I've literally NEVER opened up a comic book in all of my 22 years of living... Have I really been missing out?
/rips Nerd badge off of Mike's sash.
But really, there are some really great comics out there. Ones that go beyond the whole "rippling muscles, good v. Communists, spandex" theme. Comics are just, imo, literature with panels.
Also, I can't believe I haven't brought it up before, but Strangers in Paradise
has got to be my number 1 all time favorite series ever. You can get it in trade paperback/pocket size volumes and it's fantastic. And pretty gay. No, I mean actually gay, but not in the stereotypical sort of way. It's just a comic about love, and the love happens to be between two women (and a guy, and another girl, and possibly some other people I'm not remembering - anyway, it's all very complicated and fun and great, with great art and why aren't you reading it right this instant?!). I've probably read the first volume (which was all I had for a while) ten times, and the whole series at least three times.