Curiosity Inc. wrote:
What are "one shots"?
Stories that have no sequel or prequel.
You know, like Watchmen.
actually, a one-shot is comic featuring a character (or more than one) from an ongoing series - but this is a one issue (usually more than the normal 32 pages) complete story away from the continuing storyline.
frank miller did a few for sin city (collected in "booze, broads and bullets") and many star wars one-shots have featured boba fett, and many apprentices and minor characters.
one-shots are usually just to feature a good story that doesn't fit into continuity... or for a character that doesn't "deserve", so to speak, it's own serieshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-shot_(comics)
imagine moore and gibbons doing a 42 page complete moloch story... and that would qualify as a one shot
oh, and one-shots can be done by a completely different writer/artist team from the series
i would recommend these two... especially the first, if you can get your hands on them, that is...http://www.darkhorse.com/profile/profile.php?sku=13-819http://www.darkhorse.com/profile/profile.php?sku=13-404