Graphic Novels

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  1. Rakon

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    So I'm about half way through the Sandman series, and I'm looking to get into other graphic novels when I'm done.

    On a side note: Sandman is amazing. Not only has Dream replaced Sol Badguy as my avatar, but the same picture has replaced Okami as my desktop background. Seriously, it's amazing. Go read it.

    I've read Watchmen, which was incredible. I don't want to get into comic books, for too many reasons to list. So if you guys know any good ones, I'd like to hear them.
     
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    The Dark Knight Returns
    Chronicles of Wormwood
    While not a graphic novel technically, but if you could get a hold on the first 10 or so issues of The Darkness they're worth a read.
    V for Vendetta

    I know there are others, I just can't think right now.
     
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    My roommate keeps telling me to read "Bone" which he says is easily one of the best graphic novels.
     
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    Young Justice - Sins of Youth
    Batman - Arkham Asylum
    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
     
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    Sandman is too expensive for not being very good.

    Ronin is pretty neat. Try it.
     
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    Oooh yeah, that one too.
     
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    I just ordered The Dark Knight Returns, is it any good?
    EDIT: Argghh...used incorrect form of knight.
     
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    Ex Machina - It's a superhero comic but about a guy with powers who decides becoming an elected official and putting the costume away is a more effective way to make change in the world.

    The Walking Dead - A zombie story which focuses on how messed up people would eventually become living in such a world.

    DMZ - Excellent story about an embedded photojournalist in the second American Civil War.

    Scott Pilgrim series - My personal favourite, guy falls for girl but must first defeat her seven evil exes before they can be together. Soon to be a major film directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead & Hot Fuzz)

    I also second the suggestion of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
     
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    It's Dark Knight Returns, dweebs.
     
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    I second Nurgey's suggestion on DMZ and Ex Machina.

    I would have to recommend:
    Y: The Last Man
    Fables
    Jack of Fables (But read Fables a bit before jumping into this one)
    100 Bullets
     
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    dark knight rturns sucks ugh. badly. go for batman: year one. much better.

    also rakon, i'd suggest preacher. if you like sandman, death the high cost of living is worth a read.

    if you like the dark tower books, the graphic novels are worth a read too.

    also check out maus.
     
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    Wasn't that the jewish mouse during the Holocaust?
     
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    Manga....just get a fuckload of manga.
     
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    I second MattAY's suggestion.
     
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    Ugh, yes it is very good.
    Preacher is also good.

    And I too am going to agree with DMZ. That shit was pretty awesome, although I accidentally read it all out of order. Still good though.

    And Batman: The Killing Joke. It's short, sweet, and fantastic.
     
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  16. Rakon

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    I do own the Killing Joke. Good stuff.

    Thanks for all the suggestion boys. I'm gonna read reviews as well to see what's up.

    And Mattay, list some good mangas and I will check them out.
     
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    I'm a sucker for Akira, but it's hard to find any volumes past the first issue.
    I'd recommend reading anything by Warren Ellis, like Global Frequency or Transmetropolitan.
     
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    Lets see there's Sin City but my favorite manga was Ghost in the Shell took me awhile to get both of them into my local book store through
     
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    Okay, forget reading reviews and shizz, I'm gonna tell you what you will enjoy right here in this post.

    You are exactly where I was a number of years ago. The Sandman was the first true graphic novel I read and fell in love with. It is probably my favorite of all time. I will repeat some suggestions made in this thread as they are pretty good. Although remaining in the Sandman universe, there are a bunch of comics about Death, but they're not that good. But definitely do pick up Sandman: Dream Hunters. It's a one-shot collaboration between Neil Gaiman and Yoshitaka Amano (he created many of the Final Fantasy characters and does wonderful art).

    My next favorite would probably be Preacher. This thing is awesome, and is a great graphic novel to pick up after Sandman. I think it runs about 8-9 collected paperbacks (Sandman is 11). It's quite blasphemous but the premise is awesome. The story can be epic, hilarious, gory and sad all at the same time.

    The Walking Dead is definitely worth a read. It's about group of people living in something of a zombie apocalypse. The story can be quite messed up. You should buy the bigger books for this one, they collect more issues and are kinda huge (I don't mean just page-wise, the design is pretty big - and the covers are hard not paper). The fourth one's ending really caught me by surprise.

    Fables is pretty cool. The premise is basically that the worlds which fables inhabit are attacked by an enemy that drives them out of their homelands. They escape to our planet and build themselves a community in New York. It has really interesting takes on characters like Snow White, the big bad wolf, and others. It's a very fun read and I really enjoyed it (it did take me maybe 2-3 collected volumes to really get into it, though).

    100 Bullets is damn awesome. The basics: A man, Agent Graves, comes to someone that has been wronged, and hands them a briefcase. The briefcase has evidence of why they are where they are, or why what happened to them happened, and who is responsible. It also has 100 untraceable bullets and a gun. It sounds simple, but the story goes much deeper than that and it is quite interesting. Brian Azzarello's writing is awesome, especially his dialogue. The whole thing has an awesome neo-noir feel and Eduard Risso's art just gets better with every collected paperback.

    Ex Machina is also a lot of fun, and Nurgey described it pretty well.

    Y: The Last Man is also pretty good. The last issue didn't leave a lasting impression, but overall I really enjoyed the series. It's the story of what would happen if every male on earth had suddenly died (except one man and his pet monkey), and their quest to save humanity.

    The next thing I personally want to pick up is the Hellblazer series (about John Constantine). It seems to have had a lot of great people work on it, such as Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets), Warren Ellis (Metropolitan), and especially Garth Ennis (Preacher). Like all the suggestions I just mentioned (except for maybe Ex-Machina), it is published by Vertigo. The stuff they publish is usually more mature, and pretty damn good (Sandman included).

    Now as for Sin City, I read it a while ago. I remember some issues being pretty good, and some being okay. You could probably finish the whole thing in a few short trips to the library hehe. Akira is manga. If you liked the movie, it's worth a look. It's not hard to find like someone mentioned. There are six huge, and fat collected trade paperbacks for it. I liked it overall, and it really expands upon the movie so much. However the one thing that bugged me is how Americanized the dialogue was (why does chrome insist I spelled dialogue wrong?). It's probably an old translation and they didn't try to keep true to the original source material as best as they could. But worth picking up as you're not likely to get another translation.

    As for manga in general. I really haven't found anything I really liked. Overall I feel that American and British graphic novel writers do a better job as you don't really get as much filler material (if any), and since the story isn't so spread out, it's easier to find good quality stuff. The only Japanese manga I read at the moment is Berserk. It's my favorite anime and I want to know where the story ends. Worth watching if you haven't yet.

    I promise you, you will not be disappointed by this list.
     
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    Kingdom Come
    I also recommend Scott Pilgrim (though I don't care for Ramona). Wallace Wells is a true Bro.
     
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