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Kelly Christopher Shaw
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 08:23 am:   

After discovering Charles Burns' brilliant THE BLACK HOLE last year, I've been interested in reading more graphic novels/comic-book compilations. I've read most of the usual suspects, the likes of Gaiman, Alan Moore, some key Batman comics, etc. But, after reading Burns' opus, I'm convinced there's more great stuff out there than I can possibly imagine. I'm curious what you message-board folks consider to be some great, non-super-hero comics? (No disrespect to super heroes; I'm just already aware of most of the super-hero books.) Thanks.
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Ahmed A. Khan
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 08:34 am:   

Since you mention Alan Moore, did you read his "From Hell"? It is brilliant.

Other non-superhero graphic novels that I loved are Joe Sacco's Palestine and Joe Kubert's Fax From Sarajevo.

Ahmed
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Kelly Christopher Shaw
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 08:43 am:   

Thanks Ahmed. I haven't read the Sacco or Kubert works.

Along with THE BLACK HOLE, FROM HELL's probably my favorite comic book.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 11:53 am:   

I liked "The Compleat Moonshadow" which Vertigo put out. It's not really like the other Vertigo stuff, but I prefer it to most of their output.
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 04:08 pm:   

The Walking Dead series (which has four or five graphic novel collections now) is pretty great. It's a post-zombie-apocalypse kind of thing, but does some really inventive stuff with the sub-genre.

Another good zombie book is Dead West -- a one-off graphic novel.

If you're interested in a more eclectic sampling, St. Martin's put out a YEARS BEST GRAPHIC NOVELS, COMICS & MANGA book last year that has a bunch of excerpts of interesting stuff I hadn't heard of before (and some that I had, obviously).

Also, check out the stuff the Dabel Bros are putting out; they're adapting SF/fantasy works by big-name authors (Orson Scott Card, George R. R. Martin and the like) into comic book form--and the results have been pretty good so far.
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Nathan Ballingrud
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 04:41 pm:   

I don't know how much of the Vertigo stuff you've read; Brian K. Vaughn is worth a look. He's doing Y: The Last Man and Ex Machina (that last is sort of superhero-ish, in that it's about a retired superhero who becomes mayor of New York City, but I have to mention it because it's so good); he also has a book out called The Pride of Baghdad, about some lions wandering through the titular city. I second John's rec on The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman. And you gotta check out Brian Michael Bendis, if you haven't yet. He's doing a lot of work for Marvel now, but you can still get some of his early noir books, like Goldfish and Jinx (also, if you haven't checked out Powers, you're in for a treat). Eric Powell's The Goon is one of my all-time favorites, kind of Will Eisner meets Hammer horror. Grant Morrison is worth a look, though he's a fairly specific taste; I'd check out The Invisibles or The Filth to see if you like him. Kyle Baker is very, very good. (Chris?) Ware's Jimmy Corrigan. Daniel Clowes is hit and miss for me, but his hits are tremendous. Ghost World, for example.
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Kelly Christopher Shaw
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 04:55 pm:   

Thanks everyone; these are just the kinds of recommendations I was looking for. I've heard of many of these comics, but only through unreliable fanboy websites and zines -- it's hard to find intelligent, reliable comic-book criticism. The Walking Dead, particularly, sounds really great.
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Vylar Kaftan
Posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 - 08:58 am:   

I'm a huge fan of the Bone comics by Jeff Smith. Lighthearted and fun, yet with a satisfying story.
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Kelly Christopher Shaw
Posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 - 09:53 am:   

I've had my eye on this series, Vylar, particularly the complete 1,300-page edition.
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Vylar Kaftan
Posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 - 11:11 am:   

Some people buy two copies of it: one to read, and one to color. Really. :-)
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Charles Coleman Finlay
Posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 - 12:56 pm:   

Scholastic bought the rights to Bone and is reprinting the entire series in color -- I may have to rebuy the whole set now.

But, yes, love for Bone.
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Scott Benenati
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2007 - 09:17 am:   

I've just spent the past eight months or so on a graphic novel binge, so here's a few more recommendations if anyone's still looking:

Epileptic - David B.
Locas - Jaime Hernandez
Fires - Lorenzo Mattotti
Airtight Garage - Moebius
Nikopol Trilogy - Enki Bilal
Strange Embrace - David Hine
Preacher - Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon
The Frank Book - Jim Woodring
Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Kim Deitch
Dungeon series - Joann Sfar & Lewis Trondheim
Deogratias - Jean-Philippe Stassen
Louis Riel - Chester Brown

I'm also a big fan of Bone. My seven year old daughter and I just finished reading the 1300 page tome together, for the second time.
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Kelly Christopher Shaw
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2007 - 11:33 am:   

Wow, Scott. Thanks for the great list!
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LUKE Jackson
Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - 03:48 pm:   

Yeah, if you want the nonfiction graphic novels, Maus, Persepolis, and Palestine (already mentioned by Ahmed) are good. If you want something closer to a traditional comic but with more adult content, the already mentioned Preacher and Y: Last Man Standing. The other Vertigo comics are mostly all good, I think they have the highest standards: The Invisibles, Transmetropolitan, etc.
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Dave G.
Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 06:26 am:   

I recently bought one written by El Topo director Alejandro Jodorowsky (the artist's name, unfortunately, escapes me) about the hedonistic reign of the Borgia popes in Renaissance Italy, of all things. Terrific stuff.
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David de Beer
Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 02:48 pm:   

I like Mike Carey's stuff as well:

Lucifer
Midnight Crossing
(both from Vertigo)

Then there's Fables, by Bill Willingham (Vertigo).

Grant Morrison did We3, also Vertigo (uhm, a trend..). Loved that one myself.

Warren Ellis does some pretty neat stuff; Strange Killings, from Avatar, and recently his Desolation Jones series from Wildstorm. He wrote a mini-series called Red, which I enjoyed.
And of course, he wrote Transmetropolitan. Not everyone's cuppa, but if you liked Moore, the odds are favourable you would like Ellis.

Can't remember the writer's name now, but another series that I liked was "The adventures of Luther Arkwright."
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Claire Connelly
Posted on Sunday, June 24, 2007 - 12:20 am:   

Scott Benenati mentioned Jaime Hernandez's Locus stories (from Love and Rockets), which I deeply love. The stories are great, the characters are wonderful, and the artwork is amazing. Note that there is a bit of superhero stuff in there, especially in some of the earlier stories and with many of the stories related to Penny Century (a wannabe superhero), but even those stories aren't your standard superhero fare.

I'm less fond of Gilbert Hernandez's Love and Rockets stories, but they are very well written and drawn. (It's mostly a question of not being able to identify as well with his characters as with Jaime's.)


Kyle Baker's Why I Hate Saturn is also wonderful. And Moore & Gibson's Halo Jones is good SF in comic form.
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Doug_finnerty
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Posted on Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 08:21 pm:   

Sandman, Preacher and Transmetropolitan already mentioned, but seconded anyway. Anything that Enki Bilal produced also worth looking at. How about Igor Baranko's "The Horde"? All 144 pages of this epic compiled into a single volume courtesy of Humanoids and DC Comics. You can also do much worse than "Wimbledon Green" (comic book collectors at their worst) and "Clyde Fans"
(two mismatched brothers try to keep the family firm alive), both by Seth.
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Blue_tyson
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Posted on Monday, June 30, 2008 - 09:05 pm:   

Grimjack
Camelot 3000
Orbiter
Ministry Of Space
The Savage Sword of Conan (now being essentialised)
100 Bullets
Akira
Death Note
Modesty Blaise
Six From Sirius
Global Frequency
Ronin
Rex Mundi
Hellblazer

I did like the first book of Stephen King's Dark Tower, too.
Free SF Reader
Not Free SF Reader
Super Reader - Superhero Prose Fiction List and Ratings
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Clint_harris
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Posted on Tuesday, July 01, 2008 - 08:29 am:   

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. All time favorite.
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Jack_m_vance
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Posted on Thursday, July 03, 2008 - 03:11 am:   

Berserk
Lone Wolf and Cub
Full Metal Alchemist
Golgo 13
Vagabond
Hellblazer
Ronin
Death Note
Claymore
Tom Strong
Max Punisher - not superhero !
Criminal
Sleeper
Gotham Central

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