That's What's Up: The best comics not about superheroes
Each week, comic book writer Chris Sims answers the burning questions you have about the world of comics and pop culture: what's up with that? If you'd like to ask Chris a question, please send it to @theisb on Twitter with the hashtag #WhatsUpChris, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "That's What's Up."
Q: What're the best non-superhero comics of all time? I really want to expand my tastes but don't know where to start with all the publishers! —Cathal Donovan O' Neill (via email)
As much as I'll go to bat for the idea that comics as a medium can support just as many different kinds of stories as film or television, I have to admit that for the most part, the superhero genre is by far the one I'm most interested in. I mean, intellectually, I know that there are great stories that don't involve Batman or mutant powers, but for the most part, they're not the ones that grab me. Even the non-superhero comics that I love, like G.I. Joe or Matt Wagner's Mage, tend to at least brush up against the world of codenames and crime-fighting.
But at the same time, I've read an awful lot of comic books, and while most of them tend to involve the concept of heat vision, there are plenty that manage to get just far enough away from capes and cowls that I think they count. So if you're a superhero reader looking to expand your horizons, then here's a handful you should try out.