5 Comics You Should Be Reading Right Now

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by Rich Stambolian on February 26, 2013

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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

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.

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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.

 

Batman

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).

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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.

 

Saga

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.

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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

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.

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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.

 

Uncanny Avengers

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.

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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 writer profileRich 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.

  • http://eclectikrelaxation.com eclectik

    I never gave Hawkeye a shot, Archers dont do it for me HOWEVER the re-reboot of Green Arrow (#17) is pretty good … moving it closer to Arrow

    I tired with Batman, but I never really cared for the Dark Knight when he isnt Michael Keaton or Adam West
    I DO LOVE The Catwoman books … those are outstanding

    Daredevil is one of my favorite characters ever and this is the best he’s ever been in the comics, I agree completely

    Uncanny Avengers annoys me, it has to be more to getting mutant powers outside of grabbing a brain, and since when could he even do that, and no one seems to care lol
    Im a fanboy of most things Avenger so I still read though … mutants on my Avengers annoys me tho

    If I were to recommend an additional 5 I’d say

    Indestructible Hulk
    Justice League
    Catwoman
    Secret Avengers
    JLA

    • http://richstambolian.com Rich

      It’s tough to pick just five. I based this list on books that leave me with that sense of awe that makes me wish I could travel in time 30 days to get the next issue. My honorable mentions are The Walking Dead, Thor: God of Thunder, Batman Inc, Hellboy in Hell, and FF. Image also is killing it with their new books such as Comeback and Clone.
      I will agree that Green Arrow is now in very good hands and I’m hoping that book will shine. Hulk is also a tremendous book with so much potential. As a fan the JLA JL stuff doesn’t do it for me just yet. I am still waiting for the DCU to transform again.

    • http://underscoopfire.com Howie Decker

      I’m with you- Indestructible Hulk is amazing. Justice League is in my top 5 too. I like Snyder’s current run on Batman, and I still love Johns’ Aquaman. I’m about to read that Saga vol 1 tonight.

      I guess I’d round out my top 5 with Locke & Key and American Vampire.

      • Kap-El

        Amen to the Aquaman Suggestion!

  • http://teamhellions.com Kevin Hellions

    I’m loving Superior Spider-Man as well. Everything said I shouldn’t, and yet its gone to the top of my pile. Supurbia is quite good. Wolverine and the X-Men.

  • Kap-El

    Everybody should be reading:

    Archer and Armstrong from Valiant
    Aquaman, Justice League and Earth 2 from DC
    and
    Star Wars at Dark Horse. I cannot Recommend those books enough!

    • http://underscoopfire.com Howie Decker

      YES to the Brian Wood Star Wars book

    • Rich

      Agreed about the Star Wars book.

      • http://underscoopfire.com Howie Decker

        It leaves me wanting more each month, that’s for sure. I never have the patience to trade-wait but this is one book that it seems like would be a great read all at once.

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