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Personal logo D6 Junkie Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2013 7:41 p.m. PST

Well my wife so
far has enjoyed the
Watchmen and Kingdom Come
any suggestions for 'gritty'
superhero comics in the same vein?
I remember one called 'Golden Age'?

jpattern202 Sep 2013 8:38 p.m. PST

Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns TPB.
Frank Miller's 300.
Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.'s Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl TPBs.

WeeSparky02 Sep 2013 9:11 p.m. PST

Astro City

timlillig02 Sep 2013 9:17 p.m. PST

Identity Crisis- and many of the series that follow from it.

Many of the better batman stories can be quite gritty. The anthologies of the new 52 version of Batman are good.

If you want to get away from superheroes, here are a few more:
Y: The Last Man- supernatural, but not superheroes.
A Contract with God- and much of Will Eisner's other work.
Maus and Maus 2

napthyme02 Sep 2013 10:03 p.m. PST

Old man Logan might fit the bill.

Space Monkey02 Sep 2013 10:50 p.m. PST

Eddie Current
Loads of great stuff that isn't superheroes… Love & Rockets, stuff by Adrian Tomine, Palookaville.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Sep 2013 10:54 p.m. PST

The Killing Joke by Brian Bolland and Alan Moore.

V for Vendetta if she hasn't read it.

Irredeemable is also very good for the first dozen issues or so.

The Boys is very gritty but not very good.

GarrisonMiniatures03 Sep 2013 2:30 a.m. PST

Might be worth checking out some of the free web comics as well, for example from this site:

You'll have to follow the 'back to ink' link.

Or possibly (jumping up and down in frustration now it seems to be working properly!!!)

Coelacanth Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2013 6:05 a.m. PST

Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale.

Catwoman the Darwyn Cooke/Ed Brubaker issues

Daredevil "Born Again" by Frank Miller and David Mazzuccheli. "Man Without Fear" by Miller and John Romita, Jr. (the Brian Bendis Daredevil issues are also good).

Happy reading!


P.S. Kingdom Come writer Mark Waid is the present writer on Daredevil.

RavenscraftCybernetics03 Sep 2013 6:27 a.m. PST

The Immortal's Fete by Bilal

ghostdog03 Sep 2013 7:33 a.m. PST

Anything by warren ellis, specially black summer, no hero and godhero.
From millar, you have nemesis and superior (of course, as it has been said, kick ass, a lot wilder than the movies).
Redemption is a small miniserie about its own superhero universe, very interesting)

chuck05 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian03 Sep 2013 11:34 a.m. PST

The Question.

Alxbates04 Sep 2013 9:23 a.m. PST

I'll second "Black Summer" – great stuff.

Also "Absolution", from the same company, Avatar Press:


ghostdog04 Sep 2013 12:54 p.m. PST

That was the name! Absolution, not redemption; a wonderful take in the role of metahumans as law enforcers!
Both the boys and astrocity are wonderful, also the reader needs to know the basics of clasic superheroes universes(thats marvel and dc) to get some subtle or not so subtle references.
Another clasic by warren ellis is planetary, almost in line with astro city in his love about clasic references from pop culture: pulp heroes, bond, matrix, lovecraft, marvel and dc.
The authority from garth ennis, althoug as with the boys, in th long run i become bored of his parodies

AndrewGPaul05 Sep 2013 3:02 a.m. PST

The Boys is very gritty but not very good.

I'd say the opposite. It's just as over-the-top as the superhero comics it's taking the Bleeped text out of. The only "gritty" thing about it is what happens to the protagonist in his introduction. It is fantastically gory, but that's not really the same thing.

I do, however, really like it.

100 Bullets by Brian Azzarello isn't traditionally "superhero", but it's pretty gritty, IMO. And very good, and most importantly finished. grin

tkdguy15 Sep 2013 7:17 p.m. PST

The Knightfall series works. That's where Batman's back is broken by Bane.

Gotta second The Dark Knight Returns. That's probably what started the whole "gritty" trend in comics. Otherwise, it's the Spiderman episode where Gwen Stacy dies.

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