Welcome to the Simple Seven, a series of quick lists that I will be throwing up from time to time. Today I will give you seven great comic reads that have nothing to do with a hero or super power.
-> I Kill Giants
I had to fight rabid fanboys off with a discarded intercostal clavicle at last year's NYCC to secure this gem. Comic vet Joe Kelly delivers a touching story about a young girl coming to grips with a horror she just can't wrap her head around. Jm Ken Niimura delivers a sleek anime style that leaves the work feeling lighter than its weighty subject matter.
-> The Essex County Trilogy
Jeff Lemire's magnum opus follows three generations of a Canadian family struggling to cope with both the world and each other. At times it seems the only genuine connection they share is a love of Maple Leaf hockey. Each chapter reveals more and more of the full canvas Lemire has painted this poignant tale upon.
-> American Vampire
Yet another in a long line of vampire mythos force fed due to newfound popularity, American Vampire does alot of things right. Basically think of the new vampire race in Blade 2 in the Old West, and their weaknesses are still shrouded in mystery. Did I mention Stephen King is writing half the book? That's enough reason right there.
Brian Wood has consistently churned out enthralling storylines concerning the Norse world since the series' inception. A rotating stable of quality artistic talent add variety to a series that lacks a main character to focus the book's energies, but this in no way inhibits Wood's storytelling.
A black and white crime drama, where a detective who lost his own child goes above the law to capture a child murderer. Warren Ellis depicts the stark and shocking fracturing of a man unequipped to deal with the horror presented him.
-> Fortune and Glory
Brian M Bendis' autobiographical first encounter with the ridiculous Hollywood movie machine. Will make you laugh out loud to find that in Hollywood, stereotypes are not the exception, but he rule.
Grant Morrison's commentary on animal testing. Three house pets are outfitted with state-of-the-art weapons of war. When they escape, their animal natures take hold... high tech explosion soon to follow. Visual master Frank Quitely brings these animals' fantastic adventure to life.