So yeah, comics are literature, right? And I noticed that we didn't have a thread for the general "Comics" term, as opposed to Manga or Anime. This isn't about Japanese comics (there are plenty of threads about those)... We're talking Vertigo/DC/Marvel/Independent graphic novels.
So if you're into this sort of thing, what comics do you enjoy most? What makes them so special? Have any that you don't care for?
Personally, I like reading Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, and I love the old-school Sandman Mystery Theatre as well. I also enjoyed reading Marvel: 1602 by the same writer.
The Sandman I love because it's so conceptually brilliant--it's not about your typical hero running around in tights and a cape. Instead, the hero is Dream himself. Which I thought was a really cool way to tell a story. Marvel 1602 was just plain fun, and the art itself was absolutely incredible.
Other favorites of mine are Fables, Watchmen, and Batman: The Killing Joke, and when I was younger I ate up the Tintin series of graphic novels by Herge.
I loved the first volume of Fables so much--it was like your typical noir setting of a grisly murder scene, except the detectives and suspects were taken straight from the minds of the Brothers Grimm.
What can I say about Watchmen that hasn't already been said? It was intensely dark and brooding and I loved it. Great job, Alan Moore.
The Killing Joke was my first real taste of Batman, and though at times it was so intense that it was difficult to read, it was worth it because it gave you insight into the crazy mind of the Joker, my favorite supervillain.
Tintin was great when I was younger--he was your typical boy hero and I loved watching him get into all sorts of crazy adventures.
"Stories are the only thing worth dying for."