Top Ten Tuesday REWIND — pick a past topic you missed or one you want to revisit! That’s what I was told from The Broke and the Bookish. Well then, that’s vague… hmm. What do I do for this? Well, I’m going to do a callback to this post and give you my next Top 10 Graphic Novels of all time! Mainly because my opinions on the other lists are still my opinions, but you can breeze through a Graphic Novel fairly quickly, and that leads to changing / evolving tastes over time. So, here we go!
10. X-Cutioner’s Song (X-Men): One that probably would have made it on my list last time, except I hadn’t read it yet. Had a bunch of individual issues I’d collected over the years, but then Ellen gave my the whole collection for my birthday and I finally got to read it all. It’s X-Men soap-opera at its best: multiple storylines, a plot to kill Professor X, time travel, and a battle royale on the moon! On the moon. Man I loved X-Men growing up. 😉
9. Transmetropolitan: Back on the Streets (DC/Vertigo): I’d never really gotten the appeal of Vertigo before reading this. I didn’t get the whole “mature readers” thing, because so many books claiming to be for “mature” readers were in fact the most immature: tits and swearing, basically. Not so, here. This could have been a novel, easily. It’s a dark and satirical look at our culture through the allegory of a future culture, seen through the eyes of a journalist who’s a little like if Allan Moore and Hunter S. Thompson had a love-child. And if that doesn’t make you want to pick it up, I don’t know what will.
8. Preacher, vol. 1 (DC/Vertigo): Another book that you think you’ll understand when you hear about it, then you read it and realize it’s better in execution than you ever thought it could be. Garth Ennis writes an amazing story over the course of 66 issues dealing with a Quest to find God by a Preacher that has been possessed by a being called Genesis: a child of the unholy union between and angel and a demon. It’s a story that’s been done before but never done so well. Check out just the first issue, you’ll be hooked. I can almost guarantee it.
7. Ultimate Fantastic Four (Ultimate Marvel): This one didn’t make it on the list last time because, honestly, it’s better for what it worked with than it stands on its own. I never much liked the Fantastic Four. They get along a bit too much. But this book, changing them to teenagers and showing their origins in a new and inventive way, really brought them to a head for me. I’ve becoming disillusioned with the Ultimate Universe after the Ultimatum event, but the first storyarcs from each series (Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four) are each still a good read. Worth checking out if you just want to understand the characters / phenomenon and then get out again.
6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics, vol.2 (IDW): A weird choice some might say, but these three issues tell one unique story from Mark Martin featuring the Ninja Turtles dealing with a time-travelling, reality-changing mutant girl who ends up threatening all reality and creating a giant rat parody of the Punisher. Sound confusing? That’s because it is. It’s also Ninja Turtles at its best, from the days when being a self-aware parody was an okay thing for the title.
5. Spider-Man: The Other (Marvel): This story gets harped on, and I don’t know why. It deals with Spider-Man at deaths door from natural causes, and him dealing with that death and coming to terms with it before eventually passing on… and the twist involving the death is something I will dare not spoil. It’s simply amazing. Again, people harp on it, but I think it was great and definitely worth checking out.
4. Ultimate Spider-Man volume 6: Venom (Ultimate Marvel): This Ultimate retelling of Venom’s origin takes the best of every part incarnation and mixes it into one. It really is, for me, the definitive look at the character, and should be regarded more closely.
3. Trial of Gambit (Marvel): Another book that got to me young and kept me, this book revealed the (then) shocking truth about Gambit’s past with Mr. Sinister, hinted at since his first appearance. This is probably the last big X-Men event, for me. Everything else was downhill after this. If you read from the 1990 X-Men #1 to here, you’re good in my book. Anything before or after is just weird.
2. Marvel Zombies (Marvel): Probably the most innovative idea to come out of the House of Ideas, Marvel Zombies takes a simple What If? – style story and choses to base a whole world around it, to great comedic and dramatic effect. it’s gone on a bit long now (most comics, once popular, overstay their welcome), but this first volume is pure gold.
1. The Walking Dead (Image): The first volume of this series largely follows the first season of the show, with some alterations made of course… but it’s an amazing book that deserves to be read by anyone. It’s no wonder TWD became a hit on AMC with this as its source material.