Astro City by Kurt Busiek & Brent Anderson
In a fictional American metropolis, Astro City, superheroes made their home and new generations continue to flock in. The series looks at the real life behind those heroes and sometimes through the perspectives of its citizens. The current saga looks at the history of Astro City in the 70s.
Ex Machina by Brian K. Vaughan & Tony Harris
Mitchell Hundred was The Great Machine–a vigilante with jetpack, who can communicate with machines. One day, he decided to retire and run for the office of NY Mayor. As the hero who saved a tower from The World Trade Center in 9/11, he won, and the series sees him deal with delicate politics and crazy adversaries related to his past.
Planetary by Warren Ellis & John Cassaday
Calling themselves “Archaeologists of the Impossible”, three superhuman agents of a secret organisation sponsored by the mysterious “Fourth Man” tried to uncover the world secret history. The best part of reading it is the delight when you recognise pastiches of popular comic characters worked into the series.
Sleeper by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips
Sleeper is two volumes of 12-issue spin-off from the miniseries Point Blank, about Holden Carver, a covert operative that was inserted undercover into a villainous organisation led by TAO, from the WildC.A.T.s. series. Along the series, his loyalty was tested by both sides, and he lost his grasp on his identity more than ones in this tale of betrayal and deception.
The Authority (Vol. 1 & 2) created by Warren Ellis & Bryan Hitch, (Vol. 4) by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning & Simon Coleby
The Authority is not your average superhero team: they deal real human concerns along with global scale menace. With unparalleled power, they ruled the world indirectly by imposing their personal moral values and beliefs on the public. That was until WorldStorm (Vol. 4) when the world was almost destroyed, rendering most of them powerless. Now it’s a matter of survival while protecting the population in a dystopian world.
Also of note are the Kev miniseries by Garth Ennis & Glenn Fabry, detailing the unlucky ex-SAS Kev Hawkins whose life tangled with The Authority’s for several times. Being a homophobic, he constantly angered Midnighter and got physically punished for his remarks.
For Part 3 we’ll be looking at Dark Horse next!