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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Random Thought Generator Episode 1, Comic Book Influences

This is cool. It’s the debut of Therefore I Geek’s bi-weekly podcast. I just listened, and I thought they did a fine job. Jeremy will have a post about comics here tomorrow, and we’re hoping have a big discussion about feminism here on Friday. If you’re interested in that, see my last post.

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In the inaugrual episode of Random Thought Generator, Therefore I Geek’s Andrew and Tracy (that’s us!) discuss those comic books and strips that have influenced them. Starting from our earliest memories and moving on to more recent discoveries, we cover a wide variety of titles.

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Calvin and Hobbes

Zits

Dagwood

Garfield

Pearls Before Swine

Far Side

Tin Tin

Asterix

Amazing Spider-Man

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

X-Men

Cable

Star Wars: Clone Wars

Watchmen

V For Vendetta

Atomic Robo

Saga

Transmetropolitan

Preacher

Pax Romana

Ready Player One

Amazing X-Men

Serenity

Lock & Key

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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.