A person I know has become very interested in the medium of comics, but she does not care, at all, about super heroes. Since they are so prevalent in American comics, but not those of Europe or Japan, there is a temptation to look to those regions. But she likes the writers and art styles of American comics. So, I've been showing her Crime comics, Horror comics, Fantasy comics, and this current genre, SCIENCE FICTION.
There is one great aspect of SciFi Comics that trumps the movies. You get similar stories and if you have a great artist, you get a movie on paper with a budget limited only to the imagination of the artist. If he can think it, he can draw it. So, that can be a very great thing.
Rather than super heroes, I believe that Scifi/fantasy comics are the best use of the medium. Where else can we live in different worlds, different lives, and die thousands of times, without bodily harm to our selves?
Some of the best stories in the world of SciFi/Fantasy are first found in magazines, or self published works, or over seas magazines that have many different comics and ideas featured. This isn't meant to sell anything, or tell veteran readers of comics to do something they haven't done. I am just offering a look at works that are still exciting, and different, without the super hero costumes and self consumed continuities at the big ass companies, like DC and Marvel.
Watch out, though. Some of these works are only found by luck, in back issue bins, closets of no return, boxes of magazines that no one has touched for decades... They might be worn and stink, but they still have gold between the covers.