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If the person was totally unaware of comic books, but was an avid reader, I think something like The Rabbi's Cat would work very well as a first taste.

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Is anyone aware of the French writer Jean Van Hamme's work? He did the series of Thorgal and the amazing La Grand Pouvoir de Chninkel - a pure comic book gold. Chninkel is one story, about 150 pages or so, with divinely beautiful art Grzegorz Rosinski.. Thorgal is a series o30 48 page tomes, it's perfect until tome 16 or 17, highly recommended if you can get it.

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I've not seen either of those. Is he the guy who did Valerian?

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How Loathsome

 

Hometown! I think that's a great choice. I also think I would put that one on my list to get a girl into comics. I love that book. Bought the hardcover.

 

Similar to Mark, I read Watchmen before I really got into comics. It was my first "adult" comic I ever bought and read. My aunt flipped out when I brought it home and she saw "mature readers" so she read it first before I could. I bought it and had to wait 4 days while she got around to reading it. Here's the kicker. It's the only comic she ever read and she loved it. Told me it had many things I wouldn't get until I was older.

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I got my girlfriend to read her first comic with R. Crumb's work.

I threw in a few Alan Moore shorts also.

She liked them both and finds a lot of creativity in comic writer's imaginations, but while she's not opposed to reading comics, she still doesn't read comics.

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The Books of Magic (Gaiman's original miniseries)

Fables and Reflections

Watchmen

The Dark Knight Returns

something a little funnier than above (previous Bone/Asterix suggestions work)

 

I should mention that these four got me hooked to comics (along with a handful of others). I enjoyed the hell out of them without having much of a clue who Constantine or Morpheus were.

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Love & Rockets: Locas

Love & Rockets: Palomar (I can't choose between the brothers: Palomar is more consistently at an awesome level, but the later parts of Locas with Death Of sppedy, etc. are just amazing).

Bone complete edition

Tintin - Secret Of The Unicorn/Rackham's Treasure or the Rocket to the Moon/Men on the Moon storylines.

Daytripper (really, I can think of no other recent book that is so good)

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Oh, yeah, I forgot about the comics I read that got me into comics.

 

Watchmen

X-men

Spider-Man (when McFarlane was drawing it)

The Dark Knight Returns

Camelot 3000

 

(in my teenaged years, those were the bomb)

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I've not seen either of those. Is he the guy who did Valerian?

 

I had to google, but no, not the same guy. Check out some of the images for Thorgal

 

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it's a great series, tells a story of a child who is found by a Viking ship in a strange capsule floating on the ocean. He has some metal in his hands that is unknown to anyone, and it is pretty soon revealed that he was born on a spaceship. He comes from a race of humans who evolved and left the Earth long time ago.. he is not the only one who survived thou, one of the survivors became a tyrant in some South American country, using his technology to act as a god.. really cool adventure story full of Norse mythology

 

found the English version, here are some previews

 

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Chninkel is a more mature-themed, epic story.. it's hard to describe it, you won't regret reading if you track it down and read it.

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Oh, yeah, I forgot about the comics I read that got me into comics.

 

Watchmen

X-men

Spider-Man (when McFarlane was drawing it)

The Dark Knight Returns

Camelot 3000

 

(in my teenaged years, those were the bomb)

 

X-Men got me hooked on comic books. This was back in the early-80s, and Claremont's run was at its hottest.

My how things have changed! I'd say X-Men from the last 15 years would be the last book I'd try to get someone hooked on comics.

I only read Marvel books and every so often a Batman comic until I got to high school, when I dropped all comics. Then I started to pick up Spawn when that book started.

When I hit 18, I discovered Sandman.

From there, the doors of Vertigo opened, with Hellblazer. Then Swamp Thing. Then Animal Man.

Then I got addicted to comics and started reading a lot of titles.

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Strange Embrace

Black Panther: The Client

Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on a Serious Earth

The Crow

Fables: Legends in Exile

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There's a very serious omission in this thread that I've only just realised: Bryan Talbot isn't mentioned once, as a primer for a non comics reader, Alice In Sunderland is a masterpiece. (The Adventures Of Luther Arkwright is likely to have a lot of appeal to Moorcock fans as well...)

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