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    Default Comics Recommendations?

    I want to turn away from marvel and dc to look at the independent comics.
    What do you recommend?

    Comics I like--
    Independent: Walking Dead, 100 bullets, Lucifer, Preacher
    Marvel: Thor, Daredevil, Spiderman
    DC: Batman, Hellblazer

    Thanks.
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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles start from the vol 1 of the IDW series. It has been fantastic!
    AKA FlashFreak
    Favorite Characters:
    DC: The Flash (Jay & Wally), The Atom (Ray Palmer) , Jack Knight, Stargirl, & Shazam!.
    MARVEL: Daredevil, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Iron Fist, Doctor Strange, & Ant-Man (Scott Lang).

    Current Pulls: Daredevil, Amazing Spider-Man, Venom, Immortal Hulk, The Flash, & TMNT!

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    Stray Bullets
    Criminal
    Fatale
    Kill Or Be Killed
    The Fade Out
    Bone Parish
    Once & Future
    Black Magick
    Lazarus
    The Old Guard
    The Whispering Dark
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    Death Vigil
    The Black Monday Murders
    Something Is Killing the Children
    Once and Future
    Basketful of Heads

    I don't know whether you're following the current John Constantine: Hellblazer series, but you should. Everyone should.

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    Firstly, I'd like to second Twice-Named's choices (above), and secondly,

    From Comics Experience, by Sea McArcle, Dexter Wee, Jon Judy, a five issue limited series, issue four just recently published,

    in which Charlie Chaplin is drawn into making a movie mocking Adolf Hitler, even as the latter begins German conquest of Europe. Hitler is not pleased: he, like all the world, was a fan of "the Little Tramp" and is deeply offended when Chaplin turns against him, taking (possibly) to threatening Chaplin's life. Also 'starring' as themselves, an arrogant, shallow, take-charge friend of Charlie's, Errol Flynn, and (and the comic is worth getting just for this!), Hedy Lemar, an inventive, intelligent, sarcastic observer of the world and goad and guidance to Charlie's slow ascent into standing against Nazism.

    Well drawn, oh yes, well-scripted, oh yes, and interestingly blending fact and fiction (individual scenes may be invented, but are done so from historical record), creates a fun, semi-historical comic of swashbuckling, and comedic interplay while not looking away from the horror that was Nazi Germany in ascendance. Well worth my time and my dime.
    Age/Bronze, Age/Reptiles, Alex&Ada, Anne Bonnie, Astro City, Bone, Briggs Land, Cerebus, Criminal, Courtney Crumrin, Eleanor & the Egret, Fables, Fatale, Fell, Grass Kings, Green Valley, Goon, Gotham Midnight, Groo, Hellboy, Hillbilly, Incognegro, Jack Staff, JL8, Jonah Hex, Kane, Lazarus, Little Nemo, Lone Wolf, Next Wave, Popeye, Powers, Princess Ugg, Resident Alien, SiP, Squirrel Girl, Stray Bullets, 10G, Thief of Thieves, Tuki, Usagi, Velvet

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    Necromancer Bill. It's from a super small publisher but was pleasantly surprised. Clever bop!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chongjasmine View Post
    I want to turn away from marvel and dc to look at the independent comics.
    What do you recommend?

    Comics I like--
    Independent: Walking Dead, 100 bullets, Lucifer, Preacher
    Marvel: Thor, Daredevil, Spiderman
    DC: Batman, Hellblazer

    Thanks.
    One shots, mini-series and graphic novels
    • 100% (Paul Pote) - Vertigo
    • A history of violence (J. Wagner, V. Locke) - Vertigo
    • Asterios Polyp (D. Mazzucchelli) - Pantheon Books
    • Black Hole (C. Burns) - Pantheon Books
    • Blankets (C. Thompson) - Top Shelf
    • Box Office Poison (A. robinson) - Top Shelf
    • Check Please - (N. Ukazu) - First Second Book
    • David boring (D. Clowes) - Pantheon Books
    • Daytripper (F. Moon + G. Bá) - Vertigo
    • Essex County (J. Lemire) - Top Shelf
    • From Hell (A. Moore, E. Campbell) - Top Shelf
    • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (A. Bechdel) - Houghton Mifflin
    • Footnotes in Gaza (J. Sacco) - Metropolitan Books
    • Ghost World (D. Clowes) - Fantagraphics
    • Habibi (C. Thompson) - Pantheon Books
    • Hard boiled (F. Miller) - Dark Horse Comics
    • Hark! A Vagrant (K. Beaton) - Drawn & Quarterly
    • Hicksville (D. Horrocks) - Drawn & Quarterly or Black Eye
    • Homeland Directive (R. Venditti / M. Huddleston) - Top Shelf
    • Human Target: Change Meetings (P. Milligan, various) - Vertigo
    • Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (C. Ware) - Pantheon Books
    • Joe the Barbarian (G. Morrison, S.G. Murphy) - Vertigo
    • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen I & II (A. Moore, K. O'Neill) - Vertigo
    • Men of Wrath (J. Aaron, R. Garney) - Icon Comics
    • My Friend Dahmer (Derf) - Abrams ComicArts
    • Palestine (J. Sacco) - Fantagraphics
    • Pride of Baghdad (B.K Vaughan, N. Henrichon) - Vertigo
    • Punk Rock Jesus (S.G. Murphy) - Vertigo
    • Ronin (F. Miller) - DC Comics
    • Set to Sea (D. Weing) - Fantagraphics
    • Too Cool to be Forgotten (A. Robinson) - Top Shelf
    • Trillium (J. Lemire) - Vertigo
    • V for Vendetta (A. Moore, D. Llyod) - Vertigo
    • The Wake (S. Snyder, S.G. Murphy) - Vertigo
    • We3 (G. Morrison, F. Quitely) - Vertigo
    • Xenozoic (Schultz) - Flesk Publications
    • X'ed Out (C. Burns) - Pantheon Books


    Strips
    • Complete Calvin and Hobbes (B. Watterson) - Andrews McMeel Publishing
    • The Complete Cul de Sac (R. Thompson) - 2 volumes - Andrews McMeel Publishing
    • The Epic Chronicles: Hagar the Horrible (Dik Brown) - 8 volumes - Titan Book
    • Library of American Comics (LOAC) Essentials - IDW Publishing
    • vol.1 Baron Bean, first years (G. Herriman)
    • vol.2 The Gumps (S. Smith)
    • vol.3 Polly and her pals (C. Sterrett)
    • vol.4 Alley Oop (V.T. Hamlin)
    • vol.5 The Bungle Family (H.J. Tuhill)
    • vol.6 Baron Bean 2 (G. Herriman)
    • vol.7 Tarzan of the Apes (E.R. Burroughs)
    • vol.8 Krazy Kat (G. Herriman)
    • vol.9 Tim Tyler's Luck (L. Young)
    • vol.10 Dan Dunn: Secret Operative (N. Marsh)
    • Flash Gordon (D. Moore / A. Raymond) - 7 volumes - Checker Book Publishing Group
    • Pogo (W. Kelly) - 7 volumes - Fantagraphics
    • The Complete Peanuts (C. Schulz) - 26 volumes - Fantagraphics
    • The Complete Terry and the Pirates (M. Milton) - 6 volumes - IDW Publishing


    SciFi
    • Black Science (R. Remender, M. Scalera) - 25 volumes - Image
    • Echo (T. Moore) - 6 volumes - Abstract Studio
    • Fear Agent (R. Remender, T. Moore + L. Loughridge + M. Hawthorne + J. Opeña + K. Dwyer) - 7 volumes - Dark Horse Comics
    • Lazarus (G. Rucka, M. Lark) - 4 or 6 volumes - Image
    • Saga (B.K Vaughan, F. Staples) - 7 volumes - Image
    • Sweet Tooth (J. Lemire) - 3 or 6 volumes - Vertigo
    • Y: The Last Man (B.K Vaughan, P. Guerra + G. Sudzuka) - 10 or 5 volumes - Vertigo


    Fantasy / Fairy Tales / Magic / Ghosts / Zombies / Vampires / Legends
    • American Vampire (S. Snyder, R. Albuquerque) - 5 volumes - Vertigo
    • B.P.R.D (M. Mignola + J. Arcudi, G. Davis) - Dark Horse Comics
    • B.P.R.D. : Plagues of Frogs - 4 volumes
    • B.P.R.D. : Hell on Earth - 5 volumes
    • Courtney Crumin (T. Naifeh) - 7 volumes - Oni Press
    • East of West (J. Hickman / N. Dragota) - 8 volumes - Image
    • Fables (B. Willingham, M. Buckingham) - 22 or 13 volumes - Vertigo
    • Ghosted (J. Williamson, D. Gianfelice + G. Sudzuka) - 4 volumes - Skybound
    • Harrow County (C. Bunn, T. Crook) - 4 volumes - Dark Horse Comics
    • Hellblazer (J. Delano / various) - 15 volumes - Vertigo
    • I Kill Giants (J. Kelly) - Image
    • Locke & key (J. Hill, G. Rodriguez) - 9 volumes - IDW Publishing
    • Lucifer (M. Carey, C. Weston) - 11 or 5 volumes
    • Mouse Guard (D. Petersen) - Archaia
    • Preacher (G. Ennis, S. Dillon) - 10 or 6 volumes - Vertigo
    • Rachel Rising (T. Moore) - 7 volumes - Abstract Studio
    • Sandman (N. Gaiman, various) - 10 or 5 volumes - Vertigo
    • Scott Pilgrim (B L. O'Malley) - 6 volumes - Oni Press
    • The Sixth Gun (C. Bunn, B. Hurtt) - 9 volumes - Oni Press
    • Walking Dead (R. Kirkman / T. Moore, C. Adlard, S. Gaudiano) - 25 or 13 volumes - Skybound
    • The Wicked + The Devine (K. Gillen / J. McKelvie)- 3 or 9 volumes - Image


    War / Historical
    • 300 (F. Miller) - Dark Horse
    • Age of Bronze (E. Shanower) - 4 volumes - Image
    • Charley's War (P. Mills / J. Colquhoun) - 10 volumes - Titan Books
    • DMZ (B. Wood) - 12 volumes - Veritgo
    • Frontline Combat (Various) - 10 volumes - Gemstone
    • Northlanders (B. Wood, various) - 7 volumes - Vertigo
    • The Complete Maus (A. Spiegelman) - Penguin Group


    Comedy / Kids
    • Bone (J. Smith) - 1 omnibus - Cartoon Books
    • The Floyd Gottfredson Library (Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse) - 14 volumes - Fantagraphics
    • The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library - 17 volumes - Fantagraphics
    • Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Don Rosa Library - 10 volumes - Fantagraphics
    • Winsor McCay: The Complete Little Nemo - TASCHEN
    • Li'l Gotham - 2 volumes - DC Comics


    Crime / Thriller
    • 100 Bullets (B. Azzarello, E. Risso) - 13 or 5 volumes - Vertigo
    • Chew (J. Layman, R. Guillory) - 12 volumes - Image
    • Criminal (E. Brubaker, S. Phillips) - 2 volumes - Icon Comics
    • Gotham Central (E. Brubaker, G. Rucka / various) - 5 or 4 volumes - DC Comics
    • The Losers (A. Diggle / Jock) - 5 or 2 volumes - Vertigo
    • Richard Stark's Parker (D. Cooke) - 4 volumes - IDW Publishing
    • Scalped (J. Aaron, R.M. Guéra + D. Furno) - 10 volumes - Vertigo
    • Sin City (F. Miller) - 7 volumes - Dark Horse Comics


    Social
    • Transmetropolitan (W. Ellis, D. Robertson) - 10 volumes - Vertigo
    • Love and rockets (J. Hernandez) - 7 volumes - Fantagraphics
    • Southern Bastards (J. Aaron, J. LaTour) - 4 volumes - Image
    • Hip-hop Family Tree (E. Piskor) - 4 volumes - Fantagraphics


    Super-heroes
    • Stormwatch / The Authority - Wildstorm
    • Top 10 - Alan Moore
    • Hellboy / Hellboy short stories - Mike Mignolia
    • Fourth World - Jack Kirby
    • Miracleman - L. Miller & Son, Ltd / Marvel
    • Planetary - Warren Ellis
    • Rising Stars - J. Michael Straczynski
    • Ex Machina - Brian K. Vaughan
    • The Boys - Garth Ennis
    • The Eternals - Jack Kirby
    • Battling Boy - Paul Pope
    • Teenage Mutan Ninja Turtles color classics - Eastman and Laird
    • Teenage Mutan Ninja Turtles - IDW
    • Spawn - Todd McFarlane - Image Comics
    • Marshall Law - Pat Mills - Epic / DC Comics
    • C.OW.L.
    • Flex Mentallo - G. Morrison
    • Kick-Ass - Mark Millar
    • Wanted - Mark Millar
    • The Secret Service (aka Kingsman) - Mark Millar
    • Rocketeer - Dave Stevens
    • Watchmen - A. Moore


    European Comics (aka BD)
    • The Adventures of Tintin (Herge) - 24 volumes - Little, Brown & Co.
    • Asterix (Uderzo + Goscini) - 11 or 33 volumes - Sterling Children's Books or Orion Books
    • Lucky Luke (Morris, Various) - 62 volumes - Cinebook
    • Corto Maltese (H. Pratt) - 8 volumes - NBM
    • Snowpiercer (Lob / C-J. Legrand / O. Bocquet) - 3 volumes - Titan Books
    • XIII (J. Van Hamme / V. Sente) - 21 volumes - Cinebook
    • Blacksad (J D Canales) - 5 volumes - Dark Horse Comics (1-3 only into one HC)
    • Blueberry (Moebius) - Epic Comics
    • Marshall Blueberry - 3 volumes
    • The Incal (Moebius, Jodorowsky) - 1 volume - SelfMadeHero
    • Blake & Mortimer (Edgard P. Jacobs) - Cinebook
    • The Nikopol Trilogy (E. Bilal) - 1 omnibus - Titan Comics
    • Lanfeust of Troy (C. Arleston) - 8 volumes - Soleil


    Asian Comics (aka Manga)
    • Akira (K. Otomo) - 6 volumes - Dark Horse Comics
    • Death Note (T. Ohba) - 6 volumes - Viz
    • Ghost in the Shell (M. Shirow) - 1 volume - Dark Horse Comics
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    Since you like Thor, I would suggest Ragnarock by Walt Simonson. V3 is coming out later this year.
    I think restorative nostalgia is the number one issue with comic book fans.
    A fine distinction between two types of Nostalgia:

    Reflective Nostalgia allows us to savor our memories but accepts that they are in the past
    Restorative Nostalgia pushes back against the here and now, keeping us stuck trying to relive our glory days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordMikel View Post
    Since you like Thor, I would suggest Ragnarock by Walt Simonson. V3 is coming out later this year.
    But suggesting a Marvel book when he asked no Marvel or DC recommendation is a bit contradictory, wouldn't you say ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jb681131 View Post
    But suggesting a Marvel book when he asked no Marvel or DC recommendation is a bit contradictory, wouldn't you say ?
    Did Marvel buy IDW?

    https://www.amazon.com/Ragnarok-Vol-...8394096&sr=8-2

    If they did, I was unaware.
    I think restorative nostalgia is the number one issue with comic book fans.
    A fine distinction between two types of Nostalgia:

    Reflective Nostalgia allows us to savor our memories but accepts that they are in the past
    Restorative Nostalgia pushes back against the here and now, keeping us stuck trying to relive our glory days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordMikel View Post
    Did Marvel buy IDW?

    https://www.amazon.com/Ragnarok-Vol-...8394096&sr=8-2

    If they did, I was unaware.
    To be faire to both of us. IDW do published some Marvel and some DC comics. They do the Artist Editions and some rare collections and the Newspaper Strips.
    Also I thought Ragnarok by Simonson was a Thor book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jb681131 View Post
    To be faire to both of us. IDW do published some Marvel and some DC comics. They do the Artist Editions and some rare collections and the Newspaper Strips.
    Also I thought Ragnarok by Simonson was a Thor book.
    It does, it stars Thor, simply not the Marvel version. why I suggested it.
    I think restorative nostalgia is the number one issue with comic book fans.
    A fine distinction between two types of Nostalgia:

    Reflective Nostalgia allows us to savor our memories but accepts that they are in the past
    Restorative Nostalgia pushes back against the here and now, keeping us stuck trying to relive our glory days.

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    Are any of the Independents publish any superhero team books?

    If I had to recommend one thing it would Top 10 by Alan Moore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jekyll View Post
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles start from the vol 1 of the IDW series. It has been fantastic!
    Especially if you're a Daredevil and Spider-Man fan

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    Probably too old & too obscure, but I highly recommend Kevin Maguire's Strikeback!

    Last edited by K7P5V; 08-28-2020 at 05:50 AM. Reason: Added clarification.

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