Who has fond memories of assigned Summer Reading from high school? No one, right? Nobody. In fact, I’m willing to bet that right now you’re having a nightmarish Scarlet Letter themed flashback. Being an adult might be awful 98.9% of the time, but it has its upsides, one of which being that you can decide to read whatever you darn well please.
Except now I’m going to tell you what you should be reading during these upcoming hot summer days.
Superman: Birthright by Mark Waid and Leinil Francis Yu
While it has been said that Man of Steel (in theaters June 14th) isn’t based on any one comic in particular, there is heavy speculation that it is, in fact, influenced by this 12-issue miniseries. It’s a fantastic introduction to those new to everyone’s favorite (or at least most polarizing) superguy and helped to redefine his origin in interesting new ways. Regardless of whether or not Man of Steel drew any influence, it’s a fantastic book and an accessible read for even the most die-hard Superman hater (see also: Superman For All Seasons by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale)
Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli (Martinez’s Pick)
This summer will see the release of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Zero Year, a story arc hoping to redefine the origin of Batman. Why is this such a big deal? Because no one has really touched the subject since Year One came out 25-ish years ago. Miller and Mazzuchelli crafted a Batman origin so good that not even a universe-wide reboot in the form of the New 52 could touch it — until now. Snyder promises no direct comparisons to Year One, but it’s hard not to since DC has decided to market it with a design contrasting with the current trade dressing for Miller’s work. So if you want to be able to weigh in on the merits of Zero Year, you might want to pick this one up. Besides — it’s a classic!
Blankets by Craig Thompson
I have a theory that Blankets is the Infinite Jest of comics. Everyone says it’s amazing and wants to have read it, but few people have the patience for a tome that large (which is really nothing — Thompson’s latest, Habibi, is even more dense). Blankets is a fantastic book, sensitive and heartbreaking with hauntingly beautiful art. Let this autobiographical tale of adolescence and first love carry you to a chilly Wisconsin winter in the dead of the summer heat. It’s one of my personal favorites.
Three titles to keep your summer boredom at bay, and all conveniently available at our shop! None of these titles peak your interest? We’re always happy to make suggestions based on what you’ve read, liked, wanted to read, or hated!