Graphic novel written and illustrated by Brandon Graham. It was originally published as a manga-style graphic novel by Tokyopop in 2008 before moving to Image Comics, where it was republished as single issues and finally collected into one volume in 2012.
I kinda don’t want to tell you anything about this comic. When I read it for the first time, I knew almost nothing about it, other than the fact that a lot of people had lavishly praised its art and vision and general madcappery. In a lot of ways, I think that's the best way to go into this book -- knowing nothing about it and being delighted and shocked and mind-blown every time you turn a page.
Nevertheless, this should have a bit more detail, just to hit the important plot and character bits. Our story is set some time in the future -- not quite a dystopia, not quite a galaxy-spanning space opera. Our main character is Joe, a Catmaster -- he's a martial artist who's able to use his cat, Earthling, as any tool or weapon he needs, with an injection of the right drug. His best friend is Pete, a guy who wears a doofy-looking hood all the time -- he's fallen in love with an alien he helped sell into slavery. Joe's ex-girlfriend is Anna, who lives with Max, a veteran of the Zombie Wars who is addicted to a drug he uses to control his nightmares -- the same drug his body is slowly turning into the more he uses it. They fight giant monsters and spies and cyberpunks and mad scientists and everything in between.
I could say more than that, but I ain't gonna. I want you to go into this not knowing what to expect.
This is a glorious comic, sketchy and imaginative and sexy and surreal and hilarious and filled with wild and crazy action sequences. The dialogue, the characterization, the art and design are all gloriously bizarre and absolutely pinpoint perfect.
If you love wild science fiction, action, and beautifully-made comics, you'll want to give this one a look. It's a nice, fat comic -- over 400 pages! -- and you can get it, retail, for just $20. It's a steal, and you should fight ninjas to get your hands on it.