31 DAYS OF COMICS
31 days of comics is a list all fanboys should answer. Every year it does the rounds on most comic related websites so I don’t feel like I’m plagiarising anyone. Comics is a great community and sharing so here’s me getting in on the act.
I hope my answers will tempt people into trying new reads. Also happy to hear anyone else’s choices. I’m not going to lie I found some of the categories fucking hard! You might think it’s lazy of me to leave some blanks, but I would rather do this than say something I am not 100% behind. Besides if I make this a yearly post you can check back with my progress. On with the list…
- Your Favourite Comic: Weapon X (Frank Tieri, George Jeanty et al). It is one of my solid go to comics. The first time I was collecting multiple titles and most months was looking forward to this more than the Wolverine ongoing.
- A Comic You Recommend To Everybody No Matter What: Sleeper (Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips). Just perfect both story wise and in terms of the writer and artist being in sync. Brubaker and Philips have gone onto bigger and more widely acclaimed projects, but this is still the pick for me.
- Great Adaptation or Remake of Another Work: The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (H.P. Lovecraft, I.N.J Culbard) The novel was my introduction to Lovecraft and only a few months after reading it the graphic novel was announced. If I’m being critical I could say it is too condensed.
- First Comic Series You Seriously Pursued: Wolverine. After the first X-Men film I got into comics. Very sporadic collecting early on. I had like four new issues a year after the film came out and was months before I got any back issues. The issue after Mariko dies was one of my first long box finds.
- A Great Love Story: Spider-Man Blue (Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale). Peter Parker is endlessly linked with Mary Jane. But to the hardcore comic reader the love of his life is and will always be Gwen Stacy. This story is a beautiful telling of their early days together with some stunning visuals. Peter Parker at his most relateable.
- Non Fiction Comic You Recommend To People Who Don’t Read Non Fiction: My Friend Dahmer (Derf). I myself am not really a big non fiction reader. You can enjoy this without having any prior knowledge of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
- Your Comfort Comic: Wolverine #162-166 (Frank Tieri and Sean Chen). This represents everything I want from a Wolverine story. Weapon x ties, colourful villains, shady new characters, Nick Fury and Beast along for the road trip. Also OG Weapon X writer/artist Barry Windsor Smith makes a cameo on art duties.
- A Gorgeous Comic: New Frontier (Darwyn Cooke). Gorgeous in terms of both story and art. Reviewed this back in November and the overall feeling was one of perfection. If I had to pick one moment to sum it up it would be Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris sharing their first kiss.
- A Comic That Totally Blew Your Mind: Batman Year 100 (Paul Pope). A great story all wrapped up in four issues. Batman has been around for so long it is amazing to think Pope tells a story without any of the things you would consider Batman essentials and it delivers.
- The Most Beautiful Scene In Any Comic: Elektra #1 (Michael Del Mundo) I hate talking about art as I can never do it justice. If you have read the comic you know what I’m talking about. A breathtaking double page spread capturing Elektras entire like.
- Old Comic You Love: Giant-Size X-Men #1 (Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum). I’m picking this with years of hindsight in mind. I mean when this was released know one could have predicted the impact on both the X-Men and comics as a whole. Greatness was launched from such a simple story.
- Great Holiday Comic: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5 (Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz and Dan Duncan). Ah Christmas with the Turtles. A great all round issue. We get samurai flashbacks and start of Casey and April. Most pleasing of all is a new spin on why they where the colours they do.
- Great Plot Twist: Secret Warriors (Jonathan Hickman and Stefano Caselli). A series by Marvel that didn’t receive as much attention as it should at the time it was out. The plot twist isn’t anything intellectual. The fact it was so unexpected is what wins it my vote. Plus most of the plot points of the series were revealed in a throw away conversation in an early issue.
- Comic That You Love That You’ll Never Read Again: Locke And Key (Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez). It might seem like a weak reason but hear me out. This is my usual genre I go for but I have read all the series from my local library. I enjoyed it for what it is but would never look to purchase them to re read. Don’t hate me!
- A Comic That Makes You Smile: The Sixth Gun (Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt). Again another local library find. A genre mash up of Western and Horror wasn’t one I knew I wanted. But right from the off this story draws you in. You can’t help smile as the adventure unfolds.
- A Comic That Makes You Cry: This has never happened and I’m not saying that to sound butch. Just watch this space…
- A Comic That Reminds You of Someone: Ultimate Daredevil and Elektra (Greg Rucka and Salvador Larroca). My love of Daredevil coincided with my last school age crush, before I out grew them. Crushes I mean not comics. The tone has a OC boy meets girl vibe to it and mirrored how I was feeling at the time.
- Comic That Deserves A Soundtrack: Picking the composer is the easy part. The harder choice is what comic I’d want him to score. So Ennio Morricone on either Punisher Max or Shang-Chi Master of Kung-Fu.
- Comic That You Quote From: Batman Year One (Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli). I think all I need to say is; “Ladies. Gentlemen. You have eaten well. You’ve eaten Gotham’s wealth. It’s spirit. Your feast is nearly over. From this moment on. None of you are safe.”
- A Comic With Witty Dialogue: All New Wolverine (Tom Taylor). My book of the 2016 and its breakout star Gabby make this an enjoyable read. Carefree, sarcastic and with a sense of humour all in the face of danger.
- A Comic You Used To Love But Now Dislike: You know what? This hasn’t happened yet. The opposite has happened a few times. I suppose being a Wolverine completest has come with plenty of ups and downs. If I was to be ultra critical I would say Wolverine Origins did live up to my expectations.
- Comic That Makes You Wanna Have Sloppy Makeouts With Someone: There is no one issue but the strong passionate love between Daredevil and Elektra just strikes a chord with me.
- First Comic You Ever Brought: Wolverine #157-160 The first four comics I ever picked up when visiting a Forbidden Planet after seeing the X-Men movie. Had no idea about continuity but from then on I was in.
- A Comic That Made You Laugh: I don’t read comics looking for laughs. Yes that makes me sound miserable but it’s true. Judge away. Of course there have been moments when reading comics I have laughed but I’m there for other things.
- A Comic From A Favourite Creator: Born Again (Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli). This is Miller taking himself and Daredevil to their respective pinnacles. It raised the overall appeal of the DD mythos. Equal parts gloomy and violent. Born Again defined Dardevil for years to come. Despite everything thrown at him the hero rises. It’s what comics were invented for.
- A Guilty Pleasure Comic: Alpha Flight (John Byrne, Bill Mantlo et al.). I don’t think this qualifies as a guilty pleasure because it is so much better than people realise. Especially Byrne’s first 28 issues. Some of the covers in this run are Byrne at his best. Look them up they will entice you in.
- Comic You’ve Read The Most Times: A toss up between some previous answers on here. Wolverine #162-166, Weapon X and Born Again would all be well up there if someone was counting.
- Comic For Kids: Batman/TMNT Adventures (Matthew K. Manning and Sean Parsons). My parents were always pretty easy going when it came to guidance ratings so I might not be a great judge here. But if I can share two giants from my childhood the world is in a good place. I mean Batman The Animated Series should be passed down by law.
- Comic That Changed The Way You See The World: It is my mission to discover the answer to this in 2017.
- A Truly Smart Comic: Watchmen (Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons). Theres a reason this made the list of 100 Best Novels. Described as when comics grew up. If your a comics fan reading Watchmen is the natural progression from your monthly titles.
- A Comic You’d Hate To Leave Off a List of Comics: Southern Bastards (Jason Aaron and Jason Latour). In my first blog for LOB I picked 5 comics I’m wasn’t reading. Since then out of the five I was most drawn to Southern Bastards. Followed Aaron since he worked on Wolverine. Picked up the first trade at a con this summer and fell in love. Which is a strange word to use in the world portrayed in the series.
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