What are some must read trades?

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  1. jourdo

    jourdo TFW2005 Supporter

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    After recently finding out that the local library carries trade paperbacks (who knew?), I'm picking up story arcs that I never had a chance to read before. I'd appreciate any suggested reading from the masses out there. Anything you think is a must read?

    I just got through with Batman: The Long Halloween. What's next?
     
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    Thor Visionaries Walter Simonson
    JLA Earth 2
    The books of magic
     
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    Watchmen.

    Assuming you haven't read it already, it needs to be at the top of your list.

    Followed by Maus.
     
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    Watchmen
    Kingdom Come
    Dark Knight Returns
    every volume of Sandman
    New Frontier
     
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    Assuming you haven't read these yet...

    - Watchmen
    - Crisis On Infinite Earths
    - Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
    - All of Neil Gaiman's Sandman series (several trades worth of material)
    - V for Vendetta
    - Kingdom Come
    - Death of Superman, World Without a Superman and Reign of the Supermen (three trades)
    - DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore - Collection that includes "For the Man Who Has Everything", "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow", "Batman: The Killing Joke", "Mogo Doesn't Socialize", the short GL story that introduces the Blackest Night prophecy and others.

    If you're a fan of Green Lantern, I'd also suggest Final Night, as it was an excellent send-off for Hal Jordan (though it's basically meaningless to current continuity).
     
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    I just finished Watchmen, great book. I also enjoyed the Long Halloween. and Dark Knight Returns. Looking forward to reading The Killing Joke and V for Vendetta, I also want to read 300 and Sin City.
     
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    Just a few to start, CAPS are in my opinion MUST reads:

    Batman: THE KILLING JOKE
    Batman: SON OF THE DEMON
    Batman: Year One
    Batman: Year Two
    Batman: Full Circle
    Batman: NO MAN'S LAND (all volumes)
    Batman: KNIGHTFALL
    Batman: DEATH IN THE FAMILY
    Batman: Saga of Ra's Al Ghul
    Batman: Death & the Maiden's
    Batman: Sword of Azrael
    Batman: The Many Deaths of Batman
    Batman: BLIND JUSTICE
    Batman: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS

    KINGDOM COME

    THE CROW

    JLA: NEW WORLD ORDER
    JLA: The Nail

    SUPERMAN: FOR ALL SEASONS
     
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    The Mask, The Mask Returns, and The Mask Strikes Back if you can find them. They're the original violent Mask books, 2 of them done before the Jim Carrey movie. The big tough guy Walter from the cartoon also originated in these books.
     
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    Guys, I'm curious - is Watchmen the one written by Alan Moore (spelling?) and is it that really that good?
     
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    this might come as a bad place in this thread, but I was going to say how much I actually DIDN'T like the watchmen. it's always talked about as THE tpb to read, but I can't figure out why. I read it this summer, and found it boring and somewhat predictable. maybe it was profound in its day, like citizen kane was, but it didn't do anything for me, or my girlfriend who read it as well.
     
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    Yes Watchmen is written by Alan Moore and it is one of the best comics ever. It along with V For Vendetta and The Dark Night Returns are like the holy trinoty of modern comics and can be argued as starting the "Modern Age" of comics. They are comics as high literature.

    @ ckhtiger you know it's funny the first time I read Watchmen (around '98) I hated it too. I just could not get in to it but I went back around late '04-early '05 and reread it as at that time I had nothing else to read and just loved it. mabey for some people it just takes more than one reading of it to enjoy. (or it's just not your cup of tea)
     
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    Anything with 'Walking Dead' in the title. Start at volume 1 and you won't look back.
     
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    Walking Dead
    She-Hulk (the entire Slott run)
    Y the Last Man
    Invincible
    Anything else Kirkman.
    The Killing Joke
    Dark Knight Returns

    Daredevil Yellow
    Spider-Man Blue
    Hulk Grey
    Batman: Hush
    Superman for all Seasons
    Batman: the Long Halloween
     
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    Transmetropolitan.
     
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    Its kinda lost some of its kick since the fall of communism and the threat of imminent nuclear armageddon has pasted, but whenever I reread it I try to get back into that 80s frame of mind.


    And more recommendations...if you can find them. The original Marvel series of the 60s esp Fantastic Four, Spider-man, and the Hulk. Again, out dated but they're just fun to read.
     
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    Preacher
    Y the last man

    2 of the best graphic novels i have ever read..
    saying that i think watchman is over hyped
     
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    Old thread is very old.
     
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