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.
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.
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!