Do you really love YA novels? A particular movie or TV show? Maybe you’re new to comics and don’t know where to start, or you’re an avid reader but don’t know what to read next. Comics For… is a new blog series I’ll be writing where I recommend comics based on your interests. Let me know in the comments or by tweeting me and I just might write you a list of recommendations!
Many of us here at IGGPPC consider ourselves a part of some kind of TV show fandom, be it Supernatural, Doctor Who, or Sherlock. However, there’s one particular creator that seems to be a common thread among a lot of us Iggles…Joss Whedon. He’s the genius behind Buffy and the Avengers, but certainly he couldn’t write comics too! “Well, you were myth-taken” and you better believe the first installment of Comics For… is recommendations for fans of Joss Whedon!
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer S8-10
Many die-hard Buffy fans aren’t aware that Joss Whedon has actually continued our beloved series in comic book form through Dark Horse Comics. The series is currently on Season 10 with tie-in series like Angel & Faith (S9 & 10), and One-shot stories like Willow and Spike. Joss himself has written a few arcs for the series, but now continues to keep a watchful eye over the other amazing writers that have taken over (like Brain K. Vaughan, and some of the original show writers) as Executive Producer. The comics themselves take place after the series finale, continuing the story of the Scoobies in their new life away from what is now the giant crater known as Sunnydale. The series includes all your favourite and most loved characters from the show (when I say all, I mean it *wink*), the art is fantastic and it captures each character just as you remember them, and the writing makes sure that none of the sass that we’ve come to expect from Buffy and the gang is lost. If you loved the show, I have no doubt that you will enjoy these comics.
Another Joss Whedon creation centred around the Buffyverse (albeit the future…like way in the future). Fray is a miniseries also published by Dark Horse Comics about slayer Melaka Fray and is set in New York just as vampires – who were banished from earth years ago by a slayer and her friends, are starting to return. We follow Melaka as she tries to figure out exactly what being a slayer means because unlike those before her, her powers didn’t come with visions. This miniseries has gained a huge fanbase (including iggles, as it was the April comic pick of the month for IGGPPC Reads!), and definitely a comic that will appeal to any Buffy fan.
Firefly fans rejoice! Joss didn’t leave you hanging either – there are a few miniseries surrounding your favourite space western. The first of these miniseries Those Left Behind serves to fill in the gap between the movie and the TV show, Better Days focuses on pre-Those Left Behind events and later series give us insight into the back stories of some of the characters. If you have a working knowledge of Firefly it’s likely you’ll enjoy these comics, but they may not be a starting place for anyone who hasn’t seen both the movie and TV show.
In 2014 Marvel launched S.H.E.I.L.D., a comic that focuses on the S.H.E.I.L.D. agents we’ve come to know and love from the Joss Whedon produced TV show (but it’s not a tie-in!). While this has gotten mixed reviews so far, it has its endearing qualities for fans of the show. My first run in with the new S.H.E.I.L.D. was in issue #2 with the cross-over type event that had Jemma stationed at the high school of Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel). As a fan of the show I personally liked how the character’s personalities carried over into the comic and while I haven’t read much more in the series, I plan to pick up the trade. If you’re a fan of the show and the characters it may be worth it to give this series a shot. I mean if nothing else, Agent May being equally as awesome in comic format? YES PLEASE.
- Astonishing X-Men (Issues #1-24)
I had to save the best for last because I have a tendency to ramble on about my love for Joss Whedon’s run on Astonishing X-men. This is arguably some of the best Marvel has to offer, and if you’ve read any of the newer X-Men series (All-New X-Men) and even some of the other newer Marvel comics chances are you’ll get the occasional hint at some of the major events that happened during Joss’s run. If you’re new to the X-Men, Marvel, or comics in general this is my go-to recommendation. It has Joss’s signature wit, it’s exciting and there isn’t too much of that “oh-my-god-what-is-going-on” that tends to come with diving head-first into the Marvel Universe. Also, if you’re a fan of strong female characters, Kitty Pryde just proves to us again why she is so darn awesome! If you’re going to read any of my recommendations this post, my vote is with Astonishing X-Men (and that’s saying a lot with Buffy on the list!).
That’s it for this installment folks! Remember to tweet me or comment if you’d like me to cover a certain interest of yours in a future Comics For…!