Comic books have always gotten a bad rep, but the fact of the matter is, they tell the same kind of stories we obsess over in both movies/TV and often do so in a much grittier and grown up way. Here are a handful of the best of the best that anyone will really enjoy if they give 'em a shot. Best part? Avoid your local comic book shop and download Comixology for your iPad. These things look incredible in both HD and backlit, plus most of the first issues are completely free.
The Walking Dead
Movie/TV Show Comparison: The Walking Dead meets Shaun Of The Dead
Description: If you're one of the 10+ million people who watch the TV show, this is an absolute must read. It's basically the TV show, but roughly ten times more enjoyable with characters and scenarios that are better illustrated. And if you're nervous it's just going to repeat the TV show, don't be, it's a completely different story but with most of the same characters. Truly awesome.
Movie/TV Show Comparison: Mad Men meets Skyfall meets Homeland
Description: When the world's greatest secret agent is killed, all evidence points to Velvet Templeton, the personal secretary to the Director of the Agency with a very Don Draper-like personality.
Y The Last Name
Movie/TV Show Comparison: Lost meets The Walking Dead
Description: Humorous, socially relevant and endlessly surprising--this is an amazing book that's about every single man on the planet dying at once, except for one. He, along with a scientist who specializes in cloning and a secret agent from a spy ring George Washington founded must save the world on a planet that's gone to complete hell. Oh yeah, it's also written by one of the main dudes from the show Lost.
Movie/TV Show Comparison: Star Wars meets Game Of Thrones
Description: When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. It's an epic space adventure with a twist and turn on practically every page. Oh yeah, and the art is drop dead gorgeous.
Movie/TV Show Comparison: Spider-Man meets Star Trek
Description: What if Lex Luthor was right about Superman all along? And his good deeds really were just an act before he took over the planet? That's basically what happens in Invincible, but except for Superman, it's Omni-Man. And he has a super-powered son, Invincible, who doesn't share his father's views. It's funny, charming and the best take on the super hero genre ever printed. Plus, it's not afraid to get a little bloody.
Thief Of Thieves
Description: Conrad Paulson (a George Clooney like protagonist) lives a secret double-life as master thief Redmond. There is nothing he can't steal, nothing he can't have... except for the life he left behind. Really good stuff.
Movie/TV Show Comparison: Oceans 11 meets The Shield