Providence is written by comics legend Alan Moore. If you don’t know who he is, go jump off a cliff. Just kidding. With the man behind such awesome titles such as Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Batman: The Killing Joke and more, you know Providence is going to be awesome.
In the series, Moore creates a story revolving around the world horror legend HP Lovecraft created and is being called the “Watchmen of horror.” It follows queer Jewish man and writer Robert Black, as he navigates through New England in 1919 while trying to survive such an intolerant time rife with prejudice. He plans to write the Great American Novel, where he’s planning to use “the Outsiders” as a metaphor for social outsiders. He meets characters and creatures from the world Lovecraft created, all the while the world around him descends into horrifying territory. What lurks beneath the “real” world, and would you able to stomach the secrets that it hides? The book has layer after layer, and it would take a keen eye and open mind to digest everything. The question is, if you can handle it.
With so many references and clues to Lovecraft’s creations in the book, it is refreshing to read over and over until you have uncovered everything. It is a terrifying mindfuck, and if executed right, it may be one of the most horrifying things to hit the big screen.
Pro-tip: Pick up Moore’s Neonomicon and The Courtyard as well, to which Providence acts as a prequel and sequel to respectively.
Invincible is written by Robert Kirkman of The Walking Dead fame. If that’s any indication, get ready for a lot of blood, guts, and SWEET BABY JEEBUS moments.
Invincible follows the story of teenager Mark Grayson (also as the titular hero), son of superhero Omni-Man, as he juggles between dealing with his new-found powers, super-powered threats to our planet, and the awkward life of a teenager. How does he deal with said super-powered threats? With extreme violence.
It appears that Grayson isn’t really that much “invincible,” considering he’s always a bloody, horrible mess after each battle (there’s one instance where Invincible’s entrails are hanging out after a battle). The action scenes are sheer gratuitous ultra-violence. Guts are literally ripped off, limbs get torn, and punches literally punch a hole through bodies, and so on. Some fans have actually criticized the series for being too violent, while some argued that Invincible depicts a more realistic scenario when super-powered beings try to crack each other’s skulls. It’s not just the violence that makes the book work, but the writing is top-notch. Invincible takes popular devices in the superhero genre while also overthrowing them, to hilarious, jaw-dropping, and bloody results.
Invincible will make you laugh and puke, and a super-violent take on the superhero genre might be an interesting watch on the big screen.
7. The Authority
The Authority, like Doom Patrol, is a grown-up book about superheroes who aren’t your typical good guys. Some of them have a questionable moral compass, while some are just downright assholes. They are a team of super-powered individuals to fight the threats to our planet, by any means necessary.
Civilians are killed and entire cities are destroyed. Though The Authority aren’t exactly the picture-perfect idea of a team with an objective to save people’s lives, they have to do whatever it takes because the threats they have to deal with are exponentially worse than they are. They view their methods as necessary means of self-defense against horrifying threats to our planet.
It’s one of the more intelligent superhero books out there and it deals with a lot of existentialist and mature themes. For one, members Apollo and the Midnighter are one of the first openly gay couples in comics. Would you risk destroying a city to the ground and its inhabitants for the sake of the greater good? If you’re tired of the usual heroes versus villains stories common in comics, The Authority is a good bet. The Authority takes popular superhero tropes and gives it the middle finger.
Picture the world we live in now. Facts hardly matter. A politician’s word and propaganda is taken more seriously than actual facts. Politicians and corporations care more about themselves while they continuously screw the people they’ve promised to serve just to fuel their own selfish agendas. Worst of all? People don’t even know they’re being force-fed with enemas and they look at these people as anti-establishment saviors. That’s where Spider Jerusalem comes in.
Spider Jerusalem is the protagonist in Transmetropolitan, a grim political sci-fi satire that is funny and downright offensive. We follow the cynical gonzo journalist in his epic crusade against government corruption and injustice with the thing that’s sorely overlooked in today’s times: facts. Transmetropolitan chronicles Spider’s profane, uphill battle to stick it to the man in a world filled with rampant ignorance and consumerism, while taking the occasional drugs along the way. The book makes fun of everybody, with every issue roasting the wilfully and intentionally complacent. It shows its disappointment with how we humans have turned into.
While Spider’s profane and sardonic rants on the environment he lives in speaks volumes, ultimately he believes that the truth will come out and turn things around for the people around him. He hopes the truth will inspire people to take responsibility for their actions and to take the powers-that-be to task for how miserably they’ve treated the people they promised to serve. Oh, and Spider also has a bowel disruptor. It’s exactly what you think it is, only it comes with settings such as “loose”, “watery”, “rectal volcano” to “fatal intestinal maelstrom.”
Given today’s “post-fact” world we live in, Transmetropolitan is an important read. Truth and facts matter, no matter how ugly and unsettling they may be.
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