Mariko Tamaki’s Must-Reads

The powerhouse writer, (Hulk, She-Hulk, X-23), shares her Marvel pull list with us! Pick up Mariko and Juann Cabal’s critically praised X-23 series today, starring the cloned warrior, her sister Gabby and their pet wolverine, Jonathan! Available in print and digital, wherever comics are sold!

Read Mariko’s Picks!

Hawkeye by Fraction, Aja, Hollingsworth & Wu

I love that the first thing that happens in this comic is that Hawkeye INJURES himself and ends up in a hospital. Because Hawkeye, unlike many other heroes, has a fragile human skeleton. It’s this perfect sequence that tells you exactly the hero you’re going to get, from the moment you read, “Okay. This looks bad.” I am obsessed with Aja’s panels and layouts, and the haiku that are Fraction’s captions and dialogue.


She-Hulk by Charles Soule, Javier Pulido & Muntsa Vicente

I dig that the biggest action sequence in this comic is where Jen destroys the fancy desk of her soon-to-be-former firm with a touch of her finger. Also the legalese mixed with some classic She-Hulk dry wit is like a five star meal.


Nextwave by Warren Ellis, Stuart Immonen & Dave McCaig

Some of my fave super hero stories are wacky. I love a cast of characters that bring an individual form of wacky that contributes to a big, wacky picture. Ellis creates a team that is a jagged twist on the familiar, which also perfectly fits together. I ADORE Nextwave. The dialogue, the illustrations. There’s a comic in this series that’s mostly upside down that I loved even though it made me nauseous.


All-New Wolverine by Taylor, Lopez, Navarrot & Fairbairn

Obviously I am biased, OBVIOUSLY, but I love this series because it gave us so many characters to love, including Gabby, and because it is just a great, nuanced, origin story without specifically being an origin story.