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Nimrod's Son
02-04-2011, 11:13 AM
Just looking for some of the wackier, weirder or simply odd stories in the DCU, whether they be runs, mini-series or ogns, or feature established characters or new ones.
I find Marvel does these kind of stories more often with stuff like X-Statix and Punisher: Welcome Back Frank. X-Statix kinda had a weird subversive angle to it and WBF had this crazy amount of violent wackiness that isn't too prevalent in most marvel titles these days (though I could just be uneducated).
Basically I love superhero stories that go against the grain and wondered what the DCU had to offer

The Beast Of Yucca Flats
02-04-2011, 11:34 AM
Hitman. It's not a 'superhero' book per se, but whatevs. What's available to date:

http://www.dccomics.com/dcu/graphic_novels/?gn=1365
http://www.dccomics.com/dcu/graphic_novels/?gn=1366
http://www.dccomics.com/dcu/graphic_novels/?gn=16083
http://www.dccomics.com/dcu/graphic_novels/?gn=17249

Go.

Nimrod's Son
02-04-2011, 11:46 AM
Hitman. It's not a 'superhero' book per se, but whatevs. What's available to date:

http://www.dccomics.com/dcu/graphic_novels/?gn=1365
http://www.dccomics.com/dcu/graphic_novels/?gn=1366
http://www.dccomics.com/dcu/graphic_novels/?gn=16083
http://www.dccomics.com/dcu/graphic_novels/?gn=17249

Go.

Been reading and loving Hitman, which is basically the kind of story I meant. Should have used it as an example really...

sdbowen56
02-04-2011, 12:09 PM
Hourman: Time travelling android learns what it means to be human. It's amazing, top of my list on recommendations.

Chronos: Also about time travel, but a fairly different twist. I love this one for the work done by the artists, the colors especially shock me as very high quality for when it was in print.

Shade the Changing Man: Vertigo, but still amazing and it's based on a character that began over in the DCU proper.

Animal Man: A lot of people say it isn't worth it post Morrison's 26 issue run, but I love the milligan stuff as well, and even beyond that and well into the vertigo labeled series there are some GREAT stories here.

There are a lot more of course, and the great thing about books like Hourman, Chronos, and Animal Man are that they deal with some nice slices of DC continuity, exposing you to even more off beat characters to check out.

I would also seriously recommend the recent run of Firestorm, the Jason Rusch incarnation. It's got a very creepy sci fi vibe at the start, and art by Chris Cross.

Blue Beetle was a favorite of mine (the recently (sort of) cancelled Jaime Reyes series) for similar reasons to the Firestorm book.

If someone just put these characters on a team together I would lose my mind.

Mileage of course may vary, hopefully these are what you meant by "weird" or "wacky".

OH! Doom Patrol by Morrison. It might be a bit TOO wacky though. I'd also say Flex Mentallo, but that veers off of the DCU quite a bit. It does however pay very heavy homage to a lot of great silver age concepts and characters.

Hope you find what your looking for.

The Beast Of Yucca Flats
02-04-2011, 12:12 PM
Been reading and loving Hitman, which is basically the kind of story I meant. Should have used it as an example really...

Oh.

Well, All-New Atom was certainly a pretty strange duck in it's time (skip Remender's book-killing stint after Simone's, though). Kind of a whimsical 'Yay Science!'-type book like in the Silver Age, but with actual scientific knowledge present.

the4thpip
02-04-2011, 12:41 PM
Major Bummer.

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20081110192838/marvel_dc/images/thumb/d/d5/Major_Bummer_Vol_1_1.jpg/300px-Major_Bummer_Vol_1_1.jpg

the4thpip
02-04-2011, 12:43 PM
A. Bizarro

http://phoenix-comics.com/images/d/dc/a__bizarro/a__bizarro_4.jpg

the4thpip
02-04-2011, 12:43 PM
Fanboy

http://images.wikia.com/marvel_dc/images/7/72/Fanboy_Vol_1_1.JPG

the4thpip
02-04-2011, 12:44 PM
Ambush Bug

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/keith.jpg

the4thpip
02-04-2011, 12:45 PM
Vext

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/6/6b/Vext_1.jpg/250px-Vext_1.jpg

Cardinal!
02-04-2011, 08:03 PM
I'll second the recommendations for Hourman and Major Bummer. Fanboy was also fun. I still need to read Vext. Also:

http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/4/38960-5994-43793-1-young-heroes-in-love_super.jpg

I would classify Alan Moore's Swamp Thing in this list, too.

Shawn Hopkins
02-04-2011, 08:06 PM
http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/4/32385-4745-36118-1-heckler-the_super.jpg


The Heckler might be the funniest thing ever published by DC. If you have very, very weird tastes, you'll like it.

Also for weird, the Hex run of Jonah Hex where he becomes a Mad Max rip off is very strange.

Flash Gordon
02-05-2011, 12:20 AM
http://images.wikia.com/comics/images/0/06/Simon_Dark_1.jpg

Flash Gordon
02-05-2011, 12:24 AM
http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/4/25678-3823-28536-1-wild-dog_large.jpg

SteveGus
02-05-2011, 07:34 AM
http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/Prez%201.jpg

The Crime Dentist
02-05-2011, 06:44 PM
The whole Justice League International run is not to be missed. It's pretty much exactly what you're talking about.

http://www.the-iss.com/2008/07/15/img/jli.jpg

Michael P
02-05-2011, 06:55 PM
Vext

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/6/6b/Vext_1.jpg/250px-Vext_1.jpg

Vext was hilarious. I really need to track down a run.

nepenthes
02-05-2011, 08:33 PM
http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/9116/1024243-enigma_super.jpg

Enigma (hthttp://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2007/02/18/comics-you-should-own-enigma/) - Peter Milligan and Duncan Fegredo
You'll need to grab this one from ebay, but well worth it, a under-appreatec masterpiece that's esily up there with Watchmen, moore Swamp Thing imo. Dense, poetic, surreal, insightful. Excellent repeat reading value.

http://www.comicsreporter.com/images/uploads/seaguy100.jpg

Seaguy vol.1 (http://www.amazon.com/Seaguy-Grant-Morrison/dp/1401204945) - Morrison and Cameron Stewart


http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/milligan1.jpg

Shade: The Changing Man (http://www.amazon.com/Shade-Changing-Man-American-Scream/dp/140120046X) vol.1 - Milligan and Bachalo


http://images.wikia.com/marvel_dc/images/f/f3/Seven_Soldiers_II_01.jpg

Seven Soldiers of Victory (http://www.amazon.com/Seven-Soldiers-Victory-Vol-1/dp/1401209254) vol.1 - Morrison and Cameron Stewart

nepenthes
02-05-2011, 08:36 PM
http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/filth-chimp.jpg

The Filth (http://www.amazon.com/Filth-Grant-Morrison/dp/1401200133/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1296968534&sr=1-1-fkmr1) - Morrison and Christ Weston
PURE CRACK


http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/4054131575_916d4692f9_o.jpg

Dark Knight Strikes Again (http://www.amazon.com/Batman-Dark-Knight-Strikes-Again/dp/1563899299) - Frank Miller
Forget anything you've heard and read it for yourself. A total 180 turn on DKR, hilarious, original, knowing and absurd, pretty much exactly what you seem to be describing.



Also I know it's not Dc.....but still crack nonetheless. And don't be put off by the title character, it's nothing like his other books...

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_sr-EBSk3zig/TEy3UFVAVnI/AAAAAAAABmM/OrUbCTmo9Y0/s1600/Untitled-2.jpg

Deadpool Max 01 (http://au.comics.ign.com/articles/112/1126295p1.html) (issue 4 just on sale) David Lapham and Kyle Baker

FanboyStranger
02-05-2011, 11:52 PM
It's funny: I think DC has published a lot more of these titles over the years, and they've been few and far between at Marvel. One I'd like to recommend is John Rozum's Xombi. It was the true spiritual successor to the weird, anything goes vibe of Grant Morrison's dOOM pATROL. The best thing is that a new miniseries is coming out in a few months with art by Frazier Irving. I highly recommend checking this out.

Jody Garland
02-06-2011, 01:03 AM
It's not a mini- Xombi is a new series.

Also, I second Seaguy. One of, if not the, best works Morrison has done. The sequel was good, but in a different way- it satirized teenage life, rather than childhood, like the original does.

Artificial idiot
02-06-2011, 04:24 AM
Doctor Thirteen Architecture and Mortality...

http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/2/27722/737117-dr_13_super.jpg

The tale of a handful of unloved, underutilised characters struggling to make their mark on the DCU while the 'architects' (Morrison, Waid, Johns and Rucka - Basically the writers of 52) seek to keep them down. A pretty cool little book, and very underrated imo. :)

FanboyStranger
02-06-2011, 10:52 AM
It's not a mini- Xombi is a new series.
.

Really? I was under the impression it was a mini. Even better that it's an ongoing.

OzBat!
02-06-2011, 07:10 PM
Is that General Jeb Stuart? Please tell me the haunted tank was involved...

Jody Garland
02-06-2011, 07:11 PM
Jeb Stuart was, at least.

the4thpip
02-07-2011, 01:31 AM
Doctor Thirteen Architecture and Mortality...

http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/2/27722/737117-dr_13_super.jpg

The tale of a handful of unloved, underutilised characters struggling to make their mark on the DCU while the 'architects' (Morrison, Waid, Johns and Rucka - Basically the writers of 52) seek to keep them down. A pretty cool little book, and very underrated imo. :)

It's a great little trade, I agree. Originally published as back-ups in a Spectre series.

numberthirty
02-07-2011, 01:43 AM
http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/4/65795-11249-98792-1-enginehead_large.jpg

dancj
02-07-2011, 04:32 AM
http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/4/25678-3823-28536-1-wild-dog_large.jpg
Ewww - Punisher for little kiddies. I really hated that one.

Here's one no-one ever mentions:
http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/4/27160-4007-30133-1-haywire_large.jpg
A man with multiple personality disorder flips between a hippy, a top corporate guy and another personality that has a suit of battle armour and kills lots of people. Other legions of enemies with battle armour and S+M themed women go after him. Fun ensues!!!

IIRC it lasted about 13 issues.

Suicide Squad Fan
02-07-2011, 09:34 PM
http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/Prez%201.jpg

Loved the "whatever-happened-to..." type story about him in Sandman.

Hatut Zeraze
02-08-2011, 11:03 PM
I used to love Green Lantern: Mosaic a ton. That comic was definitely off-center.

Jody Garland
02-08-2011, 11:09 PM
Loved the "whatever-happened-to..." type story about him in Sandman.

No joke, one of the best single issues I've ever read. And definitely the best Christ allegory.

Name Already Taken
02-09-2011, 06:53 PM
I'd have to go with Grant Morrison's runs on Animal Man and Doom Patrol. Sure they are old, but boy are they good. More recent series I would throw out would be the newest volumes of Doom Patrol, under Giffen, and the latest Blue Beetle with Jaime Reyes. Off the even more beaten path in the Vertigo line, the beginning of Fables was simple amazing, and so was Y: The Last Man for its entirety. All of these are available in trade paperback.

If you really want quirky, and sometimes incomprehensible, Morrison in the 80's is the way to go. During that time he really put out some crazy stuff. If you read it today, it all seems very dated to that time, but he definitely layered those stories with the meta-physical and some of the most obscure influences, likely because of the amount of pills he was (allegedly) taking. It led to some really good stuff that helped him get a 'cult-like' following. Some of the standalone issues from that run include well-done parodies of both Marvel origin stories, and classic cartoon characters. Beard Hunter may be the single best character he ever created, and that is a long list.

For the more modern DC stuff, they are pretty easy to pick up and get into for the most part, even if previous incarnations were different characters or entirely different teams. BB and the new DP both easily grow into their own involved story that fits well within established continuity. The Vertigo stuff I mentioned was also, in a word, excellent. Most of that line has some of the trippiest stuff you'll ever read in a comic format, and both the titles I mentioned are good spring boards to much bigger and better things.

EDIT: Late mention for Warren Ellis Planetary series. If you like super heroes meeting strange concepts and super-science, this is your book.