As you can probably tell, I am partial to the odd Graphic Novel/Comic every now and then. I also love myself a Top Ten. So what better way to kick off a possible Top Ten series than with one about one of my favourite forms of media and the best it has to offer.
10. Adventure Time Vol. 1
This is a TV show that was made for Graphic Novels. The episodes feel like they have been ripped out the pages. It may look like a book for little kids, but it retains the humour and artwork the series is famous for. With its added fourth wall breaks, this a welcome addition to an already charming and fiercely detailed universe.
9. Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on a Serious Earth
Don’t be fooled by Batman and the Joker and their madcap adventures, this is a horror comic no doubt about it. This isn’t a graphic novel for the light-hearted. This is for the veteran. The horror doesn’t come from the story, it comes from the surreal imagery and rigid shapes that I, personally, can’t get enough of.
8. Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe
Deadpool is one of my favourite characters, period. I was skeptical when first heard about this. The fact that it looked and sounded quite serious had me concerned that it would miss out all of his trademark humour. It doesn’t, but gives a disturbing dark twist to it that gives a refreshing, different take to all of his story archs if you read them from the perspective you’d read this from. Like Arkham Asylum, this is a horror comic but it is lightened by the odd quips Deadpool makes when violently maiming your favourite characters.
7. Mars Attacks Judge Dredd
I’ve already gone on about this enough. This is good. Read it. Read it if you want to avoid missing out on all that good martian kicking of ass. Just read it. Please. Please. PLEASE. Please just read it. You owe it to yourself to read it, unless you are a murderer or a felon etc. Still read it. Just stop with the murdering. Still read it though. OK? ok.
This is the dark, gritty Joker you’ve been waiting for. I know what you’re thinking “But Uncle, Heath Ledger portrayed a perfectly gritty Joker throughout Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight“. Yes. but this is gritty done right. Screw that Zack Snyder “Do you bleed?” bullshizzle, this is a noir, gangster type Joker that just can’t be missed.
5. V for Vendetta
Before Anonymous went and ruined it, before V’s mask became a staple of pop culture, V for Vendetta was a post-apocalyptic political thriller with great action and an even greater story arch. If you’ve read this, you know your shizzle. One of the most prolific and important pieces of all time, this is the Citizen Kane of graphic novels.
4. Batman: The Long Halloween
If you thought Joker was noir, this is Scorcese. The action is few and far between but the intertwining stories and different clues keeps you one step behind, keeps you guessing and forces you into the boots of the Dark Knight himself.
Before we get to the biggest of cheese. Let’s take a moment for the ones that just missed the cut.
Batman: The Man Who Laughs
Hellboy in Hell: The Descent
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
We’re getting to big stuff now. Capiche?
3. Scott Pilgrm
How I could I pick one? I couldn’t! That picture is just to represent the entire series. I love this. I love it to it’s non-exsistent core. The jokes, the romance, the action, the art, the story. I love it all. Wait. Why isn’t this No.1? Yeah this should be No.1. This is my website. Speedy won’t mind. The Top Tens were my idea anyway. This is No.1. Bear with me though, there are a few formalities first.
2. World War Hulk
Ah, Marvel. You’ve been my friend, my companion, my mentor. This is you at your finest. I couldn’t go without mentioning World War Hulk. It is the first Graphic Novel I ever loved. John Romita Jr. takes a different sort of style than his previous work when he approached this. The art is a lot more traditional and the action is non-stop and relentless. It could have been No.1 if I had wrote this a few years ago. Hulk kicks ass.
1. Batman: The Killing Joke & Scott Pilgrim
I’ve made my point about Scott Pilgrim, you get the jist.
Batman: The Killing Joke is the pinnacle of superhero writing. Like The Long Halloween, it’s a lot more story driven and the action is minimal before the final showdown. Alan Moore has struck gold and solidified his legend in the world of superheroes, pop culture and beyond.
That was it. The big introduction to, hopefully, a bigger series.
Lots of hugs, kisses and lacerations