GRAPHIC NOVELS I'D RECOMMEND TO ANYONE WHO LIKES BOOKS

I'm eschewing the 'canonical' books for a few that I don't think get enough love. I'd also love to gets others' recs.
  1. 1.
    Asterios Polyp
    On of the best books I've ever read, period. The masterful melding of image and word lends itself to multiple readings. Without getting into the plot, the book is philosophical, absurd, and heartfelt. If I ever recommend one book to demonstrate that comics can be "real" art, it's this one.
  2. 2.
    Casanova
    This is one batshit series. Written by Matt Fraction, it features alternate timelines, weird robots, international intrigue, and is self referential to the max. Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon's artwork is spot on.
  3. 3.
    Daytripper
    Ba and Moon from the above item made this book. In a serialized story, each chapter tells an alternate story of the last day in the main character's life. Beautiful idea that was beautifully executed.
  4. 4.
    The Essex County Trilogy
    Written and drawn by Jeff Lemire. The stark images compliment a melancholy and contemplative story of one community through multiple generations.
  5. 5.
    Scalped
    Jason Aaron's crime epic taking place on a contemporary Indian reservation. At times brutal, but always compelling. With the mood perfectly captured by R.M. Guera's art.