From Hell by Alan Moore. Simply brilliant. A rich mix of masonic intrigue, the history, architecture and culture of Victorian London, and the mystery of Jack the Ripper.
The Dream Suite was deeply influenced by Neil Gaiman's The Sandman comic book series. There are so many ways to describe this series, and none that I can think of do it justice, so I think I'll use a quote from Gaiman himself."Could I do another five issues of Sandman? Well, damn right. And would I be able to look at myself in the mirror happily? No. Is it time to stop because I've reached the end, yes, and I think I'd rather leave while I'm in love."
I also dearly love Lucifer from Mike Carey
and Fables by Bill Willingham
I don't like old stuff. I didn't like it in school, I don't like it now. The poetry inflicted upon us in high school? In college? Old stuff. That's too bad, because there is a lot of good new stuff out there.
One of the first post-modern poets was Frank O'Hara. New stuff. So I like it. He was also a curator at the MOMA and brought a visual artist's sensibility to poetry. Well, at least that's what I think.
If you want to get started reading contemporary poetry I heartily recommend the following books:
Which is an offshoot of a web-based project called Poetry 180 that he did to introduce high school students to modern, accessible poetry.
William Vollmann recently contributed to a book called Avant Porn [edited by Michael Hemmingson}, and I guess that's one way to describe his work, although it ranges wildly.
The Rainbow Stories each key off one of the colors of the visible spectrum, a conceit irresistible to this artist :) and borrowed for my own series Beyond The Knife. This is my favorite Vollmann book, followed by the Royal Family. As one reviewer put it, neither are for the faint of heart :).
His first novel, You Bright and Risen Angels, I found impossible to get through though.