Some of the comics I'm going to present here are true classics but some others are a little less well known. The description I'm making of them may often seem disturbing or not very welcoming but as much as I do love those titles, I know some of these leave no middle ground between hate and love.
One Piece :
Drawings can be quite simple or even messy at times but it's always to improve the efficiency and the level of detail is often mind blowing... (Readers are welcomed to spend time on every picture because there will always be a funny detail in a 2nd or further ground...
It's one of the rare comics that can have me in tears of laughter really. The anime adaptation is well under the quality of the paper version but a few additions are well worth it. I'd say it's quite a good title to see if the shonen genre and childish japanese humour suits you.
It is not unusual to go from scenes like these :
|comparison between original characters (in brown) and their new versions (in black)|
Junji Ito :
Or Uzumaki (spirale) which is built on whirlwinds and spirales on every level of the plot and drawings, truly a masterpiece :
If you like Lovecraft and you can stand the drawings, you can only like those titles really ! It's a bit like horror movies or metal music, you'll love it or you won't but if you fancy the genre, well this is top of the shelf stuff.
|You can barely make more iconic than Kaneda with his renowned bike and lascannon...|
|The meeting that will change it all...|
|Dunan and Briareos, heroes of the series.|
|Olympus or a surgically clean version of Blade runner|
|Characters get to wear all sorts of robotic suits whose design should be familiar to Rogue trader fans and highly evocative for any real robot lover...|
Ghost in the Shell :
New shelf, entirely taken my one artist and by one universe :
GUNNM (Battle Angel Alita) :The base series started in 1990 is about a cyborg whose remnants are found in a gigantic dump by a doctor who decides to revive it. The doctor realises that that girl cyborg has lost all her memories but her combat skills, he then decides to grant her with a combat body to help her regain her lost memory...
|I guess that one speaks for itself...|
|Can you spot that one ?|
|And a little trickier...|
|Space White swarf : Toruna Ironwind|
Now look at below, I'm pretty sure you know one of those titles :
- Hole : the world of humans,
- the world of Mages
- Hell : the world of demons.
|Hole, the world of humans, not excatly the nicest place around...|
|A good selection of all the characters you can find|
Next two shelves... oh my... the next two shelves...
Tsutomu Nihei :
(The particular edition below is read from left to right as usual)
The hero is an android looking to save the humans still uncontaminated by a virus turning all living beings (and even some objects or buildings) into monsters.
Knights of Sidonia :
|where the author explains how he showed plastic kitbashes to sell his idea to publishers...|
|Where one of the main characters goes to her local hobby shop to get some new bits for a conversion|