Last year, Paste’s writers and editors did some soul searching and paid homage to the comics that inspired our career-long devotion to sequential art. For Thanksgiving week this year, we asked a handful of professionals to follow suit and divulge their favorite comics of all time. Concluding this series, the comic scribe behind genre-expanding fare like Virgil and Undertow, as well as current DC Comics breakthroughs Supergirl and Midnighter and Apollo, addresses the challenging strata that led him to his current career. Paste has been following Steve Orlando’s creative trajectory over the past decade, and it’s no surprise that his most cherished influences include personal pulse-pounders like Rutu Modan’s Exit Wounds alongside reality-hopping masterpieces Enigma and Flex Mentallo. That balance of grounded characterization and high concept fiction thrives in Orlando’s current oeuvre, and that ambition shows no sign of slowing with runs on the creator-owned Namesake and the writer’s upcoming stint on Justice League of America.
Jeff Lemire, A.D.: After Death
Shannon Watters, Lumberjanes
Ethan Young, The Battles of Bridget Lee