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wout
06-27-2010, 11:25 AM
Seriously, no comic book thread yet? *tsk tsk*

Here's what I think you should read:
- Sandman: duh!!
- Calvin and Hobbes: double duh!!
- Bone: gets a wee bit tedious near the end but still a fantastic read. You can get the whole story in one volume now! Charming and funny.
- Elfquest: first 3 story arcs especially. Like Fantasy? Read this!!!
- The walking dead: zombie apocolypse that focusses and the struggle of the survivors instead of just blood and guts (although there's plenty of that as well). Absolutely brilliant.
- Preacher: if Quentin Tarantino made comics, this is what it could be like.
- Y, the last man: what if all the men died one day. What would happen? Read to find out. Another brilliant must-read.

Now, tell me what's missing :)

leirali
06-27-2010, 02:40 PM
If you dug Y: The Last Man, you should try some of Brian K. Vaughan's other works (though Y is my favorite of them all.)

Runaways -- More for the younger set, but just as entertaining for adults. A group of super-powered teens discover that their parents are super-villains. There's three volumes of this story, and Vaughan passed the torch mid-way through volume 2 and the quality steadily went down. Volume 3 is atrocious. But volume 1 is definitely worth reading!

Ex Machina -- Chronicles Mitchell Hundred's term as mayor of NYC. He's also the world's first and only superhero, having the ability to communicate with machines. There's a lot of political stuff here, which I didn't think I'd like reading about in my comics. But it's well-done and I trust in the Vaughan.

Pride of Baghdad -- A story about escaped animals from a zoo after a bombing in Baghdad.

The Hood -- A common criminal finds a cloak that turns him invisible. Hilarity ensues. (Ok, not really. It's a lot grittier than that, but it does have funny moments.)

Other comics besides Brian K. Vaughan's that I dig:

American Jesus by Mark Millar -- Twelve-year-old Jodie Christianson discovers he can do the things Jesus has done in that Bible thingy. Could he be the second coming of Christ?

The Stuff of Legend by Mike Raicht and Brian Smith -- After being kidnapped by a boogeyman, a bunch of toys come to life to rescue their boy. This ain't no Toy Story, as it can get a bit dark.

1602 -- Not that Neil Gaiman needs any extra plugging, but I feel that in light of Sandman and all of his other accomplishments, this little (okay, big) book gets overlooked. Marvel heroes set in the Renaissance!

Eternals -- Another Gaiman that I really enjoyed. An update of Jack Kirby's original series, a story of a super-powered race that have forgotten who they are and now live normal lives. I recently found the first issue of Kirby's original in a used book store and I was totally excited! *nerd-gasm*

I've also been enjoying The Guild mini-series by Felicia Day, and I have comics I've bought recently that I haven't gotten around to yet: American Vampire, The Last Unicorn, Fraggle Rock, Sense & Sensibility, and a stack of Buffy Season 8. I'm also excited for the True Blood comic series due out this summer!

wout
06-27-2010, 05:42 PM
I have Pride of Baghdad but I never linked it to Y! Great book, sad sad sad ending :(
Your other recommendations sound great, I'll be sure to check some out. I never heard of 1602 but that really sounds interesting, thanks :)

Tarendai
06-27-2010, 07:05 PM
hmmm should web comics go in here? The likes of Sinfest and xkcd are epic win

wout
06-27-2010, 09:18 PM
Sure, why not. Sinfest I haven't read for a long time, but it always made me laugh. I never heard of Xkcd... *googles*

Also, the Penny Arcade webcomic can be brilliant.

Tarendai
06-27-2010, 09:53 PM
xkcd:

http://xkcd.com

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/swimsuit_issue.png

Churumbela
06-27-2010, 10:56 PM
My favorite comic ever, and I wish it was a heck of a lot longer run than 12 issues, is Nextwave by Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen.

Lágnætti
06-27-2010, 11:27 PM
I loved Ellis' Global Frequency (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Frequency) and of course, Transmetropolitan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transmetropolitan).

Ellis created and wrote for The Authority (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authority_(comics)) for the first year of its run. I haven't read it all but what I have read I've enjoyed. Definitely worth a look if you like skewed takes on superheroes.

I'm also a big fan of Garth Ennis' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garth_Ennis) writing. His sense of humour is just similar to my own, I suppose. The dafter, cruder and more disgusting he gets the more I seem to love it. Preacher is his most amazing series, but I enjoyed what I've read of Hitman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitman_(comics)) (sadly the trades are now out of print and so expensive to get hold of) and I absolutely adore his latest series The Boys (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boys_(comics)). I've also enjoyed his often gloriously silly turn on The Punisher.

Also worth a look is Ennis' rather more serious Battlefields (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battlefields_(comics)) series. I have the Night Witches trade, about an all-female Soviet fighter pilot squadron in WW2. Definitely worth a look if you like historical stuff.

ETA: Anything by Alan Moore is always worth your time and money. One of his less well-known works and one I enjoyed greatly because of its world-building and sense of humour is Top Ten (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_10_(comics))

wout
06-28-2010, 06:25 AM
Helen, i picked up the first volume of The Boys a few weeks ago. So far, I really like it: it has Simon Pegg in it :D

Lágnætti
06-28-2010, 05:49 PM
Helen, i picked up the first volume of The Boys a few weeks ago. So far, I really like it: it has Simon Pegg in it :D

WEE HUGHIE!

I have no idea why basing him on Pegg actually works as well as it does but ... it does.

sara
06-29-2010, 03:39 PM
I loved Y and I'm picking up Ex Machina when I have the funds to do so. I also recommend Maus and Persepolis.

SageBrushFire
06-29-2010, 04:32 PM
When I was in high school I loved I Feel Sick, Johnny The Homicidal Maniac and SQEE by Johnen Vasquez. He really knew what to do with crude humor in the 90's. (Too bad he's a total douchebag.)

stillorbiting
06-29-2010, 06:46 PM
The Invisibles and Lucifer. (Though I'd definitely read Sandman before delving into Lucifer.)

wout
06-29-2010, 08:16 PM
Maus: yes! Powerful stuff.

Lucifer: also yes. Vertigo does publish some of the best stuff, right? Which reminds me: Books of Magic!

Banjee
06-29-2010, 09:19 PM
Wout, have you ever read Ralf Konig's Stuff? The Konrad and Paul series is charming, very sexy, smart and downright funny.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/mfgarcia/konrad1.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/mfgarcia/konrad2.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/mfgarcia/konrad3.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/mfgarcia/superparadise.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/mfgarcia/Roy_0020_And_0020_Al.jpg

wout
06-29-2010, 11:35 PM
I read Der Bewegte Man! My hubbie is one of "Ze Germans" and he had it in his bookcase.
It's funny indeed :)

JHV
06-30-2010, 02:27 AM
Hmm, some comic recommendations in addition to the stuff already posted:
There's the amazing Ed Brubaker run on Catwoman (which my avatar is taken from)
Alias by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos
The Daredevil runs by both Bendis and Brubaker
Greg Rucka's runs on Wonder Woman and Elektra
Batman: Death and the Maidens by Greg Rucka and Klaus Janson
Grant Morrison's runs on New X-Men, Batman and The Invisibles
Geoff Johns' first run on Flash

Zomino
07-02-2010, 04:57 AM
Has anyone read Umbrella Academy?

Dangerjohn
07-02-2010, 11:47 AM
The Punisher: Born mini series was awesome and I'm quite enjoying the new undead Franken-Castle.

Churumbela
07-02-2010, 03:16 PM
Has anyone read Umbrella Academy?

I have not. I kind of didn't want to once I found out it was by Gerard Way. It's petty of me.

Mumblefuck
09-07-2010, 11:32 PM
Errrm, this may seem an idiotic question...but there seems to be SO many Sandman titles out that I am confused as where to start.

Any suggestions?

If it's as easy as "Start at #1," okay, but when I look at Amazon or at the store there seems to be a huge variety.

Also, is BONE as good as say?

leirali
09-08-2010, 12:38 AM
Errrm, this may seem an idiotic question...but there seems to be SO many Sandman titles out that I am confused as where to start.

Any suggestions?

If it's as easy as "Start at #1," okay, but when I look at Amazon or at the store there seems to be a huge variety.


That's not an idiotic question! I'm going to go ahead and assume you are talking about Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" series.

"Sandman" is a 75-issue series. It is based on an earlier comic book character of the same name created by Jack Kirby in the 1970's. Gaiman's "Sandman" has been collected into ten trade paperbacks and four Absolute editions, which may contribute to your confusion when searching on where to start. The Absolute editions have condensed the series into four volumes, but it is the same content (just higher quality) as the trade paperbacks. The trades have been re-released with new covers, but some of the older ones still come up in an Amazon search as well ... leading to more confusion!

The simple answer is, start at number one! (Ha!) The name of the first trade is "Preludes and Nocturnes (http://www.amazon.com/Sandman-Vol-Preludes-Nocturnes/dp/1563890119/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1283906135&sr=1-1)," which contains issues #1-#8.

In addition to the 75-issue series, there have been some spin-offs and stand-alone issues. They are not required to understand "Sandman," but I think some of them are worthwhile reads. (The two Death mini-series, for example.) For the tenth anniversary of "Sandman," Neil wrote "Endless Nights" as a companion to the series. It can be read without any knowledge of the series (though, of course, having knowledge of the series enhances the experience!)

Someone on Amazon created an awesome guide (http://www.amazon.com/gp/richpub/syltguides/fullview/2MWJRY44HW30/ref=cm_srch_res_rpsy_alt_1) about everything Sandman!

I sort of don't want to recommend the Wikipedia page, which lists everything, lest you come upon any spoilers.

Highly recommended to read alongside the series is The Sandman Companion (http://www.amazon.com/Sandman-Companion-Hy-Bender/dp/1563894653/ref=cm_syf_dtl_pop_23). It's amazing! Analysis of each of the books, and tons of quotes and background info from Neil. (I even used this book as a source when I wrote a paper on Gaiman a few years ago.) I'd recommend reading each of the "Sandman" trades and reading the corresponding chapters in-between books. DON'T read ahead in the companion until you've finished the entire book of the series!

I hope I helped! FEEL FREE to ask any more questions!

Mumblefuck
09-08-2010, 01:36 PM
Wow, Leirali, thanks a million - your response was EXACTLY what I needed. Now, off to amazon to order up!

Makkari
09-19-2010, 04:12 PM
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Watchmen
Kingdom Come
Preacher
Y: The Last Man
Scott Pilgrim
Blankets
Maus
V for Vendetta
Persepolis

These are just off the top of my head. I have to look at my collection, because there are a lot more.

Whappo
12-28-2012, 05:52 PM
Boost! It's nice to have a general comic book recommendations thread floating about.

I've been having a bit of a comics week. Last night I read the first trade paperback from Grant Morrison's run of Doom Patrol, having only read some of his run of Animal Man previously (GOOD!) and otherwise not venturing much further because friends have never been too keen. But wow! It's a little too self-consciously smart, quirky and 'surreal' - the Scissormen cease to be creepy once they NEVER SHUT UP, and I thought the dialogue bluntly explaining Dorothy's nightmares about the red shoes diminished the effect a little - but I'm really enjoying it so far. Some wonderful borrowing from dark folklore to explore really wacky meta stories.

http://media.dcentertainment.com/sites/default/files/book-covers/2355_400x600.jpg

I've also started on Fables, which I've not made my mind up about yet after the first arc. I like Bigby though! Archetypal grizzly male lead antihero with a shadowy past Bigby. So dependable.

SweetPea
12-28-2012, 06:41 PM
I've been re-reading old 'Hellboy' comics/graffic novels. <3 <3 <3 Forgot how freaking good they are!!!

I've also picked up some newer independent titles that I'm enjoying, 'Saga' and 'The New 'Deadwardians'.

wout
12-28-2012, 07:25 PM
I've also started on Fables, which I've not made my mind up about yet after the first arc. I like Bigby though! Archetypal grizzly male lead antihero with a shadowy past Bigby. So dependable.

Fable will start to bore you, mark my words... It starts off real strong but it really runs out of steam after a while.

wout
12-28-2012, 07:30 PM
Also, again: elfquest! The whole saga is online on their website and while the first story arc is fantastic (20 issues), the Kings of the broken wheel story arc is perfection on so many levels!!!!
/fanboy

Chosen
12-28-2012, 07:41 PM
Girlfriend talked me into reading Brian K. Vaughan's latest on-going, entitled Saga. It's a space opera about a couple of aliens from two warring societies, who have managed to piss off everyone around by getting together and having a baby. It's at issue 8. There is some annoying stuff, but the main plot is actually quite engaging.

SweetPea
12-28-2012, 09:08 PM
Girlfriend talked me into reading Brian K. Vaughan's latest on-going, entitled Saga. It's a space opera about a couple of aliens from two warring societies, who have managed to piss off everyone around by getting together and having a baby. It's at issue 8. There is some annoying stuff, but the main plot is actually quite engaging.

That's the one I'm reading. It's pretty good. I enjoy the struggle and story... the dialogue is pretty bad in some places though.

emanate
12-30-2012, 02:53 PM
Anybody into manga? It circulates phenomenally well at my library and one of the teens asked me if we could start a manga group at the library. We've had two meetings so far. They come in and we just go into the teen room and chatter about about what they've been reading lately, including other comics. Sometimes they draw while we're talking and recommend things that the library doesn't have so I can check into ordering them. It's fun. :) So far they've got me reading Tegami Bachi (Letter Bee) and I'm enjoying it so far.

Whappo
12-30-2012, 04:25 PM
That sounds awesome, Laura! Manga clubs are really popular in the libraries in all my neighbouring boroughs too; there is so little out there for teens of an evening and that this is a popular activity for some is great (literacy! Visual literacy! Creativity!). I'm always a little disappointed by the organisation of comics in libraries though. My borough has two comic sections in its libraries, one of which is the 'teen graphic novels' section - this appears to be a sometimes arbitrary or downright erroneous division. There's ad hoc organisation within these sections (by publishing house or larger series), but there's no set classification to help you find something (I'm aware this is a larger problem with most classification schemes). Comics can be REALLY daunting for an outsider because of complicated crossovers, sub-series and sequencing, and to just shove everything into one homogeneous mass suggests to me that it's there to provide for existing fans without considering the broader appeal.

I'm not huge on manga (though I did have my anime phase as a teenager) myself, to be honest.

emanate
01-06-2013, 12:52 PM
I totally agree that the organization of comics in libraries often leaves something to be desired. It's tricky for all of the reasons you've mentioned. One of my issues with our collection is that it's all shelved by the last name of the author. Considering how many series have switched authors during a series run, that can be problematic. I've seen that some libraries shelve comics by series name if its a series and author if it's a stand-alone comic, but I can see how that would confuse people too.

One thing I'm considering doing is having the comics that are based on other teen books reprocessed so they can sit alongside their prose counterparts in the teen fiction section. (Something like the recent graphic novel version of Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, for instance.) The circ numbers are low for most of those titles and one of the reasons for that is that I don't think a lot of the teens realize that these adaptations exist when they are browsing the fiction collection. I've pointed them out during manga club and a couple of the teens were like, "Woah! People make comics based on other books? WANT BOTH, PLZ."

Anyhow, just things I'm pondering. :)

Whappo
01-06-2013, 01:45 PM
I went to Canada Water Library yesterday to get some comics and their comics section is actually really well organised (at first look, don't quote me!). They do the obvious thing and shelve by publisher then by series title, with singular works on their own by author. Everything is close enough together that if you do get confused you can just check both places (they've got a wide selection, but the shelving is zig-zagged nicely). It's not as close to me as two other libraries (and in fact it adds a third borough's libraries to my collection - I live in a very sweet spot BETWEEN WORLDS) but the half hour walk is definitely worth it.

It's really good to know that you're so aware of the collection though. A lot of public libraries over here rely on a lot of volunteer staff and minimal professional staff, and one of the downsides is that volunteers might not have the specialised knowledge and certainly don't usually have the time to get to know a collection thoroughly. Sometimes you'll ask someone on the floor if they can find a comic for you and they just don't know that part of the library (through no fault of their own). Sometimes, of course, you luck out and the volunteer is really into the section you're interested in as well!

And do NOT get me started on the weird cataloguing of comics in public library (especially consortia) OPACs. I can't fault them too much because it's likely it's outsourced and/or taken directly from the vendor because of cost savings, but I've asked for things that libraries say they have multiple copies of and yet they claim to have never held them. :(

#librarianproblems

emanate
01-12-2013, 03:18 PM
They do the obvious thing and shelve by publisher then by series title, with singular works on their own by author. Everything is close enough together that if you do get confused you can just check both places (they've got a wide selection, but the shelving is zig-zagged nicely).

That sounds sensible! It's awesome that you have so many libraries relatively close to you. Walking to the library is the best. I find it keeps me from checking out ALL THE THINGS at once because I know I'll have to carry whatever I check out back and forth. ;l


It's really good to know that you're so aware of the collection though. A lot of public libraries over here rely on a lot of volunteer staff and minimal professional staff, and one of the downsides is that volunteers might not have the specialised knowledge and certainly don't usually have the time to get to know a collection thoroughly.

I try! Our teen room is small enough that I've been able to acclimate myself to what's in there in just a few months, but I'm still getting to know what's available in our branch libraries.


And do NOT get me started on the weird cataloguing of comics in public library (especially consortia) OPACs. I can't fault them too much because it's likely it's outsourced and/or taken directly from the vendor because of cost savings, but I've asked for things that libraries say they have multiple copies of and yet they claim to have never held them. :(

Yeah, tell me about it. :( I took a class in library school which required us to read the first volume of Brian K. Vaughn's Runaways. A bunch of us tried to request copies from the university library and the public libraries in our area. Those of us who were sent copies were sent wildly different things. A library-bound edition of the first issue of the comic, a collection called Pride & Joy that reprinted the first six issues of the comic, and a giant tome containing a bunch of randomly bound issues... what a mess. Our instructor took it as an opportunity to talk with us about the challenges and headaches of cataloging comics.

DavidIX
01-24-2013, 12:47 PM
Anybody reading any of the Marvel NOW! titles? It's a (sort of) line wide relaunch initiative by Marvel to restart some of their big name series with creative team changes and new number 1s, although it's different than the DC New 52 thing because there are no actual rebooting of continuity. Below under spoilers are my thoughts on the three titles that I've been reading so far....although I expect to add a couple of others to my list.

Avengers written by Jonathan Hickman, art by Jerome Opena
This is clearly influenced by the success of the Avengers film from last year because it just feels so amazingly cinematic. With a massive roster for the new team which is a great mix of big name heros and more obscure characters. The art by Opena is gorgeous. We're 3 issues in and I really look forward to seeing how they play this going forward so that we can see some more actual interaction between the team members.

All New X-men written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Stuart Immonen
Ok so I'll admit to being really sceptical about the premise of the original 5 xmen being brought forward in time to see what they've become. Before reading it I thought it sounded horrible, but I figured I'd give it a go because I enjoyed what Bendis did during his time on the Avengers. Boy was I proven wrong. The characterisation of the original 5 is spot on, especially love some of the reaction shots of young iceman meeting his present day self. The young Jean is a really interesting one, because unlike a lot of other X-men fans that I know I haven't had a real desire for Jean to return. A younger version, untainted by the years of complications brought up by death and rebirth and PHOENIX means that we've got a character who's reactions to the world around her are genuinely interesting. So far we're 6 issues into the run and now that the initial shock of the original 5 being in the present is kind of out of the way I wanna see where they end up and if young Scott is able to break out of the shadow of his older self's actions.

Young Avengers written by Kieron Gillen, art by Jamie McKelvie
As a big fan of the original Young Avengers series from a few years back I was really excited when this new series was announced. It features a team comprised of a mix of a few members of the original and some new characters like Kid Loki and Miss America Chavez. Only read the first issue rather quickly last night so I need another run through it to really gather my feelings but what jumped out at me was the art work. It's got an almost 'pop art' quality to it that I think works well with this younger group of heros. Not much plot to speak of yet, but if it continues along the path that's set out in #1 then it looks like it's going to be quite a ride!

Anyone else reading these, I'd love to hear what you think about them or the Marvel NOW! line as an idea.

Homogenik
01-26-2013, 03:51 AM
This was really moving to me :

http://www.conundrumpress.com/wp-content/uploads/Cover-Songweb2-224x300.jpg

"The Song of Roland focuses on the life and death of the father-in-law of Rabagliati’s alter-ego Paul, who has been called “The Tintin of Quebec” By Le Devoir. The French edition, Paul à Québec, was critically hailed, winning the FNAC Audience Award at France’s Angouleme festival, a Shuster Award for Outstanding Cartoonist, and was nominated for the City of Montreal’s Grand Prize, and the Audience Award at Montreal’s Salon du Livre. The book is currently in production by Caramel Films. In his classic European cartooning style Rabagliati effortlessly tackles big subjects. As the family stands vigil over Roland in his hospital bed, Rabagliati weaves a story of one man’s journey through life and the legacy he leaves behind. The Song of Roland is a mid-career masterpiece from one of Quebec’s finest draftsmen."
source (http://www.conundrumpress.com/bdang/the-song-of-roland/)

UnderTheFunk
03-12-2013, 02:10 PM
I got Cinderella: Fables are Forever, a spin-off of the Fables series, from the library yesterday. I read three pages and put it down because I was so put off by the cover (Cinderella in the snow, in a skimpy bikini), and how forcefully it screamed, "Look, this is about WOMEN!!" In bikinis. :m

On a brighter note, I'm looking forward to reading all of these in the coming weeks!

Booklist's Top 10 Graphic Novels: 2013 (http://www.booklistonline.com/ProductInfo.aspx?pid=5964063&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1).
Chipman, Ian

Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama. By Alison Bechdel. Illus. by the author. 2012. Houghton, $22 (9780618982509).
The author of the celebrated Fun Home (2006) here levels her penetrating gaze onto her relationship with her mother, her experiences with psychotherapy and analysis, and her growth as an artist.

Building Stories. By Chris Ware. Illus. by the author. 2012. Pantheon, $50 (9780375424335).
Ware’s latest high-concept, form-shattering work isn’t even a book at all. Fourteen assembled pieces—books, pamphlets, broadsheets, scraps, a giant board—explore lives of quiet desperation in a Chicago three-flat.

A Chinese Life. By Li Kunwu and Philippe Ôtié. Illus. by Li Kunwu. 2012. SelfMadeHero, paper, $27.50 (9781906838553).
This poignant memoir and intimate yet sweeping chronicle of the convulsive development of modern China introduces the West to a masterful graphic storyteller, a longtime artist for a Communist Party newspaper.

Goliath. By Tom Gauld. Illus. by the author. 2012. Drawn & Quarterly, $19.95 (9781770460652).
If the oddsmakers had known the truth about Goliath—a bumbler despite his generous girth—David never would have been the original underdog. A spare gem of wry humor and deft storytelling.

Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City. By Guy Delisle. Illus. by the author. 2012. Drawn & Quarterly, $24.95 (9781770460713).
Focusing not only on the political and religious tensions of the holy city of Jerusalem, Delisle’s travelogue also delves into the connections and humanity that make us all universally similar.

Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. By Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl. Illus. by Ramón K. Pérez. 2012. Archaia, $29.95 (9781936393091).
An unfilmed screenplay from Henson’s early, experimental days is lavishly visualized by Pérez, who in turn subverts the expectations of sequential art through the story of an unnamed man questing through the desert.

The Lovely Horrible Stuff. By Eddie Campbell. Illus. by the author. 2012. Top Shelf, $14.95 (9781603091527).
Campbell’s seriously playful look at money ranges from autobiographical passages to sheer flights of fancy, all rendered in a simple, scratchy style that belies the thoughtfulness of his approach.

RASL, v.4: The Lost Journals of Nikola Tesla. By Jeff Smith. Illus. by the author. 2012. Cartoon, paper, $19.95 (9781888963328).
The conclusion to Smith’s noirish, fringe-science thriller is a full-throttle plunge through parallel dimensions and mind-bending twists.

SagaSaga, v.1. By Brian K. Vaughan. Illus. by Fiona Staples. 2012. Image Comics, paper, $9.99 (9781607066019).
Veteran scribe Vaughan teams up with mainstream comics’ most explosive new artist in this opening salvo to an epic smashup of space opera and quirky fantasy.

Sailor Twain; or, The Mermaid in the Hudson. By Mark Siegel. Illus. by the author. 2012. First Second, $24.99 (9781596436367).
The siren song of a mermaid’s beauty is nothing to be trifled with, especially on the deep, brooding waters of the Hudson for Captain Twain of the steamboat Lorelei.

Churumbela
03-12-2013, 09:38 PM
My best friend is currently reading Saga v. 1 and I CANNOT WAIT until she finishes it, because she's letting me borrow it.

UnderTheFunk
04-01-2013, 06:06 PM
I finally got my hands on Saga and read it yesterday!

Immediately handed it to my husband, and we both agreed it was the best comic we've read in a few years. I especially loved the artwork and the simplicity of the panels.

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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/78/Saga1coverByFionaStaples.jpg/250px-Saga1coverByFionaStaples.jpg

SweetPea
04-01-2013, 08:02 PM
I finally got my hands on Saga and read it yesterday!

Immediately handed it to my husband, and we both agreed it was the best comic we've read in a few years. I especially loved the artwork and the simplicity of the panels.

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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/78/Saga1coverByFionaStaples.jpg/250px-Saga1coverByFionaStaples.jpg

OMG I LOVE this book! The story is compelling and it's not some rehashed super-hero bullshit (love superheros, but new is good).

I'm falling in love all over again with Hellboy. 'Hellboy in Hell' is fantastic... and the new BPRD isn't half bad either! Mike Mignola can do no wrong in my book though ;)

Tonic
03-09-2015, 09:33 PM
Just discovered this thread.

Um, though the movie promises to SUCK, I'm digging the new Jem & the Holograms COMIC designs. They're replete with realistic bodies and Kimber and Stormer are lesbians and a couple.

THE MISFITS:
http://static02.mediaite.com/themarysue/uploads/2014/12/h9cxl4tmhm7m9odxtywq.jpg

JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS:
http://www.idwpublishing.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/d6016760-12a7-4024-afbf-a31ab6d409a0.jpg

Tonic
03-09-2015, 09:37 PM
I'm also beginning to love the other work of the artist drawing the new Jem book: Ross Campbell. There's a good interview with him here (http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2010/04/20/she-has-no-head-interview-with-creator-ross-campbell/)... and I LOVE what he would do with Supergirl. I say that as someone who loathes the ultra-boring Superman franchise.

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/ross-campbell-supergirl1.jpg

Spikey
07-07-2015, 10:08 AM
Anyone ever use Amazon / Kindle for comics? I'm a huge fan of classic X-men, and I had always assumed that it was only those annoyingly bad cross-over collections that would be available, but to my surprise I encountered single issues of 80s X-men secondary series, like New Mutants ('83), X-Factor ('86), Excalibur ('88). I don't think they're complete though (hard to figure out), but still...there are even limited things on it that are often overlooked / left out of collections, like X-terminators ('88) :eek:;
http://i.imgur.com/SjFzgai.png

Of course, it is still fragmentary at best, I hope they expand it. What is the worth of series like New Mutants and Excalibur if they don't even include the graphic novels / specials that begin them.

seso
07-21-2016, 08:50 PM
Also, is BONE as good as say?

I love Bone, especially the rat creatures. Got my roommate into reading the whole series and gave her the first issues of The Golden Compass

also a big Saga lover here, too bad Marko his beard had to go again.

The Crystal Sword is a big fantasy classic for me, as is Peter Pan by Loisel.
The Cycle Of Cyann and Children Of The Wind (I guess they would be translated like that) by François Bourgeon

I enjoyed the first issue of He Man : Eternity War, not too sure about the second part

right now I'm diving into Frederik Peters his work (Coma, Sandcastles, Aâma,...)

also loved the comic book adaption for Nausicaa and I tried getting into Dragon Ball, starting from the beginning...one thing I will always regret, is not buying a compilation of x-rated adventures for all Dragon Ball characters. It was quite explicit, have never found it again and I wonder if it was an official thing

and I love Mike Mignola his style too

CC
07-23-2016, 07:36 AM
Irmina by Barbara Yellin - this is a story about a young german woman shortly before and during the time of the second world war and decades later. She had a relationship with a black student before the war and with the change of the political situation she changes a lot as well. The book is inspired by aspects of Yellin`s grandmothers life.

http://www.selfmadehero.com/title.php?isbn=9781910593103&edition_id=290

Andrea
12-12-2016, 01:24 PM
Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Badass world building, gorgeous imagery, and a nuanced female lead.

https://imagecomics.com/uploads/releases/Monstress_04-1.png

Sansa Spark
12-12-2016, 09:31 PM
OMG Monstress, so great!

I am shamefully far behind on Saga, but I love it.

Nick
12-15-2016, 11:47 PM
Monstress <3 I went to a signing with Marjorie Liu at Barnes & Noble and she was awesome and answered a ton of audience questions. She is putting so much work into that book, and it's paying off.

I'm a Brian K. Vaughan fanboy, so Saga and Paper Girls are always near the top of my list.

Wicked + Divine is fascinating and gorgeous.

soignee
12-16-2016, 06:54 AM
ALIAS aka Jessica Jones is my always go to recc for comics- I love Jessica, very much.

Spikey
12-16-2016, 11:34 AM
Don't know if I mentioned this about Iceman before...but... he seems to be a Kate Bush fan. What else to do when you've just returned from space, Cyclops, Jean and Beast are fighting giant insects and Archangel is being mauled by Sabretooth? Of course, you go buy the latest Kate Bush CD. ;l

http://i.imgur.com/9pPF46K.png

(This panel is from X-Factor vol1 #52 from 1990)

soignee
12-16-2016, 02:30 PM
I feel like I ought to have that as my icon, just because it's this weird venn diagram of vintage X-Men and Kate Bush.

wout
12-22-2016, 12:03 PM
Monstress sounds very interesting, thanks for the suggestion.

I can only repeat myself and recommend Elfquest, if you don't know it yet.
The final story arc is happening right now and the early stuff is available for free on their website: www.elfquest.com.
The first arc (20 issues) and the Kings of the Broken Wheel storylines are absolutely amazing!
These are not your standard LOTR type elves, and it tackles heavy subject matter.
You need to read this, it changed my life as a teenager.

wout
12-22-2016, 12:07 PM
The Cycle Of Cyann and Children Of The Wind (I guess they would be translated like that) by François Bourgeon

Oh helll yes, both wonderful!
Have you read his medieval books? I forgot the name, it's 3 books with a little bit of fantasy flavour.

Spikey
12-22-2016, 09:38 PM
I feel like I ought to have that as my icon, just because it's this weird venn diagram of vintage X-Men and Kate Bush.

Si, you dont need an icon when your current avatar is like a statement AND Jem AND the Holograms, you dont even change. [post28]

soignee
09-05-2017, 11:21 AM
Comics I read without fail:

-Jessica Jones
-Saga
-Hawkeye

...that's about it.

Canoodlefish
01-28-2018, 08:54 AM
Hallo! I'm thinking of getting Vertigo's Fables. Do the deluxe editions contain more materials a la Sandman? Thanks.

Forget it, deluxe is twice the price [cry]

Should I get the spin-offs?

BrotherNamedErised
01-28-2018, 06:41 PM
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Canoodlefish
01-28-2018, 10:53 PM
Fair warning: Fables is NOT good. I've been obsessed with fairy tales my entire life, I've studied them, worked on them, love every retelling I can find. Fables is pretty much on the level of that dreadful Once Upon a Time show, if even that. I'm just saying that to spare you the expense, because those books are not cheap.

I'm glad you said that. Thank you very much!

Now I gotta go cancel the reservation and the new orders would be trickier. But thanks.

BrotherNamedErised
01-28-2018, 11:06 PM
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Canoodlefish
01-29-2018, 01:12 AM
Oh, I don't mean to be a buzzkill! You could still order one of the books and see how you like them - maybe you'll see in them all kinds of things I missed. But I thought the writing and the art were both utterly heinous. And the fact that the creator is this super conservative dude who uses the stories as political propaganda (which I discovered after reading the first two volumes) did not make me more receptive, if I'm being honest.



Thank you. The propaganda bit has turned me off even further. I'm so glad I posted here! The reviews I have read are positive.

What about elfquest?

Andrea
01-29-2018, 01:14 PM
The new Monstress run started last week if anyone was waiting. First new issue is oversized.

wout
01-30-2018, 01:14 PM
What about elfquest?

Fucking amazinggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!
You can actually read everything except the current story arc for free on their website: http://elfquest.com/read/digitalEQ.html

Canoodlefish
01-30-2018, 02:34 PM
Fucking amazinggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!
You can actually read everything except the current story arc for free on their website: http://elfquest.com/read/digitalEQ.html

Okay I'm sold! Which collections should I get for completeness? I saw quite a few e.g. archives, complete etc

Thanks!

Oh the complete is in black and white :(

wout
01-31-2018, 09:16 PM
Yeah, they switched publishers a few times so their printed back catalogue and collections is a bit confusing. The new black and white collections are really nice, though. The first 3 story arcs were all published in black and white from the get go, with colored graphic novels done later. I think the 2nd and 3rd arc look better in B/W. The first arc (issue 1 to 20) is handpainted and gorgeous!

It's a hard series to get complete since, during the 4th main story arc, they had spin offs and prequels and stuff often done by different artists but to get the essential story going, start here:
- arc 1: the Original Quest, the first 20 issues, with the first 5 being an opening act and the last 3 an amazing epic finale.
- arc 2: Siege at blue mountain, 8 issues, continuing elements set up in issue 10-15 from the Original Quest
- arc 3: Kings of the Broken Wheel. BEST STORY EVER WRITTEN!!!!! If you managed to fall in love with the characters (which you will), this one will F you UP!
- after that: Dreamtime/Hidden Years/Shards and then report back to me :p

I might sound like a big hyperbole but it really is a special series. Growing up, this had a major impact on me and offered me some valued lessons.
It touches on mature themes like discrimination, feminism, religion and extremism, yet evil is always in shades of grey and all characters are all extremely fleshed out. It all feels very real and can get quite emotional at times.
Not your standard fantasy, which you'll realise when you get to issue 11 and you get to meet Winnowill!

wout
01-31-2018, 09:22 PM
I mean, look at her:

http://elfquest.com/hunthowl/winnowill.jpg

Canoodlefish
02-01-2018, 07:51 AM
Haha I'm definitely sold Wout. So I just get the Complete 1, 2, 3, and 4 b&w then. I saw there're also four volumes of Final Quest and I've also come across Future Quest. Can you tell me more?

At this point in time I won't google elfquest any more to avoid spoiling anything for myself. Thanks for your input!

wout
02-01-2018, 09:42 AM
Final Quest is the current story arc and also their final. The last issue will be released in 4 weeks and then they'll retire themselves. Possibly some other writers and artists from their old 'stable' will continue in the future.
Because, well, there was indeed Future Quest, a spin off series from the 90's, that took place years and years into the future where it was a mystery what happened to all the elves on that world. Lots of clues and hints, but it was never ever finished or explained.
It's not essential reading for now...

If you read through the ones I posted, you could continue with Searcher and the Sword, the discovery and then Final Quest. From there on, everything else is fun additions that add to the lore and world building and background of characters.
There's Kahvi, Two-spear, Wolfrider, Rogue's Curse, Wavedancers, New Blood and Future Quest (consisting of Jink and The Rebels). The quality of those titles varies wildly though and it can be a bit confusing in terms of timeline and canon.

The "core" story is the best by far, and with the first few collections you should be well settled!!
Book 1: covers the original quest
Book 2: Siege at blue mountain and Kings of the Broken Wheel
Book 3: Dreamstime and some of the Hidden Years stories (which were great 1-issue stories)
Book 4: Hidden Years, when it turned onto the full story arc, into Shards, the continuation of that arc.

I hope you enjoy them!! I can't praise this series enough :)

Canoodlefish
02-02-2018, 12:01 PM
Just ordered all seven volumes (complete and final quest) and pre-ordered FQ vol 4. It'd take three to six months. Can't wait!

I just found out wave dancers are also from the elfquest team?!?!? Wave dancers is my first comic next to Gen13! I got one issue only though: the one with the cast centrespread.

Nick
02-02-2018, 10:03 PM
I haven't posted in here for a while; can't recall if anyone mentioned Vision yet, but it was AMAZING. Nice concise 12 issue run with gorgeous art and amazing self-contained story. Not typical super-hero fare.

These days my most excited pulls every month are Saga, Paper Girls, Monstress, Wicked + Divine, SEX CRIMINALS (so amazing and that Zdarsky art...), Low, Black Science, Rat Queens, Runaways, Thor (Jason Aaron's run has been amazing).

Black Bolt by Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward is excellent.

Seven To Eternity is on hiatus but OMG that artwork by Jerome Opena.

https://nerdist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/SevenToEternity_01_Preview.jpg

And it's over now but I cannot recommend enough the whole Dan Slott/Michael Allred run on Silver Surfer. I definitely got something in my eye during the last two issues...

Everyone says that Abbott #1 which came out last week was AMAZING, but all my local shops are sold out :(

Nick
02-02-2018, 10:10 PM
Oh also I like Fables a lot so I'd at least give it a try before writing it off; it lost steam after the big initial mystery wrapped up, but was enjoyable up to the point I've read (I'm a couple volumes behind though; I only started reading when the Deluxe Editions started coming out and I haven't bought the last few yet). I'm reading (and really enjoying) Unwritten right now (thanks to my library having all of the paperbacks), and I guess they cross over at some point?

(BrotherNamedErised did you not like all of the Fables artwork or just the fill-ins? Mark Buckingham is amazing IMHO, not to mention his work on Death and Miracleman with Neil)

Canoodlefish
02-03-2018, 08:07 AM
Too late cos I've spoiled Fables for myself :eek:

Thanks for your recommendations too. Will check them out when I have time (and the financial resources...)

Nick
02-03-2018, 06:22 PM
Too late cos I've spoiled Fables for myself :eek:

Thanks for your recommendations too. Will check them out when I have time (and the financial resources...)

I don't know if it's an option where you are, but I somehow JUST discovered my library's graphic novel collection. It's insane - they have hundreds. That's where I'm working through all 11 (I think) volumes of Unwritten at the moment. I assumed they would just have Sandman and some other heavy hitters, but they have tons of current Marvel, DC and Image stuff. I'm planning on hitting up their East Of West collection next on my boyfriend's recommendation. Obviously your library mileage may vary, though.

emanate
02-03-2018, 11:41 PM
These days my most excited pulls every month are Saga, Paper Girls, Monstress, Wicked + Divine, SEX CRIMINALS (so amazing and that Zdarsky art...), Low, Black Science, Rat Queens, Runaways, Thor (Jason Aaron's run has been amazing).

You have amazing taste! Most of those are among my favorites as well. I'm always glad when people find the comics section at their local library! At my previous library job, I ordered books for the comics/graphic novel sections in the adult and teen collections. It was my favorite collection to maintain! If you don't mind eBooks, you can also check to see if your library subscribes to Overdrive, Hoopla, or Comics Plus. Those are free apps that allow library cardholders to access comics digitally through a phone, tablet, or computer browser if the library subscribes to the service. :)

wout
02-04-2018, 12:33 PM
Saga is <3
I still need to check out Monstress!!!
And Fables: I did love the first few books but after they wrapped up the real main story it all ran out of steam and ideas and went downhill pretty fast. Like the Walking Dead, basically...

And this may be redundant, but if you haven't read Y: the last man, you should!