Lately I've been picking up graphic novels on the cheap thanks to my local bookseller (Chapters/Indigo/Coles for all you Canucks) marking all DC and Marvel graphic novels down by 20%. I've picked up Identity Crisis, Infinite Crisis, Batman: The Long Halloween & Dark Victory, and the first two volumes of the 52 collection.
Given the excellence of the most recent DC events, I'm leaning toward collecting some regular issues and seeing how I like them. I'm open to Marvel as well, if there are any outstanding books that I should look into.
The characters that have struck me the most are Superman, Batman (obviously), Black Adam, Green Lantern, The Flash, and I've always had a spot in my heart for The Spectre and Deadman. Animal Man is also pretty cool. In the Marvel Universe I'm partial to Spidey (who isn't).
Are there any series out there right now that I need to start collecting at all costs? Any other recommandations?
EDIT: I'd like to keep this thread dedicated to recommending regular series, but if you have a collection to recommend please do so. Just keep in mind that I'm pretty current on collections and graphic novels, so recommendations for Watchmen or Kingdom Come are lost on me. I'm more interested in collecting regular series now.
Garry: I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of the winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!