Concrete by Paul Chadwick
This is the story of a normal man trapped in an indestrcutable, ponderous body, and how he copes with the world.
"...probably the best comic being published today by anyone, anywhere." -Harlan Ellison

Strangers in Paradise: Vol. I by Terry Moore (no relation to Alan)
Sometimes referred to as the "slice-of-life" genre, this is another one that doesn't describe well, but that is truly one of the best and brightest. It's very funny and entertaining, so just trust me and read it, okay?

Pedro and Me by Judd Winick
This is an autobiographical account of MTV's "Real World" (San Fransisco) star Judd Winick and his friendship with housemate and AIDs activist Pedro Zamora. For anyone who doubts the merits of the comic book as an artistic medium, right after Maus, I'd make them read this. Follow the link at right for a more detailed review.

Grendel: Devil by the Deed by Matt Wagner
This is the story of child prodigy Hunter Rose and his alter ego Grendel, master assassin and crime lord. This is actually a prose story, with small text boxes wrapped in art deco illustrations. Stylish and dark, this volume is only the beginning of the story of Grendel.

Grendel: Devil's Legacy by Matt Wagner & the Pander Bros.
This book follows Grendel's granddaughter, and her transformation into another incarnation of Grendel. This is the second in a long string of stories, each following a different incarnation of Grendel, and each done in a very different style.

Grendel: The Devil Inside by Matt Wagner & Bernie Mireault
The spirit of Grendel, if there truly is such a thing, inhabits a new victim, but this time slowly drives its host insane against a near-future backdrop of urban chaos. Not happy, uplifting stuff.

X-Men: The Death of Phoenix by Chris Claremont & John Byrne
This right here is why you've heard of X-Men. The Claremont/Byrne run on X-Men in the late 70's put this book on the map, and this is the best of their work. Now, this is a mainstream, superhero comic book, and so is somewhat silly and cliche'd, but I have a particular fondness for it, and recommend it to anyone who has ever enjoyed a super hero comic.

Wolverine by Chris Claremont & Frank Miller
And this here would be a big reason why Wolverine is as popular as he is. This edition reprints the classic late 80's Wolverine mini-series that added a level of depth to the character that many since then have chosen to ignore. This one's worth it just to see Miller's brilliantly choreographed combat sequences. Again, it's a mainstream superhero comic, but just barely.

X-Men: Essential Vol. 4 by Claremont, Smith, Cockrum, Romita Jr., and Co.
This volume is here for nostalgiac purposes. It reprints the very first X-Men comics I ever read, and, in my opinion, the best year of X-Men ever. Paul Smith has been my favoite main-stream artist for 15 years, and its all because of his 10 issues here. This actually reprints Uncanny X-Men #162-179, but you'll know the good stuff in there when you see it.

Thor Walter Simonson
Marvel's original version of Thor was a campy, space-aged version of the Norse god that bore little resemblence to mythology. Then Walter Simonson took over. This volume reprints some of my favorite comics from the late 70's/early 80's. They're a little dated, and still superhero comics, but they're classics!

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
This is actually a work about comics... the history, the unique visual vocabulary of the medium, and how the art form works. Appropriately, it is written as a comic book, with the author taking us on a tour of "comics". A really fascinating read for those who appriciate or are just curious about the medium as a form of art and communication.

ZOT! Book One by Scott McCloud
I hate to use the word "charming", but.... Zot comes from an alternate Earth where life is very much like a futuristic comic book. This is contrasted with his friends in our "real" world, and explores the intersection of the two. This volume reprints Issues 1-5 of the original series. Follow the link at right for a sample!

ZOT! Book Two by Scott McCloud
Unlike the first one, this is in black and white, which I think works much better, especially for the more character-driven stories that evolve. This volume reprints issues 11-15,17 and 18 of the original series. (Reprints of 6-10 are currently unavailable... long story.)

ZOT! Book Three by Scott McCloud
This volume reprints issues 16 and 19-? of the original series.

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