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Comic Books With Depth

Luke R. Zwanziger
The list author says: "Comic books are too often riddled with cliches and repetative stories. Here is a collection of books from authors who are able to utilize the medium beyond BIFF and SNIKT, creating works of literature."
Watchmen
Watchmen
"I know this is on every list, but it is one of the best graphic novels I have read. One of the books that really got me into comics. The depth and brilliance of this book far outweighs the film."
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
"This is another Graphic Novel that is on a lot of lists for a reason. One of the superhero books that has become more than just troupes. It kicks conventions in the teeth and leaves them bloody. Just like the knockdown all out fight between Batman and Superman."
A God Somewhere
A God Somewhere
"This books is a punch in the guts, in a good way. Best Graphic novel I have read in a long, long time."
Sweet Tooth Vol. 1: Out of the Deep Woods
Sweet Tooth Vol. 1: Out of the Deep Woods
"A fun and interesting post-apocalyptic story . Jeff Lemire's storytelling and art are wonderful. One of the best modern comic book artist/writers hands down."
Unwritten Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity
Unwritten Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity
"This series is brilliant, especially if you are a fan of classical literature. Lots of wonderful twists on stories as well as a bit of fun with modern stories (Harry Potter)."
Y: The Last Man, Book 1, Deluxe Edition
Y: The Last Man, Book 1, Deluxe Edition
"This entire series is Brillant. In a world with all women and one man, he weaves a wonderful story of love, hope, and soul searching. Plus lots of fun post-apocalyptic action. For fans of LOST (He was a story editor/producer for several seasons)"
Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction
Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction
"Supernatural comic meets Historical fiction. Mignola has a wonderful knowledge of mythology and legends, masterfully weaving them throughout the epic of Hellboy. All of the volumes are worth picking up. Mignola's art is a real treat."
Superman: Red Son (Deluxe Edition)
Superman: Red Son (Deluxe Edition)
"Wondering what a Superman comic is doing on this list? Millar has not made it to where he is by meeting status quo. This book pushes the boundaries of preconceptions about the DC universe with Superman and Batman, placing them in the USSR, Superman taking over from Stalin. Wonderful character study examining how surroundings influence a person and a super fun read."
Kurt Busiek's Astro City: Confession
Kurt Busiek's Astro City: Confession
"Busiek's Astro City Universe is unique and interesting. This is one his best stories in the massive universe that he has singlehandedly created. His city of Superheroes provide so many wonderful character studies and histories. This one in particular is a great take on a Batman and Robin type story, but with a spin that will turn you on your head."