10 great recent comics you should read
Morning Glories (2010)
A high school tale that manages to be original is rare. One that does it with brilliant but troubled youths in a sinister and deadly boarding school they can’t escape deserves its own pedestal. Don’t believe us? The 10,000 people that bought copies of Morning Glories in its first month on sale seem to.
Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft have created a truly spine-chilling comic. By using layered dialogue and dark, ominous imagery, Severed manages to scare without using the obvious tools of gore, violence, or shock that most of the horror film genre now leeches on. Set in the 1930s, a sharp-toothed cannibal hunts on the road and, when 12 year-old Jack Garron runs away from home, an inevitable fight to survive ensues.
The Infinite (2011)
How can a badass freedom-fighting soldier from the future make himself even better to take down a world-domination-seeking evil? Go back in time and team up with an earlier, less bitter, version of himself of course. Sounds awesome, right? And since it’s written by Robert Kirkman, of Walking Dead fame, it is.
Mark Millar, creator of Kick-Ass, has made a superhero from a disabled boy who is given great powers apparently to do great good. Only when it turns out the giver is a demon trying to buy his soul does the ethical philosophy of this top superhero reimaging start to take precedence. Brilliantly drawn, perfectly written, and it all flows with great force. Plus it’s even been bought for a film adaptation – we can’t wait.
Action Comics: Superman (2011)
As part of DC’s New 52 run, The Invisibles creator Grant Morrison has started re-telling the tale of Superman – but this younger version of the Man of Steel isn’t quite so tough. Getting shot by bullets leaves him bruised, while he can only leap tall buildings and run a wee bit faster than a speeding train. Yes, it’s essentially taking Superman back to the pre-war Action Comics version of the character. But as the run continues his strength grows and so too does the threat posed by his foes. So far it’s near flawless and well worth collecting if you aren’t already.