Best of
Graphic-Novels

1999

The Sandman: The Dream Hunters


Neil Gaiman - 1999
    At the same time, while preparing for the Sandman 10th anniversary, he met Yoshitaka Amano, his artist for the 11th Sandman book. Amano is the famed designer of the Final Fantasy game series. The product of Gaiman's immersion in Japanese art, culture, and history, Sandman: Dream Hunters is a classic Japanese tale (adapted from "The Fox, the Monk, and the Mikado of All Night's Dreaming") that he has subtly morphed into his Sandman universe.Like most fables, the story begins with a wager between two jealous animals, a fox and a badger: which of them can drive a young monk from his solitary temple? The winner will make the temple into a new fox or badger home. But as the fox adopts the form of a woman to woo the monk from his hermitage, she falls in love with him. Meanwhile, in far away Kyoto, the wealthy Master of Yin-Yang, the onmyoji, is plagued by his fears and seeks tranquility in his command of sorcery. He learns of the monk and his inner peace; he dispatches demons to plague the monk in his dreams and eventually kill him to bring his peace to the onmyoji. The fox overhears the demons on their way to the monk and begins her struggle to save the man whom at first she so envied.Dream Hunters is a beautiful package. From the ink-brush painted endpapers to the luminous page layouts--including Amano's gate-fold painting of Morpheus in a sea of reds, oranges, and violets--this book has been crafted for a sensuous reading experience. Gaiman has developed as a prose stylist in the last several years with novels and stories such as Neverwhere and Stardust, and his narrative rings with a sense of timelessness and magic that gently sustains this adult fairy tale. The only disappointment here is that the book is so brief. One could imagine this creative team being even better suited to a longer story of more epic proportions. On the final page of Dream Hunters, in fact, Amano suggest that he will collaborate further with Mr. Gaiman in the future. Readers of Dream Hunters will hope that Amano's dream comes true. --Patrick O'Kelley

The Freddie Stories


Lynda Barry - 1999
    Lynda Barry, creator of the 'My Life' and 'Ernie Pook's Comeek' comic strips, is syndicated in over 40 alternative weekly newspapers across the country. The Freddie Stories—featuring sisters Marlys and Maybonne, and their spunky little brother Freddie--continues Lynda Barry's brilliant, raw, and completely original exploration of youth, coming of age, friendship, attitude, and being in the world.

From Hell


Alan Moore - 1999
    We're in the most extreme and utter region of the human mind. A dim, subconscious underworld. A radiant abyss where men meet themselves. Hell, Netley. We're in Hell." Having proved himself peerless in the arena of reinterpreting superheroes, Alan Moore turned his ever-incisive eye to the squalid, enigmatic world of Jack the Ripper and the Whitechapel murders of 1888. Weighing in at 576 pages, From Hell is certainly the most epic of Moore's works and remarkably and is possibly his finest effort yet in a career punctuated by such glorious highlights as Watchmen and V for Vendetta. Going beyond the myriad existing theories, which range from the sublime to the ridiculous, Moore presents an ingenious take on the slaughter. His Ripper's brutal activities are the epicentre of a conspiracy involving the very heart of the British Establishment, including the Freemasons and The Royal Family. A popular claim, which is transformed through Moore's exquisite and thoroughly gripping vision, of the Ripper crimes being the womb from which the 20th century, so enmeshed in the celebrity culture of violence, received its shocking, visceral birth. Bolstered by meticulous research that encompasses a wide spectrum of Ripper studies and myths and coupled with his ability to evoke sympathies in such monstrous characters, Moore has created perhaps the finest examination of the Ripper legacy, observing far beyond society's obsessive need to expose Evil's visage. Ultimately, as Moore observes, Jack's identity and his actions are inconsequential to the manner in which society embraced the Fear: "It's about us. It's about our minds and how they dance. Jack mirrors our hysterias. Faceless, he is the receptacle for each new social panic." Eddie Campbell's stunning black and white artwork, replete with a scratchy, dirty sheen, is perfectly matched to the often-unshakeable intensity of Moore's writing. Between them, each murder is rendered in horrifying detail, providing the book's most unnerving scenes, made more so in uncomfortable, yet lyrical moments as when the villain embraces an eviscerated corpse, craving understanding; pleading that they "are wed in legend, inextricable within eternity". Though technically a comic, the term hardly begins to describe From Hell's inimitable grandeur and finesse, as it takes the medium to fresh heights of ingenuity and craftsmanship. Moore and Campbell's autopsy on the emaciated corpse of the Ripper myth has divulged a deeply disturbing yet undeniably captivating masterpiece. —Danny Graydon

American Elf: The Collected Sketchbook Diaries, Vol. 1


James Kochalka - 1999
    Drawn with relaxed and beautiful brushwork, these strips perfectly capture the rhythm of daily life. From the hilarious to the sad, from the poetic to the drunken, these strips offer a direct and intimate portrait of the life of one of America's most important alternative cartoonists. This ambitious and deluxe, perfect-bound volume collect the first five years of Kochalka's diary. Contains a full-color section.

Top 10


Alan Moore - 1999
    Bringing these powered beings together solved some problems but created others - turning Neopolis into a pressure cooker that normal policing methods could never contain.Join rookie cop Robyn Singer, alter ego "Toybox," as she hits the streets for the first time along with a colorful crew of fellow officers, each having the required training to deal with science-villains and super-crimes. You'll never look at powers, or police work, the same way again!Written by Alan Moore (WATCHMEN, V FOR VENDETTA) and drawn by the team of Gene Ha and Zander Cannon, TOP 10 combines superheroics and cop drama like no series before or after it. Collects issues #1-12.

Batman: War on Crime


Paul Dini - 1999
    After Batman meets a young boy whose parents were murdered, he reflects on his own life and examines the nature of crime in Gotham City.

Ethel and Ernest


Raymond Briggs - 1999
    They meet during the Depression -- she working as a chambermaid, he as a milkman -- and we follow them as they encounter, and cope with, World War II, the advent of radio and t.v., telephones and cars, the atomic bomb, the moon landing. Briggs's portrayal of his parents as they succeed, or fail, in coming to terms with their rapidly shifting world is irresistably engaging -- full of sympathy and affection, yet clear-eyed and unsentimental.The book's strip-cartoon format is deceptively simple; it possesses a wealth of detail and an emotional depth that are remarkable in such a short volume. Briggs's marvelous illustrations and succinct, true-to-life dialogue create a real sense of time and place, of what it was like to experience such enormous changes. Almost as much a social history as it is a personal account, Ethel & Ernest is a moving tribute to ordinary people living in an extraordinary time.

I Feel Sick: A Book About a Girl


Jhonen Vásquez - 1999
    from Johnny the Homicidal Maniac (JTHM), and her dealings with the same supernatural and/or psychological forces that drove Johnny to lunacy.

Batman: Harley Quinn #1


Paul Dini - 1999
    But when their unusual partnership leaves Harley a little worse for wear, she enlists Poison Ivy's help. Now the Joker and Batman are going to learn that this souped-up Harley's not going to be pushed around anymore.

Batman: No Man's Land, Vol. 1


Bob Gale - 1999
    (And fans of Rucka--assuming they get around to reading this at all--will still likely hold the opinion that Atticus Kodiak could take Batman in a standup fight any day.) DC shook up Gotham--literally--in its 1999 Batman plot arc: a 7.6 earthquake rocked Gotham City, wreaking enough destruction to bring the broken, crime-ridden, runt kid-brother of Metropolis and New York to its knees. In the story line's most indulgent liberty, those fat cats in Washington decide to write off Gotham, à la Escape from New York, blowing up the connecting bridges, mining the surrounding waterways, and signing into law the Federal Declaration of No Man's Land, which makes it a crime to even set foot in the city. The usual suspects from Arkham Asylum, Two-Face and the Penguin, the Riddler and Dr. Freeze, Poison Ivy and Mr. Zsasz, file out to begin running the show, strong-arming and manipulating the block-by-block turf battles that envelop the now-ultraviolent city. A conflicted Batman shows up fashionably late, only to find that these lunatics are the least of his worries: Lex Luthor, Superman's archfoe, has nefarious designs on Gotham too. Could this possibly get any better? Sure, No Man's Land is derivative fiction, but the appeal of Rucka--and, of course, Batman--can make this one worth the read. --Paul HughesCollecting BATMAN: NO MAN'S LAND #1, BATMAN #563-564, BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #83-84, DETECTIVE COMICS #730-731 and BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #116.

The Complete Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist


Diane DiMassa - 1999
    Hothead Paisan, the over-caffeinated, media-crazed psychotic lesbian "with scary hair and a fetish for guns, grenades, mallets, and sharp objects, " returns for more search-and-destroy missions and preventative homicides A cult favorite, The Complete Collection combines Hothead Paisan and Revenge of Hothead Paisan with new strips in a single volume for the first time.

Wolfrider!


Wendy Pini - 1999
    And for the son of Mantricker, nothing could be closer to the truth. Wild, reckless, Bearclaw lives in legend, his fiery temper and prankster's spirit providing the stuff of tale after tale.But few have known the truth behind Bearclaw's deep hatred of humans. And no one before now can even have guessed at the mortal connection between Wolfrider chief and the slithering terror that nearly destroys the elfin tribe - a nemesis of Bearclaw's own making!

Lucifer: The Morningstar Option


Mike Carey - 1999
    The resulting chaos plants the seeds of Armageddon. Meanwhile, Lucifer Morningstar has come out of retirement and heaven wants him back to do one last, dirty job...one that is connected with the aforementioned force.

The Monsters in my Tummy


Roman Dirge - 1999
    Anyone ever crushed by a loved onewill instantly be able to relate to this inner saga. Brought to you by the1999 triple Eisner nominated artist of Lenore, Roman Dirge. This bookpromises to be slightly disturbing yet funny in it's own special little oddway.

The Complete Strangers In Paradise, Volume 3, Part 1


Terry Moore - 1999
    Francine and Katchoo are high-school best friends who are reunited when Francine comes back to town after years away from her hometown. David is their new friend entangled in their complicated lives. From creepy ex-boyfriends and insensitive bosses to the reality of AIDS and underworld prostitution, you never know what will come up next - but you can always count on laughing and crying at the same time. This foil-stamped casebound hardcover with color dust jacket includes a special color cover art section, sketches, and more.

Deadpool by Joe Kelly Omnibus


Joe Kelly - 1999
    So when an interdimensional organization reveals that his destiny is to save the world, is it the chance for redemption Deadpool has longed for - or is it too good to be true? Either way, with reluctant allies like Siryn, Monty, Weasel and the elderly prisoner Blind Al, and formidable foes like Taskmaster, Typhoid Mary and T-Ray - who carries a soul-shattering secret that could destroy Deadpool - the odds are stacked against the merc with a mouth! Joe Kelly's hilarious, brutal, twisted and definitive take on Deadpool is collected in one oversized hardcover! COLLECTING: Deadpool (1997) 1-33, -1, 0; Daredevil/Deadpool Annual '97; Deadpool/Death Annual '98; Baby's First Deadpool Book ; Amazing Spider-Man (1963) 47, 611; material from Deadpool 900

Dungeon: The Early Years - Vol. 1: The Night Shirt


Joann Sfar - 1999
    In this first story of the Early Years, you will see the Keeper barely an adult and leaving his family to go find fortune in a time of chaos and darkness.

Huntress


Wendy Pini - 1999
    While her warrior sire Cutter battles in a distant land, Ember leads her splinter tribe of Wolfriders - the Howling Rock pack - deeper into unknown territory. Each day brings new challenges to her skills, as a fighter, as a planner, and as the leader she knows she must be - for she has her father's legend to live up to.How then to deal with the mysterious elfin stranger who can make himself invisible to even the keen senses of the Wolfriders. Can he aid Ember in her struggle against the evil of Winnowill? Or will he lead doom right into the elves' midst?

The Plastic Man Archives, Vol. 1


Jack Cole - 1999
    A reformed criminal turned do-gooder, Plastic Man stretched the definition of the strong-jawed, straight-faced super-hero to its absolute limits. Pitted against an equally odd and colorful group of foes and paired with the indescribably strange sidekick Woozy Winks in the pages of Quality Publishing's Police Comics, "Plas" quickly gained in popularity and soon graduated to his own title. Collected here for the first time are the Plastic Man features from the third issue of Plastic Man Comics, and issues 41-49 of Police Comics, all written and drawn by Jack Cole, Plas's creator and one of the most highly regarded talents in the history of comics. This volume also includes an insightful foreword by international comics historian Andreas Knigge.

Reunion


Wendy Pini - 1999
    For the final battle between Winnowill's darkness and Timmain's light may have only one victor, yet the Wolfriders dare not allow the Black Snake to die. For even in death, Winnowill's malevolent sprit would taint the World of Two Moons forever!

The Cairo of Naguib Mahfouz


Gamal al-Ghitani - 1999
    Photographer Britta Le Va, a longtime admirer of the novels of Mahfouz, guides us through his pages and treads his streets to produce a collection of visual images of the city. Each complements a verbal image selected from Mahfouzs writings. In his introduction, novelist Gamal al-Ghitani describes a walking tour with the novelist through the streets of Gamaliya, the heart of the old city where both of themmore than thirty years apartwere born and raised. Mahfouz reminisces and remarks on what has changed and what has not in eight decades

The Golden Age Green Lantern Archives, Vol. 1


Bill Finger - 1999
    Using his ring to draw on the power of a magical lantern fashioned from a meteorite, Alan Scott battled evil in these tales from a more innocent time.

Mage: The Hero Discovered, Book Three


Matt Wagner - 1999
    

Lenore #6 (Vol. 1)


Roman Dirge - 1999
    Gosh's Poem! Samurai Sloth! With more mayhem and mutilation than you can shake a severed head at

Girl


Kevin J. Taylor - 1999
    The demons she manages to conjure up may be good dirty fun but are also rather dangerous...Taylor's best-seller!

World's Finest Comics Archives, Vol. 1


Bill Finger - 1999
    This new collection includes the first time the two heroes revealed their secret identities to each other, the first time they traded identities, and a memorable tale in which Superman lost his powers -- and Batman gained them!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Angel: The Hollower Part 2 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Angel #2 Comic)


Joss WhedonKristen Burda - 1999
    

Goatperson and Other Tales


Michael Leunig - 1999
    Why do we do it? Who are we? What's happening and where's it all going to end?A collection of wondrous enquiries, drawings, fables, theories and verses.

Mage, the Hero Defined Volume 2


Matt Wagner - 1999
    Trouble arises when their purpose and challenges seem to be drying up and the number of supernatural nasties rapidly diminishing. Have the forces of darkness been defeated, or is there a more sinister manipulation at work?

Stinz: Charger: The War Stories


Donna Barr - 1999
    Kirschen, an audience favorite.

Recipe for Disaster


Penny Van Horn - 1999
    The title story is an intense autobiographical account of her nervous breakdown which is alternately riotous and terrifying. Van Horn uses her fatuously painstaking scratch-board technique for every page, giving the book a shockingly intense visual look.

The Dreaming #39


Caitlín R. Kiernan - 1999
    A troubled teenager embarks on a surreal journey through The Dreaming to free her sister from the deadly grip of the Three Witches, encountering many of the fantastic inhabitants of the Dream King’s realm along the way.

Eagle:The Making Of An Asian-American President, Vol. 4: New Hampshire


Kaiji Kawaguchi - 1999
    In the first real test of the campaign, Yamaoka positions himself for success, making a dramatic case to the nation from the steps of the Capitol -- but his rival's pulpit is already in the White House!

Arsenic Lullaby: ...The Devil Your Neighbor...and Other Stories


Douglas Paszkiewicz - 1999
    Like a dream it is familiar on surface, but somehow you know, something is not right. The comforting cartoon images seem inviting at first. That is until they get to the punch line. You find out soon that Arsenic Lullaby 's cast of characters have nothing better to do than make each other miserable. Voodoo Joe, Liquid Sam, Edgar, and others live in what can best be described as the bad neighborhood of Saturday morning cartoons, and they like it there.Includes Arsenic Lullaby No's 1 through 6 published from December 1998 through November 1999

Mage: The Hero Discovered, Book Five


Matt Wagner - 1999
    This volume reprints issues 9-10 of Matt Wagner's "Mage" comic book series.

That Kind of Girl


Molly Kiely - 1999
    Dez Diva's thoroughly a creature of her own desires, and she's super-charged for an all-out road trip orgy of outrageous erotic adventures, obsessions and sheer brilliant zaniness.

Tarzan the Untamed


Gaylord DuBois - 1999
    Edgar Rice Burroughs` legendary Tarzan stories continue with two of his greatest! In Tarzan the Untamed, Tarzan defends his jungle home from invaders during World War I and then must protect an Englishman and a German spy from a lost civilization of lion-men! And in Tarzan the Terrible, the lord of the apes embarks on a desperate search for his wife Jane, captured by Germans--and discovers a hidden land where strange dinosaurs and beast-men roam the earth! These classic stories are packaged in a handy, compact size and are completely re-colored using state-of-the-art digital techniques.

Wallace & Gromit: Crackers in Space


Tristan Davies - 1999
    It's a surprise, alright, when Wallace goes overboard with the helium, and the shed disappears into orbit where zero gravity makes the Home Brew Cheese Kit go into hyperdrive. Soon, Mr. Patel's greenhouse suffers a close encounter of the direct-hit kind and, with West Wallaby Street facing its very own "Edamgeddon," Wallace assembles a crack team to journey into the unknown. Thus, man and dog blast off into space, and with First Knitting Officer Wendolene and Bill "Cheesy" Cheeseman also aboard, Crackers in Space may be Wallace & Gromit's cheesiest mission yet.

Land of Nod Rockabye Book


Jay Stephens - 1999
    Industry favorite Jay Stephens (Atomic City Tales, Oddville) rounds out this midnight funnybook with previously unpublished stories and art. Don`t miss the feature-length Jetcat story now a cartoon on Nickelodeon`s Ka-Blam!

Dungeon: Twilight - Vol. 1: Dragon Cemetery


Joann Sfar - 1999
    On one side, total darkness and absolute coldness; on the other, a searing desert and eternal day. The survivors live on a thin slice of earth where day and night meet. A territory known as TWILIGHT. Marvin, now old and blind, sensing his end, goes on a long trek to the legendary cemetery of dragons.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Annual 1999


Christopher Golden - 1999
    And what a year it's been! Not only is Buffy the hottest show on TV, according to Wizard: "Buffy the Vampire Slayer . . . is the hottest . . . comic on the market." You have to buy this!

Clive Barker Omnibus


Gabriel Hernandez - 1999
    With no shortage of sprawling high-concept, spine-chilling thrills, and inspired art, the Clive Barker Omnibus is a great launching point into his dark universe.

The Shazam! Archives, Vol. 1


Bill Parker - 1999
    This delightful hardcover collection reprints the Captain Marvel stories from those early WHIZ COMICS, introducing Captain Marvel, Billy Batson, the evil Dr. Sivana, the wizard Shazam!, and more. It also includes the famous "ashcan" edition of the first issue of WHIZ!