Comic Book Favorites #1
Today I wanted to do something quite a bit different than normal. I know this is a beauty blog (mostly), but I'm actually a huge nerd at heart. I work in IT, I play video games, I read a lot- not only novels, but also comic books. So today I'm starting off a new series where I share with you my favorite comic books and why I love them so much.
1. First up is the new 52 Batman series. Between the writing of Scott Snyder and the art of Greg Capullo, this is one of the most interesting series of all the new 52 publications. If you thought you weren't a fan of Batman, this series might convince you otherwise. Scott Snyder has crafted the story in a way that you learn so much more about who Bruce Wayne is, while still allowing your preconceived notions to shape his context. Everyone knows who Batman is, but Snyder brings forth this brilliant and dark side of Batman that no one knows. Greg Capullo's art is an amazing compliment to the world that Snyder has created. He manages to enhance the story and make it even more creepy that how it's written. Capullo's Court of Owls and Joker are some of the most amazing and creepy villians in any comic book story line. This is definitely worth a read, or heck just flip through it if you appreciate amazing art.
2. East of West is new series (started March 2013) that is a science fiction Western, set in a dystopian version of the United States, focused around the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Yea, so if that doesn't have you interested right away, I don't know what would. Death is by far the most interesting of the 4 to me. He reminds me of Clint Eastwood and he's on a rampage, looking for vengeance. I'm not up to date on all the issues, but I'm so interested to see where this storyline goes. East of West is written by Jonathan Hickman and the art is by Nick Dragotta.
3. Grim Leaper, written by Kurtis J Wiebe with art by Aluisio Santos was, I guess, a mini-series. I thought there was going to be more to this series, but there hasn't been anything new since August 2012. This is best described as a twisted, disturbing and violent love story. The main character, Lou is cursed to die horrible deaths and come back to life as a completely different person each time he dies. One day he meets Ella, which is doomed to the same fate. Each time they die, they end up finding each other in new bodies. It's a disturbing story, but fun and oh-so-sweet.
4. With classic comic book art and witty writing, this stand-alone featuring Hawkeye is so much fun. This is the story of Hawkeye (Hawkguy, hehe) while he's off-duty from Avenger'ing. You don't need to know the story of the Avengers to enjoy this comic. One of my favorite things about this comic is Kate Bishop. She's a such a strong female character and ends up saving Hawkeye more often than not. You should definitely check this out, bro.
5. I saved my favorite for last and that is Saga, published by Image Comics. This is written by Brian K. Vaughan with art by Fiona Staples, both of which are just absolutely fantastic at what they do. The story is basically adult sci-fi fantasy, and it's ridiculous. In any other form this story would be absolutely insane (please don't let this ever become a movie), but as a comic it's perfect. It has love, war, amazing characters, and hilarity. It's one of the best comics out there right now. If you need more reasons to read this, check out this article here- 10 Reasons You Should Be Reading Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga.
Hopefully you all enjoy this type of post. I will definitely have a Halloween version with all comic books from the horror genre. Let me know if you have heard of any of these, or if any of you are closet comic book readers as well. I'd love to know!