I’ve always loved comic books. Superheroes, Archie, horror, you name it, I probably like it. But I wouldn’t call myself a super fan. In fact, my comic book reading has been quite sporadic over the years. I’ve got through five or six year gaps where I haven’t read anything at all but then at other times I read weekly. The best method for me to consistently read is to catch up about every six months or so, that way I can read through entire story arcs and truly appreciate what is going on.
A couple years ago, I gave up on comic reading. I was frustrated and a little burned out, and I figured it was time for me to drop the hobby. So, I haven’t read much over the past two or three years, but I have found myself really wanting to dive back into them here lately.
Marvel comics haven’t interested in me in quite some time, but I am a big DC fan. I was excited to start up a couple of DC books but then the DC bloodbath occurred. Corporate cost cutting hammered the DC workforce and well… that bothers me. I’m not against downsizing or anything, but I have a feeling AT&T is going to take a similar approach to their DC properties that Disney is doing and just farm them for IPs and discard the comics. I know, I could just forget all of that and enjoy the stories, but I think my frustration with the world as a world prevents me from doing that right now. So, I decided to look elsewhere. I checked out some of the smaller companies and so far, I’ve found some incredible books. I thought I’d talk about a few of them here:
Pulp by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
This may be my favorite graphic novel of all-time. Part pulp, part western, part man trying to find his place in this world… this book had everything that I love in good storytelling. The artwork is gorgeous and I am just stunned by how perfect this book was. I’ll definitely be buying a hardcover in the future to display on my shelf and appreciate for years to come.
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Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell'Edera
Something is Killing the Children was originally scheduled to be a five-part limited series, but was quickly promoted to an on-going series because sales. The book reminds me of a new, twisted take on Buffy and I mean that in a very good way. So far, I’ve read issues 1-6 and I’ve enjoyed it a lot. There are quite a few questions left that I want to know answers to, however, I’m not sure if this is something I’d read for years to come.
Firefly by George Pak and Dan McDaid
I went into this book a bit apprehensive. I love Firefly but I've never been all that impressed with the various tie-ins. They've been quite hit and miss with me and I attempted to start the novel series recently released but grew frustrated about one-third of the way into the story. I decided to give the comic series a chance to provide me with an adequate story from the Verse and I feel like it delivered. It's not perfect, but its eons better than the novel and I like the story and artwork. The characters are pretty spot-on and I enjoy the pacing. I devoured issues 1-10 in one sitting and it actually kept me up pretty late and almost made me late for work the next day! I'm excited to continue reading this series.