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Great Comics That You Should Be Reading

Hi. My name is Shawn and I've been reading comics for my whole life. I read all kinds of comic books and enjoy many different genres. I've noticed that the general consensus, in regards to comics books, is that they are all about superheroes and are mostly written for kids. I would like to dispell this misinformation by suggesting a few comics that I have read that are not about superheroes and definitly not for kids. I HIGHLY reccommend each and every one of these books. I suggest you go to the comic shop or local bookstore or order them online. You won't be sorry you spent your money on these books; they will provie hours of entertainment and will not dissapoint.

The Preacher 1. "The Preacher" - Written by Garth Ennis with art by Steve Dillion. This is the story of a Texas-born preacher named, Jesse and his quest to find God, litterally. He's joined by his girlfriend, Tulip and his best mate, a achoholic vampire named Cassidy. This book has intense action scenes, a dark, twisted sense of humor and enough emotional punch to make you gasp out loud at least twice during the course of the series.

100 Bullets 2. "100 Bullets" - Written by Brian Azzarello with art by Edwardo Risso. Agent Graves approaches you and offers you an opportunity that is deceptivly simply - an untraceable gun with a hundred rounds of ammunition - offered to the powerless and wronged so that they may have a chance at vengance. This is what begins a story so complex and deep that it takes Azzarello 100 issues to tell the whole tale. Start at the beginning and watch this masterpiece unfold over the course of the 100 issue run, there are endless twists and turns and surprises in this story.

Global Frequency 3. "Global Frequency" - Written by Warren Ellis with art by Various creators. Global Frequency is a worldwide rescue organization that is comprised of 1001 operatives, all experts in various and diverse fields. Run by Miranda Zero, a mysterious yet charasmatic, woman with seemingly endless resorces, the GF are the last line of hope to those plauges by troubles to big for local and government officials to handle.

The Walking Dead 4. "The Walking Dead" - Written by Robert Kirkman with art by Tony Moore. We've all seen zombie movies. We've seen the zombies attack and take over. We've seen stories of a few survivors trying to make it through the inital days of a zombie outbreak but what we haven't seen is what happens next. This is the story of what the survivors of a massive zombie outbreak do after the credits roll. They must work together just to survive and as we come to learn the zombies can be the least terrifiing predatory in a world without laws.

Transmetropolitan 5. "Transmetropolitan" Written by Warren Ellis with art by Darick Robertson - Futuristic journalist Spider Jerusalem and his two assistants take on a savage president, a city-wide conspiracy and examine any and all forms of bizarree fetishes and aditions in this dark and dirty future created by Ellis and Robertson. This book can be a tense political drama or a heartbreaking llook at the darker sides of humanity depending on the mood Spider finds himself in. Highly reccomended.

That's it for now but rest assured, there is plenty more where that came from.

This would be a good way to scare off potential customers. Start with the basics then get into the freaky stuff. While these books are critically acclaimed, they are off the beaten path.

-- Posted by: piecesofarzt at August 28, 2006 8:50 AM

I disagree.

The whole point is that these books are off the beaten path. You call them "freaky stuff" but that doesn't change the fact that these are compelling and brilliantly written stories.

Plus, when people go to the movies or read novel they look for things that are new, different, and sound entertaining.

I wouldn't give a first-timer Watchmen. They wouldn't get out of it what a seasoned comics reader would. They wouldn't appreciate the way Moore creates a superhero world that mocks and cherishes the worlds of DC and Marvel.

I wouldn't give the Dark Knight Returns because not everyone likes superhero books. Not everyone wants that kind of story but crime, passion, murder, suspense, these are all qualities that most people look for in a movie or TV show. Why not comics?

-- Posted by: Shawn the Editor Guy at August 28, 2006 9:11 AM