Comics

I seem to be barely reading any comic books these days.

What's good?

No underwear perverts, please.

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45 Responses:

  1. Ben Rosengart says:

    Tales Designed to Thrizzle.

  2. Martina says:

    Freak Angels by Warren Ellis/Paul Duffield

    • jwz says:

      Not exactly new, and I thought it was boring.

      • Grey Hodge says:

        I liked it, until it ended before anything happened. It was slow, boring isn't unfair, and the plot was "12 kids with magic abilities undo something they did earlier." Quite disappointing.

  3. Martina says:

    :-( - hmm, seems like I am not reading many comics these days, too.

  4. Daytripper (Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá)

  5. NoonThirty says:

    Walking Dead and Atomic Robo.

    • jwz says:

      I love Atomic Robo, and have been reading it for years -- or trying to, as Heavyink keeps fucking up my subscription...

      I watch Walking Dead on TV, so at this point reading the comics seems like it would be more dead than I need.

      • NoonThirty says:

        The Walking Dead comic book is both very different (different characters are dead and alive) and far superior to the show.

        If you enjoy Atomic Robo, you might like Hellboy or BPRD. It is Hellboy finding things from mythology and beating them up. BPRD is Hellboy's buddies shooting increasingly big monsters in the face.

      • spoonyfork says:

        Walking Dead TV show ≠ Walking Dead comic

        The first couple TV show episodes had the same characters and similar start but half way through it completely diverted from the comic. The CDC misadventure? Not in the comic. The comic is far superior in the exploration of the human condition. I keep waiting for the The Governor to appear but I don't think they can get away with him on milquetoast TV.

        • DG says:

          Was cleaning out some old junk and came across Walking Dead a couple of days ago. Was going to pass on it since I had watched (and later wasted time watching even more) episodes.

          When I finally picked it up to just get through it (how can you *not* read something you already have?)... I was at first a little surprised at the little changes, and then very satisfied at the much bigger changes in direction that take place in the comic.

          Now that I see how good the original is, I can't wait for a better video remake than the current show (washing clothes and brooding about "if only..." on a picture-perfect farm while the world is overrun with zombies).

          Glad this came up so I could get that of my chest :)

  6. antabakaYT says:

    Still enjoying "RASL" by Jeff Smith alongside my guilty pleasure "The Boys".

  7. John Lenton says:

    So, good comics that are “new”.
    Doug Tennapel’s Ratfist was rather good; I quite like Dave Kellet’s Drive (also his Sheldon, but that’s not “new”); Oglaf is good but not really new (and is it really by one “Bodil Bodilson”?) and might fall afoul of your “no perverts in underwear” (but... I think you didn’t have this kind of thing in mind when you said that). Bill Barnes’s and Paul Southworth’s Not Invented Here might come a little too close to some things you hate but is probably worth a look. Christopher Baldwin’s Spacetrawler is going on two years old, so on the outside of what I’d call “new”, but maybe it’s been a while. Derek Kirk Kim and Les McClaine are putting out TUNE which might go somewhere interesting or it might turn into something for tweens; it’s been good so far. And you probably know Ashley Cope’s Unsounded but it’s worth a mention.
    Other comics I think are recommendable but skipped because of freshness are Girls With Slingshots and Girl Genius and ... heck, there’s a lot of them. I could cull this feeds xml and save you some work, but culling it would be hard (which is why I haven’t done it yet).

    • Phill says:

      I think Ratfist was really boring and self indulgent - an affliction that alas most comics (Warren Ellis I'm looking at you) suffer from.

  8. WTF Pancakes says:

    The renewed Casanova is worth picking up (it makes Gula a lot funnier). The Strange Talent of Luther Strode is what Kick Ass should have been (which also means it gets dangerously close to the underwear perverts category). Warren Ellis says that Fell should be back soon, so that's worth watching out for. Butcher Baker was a lark, especially for Mike Huddlestone's art, but again, we're in hero territory. A lot of my favorite writers are working for Marvel and DC these days which makes it tough...

  9. Tet says:

    Slaughterman's Creed. If you're looking for superhero comics, then it's not for you. But recommended for everyone else.

  10. kap says:

    The Walking Dead comic really is leaps and bounds better than the TV show has been. The compendium (first 48 issues in one big and probably pain-in-the-ass-to-read book) on Amazon is going for ~34 bucks also, almost half off retail.

  11. kap says:

    Woo, meant that to be a reply to another post.

    I checked some previous comics post you did re: a few other books. Northlanders gets better after a couple of issues and every storyline is a new set of characters, so where you may find one story boring another might be better. There were only a couple stinkers in the lot to me.

    DMZ went back and forth on quality. I think both it and Northlanders probably ready way better in collections. Both are also done recently, Brian Wood has exited Vertigo and is set up at Dark Horse now.

    The first few Finder issues are also really hard to get into and look awful, but it really picks up and the art really improves as the series goes.

    Someone else mentioned Tales Designed to Thrizzle, which is pretty funny and well done, but it's a series of short chuckles, it isn't a comic with a story. Kinda tough to read in more than short bursts.

    The first Who is Jake Ellis? was pretty really good, tpb is out now.

    Scalped is excellent if you like crime stuff, and I think it's ending soon. Criminal by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips too.

    All of this stuff is available collected and reads better that way. Trying to think of the periodicals I follow and of course can't think of a goddamn thing.

  12. Dan says:

    The Boys
    the new run of Swamp Thing
    last year's run of "Punisher MAX"

    • jwz says:

      I am terrified to even learn what they've done to Swamp Thing in this latest "reboot" (and I cringe every time I say that word in reference to fiction).

  13. Dave says:

    I've really been enjoying Skullkickers lately. Really good action and humour. (Skullkickers.com for info)

  14. The compiled Infinite Kung Fu and Big Questions both finally came out like a month or two ago. So that's pretty exciting.

    BQ is about birds and theology and a mentally redarded boy and an atom bomb; IKF has this fabulous visual style that threads the needle between brush calligraphy and graffiti.

  15. Mario says:

    my wife got me a comic by Dan Decarlo after she saw me lusting over the drawings.

  16. Torrentbeart the Pirate says:

    I downloaded every one of the rebooted DC comics titles back in September, all 52 of them, and read them all. I kept it up, getting all of them every month. What did I discover? That even with a "set and forget" bittorrent program and sufficient internet bandwidth that I didn't even notice the time and effort involved, they just weren't worth it. I glance at them occasionally, but none of them are worth even rereading, let alone paying money for. Huge waste of everything. So, speaking as a one-time DC fanboy who was paying $50 a month on his habit, I have to say your aversion to underwear perverts now seems entirely reasonable to me.

    Not much of a recommendation, sorry. Just wanted to validate your opinion, because I know how important it is to get validation from total internet strangers. HTH.

  17. wetgenes says:

    Personally I don't quite understand how people can like comics and not read 2000ad, sure the anthology nature means that there will be bits that you don't quite like but that is the nature of anthologies and it is always worth persevering for the gems.

    Besides you can be a hipster and pick up on British artists before they start earning enough to eat by drawing underwear perverts for americans.

    I understand it can be hard to get overseas but at least it is now available digitally -> https://www.clickwheel.net/features/219

  18. Michael Haynes says:

    Brandon Graham's stuff is worth it.

    He's currently working on Prophet. I would also recommend his King City, which is coming out as a collection in February. There was a nice interview with him last month on Bookslut.

    He blogs here.

  19. The Unwritten is good. The main plotline starts out a little weak, but by the end of the first TPB it's obvious that more interesting things are afoot.

  20. Neal C says:

    Here's a couple of good online things I've added to my reading-list recently:

    Power Nap - In the future, everybody takes drugs to stop them sleeping - apart from the allergic protagonist, and his life is getting weirder

    Monster Pulse - A mysterious force (a "monster pulse", I expect) causes a part of an affected people's anatomy to separate off and turn into a big monster companion. But why? Let's find out...

    Vattu - The third story in the Rice Boy universe, a gorgeous bit of art and worldbuilding.

    Bearmageddon - Nicely arted typical zombie apocalypse tale, but with mutant bears. From the guy that draws Axe Cop, but not written by his little brother. (You've seen Axe Cop, haven't you?)

  21. Anonymous Coward says:

    Since Homestuck is a book now I can technically get away with saying it sounds like your kind of thing.

  22. You interested in non-fiction? You can try some of Darryl Cunningham's work online like his Moon Hoax strip. If you enjoy it you might want to buy his book Psychiatric Tales.

    YMMV as always.

  23. phuzz says:

    Have you read Phonogram by Kieron Gillan and Jaime McKelvie?
    Another vote for DMZ as well.

    • jwz says:

      Yes, Phonogram was one of my favorites! I read DMZ, but wasn't super impressed by it. Channel Zero was more to my liking, especially the art.

  24. Y says:

    Nothing completely new, but still strongly suggested

    -Locke & Key
    -Chew

    Interesting
    -Metropol

  25. Bret says:

    I'll put in another vote for The Unwritten. And if you're up for something in a more web-comicky format, try Octopus Pie.

  26. Steve Lieber says:

    "Dear Creature" by Jonathan Case. An atomic sea-mutant is torn between his poet soul and his need to eat ripe teenagers. Funny, smart, beautifully illustrated, tons of heart. (Disclosure: I wrote an intro for it) Tor Books
    "Stumptown" by Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth Oni Press
    Gingerbread Girl by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover Intriguing book that's all about circling the edges of a dark, sad mystery, with adorable art playing counterpoint. (You can read this for free at the publisher's website if you can put up with the horrible interface.) Top Shelf Comix
    Another vote for Carla Speed McNeil's Finder. The big "Finder Library volume 1" from Dark Horse collects the early stuff, plus the two essential gns I recommend as starting points: "King of the Cats" and "Talisman."
    "Summit of the Gods" by Jiro Taniguchi. A compelling mountain climbing mystery with gorgeous art. I've never been a manga guy, and this is the first and only one I've ever really gone nuts for.

  27. Tommy Davis says:

    Recently read Ex Machina by Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris. A former superhero gets elected as Mayor of NY. Theres both a political story and real life meets superhero kind of story. Also check out Y: The Last man from the same author. Set in a world where everybody with a Y-chromosome is wiped out except one man.

  28. Simon Wistow says:

    A third vote for DMZ and a second vote for The Boys.

    Also Hack/Slash about a girl whose mother was a "Slasher" called The Dinner Lady who now travels round with her hulking friend and tracks down other Slashers. The art style varies wildly with the occasional guest artist and there's more than a little campiness occasionally - the Suicide Girls turn up for one story arc.

  29. David M.A. says:

    I see no one's mentioned Fatale, which appears from the first issue I just read to be a lovingly-crafted noir/lovecraft mashup. Writer Ed Brubaker; art, Sean Phillips. Just launched last week, so it'll be a while before the trade, but who doesn't enjoy reading sequentially sometimes?

  30. Tim says:

    Allow me to recommend the Girl Genius books, a delightful steampunk universe. (It's also a webcomic)

  31. Batty McDougall says:

    Habibi by Craig Thompson.
    One of the best comics I've read recently.
    Without a doubt the most creative use of the form I've seen in ages.