June 19, 2008 7

I love what I’m reading

By in Main

I’ve been twittering a lot about reading comics lately and I’ve taken a lot of trips to Land of Cran on BrightKite, and I haven’t really talked much about what I’m reading.

What I’m reading is some really great stuff… the kind of stuff I haven’t read before, because when I was younger I was very into Superman, the X-Men, Shi, and Witchblade, and in May, I wandered into Land of Cran with an enormous amount of new free time and I simply asked the clerk to show me some amazing series. Every single thing he recommended was amazing and I’ve been going back for new volumes ever since.

I’m not going to cover everything I’ve read (a little Barry Wean, Fables, 52 [not good], and the stuff below), but there are two series that really, REALLY stand out. I can’t get enough of these.

The Walking Dead

An amazing monthly black and white that started in 2003. It’s written by Robert Kirkman (amazing) and it tells the story of a group of people who are trying to survive after zombies have mostly taken over. It didn’t sound like my kind of thing, but I was hooked from issue one and it is really well written and really well illustrated. I find myself sad at the end of each issue and I’m quickly approaching the end of the volumes that have been published so far, so I’m going to be really sad when I have no more to read. Currently on Volume 6.

Y: The Last Man

This is a series about a huge moment where everything on the entire planet with a Y chromosome dies simultaneously, with the exception of a man named Yorick and his monkey. Totally amazing story, very apocalyptic like the Walking Dead series, and I’m also very sad when I get to the end of one of these volumes. The questions that are raised… about what would happen to our government, our military, our culture, our transportation… it’s all just really fascinating, and scary in a lot of ways. The snarky last living man is alternating between doing a lot of joke-making and growing up as he’s beginning to realize how important his survival is to the survival of the human race. Currently on Volume 3.

If you’re a comic book fan (maybe I’m the only one, I don’t know), what are you reading these days? If you’re just an avid reader, what are YOU reading right now? I picked up some Robin McKinley last night that I’m really excited to revisit when I’m ready to take a break from my comic book phase.

Tell me what you’re reading! I’m so excited to be reading again!

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  • http://www.geekforcefive.com ChrisClark

    I haven’t read The Walking Dead, but I’ve read all of Y: The Last Man, and boy are you in for a treat. I haven’t read a better comic book series in years. Preacher was the last one that I enjoyed that much.

    As for what I’m reading now, I still read Amazing Spider-Man, Fables (another great Vertigo series to pick up in trade paperback), Uncanny X-Men, and a few others.

  • http://masthead.blogspot.com Magazine Man

    I love new comic Wednesdays.

    Never read Walking Dead, but I liked Kirkman’s brief Antman series, so I may give it a try. Was into Y for a while, but just lost interest.

    These days, my comics tastes are pretty mainstream: Batman (well, I’ve been reading him since I was 6, but Grant Morrison is writing him now and it’s just wicked), Spidey, the X books, etc. Just picked up Wolverine #66, Mark Millar’s take on a future Wolverine in a world where the bad guys have taken over. I don’t always like Millar’s stuff, but this is interesting. It has a quality. Am also enjoying his current run on Fantastic Four. Gail Simone’s run on Wonder Woman is also pretty good.

    If you’re buying trades and never read it when it was a monthly, pick up Starman. It’s more than a super-hero comic; it’s about family and tradition and is packed with wicked sly humor. Plus, you will fall in love with the setting, Opal City.

    Okay, shutting up now, or I’ll never stop. Enjoy–mm

  • http://brandice.net Brandice

    I have the first volume of Preacher to read also, and I’m reading Fables as well. I was reading Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men but there hasn’t been a new volume in a while, so I’m on hold with that. You should definitely check out Walking Dead. :) It’s great stuff… I’m all caught up through volume 7 as of today. (Darn!) :)

  • http://brandice.net Brandice

    I may have to check out the Antman series since I’ve enjoyed the Walking Dead series so much.

    I’ve never read Batman (always been a huge Superman fan in the superhero comic dept.), but I may check it out if the recent issues have been really good. I’m also very intrigued by Wonder Woman and had been wondering if it was any good these days… I haven’t read it since John Byrne was writing it (he used to be my favorite writer… loved the work he did with Superman in the 90′s).

    I will definitely check out Starman, because I’m almost cashed out on the trades I’m reading (just finished all available Walking Dead and I’m nearing the end of Y as well). Going to start reading the first Preacher trade as well, since I hear it’s pretty good.

    It’s great get a comment from you! I’m totally geeked out, since I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and you’re an amazing writer. Comic book tips from Magazine Man = a highlight for today. :)

  • http://www.geekforcefive.com ChrisClark

    I forgot all about Astonishing X-Men! I read that, too. And the latest trade paperback volume of that just came out yesterday. That’s volume 4, I think.

  • http://felicitea.com Summer

    I’m reading a couple different things – I’m not a monogamist reader at all.

    Pitch like a girl by Ronna Lichtenberg – a “business” book, but a wonderful one written in an amusing and enlightening way. I’d recommend it for any woman, not just one in business.

    The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet – it’s interesting and DENSE but good.

    I recently reread Gene Wolfe’s Book of the New Sun series. I love Wolfe’s work, it’s fantastic, and if you want real scifi with rich characters that’s the place to go. I once thought it was “slow” but this time it was a delightful ready all five book through.

    I’m going back and finishing up rereading Katherine Kerr’s Deverry Series. They are favorite books.

    I found a beautiful series of comics that I REALLY want to read, but I can’t remember the title off hand. I’m going to check it out this week – I’ll let you know what it’s called.

  • marianas

    I read and absolutely adored Y: The Last Man. It’s rather brilliant.

    I’m reading all the Jossverse comics (Buffy Season Eight, Angel After the Fall, Serenity Better Days) mostly out of obligation.

    I have a soft spot for the Hellboy comics, particularly volume 3 with the short stories. Normally I’m all for story arcs, but the Hellboy comics just seem to work better as shorts.

    I bought Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comics but haven’t yet gotten around to starting them. I’ve heard great things about them, and it’s Neil Gaiman.

    Walking Dead hadn’t been on my radar before, but I’ll have to check it out now, along with others listed in comments.

    I LOVE Robin McKinley. I think I own every single book she’s written and I love them all, particularly The Blue Sword, the first part of Sunshine, and Dragonhaven.