Doom Patrol (by Grant Morrison, Richard Case and others) 1989 - 1993
In 8th grade, while all the other kids wanted to be Superman or kiss girls or get good grades, I wanted to be a disembodied brain in a robot body.
Or a hermaphrodite with a negative energy being living inside it, that it could send out to attack things.
Or a person with multiple personality disorder, where each personality had a superpower.
Doom Patrol fucked me up in all the best ways. It was, at the time, the strangest thing I had ever read, and had an effect on me not unlike what I imagine when hearing of people who claim to have been visited by aliens.
Everything was different, better, more interesting, and there was lots of research to be done into this new weird world.
And yes, it took a long time before I ended up with a girlfriend. But that girl? She dug me because I was super-into books like Doom Patrol.