I have been reading almost nothing but comics this semester. I tried reading the novel Cloud Atlas, but I really couldn’t get too far into it without getting bored. Perhaps I’ll give it another chance when I’m more focused on a long-term novel.
Comics-wise, I have really been into Brian K. Vaughan’s series Ex Machina. It’s a crazy political story about a retired superhero who enters American politics after he stops the second WTC tower from being destroyed on 9/11. It’s an incredibly emotional story that examines how Americans view politicians.
Jason Aaron’s Scalped is another series I’ve been trying to finish. It’s a gritty, dark and super realistic crime series that takes place on a Lakota reservation. It’s been compared to HBO’s The Wire by pretty much every critic ever, so I’d suggest reading it if you’re into that. The third volume brought me to tears in a pizza restaurant.
I just built a literature unit for an 11th grade English class around Watchmen, so I’ve been reading that in a brand new way. I’ve also just finished the last of the Before Watchmen miniseries, which I quite liked.
My good friend, Joel, just introduced me to Jonathan Hickman & Nick Pitarra’s Manhattan Projects, and it’s got to be one of the coolest sci-fi series I’ve ever read. Any description I type here will do it no justice, so I’ll just use the descriptor the book gives itself: “Science. Bad.”
My monthly comics pull list looks like this:
Batman & Robin
Batman: The Dark Knight
East of West
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Justice League of America
Thor: God of Thunder
Green Lantern Corps.
Red Hood & the Outlaws
And I’m sure a bunch that I’m forgetting. But I pick up comics weekly, so some portion of that is what I read each Wednesday.
For today, I’ll be starting Locke & Key by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez. My ex-girlfriend Amy speaks very highly of this series, and she and I usually have similar tastes in literature, so I’m sure I’ll like it.
On deck, I have Tom Strong by Alan Moore & Chris Sprouse, Wolverine: The Origin by Paul Jenkins & Joe Quesada, The Losers by Andy Diggle & Jock, Wanted by Mark Millar & JG Jones, and I’m planning to read Mark Waid & Lenil Yu’s Superman: Birthright in anticipation for the Man of Steel film in June.
I hope this answers the question…sorry for typing out a giant novel! If you know me (and I’m sure you do to some degree), you’ll know that I love talking about comics. So thanks for letting me gush a bit about what I’ve been enjoying lately. I’m going to start reading that Locke & Key book now.