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Recommend me some comics


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Not sure where this topic should go, but these seems just as good of a place as any.

I have never been a comic book fan for several reasons. First, other than pint glasses (because they serve a function), I do not enjoy collecting things. Second, superheros are uninteresting to me. Third, I am generally impatient and dislike waiting months for a story to play out.

With that said, I have enjoyed several graphic novels that I read in book stores or at friend's houses. I loved Gaiman's Marvel 1602 and Sandman series and I have read a few mediocre Star Wars and Batman graphic novels. I recently discovered digital comics and I picked up Dawn of the Jedi. So far so good...

So based on this information, what are some other graphic novels you might recommend to me?

Edited by Darth Ender, 16 October 2013 - 02:00 PM.


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I'm not a collector and am also impatient, so I've found buying comics digitally that have completed their run is great. What sorts of genres are you interested? Crime? Sci-fi? Horror?

Star Wars comics are almost universally mediocre, but Brian Wood is currently doing a series for Darkhorse set between ANH and ESB that is decent. The main Batman title is really good these days. They rebooted continuity last year, so you can actually start fresh with no fear of deep storylines. Look for the book by Scott Snyder, labelled as the new 52 Batman.

If you liked Sandman, Vertigo comics from that late 80s era is a wealth of amazing material. Pretty much everyone who is considered a God/veteran of comics now got their start back then.
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You should try Lucifer, a spinoff from Sandman. Preacher is another fantastic comic... like Seth says, pretty much anything from Vertigo during that timeframe and you're golden. For a more modern Vertigo book, I was a big fan of DMZ.
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You might enjoy Jeff Parker & Ramon Rosanas' Marvel 1602 : Spider-Man (a collected mini-series of 5 issues showing what happened to the Peter Parker character from 1602 after that series ended) or some stand-alone graphic novels like Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean's Violent Cases (a meditation on childhood and the nature of memory) and Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's We 3 (a modern day sci-fi tale about three cyborg animals on the lam).

An entertaining non-fiction choice is Ryan Dunlavey and Fred Van Lente's Action Philosophers! which tells the nearly-complete story of man's eternal search for answers.
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I'm not a collector and am also impatient, so I've found buying comics digitally that have completed their run is great. What sorts of genres are you interested? Crime? Sci-fi? Horror?


I enjoy the mythology and history of fictional universes (which is why I snagged Dawn of the Jedi), distant and apocolyptical future of Earth (think Foundation). Although I have never read a comic with them in it, I enjoy reading on Wikipedia about god-like creatures (such as Thanos) in comic universes.

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Check out Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson

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American Vampire
The Boys
The current Batman series

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Check out Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson


Do you know if a digital copy is available? I should have preferenced this by saying I am only interested in comics/graphic novels that have finished their run and are available digitally.

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I'll check later. It's an older comic, from the late 80s early 90s, it's run is complete, but pretty expansive.

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nuff said.
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Since you mentioned apocalyptic stories, one that I would recommend is Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire. The series has already wrapped and is available on Comixology. I downloaded the entire series when they had it on sale during the summer and quickly read through it.

I also just checked and saw that Transmetropolitan is also available on Comixology. I would definitely second that along with Preacher and DMZ. American Vampire might also be up your alley, as Dutchman suggested, though while the first volume is wrapped up, my understanding is that it will be returning at some point.

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I'm not a collector and am also impatient, so I've found buying comics digitally that have completed their run is great. What sorts of genres are you interested? Crime? Sci-fi? Horror?
 


I enjoy the mythology and history of fictional universes (which is why I snagged Dawn of the Jedi), distant and apocolyptical future of Earth (think Foundation). Although I have never read a comic with them in it, I enjoy reading on Wikipedia about god-like creatures (such as Thanos) in comic universes.

 

I can't recommend Saga enough. It's available through Comixology.


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Saga has some of the best world building ever. It's like if a Lord of the Rings type universe moved into the far future that resembles what Star Wars would be if it was a satire of pop culture.

Ghosts, magic, alien bounty hunters, robots that like porn, cool spaceships, nosy alien reporters, and a lot of f-bombs. It's one of the most original things I've ever seen.
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I agree with everything you just said.
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Thirded!

It's one I know I have to buy every time I'm back on Oahu.

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I will definitely check it out!

 

Thanks for all the recommendations.  



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I'd never heard of Saga til this thread. I'm adding it to my ever-growing list of comics to get.



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You're gonna love it, Krawlie.

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Saga is Romeo and Juliet if the Capulets and Montagues were actually two different species from different planets locked in a galactic war. One race uses magic, the other aligned with a robotic race with TVs for heads. The story is narrated from the future by the daughter of the two lovers, who is an infant in the series. Her baby sitter is a ghost, and they are being pursued by a human Mercenary who has a cat that knows when you are lying, is accompanied by the male lead's ex girlfriend who is now a bounty hunter, and is haunted by the ghost of his dead alien girlfriend who is a literal spider-woman with a giant, always shown rack and

They are currently on the run and hiding out with a an alien cyclops that is more or less JD Salinger because they liked the anti-war messages in his first novel. Meanwhile, two nosy alien reporters are trying to reveal the existence of the baby because its existence might end the war.

So yeah, basically the best thing ever.
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The Lying Cat ****ing rocks.

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I need comics for a 7 year old. Help!

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Marvel has a series of kid-friendly digests of most of the major characters; up until recently, Boom! had several issues of Pixar and muppet comics, many of which are now collected in trades; older DC trades of any Batman Animate series adaptions also rule


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I used to be good at this stuff, as I used to collect. This is for my niece's 7 year old girl. Thanks Tank. I will pass those on.

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I read almost nothing but superhero comics, but I gotta agree about Saga. It's one of the best non-superhero comics out there.

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Not quite comic books per se, but my 8 year old LOVES Calvin and Hobbes more than anything. It forces him to get out the dictionary all the time.


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