Reading Saga is unlike reading any other story I've ever experienced. The psychedelic space opera is funny, brutal, emotional and endlessly surprising. Two lovers are on the run from their war-torn past, evading bounty hunters and attempting to find peace. The result is a comic that is colourful, beautiful, imaginative, and doomed to never exist in any other medium.
It's stories like Saga that remind you why comics are great. Saga is too expensive and imaginative for TV (a main character is from a race of people who all have televisions for heads). It's too expansive and limitless for film. It's too colourful and vibrant for any form of writing without illustration. The nearest approximation is animation. Both DC and Marvel exploit this all the time. There's continuing versions of Batman, Justice League, The Avengers and Iron Man in animated form. They're perfect for the ten year old in all of us. Saga is most DEFINITELY not for ten year olds.
Saga writer Brian K. Vaughan knows how to write original content for comics. His series, Y: The Last Man is another example of a comic story told with complex imaginative scope. My mind also goes to Locke & Key, which has recently completed its run. It is a dark fairytale that will almost certainly turn up in another medium (given its success), but will probably not be nearly as successful.
There's nothing wrong with only writing for comics, but it's slightly frustrating these writers and stories aren't more mainstream. Comics, like any artistic endeavour, are potentially immature trash, and potentially masterpieces. Anybody who's read Alan Moore's Watchmen, for example, has found it difficult to ever return to the implicitly prejudiced threshold that exists within so many readers, 'comics are not literature'.
Read Saga. Read Watchmen. Read Locke & Key. Share here the works that opened your mind about comics. Let's put these works in front of more readers.