Happy Wednesday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! This is Pop Culture Wednesday, the place where all things relating to and affecting western media are discussed. I still can’t believe I haven’t thought of a better name for this segment yet……ah well, this works I think. You know what I haven’t talked enough about on here?
Comics! And today I’m going to fix that. But for the sake of time, convenience, and me not having to come up with more ideas for things to talk about here, today’s post is only going to focus on non-superhero comics. You can expect that comic book goodness in the coming weeks, but today this article is going to focus on the equally super, maybe even equally heroic, but less superhero IPs in the comic book industry.
This is a web comic that I just discovered yesterday thanks to the wonderful people over at Kotaku. The basic premise of this web comic is that the monsters that roam the halls of the dungeons found in dungeons and dragons have personalities and struggles similar to those individuals who play dungeons and dragons. Seriously, even if you giggled just a little bit at the panels posted above, head over to the author’s, Dave Rapoza, website and check it out. Steve Lichman is crazy good and insanely funny.
Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky is an awesome weird, funny, perverted, social commentary. The basic premise of this comic is that when the main female lead, Suzie, and the main male lead, John, have sex, time stops. Like literally. They use this god like power of theirs to commit various kinds of mischief and rob banks so they can prevent Suzie’s library from being foreclosed on. Despite enough dick jokes to make a sixth grader die of laughter (actually make that due to) Sex Criminals tells a compelling story and critiques aspects of our society that deal with sex, mental illness, and social stigma. It’s phenomenal.
Having first appeared in 1939, Archie Andrews is one of the oldest comic book characters in western media. This latest version is the combination of two of the biggest names in comics right now, Mark Waid and Fiona Staples (yeah, those are there actual names, I think comic book creators are required to have badass names). This new version has all of the same characters from the previous iterations of the series, but are now updated to fit a more modern audience. This reboot also seems to be tackling more serious issues like loneliness and what it means to be happy, as well. I personally really enjoy the narrative Waid and Staples have created in the first two issues and I think the art style is fantastic. It’s like four bucks to buy a digital copy of this comic, do yourself a favor and check it out.
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