Superhero movies have been all the rage since Marvel started releasing their interconnected Marvel Cinematic Universe movies over nine years ago. Since then, DC done the same with the Superman and Batman movies. Marvel has even started to introduce less well known properties like “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
As a result, people who weren’t big comic book fans before the movies have started to read the comic books the movies were based on, and have gotten hooked.
If you’ve read through the source materials for the movies and are looking for something else to read, it may be hard to choose what to read next. Don’t worry, I’ve got your back. I’ll help you choose your next comic book adventure based on the comic book movie you loved.
If you loved “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” read “Black Widow“
The current incarnation of “Black Widow,” written mostly by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee, follows this popular Avenger as she goes on missions outside of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Why you’ll love it: Black Widow was an integral part of the story in “The Winter Soldier,” so you got to know her and her backstory really well. These comics will give you a look at how awesome Black Widow is, even when the other Avengers aren’t around. Also, you’ll be reading a story centered around a female superhero, instead of seeing a story where Black Widow is merely the token female sidekick.
If you loved “Suicide Squad,” read “Gotham City Sirens“
“Gotham City Sirens” has pretty much the coolest premise ever: Gotham’s baddest villainesses are sharing an apartment and causing mayhem together. That’s right, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn are roomies and besties in this awesome collection of comics. Bonus points given for bisexual representation since Harley Quinn and Posion Ivy are on and off dating throughout the story arc.
Why you’ll love it: I think we can all agree that Harley Quinn was the best (and maybe only good) part of “Suicide Squad.” Harley is an incredibly complex and interesting character, so getting to see a different side of her, mostly independent of the Joker is great. Stories centering around a group of badass ladies without their male counterparts is rare in comics, so “Gotham City Sirens” will be a welcome change.
If you loved “The Avengers,” read “Mockingbird“
Mockingbird is one of S.H.I.E.L.D’s best agents, even though she hasn’t made it in to any of the big budget movies, yet. Her individual story arc covers her investigation in to some strange goings on at S.H.I.E.L.D. and her attempts to uncover corruption from within.
Why you’ll love it: You’re already familiar with S.H.I.E.L.D. and how their agents work because of the Avengers. This comic will give you a different, more insider look at how S.H.I.E.L.D. runs, through the eyes of an unapologetic feminist secret agent. One of the covers even shows Mockingbird wearing a tshirt that reads “Ask me about my feminist agenda,” so what’s not to love?
If you loved “Watchmen,” read “The Boys“
This comic follows a government sponsored team that has been tasked with policing people with superpowers. This comic gets a little intense as it becomes clear that the team is willing to go to any lengths to make sure people with powers don’t misuse their powers.
Why you’ll love it: “Watchmen” asked deep philosophical questions about what should and shouldn’t be done with super powers and the place of superhumans in our world. “The Boys” poses the uncomfortable follow up question: what needs to be done to control superhumans? The comic also uncomfortably parallels the problems with police violence in the U.S. This read is not for the faint of heart, but it’s perfect for you if you loved the thought provoking nature of “Watchmen.”
If you loved “Guardians of the Galaxy,” read “Runaways“
A group of teenagers discover that their parents are part of an evil organized crime network and they run away with the goal of gathering evidence to expose their parents. Their journey takes them on wild adventures through the seedy underbelly of their world. The band of Runaways forms a dysfunctional family held together by their common purpose of destroying their parents.
Why you’ll love it: “Guardians of the Galaxy” also featured a ragtag band of miscreants held together by their common purpose: the greater good. The “Runaways” gang has a similar feel and tone to the crew assembled in “Guardians.” Plus, an anti-hero story is always more interesting than a straight up do-gooder story.
Hit up Amazon, Comixology or better yet, your locally owned comic book shop and start checking out these books today! You’ll be a well read comic book nerd before you know it.