Comics You Should Be Reading: Spring 2013 Edition

It is that time again!

It is the time when Lindsey, Erika and I do our civic duty and tell you fine folks which comics … YOU SHOULD BE READING.

As per usual, this list is by no means exhaustive. There are many, many beautiful pieces of sequential art out there. Alas, we are mere mortals. We have to sleep some time. That is why we invite YOU, our brilliant readers, to tell us if we missed anything in the comments section.

Without any further ado, we have got some titles from the Big Two, some from Image, Boom and Dark Horse AND we’ve got some from the far reaches of The Internet. Enjoy … and you’re welcome!

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13 thoughts on “Comics You Should Be Reading: Spring 2013 Edition

  1. Love your recommendations guys! Would it be possible for you to add a small description of each series or comic? Or maybe what you liked about them? There’s such a diversity of genres here, it can be a little difficult sorting through which ones I’ll like. Cheers!

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      • Yeah! I’m curious mainly as to why you recommend these comics (storyline? art? characters? etc) and maybe briefly what they’re about: Copra, East of West, Polarity and Fatale.

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        • Copra is Lindsey’s pick. So is East of West. I think.

          But Polarity and Fatale are mine! Fatale is probably one of the most exciting comics I have read in awhile. But not action exciting …. intrigue exciting. Brubaker employs classic tropes and somehow makes them fresh and interesting. I think Phillips art has a great deal to do with that freshness … it feels like you are in a satanic noir period piece. It’s just wonderful. Oh! And the dialogue is great, too. There is this whole flash back juxtaposed against the present that is utterly page turning. I don’t want to say too much. It’s a great comic. I have my fingers crossed for an absolute hardcover edition. I would buy the heck out of it … and put it right next to my CHEW Omnivores.

          Polarity reeled me in with its honest, cynical humor. It’s only the first issue … but it had the kind of flagrant story telling that you know is inspired by real life experience. Also, it’s topical. The protagonist is bipolar on the far end of the spectrum. One of my best friends is bipolar and while reading Polarity …. I could hear her saying some of the things the protagonist said. It’s kind of brilliant. But then there is the whole thing about facing your demons through fiction … while bringing to light some of the realities of this really tough mental illness. I think people should read it.

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        • Copra is a spin-off of the writer’s (Michel Fiffe) last comic which was a fan zine based on Suicide Squad. It revolves around black ops and suicide missions, etc. It’s totally awesome.

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  2. Here are the titles on my A-list for Spring 2013 that are not included on your list:
    Mind the Gap
    Rachel Rising
    Revival
    My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
    Artifacts
    Fearless Defenders

    I’ll be getting The Movement #1 in my monthly mail-order subscription May 1st and I’m very excited! I love many of the titles on your list as well but I’ve never really been interested in the mainstream male superheroes (Superman, Batman, Daredevil, Wolverine, etc.) I’d like to know what it is about titles like Batman & Robin and Daredevil that appeals to you?

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    • I read the first couple of issues of Fearless Defenders and was pretty underwhelmed. It made me feel like … women are so hungry for relatable comics that the marketers think we’ll take any damn thing. Also, the art made me stabby. Has it gotten better since issue #2?

      I will have defer to Erika on Batman & Robin and Daredevil … those are her picks. I don’t read either of them.

      I do still get Rachel Rising … but I am so behind in my issues. In my heart, I know it is probably still very good (as it has made past lists), but since I hadn’t actually read the most recent issues … I didn’t put it on this one.

      I am also waaaaay behind on Mind the Gap.

      I will check out the others! Curious … what about Artifacts makes it good for you?

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      • Thanks Erika! I guess my broader question was what female readers enjoy about mainstream comics with male leads in general. I see things through a very gendered lens most of the time, which means that I will usually pass up even an acclaimed comic with a male lead for a more female-centered (or female-created) title. I’m not sure if it’s the best way to go about things, but it’s important to me to support comics by and about about women, POC, LGBT, etc., as I’m sure it is for you guys as well :)

        Vanessa, you may very well be right about all of the above about Fearless Defenders. That’s the risk we run when a guy writes a female ensemble. I’m thinking Brian Wood’s X-Men will lead a much better example. I enjoy the badassery of the heroes and call me a slave to fan-service, but I think Annabelle’s crush on Valkyrie is adorable. I mean, who can blame her? Mostly, I think it’s just too early to tell, I’m giving it a few more issues.

        So Artifacts! I’ll admit I haven’t read a single issue of Witchblade past #1, for me it’s just too much to try and dive into. But Artifacts is a neat side story that allows me to dip a toe into the Top Cow universe. I think it’s the sheer epicness (is that a word? It is now) of the storyline that grabbed me. Plus I think Stjepan Šejić’s (don’t ask me to pronounce that) artwork is AMAZEBALLS.
        Sorry I went on so long, I don’t have many chick friends to talk comics with :)

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    • Hi there. Daredevil is a fun, fast-paced and accessible read with great art. Chris Samnee’s been on it most recently, and the writing is sharp as a tack. What I loved most about B&R is the way Peter Tomasi developed Bruce and Damian’s relationship. They both evolved in believable ways. I’m not sure what’s going to happen now that Robin is gone, but Tomasi is a total pro.

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