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Topic # 112649 16-Dec-2012 14:49
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I recently started reading comics on my iPad - it's so much more accessible for me than buying them on paper - and the fact that I can get a whole series or story arc in a single hit is a great way to get up to speed on a franchise quickly.

Over the last few weeks I read all of The Walking Dead, including the latest episode #105 yesterday.  It's been a fantastic ride, and interesting to see how the TV story either matches or digresses from the source material.  I'm a bit disappointed with the latest "villain" though, he's way OTT - even for TWD :)

I also ready the Batman: Hush series not so long ago, which was really great too, and I've got a couple of the Frank Miller novels queued up and ready to go.

I'm interested in getting into some of the classic Batman, Superman, Iron Man and so on but it's hard to know where to start...

If you're a comic reader what are your suggestions and recommendation for good story arcs and franchises to read?  I love a well written story as much as one that's well drawn - but if it's a combo of both (like TWD) then I'm all over it.

What comic's are you reading?

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  Reply # 733858 17-Dec-2012 19:58
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No comic readers here?!

Yeesh, and you call yourselves geeks!

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  Reply # 734288 18-Dec-2012 12:54
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If you haven't read Watchmen ... I'm yet to read something by Alan Moore that I didn't like, Promethea isn't his best work, The Ballad Of Halo Jones probably is, Top 10 is up there too. 

Anything by Frank Miller is usually good, The Dark Night Returns is amazing. 

I'm currently working my way through The Preacher, on paper. Good read and a bit different. 

Hellblazer is patchy and often falls into the more gore trap, Dangerous Habits is cool. 

Plenty of people rave about Neil Gaiman but I've tried and he FAILED as far as I am concerned, might try again later. 

The Dark Horse Aliens series has some very good stuff in it. 

That's about it for now. 




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  Reply # 734293 18-Dec-2012 13:02
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crackrdbycracku: If you haven't read Watchmen ... I'm yet to read something by Alan Moore that I didn't like, Promethea isn't his best work, The Ballad Of Halo Jones probably is, Top 10 is up there too.

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Plenty of people rave about Neil Gaiman but I've tried and he FAILED as far as I am concerned, might try again later.
 


Completely agree with you about Alan Moore, but please wash your mouth out re: Neil Gaiman. :p The man is a legend. I still have a box full of original sandman issues (amongst other things) somewhere, including a couple of first editions of the first issue. I half hope they actually follow through with making it into a movie then I'll see what they're worth, though I also hope not as I don't think anyone can really do it justice in film form...

As for what I'm reading now, nothing for a long time unfortunately. They just don't make 'em like they used to.

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  Reply # 734294 18-Dec-2012 13:10
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the walking dead is the only book i still try and read, been a couple of months since i last read one though.

favourites include
- Identity Crisis, my alll time favourite
- Kingdom Come
- He-Man, theres a couple of series of this on comixology
- Dark Victory, Long Halloween, Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, took a while to like Tim Sales art, but grew on me
- Buffy Season 8, got tired of this though
- Angel After the Fall
- Nightwing
- Ultimate Spider-man (did get too wordy at times, but really really good spiderman)

I like DC comics most, but find it hard to follow the story arcs (unless theyre collected into TPBs, or grouped on comixology.com), and for that reason I tend to single series books like the walking dead.

Grimm Fairy tales was good at times, nice dark version of the classic fairy tales, but when they shoved in the continuing story it seemed like a very poor after thought and I never really thought it worked.

One of the worst books i read "Batman R.I.P." hated that.

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  Reply # 734296 18-Dec-2012 13:11
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sidefx:  

Completely agree with you about Alan Moore, but please wash your mouth out re: Neil Gaiman. :p The man is a legend. 



I liked Death: The High Cost of Living. I just tried to read The Dolls House but I haven't read the first part of the story so it didn't make a lot of sense. The Punch picture book was just ... strange. I haven't read Stardust but I love the film so I think there is some talent there but ... I just don't see the genius that others do. 

I think there are some amazing comics out there in digital form, I'm just not sure how you go about finding them. There needs to be a digital version of the comic store where you can get recommendations. 

Sluggy Freelance is also good for a giggle. 




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  Reply # 734313 18-Dec-2012 13:27
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Ah yeah there's so many "Greats" to read. I do intend to read Watchmen, Sandman, Preacher, and Dark Knight Returns....finding the time will be a challenge but now that I'm caught up on Walking Dead and it's more of a monthly thing I should be able to catch up on some of the highly recommended series'.

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  Reply # 734316 18-Dec-2012 13:30
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crackrdbycracku:

I liked Death: The High Cost of Living. I just tried to read The Dolls House but I haven't read the first part of the story so it didn't make a lot of sense. The Punch picture book was just ... strange. I haven't read Stardust but I love the film so I think there is some talent there but ... I just don't see the genius that others do.


Ok fair enough.  You really need to read sandman in order though. Also there are some changes in his approach to it and style through the series I think. It starts off as a sort of standard horror fantasy, but quite earlish I think he went back to the drawing board and really rethought the series. Around this point things get a bit slow - still enjoyable but a bit disjointed as he explores different storylines.  But then things get really really good. The last half of sandman (IIRC I haven't read it for a while - must re-read) is some of my favourite literature of all time. YMMV; I guess was a lot younger when I first read it all, which sometimes rose-tints these things.


PS: Not a comic, but American Gods is worth a look for Gaiman if you haven't already.

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  Reply # 734318 18-Dec-2012 13:34
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Ipad too for me. Works really well.


Walking dead is good. I think I am up to about 80 at the moment.

I also *ahem* acquired a load of old judge dredd comics, which are awesome.

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  Reply # 734323 18-Dec-2012 13:44
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NonprayingMantis: 

I also *ahem* acquired a load of old judge dredd comics, which are awesome.


There is no shame in Dredd!

If you can get a hold of it America is just simply amazing. It is part of the Judge Dredd world so a little background is required and it won't, probably, ever be made into a film but it just might be the most under rated graphic novel of all time. 




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  Reply # 735289 20-Dec-2012 09:17
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Comic Books or Graphic Novels ?

As crackrdbycracku says, The Ballad of Halo Jones was awesome - and I read that back in the days of the nevernever when it was published in 2000AD.

Yeah, still read 2000AD.




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  Reply # 735291 20-Dec-2012 09:21
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SepticSceptic: Comic Books or Graphic Novels ?


For the sake of brevity lets call them the same thing in this thread.

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  Reply # 735304 20-Dec-2012 09:49
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SepticSceptic: 

Yeah, still read 2000AD.


How's it going these days? I stopped reading it in 1995 when it was going through a rough patch. Has it adapted to the digital world? 




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crackrdbycracku:
SepticSceptic: 

Yeah, still read 2000AD.


How's it going these days? I stopped reading it in 1995 when it was going through a rough patch. Has it adapted to the digital world? 


Yes, adapted quite well, but the quality of the digital is ever so slightly less than the original. The fine lines tend to fade out into series of dots. But then again, I'm short-sighted, and read them without my specs, so I do notice these artifacts. Bit like listening to slightly badly encoded MP3's :-).

Paper and ink quality has improved considerably though.

Dredd is still there - currently returning to the old block-war / East-Meg Apocalypse War saga - the 20-year aftermath with East Meg agents still bent on revenge.





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  Reply # 735364 20-Dec-2012 11:01
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Well. I still read naruto. I love that little manga ninja




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  Reply # 735367 20-Dec-2012 11:12
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crackrdbycracku:
NonprayingMantis: 

I also *ahem* acquired a load of old judge dredd comics, which are awesome.


There is no shame in Dredd!

If you can get a hold of it America is just simply amazing. It is part of the Judge Dredd world so a little background is required and it won't, probably, ever be made into a film but it just might be the most under rated graphic novel of all time. 


my *ahem* was more at how I acquired them, not at the shame of Dredd.

I have america, it is a great story.

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