Barry Reese

Pulp Writer Extraordinaire

AllNewX_Men_5_CoverAs most of you know, I’m not just a pulp fan. I also love the comic book medium and I buy way too many of them, both in single issue format and in trade. I figured I’d let you guys know what I’m reading and loving at the moment. These aren’t all the titles I’m buying, mind you, but they are the ones that I’d recommend the most!

All-New X-Men: Nobody’s more surprised than me. I haven’t read the X-Men consistently since the Chris Claremont days and normally I don’t like Brian Bendis’ writing… but he’s really doing a great job on this series and it’s featured amazing art. I can’t wait for each new issue and I’m glad to be back reading at least one mutant book on a regular basis.

Aquaman: Geoff Johns has been writing the best Aquaman run *ever* and that’s saying something. With stunning art throughout, this is one of the top five superhero comics being published today.

Batman: I didn’t really care for the recent Joker arc but overall Snyder has been writing some really good stories and the art is stellar.

Green Lantern: Yes, there’s some event fatigue going on here and Johns is leaving the title… but this is still one of DC’s best books. Strong characterization and nice art.

Mars Attacks: Fun, grim humor. Every issue makes me laugh out loud at least once and I genuinely have no idea where the stories are generally going.

The Shadow: The first arc had its hits and misses but since then, it’s been solid stuff. I’m including Year One here.

Shadowman: Supernatural superheroics are always fine with me and the Zircher artwork has been amazing. I’m gonna miss him!

Supergirl: A creative team change is on the horizon but I’ve really enjoyed the New 52 incarnation of this character and am looking forward to what’s looming next.

Superior Spider-Man: Not every issue is a winner but overall, this has been a fun change of pace and I’ve enjoyed seeing the focus on one of my favorite Spidey villains.

X-O Manowar: After a slow start, this has turned into a real winner. Every issue is densely packed with both action & characterization.

Honorable Mentions: Uncanny Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy (loved the intro issue but it’s too new to be included on the list above) and Legion of Super-Heroes.

One thought on “Recommended Comics

  1. xmenxpert says:

    Agreed on All-New X-Men. Great book.

    I would also very strongly recommend Young Avengers. Kieron Gillen is one of the all-time best comic book writers. His stuff is clever, funny, compelling, and just amazing stuff. YA is just a magical series. Added appeal: It has a gay couple in one of the top comic book romances going on right now.

    Also worth reading is Captain Marvel, which is a much more intimate comic than most. It’s more about her personal struggles than fighting supervillains. She currently has a brain lesion that keeps her from using her flight powers, and her reaction to it has been very human. Wonderful book. (As an aside, the writer, Kelly Sue DeConnick, is married to Matt Fraction, whose Hawkeye is widely considered one of the best books on the stands, and whose Fantastic Four and FF have both been delightful.)

    Also, Journey Into Mystery. Just a really fun book, that also features plenty of depth. And I think female characters (it stars Sif) and creators (it’s written by Kathryn Immonen, wife of Stuart Immonen, one of the best artists in the business) should be supported as much as possible.

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