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Listmania! Comics & Manga you're reading right now or would recommend


Bored, so thought I'd start a new thread!

Feel free to make your own list with your own mini reviews and edit constantly as your tastes change.

Maybe no one reads these off topic threads, I dunno, but if I just love recommending good stuff to others!

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- Gantz
Manga, published by Darkhorse. I like it a lot! This is a dark, ultra violent manga, with some naughty bits and humour injected throughout. I've been reading this online and buying the English volumes as they come out.

- Biomega
Manga, published by Viz. This is a bleak, humorless, cyberpunk manga. It's beautifully drawn, I believe the artist had an architectural background. Let me say again, the art is so damn awesome. The villains are chilling and the designs are awesome. They remind me of sci-fi characters out of Hellraiser or something... anyway, can't wait for the next volume. The artist also did Blame! by Tokyopop. This artist is a god. Seriously. His art style is amazing.

- Eden: It's an Endless World
Manga, it's published by Dark Horse. It is currently at Vol 12 and the series is on hiatus. The entire series is only 18 volumes long, so hopefully Dark Horse will get the funds and support it needs to finish off the series. It's really one of the best sci fi manga out there. It's brutally violent, some sexy stuff, esp volume 8, and characters get killed off all the time.

- Battle Royale
Exploitation manga, lots of sex & violence, and quite twisted. The series is published in english by Tokyopop uncensored. It's almost horror.

- Scalped
Published by DC, this comic is a crime comic and is in its 4th volume. The setting is on a seedy Indian reservation, where life is cheap. The local crime lord has opened a casino on the reservation and the FBI want to bust him so they have sent our protagonist in undercover. An awesome comic where the good guys aren't so good and the bad guys are really bad.

- Criminal
Published by Marvel, this is another crime comic and it reads like a movie. It is awesome. It's similar to Sin City, but is more 'real-life.' Don't miss it.

- Berserk
Dark Horse Publishing. Okay, I can't really recommend this series anymore. I really liked it before, but man, it is getting really boring. Still, I'm invested at volume 33 so I continue to buy this hoping Guts will face off with Griffiths one day. I wish they just got to the frickin' point.

- Pluto Urasawa X Tezuka
From Viz. This is an eight volume series and it's such a great read. It is a re-imagining of an Astroboy story arc, "The Greatest Robot on Earth." It's a great and moving story. I should warn that there is very little action and what action there is often happens in glimpses or off the pages. Instead of a fight, you'll see an explosion in the sky, etc. Also, most of the robots in the story have advanced AI so they behave like humans and they look just like humans for the most part. The writing and images are so good, it actually had me choking back tears in some chapters. I finished the series, it was terrific. Once you finish the last volume, go back to the beginning pages of volume 5 and the pieces all fall into place. You can find the original "The Greatest Robot on Earth story" in Dark Horse's Astroboy Volume 3 and compare this remake with the original.

- The Goon
From Dark Horse. Eric Powell draws and paints beautifully and his stories are very funny, sometimes touching, and always entertaining. Currently there are 10 volumes (0-9).

- Vagabond
From Viz Comics. It's the story of Miyamoto Musashi, beautifully drawn, but it's a bit philosophical and preachy. However, the art alone is worth the price of admission.

- 20th Century Boys
From Viz Comics. This is one of the best manga I have read. At the time of this writing, the English series is only up to volume 10, but what is out so far is totally awesome. It's a sci-fi mystery, and the story's narrative jumps back and forth in time. This is the same artist/creator as Monster and Pluto Urasawa X Tezuka (also awesome series). The art is an acquired taste; the faces are a bit cartoony, yet machinery, backgrounds, are drawn very realistically. Really, it's about the story.

- The Immortal Iron Fist. The style is similar to what James Robinson did for Starman, with lots of flashbacks and side stories in the middle of a story that take you away from the main plot, with many guest artists doing these side arcs. It's not bad.

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- Wolverine: Old Man Logan HC
Holy crap. This was really good. I couldn't put it down and read it in one straight sitting. Millar writes it (Wanted, Kick Ass, Ultimate X-Men) and Steve McNiven (an art god) draws it. It's the future and the bad guys win. Wolverine has gone into hiding and becomes a peaceful pig farmer like William Munny from Unforgiven. So what happens next when he can't come up with the money to pay off the Hulk Gang who rule his territory?

This book made me flinch several times. I found myself flipping back and forth as I couldn't believe how f*cked up the book was getting at times. It goes to some really dark places. As usual, Millar doesn't pull punches. Shockingly cruel and ultra-violent. In fact, I still can't believe Marvel let this book get published, with all the good superheroes getting murdered so badly... I'm guessing this book is super controversial. I liked it over all though. This is definitely NOT for kids.

- Punisher: Welcome to the Bayou
This book was also f*cked up beyond belief. Seems not only Garth Ennis knows how to write shocking, black humor stories surrounding my favorite vigilante.

- Wolverine: Insane in the Brain
Thought I'd check it out since Jason Aaron (writer of the god awesome Scalped) wrote it. Kind of spooky, with a new villain called Dr. Rottwell (kind of like what if the Joker was crossed with Dr. Frankenstein), but the ending bewildered me, and no where near as good as Scalped. I also bought & read Jason Aaron's 'Wolverine: Get Mystique,' which was good, but not phenomenal. Guess when it comes to Wolverine, nothing yet comes close to "Old Man Logan!"

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DESTROYER - By Rob Kirkman and Cory Walker, the team that created the excellent 'Invincible' and the writer of superb 'The Walking Dead.' This is a Marvel Max comic, so there's a lot of gory violence and use of four letter swear words.

The story is simple, very violent. Things aren't totally spelled out which is neat as it leaves some stuff up to the reader to figure out instead of having everything explained to you. It was a short but entertaining read, nothing too deep, but I liked the art and fight choreography. Did I already say it was totally gory? emoticon
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If you liked OLd Man Logan check out Wanted from Image by the same Duo.

Fell by Warren Ellis and Ben Templesmith from Image was great while it lasted, hit 9 issues then seemingly, like all Ellis stuff, stopped.

Incognito - from Icon (a sub-print of Marvel comics) by Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips, same team as Criminal if i am correct. Awesome story about a former Super Villain now under a variation of Witness protection who decides to put the tights back on so to speak - gritty and violent and all around awesome. Short series that ended after 6 issues.

Girls - from Image by the Luna Brothers. Its a beautiful story about drunk boy meets random naked girl, drunk boy has sex with random naked girl, random naked girl lays eggs in the bathroom that hatch into exact clones of her with a taste for female blood and sex. Its weird and crazy but beautiful at the same time. Awesome awesome awesome series and perhaps one of my all time favourite comics.

Meltdown - from Image but i can't remember the creative team off the top of my head. Its a one-shot about a Superhero with Human Torch-like-powers that is slowly burning out. Its got the darker, more mature vibes of Wanted but with an at times sunny and happy anime-like style to it.
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Thanks for the recommendations, Bensetsfire!

Wanted the comic was great! They did change the movie quite a bit though.

I will check out Girls and Incognito when I have a chance! emoticon
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Yeah Wanted was really good, i enjoyed the movie too, almost as much as the comic despite the massive changes. They managed to keep the dorky wimp turning in to bad ass mother !@#$ vibe of the comics well enough. And the comic would have been nearly impossible to translate exactly to film and still make a profit anyway.

Also if you haven't already, check out the DC one shot Joker (i think that's what its called) by Brian Azzarello. So good. It's a stand alone story about The Joker getting released from prison told in a more Dark Knight style of realism than the typical comics.

Hellshock (vol. 2) by Jae Lee is also on my list of alltime favourite comics. It might be hard to find and you might have a hard time enjoying, so thumb through it before hand, but for me it was one of those books that just stuck in my head for a long time afterwards. Its about a girl getting a job in a psych-prison/hospital for really messed up patients and she meets one that claims to be an angel and is going to die unless he gets back to heaven and she begins to question what is or isn't real. A real kind of haunting story.

I've been away from the comic shop for far too long.
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I had the original Hellshock series by Jae Lee. I remember the protagonist had the red cross on his face, but not much else. I'll see if I can track down a copy of Volume 2. emoticon
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Vol. 2 is only sold as a graphic novel/trade not in individual issues. Yeah, the dude with the cross on his face, that's the one. Except Vol.2 is nothing like the original series, though they do work very well together.
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Stuff I've read recently:

- Incognito - Brubaker and Phillips... thanks for the recommendation, Bensetsfire! This is an awesome book and can't wait for the 2nd volume which is coming out several months from now. Now I'm going to check out Sleeper, also by Brubaker & Phillips.

- Books of Doom - Brubaker. So-so. Origin story about Victor Von Doom aka Dr. Doom. Pretty straightforward.

- Fantastic 4 by Millar and Hitch. I borrowed this one at the local library. It was a good read and Hitch is a great artist. It had some Old Man Logan tie-ins as well, which is really cool...
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