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Essential comic books.

Postby Diablo » Fri Aug 05, 2005 3:26 pm

Essential comic book for me -the very very best !

. Alan Moore's V for Vendetta, Watchmen and From Hell.
. Frank Miller's Sin City, Batman and Daredevil.
. Neil Gaiman's Sandman
. Peter David's Hulk, Supergirl, Fallen Angel, X-Factor.
. Chris Claremont's first run of Uncanny X-Men.
. Mike Mignola's Hellboy.
. Erik Larsen's Savage Dragon
. The recent Nightcrawler solo series.

. And, of course, Alan Davis's Excalibur and Clan Destine ! :wink:
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Re: Essential comic books.

Postby Matt Platis » Fri Aug 05, 2005 6:05 pm

Diablo wrote:Essential comic book for me -the very very best !

. Alan Moore's V for Vendetta, Watchmen and From Hell.
. Frank Miller's Sin City, Batman and Daredevil.
. Neil Gaiman's Sandman
. Peter David's Hulk, Supergirl, Fallen Angel, X-Factor.
. Chris Claremont's first run of Uncanny X-Men.
. Mike Mignola's Hellboy.
. Erik Larsen's Savage Dragon
. The recent Nightcrawler solo series.

. And, of course, Alan Davis's Excalibur and Clan Destine ! :wink:


YAY! Another Savage Dragon fan! I agree with most of your choices. I have not read the new Nightcrawler series and I couldn't get into the Sandman series. All you other recommendations I totally agree with.
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Postby Diablo » Fri Aug 05, 2005 8:37 pm

The problem with Savage Dragon is that Erik Larsen is too busy these days... we can't have our monthly fix as we used to ! :wink:

You should try the Nightcrawler solo series. I'm afraid it won't last long, but it's fun !
The Sandman is an excellent comic book. Neil Gaiman's very best one. Simply put, a masterwork. But it isn't a "super hero" story.
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Postby Matt Platis » Mon Aug 08, 2005 10:14 pm

Diablo wrote:The problem with Savage Dragon is that Erik Larsen is too busy these days... we can't have our monthly fix as we used to ! :wink:

You should try the Nightcrawler solo series. I'm afraid it won't last long, but it's fun !
The Sandman is an excellent comic book. Neil Gaiman's very best one. Simply put, a masterwork. But it isn't a "super hero" story.

I read the first 2 Sandman trades and just couldn't get into it at the time.

Has the Nightcrawler series been traded yet?
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Postby CurlyyHairGirl » Tue Aug 09, 2005 5:45 pm

The first six issues of Nightcrawler is in TPB. I think it has been out for a couple of months now. I didn't buy it because I already have the single issues and I'm almost broke as it is. *shrug*

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Postby Cesare the Sleepwalker » Wed Oct 24, 2007 7:08 am

Good idea for a thread.

I have to say, from the current books out there, my favorites are Thunderbolts (Warren Ellis & Mike Deodato) & All-New Booster Gold (Geoff Johns).

My favorite current writers are Gail Simone, Geoff Johns, Marc Andreyko, and Alan Davis (looking forward to his upcoming ClanDestine series).

But on to my overall list.......I'll be a little specific, for the most part.

My personal essentials list would be......



from DC:

52 (although it wasn't that great towards the end, with the WWIII bit)
Action Comics #771, 830, 831
All-New Booster Gold #1-up
Batman: Year One
Batman: The Killing Joke
Batman #588, 589, 632, 667-669
Batman Family (Limited Series) #1-8
Batman Gotham Knights #9, 54
Batman Legends of the Dark Knight #138-140
Batman and the Outsiders #27
Birds of Prey #56-68, 76-91
Countdown to Infinite Crisis
Detective Comics #821, 822, 824, 826 (these are recent Paul Dini issues)
Green Lantern (vol. 3) ---most of the issues, especially starting with issue #10, and the Sinestro Corps War isn't bad

Hawkman (vol. 3) --the majority of work done by Geoff Johns, which were 1-25......also #27, which was done by Brubaker

Infinite Crisis (Lots of mixed reviews on this, but I liked it)

about half of the JSA run Geoff Johns did

Manhunter (vol. 4) full run, done by Marc Andreyko. I look forward to when it's released as an ongoing again

Nightwing #41-52
Secret Six (Limited Series) #1-6
Shazam! Power of Hope (tpb)
a few issues (no more than 10) of Geoff Johns' work on Teen Titans

Villains United (Limited Series) #1-6


Watchmen
V for Vendetta
The Nail
Another Nail
Superboy's Legion
JUSTICE
Kingdom Come


from Top Cow:

Battle of the Planets #1-12, as well as the Jason, Mark, and Thundercats one-shots......I was very surprised at how good this series was.



from Marvel:

Agents Of Atlas
Amazing Spiderman: Kraven's Last Hunt storyline
Annihilation (Limited Series) #1-6
Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus #2
ClanDestine #1-8
Almost all Excalibur issues which had Alan Davis (And in contrast, I would swear against any issues which Alan didn't have a hand in)

original full-run of the Invaders from the 70's (including the 4-issue limited series which came out in 1993). Not the greatest stuff out there, but worth a read due to its nostalgic feel with important Marvel characters.....But, stay THE HELL AWAY from the garbage title called New Invaders, which was released a couple years ago.

Killraven (by Alan Davis, of course)
Marvel Universe #1-3 (an ok continuation of the Invaders storyline)

Nova (vol. 4) #4-up (so far, these have been very good)
Thunderbolts #110-up (Warren Ellis/Mike Deodato team)

Uncanny X-Men (during the Claremont/Byrne years). I'd also consider any X-Men comic Alan Davis had a hand in to be "essential" as well.

these are other Marvel issues which I quite like, albeit not as good as the comics/issues listed above.......But, they're definitely worth checking out:

Amazing Spiderman #316, 317 (Venom, before they over-used him)
Avengers (vol. 1) #273-277, 281-285, 334, 343-351, 355-366, 368, 369, 372-375, 378-382
Avengers Annual #10, 17
Captain America #253, 254, 272, 280, 345, 347-349

Regretfully, I've never read Miracleman (by Alan Moore & Alan Davis), so I can't list that title.

A couple comics which seem to be very popular, but I don't like at all, would be The Dark Knight Returns (Frank Miller) and Identity Crisis (Brad Meltzer)......I just couldn't get into those two storylines.

And a writer I can't seem to get into (aside from that Hawkman issue he did) is Brubaker. A lot of people seem to love him, but I don't see the appeal.
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