Comics to Read While Being Stuck Inside and Depressed During Another Lockdown
If you are locked up and done binge watching the same shows over and over again on T.V. you will probably want to expand that mind and start reading some great comics! Good. Here is a list of some books to start with. They will make you laugh, cry and get pissed off all at the same time.
Writer: John Layman
Artist: Rob Guillory
Chew gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “you are what you eat.” With everything he eats, Detective Tony Chu has a vision, depending on the specific food he is consuming.
While most comics have taken a weirder turn here and there, Chew is definitely one of the weirdest ones of the weirdest – and that is saying something. Chu is a detective in a world where the sale and consumption of poultry is illegal due to a mutated strand of the Bird Flu. However, Tony is also a cibopath, meaning that he can see the memories of all the food he eats.
Due to the unique nature of his abilities, Tony is constantly eating some very weirs and very gross things. However, though the series has a great layer of comedy throughout, it is also a great detective story. With great, lovable characters and a sci-fi element as well, Chew is a surprisingly fantastic series that almost anyone with a strong stomach can enjoy.
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
Saga is definitely the most beloved comic book Image has to offer. The sci-fi fantasy series follows Alana and Mark, two star-crossed lovers from warring lands who fall in love and decided to flee with their newborn daughter, Hazel. The rest of the series follows their travels through space and attempts to evade bounty hunters as they try to find a peaceful place to settle down.
Though certain aspects of the series are very weird, Saga is actually a great, epic story that follows a family caught in a wat between science fiction and fantasy. With classic elements such as forbidden love built on a modern epic adventure, Saga is one series that is an absolute must read from the publisher.
Writers: Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba
Artist: Gabriel Ba
Every chapter in Vertigo’s 10-issue series begins with the retelling of an important event from different points of the of obituary writers Bras de Olivias Dominguez, and each one closes with his sudden death. Then the next issue begins without him even knowing he died previously, and we’re shown the same routing throughout the entire series.
It is strange to say the least. The book is a meditation on life and death, and how at any moment, wether that moment is filled with joy or tragedy, it can all end in a flash. Daytripper examines all that we hold dead, looks at the inevitability od the end and challenges you to live your every day with purpose.
Y: THE LAST THE MAN
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Pia Guerra (for majority)
One of my all time favorite comics to read. Launched in 2002, it is about a man named Yorick, who is the last surviving man after a mysterious plague wipes out the world’s male population. Along with his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick embarks upon a journey to find out the origins of the plague and why he is still alive.
Vaughan allows his characters to grow and become different then when you first met them. Which is a nice change from how you are used to reading comics. This book has humour, massive heartbreak suspense and downright awesomeness. You will not want to put this book down once you start to read it.
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Frank Quietly
An unforgettable story about three innocent pets. A dog, cat and a rabbit who have been converting into military killing machines. With nervous systems amplified to match their terrifying mechanical exoskeletons, the members of Animal Weapon 3 have enough firepower to take out a full battalion. Realizing that they are to be terminated the animals 3 take a desperate run at freedom. Non-stop action and fantastic art make this book with small portions of dialogue a must read, especially if you have pets of your own. Think Homeward Bound meets RoboCop, but you cry at the end!
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Eduardo Risso
Moral dilemma: what if someone gave you a gun, 100 bullets, evidence that everything bad in your life could be laid at a particular person’s feet and the promise that law enforcement would not stop you and there would be no repercussions if you decided to use the items above.
100 issues and that is the main plot point. It is insane.
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Cory Walker, Ryan Otley
Watch the upcoming show….but please read the book before hand!
It is not just another superhero comic. Robert Kirkman takes his dynamite ability to make you fall in love with every character he writes about. The premise: Our main character is the son of the world’s greatest hero, Omni-Man, sent from another planet to save us all. Only, daddy is the fore-runner for an alien invasion! This whole this starts off feeling like a regular super hero book but turns into a dark and twisted tale about betrayal, redemption and sadness… I love this book.
THE WALKING DEAD
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Tony Moore (my boy), Charlie Adlard
If you haven’t heard of The Walking Dead by now you shouldn’t even be on this page really. But glad you are. Start reading it now. It’s not your run of the mill zombie story…the terror in this book is not the zombies… it’s the crazy ass people you meet on the way to surviving the zombies. Give credit where credit is due. Kirkman sucks you into the characters again and you can’t do anything but let hurt you. Start reading it now so you can tell all your friends that told you to watch the show because “it is the best” to straight up go to hell. Read the book tv watchers, grow up!