Nelson Caetano’s Top 10 Go-to Comic Books and Graphic Novels

True North Country Comics presents the top 10 go-to comic books and graphic novels from Nelson Caetano.

Nelson is an educator and artist with a background in fine art. His most recent project is The Gathering Place – an anthology biography about Toronto artists.

Here’s Nelson Caetano’s top 10 go-to comic book and graphic novel list:

A Tale of the Batman: Gotham by Gaslight by Brian Augustyn and Michale Mignola
“This is the book I pick up to go down memory lane. I was in high school, walked into the original location of The Beguiling, and this book just stood out like nothing else on the rack. It was the moment I first followed Mike Mignola’s work – I knew of his work but this book was a monumental leap in illustration for this impressionable kid.”

Daredevil: The Man Without Fear by Frank Miller and Romita Jr.
“I’m a sucker for origin stories, and nobody had a better grasp of the ‘man without fear’ than Frank Miller.”

DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke with Dave Stewart
“What an ode to the silver-age of comics. All these brand spanking new shiny heroes ready to band together and save the day.”

Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand by Jim Henson, Juhl and Ramón Pérez
“What a wild ride of a tale told in such a vivid, brilliant colour palette.”

Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross
“For me, it doesn’t get better than this grim story with all my favourite Saturday morning cartoon heroes as jaded, retired shadows of their former selves – except Batman, he’ll always be grim and jaded.”

Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt by J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Zeck
“The stakes were so high in this one. Didn’t think a Spider-man story could get so 80’s dark and grim – and yet, Peter/Spidey maintained his playfulness.”

The Atlantis Chronicles by Peter David and Esteban Maroto
“Esteban Maroto’s work on this mini-series became a gateway to European illustrators – Moebius, Hugo Pratt, Milo Manara…”

The Sandman: The Doll’s House by Neil Gaiman, Mike Dringenberg and others
“This was the storyline that cemented The Sandman series as one of the best…ever!”

The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire
“It’s hard to select one work from Jeff Lemire to include in this list. The Underwater Welder hit me in ways that a great story should hit a reader.”

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
“A former student of mine recommended this book. Impactful coming of age story that I recommend to everyone.”

You can find Nelson online on Twitter at @nelson_caetano and online

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