I can’t claim to be long-time comic book/graphic novel/whatever you want to call them fan. I definitely bought a bunch of comic books when I was growing up but the only ones I really remember were the handful of Simpsons ones I picked up. My best friend and his brother were huge Milk and Cheese fans (check that ridiculousness out here) which I absolutely remember as a thing but honestly couldn’t tell you a single thing about. That period of my life is full of sports and other stuff.
In the last few years, though, like a lot of people I have really started diving deep in to different titles and figuring out what exactly it is that I like about comics. At first I was nervous and unsure where to start. Everything looked like one big pile of books. Now I realize how different things can be but it was tough to navigate at first.
Things I’ve Learned:
- Superheroes really aren’t my thing. The movies are cool and The Flash is one of my favorite TV shows but the books are kind of boring to me. There, I said it.
- Marvel is better than DC in my eyes, but they are both below other publishers on my list of favorite companies.
- I don’t think I’ll ever really know exactly what ‘type’ of comics I like. And coming from someone who likes to be able to know specifics about things, this kind of bothers me. But I’m coping.
That being said, I have read two books this year that I think everyone should check out. “Rust: A Visitor In The Field” and “The Nameless City” are have both really hooked me for some reason. I can’t describe exactly why but I just couldn’t put either of them down.
Both are hardcover books that felt good when I picked them up. Maybe my design background liked that? Both of them had great artwork and fun stories that have a bit of mystery to them. Maybe it’s neither of these things but these are really great books.
I read both books in a single sitting which, even for a book that’s mostly pictures, is not something I tend to do. Neither of them are superhero books. Neither of them are even that Earth-shattering from a story standpoint.
Like I said, I can’t really explain why it is that these two graphic novels stuck out to me but they did. I have read a fair amount of books this year, both traditional books and comics, but these two are the only ones that really stick out to me.Bo