Re: Comics and Graphic Novels Vol. 2
I really enjoyed DMZ, one of the first 'independent' comics that hooked me like Marvel and DC can, it led me onto stuff like Preacher, The Sandman etc.
I'd also recommend Dark Horses recent Knights of the Old Republic series which kept me hooked from the first page of #0 to the last pages of War #5. Star Wars: Legacy was really awesome too.