Are you a fan of comics? If you are Humble Bundles are your friends. I’m not getting paid to say that, I just want to share a great way of exploring comics without breaking the bank.
So one of the hardest things for me to do is to justify spending money on a comic series if I don’t know anything about it. What is it about? How is the artwork? Is the story worthwhile? If you haven’t done any research on the series you won’t know. This means that unless you do a lot of research, expanding your comic repertoire is difficult. I want to explore comics! I want to read off the beaten path stories. I tend to shy away from your usual titles, Batman, Superman, The Avengers, X-men. They are all great comics, but they aren’t what I’m looking for. Give me the weird and unusual, give me the original and unique. Tell me a story I haven’t heard before.
It’s really hard to find if you don’t already know what you are looking for, lemme tell ya. So when Humble Bundle provides a group of comics I usually snap them right up, because hey, I don’t have to invest my life savings AND I get to explore comics I may not have heard of yet. Win/win!
While not every comic I end up getting is a four star gem, there is still a few that are worthwhile that I hadn’t even heard about before I got the bundle. Good stuff!
Back in January I downloaded their Image at 25 bundle hoping to find a few of those hidden gems. I already knew about RatQueens (amazing), and Saga (WELL worth the read) and I had just finished reading The Wicked and the Divine (Beautiful and well written), so I figured they had a good chance of having even more comics I might enjoy.
HOLY MOTHER OF GOD. I was right! Image Comics immediately jumped to my number 1 spot as my favorite comic publisher.
From the bundle I now have a list of comics I plan on following, or at least catching up on.
A detective with no memory, no identity, and no manners. A femme fatale seeking escape from a powerful crime lord. A voodoo queen with a penchant for mixtapes and hi-tops. A goat-eating TV… A surreal neon-noir fusing hardboiled pulp with an 80’s VHS visual aesthetic, dripping with neon and static.
This trippy little gem is sure to keep you guessing to the end, and while it’s full of magic and realm hopping it’s presented in a way so it doesn’t become confusing. Love it.
This is the world. It is not the one we wanted, but it is the one we deserved. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse roam the Earth, signaling the End Times for humanity, and our best hope for life, lies in DEATH.
I’m not a big fan of westerns. Not really my type of story. So when I first opened this one up I was kinda, meh. But it isn’t a western, it is SO much more. It ropes you in early and keeps the pages turning to the end.
1000 CE. When a Vatican official under is murdered on the infamous “Black Road” while under the care of Magnus The Black, Magnus uncovers a secret so big it threatens to change the balance of power in all of Europe.
Historical Comics are something I have explored only briefly as my usual comic of choice is sci-fi or fantasy. This comic will be on my list for a number of reasons. It is a slowly unfolding saga that, when paired with the artwork, tells a gripping story you won’t want to put down.
KELLY SUE DECONNICK (Avengers Assemble, Captain Marvel) & EMMA RÍOS (Dr. Strange, Osborn) reunite to bring you an all-new ongoing series that marries the magical realism of Sandman with the western brutality of Preacher. Death’s daughter rides the wind on a horse made of smoke and her face bears the skull marks of her father. Her tale of retribution is as beautifully lush as it is unflinchingly savage.
This one caught me by surprise. I didn’t expect to enjoy this one as it starts out as a another Western-like story. But just like East of West it really isn’t a western. Add a couple of strong female characters and you’ve got me hooked.
On distant future Earth, changed by time and alien influence, John Prophet awakens from cryosleep. His mission: to climb the the towers of Thauili Van and restart the Earth empire. But, news of the Empire’s return brings old foes and allies out of the recesses of the vast cosmos.
Aliens that aren’t remotely human? Strange worlds that aren’t anything like earth? A story that keeps you wondering what the heck is going on? Ooooo boy, I’m gonna be reading this one for a while.
These are just a few of the titles that made Image Comics a fascinating follow. Anyone else have some comics from Image that they recommend? Let me know in the comments below!