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Old 07-01-2014, 09:39
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So i got a nexus for Christmas and i've decided to to get back into reading comics. I've not read any in probably 15-20 years. i used to like most of the marvel comics Spiderman, X-Men, X-Factor etc. also liked Spawn and Preacher. what new ones do you recommend? i'm ploughing through Walking Dead as i love the tv show and i think i will give Saga, Prophet, Locke and key and Sandman a go and i've also read the first three Sex criminals (which is excellent btw). Any others you can recommend bearing in mind i've been out of the loop so long?

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Old 07-01-2014, 14:01
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Off the top of my head - Planetary, Transmetropolitan, Global Frequency, Fables, Lucifer, 100 Bullets, Wasteland (Antony Johnston version), Criminal (Brubaker), Ultimate Spiderman, Powers (Bendis)...
Should keep you going for a while. Some old stuff there that has heavily influenced folk like Fraction as well as newer stuff.
Saga is definitely worth your time.
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Old 07-01-2014, 14:36
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Brilliant, thanks mate, being out of the scene for so long it seems a bit daunting were to start again.


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Old 07-01-2014, 15:29
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No probs.

Of course, if you liked Preacher then check out The Boys and Ennis' run on Punisher, which was the best in years if not ever!
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Old 10-01-2014, 14:53
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If you're into superheroes I would also recommend Invincible from Image. Like yourself I've recently returned back to comic reading and this series is great fun. Really harks back to old fashioned superheorics with a bit of a modern twist and takes place in it's own mostly self-contained universe so not bogged down with years of missed history and multiple cross-overs like most of the other books out today. If you like Kirkman's Walking Dead writing then you'll like this other series of his too.

Personally the biggest problem I find with modern e-reading of comics/graphic novels is there is not just one single portal to get all publishers. I prefer to buy via Amazon Kindle and keep my collection in one place. However, Marvel titles are not currently available via Amazon Kindle UK (only through the Comixology app) and the same problem goes for a series like Invincible (I still buy the printed books for that). And the problem with Comixology is prices are rarely discounted unlike Amazon where I have been able to pick up some good titles for only a couple of quid at times (I loathe paying a price similar to printed for e-books when it doesn't have the same production costs).
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Old 10-01-2014, 15:13
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I agree with Invincible, I'd forgotten about that. Managed to pick up the first two omnibus collections on Comixology last year for a hefty discount... think it was half price...

Speaking of, I find Comixology hold sales almost every week and random ones pop up on the odd day (I almost missed out on a deal on Rucka's Queen & Country yesterday). I get all my Marvel, Image and DC, amongst other randoms on Comixology but Dark Knight comics have their own app, if you're so inclined. Marvel also have their own app but everything syncs with Comixology. So, for most people, I think Comixology does just fine.

Oh, and American Vampire is another good one, I just read the first arc on that and was pleasantly surprised.
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Old 10-01-2014, 16:17
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cheers both, really like the look of Invincible. will also give American vampire a look.


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Old 10-01-2014, 17:03
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...but Dark Knight comics have their own app...
Duh, I meant Dark Horse Comics...
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Old 11-01-2014, 01:32
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I'd recommend A Voice In The Dark, which is a Top Cow (Image) book and it is pretty amazing.

The book is black and white but has a really interesting psychological horror theme.

It is written and drawn by a friend of mine from Gail Simone's forum over at Jinxworld, Brian Michael Bendis's board who is the incredible Larime Taylor.

Larime was born with an unusual medical condition that left him wheelchair bound and with virtually no use of his hands and feet. He writes and draws the entire comic with his MOUTH!

His artwork is good and very clear and his scripts are excellent and have a lot of depth.

I also have to recommend the majority of Gail Simone's work as she is a fantastic writer and her runs on Birds of Prey and Secret Six are very worthwhile reads.
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Old 11-01-2014, 15:34
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Other interesting reads...

Great character driven books
Strangers in paradise - Terry Moore (Abtract Studio)
Young Liars - David Lapham (Vertigo)
DMZ - Brian Wood (vertigo)


Superb looks at the superhero genre
Powers by Bendis
James Robinson's Starman (DC)
Miracle Man by Alan Moore (Eclipse) is exceptional, albeit quite old now... if you haven't read it before, it's a must read.


If you've been out for the last 20 years... you may find the whole Marvel / Bendis super story interesting that is Secret War / House of M / Civil War / Dark Reign / Siege...and the accompaying re-imagining of the Avengers that starts with Avengers Dissassembled. In my opinion from a comic reading perspective, it is from Avengers Dissassembled onwards that the Avengers books overtook and bettered the X-books, although the early X-Factor (volume three) books around House of M time were quite good too.

As for Spidey... I think there was a good JMS written phase during this period too.

Ultimately there's been a lot of astounding work in the last 20 years in Marvel, DC, Image and the indies... you may best google stuff like 'best comic arcs' and/or 'best comic books'... ooh and check out the Ultimate Spider Man comics volume two, with the non-Peter Parker spider man...
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Good luck
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Old 11-01-2014, 18:52
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Miracle Man by Alan Moore (Eclipse) is exceptional, albeit quite old now... if you haven't read it before, it's a must read.
Marvel are currently reprinting the original Miracle Man run from the start as a monthly series...
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Old 16-01-2014, 17:59
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Thanks for the thread
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