Help me pick TPBs for a library!

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  1. ubertenorman

    ubertenorman Well-Known Member

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    Quick, what trade paperbacks should I recommend my wife pick up for the library she works at? Don't have to be TF related, though selfishly I would like them to be so I can read them :p 

    Obviously LSOTW is choice numero uno.

    I'm not a giant comics person so your help would be greatly appreciated!

    THANKS
     
  2. Aernaroth

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    What does she want to go with, ones that are "classics" or influential works, ones that will be popular, or ones that are deep from a literary standpoint? Series, or oneshots? Youth audience, young adult, adult, what? Are we limited to stuff that's in print now?

    Some of my general reccomendations:
    -Watchmen, by Alan Moore
    -The Dark Knight Returns, by Frank Milled
    -All Star Superman (both volumes) by Frank Quietly
    -Habibi, by Craig Thompson
    -The ENTIRE Tintin series, by Herge
    -Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar
    -Pretty much any of Thor, Vol. 3 by Strazynski
     
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    X-Men: Phoenix Rising and The Dark Phoenix Saga. Dark Phoenix's been reprinted a bunch of times, but the origin story is a little tougher to come across. Any trade reprinting Uncanny X-Men 101-110 should do the trick.

    I'd also pull...
    Batman: The Long Halloween
    Captain America: Operation Rebirth
    Art Spiegelman's Maus
    Age of Apocalypse
    Kingdom Come (I'm actually not a big fan of this one, but it's considered one of those modern "watermarks" so there ya go)

    Most of this is fun reading, but Maus is pretty heavy stuff.
     
  4. ubertenorman

    ubertenorman Well-Known Member

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    Surprisingly, most of those are actually in the system. I didn't think they had that many of the basics covered. Though they don't have Red Son or some of the X-Men ones.

    Also, I know they're pretty set for Marvel and DC comics.

    I was thinking of suggesting comics by IDW or other comic publishers. I found out they don't have the original TMNT so I suggested the IDW reprints.

    Anything else that they should get? Thanks again!

    PS If you want to check what they have, the catalog is at L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library :) 
     
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    52 is a must.
     
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    Batman Dark Victory
    Superman for All Seasons
    Batman Killing Joke
    Daredevil Born Again
    Aliens vs Predator Omnibus volume 1
     
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    Oh, so there's already stuff there. Pretty good selection, actually.


    DMZ by Brian Wood is great. Hell, anything by Brian Wood is great, like Northlanders.

    Get more Thor by Straczynski. And Siege.

    Thunderbolts is always good, get more of that. Similar for Suicide Squad.

    Get WAY more by Naoki Urasawa. Finish X Pluto, 20th Century Boys, and get Monster.
     
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    If they're looking for something not of Marvel/DC, I'd recommend Planetary by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday, Tom Strong by Alan Moore and Chris Sprouse, The Authority by Warren Ellis and Brian Hitch and the later ones by Mark Millar and various.
     
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    I would trollfully recommend The Walking Dead :) 
     
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    Bone by Jeff Smith
    Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore
    Queen & Country by Greg Rucka
    Mouse Guard by David Petersen
    Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan
    Cowboy Ninja Viking by A.J. Lieberman
     
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    Batman Year One- Batman, Gordon, Alfred, Catwoman, and Harvey Dent's first appearances in post crisis continuity
    Batman The Man Who Laughs- Joker's first appearance in PCC
    Batman and the Monster Men and Batman and the Mad Monk- Two excellent stories set during Year One.
    Batman The Long Halloween and Dark Victory- Origin of Two Face and Robin
    Batman The Killing Joke- One of the best Joker stories ever
    Batman Birth of the Demon- 70's Ras al Ghul
    Batman Death in the Family- Death of Jason Todd
    Batman Knightfall- Enter Bane
    Batman Hush- A decent story but good for the Jim Lee art.
    All of Grant Morrisons Batman (Arkham Asylum, Batman and Son, The Black Glove, RIP, Time and the Batman, Final Crisis, Return of Bruce Wayne, Batman and Robin vols 1-3, and Batman Inc)
    Scott Snyder's Batman (The Black Mirror and The Court of Owls)- The Current run on Batman, good stuff.
    The Dark Knight Returns- Required Reading along with...
    Watchmen
    Grant Morrison's Run on Action Comics (It'll be out on TPB soon, but its one of the few new 52 books I like)
    Superman Secret Origin- The previous origin of Superman
    Superman Braniac- A Decent Braniac story
    Superman Up, Up, and Away- Nice post 52 Superman story.
    Superman Last Son- General Zod's first appearance and the sequel to the above.
    52- One of the greatest comics ever.
    Jack Kirby's 4th World- Another phenomenal comic
    Ed Brubaker's Captain America- Some of the finest written Marvel work ever
    Spider-Man vs The Green Goblin- A nice TPB that contains the finest original Green Goblin stories.
    Larry Hamma's GI Joe (Classics Vol 1-15)- The original GI Joe run at its finest.
    GI Joe Cobra Vol 1-4- The best GI Joe story period.
    Transformers War Within- A TF classic
    Transformers Megatron Origin- Just what it says.
    Transformers Autocracy- When it comes out is the followup to the above story in a sense as it is the origin of Optimus.
    Maus- A powerful and well done comic.
    Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics- This deserves to be in every comic book fan's home.
     
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    -A death in the family
    -Death of Superman, World without a Superman, Return of Superman
    -Any volume of Sin City
     
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    WE3 by Morrison/Quitely
     
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    300, Frank Miller & Lynn Varley.

    Judge Dredd: America, John Wagner & Colin MacNeil.

    V for Vendetta, Akan Moore & David Lloyd.

    Asterix (any/all of them), Hodder & Dargaud.

    Kabuki: Circle of Blood, David Mack.

    Batman: Hush, Jeff Loeb & Jim Lee.

    JlA: A League of One, Christopher Moeller.

    I picked these because they're good stand alone stories that don't need other comics or stories to make them great.

    Edit
    Also because its for a public library, Manga would be popular?

    Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo.

    Love Hina, Ken Akamatsu. Bit left field but I enjoyed the shit out of this series.
     
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    Cowboy by Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos
    A Tale of Sand by Jim Henson and adapted by Ramon Perez
    Iron West by Doug TenNapel
    Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel
    Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
    Anyas Ghost by Vera Brosgol
    Tiny Titans by Art Baltazar and Franco
    Okie Dokie Donuts by Chris "Elio" Eliopoulos
    Mouseguard by David Peterson
     
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    I recommend

    Batman Hush
    Green Lantern Sinestro Corp War
    The Death of Superman (or the direct to DVD movie. The OVAs are based on good TPBs usually)
     
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    Runaways. The kids love that stuff.
     
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    Superman: The Man of Steel (at least the first couple of volumes - it's still the best Superman origin story)
    Superman: Secret Origin (second best)
    The Death and Return of Superman
    Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes
    Superman: Brainiac
    Superman for All Seasons
    Superman: Red Son
    All-Star Superman
    Batman: Year One
    Batman: The Long Halloween
    Batman: Hush
    The Dark Knight Returns
    Crisis on Infinite Earths
    Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds (Final Crisis sucked but I thought this series was really good!)
    Green Lantern: Rebirth
    Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War (all volumes)
    Green Lantern: Blackest Night (just the main series)
    Iron Man: Armor Wars
    JLA
    Kingdom Come
    Marvels
    Secret Wars
    Spider-Man: Venom
    X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga
    52
     
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    Everyone has covered most of the good stuff, but i'm really into Scott Snyder at the moment so i'll recommend him too. Everything he does is awesome. So his batman run, American vampire volume 1,2 and 3 , Ironman Noir and i've heard good things about severed and swamp thing but haven't gotten around to picking them up yet.

    As for non marvel/DC I'd recommend the Umbrella Academy, books 1 and 2 by Gerard Way and the Axe Cop trades by Malachai and Ethan Nicolle , especially the bad guy earth book which was an original story and has a sequel in print at the moment. There's also The Walking Dead books, which are available in a variety of methods including the paperback compendium.

    Oh and although he can be a bit hit and miss with some i really like Mark Millar's creator owned stuff, so KickAss, Nemesis etc. Also Jonathan Ross' Turf is a pretty fun read.
     

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