Space travel is awesome but messy. There’s no single defining line which classes a book in either camp. Contained in one volume, Strange Science Fantasy is an excellent taste of the old repackaged in the new. It’s therefore a suitable partner for tropes and ideas taken from the horror genre broadly. Her boyfriend is a mutant kangaroo named Booga. A 1995 film adaptation flopped, but the comic remains an inspiration for unconventional women characters. The story forms the first in the series known as ‘Southern Reach’ but is a gripping read in its own right. The "garage" in this context is an asteroid in the constellation Leo, but this is a book that defies explanation and is something you just need to experience to understand. Published as a ten-issue limited series in 1988-89, writer Alan Moore and artist David Lloyd tackle immensely heavy issues like terrorism, subjugation, and the encroaching surveillance state It's an unforgettable comic that’s a nightmare whirlwind of possible futures. This is a sci-fi trip unlike any other. Even without its cinematic adaptation, the French comic Valérian and Laureline is a sci-fi epic that set the standard for the genre. It's unapologetic. We said we wouldn't put any superhero comics on this list, but we couldn't help ourselves with this one. This cosmic horror story was originally written in 1931 but didn’t see the light of day until five years later. Enjoy! People who have visited that place in the past have suffered a range of negative effects. However Playster does not offer as many book options. Dystopian fiction and science fiction are close bedfellows, and the two dovetail beautifully in Brian K. Vaughan’s Y: The Last Man. A couple hundred years in the future, Transmetropolitan tackles the impending merge of man and machine and how it will transform society. Before The Ghost in the Shell became a sprawling franchise with animated films, TV shows, and the recent live-action American adaptation, there was the Japanese manga series. Saga is the epic space opera of your dreams. ‘Agents of Dreamland’ is one of the most recent stories on the list, having been released only a couple of years back in 2017. For hard sci-fi lovers averse to superheroes, this is the perfect comic for you. HP Lovecraft has been so influential over the cosmic horror genre, that even the stories that aren’t directly by him often play homage or tribute in one way or the other. Each new mission leaves a trail of debris behind, and Planetes follows several characters tasked with cleaning it up. Set in the near future, the original comic follows Major Motoko Kusanagi, a woman with a fully prosthetic body who assists an intelligence agency on technology-related cases. Although this list for the most part tries to ignore superheroes, you also can’t fail with Moore’s mega-hit Watchmen, a 12-issue comic that changed the medium forever. Although Reed Richards and company have never been too far removed from the genre, Hickman elevates the Fantastic Four to a level unlike anything we've ever read. The blend between science- fiction and horror is something of a natural one. It's a fascinating take on the classic superhero tale but within a much more grounded, sci-fi framework. Paper Girls, written by Saga's Brian K. Vaughan, feels like a great 1980s sci-fi film. The following is a list of the best-selling Japanese manga series to date in terms of the number of collected tankōbon volumes sold. In fact, his influence and legacy are so powerful that many of the non-Lovecraft cosmic horror books reference Lovecraft, either directly or subtly. Paul Pope wrote and illustrated the comic during a peak era of cyberpunk storytelling. Since the 50s, the comic has sold 100 million copies globally and has become a hugely successful anime as well, and Astro Boy remains a fun and campy adventure that's still completely enjoyable more than 60 years later. If you're looking for a something a little more lighthearted (and x-rated), Sex Criminals is an inventive take on your typical time travel narrative. Known best for his fantasy-for-all-ages classic Bone, Jeff Smith creates a fascinating world with RASL. It’ll make you a better person. comic follows the adventures of two time cops, one of the greatest runs of Marvel's first family, a sprawling franchise with animated films, 6 Sci-Fi and Comic Sequels That Never Were, 8 Sci-Fi Comic Books That Deserve Movies or TV Shows, The Lasting Impact of the Sci-Fi Comic 'Valérian', The 35 Sci-Fi Stories Everyone Should Read, 15 of the Most Anticipated Sci-Fi Movies of 2015. After all, a lot of sci-fi tends to be darker or more serious in tone than other forms of popular fiction. This is the case in genres explicitly about this subject matter, such as biopunk, and others where the biology is a more secondary focus. The best cosmic horror mixes together the mind-bending feel of sci-fi with the bone chilling terror of fear-inducing fiction. The best part? The ongoing comic centers around "non-compliant" women who are sent to a prison on another planet. It’s a fascinating examination of humanity, female power, and a unique lens through which we can view our own world. Lawson’s main character is a gripping and engaging presence that readers are sure to enjoy and relate to. It also goes without saying, Fantastic Four's original run, with Stan Lee and Jack Kirby at the helm, will always be worth a read. It draws on sci-fi elements from other monsters of the genre, most notably Mass Effect, but it's anything but a carbon copy of something you've seen before. Jemisin, Neil Gaiman, Sabaa Tahir, Tomi Adeyemi, Diana Gabaldon, George R.R. Did Scientists Just Find a Way to Reverse Aging? The creators describe this comic as a form of "Western Manga." BUY NOW. The characters in Planetes are realistic and complex, and the plot will satisfy science-minded readers. 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Although you won’t find much complexity running through these early strips like you would in a modern comic, it’s hard not to smile your way through all the campy, sci-fi goodness. Tank Girl became an icon for women in the punk rock/riot grrrl movement. His subsequent space adventures would cement Buck Rogers as a comic that should never be forgotten. It is a critically acclaimed dark horror tale which is sure to captivate the mind of anyone who reads it. It deals with a group of people who are forced to explore an extreme area which is cut off from the rest of humanity. Spider Jerusalem isn't your average journalist. In the original literature by Lovecraft, there are many hunts of a future in which humanity is overrun. With the power to arrest, convict, sentence, and execute criminals, Judge Dredd is exactly the kind of badass superhero you’d imagine, and one of the most memorable to ever be packed inside a comic panel.