Katsuhiro Otomo - Akira
Classic literature does not distill to a purer spirt than the Akira tomes. The graphic art in these books gives the winding tale a direct path into your mind that is as straight as an airport runway. The amount of work that has gone into the ruined landscapes and military-industrial backgrounds is clearly from a tiny studio that had a very good program. This link is the konadsha edits and they are slightly different from the Dark Horse translation that left everything in black and white as it should be. i have the dark horse in hardcopy
The art and imagination of these books needs to be experienced from the start to the finish without interruption. This is a journey best made with one's full attention to the pathway, Akira is a map to a new place in your dream space. I envy the man who makes the journey for the first time.