COMIC BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

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Watch my video of this post here: https://youtu.be/tLNHww9wTd8

If you’ve been wanting to get into comic books, or have read/currently read comics but are looking for some new series, this is THE post for you! I’m going to be getting into a few of my favourite comic series and why they are so great!

There are a couple I will mention that I haven’t finished the complete series, this is mostly because comic series’ can get really long and I find it hard to keep up with them and be able to afford to buy all of the issues, so I’ve started to wait a couple months until I can pick them up at comic cons, and by that time they are in the cheaper section of comics at comic cons! (just a lil tip for anyone who doesn’t want to spend the crazy amount of money that comics cost, I bought all the comics i picked up at Toronto comic con this year for $1-$2 each)

Hawkeye (2012) by Matt Fraction and David Aja

This is definitely my favourite comic series of all time. This series has 22 issues and is full of so many great moments. It also has a lot of Kate Bishop in it (one of my all time favourite superheroes), and the way Clint is written is hilarious. There is a lot of comedy, a really cute dog named pizza dog/lucky, and a lot of adventure. Sometimes I’ll just sit down and read through the entire series! I have it in the collected editions, so its 4 books!

Here’s a link to the full books that includes issues 1-22

Synopsis:

Clint Barton, breakout star of a little Marvel movie you might have seen a while back, continues his fight for justice — and good rooftop BBQs! With Young Avenger Kate Bishop by his side, he’s out to get some downtime from being one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes — but when the apartment building he’s moved into, and the neighbors he’s befriended, are threatened by a tracksuit-wearing, dog-abusing gang of Eastern European mobsters who say “bro” an awful lot, Clint must stand up and defend his new adopted family…any way he can. It’s Hawkguy, Kate, Pizza Dog et al. against the Clown, Madame Masque, the tracksuits and more in a fantastic, Eisner Award-nominated reinvention of the arrowed Avenger! Bro, you read this book. Okay, bro? (source: marvel)

Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! (2015-2017) written by Kate Leth

17 Issues

Find the series here

This is an amazing series. I first got into it because I was a big fan of Kate Leth’s work, especially as she is from my small city and I wanted to support her in everything she did. If you are a marvel fan you have probably encountered the character of Hellcat, Patsy Walker is one of the main characters in the Netflix Jessica Jones series (Jessica’s best friend) and they even hinted at he comics persona of Hellcat in the show! Leth wrote her hellcat series incredibly diverse, and its an amazing thing to see in a marvel comics. I follow Kate Leth on twitter and loved seeing all her tweets about Hellcat, one of her main focuses of the series was to make sure it was diverse, and it definitely is with queer and racially diverse characters. This is a great comic to check out if you are a YA book fan looking for more diverse stories.

But, aside from the diversity, the writing itself is fantastic. The story is a ton of fun and Patsy/Hellcat is such a fun character to follow. I had a blast reading about her adventures and her friends and I can’t wait to read more of Kate Leth’s work!

If you enjoy graphic novels such as Nimona, I think Hellcat would be a perfect read for you!

Synopsis:

Patsy Walker has managed to escape her past, her enemies and Hell itself (literally) – but nothing compares to job hunting in New York City! Between trying to make rent and dodging bullets, Patsy barely has time to deal with her mother’s exploitative romance comics about Patsy’s past resurfacing, much less how they start to interfere with her work and dating life. As she goes from living a double life to a triple, what the hell is Patsy Walker supposed to do? There’ll be friendship and burgers, monsters and rent checks and a ghost from the past with questionable motives! Comics’ most flexible heroine has been a provisional Avenger, a Defender, Satan’s daughter-in-law and a dead woman -but she’s never been anything like this! (source: amazon)

The rest of these series’ are ones I have not yet finished, but have read the first couple issues, and plan to continue

Ms. Marvel (2014-2015) written by G. Willow Wilson

19 Issues

This series follows Kamala Khan, a teenage muslim girl who suddenly gained super powers and is trying to juggle her powers with school, friends and family. This series is so much fun and I love that Kamala is young and not sure what she should be doing with her powers. This is a comic series that I would die to see as a movie! I still need to get through the rest of these, and will be doing that ASAP!

Synopsis:

The legend has returned! Marvel Comics presents the all-new MS. MARVEL, the ground breaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is just an ordinary girl from Jersey City–until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm, and prepare for an epic tale that will be remembered by generations to come. (source: marvel)

Young Avengers (2013) by Kieron Gillen and Jamie Mckelvie

15 Issues

This was one of the first series I read when I was getting into comics, right after Hawkeye! I wanted to read another story with Kate Bishop and I came across this! The characters in this series are SO GREAT. I seriously love them all (esp Kate and America though). I thought I had read the whole thing but apparently there is more and now im SO EXCITED to read more of this story! Definitely a good read for people who are looking to get into comics 🙂 There is also a good Young Avengers series in 2005, but it might be harder to find. I also prefer the art in the 2013 series so I’m going to stick to this one as my recommendation!

Synopsis:

The Young Avengers are reinvented for the 21st century as Wiccan, Hulkling and Kate “Hawkeye” Bishop unite with Kid Loki, Marvel Boy, Prodigy and Ms. America. Someone has to save the entire multiverse. They’re someone. No pressure, right? As a cosmic horror emerges from the shadows of the past, the Young Avengers race desperately across dimensions – but once they take on the gig to save reality, they may never be able to go home again! Meanwhile, Kid Loki is up to something. Surprise, I know. Fight scenes! Kissing! Fake IDs! Kissing! Drama! Conflict! Plentiful feels! (source: marvel)

I always wished the comics were a more appreciated story form in the bookstagram community, and I hope that people give comics a try 🙂 There is something for everyone! I haven’t event expanded into comics from places other than marvel! Even though comics aren’t necessarily written for the YA age category, most are written for 13+ and therefore are perfect for the age group that YA is written for.

I do hope to see more people talk about comics in the book blog and bookstagram community, and I’d love to help anyone who is looking to get into comics! I know trying to find where to start with comics can be really overwhelming (it still is for me), but i’ve been reading for about 3 years now and have gathered a few tips and tricks 🙂

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