Fables by Bill Willingham
Fables is a graphic novel series about those characters we remember from traditional fairy tales, such as Snow White, Jack (and the beanstalk), Rose Red and even The Big Bad Wolf. Something called The Adversary has invaded their homes and driven all the fairy tale pose out of their homelands. They now have to try and blend in with the human community living in a high rise called Fabletown in New York. Each volume has ongoing and new storylines, from murder to love, lies and deceit, it all happens in Fabletown. I really like Fables as it can provide humour as well as thrills and spills and I enjoy the clever spin on the traditional fairy tale characters. The illustrations are also beautiful and stunning to look at all on their own. There are also a few spin off series including 'Fairest' which delves into the pasts of many female fairy tale characters such as Cinderella, Snow White and such as well as 'Jack of Fables' which follows the adventures of Jack from 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. Fables is really worth a read, they are definitely fairy tales for grown ups.
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead graphic novels were one of the very first I started reading. I do like zombie stories and this is a very interesting, scary, dark and thrilling zombie series which as you will know is now a huge TV series. The graphic novels are so enthralling and so scary and I really got behind the core group of characters and utterly terrified when they were under attack. The graphic novels can get extremely dark indeed, no topic is off limits and I have to admit that at times I could hardly read certain parts they were so shocking to me. But then I do get scared easily! I did watch the first series of the Tv show, but personally I much preferred the graphic novels.
Adrian Tomine Graphic Novels
Adrian Tomine's graphic novels centre around the everyday lives of mainly young people going about their everyday lives. He focuses on a range of subject matter such as romance, love, jobs, and the bigger life questions in a range of ways. His novels are both witty and dark and really focus on the human heart and the many issues people have, especially those that feel they are on the outskirts of society and a recurring theme is loneliness. To me they really are modern stories, modern characters in graphic novel form. The illustrations range in each book but are generally very minimalistic, sometimes white and grey and always reflect the story at hand. There is no fantasy here, and that's part of the reason I like them.