Summer Reading Recommendations – Independent Comics

Last week I did a reading list of recommended comics from Marvel comics. We’ve had a couple of other reading recommendations lists as well. This week I’d like to focus on independent comics, to recommend some more great reads for your summer!

When I say “independent comics,” I pretty much mean “not Marvel or DC.” There are a lot of other publishers, although some of the big small ones are Image, IDW, and Dark Horse. You can find most all of the publishers on ComiXology – which is why it’s distressing that they have been changing hands and changing how they do business. They were an amazing portal for finding, buying and reading independent comics.

Meaning, most everything I have to recommend are things I found through ComiXology. Or had recommended by others. However, I could see these being more likely to show up places like your local library, in trade paperbacks or as graphic novels. Or even your local bookstore or comic store!

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Comics News: Daredevil, Batman, Forever People and More!

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by Jeremy DeFatta

Good day, everyone! Today, I have a comics and comics-related news roundup. Much like the last one I put together, this is by no means comprehensive. Rather, I am simply listing and commenting on those things that have stood out to me in my online voyaging in recent weeks. Let’s dive right in.

Marvel

It looks like all of the upcoming Netflix series (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and the Defenders) will be filmed in New York City. Daredevil, the first of the new series, will begin filming this July. Apparently, rumors have surfaced that Michael C. Hall (of Dexter fame) is being sought to portray Matt Murdock/Daredevil. I’m pretty cool with this.

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Review: Leaves on the Wind

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by Jeremy DeFatta

Though I’m a little behind on this one, I wanted to offer up a review of one of my past recommendations. This one is a treat for my fellow Firefly/Serenity fans—Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1. Published by Dark Horse, penned by Zack Whedon, and drawn by Georges Jeanty, this series is meant to (at long last) carry on the story after the end of Serenity.

Picking up roughly eight months after the film, Leaves on the Wind immediately tosses you into a new status quo for the setting and characters—there are murmurings of a new rebellion, and the crew of Serenity are seen as heroes by some and as terrorists by others. Some of what goes on in this issue is expected, especially if you’ve been following the other Serenity comics periodically released by Dark Horse. The previous story that has the most to bear here, however, is the Float Out one-shot tribute to Wash written by Patton Oswalt—if you can find it, buy it and read it.

I don’t want to offer up any spoilers here, but I cannot recommend this book strongly enough. Suffice it to say, the dialogue reads the same as it always sounded in the show, and the characters still feel the same. This is the next best thing to actually having more Firefly showing up on Netflix in the future, and I have to say I am digging it so far. It’s always great to have several of my loves combined, and in this case a comic book version of Serenity is a sweet treat.

Go out and look into this series at your local comic shops. You will not regret it. Trust me, and then tweet me @quaintjeremy. Let me know your thoughts below.

image © Dark Horse Comics. Original art by Don Dos Santos. via The Nerdist.

5 Classic Marvel runs since 2000

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By Jeremy DeFatta

(These are in No Particular Order)

Daredevil – Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev, and various other artists

I have to say, I love it when the perfect character, writer, and penciler are united on a title. A great example of that is the Bendis/Maleev run on Daredevil. Say what you will about Bendis’s recent work; this may have actually been his prime. This also has some wonderful thematic crossovers with the other titles he was working on for Marvel at the time, namely New Avengers, Alias, and The Pulse. If you’re a big Matt Murdock fan like me, this is a must-read period in the character’s history. While I love Waid and Samnee’s current run on the character, this is a much darker and grittier version of Daredevil whose darkness and grittiness won’t make you roll your eyes in disgust.

Astonishing X-Men – Joss Whedon and John Cassaday

Not long after the idiotic cancellation of Firefly but years before Marvel entrusted the fate of their entire Cinematic Universe to him, Whedon had a roughly four year run on an X-Men title. I have to say, if you haven’t read it, you should. It is a work of genius with great character moments, the usual smattering of witty Whedon dialog, and great casting choices. With a team including Cyclops, Wolverine, Beast, Emma Frost, Kitty Pride, and Colossus, how can you go wrong? This is definitely worth a read and will make you wonder what else Whedon could do with the characters Marvel no longer has movie rights to.

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