritten... just to name a few! 

What comics do you recommend?
xo Jen

*All quotes are from comiXology where all these comics are available in digital format*

6 comments:

  1. The Wicked & Divine has been really good! I'd recommend Hawkeye, Sex Criminals, Captain Marvel, and Nailbiter.

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  2. Saga and Sex Criminals are on my pull list! Last week I picked up all the new Storm's, the new Thor and The Wicked and The Divine trade. All three have been added to my pull list :)

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  3. I need to pick up The Wicked & Divine. I've been seeing the trade for Morning Glories so I may get that one too. I just got Pretty Deadly which I am enjoying so far (the art!) and Deadly Class. I love Sex Criminals and Saga!

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  4. Great list! I'm reading lots of these, so I'll have to check out the ones I haven't read yet. Adding this post to my Link Love list for the month! <3

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  5. I need to add Morning Glories (more than likely will have to pick up the trade) to my list! But I LOVE Lumberjanes, Rat Queens and Wicked and Divine!

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