snickfic: (Marko plot)
Several people have made noises to me recently about being curious about comics but unsure where to start, and I realized I had never addressed precisely that question before. Here, then, is a list of suggestions as made by someone who's very enthused about comics but only been actively reading them for eight months.

These are all fairly recent comics, some of them still ongoing, which I personally have read and enjoyed and think would be approachable to someone with very little knowledge of comics continuity, either because they're standalone titles (the Image stuff) or because the writers kept away from the continuity tangles of the larger universe inhabited by the characters (the Marvel stuff). I also stuck to stuff that's available in trades, so that you have a hope of acquiring them through your local library. However, they are all also available via Comixology, the one-stop shop for digital comics by the big publishers.

onto the recommendations! )
snickfic: (Sam face)
(That's through issue #18 #19, FYI.) I plan to reread them all later, but for now I have one really big thought.

REALLY BIG THOUGHT )
snickfic: (Cordelia excited)
Morning Glories is THE BEST THING. It is super-sinister boarding school horror with teenage power fantasies! There's an institutional aspect that kinda reminds me of the best parts of Cabin in the Woods (although whether we are much fussed about the ongoing existence of the planet is as yet unclear). There is teamwork and terrifying faculty and lots of WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON, which I'm totally cool with, because I loved Lost right up until the point when I lost faith that it knew what was going on. But Nick Spencer, I assume, knows better than to raise all these questions without having answers to them.

Really, though, you had me at "sinister boarding school." I love boarding school stories of all kinds. You'd have had to work really hard to lose me after that. You would, for example, have needed much less attractive art than Joe Eisma is providing. It's all so horrifyingly cheerful and well-lit, and, oh hey! I also love claustrophobic horror like this that depends on something other than brute ugliness for its effect. Basically, if Locke & Key and Morning Glories represent two ends of some horror spectrum, I am Team Morning Glories all the way.

So yeah. I am loving this so far.

(Heads up that I'm going to be a delicate flower about spoilers for this one. I don't want to know if you think it gets better or worse later on, or whether we get new characters or we don't get new characters or whether the characters we have change your opinion as they go on.)

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