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DrewDown

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I have a 9 year old daughter who is an avid reader. While she tears through novels, she really enjoys comics as well. I've shared a lot of my old comic books with her, mostly things like 90s era X-Men, Silver Surfer, Spiderman, Namor, etc, but also a lot of my favorite Valiant comics like Magnus Robot-Fighter, X-O Manowar, and such. When I wanted to get her a series of her own (because she can't have mine!), I had her reading the new Magnus series. That got cancelled after a few issues, so I grabbed a bundle of old Excalibur comics off of ebay. She liked them okay, but thought they were a bit ridiculous. The darkness of the Magnus comics was more her style.

Since I haven't paid attention to comics since 1995 or so, I was hoping you guys might recommend a current series or something maybe a little older that might be cool? She also likes graphic novels. As her father, I'd prefer there wasn't a ton of unnecessary sex, nudity, and graphic violence that you see in so many comics these days. Her innocence is fading fast, but I'd like to preserve what little is left for at least another year or so.
 

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I have a 9 year old daughter who is an avid reader. While she tears through novels, she really enjoys comics as well. I've shared a lot of my old comic books with her, mostly things like 90s era X-Men, Silver Surfer, Spiderman, Namor, etc, but also a lot of my favorite Valiant comics like Magnus Robot-Fighter, X-O Manowar, and such. When I wanted to get her a series of her own (because she can't have mine!), I had her reading the new Magnus series. That got cancelled after a few issues, so I grabbed a bundle of old Excalibur comics off of ebay. She liked them okay, but thought they were a bit ridiculous. The darkness of the Magnus comics was more her style.

Since I haven't paid attention to comics since 1995 or so, I was hoping you guys might recommend a current series or something maybe a little older that might be cool? She also likes graphic novels. As her father, I'd prefer there wasn't a ton of unnecessary sex, nudity, and graphic violence that you see in so many comics these days. Her innocence is fading fast, but I'd like to preserve what little is left for at least another year or so.
There's a whole thread for this with the exact same title.
http://www.wackbag.com/threads/comic-book-recommendations.109235/page-60

That said, Fables. It predates "Once Upon A Time" and is far better (I only watched the first episode).


EDIT: I'm not sure of the maturity level. Might want to look into it.
 

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'Batwoman' Co-Authors Exit, Claim DC 'Prohibited' Lesbian Marriage
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'Batwoman' Co-Authors Exit, Claim DC 'Prohibited' Lesbian Marriage
DC Comics' Batwoman is losing its two co-authors.

In a blog post late Wednesday, co-authors J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman wrote that they'd be exiting the comic after issue 26 is released in December, citing creative difficulties with DC.

Batwoman was relaunched in 2010 as a stand-alone series that told a new origin story about female Caped Crusader Kate Kane (aka Batwoman), this time a member of the U.S. Military Academy who was forced to leave after allegations arose that she was gay. Rather than hide her sexual orientation, she opted to leave the academy.

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"In recent months, DC has asked us to alter or completely discard many long-standing storylines in ways that we feel compromise the character and the series," Williams and Blackman wrote. "We were told to ditch plans for Killer Croc's origins; forced to drastically alter the original ending of our current arc, which would have defined Batwoman's heroic future in bold new ways; and, most crushingly, prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually getting married. All of these editorial decisions came at the last minute, and always after a year or more of planning and plotting on our end."

The duo noted that they pitched the first five arcs of the comic before the first issue of the relaunched DC title was even written and rather than make drastic changes to their story, have opted to exit the comic.

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"We’ve always understood that, as much as we love the character, Batwoman ultimately belongs to DC," they wrote. "However, the eleventh-hour nature of these changes left us frustrated and angry -- because they prevent us from telling the best stories we can. So, after a lot of soul-searching, we’ve decided to leave the book after Issue 26. We’re both heartbroken over leaving, but we feel strongly that you all deserve stories that push the character and the series forward. We can’t reliably do our best work if our plans are scrapped at the last minute, so we’re stepping aside. We are committed to bringing our run to a satisfying conclusion and we think that Issue 26 will leave a lasting impression."

The news comes after February's groundbreaking 17th issue of the Batwoman, in which Kate proposed to her girlfriend, Maggie Sawyer. It marked the first lesbian wedding proposal in the history of mainstream comics. Since its start, the series has been a champion for gay rights, foreshadowing the overturn of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Batwoman also represents DC's latest exploration of LGBT storylines. (Iconic comic character Green Lantern came out as gay in a June 2012 issue.)

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For its part, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation awarded Batwoman with the award for outstanding comic book in 2012.

A rep for DC Comics did not immediately respond to THR's request for comment. It's unclear what the future of the book will be following Williams and Blackman's departure.

Read Williams and Blackman's complete post, below:

Dear Batwoman readers -

From the moment DC asked us to write Batwoman — a dream project for both of us — we were committed to the unofficial tagline “No Status Quo.” We felt that the series and characters should always be moving forward, to keep changing and evolving. In order to live up to our mantra and ensure that each arc took Batwoman in new directions, we carefully planned plotlines and story beats for at least the first five arcs well before we ever wrote a single issue. We’ve been executing on that plan ever since, making changes whenever we’ve come up with a better idea, but in general remaining consistent to our core vision.

Unfortunately, in recent months, DC has asked us to alter or completely discard many long-standing storylines in ways that we feel compromise the character and the series. We were told to ditch plans for Killer Croc’s origins; forced to drastically alter the original ending of our current arc, which would have defined Batwoman’s heroic future in bold new ways; and, most crushingly, prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually getting married. All of these editorial decisions came at the last minute, and always after a year or more of planning and plotting on our end.

We’ve always understood that, as much as we love the character, Batwoman ultimately belongs to DC. However, the eleventh-hour nature of these changes left us frustrated and angry — because they prevent us from telling the best stories we can. So, after a lot of soul-searching, we’ve decided to leave the book after Issue 26.

We’re both heartbroken over leaving, but we feel strongly that you all deserve stories that push the character and the series forward. We can’t reliably do our best work if our plans are scrapped at the last minute, so we’re stepping aside. We are committed to bringing our run to a satisfying conclusion and we think that Issue 26 will leave a lasting impression.

We are extremely thankful for the opportunity to work on Batwoman. It’s been one of the most challenging and rewarding projects of our careers. We’ll always be grateful to everyone who helped us realize 26 issues: Mike Siglain, who brought us onto the project originally; Greg Rucka for inspirationally setting the stage; our amazing artists Amy Reeder, Trevor McCarthy, Pere Perez, Rob Hunter, Walden Wong, Sandu Florea, Richard Friend, Francesco Francavilla, Guy Major, Dave Stewart, and Todd Klein; Larry Ganem, for listening in tough times; and editors Mike Marts, Harvey Richards, Rickey Purdin, and Darren Shan.

And most of all, a huge thank you to everyone who read the book. Hearing your voices, your reactions, your enthusiasm every month was such a joy, so humbling, so rewarding. You guys rock! Because so many of you embraced the series, we were able to complete four arcs, and your passion for Batwoman encouraged us to push ourselves to do our best work with each and every issue.

Thank you for loving Batwoman as much as we do.

Goodbye for now,

Haden & J H
 

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Marvel just did some well received Oz series. Kaboom has a nice series of Adventure Time books. DC still does some young reader books I think Superman Adventures is one. IDW does a Popeye book that again is well reviewed. I haven't read any of these but have read reviews of them.
 

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I have a 9 year old daughter who is an avid reader. While she tears through novels, she really enjoys comics as well. I've shared a lot of my old comic books with her, mostly things like 90s era X-Men, Silver Surfer, Spiderman, Namor, etc, but also a lot of my favorite Valiant comics like Magnus Robot-Fighter, X-O Manowar, and such. When I wanted to get her a series of her own (because she can't have mine!), I had her reading the new Magnus series. That got cancelled after a few issues, so I grabbed a bundle of old Excalibur comics off of ebay. She liked them okay, but thought they were a bit ridiculous. The darkness of the Magnus comics was more her style.

Since I haven't paid attention to comics since 1995 or so, I was hoping you guys might recommend a current series or something maybe a little older that might be cool? She also likes graphic novels. As her father, I'd prefer there wasn't a ton of unnecessary sex, nudity, and graphic violence that you see in so many comics these days. Her innocence is fading fast, but I'd like to preserve what little is left for at least another year or so.

This is a list that's probably acceptable for a girl her age, not necessarily comics I love:

Fables
The Unwritten is probably good for that age, especially if she happens to like Harry Potter.
The Umbrella Academy
Amelia Rules
Lenore
Maus
Rapunzel's Revenge
Bone
Zombie Calling
The War at Ellesmere
I Kill Giants
Batman: Mad Love - this one is a bit violent but it was adapted into an episode of The New Batman Adventures which was seen by children. Plus it was written by Paul Dini.
Batgirl: Year One - this is more PG, there's mild violence but I think the thing that makes it this side of inappropriate for children is there is a moment where somebody is looking at porn on his computer while talking on the phone, otherwise it's a good story of a young woman's transition into a super hero(ine). A sticker or marker will cover the porn and make it more appropriate for a younger reader.


Then if she continues liking the darker comics, give her these when she's older:
Sandman
Watchmen
Batman: The Long Halloween
Batman: Dark Victory
Batman: The Killing Joke
Fell
Transmetropolitan
The Walking Dead
V for Vendetta




Sorry for the Batman bias. I grew up on the animated series.
 

DrewDown

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This is a list that's probably acceptable for a girl her age, not necessarily comics I love
Thanks for this list, I'll look into it. She's read Bone several times and loves the dark side of the Batman comics. She's currently enjoying the new Spider-man comics with Doc Ock in Peter Parker's body. For some reason, Doc Oc is her favorite character in the world. She's going to dress as him for Halloween. Probably the only 10 year old girl in America who'll be sporting titanium octopus arms that night.
 
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Thanks for this list, I'll look into it. She's read Bone several times and loves the dark side of the Batman comics. She's currently enjoying the new Spider-man comics with Doc Ock in Peter Parker's body. For some reason, Doc Oc is her favorite character in the world. She's going to dress as him for Halloween. Probably the only 10 year old girl in America who'll be sporting titanium octopus arms that night.
When she's in college she's going to be jerking off 8 guys at once but won't know why she enjoys it so much. The boys will call her "Doc Cock".
 

DrewDown

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When she's in college she's going to be jerking off 8 guys at once but won't know why she enjoys it so much. The boys will call her "Doc Cock".
I would kill you, but I'm loffing too hard.
 

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Eternal Warrior #1 comes out this week.





 

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Has anyone here heard of "The Incal" series by Alejandro Jodorowsky? I'm reading the first book in the series called "Before the Incal" and I'm SERIOUSLY enjoying it.

Also not to be missed, besides the story, is the artwork by Moebius (since someone else just posted a large image, I feel okay in doing the same). Even though this image is in Spanish, the book I'm reading is an English translation.

 

Voodoo Ben

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i got The Black Beetle: No Way Out the other day and it's great.
get it if you love pulp action.





 
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Just finished the last issue of Happy.

It's not often you read a comic about a murder who saves a group of children who are about to be fucked by Santa Clause, but by god I just did.
 

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I have got a few good deals for my kindle in the past few weeks. I have bought the first collected edition of astonishing. X men which I love and I'm not a x fan. I also bought the first collection of sandman as well as the new Jla. Amazon has gotten better in the past few months of putting their graphic novel's on sale.

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Voodoo Ben

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Unity #1 comes out next week, good jumping on point if your interested in Valiant comics.