Hi all. My interest in comics has seen a resurgence recently after a brief stint a couple years back and a few years in my childhood. I'm looking for some advice and reccomendations.
What am I looking for?
Trade paperbacks. Not a fan of actual comic books, they are a little too flimsy and piecemeal for my tastes.
Would prefer the comic to be finished or nearly finished. Don't wanna be starting with volume 1 and having to wait 1 - 3 years for the thing to be finished and readable, unless you absolutely reccomend it. For example, vol 1 of Coda looks right up my street but I'm going to leave it to flourish before going in.
Not a massive superhero fan. Or at least I think I'm not. During my childhood years I read alot of Spiderman and some amount of X men but superhero comics just seem like they don't fit the bill of what I'm looking for, which I'll get to in a moment. Maybe I could be wrong, let me know if there are some you reccomend based on what I'm about to say.
Ok, to give you an idea of what I like..... I LOVE Saga. It has everything I want in a comic (or nearly, more on that in a sec) - great artwork, great writing, witty stuff that leaves you grinning ear to ear whilst reading. Compelling story and likable characters, with loads of twists and turns and moments that just make you pop the book down for a second and say "holy shit". The one thing I want that Saga doesn't really have is that impact and weight that leaves a deep mark and impression on you for weeks afterwards. (Think like watching Grave of the Fireflies for the first time). Other than Saga, I have the first vol of Y The Last man which I enjoyed, I'm currently reading Upgrade Soul and enjoying it and I've just won a copy of The Punisher MAX VOL 1 from eBay cheap as owt. I love fantasy, Sci fi, anything unique or different, things that leave lasting impressions.
Other comics I'm looking at getting are the Baldurs Gate series (love d&d... also, Minsc!!), Prophet and Sandman. Would love to hear some suggestions from long time comic fans that know much more about this stuff than me. If you can use what little info I've given you and reccomend me things great! Thanks.