Despite being vast, the world of comics almost always focuses a lot on the axis of the heroes and villains of Marvel and A.D. However, there are several other great comics to get you started in this universe that do not need order to better understand the story of the protagonist.
In this list, we’ve separated six beginner comics for you to start reading that don’t involve heroes from the Marvel or DC core. See below:
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Published in three volumes in its Brazilian edition, it is a classic of comics written and illustrated by Bryan Lee O’Malley, which tells the story of Scott Pilgrim, a boy who, to win the heart of Ramona Flowers, needs to face all seven of his evil ex-boyfriends in a fight for death.
The work is a great tribute to video games and is full of references to pop culture. The HQ received a theatrical adaptation in 2010, with Michel Cera () in the main role, Mary Elizabeth Winstead () as Ramona, and with Chris Evans () as one of the “evil ex-boyfriends”.
In, Marjane Satrapi gives a lecture on the Iranian / Islamic Revolution in Iran. Her work is an autobiography that illustrates the country’s conflicts since the fall of the Shah in 1979, the mandatory imposition of the veil with the religion of Islam, the issue of refugees and even the role of women in society and the search for their freedom.
it was one of the most popular works in the genre of autobiographical comics, which had the exhibition of its history made from the drawings of Satrapi, confiscated in the United States, while the HQ was censored in places like Lebanon. it is a work on empathy and historical context that was a “cry” from Marjane to the rest of the world.
The author published other autobiographies, such as, which tells about her relationship with other women in the family, and which focuses on a great-uncle. However, neither has achieved the same success as.
In (which means “rat”, in German), Art Spiegelan tells the story of how his father, the Polish Vladek Spiegelman, survived the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II, narrated by his father to his son.
His way of highlighting the brutality and horror of the Holocaust is put in a less graphic way by illustrating Jews as rats and Nazis as cats. The animals in his illustrations are a portrait of the inhuman era caused by the Nazi regime and it was a “hit” with his father when he published it. The work was the only comic book to win the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1992, and is considered a great classic of comics.
is a comic created by the twin brothers Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá, and tells several stories from different days of the protagonist Brás de Oliva Domingos, who dies at the end of each day. The work compiles a compilation of the most important days and the most relevant events in Brás’ life and brings this reflective aspect about life (and the end of it).
it is also a tribute to Brazil, with the rich illustrations of the twins and their genuinely Brazilian characters, as the protagonist himself who is an inspiration of the classic, by Machado de Assis. The work won the Eisner Award – considered the Oscar of Comics – in 2011.
The gaucho Rafael Grampá brings in his comic debut solo, the story of Rufus, a former boxer hired by the company Even Delivery to take the truck with an order to its destination. On the way, the boss’s “right hand”, Sangrecco, accompanies the driver to make sure he doesn’t open the container and learn about the order.
With a simple premise, Grampá reveals a sequence of absurd events that shock and amuse the reader. Not for nothing, it is considered the “Tarantino of Comics”, which clearly makes it an adult content.
Ready to win an adaptation of Netflix, Neil Gaiman’s multi-award-winning series, tells the story of the seven perpetual brothers – beings who embody various aspects of the universe in themselves -, revolving mainly around Morpheus, the lord of Dreams.
Considered the masterpiece of Neil Gaiman, it already underwent attempts to adapt in 2013, when Gaiman tried to partner with actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt () for a feature film, however, entered into creative disagreements with the New Line studio. The work is scripted by Gaiman, but the illustrators have already changed a lot during the editions.