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My Top 10 Favorite Comics of All Time

Hi guys,

I’ve been getting asked a lot on and offline what are my favorite comic books? That’s a loaded question. I had to think about it. There are some great runs in comics. Some great story arcs. But I had to dig down and see what I really liked. What books have I read over and over and over. These are what I enjoyed the most, I’m not saying these are the greatest comic books ever, I’m just saying they appealed to me. So here are my top 10 favorite comics.

10. Identity Crisis
The DC Comics crisis events. Mostly just okay stories. Too much going on and not enough time to invest in any one character. But Identity Crisis stands out above the rest. Instead of a multiverse changing, massive story, Identity Crisis focuses on the mystery of who killed Sue Dibny. The wife of the Elongated Man. More and more of the heroes civilian loved ones are attacked and the heroes have a ticking clock to solve the mystery before another loved one is murdered. Written by Brad Meltzer this book focuses on the cost of living a double life. Highly recommended.

9. Young Avengers: volume 2
Not to be confused with Young Avengers volume 1. Volume 2 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie is nothing short of awesome. A multiverse hoping, teenage super hero daydream. It’s a really great story about teenage love, magic, pop references, LGB, and Loki. Lots and lots of Loki. So if you ship Wiccan and Hulkling, love Kate Bishop, and cannot get enough of America Chavez, you’ll want to read this book.

8. Superman American Alien
A lot of people have mixed opinions on this book, but I really enjoyed this unique take written by Max Landis. Focusing on the early years of Clark Kent, it felt more grounded in what Clark would actually be going through on his journey to becoming Superman. Each issue has a different artist which is fitting because each issue focuses on a different year in Clark’s child to teenager to young adult to man journey. It’s a mini series that should be pretty easy to find and I highly recommend it.

7. DC The New Frontier
A book paying tribute to the Silver Age of DC Comics. Focusing on the Macarthy era, A time where America couldn’t be less trusting, the story focuses on the super heroes once praised for their services, now find themselves ridden off as outlaws. Multiple perspectives from Hal Jordan (Green Lantern), Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman, Flash, etc, as they fight for truth, justice, and the American way, accumulating to the upcoming battle with “The Center.” Darwyn Cooke tells an amazing story that you all should check out.

6. Scott Pilgrim Vol 1 through 6
I cannot recommend these books from Bryan Lee O’ Malley enough. 6 graphic novels in total, focusing on Scott Pilgrim’s desire to date Ramona Flowers, his journey to defeat her 7 evil ex’s, and the challenge of being a responsible adult. This book is filled with post high school confusion, punk rock, video games, anime style action, and heart. If you liked the movie, I promise you, you’ll love the book.

5. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man volume 2
My favorite super hero is Spider-Man. In 2011 when they announced they would be making a new Spider-Man of color I was ecstatic. As a person of color it’s been great to have a Spider-Man that fills that need for minority characters. Obviously just having a minority character isn’t enough but Brian Michael Bendis’s run on Ultimate Comics Spider-Man makes you really love the character of Miles Morales. The story of what happens after Peter Parker dies and a new clueless Spider-Man must fill the void, is nothing short of great. It puts you in the shoes of a new character trying to figure out who he is, all while trying to keep the memory of Peter Parker alive. 

4. Paper Girls
If you like the show “Stranger Things,” you’ll love Paper Girls. Taking place in the 1980s, 4 middle school girls, on their morning paper route get caught up in the strangest day of their lives. To ninjas, dinosaurs, time travel, clones, to apple products, Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang hit you with a sci-fi nostalgia story that will keep you guessing where the next turn is.

3. Justice League International
The late 80′s had one of the greatest Justice League runs of all time. Keith Giffen and J.M. Dematteis pumped out some of the funniest and most entertaining comics to date. Focusing on the Justice League as a work place comedy, this massive run follows the adventures of a newly formed Justice League made up of mostly second string characters. The satisfaction of Batman punching out Guy Gardner, the comedy duo of Blue Beetle and Booster Gold, GNORT! If you want your super hero books to be fun and hilarious, this is the book for you. Starting in Justice League #1 through 6 and transitioning to Justice League International, then splitting between Justice League Europe and Justice League America.

2. New Avengers
This comic book run written by Brian Michael Bendis is what got me back into comics after an 8 year absence. 6 months after the Avengers disbanded due to the Scarlet Witch killing some of her fellow teammates, a massive prison break, orchestrated by Electro forces Spider-Woman, Luke Cage, Daredevil, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, and the Sentry to come together to put an end to the riot. The book follows the newly formed team on their mission to track down the 42 escaped prisoners, all while trying to solve the mystery who hired Electro and why? New Avengers also brought some of the best characters in Marvel including Wolverine, Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye, Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and more, to join the team. The book became the center stage for Marvel Comics from 2005 until 2012 running through events like House of M, Civil War, Secret Invasion, all the way to Avengers vs X-Men. It’s a fun super hero book that really throws you into the world of Marvel Comics.

Black Science
Sex Criminals
New Teen Titans (Marv Wolfman)
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey
Uncanny X-Force (Rick Remender run)
Batgirl: Year One


1. Saga
If you’re not reading Saga, you are missing out. A Romeo and Juliet story set in a sci-fi fantasy space adventure. In the middle of an intergalactic war, Alona and Marko leave their worlds behind to risk everything for the survival and protection of their newborn Hazel. Hunted by both sides of the war, the two travel across the stars and encountering creatures from all over the galaxy who either want to help them or want them dead. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples take a story about the ups and downs of parenting and throws it into a cosmic and crazy story of awesomeness. Look out for Izabel, Prince Robot the IV, and Ghus. You will smile every time they are on the page.

Most American school children learn that Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, leading us to join World War II. This week marks the 75th anniversary of Japanese-Americans being subsequently rounded up and interned as suspected enemies of the state. But there’s another tragic and untold story of American citizens who were also interned during the war. I’m a member of the Ahtna tribe of Alaska and I’ve spent the better part of 30 years uncovering and putting together fragments of a story that deserves to be told.

In June 1942, Japan invaded and occupied Kiska and Attu, the westernmost islands of Alaska’s Aleutian Chain, an archipelago of 69 islands stretching some 1,200 miles across the North Pacific Ocean toward Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. From a strategic perspective, Japan wanted to close what they perceived as America’s back door to the Far East. For thousands of years, the islands have been inhabited by a resourceful indigenous people called Aleuts. During the Russian-American Period (1733 to 1867), when Alaska was a colonial possession of Russia, Russian fur-seekers decimated Aleut populations through warfare, disease, and slavery.

Shortly after Japan’s invasion, American naval personnel arrived with orders to round up and evacuate Aleuts from the Aleutian Chain and the Pribilof Islands to internment camps almost 2,000 miles away near Juneau. Stewardship of the internment camps would fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USF&WS). Furthermore, orders included the burning of the villages to the ground, including their beloved churches, as part of a “scorched earth” policy. The Army’s stated purpose was to protect the Aleuts, who were American citizens, from the dangers of war. But one officer told astonished Aleuts that it was, as he put it, “Because ya’ll look like Japs and we wouldn’t want to shoot you.” That exchange is part of a documentary video called Aleut Evacuation.

The Other WWII American-Internment Atrocity

Photo: National Archives, General Records of the Department of the Navy

okay but Al not sleeping is actually kind of a big problem for his mental health??

I mean of course you have the flashback with Winry where he says (paraphrasing) “[not being able to sleep] makes me think about things that I shouldn’t!” but sleeping is more than just regaining physical energy, it’s also regaining mental energy. it’s the one time when your brain doesn’t have to process all these things and recuperate, a de-stress of sorts. that’s why sleep is so important.

but Al never gets that? he goes through all these crazy scenarios and all this stress and then he never gets to just, chill?? and he doesn’t have senses in the traditional sense, so his brain doesn’t have to process those, but that’s still a lot of mental energy being expended. how has he not gone insane yet?

and then think of the time spent in that earthen dome with Pride, and how Heinkel said something like, “I’d go insane if I was trapped in there.” and then, like, on top of that it’s pitch darkness and he’s in there with the eldest homunculus. anybody’s nerves are going to be frayed if they can’t see and there’s a potential threat (there IS a possibility that Pride has some sort of power he doesn’t know about). beneath that (literal) iron-calm facade, he must be so paranoid. he must’ve jumped a mile internally when Ed rapped on the wall, also not to mention the constant monotone of Pride tapping on his head.

like. that’s gonna have some repercussions on your mental health. Al made a big sacrifice when he came up & went through with that plan.

Al’s the real MVP.

Some people are lucky to find their soulmates in their own town. I consider myself lucky to have found my soulmate in this big world of ours.
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1. We’re both moral to a fault, and hold our ethical principles above most everything else. Because we’re so attached to our own perceptions of what’s right/fair, it can be easy for our views to come across as overly polarizing or harsh because no, some things are just inexcusable.
2. 10% human, 40% Salt™, 50% the word “fuck”
3. It’s easy for us to put ourselves in the shoes of someone who’s suffering or struggling, which makes us quick to stand up for others.
4. We’re good at listening to other people’s problems, but horrible at talking about our own. It takes a lot for us to be able to trust someone else enough to have an open discussion about our personal issues, and even then we have a tendency to withhold things.

1. Miles is way more outspoken than I am. I tend to keep opinions/arguments to myself until someone pushes me too far and I Go Off™, but he’s got no problem speaking his mind from the get-go.
2. He’s also reckless to an extent that I’m definitely not. I’m bad with spontaneity in general, to be honest.
3. He holds grudges more dramatically than I do. Well… I do hold grudges, but I can at least pretend to get along with someone if the situation requires it. If Miles doesn’t like a person, he makes it obvious.
4. Honestly I would’ve at least picked up a blunt object to swing in Mount Massive, and if I survived, it would’ve been with a clean conscious. Sorry, Miles, the Variants might have been undeserving of it but… have you heard of a thing called self-preservation…

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If Cosmo and Chris were in Sonic Boom, this is how I would like to imagine they would be like:

Cosmo would be part of a tribe that looks after plants in the jungle (think of it like in the movie, FernGully) with her sisters and their tribe’s leader, Hertia. She would still be something of a love interest for Tails. She and Tails would regularly bond, and Tails would offer her to ride with him on his plane. Sticks would be another member of Team Sonic that Cosmo could regularly hang out with. Being from the jungle, her and Sticks end up sharing similar interests. Cosmo would just wish that Sticks’ paranoid and more wild side was more toned downed, much to the misfortune of Cosmo’s more gentle demeanor.

Chris would be a meek foreigner from a pampered lifestyle, shipwrecked on Bygone Island and working a part-time job at Meh Burger to get his mind off being homesick. But unlike Dave the Intern, he would actually care about doing his job properly, sometimes being a perfectionist. He eventually befriends Dave after working with him over time. The two would build things together on their free time. But Chris wouldn’t take Dave’s evil antics, and schemes with the Lightning Bolt Society, seriously. Not in the, “What losers!” way, but in a, “They try so hard. Bless their hearts!” way.

what your favourite sonic boom (tv show) character says about you
  • sonic: you are so done with everything.
  • tails: distracted by cute things very easily.
  • knuckles: you don't give a shit. you would have his baby. or he is your baby. probably both.
  • amy: you're so glad she's less irritating now.
  • sticks: you don't have to understand to love.
  • eggman: you love to laugh.
  • orbot: you want to give this damn robot a hug.
  • cubot: you want some evil milk.
  • dave: you have finally found your teenage dweeb representation.
  • fastidious: grammar jokes are your thing...? okay...?
  • gogobas: you like pain.
  • anyone else: this post was made a while ago

PAUL: There’s this thing that’s grown up out of this materialist scene that everyone’s got into, which is that for everything to exist on a material level you’ve got to be able to discount any things that happen which don’t fit in with it. And they’re all very neatly disposed of these days. It’s great. It’s really very neat, I mean the way for instance IT would just be immediately labelled as “just one of those papers, that’s all” and that’s it. And pot is just that, pot is “just drugs” and LSD is “just drugs” and every form of drugs is “just the pit of iniquity, the black pit of terrible decadent disgusting people always fall into”. There is no thought on anyone’s part WHY anyone takes drugs but there’s thought on their part why they take drink. They’re quite willing to think about why they take drink, why they need a drink though they’re not maybe willing to admit that they take a drink to get drunk! I mean most people think: “Oh no, no, no, I don’t drink to get drunk! No, no, no, I take a drink occasionally. I do take a drink at parties but I must say I don’t take a drink to get drunk.” You know, this sort of Annie Walker attitude to it all… There’s something sort of dirty about drinking to get drunk, but if you do happen to get a bit drunk, it’s all right. But nobody will ever admit that they’re all standing there pissed because they wanted to get pissed which is the truth of it. It must be the truth, otherwise they’d stick to orangeade.

You see then, the drag is then, that if you’ve seen the possibility, not only the possibility, the probability of there being many many more things than you know at the moment. I mean, I told you for instance that I didn’t like dogs and cats, until I got a dog and a cat and love them for what they are, just ’cause they’re dogs and cats. I’m quite willing to accept that dogs and cats are dogs and cats. And I still find that there’s a vague little sort-of sadistic thing in me about dogs and cats and if I ever have to punish her [his dog Martha] I can do it quite easily. Which I hate.

MILES: If you’re able to see everything in its own terms, do you find that this has eliminated the western thing of finding some things beautiful and others repulsive?

PAUL: No. You see, the pity about operating like this is that my act is not adapted to this. All that I have learned and the way I talk and the way I act doesn’t really fit in. There are still the kind of hang ups like “I don’t like dogs and therefore…” There is still a lot of me which has learned a lot of wrong things, that has based a lot of things on fallacies. I can’t just accept everything, that’s it, because I can’t just suddenly say, “Right, everything is as I know it is and I know I ought to accept it all.” It’s difficult when you’ve learned for 22 years of your life that it isn’t like that at all, and that everything is just the act and everything is beautiful or ugly or you like it or you don’t, things are backward or they’re forward.

And dogs are less intelligent than humans, and suddenly you realise that whilst all of this is right, it’s all wrong as well. Dogs aren’t less intelligent… to dogs, and the ashtray’s happy to be an ashtray. But of course we think it’s just an ashtray and that kind of hang up still occurs. I still keep thinking of things just like that, people just like that as well. It’s pretty difficult to accept someone who’s lousy. I still impose the old rule of “Do I like them or don’t I like them?” [and] then I can’t see anything in them, it’s still difficult to see the good in bad because I’ve been trained that bad is bad… there’s no bad in bad, and I know I’m wrong. And all this is on a wider level.

MILES: How does this approach effect your dealings with people? I mean it’s a very isolated position, very objective, existentialist. Does to make contact easier or…?

PAUL: It can do. The trouble is, at the moment I haven’t got it going yet. It’s really a question of now seeing more of what it’s about. It’s now a question of trying to put those things into practice and when I think something which sort of says the kind of thing that I’ve learned in days gone by, it tends just to stick. Instead of being able just to say: “Oh well now, that’s rubbish, obviously, because I’ve found since that I do like dogs.” But obviously a little bit if the other, just because of sheer weight, 22 years as opposed to two, trying to learn it like this, see I’m really at the beginning of this stage. This is why other people say: “I see all your ambitions as Beatles have been fulfilled. You know you’ve done just about everything, you’ve played in every country in the world. What does it feel like?” And it feels exactly the same as it did when I was trying to get five quid for a guitar. It’s a beginning again, there’s no end. But I know I’m going to need a new set of rules and the new set of rules have got to include the rule that there aren’t any rules. So I mean… they’re pretty difficult. They’re pretty difficult…

—  Paul McCartney, interview w/ Barry Miles for International Times: A conversation with Paul McCartney. (November, 1966)