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    Default Recommendations for realistic comics like Dark Knight and Watchmen.

    Hello everyone,

    I have been a fan of the 1980's graphic novel, "The Dark Knight Returns", and I also have the first two issues of "Watchmen". I am going to get the entire graphic novel of "Watchmen", and I'm also thinking of getting Neil Gaiman's "Sandmen". Are there any other good works on the gritty, realistic lines of Dark Knight and Watchmen? I'd appreciate some ideas, thanks.

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    Top (3) Three recommendations:

    Batman: Year One





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    V for Vendetta

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    Thanks, my friend.

    I have Batman: Year One and Ronin, and while I know of Vendetta, I've never read it. I'll look into it now, and thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Lantern wannabe View Post
    Thanks, my friend.

    I have Batman: Year One and Ronin, and while I know of Vendetta, I've never read it. I'll look into it now, and thanks.
    You're welcome, Green Lantern wannabe! Glad to be of help.

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    Going off of that Watchmen is testing the limits of "Realistic..."?

    You might want to look into a series called The Wild Storm.

    Probably going to be a coin flip though.

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    I'm not sure what you're asking for. Sandman is a fantasy comic, so it's the opposite of "realistic".

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    I would suggest maybe "The Boys"? But that is a bit extreme "dark" and a bit more "shock" than realistic. The show is probably a bit more "reality" based than the comics.
    American Flagg is a little more realistic, but semi-dystopian based in the future.

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    Yeah, "realistic" is probably the wrong word, but I get the gist of what OP wants, which is probably better described as "grim" or "serious" comics.

    I'll toss in my recommendations:

    Frank Miller's Born Again
    Garth Ennis' Punisher MAX run.

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    If the criterion is grim but not realistic, then maybe Preacher or Hellblazer.

    For comics that are both grim and realistic, try the Brubaker and Phillips comics (Criminal and all its follow-ons and spin-offs).

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    I would look more like "realistic", because "grim" could involve cardboard characters. Mind you, I usually like my superheroes as cardboards, but, as I get older, I'd like to try "realistic". I got most of the original Watchman series, and I used to read "Batman: Year One" every year, so I'm more into that, with humans going about their lives in a world of super powers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Lantern wannabe View Post
    I would look more like "realistic", because "grim" could involve cardboard characters. Mind you, I usually like my superheroes as cardboards, but, as I get older, I'd like to try "realistic". I got most of the original Watchman series, and I used to read "Batman: Year One" every year, so I'm more into that, with humans going about their lives in a world of super powers.
    Gotham Central, maybe, since it's about the Gotham City police department.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hairys View Post
    Gotham Central, maybe, since it's about the Gotham City police department.
    Excellent choice! I would also recommend...

    Kurt Busiek's Astro City


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