Why You Care: The best pure action comic on the shelves has been mixing some horror elements into its narrative with great success, the sort of thing that leaks from the Valiant to Book of Death. The issue promises a deeper look at the voices haunting Bloodshot and driving the action, both who and what they are. Given how good this book is, we can only imagine how cool that reveal is going to be.
Why You Care: A girl who didn’t kill her sister but took the fall and the guilt for it being sentenced to military service, only to learn that the military is up to no good for the profit of a very few, continues. Also, her politically powerful father is trying to being her home from the revolution she is not a figurehead of, and a bountey hunter has been called in. Weird and excellent.
Why You Care: Because there is nothing else like this comic, and never has been in the history of comics. Runaways and worse are kidnapped and brought to a school for assassins, and the faculty are up to something as our main character continues to self-destruct in the wake of his not-girlfriend’s secret murder. There’s a bleak honesty to this comic, a tightrope terror that is utterly unique.
Why You Care: You read our article on Hacktivist, right, and why you should be reading it? And you read our article on X-O Manowar? Imagine combining the themes of those two books and you have Imperium, a series about a man trying to move the whole of the world from scarcity economics to a Utopia and the powers that would do anything to stop him, including unleashing an enemy beyond comprehension.
Why You Care: If you missed Luther Strode, go read those comics. Then come here and grab this, which is the next tale from the fertile mind that wrote that. Basically, an experiment robs a man of the ability to sleep and forces him into a waking dream state, which allows him to see the underlying patterns of the world around him… including a serial killer that no one believes exists, but now knows that he’s out there…
Why You Care: The editorial staff at Marvel has spent the better part of the past decade assassinating the character of Spider-Man in an effort to do what this comic is already doing. The magic of this title is incredible and perfect, a tale of a young girl coming of age, with respect to the dignity of the character and the world she lives in. And this issue marks the first time that our teen hero teams up with her super-idol. There are few comics better than this one.
Why You Care: Because some of the mystery that hangs over this book is coming to light. More than a dozen serial killers have all emerged from a single town, and the one FBI profiler who noticed this has had things go horribly wrong for him. Everyone else following in his footsteps has had similar problems all tied to an ancient temple under a lake – a temple we now know is a fake. What the hell is going on? No idea, but the premise and characters are impossibly cool.
Why You Care: Do you watch Nerdcouver? You should. In one of their reviews, they talked about how this book is about a man drifting through his own consciousness and possibly dealing with post traumatic stress disorder. That alone would make this book worth looking into, but the creative team that handles this book is incredibly talented, and is crafting some of our other favorites (Rat Queens, for a start). Worth tracking down.
Why You Care: A murderer in a society where the whole of the populace lives in a large spire is causing a bit of a ruckus, and the cop that’s been assigned to search for the killer is a one-of-a-kind mutant with connections to the noble house, connections that are not especially pleased with her. Crime and politics mingle with imaginative art that makes the whole more than the sum of its parts. If you’re looking to branch out a bit, this is worth your time.
Why You Care: Kieron Gillan is writing and he’s one of those writers who, when you find out he’s written something, you should try to track down a copy. Kieron’s work is the sort of thing you study, and his art team handles the expressions and concepts of his worlds perfectly. In this case, gods incarnate every ninety years or so and then die after two, a cycle that keeps the world existing. This comic is Eisner Nominated. It must be read.
Why You Care: The United States conquers Canada using the same justification that use when invading anywhere else – a pack of lies that hide the fact that they’re after resources of political advantage. Only, this is the future instead of the modern day Middle-East. Hey, remember when America was the good guys? Do you think in another generation or so anyone will? Anyways, giant mechs and plucky freedom fighters equals a sci-fi version of USNA, and that’s not a bad thing.
Why You Care: A whole high school gets warped to an alien dimension with kids and faculty inside. They’ve since met other peoples from other times, and are trying to make a life for themselves in a world they barely understand and tied to a some fairly serious intrigue. There’s a war brewing and there’s monstrosities coming, and it’s hard to say which will be worse. This comic is excellent.
Why You Care: Ever been offered something amazing you didn’t want, or been denied something that you are perfectly suited for? This comic is about both things at once, and how that lack can be a powerful foundation for a friendship – especially when there’s aliens involved. This is one of the most human books on this list, a weird tale about humanity and coming of age and the strangeness of expectation. Absolutely fantastic.