comics.

I'm not reading a lot of comics lately. Here are some good ones:

  • Atomic Robo -- A mechanical man built by Nikola Tesla fights Nazis and punches out Dr. Dinosaur. It's damned near perfect.

    However I keep missing issues because they give the series a new subtitle every five issues or so and half the time HeavyInk stops sending them to me, even though their new "chaining" feature is supposed to fix exactly this. Dear comics publishers, please knock that shit off.

  • Saga -- It's a road-trip on-the-run space-opera with swords, a guy with a TV for a head called Prince Robot IV, a disemboweled teen ghost in the Willow Rosenberg role, and rocket ships that literally grow on trees. You can't go wrong here, people.

  • Hawkeye -- The art is great and it's deadpan and funny enough to make me tolerate men in tights.

  • Fatale -- The art's great and I like the idea of it but I have no idea what's going on. Maybe if I got the GNs instead of single issues I'd have a clue who any of these people are.

  • The Boys -- This is about punching Superman through the face, which is cool, but when the latest TPB arrived I thought, "Wait, didn't t this end? thought this ended." So that's not a good sign I guess.

  • iZombie -- It's basically Buffy season 2 but where our lead is a zombie. It's cute, but now that they've done some more world-building and explained the mythology, it's kind of gone from Buffy to Angel season 1 and is less interesting.

And, you know, some other stuff that wasn't very good. Like there's a new Hellraiser series, of all things. I've already forgotten that it exists.

So recommend something to me that isn't superheroes.

Some webcomics:

  • Monster of the Week -- It's a vaguely manga-styled re-telling of every episode of The X Files, in order. It's hilarious and probably better than re-watching it.

  • Oglaf -- If you fap to only one pornographic Dungeons and Dragons pastiche, let it be this one.

  • Scenes from a Multiverse -- "A comic about life in an ordinary multiverse". It's funny.

  • Things Could Be Worse: The Tragedy Series -- "Defeating his nemesis takes the zest out of villainy."

  • Virus Comix -- The most cynical wall of text of all walls of text. With sphinxes.

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22 Responses:

  1. hell has frozen over, and we're both actually enjoying the same comic. and yes, it's the obvious one.

  2. hell has frozen over, and we're both actually enjoying the same comic. and yes, it's the obvious one.

  3. Mildred Bonk says:

    I highly recommend Battlepug.

  4. dgurba says:

    I recommend Sinfest been reading it for years, every day there's a new tagline at the upper right of the comic.

  5. Burger Force is a pretty comic about spies and mad villains. That bad news is that it's published in Australia, so good luck finding it. The silver lining is that you can read it online albeit via a flash app.

  6. togdon says:

    Have you given Brandon Graham & Simon Roy’s Prophet a try?

  7. TimeDoctor says:

    Scarlet is only 5 issues long and is entertaining.

  8. John Flanagan says:

    I recommend Powernap: In a world where almost nobody sleeps, the pent-up nightmares start to spill out.

    • jwz says:

      I read a bit of Powernap a year or two ago, and it seemed ok, but like so many others (what is it with these webcomics?) the RSS feed is completely nonfunctional, and so it is incompatible with my lifestyle.

  9. I endorse Oglaf wholeheartedly.

  10. phuzz says:

    I'm pretty sure I already said DMZ last time you asked, oh, and Witchdoctor will probably be up your street.

    Also, there should be a third Phonogram out this year (hopefully), hooray!

    • jwz says:

      I read most of DMZ, and gave up slightly before the end because I finally realized that A) I hated every character in it and gave not a single shit what happened to them, and B) that I'd been reading Brian Wood for years hoping he'd do another Channel Zero and he kept not doing that.

      I read the first Witchdoctor GN and it didn't grab me.

      Phonogram is a marvel, so I can't wait for that.

  11. eric says:

    Well if you're going to mention Oglaf, some NSFW webcomics:

    Ménage à 3 -- It's quite possible I found it linked here originally, but I can't stop reading this yaoi/yuri/harem webcomic done in Archie comics style.

    Chester 5000 XYV -- Steampunk robot porn webcomic, possibly construable as superheroic. Again, might've been mentioned here, but I couldn't find reference to it via Google search.

    Was going to suggest Girls With Slingshots, but it was already mentioned in the comments from last year's comics post and I'm not sure it fits your interests, so I'll go with Nimona instead--it's about supervillains, so technically isn't superheroes.

    • jwz says:

      "Manga Archies" is very far from anything I will ever be looking for. With few exceptions, anything in the "Sunday funnies comic strip" style leaves me flat. Why would someone do that kind of thing as a webcomic? The entire internet as a canvas and that old cliche of backgroundless 2-shots and 3-shots of heads in boxes is the best you can come up with? Might as well just write it out as a transcript instead.

      I read a bit of Chester, it's a cute idea. Didn't keep my attention for long, though.

      I'm afraid I can't even give Nimona a chance because I hate the art.

  12. kap says:

    The Manhattan Projects has been crazy and great so far, it's an ongoing from Jonathan Hickman at Image. Basically, the Manhattan Project was more than just the bomb, it's a bunch of scientists running other crazy experiments, personality conflicts, aliens, etc. The cast is a ton of folks you've heard of, Einstein, Oppenheimer, Von Braun, Fermi, Feynman, FDR, Harry Daghlian, etc.

  13. Feren says:

    I recommend the web comic "A Red Tail's Dream," which is published Monday through Saturday. While it certainly has eligibility for your Furries tag, I ask you give the About Page a skim at the minimum. It's an ambitious project, 600-some pages in planned length, and is currently on page 315. The artist, out of Finland, calls it a "practice comic" in anticipation of something larger she has planned for the future.

    You may also enjoy the "Weapon Brown" story arcs from the webcomic artist who owns Deep Fried. He actually started the idea for Weapon Brown in 2008 and brought it to conclusion with a fantastic (and long) story arc that ended in December of 2012. Given some of the ways the artist plays with some comic industry icons, I think it may appeal to you.

  14. Steve Lieber says:

    I thought "Jerusalem" by Guy DeLisle was terrific. Same for Derf Backderf's "My Friend Dahmer."

    Glad to see you're liking Tragedy Series. Ben Dewey's one of my studio-mates, so I get the pleasure of watching him take every episode from scribbled notes to stick figures to gorgeous finish.
    My favorite Tragedy from 2012.

    • jwz says:

      Yes, I really liked that Tragedy! Though, even though Tragedy #1 was very good, I felt bad that he had finally gone and violated "Ferengi Rule of Acquisition #3: Create Demand".