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Good starting comics in general for an 8/9 year old?

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Initial post: 4 Aug 2011, 23:31:24 BST
J. Bailey says:
Hey folks, I'm looking for recommendations for good starting comics for my little brother - he's just turning nine, and he's mature and has a high reading age, but he's also quite a sensitive little fella, doesn't like blood or bones or anything.

I'm fairly new to comics myself, having just been drawn in by the Dark Horse Whedon stuff in the past year, so I don't know what the age-recommendations are for most things or what's good, but I think he'd just love comics if I can find something that'll interest and not frighten him.

Any help from people with more knowledge than me would be really awesome :) thanks in advance.

Posted on 4 Aug 2011, 23:38:42 BST
tsukasa_487 says:
For a 9 year old I would recommend something like ultimate spider-man, the artwork is nice and the books can be quite cheaply bought, unless you like hardback books.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Aug 2011, 13:57:12 BST
J. Bailey says:
Thanks very much tsukasa :) they look great, hopefully he'll like them.

Posted on 5 Aug 2011, 14:55:22 BST
JJG says:
Hm, sort of depends what he likes to read generally as well.

Thor the Mighty Avenger Vol. 1 (Thor the Mighty Avenger - Digest) was something I got my brother (who was a the same age). Very clear and colourful artwork, and a simple all ages story.

In the past Sonic the Hedgehog comics have been really good, haven't read any in a few years but they've always had great talent working on it.

Simpsons comics, likewise have also had a very good history of talented people working on them.

Sort of fresh out of ideas then... there is plenty of stuff he'd be perfectly capable of reading, but whether he'd actually get enjoyment out of it is another thing.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Aug 2011, 11:25:11 BST
A couple of self-contained choices from British comics.

First there's Skizz, which is a bit like what would happen if E.T. had landed in Birmingham in 1983. There's a little bit of violence but nothing extreme; I first read it when I was your brother's age. It'll only set you back a fiver, too.

I'd also recommend Ace Trucking Co., but the first volume seems to be out of print and it's heinously expensive here. If you can find it it's great fun, though - comedy sci-fi full of weird aliens and bizarre space trucker's slang. It's sometimes quite violent, but not in a bloody way.

Posted on 19 Aug 2011, 22:46:24 BST
Cass Whelan says:
With the young ones I guess Teen Titans is always going to be a massive hit, I recently bought this for my 10 & 8 year old brothers, and even though it has a teen rating it's suitable for young readers but not too childish like Tiny Titans, it's a good comic book for mature and still young readers and maybe even older teenagers.

Posted on 21 Aug 2011, 22:32:08 BST
For a nine year old any of the DC Showcase or Marvel Essential line are good clean fun. Marvel might be slightly more modern in outlook. He could read Spider Man from the start! They are in black and white but will certainly help with reading skills.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2011, 17:37:33 BST
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Posted on 15 Sep 2011, 12:48:42 BST
Pete H says:
My son read Yuri's Day when 10 and loved the true-life historic story. A book that both entertains and informs.

Yuri's Day - The Road to the Stars (Yuri Gagarin story)

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2011, 20:03:46 BST
A. Kalam says:
Crazy K

Check this one out but am not sure if it would meet your requirements

Posted on 18 Sep 2011, 02:24:13 BST
Ben Le Foe says:
At that age I loved the Tintin books - and of course a film of that is out very soon. I would start with "The Black Island". Also in a similar vein is ongoing series the Black Orchid - very much aimed at children. Also, a lot of the books published by Cinebook would be appropriate: http://www.cinebook.co.uk/

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2011, 09:35:49 BST
Ah... I would be extremely careful before suggesting Black Orchid. It's also the title of a mini-series by Neil Gaiman that has some nudity and adult content.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2011, 19:00:59 BST
Ben Le Foe says:
Well spotted David - brain playing up.

I meant - of course - the Rainbow Orchid:
Adventures of Julius Chancer: The Rainbow Orchid Volume 1


Site here: http://www.garenewing.co.uk/rainboworchid/


Posted on 22 Sep 2011, 01:58:44 BST
'Tintin', 'Asterix', 'Calvin and Hobbes', 'Complete Peanuts', 'Tubby/ Little Lulu'. Universal classics from the Franco-Belgian and US traditions.

Posted on 25 Sep 2011, 17:39:55 BST
The Reader says:
simpsons/futurama crossover is cheap, and a mature enough of a read. Well scripted and funny. Also Ultimate Fantastic Four; if he's enjoyed Ultimate spiderman.

Posted on 9 Oct 2011, 19:29:32 BST
Steve says:
Tintin was one of my faves when i was growing up! Try 'The Amulet' by Kazu Kibuishi. There're 4 books so far,then theres 'Bone' which's a cross between Lord of the rings & a Disney movie-both of these are for all ages!

Posted on 11 Oct 2011, 11:45:38 BST
Don't know how old this request is, but I can't believe that no one's mentioned Jeff Smith's BONE series.

Posted on 12 Oct 2011, 11:11:59 BST
D Gibson says:
'Zita the Space Girl' and 'Jellaby' might be good too.

Posted on 22 Oct 2011, 20:37:26 BST
Ian Williams says:
Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy which has strong moral but never preachy underpinnings. Also a good way to dip the toe into manga.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2011, 12:46:59 GMT
Taidgh Lynch says:
Yes, 'Bone' is a great read for any age.

I thought I'd mention Laika it's about the first dog to go up into space and starts off when he is a puppy living on the streets. This book creates some great characters and has good drama and tension throughout.

Posted on 26 Nov 2011, 18:49:06 GMT
staticgirl says:
He might enjoy anything published by the DFC library. These were all stories published in a monthly UK comic before the best stories were collected into hardback and most are available on Amazon. Mezolith is absolutely stunning - set in the Stone Ages but it is quite sophisticated compared with the rest of the comic books published by DFC. There's lots of adventure and/or humour stories to choose from though if ancient history isn't to his taste. DFC has recently 'rebooted' as The Phoenix Comic https://www.thephoenixcomic.co.uk/

Baggage (DFC Library)
DFC Library: Mezolith

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Nov 2011, 19:58:09 GMT
maverikk says:
Hey your brother sounds like me at that age! Some good recommends there. I think he would be mesmerised by the following: The Sandman, Watchmen, Planetary and an Miller Daredevil/Batman and Ultimate Spiderman (Ultimate collections are large and satisfying reads!). If he hasn't caught the bug after that lot then you may as well give up!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2011, 16:57:44 GMT
Adam Adamant says:
Tends to be rather more content in Plantary than I'd advise for a 9 year old especially in terms of language

Bone is a must, Original or Ultimate Spider-man, X-men, Teen Titans Elfquest was fun but had a few naughtier moments but I can't remember anything very explicit and you can never go far wrong with Batman.

Posted on 11 Dec 2011, 12:41:25 GMT
G.G. Gooey says:
For my kids (and myself) I prefer the less action-oriented comics, ones more about an engaging story and great characters than just superheroes fighting supervillains which I personally don't really care for. The Tintins are fantastic, very engaging and timeless and great for all ages. Also Cinebook has been translating some good european comics lately including Valerian (sci-fi adventures that are perhaps a bit mature for a 9 year old), Lucky Luke (western), and Clifton (detective).

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Dec 2011, 05:13:26 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Dec 2011, 05:17:08 GMT
Very little of Neil Gaiman's comic output would be suitable for children of an age of 9. I'd also add Watchmen & Planetary to that list.
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