Chris Burnham recently wrapped up his run on DC’s Batman Incorporated with Grant Morrison. Savage Dragon, Image. Erik Larsen has been writing and drawing this book for more than 180 crazy issues. The book is set in real time, so by this point Dragon has been fighting bad guys for 20 years and his son, Malcolm, is slowly taking over the book. Larsen is at his best when he’s juggling 10 different subplots in each issue and experimenting with interesting layout and storytelling conceits, and he’s been doing a lot of both recently. Issue 185 was a recent high point.
Wonder Woman, DC. Great word play and intricate story by Brian Azzarello, awesome character designs and art by Cliff Chiang, Tony Akins & crew. It’s more of a Greek mythology team-up book than a “Wonder Woman” comic, but it’s really fun.
Manhattan Projects, Image. Come for Jonathan Hickman’s name on the cover, stick around for Nick Pitarra knocking it out of the park on art. This book is absolutely bonkers.
Chew, Image. It’s about a secret agent for the FDA who gets psychic impressions from the things he eats. Way more involving and complex than you’d ever believe. Super funny and weird. John Layman and Rob Guillory are absolute mad men.
Revival, Image. Small-town Wisconsin. For one day, the dead come back to life, then everyone tries in vain to get back to normal. Kinda like “Fargo” with some supernatural stuff thrown in. Tim Seeley and Mike Norton at their creative peaks!
Also: I’ve been reading a lot of ’70s manga recently. The easiest to find is the Shotaro Ishinomori stuff on Comixology. I recommend Kamen Rider for starts, but it’s all pretty good.
What else: Super Dinosaur; BPRD/Lobster Johnson/Abe Sapien; Batman; Glory; Prophet; Multiple Warheads … there’s lots of stuff out there. Oh, and 2000 AD. It’s a good one!
A version of this story first appeared at the New York Post’s Parallel Worlds.