Happy new comic book day, folks.
As I’ve mentioned before, I recently put an end to my self imposed comics hiatus and got back in the habit of pulling a few titles each month. Since I really enjoyed sharing my all-time favorites earlier this summer, I thought I’d do it again with some of my current favorites.
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When your large comic book collection takes up half of the shelving in your apartment and your right calf is covered in a Wonder Woman tattoo, you spend a lot of time talking about comic books. “What’s your favorite comic?” is kind of the de facto follow-up to both observations.
Over the years, a few dozen people have told me that they’ve always wanted to get into comics but never knew where to start. It’s an overwhelming industry, to say the least, and I often find myself recommending the same books over and over. So much so that I purchased duplicate copies of my top five so I can lend them out to friends in my own version of a Seth Cohen starter pack.
The fact that they’re all personal favorites means you won’t have to look closely to find commonalities. (Awesome lady do gooders, for example.) But once you get past the surface stuff, they don’t have much in common when it comes to the stories, artwork, and writing styles. There’s a little something for everyone.
This means that when a friend returns the set and tells me what they did/didn’t like, I get a pretty good feel for their taste and can make more tailored recommendations. It’s my comic book version of a personality test.
For those of you who don’t know, I’m a pretty big comic book fan.
At the height of my obsession, I was regularly pulling 10-15 titles a month, attending a few cons a year, and writing a comics-related thesis. But comic books are an expensive and occasionally stressful hobby so, after watching DC obliterate my favorite characters, I more or less gave up on mainstream comics and walked away.
I’ve paired down my collection to the 300 or so titles I can’t give up. I see midnight screenings of movie adaptions, get into heated discussions with strangers at parties and people who notice my Wonder Woman tattoo on the train. Occasionally, I hear about an exceptionally good arc and pick it up in paperback.
Ms. Marvel is the first series in a long time that I planned to buy in issue form. (It sounded awesome and I wanted to support what is clearly a diversity test from Marvel.) Only, my usual spots were sold out and I didn’t want to trek to another shop in gross weather for one comic. I begrudgingly signed up for a Comixology account and resigned myself to buying a digital copy.