Speaking of burn out, there's another one of them blog crossovers going on today, and I chose not to partake of it this round. However, a bunch of the people involved extended me courtesy of links and participation in the past, so I feel I should at least acknowledge what they're doing and offer my readers something for today. Read This Too's "basic idea is for each blogger involved to recommend a comic or trade they enjoy but don’t typically write about. Thanks to our buddy Kelson from Speed Force for spearheading this interesting and horizon-expanding crossover!"
A lot of people like the Martian Manhunter for a variety of reasons, so rather than focus on one book, I'll offer a selection of brief recommendations broken down by category...
Gerard Jones fans
American Secrets was a quirky, twisting, obtuse and challenging piece of work. Jones' Green Lantern: Mosaic was like that, but more so. It's difficult, peculiar material for what's ostensibly a super-hero series, and the art isn't consistent, except in its likelihood to be aesthetically displeasing. Mosaic is not for everyone, and you pretty much have to read all eighteen issues to "get it." I recently described American Secrets as Blue Velvet to Mosaic's second season of Twin Peaks. If that whole sentence left you clueless, you're off to a bad start, but you can totally score these out of cheapie boxes. It might be worth taking the plunge.
Sleuths from Outer Space and other parts unknown.
Don't call Grace Kimble a vampire. She's just an ex-cop with a condition involving fangs, enhanced abilities, and a need to derive sustenance from blood. Grace gets by on what she can buy from the back door of a blood bank, and she's got zero tolerance for the murderous creeps who take theirs from fresh victims. Vigil was a series of short, interconnecting black & white crime drama mini-series that worked well in installments or as a whole. Mike Iverson's nine panel grids get the most out of every page of Arvin Loudermilk's stories. The books are smart, moody, sexy, and funny, with strong characterization. This book was so good, it survived three publisher changes before reaching its conclusion. Most of the run can be picked up for less than a buck each at My Comic Shop.com, and the earlier stories were collected into trades by both Millennium Comics and Duality Press.
Ostrander & Mandrake fans
John Gaunt was a private investigator/mercenary in Cynosure, an insane city where all dimensions met at some point or another. John Ostrander was still finding his way in the early days of Grimjack, aided by the art of Tim Truman and the novelty of early cyberpunk mingled with swashbuckling fantasy. After a rough patch in the 20s, Ostrander was joined by frequent collaborator Tom Mandrake with issue #31 and for two years following. Their first year was the culmination of a lot of groundwork into one of the finest extended arcs of the series. The second year was about as bad as I say their work on Martian Manhunter was, but major changes in art and continuity shortly thereafter reinvigorated the book. The best Ostrander/Mandrake stories were recently collected by IDW Publishing as The Legend of Grimjack Volume 6.
More recommendations across multiple blogs...
- Adam Strange at It’s A Dan’s World
- American Vampire at My Greatest Adventure 80 (Doom Patrol)
- Astro City at Speed Force
- Booster Gold and Zatanna at Red Tornado’s Path
- Forgetless at Girls Gone Geek
- Franklin Richards digests at Once Upon a Geek
- Glamourpuss at Being Carter Hall
- Peter David’s Hulk at Fortress of Baileytude
- Jonah Hex at Boosterrific
- R.E.B.E.L.S. at Indigo Tribe
- Scott Pilgrim at Toyriffic
- Son of Tomahawk and Thor the Mighty Avenger at Aquaman Shrine
- Spelljammer at HeroPress
- Spire Christian Comics at Mail It To Team-Up
- Strange Science Fantasy at Siskoid’s Blog of Geekery
- The Unwritten at K-Squared Ramblings
- Welcome to Tranquility at Girls Gone Geek