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Shanna
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Earlier this year, I read "Persepolis" and loved it. A few weeks ago, a copy of "Pride of Baghdad" ended up in a stack of strays I was putting away at the bookstore and I was intrigued. I really enjoyed it as well but wanted something longer so I started looking for other material from Brian Vaughn and so I started on "Y: The Last Man."

And wow! That was incredible. It blew me away and I read all 60 issues in a few days. Wonderful humor, great pop culture and academic references, and characters that I absolute fell in love with.

An advertisement on one of the pages for a series called "American Virgin" caught my eye. I'm up to issue #19 so far and its good but its not as dark or as deep as I was expecting.

With all the super-hero movies out right now, I decided to start on Marvel's "Civil War" sometime this week. We'll have to see how that goes.

But I'm on a serious kick right now and I figured Hatrack would have some incredible recommendations so please throw some titles at me!

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Watchmen.

The Dark Knight Returns.

Red Son.

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We've got a pretty good thread about this, if I recall correctly. I'll see if I can dig it up.
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Avoid Civil War like the plague! Awful, awful execution of what was a good idea.
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There's a graphic novel called Ultra: Seven Days or something close to it, really a taste of something very different from any other graphic novel I'd read.

V for Vendetta is great even if you've seen the film. So is I am Legend.

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Puffy Treat
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quote:
Originally posted by Javert:
Red Son.

I can never get past the awful coda of Red Son, especially since Millar crowed about how brilliant and original it was, kept petting himself on the back over it.

Then again, he does that for everything he writes. [Wink]

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I'm not having any luck digging up the thread, unfortunately. It's a shame; it was a resource that I printed out and took with me to the library for quite some time. Very helpful.

Also, it looks like the site where Euripides was hosting his list of Hatrack book recommendations is no more.

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Murder Mystery by Neil Gaiman (and someone else whose, heh, name I can't remember) was great too.

League of Extraordinary Gentleman is quite fun for a comic/graphic novel.

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Awesome Superhero Graphic Novel Thread (Thanks again to everybody who posted in it.)

I'm looking forward to seeing what this thread brings us.

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My recommendations (in no particular order):

  • Invisible People by Will Eisner
  • Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai
  • Fables by Bill Willingham
  • The Northwest Passage by Scott Chantler
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • Vimanarama by Grant Morrison
  • Astro City by Kurt Busiek
  • Planetes by Makoto Yukimura
  • Yotsuba& by Kiyohiko Azuma
  • Asterix by Rene Goscinny
  • Goodbye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson
  • Age of Bronze by Eric Shanower
  • Visitations by Scott Morse
  • The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck by Don Rosa
  • Dynamo 5 by Jay Faerber
  • Flight by various (it's an anthology)
  • Laika by Nick Abadzis
  • Hellboy by Mike Mignola
  • Mutant, Texas: Tales of Sheriff Ida Red by Paul Dini
  • The Courageous Princess by Rod Espinosa
  • Courtney Crumrin by Ted Naifeh
  • Phoenix by Osamu Tezuka
  • Agents of Atlas by Jeff Parker
  • Finder by Carla Speed McNeil
  • Sandman by Neil Gaiman
  • Runaways by Brian K. Vaughn
  • Four Women by Sam Keith
  • Akiko by Mark Crilley
  • Truer than True Romance by Jeanne Martinet


...and there's more where that came from, if you want it. [Big Grin]

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Another thread on comics and sequential art in general.

(That thread contains a broken link to another thread--I think that may have been the Uber thread I think we're looking for.)

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Thread about Time Magazine's 100 best Graphic Novels.

Those are the ones I could find.

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Definitely Runaways I love those comics, puffy treat: I loved many of the civil war comics, especially the spider-man civil war!
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The broken link from docmagik's thread should point to this:

Commic recomandations

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Puffy Treat
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quote:
Originally posted by T:man:
puffy treat: I loved many of the civil war comics, especially the spider-man civil war!

Captain America being chewed out by a reporter because he felt saving lives was more important than watching crappy YouTube videos, and him reacting as if she's said something profound and shattering?

Tony Stark and Co. being portrayed as suddenly and innately EVIL, even though registration actually makes RL moral sense over rampant vigilantes?

It was a good idea that was Millar-ized into utter stupidity. Didn't help that writers like JMS and Jenkins added to the confusion.

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quote:
Originally posted by Puffy Treat:
quote:
Originally posted by Javert:
Red Son.

I can never get past the awful coda of Red Son, especially since Millar crowed about how brilliant and original it was, kept petting himself on the back over it.

Then again, he does that for everything he writes. [Wink]

I thought that Red Son was a fantastically clever idea that had enormous potential. The execution, though, I was completely disappointed by.
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Preacher, as long as you aren't weirded out by blasphemy. (Or gore. Or sex...)
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Strangers in Paradise.
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I second Fable; awesome series
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If you're looking for something deep and dark, I think maybe the best graphic novel I've ever read was 'Black Hole' by Charles Burns.
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Shanna
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Thanks for all the suggestions.

I started on "Runaways" a few days ago and ripped through it pretty quickly. Now I'm stuck waiting for new issues. I didn't realize that Joss Whedon ended up taking the reins. It has kind of a different feel right now I'm interested in seeing what he does with it. But its fun. I love the characters and the humor and the storylines, except for the major character death. I won't give it away but what is with books always killing my favorite character?!?

Now that I've had some light fun, I'll probably start on "Preacher" next.

I'm putting "Civil War" to the side for now. After reading "Runaways" I realized just how little I know about the more obscure super-heroes so I'm afraid I'd be lost for too much of the story.

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I hadn't read any of the Runaways stuff until the Young Avengers/ Runaways Civil War crossover book then I went back and read them all in rapid succession. When Whedon took over I decided to wait for the trade paparback because he's always been slow with his comics. Boy was I ever right on that one.
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Reading Craig Thompson's Blankets was like being a teenager agian.
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From Hell is one of my favorite Alan Moore books, and recommend it to anyone who has the slightest interest in Jack the Ripper. (Please disregard the pathetic flop of a movie. The two are as unrelated as you can get.)

Top 10 is another Alan Moore; a police procedural set in a city where everyone has a superpower. Lots and lots of hidden joke references to other comics and science fiction. Pick up the one-off side series, Smax, if you liked it.

Johnny the Homicidal Maniac by Jhonen Vasquez is great gallows humor.

I'd also like to second the recommendation for Sandman. I just start reading it a few weeks ago and I'm enjoying it quite a bit.

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I recommend:
The Rabbi's Cat, by Joann Sfar
Ethel & Ernest, by Raymond Briggs
Castle Waiting, by Linda Medley

and online:
FreakAngels, by Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield, at http://www.freakangels.com/?p=23

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Elfquest
Sandman
Death
Watchmen
V for Vendetta
Various Manga

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Buck Godot
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Still more:

  • Annihilation by various, Marvel Comics (A.K.A. "The Crossover WAY better than Civil War, yet Marvel seems to forget they've published it.")
  • Fluffy by Simone Lia
  • The Stardust Kid by J.M. DeMattis
  • Starman by James Robinson
  • Scary Godmother by Jill Thompson
  • Stray Bullets by David Lapham
  • The Road to Perdition by Max Allen Collins
  • Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
  • Days Like This by J. Torres
  • The Land of Nod ROCKABYE BOOK by Jay Stephens
  • Madman by Mike Allred
  • Iron West by Doug TenNapel
  • Harbinger: Children of the Eighth Day by Jim Shooter
  • The Middleman by Javier Grillo-Marxuach
  • Cromartie High School by Eji Nonaka
  • The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
  • Owly by Andy Runton
  • Gon by Masashi Tanaka
  • Four Letter Worlds by various (another anthology)
  • Clan Apis by Jay Hosler
  • Blue Monday by Chynna Clugston-Major
  • Tellos by Todd DeZago
  • Tom Strong by Alan Moore
  • The Avengers: Under Siege by Roger Stern
  • The Batman Adventures: Mad Love by Paul Dini
  • The Adventures of Sock Monkey by Tony Millionaire
  • Boneyard by Richard Moore
  • Dungeon by Lewis Trondheim
  • La Perdida by Jessica Abel
  • Orbiter by Warren Ellis
  • The Golem's Mighty Swing by James Sturm
  • Mother Come Home by James Hornschemier
  • Rose & Thorn by Gail Simone
  • Inhumans by Paul Jenkins
  • GLA: Misassembled by Dan Slott
  • Meltdown: The Definitive Collection by David B. Schwartz

More to come, if you're interested. [Wink]

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