The bat signal is on again

Like a certain podcast I listen to where Greg and Jim play the Rock Doctors, I ask you the reader about suggestions for comics. New or old comics, I don't mind. I've been wanting to get back into reading them for a while, but haven't known where to start. For sanity's sake, I'd prefer to read graphic novels or trade paperbacks rather collect individual issues.

Here are my likes and dislikes:

--Superheroes were great when I was a kid, but I'm not interested in reading superhero comics. I love the recent movie adaptations of Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, and Iron Man. However, I'm not compelled to read neverending arcs on these characters. Maybe I'm still burned by DC's "Officer Down" arc about six years ago.

--I've read Watchmen once. I liked it, but found it a dated, Cold War-era piece that kind of holds up today. Again, I only read it once, so my opinion is not like the ones who've read the book multiple times over the years.

--I'm a big fan of Alex Robinson's Box Office Poison. So much of a fan that I pay a slight homage to it at the tail-end of the Jawbreaker chapter in Post. I enjoyed Robinson's follow-up to Box Office Poison, Tricked, but wasn't blown away by it.

--I liked Andi Watson's Breakfast After Noon and Dumped, but wanted a little more. I liked the subject matter though.

--There was a time when I read almost everything Brian Michael Bendis did. I read Torso a few times, mildly enjoyed Fire, attempted to get through Jinx, read Powers through its first five arcs, and read most of his run on Daredevil.

--As much as I like zombie flicks like Dawn of the Dead and Shaun of the Dead, I haven't had any interest in reading The Walking Dead.

--I laughed really hard at Trade Paperback, which takes aim at superheroes and geek culture in general.

--Books I've heard a lot of praise, but have never read: Preacher, From Hell, Y:The Last Man, 30 Days of Night, and The Dark Knight Returns.

So, help me out here. I know there are at least three readers who are into comics.


Kevin said…
Not sure what drove me to your blog today, but I would recommend The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The consolidated Volume 3 just came out (although I have not read it yet). It's fun because of all of the literary references built in that you have to sift out. Do not judge this on the crappy movie.