The list author says: "Whether you are just getting interested in comic books or are a long time reader, make sure to check out some of the ones on this list. It is a great time to be getting into comic books, the writing is the best it has every been, the art is amazing and there are cartoons, movies and television shows that are inspired by or based off of comic books.
Comic books can be difficult to get into, there are so many out there and you almost have to start at the beginning of a series to really understand it. This list should give you a good start on the classics as well as some of my favorites and also some new ones to check out. I've listed just the first volumes of some which have multiple books out.
Also, most of these are for adults and would not be good for young children."
"The movie was amazing, but the book is just as powerful. Terrorists attack and tear Britain apart, so a new tyrannical government takes over and turns England into a police state. The movie is like an updated version that fits closer to the issues of today, while the book is more a sign of the times in the 80's. However, some of the concepts are universal and timeless."
"This book will take you back in time. Legends of the past came together to fight evil and save England from her enemies. Highly detailed, this book requires a keen eye and a knowledge of 19th century literary characters to pick out everything Alan Moore hides in this book. This book shows you what is possible with comics, similar to the Watchman where the medium is perfect for this story."
"Spider Jerusalem is a reporter who will fight corruption and any person who gets in his way. Partially inspired by the legend of Hunter S. Thompson this book is set in the future and is both hilarious, outrageous and journalism."
"The Planetary organization investigates the unknown. What starts out as a story about the team investigating the paranormal turns into an epic story where people aren't who they seem to be and there is more going on than first appears."
"The Epic story begins here. Yorick is the last man on Earth. However, there are still women and he embarks on a quest with his new friends (a secret agent and a scientist) to find out why he is the only man left."
"The crime story. As Warren Ellis put it, "Death, power, sex, money, secrets and bullets: these are the only things worth talking about." Similar to Planetary, where the actual story is not revealed until much later."
"he Blockbuster. This book feels like an action movie. Full of hardcore characters, violence and take no prisoners action, this is one to get if you are looking for something that is a little bit lighter than Watchmen or DKR."
"A superhuman team of heroes orbit the Earth. This is the prequel to the Authority series. "Think for Yourself and Question Authority" should be the motto for the human race. Ellis is an ambitious writer who shows us what is possible rather than what is."
"A secret organization that has 1000 members worldwide. With the top minds and experts in every field, they are called upon to solve tough problems very quickly. Good stories with different art and a different feel to each issue. It all hangs together pretty well."
"Maybe not as good as Watchmen or some of the classics, but this "modern classic" is a great introduction to the DC universe and is both sad and a lot of fun. Someone is targeting the wives of the JLA and they must be stopped!"
"This has been described as similar to Transmet. The story of a journalist who after a new American Civil War descends into New York's De-militarized zone to report on the conditions there is inventive."
"The 1980's were a more fun time! The humor and fun hasn't been duplicated for me in any other comic. I love Blue Beetle and Booster Gold so I can't help but love this series. It is a blast to read and I love the Funny Faces."
"Fairy Tale Characters get kicked out of their homeworld by the mysterious Adversary. They transplant to New York and start a new life hiding among the mundane people in our world. The story is fun, art is great and Bill Willingham knows his material. The story is funny and it's biggest impact on me was reminding me to live an adventurous life everyday."
"In the 1980's the Teen Titans were reborn and nothing has equaled this run yet. The story is fresh and fun, the characters are unique and complex and the art is great. This series was one of the great classics that got a lot of people into comics and it is still a blast to read over 20 years later. Would recommend highly!"
"I would highly recommend this series to any Justice League fans. It has the beautiful art of Alex Ross and touching stories. This volume is more like a picture book with simple stories, but they are meaningful and show you the heart of our favorite heroes."
"Bizarre. Off-the wall. Anarchy. Don't know what to say about this except that it is crazy as all hell. It is hard to understand what is going on at times. All you need to know is that there is a war going on. A war for our souls and lives against powerful psychic trans-dimensional beings that only a group of crazy maniacs can defeat."
"Pure Silver age goodness!! The Justice League is the iconic superhero group, the classic seven are some of the best characters ever created. The DC Archive Editions are hardcover, glossy reprints of the classic stories that stretch from the Golden-age to the modern age."