It's summer. The school is outside, work has (hopefully) slowed down and even on the weekends you can not hang out on the beach all day. If you're like many other comic book fans, the Comic-Con of San Diego comes first, and you may end up with a new tablet () or an excuse to check out a stack of paperbacks for the trade.
To guide you through the endless selection of comics available through physical copies, digital versions and subscription services, this list ranges from superheroes to old classics and fresh series that may have flown under yours Radar
So sit back, watch comic-con news (yes, there are still some comics) and enjoy these fantastic comics.
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in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – why not go back and read the comic that inspired it? Just imagine: Thano's motivation in the original story is a bit … different. Like the narrative-intensive storytelling that Starlin applies throughout the series. It was the standard of its time, but could be an interesting surprise for readers accustomed to the deconstructed storytelling of modern superhero series.
Buy Infinity Gauntlet
Today's Gene Yang is known for He wrote the excellent New Super-Man (which unfortunately ended with issue 18), directed the story of the series Avatar: The Last Airbender and served as National Ambassador for Youth Literature in 2016. But if you only read one of Yang's books, read American Born Chinese. It's a great story and a candid, insightful look at the Asian-American experience.
Buy American-Born Chinese
Avatar: The Last Airbender
If you talk about it, check out the avatar: The Last Airbender Comics. With the demise of the Legendary Nickelodeon TV series, there are even more adventures to come, especially if the fans miss the show after the sequel to The Legend of Korra is complete.
Buy Avatar: The Last Airbender
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
Yes, it's more of a comic strip than a comic book, but admit it – you can not say the biggest newspaper strip ever written has been. Whether it's a present for yourself or a present for a younger relative, the timelessness of Bill Watterson's masterpiece makes it an ideal comic for fans of all ages.
Buy The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
The Walking Dead
Still watches AMC's adaptation of The Walking Dead? Turn it off and go back to the source. Robert Kirkman's original zombie epic series envisioned the zombie apocalypse in a whole new way – endless. Unlike most tales of the undead, Kirkman's characters had to live with the consequences of the outbreak in the long run – leading them to realize that zombies were not the most frightening threat they would face.
Buy The Walking Dead Omnibus
The Walking Dead could be Robert Kirkman's most famous work, but for superhero fans there is a better option. Imagine that the DC and Marvel universes had never bounced back and restarted, instead allowing time to move forward, while at the same time enjoying a brutality that would definitely put future problems out of the hands of younger readers. This is Invincible – and now, with the release of the 144 series, you can finally immerse yourself and follow the story from start to finish.
Buy The Invincible Compendium Vol. One
The Adventure Zone: Here's Where Gerblins Are
If you have ever spent a summer with Dungeons and Dragons, you know that tabletop games are a wonderfully funny, adventurous, and fun connection to be with your friends. But you also know that you have to fold character sheets and calculating THACO is a lot of work. Skip the job and read the adventure of the McElroy brothers instead: The comical adaptation of the first arc of the popular Adventure Zone podcast debuts on Tuesday.
Buy the Adventure Zone: Here are Gerblins
Godzilla: War of the Half Century
The author and artist James Stokoe has made a name for himself with his meticulous storytelling and absurdly detailed panels. Seriously, just look at a few of the artworks for Godzilla in Hell. And while Stokoe's recent acquisition of the Aliens franchise has been warmly welcomed, the Godzilla: Half-Century War series remains the best place to summarize decades of Gozilla stories by focusing on those left behind by the radioactive dinosaur Destruction
Buy Godzilla: Halftime War
Want an epic adventure in a Tolkien-like world filled with kings, dragons, monsters and war? How about a trio of funny-looking cartoon people in a semi-realistic world? While lengthy, interrelated storytelling is the latest craze, you should make Bone available to find a sharp balance between fantastic accessibility and complexity.
Buy Bone: The Complete Epic
A boy finds a mysterious notebook that gives him the power to kill anyone whose name and face he knows – and the story just gets darker from there. Pretend that the last Netflix adaptation never happens and read the original manga.
Buy Death Note: All-in-One Edition
My Hero Academia
The most refreshing interpretation of superhero tropics comes not from DC or Marvel, but from the mind of Kouhei Horikoshi and the Japanese manga base Shonen Jump. While the solid anime adaptation of My Hero Academia is available on numerous streaming platforms, it still plays with the story of the manga. Or you can read the first 30 chapters of the manga for free through the US distributor VIZ Media by the end of July.
Buy My Hero Academia Vol. One
The chilling adventures of Sabrina
No, here's neither Melissa Joan Heart nor an amusing snarky-talking cat. The Chilling Adventures by Sabrina presents itself as a horror series, and it's more than delivering on that promise. Think of the witch's line rather than the evil witch of the West. In addition, Sabrina will soon give her Neflix debut:
Buy the Chilling Adventures by Sabrina
You thought this list could exist without mentioning Watchmen? It was a turning point for the comics industry, both the mainstream perception of what comics could be, and how writers and artists sharpened their craft. And if you have not been able to make a copy for so long, there's no better time to familiarize yourself with Alan Moore's masterpiece.
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