The word graphic novel, however, is usually related to comic books, so I wouldn't say this is the best recommendation. Maybe for an illustrated book though. Also ranked 1 in What are the best famous graphic novels. Christian Hicks. In a world without political freedom, personal freedom and precious little faith in anything comes a mysterious man in a white porcelain mask who fights political oppressors through terrorism and seemingly absurd acts.
It's a gripping tale of the blurred lines between ideological good and evil. This new trade paperbackedition features the improved production values and coloring from the hardcover. Also ranked 1 in What are the best anarchist fiction books. Blankets by Graig Thompson is one of the best coming of age stories on comic ever made. This autobiographical story tells the love story between Graig and his first love Raina, who fall in love during a winter Church Camp.
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This is a well written comic for adults with such imagination that I could not stop reading once I started. This was also very humorous and won Hugo awards for best graphics story.
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Overall, for new readers this is pretty good as a starting point. For me, and I guess most of the people who read this blog, it emphasises the great stories that are absent, some probably by oversight and some by deliberate design. Just how many quality books are now unavailable? Nightwing for crying out loud! I guess its a shame so many great titles don't get used to entice new fans, either because they are out of print or out of favour. I think what you're point out underlines that this is a catalog in its infancy straddling two worlds right now, probably out of necessity.
There's not that many New 52 collections now, really, but DC's Essential Graphic Novels and Chronology is going to be a much different looking beast, I think -- figure we'll be maybe ten or eleven volumes into the longest-running New 52 collections by then? My guess is we'll see even less of the "non-major" sales and continuity-wise, not in our hearts old stuff like Waid's JLA and Flash and stories like New Krypton, in favor of the real lasting blockbusters and then a slew of New 52 stuff. Every publisher wants Walking Dead right now -- a catalog where they can say "here they are, volumes one through eighteen, go buy them.
Like one of the first commenters, this collection was such a waste. It's like it was written by someone who doesn't even get comics or understand what the word "Chronological" means. They don't even tell you which issues each trade collects. It's a jumbled mess and confusing all around. They should've followed Marvel's example Let me say first of all that I'm really excited that DC has published this; Marvel has had books of this type -- scores of them -- for a while now, and an organized DC trade backlist, especially one that's going to be updated every year, is a good thing for trade fans and for retailers.
I don't want us to lose sight of that. Given a good thousand collections that DC has produced, it's pretty easy for a dedicated fan to come along and say, sure, you've got Batman: Year One on here, but where's Batman: Evolution by Greg Rucka with art by Shawn Martinbrough? We fans want deference for the books that mean the most to us, and that's understandable, but DC's goal as a company must be first and foremost to sell books -- I love Superman: Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite , but that book is long out of print and I can't blame DC for using the space in this catalog for something else if a reader couldn't go buy Krimson Kryptonite anyway.
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This is not to excuse the lack of a Wonder Woman section in this book, which ought be rectified for the next edition, but rather to say that with this "review" of sorts, I don't necessarily want to engage in the kind of "what, Flash: Rebirth gets a spot but not Legion: The Great Darkness Saga? Rather what I want to do is simply look through this book with you and make some observations. Many of those observations are going to be nitpicks, but again, this book is good for the trade-waiting cause and I'm glad it's out there.
I'll jump ahead for a moment so as not to keep you in suspense: the Chronology aspect of this, while a good effort, is wrong or incomplete in numerous places. These are for the most part fine "suggested reading lists" if a customer asks to see a list of new-ish, notable-ish titles, no, but the DC Trade Paperback Timeline it is not.
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Of that list, 14 of those titles have made it to DC's new 25 Essentials list, 14 have come off, and 11 new titles have come on the math gets a little funny because some two-volume sets have been combined now into one volume. Below, I've marked with an asterisk the books that are new to the list; the titles without asterisks were on DC's list six years ago. There's a "flavor of the month" aesthetic to the list I might disagree with -- I'm not sure Blackest Night and especially Flash: Rebirth need to be on there, and I wouldn't necessarily trade Joker for Arkham Asylum.
Ex Machina , I'm glad to see, does appear elsewhere in the book though under the Vertigo section, which is logically right but factually wrong. It's too easy to pick on the various descriptions of these titles, but I notice the catalog says Watchmen "examines the lives of the eponymous superhero team Also, the pages shown from Final Crisis are the ones where Barry Allen comes back, which I think would qualify as a spoiler for a new fan looking to pick up that book. The New 52 Justice League Vol. I promise I'll stop picking on the descriptions, but here's some more that struck me as a little off: Detective Comics Vol.
Daniel's take on Batman's infamous rogues' gallery. Demon Knights Vol.
The medieval Stormwatch, maybe? Grifter Vol. Justice League International Vol. For purposes of organization I'm going to combine my thoughts on each character's section below. Chronology: Here's where we get into my bread-and-butter: reading orders. Your introduction to classic Batman -- no qualms so far. Now we have issues. First, I know specifically that Killing Joke takes place before Death in the Family -- it's not like anyone doesn't know what happens in either of these books or that one is a major spoiler for the other, but irrespective, the reading order is off.
Got me. Then the list has Batman: Venom , Batman vs. Bane , and Knightfall. So this is Knightfall-era -- Venom ties to Knightfall , Batman vs. Bane includes the Vengance of Bane one-shot that precedes Knightfall -- but then again, Batman vs. Bane also includes stories that take place after Knightfall ; maybe this won't cause big confusion for a new reader, but it might cause some.
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