There are a few recurring comic book writers that frequently come up in my articles. I tend to write about the works that I know the best and as such I sometimes will cover similar topics from different angles.
I’m going to do something a little bit different today, rather than talk about specific works by specific authors I’m going to list my top eight comic writers you should be reading. These guys are just a few of my favourites and, as always, there will be honourable mentions after.
There are a lot of things that make a good writer. Creativity is obviously the most important, being able to tell a good story and create interesting and memorable characters. There is, however, more to being a great writer than just that. Truly great writers are able to convey deeper meanings and themes to get ideas across in their work.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb by Stanley Kubrick is a movie that deals heavily with insecurity. Characters are willing to delude themselves of obviously ludicrous things if it distracts them from the possibility that they are in fact at fault. Writers will often have multiple story threads that still carry the same themes only in more subtle ways so that it doesn’t feel as though it’s being rubbed into the faces of the audience.
Comic books are much the same way, and when I go through my eight recommendations bare in mind that I am in no way saying that these are the be all and end all of writers that you should read. Honestly you should read from just about every writer you can. However these are some writers that I would personally recommend. They’re not necessarily the best or the worst (although I certainly believe some to be the best) but they are writers that you should read.
So join me next time for my first instalment in which I talk about a more controversial comic book writer and why I don’t think he’s really all that bad.