If You Loved ‘Ghostbusters’, Try These Comics Next
Despite all the naysayers and negativity, the new Ghostbusters movie has received a rave reception from critics and audiences, thanks in large part to the chemistry and charisma of its four lead actors, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon.
If you loved Ghostbusters and you’re after comics in a similar vein, we’ve rounded up five of the best independent comics that capture the spirit (no pun intended) of the summer’s biggest comedy.
Arguably the biggest comedy comic of the moment, Sex Criminals is so much more nuanced and thoughtful than its title or premise may suggests. It follows the lives of two new lovers — Suzie and Jon — who both have the ability to stop time when they climax, and naturally they decide to use this ability to rob banks and save Suzie’s library from closing down.
As the series progresses, we’re given a larger look into the lives of other people with these peculiar abilities and how they manifest differently from person to person. A frank and hilarious comic about the thing that most people are after but no-one wants to talk about, Sex Criminals is one of the most must-read comics being published right now.
Chloe Noonan: Monster Hunter
Chloe Noonan is a monster hunter, but she doesn’t have powers to help her; she has a bus pass. She does have help from gadgets provided by her mentor Professor Barley and her friends Zoe and Doug, but she still has to balance her monster hunting around sixth form college and her band, Freudian Repercussions.
This is a charming and down-to-earth tale of monster hunting, where the monsters are as much people as anyone else, with their own problems and character quirks, be it the alcoholic Skaldjur or the zombie hipster Hogorm. The collection contains years of material, and you can chart the progression of Marc Ellerby’s art from great to exceptional as you make your way through. All in all, Chloe Noonan represents the very best the British small press scene has to offer.
Lumberjanes is another smash-hit indie comic that, if you’re not already reading, you should check out immediately. It takes place in a slightly odd summer camp where a group of friends come together and discover there’s a lot more going on than hiking, fishing and orienteering. The Lumberjanes are some of the only people aware of the spooky goings on in and around the camp, and may be the only people who can put a stop to it.
However, the series isn’t just action and adventure. The real heart of the comic lies in its characters, who represent real role models for any young children reading, and the comic isn’t afraid to tackle issues that many peers would tend to avoid. A must-read for kids of all ages, genders and orientations, Lumberjanes is as fun and enjoyable as it is important.
Princeless defies expectations of what a princess story should and can be at every turn by casting Princess Adrienne in the lead role and having her be stronger, smarter and bolder than any of her would-be suitors.
Aided by her faithful companion Sparky The Dragon, Adrienne, she escapes the castle she’s forced into and begins an adventure to prove herself and rescue her six sisters from their own individual imprisonments.
Amelia Cole and the Unknown World
Amelia Cole lives in two worlds, one of magic and one of science, until one day she discovers she comes from a third world that is a mix of the two and becomes stranded there with no way back.
Forced to build a life for herself, she creates a friend in the form of Lemmy the golem and gets a job, but she cannot stop herself from intervening when magical threats appear — much to the chagrin of the mayor, the local vigilante The Protector and the shadowy and sinister Council.