#1 Posted by ChrRome (12 posts) - - Show Bio

Hi,

I've recently started reading comics/graphic novels and was wondering what some of the best standalone graphic novels are. By this I mean ones that are not 1 volume of many for example (Watchmen, Hush, Kingdom Come, etc)

Thanks.

#3 Posted by ChrRome (12 posts) - - Show Bio

Thanks I'll take a look at those. I would also appreciate some more suggestions as well.

#4 Posted by Battle_Forum_Junkie (7808 posts) - - Show Bio

@chrrome: Welcome to Comic Vine! :)

If you're into Batman I'd highly recommend Gotham by Gaslight.

It's a "What If" type story set in 19th century Gotham where Batman has to hunt down Jack the Ripper.

#5 Edited by Cap10nate (2227 posts) - - Show Bio

Avengers Forever is one of my favorite stories. It is a twelve issue story featuring a ton of Avengers and Avengers history and is collected very nicely with foot notes on all references.

Annihilation is also a great story. One of my favorite events of all time. It is more of a sci fi epic than a super hero story. It is collected in three books. The story itself is only 6 issues but includes a bunch of mini series that really round out the story. While it is part of the Marvel cosmic canon, it reads like a self contained story and sets the status quo of the Marvel cosmic Universe for the next 5 or 6 years.

Captain America : Man out of Time. A fantastic story by Mark Waid about Steve Roger's history and a choice he has to make during the Avengers first battle with Kang.

There is also a new OGN coming out called Avengers: Endless Wartime written by Warren Ellis. I believe that it will be released in October. There are some previews up if you Google it. Sorry. I would post the link myself but am typing this on my phone.

#6 Posted by Superguy0009e (2265 posts) - - Show Bio

This may be cheating, but check out the first ten issues of Kevin Smith's run on Green Hornet and Bionic Man.

They were former movie scripts, so there is no need to read on.

#7 Posted by DoomDoomDoom (4235 posts) - - Show Bio
#8 Edited by TheCheeseStabber (8069 posts) - - Show Bio
#9 Edited by tupiaz (2175 posts) - - Show Bio
  • Daeredevil Born Again
  • Daredevil: The Man Without Fear.
  • Daredevil: Redemption
  • Daredevil: Battlin' Jack Murdock (even though it is best to have read Millers old run since it is more or less homage to that run).
  • Daredevil: The Gurdian Devil (even though you should have read born again before this).
  • Batman: The killing Joke
  • Batman: Year One
  • Batman The Long Halloween
  • Batman: Dark Victory
  • Batman: Broken City
  • Green Arrow: Year One
  • Grren Arrow By Neal Adams/Dennis O'Neil
  • Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters
  • X-Men: God Loves Man Kills
  • Iron Man: Demon in the Bottle
  • Iron Man Doomqeust
  • Iron Man by Joe Quesada

#10 Posted by batmannflash (6215 posts) - - Show Bio

The Killing Joke

Batman: Hush

All-Star Superman

Batman: Black Mirror

Kingdom Come

Old Man Logan

Wolverine by Claremont

X-23: Target X

#11 Edited by Wolverine08 (41067 posts) - - Show Bio

The Killing Joke

Batman: Hush

All-Star Superman

Batman: Black Mirror

Kingdom Come

Old Man Logan

Wolverine by Claremont

X-23: Target X

This. All awesome stories.

#12 Edited by tupiaz (2175 posts) - - Show Bio

@batmannflash said:

The Killing Joke

Batman: Hush

All-Star Superman

Batman: Black Mirror

Kingdom Come

Old Man Logan

Wolverine by Claremont

X-23: Target X

This. All awesome stories.

Hush is probably one of the most overrated stories in comics.

#13 Posted by Wolverine08 (41067 posts) - - Show Bio

@tupiaz said:

@wolverine08 said:

@batmannflash said:

The Killing Joke

Batman: Hush

All-Star Superman

Batman: Black Mirror

Kingdom Come

Old Man Logan

Wolverine by Claremont

X-23: Target X

This. All awesome stories.

Hush is probably one of the most overrated stories in comics.

Ok.......................................

#14 Posted by tupiaz (2175 posts) - - Show Bio

@tupiaz said:

@wolverine08 said:

@batmannflash said:

The Killing Joke

Batman: Hush

All-Star Superman

Batman: Black Mirror

Kingdom Come

Old Man Logan

Wolverine by Claremont

X-23: Target X

This. All awesome stories.

Hush is probably one of the most overrated stories in comics.

Ok.......................................

Hush as a character is probably one of the stupidest characters invented and that he is suppose to be a serious character just make it so much more laughable.

#15 Posted by Billy Batson (57939 posts) - - Show Bio

@tupiaz said:

@wolverine08 said:

@batmannflash said:

The Killing Joke

Batman: Hush

All-Star Superman

Batman: Black Mirror

Kingdom Come

Old Man Logan

Wolverine by Claremont

X-23: Target X

This. All awesome stories.

Hush is probably one of the most overrated stories in comics.

Ok.......................................

It's a pretty common opinion.

BB

#16 Posted by WaveMotionCannon (5374 posts) - - Show Bio

Annihilation

100 Bullets

Brubakers "Criminal"

#17 Posted by Squalleon (4538 posts) - - Show Bio

@wolverine08 said:

@tupiaz said:

@wolverine08 said:

@batmannflash said:

The Killing Joke

Batman: Hush

All-Star Superman

Batman: Black Mirror

Kingdom Come

Old Man Logan

Wolverine by Claremont

X-23: Target X

This. All awesome stories.

Hush is probably one of the most overrated stories in comics.

Ok.......................................

It's a pretty common opinion.

BB

Comics are 51% art and 49% story.And this was Jim Lee's best work.
Also Hush is great for a newbie.

#18 Posted by tupiaz (2175 posts) - - Show Bio

Annihilation

100 Bullets

Brubakers "Criminal"

100 Bullets has several volumes.

#19 Posted by WaveMotionCannon (5374 posts) - - Show Bio

@tupiaz: you're right. Ill subtract 100 Bullets and add Preacher and Batman: Hush

#20 Posted by tupiaz (2175 posts) - - Show Bio

@tupiaz: you're right. Ill subtract 100 Bullets and add Preacher and Batman: Hush

Well so does Preacher great comic but still a comic released in volumes.

Oh I will add the first Crossed story written by Garth Ennis.

#21 Posted by ChrRome (12 posts) - - Show Bio

Thank you for all of the suggestions, I will try to do some further research on the books that have been listed.