Britten and Brulightly

COMICS REWIND: Britten and Brulightly

(Welcome to Comics Rewind, a weekly column devoted to discovering – or re-discovering – great comics published some time in the past. Here you will find looks back at comics published in every era, from the Golden Age to the Modern Age, as well as retrospectives on the work of important comics writers, lists of “essential” comics, and evaluations of important works, as well as works worthy of a second look or a wider audience. Enjoy!)

So far in this little corner of the site, I’ve devoted most of my time to series books, looking back to examine a noteworthy run on a long-running comic series or highlighting a creator-owned property that’s real worth digging into. I like serialized stories. I can’t help it. I like small things that connect up to form big things. It’s something a lot of comics lovers have in common. But there’s another side to this art form that I’ve almost never explored: the single, self-contained graphic story. Yeah, I’ve looked at one or two since I started doing this column, but it hit me this week that the ones I have done were all superhero centric, and it’d be a damn shame if I didn’t take some time to pick out a genuinely good graphic novel that’s not about superheroes, not pumped out by the big two comics companies and not catered to the fanboy in me. So this week, we turn over a new leaf with Britten and Brülightly. 

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Yeah, I know, another list this week. Sorry, but today was the day we moved house, and now I’m sitting on a sofa surrounded by unopened boxes of stuff (including my comics), and I’m exhausted and I’ve had a bit to drink. So in the spirit of being a bit lazy I’m doing a list again, but I hope it will be at least a somewhat helpful list. See, I have a great many friends who have no real interest in superheroes, but at least a curiosity about graphic storytelling. Therefore I find myself frequently passing on information to them about comics they should read that aren’t all about the capes and tights and supervillain monologues. And because of that (and because I had absolutely no time for research this week), I thought maybe you guys might be interested in what I consider to be good non-superhero comic book material. And no, I’m not going for the super-obvious suggestion that you read The Walking Dead. And no, this is not meant to be in any way a definitive list (again, no time for research). These are just some recommendations from me to you.

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