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The 30 Comic Books You Should Have Read
The essential graphic novels and superhero stories...

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Rising Stars

Rising Stars Comic

By: J. Michael Straczynski, Fiona Avery

Straczynski, who wrote Babylon 5 and more recently Clint Eastwood’s Changeling, is better known in some circles for his comics work, thanks to great arc stories like this. A sort of X-Men meets The Midwich Cuckoos, this chronicles the lives of 113 “Specials”, children who were in utero during a meteor strike on a small US town who grow up with special powers. Their triumphs and tragedies form the thread of an exceptionally tightly-plotted and complete story as they grow to adulthood, deal – or fail to deal – with their powers, fall apart and fight for their place in the world. The wham-bam ending and enigmatic hero in poet John Simon provide all the emotional closure that’s inevitably missing from continuing superhero comics, making it the perfect option for those who refuse to get involved in long-running stories.

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21 RE: James Herberts The City
L: lukeyboy Love the fact you've got Superman: Red Son and Preacher in there, but I have to agree with the previous posters about the omission of The Boys, Transmetropolitan and Hellblazer. Perhaps the former is a more aquired taste but Transmetropolitan and Hellblazer are genre defining comics and deserve to be on the list. As do (IMO) 'The Books of Magic' and timates'. ]   agree on b] took a age old concept and brought it kicking amd screaming into relevancy and ramped up the characterisation from the original Marvel vision of each of them. More

Posted by JIm R on Friday November 26, 2010, 16:45

22 RE: James Herberts The City
Love the fact you've got Superman: Red Son and Preacher in there, but I have to agree with the previous posters about the omission of The Boys, Transmetropolitan and Hellblazer. Perhaps the former is a more aquired taste but Transmetropolitan and Hellblazer are genre defining comics and deserve to be on the list. As do (IMO) 'The Books of Magic' and 'The Ultimates'. More

Posted by lukeyboy on Friday November 26, 2010, 16:05

23 RE: James Herberts The City
Props for putting invincible in there, but Walking Dead is not that good.   Also, no 2000ad/Judge Dredd?  What about America? It's abit strange that you picked Red Son as the one Superman story. More

Posted by Invader_Ace on Friday November 26, 2010, 16:04

24 RE: The 30 Comic Books You Should Have Read
I know that people are always going to bitch and lists cannot be to everyones approval or tastes, but anybody with a half a serious interest in comics would have put 'The Invisibles' in that list. More

Posted by leecoop on Friday November 26, 2010, 15:12

25 RE: The 30 Comic Books You Should Have Read
How about Cerebus? Yummy Fur? Alan Moore's Miracleman? The Grandaddy of comics Will Eisner? Love & Rockets? Jimmy Corrigan? Hellblazer?  Hate? Flaming Carrot? Stray Toasters? Frank Millar's Daredevil or Elecktra? Jam? Concrete? Too many teenagers in tights on this list for my liking. More

Posted by Great Ape on Friday November 26, 2010, 13:43

26 RE: The 30 Comic Books You Should Have Read
No Invisibles?  Animal Man?  Doom Patrol?  All Star Superman?  Looks like you guys aren't Grant Morrison fans... tut tut!  More

Posted by DEADPOOLcc on Friday November 26, 2010, 13:11

27 RE:
A good list, though I do hope had it been 32 you would have put Transmetropolitan and The Boys in there. C'mon, one has Spider Jerusalem literally shove a Blair/Bush hybrid  up his arse and the other has Simon Freakin' Pegg beating up superheroes! WHY ARE THEY NOT HERE! More

Posted by seedykay on Friday November 26, 2010, 11:41

28 RE: How about...
The fact that no one has mentioned "Lucifer" yet is simply a tragedy. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and moving comics I have ever read. Beats the hell out of "Sandman" if you ask me... Other than that, I cannot help but agree with the other comments about glaring omissions. Only two Alan Moor books? You must be joking. More

Posted by xzynomorpher on Friday November 26, 2010, 00:14

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