i rarely read Daredevil, so i’m pissed i didn’t catch the build-up of this SHADOWLAND stuff. the first bits i’ve read are awesome, though.
If Daredevil now is greater than the eighties Daredevil then maybe I should start reading comics again. The original Elektra and Bullseye stories are among the best “serious” comic storylines I’ve read. Plus Kingpin was so much more badass then too.
Frank Miller’s writing on these comics was legendary. The more I think about it that is a pretty heavy claim you make. I might have to pick up a Bendis – Daredevil graphic novel soon if it’s in the league of the Miller stuff.
Planetary is pure genius. Ellis is definitely my favorite comic book creator & Planetary is his (ofttimes overlooked) masterpiece.
@Ragga…Miller’s was legendary…but trust me Bendis’ run was better. Just by a hair. but better nonetheless
I read some of Bendis work and it was great but I’m thinking Miller is the rock upon which the character was rebuilt. His influences pervade the character, same as with any darker interpretations of Batman. Again, not to belittle Bendis work because that is among the best 21st century comic I’ve read but I give Miller greater props for irreversibly redefining the character.
I like your list, but my version on it would be slightly different…
1. 100 Bullets
3. Top Ten
4. The Walking Dead
5. Marvel Zombies
You can’t really count the current DD run as one run…its Bendis-Brubaker-Diggle’s run. Since essentially its the same running story throughout, the descent of Matt Murdock. I would say start with Bendis then get the Brubaker then the Diggle stuff. By then you’ll have the best Daredevil run ever in my opinion.
Captain America is another great read for non-comic fans. Get all of Brubaker’s run and pick up the mini Truth: Red, White and Black. The mini talks about the original black Captain America.
Planetary is pretty good, Ellis is a great writer. If you like his non-Marvel stuff then get Authority as well. If you want his Marvel stuff (what I prefer), then his Thunderbolts run was fantastic. So was Nextwave (pure satire and parody), and newuniversal.
SMH @ no Morrison on this list, then again this seems like a list of stories for people who think they’re too cool for comics and Morrison’s stuff is so complex you gotta be part nerd just to get interested. If anybody does want some very well written, deep comic stuff then holla I know some good Morrison and Neil Gaiman (Sandman FTW)
I can respect Y the Last Man, its all collected in a trade paperback so you can cop it. Ex Machina is pretty good too. I like Moore but Top 10 wouldn’t be the work I’d recommend for Moore. Either Swamp Thing and League of Extraordinary Gentlement (of course Watchmen too).
@Doc..I’m a HUGE Morrison fan…but he’s so entrenched in the mythos of comics that you almost have to be a comic fan to appreciate what he does. It’s definitely not for the casual reader. But his X-Men and Batman have been amazing. I thought DD slowly got worse after Bendis…brubaker did ok but I lost interest after a while.
And I may be in the minority..but Top 10 is my favorite Alan Moore work. Blasphemy I know
Miller’s work on DD was some of the best I ever seen.
The current run has been good up until Shadowland; they had a great premise in what would it take for Matt Murdock to turn his back on his principle beliefs. But with all the unnecessary tie-ins revolving around Shadowland it takes away what could have been an epic tale.
Yeah…I personally don’t think Brian Michael Bendis has written anything good in the last 3-4 years, his work on Powers and Alias and Ultimate Spiderman was all somewhere between decent and excellent, but then they decided to give him a measure of editorial control over the whole damn Marvel universe, and he apparently cannot handle it, because his writing has suffered immensely.
My suggestion would be that people not waste their time with Daredevil, and check out the excellent work Fraction has been doing on Iron Fist.
Dope ass list… I would def include 100 bullets or powers on there tho…
Hol’ up… how u gonna use the pic of Morrison’s Batman & Robin, and not include Morrison’s Batman & Robin!? BOOOOOOO!
Also… how u leave out Green Lantern & Criminal?
No Killing Joke or Batman: The Dark Knight Returns or Batman: Year One?
No Scott Pilgrim?
Maybe that’s just me. I will say however, the 5 you listed are EXCELLENT series to get into, especially the DD one by Bendis.
Shit Alan Moore is writing again/?? Got to check this out
100 Bullets really that good? I might have to funk with it. Also, anybody read Avengers? I wanna get into some of that stuff with Cap, Thor, Ironman, Ant Man, and Wasp though I don’t like anyone but Stark to be honest lol
Nice, I’ve kinda been meaning to add some comics to the old toilet reading and Ex Machina looks pretty solid.
Not to get all fanboy, but Bendis’ run isn’t better than pre-insanity Frank Miller. Bendis’ run is taking Born Again and turning it up to 11, but Miller got there first. You also have to take points away from the fact that Bendis’ run didn’t read as well in single issues as Miller’s.
And no mention of Criminal or Sleeper or Brubaker’s run on Captain America? Or Preacher? Walking Dead? Not a bad list, but you easily could have gotten to 10.
Two trades deep in Walking Dead. It’s terribly written. Hopefully Darabont changes it up for the TV show.
I’m with a lot of the people above. Freakin Born Again by Frank Miller did all the things that Bendis is doing 20 years prior. Not saying that Bendis is bad, he’s not, but Born Again is absolutely EPIC.
This is an incredible list for comic noobs like myself.
One of my favorite comics that I got into when I first started, and still am reading is Brian Wood’s DMZ. Pretty good read if you’re not into superheroes.
I’ll have to check out DD and Planetary those look pretty awesome.
No Hard Boiled? No Scott Pilgrim? No Walking Dead? What about Ronin? Maybe a little Kingdom Come? Wait…did including Hard Boiled AND Ronin show my massive crush on Frank Miller? No shame I tells ya. No shame!
(+10hp for Y: The Last Man)
Ok baby big brother my list is a little more violent and realistic:
5. Midnight Nation
Of course all of the above have strong religious symbolism and the themes are timeless. Before you judge me, remember that you introduced me to MANY of these!!
Hubby says to read Scalped!
Top 10 all the way! Most Moore rocks.
No manga? Black Lagoon is just over-the-top action with “did-you-just-see-that?” moments and been very enjoyable. Although recently, I’ve been enjoying Dogs: Bullets and Carnage, which began with a Volume 0 prelude book. Stylistically, it’s great. There are multiple plot points to go along with its 4 main protagonists, all of whom have dark pasts. There is also a lot of action.
Got to agree with Andrea on Midnight Nation. Much less publicity than JMS’ Rising Stars, but a better story overall.
Planetary was pretty fantastic, hampered only by its publishing schedule, and I also liked Ellis’ series Fell and Desolation Jones.
I finally bought Y: The Last Man a month ago. I’ve known about it for years now. I bought another Brian K Vaughn novel, The Pride of Baghdad, and it was pretty good…
Batman’s The Long Halloween is pretty dope, too…
I never thought @ 22, I’d be getting back into “comic books”…
thx for the post, had missed top10 completely
Surprised there is no love for Garth Ennis and especially Preacher.
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No love for the Inhumans series?…
just fyi. the greatest “realism” comic is finally being reprinted. the alan moore miracleman…… there are amazing lists here, but this is the unknown opus. the secret watchmen…
good list but all I gotta say is…PREACHER…although I’m guessing this isn’t your top 5 but rather just 5 comics you think people would like
DareDevil was my favorite from the 80s, along with Power Pack and X men ofcourse.
DeadPool is pretty dope too. Sunn sunn is hee lar ee us!
dash shaw’s bodyworld.
thank you for Y the last man
that was a beautiful story…
after reading about it on here i downloaded the comic and finished it in 4 days..
got me emotional at the end
Most of these suggestions are on point: i’d just like to add Akira (all 6 volumes) to the list. Most of you have seen the movie already, but the book is on some next-level shit.
If its a list of comics that might appeal to non-comics fans, I’d have put in Kick Ass. In fact, a lot of Millar’s work has pretty broad appeal – Wanted Red Son, Marvel Civil War, American Jesus.
Has no-one mentioned Sin City?
I liked the first series of Umbrella Academy, haven’t read the second run though.
Some of Marvel’s Max titles would be good for people that maybe aren’t into the whole superpowers thing so much.
I think the problem with tempting people who aren’t already into comics is the tangled mess that is back stories. How do you convince someone to start reading a series at issue #735 or whatever?