The trend of comics can never go down. Comics represent a conceptual strategy that can embrace all kinds of artwork into its method. Here are 10 awesome collections of comics from classic superheroes to thriller-action theme based comics that you must read…
1. Daredevil: Born Again
In the early 1980s, Daredevil was on life support. Slumping sales and a general indifference towards the character almost caused Marvel to write him off completely. Enter artist Frank Miller, who was promoted to Daredevil’s primary writer and turned the title into one of the decade’s best superhero reads. Miller’s Daredevil is a full-on Greek tragedy packed with explosions and spandex. Simply put, it’s Marvel’s greatest solo superhero story.
2.The Last Man
One of the most successful books to come out of Vertigo in its post-Sandman days was Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s Y: The Last Man. Launched in 2002, it’s about a man named Yorick Brown, who is the last surviving man after a mysterious plague wipes out the world’s male population. Along with his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick embarks upon a journey to find out the origins of the plague and why he’s still alive. Humor, heartbreak, and suspense are all present in Yorick’s attempts to find out more about this plague and be reunited with his girlfriend, Beth. And it’s because of Vaughan’s vision and meticulous planning that this title came off as one complete story, as opposed to just a series of arcs without any real direction.
Fables, a series deals with various characters from folklore and fairy tale who have been forced from their homeland and formed a community in New York City known as Fabletown.
The book’s conceit has the Jews drew as mice, the Nazis as cats, Americans as Beagles and so on – but it’s the human stories that come unflinchingly through that give this work its power, both in the tragedies and trauma of mankind’s darkest hour and in the smaller tribulations of a survivor’s later life. A Pulitzer Prize winner, this deserves a place on the shelf of anyone with literary pretensions.
5. X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills
image source: Here
This book is the perfect marriage of social commentary and superhero action, and it’s still the highpoint of Claremont’s legendary X-Men run.
The story centers on a reverend named William Stryker who attempts to start a holy war against the entire mutant race, no matter how much blood he gets on his hands.
6. V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta took an unflinching look at the dangers of an all-powerful government and the lone hero out to end its domination. At the center of it all was the faceless V, a hero known for wearing his now-iconic Guy Fawkes mask. V is an intellectual read with dense literary allusions and social commentary. The book is about plot and character, and it’s paced more like a novel than a movie.
image source: Here
The book is a meditation on life and death, and how at any moment, whether that moment is filled with joy or tragedy, it can all end in a flash. Daytripper examines all that we hold dear, looks at the inevitability of the end and challenges us to live with purpose every day. With moments of sheer bliss and portions that will break your heart, Daytripper will challenge every emotion you ever thought a comic book could elicit. It is impossible to ignore its absolute brilliance.
8. Ghost World
image source: Here
So we’ve talked about superhero comics, crime, noir, fantasy, satire and the rest, but there is a whole world of comics out there that deal with normal people leading normal lives. Ghost World tells the story of two girls who have just graduated from high school and are trying to figure out their next move: Enid, snarky and sometimes brooding, and Rebecca, her gentler foil. The humor’s often biting and even cynical, but Clowes has a warmth towards the characters that’s always there underneath.
It is the most profane and violent series going in a world full of profane and violent comics. Preacher chronicles the story of Jesse Custer, a preacher in a small Texas town who is possessed by a supernatural creature. Genesis, the creature who possesses him, is the product of an angel and a demon and contains both pure goodness and pure evil and has the power that rivals God.
Hellboy’s origin story contains, in a nutshell, everything that’s great about Mike Mignola’s loveable demon. It’s funny, it’s got violence, it’s filled with weird monsters and heroes who are almost as weird, and while it has hints of darkness and complexity it’s also, I know, fun – a quality sometimes underestimated in modern comics.