Originally posted by Mr.Nobody:
I have read Bone(I own volume one). I didn't see it here at first glimpse.
How would Cerebrus be for someone my age?
The first volume, "Cerebus" (aka "Cerebus the Barbarian" unofficially since it's mostly a funny-animal parody of Conan), isn't the best place to start, IMO, because the art and story in the first few issues was VERY rough. But on the other hand it's amazing to watch Dave (and it was Dave all by himself for the first 2-1/2 books) growing by leaps and bounds. He gets visibly better every issue for the first 10 or 12 at least, after which the differences are more subtle because he's already reached a pretty high level. The second half of the book is quite good. I know of at least two people reading the comic monthly who started with the issues collected in this book when they were about your age.
"High Society" was on my list of recommendations, I believe. Political satire, some think it's Dave at his best. I don't agree but it's very funny and very witty and the art is pretty darned good. Probably the best place to start. If you like it, then pick up the first one.
"Church & State," two big volumes, 1200 pages, more political satire, plus religious satire, and disconcerting scenes like the main character casually killing a baby by tossing it off the page. Heavy duty stuff, and although it can stand on its own better than most of what comes after, it's best tackled after the first two.
"Jaka's Story" has some (like one page) sex and nudity and because of that one page most stores won't sell it to you -- and some will make the entire Cerebus run off limits to you, which is just silly. If they do let you buy this one and you've got parents who are sensitive to that sort of thing, make sure they don't see that page. It's largely about marriage and other adult concerns, but if you're mature enough for "Maus" you can probably handle it. It stands on its own quite well for the first 2/3, when the overall storyline quite literally comes crashing in.
"Melmoth" is one of the few books as harrowing as "Maus," and in some ways more so because the Holocaust was an aberration in human history, but in "Melmoth" we are presented with Oscar Wilde's death as a representation of what's facing all of us in the end. Grim stuff. This is the very last book you'll be able to make head or tail of without reading the rest first, so I won't bother describing the rest of them.