As we are now half way through the year, some people might be looking for some new comics to add to their pull list. They want a new place to easily jump on and get invested in some great stories. Some of these are limited series or just started, but they are some of the best content created this year.
1. East of West
Everything lately has been about the destroyed future that we’ll never see. The apocalypse, while a great setting for most literature and visual work, is often the same tropes of nuclear fallout of some type or a zombie virus. East of West by Jonathan Hickman uses the classic idea of the four horsemen of the apocalypse as a back drop to this sci-fi western set in a dystopian America where all hope for the future rests in the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse…who just happen to be trying to kill the President of the United States . Beautiful art by Nick Dragotta combines to give the reader a huge world with history in just one issue.
2. Ten Grand
A few issues in Ten Grand and it could feel like a sleeper hit. I picked up the first issue on a whim and was delightfully surprised. J Michael Straczynski creates a layered world that proposes a symbiotic relationship between the human world and the spiritual worlds of heaven and hell. In the center of is a man forced to work till his debt is paid. The comic hits a fine line between a detective noir series and a horror based comic in the vein of Locke and Key.
3. The Wake
I am afraid of what is under the ocean, a fear that mostly comes from not knowing what’s down there. The Wake by Scott Snyder is pure excellence. It plays with the idea of being in a familiar element while dealing with unfamiliarity. This doesn’t make sense until you realize Marine Biologist Lee Archer discovers something she’s never seen before. The art by Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus) and colors by Matt Hollingsworth (Moon Knight, Hawkeye) mix to make something gritty yet beautiful at the same time, while the line works add more depth to the undersea mystery.
What if instead of wars, we played sports in order to show our nations strength. Mara, a limited series by Brian Wood for Image comics, uses this idea as a back drop. In this alternate world there are two things organized sport and militarization, both held in the same regard on the world’s stage. Mara is the world’s best volleyball player until she develops super powers on worldwide television. It’s a weird series to be honest; the characters treat Mara as though she is a god before developing powers. The consequences of the change into a real god is some of the most esoteric writing I’ve read since Sandman.
5. Amala’s Blade
Here at Geekenstien we were given a copy of the third issue of Amala’s Blade. I didn’t have the previous issues so I didn’t start until I had all three but I was glad I did. The series is a world that is divided between technology and magi,c but this comic isn’t about the world, it’s about Amala, a master assassin working against both sides of the world. The art is a vast contrast to the content, the beautiful lighter shade by the colorist are combined with brutal gore is a delight for me personally.
Honnorable Mentions : Justice League of America, Secret Avengers, The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Uncanny Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Jupiter’s Legacy