I was never allowed 'em as a kid (parents thought they were (1) trash and (2) morally corruptible), so I got into comics rather late. Because I spend far too much money on books, I've to watch what comics I buy, so almost all of my stuff fall into the following two categories:
STAR WARS COMICS
I'm not all that big of a SW comics fan, but I'm a starfighter fanatic, and so have almost all of the Star Wars: X-Wing comics
(the only one I'm currently missing is Requiem for a Rogue
). Michael Stackpole is a great writer, and not without a sense of humour, either. I also have the complete A New Hope
comic adaptation (four parts) and the tribute collection, Chewbacca
, which is about various characters reminiscing about our favourite SW Wookiee (who was tragically killed in the first wave of the Yuuhzan Vong war).VERTIGO COMICS
I love Vertigo Comics. Mostly because they're offbeat and most of their stories are unusual (if not downright dark), but also because many of their characters are amoral - which is refreshing after you've read one too many superhero comics. (Oh, and not to mention that there are many crossovers, including those that involve very old comic book characters like Dr. Occult). One of my favourite series is of course the famous Sandman
comics (by Neil Gaiman), which revolves around the lord of Dreams and his siblings, also known as The Endless (of which there are seven). Alas, the series is something I neither possess nor have the means to buy at present. I do, however have the following titles:The Books of Magic
(created by Neil Gaiman) - which follows the life of Timothy Hunter, a 12-year-old boy destined to become the greatest mage of the age - that is, if he doesn't get killed by any of the numerous dark powers first. While a great many fantasy novels treat magic as a wondrous power to behold, the kind of magic portrayed in this series is dark, destructive and something you would probably stay away from if you had any kind of sense. Those new to this series might note a certain resemblance between Hunter and Harry Potter; however much a HP fan I may be, I must state this: Tim Hunter came first
. The Names of Magic
- this is the miniseries that follows tBoM, and covers Hunter's life from age 14-17. In turn, this series is followed by Hunter: The Age of Magic
, which I sadly do not have because they are not in trade paperback form.Lucifer
- This started as a spinoff miniseries from Sandman called The Morningstar
option, following Lucifer's decision to abdicate his throne and leave Hell to Dream - to open a piano bar called Lux
in Los Angeles. It has since become a series in its own right, whereby Lucifer takes his letter of passage from God and creates a doorway into a universe of his own creation, to which all people who are fed up with God's creation may retreat to (so long as they never create 'religion' or bow down to deities of any sort), and later winds up having to defend his creation from numerous usurpers to his new throne. Oh, and God mysteriously leaves Heaven somewhere along the line.Human Target
- About Christopher Chance, whose line of work involves assuming the lives of people who are targets of assassination to ferret out those who want the people dead. Call him the ultimate anti-assassin. Unfortunately, the stress of adopting so many faces often leaves Chance with identity crises, often leading him to believe he is who he's pretending to be.Chiaroscuro: The Lives of Leonardo da Vinci
- As told from the viewpoint of da Vinci's adopted son and muse, Salai ('Little Devil'). Brilliant piece of work (a mix of history and speculation); unfortunately, also very risqué and thus intended for a mature audience.
I do have two series that do not fall into either category. One is the Road to Perdition
comics (surely I need not elaborate?): the original comics by Max Allan Collins, and the three-part miniseries that fills in the holes in between the original. Beautiful noir artwork, especially in the original series by Richard Piers Rayner.
The other one is The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
. Enough said. Mina Harker rules.
@DarkGhost: I do believe Transmetropolitan
is still in print - I saw it in the shop not long ago. Ditto Sandman
Edited by Farlander, 07 December 2005 - 10:07 PM.