There’s more to comics than superheroes, and science-fiction/fantasy is certainly well-represented in the genre. Even if you’re not a SFF fan (or think you’re not), these stories are worth checking out. I never considered myself a SFF person, and if asked today, I probably wouldn’t classify myself as such – but these are some of my favorite comics, and they’re pretty well set in the SFF realm. Try them out for yourself. What do you think?
Saga by Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples
This story has become super popular lately, and once you start it, it’s easy to see why. Two opposing soldiers from two different species fall in love amidst a huge intergalactic war and have a child together. This is their story. I was apprehensive when I started this, since I am not a huge fantasy person, but the art and the storyline just blew me away. I’m now halfway through volume 2, and have volume 3 waiting for me.
Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Rios, and Jordie Bellair
Amazon describes this as “magical realism of Sandman with the western brutality of Preacher.” With DeConnick (Bitch Planet, Captain Marvel) at the helm, you really can’t go wrong. A folktale about Death’s daughter, the story is dark, but the art brings depth and beauty to the tale. I found this comic to be a bit of an acquired taste.
Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
The art in this comic is phenomenal. If you’re looking for an intricate, well-crafted story, here it is. Set in Asia in the 1900s, the story takes place within an alternate reality – a matriarchy. Mythology, action, layered levels of fantasy…the writing and the art are just exquisite. You’ll get lost in the world that Liu has created. Maika Halfwolf has survived a war, and thanks to a weapon of mass destruction, there’s a ceasefire. She goes on a journey to learn about her mother, and in turn, her past.
Kim & Kim by Magdalene Visaggio, Matt Pizzolo, Katy Rex, Eva Cabrera, Claudia Aguirre, Tess Fowler, Rachael Stott, Matt Wilson, Devaki Neogi
This tale of two queer best friends who are also interdimensional cowboy law enforcement officers. When they hijack a high-paying job, all hell breaks loose. If you remember Tank Girl from the 90s, it’s sort of like that, but even more colorful and fun.
The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie Mckelvie
Looking for a fun superhero fantasy paired with beautiful color and art? Look no further. Every 90 years, a group of gods become human, and live 2 years before dying. Blending mythology with pop music, this is a smart series with lots of imagination. It can get confusing, especially in the first volume – but stick with it; you’ll be glad you did!
What are your favorite SFF comics?