Tara’s Top 5 Comics

Top 5 Favorite Comics

I have discovered in recent years that I have a different taste in comics than Steve and Chris (shocking, right?). I gave superheroes a decent go. I read a lot of N52 and Rebirth and there were a few storylines that I picked up and read and enjoyed outside of those that I really enjoyed (Flashpoint was my favorite). I never really got into Marvel (sorry, fans) but I did enjoy some of the cape comics otherwise.

In all fairness, they’re just not my cup of tea. I like fantastic things and I love camp and suspending belief. I just find that superheroes are not what piques my interest. I like heroes, just not SUPERheroes.

So, here are some of my top favorites if you’re looking for something new…

Sunstone
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At this point, Sunstone has run its course, but there is more from the same setting coming! There are 5 volumes. Every volume is worth reading. I picked it up because I enjoy erotic stories. There- I’m out. I’d never read a graphic novel along those lines before though. So when Sunstone was released I was pretty excited. Beyond it being word porn I found it had everything I like in a story and art to go with it.Sunstone

Stjepan Sejic has a wonderful way with words and a fantastic art style that really compliments the story well. Over the five volumes I ran the gambit of emotions and ultimately cried when it was over. He told such a touching story while interjecting humor, personality and humanity. And I think that’s why I enjoyed it so much- his characters were so obviously flawed they felt more relatable, believable.

Jem & The Holograms

I’m an 80’s girl (meaning I was born in the 80’s). I grew up with the likes of She-Ra, My Little Ponies, Pound Puppies, Popples, Smurfs… the list goes on. Barbie was my favorite toy in the world. I had Barbies as far as the eye could see. I had more clothes and accessories than I own in my adult life (largely because my parents paid for all my Barbie’s stuff). From my love of Barbie came my love of Jem.

I’m not going to talk about the movie, except that before I found out what a disappointment it was going to Jem & The Hologramsbe (I have yet to see it), it fanned my excitement for the comics.

Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell (as well as the other amazing artists who have worked on the series) have really brought back to life a staple of my childhood while bringing her into the now. They kept the astonishing colors and most of their personalities but updated her and made her relevant to me as an adult (or as much as an adult as I choose to be). More importantly, they made Jem relevant to an array of body types, colors and sexual identities.

They also tackled the question (spoilers) – “What happens when she tells Rio?”

I Hate Fairyland

So, I was drawn to this for the NSFW title “F**k Fairyland”. The F-bomb will get me every time. Scottie Young has designed this monstrous little girl who is terrorizing Fairyland in an effort to get home to Earth. She’s crass, rude and violent. Gertrude is a character I love to hate. I also sympathize just a little in that if I were trapped in a world of cotton candy clouds and happy go lucky fairy creatures, I might get a little violent as well. It’s really good, bloody fun.

 

 

Monstress

MonstressI read about Monstress in one of the Previews catalogues and was completely taken in by the original world, the story and the art. The art- I could gush about this forever. It’s amazingly detailed and is set in an original world with original characters. Marjorie Liu is telling an amazing story and I’m super excited about where it is going!

 

 

Archie

Archie, like Jem, is something I grew up with. I remember begging my mom on every shopping trip to buy a new Archie book. We read them in the bathroom, in the tub- everywhere. All of our books were well worn.

Afterlife with Archie was pretty exciting- just to see a new Archie in the works, but it didn’t really grab me. I’m not sure I even finished the first volume. I should go back and do that…

Anyway, when the new Archie came out it was pretty exciting. The first issue kept talking about “The Lipstick Incident”- which was sort of terrifying. I wondered where Veronica was and if she had something to do with it (cause let’s face it, Archie was always sort of two-timing them). As it’s gone on I find myself falling in love with the characters all over again. They’re still the same. And there’s a strange comfort to that.

 

I know I completely left out capes, but like I said- they’re not really on top of my reading list anymore. But let me know what you’re reading! I’d love to try some new stuff!!

Honorary Mentions:

I Kill Giants
Have you ever read a book that just tore your heart out? I think this was the first graphic novel to have that effect on me. I don’t want to give it away, but everyone has a different monster and fights those monsters in different ways. It’s a graphic novel you won’t want to miss.

We Stand On Guard
Full transparency- I am a huge fan of Brian K. Vaughn. I feel pretty certain he can do no wrong. He did a great job writing about what would happen if the U.S.A. invaded Canada. The artist on the series is Canadian and Brian’s wife is as well, so I’m sure that helped. The story focuses largely on a group of freedom fighters and as in most wars, it does not end well for some of them. There were even pieces written in French that were not translated. It was well worth the read folks! 6 issues, 1 trade. Can’t really beat that.

Tara Henderson
Geekgirl, roleplayer, larper, n00b cosplayer. Wearing my fangirl loves on my sleeves pretty hard these days.