This volume of the Hellblazer series contains the first John Constantine stories ever told. Described as a “blue collar warlock,” John is an occult detective who frequently contends with the forces of Hell and his own vengeful ghosts. Original Sins follows John as he investigates a strange cult led by a televangelist who can seemingly grant the collective wishes of those who pray (pay) with enough fervor—for better or for worse. John’s first foray into live action was Francis Lawrence’s 2005 film Constantine, and then in his own TV series in 2014.
This graphic memoir tells the story of a girl growing up before, during, and after the Iranian Revolution, the troubles it brought to her family and other ordinary citizens, and her life after the regime grew too terrible to withstand. Persepolis is both a compelling memoir and a vital historical record of life during Iran’s tumultuous and oppressive political upheaval. Persepolis was eventually adapted into the 2007 film of the same name.
When a series of high profile crimes strike on holidays, it falls to Batman to solve the mystery of the Holiday Killer and put a stop to their reign of terror. The Long Halloween was one of the core inspirations behind 2022’s The Batman (starring Robert Pattinson and directed by Matt Reeves), and is often cited as one of the best Batman stories ever told.
The cult classic story of survivors in a zombie apocalypse originally began with the 2003 comic of the same name. This compendium collects issues #1-48, chronicling the beginning of Robert Kirkman's Eisner Award-winning continuing story of survival horror- from Rick Grimes' waking up alone in a hospital, to him and his family seeking solace on Hershel's farm, and the controversial introduction of Woodbury despot: The Governor.
In 1898, as the glory days of the British Empire were waning, an incredible band of adventures was brought together to save England in its hour of greatest need. Writer Alan Moore has assembled legendary heroes Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, Mina Harker, the Invisible Man, and other figures from classic Victorian literature for this dazzling tale. A film based on The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was released in 2003, starring Sean Connery, Peta Wilson, and Stuart Townsend.
V for Vendetta takes place in an alternate 1990s England after nuclear war destroyed much of the planet. The story follows the mysterious “V,” a figure disguised by a Guy Fawkes mask, as they endeavor to overthrow the neo-fascist “Norsefire Party” that dominates all of England. A film adaptation, directed by James McTeigue, was released in 2005.
The Crow is a story of brutal vengeance. After he and his girlfriend are murdered by a gang of thugs, Eric Draven finds himself resurrected by a crow. With supernatural powers and guidance from the crow, he begins a quest of revenge against his and his girlfriend’s killers. The Crow was adapted in a 1994, starring Brandon Lee and directed by Alex Proyas.
Merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Texan Preacher Jesse Custer becomes completely disillusioned with the beliefs that he had dedicated his entire life to. Now possessing the power of "the word," an ability to make people do whatever he utters, Custer begins a violent and riotous journey across the country. Preacher was adapted into an AMC television series in 2016, starring Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, and Ruth Negga.
Created by a freak accident, the Swamp Thing is an elemental creature who uses the forces of nature and wisdom of the plant kingdom to rail against a polluted world's self-destruction. Book One begins with the story "The Anatomy Lesson," a haunting origin story that reshapes Swamp Thing mythology with terrifying revelations that begin a journey of discovery and adventure that will take him across the stars and beyond. Swamp Thing was adapted into a television series in 2019, starring Andy Bean, Crystal Reed, and Derek Mears.
Set in Depression-era Chicago, Road to Perdition tells the story of a notorious but religious hitman who works for an Irish mob family with control of politics and business throughout the city. But everything changes when he learns that the very family to whom he’s loyal plans to kill his twelve-year-old son.
This classic noir/suspense story was a collaboration between an acclaimed mystery author and an award winning artist that spawned a film of the same name.
The first entry in the popular Sandman series, Preludes and Nocturnes is a story about Dream, an Endless being and the younger brother of Death, as he seeks to restore his power after decades of confinement. The Sandman is an existential and surrealist masterpiece from acclaimed science fiction author Neil Gaiman. It most recently became the basis of a popular Netflix series.
In this suspenseful crime story, Tom McKenna is a family man who becomes an instant media celebrity when he thwarts a robbery at his own diner - a robbery attempted by wanted murderers. McKenna's newfound fame draws the attention of a group of merciless mobsters who have been looking to settle a score with him for over 20 years. A History of Violence was adapted into a 2005, starring Viggo Mortensen and directed by David Cronenberg.
One of the best-selling and critically-acclaimed graphic novels of all-time telling the story of two supremely ironic, above-it-all teenagers facing the thrilling uncertainty of life after high school. As they attempt to carry their life-long friendship into a new era, the careful dynamics of their inseparable bond are jolted, and what seemed like a future of endless possibilities looks more like an encroaching reality of strip malls, low-paying service jobs and fading memories. Ghost World was adapted into a 2001 film starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson, and was directed by Terry Zwigoff.
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