At 3/1/11 04:45 AM, TheMaster wrote:
I guess I'm looking for a taste of the different styles, then. Atomic Robo is the only non-tie in series I read, so I don't really know what type of comic I prefer yet.
Hmmm, ok, let me just hit you with some stuff I've read, or currently read, a little bio, and you decide if any of it works:
Thor: Like mythology and super people? Then you're most likely going to like Thor. The current monthly right now is just getting started under Matt Fraction (and sadly is not meeting my expectations as it seems concerned with an epic battle that doesn't feel right, and undoing parts of the Thor relaunch Fraction doesn't like), but there are some excellent collections you could try to get a feel for what Thor is about. If you want to read from the beginning, check out the 4 essential volumes with a 5th coming. Also try the 4 current volumes of Dan Jurgens and John Romita Jr's run that started in 99 and ran until about 03 or 04. There's some great stuff there and I can't wait until "The Reigning" starts getting collected. You'll also want the Omnibus by Walter Simonson (who did the definitive Thor run).
Fables: The continuing struggles of our favorite fairy tale characters who have been exiled from their homelands by a mysterious power known only as The Adversary. Forced to hide in our mundane world...with each other, trying to make their small community work in the face of old grudges, political maneuvering, and just generally shitty people...in short, kind of like the rest of us. Probably the best ongoing series on the stands right now.
The Walking Dead: Like the TV Show? The original comics are EVEN BETTER! Zombie fiction focusing on the survivors of the apocalypse, the way it should be dammit.
Secret Six: Join Catman, Scandal Savage, Bane, Jeanette (a Banshee), Deadshot, and Ragdoll. Six morally screwed up individuals who work as a mercenary team and form one of the most unlikely familial type relationships in comics. I have never met anyone that doesn't like this book. All the characters are bent, but aren't pathetically one dimensionally "bad" or "good" they exist in an interesting crossroads between the two extremes. An absolute monthly treat that I'm always looking forward to.
Not monthly, collections of work, notable minis:
Watchmen: Everyone should have read Watchmen, fantastic work.
Doom Patrol by Grant Morrison: A "mad ideas" kind of series from Grant Morrison about identity and insanity. Love it.
Swamp Thing by Alan Moore: The gold standard of modern comics horror.
Preacher: A lone preacher, on a mission to find God after he's abandoned his creation. With his trigger happy ex and a morally bankrupt irish vampire. So many moments of insanity, depravity, and yet with a lot of heart.
Fallen Angel: A mysterious woman, in the city that "shapes the world". She'll help you...but only if she thinks you deserve it. And then there's that mysterious old bartender she hangs out with...a modern classic by Peter David, and now finally available in complete form from IDW. Another favorite.
Hulk, By Peter David: The DEFINITIVE run on the Hulk. One of the greatest pieces of super hero fiction ever made.
That's about all I've got for now! In the end, think about what sort of stories and genres you like, and let that help guide your selections.