Monday, September 14, 2009

New Hobby

I recently became aware that I'm severly late in coming to the graphic novel party. I think that I may be the last self-respecting geek discover the beauty that is a book full of pictures - duh.

This realization became most apparent when I realized that one of my smartest, but not-so-geeky friends Leon took me to the comic store in Colorado Springs during our last trip out there. I got my first graphic novel - Batman: The Long Halloween, which I devoured before we even got home. Now, I'm hooked so I'll let you in on my recent escapades:

Next up was V for Vendetta - picked it up on sale at Borders - mostly because I had heard a lot about the movie and hadn't seen it yet. Excellent and moving story about a fictional dystopia in set in England in the 80s.

This is where Isaac picked up and sent me a few choice novels for my birthday. I tore through 'Y the Last Man - Volume 1' which was spectacular. Great story concept with really excellent art, especially the pages that start each chapter. Quite well done Vol 2 and 3 are on their way already (love Amazon Prime!).

I'm now reading The Watchmen, which is by far the heaviest, and loftiest that I've encountered so far. It's clear from reading only the first chapter that it's still groundbreaking and that the movie in no way, shape, or form could ever do it justice.

Here's a few Amazon links to the books mentioned above:
Batman: The Long Halloween

V for Vendetta

Unmanned (Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1)

The Watchmen

2 comments:

Isaac said...

Welcome to the fold :) You've got a lot of fun ahead of you. I'm always on the hunt for a new good one, so post away with your findings!

Heather said...

Geek hobbies are like viruses. They just pass from one of us to the next. Glad you are enjoying. Graphic novels never get the cultural cred they deserve. Some more of my faves include: I am Legend (don't judge based on movie), the Sin City series, Batman Hush, Maus (concentration camp tale w/ mice as Jews and Nazis as cats), and the Walking Dead (possibly the single best zombie story ever told). Reading From Hell now which is probably a 6 month investment. I'll let you know how it turns out.
Leon