Since I have less than a year under my belt my list is easy.
Watchmen - This is the one that teaches you just whats so cool about graphic novels. Well formed and messed up superheros, the world gone astray in a bleak future and the visual ideas..well...it didnt matter how good the movie was (or wasnt), there are things going on here that just cant be put to celluloid. Watching the action occur in adjacent boxes where the characters change and speak and do their thing but the scenery just flows through like one extended set. Very cool. And the way the dialogue seesaws between whats being shown and whats being told (The Black freighter being read over images from the "existing world" and vice versa) is supreme. I first scoffed at it being in Times top 100 novels list but now...perhaps. 9.5/10
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume 1 - Outstanding. Literary and cultural references in every nook and cranny with super cool visuals (just check out the page 1 LoEG insignia), very fun characters and steampunk themes. Not sure if its possible for any movie to represent source material worse than the 2003 movie did. 9/10
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume 2 - The visuals remain solid but the story turns to cheese here. Worth a look but lacks the magic of the first. 7/10
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume 3.1 - Much more grown up than the first 2 with less action and more singing and dancing...hehe. Pretty solid start to a trilogy that will end up being the third part of the trilogy (er..). All three episodes include a story at the end and here is the first one I found readable and enjoyable. Cant wait for the next episode. 8/10
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier - A whole lot of character backstories, some good, others not. Kudos for the inventive format and the 3d glasses. 7/10
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Holy Cow, Batman! Super actiony action. I had my reserves but its a barrel full of fists in the face action with blunted graphics, a crotchety old (60ish?) batman, a spry (13?) female robin, a gang of mutants and the Man o Steel in full goodygoody fashions. Highly recommended. Very male. Very fun. 9.5/10
Batman: Year One - Again I wasnt sure if I would like this as Ive heard the tale so many times before. But here the story revolves around a hard boozing Lt Gordon. Very stylish in a classic 1950s noir kinda way. Way better than it should have been. 9/10
Batman: The Killing Joke - The origin of the Joker written by Allan Moore (Watchmen) ends up being hokey and a bit boring with nothing special going on in the visuals (yeayea, its got calamari). A pretty big letdown in my humble opine. 6/10
Jack of Fables #1 - Fables are out and about in the world today and here is the most famous; Jack Horner(be nimble, and the beanstalk, etc.). 10 parts Bruce Campbell, Jack is sassy but overall it ends up being not quite sassy enough for my tastes. Yea Goldilocks is sexy but somehow it made me wish a bit for fritz the cat (if your going to go that direction, you really got to go all the way). 6/10
And stuff on my list of things to check out...if you have any ideas Id be happy to hear 'em
The Ultimates Vol 1 & 2 - Recommended by a friend, I took an in store looksee. Looks like a lot of action and some well known comic characters (The Hulk for one if memory serves). Maybe...
Mister X - Came upon this one through its cover art in a random google image search. And wow! Its from the 80s and is looks badass and deals with architecture, drugs, violence and physcology in an art deco meets german expressionalist style. Sign me up!
The Sandman Series - I really like Gaiman's writing style but the fantasy/fairytale atmosphere has kept me away so far. Still i have yet to read anything from Gaiman I havent enjoyed so I will grab it one day.
Swamp Thing - Well if its good enough for Troma...hehe. Actually supposed to be pretty good from what I hear.
So hows about your favorites?
Edited by thebiz, 17 July 2009 - 08:10 PM.