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Comic books have long gone from merely being children’s fare to becoming an irreplaceable art form. For decades now, the whole world has been charmed by pages and pages of wonderfully illustrated stories, whether as superhero comics from the likes of Marvel and DC or as manga classics from Japan like Naruto and Dragon Ball.
If you’re a diehard comic lover or are just starting to love this form of entertainment, here are some of the best titles in 2019 so far.
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This character-driven comic book follows a group of kids transported into the RPG world. Comic Book Herald, a blog focused on suggested reading orders for both new and long-time fans, dubbed it as “part ‘Stranger Things,’ part ‘It’” but noted that “it’s also a whole lot more.” Not only does it have one of the best artworks, but “Die” is also filled with moments that strike at the readers’ emotions.
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If you’re looking for a female-centric story, “Goddess Mode” may be the comics for you. Written by Zoe Quinn, the sci-fi anomaly “fastens together oracles, girl gangs, dive bars, and megacorp conspiracies” while augmenting a deeply personal story to “underline the minute, but important, differences between ‘garbage’ and ‘trash’ or question where the future is going versus where it's been,” wrote Thrillist, an online media website covering food, drink, travel, and entertainment.
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The Unstoppable Wasp
Want something lighthearted? Try this story set in the Marvel universe. Don’t worry, you won’t need years of Marvel knowledge to understand the fun and exciting world of Nadia, daughter of original Ant-Man Hank Pym. The only background you need is Nadia’s mission of assembling the smartest women in the Marvel universe.
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Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me
Moving beyond the usual drama of being in a relationship in your adolescence, “Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me” dives into the toxic side of love and its close ties with labels, friends, and society. It also opens a discussion that involves sexuality and a cast of varying races. Creator Mariko and Tamaki and artist Rosemary Valero-O’Connell’s work also “emphasizes the importance of writing about characters who have already come out.”
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Naomi lives in a world where everyone knows about Superman’s origin, but they don’t know how and why. The main question thrown at it is “how do you grow up in a world where Superman exists?” Feeling like an origin story, in which Naomi questions her past and future, Comic Book Herald said “Naomi” is the “perfect starting point for a new DC reader.”
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Sabrina the Teenage Witch
In this reboot of the Archie Comics, Sabrina Spellman is finding her place in college living the life of a half-witch teenager. Thrillist noted that it is “a promising start” and a must-read for anyone looking for a story poised to be something special.
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“Skyward” follows the adventures of a young woman in a post-apocalyptic world that lost most of its gravity. Creators Lee Garbett (art), Antonio Fabela (colors), and Simon Bowland (text) bring out every detail—no matter how small—to life in every issue they put out, helping the world of “Skyward” balance the emotional highs with a never-ending serving of adventure.