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Forum posts for Pajiba's List of Great (Non-Superhero) Graphic Novels to Read

Posted by bryan on Jul 19, 2007
walking dead.


that is all.

Posted by phduffy on Jul 21, 2007
I thought I'd comment on some of the mentioned titles:

The Dark Knight Returns

This is obviously awesome, but I'm sure it was even more so at the time it was released. Remember, Batman used to be campy and ridiculous... I have an issue from the 70s where the Red Bat Phone isn't working, and it's kind of a crisis. Miller used the story of a future Batman to bring Batman to where he should be. Of course, eventually he went too dark, and they've been trying to lighten him up for years now.

Watchmen The greatest superhero comic ever written (so great that the TV show Heroes ripped it off this year), yet not really a book you want to read if you're not into superheroes. This is so different from the ordinary, which is part of its brilliance, which is why I would avoid it if you don't often read comics. I agree with the author, the characters are somewhat believable, which is what elevates this above Squadron Supreme, a comic that came out around the same time with a similar theme.

The Invisibles This is the comic that made Grant Morrison consider suing the makers of the Matrix, as he thought they ripped this off. I've only read the first series of the Invisibles, which I found to be something of a mess. Grant Morrison is completely insane. Instead of this, I'd recommend reading Animal Man which was published by DC's Vertigo Imprint, back when not everything they published had to have the same quirks. It includes issues in which the characters talk to the writer, analysis of life and death, and all kinds of good stuff.

Y: The Last Man This is a great book, and one I would recommend to everyone, comic fan or not. Vaughan is a great talent, and his Ex Machina, about a mayor of New York who's also the only person in the world with powers, is also great. Both books explore what it's like to be alone (the only man or hero, respectively), and how this uniqueness affects your relationships.

Bone This is a great book. Silly enough to be fun, serious enough to be great.... In fact, I need to find my copies of this and read it again. It may have dragged a bit towards the end, but the quest for the Bone brothers to get back to Boneville is a classic comic.

Fables Along with Y, this is one of the few comics I'm currently reading. And, just as with Y, this is also great. The fun of identifying the newest Fable and how they fit into the story, the recognition of who the villains are... all add up to a tremendous book.

The Sandman So tremendously awesome that I'm wasting my time in attempting to describe it to you. One of the collections involves Lucifer giving up and giving over the keys to hell because he's had enough. Come on!

Walking Dead What zombie movies would be if they weren't completely over the top.

The Boys This is a relatively new series, written by Garth Ennis. Ennis wrote the magnificent Preacher and the underrated Hitman, but then began repeating himself and his themes too much, and I burned out on him. However, with the Boys, he's back. I suppose that this book is about superheroes, but it's really about a secret government agency set up to watch, and if needed, control/kill superheroes who get out of line. The first 5 issues were published by DC's Wildstorm Imprint, which then decided to not publish the rest of the series, either due to its graphic content, or the low sales, depending on what you believe. Luckily, DC had no problem allowing him to take the series to another publisher, or with allowing the first collection to be printed.