Follow TV Tropes

Following

Comic Book Recommendations

Go To

supergod Walking the Earth from the big city
Walking the Earth
Mar 1st 2014 at 11:36:20 AM

Mentioning some obvious ones: Watchmen, Alan Moore's run on Swamp Thing, The Dark Knight Returns, Transmetropolitan, Sandman, Fables (you can skip the first volume) and Preacher.

For we shall slay evil with logic...
Rabbitearsblog Animation and Comic Book Goddess from United States Relationship Status: Who needs love when you have waffles?
Animation and Comic Book Goddess
Mar 7th 2014 at 11:35:35 PM

Here are some good comic books to check out:

Classics

  1. X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga
  2. X-Men: Days of Future Past
  3. X-Men: God Loves Man Kills
  4. Batman: The Killing Joke
  5. Batman: Year One
  6. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
  7. Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
  8. The Sandman by Neil Gaiman

Modern

  1. Astonishing X-Men: Gifted
  2. Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous
  3. Astonishing X-Men: Torn
  4. Astonishing X-Men: Unstoppable
  5. Superman: Secret Identity by Kurt Busiek
  6. American Vampire by Scott Snyder
  7. Batman: The Black Mirror

Independents

  1. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
  2. Invincible by Robert Kirkman
  3. Chew by John Layman
  4. I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly

edited 7th Mar '14 11:48:31 PM by Rabbitearsblog

I love animation and comic books so much! Just ask me anything about them!
crimsonstorm15 shine on from A parallel universe Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
shine on
Mar 8th 2014 at 5:00:56 PM

have i mentioned Batman: the Long Halloween? if not, i recommend picking it up. (be warned, though, it can be a bit pricey: the whole thing is actually three stories—Long Halloween, Catwoman: When in Rome, and Dark Victory. i suggest reading them in that order.)

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
MiscellaneousSoup from Grand Rapids, Michigan Relationship Status: Baby don't hurt me!
Mar 9th 2014 at 6:53:23 AM

I found it at the library months ago.

Back on the forums?
Fizban Wat from .... "Heck" Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
Wat
Apr 3rd 2014 at 9:03:13 AM

If you like Dark/Thriller types, I'd recommend Bedlam by Nick Spencer, the story is captivating from the first couple pages and the sketchbook, messy style is both fascinating and fitting to the overall theme of the story.

I burst into the room, the unmistakable cries of 200 small lizards are heard. (cue dramatic lightning)
May 14th 2014 at 7:11:31 AM

It seems to have been a while since the last post but, if I may, I would highly recommend Locke and Key by Joe Hill. It's a dark supernatural mystery series that blew me away when I first starting reading it. It's most definetly one the best comics I've read.

Also, thanks everyone for the great recommendations. I'm going on a long trip soon and I am going to stock up on a lot of these comics. smile

MiscellaneousSoup from Grand Rapids, Michigan Relationship Status: Baby don't hurt me!
May 14th 2014 at 9:25:43 AM

Thanks!

Back on the forums?
VampireBuddha Hungry dinosaur from Ireland Relationship Status: Complex: I'm real, they are imaginary
Hungry dinosaur
May 14th 2014 at 10:06:41 AM

Strontium Dog by John Wagner and Alan Grant is fun, old-school scifi action with some decent morals. It's all pretty good, but volumes 2 and 3 are definitely the best.

A History of Violence by John Wagner is available in manga format, which is handy if you want to read it on the go. The art is a little iffy, but the story is good, albeit not for the faint of stomach.

For a few sides of Alan Moore, V for Vendetta is one of his better serious, political stories, and The Complete DR and Quinch is screamingly hilarious. If you like well-done strong woman characters, check out his The Ballad of Halo Jones.

Oh, and obviously Watchmen, which is to comics what Evangelion is to anime.

edited 14th May '14 10:09:41 AM by VampireBuddha

RedM Geek Extraordinaire Relationship Status: You cannot grasp the true form
Geek Extraordinaire
May 17th 2014 at 3:18:11 PM

[up]You mean that its fans are insufferable and never shut up about it?tongue

I hope you have Bobby Drake on speed dial, because y'all just got burned. Nah, just kidding.

The very best, like no one ever was. Check out my Spider-Man fanfic here! [1]
crimsonstorm15 shine on from A parallel universe Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
shine on
May 18th 2014 at 10:17:25 PM

i also recommend the Ultimate Spider-Man/Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man/Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man comic line. a lot of the more recent Spider-Man adaptations have been pulling inspiration and plot details from that universe, so it'd be good to see the source.

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
MiscellaneousSoup from Grand Rapids, Michigan Relationship Status: Baby don't hurt me!
May 21st 2014 at 7:31:51 AM

I picked up some of the comics featuring Miles at my local library. They were good.

Back on the forums?
Jun 5th 2014 at 4:08:32 PM

I recommend the Ultimate universe in general - I'm a big fan. I also highly recommend Astonishing X-Men, volumes 1-4, the ones written by Joss Whedon.

edited 5th Jun '14 4:08:51 PM by RBluefish

"We'll take the next chance, and the next, until we win, or the chances are spent."
Tiamatty X-Men X-Pert from Now on Twitter Relationship Status: Brony
Jun 5th 2014 at 5:12:19 PM

I was curious if the Ottawa Public Library had Pretty Deadly available. It does! Or it will, anyway. It's on order, I believe. It's already got 14 holds, when I checked last night, so good on those people!

So, yeah. Volume 1 of Pretty Deadly is well worth checking out. It's just an amazing book.

X-Men X-Pert, my blog where I talk about X-Men comics.
crimsonstorm15 shine on from A parallel universe Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Tiamatty X-Men X-Pert from Now on Twitter Relationship Status: Brony
Aug 6th 2014 at 11:20:43 PM

I just read Lost At Sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley. Have you ever read a story that was so good it actually made you a little angry? Yeah, Lost At Sea made me kinda angry. It's that kind of good.

Just an absolutely brilliant story. Phenomenal.

X-Men X-Pert, my blog where I talk about X-Men comics.
wehrmacht belongs to the hurricane from the garden of everything Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
belongs to the hurricane
Aug 18th 2014 at 7:24:56 PM

Anyone who hasn't read Blacksad is missing out. Seriously some of the best art I have seen in a western comic.

Buzzinator Monkey See, DIC Do
Monkey See, DIC Do
Aug 19th 2014 at 5:40:28 PM

Can anyone please recommend me a good one-shot comic book?

edited 19th Aug '14 5:40:44 PM by Buzzinator

"You can run, but you can't hide from the Buzzinator!"
SKJAM Relationship Status: Baby don't hurt me!
Aug 25th 2014 at 6:12:17 PM

Hmm, you mean one issue, or done in one volume? Because the latter is much easier to find in stores or libraries.

Tiamatty X-Men X-Pert from Now on Twitter Relationship Status: Brony
Aug 25th 2014 at 6:28:57 PM

[up][up] We'll need a bit more to go on. What kind of story do you want?

But OK, here's some suggestions: The Legend Of Bold Riley. Chiggers. The War At Ellsmere. I Kill Giants, if you feel like weeping like a baby. Seconds, by Bryan Lee O'Malley. There's three volumes of Hopeless Savages, but I recommend Vol. 2: Ground Zero. There's two volumes of Phonogram, but Vol. 2: The Singles Club is best.

edited 25th Aug '14 6:29:55 PM by Tiamatty

X-Men X-Pert, my blog where I talk about X-Men comics.
ScarletCajun Belligerent Webhead from Lafayette, La. Relationship Status: I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
Belligerent Webhead
Aug 25th 2014 at 7:54:35 PM

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight by Brian Augustyn with Mike Mignola on pencils is pretty good for a one-shot story.

Lafayette Strong
SKJAM Relationship Status: Baby don't hurt me!
Aug 25th 2014 at 8:12:36 PM

And for something completely different, "El Deafo" by Cece Bell, her memoir of growing up with profound hearing loss, which I review here: http://www.skjam.com/2014/08/26/comic-book-review-el-deafo/

StrixObscuro from Somewhere in Massachusetts Relationship Status: I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
Sep 1st 2014 at 10:31:33 PM

My recommendations:

I would also definitely second Marvel 1602 and Demon Knights.

edited 1st Sep '14 10:33:27 PM by StrixObscuro

By now, it should be clear to all except the most dense of us that sheep are secretly conspiring to kill us all and steal our pants.
Heatth from Brasil Relationship Status: In Spades with myself
Sep 4th 2014 at 11:50:32 PM

(not sure if it makes more sense to post here or in the DC thread)

I've been playing and greatly enjoying Batman: Arkham Series so, against my beset judgment, I decided to try out some Barfamily stuff and I am needing recommendations.

What I enjoyed in the games:

  • The villains, they are great. Even the lame ones are great, that really surprised menote .
  • Oracle. She is really cool. I am looking reading more about her.
  • Alfred, surprisingly funny and endearing.
  • The early days in which Batman was not famous yet. That was interesting. I wish to read more.
  • Not Batman. He is boring and actually quite a bit of a dick. He, obviously, not annoying enough to hinder my enjoyment. In fact, he works greatly as a contrast to other, more interesting, characters (like his rogues). But I am certainly not looking for a story that puts great focus on his psychological struggles or whatever.

Other notes, no need to recommend The Killing Joke. The ultimate Joker story? Sign me up. Also, the origins of sorts of Oracle, which is nice (?). I also know about the last two Batgirl series, starring Barbara Gordon. Not sure if I look forward that, though. She sounds as a mature young woman in the series. Having her as Batgirl seems somewhat backwards. The series are well praised, though, so I might take a look.

edited 4th Sep '14 11:51:49 PM by Heatth

Noaqiyeum The it-thingy from the October Country Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The it-thingy
Sep 5th 2014 at 3:36:10 PM

The Long Halloween is the Calendar Man's first story, and also covers Batman's early years and has a rotating cast of rogues. It was slimmed down and combined with The Killing Joke (making the Joker the driving force of the plot in the process) to become the basis for The Dark Knight.

...and on that note, I'm going to go shamelessly exuberant fan-thingy again: if you want a look at Gotham in the absence of the Bat, I highly recommend The Joker Blogs; a fanmade vlog series set between The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Batman is absent for almost the entire series; the setting is Joker's incarceration in Arkham while he toys with Hero Antagonists Jeremiah Arkham and Harleen Quinzel, incorporating Scarecrow and Selina Kyle and adding Hugo Strange, Hush, Lock-Up, Jack Ryder, the Phantom, Ted the Bum, and Lex Luthor as major players. It takes a few episodes to establish itself, but they're short. :) And once it does, the acting and characterisation turns out pretty impressive (especially the Joker, considering how easy he is to fail at... >_< )

Anyone who looks dangerous is dangerous. Anyone who doesn't look dangerous is dangerous and sneaky.
SKJAM Relationship Status: Baby don't hurt me!
Sep 7th 2014 at 6:47:59 AM

For Oracle, I recommend the original run of Suicide Squad, where she is introduced as that character, and which has good writing and many interesting characters. (This includes some Bat-villains, so it's not completely out of left field.) Then the pre-Flashpoint Birds of Prey series, where she is the central character. The Chuck Dixon run is not considered as good as the Gail Simone run, but is still decent comics. Various Bat-villains show up in those as well.

I'm pretty sure there's a collected volume of Joker best stories, this is subjective of course. Death in the Family, while a pivotal story, isn't really that good.

Catwoman has had her own series frequently, the quality is variable, and the artwork often works against the writing. (i.e. serious writing, fanservice art.)

The Showcase volumes cover the early 1960s, with the tail end of the stuff that inspired the Batman TV series (kind of silly, but played absolutely straight) and the beginning of the more modern Batman. There are gems here, but you have to allow for changes in taste and culture.


Total posts: 116
Top

Example of:

/

Feedback