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Considered by many to be the greatest graphic novel in the history of the medium, the Hugo Award-winning story chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.
Highly recommended for new readers. Alan Moore’s last appearance on our list, but possibly his most important. This book redefined what comics could and should be, and dragged them kicking and screaming into the adult world. Not one to skip!
Forget everything you think you know about your favourite Marvel icons. The Ultimates drops them in a new universe with a clean slate (The Ultimate Universe), also populated by the Ultimate X-Men and Ultimate Spider-Man, for a refreshingly continuity free and bang up to date experience.
A clean slate from continuity means that this is an Avengers book that can be picked up by anyone, regardless of what comics they’ve read before. Also, it’s good.
Set in the real world, SECRET IDENTITY examines the life of a young Kansas man with the unfortunate name of Clark Kent.All Clark wants is to be a writer, but his daily life is filled with the taunts and jibes of his peers, comparing him to that other Clark Kent — the one with super-powers. Until one day when Clark awakens to discover that he can fly…that he does in fact have super-strength. But where did these powers come from? And what’s he going to do about it?
A slightly quieter and introspective reflection on what it means to be Superman.
It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now as his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory.
Frank Miller’s hugely influential take on Batman, this set the precendent for the versions of the character that we’ve seen over the last ten years.
SHIELD recruits Clint to intercept a packet of incriminating evidence – before he becomes the most wanted man in the world. Matt Fraction pens a Hawkeye thriller that spans the globe…and the darkest parts of Hawkeye’s mind.
What do superheroes do on their day off? If Hawkeye’s the example we’re going by, the answer is mostly ‘make bad decisions’.
The massive, multilayered city of Neopolis, built shortly after World War II, was designed as a home for the expanding population of science-heroes, heroines and villains that had ballooned into existance in the previous decade. Bringing these powered beings together solved some problems but created others – turning Neopolis into a pressure cooker that normal policing methods could never contain.
How do you police a Super Hero City? With Super Hero cops.
Mark Grayson is just like most everyone else his age. The only major difference being that his dad is the most powerful superhero on the planet. And, Mark seems to be inheriting his father’s powers. See Mark thwart super-villains, alien invasions and all sorts of craziness, as he gets the hang of all this super-heroing stuff.
Superheroes done right for the 21st century.
When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.
The top-selling three comics of 2015 were all volumes of Saga. Weird, sexy and touching, Vaughn effortlessly hits all the same high notes he managed with Y the Last Man, but in space.
After years of selfimposed exile from a civilization rife with degradation and indecency, cynical journalist Spider Jerusalem is forced to return to a job he hates and a city he loathes. Working as an investigative reporter for the newspaper The Word, Spider attacks the injustices of his surreal 23rd century surroundings.
Warren Ellis’s cyperpunk opus, a perfect example of someone writing about the present by writing about the future. Furious and hysterical.
Brian K. Vaughan uniquely combines big city politics and superheroes in this criticially acclaimed series. Set in our modern-day world, EX MACHINA tells the story of civil engineer Mitchell Hundred, who becomes America’s first living, breathing super-hero after a strange accident gives him the power to communicate with machines. Eventually Mitchell tires of risking his life merely to maintain the status quo, retires from masked crime fighting and runs for mayor of New York City, winning by a landslide after the events of 9/11.
The Mayor of New York can talk to machines. Sounds fantastical, but there’s something very grounded about this post 9/11 sci-fi political thriller.
Welcome to the Infinite Vacations, where alternate realities are up for sale, and buying and trading your way through unlimited variations of yourself is as commonplace as checking your e-mail.
OK yeah, so we can’t deny it’s a sci-fi book, but that’s not where this one shines; what if you could go back and talk to the cute person in the coffee shop that you never got up the guts to approach?
David Smith is giving his life for his art―literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding what to create is harder than he thought, and discovering the love of his life at the 11th hour isn’t making it any easier.
Scott McCloud’s magnum opus on creativity and inspiration, this story is ultimately about a young sculptor falling in love.
With her circle of friends and recent relationship left in disrepair, MJ is on the market once again! But who will she choose to be the next object of her affections: Peter Parker, her bookish-but-sweet tutor and newly-minted friend, or that dangerous, exciting crimefighter in red and blue tights, Spider-Man?
Spider-Man from MJ’s perspective. Less villains, but just as heroic.
David Hine’s tortured modern gothic tale of madness, death and sexual longing. The world of Strange Embrace is one of pain and sorrow, obsession and damnation — a world that twists and pollutes the lives of all that enter it.
A story from different perspectives with ever-mounting tension… This book will stay with you.
Fillmore Press was once Madder Red, a homicidal maniac and criminal overlord who ruled the city of Bedlam. Now he’s been cured of his mania, and says he wants to help protect the place he once terrorized ― but can he be trusted?
What if the Joker tried to reform? Nick Spencer has an answer, but you might not like it…
Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them…. and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all…
Written by the son of Stephen King… and the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree. The spooky tree with the face on it thats branches keep tapping on your window when you’re trying to sleep.
Before WATCHMEN, Alan Moore made his debut in the U.S. comic book industry with the revitalization of the horror comic book THE SWAMP THING. His deconstruction of the classic monster stretched the creative boundaries of the medium and became one of the most spectacular series in comic book history.
One of the books that changed the medium forever, Alan Moore’s muti-Eagle Award-winning prosaic saga bears comparisons to Dante’s Inferno and Milton… but with more plants.
John Constantine is dying. As a sorcerer literally haunted by the demons of his past, John is no stranger to mystic bedevilment or supernatural horror. But it’s his chain smoking that ultimately brings death to Constantine’s front door. John Constantine has lung cancer. Though condemned to hell, Constantine continues to laugh in the face of this all-too-serious world.
The exemplary hard smoking cocky detective who’s appeared under a million different names across a million books.
The world we knew is gone. The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled: no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, the survivors are forced to finally start living.
The hit comic that spawned the hit TV show. Zombies! Shock deaths! More zombies!
Tom Taylor’s life was screwed from go. His father created the Tommy Taylor fantasy series, boy-wizard novels with popularity on par with Harry Potter. The problem is Dad modeled the fictional epic so closely to Tom’s real life that fans are constantly comparing him to his counterpart, turning him into the lamest variety of Z-level celebrity. In the final novel, it’s even implied that the fictional Tommy will crossover into the real world, giving delusional fans more excuses to harass Tom.
Mike Carey, award-winning novelist, explores the nature of fiction in a series that takes us into all of our favourite classic novels. A must-read for Harry Potter fans and pretty much everyone else.
In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born to women who’d previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, “To save the world.”
The debut book from My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way, who proves himself, rather irritatingly, to be multi-talented as he takes us on a quirky, sad adventure.
When a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the “mundys,” their name for normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters created their own secret society that they call Fabletown. From their exclusive luxury apartment buildings on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, these creatures of legend must fight for their survival in the new world.
One of Neil’s personal favourites, all of the characters from fairytales with have been exhiled to New York. A pleasure to watch unfold, as characters we grew up with crop up in unexpected guises and places!
In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70 year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman.
One of the greatest graphic novel series of all time, this is the work that cemented Neil Gaiman’s reputation as one of the foremost storytellers of our time. Spans history, space and time to craft an epic that transcends genre.
Aneurin (Nye) Wright hasn’t been on good terms with his father for a long time. When he receives a call on his birthday from his father, Neil, he isn’t quite sure how to react. Neil has been diagnosed with emphysema and is “certified for hospice,” a six-month death sentence. He needs help. Newly unemployed, Nye is free to move into the trailer park where his father lives and assume the role of caregiver. Neither Nye nor Neil is particularly enthralled by the situation.
Like Maus, a deeply personal story with real emotional content. A treasure that more people should be picking up.
Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq.
Harrowing and enlightening, an illuminating look through the eyes of another culture.
A story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe and his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father’s story and history itself.
Highly recommended for new readers. Maus is one of the most critically acclaimed graphic novels of all time. Art Spiegelman crafts a bigoraphy of his father’s experiences at Auschwitz with animal figures, which allows us to distance ourselves from the horror of the camps without detracting from the human experience.
A gripping, hallucinatory piece of crime fiction about Jack the Ripper. Detailing the events that led up to the Whitechapel murders and the cover-up that followed, From Hell has become a modern masterpiece of crime noir and historical fiction.
Another black and white book, yet this and Sin City couldn’t be further apart. From Hell is Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s interpretation of Jack the Ripper. Intended not as a historical document, but more as a commentary on the end of the 19th Century, the two creators weave a more nailbiting How-Done-It than most who-done-its.
It’s a lousy room in a lousy part of a lousy town. But Marv doesn’t care. There’s an angel in the room. She says her name is Goldie. A few hours later, Goldie’s dead without a mark on her perfect body, and the cops are coming before anyone but Marv could know she’s been killed. Somebody paid good money for this frame…
Pure testosterone, broody monologues, outrageous violence. Smoke, blood and whiskey in gorgeous two-tone black and white.
This dark and intriguing Eisner Award-winning series features a mysterious agent named Graves who approaches ordinary citizens and gives them an opportunity to exact revenge on a person who has wronged them. Offering his clients an attaché case containing proof of the deed and a gun, he guarantees his “clients” full immunity for all of their actions, including murder.
A complex, global crime thriller packed with complex and unique characters.
Secrets, lies, horror, lust, and monsters from the time before time all collide in Fatale. In present day, a man meets a woman who he becomes instantly obsessed with, and in the 1950s, this same woman destroys the lives of all those who cross her path, on a quest for… what?
Classic pulpy noir, but with more tentacles…
It’s Garfield–as you’ve never seen him!
Garfield has been removed from Garfield, and no disrespect to Garfield, but this makes Garfield minus Garfield better than Garfield. You can read it for free on the web.
A sleeper-hit series starring some of Spidey’s deadliest baddies. Boomerang and his fellow villains prove that with terrible powers come terrible responsibilities…and Spider-Man will soon learn that with superior villains come superior problems – hilarious and highly recommended.
Nick Spencer has gone on to do massive things at Marvel, but this is still our favourite. A new version of the Sinister Six is put together, but there’s only five of them, nobody’s got each other’s back and nothing goes according to plan. Makes fun of superheroes and their tropes without ever becoming a lampoon.
Please meet Booyah, a big green friendly monster, the hero of this book. Unfortunately, this unusual helpful goof likes to aid children and elder ladies, as a true gentleman, despite his clumsiness and severe anger management issues. What could go wrong?
There are some things that you shouldn’t laugh at… But Booyah makes them so darn funny…
Calvin, cheeky, hyperactive and mischievous, and Hobbes, his cuddly toy tiger who, as far as Calvin is concerned is very much alive and kicking, are two of the most loveable and hilarious characters to grace the comic strip in years. Sit back and enjoy…
Bill Watterson’s daily cartoon about childhood. Covers deceptively complex topics such as war and mortality through child’s play
London, 1898. The Victorian Era draws to a close and the twentieth century approaches. It is a time of great change and an age of stagnation, a period of chaste order and ignoble chaos. It is an era in need of champions.
A Victorian romp through literature, enjoyable both as straight pulp fiction or as a kaleidoscopic love letter to fiction itself. Later volumes may require a dense knowledge to catch all of the references or, you know, access to Wikipedia…
A samurai epic of staggering proportions, Lone Wolf and Cub chronicles the story of Ogami Ittō, the Shogun’s executioner who uses a dōtanuki battle sword. Disgraced by false accusations from the Yagyū clan, he is forced to take the path of the assassin. Along with his three-year-old son, Daigorō, they seek revenge on the Yagyū clan and are known as “Lone Wolf and Cub”.
An accurate portrayal of life in Edo period Japan, a classic manga series with fantastic artwork and a compelling story line
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Merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Texan Preacher Jesse Custer becomes completely disillusioned with the beliefs that he had dedicated his entire life to. Now possessing the power of “the word,” an ability to make people do whatever he utters, Custer begins a violent and riotous journey across the country. Joined by his gun-toting girlfriend Tulip and the hard drinking Irish vampire Cassidy, the Preacher loses faith in both man and God as he witnesses dark atrocities and improbable calamities during his exploration of America.
Violent yet thoughtful, funny yet gritty – Preacher is a firm favourite of fans around the world and was some of Ennis’s finest work.
This is the saga of Yorick Brown – the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why he’s the last man on earth.
In turn funny, heartbreaking, action packed and extremely human, Yorick’s journey through a changing and developing world is both exciting and nuanced. The series so impressed the creators of TV’s LOST that they brought writer Brian K Vaughn onboard to create some of that series’ best loved characters and episodes.
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Bill Watterson’s daily cartoon about childhood. Covers deceptively complex topics such as war and mortality through child’s play.
The Gold Key imprint of Western Publishing began to publish the Twilight Zone series in 1962, continuing the title started by Dell.
This collection showcases sixteen of Roald Dahl’s finest tales, taken from Kiss Kiss and Someone Like You. There are tales of the risk-takers, such as the man who wagers his daughter’s hand in marriage to a wine connoisseur, or the traveller who throws himself overboard on a cruise liner to win a bet. Here too is the understated cruelty of “Edward the Conqueror,” in which a mysterious cat seems to threaten domestic life, or the innocuous-seeming “Landlady,” whose guests stay for longer than they intend. Not forgetting the satisfyingly shocking tales of revenge, such as “Nunc Dimittis” or “Lamb to the Slaughter.”