Best Books: Graphic Novels

I have long been intrigued by graphic novels. I have many times wandered to their section in the bookstore and run my finger along their spines, wondering which one I might like, pulling them out and flipping through the intense illustrations. But I have so little exposure to them, I really wouldn’t know where to begin.  And when I consider their price in light of how long it would take me to read them… I walk away. So far, I’ve only managed to read Smile, Sisters, and Drama, all YA by Raina Telgemeier.

Since I am reading through the best literature in the world, I thought it would make sense to include a genre I would like to get to know better.

I also have a suspicion I would like to write one of my own, one day.

Now, I am not exactly sure, but there are probably some titles here that I won’t end up reading because they are outside of my genres-for-review. In other words, if it is graphic novel erotica or graphic novel horror, I will be skipping along to the next title. Otherwise, I am really looking forward to threading these titles into my Best Books list.

  • The Underwater Welder, Jeff LemireUNDERWATER WELDER
  • 100 Bullets, Azzarello and Risso
  • Batman, The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller
  • Daytripper, Moon and Ba
  • Asterios Polyp, David Mazzuccelini
  • Tank Girl, One, Hewlett and Martin
  • Scott Pilgrim, 1 Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life, Bryan Lee O’Halley
  • Daredevil, Man Without Fear, Miller and Romita
  • Astro City, 1, Life in the Big City, Kurt Busiek
  • Saga of the Swamp Thing, 1, Alan Moore
  • New Avengers, 1, Breakout, Brian Michael Bendis
  • Batman, The Long Halloween, Loeb and Sale
  • We3, Morrison and QuitelyTANK GIRL
  • Astonishing X-Men, Omnibus, Wheedon and Cassaday
  • Punisher Max, 1, In the Beginning, Garth Ennis
  • Kingdom Come, Mark Waid
  • All Star Superman, 1, Morrison and Quitely
  • Authority, 1, Relentless, Bryan Hitch
  • Wanted, Mark Millar
  • Blankets, Craig Thompson
  • The Walking Dead, 1, Days Gone Bye, Robert Kirkman
  • DMZ, 1, On the Ground, Brian Wood
  • Ex Machina, 1, The First Hundred Days, Vaughan and Harris
  • Powers, 1, Who Killed Retro Girl?, Bendis and Oeming
  • Batman, The Killing Joke, Moore and Bolland
  • Palomar, The Heartbreak Soup Stories, Gilbert HernandezY THE LAST MAN
  • Violent Cases, Gaiman and McKean
  • Y the Last Man, 1, Unmanned, Brian K. Vaughan
  • Fables, 1, Legends in Exile, Bill Willingham
  • Invisibles, 1, Say You Want a Revolution, Grant Morrison
  • The Tale of One Bad Rabbit, Bryan Talbot
  • 100 Bullets, 1, First Shot Last Call, Brian Azzarello
  • Criminal, Omnibus, Brubaker and Phillips
  • 300, Frank Miller
  • Transmetropolitan, 1, Back on the Street, Ellis and Robertson
  • Ultimates, 1, Super-Human, Millar and Hitch
  • Preacher, 1, Gone to Texas, Garth Ennis
  • Batman, Year One, Frank Miller
  • Hellblazer, 1, Original SinsSANDMAN
  • Sandman, 1, Preludes and Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, 1, Moore and O’Neill
  • Hellboy, 1, Seed of Destruction/Wake the Devil, Mike Mignola
  • Marvels, Busiek and Ross
  • Batman, Arkham Asylum, Morrison and McKean
  • Alice in Sunderland, Bryan Talbot
  • 2000 AD,Judge Dredd, Complete Case Files, 1
  • Maus, The Complete Maus, Art Spiegeman
  • From Hell, Campbell and Moore
  • V for Vendetta, Moore and Lloyd
  • Watchmen, Moore and Gibbons
  • Batman, The Dark Night Returns, Frank Miller
  • Madman, 1, Michael AllredNIGHTLY NEWS
  • The Invisibles, Say You Want a Revolution
  • All-Star Superman, 1, Morrison and Quitely
  • The Nightly News, Jonathan Hickman
  • Alias, Bendis and Gaydos
  • Black Hole, Charles Burns
  • The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S., A Love and Rockets Book, Jaime Hernandez
  • Summer Blonde, Adrian Tomaine
  • The Last Man, Deluxe 1, Brian K. Vaughan
  • Depths, Paul Chadwick
  • Bad Night, Brubaker and Phillips
  • Pyongyang, Guy DelisleLA PERDIDA
  • Heavy Liquid, Paul Pope
  • La Perdida, Jessica Abel
  • Safe Area Gorazde, Joe Sacco
  • Fell, 1, Feral City, Ellis and Templesmith
  • It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken, Seth
  • Super Spy, Matt Kindt
  • Bottomless Belly Button
  • Tekonkinkreet, Black & White, Taiyo Matsumoto
  • Puma Blues, Murphy and Zulli
  • Multiple Warheads, Brandon Graham
  • Berlin, Jason Lutes
  • Onward Toward Our Noble Deaths, Shigeru Mizuki
  • 100 Bullets, Azarello and Risso100 BULLETS
  • You’ll Never Know, C. Tyler
  • Usagi Yojimbo, Stan Sakai
  • Hark! A Vagrant, Kate Beaton
  • Finder, Carla Speed McNeil
  • Pluto, Naoki Uruasawa
  • Sex Criminals, Fraction and Zdarsky
  • Saga, Vaughan and Staples
  • Stray Bullets, David Lapham
  • Paying for It, Chester Brown
  • Journey, WIlliam Messner-Loebs
  • Unterzakhan, Leela Corman
  • Dal Tokyo, Gary Panter
  • Mister X, Dean MotterDIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL
  • Diary of a Teenage Girl, Phoebe Gloekner
  • The Incal, Jodorowsky and Moebius
  • Preacher, Garth Ennis
  • What It Is, Linda Barry
  • Curses, Kevin Huizenga
  • Freak Angels, Ellis and Duffield
  • Our Cancer Year, Peaker, Brabner and Stack
  • The Cowboy Wally Show, Kyle Baker
  • Twisted Sisters, 1, Various
  • Akira, Katshuiro Otomo
  • King Cat, John Porcellino
  • A Contract With God, Will Eisner
  • Cerebus, Dave Sim
  • Achewood, Chris OnstadGHOST WORLD
  • The Adventures of Tintin, Herge
  • Hicksville, Dylan Horrocks
  • Alec, The Years Have Pants, Eddie Campbell
  • Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
  • Ghost World, Daniel Clowes
  • Epileptic, David B.
  • The Invisibles, Grant Morrison
  • From Hell, Moore and Campbell
  • The Complete Robert Crumb, Robert Crumb
  • Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
  • Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Boy on Earth, Chris Ware
  • American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang *
  • March: Book One (and trilogy), Lewis, Aydin, and Powell *
  • They Called Us Enemy, George Takei

To check out Wizard Magazine’s 100 Best Graphic Novels, including lots of superheros, click HERE.

One thought on “Best Books: Graphic Novels

  1. So that I don’t lose the comments made on Facebook:

    Matt Talamini: “I can speak to how good Sandman is. Also Scott Pilgrim & We3. Excellent.”

    Lauren Ruffrage: “Hark! A Vagrant, Persepolis, I think you would like Hope Larson’s books, The Property, Hyperbole and a Half, Displacement, Super Spy (I love Matt Kindt)…there are so many!”

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