In comic books, there aren’t just superheroes like the ones in DC or Marvel. There are also other kinds of superheroes that aren’t in DC or Marvel. As with TV, films, and video games, they are another way to tell stories. It’s because of this that there are a lot of comics that don’t have superheroes in them.
Among other things, fantasy comics have been around for a long time, going back to the start of indie comics in the ’70s. To show off the fantasy genre, comics are probably the best place to do it. They don’t have a “budget.” Some people have trouble choosing which of the many fantasy books they should read. There are some good places to start, but it’s hard to pick just one.
1. Dragonlance Presents A Look At A Classic D&D Setting
DC Comics bought the rights to D&D in the late ’80s and used them to make a lot of different books set in different places. Early in the ’80s, Dragonlance was set in the world of Dragonlance. It took a close look at the world, which was still very new at the time. All of the new arcs went to a new place and brought in characters that were both familiar to fans of the Dragonlance setting and new to shake things up. Even though the book only ran for thirty-four issues before ending in 1991, it had good writing and even better art.
2. Mage Is A Modern Fantasy About A Reincarnated King Arthur
No, not all of your dreams must be about a long time ago to be a story. An old series called “Mage” is one of the best. It started in the mid-1980s and was made into three miniseries. In them, Matt Wagner is a writer and artist. He tells the story of Kevin Matchstick, who is the new King Arthur. This time around, Kevin has special abilities, like a magic baseball bat that can shoot lightning. His job is to fight against supernatural threats that are hidden in modern society, and he does that every day. Along the way, he meets other heroes who have been reborn in this time. This makes it feel less like Fate/Stay Night, which is a lot of fun. Still, Mage sees Kevin grow from a young man who was angry to a father who knows how to care for his family.
3. Arrowsmith Is Fantasy Crossed With World War I
Everyone was tired of Tolkien rip-offs by the 2000s, and they wanted to read about different kinds of fantasy worlds instead of the same old ones. What Kurt Busiek and Carlos Pacheco did with Arrowsmith was so unique that it doesn’t get more unique than that! Is set during the first world war in a world where magic is real and used to fight. It has a vibe that is very different from anything else that was out at the time. For one thing, the show only ran for six issues. There are a lot of different versions of Arrowsmith Vol. 1: So Smart in Their Fine Uniforms out there for people who want to read a good book for a few hours.
4. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Is Dungeons & Dragons Through A ’90s Lens
There were a lot of different D&D games made by DC Comics when I was growing up. One of them was Advanced D&D. Here, the game took place in the Forgotten Realms, a well-known setting for the game. The series is as “classic fantasy” as anyone could want. Dan Mishkin and Jan Duursema both did good work on it, and it’s a good show. When it came to Dragonlance, it was broken up into “arcs.” There are a lot of adventures, but most of them were done by the same group of people. They solved problems both for peace and for money. The series lasted about as long as the other ones, with 36 issues.
5. Elfquest Is One Of The Oldest Classic Fantasy Comics
Wendy and Richard Pini, a husband and wife team, wrote the book Elfquest in the late 1970s. It went from Marvel, DC Comics, and Dark Horse, which isn’t very common for comics. This shows how long it was running. Cutter and his friends, the Wolf-Riders, are elves who live on a planet that changes all the time after they were burned out of their homes. It’s a huge story, and the best part is that a lot of it can be found on Elfquest’s main website.
6. Sacred Creatures
The cover of Sacred Creatures Issue 1
College grad Josh Miller is caught up in a conspiracy that could rip apart the foundations of humanity when supernatural forces that keep things in balance start to fall apart. Josh soon finds himself in a fight with an enemy that has been around for as long as time itself.
Volume one of this comic book from Image shows us some interesting heroes and villains. A lot of people like the book even though it doesn’t do anything new and the art isn’t very good at times.
7. The Stuff of Legend
This is the cover for The Stuff of Legend Omnibus 1: Cover 1.
Set in 1944, a group of toys must go into the Dark Realm to save a young boy from The Bogeyman, their owner. In the Dark, they have to fight the Bogeyman’s forces, which are mostly toys that the boy no longer plays with.
There’s a unique and imaginative story to be told in the pages of this one. The characters are interesting, and each page has a beautiful picture of them. If you start reading this, don’t make the same mistake I did.
Optioned for a TV show that doesn’t look like it will happen, but enjoy this wonderful story in the medium it was meant for.
8. Mouse Guard
This book has a lot of ideas from the Redwall books.
In a Medieval world where animals can think, a group of mice called the Mouse Guard have vowed to help their fellow rodents when they need it. They make way for them in the wilderness and protect them from predators.
Now, I’m a little biased when it comes to this book because I read the Redwall books as a child and loved every single one of them. You can see that influence in this book. This is a story about mice protecting people from predators like weasels and owls, and it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I don’t know if it was nostalgia or just pure fun, but this book is a must-read.
Fox said they were making a movie about the book, but when they were bought by Disney, the project was canceled.
9. The Rat Queens
This is the cover of the first issue of Rat Queens
The Rat Queens are a group of female adventurers who are drunk, funny, and violent. They come from all different kinds of animals and backgrounds. This comic is about their misadventures as they deal with a lot of monsters.
You will enjoy this one. There is a lot of fantasy literature I would have read anyway, but seeing it on the page is even better. When you’re in a mostly male-dominated field, it’s nice to see a group of women who are written as women and not sexualized plot points. A great comic can also be used to talk about gender fluidity, coming out, and transitioning. This is a great way to use the comic.
a cover for Isola Volume Two
In one of the most beautiful comics I’ve seen in a while, a Queen is turned into a tiger by her brother. He kills himself quickly in retaliation, but the Captain of the Guard doesn’t know that he can break the curse. There are two women who must travel across the world to find the gates of the underworld, in the hope that Prince’s spirit will bring his sister back to life.
So this comic isn’t for everyone, but look at that art! People also have a lot of depth to them, even though the plot is a little slow at times. This beautiful, contemplative story is worth a look.
11. Locke & Key
Now there is a big Netflix show.
It was a home invasion that led to their father’s death. The Locke siblings return to their father’s small-town childhood house, Keyhouse in the town of Lovecraft, MA. Mystery keys, too many locked doors, and a friend who lives in an empty well soon make the Locke family deal with all kinds of scary things.
Family and grief are as important to Joe Hill as magic or good and bad. This is a story that he wrote. The art is beautiful all the way through, and the story never fails to make you want to read on. The series has won four awards and been nominated for many more. This makes it one of the best fantasy series out there, making it even better than the other ones.
There is a Netflix version of the show that is based on it, and it has been renewed for a second season after getting a good review.