My (Ever-Growing) Graphic Novel Collection AKA You're NEVER Too Old!

A Listmania! list by Mr. Joshua (Tulsa, OK)
The list author says: "As a childhood lover of comics, now in my 30s, I was reintroduced to graphic novels a couple of years ago, and got hooked all over again. These are my new favorites that I've come across. IN ORDER OF HOW STRONGLY I RECOMMEND THEM. ONLY SHOWS THE FIRST BOOK IN A SERIES. (Mainly DC and Marvel - starting to branch out now)"
Watchmen
1.  Watchmen by Alan Moore
The list author says:
  "For the longest time, I had people telling me I HAD to read this book.  I finally got around to it, and I guess everybody was right.  It is such a rich and involving story surrounding complex personalities that just happen to wear costumes.  I guess I'm one of those "You've got to read this" people now."
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Batman: Year One
2.  Batman: Year One by Frank Miller
The list author says:
  "This is the novel that remade the Batman origin story.  Most people agree that it is one of the 3 greatest Batman stories ever, and it's really hard to argue with that."
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Identity Crisis
3.  Identity Crisis by Brad Meltzer
The list author says:
  "This is one of my favorite books.  The story revolves around the Justice League and features all of the classic heroes I grew up with.  However, the great thing about this story is how it focuses on the second tier characters who are so often ignored, and is also a great mystery story."
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Annihilation Book 1 (Bk. 1)
4.  Annihilation Book 1 (Bk. 1) by Keith Giffen
The list author says:
  "HAVE READ VOL. 1-3 With Marvel cosmic adventures largely ignored for most of the 90s and early 2000s (went to the Infinity well too many times), Annihilation creates a cosmic story so big, it's easily one of Marvel's best creations of this decade and involves nearly every cosmic character. It made me a fan of nearly all of them, especially Nova."
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Thor, Vol. 1
5.  Thor, Vol. 1 by J. Michael Straczynski
The list author says:
  "HAVE READ VOL. 1-3  The reintroduction of Thor is given the A treatment with a great story.  As someone who never really read Thor before, I was able to jump right in and will certainly be following Thor now."
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Batman: The Long Halloween
6.  Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb
The list author says:
  "This is the book that brought me back to the comic world.  While the artwork is not in the classic style, it completely fits the story.  The story is a great mystery showing Batman as a true detective.  It is also the story of how the freaks (the classic Rogues Gallery) took over crime from the mafia."
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Nova Vol. 1: Annihilation - Conquest
7.  Nova Vol. 1: Annihilation - Conquest by Dan Abnett
The list author says:
  "HAVE READ VOL. 1-6 After lingering in the second tier with the New Warriors, Nova is back in a solo series as an interstellar policeman of sorts after literally saving the universe. I often find my favorite superhero at any given time is the one I'm currently reading if the writing is good enough. Nova was my favorite for this entire run."
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Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 1: Gifted
8.  Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 1: Gifted by Joss Whedon
The list author says:
  "SERIES GOES VOL. 1-4  Joss Whedon is the best thing to happen to science-fiction in the past decade and this series is no exception.  It's perfect for someone like me as an old X-Men fan ready to start reading again."
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Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk
9.  Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk by Greg Pak
The list author says:
  "As I was explaining to my wife what this book was about, even I thought it sounded ridiculous.  The Hulk as a slave/gladiator on another planet?  But this is hands-down one of the best Hulk stories ever told."
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Kingdom Come
10.  Kingdom Come by Mark Waid
The list author says:
  "A great story featuring the DC Universe of the future and a possible pending apocalypse.  While the story features nearly the entire DC roster, it revolves around a much older Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.  The real feature to the novel is Alex Ross's artwork."
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Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)
11.  Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) by Scott Snyder
The list author says:
  "HAVE READ VOL. 1-2 Easily the best series in the "New 52." Rather than starting with a predicatable nemesis: Joker, Riddler, Bane, etc., Scott Snyder makes a daring choice by creating an original enemy for the relaunch. His choice made the Court of Owls the best new Batman villain(s) since Hush. Fantastic."
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Green Lantern: Rebirth
12.  Green Lantern: Rebirth by Geoff Johns
The list author says:
  "Having only ever read Green Lantern in his role with the Justice League, I was totally drawn in to this relaunch and the return of Hal Jordan.  I knew some of the back story, but felt an instant familiarity with characters that I hadn't seen before (i.e. G.L. Corps members).  Great storytelling and action."
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Silver Surfer: Requiem
13.  Silver Surfer: Requiem by J. Michael Straczynski
The list author says:
  "This is the first Silver Surfer story I've ever read and is one of the best reads I've had this year.  It could easily have been called "Silver Surfer's Last Ride", but as the title suggests, this story is much more elegant than that as we see the outsider's view of our world and the universe."
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New Avengers, Vol. 1: Breakout
14.  New Avengers, Vol. 1: Breakout by Brian Michael Bendis
The list author says:
  "ONGOING.  HAVE READ VOL. 1-10  While die-hard Marvel fans greet this one with a lukewarm reception, I have really gotten into this series.  It is loaded with action and is an Avengers lineup with an all-star roster that rivals DC's Justice League.  Series suffers after Civil War."
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X-Men: Messiah Complex
15.  X-Men: Messiah Complex by Peter David
The list author says:
  "After I finished the Astonishing X-Men series, I thought that would be the best X-Men series I would read for a long time.  It didn't even last a year.  The events started in the House of M lead to the birth of the mutant's last hope and the fight to control it."
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Justice League, Vol. 1: Origin (The New 52)
16.  Justice League, Vol. 1: Origin (The New 52) by Jim Lee
The list author says:
  "One of the best titles from the New 52. The mix of Geoff John's storytelling and Jim Lee's art on DC's top roster of heroes is just about perfect. This is a relaunch of the title and starts at the beginning of the league. It's fun to see the initial interactions of the heroes."
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Justice Society of America Vol. 1: The Next Age
17.  Justice Society of America Vol. 1: The Next Age by Geoff Johns
The list author says:
  "The latest incarnation of the JSA mixes the old with the new.  As someone who always looked at the JSA as the B-team, I stood corrected upon finishing this great story."
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Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned
18.  Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan
The list author says:
  "On a recommendation from a friend, I took a break from my usual superhero stories and tried this sci-fi series.  Good call on my friend's part.  While the "last man of Earth" stories have been done many, many times, I thought this was a great take on it."
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Justice League of America, Vol. 1: The Tornado's Path
19.  Justice League of America, Vol. 1: The Tornado's Path by Brad Meltzer
The list author says:
  "ONGOING.  The latest relaunch of the Justice League.  Meltzer seems to have a signature which is to make the lesser-known heroes the centers of the story, and as such, I wouldn't change a thing."
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The Flash, Vol. 7: Rogue War
20.  The Flash, Vol. 7: Rogue War by Geoff Johns
The list author says:
  "The Flash's story shortly following the events in Identity Crisis, and surprisingly, he seems to be a secondary character.  This is far from a problem, however, since his Rogues Gallery rivals even Batman's."
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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
21.  Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
The list author says:
  "Widely considered one of the 3 greatest Batman stories, this is very different in feel from all others.  It took me a while to really appreciate just how subtle and sophisticated the storytelling and art is, but it truly is a masterwork."
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Captain America Vol. 1: Winter Soldier, Book One (v. 1)
22.  Captain America Vol. 1: Winter Soldier, Book One (v. 1) by Ed Brubaker
The list author says:
  "SERIES GOES VOL. 1-2  The beginning of the Captain America run that would eventually lead to the death of Captain America.  The story also introduces the Winter Soldier.  Needless to say, it was great."
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Annihilation: Conquest Book 1
23.  Annihilation: Conquest Book 1 by Christos Gage
The list author says:
  "HAVE READ VOL. 1-2 The follow-up to Annihilation is almost as satisfying as it's predecessor. Again encompassing a large roster of Marvel's cosmic characters, it is a huge story that will make you a fan of characters you may have ignored previously. Plus, this is the storyline that brings together the current-era Guardians of the Galaxy."
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Batman: Hush
24.  Batman: Hush by Jim Lee
The list author says:
  "Why does Batman keep showing up in my list? He's not even one of my favorite characters. This is why: his stories are just plain great. This one introduces an instant classic villain in Hush. Jeph Loeb does it again with groundbreaking Batman art by Jim Lee."
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Superman/Shazam!: First Thunder
25.  Superman/Shazam!: First Thunder by Judd Winick
The list author says:
  "A short story featuring the two most powerful characters in the DC universe and their first encounter.  While the novel is very short, it quickly became one of my favorites."
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Uncanny X-Men: Rise & Fall of the Shi'ar Empire (v. 1)
26.  Uncanny X-Men: Rise & Fall of the Shi'ar Empire (v. 1) by Ed Brubaker
The list author says:
  "Even though I knew very little about the events leading up to this book, this particular team of X-Men, or the history of the Shi'ar, I couldn't put this book down."
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Aquaman Vol. 1: The Trench (The New 52)
27.  Aquaman Vol. 1: The Trench (The New 52) by Geoff Johns
The list author says:
  "HAVE READ VOL. 1-2 Of all the top DC superheroes, few get less love than Aquaman. Luckily, Geoff Johns confronts this fact head-on and gives Aquaman the treatment he's always deserved as one of the most powerful heroes and deserving of respect. One of the best of the "New 52.""
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Batman: Dark Victory
28.  Batman: Dark Victory by Jeph Loeb
The list author says:
  "The sequel to The Long Halloween is nearly as good as its predecessor.  A great mystery story, surrounding the last days between the mob and the "freaks", and a serial killer on the loose.  Also, Robin is introduced."
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Young Avengers Vol. 1: Sidekicks
29.  Young Avengers Vol. 1: Sidekicks by Allan Heinberg
The list author says:
  "ONGOING.  HAVE READ VOL. 1-2  Thinking this was aimed at young teens, I had put off reading this one.  Boy, what an underestimation!  This was easily one of the most fun reads I had recently, along with one of my new favorite origin stories."
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Superman for All Seasons
30.  Superman for All Seasons by Jeph Loeb
The list author says:
  "I had been wondering for a long time why nobody makes a Superman story as good as a Batman story.  Apparently, they had.  I just hadn't read it yet."
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Green Arrow: Quiver
31.  Green Arrow: Quiver by Kevin Smith
The list author says:
  "Having only read Green Arrow in relation with the Justice League, I was interested in what his solo story would be like.  Honestly, it was like the Justice League.  But that wasn't really a problem, since it was a good story about Oliver Queen's return from the dead.  (Does anybody stay dead?)"
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Origin: The True Story of Wolverine (Wolverine: origins)
32.  Origin: The True Story of Wolverine (Wolverine: origins) by Bill Jemas
The list author says:
  "A few years ago, the guys at Marvel decided to trade in decades of mystery to attempt to do justice to the unknown story of Wolverine's beginning, risking destroying the mystique surrounding their star character.  Did they destroy the mystique?  Yes.  Was it a great story?  Yes.  Was it worth it?  Who knows?  It didn't ruin my interest in Wolverine, so maybe it was."
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Guardians of the Galaxy by Abnett & Lanning: The Complete Collection Volume 1
33.  Guardians of the Galaxy by Abnett & Lanning: The Complete Collection Volume 1 by Dan Abnett
The list author says:
  "HAVE READ VOL. 1-4 After their introduction in Annihilation: Conquest, the Guardians of the Galaxy set out to defend the universe. Taking the concept of the ragtag group of heroes to new heights, this is just pure adventure fun. Occasionally suffers from less-than-stellar art, but the writing was pretty solid all the way."
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Blackest Night
34.  Blackest Night by Geoff Johns
The list author says:
  "One of the better event series to come out of DC in recent years.  The Black Lanterns reak havoc on the DC Universe and only the Green Lanterns combined with the strength of all the other Lanterns, including Sinestro, can stop them."
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The Thanos Imperative
35.  The Thanos Imperative by Dan Abnett
The list author says:
  "This final act of sorts to the cosmic adventures that began in Annihilation brings an end to the Abnett/Lannning runs of both Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy. As though sensing both series had run their course, this series gives them a fitting end."
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The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye
36.  The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman
The list author says:
  "HAVE READ VOL. 1-7  Another break from my usual superhero reads led me to this series.  While you've seen all this before, this end-of-the-world tale has more drama, more character depth, and more surprises than I ever expected.  (Note: story differs greatly fom TV series)."
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All Star Superman, Vol. 1
37.  All Star Superman, Vol. 1 by Grant Morrison
The list author says:
  "A new Superman series serves as a relaunch of sorts while still combining many of the well-known elements of Superman lore.  This is the one where I'd say "If you haven't picked up a Superman story in a long time, try this one.""
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War of Kings
38.  War of Kings by Dan Abnett
The list author says:
  "Another cosmic adventure involving a large roster of Marvel's cosmic heroes, this one is the follow-up to the Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire. As two nearly indestructible monarchs square off, the rest of the galaxy is pulled into the war. A good read cursed by using lesser-known main characters."
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Civil War
39.  Civil War by Mark Millar
The list author says:
  "The recent event series that divided the entire Marvel Universe primarily features Captain America and Iron Man, but involves all characters.  Also spawned many novels featuring the Marvel characters in their own series that are worth checking out."
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Justice, Vol. 1
40.  Justice, Vol. 1 by Jim Krueger
The list author says:
  "HAVE READ VOL. 1-3  A follow-up of sorts to Kingdom Come, with an original Justice League storyline and the incomparable artwork of Alex Ross.  Story's pretty good, artwork is amazing."
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