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

by Gamerforlife Mon May 17, 2010 11:30 am

itsmattxp wrote:Read the Batman IGN countdown and I am very intrigued to go out and buy Batman: The Killing Joke and Batman: First Year. Anyone here read those yet?


They're both very good. Year One and The Dark Knight Returns were the two books were Frank Miller gave us the darker Batman that most of us are familiar with today. Year One shows you how Batman and Gordon became a team and gives you a rare glimpse of "rookie" Batman. You might get a sense of familiarity while reading this if you watched Batman Begins

Killing Joke really gets into the mind of the Joker and is a good read. Also, if you know who Oracle is, this is the story where that started.
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Re: Any comic fans want to recommend some good recent trades?

by itsmattxp Mon May 17, 2010 7:05 pm

That sounds great. I just went through the ultimate bookshelf thing on IGN and some titles really caught my eye but the most had to be Lone Wolf and Cub. Actually thinking about picking up that title now. Only thing holding me back from picking up some other titles is that I'm more of a manga guy and not sure how much I would like American comics. Is there anywhere to read these comics online so I can see if they're worth buying or not?
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Re: Any comic fans want to recommend some good recent trades?

by CRTGAMER Mon May 17, 2010 9:20 pm

For a really old comic with surreal amazing drawings.

Who says they didn't do drugs in the good old days.

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

by Dylan Mon May 17, 2010 10:26 pm

CRTGAMER wrote:For a really old comic with surreal amazing drawings.

Who says they didn't do drugs in the good old days.

LITTLE NEMO
http://www.comicstriplibrary.org/display.php?id=489&full=1

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YES. I'm actually quite surprised someone mentioned this, as I've not ever met someone who actually knew what Little Nemo was (at least, not in this form). I do very much like Little Nemo, but it's not very recent.
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Re: Any comic fans want to recommend some good recent trades?

by Ack Mon May 17, 2010 11:44 pm

For the record GamerforLife, I'm the only person I know of that actually enjoyed Arkham Asylum.

To add to the list of excellent Batman trades that were recommended(I haven't read Mad Love or JLA: Tower of Babel, but I have read all the others and they're all amazing), I really enjoyed these:

Batman: A Death in the Family - I've always felt that this and The Killing Joke really help flesh out how sick, twisted, and depraved The Joker is...and also how diabolical and intelligent. If you ever wondered whatever happened to the second Robin, go read this and find out.

Batman: Hush - Not only a great storyline to show Batman who his friends are, this one adds to Batman and Catwoman's strange love affair AND gives a certain villain that just doesn't get enough respect his due.

After those, if you really want more, there's always Batman: Knightfall, but the artwork in that one grates me. And there's Bat-Manga, a very interesting look at a Japanese take on Batman.

As for other DC storylines that I enjoyed:

Superman: Red Son - I don't usually care much for Superman stories, but this one will always be king to me. What if Superman landed 12 hours later in Siberia? Awesome concept.

Kingdom Come - This storyline has always struck me as epic. The story, the art, everything about this trade is why I've always felt DC reaches mythic proportions with their material. DC characters aren't superheroes, they're gods walking the earth.

And then from Marvel...oh Hell, Marvel's pissed me off so many times I just can't stand it anymore. The only book I want to reccomend is Nextwave. I felt X-Men turned to shit a decade ago, Spider-Man did so officially with the "One Last Day" storyline or whatever the hell that was, and even the likes of Captain America is being messed up with their horrendous attempts to retcon his death.
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Re: Any comic fans want to recommend some good recent trades?

by jmbarnes101 Tue May 18, 2010 12:50 am

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Darwyn Cooke; New Frontier and his Batman stuff for starters.
Hellboy Library Collection is Mignola at his finest.
Fables, Sandman and 100 Bullets for more mature stories.
Promethea or Tom Strong by Alan Moore for some newer stuff he did that was quite good.
Grant Morrison's Batman
Geoff John's Green Lantern from Rebirth on
Angel: After the Fall and/or Buffy Season 8; even the Buffy and Angel Omniboo's by Dark Horse are good. Other lines in the Dark Horse Omnibus series of note are Indiana Jones and Star Wars titles.
Bone is great if you've never read it.
Long Halloween, Dark Victory and the Halloween stories are fantastic.
I'm sure there's more, just not thinking clearly at the moment...

If you want classic titles in softcover, pick up the Marvel Essentials or the DC Showcase line. In HC pick up Marvel Masterworks or the Omnibus', from DC it's the Archives line though I'm very partial to the Absolute format as well.

and because I love to plug them when given a chance, the following cartoons are should all be in your collections (forgive me if I'm not exactly right, this whole list is from memory),
Iron Giant
Hellboy Animated Movies
Superman/Doomsday
Wonder Woman
Batman: Gotham Knight
Green Lantern: Emerald Light
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
JLA of 2 Earths
Complete Justice League Collection
Complete Batman Collection
Complete Superman Collection
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Re: Any comic fans want to recommend some good recent trades?

by Mod_Man_Extreme Tue May 18, 2010 12:56 am

Ack wrote:Superman: Red Son - I don't usually care much for Superman stories, but this one will always be king to me. What if Superman landed 12 hours later in Siberia? Awesome concept.

Just the words "Superman" and "Red" that close together made my brain flash-back to the horror that was Superman Red and Blue.


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

by durkada Tue May 18, 2010 1:38 am

Dylan wrote:YES. I'm actually quite surprised someone mentioned this, as I've not ever met someone who actually knew what Little Nemo was (at least, not in this form). I do very much like Little Nemo, but it's not very recent.


Fore more surprises: I can name the author off the top of my head -- Winsor McCay. And why shouldn't people on this forum know about him? As old as he was, they did make a Little Nemo videogame, and I vaguely recall a movie some years back.

Altogether great stuff -- The Rare-bit Fiend is a better bunch of his work. Predates the Nemo strip, and incorporates the same beautiful artwork with weirdness, but this time, with an adult audience in mind.

I'll restate it, too. If you like McCay, run -- don't walk -- to your nearest shop and find some of Tony Millionaire's work.
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Re: Any comic fans want to recommend some good recent trades?

by CRTGAMER Tue May 18, 2010 1:54 am

durkada wrote:
Dylan wrote:YES. I'm actually quite surprised someone mentioned this, as I've not ever met someone who actually knew what Little Nemo was (at least, not in this form). I do very much like Little Nemo, but it's not very recent.

Fore more surprises: I can name the author off the top of my head -- Winsor McCay. And why shouldn't people on this forum know about him? As old as he was, they did make a Little Nemo videogame, and I vaguely recall a movie some years back.

Altogether great stuff -- The Rare-bit Fiend is a better bunch of his work. Predates the Nemo strip, and incorporates the same beautiful artwork with weirdness, but this time, with an adult audience in mind.

I'll restate it, too. If you like McCay, run -- don't walk -- to your nearest shop and find some of Tony Millionaire's work.

My last Reply had a link to all the Little Nemo Strips. To show how ate up I am I downloaded them all, threw in the McCay bonus pages including a new single page remake. Rescipted the pages now the entire package is on a CDR. True genius at Imagination and Architectural Points, one of the download pages poked fun how words had to be squeezed in to fit the speech balloons.

Guess I'm still somewhat of a Comic Collector.
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Re: Any comic fans want to recommend some good recent trades?

by jfe2 Thu May 20, 2010 12:54 am

Thanks for all of the recommendations guys! I'll chime in with some comics discussion tomorrow after work. :)
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