Over the last 10 years, many changes have happened within the world of comics. Updates in technology have allowed people increasing access to the Internet at all hours of the day. As a result, webcomics and independent publishers have had more and more chance to shine, giving us daily doses of weird, risky humor that mainstream publishers might not have taken chances on.
With the ever-growing success of superhero films at the box office, geek culture and superpowers are IN, in a way that’s never really happened before. This has encouraged DC and Marvel to put a lot of effort into reinventing themselves for the new audiences just now checking out “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Captain America.” In all the reinvention and experimentation that’s been going on, humor has had a chance to shine in comics. With that in mind, here are 15 of the funniest comics from the last decade.
15. SCOTT PILGRIM
Imagine a romantic comedy set inside a world that uses video game logic. Unlocking special swords after a moment of emotional honesty with friends, battling pompous vegans whose healthy lifestyle has granted them psychic powers… this is just normal life for the titular Canadian slacker in Bryan Lee O’Malley’s “Scott Pilgrim” series of books. However, when he starts dating the love of his life, Ramona Flowers, all seven of her evil exes decide to battle him one-on-one.
Most people are familiar with this story through the 2010 movie “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World,” and while the film does a spectacular job getting the tone and humor of the books just right, it diverts quite a bit from the plot-line of the original graphic novels. If you loved the movie, absolutely check out the comics. There are many hilarious moments that never made it to the big screen, from an incredibly homoerotic shit-talking session between Kim and Knives to Scott mistaking every person with glasses for his arch-nemesis Gideon. It’s definitely worth a read.