Superheroes and comics go hand in hand, but all too often fans do not look past the top tier Marvel or DC books to find the true gems of modern comics. As the Examiner's resident Superhero Examiner, this writer cannot let that continue. Here is a list of some of the best superhero books you are not reading right now, culled from the regular releases of Marvel, DC, Image and independent publishers.
Some of these titles may be in danger of cancellation, some may even be cancelled already. But the majority of these titles will remain either available to reorder from a local comic shop or in collected editions from various providers.
Here are the five books out there waiting for readers to give them a chance. Enjoy the list and remember to support great books wherever you find them.
All New Ghost Rider
Marvel's current version of Ghost Rider creates an all new iteration of the character, a Los Angeles car enthusiast named Robbie Reyes. With great writing by Felipe Smith and art by Tradd Moore and Damion Scott, All New Ghost Rider looks like nothing else coming from Marvel and DC. Rumors currently put this book up for cancellation at issue twelve, but with the first trade hitting stores it could get a second life from strong sales now.
Big Dog Ink is a small press with big dreams. Their premiere title is Critter, the story of a telekinetic heroine in a cat costume. It sounds a bit silly, but the creators have developed a full-fledged superhero universe to support her. In doing so, they have created a character far deeper than initial impressions might give. The book is sadly not available digitally, but back issues and collections can be ordered from the publisher.
The current iteration of Valiant Comics' best series has come to an end to be replaced by the Harbinger: Omegas limited series, but Harbinger consistently remained one of the best books month in and month out for over two years. With the entire run soon to be available in collected editions, now is the time to check out the best book from one of the best modern publishers in comics.
Infinity Man & the Forever People
It might be strange to list a title written by the co-publisher of the company on this list, but all indications are that even three issues in, Infinity Man & the Forever People is already in cancellation range. The title takes one of Jack Kirby's oddest groups and updates them in cool and interesting ways with art by Keith Giffen and a range of great artists. DC sometimes gets ridiculed for not offering many fun titles, but this book may be the most fun title they publish. Give it a look.
If the title wasn't enough to clue you in, Joe Casey and Piotr Kowalski's Sex is anything but safe for work. But even NSFW, the title is incredibly compelling even without anyone putting on a costume. The title focuses on a world where the heroes have been forced into retirement by a truce with the city's top crime bosses. Without the conflict in their lives, the pent-up aggression of these characters have to find release in other ways. This series focuses on those ways, and few of them directly fit the title.