best self-contained Graphic novels

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  1. Cyber-Kun

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    Simply put, what are your favourite one shots or self contained graphic novels?
    Here are mine (in no particular order)

    Superman: Red Son
    Batman: Gotham by Gaslight
    Blankets
    Watchmen
    Dr Strange/ Dr Doom: Triumph and Torment
    Batman: Year One
    Batman: The Dark Knight returns
    Superman: Whatever happened to the man of tomorrow?
    Hench

    EDIT: Could a mod fix my title? Didn't notice it was misspelled
     
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    Rising Stars
    Red Son
    Golden Age
    New Fontier
    Wanted (except for the last page)
    Punisher Born
    Spider-man Blue
     
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    Batman: Red Rain I think it was called... superb.
     
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    The Crow
    Maus
    Watchmen
    DKR
    It has been a while, but I used to read Elseworlds comics that were fun.

    The Soawn Batman Crossover *the McFarlane/Miller one) was good.

    The Long Halloween
    The Pride of Baghdad (about the lions during the gulf war)
     
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    Kingdom Come.
     
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    Kingdom Come
    Superman: Speeding Bullets
    Red Son
    Batman: Brotherhood of the Bat
    Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey
     
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    It's they're not "graphic novels" but Wanted from Top Cow and Mark Millar is fantastic. And one of my favorite Marvel stand alone trades is "Secret War (vol 3)" It's some of Bednis's best work.
     
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    Arkham Asylum
    The Joker
    Pride of Baghdad
     
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    Since DKR, Year One, Red Son, Watchmen, etc are included, I'd say Wanted would count as a graphic novel.
     
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    Origin
    Watchmen

    But to be fair, neither one was written as a GN. The separate issues were simply slapped together into one book. (I don't mean Origin and Watchmen were put into the same book, obviously)
     
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    Well, graphic Novel or Trade Paperback, whichever.
    Although, I'm sure if it was practiced more at the time, Moore totally would have done Watchmen as a complete graphic novel from the start.
     
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    Indeed.
    But what about a really long comicbook series that doesn't fit into 1 single book? I'm sure if Battle Angel Alita was printed on sheets the size of newspapers , while not rescaling the actual panels, it would fit into 1 book. Alas, it is condensed into 9 volumes, consisting of about 3 or 4 issues per volume. I've read the whole series twice (not the expansion though; it's pointless, and adds nothing to the story). It is bar none my favorite GN. That's why (going off topic) I'm so anxious for Cameron to get rolling on it!
     
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    Arkham Asylum is a good read, but it should come with a caveat.
    i read it 4 times just to catch "most" of the nuances of it.

    And i will never understand why i overlook Kingdom Come.
     
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    Marvel 1602.

    Avoid New World like the plague.
     
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    Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth.
     
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    SOCOM: SEAL Team Seven.

    It's Navy SEALs vs. Atlantians with a crazy president thrown into the mix. Go track it down.
     
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    I'm a sucker for Alan Davis' work, so I'd like to add JLA: The Nail and JLA: Another Nail to the list. Excellent works!
     

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