It’s easy to be cynical about comic books. One could argue that they’re oversaturated in pop culture these days, especially at the movie theater, and long-time readers may feel burned out by the constant reboots, retcons, and big summer crossover events that promise to shake up the universe and often change nothing. But there are some great books being made right now, if you dig a little deeper. Here are 10 of them.
10. Hawkeye, by Matt Fraction and David Aja (Marvel)
This series just recently came to a conclusion after long waits between issues, and it’s different than anything Marvel has put out lately. It’s a stripped-down look at the character, not as part of the Avengers team, but in his off-hours. And what’s he doing? Defending his building and neighbors from the Russian mob (a.k.a. the “tracksuit Draculas,” who punctuate their speech with “bro” and awful lot) who are trying to take over said building and evict said neighbors. The dialogue is smart and snappy and the art is minimalistic yet slick. In fact, as much as the writing is wonderful, it’s the visual storytelling that steals the show. Look at issue #11—it’s all told from the perspective of a dog, using pictograms in the word bubbles and Woodstock-style (i.e., from Peanuts) lines in place of speech. And bro is funny too, bro.