5 Comic Book Series You Should Be Reading

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I started getting into comic books last year, and it really has been an incredible journey. There are so many exciting series out there, with fascinating stories and stunning artwork. I swear, there is something for everyone—pretty much any genre you can think of exists in comic book form. Today, I wanted to share my current favorites with you. I think if I had to pinpoint why I'm loving these so much, I would have to say that they're all unique stories in their own ways. I also love how the artwork matches the mood and setting of each series. Reading comic books definitely made me so much more aware of different art styles, and I love seeing how the artists choose to tell a particular story through images.

The Wicked + The Divine

Story: Kieron Gillen Artwork: Jamie McKelvie (Artist), Matt Wilson (Colorist)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Mythology
Publisher: Image Comics

When I heard about the premise of this series, I knew it was going to be right up my alley: every 90 years 12 gods reincarnate as humans, staying alive for 2 years. This time around they are here as pop stars. The main character, a teenage girl named Laura, is obsessed with them, and one day she actually gets a chance to get closer to their world. One of the things that drew me in was that the characters and their abilities are deeply rooted in mythologies from all over the world. The nerd in me rejoiced! Because I decided to spend some time looking up these gods, The Wicked + The Divine has contributed to me learning quite a few new things in just a few issues. Of course, I love the story as well: it's very eventful, but also complex and mysterious. The artwork is absolutely gorgeous: very colorful and beautifully detailed. If I was forced to pick a favorite, I would definitely choose this series.

Saga

Story: Brian K. Vaughan Artwork: Fiona Staples
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Image Comics

I considered not including this one in my list because so many people already love it, but then I realized my list would be a lie without it. On the off chance that you haven't heard about this comic book series, it's about star-crossed lovers, Marko and Alana. Despite being on the opposite sides of an intergalactic war, they fall in love, and have a baby. A lot of people are after them now, since this is not only forbidden, but also was considered to be impossible. Saga has some of the most unusual and creative species you can imagine. It's also VERY graphic, in both violence and nudity. Aside from the main storyline, there are multiple subplots that are just as interesting as Marko's and Alana's fate. Basically, this comic book series is the definition of "epic". 

Locke & Key

Story: Joe Hill Artwork: Gabriel Rodríguez (Artist), Jay Fotos (Colorist)
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Publisher: IDW Publishing

The only finished series on this list, Locke & Key is written by Joe Hill—the author of novels such as Horns and NOS4A2 (and also the son of the famous Stephen King). The story revolves around the Locke family, who moves into an old mansion called the Keyhouse. As you may have guessed, this isn't your traditional home: the twist is that it hides many keys that open special doors. Whoever walks through one of these doors is transformed in different ways. Though the premise sounds like paranormal mystery, this series is definitely part of the horror genre. As such, it includes violence and gore that tends to jump out of nowhere—it's freaking creepy. If you're easily spooked, this is definitely not something you want to read before bed. I will be posting a full review of Locke & Key soon, so the last thing I want to say about it right now is that it has fantastic character development, and a rich backstory that gradually gets revealed throughout the series.

UPDATE: you can now check out my full review of the series here.

Wytches

Story: Scott Snyder Artwork: Jock (Artist), Matt Hollingsworth (Colorist)
Genre: Horror, Paranormal
Publisher: Image Comics

Now, if you're in the mood for something even creepier, I present to you Wytches. There are only four issues out at the moment, but I was hooked after just one. As you have probably guessed, this comic book series has to do with witches. However, they're not your typical potion-brewing broom-flying scary-yet-glamorous witches—the witches in this series are primal, scary creatures. They live in the forest, and if you've been pledged to them you're pretty much fucked. Aside from the story that I couldn't get enough of, this comic book series has the most beautiful artwork. It's very unique, detailed, gritty, but also vibrant and colorful. If you take a closer look at the photo (by clicking on it) you will see splashes of color all over the pages that almost make it look like someone spilled some watercolors on it. I'm mesmerized by this art!

Alex + Ada

Story: Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn Artwork: Jonathan Luna
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Image Comics

Finally, for something completely different, I think you should give Alex + Ada a try. So far, this series has been a futuristic science fiction romance that involves a human and an android. In the future, androids are widely used by humans: they range from simple robots that do household chores to complex ones that some people choose to adopt as companions. Our main character, Alex, is randomly gifted with such an android. This is not an action-packed comic book series, but that's not a bad thing: a lot of people have compared it to films such as Her and Blade Runner, and I can definitely agree. Alex + Ada has surprised me by tugging on my heart strings, and also presenting a lot to think about. The artwork here is very simple, with a lot of earth tones, but it's perfect for the feel of this story.

Have you read any of these yet? Are you planning to?