Riley Hamilton’s top 10 go-to comic books and graphic novels

True North Country Comics presents Riley Hamilton’s top 10 go-to comic books and graphic novels.

Based on Ontario, Riley is comic creator, regular contributor to Sequential Magazine and he’s an Ottawa sports Fan. His recent project is SPQR.

Here’s Riley’s top 10 go-to comic books and graphics novels

1.       Rex Mundi (2003) by Arvid Nelson and Eric J
“The DaVinci Code before the DaVinci Code. Murder mystery with magic and set in an alternate 1920s Europe? Sign me up!” 

2.       Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth (1989) by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean
“Dave McKean’s grotesque art and Gaspar Saladino’s jarring letters make this as much a psychological horror as it is a superhero book. A must read for those delving into the Batman mythos.”

3.       Y The Last Man (2002) by Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra
“The story of the last man on Earth is a fun and unique take on the post-apocalypse. Pia Guerra’s art style fits the book perfectly.”

4.       Two Generals (2010) by Scott Chantler
“Through painstaking research and access to the war diary of his grandfather, Scott Chantler tells an incredibly emotional and personal story of his grandfather’s service in World War II. Students of history should give this one a look to see the people behind the statistics.” 

5.       Spiderman: Life Story (2019) by Chip Zdarsky and Mark Bagley
“The greatest Spiderman artist (in my opinion), teams up with a phenomenal Canadian writer and delivers my favourite Spidey miniseries. Peter Parker battling villains and his own advancing age confronts the plot hole that long-running series face but often never address.” 

6.       Northlanders (2008) by Brian Wood, Davide Gianfelice, Massimo Carnevale, Dean Ormston, Ryan Kelly, Vasilis Lolos, Danijel Zezelj and  Leandro Fernández
“A major inspiration for my own book, SPQR, Northlanders tackles themes of loss, family and duty while letting the reader explore the rich history of the Viking era.”

7.       Die (2018) by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans
“A love letter to Dungeons and Dragons, Kieron Gillen’s story about a homebrew from Hell is also a beautiful book thanks to the art of Stephanie Hans.”

8.       Such a Lovely Little War – Saigon 1961-63 (2016) by Marcelino Truong
“Another personal story about war that hits close to home as we see Marcelino’s world and family torn apart by the Vietnam War. A great read to see the war from a non-American perspective.”

9.       Superman for All Seasons (1998) by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale
“The Big Blue Boy Scout at his best. Drawing heavily on Superman’s humble roots, Tim Sale’s Rockwell-inspired art compliments long-time partner Jeph Loeb’s story telling in this classic tale of the Man of Steel.”

10.       The Artist Behind Superman: The Joe Shuster Story (2018) by Julian Voloj and Thomas Campi
“As a creator, it was a fascinating read to see the story of Superman’s creation as well as the tragic stories of both Joe and his creative partner, Jerry Siegel.”  

You can discover more about Riley on Twitter at @RhodesScores 

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