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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.



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




AND NUMBER 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

self indulgent thing but

au where prosecutor edgeworth doesn’t choose death, phoenix sees edgeworth while his memory isn’t totally back and he kinda. squints at edgeworth before suddenly his eyes light up with recognition and he yells

“oh right! you’re my boyfriend!” then proceeds to kiss miles and say he missed him complete with affectionate pet name. edgeworth is screaming inside but strangely feels no rush to correct him

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.
—  (via ourstrangelittleworldblog)
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SS Monte Carlo 

Beneath the sands of San Diego’s Coronado Beach lies the concrete and iron remains of a 300-foot ship called the SS Monte Carlo. Built in 1921, the oil tanker found a new life in the 1930s as “the world’s greatest pleasure ship,” the largest of several notorious mob-owned “sin ships” anchored in international waters three miles off the coast of California. There, wealthy patrons, including some of Hollywood’s glamorous elite such as Clark Gable and Mae West, could indulge in liquor, gambling and prostitution outside the jurisdiction of Prohibition-era US laws.

On New Year’s Day in 1937, a violent storm wrenched the Monte Carlo from her moorings and set the ship adrift. Eventually the iniquitous floating den ran aground on the Coronado shore, where the activities for which it was known were illegal. Not surprisingly, no one stepped up to claim ownership.

Authorities soon confiscated the slot machines and other gambling paraphernalia from the wreck. Scavengers ran off with whatever was left, and then the Monte Carlo was left to ruin, swallowed by the sand and surf, eventually forgotten.

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

As far back as his schooldays, Paul had admired the artsier side of beatnik life. As baby Beatles, he and John were attracted by the style of Parisian students and that clique of Hamburg friends who - to their eager Liverpool eyes - embodied existential chic. Paul was already familiar with Liverpool’s own avant garde, led by the painter/poet Adrian Henri.


“The funny thing is, John’s ended up as the avant garde guy, because he did all that with Yoko. Well actually, quite a few years before he’d even considered it, when he was living out in the suburbs by the golf club with Cynthia, I was getting it on with people like Miles. I used to be at his house a lot, just him and his wife, because he was so interesting, very well-read. He’d turn you on to William Burroughs. I’d done a bit of literature at school, but never anything modern. Steinbeck I’d read, but Burroughs and far-out shit…


This I find interesting because it’s something I didn’t put around at the time. I helped start the International Times with Miles, I helped start the Indica bookshop where John met Yoko. Was big buddies with Robert Fraser and very into Magritte. So I had a rich avant garde period which was a buzz. I was living on my own in London, and the other guys were married in the suburbs. […] My thing was, always, not to shout about it. It still is in a way. […] It was heady. Mile led me into Ginsberg, Cornelius Cardew. Very artistic. Like showing my movies to Antonioni. And watching movies with Andy Warhol, round my house. My place was almost the centre of the social scene at one point, because I was on my own.“

—  Paul Du Noyer, “Conversations with McCartney”