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« Reply #50 on: December 25, 2009, 06:40:13 PM »

A much older story, yet only known by a few:
The Manga Bible: From Genesis to Revelation, by Siku

http://www.amazon.com/Man...-Revelation/dp/0385524315

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http://www.theartofsiku.c.../THE_MANGA_BIBLE_HOME.htm (a little difficult to navigate)


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« Reply #51 on: June 19, 2012, 08:10:57 AM »

I've been reading Irredeemable lately, and really loving it.   Like Watchmen, it is a much more adult and dark look at the traditional Superhero story.  I'm a sucker for these kinds of graphic novels because they light up the nostalgia memories for me of old comic books and play against those expectations for greater impact.

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« Reply #52 on: June 19, 2012, 12:46:21 PM »

Yes... I've been reading it (and it's companion series Incorruptible - the flip side of Irredeemable) and they're both awesome!
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« Reply #53 on: June 19, 2012, 02:31:07 PM »

If you're into graphic novels, don't neglect to check out David Sim's Cerebus the Aardvark collection. Totally weird yet oddly endearing. With some very fine storytelling and characters and a decidedly warped sense of humor found throughout.

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Cerebus is a misanthropic anthropomorphic 3-foot-tall (0.91 m) bipedal gray aardvark.[21] He refers to himself by name, in the third person, with occasional exceptions in the early issues. Sim has described Cerebus's voice as sounding like George C. Scott's.[citation needed] Although Cerebus considers himself male, and is treated as such, he is a hermaphrodite, possessing both sexes' genitalia and reproductive systems. Theoretically he is capable of impregnating himself; however, a childhood injury to his uterus makes this impossible. Cerebus is an amoral character.[22] He is often foul-mouthed and uncouth, has a vicious temper, and loves getting drunk. In the Guys story arc, Cerebus is described as having "a self-absorption that borders on the pathological."[citation needed] In Church and State, Cerebus, after becoming Pope, uses brutal methods to teach morality lessons.[citation needed] However, he is brave, crafty, and can show genuine affection to those he considers equals or those he has feelings for. He is a skilled tactician and strategist, is very proficient at hand to hand combat, and has a knack for improvisation and manipulation. He received training in magic as a child, but is depicted as being able to recognize magic and deal with it rather than use it.

For most of the series' run, Cerebus possesses an innate "magnifier" ability. This ability, which he shows little (if any) conscious awareness of, is a tendency for events occurring around him to become unusually focused and ordered, with intensified actions and consequences and sometimes with paranormal effects, then fall out of place in his absence. This ability also affects the people around him to varying degrees, amplifying their personality traits and abilities, and also amplifies any magic that is present.

A running gag in the early storylines was that when Cerebus' fur got wet it gave off a horrible stench, which even he could barely tolerate.[23]

Cerebus is often considered to be one of the greatest comic book characters. Wizard magazine rated him as the 63rd greatest comic book character [24] while Empire magazine rated him as the 38th greatest comic book character describing him as a character born of bizarre brilliance.[25] IGN also placed Cerebus as the 91st greatest comic book hero of all time stating that a few names hold as much sway in the independent comics scene as Cerebus and that Cerebus' mark on the industry will be everlasting.[26]

The series starts off a little roughly, with a predictable bit of thrashing around for themes and some unrefined artwork. But by the second book (High Society) Sim is off and running, and never looks back. There's a total of 16 books comprising about ten storylines before the saga comes to an enigmatic but wholly appropriate end.

These are the first four books in the series.

     

If you're a fan of odd but funny - and frequently thought provoking - graphic novels, give Cerebus a read.


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« Reply #54 on: June 19, 2012, 04:10:21 PM »

^ Cerebus is cool... there's also quite a few along those same lines with different themes in that time period.  Usagi Yojimbo comes to mind, along with Groo the Wanderer.
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« Reply #55 on: June 22, 2012, 09:26:38 PM »

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 along with Groo the Wanderer.



INTO THE FRAY!!
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« Reply #56 on: June 23, 2012, 01:54:51 AM »





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« Reply #57 on: June 23, 2012, 03:45:12 PM »

Tex...that is some badass artwork.
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« Reply #58 on: June 26, 2012, 03:11:20 AM »

It took Roberto "Magnus" Raviola more than seven years to make it (whole comic - around 240 pages).  ohmy
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« Reply #59 on: October 15, 2012, 10:09:55 PM »

My latest favorite: The Sixth Gun



Story is great and the art is absolutely jaw-droppingly beautiful.  Sometimes I just stare at the background buildings and linger on them.

And if you are one of those people like me who loves the old spaghetti westerns, you are going to love this stuff.
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« Reply #60 on: October 16, 2012, 01:55:48 AM »

OK, time to plug a friend of mine's work:

Mr. Right
http://indyplanet.com/sto...info.php?products_id=5520


I tell ya, it's downright weird when someone you know personally turns out something really good, and my good friend from way back has done it with this one.
The comic grew out of a short story he got published in a local short-stories-and-poems rag in his hometown.

Basically, the story is that our protagonist James is a superhero via his magical(?) belt; a true-blue selfless defender of freedom and justice and all that.  One day his perpetual out-of-work slacker/moocher can-you-lend-me-a-five-til-friday brother Billy shows up at his apartment and glimpses James getting out of his superhero suit.  He puts two and two together and commandeers the suit and belt while James is out, and hilarity ensues as he uses his newfound superpowers to be even more of an ass.

My friend Kim is a big fan of the classic superhero genre, and he adds his own dark humor twist to it without straying too far from just being good fun.
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« Reply #61 on: October 16, 2012, 08:48:12 AM »

Sounds like a fun story  Thmbsup
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