Comic Natter – my current top 5 side characters


Peanut digs the Rat Queens too

Short and painless: I have been obsessing over some comics lately. Mostly Image comics. My pull list isn’t very long as I am not reading any superhero comics, I guess because I would have a lot of catching up to do. I did sign up for Marvel Unlimited this month, which I would describe as Netflix for comic-book lovers and has a whole back catalogue of issues . The thing is, I don’t have an iPad (which is what this really needs to be used on) and although my phone is compatible with their app, well, have you ever tried reading a comic on your phone? Let me tell you this, It’s not a good experience.

Anyway, I’ve invested in some new comic books – the real life paper variety and I would urge you to do the same, because these books rock. Rather than writing reviews about each comic (which I haven’t the time to do right now), I thought I would make a list of the cutest side characters that I spotted in recent comic publications. Let’s face it: Yes, we all like our protagonist being complex and not a walking cliché, but it’s also a plus if the side characters are a little zany and not just there to drive the plot forward. Perhaps I am stretching the word ‘side character’ here, but they are still pretty damn cute. So let’s take a closer look…



 The Horned One – A Bantha Crossbread


From the pages of Rat Queens by Wiebe/Upchurch

Don’t you wish you could meet this little fella? – I am probably stretching it more than a bit when saying that he is a side character, as he only makes this one appearance within the first tradeback of Rat Queens. I wonder what his name is and if he can tickle you with his split tongue? Are his horns hard or soft? And do you see this little neat bend at the tip of the tale? Does he have magic powers? Is he a crossbread with a Bantha? But the most important question I have: where the hell can I buy one?!


It’s an 80s throwback – The Black Cat Clock


From the pages of Shutter by Keatings/Del Duca

Back in the 80s, Micky Mouse telephones and black cat clocks that waggled their tales were hip. Unfortunately, my parents never bothered to buy me either of these. Maybe that explains why I really like the cat character in Shutter. First time I read about this comic, it was described as an Indiana Jones for the 21st century. Of course I needed to get this. I like that it has a female hero, but also that the pages are full of weird characters: Lions dressed á la Al Capone, an ox in a business suit and a corrupt platypus, to name but a few. And of course there is this cat clock that not only talks but even bakes! If that is what the future holds for us, the world won’t be a bad place.


The Walrus and The Seal Pup


From the pages of Saga by Vaughan/Staples

 Once you have picked up the Saga bug, it will never leave you.  The story itself isn’t new: two soldiers from enemy tribes fall in love and have a kid. Now all the universe is searching for them, ready to kill. So far so non-exciting, what makes Saga special is its characters; they are splendiferous and that’s why you will invest in the story. You just feel the need to find out more and more. Plus, you are always in for a treat thanks to the fantastic art of Fiona Staples. I mean look at it, there’s a plump seal pup in yellow rain trousers walking a walrus on a leash! This could be a line from Alice In Wonderland or The Wizard Of Oz, if they were Science Fiction novels.


Lucky aka Pizza Dog


From the page of Hawkeye by Fraction/Aja

 I always seem to jump on the bandwagon pretty late. I only just recently picked up Hawkeye. When Clint Barton doesn’t hang out with the Avengers, he deals with petty crime and  other catastrophes. He meets Lucky in issue #1. After being hit by a car, Lucky was rescued by this Hawkguy. Needless to say that the dog will stay with him. Main characteristics of the dog: after accident he becomes blind in one eye and develops a love for Pizza.  #11 of HawkeyePizza Is My Business is told from Lucky’s point of view  and Aja really hits the ball home in coming up with unconventional ways of telling Pizza Dog’s story to give the reader a better understanding of a dog’s world. Take a look here to see what I mean, plus read the rave review: klick.


Lying Cat


From the page of Saga by Vaughan/Staples

I will spare you my ongoing jabbering about Saga as best as I can, but I need to share my excitement for Lying Cat. She belongs to The Will, a bounty hunter, and can tell if people are lying. She’s also a battle cat and like every great cat, she is a comfort whenever you feel miserable. Her emotions are congenially expressed through the drawings of Mrs. Staples. Loving Lying Cat makes you even consider getting a naked cat yourself! In the current strand of the Saga story, the cat doesn’t play any role and I am desperately waiting for her reappearance.  I miss her. All hail to Lying Cat!

Let me know in the comments down below if you have spotted any exciting creatures!

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