Tarot and Tarot-esque Comics: A Place To Get Started

Yvonne Rathbone

Most comics still aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. I spent three years as a collectibles buyer for a comic book store, so I know how much junk is out there. But more and more, you can find gems that are using the medium to its fullest potential. Below are some of my favorites.

Sandman, author: Neil Gaiman, artist: various, covers by Dave McKean

You can either spend a heck of a lot of money trying to buy all 75 of the original comics or you can buy the graphic novels. Neil Gaiman is a great writer and Sandman is arguably the best comic ever (but don’t argue with me because I already know it is!).

Also by Neil: Death: The Time Of Your Life, Death: The High Cost Of Living, The Tragical Comedy of Punch & Judy. Really, you can’t go wrong with Neil. He’s great.

Watchman, author:Alan Moore, artist: Dave Gibbons

This one and The Dark Knight are the two comics that really got the whole trend toward mainstream mature comics going. You will never think of Rorschach tests the same away again.

Also check out ‘The Swamp Thing’ issues, penned by Alan Moore.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, author: Frank Miller, artist: Klaus Jensen, et.al.

The Dark Knight is arguably the most pivotal comic book since Action Comics introduced Superman.

Frank Miller also did ‘Batman, Year One’ with artist, David Mazzucelli, which is very good.

Doom Patrol, the ones written by Grant Morrison and Rachel Pollack.

Grant Morrison took this freaky bunch of super heroes and made them fight against villains like ‘The Cult of the Unwritten Book’ and other weirdness. Rachel Pollack continued the madness.

Arkham Asylum: writer:Grant Morrison, artist:Dave McKean

Anything Dave McKean has illustrated is worth checking out.

Some other titles I’ve heard good things about, but haven’t had time to get to know are:

Hellblazer (I really like the main character, John Constantine, from appearances in other titles), Preacher,

Cages by Dave McKean (so it’s going to be beautiful)

DC has a line of comics that are generally high quality. It’s called Vertigo. If you see a Vertigo comic, you have a higher chance of it being better than most other published comics.

Note: Many of these are out of print, but you can find them at comic book stores selling collectible comics.


About the Author: Yvonne Rathbone has been studying the Tarot since 1993. She's taught classes in reading, divination, and archetype exploration. A series of articles based on her "Tarot For Everyday" course has been published in Tapestry Magazine. She strives to empower people to develop their own relationships to the Tarot while respecting its traditions. She lives with her svengali, Junia, a picture of whom may be seen at her website.

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