The New Year is here! What better way to further ignore your resolution to get in shape (or have something to read after you’ve been diligently crushing your workouts on the way to fitness greatness) than to find more comics to read? There isn’t one! This handy list will help you start beefing up your reading list, and collection, in no time. Listed are titles that cater to the classic superhero genre, as well as some that stray a bit, but all of them are good reads and well worth your time. Have a title that was left off the list? Mention it in the comments!
6. Seconds – Bryan Lee O’Malley
The Scott Pilgrim writer’s latest graphic novel is about a young, successful chef named Katie who runs her own restaurant called Seconds. She’s feeling pretty good about it all, as she’s achieved her goal to open a restaurant with her business partner in a dream location. Her good fortune begins to take a turn, however, when she starts stressing about seeing her ex-boyfriend continually coming into the restaurant. And one night, she thinks she’s lost her mind when she sees a strange girl in the restaurant who leaves her with simple instructions: 1) Write your mistake. 2) Ingest one mushroom. 3) Go to sleep. Simple enough instructions and an equally simple premise, adorable humor ensues. Katie is very likeable. Similar to Scott Pilgrim, there’s a clever interaction and playful banter between Katie and the narrator. The story reads like an anecdote a friend would tell you about somebody you don’t know. Everything is light and easy to follow. No superheroes, no tie-ins or any other deviation, it’s all self-contained, which is a big selling point for binge-reading.