Thursday, October 6, 2011

A couple of good comics . . .

Okay, let's admit it:  I'm a nerd.  I'm a librarian, a hot dog enthusiast, and have a regular pull list at my local comics shop.  If you understood that last point then I'm sorry to tell you: you're a nerd too . . . .

But you're a nerd in luck, because I've got a couple of ongoing series recommendations for you, so check it out.

Sweet Tooth
Jeff Lemire, author & illustrator
In this ongoing series from Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics, Jeff Lemire takes the Mad Max approach to a genetic apocalypse for mankind.  Horror sweeps the world as mothers give birth to babies who are a hybrid of human and animal, and death follows in its wake as men and women alike succumb to the incurable disease.  Sweet Tooth, the title character, may be the answer to why it is happening.  Recommended if you’ve enjoyed Brian K. Vaughan’s excellent story of a similar genetic apocalypse, Y: The Last Man.

The Invincible Iron Man
Matt Fraction, author with Salvador Larroca, artist
High on my list of current favorites, Matt Fraction gives us the post-Civil War Tony Stark, a man bereft of his company, wealth, friends and respect; in short, all of the things that made Tony Stark who he is.  But there’s one essential Stark element kept intact—his undefeatable can-do attitude—that provides fuel for the fire as he seeks to rebuild his empire, take on the enemies who brought him so low, and create even better technologies for the benefit of mankind.  The question remains, however: can Stark maintain and not self-destruct?

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