My Personal TOP 15 G.N...DISPUTE
15. ANIMAL MAN VOL 3 DUES EX MACHINA written by GRANT MORRISON and illustrated by Chas Truog - the artwork is decent. the character is genius. anybody could prolly think of a fun story to highlight BUDDY'S powers. but the best idea crept into the final volume of this collection. ITS THE BEST BREAK DOWN OF THE 4TH WALL IN THIS MEDIUM I HAVE EVER SEEN! waaaaaaaaaaaaay better than anything DEADPOOL ever said lol!
14. EXILES VOL 1 DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE written by JUDD WINICk and illustrated by MIKE McKONE - the artwork to me at least is the best of the "classical" sense, both in character designs and action sequences. the plot is "astonishing" lol. i love the character of JOHN PROUDSTAR and i love his chance here to be fleshed out more. same goes for MIMIC who truly (in my mind at least) has the ultimate skill set of powers. he is in a word, incalculable. the reason why it gets placed here is....it seems like too much of a rip off of the "SLIDERS" idea (bad fox show back in the day) set up to primarily show case the mythology of the X-MEN and other mutants its a great great read. not to be underestimated just not the most "creative" in a sense. but what great idea isn't a rip on something else i guess. if you're a fan of WHAT IF? style tales and anything X-MEN, you'll like it.
13. HELLBLAZER : DANGEROUS HABITS written by GARTH ENNIS and illustrated by WILLIAM SIMPSON - THE ART IS STELLAR very unique coupled with the writing. GARTH in my opinion being the best of the THIS generation as far as this medium is concerned. CONSTANTINE is loosely based off of this story arc, it was a movie released a few years ago with KEANU REEVES. the movie pales in comparison to the source material and is nothing more than a cheap dumbed down interpretation of this idea. and they find a way to add guns to it, lol!!!!!!!
12. DAREDEVIL VISIONARIES OR MARVEL KNIGHTS : DAREDEVIL GUARDIAN DEVIL written by KEVIN SMITH illustrated by JOE QUESADA - the art is stellar. simply...it put QUESADA on the map, now he's the new "king" lol. KEVIN SMITH you should know as the obscenely obese dude who got ejected from a plane (lol) no seriously, his VIEW ASKEW FILM SERIES speaks for itself. together this team crafted a sensational tale. you feel actually feel the passion in KEVIN'S writing and you can clearly tell this is a guy fulfilling a lifelong dream. the characterizations were spot on. SMITH who is usually comedic is so serious in tone, i love the religious bits (so MURDOCK lol). my only complaint is more of a grievance really. FRANK MILLER crafted lore for the frameworks of the character and gave it pizazz much like CLAREMONT did on X-MEN but afterwards the character remained flat for a time, constantly falling prey to the classic problem all books have. they cant get outta that "2nd act funk" that promises change but delivers little. GUARDIAN DEVIL makes DAREDEVIL relevant again (much reminiscent of HUSTON on MOON KNIGHT) and is a great book to hand to "newbies" to the lore, or SMITH fans even. plus the "main villain" is inspired and different. a concept that never shoulda been revamped years later.
11. THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1 - written by ROBERT KIRKMAN and illustrated by TONY MOORE - this is a timeless tale. MY FAVORITE FILM IS NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and although its black and white (like the art here lol) WHICH WORKS IN A NOSTALGIC SENSE plus there can be more gore, there is no color hence no "blood" in a sense. its like a loop-hole. however you rationalize it if you even are the LEAST bit intrigued at zombies then its a great great plot. my favorite Armageddon scenario to discuss usually and its done in almost a realistic context. the beginning keeps it out of "my top 10" it reminds me too much of a rip-off of the notion "28 days later" had, the hospital etc. VOL 1 is quintessential to SET-UP the notions and themes that move the basic plot around. note that if you decide to venture down this road, volume 8 is another gem. AMC just completed the 1st season of an adaption of it, not as gory as i'd have liked but it has promise (BREAKING BAD's 1st season was better, lol)
10. WATCHMEN written by ALAN MOORE and illustrated by DAVE GIBBONS - i could pick numerous works to replace this, i feel it is a bit unoriginal to blindly worship one specific written work. but it is just that AWESOME! nothing new can be added to any sort of personal interpretation you may have. my favorite characters? DR MANHATTAN AND OZYMANDIAS because they both, more so than others,are the most original yet often duplicated archetypes MOORE helped bring to "light". great great story, but its just not one of my PERSONAL top 5 lol!
9. WOLVERINE (the 4 issue mini-series) written by CHRIS CLAREMONT and illustrated by FRANK MILLER. two iconic members of a decisive medium that only accepts few people a decade. these 2 stars were on the rise at the time this project was completed. the plot is well crafted and deals with WOLVERINE as a individual and tries (and succeeds) in attempting to begin administering a level of depth that would help to define the character of LOGAN over time. his doomed relationship is a crucial milestone numerously referred to. MILLERS art is still a work in progress, as he has yet to successfully define his unique style although the action beats are brilliantly rendered. "THE WOLVERINE" the sequel to WOLVERINE:ORIGINS AKA BORIGINS! (LOL @LEE), is at least in part following this story arc. great, phenomenal story but its incredibly short for how much it shapes LOGAN.
8. X-MEN : GOD LOVES, MAN KILLS written by CHRIS CLAREMONT and illustrated by BRENT ANDERSON - this is a "fabled" tale that is an admitted favorite amongst many AND for those who dwell beneath rocks...it was also used as a "loose" ADAPTION for the most acclimated of the SINGER X films, X2: X-MEN UNITED. THE SOURCE MATERIAL IS MORE PHENOMENAL THAN THE FILM COULD EVER BE AND PALES IN COMPARISON. SIMPLY....IF YOU LOVE X2 but have not read this......READ IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALSO THE ART IS AMAZING, NIGHTCRAWLER ESPECIALLY LOOKS FANTASTIC! great characterizations but ages oddly.
7. KINGDOM COME written by MARK WAID and ALEX ROSS (2nd best art in my top 10 G.N)- this is a brilliant piece of literature. the art work is heavily enhanced by ROSS more so than other works of his. i always loved WHAT IF? or time travel/paradoxical concepts. not only is the crux of the story told through the eyes of an "anonymous" on-looker to the core DC UNIVERSE. also this tale boasts an introspective take on the core DC "holy trinity" (SUPERMAN is almost the most definitive he has ever been) and the various archetypes provided by the collective lore. EARTH X is more "shocking + fun/unexpected" compared to this or its WEAK sequel, the KINGDOM.
6. EARTH X written by JIM KRUEGER and ALEX ROSS, what can i say about this concept? i always loved WHAT IF? or time travel/paradoxical concepts. this is a genius conversion of MARVEL lore and that " mentality". the art work may be "blocky + rigid" at times but the raw sensibility of their unique approach to stale old concepts MARVEL has coasted on for decades is at least worth a gander and ponder. two volumes proceed this one. in my humble opinion this is the most "ideal" but aspects of each are enjoyable. CAPTAIN AMERICA has a predominant role in the trilogy (so you CAP fans keep that in mind).
5. JTHM or JOHNNY THE HOMICIDAL MANIAC written and illustrated by JHONEN VASQUEZ - this deserves the final and coveted position of being the last considered to be in the top five. i come from this mentality in a way, i feel a personal connection (not goth or emo but still...) to this and remember laughing at NOODLE BOY often. ALSO, INVADER ZIM IS CREDITED AS BEING A PRODUCT OF JHONEN'S IMAGINATION and that was one of the BEST nick 'toons along the lines of...ROCKO'S MODERN LIFE, REN + STIMPY, and AAAAHHHH! REAL MONSTERS. the plot of JTHM is sporadic and keeps you guessing between stand alone "bits" offshoots of 'toons of NOODLE BOY coupled with a "loose" over arc-ing idea. it adds up to be unforgettable, lol. trust me!
4. PREACHER VOL. 4 ANCIENT HISTORY written by GARTH ENNIS and illustrated by STEVE PUGH (crappy artwork but it pulls off the grittiness) - Again, this fought for the top spot in my personal picks. THIS IS AFTER ALL MY ADMITTEDLY FAVORITE SERIES....as a "whole"! i love the dialogue and the story threads introduced are awe-inspiring be it the SAINT OF KILLERS (my personal favorite character) amongst other greats like CASSIDY, HERR STAR or the plucky fem-fatal TULIP. VOL.4 was chosen for one reason and one reason only. call it what you will a vain sense of importance in my own gratification. but the origin tale of the SAINT OF KILLERS is the ultimate urban legend. one that must be told to others upon learning, lol!
3. BATMAN : THE LONG HALLOWEEN written by JEPH LOEB illustrated by TIM SALE - the artwork is admittedly mediocre + sub-par, so make your peace with that (why do you think its ranked where it is) before you enter this tale because once you begin its a hard G.N. to put down. others could be chosen also in the end almost every tale on a consistent basis is entertaining for the character BATS. everyone has their favorite however and here is mine lol. THIS tale is a bit inflated but basically BATMAN must capture the HOLIDAY KILLER who strikes only upon HOLIDAYS so throughout a year BATMAN must tangle with his rogues gallery and the mob. in the end a great rogue was given a loose back story that was so compelling it made its way to the silver screen in TDK. plus I LOVE IT WHEN BATMAN'S BRAIN/DETECTIVE SKILLS ARE MORE PREDOMINANT OTHERWISE ARKHAM ASYLUM WOULD GET ALL MY LOVE.
2. SANDMAN VOL. 1 PRELUDES AND NOCTURNES written by NEIL GAIMEN and illustrated by SAM KIETH (best art in my top 10 G.N hands down! in MY opinion) amongst others - what can i say? its an amazing and groundbreaking. in fact i grappled with making this number 1 over SWAMP THING. i didnt because i felt more "genuine" emotion reading S.T. as opposed to this which struck me more as perversely intriguing, alluring yet at times......bleak. there was no promise of a "light at the end of the tunnel" for the character of MORPHEUS and his perpetual struggle. You none the less need to read more however.....lol.....
1. SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING VOL.1 written by ALAN MOORE and illustrated by STEVE BISSETTE - THE ART IS DECENT BUT NOTHING "SPECIAL". SOME BELIEVE IN SPOILERS OTHERS DO NOT. I PERSONALLY DO NOT MIND BUT SOME MAY....SUFFICE TO SAY THE PLOT IS AS FOLLOWS. ROUGHLY A CREATURE AWAKENS TO REALIZE IT "BELIEVED" IT WAS THE IDENTITY OF A MAN WHOSE BODY DECOMPOSED OVER soil, NUTRIENTS then ABSORBED IN THIS SOIL. THUS THE SOIL AND "SWAMP" ITSELF ROSE UP AND BECAME CORPORAL + SENTIENT. THE STORY PROGRESSES FROM THERE. READ THE COMPLETED WORKS THEY DO NOT DISAPPOINT ESPECIALLY THE 1ST AND GREATEST VOLUME. but you leave the 1ST VOLUME with a smile and a growing admiration for the concept you "thought" you knew, lol. you have a positive mindset to go forward with the "read" its no where near as morose as SANDMAN VOL.1 :)
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