There’s no question that this is going to be a classic, if it doesn’t meet the requirements for such a thing already. It broke all kinds of records that make it a commercial success, but more than that it is a beloved series that has transcended books. If you ask a random person what one of their favorite fandoms is, I would bet that 90% of them would say Harry Potter as one of the main choices.
Not only is this series fantastically illustrated, the storytelling has amazing depth to it. This isn’t just a series that you can enjoy on a whim (which you can); it has story-lines that deal with everything from war, family, politics, all in a sci-fi setting. It makes these topics accessible to those who might not otherwise find them palatable, important as they are. The themes in Saga are timeless.
These are hugely creative novels, told half in text, half in gorgeous charcoal drawings that may seem intimidating because of their length, but truly they’re large because of the amount of drawings combined with the stories that stretch the wonder of the reader’s imagination.
Neil Gaiman has a body of work that spans genres. He can write for anyone, adult or child, as evidenced by titles ranging from Coraline to American Gods to Fortunately, the Milk and so on. His quality has never diminished, in my opinion, and I like to think that these stories are timeless. They don’t hinge on remaining relevant to any one time period or any one format. Gaiman has written novels, children’s picture books, and graphic novels. There’s something for everyone, so the Gaiman classic you choose will depend entirely on what you’d like to read at the moment.