Comic books have been around for a long time. They’ve actually been around since the 1860s, when comic strips were first published in newspapers.
But comic books are popular now more than ever, with comic book conventions taking place all over the world and comic book characters appearing on TV shows like The Big Bang Theory.
It can be hard to keep up with all of the new comic books that are being released these days. But here are 10 of our favorites that will make you want to start reading comics today!
1) The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
The comic book The Walking Dead is a good comic for people who want to be entertained, but also learn about the world. Robert Kirkman has created a comic that teaches readers about what it means to live in a post apocalyptic world. In this comic, society has been destroyed leaving only scattered survivors from different parts of the United States and even the world. These people have formed into groups and are struggling just to survive each day. It can be scary how easily one’s life can change when there is no government or law enforcement controlling crime which leads to chaos. A key message in this comic is that you should never give up on your friends because they could be some of your last remaining connections with humanity left on earth; it might be the only thing that you have left to hold on to. This comic has been adapted into a popular television show which is now in its eighth season and it has a loyal fan base that continues to grow every year.
2) Saga by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples
Saga by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples is an epic comic book series about a family fighting to find their place in the Universe, and it’s so much more than just another comic book.
Saga tells the story of Alana and Marko, two people who fall in love amidst warring galaxies. They’re trying to raise their daughter Hazel together while they’re on the run from various authorities with nothing but each other for support. The comic tackles themes like war, classism, sexism, parenting as well as mental health issues which are all explored through captivating artwork that will make you want to keep turning pages long after you should have gone bed at night because this comic is addicting! The comic has won many awards including the comic industry’s Eisner Award for best continuing comic series of 2012, 2013 and 2014. It’s currently on issue #36 with no signs of slowing down!
3) Sandman by Neil Gaiman
Sandman is one of the most highly awarded comic series ever. It has won 9 comic industry awards including 3 Eisner Awards, 6 Harvey Awards and a Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story. The series was created by Neil Gaiman (author of American Gods) together with artists Sam Kieth (artist for Batman: Arkham Asylum), Mike Dringenberg (art director on Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice) and Jerry Bingham (penciler on Preacher).
The Sandman comic book series tells the story of Dream, also known as Morpheus or Oneiros, who rules over the world of dreams. Once he was captured in an occult ritual while chasing his own tail until finally being rescued by a group called “The Endless”. Each of the comic books tells a different story and belongs to one of the comic book genres: fantasy, horror, science-fiction or mythology.
4) Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
Watchmen is a comic book that was originally published in 1986 by DC Comics. The comic’s writer, Alan Moore, and artist, Dave Gibbons, wanted to show the comic book as an art form.
It is set in a fictional world where superheroes first emerged in the 1940s and gained huge popularity because of their deeds. In the comic comic book, these superheroes have now become outlaws due to a law that forbids them from wearing masks or going out on crime-fighting patrols.
In 2008, Watchmen was ranked as one of Time’s top ten graphic novels by Lev Grossman. In 2013, Watchmen was declared as the best comic book ever by Time Magazine journalist Matt Haig.
5) Batman: Year One by Frank Miller & David Mazzucchelli
Batman comic books are one of the most iconic comic book series. The best comic book ever made is Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli. Batman: Year One tells a story about Bruce Wayne’s first year as Gotham City’s dark knight vigilante, fighting against crime and corruption in a city to which he has social ties but no legal responsibility. His efforts have been aided by journalist Vicki Vale, who knows his secret identity and thus understands that Bruce Wayne is really the man behind Batman—and she may be starting to care for him more than just as a source for an article or two. In this comic book, we see how our hero learns from various people in order to become what he was meant to be–a hero.
6) Marvels by Kurt Busiek & Alex Ross
Marvels is a comic book series published by Marvel Comics that ran from 1994 to 1996. It was written by Kurt Busiek and illustrated by Alex Ross. The story of Marvels, set primarily in the 1960s, depicts a world where superheroes have been real for decades and an everyday part of life worldwide. This setting has been used elsewhere in comic books such as Kingdom Come or Batman: Year One but with limited scope due to their lack of historical background on the topic. In contrast, Marvels covers many aspects of superhero history from World War II-era heroes into the Superhero Registration Act controversy that divides government and comic book opinion during Civil War event.
7) Preacher Book 1: Gone to Texas
The comic book Preacher is one of the most popular comic books ever created, and has been adapted into a television series on AMC. The comic tells the story of Jesse Custer, a preacher in rural Texas who becomes possessed by an angel called Genesis to fight against God’s absent son. Along with his gun-toting girlfriend Tulip and Irish vampire Cassidy, he explores America while searching for answers from Heaven.
The comic was written by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, both known for their dark sense of humor that gives the comic its gritty feel. The first volume is set in West Texas where Jesse meets his old friend Cassidy who tries to kill him due to being told it would release Cass’ curse; instead they end up fighting off vampires. The comic is currently available to read online for free
. Overall, Preacher Book 1: Gone to Texas is a comic that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat, eagerly waiting what will happen next between its exciting story line and interesting characters.
8) Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman & Andy Kubert
Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert were the perfect comic book collaboration for Marvel 1602.
The comic is set in a world where society has been rebuilt after an apocalyptic event that had the survivors living in fear of powerful beings known as “The Others.” The comic follows two sets of characters: one group from Earth (known as “the new humans”) and another from a parallel universe called Asgard (known as “the old humans”). There are some similarities between these groups, but they also have many differences. One similarity is that each has its own interpretation of what happened to cause this alternate reality.
9) Sandman Overture
Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic series is one of the most critically acclaimed comic book series ever written. It tells the story of Dream, also known as Morpheus and other names, who rules over the world of dreams. The comic ran for 75 issues from January 1989 to March 1996.
In 2013, Vertigo Comics began publishing a prequel comic called Sandman: Overture by writer Neil Gaiman and artist JH Williams III that tells new stories set before the original comic series. The first issue was published on October 30, 2013 with 10 more planned in total for completion in 2014-2015.
The comic so far has been received well by critics and readers alike and many people are curious about it or may have heard about it and not yet read it. If you’re one of these people, comic book lovers, don’t forget to add it to your comic book reading list!
10) Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar & Dave Johnson
Superman: Red Son is a comic book about an alternate reality in which Kal-El’s spaceship lands on Earth outside of the Soviet Union instead of Smallville, Kansas. The comic highlights the ideological differences between American democracy and Soviet communism.
The comic was written by Mark Millar with art by Dave Johnson and published in 2003 under DC Comics’ Wildstorm imprint. It has been reprinted twice, first as part of the trade paperback Superman: Red Son Unbound (2004) and then again for inclusion in Absolute All-Star Superman Volume 2 (2008).
Superman: Red Son won two Eisner Awards at San Diego Comic Con International 2004 for “Best New Series” and “Best Graphic Album – Reprint”. At Wizard World Chicago 2009, it was awarded the comic book “Story of the Year.”