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Best single issue or volume comics?

JamieMe

Administrator
Staff member
#1
Hey everyone,

I'm a big fan comics that are contained in a single issue or volume, and I was wondering if people had any suggestions?
 
#9
I really enjoyed Crossed, it's since had off-shoot stories that are also just a story in a single volume, but the main story is self-contained in one volume and is not connected to those. Though it's pretty graphic and certainly not for everyone.
 

BlackMagicWolf

4-Stripe White Belt
#11
Just as a quick opinion, take it or leave it, having pictures from your graphic novel on your Kickstarter is great, but I'd suggest putting them further down beneath all the info if you're going to have that many in succession. Too much scrolling to get to the rest of the information.
I'll definitely take your opinion! lol. And you're not the first to say that. I like having my preview at the top so that people are introduced to the story right off. But, a few friends of mine said I might try and space it out more.

Did you like the Kickstarter though? Outside of that issue?
 
#12
Rich Koslowski has three great ones: BB Wolf and the 3 LPs, 3 Fingers, and The King.

If the name rings a bell, it's because he inked a lot of Archie before they went into turning their characters into whatever the latest fad is.
 
#16
Here's a few sitting on my shelf that I think are tops in the self-contained genre from what I've read (outside of the usuals, like The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, etc).

The Spire (fantasy/sci-fi). It's an entirely unique fantasy world, with unique magic, races, rules, wrapped up in a classic noir-style murder mystery. Chinatown meets Saga.

Rat God (horror). It's a mash-up of Native American mythology, period mystery, and Lovecraftian/cosmic horror. It's brilliant on another level, a mad brainchild of Richard Corben.

Spider-Man: Reign (hero/horror). 'Cause why should Batman get all of the dystopic fun? Seriously though, Reign is a must-read, self-contained mini-series for Spider-Man fans, doing what it can to subvert your expectations of many characters in the fascist New York City of the horrific future.

Conan: The Blood-Stained Crown and Other Stories (dark fantasy). It's an anthology of brilliant one-shot stories by some of the best Eisner-winning writers/artists of the past 20 years, all self-contained, all featuring Conan in one way or another. The great thing about Dark Horse's Conan is that, if you dig this book at all, there's a mountain of similar self-contained books. The through-line in Conan's story is pretty light -- each tale is largely self-contained, because that's how Howard wrote it as pulp back in the day. But get this book for Eric Powell's Storyteller, a beautiful tribute to Robert E. Howard's life, and Bruce Timm's Conan's Favorite Joke, maybe the greatest four page comic of all time.
 

JamieMe

Administrator
Staff member
#17
Here's a few sitting on my shelf that I think are tops in the self-contained genre from what I've read (outside of the usuals, like The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, etc).

The Spire (fantasy/sci-fi). It's an entirely unique fantasy world, with unique magic, races, rules, wrapped up in a classic noir-style murder mystery. Chinatown meets Saga.

Rat God (horror). It's a mash-up of Native American mythology, period mystery, and Lovecraftian/cosmic horror. It's brilliant on another level, a mad brainchild of Richard Corben.

Spider-Man: Reign (hero/horror). 'Cause why should Batman get all of the dystopic fun? Seriously though, Reign is a must-read, self-contained mini-series for Spider-Man fans, doing what it can to subvert your expectations of many characters in the fascist New York City of the horrific future.

Conan: The Blood-Stained Crown and Other Stories (dark fantasy). It's an anthology of brilliant one-shot stories by some of the best Eisner-winning writers/artists of the past 20 years, all self-contained, all featuring Conan in one way or another. The great thing about Dark Horse's Conan is that, if you dig this book at all, there's a mountain of similar self-contained books. The through-line in Conan's story is pretty light -- each tale is largely self-contained, because that's how Howard wrote it as pulp back in the day. But get this book for Eric Powell's Storyteller, a beautiful tribute to Robert E. Howard's life, and Bruce Timm's Conan's Favorite Joke, maybe the greatest four page comic of all time.
No idea why but v interested in Spider-Man. I do like the character, but I'm often not compelled to start anything in the universe because I simply don't know where to look. The Spire is a given. Been on my list forever, oddly.
 
#18
Some I'd recommend.
Godzilla: Half Century War (IDW)
High Crimes (Dark Horse)
Severed (Image)
The New Deadwardians (Vertigo)
Snow Blind (Boom)
Apocalyptigirl (Dark Horse)
Green River Killer (Dark Horse)
Deadbeats (Self Made Hero)
Starlight (Image)
The Last West (Alterna Comics) - This is a 2 volume comic but is a complete story.