Some of which he even read.
At Popehat, we celebrate our core beliefs. To achieve victory, one must attack. But one cannot attack without a plan. A plan cannot be formed without mastering fundamentals. And nothing is more fundamental than reading. We even think pictures occasionally enhance the experience. As such, here's a slice of my standing list of recommendations to Patrick. With bonus material covering Patrick's thoughts where applicable, or he can just comment in the thread like a big boy. Waxing poetic is not my strong suit, but here goes anyway!
Planetary – Warren Ellis. Archaeologists of the Impossible! Planetary are an organization dedicated to charting the secret history of the twentieth century, in a world with super heroes and many other sorts of insane, fantastic things. It's both a love letter to 5+ decades of pop culture as well as an interesting treatment of those things. It's entire premise was based on one of those geeky exercises "if Reed Richards is the smartest person in the universe, why is Earth-616 as bad off as our own", though you'll have to read it to discover the answer (which is satisfying). Patrick started and I believe finished it and loved it.
Morning Glories – Nick Spencer. A group of seemingly random brilliant and troubled teenagers is "invited" to attend a prestigious prep school. There are no safe spaces at Morning Glory Academy, and I mean that literally. You have no idea where this is going, and won't at the end of the first six issues. Except that it's crazy and if you liked it like I did you'll be dying to know what happens next. Though I have fallen behind (my disposable income is not unlimited, and it's not the only thing I read, I think I'm 3 or maybe 4 trades behind now), it's high up on my "things to catch up on in 2016" list. It's a different and interesting comic and the characters are never far from my thoughts.
All Star Superman – Grant Morrison. Widely hailed as one of the best Superman stories of all time. If you're the sort of person that doesn't like Superman because a lot of Superman stories come off as badly written fanfic, this is a comic for you. It's a deep and thoughtful take on a character who needs to be in deft hands but usually hasn't been.
Nextwave: Agents of Hate – Warren Ellis. As comics matured and moved out of the silver age, a few things became inevitable. People like Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, and Warren Ellis showed us that comics might have started out as male power fantasies, they could be other things to. Lots of other people tried to copy them. Or tell "mature", "gritty", "dark", "complicated" stories. Most people failed, and failed horribly. What we got was often worse than mere power fantasy. Nextwave is the polar opposite of these things, I am happy to report. Nextwave is not, to quote, about Learning and Character Arcs and Morals and Hugs. It is about things blowing up and people getting kicked. It is about healing America by beating people up. It's Stephen Chow meets vintage action Arnie at the drive in. It features violence against broccoli, robots, sort of "other beings" and the six greatest two-page panels (lain out back to back) in the history of comics. Did I mention explosions and kicking? It is especially about THINGS BLOWING UP and PEOPLE GETTING KICKED. All of the delight you might have once felt when rising on Saturday morning to begin the ritual viewing of cartoons but later discovered was fake because it turned out all of those beloved cartoons were bad?1 It's real, and it exists in Nextwave.
Wytches – (Scott Snyder and Jock) – horror series that debuted this year. What would you trade to the things out in the woods for immunity to cancer, or prolonged life (while looking young and fit)? Their price is high. The first trade is out, and proved to be an interesting twist on a this very old formula.
Atomic Robo – Brian Clevenger (writer and co-creator) and Scott Wegener (artist and co-creator). Now available as a free web comic (Volume 1 Chapter 1). I guess I might try to describe Atomic Robo as a golden age comic done in a 21st century style. It's not gritty or dark but it's gleefully ridiculous, often thoughtful, sometimes touching. Robo and the Fightin' Scientists of Tesladyne battle evil in all it's forms throughout the decades (often with nods to the age in the process). Features one of the greatest comic book villains ever, bar none. If you had been 15 when finding Atomic Robo you would have immediately moved to set all of your table top gaming in it's universe (unless you were doing it in the Planetary universe instead, which is understandable).
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