This year, I’ve been getting more into graphic novels and comics, and the more I explore, the more awesome new things I discover. There are so many series I want to read, so today, I thought I’d share the ones I want to start soon. Note: this doesn’t include the comic series I’m already currently reading. But in case you’re wondering, the three I’ve already started and love are Sandman, Saga, and I Hate Fairyland. Highly recommend both of them! Also doesn’t include graphic novels I want to read, like The Sculptor. (Maybe I’ll do a separate graphic novels post.) By the way, the way I differentiate between comics and graphic novels is that comics are serialized (i.e. they have a lot of different issues, released every few months or so) and graphic novels are kind of a one and done sort of thing, more of a contained story. Anyway, here are the comics I’d like to start reading soon:
- Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiehe and Roc Unchurch. I actually already bought Volume One of this series, and it looks AMAZING. I haven’t quite been in the mood to read it, but I will definitely be picking it up soon!
- Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma, and Robert Wilson. The title drew me in, but the synopsis landed this one on my TBR. It sounds awesome and feminist and I want to read it now!
- Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooke Allen, and Maarta Laiho. Every time I look into comics, I hear about this one. I’m not that into superhero comics, and this one looks perfectly quirky – totally up my alley!
- The Wicked and the Divine by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Mat Wilson, and Clayton Cowles. It’s gotten mixed reviews, but I still really want to check it out because I can’t not read a comic book where Greek gods are pop stars.
- The Outside Circle by Patti Laboucane-Benson and Kelly Mellings. This one came to my attention recently, when I was looking for some good books written by Native American authors. Not only is Laboucane-Benson Native American with a PhD in Human Ecology, she’s written a story about Aboriginal characters inspired by her research about incarcerated Aboriginal men. And it’s gotten rave reviews.
- Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez. I’ve been meaning to read a Joe Hill book for years, and I’ve heard amazing things about this series. I actually have the full cast audiobook, and am planning to listen to it alongside the graphic novels (as soon as I get my hands on them).
- Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky. This is about two people who discover that they have the same gift: when they have sex, they stop time. When they get together, they use that ability to do the obvious thing: rob some banks. I’ve heard great things about this series!
- Alex and Ada by Johnathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn. Another series I keep hearing about! I’m honestly still not entirely sure what it’s about, but a lot of people whose taste in books I trust love this, so it made my list.
- Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughn, Pia Guerra, and José Marzán Jr. I love Saga (also by Vaughn), and this one was highly recommended to me by a reader, so I think I ned to check it out soon!
- Deadly Class by Rick Remender, Wesley Craig, and Lee Loughridge. A school of teenage assassins, set in 1987? Um, yes please! Plus, the cover looks super cool. Need to read!
I think that’s it for my list (for now). Have you read any of these comics? What did you think? Are there any favorites I should add to this list? (Also, if you’d like to see my graphic novel list, let me know in the comments!)