With Marvel and DC narratives increasingly taking over our movies and television shows, it’s sometimes hard to remember that there are tons of other comic book series to read — and what better time to do so than during a lazy summer full of unoriginal reality programs and questionable blockbuster movies? Plus, comics are lightweight and convenient to throw into a beach bag. Here are 20 series to check out, featuring everything from teen camp scouts to self-aware robots, and Golden Age of Hollywood noir to prison exploitation riffs.
Creators: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters
Is Lumberjanes the most adorable girl-power comic ever? Possibly! In Lumberjanes, five best friends are trying to have the Best Summer Ever at summer camp (Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types) while also battling supernatural creatures. As a cute addition, each issue ends with a mixtape track listing. It’s accessible and important, perfect for any young girl beginning to get into comics or any veteran who wants to read a new story.