My gosh, I could talk and talk and talk about comics forever. It’s so hard to pick just one favourite comic book series or book, and that’s why I’m picking threeto nerd out about!
1.) Phonogram Rue Brittania & The Singles Club by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie
Kiero Gillen is one of comic’s golden boys right now thanks to titles like The Wicked & The Divine (which is somewhat inspired by Phonogram) and it’s not hard to see why. His writing is slick and cool, and deals with mystical and magical topics with ease. He’s worked on comics for Marvel (Invincible Iron Man and Young Avengers) but it’s his independent work which I love the best. What I love about both volumes of Phonogram is that they’re completely unlike everything I’ve ever read. It blends music with magic, and that’s just about the coolest thing I could think of! The series is incredibly well-written by Gillen and the artwork by McKelvie is absolutely stunning. The two are on the same wavelength for Phonogram, and it really, really shows. Rue Brittania follows the story of phonomancer David Kohl as he deals with aspects of the goddess of Brittania, and Singles Club follows the story of several phonomancers, varying in skill level, as they all attend the same club night. I couldn’t possibly decide on a favourite as I love them both so much. They’re incredibly cool comics with an absolutely corking soundtrack. Pull Shapes, anyone?
2.) Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky
Sex Criminals is hands down, one of the funniest and sexiest comics on the market today. Writer Matt Fraction & artist Chip Zdarsky absolutely nail (pun intended!) the intricacies and hilarity of sex and relationships, whilst setting it to a background of super-powers and whether or not they should be used. The first four issues of Sex Criminals deal with the back story of our two heroes Suzie and Jon, as well as their blooming relationship. It’s so honest and funny you can’t help but fall in love with the series. While Sex Criminals is not for everyone, it’s a hilarious, charming and damn sexy read.
3.) Rat Queens by Kurtis J Wiebe, Roc Upchurch & Stjepan Šejić
Rat Queens, the most badass girl gang this side of Palisade. Rat Queens is an ongoing fantasy series from Image and is probably one of the funniest comics you’ll ever read. It’s not for the faint of heart; with a ton of bad language and violence, but hey- it’s the Rat Queens. Disagree with them and they’ll kick your ass, if they’re not getting hammered first.
These books all inspire me as the female characters in them are strong as hell and absolutely do not back down from any challenge. They have their own, fully fleshed out back stories, and they’re respectully written and drawn.
What are your favourite comic series?
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