Best Comics Story And Graphic Novels

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The world of comics is vast and filled with a variety of stories and genres. Whether you are a fan of superheroes, slice-of-life, or historical fiction, there is a comic out there for you. Here are some of the best comic story arcs and graphic novels that you should check out.

American Vampire by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque

Comics Story

When an airplane crashes in 1935, a young man named Ethan begins his journey into vampirism. Five decades later, he is one of the most powerful vampires alive and must fight Skinner Sweet, another vampire with an agenda of his own.

The beauty of American Vampire is that it incorporates all kinds of horror tropes. For example, Ethan’s rival is named Skinner for a very good reason. The history and landscapes portrayed in each issue are expertly done and there is never a dull moment within its pages. Where else can you see car chases and shootouts in the middle of a Midwest town?

As I had mentioned in my review, this is just the first arc, but after reading it again recently, Snyder manages to cram so much story into these pages that you can see why he needed two artists to tell his story. Rafael Albuquerque’s artwork fits the tone of Snyder’s writing perfectly. You get sucked into this world right away and don’t want to leave until the very last page. Yes, it is quite violent with some language so take note if those are deal-breakers for you. But all in all, American Vampire has everything any horror fan could ask for: vampires, scares, action, drama, and did I mention vampires? For fans of horror, American Vampire is a must-read.

Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland

Comics Story

For anyone who has ever taken an English class, they know the importance of stories involving madness and chaos. But in Moore’s hands, it turns out to be something more than just an exercise in creative writing.  Moore allows the Joker to tell his story in his own words through a series of interviews with Batman’s trusted ally Jim Gordon. Now Moore does not just rely on great storytelling alone; he is also one of the best when it comes to dialogue and characterization and here is no exception as we get insight into how Gotham’s criminal element sees itself through the eyes of this psychotic clown. There are many versions of The Killing Joke out there, but this is the definitive one to get your hands on. And if you happen to get the special edition version, then you will also get Brian Bolland’s original rough draft and sketches of his artwork.

Why this is Famous

For those who had read The Killing Joke before, the graphic novel has been known for its controversial ending where Barbara Gordon/Batgirl is shot and paralyzed by the Joker and some people think that it tends to promote violence against women in comics(And I thought my last post was disturbing). Now I am not going to argue with anyone about whether or not they feel offended by Moore’s ending because everyone has a right to their opinion. But what I will say is that if you have not read the comic yet and you do not know what happens, then please go read it before you make up your mind on its content. The Killing Joke is a classic for a reason: It’s an incredible story and Moore and Bolland’s artwork is gorgeous to look at. If that doesn’t convince you, then I do not know what will.

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