By books I of course am referring to the elitist comic nerd terminology for comic book. I'm currently reading the Lucifer series put out by Vertigo. Vertigo is a spin off aimed at the older crowd which contain more violence, nudity and engaging plot lines. You know, stuff kids want. Lucifer is a spin off of Neil Gaimen's Sandman series, so if you haven't read it I'd suggest reading it first.
On the manga front I'm currently on the third book of the Buddha series written by the legendary Osamu Tezuka. When I was younger I never really cared for his character designs and I still think that they're fairly simplistic however they work to lighten up such a serious piece. I wish every major religion would but out a bunch of comic books about how they came to be. It'd go a long way to alleviate FUD between differing cultures.
I was reading Slam Dunk but I guess Rajin (the company that translated it and published it stateside) went out of business. If anyone finds some scanalations let me know. Otherwise I think the anime has been subbed by some fan subber group, so I'll probably just look for a torrent of that.