I know this always surprises people. I’m not especially fond of the superhero, the super violent, or the complex, interlocking world types of comics. I like the ones with a really creative story or concept. Some of my favorites …
“It’s like the X-men for cool people.” — Grant Morrison. Written by Gerard Way (of My Chemical Romance), it’s such a unique take on the super hero genre. We’re two volumes in and waiting for the the third, Hotel Oblivion.
Great story that travels between the real world and the book world. Reminds me of Jasper Fford’s Thursday Next books.
I think I’ve sniffled at the end of every issue. The same main character, an obituary writer, dies at the end of each story in some life-affirming way.
Kind of trippy, but really intriguing concept about a being that intervenes in humankind’s worst days to save us from ourselves, by erasing and folding certain days.
Written by Stephen King’s son whose pen name is Joe Hill, its a bit on the bloody side. But it is one of those can’t-wait-to-see-what-happens-next kind of stories. And its clever and has a local flavor.
I just love the character — she’s super snarky and a total rebel.
A post-9/11 story by the creator of my favorite series of all time (and one of the writers of Lost, season 3-5), Brian K. Vaughn. Its smart and has lots of pop culture references for us Gen Xers.
My all time favorite series … could not put it down and ended up reading all 10 volumes in a row. The story follows the last man left alive after every male mammal on Earth simultaneously died. Riveting.