Saturday is the first annual “International Read Comics in Public Day.” The idea is to be caught reading comics you know, out among the public, with the hopes that somebody will ask you what you’re reading and allow you to start explaining until they and their jock buddies start wailing on you.
August 28 is coincidentally the the birthday of the late great Jack Kirby, co-creator of many of Marvel Comics famous characters including Captain America and the Incredible Hulk.
My recommendation is that you pick up the first volume of “The Walking Dead,” which is coming to the small screen on Halloween on AMC. It is a story about a group of characters struggling to survive after the zombie apocalypse. Told in black and white but with a no holds barred approach, it is pretty much the greatest running title in comics.
Another good choice would be “Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter,” which is an adaptation of a 1960s novel, one of a series about Parker, a hard-nosed tough guy and his dealings with the underworld of the time. The retro art style and ruthlessness of the plot make this a pretty awesome read. Of course, it doesn’t look very much like a comic book unless you look at the pages, so purists might not accept this choice.