A Comic Lover’s Top Picks


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Anthony Herrera, Writer

Top 3 Comic Books to Read at Least Once in Your Life

Comic Books are great to just pick up and read. Most of the issues are short and they have a ton of action and excitement to keep you entertained. Here is a list of three comic books that I think everyone should read at least once because they are too perfect to miss out on. I’ve made two separate lists; the first one being the top three recommended, and the second one being a selection of three amazing reads available at the HMSA library.

Dark Nights: Metal

It’s common knowledge that Batman is one of the best, if not the best, heroes/vigilantes, but what if he became evil? That is the premise of this metal series. The Dark Nights comic book shows the assembly of a group of these types of batmen; they are each from a world located in the dark multiverse, the corrupted counterpart of the DC multiverse.

The Superior Spider-Man

We all know Spider-Man’s identity. It’s Peter Parker. That isn’t who he actually is in this comic, though.In this issue, an unlikely hero takes on Spider-Man’s  mantle after tragedy strikes. This unlikely hero is not a hero at all, but blossoms into one by the end of the comic. The issue looks into the events leading into the birth of a new Spider Man and his actions after being propelled into a role completely opposite from the one they are used to.

The Flashpoint Paradox

The Flashpoint Paradox is a series where everything is different from the heroes and the timeline we’ve all come to know and love. The Flash wakes up to an entire new world, where everything seems to be flipped on its head. He is the only one aware of this and must find out why and how this all happened.


Top 3 Comic Books Available at the HMSA Library

If you haven’t checked out the HMSA Library’s collection of comic books, maybe this list will tempt you.  (And for even more offerings, you could reach out to Ms. Enger to see what’s available in her private classroom collection!)

Death in the Family

The iconic comic book. I’m sure every comic book fan and people who are new to comics know what this issue is about. This issue explores the death of Jason Todd, the second Robin, through misfortunes with the infamous Joker with the help of Ra’s Al Ghul. It shows the increasingly violent tendencies of Jason Todd and how the relationship between him and Bruce Wayne is affected.

The Mighty Thor

Who do you think of when you think of Thor? Chris Hemsworth or maybe even Thor Odinson, Thor’s real name in the comic books? Many people don’t know that Thor is actually not just one person but a title given to a god or goddess of thunder. With the release of “Thor: Love and Thunder,” Jane Foster as The Mighty Thor is shown for the first time in the MCU. Volstagg, a.k.a. The War Thor, is an example of one the Thors that is shown in this comic. It follows the origin of Volstagg becoming The War Thor and how he teams up with other Thors to save Asgardia and the other realms from being destroyed.  The best one, in my opinion, has to be Throg!

Ironheart: Riri Williams

With Phase 4 of the MCU coming to a close, it opens doors to many more heroes to be shown in the spotlight. (SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame, stop reading right now, go watch it, and come back!) So, we all know that Tony Stark dies. This sets up a great entrance for Ironheart. It is already confirmed that Ironheart will be receiving a series in Phase 5, so it is a great time to learn about her with this comic book. Ironheart, Riri Williams, is a genius with tech and creates her very own suit to fill in Tony Stark’s boots. Although she begins her journey hidden in Tony Stark’s shadow, the comic explores the theme of becoming your own person and feeling confident with how you become. With her first villain in the way, she realizes what it means to be a superhero.