5 HALO: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL
You’ve played the videogames, now read the graphic novel… The Halo brand is so strong that Bungie and Marvel Comics couldn’t be arsed to come up with a better title than Halo: The Graphic Novel. What next? Halo: The Nutritious Breakfast Cereal. Anyway, H:TGN looks gorgeous and is a cracking read, whether you’re familiar with the games or not. Hardly surprising, given the talent roped in for this project – best of all is the jaw-displacing, as is the artwork of 2000AD veteran Simon Bisley. BUY IT
PS. Interesting fact: Simon Pegg’s character in Spaced (Tim Bisley) is named after Simon Bisley.
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4 THE COMPLETE MAUS
Both volumes of Art Spiegelman’s astonishing, Pullitzer Prize-winning Maus have now been squeezed into one special edition. Maus is a Holocaust memoir, but with the Jews portrayed as mice and the Nazis as cats – the greatest masterstroke in the history of comic books. If you haven’t yet read Maus, what are you waiting for? BUY IT
3 BLACK HOLE
Charles Burns’ Black Hole is a brilliant, twisted, David Lynch-esqe account of teenage life in small-town America. The black-and-white artwork is stunning, as is the surreal storyline, which documents a strange plague afflicting the areas’ adolescents. No doubt Hollywood will turn it into a film before long. BUY IT
2 BATMAN: DARK NIGHT RETURNS
Classic superhero action from the pen of Frank Miller, the guy behind Sin City. This is better work than Sin City though – a middle-aged Bruce Wayne comes out of retirement, leading to great showdowns with Two Face and The Joker. He also faces off against Superman, just to prove that Batman is the baddest superhero in town. A landmark comic book. BUY IT
Alan Moore wrote V for Vendetta, From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. He’s the greatest writer in the history of graphic novels, no question, and Watchmen, a brilliant satire on the well-worn superhero saga, is his (and artist Dave Gibbons) masterpiece. I’ve read it many times and never tire of it. One of the greatest books of the 20th century. BUY IT
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