What comics would I like if I liked x, y, & z?
December 13, 2019 11:38 AM   Subscribe

I would like yall to recommend some comics to buy for my human. Recent favorites include: Paper Girls, Saga, Monstress & Rat Queens. Loves Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. More mainstream stuff: likes Garth Ennis and Deadpool. Requirements include: first volume is available and affordable. I don't wanna spend $80 and three days tracking down an issue, nor do I want to buy the HARDCOVER COMPENDIUM of something new they don't care for. Other requirements/info below.

Epic > twee
Preferably something with at least a few issues out so far: I'd like for them to be able to buy volume 2 if they love volume 1 right off the bat.
Available on amazon is a major plus.
Ideas so far: Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E., and The Incal (if I didn't have to buy the whole goshdarn book).
posted by Grandysaur to Media & Arts (25 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: I liked Saga, and got the same joy from The Wicked and the Divine.
posted by tinymegalo at 12:05 PM on December 13, 2019 [3 favorites]

P.S. Does your local public library have hoopla? For what it's worth, I was able to read a bunch of these comics for free via the hoopla app + my library card. That might help you expand beyond whats affordable on Amazon.
posted by tinymegalo at 12:08 PM on December 13, 2019

Best answer: Locke and Key is a delight. Kids fight chthonic evil in the small town of Lovecraft, MA. Beautiful art, an engaging, high-stakes story, and memorable characters. It's complete at 6 volumes, and I think it hits some of the same notes as Paper Girls and Saga.
posted by toastedcheese at 12:17 PM on December 13, 2019 [2 favorites]

Best answer: +1 for Locke and Key. Sandman is a classic for a reason. Ex Machina is a pretty interesting series.
posted by Ragged Richard at 12:29 PM on December 13, 2019

Best answer: Planetary.
posted by SPrintF at 12:45 PM on December 13, 2019 [1 favorite]

posted by enfa at 12:47 PM on December 13, 2019

The Unwritten is a fourth wall smashing Harry Potter and keeps it together pretty well to the conclusion (but skip volume 9 which is a forgettable crossover with Fables).
Incal is worth it.
Chew is a bit graphic and gross, but it gets better every single issue all the way to the conclusion. One of the best epic conspiracy stories I've read.
posted by mattamatic at 12:51 PM on December 13, 2019

Bitch Planet (2 books) and Abbott (1 book).
posted by source.decay at 1:10 PM on December 13, 2019 [2 favorites]

Promethea is my second favorite after Sandman. The first book is ok, but subsequent books are some of the best storytelling I've ever seen in graphic form.

Maybe Lumberjanes?
posted by ananci at 2:23 PM on December 13, 2019

East of West is what I always recommend because it is great.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 2:31 PM on December 13, 2019

Best answer: BITCH PLANET and also maybe Pretty Deadly (Pretty Deadly is weird though).
Also try Wicked & Divine, Die, and maybe Once and Future (still in its early stages)
Coda might also work for you.
posted by dinty_moore at 2:43 PM on December 13, 2019 [1 favorite]

Best answer: The first issue of BITCH PLANET is actually available for free if you want to take a look at it and decide if it's your thing.
posted by dinty_moore at 2:45 PM on December 13, 2019

Nextwave is a great choice. I'd check out Velvet, which is a fun, finished spy series by Brubaker (three volumes) or 100 Bullets (more gritty noir series, also finished). Also check out Crowded, which has one volume out so far, with volume 2 coming out next summer.
posted by tautological at 4:09 PM on December 13, 2019

Best answer: Definitely Bitch Planet! Nextwave is a lot of fun, and in a similar vein, Top Ten. You might like Sex Criminals but it took me a minute to get into.
posted by babelfish at 5:01 PM on December 13, 2019

Oh, and maybe Y: The Last Man!
posted by babelfish at 5:02 PM on December 13, 2019

Best answer: I like most of the things that your person likes, and I enthusiastically second The Wicked & the Divine and Planetary. Nextwave is fun, too.
I'd also add:
Hawkeye by Matt Fraction & David Aja (et.al.)
The Immortal Iron Fist by Matt Fraction & David Aja (et.al.)
Vision by Tom King & Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Mister Miracle by Tom King & Mitch Gerads
East of West by Jonathan Hickman & Nick Dragotta
Southern Bastards by Jason Aaron & Jason Latour
Irredeemable by Mark Waid & Peter Krause
The Authority by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch

These should all be on Amazon, but you might see what's available on CheapGraphicNovels.com where you'll get more bang for your buck.
posted by D.Billy at 5:38 PM on December 13, 2019 [1 favorite]

Mister Miracle by Tom King and Mitch Gerads. It was a 12-issue mini-series and was collected in a softcover edition earlier this year. It pretty much won the Eisner for everything and with good reason.

Mockingbird by Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk. Fun series that ended way too early. The creators went on to do Maneaters which just finished up recently.

Current ongoing series I like are Marauders and the new Jimmy Olsen series.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 5:48 PM on December 13, 2019

If you loved Unbeatable Squirrel-Girl, you might also like Unstoppable Wasp or the newest Runaways volume.
posted by roosterboy at 6:05 PM on December 13, 2019

Giant Days by John Allison
"Giant Days is an ongoing comedic comic book written by John Allison, with art by Max Sarin and Lissa Treiman. The series follows three young women – Esther de Groot, Susan Ptolemy and Daisy Wooton – who share a hall of residence at university"
posted by Geameade at 6:17 PM on December 13, 2019 [2 favorites]

Warren Ellis's Transmetropolitan
posted by kokaku at 3:20 AM on December 14, 2019

Also! For a little bit of a Squirrel Girl vibe, try Nimona by Noelle Stevenson.
posted by D.Billy at 3:35 PM on December 14, 2019 [2 favorites]

Lovelace and Babbage (1 book) In which Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage are given the fictional universe they deserve: one in which Babbage's computer was successfully built, and they use it to fight crime.

The Prince And The Dressmaker (1 book) A young Prince hires a gifted dressmaker... but why does a Prince want dresses? You'll find out. The dresses are awesome.

The Nameless City (if they like that one, it's the first of a trilogy) A boy comes from his mother's country to join his soldier father in the city his army is occupying. He strikes up an unlikely friendship with a girl from the city, who has a different perspective on the occupation.

Superhero stuff:

Power Girl: Aliens And Apes
Collects the second half of the Palmiotti/Gray/Conner run of Power Girl. Available second hand from Amazon for pretty reasonable prices. Amanda Conner's art is just glorious, and the stories are fast-moving and fun. Highlight is the issue where Power Girl meets Vartox, a super-macho space dude who's basically Sean Connery's character from Zardoz. If they like that, the first part is also great.

I was going to recommend the John Rogers run on Blue Beetle from 2008, which was just so full of joy! But it's out of print. If a library has it, or comixology or whatever app people use these days, it's absolutely worth tracking down books 1-4. (Shellshocked, Road Trip, Reach For The Stars, and Endgame.)

Journey Into Mystery, Kieron Gillen: the comic that gave us Kid Loki and Leah, handmaiden of Hela. Start here. Available on Kindle/Comixology or secondhand in paper.

Recently I've been enjoying Die, by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans. It's dark, but fascinating and beautifully done. A group of middle-aged people are trapped in an RPG scenario they played when they were sixteen, forced to confront everything their teenage geek selves thought was cool. First collection out now, second one out in February.
posted by Pallas Athena at 5:55 PM on December 14, 2019 [2 favorites]

Came here to recommend Die, Pallas Athena beat me to it. Darn goddess of wisdom.
posted by Hogshead at 2:21 PM on December 15, 2019 [1 favorite]

Dang, I just keep thinking of stuff!
Check out Paul Pope's Battling Boy, and its prequels The Rise of Aurora West & The Fall of the House of West.
posted by D.Billy at 1:06 PM on December 16, 2019

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