Deb’s Den : Graph Novs you should read 1 – Rob “The Encyclopedia” Deb

Hi there and welcome to my first of many Deb’s Den.

Please pull up a pew.  You can move the cape anywhere you like, my mum will be up in a bit with some tea and biscuits as I give you the Rob Deb recommends you have demanded.  OK, admittedly it was more Mike “The Woman” Belgrave who badgered me to start earning the crust I so eagerly gnaw on and asked me to choose a selection of graphic novels a new to comics reader could enjoy. So here is a selection of cool ready to read trades I know you will enjoy.  And if you don’t, you are obviously dead from the waist down.

 Green Lantern rebirth by Geoff Johns, et al.
Bringing back a character so well loved as Hal Jordan was always going to be difficult, especially to appease the old guard and bringing in new readers at the same time, but Geoff Johns managers to convey character and bring all comers up to speed.

A sharp retooling for one of DC’s flagship characters and a great primer for Superhero comics and how they can be done in general.

Ultimate Spider-Man – Ultimate Spider-Man (Paperback) 1 by Bill Jemas, et al.
Ultimate Spider-man is a swift and sharp re-imagining of the Spider-man mythos, largely aimed at teen readers in its inception, and drawing back old, hem, mature comic book fans who’s interest has been sparked again with the new movie franchise.

By starting over Bendis has been able to modernize Peter and the world around him in a stylish ‘dialogue of references’ you get in many American dramas. Mark Bagely’s artwork is vibrant and clear, with a touch of manga to it.

For spidey fans who want to start over before the wedding, the last hunt, the clones, and the carnage, I can’t think of a better beginning.

Hitman by Garth Ennis, et al.
Bringing many elements that typify Ennis style (shock, cynicism, and a deep irreverence for any established authority) into a light hearted romp through the underside of the DC Universe, Hitman is an enjoyable read with a deeply charismatic protagonist.

John McCrea’s artwork is suitably dark and eccentric and his take on batman alone should be worth the price of admission alone for many readers.

Incredible Hulk: Return of the Monster by Bruce Jones, et al.
On the run, a man alone with his rage, Bruce Banner seems to finally come to an understanding with the monster within, until it all unravels around him.

Bruce Jones brings an earthy sensibility to the hulk, which is rarely on panel and more of a force because of it. Jones also brings in a great deal of enemies against whom banner can vent his rage, a cloudy version of x-files with a meaner bent, this collection is a dark reflection on the character of the Hulk.

In a word Smashing!

Transmetropolitan by Darick Robertson, et al.
Searing, satirical, and sarcastic, the story of Spider’s Gonzo infused odyssey against the American political and corporate structure is gripping from page to page.

Robertson’s art enthuses Warren Ellis’s humor with a level of detail to rival George Perez and your eyes will feel like its feasting on each panel, unlike many of the low background ‘image’s you get in new comics

a must read

Daredevil by Kevin Smith, et al.
A great stylish form of art work from Quesada accompanied with a great line of dialogue that typifies the Kevin Smithsonian institute of writing, this book is a fantastic (re)introduction to one of Marvel’s most hardboiled heroes.

Also emotional sense of closure from the threads left with frank Miller’s work ‘Born again’ and an emphasize on the theatrical aspects of the character rarely covered in later works.

nuff said

Identity Crisis by Brad Meltzer
A hard boiled crime story in a world that has encountered numerous cosmic threats, but never faced such simple human villainy. Meltzer writes character that conveys more (in compliment with the sharp iconic style of Morales and Bair) humanity within our heroes in a single panel than some could do with an entire chapter. A must read for any fan who wants to reacquaint themselves with their childhood idols, as we have grown up, so have they!

Well that brings me to the end of my selection I think you will find something to enjoy in this collection of mutants, misanthropes and murder mysteries, and if you did never worry much like ‘The Sandman’ you can consider it all a dream. So until next time does excuse me as I break out inflatable Kara and the puncture repair kit. KLATU!

Rob Deb at Meanwhile ComixRob “The Encyclopedia” Deb also writes for Cape Lifting and will be performing at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe with Rob Deb 20th Anniversary Edition.

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