When I bought it I had no idea what to expect. There was no blurb on the back of the edition I bought, just several quotes praising how good it was. My word. I don't think anything could've prepared me. I had to force myself to put it down each night, partially because I wanted sleep, partially because I didn't want it to end. When I finished it I sort of felt a bit lost for what to read/do next. It is most certainly the GN I've connected with most when reading.
2. V for Vendetta
OK, first, lets get the artwork out of the way. I know a lot of people really, really don't like it here, but I think it's great. I know it's very dark, but somehow I felt it fitted well with the content of the story, and in the end, isn't that what comics are about, the art and the story complimenting each other? I thought V was a great character, as I liked him and disliked him in equal measure, and the end of the book was utterly fantastic.
3. Hellboy- Seed of Destruction
I adore this Lovecraftian inspired comic. The art style is probably my favourite thing about it, at first glance, it looks quite simple and bold, but it is in fact rather detailed upon closer inspection. I like the mythological elements to it as well, and how human Hellboy is, whilst being a total badass at the same time. It was just an absolute joy to read, and far exceeded my expectations.
4. Batman: The Killing Joke (Deluxe Edition)
I know, 3 of my 5 are Moore books, and I really don't want to come across as some blind fanboy, but I truly believe that every one of his books mentioned here is worthy of a top 5 spot. In my eyes this is the ultimate Batman comic, I don't really have much more to say on the issue, but I love how well the whole idea of the Joker and Batman being 2 sides of the same coin is so well represented here. I also felt pretty bad for the Joker, which I hadn't felt in previous Batman comics I'd read.
5. Kingdom Come
Another comic that I thoroughly believe could not work as any other medium. It feels so vast in scope, it's engaging from cover to cover, and has some of the best artwork I've ever seen in a comic book. Thoroughly deserving of it's 5 Eisner and Harvey awards, as crossovers go, I'd say it's near unbeatable. Shame I can't really say more on this one as I read it a while ago, but it's next to me on my desk right now, so it's just about to be re-read. I'll update this post when I finish it probably.