Welcome to a rare and wonderful Wednesday post here on WeeBitWordy! Some of you know, some of you don’t know, but I am a huge comic book/graphic novel buff/fan/reader! I love, love, love them, collect comics from my local comic book store on a monthly basis, and read far too many. Because I am such an avid comic book reader, it crossed my mind recently why don’t I encorporate that into the blog? So that’s what I am going to do! Every Wednesday (well, most Wednesday’s), I’m going to try and supply you guys with a comic book/graphic novel related blog post. If you read it, great, if not, well you still have my Monday and Friday blog posts to enjoy, right? Today I want to share with you guys some graphic novels that have been piling up on my bookshelf that I have yet to get around to. I seriously need to get around to reading these because the summer is right on top of us, and that is when all the major comic book events happen, is during the summer period! Let’s get on with it:
1. The Boys Vol. 1 by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon
THIS IS GOING TO HURT! In a world where costumed heroes soar through the sky and masked vigilantes prowl the night, someone’s got to make sure the “supes” don’t get out of line. And someone will. Billy Butcher, Wee Hughie, Mother’s Milk, The Frenchman and The Female are The Boys: A CIA backed team of very dangerous people, each one dedicated to the struggle against the most dangerous force on Earth-superpower. Some superheores have to be watched. Some have to be controlled. And some of them-sometimes-need to be taken out of the picture That’s when you call in THE BOYS.
This one is definitely not for the feint of heart! I have wanted to read this series ever since I read Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Preacher comic book series (which is now a series on TV!), and if Preacher is anything to go by, this is going to be one seriously messed up grapic novel! I’m definitely putting an 18+ age limit on this one, because I opened this to a certain page when I was in store and went “WTF?!?”.
2. Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson
After years of self-imposed exile from a civilization rife with degradation and indecency, cynical journalist Spider Jerusalem is forced to return to a job that he hates and a city that he loathes. Working as an investigative reporter for the newspaper The Word, Spider attacks the injustices of his surreal 23rd Century surroundings. Combining black humor, life-threatening situations, and moral ambiguity, this book is the first look into the mind of an outlaw journalist and the world he seeks to destroy.
Another one where I’m thinking there should be a 18+ restriction? Maybe 16+, because Warren Ellis isn’t as sick in the head as Garth Ennis (ha!). Warren Ellis is one of my favourite comic book writers. I have been reading his works since as long as I’ve been reading comics. I read his six issue run on Wolverine that he did in the 90’s, followed my Planetary for Wildstorm, and have been seeking out his works ever since. He’s currently writing a series called Trees, and another series called Injection with an Irish artist called Declan Shalvey, and I am loving them both–I’m particularly biased to Injection because the artist is Irish! I have high hopes for Transmetropolitan, and it has come my way through strong recommendations, too!
3. Sandman Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman and Sam Kieth and co.
In 1916, Dream is captured and encased in a glass globe in a failed attempt by a fictional Edwardian magician (very much in the vein of Aleister Crowley) named Roderick Burgess to bind Death and attain immortality. Dream bides his time for decades until Burgess dies. Afterwards, his son Alexander becomes Dream’s new captor. Finally, in 1988, Alex’s guards grow careless and the guards watching him fall asleep in his presence, allowing Dream to use the sand from their dream to his benefit. When the guards awake and break the seal Dream was in, he is then able to escape. Dream punishes Alex by cursing him to experience an unending series of nightmares.
This. Need I say more? It’s Neil Gaiman. If you don’t know how big of a Neil Gaiman fan I am by now. Go. Just leave–close that tab, hit the x in the top right corner, turn off that laptop/phone and just leave. I am seriously shocked at myself that I haven’t gotten around to reading this yet. I think I may just bump this one to the top of the pile. This is a must read for all Neil Gaiman fans. That is all!
4. John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 2: The Devil You Know by Jamie Delano, David Lloyd and more
To Hell and Back. It’s been a long and difficult road for John Constantine – one that’s left him with demon’s blood in his veins and dead friends’ voices in his head.
Still, with his sharp tongue and unequaled shrewdness, the sorcerer from Liverpool has manged to raise himself to a position as rarefied as it is dangerous: being the magician of last resort for a world under constant siege from the forces of chaos and evil. That same rough path has also sharpened his mind, and taught him a thing or two about ruthlessness. Now, with the outcome of an ancient prophecy hanging on his actions, it’s time for Constantine to bring the scales of justice back into balance – at Hell’s expense.
I love John Constantine. Not the movie though, I haven’t seen that. I have read his complete New 52 DC run, and am now back tracking to read his original works. I’ve read volume 1, and now I have to read volume 2 and I can’t wait. Is anyone else disappointed that the tv series got cancelled after just one series?
5. Powers vol. 1, 2 and 3 by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming
Homicide Detective Christian Walker has to investigate the shocking murder of one of the most popular super-heroes: Retro Girl. He is teamed up with spunky rookie Detective Deena Pilgrim, and the murder investigation takes them from the seediest underbelly a city has to offer, to the gleaming towers that are home to immortal beings.Synopsis for Volume 1: Who Killed Retro Girl.
Another highly recommended series that came my way around the same time as I got the Transmetropolitan graphic novel. I love Brian Michael Bendis’s work. He works primarily for Marvel, did a huge run on the Avengers, the X-Men and many other well known Marvel books, but he’s also pretty good at putting out his own titles as well as Marvel. I picked up Powers volumes 1-3, purely because they were on sale at a fiver each–you can’t go wrong with that! Apparantely the first volume is really heavy, but after that it gets real good and enjoyable. Let’s hope so. I’ve also yet to get around to the tv series, but we’ll see what I make of the books first.
I’m going to leave it there my fellow graphic novel readers–I’m presuming if you’ve read this far, that you are also a lover of the comic book/graphic novel. If so, then I have some important questions for you: What is your favourite graphic novel? Alternatively, have you read any awesome comics or graphic novels lately? What are they and would you recommend them? Lastly, What do you think of this little graphic novel segment here on le blog. Any suggestions that I could take on board are appreciated!