The Panels 2015 Read Harder Challenge consists of 26 challenge categories spanning the breadth and depth of all things that may be considered comics. Every week we’ll give you reading recommendations from one of the categories.
With sci-fi recommendations under our belts a few weeks ago, now it’s time to tackle fantasy comics! I know I’m a sucker for this particular genre and all the promise it holds for critiquing our society or taking us out of it completely.
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll: Five short stories inspired by the dark side of classic fairytales. Gorgeous, quiet, and so so creepy. – Amy Diegelman
Rat Queens by Kurtis Wiebe and Stjepan Sejic: I am never going to be able to say enough good things about Rat Queens. Imagine your typical D&D-style adventuring party populated by raucous roller derby team and that’s the story. But what sets Rat Queens apart is the amazingly well-developed characters. Each of these ladies has a rich history, wide spectrum of feelings, and quirks and flaws up the wazoo. It’s brilliant and funny and full of adventure. Jump right in with the upcoming May issue, which kicks off the next story arc. — Ali Colluccio
Birthright by Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan, and Andriano Lucas: Boy goes missing. Family falls apart. A grown man appears soon after, armed to the medieval teeth, and claims to be their missing son. He claims to be there to save the world from some coming evil, but he harbors something far darker. Birthright is proving to be a cool premise well executed. It mixes action, intrigue, family drama, and sweet dark fantasy flashbacks into one book. — Chris Arnone
Mouse Guard by David Petersen — Chris Arnone
Princeless by Jeremy Whitley — Jess Pryde
Persia Blues by Dara Naraghi — Jess Pryde
Fables by Bill Willingham — Swapna
Sandman by Neil Gaiman — Swapna
Supermutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki — Swapna
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson — Swapna
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