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« on: May 21, 2016, 07:29:01 PM »
I've read Locke & Key and Saga. Have really enjoyed both. I also read Monstress.

So, anyone have some recommendations on what I should try next?
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2016, 08:19:14 PM »
Sandman is blaring out of my head.  Written by Neil Gaiman, and absolutely fantastic, and taught me how good a series could be. 

Also it's a nice idea to explore some of the big names: writers I really like include Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Daniel Clowes, Jeff Lemire.  Frank Miller is also a big deal but he lost the plot big time for me. 

I think Animal Man is a great starting point for Grant Morrison, but others recommend Arkham Asylum (a Batman tale.)

Alan Moore did four massively influential comics in the 80s, V for Vandetta, Watchmen, The Killing Joke (Batman) and From Hell.  All awesome, though I think Watchmen would be my favourite.

Jeff Lemire is more recent,  I enjoyed his Animal Man run, and Essex County and the Underwater Welder were great standalone novels.  His Sweet Tooth series is worth checking out, I haven't read beyond volume 1 as other comics were crying out to be read that bit louder.  He has a new series called Descender about a robot which looks Saga like. 

My favourite Frank Miller was Batman Year One which clearly had a massive influence on Batman Begins, but critics and a lot of comic book readers adore The Dark Knight Returns.   

Daniel Clowes is most famous for Ghost World, but I recently adored Patience. 

And everyone should read Maus by art speigelmann.  I would make it mandatory to be on the High School Curriculum in every American and European school.

And one I am going to start on soon is Preacher as was recommended to me in the past, and now there is a TV adaptation which is getting rave reviews. 

Oh and if you fancy superheroes beyond Batman - Planet Hulk has to be my favourite super powered person graphic novel. 
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2016, 08:23:48 PM »
If Sandman is recommended, then Hellboy should also be worth a look.
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2016, 10:44:36 PM »
I cannot recommend Hellblazer and Lucifer enough.

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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2016, 10:49:02 PM »
DMZ is one of my all time favorites. It's a near-future political sci-fi with somewhat of a post-apocalyptic and dystopian tinge, as it takes place in Manhattan reduced to the anarchy of a demilitarized zone by a hypothetical (and to this day reasonably plausible) second American civil war. The story's told primarily from the perspective of an embedded photojournalist come to live amongst the denizens of the DMZ.

I've never played The Division, but that game strikes me as somewhat of a spiritual successor to this comic.
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2016, 09:58:29 AM »
Actually tell a lie. My favourite Frank Miller graphic novels are his Daredevil novels. A Man Without Fear and Born Again were both outstanding.

If you want to go down the super hero route - Jeph Loeb is also a big deal, though now he is more famous for his tv writing. I really enjoyed Long Halloween and Hush. (Again Batman.)

Batman is kinda a big deal with graphic novels - I think most writers take a shot at Batman at some point.

Have never read Hellboy but along with Swamp Thing is one of those I think I should at some point. I enjoy a good anti hero!
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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2016, 12:07:59 PM »
Here comes the motherload of recommendations:

Y: The Last Man - same writer as Saga, so starting with his other stuff a great way to begin I'd say, a completely unique story about the last man on earth, bursting with an array of amazing women; and I've only read the beginning. :P Also, check out his latest trade release of Paper Girls, a great 80s, Spielberg-esque story.

Descender - a gorgeous, melancholic sci-fi tale, in the realms of A.I. if you've seen that film; very beautiful art and great story.

Preacher - just in time for the new TV series, which is a bit different to the comic, but just as dirty and weird.

The Wicked and The Divine - completely original, a pantheon of gods return to human forms but doomed to live only to 21, they take the form of modern pop stars and have their fans 'pray' to them by clubbing, gigging etc. One of the best comics going atm.

The Fade Out/Fatale/Criminal - if you're into crime or noir reading these stories by Brubaker/Phillips is a must read.

Bitch Planet - super feminist, super important, sci-fi spoliation comic.

ODY-C - a retelling of The Odyssey in space, cos why not.

ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Times - is also great, though short it has flavours of Miyazaki and Manga in its brief story of a lone woman on earth with her cute cat.

Wytches - if you like horror, have to go for this. It's genuinely disturbing and creepy. You've not seen any witches like them :P

That'll do for now I think...
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« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2016, 12:12:14 PM »
Here comes the motherload of recommendations:

Y: The Last Man - same writer as Saga, so starting with his other stuff a great way to begin I'd say, a completely unique story about the last man on earth, bursting with an array of amazing women; and I've only read the beginning. :P Also, check out his latest trade release of Paper Girls, a great 80s, Spielberg-esque story.

Descender - a gorgeous, melancholic sci-fi tale, in the realms of A.I. if you've seen that film; very beautiful art and great story.

Preacher - just in time for the new TV series, which is a bit different to the comic, but just as dirty and weird.

The Wicked and The Divine - completely original, a pantheon of gods return to human forms but doomed to live only to 21, they take the form of modern pop stars and have their fans 'pray' to them by clubbing, gigging etc. One of the best comics going atm.

The Fade Out/Fatale/Criminal - if you're into crime or noir reading these stories by Brubaker/Phillips is a must read.

Bitch Planet - super feminist, super important, sci-fi spoliation comic.

ODY-C - a retelling of The Odyssey in space, cos why not.

ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Times - is also great, though short it has flavours of Miyazaki and Manga in its brief story of a lone woman on earth with her cute cat.

Wytches - if you like horror, have to go for this. It's genuinely disturbing and creepy. You've not seen any witches like them :P

That'll do for now I think...

I think most of those crop up regularly on my kindle recommends.   Intrigued to know what Arry goes with now.
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« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2016, 03:50:42 PM »
The five graphic novels that have grabbed me are Watchmen, Lucifer, Sandman, Slaine and last and anti-least, The Invisibles.

Slaine is a riff on the ancient Celtic myths.

The Invisibles is a riff on conspiracy theories, chaos magic, Moorcockian Chaos vs Order, half a dozen other things and absolute insanity. Will probably always be my favourite graphic novel.

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« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2016, 08:31:28 PM »
@Arry so what did you go with?  My bet is on Preacher and Descender.
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« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2016, 10:16:11 PM »
@Arry so what did you go with?  My bet is on Preacher and Descender.

I still need to get to my library! I did reserve a copy of preacher, but it might be a while (there was a waitlist).

I am also currently eying Rat Queens n(which I don't think was mentioned here?) and then there is always Sandman. I also plan on checking out Watchmen. I probably should read that one. I know I want to read Y just because I love Saga, but am thinking I am going to start with something different.

And honestly what I pick will likely depend on what my library has in and then maybe which one artistically interests me the most when I look.

Thanks for all the suggestions and ideas! I think it will help me narrow down my options when I see what is available :)
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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2016, 03:10:16 PM »
I'm never sure what the difference is.

I really enjoyed Watchmen.. more than the movie.
Dunno whether thats something that you would enjoy..

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« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2016, 03:36:15 PM »
I was going to recommend Rat Queens, I absolutely loved that comic, until the whole mess surrounding the artist - who was asked to leave the book by the writer after he was arrested for domestic abuse of his fiance/gf - not a great person to have on a feminist styled book. The writer got a new artist, Tess Fowler, to replace him, only for rumours that he was working behind her back to bring the original artist back on the book and get rid of her anyway.

So yea kind of a dick move and killed the book for me, so i don't want to read it much anymore. :/