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Space nerds unite! Okay, I love comics like most nerds do, but there’s something special about leaving earth and going beyond the clouds on an adventure. Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of a war in another galaxy. You might even stumble upon a society that lives in peace until it meets humans before all hell breaks loose. If you’re lucky, you could still dive into some poly intergalactic romance. Whatever the premise, you have to admit that the stories told in space are pretty awesome.
My favorite space show of all time is Star Trek. Anytime, I’ll watch it when it airs or reads Star Trek comics. I have always been passionate about space exploration. I firmly believe that this universe is just too big for life to exist only on our small planet. To be fair, space travel and exploration was my official welcome party to the sci-fi genre as a whole. So I welcome extraterrestrial beings, living planets, rocky space paths and bewitching stars. That being said, I would love for you to come overseas and travel through the stars with me to experience these comics and manga set in space.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Too Long a Sacrifice By Scott Tipton
For all the DS9 fans, you are going to really enjoy this one. This somewhat dark, thriller-style race centers the space station where killings are on the rise and everyone has a motive to kill. It’s like the video game Among us mixed with the cult classic Index but in the adorable setting of Star Trek, you’ll never want to miss it. Even if you are not a Trekkie, you can still follow along and enjoy.
FTL, all of you! By Ahueonao
Ahueonao and a host of other talented artists and writers have come together for this anthology of super galactic space opera. It was first featured on Kickstarter and with their accumulated fans they were able to keep the book in circulation. The theme is accessibility. Anyone can go to space for less than $ 200.
Black Star By Eric Anthony Glover and Arielle Jovellanos
What’s the worst thing that can happen in space? To be blocked ? May be. What about knowing that the person you’re exploring is trying to kill you before you kill them because only one person can come back? The emotions and the stakes are in this one and you won’t believe what happens in the end.
Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills By Jon Tsuei and Subaru
Yes, the Star Wars manga is one thing and if you love either one or the other separately, you will absolutely enjoy them both together. Join Baze Malbus and Chirrut Ãmwe as they attempt to keep the peace while being dedicated stormtroopers. This manga is set before the rebellion, so if you haven’t had a chance to catch up, here’s your chance.
Orcs in space By Michael Tanner
Do you remember the old fashioned cartoon Battle toads? If you do, you’ll enjoy this ride of a story. Three orcs take it upon themselves to steal a ship and take a ride. Unfortunately, they might not be prepared for what’s in space!
Saga: Compendium 1 By Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
I won’t judge you if you’ve never read this comic before, but please read it. It has everything you want in a comic: sex, violence, LGBTQ + portrayal, diversity, politics, and more. It all starts with an inmate who falls in love with his enemy and they have a baby. Now they are the enemy and the people have a bounty on their heads. Nowhere is safe for them. There is a babysitter who is a ghost and a feline who can tell if you are lying.
Dune: Atreides House Vol. 1 by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
One of the most talked about book movies right now also has a graphic novel adaptation that you can jump into if you don’t want to read the book. This volume serves as a prequel to the futuristic desert planet.
Planets Omnibus Volume 1 by Makoto Yukimura
This manga is ideal for space fans who prefer this medium. Located in the not-so-distant future, humans colonized parts of space making it accessible to everyone like an airport. Of course, the increase in traffic leads to an increase in debris and a dedicated space cleaning crew. Just because they look like our daily sanitizers doesn’t mean they still don’t dream of exploring the unknown for themselves.
Distant sector by NK Jemisin and Jamal Campbell
Ultimately! NK Jemisin’s DC Comics series Distant sector is available in pocket size. You don’t understand how long I had to wait for this because the floppy disk problems just aren’t for me! Jemisin presents a new Green Lantern named Sojourner who lives on a planet where prejudices have been removed from the DNA of every living being. However, a new drug has been introduced to create these emotions again and his planet becomes a war zone. It’s the Green Lantern we all deserve.
If you can’t have enough space adventures and want to indulge in more comics and graphic novels, check out this article to read space operas.