I Need Comic Book Suggestions!

I need your help! Please tell me what to read. Let me explain…

It amazes me that with the proliferation of comic book movies, actual comic books, especially ones about superheroes, are not experiencing the same boom. You would think that there would be a comic book shop on every corner, what with Black Panther, a minor Marvel character at best, raking in half a billion dollars. It’s quite the opposite. In the past three years, I’ve seen comic book shops close left and right.

Kids may love to go to the movies, but it sure as heck doesn’t look like they enjoy reading about Batman and Captain America. The average age of the patrons in the comic book shop I go to is about 40. I know reading isn’t perceived as fun for young folks, but reading comics used to be something we all looked forward to. Times are changing.

So are my tastes. I grew up devouring X-Men and Fantastic Four, but now as a man of a certain age, I tend to look beyond the men and women in tights. I want adult stories, horror, compelling scifi.

Harrow County

What I’m looking for are suggestions of what to read. The titles I’ve loved over the past year are HARROW COUNTY, BITCH PLANET, THE CAPE, THE WOODS and SAUCER COUNTY. What books are you reading and highly recommend? Keep in mind, I stick to buying the trade paperbacks. I need to support my local store, so help me fill my shopping cart!

As an added bonus, I’ll select several random people who reply to this post and send them a free ebook. So bring it on, comic lovers! 

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About Hunter Shea

Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past his house. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. Hunter’s novels can even be found on display at the International Cryptozoology Museum. His video podcast, Monster Men, is one of the most watched horror podcasts in the world. You’ll also find him every week on the Final Guys podcast, available everywhere. He’s a bestselling author of over 30 books, all of them written with the express desire to quicken heartbeats and make spines tingle. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to gobble down Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.

20 responses to “I Need Comic Book Suggestions!”

  1. Tim Meyer says :

    Anything by Brian K Vaughn (Y the Last Man, Pride of Baghdad) and Garth Ennis (Crossed, Preacher, The Boys) are solid options. Enjoyed Wytches (scott snyder i think) and Ghosted (forget who wrote it). Also, a book called Sex Criminals. Just get it. Best comic ever.

  2. Michael Patrick Hicks says :

    Saga! Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson. And Tim’s right, just about anything by Garth Ennis will do you good, Preacher especially. The Boys is a lot of fun, too, but check out his limited series Caliban. And yes, Sex Criminals – definitely get on that one right now.

  3. John Kilgallon says :

    I’ve been recently reading and enjoying the Rachel Rising series of trades on Comixology Unlimited. The series is by Terry Moore, both the art and writing. Seven volumes in the trade series released over the 2012-2016 time frame. Publisher is Abstract Studio. Rachel keeps rising from the dead, later along with a friend, she confronts the curses from a witch in earlier years and ultimately the devil and her own killer. I’m about halfway through vol 4. Also Haunted Horror series from IDW. It’s up to issue 32 now. Stories from the horror comics of the 50’s!

  4. John Kilgallon says :

    For cryptid fun I recommend Marvel’s Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. It was a six issue run in 2015/16. Dum Dum Dugan leads a team of monsters to fight, well, monsters. His team has Jasper Sitwell’s zombie form, Vampire by Night, Man-Thing, Manphibian, Orrgo, Teen Abomination, and Hit-Monkey. the name of the group is S.T.A.K.E. for Special Threat Assessment for Known Extranormalities! Here’s a link to the first issue on Amazon, but it’s also in trade form now too. Look Inside will give you an idea how wild it is. http://amzn.to/2FotUYb

    And Thanks!

  5. Hans Curtis says :

    Artist Richard Corben has been in the industry since the underground heyday in the late 60’s, he has drawn over 4000 pages of comics, his latest horror story collections Shadows On The Grave, The Rat God, Spirits of the Dead are all wonderful. Rick Veitch’s Heroica series : Brat Pack, Maximortal, Boy Maximortal and his dream comics ” The Rarebit Fiend” are fun reading. thats a good start

  6. April Chavando says :

    Check out Steve Niles, his prose is great. Criminal Macabre is fantastic.

  7. April Chavando says :

    Oh, and if you like your horror erotic with explicit art of demon genitals, check out Verotik comics that feature Simon Bisley’s artwork or Faust 777 by Tim Vigil.

  8. sparebedroom says :

    Based on what you’ve been reading, I’d highly point to Monstress and The Wicked + The Divine. For books from the big two, maybe check out Cave Carson has a Cybernetic Eye or Tom King’s The Vision. For more mainstream fare, the Superman books have been really good and I am highly excited about the return of the Fantastic Four this summer.

    • Hunter Shea says :

      These are great. I was a HUGE FF fan as a kid. They were one of the titles I subscribed to. I used to love getting those issues in their brown wrapper delivered to my door. Subscribed to Marvel Two in One, too.

  9. Aaron Hicks says :

    Chew. Its phenomenal. A detective who, when anything is put in his mouth has visions so he only eats beats has to solve somewhat supernatural cases.

    John Flood. Another detective style series. This guy has insane insomnia and an unsurmountable wit and instinct.

    Black Science. I can give no description that will give this series justice

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