The 12 Days of Geeks-Mas Day 1: COMICS!
Good Day Geeks!
To commemorate the Festivus that is the holiday season, the Evil Geeks are proud to bring you our version of a holiday buyers guide to help you track down gifts for that special nerd in your life! So start a fire, get some hot cocoa brewing and join us for the 12 Days of Geeks-Mas. For our inaugural feature we are pleased to bring you that special something that brings joy to young boys and girls everywhere, not to mention grown men who live in their parents basements… COMICS!
When it comes to the world of comics there are so many things to recommend. I’m still getting reacquainted with the art form myself. Slowly catching up and wading through lots and lots of books to see what’s been worth my time but I think I can definitely help you out or at the very least make some strong suggestions.
Daredevil Visionaries Volume 2: Frank Miller
If you have any interest in Daredevil, Elektra or Frank Miller this is the place to start.
Weapon X by Barry Windsor Smith
Before we learned everything about Wolverine this was our first glimpse into a significant portion of his past while still shrouded in secrecy. This is a darkly savage book that shows us human nature at its absolute worst. If you’ve ever wanted to know how Wolverine got his claws (before it was retconned away) this is the book to read.
Spider-Man: The Birth Of Venom
One of my all time favorites. This covers the whole Alien costume saga from Peter first donning it, all the way to its manifestation of Venom. One of the high points in Spider-Man’s colorful career.
Of course I have to recommend both Biff’s Picks 1 & 2.
Marvels by Kurt Busiek
Marvels treats you to a history of Marvel comics as observed by the humans and not the super heroes with gorgeous interiors hand painted by Alex Ross.
Daredevil: Born Again by Frank Miller
If you’re in the mood for a cinematic story with depth and real humanization of a hero, this one is definitely for you.
Here are a few books that are fairly recent and simply kick ass! These are great reads that any comics fan would enjoy on their bookshelf…
Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
This is the first Batman story in the DC’s relaunched 52! This is a great jumping on point for new fans, but also great for old ones too; in fact this is probably one of the best Batman stories that I have read in years!
Avengers vs X-Men Omnibus by Various Writers and Artists
Avengers vs. X-Men (or Avx) was one of the most popular stories in comics in 2012. Just as the title states, it pitted the two largest franchises in the Marvel Universe (The Avengers and The X-Men) against one another. There is a ton of backstory with all these characters, but Marvel gives you a nice synopsis so the book makes for a great stand-alone read for the casual fan. If you want any more info on the book or the backstory on the awesomeness that lead up to the event, then check an article of ours from October right here!
Absolute Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War by Geoff Johns and Various Artists
Now everyone knows who Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are, but the DC Universe is full of awesome heroes and stories that have nothing to do with them. Case in point…Green Lantern. Green Lantern is essentially a space-cop who has a jurisdiction to serve and protect, and he does it with the most powerful weapon in the universe! The ever-talented Geoff Johns has been writing Green Lantern for the past eight years or so and really just started the hero off from scratch, or actually re-started him. The Sinestro Corps War essentially gives you the cheesy guy from Superfriends and makes him the biggest badass in the universe. This one has some backstory, but Johns writes so well that you’ll understand what is going on quickly. This book is basically The Empire Strikes Back of Green Lantern books! Also, if you want to get caught up with GL in general you can start with Green Lantern: Rebirth…Enjoy!
Disclaimer: Please do not let the crappy GL movie turn you off, these books are so much better!
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Daredevil by Mark Waid and Friends
Don’t get me wrong, Frank Miller, Bendis, and Brubaker did great things with the character. But I think Matt Murdock should be allowed to have a little fun every couple of decades.
Fantastic Four by Jonathan Hickman
When Hickman hopped on the Fantastic Four, I didn’t expect much. I was used to being let down by the book, by this point. But Hickman blew me away, and throughout the ups and downs of his years on Fantastic Four and the spinoff FF, he continued to do so. Now that these two sister books are finally done, the whole epic can be read at once. And that’s exactly the way you’ll want to do it. I purchased all of his work on the series twice, one as individual issues and once as hardcovers. Most of the paperbacks have been released, and the final hardcover collection comes out on New Years Day. Treat yourself or a lucky friend to some good old fashioned fun in the mighty Marvel style.
Hey there kiddos, it’s your old pal C-Mart, here to let you know about some great books to buy for that special Evil Geek in your life this holiday season
Deadpool MAX by David Lapham and Kyle Baker
These days the Merc With a Mouth seems to be everywhere in the Marvel U. He’s in his own books, he’s in various team books, he’s even doing the Gangnam Style dance on the variant cover of the new Avengers #1 and he’s not even the book! If you’re looking for something to get for someone who’s a big Wade fan, then I recommend getting them a copy of Deadpool MAX: Nutjob. MAX comics is “adult comics” offshoot of Marvel so old Wade is completely unrestrained and unfettered by the comics code in this book. MAX stories take place outside of the normal Marvel U continuity, so the stories reallly are a complete free for all. Deadpool cuts down and beheads several Marvel baddies throughout the course of just the first volume in stories that are equally full of of bloody violence and laughter.
Screamland by Harold Sipe and Hector Casanova
Know someone who’s loves the Universal classic movie monsters? Then you may want to pick up a copy of Screamland for them. This is a “What If?” type of story that asks the question: What if the Universal monsters were not only real, but also what if they were actors just like everyone else in Hollywood? Not only are they actors, more specifically, they’re WASHED UP actors. These days the monsters don’t get many movie parts and some of them have fallen on hard times. Frankenstine even has a sex tape out there! Great story and also great for a laugh.
The Sixth Gun by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt
I read this recently and absolutely loved it! It’s a shoot ’em up Western, with a Supernatural twist in the vein of Jonah Hex. The story revolves around six mystical guns each with varying powers that were once owned by a nefarious General and his evil henchmen. It seems the General died quite some time ago and he is none too happy about that. His widow is on a quest to resurrect him, so he can reclaim the guns and use them to conquer the world. A thoroughly entertaining and action packed read!
Remember to come back tomorrow for The 12 Days of Geeks-Mas Day 2: Movies
Seasons Greetings Nerds!
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Posted on December 12, 2012, in COMICS!, Geekology, Geeks-Mas, Recommendations and tagged Alex Ross, Avengers, Batman, Daredevil, DC, Deadpool, Fantastic Four, Marvel, spider-man, Wolverine, X-Men. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.