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#1 RJMooreII

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 05:57 AM

Which Sword & Sorcery/fantasy graphics do you like best? What did you like about them.

Most of the ones I've read have been based on properties/stories, some of my favorites are (in no particular order):

1. Conan & Related Titles (Dark Horse). I know it's not exactly the most faithful representation, but I think it utilizes RE Howard plots in an entertaining way and the art is pretty good.
2. Elric of Melnibone (Pacific Comics '83-84). I thought the art was good and suited the story, a downside is that it tends to rely on a lot of exposition. The story they were trying to tell was more than the six-issue run was built to handle, but aside from being a bit crammed it is a good take.
3. Elric - Making of a Sorcerer (DC '04-'06). I was ambivalent on the art, but the writing was good and interesting to an Elric fanatic.
4. Elric - The Balance Lost (BOOM! '11-) has been good in terms of story, but what most amazes me is the portrayal of Elric in the art. He is much more like the vision I got reading the books than the sort of Johnny Depp watercolor Elric that seems to be in all the comics.

Strangest:
Hawkmoon - Jewel in the Skull [First '86] has some hilarious artwork. You will start to notice that people in solid plate armor often show muscular ripples that match their motion. Skin tight flexible breastplates! I don't want to rag on the effort that went into the book, but the artist seriously made it hilarious because it looks like superheros fighting in faux-medieval armor. Even the attacks with weapons are like leaping Superman punches.
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 08:26 PM

Don't read much in the way of graphic novels, but I do love Frank Millers 'Batman: the Dark Knight Returns' and Ross and Waid's 'Kingdom Come'.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:17 PM

slaine the horned god is something else - drawn by Bisley. both strange and brilliant simultaneously:


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Posted 15 April 2012 - 12:04 AM

I read a lot of Slaine! Very weird, but I like a lot of it.
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:32 AM

I haven't read many graphic novels either, but of those I've read, I'd have to go with Conan Born on the Battlefield.

Of course, I think that is more of a collection than it is a graphic novel.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:59 AM

Girl Genius, which I reviewed on the Reading thread.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 02:04 AM

slaine the horned god is something else - drawn by Bisley. both strange and brilliant simultaneously:


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Absolutely sets the standard for big-a$$/epic sword-and-sorcery graphic novel. B)

After that, the obvious choice (IMO) is Marada, from Claremont/Bolton:

http://en.wikipedia....Marada_(comics)

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 05:16 PM

I picked one up a few years ago called 'A Bit of Madness' by Civiello. It's filled with fantastic painted images similar to Bisley's in Slaine.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:00 PM

I definitely also recommend MARADA, THE SHE-WOLF by Chris Claremont & John Bolton.

There's some interesting history on Marada, including how it orginally was to be a Red Sonja story, at
http://sorcerersskul...wordswomen.html

The original graphic novel was serialized in black & white in EPIC ILLUSTRATED magazine, then collected and colored-- excellently, IMO, but have a look for yourself:
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from http://sapcomics.blo...and-bolton.html
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from http://stendec8.blog...lf-tale-by.html

A 2nd Marada story appeared in later EPIC issues:
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from http://swords-and-ve...he-wolf-in.html

Claremont & Bolton also did a 12 issues fantasy series called BLACK DRAGON, which I rather liked, though not nearly as much as Marada. I see collections of both were (are still, maybe?) to be reissued by Titan Books in the UK.
http://www.amazon.co...51708531&sr=8-1
http://www.amazon.co...51708671&sr=1-1
There's some preview pages of a previous black & white collection at the amazon link.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:21 PM

I wish DC would do a Showcase Presents or even a color trade of Roy Thomas' ARAK:
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 10:06 PM

I think a lot of the Marvel Graphic Novels may have been largely forgotten, sadly, since they're long out of print and most haven't been reprinted in any form. It's a shame, when great books like THE RAVEN BANNER may not even be known by some.
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Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:13 PM

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Northlanders for sure

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It's written by Brian Wood who is currently writing the current story in Dark Horse's Conan

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:32 AM

well am not sure if it is strictly S&S, more of a fusion of S&S and SciFi, but it has a lot of feudal japan oh hell anyway...RONIN, Frank Miller.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 06:06 AM

It's more of a supernatural western but I had to put up the Sixth Gun. It's still an ongoing but I have to recommend it cause it's so good.Posted Image

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:25 PM

Since this is a Conan forum, it seems a same not to mention a great work by Barry Windsor-Smith. FREEBOOTERS was fun and to say the least beautifully drawn. I wish there was more.
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from http://www.fantagrap...d=543&Itemid=62
More preview pages there, too.

And more info & previews from Barry himself starting at http://www.barrywind...io/fbnewsn.html
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:46 PM

On ther recent side -- like Northlanders, Sixth Gun & Girl Genius -- there's the currently running SAGA by writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y, The Last Man) and artist Fiona Staples. The look of it is overwelmingly eccentric fantasy, but the concept is literally science vs magic. It's critically acclaimed, controversial (it definitely adult), and I think it could be a contender for strangest graphic novel series. ;)

There's an interview with the creators & preview of SAGA #1 at http://www.comicsall...-fiona-staples/
and another with the writer with more previews at http://www.comicbook...rticle&id=40449
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