Comics Are the Cure for the Common Cold (Or, I’m Reading Things)

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Grading is done, and I’ve got a dissertation to complete so I can defend it and get a real person job.

And, as with Christmas tradition, I am catching some sort of cold or flu monstrosity. This seems to be the norm for me. It wouldn’t be so terrible if the only illnesses I got around Christmas were colds, but as I’ve mentioned before, I also spent one whole Christmas on my first cycle of chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, so there’s sort of this added hatred of being ill around the holidays.

So, instead of finishing a glorious blog post on why the Galactic Empire from Star Wars has always been about fascism and Nazis, I’m going to read some comic books. Currently, I’m reading the following:

  • Champions (Marvel)
    This series is actually fantastic. It features Ms. Marvel as the sort-of leader of a group of young superheroes, including Miles Morales’ Spiderman, Nova, Viv (Vision’s daughter), a young Cyclops (it’s a long story), and some new version of the Hulk that is oddly super charming. Unlike the other superhero groups, they are guided by a non-destructive, non-lethal ethos, which makes sense given that Ms. Marvel is at the helm. You should definitely check it out!
  • Jessica Jones (Marvel)
  • I Hate Fairyland (Image)
    This comic is just batshit crazy.

There are about a dozen others on the list, but those are the main ones. I also tried reading the first issue of the latest Ultimates, but I couldn’t stand the art; that’s one that will go on the “don’t pull anymore” list.

So, I’m going to take a nap and wake up tomorrow fresh eyed and weird. In the meantime, a question:

What comics are you all reading?

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

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