Guest Author - Eugene Bradford
Iíll start by stating I love superheroes. Many of you are aware of this already. With that said, I am still fully aware of the portion of comic book readers who do not care so much for super-powered tales. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Superheroes may reign right now, but there are still a vast number of titles featuring genres, characters, and stories that are completely removed from that. I would like to provide some recommendations for currently published titles.
IDW Publishing has an extensive list of titles based on licensed properties at their disposal. From the G.I. Joe franchise alone, IDW publishes four separate titles. Those are G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (a continuation of the long-running Marvel series), G.I Joe (denoted as vol. 2 and later season 2 on the inside cover), Cobra, and Snake Eyes. While I am behind several issues in these titles, I am picking up all four series. Recently, the latter three series saw the change in the Cobra command structure as the previous Cobra Commander was killed and another member of the terrorist organization took over.
In late summer of 2011, IDW also began publishing a Ghostbusters ongoing comic. This series takes into account all events of the films, cartoon, and even video games as it sucks readers into the further adventures of our favorite paranormal eliminators. The nods to the source material will please any Ghostbusters fan.
Image Comics, a favorite publisher among many comic fans, along with itsí smaller imprint Top Cow, produce a strong list of titles that compete with the best out there. There are a few bordering the line between superhero and supernatural but that could depend on personal interpretation. The titles in question there are Darkness, Spawn, and Witchblade. Spawn has been noted as a superhero comic, while the other two are explicitly supernatural.
One of the titles is The Walking Dead, the story of survivors of the zombie apocalypse which has spawned a hit television series. Another Image comic I am quite of is The Activity. This series follows a small special ops team as they operate around the globe. Itís only a few issues in, so it shouldnít take much effort to track them down.
Dark Horse Comics publishes several supernatural books headlined by the B.R.P.D. franchise which spawned the two Hellboy films. Under the same category fall the Buffy series and The Strain, a new take on the vampire genre. This publisher also produces a selection of Star Wars titles.
There are a lot of comics available that fit all sorts of reading tastes. I simply couldnít list them all here. None of the suggestions mentioned here are even produced by the top two North American comic publishers. There are many smaller publishers catering to a variety of tastes. All thatís waiting is for you to read what they have to offer. You may find something that captures your heart.
For more on these comics and more, I highly recommend picking up a copy of Previews from your local shop. It holds solicitations for comics and other related items that will be released two months later. Happy searching and enjoy whatever you find.