Hopefully, if you’re reading this you’re still safely under a version of a stay-at-home order. If so, you can keep yourself busy by binging these titles.
(w) Bill Willingham (a) Mark Buckingham, various
What can be said about Fables that hasn’t already been said? It’s a legendary comic (no pun intended) in which fairytale characters try to make a life for themselves in the real world. While a seemingly simple premise, the far-reaching cast of characters allows creator Bill Willingham to traverse a wide breadth of genres. From political thrillers to slice-of-life misadventures, Fables undoubtedly has a story for everyone. Clocking in at 150 issues (and that’s before you even check out the series’ spin offs Jack of Fables and Fairest), there are few better ways to adhere to stay-at-home orders.
- Dan Gehen
(w) Christos Gage (a) Tomas Giorello, Juan Jose Ryp, Roberto De La Torre
Whereas Fables will take you quite some time to get through at 150 issues, Ninja-K is a short-and-sweet 14 issue run. The follow-up to Matt Kindt’s acclaimed Ninjak, Christos Gage’s take on Valiant’s superspy is an absolute banger. Providing a deeper look into the Mi6 Ninja Programme, Ninja-K gave Colin King’s titular alter ego an expanded set of enemies and a crisis of conscience. The art team is phenomenal too, with Tomas Giorello giving the series a brilliant start and setting the bar high for Juan Jose Ryp and Roberto De La Torre to meet. Luckily, they are up for the task while Gage’s razor sharp writing keeps readers engaged throughout the series.
- Dan Gehen
Wonder Woman (2011-2014)
(w) Brian Azzarello (a) Cliff Chiang
I’ve always enjoyed the idea of Wonder Woman, but never had I read one of her comics until this series. Something about the artwork just drew me in. Cliff Chaing portrays Diana as strong and powerful, but just as beautiful as other artists’ renderings. Brian Azzarello’s story really leans into Greek mythology, building out an expansive supporting cast while giving Diana a new role among the Pantheon. Wonder Woman purists may object (Editor’s Note: same with fans of the New Gods), but this is a great way to introduce readers to the character – especially new comic readers. Just don’t keep reading when the Finches take over.
- Andrea Tessie