10 comics for those who hate superheroes
Comic books have been synonymous with superheroes for decades, but that’s not all. While Marvel and DC have mostly made superpowered individuals famous, many other comics revolve around different stories. As with all narrative media, comic books have endless potential, so readers who don’t like superhero adventures can still afford amazing, well-written stories.
Some of these comics are still action-packed series that follow a dynamic adventure, but othersexplore a more domestic everyday life, full of emotionally complex characters that readers can relate to. Anyone looking for a quality comic that doesn’t have billionaires in armor or aliens tied to America’s safety has some great alternatives to enjoy.
ten The Deadliest Bouquet is an Emotional Spy Tale
When Jasmine Hawthorn, a former hardcore Nazi hunter, is murdered in her own flower shop, her three estranged daughters take it upon themselves to solve the murder. Unfortunately, Rose, Poppy, and Violet have a lot to figure out with each other before they can commit to the mission.
Created by Erica Schultz, Carola Borelli and Gab Contreras, The deadliest bouquet is a new series that will have five issues. None of the characters have superpowers, but they are trained spies with a lot to solve as a family. For fans who want depth, this spy story delivers.
9 Sweet Tooth offers a post-apocalyptic rural universe
Made famous recently thanks to the Netflix series based on the comic book, Greedy is a 40-issue series created by Jeff Lemire. It tells the story of Gus, a human/deer hybrid, and Jeppard, a former hockey player and current survivor of the apocalypse. As Gus and Jeppard’s lives intertwine, readers learn more about their past and the dystopian society in which they live.
Greedy is definitely a fan favorite outside of superhero comics thanks to its plot and complexity. This comic is both a post-apocalyptic adventure and a heartbreaking story of friendship. Far from superhero fiction, sci-fi and fantasy fans will really love it.
8 Charlie’s Spot is a heartfelt tale
Written by George O’Connor, Charlie’s corner is a series of four issues. After Charlie, a homeless veteran, has a heart attack, he loses his place in the park. In order to get it back, he and his amazing friends find themselves in a turf war with other street performers.
Charlie’s corner is the peak of domestic fiction. George O’ Connor, Meredith Laxton, Allie Pipitone and Taylor Esposito deliver a warm story full of lovable characters going through relatable experiences. There’s nothing out of the ordinary about this story, beyond a certain absurdity, but even then, it’s the perfect series for slice-of-life fans.
seven Sci-fi fans will love Paper Girls
While delivering newspapers on All Saints Day, four 12-year-old girls – Tiffany, Erin, MacKenzie and KJ – find themselves caught in the middle of a war between time travelers. paper girls follows their journey back to their timeline, while working with alternate versions of themselves while coming to terms with their future.
As the girls become heroines of their time, paper girls is not about supervillains and superheroes. Instead, it’s a coming-of-age sci-fi tale with a complex and interesting lore. Readers weary of the Justice League and the Avengers will find Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s work a refreshing change of pace.
6 Vision is about superheroes, but not really
Vision, by Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta, follows the synthezoid as he moves to Fairfax, Virginia, and creates a regular suburban life for himself and his new family. Together, Vision, his wife Virginia, his son Vin and his daughter Viv struggle to get used to everything that involves human life.
Vision may feature a superhero, but it stands out from other stories because it doesn’t fall into the typical superhero cliches. Considered one of the best comics of all time,Vision reflects on universal topics, like love, death and life – becoming perfect for fans who want an emotional read.
5 Stumptown has a flawed and complicated protagonist
Often the problem with superhero comics is that they can be two-dimensional. It’s easy to tell who’s who in the battle of good versus evil, making them predictable. Comic book fans who want to read something different should check it out Stumptownby Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth.
Already adapted into a series that lasted one season, Stumptown centers on Dex Parios, a veterinarian suffering from PTSD who accepts a position as a private detective. Although she tries to do good, Dex’s destructive behavior keeps her on the wrong track all the time. This makes her a complex, sometimes relatable main character.
4 Saga offers a complex story about love, race and family
Saga depicts the story of Alana and Marko, two star-crossed lovers in the midst of a war between their worlds. In this series from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, the alien married couple attempt to raise their daughter, Hazel, while escaping the aftermath of this galactic conflict.
One of the most famous series of Image comics, Saga has been acclaimed for its depiction of race, sexuality and gender as well as its reflection on war. Since it’s part space opera, part love story, and part fantasy tale, readers will find all their fictional needs met in this series.
3 Sex Criminals is a great adult comic
People often believe that comics are for kids, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Sex criminals, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, is the best example. This series follows Suzie and Jons, two lovers who can freeze time when intimate. The 31 numbers of Sex criminals explore their relationship, sexual history and adventures as they decide to rob a bank together, taking advantage of their power.
Sex criminals has everything an adult comedian should have. A wacky plot, fourth-wall-breaking and morally ambiguous characters whose relationship is based on sex. Any reader looking for a mature, hilarious, and spicy read needs to get this series ASAP.
2 Horror Fans May Appreciate Something Kills Children
After the children of Archer’s Peak go missing one by one, a mysterious monster hunter named Erica Slaughter swears to set the record straight in this town. Created by James Tynion IV, Werther Dell’Edera, Giovana Niro and Miquel Muerto, something kills children is a good choice for horror lovers.
While the series began as a miniseries with only five issues, fans loved it so much that it was upgraded to ongoing book status. Currently on its 25th issue, there are plans to expand it to a 75-issue series, which will make it one of the longest running series out there. If that’s not enough, something kills children includes a spin-off, house of slaughterwhich delves into Erica’s past before she arrived at Archer’s Peak.
1 Strangers In Paradise travels through different genres
by Terry Moore Strangers in Paradise is above all the story of a love triangle between two women and a man. However, this slice-of-life drama slowly unfolds through 90 issues, delving into other genres like thriller, drama, and even crime.
Strangers in Paradise is above all a realistic story. Except for a bizarre dream sequence (created by Jim Lee for “Love me Tender”), it barely includes superheroes. Perfect for fans who want to take a break from super-powered escapades, Strangers in Paradise is guaranteed to hold their attention until the very end.
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