Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer and that usually means travel plans during the warmer months of the year. A good portion of that travel time is occupied by cross country road trips or idle time waiting for flights at airport terminals. One great way to fill up some of that down time in between this year’s summer adventures is reading. Specifically, Graphic novels that will spark and capture your imagination. Here for your consideration is part one of recommended road trip material. Be sure to pick up the titles that intrigue you at your local comic shop or book store.
Marvel Comics: X-Men: Dark Phoenix Saga (TPB): One of the most popular superhero teams in comic book history has had more than its share of epic story lines. However, this is arguably one of the most powerful in the franchise’s history. When one of their team members becomes an entity with the power to destroy worlds, will the X-Men stand by their side and defend them from those who would see them destroyed to protect the universe? Or will the power wielded by the Dark Phoenix prove to be end of all life In the cosmos? This title collects issues #129-138 of X-Men, material from Classic X-Men #43, Bizarre Adventures #27, What If #27 and Phoenix: The Untold Story. With the spectacular team of Chris Claremont (writing) and John Byrne (art)on this seminal storyline, this is a must read for X-Men fans.
DC COMICS/Vertigo: DMZ TPB Vol. 1: On The Ground: Comics are more than just people with weird powers running around in colorful costumes. It is a medium that can be used to tell profound stories using both images and words to create worlds that once existed, currently exist, or might one day be. These tools are put to good use in this tale created by Brian Wood (writer) and Riccardo Burchielli (art). DMZ tells the futuristic story of an embedded war journalist trapped in a war zone most of us would never imagine possible. The streets of New York City. Raw with emotion and very much in touch with the human condition, this story is only further served by its grounded sci-fi backdrop. For those looking to explore what the medium can be beyond superheroes, this is a must read. This trade paperback collects the first 5 issues of this ground breaking series.
DC Comics: Crisis On Infinite Earths TPB: DC Comics boast some of the most iconic and well known characters in the comic book industry. Back in 1985 they shook the entire comic book industry with a storyline that would drastically alter their comic book continuity canon. This one is EPIC! For fans who have recently just started reading the recent DC reboot with the 52 series, this is one that should be read. Not only are the pages packed with one of comic book histories most ground shaking stories, it boast a veritable who’s who of the comic book industries most talented creators. People like: Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Dick Giordano, Jerry Ordway, Mike DeCarlo, Tom McCraw, and Alex Ross (just to name a few). This one collect issues 1-12 of the Crisis On Infinite Earths limited series.
Little Brown and Company: Adventures of Tintin New Edition Hard Cover Vol. 1:
This collection is sure to please not only adults, but kids as well. Summertime often marks a time for daydreaming of adventure in faraway places, and Tintin is one of those childhood classics that manages to capture the spirit of an Indiana Jones movie so magnificently. Belgian creator Georges Remi created a classic that manages to remain timeless in its magical charm. Tintin is a traveling reporter who, with his sidekick dog Snowy and assorted companions, crosses genres in stories that span the gamut of sci-fi, fantasy, swashbuckling adventure, westerns and mysteries. Volume 1 collects the tales “America”, “Cigars of the Pharoah” and “The Blue Lotus”. Guaranteed to inspire a curiosity in the world around us.
Stay tuned true reader for part 2 of suggested reading for your summertime reading pleasure.