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Depends on the person, surly, but...

 

Battlefields: Dear Billy

Criminal: The Dead and the Dying

Y The Last Man: Unmanned

All-Star Superman

WE3

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Preacher: Gone to Texas

Watchmen

Walking Dead #1

WE3

The Dark Knight Returns*

 

I claim this was the book that got me into comics as a teenager. It was so badass upon its first read.

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Certainly depends on the person...

Like, someone who isn't interested in genre fiction might like Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman.

Then, for others, maybe the first Animal Man Trade or the first Invisibles Trade.

I'm sure I could hook some people with the Promethea Trade.

And, let me see...something by Daniel Clowes...I can't pick one out specifically.

That's five. Sort of.

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Daredevil: The Man Without Fear

Midnight Nation

Lobo:The Last Czarnian

Human Target: The Final Cut

Astonishing X Men by Joss Whedon

 

i would love to recommend some Morrison/Ellis/Moore stuff, but i feel liketheir works might be too much for the beginning. even Mignola. the ones i picked i consider great, but also accessible for most age groups who enjoys a good story/art, i loved Miller and Romita's Daredevil when i was 10, still think its amazing at 26..

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I just gave a friend Finder for Christmas and she liked it enough to want to know more.

 

For the more difficult person, probably one of the better adaptations of a classic novel.

 

One of he single issue based collections of Sandman.

 

Something self-contained and familiar such as Arkham Asylum or The Dark Knight.

 

From Hell.

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Does it have to be graphic novels, or can it be collected editions?

 

Battlefields: Dear Billy

Any core volume of Hellboy

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen volume 1

Promethea book 1

Lucifer volume 1

 

Or any 5 Hellboy trades. :smile:

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As everyone's said, it depends on the person. But a rough list might go something like this...

 

Bone one-volume edition

Either Locas or Palomar

Batman: Year One

All-Star Superman

and either From Hell or Watchmen - the former is probably better, but the latter is more accessible (it was the first Moore book I read, and it blew my mind). Judgement call.

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Think less that I've asked you all to solve my problem, think more that it's a problem of your own that you need to solve. Pick your own person and think about 5 books to give them, you can't have my person.

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But it STILL depends who they are for !

 

:icon_rolleyes:

 

:smile:

 

I thought of another one yesterday and then forgot what it was.

I would give someone the next Unwritten trade though.

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Will you give it to me so I can save the money on buying it?

 

okay, it's 5 graphic novels for either Kerry Katona, Mark Twain or Muammar Gaddafi

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I think all three would like the new instalment of Freakangels.

 

Pretty colours for one.

Thoughtful intelligent story (with swearing) for 2.

And violence including gunshot brain injury walking around for #3.

 

(2 is Twain and the last one's for Katona).

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Gaddafi during his Islamic-Socialist decadent West period or his latter kissing ass of the IMF and "war on terror" persona?

In the first, none. They are a sign of decadent Western materialism.

In the latter...something by Matt Fraction, probably.

Maybe All-Star Superman because it's fun and Gaddafi seems like a fun kinda guy.

 

Mark Twain would surely love Sandman, Lucifer, Unwritten, Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman, and From Hell.

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Mark Twain? He'd like

 

Sin City

100 Bullets

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Steampunk

 

And because he had such a good time on Star Trek TNG

The Authority: Relentless

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Watchmen

 

... either From Hell or Watchmen - the former is probably better, but the latter is more accessible (it was the first Moore book I read, and it blew my mind). Judgement call.

Watchmen is great but it works best for people who are already familiar with comics. Matt wants recommendations to introduce someone to the medium. A dense self-aware postmodern reworking of the superhero genre might not fit the bill.

 

 

Think less that I've asked you all to solve my problem, think more that it's a problem of your own that you need to solve. Pick your own person and think about 5 books to give them, you can't have my person.

Yeah, because until you clarified that, no-one managed to come up with a list of 5. :tongue: I even answered without pushing The Tale Of One Bad Rat for the millionth time; how much more do you want?

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I would disagree with you on Watchmen, Jason.

It has layers of story-telling that not everyone needs to follow.

It is well-written enough as a story that anyone not infected with the self-referential world of superhero comics would find plenty to enjoy. It even has context enough for most people (probably not anyone totally ignorant of the genre). It also has the added advantage of being a clearly drafted comic book and not the more complex pages that can put off people without the visual familiarity.

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Can we get some hints about what kind of thing the receiver is into? Otherwise...

 

Black Hole

Bone (all-in-one edition)

Watchmen

How Loathsome

Buddy Does Seattle

 

That should be a wide enough spread to get someone interested.

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I would disagree with you on Watchmen, Jason.

It has layers of story-telling that not everyone needs to follow.

It is well-written enough as a story that anyone not infected with the self-referential world of superhero comics would find plenty to enjoy. It even has context enough for most people (probably not anyone totally ignorant of the genre). It also has the added advantage of being a clearly drafted comic book and not the more complex pages that can put off people without the visual familiarity.

 

 

This. I read Watchmen long before I was particularly familiar with the genre, and still got a lot out of it - even without all the meta-nonsense, it's an intelligently constructed, well-told story.

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I'd suggest a different Moore, just to be perverse: Skizz. For those of a certain age, this "ET in Birmingham in the early '80s" story is wonderful. It has an incredible sense of place and time, and it's a tidily contained story, without any metatextual arsing about or in jokes.

 

I'd also suggest one of the big Judge Dredd collections: either volume 2 (which has The Cursed Earth and Judge Cal) or volume 3 (which has the Judge Child Quest) off the top of my head. I don't think America is in print at the moment, or I'd suggest that one.

 

If somebody's never read any comics ever, then one of the better Asterix books might be a fun lead in. Asterix and Cleopatra and Asterix in Britain are about my favourites. Goscinny and Underzo never get enough props on here.

 

Ironwolf: Fires Of Revolution is a lovely, self contained SF adventure with some cracking Mignolla artwork.

 

Finally, there's the omnibus IDW have published of the five Desperadoes series. Wonderful stuff if you like westerns and horror stories.

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Asterix and the vikings

Tintin: Cigars of the pharaos

From Hell

Maus

Dangerous Habits (yes, it's because I'm a fanboy)

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If somebody's never read any comics ever, then one of the better Asterix books might be a fun lead in. Asterix and Cleopatra and Asterix in Britain are about my favourites. Goscinny and Underzo never get enough props on here.

 

Or almost anywhere else - they're so easy to take for granted. It's an excellent suggestion, and the only reason it didn't occur to me is a great big blind spot. The Asterix (and, to a lesser extent, Tintin) books were so ubiquitous when/where I was growing up that I usually just sort of assume everyone, even non-comics readers, has already read them, even though I know logically that this isn't the case.

 

Americans - in my experience - tend not to be especially familiar with the Asterix books. So, any US (or other) types reading this thread, you should probably get right onto that. They're magnificent.

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So, my revised List Of Five:

 

Love & Rockets: Locas

Asterix & Cleopatra

All-Star Superman

Watchmen

Bone

 

 

The two of those which would be most likely to get switched out depending on the person would be Locas and All-Star Superman. Not because they're not great - in fact, of those five books I think they're arguably the best - but because I suspect they're the two with the least universal appeal.

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Asterix and the vikings

Tintin: Cigars of the pharaos

From Hell

Maus

Dangerous Habits (yes, it's because I'm a fanboy)

 

Another of the better Asterix stories. I'm a bit peeved I didn't think to mention From Hell or Maus...

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