The life of a comic book nerd is not easy.  Mis­un­der­stood, dis­missed, and much maligned, the graph­ic novel/comic medi­um is in real­i­ty just as com­plex and var­ied as is tra­di­tion­al fic­tion, it just hap­pens to include freak­in’ awe­some illus­tra­tions.  If you’re some­one who has, in the past, dis­missed comics because you thought they were all about super­heroes with ono­matopo­et­ic sound effects like ‘biff’ or if you’re some­one who’s nev­er even con­sid­ered div­ing into the rich and won­der­ful world of the graph­ic nov­el, give the­se books a try.  You’ll be pleas­ant­ly sur­prised!


Bat­man, R.I.P.: What it’s about: Bat­man, obvi­ous­ly.  He dies in this one! (May­be…)

Why you should read it:  Bat­man R.I.P. is pret­ty much the cul­mi­na­tion of Grant Morrison’s (aka, the Leo Tol­stoy of graph­ic nov­els) work with the Bat­man char­ac­ter.  It’s huge, com­plex, and chal­leng­ing.  Not your run of the mill super­hero comic.




Lucifer:  What it’s about:  Yes, that Lucifer.  In the DC uni­verse, the char­ac­ter of Lucifer appears in many sto­ries, most notably in Neil Gaiman’s Sand­man series, which is where the stand alone Lucifer series got its start.

Why you should read it:  Sor­ry, did I not men­tion the part where it’s about the dev­il and that the stand alone series is a spin-off from Sand­man.  Addi­tion­al­ly, because re-vamps of the tra­di­tion­al dev­il char­ac­ter are fas­ci­nat­ing.  And final­ly because Lucifer is just an incred­i­bly cool char­ac­ter.  He’s got it going on, is what I’m say­ing.


The Filth:  What it’s about: A weird, crazy romp through post-mod­ern inter­pre­ta­tions of the sta­tus quo!

Why you should read it:  Anoth­er piece from the genius mind of Grant Mor­rison, The Filth is one of those things that you just have to see to believe.  If you’re into media that looks at the line between appro­pri­ate and inap­pro­pri­ate and then prompt­ly oblit­er­ates it, The Filth is for you.




John Con­stan­ti­ne: Hell­blaz­er:  What it’s about: One of DC’s longest run­ning char­ac­ters, anti­hero magi­cian, chain-smok­er, and pro-lev­el snark fac­to­ry John Con­stan­ti­ne and all his super­nat­u­ral adven­tures.

Why you should read it:  It’s a fan­tas­tic explo­ration of the human­ist anti­hero.  If mis­an­thropes who are com­mit­ted to doing some­thing good are your thing, look up my man John.


Swamp Thing Book One Cover

Saga of the Swamp Thing:  What it’s about:  Pret­ty self-explana­to­ry, actu­al­ly.  He’s a Thing.  That lives in a Swamp.  Loves plants and the envi­ron­ment and stuff.

Why you should read it:  Self-explana­tora­bil­i­ty notwith­stand­ing, it’s actu­al­ly real­ly cool!  A glob­al envi­ron­men­tal­ly aware comic book char­ac­ter is a fab­u­lous pro­tag­o­nist.  For real.



A Game of Thrones:  I don’t need to tell you what it’s about because you’ve prob­a­bly seen the show.  I hope.

Why you should read it:  Again, feel like I shouldn’t have to tell you this, but I will say that the graph­ic nov­el­iza­tion of ASOIAF is like a real­ly incred­i­ble mash-up of the show and the books, which is baller.



100 Bul­lets:  What it’s about: It’s basi­cal­ly every­thing fan­tas­tic about noir, pulp, and revenge thrillers all rolled into one styl­ized, metaphor-rich cre­ation.

Why you should read it:  See above.  It’s like the break­fast bur­ri­to of the crime sto­ry world.

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