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It would seem that my comic geek-fu is weak.

I've read The Dark Knight Returns, a couple of Hellboys, have a set of Neil Gaiman's 1602, and a pleasantly complete collection of Mike Kunkel's Herobear and the Kid (many different variations on covers etc)


I've now ordered Watchmen, and will be checking out The Umbrella Academy and Maus.

Given that I quite like the collected works of stuff in a graphic novel format (rather than individual issues), what else would you recommend? What am I missing out on, people? You should have a fair idea of my likes/dislikes, I'd imagine.
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lexinatrix From: lexinatrix Date: November 14th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC) (linky)
I'd feel like I should mourn the death of the subjunctive. ("... were your sister?")

=)
dakegra From: dakegra Date: November 14th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC) (linky)
damn, I love smart women. :-)
dakegra From: dakegra Date: November 14th, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC) (linky)
I'm quite getting into Gaiman now - currently listening to The Graveyard Book from audible, read by the man himself, which is always a treat.

Sandman. check. Aren't there lots of those?
fiery_lioness From: fiery_lioness Date: November 14th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC) (linky)
Seconding the rec for Sandman. Don't do what I did, though and start in the middle and work backwards.... *headdesk*

I'd also suggest the Jim Butcher Dresden Files graphic novel, if available. Helps if you've read the series, but his character reminds me of Monty quite a bit...
dakegra From: dakegra Date: November 14th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC) (linky)
I'm up to book... five? in the series and was vaguely aware of the graphic novel. Is it a fresh story, or a re-do of one of the novels?
fiery_lioness From: fiery_lioness Date: November 14th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC) (linky)
I do believe it's a fresh story... ^^ *wants a spirit like Bob*
lexinatrix From: lexinatrix Date: November 14th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC) (linky)
Sin City - gritty stories of interesting characters, amazing artwork, set in a unique universe.
dakegra From: dakegra Date: November 14th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC) (linky)
perhaps a little *too* gritty - the film was visually stunning, but left me feeling slightly unclean.
kianryan From: kianryan Date: November 15th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC) (linky)
The graphic novels are made of win, but are not family reading material. I've got a few to get to complete my collection.
peeeeeeet From: peeeeeeet Date: November 14th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC) (linky)
Another vote for V For Vendetta. Also Alan Moore's run on Swamp Thing left an indelible impression on me.
maviscruet From: maviscruet Date: November 14th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC) (linky)
Fables. Astro city. Sin City.

But above all else watchman and V for vendetta.
dakegra From: dakegra Date: November 14th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC) (linky)
this Fables?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fables_(comics)

Astro City looks interesting. ta!
maviscruet From: maviscruet Date: November 14th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC) (linky)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fables_(comics)

That's the one... brought one for nalsa thought that's years of presents and birthdays sorted. Turned round and hte git had them all...
From: nallac Date: November 15th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC) (linky)
Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis. In fact, just about anything by Warren Ellis. Starts off nice and light, and then gets very dark at the end.
chebutykin From: chebutykin Date: November 15th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC) (linky)
New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke

The original run of Swamp Thing by Len Wein, with Bernie Wrightson art

Top Ten by Alan Moore, with Zander Cannon and Gene Ha art

The Spirit by Darwyn Cooke (also the original run of The Spirit by Will Eisner, but there's something like 40 years worth of that)

Bone by Jeff Smith

Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra

Fables by Bill Willingham

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore, with art by Kevin O'Neil

Nexus by Mike Barron and Steve Rude (there's literally 20 years' worth of Nexus out there, and it's pretty much all great)

Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale

Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland

Anything dated within the 1980's that bears the name Keith Giffen and some variant of the title Justice League.

Formerly Known as the Justice League by Keith Giffen (but only after you read the stuff from the 1980's).

Anything dated within the 1980's that bears the name Keith Giffen and some variant of the title Ambush Bug. (These comics aren't collected in books yet, but can often be found in bins of used comics for cheap. Ambush Bug is my favorite comic of all time -- it's Monty Python's Flying Circus for comics.)

Femme Noir by Christopher Mills and Joe Staton (and, uh, me on a few of the issues *grin*)

Johnny the Homocidal Maniac by Jhonen Vasquez.

Marvel Zombies by Robert Kirkman

Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman

The Thing mini-series by Dan Slott

The Sensational She-Hulk by John Byrne

She-Hulk by Dan Slott

Kingdom Come by Alex Ross

Thor by Walt Simonson

Astro City by Kurt Busiek

Secret Identity by Kurt Busiek

V for Vendetta by Moore

Teen Titans: The Judas Contract by Marv Wolfman

Bernie Wrightson's illustrated version of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein

Cerebus by Dave Simm is brilliant and maddening at the same time. (Dave Simm is a hard-core misogynist, but he self-published 300 issues of a groundbreaking comic.)

Dr. Blink: Superhero Shrink by John Kovalic, Christopher Jones, and, uh, me. *grin*

...okay, I'll stop now!
chebutykin From: chebutykin Date: November 15th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC) (linky)
...okay, I lied.

Sin City by Frank Miller

300 by Frank Miller (the art is gorgeous)

Strange Toasters by Bill Sienkiewicz (but turn off your sense of logic before going in)

Okay. Done. Really.
dakegra From: dakegra Date: November 15th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC) (linky)
cool! should keep me going for a while. :-)
hak42 From: hak42 Date: November 17th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC) (linky)
Everything I would've recommended, chebutykin covered! I'll just repeat Kingdom Come, Bone, Cerebus, Maus, The Spirit, and Sandman.

Oh! Also, Batman: Death of Innocents : the Horror of Landmines, Paul Chadwick's Concrete, Peter David's run on The Incredible Hulk and Spiderman 2099.
lossrockhart From: lossrockhart Date: November 15th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC) (linky)
Love and Rockets. Comics don't get much better than that.


(Slightly better link.)

Edited at 2008-11-15 01:59 am (UTC)
ayoub From: ayoub Date: November 15th, 2008 11:31 am (UTC) (linky)
From Hell...
san_valentine From: san_valentine Date: November 15th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC) (linky)
I vote for Judge Dredd. I've got a bunch of the magazine and have four of the fat collections that are out now, as well as a couple of Judge Anderson books. Great reading and often a very dry sense of humour to them as well.

Look out for The Apocolypse War, The Judge Child Quest and The Cursed Earth, but it's nearly all good.
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dakegra From: dakegra Date: November 17th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC) (linky)
Herobear is ace. I've been collecting them for years now, and finally picked up an issue 1, first printing a couple of years back. I think i've got all four possible first issues, including a signed ComicCon one.

I really really want a herobear plush toy. Lots.
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