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Talking Meme day 12: COMIIIIIIIICS!

For day 12 of the December talking meme megan_moonlight asked for my 10 favourite comic books.

WARNING: Much Geoff Johns lies ahead.

Ahhhhh, this is another hard question! As you can probably guess, I’ve read a LOT of comics over the past few months. As you can also probably guess, I’ve enjoyed the vast majority of them. The original draft of this list came to almost 30 entries, and it was incredibly hard to narrow them down to just ten. Because, I mean, comics! Comics are so good, you guys!

This is basically my way of saying that there are a lot of comics that just missed out on this list, through no real fault of their own. I really have very much enjoyed a lot of what I’ve read, and I’d definitely recommend picking everything on this list up. They really show exactly what I love about comics – how they’re such a fun storytelling medium, and yet can be extremely profound at the same time. It really is rather wonderful to see.

Anyway, without further adieu…

10. Green Lantern (2011-2013)

This is Geoff Johns’ nu52 run on Green Lantern, and still definitely holds a special place in my heart. Maybe it’s because it immediately starts by pretty much ignoring the nu52, maybe it’s because it involves Sinestro and Hal running around in an accidental buddy cop comedy, maybe it’s because of cool space stuff – or all of that combined! I just really love the storytelling in this arc, the twists and the turns and how deeply it goes into Sinestro’s psyche and the way he feels about Hal Jordan.

Just a note, though: I’ve only read up to the point where Johns stopped writing it, and I’m probably unlikely to read further. I’ve heard… Things about this book after that point. Disturbing things.

9. Justice League International (1987-1989)

Oh, man, I really love this comic! I picked it up because I’d cackled over a few pages, specifically the ONE PUNCH one, on the internet and it really did not disappoint. It was just so… Quirky. Quirky and weird and over the top, and so much fun to read. It started off kind of quietly, then built to a level of humour that basically had me cackling at least once a page. It’s not exactly a serious comic, but I think it stands out because of that – I get sick of grimdark things very quickly, and this jived with my sense of humour in an incredibly pleasant way. Definitely recommended, if you want a bit of humour!

8. The Flash: The Return of Barry Allen

Oh, man, THIS STORY. This is basically one from Wally West’s run of the Flash, where Barry Allen mysteriously returns from the dead. I really love it because it characterizes Wally so well, and has so many awesome moments that you can’t help but bounce up and down at all of them. It’s really compelling, really emotional and explains exactly why I love the Flash. Books involving him tend to be both very lighthearted and extremely touching, and this is definitely shown to the best possible advantage here. A slightly traumatic story, done in the best possible way.

7. Batman and Robin (2009-2011)

This one holds a special place in my heart because it was probably the main comic that got me properly interested in comics. This is the run where Dick was Batman and Damian was Robin, and it works incredibly well. The character interactions are amazing, the characters themselves are incredibly well drawn and I actually really like how it’s all written. Grant Morrison’s writing can be a little… Confusing. But it’s definitely excellent here, and works with the characters so well. Dick and Damian’s run is honestly one of the best Batman runs that I’ve read, and if you’re looking for a reason as to why I love Dick Grayson so much this is a good place to start.

6. Grayson (2014-)

Speaking of Dick Grayson…

Grayson was probably the first ongoing comic that I got properly into, and I’m very glad that I did. It’s very lighthearted, but can also be incredibly serious at times. The art is great, the characters (Helena! Tiger! DICK!) are wonderfully written and the plot is actually pretty interesting. It’s nothing that profound, I suppose, but it has a lot of moments that will still catch you right in the emotions. And, despite being a book where nobody wears a mask, I think it gets right to the heart of what makes Dick Grayson so special.

So, uh, yeah – if you want more reasons to fangirl, this is another good place to start!

5. Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps Wars


Ok, so. The entire trilogy of Green Lantern: Reborn, Sinestro Corps Wars and Blackest Night is excellent – but this one probably has the highest amount of punch the air moments for me, so this is the one that goes on the list. It’s just so… Epic. And terrifying, and sad, and really triumphant in the end. Terrible things happen, horrible things that are actually really traumatic, but there’s such a sense of hope that you have to keep reading anyway. It’s not a light book, good GOD is it not a light book, but it has one of the best plots that I’ve ever read, It’s dark, it’s dramatic and it’s incredibly satisfying. And, yeah, I’d definitely recommend it if you have even the slightest interest in Green Lantern.

4. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2015-)

This is probably my favourite comic of the year, and I hope it continues for many years more because ahhhhhh. I was only vaguely familiar with Squirrel Girl before I read this, P had told me about her a few times, but this definitely made me fall in love with her pretty much all the way. It’s just so fun! And bright, and optimistic, and really designed to make you feel good about the world. Doreen is a joy of a character, the world she lives in is absolutely amazing and the whole thing just makes me regularly squish my cheeks in glee. Definitely a feel good comic, and a pretty darn good comic too.

3. Batgirl (2009-2011)

I only started reading this comic about a month ago, and I’m already about twenty issues in. That… Should probably tell you something about how good it is.

But yes! This is Steph Brown’s run of Batgirl, and I love it absolutely. It does a lot of things that other comics on this list do, such as having great characters and being light and dark all at once, and does those things to an absolutely excellent level. Steph is a joy of a character, the writing for her is fantastic and the plots are incredibly well put together. It’s a series entirely about getting knocked down and putting yourself back together, and it’s a series that feels incredibly hopeful and well put together as a result.


2. The Flash: Blitz


I mean, I know I’ve said that a few times on this list but… Oh, this story. Blitz was one of the first Flash stories I read, and is definitely the best. It’s just fantastic on pretty much every single level. The plot is amazing, the art is beautiful and the characters are- OH GOD THE CHARACTERS. This story basically takes your love for Wally West, stamps on it several times, makes you cry and then makes you love it. The whole thing is tragic and beautiful and so sad and SO WONDERFUL. It’s one of the best pieces of literature I’ve ever read, and I’d recommend you show it to anybody who says that comics can’t be a serious art form. One of the best comics I’ve read, ever.

1.Hawkeye (2012-2015)

…Second to this one.

If Batman and Robin was the one that got me interested, Hawkeye was the one that got me HOOKED. It was the first one I read in its entirety, all the issues over the space of a weekend as I recall, and it still remains my favourite today. It’s just pretty much perfect on every single level. The plot is great, the art is beautiful and the CHARACTERS. The characters are absolutely amazing, and so very richly drawn. Clint is a mess of a human being, and yet I love him so much, and Kate is a slightly different mess and they work SO WELL together. The whole thing is perfectly plotted, perfectly drawn and absolutely amazing as a result. If you’re looking for a reason to love comics, I’d definitely recommend picking up this. It’s a rabbit hole that will suck you in, but it’s SO worth it.



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 12th, 2015 06:51 pm (UTC)
I actually haven't read any of the comic series you mentioned, so I'll just write them all down XD
(I plan to check out Hawkeye for so long now, I keep hearing awesome things about it...)
Dec. 14th, 2015 09:32 am (UTC)
I'd definitely recommend all of them! Get Comixology, if you can, it enables far easier getting of comics and frequently has awesome sales on. :D
Dec. 13th, 2015 04:47 am (UTC)
Stephanie Brown's Batgirl series is one of my favorite things ever. :D
Dec. 14th, 2015 09:38 am (UTC)
It's so good, isn't it? I absolutely love Steph, and Babs, and... Everything about it, really. :D
Dec. 14th, 2015 09:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, I've enjoyed Hawkeye tremendously, and yay, so many DC stuff! Thank you so much, I'm taking notes! Batgirl! *_*
Dec. 15th, 2015 10:14 am (UTC)
Hawkeye really is absolutely fantastic. And I've really enjoyed all the Batgirl runs, actually! I didn't have room to mention them on here, but I'd also recommend Batgirl of Burnside and Batgirl (2000-2006). They contain two different Batgirls, Barbara Gordon and Cassandra Cain, but I'm really enjoying both of them!
Dec. 15th, 2015 02:38 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, good to know, thank you! *g*
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