Graphic Novels - The Usual Suspects

A Listmania! list by Potentially Bright Cilantron (CA USA)
The list author says: "After seeing various graphic novel lists, I kept asking myself "where are all the obvious ones?" So, here you go (mostly DC/Vertigo oriented.) I left off Alan Moore because I already have a list for him."
Invisibles, The: Revolution VOL 01 (Vertigo)
1.  Invisibles, The: Revolution VOL 01 (Vertigo) by Grant Morrison
The list author says:
  "Morrison is one of my favorite comic writers of all time, and this could be his best work, in my opinion.  My biggest problem with Morrison is his endings never quite seem to work for me.  It's extremely weird (too weird for some people) incorporating reality-bending concepts from Philip Dick, Robert Anton Wilson, H. P. Lovecraft, and numerous others."
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Seven Soldiers of Victory, Book 1
2.  Seven Soldiers of Victory, Book 1 by Grant Morrison
The list author says:
  "The team book that isn't a team book. 7 obscure DC heroes (the best known may be Zatanna) each get their own personal 4 issue miniseries within the greater interwoven story fighting the common threat of the indimensional Sidhe.  A wonderful story, but once again, the ending just doesn't quite work."
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Doom Patrol, Book 1: Crawling From the Wreckage
3.  Doom Patrol, Book 1: Crawling From the Wreckage by Grant Morrison
The list author says:
  "Awesome weirdness.  Villians coming from a book.  A book which appears on someone's skin.  A painting that eats Paris.  Is it illegal to turn a policeman into a toilet?  And the baddest villian of the series is created from a misinterpretation of a nursury rhyme (the Candlemaker)."
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New X-Men Vol. 1: E is for Extinction (v. 1)
4.  New X-Men Vol. 1: E is for Extinction (v. 1) by Grant Morrison
The list author says:
  "Long-time X-Men fans may hate Morrison for "screwing up" the series during his run.  I'm not a long-time X-Men fan, but I am a long-time Morrison fan, so I like what he does here."
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The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes (New Edition)
5.  The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes (New Edition) by Neil Gaiman
The list author says:
  "This series fluctuates between horror and fantasy.  It's only very loosely connected to other DC titles, which doesn't hurt it at all.  In fact, non-DC readers might prefer to ignore the connections, which are luckily few, and mostly in this first volume (Constantine and the Justice League)."
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Fables Vol. 2: Animal Farm
6.  Fables Vol. 2: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham
The list author says:
  "After reading a discussion thread on Amazon, I decided to skip volume 1.  So far I have volumes 2-10, still don't have 1 yet.  Great series - fairy tales for adults."
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Elementals: The Natural Order
7.  Elementals: The Natural Order by Bill Willingham
The list author says:
  "Yes, the same Bill Willingham who writes Fables.  This series started before Watchmen and Miller's Dark Knight Returns, featuring super-heroes who are not so goody-goody (i.e. violating the "comics code" that Marvel and DC followed for so long.)"
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Shade the Changing Man Vol. 1: The American Scream
8.  Shade the Changing Man Vol. 1: The American Scream by Peter Milligan
The list author says:
  "Another DC revamp of an obscure, under-utilzed character.  Very trippy, in typical Vertigo fashion."
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Kingdom Come
9.  Kingdom Come by Mark Waid
The list author says:
  "An interesting possible near future for the DC heroes."
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All Star Superman, Vol. 1
10.  All Star Superman, Vol. 1 by Grant Morrison
The list author says:
  "Hey, it's Morrison, you know I'm going to love it.  (Well, not necessarily, but in this case, yes.)  A stand-alone story outside the DC continuity (an "Elseworlds" story).  Completely feels like Superman."
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All Star Superman, Vol. 2
11.  All Star Superman, Vol. 2 by Grant Morrison
The list author says:
  "I got volume 1 for Christmas 2010.  Just picked up this one last week and it knocks volume 1 out of the park.  If you're a Superman fan, you NEED this.  If you're not, get it anyway."
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We3 Deluxe Edition
12.  We3 Deluxe Edition by Grant Morrison
The list author says:
  "Excellent.  Just got it (June 2012)."
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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
13.  Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
The list author says:
  "Whatever else you may think of Miller's other work, this one is still a classic and well worth reading, unless you just absolutely can't stand the "crazy Batman" concept."
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Cerebus, Volume 1
14.  Cerebus, Volume 1 by G. Dave Sim
The list author says:
  "Cerebus... isn't for everyone.  I've done (not very good) reviews for every single volume.  300 issues all written and drawn by Sim and Gerhard.  And it's all one enormous story.  Never been done before, probably never be done again."
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Elric: Sailor on the Seas of Fate
15.  Elric: Sailor on the Seas of Fate by Michael Moorcock
The list author says:
  "Each of Moorcock's 6 original Elric books has been adapted into comic format, as well as the first 4 Hawkmoon and first 4 Corum books."
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Anne Rice's The Vampire Lestat: A Graphic Novel
16.  Anne Rice's The Vampire Lestat: A Graphic Novel by Anne Rice
The list author says:
  "Other books of Anne Rice have also been adapted into comics, but the painted artwork in this one is superior."
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Supreme Power: Contact
17.  Supreme Power: Contact by J. Michael Straczynski
The list author says:
  "I'll have to write a full length review of this one later, since no one's done one yet.  Supreme Power is the first series of Babylon 5 writer Straczynski's very mature (sex & violence) take on Marvel's Squadron Supreme, which itself was originally a parody of the Justice League."
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Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born
18.  Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born by Peter David
The list author says:
  "Everything else on this page is a recommendation for the entire series, but in this case, I've only read the first volume.  A good adaptation with excellent artwork."
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Superman: Earth One
19.  Superman: Earth One by J. Michael Straczynski
The list author says:
  "Yet another new alternate (Elseworlds) version of Superman's origin.  On the one hand, I think it works, but I wouldn't want it to become the new, official origin story further down the road."
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Identity Crisis
20.  Identity Crisis by Brad Meltzer
The list author says:
  "Controverial take on superheroes.  Personally I like it, in spite of the creepy "Superman only hears what he wants to hear" concept.  Some plot elements seem to be parallel with Watchmen (don't know if they meant to do that or not)."
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Wild Cards (Graphic Novel)
21.  Wild Cards (Graphic Novel) by Lewis Shiner
The list author says:
  "A novel (well, an anthology) based on comic book superheroes is then turned into a comic book!  Oh, the tautology of it all!"
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Mage: The Hero Discovered, Vol. 1
22.  Mage: The Hero Discovered, Vol. 1 by Matt Wagner
The list author says:
  "Classic series by Matt Wagner (better than The Hero Defined, I think, but I never bought the complete series of that one.)  I think his best art was in this one."
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Grendel: Devil's Legacy
23.  Grendel: Devil's Legacy by Matt Wagner
The list author says:
  "Couldn't remember the name of the first Hunter Rose story, so I picked the Christine Spar book (the Pander Brothers do the art here, which is of variable quality.)"
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Hellblazer: Original Sins
24.  Hellblazer: Original Sins by Jamie Delano
The list author says:
  "I used to own the first 84 issues of this series, but I sold them to a comic store because I wanted to remove some "dark things" from my life.  (Still kept all the rest of my comics, though.)  Nevertheless, it's a well-written series about a "magician" who causes death and destruction to everyone around him.  Fun stuff!  Okay, maybe that's a little harsh..."
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The Books of Magic #1 (The Invisible Labyrinth, 1 of 4)
25.  The Books of Magic #1 (The Invisible Labyrinth, 1 of 4) by Neil Gaiman
The list author says:
  "Haven't read the Books of Magic Series yet, but the original miniseries by Gaiman is excellent."
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Stardust
26.  Stardust by Neil Gaiman
The list author says:
  "Haven't read this in awhile.  I think the movie was close to the book."
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Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth, 15th Anniversary Edition
27.  Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth, 15th Anniversary Edition by Grant Morrison
The list author says:
  "This is one of those "love-it-or-hate-it" books.  I love it."
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The Maxx Volume 1 (Wildstorm/DC Comics))
28.  The Maxx Volume 1 (Wildstorm/DC Comics)) by Sam Kieth
The list author says:
  "Saw the MTV cartoon version before reading this.  It's practically the same, i.e. awesome."
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Kurt Busiek's Astro City: Confession
29.  Kurt Busiek's Astro City: Confession by Kurt Busiek
The list author says:
  "Just bought and read this one recently.  As the first Astro City book I've read, it stands alone as a self-contained story.  Shows that a comic can be innocent, entertaining, and meaningful."
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Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 7
30.  Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 7 by Hiromu Arakawa
The list author says:
  "Based on Amazon reviews, I jumped straight to book 7, where it's supposed to get "really good."  Eh, it's okay.  Maybe it gets "really really good" later.
(I have only 7 and 8 so far)[Edit: just got books 9 and 10.  It DOES get better.]"
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Kikaider Code 02: VOL 01
31.  Kikaider Code 02: VOL 01 by Shotaro Ishinomori
The list author says:
  "Okay, this isn't a "usual suspect," but I bought this series recently and thought it was pretty cool.  I'm planning to do reviews for all 7 volumes."
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The Unwritten Vol. 3: Dead Man's Knock
32.  The Unwritten Vol. 3: Dead Man's Knock by Mike Carey
The list author says:
  "The comic store didn't have vol. 1 or 2."
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Planetary VOL 01: All Over the World and Other Stories
33.  Planetary VOL 01: All Over the World and Other Stories by Warren Ellis
The list author says:
  "This is kind of like "The Authority - Lite" and I'm okay with that."
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Omega: The Unknown
34.  Omega: The Unknown by Jonathan Lethem
The list author says:
  "If you like Grant Morrison (particularly Doom Patrol), you should like this one."
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Astonishing X-Men Omnibus
35.  Astonishing X-Men Omnibus by Joss Whedon
The list author says:
  "I bought these cheaper as the 4 paperback volumes.  Very well done!"
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Wanted
36.  Wanted by Mark Millar
The list author says:
  "All the books above this one, I completely recommend without reservation (well, except maybe Cerebus).  This one and the next two, I still can't quite make up my mind whether I like them or not.  This has almost no connection to the movie.  Maybe I'm getting too old for this hyper-violence.  I do like Millar's Swamp Thing run, though."
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Authority, The: Relentless
37.  Authority, The: Relentless by Warren Ellis
The list author says:
  "Like I say, not sure if I like this or not.  At some, point, the Authority actually takes over the world, which sounds interesting, but I haven't read that volume yet."
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Preacher VOL 01: Gone to Texas (Preacher (DC Comics))
38.  Preacher VOL 01: Gone to Texas (Preacher (DC Comics)) by Garth Ennis
The list author says:
  "In the last book ***spoiler*** God (or at least a God-like being) is killed.  Atheists seem to like this series.  I'm not an atheist.  (I've only bought the first and last books of this series)"
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Death Note, Vol. 1
39.  Death Note, Vol. 1 by Tsugumi Ohba
The list author says:
  "I haven't read all of these, so I don't know what to think about them yet."
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