I’ve been thinking about trying to come up with what comic series I would put on a comics version of Appendix N. I think my initial desire is to avoid anything that is an adaption to stories that appeared in other media, like books, and avoiding any comics that are adaptations of fantasy roleplaying material. Not that any of that is bad, but it’s kind of on the nose.
So thinking about that, I’ve got some initial thoughts.
I have only read a few issues of this, but I really liked the world-building in this series. It shows what a fantasy world looks like from the point of view of the people in the settlements near an adventuring site, and it also touches on the concept of living dungeons.
Rat Queens is great, and it’s very adult in nature. Hard-partying and hard adventuring women adventurers that are walking disasters, but yet are extremely likable. It even has rival adventurers, and then there is poor Gary, the butt of so many jokes.
I’m specifically calling out Gail Simone’s run on Red Sonja, because Gail Simone is awesome, and she strikes a great balance between gritty fantasy adventuring, and a wry wit with a few cleverly executed subversions of tropes surrounding the main character.
Ragnarok features Walt Simonson writing Thor, but this time, not as a superhero, but as an undead juggernaught gaining revenge on his enemies after the world ends. There is also a nice alternate take on dark elves in the issues I’ve read so far.