I bought a tablet specifically to start reading digital comics. And of course, I headed straight for the spaceships, robots, and lasers. It’s just the kind of girl I am. So here’s a little roundup of some lovely science fiction digital comics I’ve enjoyed. If you’re as much of a geek as I am, something here will surely catch your eye.
These comics are available from various sources and I’ll tell you how to get them: directly from creators, from independent digital comics shops, or from Amazon-owned site/app Comixology. (If you don’t have an account yet with Comixology, you can sign up for Comixology here through my affiliate link, and I get a little store credit. That buys more comics so I can recommend more to you! We all win!)
Broken Saviors by Todd Mitchell, with art by Patrick Mulholland
Read issues 1 and 2 for free on Mitchell’s website, and there’s a donation button to help him produce more issues
What it’s about: “Broken Saviors is an original graphic series that explores what happens when humanity becomes the subject of a global ‘nation building’ endeavor conducted by a mysterious race of aliens who claim they’re here to save us.”
Why I love it: I’ve watched and read a LOT of science fiction, and I’ve never seen aliens invade Earth quite like this before. If you like stories about human resistance to alien invasion, you should definitely try this one out. The main characters are a cute couple and both pull their own weight. There’s plenty of action. Satisfying sci-fi! I backed it on Kickstarter, and I’m glad I did!
Jill Trent: Science Sleuth, an anthology by Superdames Comics
What it’s about: “Jill Trent, Science Sleuth solves mysteries, fights villains, and has unpredictable adventures using nothing but her scientific genius, improbable inventions, and the fighting prowess of her faithful partner, Daisy Smythe! Each stand-alone story in this rebooted anthology series reimagines the Science Sleuths in a new way, including a range of racial and ethnic identities and time periods, from the 1940s to the not-too-distant future.”
Why I love it: Super fun retro, 40s style dialogue with modern polish. The varied artistic styles make the collection rich and interesting. Having Jill’s and Daisy’s characters change with every story took a little getting used to, but then I really enjoyed it. Multiple universes for the win! Also, who doesn’t love giant hamsters?
Like Like by Madeline Heckman
It’s available for free on Tumblr, but I found it hard to navigate there. So, you should do what I did and buy it from Heckman through Gumroad.
What it’s about: “A robot girl going to an international school falls in love and is pretty excited about it.”
Why I love it: It’s a heartwarming story about a girl robot and young queer love. Raina and Jung Ah Park are both so adorable! Jung Ah’s positivity and confidence are infectious. She’s 100% fine with everything about Raina, and it doesn’t seem like Raina’s ever had that experience before. I didn’t realize until I was writing this post that there’s a second issue, so I’ll be buying that shortly.
Outcasts of Jupiter by Shobo Coker with art by Shofela Coker
What it’s about: “Four outcasts roam the fringes of an untamed galaxy, taking on unusual jobs that challenge their unique abilities. We meet the Outcasts in the middle of attempting a daring rescue to free their comrade, Persio, from the Burj, a mysterious tower located in the courtyard of a heavily fortified clifftop palace.”
Why I love it: The detailed cities and their architectural details! The interesting hair! A really tall female character who isn’t conventionally attractive! A team of rogues engaged in a dramatic rescue, with fisticuffs! Seriously, this is the stuff. And I haven’t even rhapsodized about how the colors shift from scene to scene. Keep your eye on the Coker Co-Op, because there is so much talent here.
Sanity and Tallulah by Molly Brooks
What it’s about: “It can get pretty dull living on a small, out-of-the-way station like WilnickSS. Best friends Sanity and Tallulah relieve the monotony of everyday space life by finding adventures, solving mysteries, and taking turns getting each other into and out of trouble.”
Why I love it: Because these girls are the cutest best friends in outer space! Sanity is so smart, and her overalls and her little shirt with hearts on it, eeee! And Tallulah is so… well, let’s call it brave? They are seriously the perfect exploring team. They end up with an awesome pet, too. This is all-ages science fiction at its finest.
War of the Woods by Matthew Petz
What it’s about: “War of the Woods is a classic alien invasion story told in an entirely unique way, from the perspective of otters in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.”
Why I love it: Most alien invasion stories focus on humanity’s experience. I love this alternate “what if” story that imagines an organized animal civilization, monitoring human radio and television communications, and doing their best to respond to a threat they know will affect them too. Petz gives his characters personality while keeping their depictions naturalistic. (And yes, that cover is an otter with a turtle tied to its head. There’s a good reason, trust me.)
Pirates of Jupiter by JJ Kahrs with art by Veronica Fish
What it’s about: “Captain Lovelace and her crew want nothing but a simple pirate life of stealing, plundering and a bit of pilfering, but not if Admiral Akagi of the Naval Intelligence Service has anything to say about it — his obsession with Lovelace has driven him mad, and he won’t stop until he has the ultimate revenge!”
Why I love it: Super fun pulp swashbuckling women-kicking-ass banter-filled political conspiracy with science and a homicidal robot. And some fancy dresses and a cute eight year old who loves cookies. What else do I have to tell you people?!
And that’s the list of science fiction digital comics that have won my geeky fangirl heart! If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments – and thanks for sharing this post on social media or with friends, so more people can find these great books!