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Six by 6 | Six great superhero comics outside of Marvel and DC

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Hellboy (Dark Horse): The prodigal son of Hell has become Dark Horse’s flagship character, but if you’d ask Hellboy about it he really couldn’t care less. Created in 1994 by Mike Mignola, Hellboy has spawned his own franchise, with one ongoing series (Hellboy in Hell) and a variety of spinoff titles from his former employer B.P.R.D. and friend Abe Sapien. With Mignola back writing and drawing a regular Hellboy title, 2013 is the best time in years to be a fan of the big man with the red right hand of doom.


Invincible (Image): He’s everything Marvel and DC wouldn’t do with their heroes, and everything comic readers wish they would. Created by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker years before they’d become household names in comics, Invincible has taken the superhero ball and run with it — ably assisted by current series artist Ryan Ottley. From gut-exploding punches to rather frank talk about superheroes and sex, Kirkman and Co. have created the most authentic teen hero that comics have ever seen.

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Every time I read something like, “All comic book readers want to hear superheroes talk about the logistics of superhero sex!” I learn again why DC has gone the direction it has and why comics seem to be less and less for me.

Sigh. Some of us feel like we’re being pushed further and further out of the club.

But those of you excited about it, have fun!

On both Jack Staff and now Mud Man, Paul Grist has been doing super-heroes better than pretty much anyone else for the last decade or so. I say this not to be the guy who whines a personal favourite didn’t make the cut (it’s only six titles, I realize). I say this because his work is fun, smart, accessible, gore/misogyny-free, and, in terms of page composition and form, daringly unlike no one else.

How could you ignore Empowered?


Six titles, three pages? Really? Need the clicks and hits that bad CBR? Sheesh.


Lotta clicking here for three pages of low content.

I’ll Add Danger Club from Image, hope we get more issues soon

I would also put Madman in there, like seriously you guys, srsly.

I’ll add COPRA and Hypernaturals.

This makes me miss Quantum and Woody. That short-lived book was awesome.


DC doesn’t talk about superhero sex logistics. They talk about juvenile fantasy sex logistics. Give Invincible a try and you’ll be pleasantly proven wrong, because besides the grandiose superhero drama and excess violence, it involves Really good character interaction. True, most of its characters are young, and it often sticks with young people’s notions, but it does them really well.

For more mature character interactions between full adults check out Savage Dragon. It’s tackled every issue imaginable.

Seriously? 3 pages? decent read but nothing i’ll waste three clicks on again.

Jesus fuck, are you people so lazy you can’t be bothered to click a button on the internet? Seriously?

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