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Buzzfeed's must read comics list

Posted June 13, 2013 into Comics by John Birmingham

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Buzzfeed has a great list of the 60 must read comics your, er, must read at some point. I won't get anywhere near that number. Unless you've got a subscription to Marvel or Comixology these things are hell expensive to collect. But the list is interesting, and does have a couple of dozen I could be tempted into buying. The Communist Superman one, above, is a fascinating idea. I'm sure that future gonzo sci fi one Orin keeps trying to get me to read is also in there somewhere. And some, such as Watchmen, and Life in Hell, I've already enjoyed.

Life in Hell made me laugh out loud more than any book, ever.

Link's here. Worth a book mark for a boozy late night browse.

18 Responses to ‘Buzzfeed's must read comics list’

Blarkon has opinions thus...

Posted June 13, 2013

Red Son doesn't take its premise seriously enough. The first bits are fine, but then they get cold feet and decide that it's better to make Superman look bad than to question the libertarian paradise without a social safety net that Luthor builds because "fark yeah, 'Murika!"

They mention Transmetropolitan, but put it under Planetary (both by the same author). Planetary is a good read, but it's certainly not as re-readable as Transmetropolitan.

Spider doesn't have a gold hovercraft, but he does have filthy assistants.

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Spanner has opinions thus...

Posted June 13, 2013

Stephen Kings Dark Tower Graphic novels. They fill in some gaps in the story and expand on some plot lines. They are worth the read for the blood splatter.

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John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted June 13, 2013

I'm thinking about a subscription to the Marvel app, which supposedly gives you access to thousands of titles for about $60 a year.

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Barnesm mumbles...

Posted June 13, 2013

I was suprised at the number of comics in the list I have read, though I must confess being vaguely dissappointed with Spider man; Blue having expected somethign different from the title.

Have to agree with Blarkon - I enjoyed Transmetropolitan way more than Planetary. I will also attest to frustration reading Lone Wolf and Cub which I began to read back in the Dark Horse editions in Australia, collecting the assiduously every week/month until about issue 60 when they stopped coming out and then began many years later to be republished but in a quater paper book style. I was peeved but at least I got to read the whole saga. GREAT STUFF.

and I am fairly sure that 'Fun Home' would pass the Bechdel test.

The only one that I regualrly read that they haven't mentioned is Atomic-Robo by Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener, which is currently my must read comic.

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Rob ducks in to say...

Posted June 13, 2013

what no Judge Dredd? No Pat Mills? No Halo Jones... shocked and appalled, I tells ya.

Spanner reckons...

Posted June 13, 2013

Strontium Dogs, Sinister Dexter, Rouge Trooper...

NBlob asserts...

Posted June 13, 2013

+1 Rogue Trooper.

Rouge Trooper is probably more of a Navy Thing. "Hello Sailor"

Spanner swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 13, 2013

I stand by my splleing.

New Rogue Trooper. Friday with is Biochip buddies.

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Surtac reckons...

Posted June 13, 2013
Damn. Must now check out the Marvel app ...

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w from brisbane would have you know...

Posted June 13, 2013

How can you leave out The Phantom ???.

Darth Greybeard ducks in to say...

Posted June 13, 2013

Old jungle saying "Phantom comics are as shite as ten piles of tiger poo."

w from brisbane reckons...

Posted June 13, 2013

Only a fool crosses the Phantom.

Matthew K swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 16, 2013

Phantom is very big in Norway for some reason. Fantomet.

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Trowzers has opinions thus...

Posted June 13, 2013

The problem with these lists is they are never complete. What no 'The Killing Joke' by Alan Moore? No Naoki Urasawa?

I'm fairly new to comics, having only discovered them in my adult years as the offerings available when I was a kid were uniformly loads of crap. I now have all the Hellboy books. I have Kingdom Come. I have a bunch of Alan Moore and a few of the Sin City books. I've also discovered the fairly new comic 'Saga' and found it to be pretty awesome. And I'm eyeing of the new Hawkeye series, which has had a lot of good media, and the Absolute Top Ten collection, which should be coming out soon, and I want to go back and read some of the old Sensational She-Hulk stories that had fun breaking all the rules of comics. All up, there are a lot of places to invest the precious folding stuff.

Rob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 19, 2013

John Byrne's She Hulk was brilliant at constantly and sarcastically breaking the fouth wall. Would make an interesting film thats for sure, a sorta sex and the city meets 7 foot tall green New York lawyer with Horward the Duck thrown into the mix.

Alan Moore definately knows the score although V for Vendatta is a bit of a trudge and I struggle to read it, prefering his DR and Quinch and 2000ad work.

Still can't belive Pat Mills didn't make the list. Nemesis the Warlock is the best thing to hand over the cash on. especially the with the art work of Kevin O'Niell and the late John Hinkleton.

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Darth Greybeard mumbles...

Posted June 13, 2013

For one of my slightly advanced years I'm a bit fond of the comic/graphic novel genre. I'd rate the Sandman higher and have two massive "Absolute Sandman" volumes so far. "Alice in Sunderland" is well worth reading if you can find it. Had Eisner's Contract with God but lost it in the flood because it was bedside reading at the time. Still have his Best of the Spirit also worth reading. Frank Miller I find an appalling man and his stuff comes across a wee bit fascist but I do have that Batman. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is not like the movie and is a continuous series of pop culture in-jokes from the whole 20th century. No matter what you read as a child, this series will, erm, make you see it differently. I loved his Bond dynasty. Rogues, traitors and bastards all. Suprised LoEG wasn't on the list. Hellboy, TinTin, Asterix, Calvin & Hobbes, Far Side, Dilbert, Walking Dead, Solomon Kane, V for Vendetta, Dr Fegg's Encyclopaedia of All World Knowledge, Milligan's Goon Cartoons, The Shadow, The Rocketeer, Pick of Punch and yes, boxes of Phantom comics. Bugger. I think I might be a collector?

Matthew K is gonna tell you...

Posted June 16, 2013

All true, insofar as I've read 'em. But Sandman - it's up there man.

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Matthew K ducks in to say...

Posted June 16, 2013

If I had to boil it down to three I'd say: Sandman (yeah very long but worth it), Watchmen and Maus.

If four then I'd include Frank Miller's Dark Night for it's masterclass in how to reboot a tired generic character.

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