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Reccommend some awesome graphic novels

Triple BTriple B Registered User regular
edited July 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
I'm going on a purchasing binge today, and I need your input, dudes. I prefer DC, but I'm open to anything.

Thanks dudes.

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  • ForarForar #432 Already prepping for Toronto Fan Expo!Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Tastes will vary, YMMV, etc.

    Solo titles:
    We3
    The Dark Knight Returns
    Kingdom Come
    Batman: Year One
    Weapon X

    Series
    Fables (11ish trades so far, ongoing)
    Y: The Last Man (10 trades, complete)
    Preacher (9 trades, complete)

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  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Man you're not even gonna narrow it down a little?

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  • cogellcogell Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    The Watchmen.

    That's it. Seriously.

  • WeretacoWeretaco Cubicle Gangster Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Sandman

    Dark Knight Returns

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  • JacobkoshJacobkosh Gamble a stamp. I can show you how to be a real man!Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited July 2008
    Triple B wrote: »
    I'm going on a purchasing binge today, and I need your input, dudes. I prefer DC, but I'm open to anything.

    Thanks dudes.

    Basically what Bale said - we need to narrow it down a bit. What sort of things do you like? Mystery, sci-fi, romantic comedy, slice-of-life? If you like superheroes, what sort of superheroes do you like? How high a tolerance do you have for stuff that is cool, but somewhat dorky and old? Would you prefer stories complete in one volume, or do you like the idea of six- or eight-volume epics?

  • grungeboxgrungebox Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    100 Bullets, buy them all

    Quail is just hipster chicken
  • FellhandFellhand Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    cogell wrote: »
    The Watchmen.

    That's it. Seriously.

    This was my first thought followed by We3, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Sandman, and Preacher. Get the last two if you are truely buying in bulk.

  • 1ddqd1ddqd Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Spiderman: The Other (Evolve or Die)
    Civil War (buy everything if you've got the stones)

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  • ProtoProto Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Solo:
    Dark Knight Returns
    Batman Year 100
    Batman: The Long Halloween
    Batman: Dark Victory
    Batman: Killing Joke
    Batman: Death in the Family
    Superman: Red Son
    Hulk: Grey
    Daredevil: Yellow
    Spiderman: Blue
    V for Vendetta
    Watchmen
    Maus
    Originals
    Desolation Jones
    Marvels
    Kingdom Come
    1602
    Ronin
    anything by Joe Sacco


    Series:

    Sandman
    Preacher
    Y The Last Man
    100 Bullets
    Transmetropolitan
    Hellboy
    BPRD
    Invinicible
    Scott Pilgrim
    Astro City
    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
    Planetary
    Global Frequency
    Powers
    Sincity

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  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    1ddqd wrote: »
    Spiderman: The Other (Evolve or Die)

    No no no, do not buy this.

    If you want to read awesome Spider-Man stories, pick up Ultimate Spider-Man

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  • TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu ___________PIGEON _________San Diego, CA Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Seconding Transmetropolitan. I read the first Sin City too and that was good I guess.

  • lunchbox12682lunchbox12682 MinnesotaRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Daredevil: Born Again
    and most of Frank Millers stuff on DD.

    Anything Alan Moore:
    From Hell
    The Killing Joke

    No Man's Land Volumes
    Sandman
    Lucifer

  • Captain ElevenCaptain Eleven The last card is a kronk Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Been mentioned before, but:

    Batman: Year One
    Batman: The Long Halloween
    Batman: Dark Victory
    Batman: Killing Joke

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  • ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Not enough people mentioned Fables.

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  • Seattle ThreadSeattle Thread The fuck am I looking atRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Buddy Does Seattle
    Persepolis
    Watchmen (after the fifth or so recommendation, you know you must get it)
    Planetary
    Hicksville
    Jar of Fools


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  • yourspaceholidayyourspaceholiday Registered User
    edited July 2008
    Been mentioned before, but:

    Batman: Year One
    Batman: The Long Halloween
    Batman: Dark Victory
    Batman: Killing Joke

    + Arkham Asylum

  • webguy20webguy20 Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I second hellboy and BPRD. excellent excellent excellent.

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  • TavTav Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Walk Dead

  • MimMim NEEDLES IN YO' FACE PLEASURE IN YO' BASE.Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Fellhand wrote: »
    Johnny the Homicidal

    If you get JTHM, then get Squee. If you don't mind minor animal cruelty, both are good. If you're leaning towards philosophical I'd go for JTHM but for just plan funny I'd go Squee.

    Other awesome graphic novels:

    Battle Angel Alita
    Blade of the Immortal
    Strangers in Paradise

    these are all series though. If you're just looking for the entire comic, JTHM and Squee then. I'm reading currently Crisis on Infinite Earths and just ordered Watchmen. CoIE is pretty good to me thus far.

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  • Regina FongRegina Fong Allons-y, Alonso Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
  • gtrmpgtrmp Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    One-book DC stuff that's worth reading:
    We3
    Watchmen
    DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore (whatever the exact title is; make sure it's the newest version with "The Killing Joke" and "Whatever Happened to The Man of Tomorrow?")
    Dark Knight Returns
    DC One Million

    Long-form DC stuff:
    Preacher
    100 Bullets
    The Losers
    Saga of the Swamp Thing (the Alan Moore and Rick Veitch runs)
    Doom Patrol (the Grant Morrison run)
    Animal Man (ditto)
    Transmetropolitan
    Hitman (only partially collected, unfortunately)

    All-Star Superman is also great. There's one collection out now, and a second will be out shortly after the final issue is published in a few months.

    Don't believe anyone who recommends Batman: Hush for any reason other than "Jim Lee draws pretty pictures", which is true. The good parts of the story are, ahem, borrowed from several other superior Batman stories (in particular, The Dark Knight Returns, The Man Who Laughs, Arkham Asylum, and the Wrath storyline from the '80s). Batman: The Long Halloween is from the same writer, and is better, but still suffers from the same conceit of Loeb trying to fit every single Bat-villain and Bat-motif into one overlong story arc.

  • deadonthestreetdeadonthestreet Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    All-Star Batman & Robin is pure genius. It contains the best version of Batman ever.

    Also buy Scott Pilgrim. This is extremely important.

  • gtrmpgtrmp Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    All-Star Batman & Robin is pure retarded genius. It contains the best version of the goddamned Batman ever.

  • Triple BTriple B Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Thanks, you guys. Awesome recommendations here. Sorry I didn't narrow it down for you at all, though. I already own a ton of Batman stuff. I just want something that's awesome, and I can get completely immersed in. I prefer DC, but I'm open to pretty much anything. I actually went shopping on the day I posted this, but didn't find anything of value, as the store's inventory was really limited. I shall go on an expedition tomorrow to acquire some of the books you have suggested in this thread.

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  • MarathonMarathon Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Seriously, get Fables. If you are looking for something to get immersed in it is exactly what you want. I cannot suggest it strongly enough.

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  • Farout FoolioFarout Foolio Registered User
    edited July 2008

    Fables
    Fables
    FABLES


    Limed for truth! >: o

    Also, DMZ is a very engrossing read.

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  • ZyrelaxZyrelax Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Seconding DMZ, also Wasteland

  • ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited July 2008

    Fables
    Fables
    FABLES


    Limed for truth! >: o

    Also, DMZ is a very engrossing read.

    And if you get into the Fables world, the spin-off Jack is worth getting. It's not nearly as engrossing, but it fills a void and gives some new information on the world.

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  • GoodOmensGoodOmens Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    jeepguy wrote: »

    Also: Pride of Baghdad

    Beat'd! I loved Pride, though it is short and probably overpriced (got it as a gift).

    I also just read both parts of Persepolis, and very much recommend them.

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  • MushroomStickMushroomStick Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Battle Royale.

  • Regina FongRegina Fong Allons-y, Alonso Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    For more adult-oriented fare, I heartilly recommend The Invisibles, as well as the semi-follow up The Filth.

    Both are completely awesome mind-fucks.

  • RocketSauceRocketSauce Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I also went on a comics binge myself. Thanks for the recommendations, guys. I also discovered a great comic store a mile from my house.

  • FellhandFellhand Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    All Star Superman went trade for the first 5 issues. Pick that up.

  • JacobkoshJacobkosh Gamble a stamp. I can show you how to be a real man!Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited July 2008
    jeepguy wrote: »
    For more adult-oriented fare, I heartilly recommend The Invisibles, as well as the semi-follow up The Filth.

    Both are completely awesome mind-fucks.

    Seriously. The Invisibles is one of my favorite series ever, if nothing else just for sheer breadth - how many other comics, much less novels or film, have ever tried to integrate Carlos Casteneda, Gnostic myth, Hinduism, 60's spy movies, Michael Moorcock novels, conspiracy theories, punk rock, and GLBT politics?

    Just about the only thing that beats it out in my books is another thing by the same writer, namely Seven Soldiers, which I can't recommend enough. SS is, to me, pretty much the culmination of everything I've ever wanted in a superhero story. It's hilarious, gorgeous to look at, inspiring and moving.

  • Joe ChemoJoe Chemo Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I know you already bought your comics, but for the sake of future archaeologists who dig this thread up:


    Short stuff:
    We3
    Watchmen

    Long stuff:
    Sandman
    Lucifer
    Transmetropolitan
    DMZ

    Those are all top notch. Every damn one of them.

  • DalbozDalboz Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Sam & Max Surfin' the Highway? The 20th Anniversary edition was just released recently.

  • MC MysteryMC Mystery Registered User
    edited July 2008
    Not traditional comics fair by any means, but probably my favorite graphic novel of all time:

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    "Blankets" -Craig Thompson

    Spoiler:
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