Graphic Novels

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  1. Rhed al'Tere

    Rhed al'Tere Mother Amyrlin Seat

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    I'm still fairly new to graphic novels, but I like them, and I need suggestions.

    Things I've read that I liked:
    Walking Dead (the first few)
    Fables (just Werewolves in the Heartland, and that's convinced me to read them all :lol )
    The Sandman
    Stephen King's Dark Tower/Gunslinger series
    My Friend Dahmer

    If someone had a manga they highly recommended, I'd give it a whirl, though it doesn't at first glance appeal to me.

    I'd also like to get into the Marvel universe, but I have no idea where to start.

    I'm not afraid to try something new, and I'm not afraid to dislike something. Anyone have some direction to give me? :D
     
  2. Rijomu Sezain

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    Ooooo...

    A good book to start Marvel with: Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson. I'd suggest finding the first trade paperback (titled Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal), it should be easily available since it came out last year and the series has been a huge success.

    The current run of Black Widow is also good, the first volume is Black Widow Volume 1: The Finely Woven Thread. Or you might go with Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon.

    Recommending Marvel titles is hard, since the different titles often have crossover events, which make it an expensive hobby since you can't just read the one book if you want the whole story. The quality of writing varies greatly as does the amount of knowledge about past events that a title requires. Sometimes a well-written book can have horrible art or vise versa. A title with a single main character is generally easier for a newbie than an ensemble book (Hawkeye over Avengers for example.)

    Other than Marvel. I can't recommend Saga strongly enough. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saga_(comic_book) If you read nothing else that I name, at least give Saga a try.

    The first couple of volumes of Chew http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chew_(comics) are worth a read, whether the joke stays funny after that is a matter of taste. Elfquest http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elfquest is a classic that has held up very well but that might be my personal nostalgia talking since I first read it as a teen. Another great classic is Hugo Pratt's Corto Maltese series http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corto_Maltese, but I have no idea how available those are in America. If you want to try a nonfiction comic book, check out Guy Delisle, Pyongyang is a good example http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyongyang:_A_Journey_in_North_Korea

    Posting now before I can add even more names.
     
  3. Cahalan Sothron

    Cahalan Sothron Aes Sedai Head of the Blue Ajah

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    Reading Sandman, TWD and Fables is a great start, imo :)

    I'm afraid I can't help you with the Marvel stuff; I'm very much a DC girl at heart, even if they keep screwing up my favorites.

    As for others you may like (I'll assume you also enjoy horror, which is about all I can recommend):
    1. Hellblazer - Start from the beginning with the older ones. I think the first is Original Sins, although the Fear Machine is my personal favorite.
    2. Locke and Key - good vs. evil in a weird house out in New England. Welcome to Lovecraft is the first in this series. Written by Joe Hill.
    3. American Vampire - if you like vampires, this is a fun take on the legends as well as the idea that Americans just have to be different. Written by Scott Snyder
    4. Preacher - I only recommend if you don't get easily offended. If you have religious sensibilities, this may not be for you. Basically, an angel and a demon make a baby that God casts down to earth. It lands on a preacher who's lost his faith and gives him miraculous powers. Also features a bad ass vampire (Cassidy forevah!).

    I don't read a lot of manga, but I am addicted to Attack on Titan. It's basically Japan's version of The Walking Dead, except with giant mindless "titans" that like to eat people rather than zombies.
     
  4. Avelina Ermen

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    Totally going to follow this. I struggle when reading graphic novels, I need the words rather than pictures to understand everything. Damn visual spatial skills. ;)

    I've read:

    V for Vendetta... which... I thought all the male characters looked the same. Made things confusing.

    Maus I and II- I enjoyed these... historical fiction, retelling of the Holocaust. They were recommended in my reading education courses in college, and I think I would have enjoyed teaching them.

    And, I've started Persepolis a few times, but haven't had the chance to finish it.
     
  5. Maibella ni Rhoiden t'al'Varrak

    Maibella ni Rhoiden t'al'Varrak Aes Sedai TVT Editor Forum Moderator

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    I can't quite get into graphic novels but the ones I've most enjoyed are the non-fiction ones ... We Are On Our Own, Pyongyang, American Widow, and most especially Smile - I LOVED that one. ^^
     
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    Such a bad pun. :p So bad. :D
     
  8. Rijomu Sezain

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    Great recs. I could second many of them. And I can't believe that I didn't remember Persepolis.

    Ahh, classic X-Men is GREAT! If you don't mind diving deep into the past. I tried to stick with the present in my Marvel recs but if you don't mind an older style, go for it. X-Men started to get complicated and hard to keep track of in the 90s.

    I only noticed after posting and didn't bother to edit.
     
  9. Wil Cambrae

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    I always like to suggest Marvel Essential omnibuses. They're a chunk of a series for cheap, but it's in black and white.
    I also second Preacher, God Love Man Kills, and counter with Days of Future Past, V for Vendetta, and suggest in that vein Watchmen, Miller's Wolverine, The Infinity Gauntlet, The Thanos Quest (but read Thanos before Infinity :look ) I love Alan Davis's run on Excaliber so find early one's of that, Kingdom Come, Marvels, and of the different superheroe retells by Jeff Loeb and Tim Sale (Batman, Superman, Daredevil etc., etc. ) The Dark Phoenix Saga, Hulk Future Imperfect, and a few others, but I'd have to drag out some stuff :look
    Oh yes, as far as manga goes, I've enjoyed Dirty Pair, Lone Wolf and Cub, Ah! My Goddess Samurai X and :look Dragon Ball
     
  10. Cahalan Sothron

    Cahalan Sothron Aes Sedai Head of the Blue Ajah

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    I second any Alan Moore recommendation. Watchmen is one of the best books I've read, graphic or regular print.
     
  11. Rhed al'Tere

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    All the things! :joy

    I've heard good things about Ms Marvel. Chew sounds interesting. And Saga. Wynn, I'm areligious, and Preacher sounds right up my alley. Also, didn't know Joe Hill also did graphic novels.

    I should just print out this whole page to take to the library with me. :lol


    And I just saw that Marvel Unlimited has a one month free trial. Very tempting...
     
  12. Rhed al'Tere

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    I signed up for Marvel Unlimited. I've whizzed through Ms Marvel, and I'm working on Captain Marvel (2012), and also the XMen that Marrow recommended.

    ALL THE WONDERFUL THINGS.
     
  13. Aran Cherubim

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    While the superhero genre dominates graphic novels in the US, there really are a great deal more to the medium which I'd strongly recommend checking out. The classic Mauss about a Holocaust survivor is an example, but newer works, like Persepolis about a young woman's life through the Iranian revolution and beyond is also great.

    I also strongly recommend anything by Guy Delisle, who writes wonderful little travelogues about the places he's been, including his stay in North Korea, Burma and Jerusalem.

    For stuff more akin to American superhero stories, but with more religious and mythological themes, I recommend Neil Gaiman's Sandman stories. Basically any of them, though they occasionally have some bizarre art styles that makes reading a bit of a chore - but the stories are great regardless.

    I'll have to get back on this one. A lot of my favorites (including those with heroes - don't get the impression I don't like them, because I love them :p ) have already been mentioned by others above. I've got a lot more though.
     
  14. Rhed al'Tere

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    I think I've seen Persepolis at the library...I'll have to check for it. And I love the Sandman series. Those were the first graphic novels I ever read.
     
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    Watchmen for sure. I also really enjoy the Avatar: The Last Airbender ones (especially The Search).

    As far as superheros go:

    The Killing Joke
    The Long Halloween
    Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth.

    Yes, those are all Batman. :p
     
  16. Camulus Ullr'nodens

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    As a comic book addict, I have several recommendations >_>

    - Avengers Academy and, following from that, Avengers Arena. Kind of YA superhero comics, great writing and characters that aren't your usual spandex wearing heroes.
    - The Death Defying Dr. Mirage, brilliant artwork and a good story
    - Gotham Central, it's set in the Gotham of Batman fame but focuses on the police that have to deal with all the cray things and people that he attracts. Complex character arcs, and stories that aren't just about people hitting each other while making speeches.
    - Marvel 1602, penned by Neil Gaiman. Nuff' said.
    - Scott Pilgrim, better than the movie by Edgar Wright (which was awesome) and just came out in full colour versions.
    - Sex Criminals, depends on how risque you like your comics. If you don't mind glowing wangs and smutty humour, it's a great book with two interesting protagonists.
    - Thor: God of Thunder, it's semi-separate from the main marvel universe so you don't get bogged down in continuity and has a story that spans three separate times, gives you a different view of Thor compared to other comics (and leads nicely into the new female Thor series)
    - Wonder Woman by Brian Azzerello. Almost entirely separate to the disaster that is the new 52 DC universe, great mythology and has good, strong female characters.
    - Young Avengers, full of non-normal characters, humour and tumblr references. And has Loki.

    I will echo any and all recommendations for Hawkeye and Saga as they are the best.

    This list may have gotten slightly out of hand...hope it helps!
     
  17. Rhed al'Tere

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    Actually, knowing Gaiman wrote something doesn't make me more likely to read it. :look I don't like him.

    I'll definitely add Thor to my to-read list, though.
     
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    Also not if you want the characters to be likeable
     
  19. Rhed al'Tere

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    God Love Man Kills: Read. Verdict: Meh. I mean, I finished it. But kind of meh.

    Next to read: The Runaways. :D
     
  20. Minesha Al'Galad'Thir

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    Personally I'm not fond of graphic novels, I really don't like the style. I prefer to read mangas. Since you seem to have a preference for supernatural creatures and dark stuff, I suggest:

    - Blood Lad: the main character is a vampire who lives in Hell, and there are numerous supernatural creatures there, including monsters. It has some sense of humor. The setting is modern day.

    - Black Butler: about a demon who serves a human, and his young master is sent on missions, which sometimes involves supernatural. The setting is 19th century England.

    - Goth: is it about teenagers dealing with serial killers. The setting is modern day.

    - Blue Exorcist: about a teenager who discovers he's the son of Satan, and he starts classes to learn how to exorcise/kill demons. It has some sense of humor. The setting is modern day.

    - Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist: it is about a teenager who by some accident, summoned a demon in his basement. It turns out the boy is the reincarnation of Solomon (the old king in the Old Testament who had contracts with around 80 demons). Now a whole bunch of demons and angels are after him. It has some sense of humor. The setting is 19th century England.

    - Karneval: it is about one teenager and one boy who encounter some demonic looking monster, and who get under the protection of Karneval, an organization specialized in handling them and killing them. It has some sense of humor. The setting is entirely fictional.

    - Rosario + Vampire, and its sequel Rosario + Vampire Season II: about a teenager who, after transferring to his new school, suddenly realizes he's the sole human there, and all the classmates and teachers are monsters. The author/artist is a big fan of Tim Burton and Nightmare Before Christmas and it shows in this manga. It has some sense of humor. The setting is modern day.