"Perhaps Brubaker's best work is "Criminal," a crime/noir comic with no superheroes, just tragically ordinary characters. He and Sean Phillips usually put out a five or six issue Criminal arc every year or so. This omnibus collects the first three arcs (we are currently in the middle of the sixth arc)."
"Brubaker's final appearance on this list comes in the form of Incognito, a book which contains superheroes, supervillains, but mostly characters that fall between these extremes. Sean Phillips provides the art for this book as well, so it's very similar to Criminal, both in tone and aesthetics. This trade collects the six issues from the first arc, and the second trade was just released."
"Set in the same universe as the more popular "Hellboy" comics, BPRD presents the creepy adventures of Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, Roger the Homunculus, and even Hellboy pops up from time to time. I actually prefer this series over Hellboy. This is the first trade of fourteen or so that have been released."
"Jason Aaron is probably better known for his mainstream work on characters like Wolverine or the Punisher, but Scalped is by far his best output to date. It just hit fifty issues and has already cemented a place as one of the best Vertigo series ever produced, and that is saying something. This is the first trade."
"Did you like the show of the same name? Well the comic is better (pretentious enough for you?). In my experience, this comic, more than any other, sucks in people who have never read comics. I've known several people who have read all 70+ issues in less than a week, or even a weekend. This is the first trade out of fourteen."
"Robert Kirkman, the author of the aforementioned The Walking Dead, successfully finds new twists on superhero conventions in Invincible, a book that is less gut-wrenching than its zombie counterpart, but no less fun to read. This is the first trade."
"Grant Morrison has a love/hate reputation; people either love his work or they hate it. I happen to love his near five-year Batman run, which started in "Batman" and continues today in "Batman Inc." Since the first collection of Batman Inc. has yet to be released, this is the first arc in his wildly popular series, "Batman and Robin.""
"Dan Slott has been writing Amazing Spider-Man for three years, though he's shared those duties with other writers much of the time. These 120 issues of Amazing Spider-Man contain some of the best Spider-Man stories ever told. Don't hold that statement against me when you get to OMIT though. This is the first trade of many."
"Jonathan Hickman has revitalized the classic First Family of comics. His clever combination of sci-fi and characterization makes for one of the best mainstream comics going right now. Though the Fantastic Four title is on temporary hiatus, the story continues in the current series, FF. This is the first trade from Hickman's run."
"Hickman's other major Marvel work spans centuries and involves a strange amalgam of eminent historical figures. This one is truly an entertaining mind-bender. The first trade of this series has yet to be released, so this is the hardcover version."
"Is Deadpool overexposed? Sure. Does Deadpool give writers an excuse to wallow in their excesses? Yep. Is this series still funny as hell? Indeed. Deadpool MAX gets Wade Wilson out of the Marvel Universe proper and lets him wreak unencumbered havoc. This is the first hardcover."
"Much like The Walking Dead answers the question, "What happens after the zombie apocalypse has been going on a while," this series answers, "What happens after an alien invasion when the aliens have packed up and left?" The similarities pretty much end there though. The series is currently on hiatus, but Marc Guggenheim has said he will come back to it eventually."
"What!? An interesting, fun X-book that doesn't dwell on the "OMG how are we gonna handle discrimination???" plot device? I'm down for that. Opena's art in this first arc is beautiful. The solicitations for future issues reveal that he will return for at least one more arc. I can't wait for that one. This is the first trade."
"Had to throw this miniseries on the list. Tom Fowler's art is stellar, and the story is a fanciful, engrossing tale. Jeff Parker is probably one of the most underrated writers in comics, and this book goes a long way in proving that."
"This collection doesn't come out for a while, but this is an example of Grant Morrison successfully walking that thin line between unconventional storytelling and impenetrable absurdism. He doesn't always succeed, but he did in this series."