#1 Edited by Eric8a92 (154 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm a superhero type of reader. Surely, the majority of you on here are as well. But, at the current comic book shop that I go to, and another I went to before that, I constantly hear people requesting non-hero titles. And that's not because the store doesn't carry them, but because they're out. The most predominant ones are Ghost Busters, and as of late, Archie (must have something to do with the Afterlife thing it has going on. My current shop is having a special event on Wednesday celebrating it). Apart from those, there's also titles that sway away from the hero genre. Unfortunately Think Tank is the only title I can think of regarding the non-hero genre. And I remember seeing a post somewhere here of someone talking about how he prefers these titles as the hero stuff has gotten boring because it gets repetitive.

Anybody here a non-hero type of comic reader? Or maybe, both a hero and non-hero type?

#2 Edited by longbowhunter (7093 posts) - - Show Bio

There's a big shift in comics right now. Lots of creator owned books out there. They make up about 50% of my pull list. The other half consists of various Marvel and DC stuff. Believe there are a lot of people on this site who prefer indie titles to the big 2.

#3 Posted by The_Tree (7469 posts) - - Show Bio

I like a variety of books. I started out exclusively with superheroes, but began branching out when The Walking Dead (TV series) started. Superhero books are fun reads that I like quite well, but I much prefer independent, non-superhero books. Due to them not being confined to a big, shared universe, it allows me to be sucked into a completely new world. The stakes are much higher in non-superhero books as well, characters could be killed off in an instant. I am also able to get more emotionally involved in the non-superhero books much easier, due to me being sucked into the world, the high stakes, and because the stories are typically more real and dramatic. Non-superhero books are great as well, because each series is so different and unique from the next, and due to them being so different, they give me a break from the standard superhero fare.

Superhero books can be just as entertaining and emotionally engaging as non-superhero books, but it's much harder to reach that level for me. It'd need a really good writer, like Grant Morrison.

#4 Posted by SmoothJammin (2333 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't mind as long as the story is good. I actually prefer Snyder's work on American Vampire over what he's accomplishing on Batman but that's just me..

#5 Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee (11621 posts) - - Show Bio

For years I was strictly Super Heroes of DC. But then in 2011 I started picking up Marvel titles, more Super Heroes. Then last year I started reading Invincible from Image. Then early this year I went to a Comic Store in my town that had just opened up and the owner convinced me to read the first volume's of Saga and Manhattan Projects because I wanted to venture into more Image titles since I was such a fan of Invincible. I read both titles and was hooked. From then on I started venturing into less Super Hero-y titles and started picking up other types of books like Chew, The Next Testament, Lazarus, Sex Criminals, Sandman, Coffin Hill, X-O Manowar etc etc. It's very nice palate cleanser from the Super Heroes, which I still love though.

#6 Posted by Eric8a92 (154 posts) - - Show Bio

I too am mainly a hero type reader. But, I do read The Walking Dead because of my love of anything zombie related. I also read Uber from Avatar Press which is perhaps right up there with anything I have ever read. Then as I saw other Avatar Press titles, some looks incredibly interesting. The art in them seems incredible, though extremely violent (as Uber mainly is).

#7 Posted by Rouflex (18403 posts) - - Show Bio

Well if Bds counts as Comics than i've read way more Bd than Comics in my life(Lucky Luke,Astérix&Obélix,Marsupilami,Titeuf,Les Nombrils,and a lot more).I'm not saying i didnt read a lot of comics all i'm saying is that in my younger version i was eating Bd at a point it should be illegal!

#8 Posted by JediXMan (30618 posts) - - Show Bio

Whatever is good. But I typically look for dark / serious storylines.

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#9 Posted by Jbreen (92 posts) - - Show Bio

When I first started reading comics I was mainly just a Super Hero reader, I did read Angel and Buffy but apart from those I was strictly just Super Hero titles. However as time went by I found myself starting to read creator owned works from the writers I came across through Super Hero comics. So now I find creator owned works probably make up 1/3 of my collection.

#10 Edited by Eric8a92 (154 posts) - - Show Bio

@rouflex: in elementary school, I read a lot of Peanuts and Calvin & Hobbes, two titles which still hold a special place in my heart. Recently, I've been wanting to get a hold of some of those books to relive old memories.

#11 Posted by AllStarSuperman (21868 posts) - - Show Bio

I only read Superheroes. I kinda even consider Walking Dead a superhero, for some reason.

#12 Edited by Rouflex (18403 posts) - - Show Bio

@eric8a92 said:

@rouflex: in elementary school, I read a lot of Peanuts and Calvin & Hobbes, two titles which still hold a special place in my heart. Recently, I've been wanting to get a hold of some of those books to relive old memories.

Lucky Luke,Astérix&Obélix,Marsupilami,Tintin,Schtroumpfs,Cédric,Kid Paddle,Titeuf,Les Nombrils/Bellybuttons,Spirou,Léonard,Daltons,Boule&Bill,

Garfield,Charlie Brown, and a few more(I'm only naming my favorites).

In fact i think Garfield is my first United Statien Comic.

#13 Edited by TDK_1997 (14896 posts) - - Show Bio

I read every kind of book that is out there as long as I like it.I can read romance,horror or mystery or some book that doesn't have action at all but I have to like it.I can't buy the book if I don't like it.So I basically read everything but currently my pull-list is filled with a lot of superhero books or books that involve things that are mostly not possible but there are also books that cover up real life pretty well.I read comic books so I can have fun with things that I know are not real but I can pretend like they are real so that is why I prefer to read about books that involve Batman,Superman or Spider-Man evne though currently the superhero industry isn't looking that well.

#14 Posted by Loki9876 (3049 posts) - - Show Bio

I mix I read books like hawkeye, new avengers, etc. but I also read stuff like saga, locke and key, etc.

#15 Edited by Xwraith (18218 posts) - - Show Bio

The only book I'm reading that's definitely a superhero book is Green Arrow. TMNT, X-O Manowar, and Unity I'm not sure about, and Regular Show and The Star Wars definitely aren't.

But I do plan giving Spurrier's X-Force and possibly Yost's New Warriors a try.

#16 Posted by Eric8a92 (154 posts) - - Show Bio

There's usually some titles that don't fall under the normal category of comic book genres that from time to time catch my eye, but I'm always reluctant to get them. Not sure why as the money really isn't a problem since I've spent money on books that I don't like before.

#17 Posted by Squares (6565 posts) - - Show Bio

A cautious one. I don't have money to buy comics regularly, so I buy them now and again, after I know they're worthwhile.

#18 Posted by batmannflash (6219 posts) - - Show Bio

I prefer superhero comics more

#19 Posted by Catsnlynne (1032 posts) - - Show Bio

I read / have read Earth 2, Flash, Green Arrow, Savage Hawkman, Deathstroke, Demon Knights, Stormwatch, Captain Atom, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Grifter, Hawkeye, Avengers A.I, Black Bat, and Captain Midnight. I'm a Super Hero reader.

#20 Posted by TheFirstLantern (1505 posts) - - Show Bio

I started as only superhero then went to read saga, and invincible and east of west and my tastes are a blend now.

#21 Posted by nintendork666 (284 posts) - - Show Bio

I read Marvel superhero stuff, Buffy the Vampire Slayer stuff, and whatever Tim Seeley's working on at the moment.

It's a system that's worked well for me so far.

#22 Posted by Binski (647 posts) - - Show Bio

I buy most of the marvel/dc/vertigo titles and walking dead, saga, and eternal warrior

#23 Posted by tomlikesfries (4667 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm a mixed kind of reader. I read anything I find enjoyable and Image has been knocking it out of the park lately with its indie titles, but capes are still the majority in my pull list.

#24 Edited by Deadgod (1426 posts) - - Show Bio

i started as a mainly superhero reader but later became mixed reader , now i read all kind of comics weather they are of Marvel , DC , Image , Dynamite or any other company as long as story is good

#25 Posted by 14NC3 (1760 posts) - - Show Bio

Superhero guy. Only read Marvel and DC. My reading list current is Marvel only. Though I did once read Y: the last man and I loved it.

#26 Edited by HolySerpent (12546 posts) - - Show Bio

i personally could never understand people who read comics that didnt have characters with superpowers or some type of extraordinary ability. Me personally i was striclty about DC until. recently Now I read Harbinger ( which is awesome by the way and more bang for your buck). I also read Asgard vs Galacticus (it was terrible. a complete waste of money). i also want to read Xmen but i dont know where to start.

#27 Posted by Eric8a92 (154 posts) - - Show Bio

@holyserpent: i read old X-Men, started again with Battle of the Atom.

#28 Edited by Queso6p4 (1437 posts) - - Show Bio

@longbowhunter said:

There's a big shift in comics right now. Lots of creator owned books out there. They make up about 50% of my pull list. The other half consists of various Marvel and DC stuff. Believe there are a lot of people on this site who prefer indie titles to the big 2.

Yeah, I've definitely noticed that shift personally as about half of my soon to be bough comics are creator owned and I do prefer them to the Big 2 books overall (I'm also horribly addicted to Kickstarter comics) . I still love superhero books, but there's so much more out there! People should pick up whatever looks interesting, within reason of course, and expand their horizons. I basically read whatever looks good and have found some great stuff, and some stuff that was a complete waste of time. It happens.

I'm a mixed kind of reader. I read anything I find enjoyable and Image has been knocking it out of the park lately with its indie titles, but capes are still the majority in my pull list.

@deadgod said:

i started as a mainly superhero reader but later became mixed reader , now i read all kind of comics weather they are of Marvel , DC , Image , Dynamite or any other company as long as story is good

Good unintended advice!

#29 Posted by jackbensley777 (653 posts) - - Show Bio

mainstream all dc and marvel... follow all the important events.... i also read conan wich is now by dark horse... has been for the past 15 years or ten idk. but ii only read those bc im a robert e howard conan reader

#30 Edited by tupiaz (2185 posts) - - Show Bio

I read all different comics. That can be Graphic novels, American comics (both superheroes and creator owned series however they are still pretty much the same even though the subject is different and the art can be more interesting. Still released every month have 22 page and rarely still have the american look), European comics (which seems to have no interest in the US whatsoever) and manga.

#31 Edited by DeathandGrim (2048 posts) - - Show Bio

Prefer DC and rarely Marvel if it interests me.

Indie is good too.

As long as the visuals are readable at a glance and the story is doable I can rock with it.

#32 Posted by ThatGuyWithHeadPhones (11085 posts) - - Show Bio

The type who read manga lol, but seriously when it comes to American comics I mostly go indie. Though I follow some capes like Hulk,Batman and Spiderman(well when Peter come back)

#33 Edited by The_Red_Viper (4167 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll always prefer DC and Marvel I think (especially DC though). It's the classics. Just not a huge fan of Indie.

#34 Posted by Eric8a92 (154 posts) - - Show Bio