I wasn’t always really into comics. It’s only been in recent years that my book shelf has become jam packed with spines adorning Marvel, DC, Vertigo and Image comics logos. It all started with The Walking Dead and pretty much spiralled from there.
From superheroes, to gory horror, with an apocalyptical tale thrown in for good measure, comics have provided me with a new favourite pass time. Sure, novels are great, but when you just fancy a short but brilliant story with awesome artwork, comics are a must.
Today I want to share with you just a small selection of my current recommendations based on what I’ve been reading over the past few months. There are loads more volumes I could recommend giving a go, but the post would turn into an essay…and no one wants that. Let’s crack on.
The Walking Dead, Vol 24, Life And Death
I’ll keep this spoiler free, but this volume has returned the story to good form. The past one or two volumes didn’t set my world on fire, but the conclusion of this collection has me excited about the series again.
For those who haven’t read the comics before, do go pick up Volume 1 and give it a read. It’s better than the TV show, honest. Here’s some more (spoiler free) thoughts on The Walking Dead.
Y The Last Man, Vol 4, Safeword
Liam introduced me to this comic, and I wasn’t initially sure I was going to like it, but it’s definitely growing on me! Its basically about the aftermath of a mysterious plague that kills all of the men on earth, except one (and his monkey…not a euphemism).
Yorick, our last man on earth is trying to reach his girlfriend on the other side of the world, but the women he encounters on the way are determined that he is a vital puzzle piece in discovering the cause of the plague.
Deadpool, Vol 1, The Complete Collection
With the release of the Deadpool movie early next year, I felt I needed to brush up on my knowledge of the “Merc with a mouth”. Essentially, for those who don’t know, Deadpool is a bit of an anti-hero in that he’s a mercenary often hired by key players in the Marvel Universe to kill for money.
He’s by far the funniest character I’ve come across, and the comics are very self-referential and entertaining. The artwork in this collection is great, and the Complete Collection serves as a pretty good introduction to the character.
If you’re a fan of superhero comics but fancy something different to the norm, definitely check out this book.
Daredevil, Standalone issue, The Man Without Fear
I picked this up at the Bournemouth Film & Comic Con, and shared some brief thoughts on it in this video. This stand alone graphic novel shares the origin story of Daredevil, without dwelling in it too much, and also goes into his friendship with Foggy, a fellow lawyer he meets at college, as well as his romantic relationship with Electra.
It’s a great read for anyone who has seen the Netflix series, or anyone looking to find out more about the character.
Do you read comics? If so, what are your current recommendations? If not – why the hell not? Seriously go check some of these out!