I haven't blogged about comics for a while, so long that I don't remember the last time I did, to be honest. As I've just successfully converted my housemate to the joys of Sleeper, I thought I'd throw something up about the series I actively follow. For the sake of my own sanity I'm going to avoid the bear pit that is superheroics as there's nothing I'm that invested in: though I am enjoying both Jonathan Hickman's Avengers and the Michael Bendis All New X-Men. Both are solid books with good writing (though I do worry that Bendis has done his usual make over job on the original five X-Men to a slight degree) and a solid Science Fiction core. Also, both books are taking risks, something that superhero books seldom do.
My main interest lies outside of the world of spandex and capes these days, and has done since DC decided to reboot their universe and completely change what I knew in their quest to appeal to people who grew up in the Sixties (only grimmer and with more weird lines).
Lock and Key comes from the pen of Joe Hill and features a family who are forced to move back across
Sleeper is old now, it was published under the Wildstorm imprint when that was still a thing and is a strong, dark spy story with very little light in it. The protagonist has gone undercover in a crime organisation that's
Chew by contrast is bright, weird and brilliant. Set in a world where chicken is banned because of bird flu scares, our hero Tony Chu is able to see the past of anything he ingests. When he gets moved to a new agency he becomes involved in ever weirder investigations, mostly involving food (though a homicidal cockerel called Poyo is also involved). The strength here is in the imagination the creators bring to bear on the comic, filling it with ever weirder ideas that somehow just work perfectly.
Elephantmen is a lush European style book that I haven't read that much of. The premise is that a mad cult
Perhaps one thing that seems a little strange is the relationships between the Elephantmen and the women around them. There's an uneasy tension, as three women that the series has focused on so far are obviously enamoured with the protagonists. The difference is size between the characters and the alieness of the Elephantmen is impossible to avoid.
Saga is a weird Science Fantasy book, set in outer space and filled with all sorts of wonderful things, like cats that know when you lie, trees that are rockets and a myriad of races are involved in a war that hasn't, as
Usagi Yojimbo should surely count as a classic, with simple art and masterful storytelling. I fear the world may be a bit 'childish' for a lot of readers, the characters are anthropmorphised animals after all and that often means that adults will dismiss the tactic as 'kids' stuff'. The writing however is solid and even though the protagonist is a hare, he's also a ronin (masterless samurai) with all that entails. Sam Sakai, the creator, draws on the richness of Japanese folklore and culture and its in part this that makes Usagi an all ages read rather than just something suitable for children
Hellboy is a revelation, taking pulp tropes and mixing them with a number of other wonderful ingredients, to
So there you have it, a few of the comic series I enjoy.