I was raised watching Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Blake's 7. Spaceships, epic battles, robots, time travel, the stars! Exciting people doing exciting things on exciting other planets! What's not to love? And clearly I love comics, though it took me longer to find them.
So here are my favorite graphic novels in the science fiction vein, joining my recommended reading lists of of zombie comics, comics about magic, post-apocalyptic comics, comics about race and social justice, history and myth comics, and all-ages comics. This post uses Amazon affiliate links - but we always encourage checking your local library!)
Let's start with Federal Bureau of Physics, co-created by writer Simon Oliver and artist Robbi Rodriguez. Colors by Rico Renzi, letters by Steve Wands and Jared K. Fletcher.
In the near future, you can call 911 for police, fire, ambulance... or physics emergencies, since the "laws" of reality intermittently break. Adam Hardy is an agent with the Bureau, responding to these emergency calls. Or not, or possibly two hours late, since he's kind of a slacker. Things are about to get serious, though, and Hardy's right in the middle of it.
Rodriguez and Renzi together have created a look that I wouldn't call attractive, really, but instead dynamic, expressive, and totally appropriate to a story about the warping of reality. It really grew on me. Then there's the casting diversity, which you know I always appreciate. Hardy is Pakistani, and partway through this volume Hardy gets a new partner, Agent Rosa Reyes, who is Latina. His ethnicity isn't brought up as an issue. Hers only comes up once (I think), when a receptionist mistakes her for a job applicant in housekeeping and Reyes comments on that racism. So I appreciated a team-up of people of color investigating jacked-up science stuff because that's not something you get to read every day.