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Mike, what the **** are you doing in a superhero thread? Get out :)
I'm trying to get it back where it belongs, with kids' comics, instead of trying to be taken seriously.

I LOVE Batman - but as I said in post #2, only in the original DC comics. The Adam West send-up is OK for a laugh, too. Anything after that, meh.

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Enki Bilal's 'Gods In Chaos' - the Egyptian gods return to Earth to source fuel for their spaceship (a pyramid, obviously). The fascist leader of post atomic war Paris wants immortality in exchange.

Moebius 'The Gardens Of Aedena' - two space travellers end up getting separated on a strange planet and have a series of adventures trying to find each other again. For me Moebius is the best illustrated story teller ever, though I'm not too fond of his Westerns.

Richard Corben 'Muvovum' - Strange fantasy/SF story about an adventurer in a lavishly illustrated alternative reality. Some of the pics are amazing, borders on porn in places.

Vaughn Bode - 'Junkwaffel' Psychedelic short stories. The pic is from 'The Machines' - Man's self-replicating soldier robots fight an eternal war, (over nothing in particular), on the ravaged surface of the planet. The scattered remains of humanity scrape a thin existence underground. Bode is god in talented graffiti art circles, his characters still appear on walls worldwide.

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I'm trying to get it back where it belongs, with kids' comics, instead of trying to be taken seriously.

I LOVE Batman - but as I said in post #2, only in the original DC comics. The Adam West send-up is OK for a laugh, too. Anything after that, meh.

Why do they belong as 'kids comics'? You might not understand/like the medium, but genuinely good pieces of work have come from Batman comics 'trying to be taken seriously'. If anything, the 'serious' character is the character now.

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I'm trying to get it back where it belongs, with kids' comics, instead of trying to be taken seriously.

I LOVE Batman - but as I said in post #2, only in the original DC comics. The Adam West send-up is OK for a laugh, too. Anything after that, meh.

Why do they belong as 'kids comics'? You might not understand/like the medium, but genuinely good pieces of work have come from Batman comics 'trying to be taken seriously'. If anything, the 'serious' character is the character now.

Oh, I know, and I suppose I'm in a minority. But I'm afraid 'graphic novels' have zero interest to me, I'd rather read a proper book and use my imagination. TBH I dislike all illustrations in fictional books, anyway.

Looking at a slim volume of pictures with word balloons is just too shallow, no matter how good the ideas and the art.

I do enjoy an occasional old DC comic for childhood nostalgia reasons, though.

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Batman is a cultural, super-hero icon. First introduced in 1939, the alter ego of Bruce Wayne has been known through countless DC comics, a TV series, and mega hit movies. The Batman Files is Bruce Wayne's secret book that consists of journal entries from Batman's war on crime, in-depth villain dossiers and other bat-computer files, faux news articles describing major events in Batman's life, and hundreds of illustrations taken from the comics. The book will also include blueprints and schematics of Batman's costumes, vehicles, and weapons, and the Batcave, and a variety of sketches made to look like they were penned by the Caped Crusader himself, including a child's drawing of the horrible bat Bruce saw down in the cave.

 

 

A truly fantastic book this is, £70 but worth every penny if you are a fan of batman or comics in general, I bought it a while back and I've been taking my time reading it because I don't want to finish it.

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Yeah it really is, the cover is made to look like a folder, made out of some rubbery sort of material.

I love it, that along with my marvel encyclopedia, my wolverine encyclopedia and the art and making of the dark night trilogy are my fave books for when I feel like geeking it up a little

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I recommend every single comic mentioned in the thread so far and I will also be back at a later date with some more recommendations but for now, here's some fun ones -

 

Batman: 29

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The dynamic duo fight crime aboard Penny Farthings.

 

 

Batman: 209

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Bruce Wayne gets turned in to a Tiger.

 

 

Detective Comics: 119

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Batman & Robin fight a Master Criminal and his own sidekick whose plan of attack is to throw snowballs at them...that's not all, there's a twist....they've hidden rocks inside the snowballs.

 

 

The Batman: Nine Lives

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There's a few Batman stories where Organised Crime is heavily featured, however, I really like this one, as it's an interesting story and a bit different to many Batman stories.

 

Gotham by Gaslight: A Tale of The Batman

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Set in 1889, Got a SteamPunk feel, interesting Murder Mystery. There's a sequel to this one called 'Master of the Future' which is quite good too.

 

 

 

I'm off now.

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But I'll be back different fictional character's catchphrase I know.

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I thought I'd bump this thread for a couple of reasons, mainly because I've been reading more.

A few months back I made my way through reading Preacher after seeing that they were making it into a TV show (first episode airs tonight in the US) and really enjoyed it.

Then one of my friends from work suggested I look into a series called The Boys, which is also written by Garth Ennis and also mooted as another TV project by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the duo who are responsible for bringing Preacher to the telebox.

I'm still reading through The Boys at the moment and I think it's even better than Preacher to be honest. It's so ludicrous and dark but funny at the same time.

Anyone else read it? Anyone read anything lately that they really enjoyed? Got any suggestions? Figured I'd resurrect this thread than start a new one and if Preacher turns into somewhat of a hit we could discuss comic spoilers here.

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The Invisibles is worth a mooch. Grant Morrison jumps off the deep end with a barking mad drug fueled epic of aliens, secret societies, government conspiracies, magic, militant lesbians, other dimensions and everything in between. It's very mid 90s so feels a little dated but I genuinely don't think I've read anything that comes close to how bizarre it is. Not quite finished the saga myself but so far it's never been less than interesting. It's referenced a lot by Last Podcast on the Left who actually did a couple of episodes about a place that features in the series fairly prominently...

I'm slowly continuing my trawl through the Hellboy Library Editions, which has remained enjoyable.

And, since I always recommend it, Warren Ellis's run on Moon Knight is fantastic. 6 issues, no overarching plot, fantastic art and reinterpretation of the character that risks becoming the definitive one. You can read all 6 issues in an hour and it's never short of brilliant. Ellis left after 6 issues and the following 6, whilst still good, weren't quite to the same standard. The next collected issues were, sadly, a real step down, but the comic is still being run so might have legs for a while at least. Also is very likely to become a Netflix show in which case they will use this new run as it's basis I'm sure. Moon Knight is a really daft character but this reboot wipes that away and just turns him into a badass who wears a white 3 piece suit to deal out night time vigilante justice because he likes his enemies to see him coming...

I'd also recommend Supergods. What if the nations of the world in the Cold War decided to produce weapons in the shape of enormous god like creatures that represented them? Very interesting limited series.

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On 24/07/2012 at 12:12, legov said:

Mike, what the **** are you doing in a superhero thread? Get out :)

But I used to LOVE superhero comics. 

Until I turned twelve. 

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Now now, none of that Mr Mooney, thank you. Comics aren't just for kids. In fact the series I mentioned earlier, The Boys, is very much not for children and is very much a satire of superhero comics. Garth Ennis, the writer, is well known for his belief that your standard superhero comics are crap. I don't totally share his views on that but there are certainly a number of non-superhero comics out there that are fantastic bits of storytelling.

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Well, yeah, Legov was probably right, I should stay out of this thread - it's really one for Things You Don't 'Get'. 

I've tried with, 'graphic novels', I really have. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but this is not my experience - a thousand words paint better pictures in my mind. I'll stick to books. 

Carry on. 

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2 hours ago, Ginko said:

Anyone read anything lately that they really enjoyed? Got any suggestions?

100 Bullets, Persopolis and Black Hole are all worth checking out.

Then some of the usual suspects like V for Vendetta, Watchmen, The Killing Joke and ofc The Dark Knight Returns.

Preacher is still my favourite of all time though. Re-read it again recently and it's just so wonderfully clever and subversive.

 

***EDIT*** Oh, and I haven't read it myself but Y: The Last Man is supposed to be excellent.

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16 minutes ago, mjmooney said:

Well, yeah, Legov was probably right, I should stay out of this thread - it's really one for Things You Don't 'Get'. 

I've tried with, 'graphic novels', I really have. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but this is not my experience - a thousand words paint better pictures in my mind. I'll stick to books. 

Carry on. 

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