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3 Comic Books That Matter Today
What Are The Most Important Comic Books?
The trend setters that helped shape the current comic books we read today are the popular reads from writers and artists who dared to alter the course of a long running storyline or killed off a major character or just re-invented the comic that they worked on just for the fun and love of the comic book craft.
By far the most influential writers and artists work that has stuck in the history of comic books are the ones who have either created long running characters that are still going today like Batman, Spiderman, the X-men, sometimes though it may not be the long drawn out superhero comics it could e an independent publisher that scores a hit.
Writers like Frank Miller who created Sin City also had success with other properties from the major publishers at Marvel and DC with Daredevil and then Batman for which he is well known for the classic graphic novel the dark knight returns. Comics have also become a separate pop culture icon with references in film and television to which they have garnered more publicity with the recent slew of comic book films being released.
Comic books these days are far superior in quality too in the writing, the art and the whole production of the books.
For me the comic books that matter are the ones that just are exciting in the story and visually with the art and this brings with it a memorable quality which makes reading comic books enjoyable.
Sin City Graphic Novels On Amazon
Sin City: Written and Drawn by Frank Miller
Sin City was one of the best comic books that I remember from the early 90's onwards, not just for the style of writing that Frank writes with the dialogue, but the art was simplistic and yet powerful to tell the stories in a grim and gritty black and white fashion.
In the city it is a really dangerous city with assassins and bent cops and other shady types that dwell in the streets. In effect it is a masterpiece of storytelling through the art and the words from one of comicdoms finest writers and artists.
Spawn Collected Trade paperbacks At Amazon
The Spawn comic was another that came out of the Image studio which was a group of artists and writers who grew fed up with the treatment of new creators and the rights that creators should retain when creating new comic book characters. Breaking away from Marvel studios brought with it a series of comic books in the first Image line up which included The Savage Dragon, Wetworks, Shadowhawk, Wildcats Youngblood and The Maxx.
Spawn is a comic book that has been running for quite awhile now and it is still one of those comic books that delivers high qualty artwork and storytelling that is quite dark in the subject matter as it deals with hell and the afterlife.
Savage Dragon Collected Books At Amazon.com
The Savage Dragon by Erik Larsen
The Savage Dragon is one of my favourites for the art and the way that Erik writes and weave his stories around his massive range of heroes and villains and supporting characters is just mind blowing.
I have missed a few isues quite recently though and am hunting the missing issues so that I can complete the collection that I have maintained since 1992 when the first Savage Dragon mini series came out.
The Savage Dragon began when he arrived in a burning field with no recollection of where he came from or who he was, he became a police officer for a while and then a superhero and is now a police officer again.