Every week, self-proclaimed comic expert Mandi picks out three new comics that are worth pulling. Last week, she suggested noir dramas and cosmic epics. This week, she’s recommending a different kind of adventure.
When I add a new comic to my pull list, it’s usually because it meets a specific set of criteria. The issue should be a natural jumping-on point, like the start of a new storyline or a #1 issue. The comic should have a strong creative team with an excellent body of work behind them. And something about the premise should grab me, whether it’s the involvement of one of my favorite characters or the inclusion of a gimmick I’m particularly fond of, like time travel.
But some of my favorite all-time favorite comics have failed to check a single box on this list. They’ve been strange tales from writers I’ve never heard of, located smack in the middle of an ongoing storyline. They’ve been weird and sometimes confusing experiences, but they’ve also been awesome.
While I try to keep the comics in this column new-reader friendly, I hope readers will occasionally take a chance on some of my more unusual suggestions. The best comics are worth reading no matter where you start.
Thor #1 and #2
When Marvel announced it was bringing in a new female Thor, no one knew what to expect. While others have wielded Mjölnir, they’ve usually been established characters who had their own names. Thankfully, what they’ve delivered has been spectacular, a comic full of badass feats and beautiful art (courtesy of Russell Dauterman).
If you failed to jump on the Lady Thor train, now’s the perfect time to catch up. Marvel is reprinting the first two issues of the series, and the third issue is still on shelves.
You can grab all three Thor issues on Comixology or at your local comic shop.
Southern Bastards #1
The initial solicits for Southern Bastards were a little on the strange side. Image described the comic as “Dukes of Hazzard meets the Coen Brothers… on meth” while cracking jokes about big sticks and football. But this description fails to play up the things that truly make the series truly special, like the complex character work, detailed art, and the feeling of despair that permeates the comic.
If you passed on Southern Bastards the first time around, now’s the chance to give it a second try. Image is reprinting the first issue at the bargain price of just one dollar. It’s a price even a bastard could love.
You can grab Southern Bastards #1 on TFAW or at your local comic shop.
Adventure Time #35
For nearly three years, writer Ryan North has been making Adventure Time one of the best comics on the stands. Every issue is full of wacky jokes and witty dialogue, and it never fails to deliver on the adventure front.
But now, the Eisner-winning North is leaving the comic behind. If you have even a passing interest in the Adventure Time franchise, this is an issue worth picking up. The standalone story looks to be hilarious and heartwarming, and I’m sure it’ll be a beautiful ending to a fantastic run.
You can grab Adventure Time #35 at TFAW or from your local comic shop.