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I know it's already February, but I'm in college, and I got delayed big time. But I had been wanting to talk about my favorite series so I decided to just do it now.
1. FF- Quite possible the crown jewel of my eyes, I just love love this. A 16 issue comic series, that was paced perfectly and the story crafted greatly. I'll give anything a chance with She-Hulk in it and that's what brought me to this series, but I stayed for everything else. I had never read anything with Scott Lang in it, but it managed to make feel immediate empathy for him for the troubles he's had. The supporting children are so cute and so funny that it just increases the love and heartwarming feeling I get for the story. But then the entire comic is funny, even getting some good lines out of Uatu The Watcher. Of course, all good things have to come to end and, the final issue has been released, providing the right amount of closure
2. Saga- I love fantasy stories. However, it seems that most fantasy keeps it self boxed in a routine of stories and stock characters. Which is highly ironic that fantasy could actually be hindered to basic things, when it could in theory be about anything. Like, Saga. Whereas you could write the actual narrative off as being a "love story" or something of the sort, I'd argue that you were wrong. I love the way the world is revealed to us, it's always delightful when they pull back the curtain to a certain degree and let us see just another taste of the world. But besides that the characterization is really strong and the artwork is gorgeous. Also Alana is the greatest
3. Pretty Deadly- The cover of the frist issue, seen to the left, is what first drew me into Pretty Deadly, and then the opening scene of a bunny getting its head blown off by a little girl, pulled me in. Pretty Deadly is a gorgeous affair, filled with horrific images, with some horrific villains, including Death himself. It's also one of those great stories that reveals things at a very patient and slow manner. I don't want to really get into it and ruin the plot. Just no it's awesome
4. The Witching Hour- A great and unique one shot collection of great horror and fantastical stories set around themes of the supernatural. Now I'm not a big horror fans, so some on these plots could be typical or routine, but as a sort of introduction to these type of stories, it is glorious. The story of Birdie is my favorite.
5. Young Avengers- I actually read this entire series in December. I have never read any of this characters before, and in this was my first introduction to them. Before I even got to issue 5, I was already in love of them. Loki has always been a character that I've disliked, but I love him here, and he was an absolute delight. Artwork is great too.
6. Trekker Omnibus- I had never even heard of this comic series before, sort of makes since its creation, predates my birth by 7 years and it isn't really high profile. But when I picked this up it turned out to be a treasure. Mercy St. Clair, might be one of my new favorite characters: beautiful, dangerous, and cool. Read the entire omnibus in one day.
7. The Adventures of Superhero Girl- This is just hilarious, great gags and some funny outlook on the superhero genre. Sort of has a light plot, but so far it hasn't picked up much. Just really funny, with ninjas too.
8. Misty Knight and Valkyrie seem like an unlikely pair, but they actually make a really good team. I've always felt that both heroines deserved a push from Marvel. They could be A-List heroines, and this comic showcased it. It had good action, a good ensemble cast, featuring guest appearances by Storm, Elsa Bloodstone, and even Hellcat, and even some moments of subtle, and not so subtle, comedy. Alas, nobody was reading it and so it was cancelled. Because of that the ending was kind of rushed, but I still really like it.
9. The Movement- This title is just so enigmatic and weird and that's saying something considering it's a superhero comic. But it's not weird in it's convention or structure. It's more weird the characters motivations and the underlying themes. I've just never seen a superhero comic, written from this perspective. I really love the characters, especially Virtue, nothing cooler than when she stares down the detective in the restaurant.
10. Miss Fury- This comic is just crazy. It has weird characterization in that the title character is kind of written as a sociopath, with some real anger and mental issues, but it has a really different story involving time travel and nazi's and it is glorious.
11. I honestly thought these Annie stories were going to be boring, I only picked the volumes up on a whim, but then the first story Annie gets in a plane crash and ends up the sidekick of a delusional superhero, Annie is freaking awesome. And I recommend this too anyone looking for some family friendly and good natured adventure.
12. Justice League Beyond- I only wanted to read it because Big Barda is in it, and I'll read anything with her in it. Didn't even realize it was about Terry McGinnis, who I also love. I actually enjoyed this version of the Justice League, than the main Justice League title.
13. I was anticipating this story for a long time. Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of my favorite shows ever and I got really excited for the continuation novels. The comics may seem a little inaccessible to those who haven't seen the show, in fact you might not even understand character dynamics, but give it a try regardless. The reveal of The Mother of Faces is gorgeous and the character has one of the coolest designs I've ever seen. If you're a fan of the series, you've got to read it.
14. Wonder Woman- Just awesome. Wonder Woman has always been one of my favorite heroines and I love this interpretation of her mythos and this new story, as well as the artwork. A lot of people are reading this though, so I don't need to say much.
15. Like Trekker, I had never even seen heard of this and just picked it up hoping it would be good. It really has a great story, with interesting conspiracies, and some biting satire.
16. The Flash- Barry Allen, nuff said. Actually that's not enough. Well I've always had an affinity towards DC's resident speedster, so when the New 52 started I subscribed to this comic first, and I've loved it ever since.
17. Catwoman- A really dark even more adult version of Catwoman's character, than is usually showcased. And I've loved it for it, At times, can get a bit too "sexual", but I still love it. Like the Flash and Wonder Woman, I've read every issue of this and I still love it two years later.
18. Adventure Time- Comics written in the creative and hilarious style of the great animated show. The comic stories would fit right at home as adventures of the T.V. show, which I commend kaboom studios for, considering it isn't written by the show's writers or producers. And it's Canon!
19. The same thing's I said above, though focused on the great character of Flame Princess teaming up with Jake.
20. X-Men- Adjectiveless X-Men featuring the ass kicking women
of the team. Nuff Said!
21. Almost forgot about this series, not because It's forgettable, but because I was behind in the issues, but now I'm caught up. I really love this character and this unique premise, again at least I've never seen it, Forever Carlyle is just really cool, and her internal struggle about her morality and her loyalty to her family is really great.
22. Captain Marvel- The reason why I originally started reading this was because I loved the way Carol Danvers looked, I always thought her old design was really boring, and honestly because of that I couldn't get into her character, but glad I picked this up.
23. Love, love. Awesome new fantasy serious about a group of ass kicking. . . rodent women? Great art and possibly the funniest comic of the year.