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Lists, what’s to say…I hate them.
They’re pretty much stupid and unless and do nothing for me. But for some reason people
want to share, brag or find some sort of relevance and acceptance
from others. So with out further ado here are some comics, in no
significant order, that are not so munch my favorites but just really
awesome books. Enjoy and you’ll probably hate all of them.
All-Star Superman – A
Superman story that doesn’t effect the normal DCU. Hence the
All-Star monicker. Sign me up! In short, The Man of Steel is dying
and he needs to complete 12 challenges all which are intertwined in
retelling of classic Superman stories. Comic book master, Grant
Morrison is in rare form and Frank Quitely art is simply classic.
Lone Wolf and Cub – This
might as well be classic Japanese literature. It’s been a manga
(comic) six movies’ a television show and four plays. When resident
bad ass, Ogami Ittō, the Shogun’s executioner is framed for murder
and betrayed by his clan, he turns assassin with his three year old
son, Daigorō. They now travel the land getting revenge. Everything
awesome you ever have witness in samurai story telling of any kind
started here, period.
Wake the Dead – In the
simplest description, a modern telling of Mary Shelly’s
Frankenstein. When one of Victor’s buddies dies, he does everything
he can to bring his friend back from the dead. It’s good because
it’s a simple and familiar story. If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.
Just make all the covers look like metal covers from the 80’s.
The New West – In a future Los
Angles laced anarchy. a former LA cop, Daniel Wise is enlisted to
find the location of the mayor and who instigated the fall of LA.
The trick is, Daniel’s packing a sword and riding a horse. Wow!
Other then a few typos, you a book with a little noir which adds to
its cool style. Phil Noto paints and Jimmy Palmiotti writes and when
they weren’t working together on this, they did the mini, Beautiful
The Nail – A semi-pro wrestler,
Rex Hauser is The Nail. He travels from venue to venue with his
family earning a living. Everything is going smoothly until a
bloodthirsty gang of Satanic bikers stalking the North Dakota
Badlands don’t want to wrestle, they wanna kill! This is about a
crazy a “romp” can get. It has blood, gore, boobs and over the
top violence. A guilty pleasure if there ever was one.
Fist of the North Star – “For
real, check it, I pull strings like B.B. King on guitar
true fist of the North Star!”–Method Man. Classic
post-apocalyptic story telling with a touch of humanity. Our hero,
Kenshiro inherits the title of the “Fist of the North” and is
also a master of a fighting style called
Hokuto Shinken. That attacks a opponents pressure points. Throughout
his travels he; helps locals, fights for Yuria’s honor, fights off
gangs, whoops on ex-military mad men, battles the Fist of the South
Star and deals with the jealousy and rage of his two maniacal
– There has been a lot of comic book companies to hold the reins
of the Robocop comic franchise. Marvel, Dark Horse and Dynamite.
Despite a lukewarm reception, Frank Miller’s Robocop from Avatar is
really the only entertaining adaptation. Sure he didn’t write
per-say (Steve Grant) and sure it was just Robocop 2 all over again
but this was drawn by Jose Ryp and his art kicks all kinds of ass.
Family Values – Look
it’s one of the best mini written by modern day horror icon David
Lapham. A bible thumping family is held up on their secluded horse
ranch. As protagonist, Addy discovers the dark secrets her family
keeps, the Crossed swarm the ranch. Now on the run for their lives,
who will survive and what will be left of them? If you have any idea
on how the concept of a narrative works you’ll enjoy it. If you can
comprehend character development it will be in for a treat. But be
warned, the book plays a little too rough, there’s always
Red Son – What? Two
Superman books on one list!? Screw this guy and his crap list. This
is easily the best Elseworlds
ever written ( yeah, I read Kingdom Come). Basically baby Kal-El
crashes on Ukrainian collective farm over Smallville and grows up
as the Champion of the common worker who fights a never-ending
battle for Stalin, socialism, and the international expansion of the
Warsaw Pact. From Lex to Bruce, a handful of Superman’s main players
get their pinko on. A simple spin on the classic tale and it’s
writing like this is the reason comic readers love Mark Millar.
Society – Steve
Niles and Ashley Wood create the tale of Nick Hammond and Anastasia
Collins as two adventures in a conspiracy-theorist , the Mystery
Society. All the while they make one of my all time favorite artist
Fiona Staples draw. It had been a long time since a comic was this
much fun to read. Heavy back breaking emphasis on fun. A book that I
would love to see come back as an on going series.
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