Whether you’re looking to branch out, or you’re tired of the titles in your pull list, here are five current comic book titles that all comics fans should be reading right now.
Hawkeye always struck most fans as a guy who couldn’t possibly maintain his own series for more than a few issues. Well, Matt Fraction and David Aja have created one of the most must read books on the shelves.
The genius part of this book is that it’s basically Hawkeye on his days off, trying to be a regular dude, but then as usual trouble hits the fan and he has to string up his bow alongside Hawkeye (2?). Stop complaining about mainstream comics when you have a gem like this coming out every month.
Seriously, the DC relaunch was not all it was cracked up to be. However, Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo is the best DC book out right now (Green Lantern is a somewhat distant second).
What makes this book so damn good? Well, it’s Batman how you like him. It’s Batman on the edge. He has mysteries in front of him, threats on top of him, and he’s worn out, he’s being pushed to his limits, and after a year of story it does not look like it’s going to stop any time soon. Capullo’s art adds tremendously to the dark, dirty, and ominous tone that Snyder sets with his words in boxes.
This book has the weird potential to be another Sandman in the respect that you can hand it to anyone and they will immediately enjoy it AND seek out more comics that they may enjoy. Brian K. Vaughan’s series is a gateway comic book the likes of which we haven’t seen since Preacher or Walking Dead.
I’m not even going to tell you what it’s about because you should go out and pick up that first trade (which has a $9.99 cover price!). Here’s a hint though- it’s in outer space and it rocks.
Daredevil has always been a hard sell for mainstream and non-mainstream fans alike. He’s a character where you suspect every story to be the same on face value. You cannot be further from the truth.
After Bendis and Maleev took DD to amazing heights and emotional lows, after Ed Brubaker continued the trend and added more street, you get a back to basics lighthearted yet serious Daredevil brought to you by Mark Waid and probably the best rogues gallery of artists working in comics today (Paolo Rivera, Marcos Martin, Mike Allred, Chris Samnee) who bring you pure excitement every month.
If you’re a comic fan and don’t know who Rick Remender is then shame on you. This book takes his style of extremely inventive storytelling and applies it to a huge team of heavies including Captain America, Thor, Wolverine, and Havoc. Go read it. Oh, and John Cassaday draws them all purty.
All we are leaving you with is the fact that the team is facing a time displaced Red Skull from WWII who implanted a piece of the late Charles Xavier’s brain into his own, making him a psychic Nazi who wants to eradicate mutant kind. If that’s not a hook on any level then you should go see a doctor. Comics are the fantastic and this one is just that.
Rich Stambolian (@btcrich) can be found in his native habitat of Flushing, Queens. When he’s not in the wild he enjoys a good comic book, a good rasslin’ match, a video game or two, and maybe an ice cold sud.