You MUST read "Y: The Last Man". It is separated into a few different volumes but it is a completed story, and it is AMAZING.
I am currently reading "Saga" and that is amazing, and will continue to be. Also reading "Fatale" at the moment which I highly suggest for a noir/horror crime story.
Last I'll suggest "My Friend Dahmer" written by one of Jeffery Dahmer's high school friends, about the crazed killer Jeffery Dahmer growing up. It is a pretty disturbing story that humanizes the Dahmer that most of us know as a monster.
Marvel's Runaways -- surprisingly fresh, in comparison to the rest of their universe
The Umbrella Academy: Apocolypse Suite -- It's neat, very visually impressive, but it has some odd quirks with writing.
Gotham City Sirens -- Yes, it's advised to know a little bit about the backstory of each of the leads. However, a quick wikipedia article summary can get you up to speed. The plots and chemistry between the characters is what makes it stand out.
Lucy-MerrimanFeatured By OwnerJan 10, 2013Student General Artist
So, I know this is an old thread, and I'm going to try to not repeat stuff. I think people hit a lot of the giants of the genre, so definitely check those out.
A series I've been obsessed with for a while now is Carla Speed McNeil's Finder saga. Either start with Sin Eater or just Volume 1. It's one of the most interesting, complex sci-fi/fantasy universes I've read in a while. Generally the stories are either about someone solving a mystery, coming of age in this bizzarre society, or coming to terms with a mysterious past...all of which might make it sound cliche, when it's anything but. It's beautiful, haunting, and endlessly fascinating.
You can read a prequel here: [link] , although personally I'd start at the beginning.
Also, a must-read for anyone interested in sci-fi graphic novels: Katsuhiro Otomo's groundbreaking classic Akira. I'm surprised no one has mentioned it so far. It's surreal, intense, heartbreaking, and a vivid exploration of mankind's obsession with violence and war. Akira was the first manga ever to be translated from Japanese to English, and was responsible for influencing many western comic artists to explore eastern style artwork.