Ten Non-Superhero Comics That Everyone Should Read

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Dante Nahai / Staff Writer 

Comic book media has always been overshadowed by superheroes. DC and Marvel are two examples of the biggest superhero-driven publishers that have taken the spotlight away from non-superhero comics. 

Looking for comics set apart from superheroes? Tired of reading about Batman and Superman? We have got you covered.  

Here are ten non-superhero comics anyone can enjoy. 

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“Saga,” written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

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“Saga,” in a nutshell, resembles the likes of Romeo and Juliet. However, instead of two families at odds with each other, it’s two worlds waging galactic warfare. Follow Marko and Alana as they run away from bounty hunters while striving for a normal life as parents. 

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“Sin City,” written and illustrated by Frank Miller (Dark Horse Comics)

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“Sin City” is a series of seven graphic novels that follows multiple characters running through various issues like revenge stories and fighting their way through them. Although the comic is in black and white, Miller’s illustration and unique art style help emphasize the grittiness of the world in Basin City.  

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“The Wake,” written by Scott Synder, illustrated by Sean Murphy (Vertigo Comics)

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“The Wake” is a mini-series with a deep story of human life as we know it. Synder’s world-building leaves the reader impressed with how he managed to create rich lore. Murphy’s illustrations are another vital aspect of the series, which shows the reader how incredible the world of “The Wake” is. Watch as humans lose their spot at the top of the food chain to mermaids that have come to take back what was once theirs. 

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“Fables” written by Bill Willingham, illustrated by Lan Medina, Steve Leialoha, Craig Hamilton, and James Jean (Vertigo Comics)

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Most of us know the classic fairy tales such as “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Three Little Piggies.” They all ended with the big bad wolf getting some form of comeuppance. Well, what if the big bad wolf wasn’t such a bad guy? “Fables” follows Bigby Wolf, the sheriff of Fables, a small community where the fictional characters range from regular people to anthropomorphic animals living in New York City. 

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“Black Magick” written by Greg Rucka, illustrated by Nicola Scott (Image Comics)

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“Black Magick” has an exciting mixture of real-world crime and occult practices. The story follows Rowan Black, a detective in Portsmouth who discovers the person she once was and who she will be in the future. 

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“Crossover” written by Donny Cates, illustrated by Geoff Shaw (Image Comics)

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What if comic books clashed with the real world? “Crossover,” tells the story of a time when comic books are outlawed and banned worldwide. It started in 2017 when fictional characters came into the real world, which caused the destruction of Denver, Colorado. Flash forward to 2022, we follow Ellipses Howell as she returns to Denver, her hometown, to uncover what happened behind “The Event.” 

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“Y: The Last Man” written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Pia Guerra, and Jose Marzan Jr. (Vertigo Comics)

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“Y Last Man,” tells the story of a survivor who was destined to die due to the sudden passing of all beings with a Y chromosome. Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand must live alone in a world where most of humankind has freakishly died. Readers can tag along on their adventure and discover the obstacles the characters must face to survive. 

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“American Vampire,” written by Scott Synder and Stephen King, illustrated by Rafael

Albuquerque (Vertigo Comics)

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“American Vampire” blends American history with a side of fiction. Writers Scott Synder and Stephen King dive deep into American lore while also telling an outlandish tale that is both original and shakes up the horror genre as we know it. 

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“Monstress” written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)

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With the art style influenced by manga, “Monstress” follows Maika Halfwolf, the main character of the series, in an epic fantasy tale that takes place in an inspired world of early 20th century Asia. Maika is a teenage girl who has a strange link with a demon. Though not much is known as the series progresses, the reader learns more about our protagonist and the fantastical world it is set in. 

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“Locke & Key” written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW Publishing) 

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Another great series of magic and demons, “Locke & Key”, tells the story of good versus evil. While there is a Netflix adaptation of the comic series, the original book takes readers on an even better adventure.

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