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Any comic fans want to recommend some good recent trades?

by jfe2 Sun May 16, 2010 12:27 am

I've been wanting to get back into comics a bit lately, and don't feel like spending $50+ a week on single issues anymore. I've decided that trade paperbacks are the way to go, but I haven't read anything in roughly six months. Can anyone recommend any good recent trade paperbacks? I'm planning on heading out tomorrow to pick some stuff up.
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Re: Any comic fans want to recommend some good recent trades?

by GSZX1337 Sun May 16, 2010 12:40 am

The Sonic the Hedgehog Comics (Archie Comics version) are coming out in trade paperback form now. Started earlier this year.

I don't know if you care for manga, but last year Silent Möbius started being retraslated and reissued under Udon. This reissue will also feature the prequel and sequel mangas (Silent Möbius Klein and Silent Möbius Tales respectively) never before translated.
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Re: Any comic fans want to recommend some good recent trades?

by forsigmar Sun May 16, 2010 4:25 pm

Walking Dead compendium. Collects issues 1-48 I think. Its the size of a bible but better.

http://www.amazon.com/Walking-Dead-Compendium-1/dp/1607060760/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274041783&sr=8-1
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Re: Any comic fans want to recommend some good recent trades?

by SpaceBooger Sun May 16, 2010 4:46 pm

Get Grant Morrison's Batman stuff:
Batman and Son
Batman: Black Glove
Batman: RIP
(Final Crisis - extra)
Batman and Robin

This will get you all caught up on the world of Batman as seen through the eyes of the great Grant Morrison
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Re: Any comic fans want to recommend some good recent trades?

by CRTGAMER Sun May 16, 2010 5:47 pm

I have every single issue of Kamandi. I bought some brand new and others before the internet through snail-mail order. The great illustrator from a bygone era, Jack Kirby's Sci Fi last series. At the time I didn't know this, glad I invested. Only regret is that I never got his autograph on the spare 1st issue.

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Re: Any comic fans want to recommend some good recent trades?

by ZeroAX Sun May 16, 2010 7:06 pm

If you speak French (or one of the other languages it's been translated to, which unfortunately English isn't) Golden City by Pecqueur and Malfin is really good

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It's about a dystopian future where the mainland is a lawless land, full of garbage from civilization past, and the wealthy now live on giant city-boats in the water.

I've only read 2/8 of the albums that have been released so far, so I don't know the deeper details of the story. There is some kind of conspiracy against the mayor of the "Golden City" (city boat I talked about). It's has really mature themes, with hookers, sex and violence, conspiracy, brutal capitalism ect. ect.

Also you can check out a Greek comic artist who's had some of his work translated in English.

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The artist's name (well nickname no one knows his true identity, he's never made a public appearance) is Arkas. His comics are in a strip format. They get published weekly in a Greek newspaper, and when there are enough he publish them as an album.

His comics while being comedy, always hide social commentary in their theme, and even some philosophic matters.

Themes he has covered in his comic are loneliness, old age, broken families, the state of solitude some people go through in modern cities, and even death and religion, and they are always handled in a good way, so even though the theme he is tackling is depressing, he hides it with his excellent humor.

Unfortunately not all of his work has been translated to English, (his second best series being among the un-translated, it's the one that tackles death and religion) his best series is the one I posted above, Flying Starts. It's about a family of sparrows. When the child is born the mother sparrow leaves the father sparrow, for a martin bird, and she leaves her child behind. When the kid grows up, he is a really bad behaved, and hates his father very much, and constantly swears at him, and the father tried to be patient because he knows the sparrow is really angry with his mother.

His comics are really funny, I mean hilarious even after you've read it tens of times. My sister's boyfriend is from the UK, and when he came to Greece to meet our parents, I bought for him 1 album of Arkas in English, and he loved it so much, that when he was leaving he bought every single album of Arkas, that he could find in the airport, and he ordered the rest from my sister.

I couldn't find any strips in English on the internet, and only found a few translated by fans, and I attached them to this post. The official translation is really good, and believe me with his (Arka's) constant use of Greek proverbs to make jokes, it must have been a pain for the translator.




But European comics are very different from American comics, I don't remember ever seeing a European comic about super heroes, or at least a mainstream one, so I don't know if these are what you are looking for.

Anyway at least read the fan translated strips I uploaded. Golden City is an excellent comic too, but there is the language barrier (the reason I've only read 2/8 albums is I'm waiting for them to be translated)
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Re: Any comic fans want to recommend some good recent trades?

by ZeroAX Sun May 16, 2010 7:07 pm

and part 2. please excuse the crappyness of the translation and the format, but I really couldn't find a single strip in English uploaded on the internet
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Re: Any comic fans want to recommend some good recent trades?

by Gamerforlife Sun May 16, 2010 7:18 pm

I don't know about recent stuff, but there was an article on IGN once about the essential bookshelf that had a lot of great trade paperback and graphic novel recommendations. I think it's still available if you google it. I disovered a lot of good stuff from that feature they did like Y:The Last Man(I have every volume), Preacher, all the good Batman books, Fables, etc, etc. Y:The Last Man may become a movie so it's a good time to read up on Brian K Vaughn's masterpiece

Should you have any interest in Buffy or Angel, they've both had comic book stories that are actually official cannon. If you look for Angel:After the Fall and anything from Buffy season 8 in trade paperback, it's all good stuff
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Re: Any comic fans want to recommend some good recent trades?

by GSZX1337 Sun May 16, 2010 7:40 pm

SpaceBooger wrote:Get Grant Morrison's Batman stuff:
Batman and Son
Batman: Black Glove
Batman: RIP
(Final Crisis - extra)
Batman and Robin

This will get you all caught up on the world of Batman as seen through the eyes of the great Grant Morrison

Do you need to know a lot about Batman to understand what's going on in those trades? My knowledge of Batman came from the Animated Series and the recent Christopher Nolan movies.
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Re: Any comic fans want to recommend some good recent trades?

by Hobie-wan Sun May 16, 2010 7:47 pm

If you just happen to accidentally look in the B section of the comic books and a 'Buster the Amazing Bear #6' leaps out at you for say, cover price up to maybe 2 to 3 times that, lemme know. :D The only time I've ever found one was once on ebay. I jumped on it then the seller informed me 2 days later they couldn't find it. :(
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