Deux mixes pour vous. Supernatural Oneshot Manga
Not all properly oneshots, but these are all standalone stories about, ahh, ghosts mostly. I'll be keeping my comments brief, because the stories are brief and I wouldn't want to ruin them. Uploaded to a free filehosting website so you can download them. Kobatotei Ibun chapter 1
A boy and a girl meet at a festival. Understated. Kobatotei Ibun chapter 2
Kobato's friend meets a strange woman by the roadside. Funny. Natsukashi Machi no Rozione
A strange little boy attaches himself to...I think she's a girl, but it's hard to tell actually. Largely incoherant, but the art is cute. Gekka no Kimi
Young spiritualist tries to exorcise three former student council members. Hilarious. Shokugyou Tenshi
Non-human boy makes friends with a kind mother and daugher. Sweet. Mushishi chapter 7
Clubfooted girl is in charge of a living library. Strange.
***European Historical AU American Comics
Though I think a few might be British. Non-manga, at any rate. Mostly steampunk/gothic horror, good writing, great color art. DISCLAIMER: I am entirely dependent on falxumbra
for exposure to good American comics, I don't read many myself. 1602
written by Neil Gaiman, drawn by Andy Kubert, colors by Richard Isanove.
Alternate reality (maybe, heh heh) with Marvel superheroes populating seventeenth century Europe. A large part of what makes this series enjoyable is recognizing that Sir Nicholas' apprentice Peter Parquagh, the science geek, is that
Peter Parker, so some knowledge of Marvel universe characters is helpful. But you don't have to be a comics guru or anything -- if you watched Saturday-morning X-men, or saw the movies, you'll be fine. Has a mystical conspiracy sort of plot and great
writing. There's also a sequel called 1602: New World, where the characters settle in America. I haven't read the sequel so I can't say whether or not it's any good. Legaue of Extrodinary Gentlemen
written by Alan Moore, drawn by Kevin O'Neill.
Victorian-era literary characters
work as secret agents for the British government. Set in 1898, in alternate-reality ("steampunk") Europe. If you've seen or heard about the movie you're probably familiar with the concept; the comic's better. Girl Genius
, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio, drawn by Phil Foglio.
More alternate history than alternate reality. The Industrial Revolution became an all-out war when certain people were discovered to have "sparks" -- that is, a nearly mystical affiniity for Mad Science. Borrows very stongly from boys' adventure stories, but with complex politics and very
intricate worldbuilding. Steampunk. The series is slowly being moved online, where you can read it as a MWF -updated webcomic
. The Shade
, written by James Robinson
I read this as a standalone Gothic Horror-type story about a young amnesiac who is betrayed by the family that takes him in, discovers his powers, meets Charles Dickens, etc. According to v_voltaire
, it's a miniseries based on the then-ongoing series Starman. Starman is a modern-era series, but since one of its main themes is legacy, there are many one-shot flashback issues to American colonization, the wild west, the 40s, the 50s, the 70s, and the 80s. They give a real emphasis on the artstyle and themes of the times.
This story is CREEPY. The family, especially, are totally insane in a very skin-crawling way. Hatter M
, written by Frank Beddor & Liz Cavalier, drawn by Ben Templesmith
New series, a spin-off of The Looking Glass Wars
but can once again by read as a standalone (if you sense a pattern, you're right). Hatter Madigan isn't crazy, he's a government agent from Wonderland who's been assigned to the protection of it's future queen, the accidentally-born-in-our-world Alyss Heart. Seires is light on historical accuracy, heavy on bladed kung-fu, quirkiness, cheesiness, and awesomeness. And great art. You can read the first issue online
EDIT!The Amazing Screw-on Head
by Mike Mignola
CRACK PARODY ONE-SHOT. Won an Eisner Award. Is being turned into a television show. Here's the Sci Fi channel's summary: In this hilarious send-up of Lovecraftian horror and steampunk adventure, President Abraham Lincoln's top spy is a bodyless head known only as Screw-On Head. When arch-fiend Emperor Zombie steals an artifact that will enable him to threaten all life on Earth, the task of stopping him is assigned to Screw-on Head. Fortunately, Screw-On Head is not alone on this perilous quest. He is aided by his multitalented manservant, Mr. Groin, and by his talking canine cohort, Mr. Dog. The Professor's Daughter
written by Joann Sfar, drawn by Emmanuel Guibert
40 page novella about a woman who falls in love with a mummy. Yeah, an Egyptian mummy. He walks and talks! In one scene, he meets Queen Victoria. This is a very cute, charming, whimsical story.
If you have any suggestions, please
suggest them. Neither of these lists is at all comprehensive.