Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > Comic Book Talk
Reload this Page >

Can anyone recommend some good crime and western comics?

Comic Book Talk The Place to talk about Comics

Can anyone recommend some good crime and western comics?

Old 07-20-15, 04:50 PM
  #1  
DVD Talk Special Edition
Thread Starter
 
lukewarmwater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: United States of HELL YEAH!!!
Posts: 1,262
Can anyone recommend some good crime and western comics?

I mean crime and western stories that are serious and have some emotional weight, not payed for laughs (like ennis's punisher).

I've read a few arcs of Stray Bullets, Criminal, Blacksad and most of the Brian Bendis black and white comics.

For westerns I've really only read Jonah Hex, but wanted to check out Bouncer and Blueberry, but havent hear much about them. Also not really sure if there's a lot of American western comics.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
lukewarmwater is offline  
Old 07-20-15, 05:10 PM
  #2  
DVD Talk Hero
 
davidh777's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Home of 2013 NFL champion Seahawks
Posts: 41,631
Re: Can anyone recommend some good crime and western comics?

I think the only straight Western I've read is Loveless, and only a few issues.

Stuff like The Sixth Gun and Rotten are more fantastical.

For crime, I like Darwyn Cooke's Parker series.
davidh777 is offline  
Old 07-21-15, 02:03 AM
  #3  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 1,954
Re: Can anyone recommend some good crime and western comics?

I recall liking Desperadoes, but it's been quite awhile. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desperadoes

Ed Brubaker wrote a mini called Point Blank, which was good: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_Blank_(comics)

Which led into Sleeper, with art by Sean Phillips, which was great: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleeper_(comics)
Strapped4Cash is offline  
Old 07-21-15, 06:48 AM
  #4  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Paul_SD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Hiking the Sisyphian trail
Posts: 6,341
Re: Can anyone recommend some good crime and western comics?

The Moebius Blueberry GNs are great. Some of the most entertaining Western material you will ever read. There's a bunch of them too- far more than the 6 volumes that Marvel published in the late 80's/early 90's.
Someone really needs to get this material back in print here in worthy editions. If you can find the Marvel trades at a reasonable price, they are definitely worth picking up. Each volume by itself reads like a huge Sergio Leone film.

More great Western material is found in Rio by Doug Wildey. It's been collected and all the work appears in a beautiful volume by IDW. Highly recommended.

In addition to the Cooke Parker books I would suggest Torpedo by Bernet and Abuli. There are six softcover volumes, though IDW has expressed plans to collect them all in one HC Omnibus. Either way they are quality work about a Depression era hired gun. If you like the Coen Brothers Miller's Crossing, I would swear this material is the template for that film.

Some of the all time best crime stories can be found in Fall Guy For Murder by Johnny Craig, which is one of the Fantagraphic EC artist-centric volumes. When I discovered EC books back in the 80's, this was the stuff that impressed me the most. Lots of Noir-ish tales of cheating lovers, greedy grifters, and the occasional charming sociopath.
Paul_SD is offline  
Old 07-21-15, 08:16 AM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
dishpan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: northern virginia usa
Posts: 343
Re: Can anyone recommend some good crime and western comics?

i second the darwyn cooke parker series -- you definitely need to read that if you havent.

also, Loveless by Azzarello

http://smile.amazon.com/Loveless-Vol...less+azzarello

especially if those jonah hex you read were by palmiotti and gray (and you liked them).
dishpan is offline  
Old 07-21-15, 11:18 AM
  #6  
DVD Talk Special Edition
Thread Starter
 
lukewarmwater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: United States of HELL YEAH!!!
Posts: 1,262
Re: Can anyone recommend some good crime and western comics?

Awesome, thanks guys, thats a lot of recommendations.

I've read two of the Parker books, the hunter and the score. I liked them both, so I don't know why I haven't picked up the other two.

And Jordi Bernet did a lot of work on Jonah Hex, and I thought his stories were the best so I probably should check out Toledo
lukewarmwater is offline  
Old 07-21-15, 11:25 AM
  #7  
Challenge Guru & Comic Nerd
 
Trevor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: spiritually, Minnesota
Posts: 34,621
Re: Can anyone recommend some good crime and western comics?

The old Rio books by Doug Wilder were great iirc.
Trevor is offline  
Old 07-21-15, 02:51 PM
  #8  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 1,597
Re: Can anyone recommend some good crime and western comics?

Another vote for Parker and Rio!
Preterite is offline  
Old 07-23-15, 09:29 AM
  #9  
DVD Talk Hero
 
davidh777's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Home of 2013 NFL champion Seahawks
Posts: 41,631
Re: Can anyone recommend some good crime and western comics?

On the crime front, has anyone read the Blue Estate series? I blind-bought a volume but haven't read it yet.

davidh777 is offline  
Old 07-25-15, 06:24 PM
  #10  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 4,454
Re: Can anyone recommend some good crime and western comics?

Just read the first volume of "Near Death" from Image. I've given up on the super hero type comics, so figured I'd try reading some independents. Image seems to have quite a few different titles in that genre.
movieguru is offline  
Old 07-25-15, 08:03 PM
  #11  
Challenge Guru & Comic Nerd
 
Trevor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: spiritually, Minnesota
Posts: 34,621
Re: Can anyone recommend some good crime and western comics?

Oni Press has some good crime books, and half price at Comixology right now.
Trevor is offline  
Old 07-28-15, 08:40 AM
  #12  
Senior Member
 
dishpan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: northern virginia usa
Posts: 343
Re: Can anyone recommend some good crime and western comics?

Originally Posted by movieguru View Post
Just read the first volume of "Near Death" from Image. I've given up on the super hero type comics, so figured I'd try reading some independents. Image seems to have quite a few different titles in that genre.

dude, great call. i loved that series. i wish it was more than two volumes.

http://smile.amazon.com/Near-Death-T...h+image+comics
dishpan is offline  
Old 07-29-15, 04:32 PM
  #13  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
madcougar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Houston
Posts: 6,690
Re: Can anyone recommend some good crime and western comics?

I actually enjoyed All Star Western Vol. 3 for the first four of five story arcs...
madcougar is offline  
Old 07-31-15, 01:12 PM
  #14  
DVD Talk Legend
 
cultshock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: True North Strong & Free
Posts: 12,369
Re: Can anyone recommend some good crime and western comics?

Another vote for Moebius' Blueberry and Johnny Craig's EC crime comics.
cultshock is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.