I'm late posting this, but I figured I should come back and mention it. While I still haven't read a lot of comics, I was impressed by Jeff Smith's (of Bone fame, which I still haven't read) RASL. I attended his panel at Emerald City Comicon, and it sounded really interesting. He said he was inspired a lot by film noir at the time, and was reading a lot about Tesla and parallel universes at the time. The story came together for him from those three influences. If any of that interests you, and you aren't above comics, I'd say definitely check it out. I'm going to re-read it soon.