So I've just started reading comics in the last few months, I've already read the walking dead, Locke and key and Watchmen. I'm not too big into the whole superhero genre so could anyone recommend any comics that have more alternative and original concepts?
There's quite a bit from the DC Vertigo line, at least there used to be when I was a comic reader. In addition to the Hellblazer suggestion, I'd add Sandman, Preacher and 100 Bullets. And, while it technically is a superhero title, I'd add Sandman Mystery Theater. In reality, it's a pulpy detective comic, but the hero does have a costume of sorts. If you like Harry Potter and the like, then you should check out Books of Magic. The main character even looks like Potter, but the comic appeared seven years before that teenage wizard. Like Hellblazer, BoM walks the border of superhero DCU and the mystical realities meaning an occasional reference to Batman or the Green Lantern might occur while taking a journey to Hell to retrieve Lucifer's wings.
Oh and if you want to read something huge, then check out Cerebus the Aardvark. Don't let it's cartoonish look dissuade you. There's a lot to the story.
Brian K. Vaughan's "Y: The Last Man" and "Ex Machina" are pretty great, and his new series "Saga" is pretty fantastic so far (it's only three issues in at this point).
If you want something a bit more out there, Matt Fraction's "Casanova" with Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon is some trippy awesomeness.
The Manhattan Project
V for Vendetta / League of Extraordinary Gentlemen but they are kind of superheroeish
Y The Last Man
Most of what everyone has said here is good too. Mb check comicvine and the boards there, its actually a really good website if you want to findout about comics.
- Corto Maltese by Hugo Pratt - all books from the series are fantastic. Great visuals, story and characters.
- Tintin by Herge, Lucky Luke by Morris and Goscinny and Asterix by Goscinny and Uderzo are the Franco-Belgian classics from the 20th century
- Blake and Mortimer by Edgar P. Jacobs is another fine example of adventure comics from the Belgian scene
- Spirou and Fantasio by Robert Velter lies more on the humorous side of adventure comics, much like Lucky Luke and Asterix
Fine, here is an american one:
- Black Hole by Charles Burns - I haven't finish it, but so far it's something quite amazing
People have already mentioneed Chew, Transmetropolitan, Y: The Last Man, Scott Pilgrim, Sandman and Preacher. All of them high quality non-super hero comics. I haven't seen anybody mention The Filth, We3, Blue Monday or The Goon yet, so I'll throw them in with high recommendations.
I'm disappointed by the lack of Terry Moore! He's an extremely talented indie writer/artist who puts Joss Whedon to shame in his excellent lady protagonists. His current book is Rachel Rising, a pretty cool horror mystery series if you're already into Locke & Key.
Another new supernatural mystery going on is Mind the Gap; haven't tried much past a sample, but it sounds impressive. Girl murdered, wanders on a different plane of existence trying to figure out what really happened.
Paul Cornell (of Captain Britain, the Lex Luthor arc of Action Comics, and Doctor Who) has a crazy mystery comic called Saucer Country about alleged alien abductions in New Mexico.
Jeff Lemire's graphic novel interpretation of The Invisible Man (Wells), The Nobody, is supposedly rather chilling as well.
I'm disappointed by the lack of Terry Moore!
I loved Strangers in Paradise, it's so hard to get now that it's hard to recommend, I need to check out some of his newer stuff.
Preacher, probably the most shocking comic series I've ever read, amazing.
Sin City, don't listen to people talking crap about Frank Miller, his comics are some of the best ever made.
Stray Bullets, may be hard to find, worth it though.
I'd give Invincible a try if you liked Walking Dead, it's by the same writer, and it's a pretty good hero comicbook in a self contained universe.
I haven't read 100 Bullets yet, just wanted to point out that the entire series in on sale right now on comixology http://www.comixology.com/comics-sale?featured_id=8719, I'm probably going to pick it up...
Some stand out stories/series are;
- Judge Dredd: America By John Wagner, Man tells the story of the girl he loved who joined a terrorist group trying to restore Democracy from the Fascist Judges.
- Button Man By John Wagner, Man tries to escape from an underground gladiatorial combat scene.
- Sláine: The Horned God By Pat Mills, kinda like Conan the Barbarian but based on Celtic Myth.
- Savage: Taking Liberties By Pat Mills, Britain was invaded by fake Russians, Bill Savage is a freedom fighter/terrorist trying to overthrow them. Written concurrently with the "war on terror".
- The Ballard of Halo Jones By Alan Moore, Unemployed girl goes food shopping, then works on a space ship, then fights in space Vietnam. Shows three distinct styles of writing from Alan Moore, from his world building, to his one off humorous side, and finally his more politically charged side.
- D.R. & Quinch By Alan Moore, Aliens come to earth. More of Alan Moore's comedy writing.
- Zombo by Al Ewing, Zombo is a government controlled Sentient Zombie that crashes on a death planet (a planet that actively tries to kill you).
- Low Life by Rob Williams, Low Life is the undercover branch of the Judges the control crime by being the crime. Started off being kinda serious then became full comedy when Dirty Frank became the star.
- Shakara by Robbie Morrison, Shakara is an alien that to avenge the destruction of its race has decided it will wipe out all life.
- Nikolai Dante by Robbie Morrison, Nikolai Dante is the bastard son of a Russian Tsar in a 18th century based future Earth.
- Indigo Prime by John Smith, Organisation designed to make sure that the multiverse doesn't destroy its self.
- Devlin Waugh by John Smith, a camp homosexual exorcist priest, employed by the future Vatican City, with medals in flower-arranging and Olympic high-diving, a bodybuilder’s physique.
- Sinister Dexter by Dan Abnett, Two hitmen are a cog in a cities crime. Early stuff is good but this series just will not end.
- Absalom by Gordon Rennie, Police branch is in charge of policing an act between Hell and the British Crown.