For most of my life, I’ve stuck to reading novels to feed my reading itch. More recently, blogs have been added to that as well. When I was in high school, a friend of mine lent me some of her manga that I enjoyed reading (even though I was a little “whoa” at reading them ‘backwards’, but it was cool!), and I’ve dabbled in online comics, but I haven’t read them regularly in a long time.
I’ve been watching YouTube a lot more than usual, mostly for World of Warcraft lore videos (yes, I am a nerd). A lot of them take images from the WoW comics to illustrate the story. I then remembered that there are actually other comics I want to read, and I’ve suddenly gotten the urge to start reading them all at once.
The Dark Tower Comics
I just read the Dark Tower series from beginning to end last summer, and I’ve already been pining to return to its pages. What better way to return to the world than through the comics? The story is well done, although obviously not as richly detailed as the books are. My favorite part so far has been seeing more of Cuthbert and Alain, characters we only get to see during one novel in the series. They made me laugh out loud more than once. I’m up to The Journey Begins, which covers some of the events of The Gunslinger. At this rate, I may have to read The Dark Tower series again before the year is out.
Warcraft: Sunwell Trilogy
I finished reading these last week. The author of these comics is Richard Knaak, who also writes some of the Warcraft novels, and he’s definitely not my favorite of the Warcraft authors. However, his writing comes off better in the comics, except for Kalec and Anveena constantly going “C-can” or other stuttering that doesn’t make any sense in the context. The art was gorgeous, and gave me a better perspective of characters you don’t see in the game. Of course, I had to go and solo Sunwell Plateau immediately after finishing these, which sadly completes Anveena’s story forever. Even if you’re not into the Warcraft games, the universe is pretty cool, and I enjoy reading them for the stories themselves.
World of Warcraft comics
Nobbel87 on YouTube has a lore video about Valeera Sanguinar, a friend of Broll Bearmantle and King Varian Wrynn, on his channel. I knew that Varian had been a gladiator when his consciousness was split in two, but didn’t really know that he had made lifelong friends in the process. Of course, this series about these three characters is just one of the many stories in the Warcraft series, but it’s where I’ve started. I haven’t finished these yet, but Valeera’s story is compelling, her loyalty, her courage, and her strength to overcome anything thrown at her makes her a great character to read about. Plus, seeing a side of Varian where he’s accepted someone for their character rather than what race or faction they belong to is great as well.
The Sandman series
In case you haven’t heard yet, Insatiable Booksluts is hosting a readalong of The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman. Sadly, I still haven’t gotten around to reading any of Neil Gaiman’s work, so having the excuse to start with a comic series is pretty cool. I’ve heard rave reviews about it for a long time, and so am excited to start reading. For more information on the readalong, here’s the introduction post, or you can click the button on my sidebar.
Do you like reading comics? Have any to recommend to me? Let me know in the comments!