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5 comics you really should be reading

One of the five you really should be reading
One of the five you really should be reading
Image Comics

A majority of new comic readers were probably introduced or decided to jump into the world of graphic novels through either the big two publishers and their superheroes or through AMC’s “The Walking Dead” television show. Unfortunately for them, the world is full of comics even better than those!

Well if you're one of those folks, then you’re in luck because you have just stumbled upon a list of 5 remarkably entertaining and on the rise comic books. We’ll be avoiding the obvious choices of books that the world already knows are awesome such as “Saga,” “Locke & Key,” “Revival,” and “Sixth Gun” to instead focus on comics you may have overlooked. With that introduction out of the way, here are 5 comics you really should be reading!

Peter Panzerfaust
Peter Panzerfaust Image

Peter Panzerfaust

Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Artist/Covers: Tyler Jenkins.

What it’s about:

What would it be like to have Peter Pan exist in Nazi Germany? That’s exactly what Peter Panzerfaust brings to the table. You have never seen your favorite characters from J.M Barrie’s classic novel including the Lost Boys, Wendy and Hook like this before. This mega-hit from Image has garnered plenty of attention from Hollywood with a motion comic featuring the voice of Elijah Wood and a television show on the BBC in development.

Why you should be reading it:

“Peter Panzerfaust” is riveting, mysterious and charming. Set in a “How I Met Your Mother” type format where readers are listening to adventures from the past, slowly learning the fate of the narrator who was one of the Lost Boys, “Peter Panzerfaust” consistently entertains and keeps you coming back issue after issue. If you haven’t heard of this comic yet (which is surprisingly a lot of people), you’ll be hearing about it very soon as it makes its transition over to other media.

The Bunker
The Bunker Oni Press

The Bunker

Publisher: Oni Press
Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov
Artist: Joe Infurnari

What it’s about:

Part mystery, part horror, “The Bunker” tells the story of a group of children who discover a hidden buried bunker while digging for a time capsule. The friends discover that the bunker contains secret sets of instructions from the future…written by none other than themselves.

Why you should be reading it:

Originally only for digital release, “The Bunker” had finally made its print debut in late 2013 courtesy of publisher Oni Press. If you enjoy the television show “Lost”, or twist films by M. Night Shyamalan, “The Bunker” will blow your mind away. It is creatively mysterious and horribly frightening at the same time. Because the comic was originally digital only, it has not generated the buzz it properly deserves. But good stories end up finding ways to their viewers one way or another.

Alex + Ada
Alex + Ada Image Comics

Alex + Ada

Publisher: Image Comics
Writer/Artist/Creator: Jonathan Luna
Writer/Creator: Sarah Vaughn

What it’s about:

As with most Luna Brother’s comics, expect to see the unexpected. In the near future, androids are a common entity that exists among humans. Resilient to the futuristic technology, Alex never imagined obtaining an android for himself. That is until Ada drops into his life and changes everything. If you’ve seen the Spike Jonze film “Her” you’ll find a similar vibe here with “Alex+Ada.”

Why you should be reading it:

It’s from a Luna Brother. The world had been deprived of a Luna Brother piece of work since The Sword ended three years ago. You can’t go wrong giving the series a try based on the prodigal Jonathan Luna’s track record which includes the critically acclaimed “Ultra” and “Girls.”

Sex Criminals
Sex Criminals Image Comics

Sex Criminals

Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Chip Zdarsky

What it’s about:

Sex is supposed to feel pleasurable for both parties involved. But what if it could also be beneficial? Suzie has an amazing special gift that she was unaware anyone else had. When she has sex, time freezes for everyone in the world but her. That is until she has sex with Jon and discovers that he also has the gift. What do two time stopping people do with this sex power? Rob banks and steal money of course!

Why you should be reading it:

The pure absurdity of the premise makes “Sex Criminals” incredibly addictive to read. When you add in the fact that the comic is by an Eisner award-winning writer Matt Fraction (Hawkeye) and an artist who has a virtual friendship with Applebees in Chip Zdarsky, there really is no excuse not to be reading “Sex Criminals.” That is unless you’re under 18 of course.

Skullkickers
Skullkickers Image Comics

Skullkickers

Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Jim Zub
Artist: Edwin Huang and Misty Coats

What it’s about:

What isn’t “The Dark, The All-New, The Uncanny, The Savage or The Mighty Skullkickers” about? “Skullkickers” follows two unlikely warrior partners as they travel across a fantasy world accidentally getting themselves involved with things they don’t want to be involved with. What that means for readers is you’ll come across out of shape werewolves, sexy elves and everything in between in this comical but dead serious comic series.

Why you should be reading it:

“Skullkickers” is witty and doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s a comic for people who enjoy fantasy worlds like “The Lord of the Rings” or “Dungeons and Dragons.” If that doesn’t interest you, just take a look at the cover art for individual issues. Month in and month out, “Skullkickers” never ceases to lure you in at a comic shop with their parody covers and gorgeous art.

There is an abundance of comics in the market that deserve your attention. These are just five of them for you to get started on! Be sure to subscribe as we continue trekking through comics you really should be reading.