Rob Hansen’s top 10 go-to comic book and graphic novel list

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

Rob is a creator, designer and illustrator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His current project is Chetwynd described as “What if Bigfoot, Werewolf and Vampire mythology is all based on one actual creature? Enter Vampsquatch! He’s 400lbs of bloodsucking terror and he appears to be under the control of a 14-year-old girl named Wendy.”

Here are Rob’s top 10 go-to comic books and graphic novels:

Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston
“Interesting story with complex characters (Jeff Lemire) based loosely on existing mainstream characters. Fantastic rather unsettling artwork by Dean Ormston that really sets the tone for the entire series.”

Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba
“Super imaginative story telling (Gerard Way) coupled with exactly the right amount of surreal artwork(Gabriel Ba).”

Kill or be Killed by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser
“Beautiful, deadly and damn near photorealistic artwork combines with a horror/crime story. What’s not to love?”

Rumble by John Arcudi and James Harren
“John Arcudi and James Harren spin an action packed ancient/urban sword and sorcery tale incorporating completely unlikely heroes and some of the most imaginative creature design I’ve ever seen. Just awesome.”

Ultra Mega by James Harrren and Dave Stewart
“Ok, so, I just love, love, love James Harren’s art. I’d read anything he drew. No one draws action like him! Oh, and he wrote it.”

Baltimore by Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, Ben Stenbeck and Dave Stewart
“A tortured Victorian soldier and his conflicted allies hunt vampires and assorted deviants. Moody, atmospheric and terrific historical horror.”

Hellboy by Mike Mignola
“You really can’t go wrong with Mignola!”

Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle
“A fascinating account of the author’s brief work stay in the country. Interesting, intelligent and heartfelt.”

The Insult by Scott Marshall
“I love this book! Take a classic Charles Atlas ad from vintage comics and reset the dialogue. It’s wickedly funny and something I read over and over.”

Invincible by Robert Kirkman art by Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley
“Such a fun unpredictable take on superheroes, their relationships, real and unreal problems.” 

You can discover more about Rob on Twitter and Instagram at @spiderrobby and online at and

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