My Favorite Comics

Ever since I rediscovered the joy of comics a couple years ago, I’ve been reading them pretty much non-stop. You can fly through comics pretty quickly, so I’ve read a lot of them in that time. I’ve read some good ones and some bad ones. And I’ve read some really good ones, which I’ve documented in a list, and which I will now share with you.

Being that these are some of my favorite comics (and comic series), I’ll hopefully reread them some day, and when I do I’ll give them the proper First Panel work up. Until then, here are a few notes and my ballpark rating for each one:

10/10

From Hell
Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
Jack the Ripper, Victorian London, investigation, dark, disturbing, based on a true story

10/10

Preacher
Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon
Heaven & Hell, religion, vampires, rednecks, twisted, disturbing, violent, drugs, alcohol, Texas

9/10

Bone
Jeff Smith
Epic fantasy adventure, Lord-of-The-Rings-ish, safe for kids, cute

9/10

Y: The Last Man
Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra
Post-apocalyptic, last man on earth, Amazons, pirates, ninja, monkey

10/10

Watchmen
Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
Super heroes, cold war, alternate history, vigilantes

9/10

Epileptic
David Beauchard
Epilepsy, memoir, family, coming-of-age story

8/10

Stitches
David Small
Dysfunctional family, memoir, cancer, coming-of-age story

9/10

Temperance
Cathy Malkasian
Fantasy, abuse (this one is super hard to describe, but really good)

7/10

Marvel 1602
Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert
Marvel universe, Elizabethan era, alternate history

8/10

Tricked
Alex Robinson
Converging lives, fame, mental illness, dysfunction, love story

9/10

Three Shadows
Cyril Pedrosa
Fantasy, parents & children, escape from death, emotional

8/10

Laika
Nick Abadzis
Space race, Soviet Union, dogs, based on a true story

9/10

Louis Riel: A Comic Strip Biography
Chester Brown
Rebellion, biography, Canada, Métis, mental illness, native rights

10/10

Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid on Earth
Chris Ware
Dysfunctional family, self-discovery, 19th century America

9/10

Blankets
Craig Thompson
First love, coming-of-age story, religion, family

9/10

Safe Area Gorazde
Joe Sacco
Bosnian war, war journalism, based on a true story

9/10

Black Hole
Charles Burns
Sexually transmitted disease, social outcast, high-school, disturbing

9/10

Asterios Polyp
David Mazzucchelli
Mid-life crisis, self-reinvention, lost twin, love story

8/10

Notes For A War Story
Gipi
War orphans, organized crime, Balkan wars

8/10

The Arrival
Shaun Tan
Fantasy, immigration, refugees, family, wordless novel

10/10

Maus
Art Spiegelman
Holocaust survivors, biography, WWII, immigrants

9/10

Persepolis
Marjane Satrapi
Iran, memoir, Islamic revolution, coming-of-age story

8/10

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Alan Moore, Kevin O’Neill
Alternate history, steampunk, England, literary fusion, mythology

9/10

V For Vendetta
Alan Moore, David Lloyd
Rebellion, post-apocalyptic dystopian future, fascism

8/10

David Boring
Daniel Clowes
Apathetic youth, nuclear threat, dysfunctional family, love triangle

9/10

Ghost World
Daniel Clowes
Teen angst, suburbia, cynicism, humor, adolescence

7/10

Stuffed
Glenn Eichler, Nick Bertozzi
Racism in America, dysfuntional family, humor

9/10

Sin City
Frank Miller
Crime noir, violent, brutal, corruption, prostitution, serial killers

8/10

Ex Machina
Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris
Politics, superheroes, supervillians, extra terrestrials, NYC

8/10

Coraline
Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean
Fantasy, horror, dreams, family, ghosts

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  3. J for Jendetta says:

    Joe>
    Just finished V for Vendetta on your recommendation. Loved it. You were right about the artwork though – That palette takes some getting used to.

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