Reading comic books falls into one of those slightly secret things I do, and I when people find me reading one they often seem quite surprised.
When Bill and I got married, I very much looked down on comics. Over the years, he took up the challenge to find graphic novels could suck me in. He won - I now own most of several series.
Usagi Yojimbo. Simple line drawings matched with a complex and admirable hero seeking honor and justice in the world hooked me. Just reading Stan Sakai's work isn't enough for me, it turns out this delightful comic ignited an interest in feudal Japan. I've read many great books from the young adult fiction section on the subject, but this rabbit samurai is by far my favorite.
Elfquest, introduced to my by one of the plethora of Jen's in my life, captured my interest, both for the storyline and the lovely art. Additionally, Theo took up reading it and it was the first comic interest we shared. This is a long running series and there are something near a trillion of them. So far I've stuck with the earlier books as the story takes some twists and turns I'm not sure I'm ready to follow. I really love the art.
Girl Genius combines compelling art with a smart, strong and sexy heroine. Theo and I both love the storyline and the creations by the inventor heroine. So far, I'm current on all the books and anxiously awaiting the publication of the next. I was years into enjoying this book before it occurred to me I'd fallen prey to the enjoyment of a serious sub-genre called steampunk. I fear I grow geekier by the minute.
How about you? Any comic book lovers out there? What do you read?