1. Y: The Last Man
By far my favorite series so far! You will not be disappointed, this is a must have! My most favorite genre is post-apocalypse storylines and this one hits on all the necessary points.
2. Rising Stars
My second exposure to JMS. This was a good non continuity (Marvel and DC) superhero series. Also has a good moral to the story at the end.
3. Ex Machina
Following Brian K. Vaughn after Y: The Last Man I thought I'd give this a try. Another refreshing change from the normal genres we read. I really liked this political thriller with a hint of superhero thrown in.
4. Superman: Red Son
This was my first exposure to reading Superman (other than what everyone else knows from cartoons and movies). Great story and made me want to explore his character--prompting me to pick up All Star Superman.
5. All Star Superman
Second real exposure to Superman in comics. Great read and has given me a larger appreciation for his character. Liked how they portrayed Lex Luthor as a good guy deep inside and not this notorious villain you always hear about.
6. Green Lantern: Rebirth
My second book I picked up after returning to comics and first exposure to Green Lantern (any) ever. Really like Hal's character and have been reading Green Lantern ever since. Hal is now one of my favorite characters.
One of the few "indies" I pick up on a regular basis. This is also another great non-superhero and acutally what I would call an "anti-hero" series. Nobody is really a stand-up character in this book. You don't really know who to root for. Captivating book though.
8. Batman: Hush
This is me giving a Batman book a go. I've read a few Detective Comics issues a try before but that was about 15 years ago. Hearing so much about this book I read through it pretty fast. It was alright...
9. The Walking Dead
My third title (and first monthly) I picked up after returning to comics. I'm a huge zombie genre fan and this took all I knew and threw it out the window (in a good way). Anyone reading comics should be following this one. If you don't read this, how can you call yourself a comics fan?
My first book purchased when returning to comics. I asked the employee at the LCS which book--out of all in her store--I should purchase and this was her recommendation. At first I was hesitant as I knew nothing about Thor and, frankly, didn't really care much for his character. She made me a deal, if I didn't like the book she would buy it back from me. She gave me a personal guarantee that I would like what was between the covers. Well, needless to say this still sits on my shelf today. This also got me interested in JMS and prompted me to pick up Rising Son and follow this story line into Siege.
Another great series I started reading on a recommendation. As you can see most of these are non-superhero and I don't mean to stay on that trend. I have gotten a little behind on this title lately and I hope to catch up someday. Great twist on classic literature.