Fantastic Fantasy Comic and Graphic Novel Series

As the weather starts to cool down, I start looking for books to curl up with on cool evenings - Especially long-running series that will keep me engaged! Here's five of my favorite fantasy graphic novel series to start your fall with a touch of magic.

Sandman Chronicles by Neil Gaiman
10 books in the series, several stand-alone volumes
Start with: Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes
Neil Gaiman has become almost a household name in the world of fantasy fiction for film adaptations of his works Stardust and American Gods. But before either of those books were published, Gaiman wrote the Sandman series. First published in 1989, it tells the story of the personification of dreams, named Morpheus, and of his adventures with humans, gods, spirits and denizens of worlds unknown. Gaiman weaves a rich tapestry of figures from every major mythology into an intensely exciting and thought-provoking reading experience. In this first adventure, Morpheus has been trapped by the magician Aleister Crowley for 60 years, but Crowley's waning power has made it possible for the Dream King to make his escape.
See Also: Death: The High Cost of Living, The Sandman: Dream Hunters, The Sandman: Endless Nights

Lucifer by Mike Carey
11 books in the series
Start with: Lucifer Vol. 1, Devil in the Gateway
We meet this series titular protagonist in Gaiman's Sandman chronicles – Lucifer Morningstar, fallen angel and lord of Hell. This serial begins with Lucifer holding court at his nightclub Lux, in Los Angeles. Why is Lucifer on Earth, and not ruling Hell? Well, he's quit. This act of rebellion has some serious consequences – and has left Hell prey to power struggles between heaven and the multiverses. But now that he's free, Lucifer has decided to enjoy life as much as he can, until Heaven comes to him with an offer he can't refuse. Thus begins an epic 11-volume adventure on par with Gaiman's Sandman.

The Wicked + the Divine by Kieron Gillen
5 books in the series
Start with: The Wicked + the Divine, Vol 1: The Faust Act
In Wicked+Divine, the gods our our mythology are reborn in the bodies of 13 teenagers every 90 years. They are loved by many, hated by some, but will be dead in two years. This short life-span, combined with the power of gods, makes these teenagers international superstars. They perform around the world for sold-out shows, sharing their powers with their adoring fans. But in the 21st century, being a teenager is hard enough – a teenage god is even worse. This story follows their mortal fan, Laura, as she tries to befriend the gods. But Laura is not what she appears...

Constantine: The Hellblazer by Ming Doyle
2 books in the current series, 39 total published
Start with: Vol 1: Going Down
John Constantine holds the record for longest graphic novel character in print - he's been featured since the 1980's. Whether you're a long-time fan of the Hellblazer, or the film version portrayed by Keanu Reeves, Doyle's retelling is a great introduction to this trenchcoated anti-hero. Constantine is a chain-smoking narcissist with more than one personality disorder, a sorcerer who is just as likely to get the people he's agreed to help killed as he is to save their lives. And when you're dealing with demons and ghosts, he'll probably get your soul damned in the process. He's a great guy - as long as you aren't his friend. But what makes Constantine such an enduring character is his deeply flawed nature and his true desire to do some good in the world – even if he really just ends up bungling it all up in the end.
See Also: Hellblazer: Original Sins, Hellblazer: India

Fables by Bill Willingham
22 books in the series, 3 tie-in series
Start with: Fables Vol 1: Legends in Exile
A lot of fantasy is in supposition, and Fable is no exception. In Willingham's series, the characters from the fairy tales we grew up with are real people, alive and well, living in our world. Think about the TV show Once Upon a Time (which also has a graphic novel tie-in), but restricted to New York City. Our fairy tale characters are from "The Homelands" of Europe, but were forced to the new world by a mysterious Adversary. Their luxury high rise in New York City has become a peaceful and secret society, until proper politician Snow White's partygirl sister Rose Red is apparently murdered. Snow hires Bigby Wolf (formerly the Big Bad Wolf - reformed, pardoned and made sheriff) to find Rose. It's a "grim" whodunnit mystery; was it Blackbeard, Rose's notorious ex-lover, or Jack (of beanstalk fame) her current live-in boyfriend?

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Super Skull Podcast - Issue #106: Special Guest: Zac Gorman

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September 8, 2016 at Downtown Library Netcasting Studio

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Our Big Picks this week were:

  • Skybourne #1
  • FLASHed: Sudden Stories in Comics and Prose
  • Mighty Jack

You can learn more about Zac Gorman and his work on his website: www.magicalgametime.com

And you can also follow him on Twitter: @zacgormania

Contains explicit content.
Length: 01:06:41
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)


 

Super Skull Podcast - Issue #105: Teenage Mutant Ninja Taser

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September 1, 2016 at Downtown Library Netcasting Studio

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Where is Nick?!

Our Big Picks this week were:

  • Lucy and Andy Neanderthal 
  • The Longest Day of the Future
  • My Hero Academia Vol 1
Contains explicit content.
Length: 01:01:50
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Super Skull Podcast - Issue #104: Who Win a Fight?

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August 25, 2016 at Downtown Library Netcasting Studio

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An innovative new segment is introduced, we find out who our podcast's super-villain is, and PART TWO of our epic history of Image Comics.

Our big picks this week were:

  • Hellblazer Rebirth #1
  • Batman Detective Comics #939
  • Omega Men by Tom King
Contains explicit content.
Length: 01:13:47
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Super Skull Podcast - Issue #102: Vaseline Gloves

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August 11, 2016 at Downtown Library Netcasting Studio

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Our big picks this week were:

  • All New All Different Avengers Annual #1
  • All Star Batman #1
  • Black Monday Murders #1

The music featured in this weeks podcast was the West Wing Theme Song by W. G. Snuffy Walden.

Contains explicit content.
Length: 00:56:04
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Super Skull Podcast - Issue #101: Special Feth Star

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August 6, 2016 at Downtown Library Netcasting Studio

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Dust those cobwebs of your podcast device. Is that your phone? You can go find it now: Super Skull is back in action. 

Our Big Picks this week were:

  • Aquaman #4
  • Kill or Be Killed #1
  • Animosity #1
Contains explicit content.
Length: 01:07:51
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Super Skull Podcast - Issue #100

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July 30, 2016 at Downtown Library Netcasting Studio

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We present to you, without fanfare or hyperbole, the 100th time we recorded a podcast together. Please enjoy and thank you sincerely for listening.

Contains explicit content.
Length: 01:01:37
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Super Skull Podcast - Issue #99: Sea-League

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July 7, 2016 at Downtown Library Netcasting Studio

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This week on Super Skull there's an argument, a dramatic reading, and we find out how many board game reviews we can fit into an hour long podcast.

The answer is 0. 

But we can fit 2 board game reviews in to an hour and ten minutes.

Our Big Picks this week were:

  • Justice League Rebirth #1
  • Level Up
  • Scarlet Witch #8

Link Dump!

Contains explicit content.
Length: 01:09:48
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Super Skull Podcast - Issue #98: Yribar World

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June 30, 2016 at Downtown Library Netcasting Studio

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Happy Millar Day! To you and yours, all over the world. Mark Millar will travel across the globe, all in one night, to shake your hand and thank you for supporting the Millarworld family of products IF you properly acknowledged him RESPECTFULLY all year long.

Plus a long interview with a very special, very surprise guest.

Our Big Picks this week were:

  • Hillbilly #1
  • Jupiter's Legacy Vol 2 #1
  • The Vision Vol 1
Contains explicit content.
Length: 01:24:43
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