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epcomics
Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 11:44:51 PM

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Title says it all. I know this has been done plenty of times before but I think it's time for a re-boot.

RULE: Only 1!

...

For me it has to be V for Vendetta. I don't care too much for the message of the story (not being an anarchist) but I think Alan Moore handled it very well. The story is superbly written, almost poetic at some points, and full of symbolism and literary density. David Lloyd's art fit perfectly and Tony Weares colores only added to the overall feel of the book. In my mind this is the closest to "masterpiece" that comics have gotten.



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KingZombie
Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2009 12:39:19 AM

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Well, if we're including TPB's then for me it's gotta be X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga. Because that's my all time favorite comic story.
epcomics
Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2009 2:10:01 AM

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KingZombie wrote:
Well, if we're including TPB's then for me it's gotta be X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga. Because that's my all time favorite comic story.


That certainly counts. I was actually very surprised at how good this was when I first read it. It defitinatly lived up to the hype.

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thomas4d4
Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2009 3:30:30 AM

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I love V for Vendetta.

It's really not fair to name just one....

But...

Maybe Batman year one is my favorite TPB. This is by far my favorite Miller book. His writing is so understated here, and earthy. He doesn't resort to the over the top violence and absurd situations that Miller so commonly resorts to in works like Dark Knight or Sin City. In Year One he creates a city so real and full of life with all these forces at work like the police, corrupt police, the mobs, the vice, and the real, fully developed characters who deal with them like the young Bruce Wayne who struggles with his inner demons; A young Gordon who is thrown into a corrupt system and has to find a way of dealing with it and survive. And Seline a young prostitute who has her own unique way of dealing with the corruption of the city. It's so full of depth and breath.

And then there is Mazzucchelli's art which is just as understated and earthy as the writing. He can and does draw anything and everything with such seeming ease and grace that it takes your breath away. He is able to give equal attention to that background scenery of the city and streets of Gotham as well as the beautiful figures of Batman and co. And on top of this there is the unbelievable coloring of Lewis in which creates such mood that it perfectly enhances the incredible art.

All of this combines to create one of the most exciting TPB that has ever been made as well as leave you hanging and hungry to read the next installment of the Dark Knight and company that sadly never comes.



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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2009 11:21:50 AM

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definitely a tough decision to make. after much wailing and gnashing of teeth...

J.O'Barr's 'The Crow'.

he breathed his life into his art and told a powerful story. i never get tired of reading it. i could type for days about this story, but i'll settle for recommending it to those who haven't read it so you can decide for yourself.
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I bet you that no one will mention The Watchmen, lol.



For me, at the moment, my favorite TPB is still X-Factor: The Longest Night.

I've read it Multiple times (get it? Multiple? lol) and I still enjoy it every time.

Anywho... when asked this question, it's definitely the first TPB that comes to my mind.





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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2009 12:09:43 PM

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SpidermanGeek wrote:
I bet you that no one will mention The Watchmen, lol.


if the TS wanted to know my top 5 fave graphic novels in no particular order, Watchmen would've been mentioned.
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The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

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X-Men: Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire or Messiah Complex can't decide on just one....

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I could never pick just one but some of my favs include...
1.X-cutioners Song
2.Celestial Madonna
3.Kang Dynasty
4.Dark Phoenix
5.Rise of Apocalypse(reveals En Sabah Nurs origin)
6.Further Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix(reveals Mr. Sinisters origin)
7.Avengers:Under Siege
8.Avengers:Galactic Storm
9.Thor:The Eternals Saga
10.FF:Books of Doom





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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2009 9:46:11 PM

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I'll say it.

The Watchmen

There, I said it. It is my favorite. I have read it more than any other comic(all before there was ever a thought of a movie). Yes, it has been talked about incessantly but for good reason. It is a masterpiece.

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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2009 9:48:28 PM

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thomas4d4 wrote:
I love V for Vendetta.

It's really not fair to name just one....

But...

Maybe Batman year one is my favorite TPB. This is by far my favorite Miller book. His writing is so understated here, and earthy. He doesn't resort to the over the top violence and absurd situations that Miller so commonly resorts to in works like Dark Knight or Sin City. In Year One he creates a city so real and full of life with all these forces at work like the police, corrupt police, the mobs, the vice, and the real, fully developed characters who deal with them like the young Bruce Wayne who struggles with his inner demons; A young Gordon who is thrown into a corrupt system and has to find a way of dealing with it and survive. And Seline a young prostitute who has her own unique way of dealing with the corruption of the city. It's so full of depth and breath.

And then there is Mazzucchelli's art which is just as understated and earthy as the writing. He can and does draw anything and everything with such seeming ease and grace that it takes your breath away. He is able to give equal attention to that background scenery of the city and streets of Gotham as well as the beautiful figures of Batman and co. And on top of this there is the unbelievable coloring of Lewis in which creates such mood that it perfectly enhances the incredible art.

All of this combines to create one of the most exciting TPB that has ever been made as well as leave you hanging and hungry to read the next installment of the Dark Knight and company that sadly never comes.



While I have yet to read the TPB can I just say that movie RULES. I have probably watched it 30 times. At least.Applause





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epcomics
Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2009 10:16:04 PM

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cleafus wrote:
I'll say it.

The Watchmen

There, I said it. It is my favorite. I have read it more than any other comic(all before there was ever a thought of a movie). Yes, it has been talked about incessantly but for good reason. It is a masterpiece.


This would be a close second for me Winking It defitnitaly deserves all the prasise it gets. I read it twice a year and ALWAYS find something new.

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KingZombie
Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2009 10:26:49 PM

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epcomics wrote:
cleafus wrote:
I'll say it.

The Watchmen

There, I said it. It is my favorite. I have read it more than any other comic(all before there was ever a thought of a movie). Yes, it has been talked about incessantly but for good reason. It is a masterpiece.


This would be a close second for me Winking It defitnitaly deserves all the prasise it gets. I read it twice a year and ALWAYS find something new.


Third that!
evilernie13
Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2009 10:52:22 PM

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daredevil father and yellow are both awesome!

Oh sh.....
jamnloki
Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2009 11:01:27 PM

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Marvels by Busiek & Ross...if we're to pick one

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Philli
Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2009 11:12:57 PM

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Honestly, Eternals by Neil Gaiman. Last one I can remember that really grabbed me.





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Posted: Saturday, August 29, 2009 2:02:09 PM
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I would have to say Dark Phoenix saga if i had to pick only 1. Watchmen is very close to being my favorite. I am sure most people find something new to enjoy when they re-read it.
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