They say a man is only as good as his gun. But why stop at a gun? Here are the top 5 craziest weapons!
5. Thought Bomb from Star Wars: Jedi vs. Sith
by Darko Macan, Raymond F. Bachs, and Raul Fernandez
The Thought Bomb is a particularly nasty Sith weapon that destroys the physical body and traps the Force essence forever. Effective.
4. Punisher from Trigun
by Yasuhiro Nightow
It might be hard to carry but Punisher packs a punch with two machine guns in front and a rocket launcher in the back. The job will get done.
3. Ragnarok the Demon Sword from Soul Eater
by Atsushi Ohkubo
In Soul Eater, the weapons are alive and work in tandem with their meisters. Ragnanok is paired with a shy meister and when they come together, Ragnarok is unleashed as a powerful sword with an even more powerful mouth.
2. Coveleski from I Kill Giants
by Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura
Coveleski is a giant hammer meant to kill giant giants and swung by a tiny middle school girl. Ramp up the girl power.
1. Squirrels from the Marvel Universe and used by Squirrel Girl
February is the month of love. Sometimes love comes easily, sometimes, the one you love is on a mission to kill you. Star-crossed and miserable, these top 5 lovers bounce between the one they love and the reason they can’t have them.
5. Sei/Kamiya and Okita from Kaze Hikaru
by Taeko Watanabe
Posing as a boy to join a team of samurai, Sei develops feelings for her leader, Okita. Though Okita knows her secret and loves her back, their work and his insistence on denying love keeps them apart.
4. Sadie and Kenzie from Mouse Guard
by David Peterson
These brave mice put duty above all else, even their love for each other.
3. Abby Holland and Swamp Thing from Swamp Thing
by various authors and illustrators
Surprisingly, the physical differences aren’t what come been Abby and her plant husband. Instead, years of strange plots, diabolical villains, and angst keep these two lovers from being completely happy.
2. Yuki and Zero from Vampire Knight
by Matsuri Hino
Yuki and Zero have been friends since they were children. Zero is on a mission to kill all pure blood vampires, no matter who they are. His resolve waivers but doesn’t falter when he discovers the love of his life is a pure blood.
1. Ono and Tachibana from Antique Bakery
by Fumi Yoshinaga
Sometimes the stars can seem in alignment and things still don’t work out. After an awkward confession in their teen years, they’ve become friends. Ono (a bit of a playboy) is uncharacteristically devoted to the gruff Tachibana but knows he’s straight. Tachibana loves Ono, but romance is never an actual option for these two.
Honorable mention: the entire cast of Fruits Basket
Comics have been playing with gender identity and gender roles for a long time. These top 5 crossdressers change their appearance to achieve goals or to reveal their true selves.
(from Love*Com by Aya Nakahara)
This comedy about a tall girl and a short boy has lots of romance. Seiko, born a boy named Seishiro, is not immune to heartbreak and school girl crushes. Seiko manages to navigate the rough waters of highschool love while being true to herself.
4. Princess Sapphire
(from Princess Knight by Osamu Tezuka)
In this classic manga, in order to inherit the throne, Princess Sapphire lives her whole life as a boy. She learns to fight and ride horses. In an ironic twist, she must pretend to be someone else to snare her true love.
3. Lord Fanny
(from The Invisibles by Grant Morrison)
Like Princess Sapphire, Lord Fanny is raised in the opposite gender to achieve her father’s goal. She is born a boy but embraces her girl persona though sometimes it brings her pain.
2. Shuichi and Yoshino
(from Wandering Son by Takako Shimura)
Shuichi is a boy who wants to be a girl and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy. Together they explore those feelings and others reactions.
(from Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori)
Though she is originally mistaken for a boy, Haruhi embraces the male identity to fit in and pay off a debt. The lines between gender roles blur in this funny story about love and keeping secrets.
Siblings are great, aren’t they? Brothers and sisters are the ones who punch you in the face while defending you to their friends. The siblings on this list share a special bond that, in some cases, borders on obsession.
5. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch
(X-men by various writers and artists)
The somewhat icky Ultimates universe aside, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch manage to treat each other tenderly, despite their rough family situation. They watch out for each other and together make the decision to switch sides.
4. Johnny and Sue Storm
(Fantastic Four by various writers and artists)
Though these two began as gender stereotypes: Johnny is quick tempered and brash, Sue is kind and quiet – they’ve evolved to become two of Marvel’s top superheroes. Their relationship has grown into a very touching and realistic portrayal of adult siblings trying to negotiate a shared history, saving the world, and dealing with each others quirks.
3. Alex, Julie, Jack, and Katie Power
(Power Pack by various writers and artists)
These four siblings fight villains, stay close, and develop neat powers – all before they are teenagers! The Power Pack features a fun group of kids who understand what family is all about.
2. Dream and Delirium
(Brief Lives by Neil Gaiman and Jill Thompson)
The Endless siblings are all fascinating but, in Brief Lives, the relationship between Delirium and Dream takes center stage. Together they go on a quest to find Destruction and discover things about each other and make choices that impacts the rest of the Sandman series.
1. Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin
(Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori)
The twins practically define ‘sibling bond’. Where one goes, the other can be found there too. They are so close only a few people can tell them apart and they want to keep it that way.
What other sibling bonds are you fond of? What sibling bonds do you find disturbing? All of these siblings can be classified as ‘heroes’, are there any good villains out there?
Let’s face it, sometimes reading a kid’s book is torture. They can be overly saccharine or so silly only a ten year old would find it funny. No worries, these comics are perfect for sharing with kids AND adults.
5. Mouse Guard
by David Peterson
In this medieval story, the mouse guard is composed of an elite group of specially trained mice. Kids will enjoy the fast paced story line and cute mice while adults can appreciate the gorgeous artwork and layered storytelling.
by Jeff Smith
Both kids and adults will laugh as Bone goes on an adventure. The jokes sit alongside some very touching moments that never feel too heavy thanks to Smith’s bubbleheaded illustrations.
3. Amelia Rules
by Jimmy Gownley
Who says boys get to have all the fun? Everyone will fall in love with this headstrong, loyal, and optimistic fourth grader.
by Kiyohiko Azuma
In this heartwarming and hilarious manga, Azuma manages to capture both the childlike endurance and the grown up exhaustion of raising a family. Who Yotsuba is pales in comparison with how Yotsuba loves.
1. Chi’s Sweet Home
by Keigo Higashino
Just look at that wittle face!
*content warning: there is one instance of mild adult language*
Thanksgiving is over. Even if that turkey could talk, he isn’t anymore. Thankfully, the animals on the Top 5 List of Talking Animals never shut up!
5. Bandit, Tinker, and Pirate
by Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly
Morrison’s heartbreaking WE3 reads like a twisted Incredible Journey. Bioengineered to be weapons and granted the ability to, literally, speak their minds, the dog, cat, and rabbit team try to find their way home. Their inherent ‘animalness’ is kept intact as Bandit shows a dog’s hope, Tinker speaks cynically and Pirate is only half aware of anything at any given time.
4. Matthew Cable
by Neil Gaiman and various artists
Matthew was once human but after being killed, Dream resurrected him as a Raven. Matthew isn’t thrilled with his new life but what choice does he have? He’s a trash talking and humorous Raven who is sometimes seen with one of the Top 5 Monsters, Corinthian.
3. Babe the Blue Ox
from Jack of Fables
by Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges
Poor Babe – he’s shrunk down to miniature size and his new master is the incorrigible Jack. The only thing that keeps him going is his hilarious and outsized imagination. Though he doesn’t technically speak, the reader gets to hear his every thought and that’s good enough!
from Girl Genius
by Phil and Kaja Foglio
The Emperor of all Cats will probably balk at being #2, instead of #1. He’s super-intelligent and organizes, or tries to anyway, the legions of cat spies. He’s also a loyal friend to Girl Genius star, Agatha.
from Calvin and Hobbes
A talking tiger sprung from the imagination of a wild boy, Hobbes goes beyond talking animal to represent true friendship, good humor, and a type of childhood magic that even adults can’t ever outgrow.
No doubt about it – Fall is for eating. There are plenty of graphic novels to appeal to the reader who likes to sit down with her pumpkin spice latte and take in the sights, smells, and tastes of a good food story. Here are the Top 5 Books to that Make you Hungry.
by John Layman and Rob Guillory
Still stuck on Halloween? No problem. Just pick up Chew to ease into the eating season. Detective Tony Chu is a cibopath. That is to say, he can get psychic readings from the food he eats. Yum!
by Kariya Tetsu and Hanasaki Akira
Half family drama and half cookbook, this unique manga is a must read! Kaibara Yuzan is a master chef who gets results by berating his underlings. His son, Yamanoka Shiro, believes that careful instruction and a passion for food is a better motivator.
3. Yakitate!! Japan
by Takahashi Hashiguchi
Cute and over the top, this manga uses a quest for a national bread as launching point. Full of puns and mouth watering breads, Kazuma tries to create the best Japanese bread.
2. Kitchen Princess
by Miyuki Kobayashi and Natsumi Ando
Najika is a talented student in a special school for aspiring chefs. As she works toward her dreams, she has to blend cooking with friendship, love, and bullies. At the end of each volume is a real recipe!
1. Antique Bakery
by Fumi Yoshinaga
Set in a luscious bakery, the manga covers the lives and loves of four men. Guaranteed to make your mouth water.
Who’s keeping you safe this Halloween? The Top 5 Paranormal Investigators!
5. Subaru Sumeragi
(Tokyo Babylon and X/1999 by CLAMP )
Subaru is a regular guy who just happens to be an incredibly strong onmyoji, or Japanese diviner. He uses his powers to dispel demons, help lost souls, and other needful spirit requests. When he’s not busy investigating, he spends his time trying to understand the ones he loves.
4. Dead Boy Detectives
(first introduced in Sandman by Neil Gaiman and Matt Wagner)
Edwin and Charles are boys who never grew up. Their untimely deaths led to a choice – move onto the afterlife or stay back as ghosts. They stay on Earth investing creepy crimes.
3. Courtney Crumrin
(Courtney Crumrin series by Ted Naifeh )
Courtney is dark and misunderstood. When she moves in with her mysterious Uncle Aloysius, she discovers she’s even more different than she thought. With a fair amount of moxie, she investigates the strange happenings that seem to surround her uncle and dabbles in magic.
The Hellboy series by Mike Mignola
Hellboy, Anung An Rama, is a demon from the pits of hell. Despite his origins, he joins the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. There he and his human counterparts, travel the world trying to keep the paranormal damage to a minimum.
1. John Constantine
Hellblazer by various writers and artists
Constantine is the quintessential anti-hero. He’s not afraid to get his hands dirty for the “greater good”. He spends his time smoking cigarettes, wooing women, trying to keep himself and his friends from getting killed and, of course, investigating demons, ghosts and other paranormal phenomena.
It’s October and you may have noticed Halloween is coming! Or maybe not – why are all these Christmas decorations mixing with my skeletons? In celebration, our inaugural Top 5 list is…. Top 5 Monsters Found Lurking in the Comic.
(Locke and Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez)
Who knew a spirit could be this much trouble? Dodge shape-shifts, manipulates, seduces and terrorizes the Locke family.
4. Mr. Dark
(Fables by Bill Willingham and various artists)
After a costly war, it seemed like the acclaimed series Fables was done with big bads – until they unleashed a pale, long haired monster with an affinty for human teeth and zombie slaves.
(Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata)
Ryuk is a death god, also called a shinigami, who gives the ambitious Light the power to kill. In his detached, charming way, Ryuk floats through the human world caring more for apples than the lives he takes.
(Jellaby by Kean Soo)
He’s more likely to kiss your face than eat it, but we still couldn’t resist adding his cuddly self to the list! He’s a great monster that reminds us what a blast childhood is.
1. The Corinthian
(Sandman series by Neil Gaiman and various artists)
Teeth for eyes. That is all. Fear him.
The Spiral from Uzumaki. Technically it’s a shape but the horror it reaps on a small Japanese town is monstrous.
Who did we miss? What’s your #1 monster from comics or manga? Anime? The movies?