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New to Graphic Novels and Comics - Needs advice

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Initial post: Apr 26, 2010, 11:14:41 AM PDT
J. McDonald says:
My first graphic novel was/is the Walking Dead. I think it's awesome and it's opened my eyes to graphic novels and to a lesser extent, comics. When diving in the graphic novel/comic world I'm looking for dark, mature material dealing with end of the world situations or dystopian futures. This is not limited to zombies, although I love zombies in all forms (movies, books, whatever).

So far I've Read/am reading

The Walking Dead
Crossed - by Garth Ennis
Y: The last Man
And for good measure, the only marvel stuff I've ever read was the Age of Apocalypse series, which I thought was really good.

So I'm looking for more, I'm up to date on the walking dead, and I'm a few volumes in with Y: the Last Man. I need more ammo.

Any ideas?

Posted on Apr 26, 2010, 12:18:21 PM PDT
Kanathia says:
well if you like manga a series i would definitely recommend is Elfen Lied. It's not a widely known title but the story and art are great. It's about a race of humans called diclonius bent on destroying human kind so they can create a world for themselves.
It's a great read and worth the time and money in my opinion.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010, 12:20:43 PM PDT
J. McDonald says:
Thaks for the tip, I'll look into it. I'm down for anything.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010, 1:40:21 PM PDT
Check out Fables

Posted on Apr 26, 2010, 1:55:36 PM PDT
Bone says:
If you want some zombie humor, check out XXXombies sometime.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010, 2:17:27 PM PDT
Lepah says:
I'm kind of at a loss at the moment for end of the world type stuff but if you interested in reading anything in general, I would recommend Hellboy: Seeds of Destruction, just about any Frank Miller Batman book (start with Year One), currently Geoff Johns run on Green Lantern is really amazing (start with Green Lantern: Rebirth), I believe Max Brooks just released his Zombie Graphic novel but I have yet to read it. Anyways check them out if you get the chance...Also Mark Millar has some great stuff, Superman Red Son and Old Man Logan is awesome.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2010, 2:21:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 26, 2010, 2:21:40 PM PDT
Zhimbo says:
New to graphic novels, and interested in dark material and dystopian futures?

V for Vendetta! Go for the classics. They're good for you.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010, 2:46:16 PM PDT
Lepah says:
Great one Zhimbo, completely forgot to post that one! Also this is a more recent series, but the 28 days later stuff is pretty good imo.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010, 2:28:56 AM PDT
H. Shamsi says:
check out "death note" and "hellsing".. they are not to be missed..
and if you are into dark ages, you might want to check out claymore as well, it has a genetic altered worriers/demons theme..

Posted on Apr 27, 2010, 6:50:34 AM PDT
J. McDonald says:
Thanks for all the suggestions. A few things.
I've watched both V for Vendetta and Death Note. Have you heard from other people who watched them on the screen first, still say they really enjoyed going back and reading them? I often find that the best case is to read the story, then go to the movie/tv show. How different is the story for V for Vendetta in the graphic novel compared to the movie? Same could go for death note. I thought both were great. Has anyone every seen, and would recommend, the live action film of death note? I've seen it at best buy, but I have my doubts that would transition well into a live action movie.
And yes, I'm down for the dark ages, I was a history major.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010, 7:35:14 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 27, 2010, 7:35:26 AM PDT
Tim Dionne says:
Ex Machina - written by Brian K Vaughn - good stuff!

Posted on Apr 27, 2010, 8:36:17 AM PDT
Esgaldil says:
V for Vendetta is very different from the film. I liked the film, I thought it did some fun things with the source material, but it is certainly no substitute for the real thing.

The film of Sin City, on the other hand, looks like the comic book was used as a storyboard. The only difference I noticed, other than the order of the scenes, was that in the comic book, the Cardinal was shorter.

The main recommendation I would make is to trust writers. Artists are essential, of course, but I have found that, unsurprisingly, following a writer is the best way to find more good stories, and good writers almost invariably attract talented artists doing their best work. If you like one Brian K. Vaughan or Garth Ennis story, you should look for more of their work. For what it's worth, my favourite comic writers are Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, and I am a big fan of Brian K. Vaughan and Brian Michael Bendis.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010, 10:19:00 AM PDT
H. Shamsi says:
@McDonald: as for Death note, i haven't watched the live action, but as the anime goes, it was faithful to the manga, except for the ending, there was a slight different from how the manga ended..

Posted on Apr 27, 2010, 10:22:56 AM PDT
Brian Thomas says:
Black Jack
Immortal Iron Fist
Invincible Iron Man
Lone Wolf & Cub
Samurai Executioner
Usagi Yojimbo
I kill Giants
Days Missing
Parker: The Hunter
Umbrella Achademy
365 Samurai and a Few Bowls of Rice

Posted on Apr 27, 2010, 2:09:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 27, 2010, 2:12:32 PM PDT
Billy says:
The Dark Knight Returns
Batman: Year One
Batman: Year 100
Batman: The Killing Joke
Batman: The Long Halloween
Kingdom Come
The Sandman
From Hell
V For Vendetta
Heavy Liquid
Sin City
Hard Boiled

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2010, 12:12:05 PM PDT
Kanathia says:
the live action for deathnote was very good, well all three were actually there are currently three. The guy they casted for Light is great he really gives off that demented genius feeling

Posted on May 6, 2010, 9:37:10 AM PDT
R. D. says:
The Swamp Thing, Top Ten and the LOEG by Alan Moore
Sin City by Frank Miller
Hellboy and B.P.R.D by Mike Mignola
Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis
Captain America, Daredevil and Criminal by Ed Brubaker
Preacher and Punisher MAX by Garth Ennis
The Walking Dead and Invincible by Robert Kirkman
Fables by Bill Willingham
Powers, Daredevil and Alias by Brian Michael Bendis
The Goon by Eric Powell
Ex Machina and Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan
Hip Flask and Elephantmen by Richard Starking
The Ultimates by Mark Millar
Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon
Rex Mundi by Arvid Nelson
Kabuki by David Mack
Jeff Smith's Bone

These are my all time favorite series.

Have fun exploring!

Posted on May 24, 2010, 1:32:04 PM PDT
P. Snyder says:
You're going to have plenty to read after all the previous posts but I recommend Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan & Adrian Alphona. Also check out the Luna Brother's Girls and The Sword series.

Posted on May 24, 2010, 2:15:48 PM PDT
Austin V says:
Hellboy, BPRD, and related books - Mike Mignola et al
The Goon - Eric Powell
30 Days of Night - Steve Niles
Black Cherry, Earthboy Jacobus, etc - Doug Tennapel
Bodycount (a TMNT book) - Kevin Eastman & Simon Bisley
Dark Knight, Sin City, etc - Frank Miller

Posted on May 27, 2010, 9:25:38 PM PDT
S. M Thiel says:
"Jonah Hex", Gritty western action with one of the all-time great anti-heroes.

Posted on Jun 1, 2010, 8:17:03 AM PDT
J. McDonald says:
Yes, there will be plenty of reading to do. Thanks for all the ideas. I just picked up the entire Ex Machina series at a half price books and look foward to getting into that. I'm assuming that is a good choice because I loved Y: The Last Man.

Alot of people have recommend Preacher by Garth Ennis, and I got to say, the only work of his I read I didn't think was all that great. I read Crossed, and maybe I'm being a little unfair with it because I was comparing it to the Walking Dead, but I felt like the characters were weak and the story wasn't all that entertaing. It did not, however, fail in the gore department.


Posted on Jun 1, 2010, 8:39:21 AM PDT
K. Cyr says:
I'd add Arkham Asylum to the list. It's not so much of an end-of-the-world kind of story, but it's plenty dark and creepy, and pretty short. Dave McKean's illustrations are also gorgeous.

Also I'd say give Fables a shot. The first couple of arcs are self contained detective stories, but as it continues it gets into pretty heavy end-of-the-world stuff. Lots of darkness in there as well.

Anything by Alan Moore would probably be up your alley. Watchmen has one of the best twists in comic book history, and I'm told V for Vendetta is good even if you see the movie (haven't made my way through reading that one yet). The League of Extraordinary Gentleman starts out pretty good, though the second volume and its alien invasions is kind of...awkward.

Also, if you get the opportunity, read Frank Miller. His Batman is especially well written, and as it is Batman it is plenty dark and broody.

And if you're willing to go into the classic superheroes, Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men is pretty awesome. There are some pretty heavy themes later on, and I seem to remember it being kind of apocalypse-y.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2010, 8:56:34 AM PDT
J. McDonald says:
Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men - Is another often recommend series. The marvel superhero stuff is confusing to me. I made another post simply trying to figure out where to start and end with all the stories out there. Is there an Astonishing x-men series, easily lableld in the 1,2,3 fashion that somone who doesn't know heads or tails in the marvel world will easily figure out?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2010, 8:59:42 AM PDT
K. Cyr says:
The order of the bound collections is:
Volume 1: Gifted
Volume 2: Dangerous
Volume 3: Torn
Volume 4: Unstoppable

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2010, 9:02:16 AM PDT
J. McDonald says:
cool, that is something I'll look into. I'd like to get a little bit more x-men reading in.
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