12. MOB PSYCHO 100
Another excellent series by One is “Mob Psycho 100.” Like “One Punch Man,” this comic centers around a melancholic hero whose incredible powers do not bring him fulfillment. However, while Saitama is a grown man who is bored with his abilities, Shigeo (aka, Mob) is an awkward preteen whose low self-esteem leads him to think his powers are bad and unimpressive. Think of that one friend who paints really well but is completely convinced that they stink.
The comedy of the series comes from shy and monotone Mob completely underestimating himself while other characters are endlessly impressed with or downright terrified of him. This leads to all sorts of hilarity, such as Mob’s humble hero worship towards his psychic mentor Reigen, a man who is obviously a con artist. Or the time Mob unintentionally got a rep as a gang leader among the other middle schoolers. The comic has a lot of comedy gold, but also contains many serious moments to balance things out. “Mob Psycho 100” tackles mental health and depression, cults, corruption and all sorts of other issues, all while being laugh-out-loud funny.
11. HYPERBOLE AND A HALF
Similar to “Mob Psycho 100” in its attention to mental health and its stylistically bad art style, we have “Hyperbole And A Half.” This part-webcomic part-blog by Allie Brosh is a frank, self-deprecating series about Brosh dealing with all sorts of issues. These range from geese invading her home to her very real struggles with chronic depression. One of the most renowned segments of the comic is the two-part entry entitled “Adventures In Depression” and “Depression Part Two.”
The first part depicts Brosh’s tearful descent into depression, while a mental projection of herself keeps yelling at her for increasingly bizarre flaws, such as eating pasta too sadly. At the end of part one, Brosh realizes she can no longer feel due to her depression. Initially, she celebrates, proclaiming that she will watch a bunch of horror movies and touch a spider. However, part two shows how not feeling anything is even worse than feeling too much, featuring many awkward interactions with well-meaning but unhelpful friends. The comic is incredibly relatable for many people with depression. It’s also a good way to familiarize yourself with what depression feels like if you don’t have it yourself.