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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Comic and Graphic Novel Suggestions: First Comic Book Shop Trip...in a While!

I'm going to run off to the comic book shop at some point this week.  And that means I'm going to buy me some comics...which is where you lot come in.  Since I haven't been in the comic/graphic novel world in a while (aside from some manga here or there), I really don't know what's interesting and what's not.  I'd like to know what kind of stuff you have enjoyed that you think I might enjoy too.

What I'm looking for:

  • SF/F-ish stuff (broadly speaking)
  • Things that won't require me to be overly familiar with preceding material (so don't drop me flat in the middle of a story arc if I need to have read the previous two to figure out what the hell is going on)
  • Graphic novels OR standard comics (or collections/omnibuses)
  • No "universe" restrictions (you can throw me into DC, Marvel, or whatever)
Pretty basic wants, no?  Superheroes, space stuff, dragons, whatever.  I'll take my list of suggestions and go play around.

So have at it!

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14 comments:

  1. The Unwritten by Mike Carey is amazing. It's about the son of a man who made a billion dollars writing a rip off of Harry Potter, but then things begin to happen that blur the line between reality and fiction.

    http://www.amazon.com/Unwritten-Vol-Tommy-Taylor-Identity/dp/1401225659

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    1. Thanks! Will put it on the list :)

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  2. I don't collect many these days, but you should definitely take a look at the Hawkeye comics. I think they're outstanding.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion. You do mean Hawkeye from the Marvel Universe, yes?

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  3. The current run of Prophet- its fantastic, weird sci-fi. No relation to its 90s namesake beyond the name and a few hat tips.

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    1. Sweet. Will keep an eye out :)

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  4. You want Shaun Tan's The Arrival. You may not know you want it, but you definitely do.

    Agree with Adam that The Unwritten is excellent.

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    1. I've heard lots of good things about The Arrival. Of course, Tan did win some big award or something. Oscar or something... :P

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  5. If you haven't read it already, The Sandman series is great. It's split up into seven volumes, the first is Preludes and Nocturnes.

    In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70 year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman.

    http://www.amazon.com/Sandman-Vol-Preludes-Nocturnes-New/dp/1401225756

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    1. I haven't read The Sandman series. I have heard a lot of great things, though.

      Thanks for the recommendation!

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  6. Along with Sandman for Fantasy, "Transmetropolitan" is the standard recommendation for Vertigo Sci-Fi. I'd also keep an eye out for REMIND which was a 2-volume Kickstarted sci-fi GN (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/brubaker/remind-volume-2-and-box-set)but I know the creator distributed a bunch to comic shops, so you can look and see.

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  7. Romeo Kennedy4:55 AM

    Not sure if you can get it in the States, but 2000ad or Judge Dredd year one

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  8. Thanks to everyone for their comments. I'm heading off to the comic shop and errand running today! Wish me luck in finding nice stuff :)

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  9. FYI: I'll blog about my trip later (probably not tonight, but most likely tomorrow or Saturday). I definitely bought a lot of stuff :P

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