Roddy Williams’ top 10 go-to comic books and graphic novels

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

Roddy is a writer, creator and artist originally from Nova Scotia. His latest project is Sinclair. The story starts in 1398, as Lord Henry Sinclair must lead the descendants of the Knights Templar into the unknown to protect an ancient secret from a ruthless Cardinal and his mercenary army. In Sinclair #1, Roddy and his team present the “greatest unsolved treasure hunt in history” in this medieval adventure.

Here are Roddy Williams’ top 10 go-to comic books and graphic novels:

1. The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley
“Still the GOAT. I have it in several different editions, including most recently the Absolute Edition, which I’m reading now, and is like experiencing it again for the first time.” 

2. Batman Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli
“I mean, come on, the defining origin story.” 


3. The Amazing Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt by Peter David, David Michelinie, J.M. DeMatteis, Ken McDonald, Allan Kupperber, Tom Morgan, John Romita, Mike Zeck and others
“Look, things got dark in the 80’s, sometimes wonderfully so! If you were a comic reading kid then, you got to witness this masterpiece unfold across the Spidey titles, and come away with a new perspective on the heroes and villains, a trend that continues to this day. I picked this up when it was first collected, and I’m still amazed by it.”
 

4. Sandman- Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III and Dave McKean
“You can make comics HOW good? Gotcha.” 


5. Parker: The Martini Edition by Darwyn Cooke
“Darwyn Cooke was, is, and always will be one of the best to ever do it. If you ever get a chance to get your hands on this collected edition of his Parker works, grab and hold on tight!”


6. DC The New Frontier Absolute Edition by Darwyn Cooke and Dave Stewart
“See above. Watch what Mr. Cooke did with the Silver Age DC heroes in the best possible format. Jaw dropping.”


7. The Incredible Hulk and the Thing: The Big Change! by Jim Starlin and Berni Wrightson
“And now for something completely different!! This epic road trip of awesomeness by Jim Starlin and the legendary Berni Wrightson always puts a smile on my face. Some of the best Hulk and Thing material Marvel has ever put out.” 

8. Punisher: Circle of Blood by Steven Grant, Mike Vosburg and Mike Zeck
“Okay, so this is actually THE FIRST graphic novel I ever bought, which collected the classic mini-series and had a brand new cover by Mike Zeck, who I loved from Secret Wars. I still have it, although it’s bagged and put away for posterity, but it created a life-long Punisher fan out of me.” 

9. By Chance or Providence by Becky Cloonan and Lee Loughridge
“I got these mini-issues signed from Becky Cloonan at Fan Expo one year, and grabbed the collection as soon as it came out in this absolutely beautiful and haunting graphic novel.” 

10. Sin City by Frank Miller
“They’re all prime Frank Miller, but my favorite is still probably the Hard Goodbye.”


You can discover more about Roddy on Instagram at @rowdyink2021

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