Unlike many long running series, the books from the 1632 Universe just keep getting better and better. I do recommend starting from the beginning, but know that you will enjoy it as it unfolds in a thousand directions. This is my favorite example of alternative history.
I have always enjoyed modern retakes on the traditional fairy tales. Beauty is my favorite of these, with current events of the time and modern science effortlessly added to the original tale. Highly recommended for modern fantasy lovers.
I really liked every story in this book and will be looking up those books mentioned for these authors that I have yet to read. These are all established and talented authors, I highly recommend this to any fantasy lover.
I'm a huge fan of Girl Genius, but have mostly read it online. I much prefer having the graphic novel in hand so I can see the drawing/details better. Good storyline, memorable characters and excellent art.