Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Comics for Readers who would LIKE to try them

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. For today’s theme we had to choose a topic and give ten books for readers who liked that topic (Ten Books For Readers Who Like _________). I’ve decided to put a little spin on this and I’m going with:

Ten comics for readers who would like to try them

I know it’s kind of cheating, but as I did my freebie TTT post on Reasons to Read Comics, I thought I’d actually give you some comics to read! Please note that I have only been reading comics for approximately seven months, so my list is obviously not exhaustive nor am I say I’m an expert comic reader. If you have more suggestions, please feel free to leave them in the comments! I’m always looking for more to read. I’m going to link to some of my reviews, but I kind of cringe at them now – my comics reviews have improved as my reading and understanding of them have grown. These are in the order in which I first read them:

Saga Volume 1Saga – When I first told my branch manager at the library (who is a HUGE comics reader) that I wanted to try comics, he shoved the first trade of Saga at me. The very first line was “Am I shitting?” and I cracked up. Saga is a huge, sweeping fantasy about a war between a planet and its moon and the consequences of two people falling in love when they shouldn’t. But it’s also offensive, hilarious, weird, and super awesome. I know have Saga on my pull list at my comic book shop. [volume 1] I [volume 2] I [volume 3]

The Walking Dead – I love TWD so much that it had its own reason on that TTT post I linked to above. I devoured all 20 (at that time) trades – including buying several that were not in my library’s system because some jerk stole them – and I’m pretty sure it was the first comic I added to my pull list. It’s incredible, you guys. [volume 1] I [volume 2] I [volume 3]

Batman: Arkham Asylum – This is one of those books that as you read it, you feel as if you’re going crazy with the characters. I’m still (six months later) not really sure what I even read, but I love it. It’s also illustrated by the absolutely amazing Dave McKean who creates dark, bizarre, incredible illustrations. My super newbie review is on WPR.

Batman and Robin #39Batman and Robin – Okay, I’m going to attempt to tone down the obsession here because I could go do a whole post about how much I love Damian Wayne, you guys. In case you weren’t aware, that’s Bruce Wayne’s son, and he’s the focus of this Batman and Robin series I’m talking about. He’s such a sassy, stubborn, smug little punk, but he also just wants to live up to his dad and he loves his dog and…ugh. I love him. And not in a weird way. Just in a “I completely love this character and Patrick Gleason draws him SO perfectly” kind of way. He’s such a fun character to read each month.

Bodies – This mini-run from Si Spencer and Vertigo just ended and I’m still a little sad because of that, BUT this series is a whirlwind of craziness, timelines, open-mindedness, and I would highly recommend it. Seriously, the trade comes out soon and you need it. You can read all of my reviews for all eight issues (as well as my interview with Si) on WatchPlayRead.

Chew – So I’ve only read the first ten issues of this one (waiting on my hold to come in!), but it’s so freaking weird but totally awesome, you guys. It’s about a guy who can tell where ANYTHING came from and what happened to it right before it died – so when he eats chicken he can how it died. Doesn’t that sound sucky? Yeah. BUT then he gets recruited to work in this special police department where he takes “samples” of PEOPLE to find out how they died. EW. But it’s so funny and odd too.

Wild’s End – Marketed as a mix of War of the World and A. A. Milne. If that doesn’t sound like something you want to read, just move on to the next one. If you stuck around, WHAT?! Doesn’t that sound amazing?? It was. It was only a six issue mini run but it was full of so much Britishness and I just love it.

Through the Woods coverThrough the Woods – I reviewed this one on the blog. It’s creepy and dark and so so good.

Thor – The new Thor is a freaking woman, ladies and gentlemen (mostly ladies)! If that doesn’t sound appealing to you, boo on you. It’s a really cool story so far and I’m enjoying seeing new Thor and male-Thor who’s no longer worthy of Mjolnir duke it out.

Superior Iron Man – Tony Stark’s mind has been messed with and his already present arrogance and intelligence have been amplified. He believes he needs to make the world a smarter and more beautiful place – by hooking SanFran’s residents on a drug that makes them smarter and prettier. Fun times.

Do you read comics? What other books would you recommend? If you are interested in seeing more comics I’ve read, you can head over to WatchPlayRead to read my reviews

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41 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Comics for Readers who would LIKE to try them

  1. These sound awesome! Thanks so much for the recommendations! 🙂 I want to break into reading comics and your list will help me tremendously, as I know nothing about them! Happy reading!!!!

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  3. I been wanting to read comics again for so long. I use to read them when I was kid and loved them. Now a days, there’s soooo many I don’t even know where to start. I was thinking TWD since I love the show 🙂 Thanks for this amazing list Stefani. xoxo

  4. I recently read Saga Vol 1 and LOOOOVED it!!! I’m doing a course on comics and graphic novels at Uni this semester since I really want to get into reading those. Going to pick up Batman pretty soon. 🙂

      • That’s the plan.. 😉 really need to get my hands on the next volumes because I wanna continuing so bad!!! Gonna have to wait until next month though coz blew all my book buying money this month already… 😭 stupid move on my part! 😒

          • Our library doesn’t have a lot of English books, let alone comics… 😦

            Saga was purely for my personal pleasure coz I heard so many good things about it. 🙂 For the course we’re reading Watchmen, Fun Home, Maus, American Widow, From Hell (which is a 600 page monster! I had no idea graphic novels existed that are that long!!), Southland Tales and Scott Pilgrim Vol. 1. Mostly looking forward to Fun Home and Watchmen! 🙂 have you read any of those?

            • Booooo! Haha.
              I’m sad to say I haven’t read any of those. My branch manager has told me I need to read Watchmen, but I just haven’t had time yet! I will though. There’s several on your list I haven’t even heard of, so I’ll definitely be checking them out!

  5. I have never read a comic. Or even really seen one in person, to be honest! How crazy is that? I have seen them on like, The Big Bang Theory, and that is kind of it! I really should probably at least read one, right? I will put it on my bucket list,and I shall start with Saga. Thanks for sharing these 🙂

    • Wow! Really? Even before I started reading, I’d still seen them out and about and always wanted to try them. I’m glad you’re open minded about them though and do want to try! Hope you get to read Saga soon! 🙂

  6. Oh the idea of a female Thor sounds really cool! My boyfriend reads Batman comics and it always sort of blows my mind that comics featuring the same characters can have different storylines and universes that are so different from each other!

    • It is so hard to keep all of the universes and storylines straight in my head too! It’s also strange to me how some of them can be in the SAME universe, technically – apparently, Batman never sleeps. Haha.

    • Through the Woods is great! It’s also a good starting point for people who want to try comics and graphic novels but don’t want to get into traditional ones. It’s super easy to read and not very long. I’d definitely recommend it!

  7. 🙂 Yes! I do read comics when I have errr comics reading feeling. Out of these I have only read Walking Dead and it’s one of my favorite ones though it’s a bit dark. Hmmm I’d add Sandman also to this list (if it was mine hahahaha) and recommend it to readers who like Neil Gaimans philosophy

    • You know, I thought the same. And at first, it does. You want to look at every little detail and marvel at how pretty it is. But then you just start reading. The words and art become one thing and it’s like you train your eye to read and see it all at once. I don’t know if this makes any sense.

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