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5 Comics Off The Beaten Path That You Need To Read… Right NAOW!


Most people when they try to recommend comics to their friends, recommend either the most popular, or something they have been grandfather-ed in.  Personally, I enjoy things that other people don’t or avoid altogether.  Here are some sample of comics that most people will probably never heard of.

#1 – Secret Six.  Gail Simone – Writer.

Deadshot likes to shoot noobs.  Yeah, that means you.

Deadshot likes to shoot noobs. Yeah, that means you.

A team of the unheard and most obscure villains in DC comics.  Ragdoll, Deadshot, Scandal Savage, and Catman(?).  Yeah, Catman.  Lex Luthor himself put this team together because he knew that they would be able to take anybody, for a price.  These are anti-heroes for anti-heroes.  Vile villains with a smattering of a conscience.  Gail’s writing not only fleshes out their distinct personalities, but makes them into characters you actually care about.  And the scatological humor doesn’t hurt either.  Don’t believe me?  Pick up Six Degrees of Devastation at your local comic store.  Best $14.99 you’ll ever spend.

#2 – Red Robin

Batmans will didnt say who got the car did it?

Batman's will didn't say who got the car did it?

 The world-spanning misadventures of Tim Drake Wayne.  Better known as the 3rd Robin, Tim was in my honest opinion, everything that a Robin needed to be.  Tactically brilliant, brooding, genius-level I.Q., and combat skills personally taught by Bats himself.  So why is he rolling around the globe in a new ID?  Well, the first arc has him trying to prove that Batman is not dead.  We all know he’s coming back, and Timmy boy here is the guy to do it.  This book is what I believe will become the “Smallville” for the next true Batman.  Tim’s training for when he does get to don the cowl for real.  Don’t miss it.  And for the most part, it’s actually a good read.  Ra’s al-Ghul also has, what seems to be a starring role.

#3 – The Boys.  Garth Ennis – Writer.

Anyone ordered an ass-kicking?

Anyone ordered an ass-kicking?

 Garth Ennis.  Do I really have to say anything else?  Go buy it.  NAOW!  Garth Ennis at his worst, points his wicked imagination at superheroics.  In this separate universe, 99% of the super-powered populace are corporate sponsored douche-bags who rape, kill, and pretty much do whatever they want.  And I mean ANYTHING.  If you haven’t read this before, ask someone who has about Tek-Knight.  And cover your cup of coffee.  The Boys are tasked by the CIA to ensure that the “supes” don’t get out of line.  Bloodbaths ensue.

#4 – X-Force.

X-Men uniforms now come in emo. Hot Topic had a sale.

X-Men uniforms now come in emo. Hot Topic had a sale.

Cyclops woke up one day and decided that the 192 mutants left in the world had a lot of enemies that wanted them dead.  Threats were everywhere.  So what would you do?  Why, form a team of the X-Men’s best trackers, brawlers, spies, and assasins for your own hit squad of course!  Where X-Force goes, bodies and buckets (and buckets) of blood follow in their wake.  And all in the name of protecting mutanity.  Led by Wolverine, these guys take no prisoners, and have carte blanche to do whatever it takes to get the job done.  Torture?  No problem.  Slaughtering an entire S.H.I.E.L.D. battalion?  Sure.  Giving a teleporter a brain tumor just because you need a ride?  We’d do it again.  And that’s just in the 1st arc.  I can’t wait to see who they screw with next.

#5 – Runaways.

Would you stop and help them change their tire?

Would you stop and help them change their tire?

 What better premise for a book than:  What would you do if you found out your parents were super-villains?  Well, here is what you would do.  The book has been around for a couple years so things have come and gone.  But, thanks to the wonder of trades, you can still pick this gem up from the beginning!  All the bases are covered: teen angst, super-powered brawls, sexual identity issues, character deaths, and even a bit of time travel.  Ok, a lot of time travel.  But it all works (except for Joss Whedon’s arc, he really screwed that shit up.  And I really like Whedon’s writitng too…).

Anyway, do try to read things that are off the radar of the average book.  Not everybody is going to like the mainstays.  Even the little guys on the block need lovin’ too.

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  1. jettwinlock
    October 6, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Loved the Boys pretty damn crazy comic.

    You forgot the comic Empire.

    Are the Runaways and Secret Six. still going on? I don’t like comics that keep going on with no end in sight. Feels too much like never ending soap opera and I don’t have 79 years to waste on stories that go nowhere.

    • 5yphon
      October 7, 2009 at 11:44 pm

      I did not forget Golgoth! Empire is a mini. These are on-goings. Otherwise I would have put in Wanted (my fav mini of all time).

  2. October 6, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I regret that I missed the launch of Secret Six. I enjoyed Runaways when I read it, and X-Force was interesting if anything just to get more of X-23. I still go back and catch up on The Boys every now and then. Always an ejoyable romp through super hero depravity.

  3. davidry214
    October 7, 2009 at 1:50 am

    I like Red Robin quite a bit. Interesting dynamic, since we fans know Bruce is coming back, but Tim is becoming a pariah for his faith in the same. Plus, the tension of him working with Ra’s is good reading.

    Any recommendation on a jump-on point for X-Force? I’ve been thinking about getting it for some Archangel. Thanks!

    • 5yphon
      October 7, 2009 at 10:17 pm

      X-Force #19 came out last week. So I suggest picking up the first trade since it is relatively early and that first arc is pretty much all Warren.

  4. October 7, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Well, It’s only 19 issues at the moment so you should be fine picking up a trade when it comes out and just starting reading whenever. Archangel becomes a member around issues 4-8 though.

  5. davidry214
    October 8, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Thanks!

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