NOT JUST SUPER HEROES – Post-Apocalyptic Comics

Getting into reading and collecting comics can seem difficult to the newcomer and not everyone likes Superheroes.

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A staple of science fiction is the post apocalyptic story, and a favourite of comic books.

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Crossed

Avatar Press, colour, 2008 – present.Crossed v1 #01-(2008) p20

  • Written by Garth Ennis and art by Jacen Burrows.
  • Zombie-like apocalypse.
  • Where to Start:  Crossed Vol 1 (Issues 1 – 10 – original run).
  • Spin-off:  Crossed +100 – set 100 years after the original series.

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Earth AD (After Disaster)

DC Comics, colour, 1972 – 1986.

  • A trio of post-apocalyptic stories, that were made part of the same world, and eventually the DC Universe.
  • Revamped in a number of ways since 1986.

Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth

  • Created by Jack Kirby.
  • Boy raised in a bunker leaves to discover anthropomorphic animals after “The Great Disaster.”
  • Where to Start:  Kamandi Archive Vol 1 (Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #1-10)Strange Adventures 144-175

The Atomic Knights

  • Created by John Broome & Murphy Anderson.
  • Sgt Gardner Grayle  awakes from suspended animation after “Hydrogen War of 1986” and joins the Atomic Knights.
  • Where to Start:  Showcase Presents The Great Disaster Featuring the Atomic Knights.hercules-unbound

Hercules Unbound

  • Created by Gerry Conway and José Luis García-López.
  • Blinded survivor teenager Kevin and his dog Basil release Hercules into a post-apocalyptic world.

Freak Angels

FreakAngels

Avatar Press, color, 2008 – 2011.Freak Angels 1

  • Written by Warren Ellis, art by Paul Duffield.
  • Post-disaster Britain and 12 psychic young adults.
  • Where to Start:  FreakAngels vol 1.

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The Infinite Horizon

Image, colour, 2007 – 2008.Infinite Horizon

  • By Gerry Duggan & Phil Noto.
  • Retelling of The Odyssey with US soldiers trying to return home after satellite communication is destroyed.
  • Collected as:  The Infinite Horizon (all 6 issues).

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Lazarus

Image, colour, 2013 – present.

  • Written by Garth Ennis and art by Jacen Burrows.Lazarus 001-012
  • Dystopian future where a handful of families rule.
  • Where to Start:  Lazarus Book One (Issues 1 – 4) or Lazarus: The First Collection (Issues 1 – 9).

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The Massive

Dark Horse, Colour, 2012 – present.Massive01_019

  • Written by Brian Wood, art by various.
  • Post-disaster a trawler looks for its missing sister ship.
  • Where to Start:  The Massive vol 1: Black Pacific.

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Resurrection

Resurrection, Black & White, 2003 – present.Resurrection- #1 p1

  • Marc Guggenheim, David Dumeer & Doug Dabbs.
  • After a 10 year invasion the aliens finally and mysteriously leave…
  • Where to Start:  Resurrection – Vol 1: The Insurgent Edition or Resurrection – Vol 1: Deluxe Edition (issues 1 – 6 and Annual #1).

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The Walking Dead

Image, Black & White, 2003 – present.Rick

  • Written by Robert Kirkman, art by
  • Zombie apocalypse.
  • Where to Start:  The Walking Dead – Vol 1: Days Gone Bye (Issues 1 – 6)

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Wasteland

Oni Press, Black & White, 2006 – present.Wasteland #1 p40

  • Written by Antony Johnston, art by Christopher Mitten.
  • 100 years after “the Big Wet”.
  • Where to Start:  Wasteland – Vol 1: Cities in the Dust (Issues 1 – 6)

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Y – The Last Man

Vertigo, 2002 – 2008.Y-The Last Man

  • Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra.
  • Death of almost everything with a Y-Chromosome.
  • Where to Start:  Y – The Last Man Vol 1: Unmanned (issues #1 – 5).

~ DUG.

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