Thursday, March 12, 2009

What's at the top of the comic book mountain?

So the other day I received an e-mail that was both hellish and irresistible, like chocolate-covered crack delivered straight to the inbox.

Steve of I Was Ben had a question: Considering all the talk going around about Watchmen being the apex of the medium, what do you think is the pinnacle of the comic book form?

On its face, it's a straight-forward question. But in the depths of my geeky soul (and, I'm assuming, yours now), the torture began. Lists were made and discarded, foreheads were slapped whenever another title was remembered, and second-guessing ran rampant. Almost like asking a parent to choose their favorite child, or to decide between Coke or Pepsi (Mr. Pibb, duh), this was — as even Adrian Veidt might put it — "a toughie."

What was my answer (besides vaguely ambiguous)? Go check out Steve's post at I Was Ben to find out, as well as to get the thoughtful opinions of our pal The Fortress Keeper and Teresa of In Sequence. While you're at it, leave your own picks in the I Was Ben comments; I think we'd all be interested to hear some more points of view.

Speaking of which, you should also take a look at blog-buddy Kevin Church's recent post on good comics for new readers — there isn't a stinker in the bunch, and there are some solid suggestions in the comments, too (Vimanarama! God, I love that one!)

Now give it some thought, and let's hear it!


Lisa said...

Funny, I never did get into Y: The Last Man. I started reading it on several different occasions (I think I got up to the third trade) but never did end up reading more.

I was surprised V for Vendetta and Fables weren't on your top list!

Maxo said...

I think I've had the same experience with Fables that you've had with Y; I've read it in chunks, but I've never committed to it for some reason. I enjoy it, but I don't necessarily seek it out.

And actually, I've started to change my mind (of course); I'm leaning toward Maus now. It's been a while since I've read it, so I think I forgot how GOOD it is, and how it works on so many levels.

So which is it for you? I know you dig Fables; is that the top?

Lisa said...

Oh man, that's tough. It'd probably be Fables or Sandman or Promethea (which no one else ever seems to name as a favorite but I love it) or V... Or something else I'm forgetting.

I have a bunch of Fables trades if you ever want to give it another go.

Maxo said...

I might take you up on that!

Lisa said...

But not until you finish your Futurama young man!