In this months’ installment of Nerd(Col)lab presents, we pose the question to fellow Nerd(Col)laborators in our collaboration post, “What is your favorite comic book and/or novel?” Now, that may be a difficult question to answer since there are numerous source material to look into from sci-fi to fantasy to action and comedy from graphic novel, single issues, comic book compendiums and novels and book series. Difficult as it may, Jeremy, Jason and I will try to answer that question and you never know, we may influence you into looking into a few of our favorites.
For me, personally, I started reading at a young age and actually enjoy reading as a hobby. I would re-read J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series from Book 1 to 7 over and over again sometimes finishing one or two books in a single day! I remember checking out the single issue comic books at the grocery store while waiting for my mom to pay for our groceries. As I got older, I exclusively only ready books until I was introduced to The Walking Dead comic book from Image Comics and written by Robert Kirkman. I consumed each issues so quickly that I hated to wait for the next issue! And, with the tv show on AMC, it was interesting to see what they changed from comic to television and vice versa.
With so much good things to read presently, I can definitely say my favorite comic book/graphic novel is Spiderman: Blue. Written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Tim Sale, Spider-man: Blue was a limited series run released in six total issues. I was a big Spider-man fan growing up watching the cartoon and buying the toys and even watching the live action movies with Toby Maquire! What I connected the most about Peter Parker is how he was a nerdy kid who loves science and throughout the cartoon and comic book, you can see him struggle to be responsible with his powers as Uncle Ben famously said to him. To me, what makes Spider-man a superhero isn’t his cool spider-like powers but his choice to be good because it is a choice that he makes everyday. And, you can take his powers away, but Peter Parker will always do good. I strove to follow in his stead throughout my life and choose to be good. With Spider-man: Blue you see a very deep, emotional and profound story of Peter’s first love and how he and Gwen Stacy fell in love. Even thinking about it makes me feel quite emotional and not that many comic books can stir that feeling in me.
Of course, I have to mention my favorite book! Like I mentioned before, I use to re-read the Harry Potter series over and over again but my favorite of the Harry Potter book was the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Not only was it the longest book out of the six, but the most action packed! I was stoked to find out there were more wizarding schools in that world and to have a magic tournament held at Hogwarts that school term, I almost lost it! And, I didn’t hate the live action movie either directed by Mike Newell and cameo by my favorite British actor and Doctor, David Tennant! One of these days, I’m going to get a Death Eater tattoo on my body!
I would be remise in mentioning a Star Wars book. I am enjoying the new comic book titles that has been released in the past few years but I am really enjoying reading the canon novels to add more depth and detail to the whole Star Wars universe. The thing is, I can’t seem to choose my favorite. I’ve read quite a few since Star Wars: The Force Awakens released in theatres and new canon novels were then released and am currently reading Thrawn by Timothy Zahn. If I had to pick top four to read right now, I woud choose Dark Disciple by Christie Golden, Lost Stars by Claudia Grey, Battlefront: Twilight Compaby by Alexander Freed and Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Grey.
Attack on Titan Manga by Hajime Isayama (check out the anime also!)
Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean (the official sequel to J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan!)
Percy Jackson book series by Rick Riordan (pretty entertaining kid’s book series!)
Choosing just one comic or graphic novel is tough for a comic fan like me. A lot of books hold significant meaning for me and others are just downright really great stories. The one book that got me back into reading comics on a regular basis was the DC Comics crossover event Blackest Night. The main story focuses on the Great Lantern and introduced the fallen superheroes and villains in zombie-like form. It was intense and re-introduced me to comics again. As a Marvel fan growing up, DC really interested me as a grown up (big kid) and I never looked back!
Another book that holds a significant meaning to me is one from Image Comics called Black Science. I discovered this book late, pretty much after I met Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera. The reason this book means a lot to me is because it describes the type of person I am: curious (scientific-like) and searching for adventures. This books deals with dimension traveling and a lot of character development which are my favorite stories. The creative combo of Rick and Matteo brings life to the page with Matteo’s imaginative scenery and bold color work and Rick’s masterful story plots. When I first read this book, it felt like I was a kid again, sitting on my stairs and reading a book. This book made me reminisce about my childhood and the many possibilities of my world. And, it still allows me to imagine the great possibilities out there for me and my imagination.
The last book is one of my favorite books that I had to put on my shelf. That’s a pretty good indication that I really like a book if I actually purchased it. It’s from my favorite artist, J. Scott Campbell, and it is his property that he created when he was doing comic book art and not just covers called Danger Girl. This comic book was my high school reading material and not only does it have a strong female lead and ensemble but the direct parallel to James Bond and Indian Jones rolled into one. J Scott also draws his character with his signature style and before getting into comics for the stories, I recognize my love for comics based on the awesome art and artists of this medium. And, Danger Girl was that link into comics as a young adult.
Deadly Class by Rick Remender and Craig Wes from Image Comics
The Killing Joke by Alan Moore from DC
Thor: The Mighty Avenger by Roger Langridge from Marvel
Like Jeremy, I can’t just choose a single graphic novel to call my favorite. Choosing just one comic as one’s favorite would be difficult for any comic book fan! Here’s some of my go-to books that I can always rely on.
I love this trilogy of books, as they detail Bruce’s first several years as the Batman. This Batman isn’t the all-knowing, overly prepared, and calculated one we’re accustomed to. He makes mistakes – lots of them – and learns on the fly. The Long Halloween is my favorite out of the three, but they should really be read in sequence as they compliment each other so well.
Mad Love isn’t a Batman book by any means – it’s all about Harley Quinn and her relationship with The Joker. It tells the origin story of Harley, from her beginnings as a promising psychiatrist with a plan to make it big like Dr Phil, to her fall into psychosis after falling in love with The Joker. Mad Love is Paul Dini and Bruce Timm at their finest.
I have a lot of Jeph Loeb books on this list, huh? He just tells great stories. Spider-man: Blue is about Peter reminiscing about his relationship with Gwen Stacy from the moment he met her to the day she died, and how he has dealt with her death over the years. I think this book is very sweet, as it’s a love story of sorts, and ends on the highest notes possible. This book alone is why Spider-man is one of my favorite superheroes and I always have it available to read on both my iPhone and iPad.
We hope we have inspired you to pick up a few of our favorites and start making a list of your own favorite comic book, graphic novels and book series. And, with this day and age of digital comic book readers and how easy it is to purchase digital books, you can take your favorite stories with you wherever you go! Happy reading!
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