Customer Discussions > comics discussion forum

Stand Alone Graphic Novels

Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-16 of 16 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 8 Dec 2012 17:41:07 GMT
Mr G Rennick says:
Hi folks,

I am looking for some good stand alone graphic novel suggestions. The only ones I have are Batman Arkham Asylum, Batman RIP and All Star Batman and Robin. Any other suggestions for something more adult orientated and something that's quite dark and noir.


Posted on 8 Dec 2012 18:03:52 GMT
A. Foster says:
If you are only intersted in super hero graphic novels I would go for V for Vendetta or the Sandman volumes. However, there are lots of dark graphic novels that are more adult and better reads - i.e. great language as well as great graphics - such as Persepolis or Footnotes in Gaza or Heart of Darkness or even Maus. The height of the genre for an adult read for me has to be Logicomix though. Happy reading :-)

Posted on 8 Dec 2012 21:20:15 GMT
Mr G Rennick says:
Thanks for the suggestions, A. Foster. I looked at your suggestions and none of them are what I'm looking for I'm afraid. I would prefer the superhero stuff - like V for Vendetta and Sandman.

Can anyone else suggest me anything please?

Posted on 9 Dec 2012 14:25:45 GMT
Pro B. says:
Have a look at some of the Fantagraphics material. Authors to look out for include Daniel Clowes, Charles Burns and The Hernandes Brothers. Most of it isn't of the spandex-clad protagonist variety, although there are some ubermensch hero-type stories available (Clowes's _The Death Ray_, or Burns's _El Borbah_).

You might also enjoy a compilation that includes stories or extracts from a lot of different comics artists (for example, _Best American Comics_, or a McSweeney's collection). Something like this would introduce you to a lot of new artists/authors and a variety of styles, and if you find a couple of new authors/artists from one such collection, you'll have made a worthwhile investment.

Your list includes a few Batman titles: if don't already have Frank Miller's _The Dark Knight Returns_ you ought to get a copy of that, along with Alan Moore's _Killing Joke_ and Frank Miller's _Batman: Year One_.

Posted on 9 Dec 2012 19:35:07 GMT
Mr G Rennick says:
Thanks for the reply. I forgot about the Batman: Year One and Killing Joke books. I guess they are essentials.

Posted on 10 Dec 2012 09:44:56 GMT
[Deleted by the author on 19 Dec 2012 21:31:05 GMT]

Posted on 11 Dec 2012 01:54:59 GMT
Hiya G, try Kingdom Come and the Astro City books to keep on the Superhero theme and you have to buy Blacksad for the ultimate (for me) Dark and Noir. So jealous you get to read these for the first time. Enjoy x

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2012 21:59:01 GMT
E.G says:
I'm a marvel girl myself so hero-wise I'd recommend- Civil War, Secret War and Seige as the best I've read.
Happy hunting!

Posted on 14 Dec 2012 23:03:16 GMT
Connor says:
I'd try out some more creator owned stuff, Jeff Lemire's underwater welder is fantastic

Posted on 17 Dec 2012 23:23:07 GMT
Stick with Batman for now, and get the combined graphics, like Long Halloween, the Knightfall series, Hush - just google top 10 Batman and you'll get a decent list.
Also - sorry I don't have advanced Graphic taste - I liked 'Powers - Who Killed Retro Gir'l as well as some of the Preacher series (bit dark at times). Worth doing the basics, Hellboy/Lucifer/Sin City until you find what you like and don't like.

Posted on 18 Dec 2012 10:28:28 GMT
JJG says:
By their nature Marvel/DC aren't usually standalone stories, the idea is to keep you subscribing. However, if you're really looking for big two dark noir stories worth trying the last ten years of Daredevil. Brian Bendis' run is fantastic, Daredevil By Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev Ultimate Collection Book 1 Daredevil by Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev Ultimate Collection Vol. 2 Daredevil by Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev Ultimate Collection Vol. 3

That lead into a really good run by Ed Brubaker too.

Both of these writers have done great crime books in the past that are definitely worth trying if you like their Marvel/DC work.

Posted on 21 Dec 2012 17:04:13 GMT
Joe says:
Batman R.I.P is the complete opposite to a stand alone story and if you understood it, my hat's off to you, sir. If you'd like to know the books that'll give you the context for R.I.P. I'd be happy to give you the list but as for stand alone graphic novels, 'The Crow' is great, 'WE3' and 'All-Star Superman' are really good. 'Watchmen' is obviously a must as well.

Posted on 23 Dec 2012 12:12:09 GMT
Chief. says:
If youre looking for dark/noir from Marvel then what you really want if Punisher MAX by Garth Ennis. Bendis run on Daredevil was good (although not always) and received many plaudits, but frankly I considered Ennis work on the Punisher far superior and consistantly excellent throughout his run.

Posted on 30 Dec 2012 01:14:43 GMT
Taidgh Lynch says:
check out this link for suggestions

Posted on 30 Dec 2012 13:37:25 GMT
I can't believe it took so long for someone so long to say The Watchmen - that has to be the daddy of all stand alone graphic novels. I'm a Gaiman fan myself, so The Sandman, The Sandman and The Sandman - but you could also try out some of his other stuff like 1602 or Black Orchid

Posted on 4 Jan 2013 00:22:21 GMT
fortenoid says:
I second PunisherMAX by Gath Ennis, it is gritty, dark and unforgettable in its mercilessness. Then you might also want to check Preacher by the very same Ennis, which is only one of the best adult comic series ever and just epic. Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan is a very entertaining read, too. All of these are about 60 - 70 issues long.
Both V for Vendetta and Watchmen by Alan Moore also present brilliant classic choices. But if you're looking for noir, there is no better choice than Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Criminal is a masterpiece (just bought The Deluxe Edition Vol.1, it's beautiful) and Sleeper is superhero/spy/crime/sci-fi and whatnot, but more than anything it is the noir of all noirs. Everybody should read it.
Basically, you can never go wrong with anything these two (Brubaker-Phillips) have done together.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›
[Add comment]
Add your own message to the discussion
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Prompts for sign-in

Recent discussions in the comics discussion forum (154 discussions)


This discussion

Discussion in:  comics discussion forum
Participants:  14
Total posts:  16
Initial post:  8 Dec 2012
Latest post:  4 Jan 2013

New! Receive e-mail when new posts are made.
Tracked by 3 customers

Search Customer Discussions