So, you want to get into comics (130+ recommendations).
To celebrate my cake day, I decided to do this list, comprised of one hundred and thirty plus comics that I think make a pretty complete picture of the medium and so that anyone can find something that will appeal to their particular taste.
I want to note that I haven't read everything in the list, though I have heard enough to know how relevant they are to the medium and its evolution. Another important fact to keep in mind is that I don't read much Manga, so there'll only be a couple of mangas in the list.
That said, not every comic ever will be in the list, so if your favourite comic didn't make it, why not share it in the comments?
Anyway, here's the list:
- Astro City by Kurt Busiek and others. Great alternate supe universe with solid art and some of the best stories ever in the genre.
- Doom Patrol by Grant Morrison. A very weird take on the Doom Patrol team, with Morrison’s iconic psychedelic moments.
- Saga of the Swamp Thing by Alan Moore. Maybe the best thing Moore's ever written, which is saying something.
- Alias by Brian Michael Davis and Michael Gaydos. B. M. Davis did some of the best marvel stories ever, and Jessica Jones: Alias is no exception.
- The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke. My personal favorite superhero comic with some of the prettiest art out there.
- Whatever happened to the man of tomorrow and For the man who has everything by Alan Moore. Two of the most heartfelt stories about the man of steel.
- Animal Man by Grant Morrison. One of the first Morrison stories which revamped the character of Animal Man and gave us one of the best single issues ever in The Coyote Gospel.
- Marvels by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross. Kurt Busiek’s retelling of the marvel universe origins with Alex Ross hyper-realistic art.
- Invincible by Robert Kirkman. Another alternate superhero take, this time focused on the son of this universe’s “superman” and going place you wouldn’t expect.
- Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire and Jean Orston. Similar idea to Astro City but somewhat weirder, which is a given for Jeff Lemire.
- Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Probably the most famous and influential comic ever, which is understandable given Moore’s storytelling and Gibbons’ artwork.
- Batman Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli. This writer-artist team gave us some of the best superhero stories of the eighties, and Year One is one of them.
- Vision by Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta. One of King’s earlier works, this time focusing on marvel’s Vision and his family.
- Mr Miracle by Tom King and Mitch Gerads. A very personal and rather trippy take on the escape artist from the Fourth World. Kirby would be proud (I hope).
- Daredevil by Frank Miller. With stories like Born Again with Mazzuchelli and Last Hand with Klaus Janson, this run is one of the character’s best, which is saying something.
- Promethea by Alan Moore. Another great run by the master himself, mixing occult and superhero.
- The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson. While I much prefer his Year One, the impact this comic had is undeniable, plus it’s still loved by many fans.
Science fiction (both American and outside):
- World of Edena by Moebius. Weird, French, psychedelic and with art as good as it gets.
- Mind MGMT by Matt Kindt. Another weird story which mixes mystery with espionage as well as superpowers with very trippy art.
- Sparks by Lawrence Marvit. A heartwarming story about a girl and her robot. No wonder it’s called a urban fairytale.
- Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis. The story of reporter Spider Jerusalem, a sick man in a sick world.
- Soft City by Pushwagner. A trippy distopian which was edited by Chris Ware after the pages were found in the early 2000s.
- Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo. One of the earliest cyberpunks that mixes interesting ideas with otherworldly art.
- Y: The last man by Brian K Vaughn and Pia Guerra. One of the best dystopias I've read, with great character development and an interesting narrative.
- Celeste by INJ Culbard. A sci-fi story with great art and an interesting exploration of ideas.
- Upgrade Soul by Ezra Clayton Daniel. A story which uses science fiction to explore the human condition, and the results aren’t pretty.
- Saga by Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples. If you haven't heard of it, you are from another planet (it’s also really good).
- Descender by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen. A powerful story about an android boy called Tim-21 with great watercolors by Nguyen.
- The Eternaut by Oesterheld and Solano López. My personal pick for best science fiction comic.
- Lone Sloane by Phillipe Druillet. Crazy, colorful and drawn as good as they come.
- The Incal by Jodorowsky and Moebius. You either like Jodorowsky or you don't. I don't, but I still enjoy looking at Moebius' superb art.
- Trigan by Mike Butterworth and Don Lawrence. Exploring a sci-fi world based on the ancient Romans and Greeks, only with flying spaceships and insane art.
- On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden. Sci-fi romance at its best with some of the best and most colorful art by a working cartoonist.
- Prophet by Brandon Graham and Simon Roy. A strange space adventure that takes inspiration from the European masters.
- Aama by Frederick Peeters. A four-part science fiction series that explores interesting ideas in a way that reminds of classic European sci-fi.
- Valerian and Laureline by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières. One of the classics for European science fiction, which blends the adventure and space-opera genres beautifully.
- East of West by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta. An interesting post-apocalypse story with really nice art.
- Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory. Following FDA agent Tony Chu, who gets psychic visions from anything he eats, even people.
- The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore. One of the most influential comics to come out of the Image Boom, I don’t think this one needs an introduction.
- Hedra by Jesse Lonergan. A story that is influenced by greats such as Moebius and Chris Ware in a very interesting story with a complex panel structure.
- Blue by Pat Grant. A weird story about an alien invasion of sorts that takes place in a town in Australia.
- The Chimera Brigade by Serge Lehman. An alternate history on the rise of Nazism and the aftermath of WWI through the classic European heroes.
- Sentient by Jeff Lemire and Gabriel Walta. From the writer of Descender and the artist of The Vison, it tells the story of some children and an AI that must survive the perils of space after their parents are killed in an attack.
- Silver Surfer Parable by Stan Lee and Moebius. It's a silver surfer story written by Stan Lee with art by Moebius, you don't need to know more.
- Mooncop by Tom Gauld. Funny and sad and very cartoony, Gauld is great at stick-figure storytelling.
- Monsters by Enki Bilal. Weird and beautiful is one way to describe it. The story is also quite intriguing.
- Mort Cinder by Oesterheld and Breccia. Great writer and great artist, what more can you ask for?
- Hellboy (and sequels) by Mike Mignola. One of the biggest comics of the last decades that definitely earns its spot.
- The Sandman by Neil Gaiman et al. Just out of impact alone it's worth being here, but it's actually quite good.
- Nausicaa of the valley of the wind by Hayao Miyazaki. The co-creator of the famous Studio Ghibli wrote and drew this one before getting into animation, and boy is it a good story.
- Three Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa. A very heartfelt story of parents dealing with their kid being taken away.
- Fables by Bill Willingham and various artists. A bunch of classic fairytale characters who make up the cast of this great series (at least the first half of it).
- Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda. A dark story of the demons inside with great, manga-reminiscent art.
- The lost boy by Greg Ruth. A magical realism story that goes pretty dark and gets more magical, with talking bugs and great charcoal art by Mr. Ruth.
- Bone by Jeff Smith. One of the most iconic and funniest comics out there, with memorable characters and an epic story.
- I kill giants by Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura. The hard story of a girl who has to fight her giant, that is, the imminent death of he mother, in a story that perfectly blends reality and fiction.
- Everything We Miss by Luke Pearson. A story about the magic that happens in the places we aren’t looking.
- The motherless oven series by Rob Davis. A strange but well drawn series that takes place in a weird world were it rains knives. If that doesn’t get your attention, I don’t know what will.
- Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai. One of the longest running and higher quality all-ages stories. It follows the ronin-rabbit as he explores medieval japan.
- Castle Waiting by Linda Medley. The story of the “what happens after the happily ever after” with a great fairytale feel.
- Children Of The Sea by Daisuke Igarash. A strange manga about a little boy who can breath under water and the magical beauty of the sea and its creatures.
Serialized strips, magazines and anthologies:
- Krazy and Ignatz by George Herriman. One of the ogs that still holds up.
- Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson. Probably the best the medium has to offer.
- Peanuts by Charles Schultz. Another great one that has transcended into pop culture.
- Little Nemo in Slumberland by Windsor McCay. One of the greatest of all time, and the art is out of this world.
- Pogo by Walt Kelly. A series full of social commentary, only the characters are animals living in a swamp.
- Gasoline Alley by Frank King. One of the oldest strips ever, focusing on the values and experiences of the average American.
- Kramers Ergot by Sammy Harkham. A very influential anthology that includes works by talents such as Chris Ware, Jaime Hernandez or Daniel Clowes.
- Eightball by Daniel Clowes. One of the earliest alternative series that focuses on social criticism and satire.
- Rubber Blanket by David Mazzucchelli and Richmond Lewis. A three issue series by the husband and wife team of Mazzuchelli and Lewis that’s among their best work.
- Acme Novelty Library by Chris Ware. A series that’s worth it just by it’s incredible design alone but that serialized some of the best stories the medium has to offer.
- Optic Nerve by Adrian Tomine. A series that was published when the author was just sixteen, and, much like Eightball and Acme Novelty, has some great stories which were later published separately.
Underground and experimental comics:
- Building Stories by Chris Ware. Anything by Chris Ware is worth checking out, just because of his amazing layouts and insanely detailed art.
- Ghost World by Daniel Clowes. One of the best pieces of satire in comics.
- Black Hole by Charles Burns. The last of the 90s trio, his horror sichedelic has quite the impressive covers and great art. The story is also very heartwrenching.
- Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli. One of the best pieces of experimental comics-making by one of the best artists ever.
- Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá. One of the best written and best drawn comics with a story that will hit you in all the right ways.
- Palestine by Joe Sacco. He (almost) single-handedly created the genre of graphic jorualism and his stories hit hard.
- Body-World by Dash Shaw. Mazzuchelli referred to Dash Shaw as “the future of comics”, so he’s probably worth checking out.
- Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco. Another great Sacco story, this time focusing on the tragedy that was the Bosnian war after the collapse of Yugoslavia.
- Jimbo series by Gary Panter. Retelling Dante’s Divine Commedy as we follow Jimbo through hell and purgatory and paradise. Definitely a strange comic.
- Here by Richard McGuire. An almost-wordless succession of panels of the same point in space throughout history and before. Experimental comes short.
- The Hunting Accident by David A. Carlson and Landis Blair. Telling the story of a father and son who live in Chicago, the later of the two was apparently blinded in a hunting accident.
- The Property by Rutu Modan. Israeli Rutu Modan explores family ties and explores the her country from various perspectives.
- Clyde Fans by Seth. A complex story about two brothers, an introvert and an extrovert as they try to compete with the growing air conditioning industry.
- Bacchus by Eddie Campbell. Following the Roman god of wine, an elder man who wanders the world and, as they tend to, tells stories about “the good ol’ days”
- Jerusalem by Guy Delisle. A memoir and travelogue of Delisle’s travels through Jerusalem and Israel, providing an outsider’s view to the problems of the region.
- Duncan the wonder dog by Adam Hines. What if animals could talk? Would anything change? This is the main premise of Adam Hines’ debut comic.
- My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris. A groundbreaking comic that took the world by storm due to its incredible art end experimental use of the graphic medium.
- A contract with God by Will Eisner. A great story by the "father of the graphic novel".
- Berlin by Jason Lutes. The story of pre-war Berlin and the formation of the different factions through the eyes of relatable characters.
- Alec: the years have pants by Eddie Campbell. A biography of sorts by one of the best artists of the British isles. It’s meandering and rough and very much worth it.
- Essex County by Jeff Lemire. A powerful story of three characters in the Canadian farming countryside.
- Tintin by Hergé. Not my cup of tea but still worth mentioning and one of the most influential and well-loved series of all time.
- Spirou by Franquin (and later by Fournier). Similar to Tintin but with more complex art and stories, which I personally prefer.
- Gil Jourdan by Maurice Tillieux. Detective/mysteries/adventures with great humor and incredible art.
- Blake and Mortimer by Edgar P. Jacobs. Another Belgian O.G., this time a science fiction with very strong scientific elements.
- Literally anything by Andrea Pazienza. He's just that good. For English speakers, his Zanardi is the only thing available.
- The Reprieve by Jean Pierre Gibrat. The story of a young woman who tries to help a prisoner of war during the Nazi invasion of France. It's worth it for the art alone.
- The man who grew his beard by Olivier Schrauwen. Belgian Schrauwen’s comics are quite weird and experimental, definitely worth a shot.
- Pinocchio by Winschluss. Another incredibly weird and insane story with great psychedelic artwork.
- Epileptic by David B. The memoir of the author and his coping with his brother’s epilepsy in a black-and-almost-no-white comic.
- Beowulf by Santiago García and David Rubín. The retelling of the influential epic poem by Spanish creators García and Rubín.
- Peplum by Blutch. A dark an expressive comic set in roman times with really nice (and dark) art.
- The Photographer by Emmanuel Guibert. Mixes photos and pencils to tell a compelling story.
- The making of by Brecht Evens. An interesting story with impressive impressionist art.
- Alan's War by Emmanuel Guibert. The story of a WWII soldier called Alan Cope.
- The House by Paco Roca. A very human story of three siblings, their father and their country house.
- Corto Maltese by Hugo Pratt. One of the best drawn and written euro comics.
- The Collected Toppi. The work of one of the most talented artists ever. Very fantastic stories with insane art.
- The Collected Crepax. Another Italian's work brought to English. This one veers more into erotica.
- The Smurfs by Peyo. An all-ages classic with interesting social commentary.
- Asterix by Gosciny and Uduerzo. Another classic for all ages.
- Yakari by Derib. A beautifully drawn western for all ages.
Other stuff I couldn't place:
- Sunny by Taiyô Matsumoto. A heartfelt story of a bunch of kids living in an orphanage.
- Shhhh by Jason. A wordless story about humans and their complex issues (drawn with anthropomorphic art).
- Why are you doing this? by Jason. Another great story about humans and their complex motivations.
- From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell. The tale of jack the ripper, told by Moore, with art by the incomparable Eddie Campbell.
- Love and Rockets by "los bros" Hernandez. Probably the best long-running series ever, especially within the genre of speculative fiction.
- Maus by Art Spiegelman. The story of his father and the holocaust through anthopomorphic art. If you haven't heard of it, you live under a rock.
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Like Maus, one of the most iconic graphic memoirs of recent years.
- Scott Pilgrim by Brian Lee O'Malley. A very funny romance with tons of pop-culture references and very nice art.
- Age of Bronze by Eric Shanower. An epic series that retells the events of the Trojan War and takes inspiration from Homer’s Illiad and Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida.
- Blankets by Craig Thompson. A coming-of-age memoir of the autho’s childhood and his troubled relationship with the church, his brother, etc.
- Criminal by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. One of the most important writer-artist teams of the last years, Brubaker and Phillips have done a ton of stuff together, but Criminal may very well be the best thing they’ve done.
- Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky. A very strange story following two people who can stop time when they orgasm. Yep, it’s weird.
- Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore. A very long-running series about three characters who grow and evolve and live life.
- The Arrival by Shaun Tan. A story of immigration told in a wordless format and with Shau Tan’s iconic art style.
- Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughn and Niko Henrichon. The story of four lions who escape the Baghdad zoo after the American bombing of the city in 2003. It hits hard.
- Pim and Francie by Al Columbia. A very very dark and disturbing compilation of pages by artist Al Columbia, which creates a very nightmare-ish feel to the story
- Lone Wolf and Cub by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima. One of the most iconic and influential manga ever. If you didn’t know, The Mandalorian really takes from this story.
- The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon. A wonderfully illustrated story of a woman dealing with severe OCD while she lives her life and tries to have normal relationships.
- Uncle Scrooge by Carl Barks. “The Good Duck Artist” not only created the iconic character of Uncle Scrooge, but also wrote some of the best Duck stories in Disney history and, as his tittle suggests, the man can draw.
submitted by Fanrox
[Game] You can't play the Steam version of TRON: Evolution anymore (game is delisted, serial keys revoked)
So, a bit of a rant. I often buy games on sales, but don't play them immediately. Yesterday I decided to play TRON: Evolution, maybe even practice speedrunning it, so I install the game, try to activate it (game still uses SecuROM DRM) and... the serial key has expired (?!).
After a bit of googling, I found this thread
and it seems more users are affected. In reality, everyone
who owns the game, but doesn't have it installed (and launched at least once) right now can't play the game (probably) ever again.
It's very sad to see what is happening here, not sure if it's Disney's or SecuROM's fault, I just wish it would get fixed eventually, or at least someone would find a workaround to this issue. I also posted about it on Speedrun.com
game's forums, to see if someone else has any idea what can be done, but so far no one knows.
From what I understand (not confirmed), the only way to be able to play it, is to have it installed and activated before it all happened. After uninstalling the game you have to de-activate the key, so reinstalled game won't work either.
TL;DR: Activating the game (regular or manual) doesn't work anymore, can't start the game if you install it right now.
submitted by Renusek