I don't much go for the real big Marvel and DC long runners, though I do have a couple of the more notable Batman graphic novels (Dark Knight Returns
and Batman Year One). I like the series that ran for like five years then came to an end. I find these a lot better than the never ending series
because you get a real feel for the characters and get an ending. Here are some of the series I've really enjoyed:
Sandman: As someone mentioned above Sandman is incredible. 10 volumes, a ton of interesting storylines. Like the poster above mentioned you don't have
to read it in order, but I wouldn't recommend starting with volumes 9 or 10, save those for last so they have more impact. Also, if you go through the
series in chronological order you'll be better prepared for when characters come back. That's the really awesome thing about the series, it's very
intricately woven and once you finish it you see how everything effects everything else.
100 Bullets: Imagine this happens: a man comes up to you and says he knows who wronged you, he knows who destroyed your life. He gives you their
picture and a gun with 100 untraceable bullets. If the cops investigate a crime and find one of the bullets, they'll back off. So, what do you do?
That scenario gets played out many times during this series. It starts kind of shaky, but once it gets into the actual plot of the series. It gets
really good. It's all about conspiracy and revenge, a group of vicious soldiers/hitmen who kept the powers at be in check until the powers decided
they didn't need them anymore. Good stuff.
Fables: I really love Fables. I don't know why, but I do. The basic premise is that all fables, fairytales and myths are real. They used to live in
other worlds until The Adversary came and conquered their homes. Some of them made it out and into our world and there they live. It might sound
stupid or like it's for children, but it's pretty good. It's still running and some folks don't like the direction it's gone in, but I still enjoy it.
The only thing I don't like much is the art. It's not bad, except Mark Buckingham is really bad at drawing one of the character's face and it always
annoys me. Just a warning, don't bother with the spin-off series Jack of Fables. It's awful.
Preacher: A lot of people don't like Garth Ennis and their reasons are understandable: he's really juvenile. Still, Preacher is a lot of fun. If you
don't might a lot of blasphemy, nudity, profanity and over-the-top violence then you'll probably have a good time with Preacher. Just don't expect
anything intellectually stimulating.
Y: The Last Man: Every man on Earth dies, except for one, this is his story. Interesting and the characters are well written. With this series I never
got that "I NEED to know what happens next!" feeling, but it's still good and the end is solid.
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: DO NOT LET THE AWFUL MOVIE SCARE YOU AWAY. The first two volumes of LXG are awesome, especially the second one.
It's filled with action and adventure. Whether you know the characters or get all the references is not an issue because these books are fun either
way. I was really disappointed with the third installment, the Black Dossier, but the fourth (which is part of a three part series) is mostly a return
to form). At least try the first two volumes, they're definitely worth it.
Also wanted to second someone's mention of The Walking Dead. Great series, wonderfully drawn and very, very dark.
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