I recently read the first volume of Neil Gaiman‘s Sandman comics, and I really enjoyed it! (Thank you, Liz, for the recommendation!) Before this, the only other graphic novel I’d read was Welcome to the Jungle, which I was predisposed to like because I’m a huge Dresden Files fangirl. But with The Sandman, I had no background. At first, the graphic novel format was jarring because I am so unused to it. But, ultimately, I ended up loving it. As I said in my review:
I generally enjoy horror novels, but the the pairing of words and images gives The Sandman an inescapable immediacy that makes it much more disturbing than a regular novel.
As always, Neil Gaiman’s writing is amazing, but it really can’t be considered apart from the artwork; the words an images are inextricable.
So, now that I’m beginning to appreciate the graphic novel format, I’d love to know what comic books or graphic novels should be on my reading list. I’ve heard of Alan Moore because I’ve seen the movies Watchmen and V for Vendetta, but are there other works of his that are must-reads? One issue of Sandman features John Constantine, who seems different enough from the character Keanu Reeves played to have me intrigued. Has anyone read Hellblazer?
In short, if you like comics, I’d love to know which ones you think I should read (besides the rest of Sandman). I like horror, mystery, and scifi/fantasy.