Reddit reviews: The best fantasy graphic novels

We found 4,211 Reddit comments discussing the best fantasy graphic novels. We ran sentiment analysis on each of these comments to determine how redditors feel about different products. We found 922 products and ranked them based on the amount of positive reactions they received. Here are the top 20.

Top Reddit comments about Fantasy Graphic Novels:

u/notEngineered · 2 pointsr/graphicnovels

Check out The True Amazon by Jill Thompson. It's so beautifully drawn and offers new twists on the origin. Can't really recommend it enough. It's a lot more fantasy and mythology and stands completely on its own, with not relation to the DC universe.

Grand Morrison and Yanick Paquette's Earth One is another origin, has a lot of the traditional recurring characters (Etta Candy, Steve Trevor, Hippolyta) and even brings back the space kangaroos, has great ambition and some truly brilliant character moments (basically every page with Candy), but kinda crackles under the pressure. I think it would've been exceptional if it were edited by someone other than Eddie Berganza.

The first two volumes of the George Perez run are really good. I think it doesn't quite manage to gel the mythology parts with the superhero parts, but it's a really successful 80s, post-Crisis reimagining of the character. Great art, great sequential storytelling, great varied character work.

I kinda like The Azzarello/Chiang run. It has some amazing high-points, also some pretty low one, but it's always beautifully drawn. The best way to take it I think, is to consider it a sorts of Elseworlds, alternate take on the character. Which it actually becomes.

The recent Rucka run is good as well, but a lot of what makes it so good is how it "fixes" Wonder Woman and her cast, offering new and fruitful takes on a lot of villains and supporting characters. The Lies and The Truth is literally about retconning the Azzarello run. I'd say that Year One is probably one of the best Orings, second only to The True Amazon and maybe the Perez version, and you could enjoy it on its own, but it leads into Godwatch, which, while still independent, is much more strongly linked with the retconning story.

If you're partial to young adult fiction then The Legend of the Wonder Woman is probably as good a it gets. But it's very much a YA story, with all the tropes and everything.


Start with The True Amazon. If you don't hate Grant Morrison read Earth One. If you like 80s comics read the first part of the Perez run. If you like YA fiction check out Legend of the Wonder Woman. Maybe even check the Azz run if you want a more horrorish take. After you become more familiar with the character read the recent Rucka Run.

u/NinjaRammus · 2 pointsr/comicbooks

I am so happy to see the Mingola-verse getting more love here lately.


-First off, all supplementary books (which is everything not titled "Hellboy" or "B.P.R.D.") are not absolutely necessary. They add to the character depth, and offer some fun stories, but you can get the whole story from either Hellboy or B.P.R.D. by just reading those titles exclusively.

-Secondly, know that you can enjoy both Hellboy and B.P.R.D. separately from each other. I read Hellboy first, but it is not necessary to have read Hellboy in order to enjoy the story of B.P.R.D.. Hellboy seldom comes up in the canon B.P.R.D. stories, and even then, they either do a brief flashback/explanation to why, or you simply don't need to know.

-Your two jumping on points are: Hellboy vol. 1, Seed of Destruction and B.P.R.D. Plague of Frogs TP vol. 1

-Yes, I understand that starting this way with B.P.R.D. is technically a spoiler for Hellboy. If that concerns you, just avoid it and read Hellboy. I included both because they have different feels to them in terms of art and the types of stories. Some people will enjoy the brooding, stylistic nature of Hellboy and its focus on ancient folklore. Others may like the larger cast of characters and tightly plotted B.P.R.D., basically a detective team book featuring supernatural villains and world-wide implications.

-If you prefer starting from the beginning with Hellboy, and either really enjoyed the vol. 1 TPB or know you'll start fresh there, then I recommend the Library Editions, starting with Volume 1. That's an Amazon link, but I still prefer ordering from instocktrades, which I include in other links. They're oversized which highlight's Mignola's signature art, feature tons of extras, and look gorgeous on a shelf. If you want to get through them quickly and cheaply, buy the TPBs or check for when Dark Horse has a sale on their digital comics.

-With the Library Editions, the official story for B.P.R.D. begins after the events included in Library Edition Volume 3.

-As you may notice in the link above, the first book for B.P.R.D. I linked is only about a dollar more expensive than the first Hellboy TPB, but is actually 408 pages! These are paperback "omnibus" reprintings of the B.P.R.D. hardback collections (which in that form are still a deal too, imo. Just if you prefer hardback). You get the equivalent of three B.P.R.D. TPBs in one of these, for eleven freakin' dollars! It's honestly hard for me to think of a better value on the market right now equal in terms of quality of the physical book, quality of the story, and quantity of story. Fret not, Volume 2 of the paperback version comes out in late January. You'll be able to collect all of them by the end of next year likely, for around $45! That's 12 TPBs, if you're counting along.

I'll also say that personally, by the end of the third Plague of Frogs volume, it had me hooked unlike any other book before. It's why Arcudi is one of my favorite writers now. He's developed these characters to a point where you love them. They make me mad when they make rash decisions, or happy when something good comes their way. I'm sympathetic to their plight. I honestly think I like it better than Hellboy now. I really enjoy the style and story to Hellboy, but I've never felt connected to the book like I am with B.P.R.D.

Anyway, that's my gush for the day. Hopefully I've consolidated what seems like a daunting amount of material into a handful of affordable books. It's such an interesting mythos, there's nothing else like it out there. If you have any other questions, let me know!

u/Tigertemprr · 11 pointsr/DCcomics

"Essential" Batman stories (in suggested reading order):

u/nightowl994 · 3 pointsr/comicbooks

I second the Marvel Adventures line and Superman Adventures.

I'd also recommend:

  • The Batman Adventures - It ran from 1992-1995 and was the predecessor to the Gotham Adventures series you mentioned, and the companion title to Superman Adventures.
  • Bone - A ridiculously fun to read fantasy/adventure story published from 1991 to 2004. Great art, great humor, and it truly appeals to all ages. The colorized version is published in nine digest-sized volumes that are extremely easy to find and very affordable, especially if you buy them used. The original black-and-white version is also available in one volume, but from what I hear there is a lot of gutter loss due to its size and the pages are easy to tear since they are so thin.
  • Shazam!: The Monster Society of Evil - Good little story from the creator of Bone. I'd especially recommend this for kids who like Superman since it features a similar character. From 2007.
  • Thor: The Mighty Avenger - Non-canon story about a young Thor. Not only a great kid's comic but one of the best Thor stories ever written. Beautiful artwork, great romance, fun adventures, and lots of appearances from other Marvel characters including Captain America and Iron Man. It ran from 2010-2011 and was sadly cancelled early. Available on Marvel Unlimited.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man - Not good for smaller children due to lots of dialogue and a moderate amount of violence and sexual content, but excellent for adolescents and teens. I'd recommend it up to issue #128. It's currently being reprinted in this "Ultimate Collection" format which is so far up to volume 6 at issue #71. It ran from 2000-2011 and all of it is available on Marvel Unlimited.

    If you're open to older comics (Silver and Bronze Age), then many volumes from the Marvel Epic Collection line are also a good bet, but do a little research since some won't be very kid-friendly. They're fairly affordable reprints of classic stories that aim to reprint the entire history of Marvel's major characters from their inception to usually the mid-nineties (but they're not published in chronological order). They typically retail for around $35 for 400-500 pages of comics.

    I'm sure there are more that I'm forgetting, but I hope this helps!
u/DebentureThyme · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Glad I'm a horrible person for buying high quality extras...

Their next step IS selling books and media, yes, in one of my other comments I pointed out that some games are fully contained within themselves, while others are a multimedia experience across various mediums.

If that's not for you, then don't buy it. Simple as that.

The thing about WoW, and Overwatch, is a vast majority ignore the lore. Especially with Overwatch, which is a salvage of the MMO Titan. It's a multiplayer game that they're trying to make competitive for esports. The fact that the story is there at all is kind of beyond what people expect from the game.

Their pricing is, yeah, too high. And I don't support the Loot Boxes being a store purchase (haven't bought one, never will, and won't ever need to do so).

Eventually the game will go on sale, as all their games do. But as they keep reaffirming, all future gameplay, heroes, and maps will be free DLC, and they are working on a lot of it.

I like books. I like other media. They already HAVE this book in the Collector's Edition that is basically a ~170 page manual. But you know what it's not? Some cheap thing. It's highest quality print, glossy with art print quality pages. It's not some el cheapo production.

The fact that it spans many mediums... you don't have to play or enjoy this. You aren't entitled to have it your way. You only get to vote with your wallet by not being involved at all.

As someone who enjoyed the WoW visual novels, and comics, and loves the fuck out of this book that just came out, yeah I'm not about to stop investing in that stuff. Long after WoW itself feels stale in an expansion, their other content is appealing. You know how they'd include that all in game? Higher prices.

Oh, I'm not saying they couldn't afford to do it otherwise. I'm saying they won't because it's already a extreme minority of players that are even interested in this stuff. That book is high quality hardcover with beautiful art and so much lore that 99.99999% of all WoW players would never care to even read.

Also, this isn't the only Overwatch game that will exist. They have stated that, if things sell well, they'll be adding other games and TYPES of games to this universe. This is just the start of this IP. You can bet on the fact that this is going to get single player / story focused games, games that will tie in with a continuing storyline in the FPS, other content. I wouldn't be surprised if the roadmap for it has other game types in the works already with one of their other teams.

The shame is that more people don't have access to these materials. I would not put anyone down for pirating any of this (WoW Chronicles PDF available on a site near you cough) simply because there's so much there that you're missing out on if you can't afford it.

They may not be the best at making the games include stuff, and frankly something like WoW Chronicles, and the Visual Source Book for Overwatch, would probably sell better if they included an average res version with the game. People would go out and buy it to have a high quality book with really high res artwork as well, but all players would have digital access to the info.

I can't force them to do that, and honestly I'm not going to make a difference with them. They know their market, and you seem to not be it. You may simply want to go find developers providing what you like.

If you think this is going to stop at all with Blizzard... yeah, no, not going to happen. Way too late. Over a decade too late.

The bright side: Games like The Witcher exist, from great studios like CD Projekt Red, who include basically everything in the game, and trust their users with a zero DRM promise to the community in the hopes that it will help sell better by having faith in the users.

Blizzard is more about selling IP across medium than any one game at this point. WoW is a game, but most of the game is focused on the game play side, with some questing info... but then so much of the other stuff is outside of the game. The collectibles, the novels, visual novels, comics, other forms of books... It's simply how it evolved and it's successful for them. That's a shame for those just wanting to play a game and be able to learn everything, but it's unfortunately doing well. There are simply too many users with a larger amount of cash offsetting the smaller income users by buying into it all (I have the collector's edition, but I paid half price due to some finagling, and wouldn't own it otherwise. Which, in retrospect, feels like a damn shame that everyone can't enjoy this stuff.) It's not going to change :/

u/Sub93 · 2 pointsr/MeetPeople

I fell asleep not long after posting this, so my apologies for the late reply. I've been listening to that Veils EP this morning, I love it! Haven't had time to listen to Alive she died. Will come around it after finishing this post :) Veils does make me think of acts like Black Wing / Planning for Burial , maybe even a little bit Andy Stott or even Author & Punisher

There is lots of great synthwave around on the internet, look for Youtube channels like That 80's Guy / Asthenic / NewRetroWave they have great artists featured on their channels. You seem to have a good compatible music taste though, I also collect vinyl and now that I read my post back when somewhat hungover, I realize I could've put so much more stuff in there.

Black Metal albums I definitely recommend: Batushka - Litourgiya / Mgla - Exercises in Futility / Leviathan - Massive Conspiracy Against All Life and loads more if you're interested! I like how monotone and raw the genre can be while at the same time being super versatile. It's like listening to a great painting or something, I have no idea how to describe it.

And please do recommend me books that are beyond niche, I just finished This is Not Fame: "A From what I Re-Memoir" by Doug Stanhope and am currently reading World of Warcraft Chronicle: Volume 1 but thats mainly because I just recently rebooted that game and am playing it casually and am enjoying getting deeper into the story through my virtual adventures. But I could use some books that are a bit less fiction :) Psyhorror, True Crime, Thrillers, I'm all for it. Definitely going to check out Ezra Blake. I do indeed like dark and grisly! Just seen that intro video on the website you linked, seems to be right up my alley!

I just seen The Rum Diary and read the book, I am a fan of Hunter S. Thompson his work! Same goes for Charles Bukowski. But I haven't been digging any deeper into stuff is comparable. They both write very different of course, but their outlaw persona's is what definitely attracts me!

Any free indie games I can get my hands on I will definitely play, one of my favorite indie games of all time is Valiant Hearts the feels.. ooooh the feels my friends...

Definitely like to hear more from you! And todays first drink, which I will consume in an hour or so (I have the day off!) will be for you!



u/Ontheroadtonowhere · 4 pointsr/SRSComics

The Unwritten! I started grabbing the trades a little while ago, and it's pretty quickly become my favorite series ever. It's all one long story (that can be divided into arcs, but it's still one big thing). It's also absolutely gorgeous. I want to wallpaper my house with those covers.

For ongoings, have you checked out Saga? The first two arcs are out and it's on a short break now, but the third should be starting up soon. It's pretty much one big story, too. Clearly defined "stopping points" at the end of the arcs, but it's all the same overarching story.

If you're just looking for longer arcs, and you're into vampires, you should definitely check out American Vampire. One of my favorite things ever. Great stories, great art, written by Scott Snyder who is currently writing the Batman books. Also currently on hiatus, but there are five trades out, and that's supposedly only the first half of the whole story.

(I've also just noticed that the "Customers also bought" section at the bottom of that Unwritten Vol. 1 Amazon page contains the same suggestions. Those are all pretty good options. Sweet Tooth, Fables, Fairest, Locke & Key. I haven't read The Manhattan Projects or Morning Glories, but I've heard good things about them.)

u/cantseeyounow · 0 pointsr/LifeAfterNarcissism

She should not be on Reddit. Like, nowhere near it lol. This is the site that has neonazis, r/incels, and is under investigation from the 2016 election. The place is a cesspool, and I've had unspeakable things sent to me from 'innocent' questions.

Keep her far away.

On the other stuff - has she tried comics? I haven't read Archie comics, but that might be something up her alley. Zines might be a thing to look into, as well. Here's some that I've found https://www.sweetcandydistro.com/kids-teens--parenting-zines.html (Maybe your local library has some? I don't really know how these things work.)

Something like Sailor Moon is pretty cutesy and fun, and I remember Cardcaptor Sakura having the theme of boyfriends, fun, and emotions/school, without it being too overbearing/heavy like other animes. Perhaps cutesy/fun stuff would fill the gap, and not be too graphic and 'real', while also being safe and informative. One thing I remember liking from that age is the Bone series https://www.amazon.com/Bone-Complete-Cartoon-Epic-One/dp/188896314X, and Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi (which has a comic series, as well as a TV show, I think), although that might not be informative at all, just something for fun.

I've also found this http://www.heroicgirls.com/the-best-all-ages-comics-for-girls-in-2015/ which might be a good resource. The site itself might also have some other good resources for you, as well.

Good luck!

u/ruthlessunicorn · 2 pointsr/WonderWoman

I'll try to help clear up some terms for you. Lol the golden age of comics is basically any comic made in the 1930s-50s. The silver age is any comics made from 1955-1970. The new 52 started in 2011. It is when DC ditched all of its old titles and started over with 52 new running comics. The new 52 recently ended this year and they started new again and called it rebirth. Trades are collections of comics bound into a book so that they are easier to collect and less expensive typically.

The book you're asking about could be a good place to start because you might read a story in there you enjoy and then you can find which comic it came from and expand on it but you wouldn't get exposure to anything current.

Personally, I would start by reading Brian Azzarello's Wonder Woman run. It has beautiful illustrations. It has a lot of really cool ties to Greek mythology and the mythology of Wonder Woman herself. The story is her fighting her personal demons and how she came to be. It really makes you understand why she is Wonder Woman, her emotions and what makes her tick. The way he portrays Wonder Woman is perfect. She is honest, brave and so morally sound. It's a great read.

Also, the sensation comics that came out in 2014 are super cool. Each comics is a collection of short stories by different writers about Wonder Woman. Most of them are super upbeat and sometimes funny. And the art is always awesome.



u/pixis-4950 · 1 pointr/doublespeakgutter

Ontheroadtonowhere wrote:

The Unwritten! I started grabbing the trades a little while ago, and it's pretty quickly become my favorite series ever. It's all one long story (that can be divided into arcs, but it's still one big thing). It's also absolutely gorgeous. I want to wallpaper my house with those covers.

For ongoings, have you checked out Saga? The first two arcs are out and it's on a short break now, but the third should be starting up soon. It's pretty much one big story, too. Clearly defined "stopping points" at the end of the arcs, but it's all the same overarching story.

If you're just looking for longer arcs, and you're into vampires, you should definitely check out American Vampire. One of my favorite things ever. Great stories, great art, written by Scott Snyder who is currently writing the Batman books. Also currently on hiatus, but there are five trades out, and that's supposedly only the first half of the whole story.

(I've also just noticed that the "Customers also bought" section at the bottom of that Unwritten Vol. 1 Amazon page contains the same suggestions. Those are all pretty good options. Sweet Tooth, Fables, Fairest, Locke & Key. I haven't read The Manhattan Projects or Morning Glories, but I've heard good things about them.)

u/Mr_Smartie · 6 pointsr/comicbooks

Well, the thing about getting into Big 2 comics is that it's really easier than it sounds, especially since both companies have gone through major "reboots" a few years ago, with DC launching The New 52 (which reset or compressed several decades of continuity) and Marvel launching Marvel NOW!, both of which reset several titles to #1. You can pick up trades (or collected volumes of issues) from Amazon or read digitally on Comixology. Many local libraries may also have trades and graphic novels available to check out.

With DC, you can start off with #1 of almost any New 52 series. However, you don't always have to start with #1. Some series don't get good until a new creative team takes over and establishes a new status quo. In which case, you can start reading from where the new writers began, and not worry about what happened in the previous issues. Here is a list of DC New 52 recommendations I've made before:

> For Batman and Batman-related books, I recommend the following:
Batman (#1 - ongoing) Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls - The flagship title, by Scott Snyder.
Batman: The Black Mirror - This is actually just before The New 52, but I recommend this mainly because it's a very well-loved modern story that turned Scott Snyder (the current Batman writer) into DC's golden boy. It's also fairly accessible to new readers.
Grayson (#1 - ongoing) - Launched this year, and one of DC's best books in quite some time. Dick Grayson is an undercover spy. Very fun and character-driven.
Batman and Robin (#1 - ongoing) Batman and Robin, Vol. 1: Born to Kill - Character-driven title that focuses on the Bat family.
Catwoman (#35 - ongoing) - Selina Kyle as a mob boss. Very intricate plot.
Detective Comics (#30 - ongoing) - Manapul/Buccellato run. Fantastic art.
Nightwing (#1 - 30) Nightwing, Vol. 1: Traps and Trapezes - Makes a good complement to the Batman and Batman & Robin titles.

>For other characters, I would recommend:
Wonder Woman (#1 - 35) Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Blood - Brian Azzarello's 35-part epic of gods and mortals. Great story, great art.
Green Arrow (#17 - 34) Green Arrow, Vol. 4: The Kill Machine
The Flash (#1 - 29) The Flash, Vol. 1: Move Forward
Earth 2 (#1 - 26) Earth 2, Vol. 1: The Gathering - The James Robinson run (#1-16) is quite good, though Tom Taylor's run (#17-26) is still decent.
Red Lanterns (#21 - 37) Red Lanterns, Vol 4: Blood Brothers - A general understanding of the Green Lantern universe might be needed to fully appreciate this.

Marvel tends to reset a series whenever a new creative team takes over, or when a new status quo is put into place, so it's even easier to find a jump-in point. Just start with #1 of any series. Marvel also has a subscription service that allows you to digitally read any comic older than six months. Here are some recent series that I would recommend:

Matt Fraction's Hawkeye
Mark Waid's Daredevil
Superior Foes of Spider-Man
Nathan Edmondson's Black Widow
Matt Fraction's Invincible Iron Man
Cullen Bunn's Magneto
Tom Taylor's Superior Iron Man

You can look up these titles on Comixology and see previews for each issue. Just pick whatever sounds interesting to you, and start reading.

u/Highfire · 8 pointsr/hearthstone

Uh... I'm kind of a decent resource?

I can certainly point you to a few different places. First, for "up-to-date" WoW-expansion related events, Nobbel's YouTube Channel is superb. I believe his longest video is the story of the Lich King -- following Ner'Zhul, Arthas and then the two put together. It's 3 hours and 15 minutes long.

For Lore of the Cards? SixGamers! Their two longest videos are for Rhonin and Vol'jin at 107 minutes and 113 minutes, respectively. He has also been working on Fandral Staghelm and we can expect that soon, which should be great.

For the gospel for what is and isn't canon in the Warcraft lore, alongside beautiful art and good reading? Warcraft Chronicle Volume I is great, and I really really look forward to the second volume. Note, that some of the lore has been changed through the Warcraft Chronicle, such as the lore presented in SixGamers' Medivh episode for Lore of the Cards. (47 minutes.

It's not too different, but the context in which Medivh's mother and father decided to have a child is different, and who Nielas Aran was is different as well. I'll give you the differences quickly here:

Pre Chronicle: Nielas Aran was the Court Conjurer for Stormwind. Aegwynn took a fancy to him as father of her child, seduced him and became pregnant, only using him. She left Medivh in his care before taking off.

In the Chronicle: Nielas Aran was a member of the Tirisgarde, a secret sect of the Council of Tirisfal, a secret sect of the ruling body of Dalaran, comprised of Elves and Humans that defended Azeroth from demonic incursions resulting from their use of the arcane. As member of the Tirisgarde, he was tasked with using artifacts and relics of great power that could be used to help subjugate the on-the-run Aegwynn, who refused to give in her Guardian powers back to the Council, partly due to the corruption of Sargeras, subtly whispering doubts.

In their chase, they bantered back and forth to find weaknesses. Nielas realised that Aegwynn wasn't oh-so bad, and eventually gave up, believing her innocence. The two fell in love, and Aegwynn wanted to make up for everything, and pass on her Guardianship. She wanted a child who could take up the mantle. Nielas saw a darkness in her and saw this as a way of helping her redeem herself, unaware of just how significant that darkness would become or who that darkness was.

Medivh was born, and Nielas then became Court Conjurer of Stormwind so he could raise his son alongside the best and brightest -- the King's son, Llane Wrynn and Anduin Lothar, who would eventually become the Lion of Azeroth. He also chose Stormwind due to its geographical distance from the other human kingdoms and consequently his ability to stay away from the Kirin Tor's powerful influence.

So, they ended up meeting, they ended up doing it, they ended up having Medivh with Nielas as more or less a single father and Medivh ended up befriending Llane/Anduin in Stormwind in both stories. The "key points" are the same. The main difference is how things were reflected on Aegwynn -- instead of a rather badass but callous woman who took everything into her own hands, she was a rather badass woman who eventually opened up to a capable and understanding man, working with him to take things into their own hands.


Sorry, that was a far longer explanation than I'd expected it to be. But hey, if you have any questions about anything (regardless of how silly it may sound), go for it!

u/I_love_aminals · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I used to work at a comic book store and love comics! Here are my recommendations:

For Marvel:
New Silver Surfer Comics (Although I might be partial because he is my favorite superhero.)
New Ms. Marvel They do a great job of making the comic very relevant for today. No idea why it is this much on Amazon, but you can find it for cheap elsewhere.
Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men. Supposed to be hilarious because Joss Whedon.

Great if you like Post-Apocalyptic Stuff:
Saga is great for beginners. My housemate had no interest in graphic novels and now she is hooked because she started with Saga.
Y: the Last Man has such a compelling storyline, can't stop reading the series!
Rover Red Charlie because I love animals and apocalypses! I always can't wait for the next one! (Also find it cheaper elsewhere)
We3 Your heart will die, but you will wish you had more to read!

Two I haven't read yet but are supposed to be Apocalyptic:
Sweet Tooth Look weird but cool.
Prophet Looks intense but worth the read.

For myself Blacksad because he is a cat detective. Need I say more?

And check out the Humble Bundle Image comic sale because you can buy some for one cent or the others for way cheap if you want some digital copies to interest you.

Edit: Added missing links and comments below for one super comment!

u/feman0n · 4 pointsr/AskReddit
  • First and foremost, Neil Gaiman's Sandman series. Really, pick up the first volume.. and then I dare you to stop reading.

  • Everything Warren Ellis touches generally turns to gold, but I especially loved his Transmetropolitan series. Science fiction, anarchy, general badassery.. fantastic all around.

  • Ghost World has been mentioned, and while I liked that, I thought David Boring was a superior work from Clowes.

  • Just picked up The Unwritten, a new series by Mike Carey. After finishing the first volume, it looks pretty promising.

  • Demo was dark and angsty, but in a good way.

  • Marvel 1602 was a really interesting take on superheroes.. and again, penned by Gaiman. He fucking rules. Oh, and another Gaiman favourite of mine: Books of Magic.. Gaiman knows the right way to write John Constantine.

    Edit: Also, you might want to give manga (asian graphic novels) a try! Good ones to get started with are Death Note and Bleach. I also liked xxxHolic (though I never finished the series), and the anime film for Akira was amazing so I can only imagine that the manga would be just as good -- if not better!
u/Jess_Starfire · 5 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

If you want a book that has a really good all around historical look at wonder woman I highly recommend picking up Wonder Woman: A Celebration of 75 years

I also personally love the Brian Azzarello's Wonder Woman Run in the new 52. It's also probably one of the most self contained titles in the new 52. The first volume is Wonder Woman Vol 1. Blood

There are two really great origin stories of wonder woman that I really love that are very current. The first (and my favorite of the two) is The legend of Wonder Woman. And the second is Wonder Woman: The True Amazon. The art in this one is fantastic.

Another great wonder woman story is Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia

I also really loved Sensation Comics featuring wonder Woman. I really love all of the different writers and artists takes on wonder woman.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I love book contests so much. If I win, I'd love this one, which should hopefully allow for gifting of several other people as well. (It's wonderful that you're providing that option, too.)

My favorite book quote is from Kurt Vonnegut's Player Piano: "He'd pull me back into the center, and I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center." He nodded, "Big, undreamed-of things — the people on the edge see them first."

And including the phrase labor day for the raffle. Thanks so much for hosting, and I hope you enjoy your four day weekend! EDIT: And if I do win, please feel free to buy used of course!

u/yineo · 1 pointr/AskMen

I'm reading

  • The Story of Philosophy, which is great is you dig philosophy.
  • I'm just finishing up The Pursuit of God, which if you are a Christian dude, it's a great read (along with Praying for Strangers)
  • Sitka is a Louis L'Amour western, but with sea-faring, some nasty russians, and the grand Alaskan frontier
  • I re-read the first Scott Pilgrim book, which appeals to my inner 9-year old! (Read the whole set years ago, only own the first one, comes super recommended)
  • The God of Small Things is pretty interesting so far, I'm about 4 chapters in it so far.

    There's more books on my list, so here are some honorable mentions:

  • The book that The Edge of Tomorrow was based on is All You Need is Kill, which having been interested in the movie, I could be persuaded into reading.
  • A friend recommended The Man With the Clubfoot, with is an early 20th century Film Noir type book. I'm excited to read it after finishing The Big O, because this dude can totally dig some Noir type stuff right about now.
  • It scares the crap out of me, but with politics these days I'm growing more convinced that knowing history is important to understanding today, so I thought about reading The Complete Story of Civilization, which is an 11 volume set that's supposed to cover everything.

    And because this post will never, ever be seen; I'm going to end with a limerick:

    > A certain young fellow named Bee-Bee

    > Wished to wed a woman named Phoebe.

    > "But," he said, "I must see

    > What the clerical fee

    > Be before Phoebe be Phoebe Bee-Bee
u/baalroo · 4 pointsr/comicbooks

Your friend has fantastic taste, but I don't see:

  • Casanova
  • Doom Patrol
  • Scalped
  • Starman
  • Sweet Tooth
  • DMZ
  • American Vampire
  • Irredeemable
  • Chew
  • Locke & Key

    Frankly, any of those would fit in fucking perfectly with that collection, and your friend would pretty much think you were a complete badass. Basically, just browse through those and pick the one that you think sounds the coolest, they're all great and are all very much within your friend's wheelhouse. Your friend's sensibilities are all laid out pretty bare there, she likes a little bit "dark" and a touch of "grit," but with a very clear tendency towards the "cerebral," the "meta contextual," and the "indie/intellectual." So, that's what I stuck to with this list. These are all sort of obvious, but obvious in a "cool" sort of way... the way the movie "the omen" is obvious to a horror fan, or the film "Brazil" is to a sci fi freak, but probably not to a general audience. You dig?

    You're welcome :D
u/maibuddha · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Alright then, maybe try #3 will be successful -grumble-

I see it's already on your wishlist, and it's something I read when it first came out... 1602. First of all, you have the father of The Sandman at the helm writing the book. Right off, you know it'll be amazing with Gaiman writing it. Besides that, it's just fun, you know? It has a damn good story, and it gives a little twist on all of those Marvel characters you know and love in one way, but in a new one!

Gaiman did a fantastic job with classic Marvel characters putting them in the classic setting and put each of them in the proper spot. Dr. Strange as the Queen's mage, Nick Fury as the head spy. You have the Fantastic Four as travelers gone missing. You have 'Carlos Javier' (Charles Xavier) running a haven for "witchbreeds" (aka mutants).

Another great thing about this story is why Gaiman put the Marvel creations in 1602, found here, but the TL/DR is that he was trying to figure out what to write when 9/11 happened here in the States, and he didn't want to write out a war story or anything with bombs, or anything that might make the reader think of anything having to do with terrorists. That, plus his trip to Venice, and he knew he wanted to do.

There's even more backstory as to what Gaiman did with the money he earned (tried to fight for rights of a character he helped work on), or the fact that he wrote it because he wanted to do something far different than The Sandman, though he claims it was a bit hard for him to do (though he did do an amazing job with it), and for some... it might be good news, but it's a Marvel book that does not have The Wolverine in it. I know, I know... people love Wolverine, but really? Enough is enough. Deadpool was right when he said Wolverine's real power was popularity.

So, anyway... that ends my third try [;p]... Deadpool is still my favorite comicbook character because he's a bad guy who can be good... sometimes..... when he wants to be.

I'd still like to get into Hellblazer

u/ChickenInASuit · 4 pointsr/comicbooks

IMO, what you really want is Constantine's original series, Hellblazer, which ran for 300 issues before ending and being replaced by the "Constantine" series.

Obviously 300 issues is pretty damn long, but all the different runs within it are pretty self contained so you can jump around following different writers without a problem if you fancy doing that.

If you want to start from the beginning, you want to look for the Jamie Delano stuff, which starts here. However, while I like that run a lot, I don't think it's aged particularly well and comes across as pretty hammy sometimes (Delano's a big fan of purple prose) so you might be better off starting with the second run, which was written by Garth Ennis (he starts at issue 41 if you're not looking at trades) and is, IMO, quite a lot better.

Other good Hellblazer writers (I don't have the volume numbers for these guys so I'm just giving you starting issues) include Warren Ellis (134), Mike Carey (175), and Peter Milligan (250).

u/thelizardofodd · 17 pointsr/Fantasy

The lore has a lot of cliche's in it (just like this movie likely) but Blizzard was always such a master of the craft in just about all other areas that it quickly became acceptable. Their lore/world building is incredible, fun quirky humor, interesting style.
The movie will very likely be super over the top, but I'm otherwise guessing it'll be pretty fun. :D
Side note, if you or anyone else is interested in learning some of that lore through a more traditional format, this was recently released, and it's beautifully put together.

u/Eliasoz · 1 pointr/AskReddit

This will get deeply buried here, but I highly recommend you get the first volume of Absolute Sandman. It's a color re-master of one of the greatest graphic novel series. It looks beautiful, and the story is truly engaging and epic. I'd say it's one of the best achievements in entertainment - in any format.

u/oobla37 · 6 pointsr/comics

When I was 11, my first graphic novel series was BONE. It gets a little darker later in the series, which goes along with the macabre, but it's never too bad. There are some great images that are fantastic examples of macabre in graphic novels, while the rest seems to be lighter. The humor is slapstick and visual, but there's some good text jokes in there too. The story is pretty easy to follow. Minimal to no harsh language, and minimal to no sexualization. The art is gorgeous, and the books are very high quality. You might want to read through it first yourself, because it is quite good.
Here's an Amazon link for the big book that has all 9 books in it. I own the individuals because I bought them as they came out in color.

u/drock45 · 1 pointr/comicbooks

Batwoman ( begin here ), Birds of Prey (original runs currently out of print, so this has to do to start) and Supergirl ( begin here ) definitely deserve mentions! Although I don't think any of those titles have yet to be announced to be returning post-convergance (I'm sure Supergirl will be getting a book again soon, with a TV show coming out next year). DC also has a Black Canary title coming out after Convergance, by the same creative team currently working on Batgirl. It can be easy to forget Wonder Woman too, but she has a lot of great runs and stories that interested people should check out (have a look at recommended reading on the side bar for a selection, but the recent Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang run is an amazing read and it starts here ).

Besides DC, Image is putting out a title called Rat Queens about a group of women adventurers in a fantasy (swords and sorcery type) world, and it is an absolute blast. It's hilarious and fun! It starts here.

edited to fix the Supergirl link