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    Favorite/Recommended Graphic Novels?

    I am just curious, what are some of your favorite graphic novels?

    I really enjoyed Y: The Last Man, possibly one of the greatest series I have ever read.

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    Den by Richard Corben and his all his other works, Batman Year One, AKIRA (original black and white), Blueberry (western) and everything by Moebius. I don't read a lot but those I absolutely love specially Blueberry, it's like reading a Leone's western, it will grab you like nothing else.

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    Same with pics here

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    *cough any Allen Moore cough* The Dark Knight Returns, The Killing Joke, Mouse,

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    Moon Shadow is pretty badass.

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    Maus, Strangers in Paradise, Preacher...

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    Black hole by Charles Burns.
    Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
    Blankets by Craig Thompson
    The Sandman: Dream Hunters -Neil Gaiman (Illustrated by Yoshitako Amano)

    I don't know if it counts by I have the whole collection of Little Nemo by Winsor McCay. It's not really a graphic novel, but man is it beautiful.

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    Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore with art by Brian Bolland.

    I have the softback, but bought the hardback just yesterday. Why? Like, why not?

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    Understanding Comics is a great.

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    Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross

    Robots vs. Zombies by Ashley Wood

    Just getting the Starman Omnibus ( a six hardback collection with the entire series) by James Robinson and Tony Harris

    And for a continuing series : Ex Machina by Brian K. Vaughn and Tony Harris ( a brilliant mix of superhero and Post 9/11 politics)

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    Killing Joke is overratted if you ask me.

    I've heard good things about Y: The Last Man. I plan on giving it a look.

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    Wanted, The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, Silent Hill Omnibus, Freakangels, and The Killer are all pretty awesome to me.

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    My favourite comic book series is the Danish "Valhalla" comics. There have been 14 so far, but the 15th final one will be released this year. So the series are finally coming to an end, the first was released in 1979. I grew up with them, so it's rather bittersweet.

    They all revolve about the various stories of the Norse mythology. The drawing style is stylized, but really beautifully done! And it's with some great humour. Its website is here I think they have been released in English (edit: sorry, just checked, they haven't, real pity). Here are all the covers.

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    Pride of Baghdad
    Mouseguard
    Weapon X (Barry Windsor Smith)
    SCUD

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    Bone- Jeff Smith

    Blacksad- Canales/Guarnido (It has been already mentioned earlier, but it's worth insisting: The artwork- and writing- is so good, it's sickening)

    Monster- Naoki Urasawa

    Persepolis- Marjane Satrapi

    Sin City- Frank Miller (Especially The Big Fat Kill and Family Values)

    Gunnm (Battle Angel Alita)- Yukito Kishiro (The first 4 volumes are fabulous. Unfortunately, the story gets rushed in the last 3 volumes)

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    Jimmy Corrigan by Chris Ware
    20th Century Boys by Naoki Urasawa

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    I gotta say, Gipi's "Notes for a War Story" is amazing. Also,
    Exit wounds by Rutu Modan
    I Killed Adolf Hitler by Jason
    Clumsy by Jeffrey Brown
    Deep Sleeper (I forget by whom)
    I dunno - there's too many good books out there! But look around the indy section of your comic store, guys - there's some stunning work in there. There's much more then spandex in comic books.

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    Oh yeah, Bone. Can't believe I forgot to mention it.

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    If you liked Y, you'll probably like Runaways and American Virgin.

    The Sandman and Watchmen should be on the top of everyone's list.

    You might want to troll for artists and writers you like. For instance, Alan Moore is god. Because he wrote Watchmen, I picked up Miracleman and a couple others. I also enjoy Niel Gaiman, so I've picked up a lot of his books.

    You liked Y, which is written by this guy, who was one of the writers for Runaways, which is the only other work of his that I've read.

    If you like quality writing for free, I also suggest taking a look at nightmare world, which switched to a wierd format, but is still amazing.

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    Big votes for Terry Moore's Strangers In Paradise. Believable character development and one of the best romances involving a violent lesbian mafia ever. Francine is my hero!

    Also second Persepolis and want to add The Maxx if it hasn't been said yet. Nothing like some good childhood trauma and a dysfunctional superhero complex to add some color to your life

    As an accompaniment to the suggestions here, Even a Monkey can Draw Manga is AWESOME for people who love or hate manga. Totally tongue-in-cheek and satirical guide to successful Manga formulas throughout the decades. Has a hilarious chapter on hentai for male vs female audiences!

    Favorite/Recommended Graphic Novels?

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    Demo by Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan. Review of it here. One of my favorite aspects is that the style Becky uses changes with each story, adding to the unique feel.

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    One of the great things about the Watchmen movie being released is the re-release of all the associated Alan Moore bookography. His early work with 2000AD, The Ballad of Halo Jones is probably one of my favourite graphics. It was meant to be longer, but he fell out with Fleetway/2000AD and so it ends at book 3. Oh well. Miller's Elektra: Assassin got a snappy rerelease there recently too - thats gorgeous and better than his (also awesome) Daredevil. I also like Dave Sim's Cerebus series. And Ghost in the Shell... it's hard to beat a bit of Shirow.

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    Hellboy

    Preacher

    Akira

    Maus

    Xenozoic Tales

    300

    Sin City

    Luba in America

    Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories

    The Adventures of Luther Arkwright

    Hard Boiled

    Blacksad

    Corto Maltese

    Raptors

    Gipsy

    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

    Batman: Gotham by Gaslight

    JTHM Director's Cut

    Ghost World

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    From Hell

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    Tell me dark

    those two are probably my favorites

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    tank girl - jamie hewlett
    wormwood: gentleman corpse - ben templesmith
    liberty meadows - frank cho
    v for vendetta,watchmen - alan moore(writer)
    sin city - frank miller

    and various spiderman comics i wouldn't be able to place
    edit: sekino,damn blacksad looks interesting!

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    oh my god m@, the corrigan graphic novel is absolutely awesome!!!!
    It's damn near unreadable, but the illustrative mischevousness is something every artist has to experience!!!!

    Aaaaanway, the standards have been mentioned, Moebius, Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman, those are defiantely creators that allmost never strike out.

    Still, my every list that has to do with comics, well actually, anything ever printed on paper, starts with Asterix. They're the epitome of what comics are about and well, Goscinny and Uderzo are plain geniuses...

    so after Asterix, I'd urge everyone to look at the work of Enki Bilal, just look at it, he drew me into buying his novels just by one frame i saw on a poster somewhere! Jodorowsky, Jimenez, also legends, and I shouldn't forget Blacksad, by Disney studios Diaz Canales and Guarnido.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheJester View Post
    oh my god m@, the corrigan graphic novel is absolutely awesome!!!!
    It's damn near unreadable, but the illustrative mischevousness is something every artist has to experience!!!!
    near unreadable? how come?

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    I'm gonna ignore the staples (Preacher, Watchmen, Hellboy, etc) as they have already been said over and over and over in every "best comic" thread ever. Here's some other stuff...

    Infinity Gauntlet - This my favorite story of all time...it was also my first comic when I was 12 years old:

    Favorite/Recommended Graphic Novels?

    Annihilation - If you like IG, this series is amazing...and long.
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    Annihilation: Conquest - the sequel...
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    Captain America (recent) - I am finding the new Bucky-as-Captain America to be some of the best stuff Marvel has put out in years:
    Favorite/Recommended Graphic Novels?

    And just so I'm not too image-heavy, these are my other favorites of the moment:

    Dark Tower - Long Road Home/Treachery
    Walking Dead
    Guardians of the Galaxy
    Nova
    X-force (new series)

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    i always liked the hellboy novels. i only wish there were more of them. Also, some of the ultimate xmen graphic novels are pretty good.

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    omg how could i forget asterix.
    similarly good: lucky luke, tintin.

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