Mav (chrismaverick) wrote,

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On modern comics...

Action Comics #1
Art by Joe Shuster.
So before I get into this, you ever notice that on the cover of Action Comics #1, the people are actually running from Superman? I mean, Superman is basically trashing some poor guys car. For no good reason. There's no sueprvillain. He's not catching it. Superman just decided to pick up some dude's ride and ram it into the pavement. Note the look of terror on the guy's face in the foreground. So that's the answer, you see. Infinite Crisis isn't blazing any new ground. Golden Age Superman was always evil, dammit!

So anyway, I was reading the news this morning and I came across an article about historic comics. I think they made some really good points. Reading through it brought to mind my Canonical List of Comics from three years ago. So I went back and reread the list. Three years later, and I'm still pretty happy with the choices, and even my omissions. Its funny, but three years later, and I find it even easier justify the omission of Sandman. I almost wish I had left out Preacher and gone with Animal Man. But at the time I was really trying to find as many good non-superhero books as possible. Anyway, anyone who wasn't around at the time, or anyone who was and feels like revisiting it, I'd love to hear what you think about it now.

Anyway, to do something a little different, I wanted to make a new list approaching it a little different. So I'm going to try and come up with 10 comics I think you should be reading now. This is going to be a little different than the old list. As opposed to canonical significance, I'm aiming for more of "what Mav thinks are fun reads." Things that are being published today, so unfortunately, I for once can't recommend Watchmen. That said, you should really go read it anyway. So in no particular order:

  • Runaways
  • Birds of Prey
  • Thunderbolts
  • Ultimate Spider-Man
  • The Ultimates
  • Infinite Crisis
  • New X-men: Academy X

Wow... I can't even get to ten. That really was my intent. I wanted more DC comics. In fact I really wanted to recommend Teen Titans, but in the last 3 issues, we've had two stories with art by Rob Liefeld, that pretty much rendered them unreadable, and the last one was an Infinite Crisis tie-in that not only was hard to read, but it had Jason Todd in it, who's return I totally oppose. I also wanted to put in a good non-standard superhero kinda book. But I can't think of any that have been really good must reads lately. The closest is Runaways, which isn't really a superhero book, even though its a Marvel book.

So anyway, I guess what I'm saying is, give me recommendations for the final 3.

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