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Comics 411: The Most Must-Read Comic Books

March 21, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Kingdom Come

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Now, on with the show!

Last week we asked, “Which Comic Book Deserves a TV Show?’ Here’s what some of you had to say:

Al Lobama: “I am still shocked that Groo the Wanderer has yet to be adapted for film or TV in any form.”

Reginald Fisterbottom: “Turok, Son of Stone!

Trapped in a Lost World canyon in 18th century North America Turok… not post-apocalyptic Turok.”

Christopher Wilcox: “Bill Willingham’s “Elementals” would be great to adapt to HBO or Netflix for an adult superhero series.”

7poundbag_Com: “I wrote on Quora that I’d like to see Alpha Flight on Netflix or ABC.”

Robert Lehto: “Your idea for Astro City is so good. It would work just like the comics.”

armchair theologian: “AMC needs to do Y the Last Man if/when they finally stop doing TWD. They could probably re-use a lot of the same post-apocalyptic sets, etc.”

D-Unit: “Usagi Yojimbo (animated), Savage Dragon, Moon Knight, WildCATs, and Werewolf by Night would all be good shows IMO”

prowriter: “Well Scalped, but it looks like it will be coming? Still, Scalped. Also, Transmetropolian would be great. For a real wackaroo, there was a comic called Hard Time that was an interesting take. Cancelled long ago. Deadly Class and Beauty are also daring picks. But more than anything:

F’n MOON KNIGHT!
MANIFEST DESTINY.
And CHEW.”

Marty Confetti: “I would love to see Bone or Cerberus in an animated series. I think they’d work well.

I also think a team up show following Booster Gold and Ted Kord Blue Beetle could be a fun show.

Based on the style of the animated Spectre short, I think a live action show would be great. Almost like an anthology series except the bad guy always gets his comeuppance at the hands of the Spectre.”

To read ALL the comments from the column, CLICK HERE! As always, thanks for the input!

This week we ask…

Must Read Comic Books!

I checked out a new comic book store this past week and was really impressed with the layout, selection, and, most surprisingly, the customer service. With all the cinematic success of Marvel and DC (work with me here), comic stores are sometimes faced with answering questions from new fans and parents about what comic books they should go and pick up. Comic book stores are faced with new faces coming in, looking for the classics and points to jump on when it comes to an ongoing title.

In the comments section, from time to time, I see someone ask for suggestions and everyone is great to jump in and share what they think. I wanted to open it up this week and talk about what’s on your MUST READ list.

When it comes to the classics, my list is pretty cliche. Which isn’t a bad thing. It’s filled with titles like:

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Batman: Year One
Watchmen
The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen
V for Vendetta
Sandman: Volume 1: Preludes And Nocturnes
Maus
Marvels
Kingdom Come

I also pepper it with titles like:

Grendel
WE3
Invisibles: Volume 1: Say You Want A Revolution
Fables: Volume 1: Legends In Exile
Y The Last Man: Volume 1: Unmanned
Powers: Volume 1: Who Killed Retro Girl?
Transmetropolitan: Volume 1: Back On The Street (New Edition)
The Walking Dead: Volume 1: Days Gone Bye
All-Star Superman
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid On Earth
Ex Machina: Volume 1: The First Hundred Days
Blankets
Superman: Red Son
Astro City: Volume 1: Life In The Big City
Invincible

Whoa, whoa, whoa! Yes, I can be a bit overwhelming when it comes to titles to suggest. That’s the great thing though. There is so much out there that just about anyone can find something that appeals or speaks to them. For many of us, we got hooked when we were young. I’ve mentioned it before I used to read random comic books growing up but the first series I followed actively was G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. Yes, I fell for the comic book/toy line/cartoon combo. Years and years later, I had the pleasure of interviewing Larry Hama, who wrote most of its 155-issue run. To be able to chat about that was a thrill and I could have easily went on for hours, talking his ear off. After that, the floodgates were open. I got hooked on the Legion of Super-Heroes and it grew from there.

I guess where I’m going with all this is I wanted to see what books you all would give someone if they asked you, “What comic book do I need to read before I die?” It doesn’t have to be one, because that’s impossible. Throw a few out there and let’s see what happens.

Sound off below!

That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week!