So I figured I might start sharing some of my picks for favorite comic series I’m reading right now. I’ll probably update this every month or so. I’d love to hear yours too!
Right now, I’ll share 10-6, and tomorrow I’ll share 5-1. So stay tuned!
10. Captain America
I know Nick Spencer’s Captain America (both in Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers) has courted a lot of controversy, but man is he telling good Cap stories. I’ve been following Spencer since he launched Morning Glories, and he knows how to tell a twisty-turny sci-fi mystery. That’s exactly what his ongoing Captain America saga is, and it includes some great off-beat humor (such as Sam being transformed into a werewolf for an entire arc). I have faith in the story Spencer is telling, and can’t wait to see where this saga is going, especially now that it’s been told across two titles.
9. Green Arrow
Ben Percy has actually been writing Green Arrow for almost a year, and was one of only a few writers to stay aboard their title in Rebirth. You wouldn’t know it from the single Rebirth issue that’s been published. Percy gives us a great soft reboot of Ollie Queen, and although her name isn’t in the title, he makes it clear that Black Canary is just as much a star as Green Arrow is. It’s only been a single issue, but it’s enough to skyrocket to title to the top of my pile.
I am not a big Batman fan. My DC reading has always leaned towards the Superman family and the Flash. I’ve always preferred Nightwing and Robin over Batman himself. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, however, have produced one of the best superhero comics in ages here, and from the Rebirth issue, it’s clear that the title is in great hands thanks to Tom King. The only reason the title has dropped this low is because the creative team is new, and it’s in a bit of a wait and see mode.
7. Manifest Destiny
I’m a sucker for the weird west. I’m from the heart of the Rocky Mountains, and many classic westerns were essentially filmed in my backyard (okay, a couple hours south, but still). So mix a John Wayne movie with epic fantasy, and I’m in. Manifest Destiny is definitely a weird western, and by using the Lewis & Clark expedition as the story’s characters, Chris Dingess actually creates the FIRST weird western.
As Lewis and Clark travel slowly westward, exploring the Louisiana Purchase, they encounter the untamed west, and contrary to what we thought we knew, it’s full of terrifying monsters- buffalo centaurs, plant zombies, giant carnivorous amphibians, and much more. And it’s great. The fourth arc JUST kicked off, and the series is actually tackling with’s first existing monster- SASQUATCH. It’s only 19 issues (or three collections plus a single issue) long so far, so it’s not hard to catch up.
In Nailbiter, Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson tackle one of the universe’s greatest mysteries- the nature of evil. From Comixology- “Where do serial killers come from?” and why has Buckaroo, Oregon given birth to sixteen of the most vile serial killers in the world? NSA Agent Nicholas Finch needs to solve that mystery in order to save his friend, and he’ll have to team up with the infamous Edward “Nailbiter” Warren to do it.
Nailbiter is a great mystery, thriller, and even includes hints of the supernatural as the series goes on. It’s also genuinely scary, which doesn’t happen very often in comics.
Entries 5-1 tomorrow!