Under-rated or Ignored Comics and Graphic Novels
Comic Books are about as personal as it gets when it comes to fans. We all love to read them but it is the few that we are not reading that creates a tragic situation that many of us are not even aware of. I grew up on Batman, Spiderman, TMNT, The Silver Surfer, The Blood of Dracula, and so many others. I think at my peak I was reading in excess of 100 titles a month. These days I hardly ever buy a comic book but rather wait for the compilations of issues so it is one purchase vs many. For one, the compilations fit better on a book shelf. Now I want to look at comics and graphic novels that I overlooked initially but upon further review, turned out to be awesome and well worth your time.
Elephantman gives us incredible art with a noir/sci-fi/pulp feel. You get to see a story unfold that is well thought out, and captures the imagination like no other. If you haven’t seen this one, you truly missed the boat of awesomeness.
The Hollow Grounds is breathtaking in its completeness. More a graphic Novel than a comic book the awe inspiring stories in this book come from the pages of Heavy Metal. You have to see them to believe them but I can tell you that this is one of those books you will not want to put down.
The Arrival is another Graphic Novel that is breathtaking. In the author’s own words, “Completely wordless, absolutely amazing story about being an immigrant coming to a new world wildly unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.”
Nate Seal gives us The Sanctuary. This story is another with no real words but rather a series of grunts and groans by the cavemen as they try to survive in a hostile world.
The Horde gives us one of the great Genghis Khan. We see his story unfold with crappy artwork but the story is so good that one can ignore the art and by the end of the story the art kind of speaks to you in ways that you didn’t realize when you started.
Now there are many others and I will add to this list as time goes on. Feel free to add to the list yourself by posting comments.
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