If you were to pick up seven comic book stories what would they be? First of all I think coming up with a list like this reveals more about the writer than the title themselves. It shows one s age and taste. I was lucky enough to have caught the comic book that came out of the 1980s. This was the time Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, John Bolland, Matt Wagner and company were churning out stories that left their mark on literature and art. Yes, literature, these were stories that broke the ground beyond comic books. The list is limited to comic books limited to at most two issues so no long story arc or graphic novels here and most of them came out as part of the regular series, maybe except for one that seems to have been released in Prestige format. Oh and it seems that most of them originate from DC, but then again this is just me.
1 THREE SEPTEMBERS AND A JANUARY
From The Sandman written by Neil Gaiman. The four endless siblings have a bet centered on a man who happens to be Joshua Norton, the first and last Emperor of the United States. Based on a true character from American History – the story is adorned with several side characters and stories – Gaiman’s Rosencrantz and Guilderstein – completing the rich tapestry of a story Gaiman has spun.
2. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MAN OF TOMORROW?
A Superman story unadorned by Doomsday or what seem to be the unending crisis of the differenf Earths. Written by Alan Moore the story focuses on the final battle royale of Superman against all, yes all, his enemies. It is not a straight out Superman story but one with mystery , well several mysteries that will be solved.
3. FOR THE MAN WHO HAS EVERYTHING
Another Superman story from Alan Moore. What if Superman never left Krypton? And what if Krypton never imploded? This is a multi-layered story that has its shares of surprises that any reader will appreciate.
4. MOGO DOES NOT SOCIALIZE
Alan Moore takes on the Green Lantern mythos. No Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner or even Sinestro in this story. A story is told of a Galactic Warrior searching a planet for a challenge. The Galactic Warrior is relentless, will he ever find his target?
5. GRENDEL: DEVIL BY THE DEED
Matt Wagner’s story of the rise and fall of the first Grendel – Hunter Rose. In this instance the art noveau art work goes well with the story adding a much needed noire feel to the story. One of the more visually violent comic books in this list but worth reading because of story.
Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell and company weaves a tale set in. Baghdad during time Abbasid Caliphate of Haroun Al-Rashid: The Islamic Golden Age. Journey to. Baghdad and the wonderful Palace of the Caliphate and find what it is there. Also why is the Caliph so intent to meet an Endless. What does he want with Dream? Will Dream grant it? Russell s art and Gaiman s prose makes this an interesting read.
7. THE KILLING JOKE
Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s masterpiece The Killing Joke, combines a possible origin story of the Joker and his relationship with the Batman to a dangerous climax. The story and the art is compelling and pushes the reader forward to seek the answer what happens to a man on a really bad day. This comic book is a classic and has its fans and points of controversy. End of the day it is one heck of a Batman story.