The Dark Comes
Creator: Moore, Gibbons
Without doubt the most adult graphic novel ever written. Whilst not as explicit as Sin City or as mind-bending as Sandman, Watchmen is a worryingly accurate representation of a society gone wrong. Whilst keeping the feel of the cold war, it manages to twist into a strange science-fiction tale.
I remember reading this when I was at primary school - I must have been nine or ten. Whilst I didn't understand a lot of it at the time, it stuck with me and when I chanced upon a copy in my mid teens I snapped it up quickly. It swiftly became my favourite graphic novel.
The thing that struck me when I read Watchmen was that heroes weren't neccesarily good people. Though all of the "heroes" in this book are just that, they all have their faults and problems, and it really showed me that you didn't have to be "super" to be a hero - you just have to be prepared to do anything for what you believe in.
It also showed me that the world could be dark and wonderful at the same time.