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Most people think that comics are for children, but this is not always the case. There are a large number of titles written for the 'mature' audience, in fact there are probably more comics written for the mature reader than for children.

Neil Gaiman's Death

Possibly the best series of comics written so far is The Sandman by Neil Gaiman. This is a series of 75 issues about Morpheus, Lord of Dream, who is better known as Dream. Morpheus is one of the seven Endless, the others being Destiny, Destruction, Desire, Despair, Delirium, who was once Delight, and the ravishing Death.

Neil Gaiman is also responsible for another good series called The Books of Magic. He wrote the original graphic novel which introduced Tim Hunter, potentially the greatest Magician ever. The concept was continued into a series of 75 comics written by John Ney Rieber at first and then by Peter Gross. When we get to the last issue Tim is 14 and his whole life has been changed.

The Books of Magic was followed by a 5 issue mini series called the Names of Magic, which takes Tim up to 18. This in turn is followed by the current series, Hunter: the Age of Magic.

Another good series is Hellblazer, all about a magician called John Constantine, who, unusually is English. Constantine was created way back in 1985 if memory serves me right by Alan Moore. What makes Constantine stand out from other comic heroes is the fact he has no super powers just as little bit of magic, a sharp wit, one heck of a reputation and he is not a nice person.

There are numerous other good comics which sadly are no longer published. These include Preacher, Dreaming, Transmetropolitan, and Howard the Duck. The last two have only recently been cancelled, which is a pity but unfortunately only too common these days.