I just finished reading Alan Moore's "Watchmen," which is being called the most celebrated graphic novel of our time.
First off let me say, I really really hate Alan Moore's writing, seriously I would rather watch meatspin.com until I bleed out of my eyes than read his stuff. (DO NOT GO TO MEATSPIN.COM, unless you are Darren, then check it out you might come to a realization about yourself. but seriously don't go.) But, being the oh-so open minded person that I am, I read it at the behest of my older brother James (who put Craig TenBusschen on my Hollywood video account as "lover" and I have to explain it every time I rent movies.) Well I read it and it's not bad, I was expecting some huge payoff the whole time, like a Usual Suspects finale, and it kind of happened but no where near the scale I wished it would. All in all I'm not a big fan of the Watchmen, the movie looks awesome from the trailer, but I mean I just wasn't super impressed with it.
Don't think I would leave you hanging after that, of course you are now wondering what perhaps is the greatest graphic novel of all time.
Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns," hands down the ultimate graphic novel. This comic book is amazing, so good I get a tingling in my pants when I even mention the name. It has everything you could possibly want, a old man batman coming out of retirement, and showdown between the two titans of DC comics, Batman versus Superman, and alright it does have a Robin in it, which I know looks bad but this one is a girl, so it's not overly homo-erotic.
This graphic novel is phenomenal, I think after reading it you will see the actual value of comic books and come to understand that everyone, I mean everyone is a nerd somewhere deep down. Apart from the Reading Rainbow finish to this post, I will say go out and read them both if you are even slightly interested in comics, they are both worth reading and they are also well recognized in the community as being nerd gateway books.
If you like the movie The Dark Knight, I really think you will enjoy the The Dark Knight Returns.