Why You Care: Matt Hawkins is one of those writers that knows how to take a pre-established mythology in new directions that make the whole mythos stronger. His look at the future of Top Cow is sometimes thrilling and oft-times horrifying, taking old concepts in fresh directions in a future far enough away that anything can and does happen. This one shot looks at science as religion, and is drawn by Stjepan Sejic besides. This is a sure fire-must read.
Why You Care: There’s a good chance this is going to become a reality sooner than later. Basically, a virus threatens to wipe out most humans, so consciousness is uploaded onto a series of computers. We get some interesting takes on trade relations, self-destructive politics, and how feigned scarcity economics are. Mature sci-fi at it’s finest, and proof of how effective the medium as a whole can be.
Why You Care: Gods, look at that cover. Just stare at it in awe. We have. That’s lovely. The story is about a sexually transmitted disease that makes you beautiful, physically perfect in every way. People flock to it, not caring about if there is a price or what it might be, but two detectives start looking into the origin of the virus and what being beautiful will cost. It’s an interesting concept, and definitely deserves looking into.
Why You Care: Selina goes looking for Batman. Wouldn’t this be so much cooler if this was still the oDCU, and Selina knew Bruce was the Bat? But, no, we had to reset things for reasons. This comic has been great of late, though, a fact that can be laid at the feet of writer Genevieve Valentine. She’s injected Catwoman into criminal politics in the wake of Bruce’s failings in Batman Eternal, and it’s making for an interesting mix of Catwoman and the Sopranos.
Why You Care: We love this comic. We love this comic a lot. And just in case you missed why, well, here. This is one of the most chilling and complex horror comics ever penned, a thrilling and deceptive masterpiece of narration and artistry. If you like good psychological dread, you need to be reading this comic; it is among the best of its ilk, and more proof of what the medium as a whole is capable of.
Why You Care:This is approaching a middle ground between the parallel darknesses that lay in Hellblazer and Constantine, and has the potential to be stronger for it. John’s discovered that someone is murdering ghosts, and given that most of his friends are dead, well, he’s going to have to do something about it. The art highlights the bizarre world John moves in, balancing it with his blunt (and often drunk) acceptance of that world. Interesting.
Why You Care:This is one of those titles that feels like it influenced the whole of the DCYou as it moved away from the nu52, and that’s the best possible thing. The kids at Gotham Academy live through the weirdness of the city around them, and sometimes have to deal with it – and now, apparently, there’s a werewolf on campus. Maybe he’s there for a teaching position? The headmaster hunts zombies. Everything about this comic is perfect.
Why You Care: If you like myth and myth-building, you must read this. Warren Ellis is doing that thing where he shows us all why he might be the best writer in comics, doing something utterly unexpected that is enchanting and has no clear end goal. The art is perfect for the story, veering between grounded and ethereal, the characters are an unforgettable mix of broken genius and mad promise. We still don’t know what’s going on, really, but every issue offers more clues.
Why You Care: The pretty, pretty art. This comic feels like Midgar from Final Fantasy VII, told from the perspective of a rebel who is not Cloud Strife but whom might find a home among the SOLDIER program anyway. We learn more and more about this strange world and the politics that fuel it, and almost nothing we learn about this place is good. The personal horror lends itself to the themes of sci-fi brilliantly. Worth tracking down.
Why You Care: Because this is the same team that does the Wicked + the Divine, and we will read anything that do. This story focuses on a world where music is literal magic, and a young woman sold half her personality for power. Our story begins with the debt being called, and that can only end in awesome. You know this team; the writing will weave throughout the art and make something that will enchant and haunt in equal measure. It is known.
Why You Care: Lando shows us all how to steal your way upwards. He just robbed the Emperor’s personal art gallery – all of it – and now he’s looking at his next big score. This is insane and brilliant, a heist story set in Star Wars with one of the most charismatic rogues in that whole galaxy, getting by with nothing but swagger and smiles. This is just as good as everything else Marvel has done with the Star Wars line, and that’s saying something.
Why You Care: You shouldn’t. I shouldn’t, either. This is a Secret Wars tie-in, taking 616 Star-Lord and AoA Kitty Pryde and mashing them together to serve this idiot crossover. The trick is, this is being written by Sam Humphries, and there is no man save Chris Pratt who understands Peter Quill better, and he writes a damn fine Kitty Pryde, too. I’ll suffer some of this idiocy for characters I love and writers I respect.
Why You Care: Remember the Teen Titans cartoon? Remember how cool Starfire was there? Remember how, in the nu52, DC Comics told female fans they weren’t welcome with Red Hood and the Outlaws? This is trying to fix the damage that caused by harkening back to the old cartoons. The first issue was cute, the second issue verging on great, and that’s a quality curve that’s worth following. Really beautiful artwork and clever pacing. Check it out.
Why You Care: Cuz she beat Thanos. Duh. Now, Squirrel Girl is faced with her greatest challenge – the Norse Squirrel God of Gossip and Mischief, and you better believe that Loki would like in on that action~! This is a Marvel comic that is so freakin’ epic that it’s managed to avoid the taint of Secret War, while hosting a bunch of different relateable characters and one of Marvel’s A-list heroes. One of the funniest and cleverest comics Marvel has ever published.
Why You Care:Some people sometimes say that superheroes solve all their problems by punching. To a certain degree, this is a true statement, but Valiant likes to take those tropes and do strange and interesting things to them. In this case, they’ve created an enemy that literally cannot be beaten by violence, only philosophy. We also get a look at the history, in-universe, of the new Valiant line, and that’s usually pretty interesting.
Why You Care:You liked Peggy Carter, right? Now imagine if Peggy went off the grid after being accused of treason and went gallivanting around the world, trying to clear her name. Imagine also that some of the people around her were competent at their jobs and understood how dangerous she was. That’s Velvet. Add in some of the most gorgeous art in any modern comic and this should be flying off the shelves. Absolutely brilliant, and a frequent winner of our Top 5 Comics.
Why You Care:Because this is the best of all comics. As proof, Aric of Dacia is the god King of three different peoples, one of whom enslaved the other – and Aric himself – before Aric led a religious revolution and changed the whole of the galaxy. Now, his former masters have been destroyed, and Aric seeks to being what’s left of the Vine empire to Earth to live among his peoples, old and new. Intelligent, savage, and complex, this comic keeps finding new reasons for me to love it. Hop on to the new story arc and find out why.