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    Lightbulb Favourite self contained graphic novels?

    Read reviews saying Avengers: Standoff by Nick Spencer is a good standalone title.

    Any other recommendations?

    Doesn't matter which publisher.
    Consolidating a lot of collected editions for retirement days

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    From Hell
    V for Vendetta
    Watchmen
    Brubaker & Phillips material
    DC: The New Frontier
    All Star Superman
    Enigma
    Daytripper
    Pride of Baghdad
    We3
    Dark Knight Returns
    Terry Moores stuff
    Luna Bros stuff

    Off the top of my head
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    Nemesis the Warlock Vol.2 by Mills & O'Neil
    Before the Incal by Jodorowsky & Janjetov

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    if we're not talking about longer series like Terry Moore's stuff, or Locke & Key, Planetary, Chew, Rising Stars, Bone, Gotham Central, DMZ, Queen & Country, Fear Agent, then those i reread are

    Essex County
    The Sculptor
    Fury My War Gone By
    Inhumans
    Midnight Nation
    RASL
    Daytripper
    Local

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    Oink: Heaven's Butcher
    Legend
    Revelations

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    Good suggestions already got to second Essex County just a simple well done story. Everything Dark-Flux mentioned are all awesome reads especially New Frontier, V, and All-Star Superman.

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    Will Eisner: Dropsie Avenue (1995) is an amazing work in which the main character is a New York City neighborhood which goes from farmland to mansions to multi-unit housing to tenements to condemned buildings and vacant lots and beyond over the course of a hundred years.
    Dropsie Avenue 3.jpg

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    I'll add My Friend Dahmer

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    X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills
    The Death of Captain Marvel
    Avengers: Emperor Doom
    Dr. Doom/Dr. Strange: Triumph and Torment
    Batman: Year One
    Daredevil: Born Again
    Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall (better if you've read the Fables series, but makes a good entry point for the series as well I've been told).

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    Daytripper
    Brooklyn Dreams
    Moonshadow
    Watchmen
    Superman: Secret Identity
    All Star Superman
    The Sculptor
    Fortune and Glory
    Tellos Colossal
    I Kill Giants
    Seconds
    V For Vendetta
    Kingdom Come
    JLA: Year One
    Batman The Dark Knight Returns
    Batman: Year One
    DC: New Frontier
    Understanding Comics
    The Comic Book History of Comics
    A Contract With God
    Dardevil: Born Again
    Local
    Habibi
    Blankets
    The Fifth Beatle
    Flex Mentallo
    My Faith in Frankie
    Dark Knight: A True Batman Story
    Check out my blog, Because Everyone Else Has One, for my regularly updated movie reviews.

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    If you are after one book as opposed to a mini series collected in one book, I’d probably go with The Killing Joke

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    Avengers: Under Siege
    Zombies Christmas Carol
    The Last Days of the Justice Society
    Batman: Noel
    Last edited by lalalei2001; 02-14-2018 at 01:15 PM.

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    I know I sound like old record but I love this book: Scud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lalalei2001 View Post
    Avengers: Under Siege
    Zombies Christmas Carol
    The Last Days of the Justice Society
    Batman: Noel
    Ooh yeah, good one. Worth it for the art alone but it's a very good retelling of a Christmas Carol in general.
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    Bryan Talbot's The Tale of One Bad Rat

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    Keeping to stuff that was published as an OGN rather than a collected series in trade...

    any of the Eisner stuff-Contract with God, Dropsie Avenue, Last Days of Vietnam, etc.
    Joe Sacco's Palestine or Safe Area Gorazde
    Joe Kubert's Fax from Sarajevo & Yossel, April 19, 1943
    Barbarian Lord by Matt Smith
    Robert Crumb's Genesis
    Augustyn & Mignola's Batman: Gotham by Gaslight
    Scott McCloud's The Sculptor
    Gene Luen Yang & Sonny Liew's Shadow Hero
    Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell's Murder Mysteries
    Warren Ellis' Crecy
    Warren Ellis & Colleen Doran's Orbiter
    Eric Shanower's Oz graphic novels-Enchanted Apples of Oz, Secret Island of Oz, Ice King of Oz, etc.
    The Raven Banner (a Marvel Graphic Novel) by Alan Zelentz and Charles Vess
    Doctor Doom & Doctor Strange: Triumph & Torment
    Doctor Strange into Shamballa by J. M. DeMatteis & Dan Green
    Starlammers by Walt Simonson
    Amazing SPider-Man: Hooky by Susan K. Putney and Bernie Wrightson
    Frankenstein by Bernie Wrightson
    Selina's Big Score by Darwyn Cooke
    any of the Parker adaptations by Darwyn Cooke
    Horns of Elfland by Charles Vess
    The Private Eye by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin

    or some serialized and then collected standalone stories
    The Incal by Jodorowsky & Moebius
    The Six Voyages of Lone Sloane by Philippe Druillet
    Bone by Jeff Smith
    Rose by Jeff Smith and Charles Vess
    47 Ronin by Stan Sakai and Mike Richardson
    300 by Frank Miller
    The Adventures of Luther Arkwright by Bryan Talbot
    Alien adaptation by Archie Goodwin & Walt Simonson
    DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke
    The Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman and others
    Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser by Howard Chaykin & Mike Mignola
    Hicksville by Dylan Horrocks
    Manhunter Special Edition by Archie Goodwin & Walter Simonson
    Arzach by Moebius
    Nightworld: Midnight Sonata by Adam McGovern 7 Paolo Leandri
    Twenty-Seven by Charles Soule

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