Don't get me wrong, I love me some Marvel and DC, but the independent comics are where the medium is truly pushing the boundaries, artistically speaking, in so many ways. For all they're worth Marvel and DC are too dependent on a mainstream style of art and storytelling, and most specifically on super heroes, and old ones at that. The majority of their characters are older than WE are. And I'm old! lol!
That's why whenever a Watchmen or Dark Night Returns or Earth X or Marvels or Kingdom Come or Ronin comes along its almost always seen as being amazing, because its outside the norm. You're more likely to see independent comics taking edgy chances.
As of this writing I'm really into Descender,Low,Seven to Eternity, the current run Red Sonja, Sovereigns (the Gold Key characters), and various Valiant titles, and a little known gem called Heathen...
Gestalt Comics. I've been reading Justin Randall's Changing Ways. Pretty good.
Gestalt Comics? Never heard of it. Interesting. Tell me more...
I was in a second hand bookshop in Perth, Australia and saw a graphic novel I'd never heard of. I purchased it and loved it. There haven't been many issues but it is great artwork (dark) and a good storyline.
IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Absolutely love this book. If/when they make another attempt at a live-action TMNT movie, I think they should draw some visual and storytelling inspiration from this series. Ninjak. Valiant has a lot of great books and notable characters, but Ninjak is my favorite. He and Bloodshot introduced me to Valiant. I occasionally check out Simpsons comics put out by Bongo.
I tend to float in and out of a lot of different series, but I check out stuff from Dark Horse and Image, too. A lot of my current titles are Marvel and DC, but I'm probably gonna drop 'em for more indie titles.
Franco-Belgian comic are my favorites and what I spend most of my comic book money on. Dark Horse, IDW, Fantagraphics, Humanoids Publishing, Cinebook, SelfMadeHero etc.
I read older Batman stories, Doom Patrol, Extraordinary Gentlemen, Judge Dredd and Mignola's stuff but that's as far as my interest in superhero type of comics goes. Vertigo and 2000 AD titles are interesting at least though I don't really follow them.
Anyone knows good comic book forums for someone with tastes like these? Most of them seem very DC/Marvel oriented with just a small ghetto of a sub-forum for everything else, which is why I'm not talking about comics anywhere at the moment.
I love independent comic books and graphic novels and some I have read over the years are
Witchblade Red Sonja Spawn Darkchylde Sunstone Hack/Slash Fallen Angel Vampirella Fathom The Phantom Wonderland Series (Zenescope) Aphrodite IX Painkiller Jane The Crow Buffy the Vampire Slayer Angel Charmed Swords of Sorrow Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose The Magdalena Razor Shi Sabrina the Teenage Witch Rogues! Switch The Mask Criminal Macabre Strangers In Paradise Artifakts Belladonna Nancy In Hell Warrior Nun Arelala Saga Soulfire I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space Cyberforce Faust Hellboy Miss Furry The Darkness Rat Queens LOLA XOXO Gen 13 Wynonna Earp Avegeleyne Bitch Planet Monstress Blue Is the Warmest Colour Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris Lady Death The Ravening Evil Ernie Hellina Jennifer Blood The Dresden Files Salem’s Daughter Tank Girl Sex Criminals
Bob Burden's Flaming Carrot series was filled with stilted dialogue which I assumed to be directed at savants because of the skewed meanings involved. Burden's collection of characters in this series are very memorable...Doc Wiskerando was one of my favorites along with, of course, the Flaming Carrot...!!!
Image's Stray Bullets is still a very good read. I was amazed when the series came back from the dead in 2014 and actually resolved a decade-long cliffhanger (How many books or shows actually get to do that?). I have to say I prefered the opening 'Killers' arc to the current 'Sunshine And Roses' story. Virginia is just a more compelling character than Beth Nina and Orson. But its very good to have the book return, in any form.
Its the only ongoing title that I still support in print and do not buy digitally.