10 Fantasy Comics to Hold You Over Until "Game of Thrones" Returns

There's a crater-shaped hole in our pop culture lives since "Game of Thrones" concluded its explosive sixth season (read into this as you will). Although showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss recently assured fans that there will be two remaining -- albeit shortened -- seasons to wrap things up for the critically-acclaimed adaptation of George R.R. Martin's respected fantasy series, at the moment, the next episode feels a Westeros winter away. With word coming directly from Benioff and Weiss that Season 7 production has been delayed, the wait could be even longer than anxious fans who felt the show's absence moments after the Season 6 finale. Most likely, you've rewatched and/or reread the stories to death, so just what is a fan to do in these dire times?

Luckily, it goes without saying that comic books are no stranger to fantastical realms, magical characters and hypersexual overtones. To deal with any "GoT"-related withdrawal, CBR compiled a list of ten recent comic book titles to help provide your fix of mythic worlds, palace intrigue, lust and violence -- you know, all the things that make "Game of Thrones" so addictive in the first place. While this list is by no means exhaustive, it does offer a number of current and recently concluded series that will more than satisfy your need for fantastic action and epic fantasy storytelling.

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Combine two parts epic world building, one part sex, and a few dashes of Joss Whedon's "Firefly" to taste, and you have yourself the beginnings of creators Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' ongoing space opera. Since its debut in 2012, "Saga" has inspired a devout following of fans while garnering multiple prestigious awards for its complex examination of gender roles, love, warfare and race. Sound familiar? Well, there's a reason initial solicitations described the Image Comics series as "'Star Wars' meets 'Game of Thrones.'" The series has earned multiple Eisner Awards and welcomed its fair share of controversy over the years, but fan enthusiasm and critical acclaim haven't wanted. The collected Volume Six trade paperback arrived in late June, collecting issues #31-#36, with #37 expected August 31.


Of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't include the original sword-and-sandal hero himself on the list. Robert E. Howard's iconic conqueror has seen a number of iterations over the years, most recently in Dark Horse's "Conan the Avenger," which is as good as any place to get started reading about the Hyborean warrior's trials and tribulations. Fred Van Lente's run ended in April, but Dark Horse has already been prepping us for the next hack-and-slash series, "Conan the Slayer," written by "The Sixth Gun" and "Uncanny X-Men's" Cullen Bunn and "Swords of Sorrow" artist Sergio Savila, on sale July 13. This will undoubtedly be for anyone whose favorite "GoT" scenes include the brutal combat at Blackwater, Hardhome, and the Battle of the Bastards.

8East of West

"Game of Thrones" fans looking for a bit more brutality and political intricacy would do well to brush up on Image Comics' "East of West," Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta's apocalyptic science fiction series set in an alternate reality American West. "East of West" concerns Death's travels across a dystopian nightmare world after quitting his day job as one of the Four Horsemen. Things get quite a bit more complex from there, involving cyber-mystic Native Americans, an End Times death cult comprised of various scheming heads of state, and a love affair with the descendant of Chairman Mao. It takes some serious concentration to keep track of everything, but after learning the royal lineages of Westeros, anything is possible, and Hickman's numerous long form epics have proved they're more than worth the investment.

7Wonder Woman

It's been a couple years since Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang finished up their exhaustive 35-issue run with Diana, leaving you with no excuse for not having read it yet. The author of "Luthor," "Joker," and current co-writer of "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" is often known for his controversial, dark takes on classic characters, but if anything, he and Chiang returned Wonder Woman to her roots during the otherwise hit-or-miss New 52 era. The three-year-long storyline is steeped in classic mythology, modern gender theory and enough ass-kicking to leave you wanting more. As luck would have it, Diana is returning to her mythological roots courtesy of veteran "Wonder Woman" writer Greg Rucka and artists Liam Sharp and Nicola Scott as part of DC's Rebirth, and the first two issues DC Rebirth portend even more excellence to come.

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