Every year, we at Beyond Comics hear people make the assumption that a movie based on a comic book increases sales of that comic book. While there are plenty of times when that is the case, there are just as many when it isn’t. There are several reasons for this, the primary one being how similar the movies are to the comic book. For instance, there are upward of a few dozen “Avengers” graphic novels available and thousands of comic books. Among all of those, there are perhaps three or four books that have even a smidgen of a relationship to the big screen version.

Conversely, there are movies that have such close ties to the source comics or are based on limited material that sales of the comics relating to them go through the roof. Great examples of this are “Watchmen” and “Hellboy.”

This year, will see quite a few high-profile movies based on comic books, so what follows is a suggested a buyer’s guide for those who want comic books that are directly influenced by or represent a vision similar to their movie counterparts.

“Logan”

“Old Man Logan,” trade paperback (TP)

This is set in an apocalyptical future where heroes have been wiped out and Logan (Wolverine) must come to terms with powerful villains running the earth.

“X-23: The Complete Collection Vol. 1” introduces Wolverine’s clone daughter.

“Kong: Skull Island”

“Kong of Skull Island” (TP)

This covers the origin of Kong and the denizens of Skull Island.

“Ghost in the Shell”

“The Ghost in the Shell,” graphic novel (GN)

This is one of the most influential manga comics of all time by master artist Masamune Shirow. It is the story of a fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization Public Security Section 9 in the mid 21st century of Japan.

“Wonder Woman”

“Wonder Woman: Earth One,” hard cover (HC)

This is a reimagining of Wonder Woman by acclaimed writer Grant Morrison.

“Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Blood,” TP

Enjoy this retelling of the origin of Wonder Woman.

“Wonder Woman Vol 1.: The Lies (Rebirth),” TP

Wonder Woman finds her memories keeps changing and vows to find the truth.

“Spider-Man Homecoming”

“Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1: Power and Responsibility”

Spider-man’s beginnings are set in a modern world.

“Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: Great Responsibility”

These are the original Stan Lee and Steve Ditko classics.

“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”

“Valerian: The Complete Collection”

This recounts the of adventures of Valérian, a spatio-temporal agent, and his redheaded female colleague, Laureline, as they travel the universe through space and time.

“Thor: Ragnarok”

“Thor: God of Thunder,” TP

Gods have been vanishing, their mortal worshippers left in chaos. Thor follows a trail of blood that threatens to consume his past, present and future.

“Thor By Walt Simonson — Vol. 1,” TP

Many consider this to be the best interpretation of Thor.

“Justice League”

“Justice League Vol. 1: The Extinction Machines” TP

A new day dawns for the Justice League as it welcomes a slew of new members into its ranks.

“Justice League, Vol. 1: Origin,” TP

In a universe where superheroes are strange and new, Batman has discovered a dark evil that requires him to unite the World’s Greatest Heroes (i.e., The Fantastic Four)!

“JLA: The Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1,” HC,

by Grant Morrison

Standing side by side, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter take on alien posers and come to realize that earth needs a protectorate made up of only the mightiest icons.

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