When you look at the sheer range and number of original stories being told in comics form today, it’s hard to imagine a better time to be a comics reader. Online and in print, from all around the world, artists and writers are telling stories with their own voices and styles, and there’s so much to choose from that it’s sometimes difficult to know what to read next. With Should I Be Reading… ?, ComicsAlliance hopes to offer you a guide to some of the best original ongoing comics being published today.
There's no shortage of death in comics, whether as a marketing gimmick, all-consuming evil to beat, or wonderful guide to the afterlife. But aside from that last bit, death is rarely portrayed as something good. That's where Atsushi Ōkubo's Soul Eater stands out: by making the Grim Reaper a job in training at a Hogwarts-esque academy for superpowered teens who are earnest, goofy, sometimes not that smart but, in the end, heroic.