Some notable comics from the past year you’d probably enjoy
Autumnal by Daniel Kraus and Chris Shehan: A single mother and her daughter return to her home town after hearing of her mother’s death. They get wrapped up in a generational mystery centered around a local horrific children’s rhyme. One of my favorite horror comics of all time.
Mazebook by Jeff Lemire. A grieving father is not processing the trauma of his daughter’s illness and subsequent passing well. But all hope is not lost. He received a strange phone call from her in the middle of the night and now he is searching the city for the maze she is drawing for him to find her. One of the best colored comics of the year.
Geiger by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. The nuclear apocalypse happened. In a world resembling Mad Max, stories of this wandering glowing man are passed around and he may be the only hope for two children to get their mother free from the local dictator. This was the first series in a planned superhero universe built by Johns covering all of American history and the legendary superheroes that we have never heard of.
Radiant Black by Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa. A struggling writer who has recently returned home under significant financial strain finds a miniature black hole on some train tracks. When he touches it, he becomes a superhero and gets dragged into a massive interstellar conflict. Think if Green Lantern and Power Rangers mixed. Also setting up its own superhero universe for Image.
Mamo by Sas Milledge. My favorite miniseries of the year. A story about a small town plagued by fairy attacks and the reluctant witch who has to return home to save them. It’s got identical vibes to a Studio Ghibli movie and is a total delight.
Scumbag by Rick Remender and a variety of artists. What if the world’s worst person had to save it from utter destruction? Ernie Ray Clementine is a drug addicted ne’er-do-well who is accidentally given a superhero serum. Now he has to help a secret agency save the world from fascists and evil hippies. Really sharp satire and completely hilarious.
What’s the Furthest Place From Here? By Tyler Boss and Matthew Rosenberg. Post apocalyptic series about a bunch of punk teenagers at war against a bunch of other punk teenagers while they are also looking for their missing comrade. Great series that’s a little difficult to describe. You’ve just gotta read it.
Kang the Conqueror by Joe Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, and Carlos Magno. A young Kang explores his history and changes it for forever. This series adds tons of depth into the life of one of my favorite Marvel characters.
Crossover by Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw. What if a massive comic book crossover featuring every character ever written is so massive it bleeds into reality? What would happen to that world? That’s what Crossover explores. With tons of references and cameos and features from some of the best indie comic characters and creators.
Fantastic Four Life Story by Mark Russell and Sean Izaaksi. Set in real time starting in 1961 with the creation of the Fantastic Four, this series explores a new take on Marvel’s First Family if they actually aged as the stories progress. The story is focused on Reed preparing for the oncoming of Galactus.
The Nice House on the Lake by James Tynion IV and Álvaro Martínez Bueno. A group of people all tied together by their friendship with the same person are invited to stay for a week at an extravagant lake house as a celebration of life. Things take a twist when the world ends around them and they’re the only ones that are spared…