League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vol. I and II - Alan Moore

Moore brings back to ""life"" classic literature characters and sets them off on saving the world--or at least England. Wonderful writing coupled with striking art is the essence of comics and The League is it's incarnation. The second volume is weaker than the first, due to a more straightforward plot, less interesting character investigation, and some gratuitous sex/rape scenes, yet it is still better than your average comic. This is a must read for both comic and 19th century (mainly) British literature fans.