Science Because science fiction and comics have been together for almost 100 years, this is a good thing. Among them are Flash Gordon, Astro Boy, The Incal, and, of course, Paper Girls, Ex Machina, Saga, Y the Last Man, and pretty much every other title you can think of by Brian K. Vaughn, who wrote them. These comics have set the bar high for everyone who has followed in their footsteps, both in comics and outside of them.
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Because the science fiction genre has changed and evolved over time, they have made the whole thing look very different. The last 15 years have brought new themes, backgrounds, and experiences from new creators with new ideas. As the voices of sci-fi comic book creators become more bold and unique, so do the stories we get to read. This opens up a whole new world of what it means to fit into the sci-fi genre of comic books.
The 15 comic books on this list are the result of decades of progress in both the comics industry and the science fiction genre as a whole. They offer new, ground-breaking, and controversial comics to add to the list of important sci-fi comics to read.
1. Prism Stalker By Sloane Leong (2019)
Image Comics’ Prism Stalker, written and drawn by Sloane Leong, is a comic and a sci-fi book that defies almost every expectation that people have for a space adventure.
It’s about Vep, a young refugee who has been forced to help a military company set up a new world. It’s a planet full of psychedelic forces and untapped telekinetic ecosystems, and Vep is put to the test both by the world around her and by her own new powers as well.
Readers will get a new look at colonization and migration through future space travel, and they’ll get to see a stunning display of weird and unique character design in the process. The art in this book is very lifelike.
2. Sex Criminals By Matt Fraction And Chip Zdarsky (2013)
Because time travel has been a part of science fiction for a long time, some of the best literary minds have tried to figure out how it could happen. Afterward, there’s Sexcriminals, which is about what would happen if you could freeze time when you orgasm hard enough. Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky made the movie.
With a lot of romances, this is how it goes: They meet at a party. Jon and Suzie sleep together, and it turns out that they can both stop time when they are in love. Because they both have that ability, it feels like the sky’s the limit, and the two go on an adventure spree. It can be hard to stay in a relationship, even when it’s fun. Sometimes, the Sex Police are also out to get you for all your time-hopping, and they use their own orgasm powers to do it.
3. Lazarus By Greg Rucka And Michael Lark (2013)
Greg Rucka and Michael Lark, who write and draw Lazarus for Image Comics, aren’t the first to think that humanity will go back to a feudal system in a post-apocalyptic world, but they add a new twist to the formula. Those who control the world’s few resources have something called “Lazarus,” which is a specially trained warrior who’s been outfitted and given one mission: to protect that family’s honor, no matter what. Each of the 16 corporate-style ruling families has a Lazarus.
A Lazarus named Forever Carlyle is the main character in the show. After some truths are revealed, she wonders about her place in the family and in the world. For Lazarus, the elevator pitch is pretty simple: What if HBO’s “Succession” was also about genetic modification and the real fate of mankind? Nobody would say no to that.
4. Brink By Dan Abnett And I.n.j. Culbard (2016)
The best thing about Brink, a 2000 AD story, is that it doesn’t let the reader get too comfortable. A police procedural set in space is the first kind of genre mash-up. Then it turns into something much more interesting by adding some Lovecraftian horror to it. Things only get worse from there. By the third series, there’s also a Downton Abbey vibe.
Brink’s story is mostly simple. People have been forced to leave Earth and live on huge space stations. Bridget Kurtis, a future cop, gets caught up in a lot of conspiracy theories, from religious cults to missing planets. It’s crazy, it’s risky, and it’s not like anything else on this list.
5. Judge Dredd: Titan By Rob Williams And Henry Flint (2016)
As a lawman for Mega-City One for the past 40 years, Judge Dredd has dealt with mutants, teenage psychopaths, supernatural entities who believe that life itself is a crime, epidemics, and the very idea of democracy. He first appeared in 2000 AD in 1977. Dredd has to deal with the threat to his life from the righteous anger of the incarcerated in the stories in Titan, but that’s not the only thing that makes them unique. With some explosions, alien technology, and ice monsters, of course, to keep it interesting to look at.
Rob Williams and Henry Flint write a story that is both a smart critique of the strip’s current status quo and a well-written action thriller. At its best, Judge Dredd is science fiction like no other book or movie has ever been written before. There’s nothing better than Titan, which is like Judge Dredd at its best!
6. The Airtight Garage
Publishers: Métal Hurlant, Marvel
Lewis Carnelian’s story is sometimes called “The Airtight Garage.” A character says that “anything can still happen in the Airtight Garage.” Isn’t it true that anything can and does happen in this Jean Giraud work? In the pages of this long comic strip (it took four years to finish the “story”), we see Giraud, better known to the world as Moebius, at his most pure and free.
Major Grubert and Lewis Carnelian are at odds in the story. At one point, they are called “Mage-or” (in the original French printing known as “Jerry Cornelius,” a nod to the Michael Moorcock creation). Grubert is a little like a god because he made the Airtight Garage, which is a three-level world in a computer simulation. Carnelian has been a friend of his for a long time. He has also become a semi-deity, but how that works is up to the reader to figure out. In this case, going into more detail about the events that brought these two men together would be bad for the work. It is the story’s improvised, non-sequitur nature that makes it powerful, not the fact that it is a story. People who want to understand the Airtight Garage have to let go of ideas about plot and character and structure. It’s a work that defies expectations and must be looked at in person. Synopsis won’t be able to say enough about how good this movie is. Hermétique is a word that means both “airtight” and “esoteric.”
Moebius once said that the Airtight Garage was “a flight into a world of pure fantasy,” but even that doesn’t fully explain how he made it. When he worked on the story, he worked on it in small chunks, sometimes without a script. At the end of each chapter, he would write himself into a narrative corner and have to start over. In each new chapter, he would have to try to fix the wayward plot. Only then would he be able to break it up by the end of the next chapter. Everything in the story changes all the time because of this improvisational method. The title of each chapter is different, and so is the name of the book. As the lines of Moebius’ work change from one panel to the next, they move across a wide range of styles, from Sunday newspaper comics to Western adventure to pure abstraction. The artist is good at all of them. The story moves quickly from lighthearted adventure to daring spy intrigue, all the way to science-fiction triumph. It is a work of unique genius.
In addition to being Moebius’ best work, the Airtight Garage shows off the skills of one of the best cartoonists ever to have lived. It’s been a long time since Giraud died, but hopefully people who haven’t seen his work will be able to meet him on the ever-shifting planes of his Garage Hermétique. It was Jakob Free.
Artist/Writer: Katsuhiro Otomo
It’s 38 years after a huge explosion wiped out Tokyo and plunged the world into the depths of World War III. Katsuhiro Otomo, the manga artist behind this 2,200-page body horror/cyberpunk odyssey of teenage motorcycle gangs clashing with super-powered psychics, pulled off one of the most impressive manga art feats of all time. People still think about Akira’s influence, just like the psionic mute in the comic’s name does today, more than 30 years after the comic was first published. When you look at Otomo’s many drawings and dynamic lines, as well as his iconic character designs and dramatic pacing, it’s easy to see why people love his work (although its ubiquity outside of Japan stems largely from the film adaptation, also directed by Otomo). In the comic, there are a lot of stories that connect, as well as monolithic cityscapes that are drawn with amazing, painstaking detail. Then, the comic is wiped away with a cacophonous sweep of destruction that is both beautiful and terrifying. This book is required reading. There’s no way around it. Toussaint Egan is the name of the person who wrote this.