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Comic Q & A for Jay

Jay has a question for you all over at my comic book post from this morning:

Ok. If people here were going to suggest a particular comic to read, which would it be?

Just to let you know, I was a fan of Batman (the serious ones not the campy shit) - I still have copies of Arkham Asylum, The Killing Joke and The Dark Knight Returns. For me, it's always been about superheroes that don't turn big and green or can stretch from the top of the Empire State Building to the street below, but about the ones like Batman or another one of my favorites, Daredevil (though I am loathe to see the Ben Affleck movie)

Lately I have been looking at some of the newer stuff (mostly because the art is just amazing), but at the same time I am hesitant to plunk down almost 3 bucks for what could turn out to be total crap.

Any ideas?

Help the guy out.


Oo! Oo! Strangers In Paradise! (but no superheroes, so maybe not)

Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. That's one of my favorites. But just about anything from Jhonnen Vasquez is good.

I used to read the same stuff as Jay, but these days, I'm just about done with superheroes. I bought DK2 and haven't even bothered to finish it.

I am back into comics these days, though, but lately I prefer metahumor-type stuff like Sam Henderson's "The Magic Whistle" or Ivan Brunetti's "Haw!" I've also enjoyed some graphic novels lately, such as "The Golem's Mighty Swing" and "Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth."

I usually end up just swinging by the local indie comics shop and browsing until I find a winner.

The only ones I ever read were American Splendor comics by Harvey Pekar. The comics are literary/confessional style stuff .. the guy won an American Book Award for one of them. More famously, he used to get into fights with David Letterman. You'll either love the books or hate 'em.


The Cerebus phonebooks, particularly High Society, Church and State, and the Mothers & Daughters run, are all great. But, if you're looking for something along the lines of Batman-Daredevil, the Andy Helfer/Kyle Baker run of The Shadow back in the day was grand stuff.

Without a doubt the Silver Surfer.

The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. You can buy the first six-issue volume in Trade Paperback form, and the second Volume of six issues is coming to a close - so there should be a compilation forthcoming shortly. Good Stuff. Screw the movie - it looks like it's going to be ass, and has very little to do with the actual comic.

A Distant Soil by Colleen Doran http://www.adistantsoil.com

Space fantasy set in the present.

Strangers in Paradise (already mentioned)

Any of the DC legion books are pretty decent.

Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Foglio Fantasy Steampunk (?!)

Knights of the Dinner Table a book that follows the misadventures of a group of pathetic gamers hillariously and disturbingly true to life.

Watchmen if you haven't picked it up already.

Few superheroes but good books nonetheless.

Hope you find something you like. :)

The Watchmen.

Great great great. Very interesting take on superheroise.

Anyone ever read "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex" by Larry Niven?

One of The. Funniest. Things. Ever.


"Powers" has already been mentioned. I also strongly recommend picking up "Bone". "Thieves and Kings" is a great fantasy story, but new issues only come out when the stars are right, or something.

The Cerebus books were mentioned earlier -- I can't agree with that recommendation, personally. The first four books are great, but after that it jumped the shark IMO. Plus which the author has, um, "issues" with women.

For an ongoing series, you can't go wrong with just plain vanilla Batman. Solid art, writing, and style. Dark, adult, and action packed.

Also, I'm greatly enjoying Ultimate X-men, a modern updating of the X-men story in a new universe.

If you want to get a few trade paperbacks for long reading sessions, you simply must read Transmetropolitan. Imagine Hunter S. Thompson as a blogger, full of PCP and rage, and placed in future thats half Blade Runner, half pink floyds The Wall.

Awright, I just stumbled in here, but I'll give my two cents:

Ultimate X-Men and The Ultimates, if you're into good (make that GREAT) Marvel superhero stories.

WildC.A.T.S. 3.0 just started a few months ago, and it's got some good stuff going on.

Stormwatch is good, but it helps if you have a background in Superhero Physics.

Finally, if you want a REALLY FANTASTIC superhero story, pick up The Authority. There are 4 or 5 trade paperbacks (and you can actually go back into the old Stormwatch paperbacks as well), and the 1st issue of the new series just came out. The trade paperbacks, however, are the shiznit.

I'm going to have to throw JSA into the mix here... It's got old school super heroes teaching and working with some of the next generation of heroes.
Green Lantern has become something of a solid read since Judd Winnick took over.
Almost anything under Marvel's MAX imprint is worth the read simply because they have no rules, but I suggest Alias, nothing to do with the tv show.
Hopeless Savages (Oni Press) is always good for a plot based story.
Lately anything by Vertigo is simply amazing, Blood & Water and Y-The Last Man are personal favorites.

OK in no order:

"Astro City"
Any Ultimate Title!!!!!
"Fantastic Four" is back, I bought my first issue in 10 years a few months back....
and for manga try "Blade of the Immortal"

Hope that helps!!!!!

Thanks everybody! I appreciate the suggestions.

I'll be doing some browsing this weekend. I just hope I don't get drooled on.

"Exiles" is a good Marvel comic - I know, hard to believe. :) Marvel heroes from different "timelines" thrown together.

If you're going to read LXG, I'd also suggest Tom Strong.

Occasionally I'll pick up a JLA or JSA comic, as the storylines have been better the last few times I've picked them up.

GEN13 is sometimes good, but it can be uneven, as it has so many guest writers that I can't keep track of them.

I'll second Bone and Astro City too, and add Lenore and Kabuki.

I'll add my two or three cents and go with Bone, Madman, Lenore and Preacher.

Gotta give props to the Johnny the Homocidal Maniac and Lenore, our dearly departed (pun intended) former ASV mascot, to which I'd add the Squee series. All are available in compilation form.

But nobody has mentioned The Sandman series by Gaiman yet????? Come on! Giving Miller his due for the Dark Knight work, Sandman is still the defining moment in the evolution of the adult comics genre.