Eight Comic Books to Read Before You Die
Just in time for the opening of WonderCon in San Francisco today, the online arm of the San Francisco Chronicle, SF Gate, has decided to put out its list, a comics "mix tape" as they call it, of the "Eight Comic Books to Read Before You Die."
Posted by Peter Hartlaub, the list includes many notables in the comics world such as Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman and their works — which are probably considered classic must-reads by most comics fans already.
In addition, the list also features one or two other works traditional comics fans, those who usually confine themselves to one or more Marvel or DC titles featuring spandex-clad heroes, may be less familier with. Books such as Jeff Smith’s Bone and Y:The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan, although successful and well-known to many in the comics community, are perhaps not as well-known to the masses as the X-Men, Spider-Man or Batman.
Here, then, is the list of what the folks at SFGate think you should read, and in the order you should read them, before you die. Hopefully, you’ve already had the pleasure of discovering some of these works. Maybe after reading this list, you can discover a few more.
Y: The Last Man: Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
Daredevil: Born Again by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli
Swamp Thing by Alan Moore
Marvels by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross
Bone Volume 1: Out From Boneville by Jeff Smith
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
I’m pleased to say that, besides Bone, I’ve read all the books on this list and am a particular fan of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and Brian K. Vaughan’s Y: The Last man. Of course, now that I’ve read this list, I can never, ever read Bone. That is, unless I’m ready to die.
What comics would be on your list?