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Offline Jinto

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Graphic Novel recommendations (best art + story)
« on: February 24, 2007, 06:36:50 PM »
I remember long, long ago seeing a few graphic novels that caught my eye. Titles like Batman: Digital Justice and some Iron Man graphic novel (both with digital art), and Arkham Asylum (dark, painted artwork). Then more recently the release of George Martin's 'The Hedge Knight' 6 issue series into trade-paperback and hardback collections, although you could debate the inclusion of a mere compilation book as opposed to a fully contained and original graphic novel.

I haven't seen a whole lot of really good graphic novels out there though over the years (though I didn't look that hard for a long time), and wonder what recommendations we all have in that arena of literature. What graphic novels out there have both really good art, and at least a pretty good story to go with it?


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Re: Graphic Novel recommendations (best art + story)
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2007, 06:57:59 PM »
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I think qualifys.


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Re: Graphic Novel recommendations (best art + story)
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2007, 07:28:01 PM »
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I think qualifys.

Is it better than the movie?


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Re: Graphic Novel recommendations (best art + story)
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2007, 07:34:30 PM »
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I think qualifys.

Is it better than the movie?

That wouldn't be saying much. The book is REALLY good.
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Re: Graphic Novel recommendations (best art + story)
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2007, 07:41:40 PM »
Batman: Faces by Matt Wagner
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
300 by Frank Miller
any Sin City by Frank Miller
Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli
Give Me Liberty by Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons
Marvels by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross
Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross
Gregory by Marc Hempel
Trinity by Matt Wagner
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Re: Graphic Novel recommendations (best art + story)
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2007, 07:43:28 PM »
Oh man, there are tonnes of great Graphic novels out there: DC's Vertigo imprint is a must for the "discerning" fan.  Transmetropolitan, Fables, Preacher, Sandman, and Swamp-Thing are all very different from the usual Super-hero comic books.  But if you do want that sort of thing, then Batman: Year One, Batman: The Killing Joke, Ex Machina, Tom Strong, and Powers have great collections.


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Re: Graphic Novel recommendations (best art + story)
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2007, 07:58:36 PM »
Watchmen, Sandman, and Maus are pretty much the classics of the genre. The Absolute editions are very much worth it, too.

Past that gets a little more into taste, tolerance/affection regarding superheroes, and patience, but there are quite a few others that are pretty well worth a read: Lucifer, Animal Man, V for Vendetta, Moore's run on Swamp Thing, etc, etc.


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Re: Graphic Novel recommendations (best art + story)
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2007, 08:19:55 PM »
Astro City. Great art. Great story.


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Re: Graphic Novel recommendations (best art + story)
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2007, 09:35:46 PM »
Army of Darkness: Ashes to Ashes


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Re: Graphic Novel recommendations (best art + story)
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2007, 10:33:09 PM »
Bone. Get the complete series. It's family-friendly, but it's not for kids. It's fantasy writing as it should be. :^)


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Re: Graphic Novel recommendations (best art + story)
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2007, 03:53:29 AM »
Bone. Get the complete series. It's family-friendly, but it's not for kids. It's fantasy writing as it should be. :^)

I already have that massive, telephone-book-like trade paperback compilation. Bone is awesome. One of these days I'll play the adventure games by Telltale Games too.

Anyway, compilations are ok and all, but I'm _really_ looking for good, stand-alone stories in a single graphic novel with better-than-average art to go with it, not your standard comic color or b&w drawings. Painted, CG, uniquely stylized (beyond black, white, & red mind you. that's nothing new.) Seems difficult to find anything good, though it'd help perhaps if I started going to comic shops again. :P


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Re: Graphic Novel recommendations (best art + story)
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2007, 07:47:41 AM »
Well I enjoyed Midnight Nation, that is a single stand alone book.


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Re: Graphic Novel recommendations (best art + story)
« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2007, 03:50:11 PM »
30 Days of Night
Stephen King's Dark Tower (its now a comic)
Pathfinder

All amazing reads.
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Re: Graphic Novel recommendations (best art + story)
« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2007, 04:03:11 PM »
Anything by Doug Tennapel. Especially Creature Tech.


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Re: Graphic Novel recommendations (best art + story)
« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2007, 04:24:06 PM »
    Depending on your personal tastes toward what is "good" art, I'd recommend you look for Alex Ross' work.   "Marvels" was his break-through, a look at the Marvel universe through the eyes of the man on the street.  He tends to do the finished painting on pencilled stories by others these days, with "Justice" from DC being his current work.  He did the full art on four over-sized books for DC that have been collected into one with individual stories on Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel.  Under the Vertigo imprint, he has a Uncle Sam graphic novel that steers away from a straight super-hero story.
    Neil Gaiman's writing is also highly recommended.  The two novels of his version of "Death" as a character are shorter as are earlier gns like "Black Orchid" (art by Dave McKean) and "Books of Magic" featuring four different painters on sections of the book.  McKean painted the Batman "Arkham Asylum" gn you mentioned and has also collaborated on other works with Gaiman.  Eventually you'll want to dive into the 10 books of the Complete Sandman or the Absolute editions which are a little rich for my blood.
   Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore is also great and the easiest way to pick it up is the slightly larger than manga size tpb collections available in B&N or Borders.