500 Best Graphic Novels

Posted on July 23, 2018 By newsroom Topic: Best Books

Graphic novels are books in comics form. Some are autobiographical. Many of the better graphic novels are journalism and history. Did you know that Richard Kyle coined the term "graphic novel" in 1964?

 

Watchmen by Alan Moore
The Complete Maus (Maus
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman #1) by Neil Gaiman
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
Batman: Year One by Frank Miller
Saga: Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
Y: The Last Man
Fables
The Walking Dead
The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Blankets by Craig Thompson
Sin City
Preacher
The Doll’s House (The Sandman #2) by Neil Gaiman
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Scott Pilgrim
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb
Out from Boneville (Bone
Batman: Arkham Asylum — A Serious House on Serious Earth by Grant Morrison
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Black Hole by Charles Burns
Death Note
Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman
The Sandman
Dream Country (The Sandman
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Astonishing X-Men
Locke & Key
Kingdom Come by Mark Waid
Transmetropolitan
Fullmetal Alchemist
Swamp Thing
Marvels by Kurt Busiek
X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga by Chris Claremont
All-Star Superman
Civil War: A Marvel Comics Event by Mark Millar
Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall by Bill Willingham
The Complete Peanuts
Haven: A Graphic Novel by Leonardo Ramirez
Jimmy Corrigan
The Walking Dead
100 Bullets
Johnny the Homicidal Maniac: Director’s Cut by Jhonen Vásquez
We3 by Grant Morrison
Akira
The Sandman: The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman
30 Days of Night
Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits by Garth Ennis
Romance Dawn (One Piece
Hellboy
The Ultimates
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories by Gilbert Hernández
Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
The Tale of One Bad Rat by Bryan Talbot
Strangers in Paradise
Castle Waiting
The Sandman
The Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin
Locas by Jaime Hernández
Daytripper by Fábio Moon
ElfQuest 1: Fire & Flight by Wendy Pini
Tank Girl (Tank Girl
From Hell by Alan Moore
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home (Season 8
Palestine by Joe Sacco
Barefoot Gen
Buddha
Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman
Ranma ½
Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse
X’ed Out by Charles Burns
Battle Angel Alita
Scott Pilgrim
Marvel Zombies by Robert Kirkman
Superman for All Seasons by Jeph Loeb
Identity Crisis by Brad Meltzer
Wolverine by Chris Claremont
Persepolis
Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 (Mouse Guard
Alias
Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle
Saga
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire
Invincible: Ultimate Collection
Hellblazer: Original Sins by Jamie Delano
The Authority
Kings in Disguise: A Novel by James Vance
Tintin in Tibet (Tintin
When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs
Naoki Urasawa’s Monster
Astro City
Building Stories by Chris Ware
The Fixer: A Story from Sarajevo by Joe Sacco
Marshal Law: Fear and Loathing by Pat Mills
Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes
Kabuki
Runaways Deluxe
Whiteout by Greg Rucka
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud
The Bloom County Library
The Batman Adventures: Mad Love and Other Stories by Paul Dini
Ode to Kirihito by Osamu Tezuka
Batman: A Death in the Family by Jim Starlin
Lobo: The Last Czarnian by Keith Giffen
InuYasha: Turning Back Time (InuYasha
The Compleat Moonshadow by J.M. DeMatteis
Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga by Paul Levitz
Eternals by Neil Gaiman
The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck by Don Rosa
Berlin
Age of Bronze Volume 1: A Thousand Ships by Eric Shanower
Usagi Yojimbo
The Losers
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Hellboy
Final Crisis by Grant Morrison
The Sandman
A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel
City of Glass by Paul Karasik
Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys
Wet Moon
Sweet Tooth
300 by Frank Miller
Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites by Evan Dorkin
The Stonekeeper (Amulet
Bad Suki (Modesty Blaise Graphic Novel Titan #5) by Peter O’Donnell
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? by Neil Gaiman
Lenore: Noogies by Roman Dirge
The Complete Green Lantern/Green Arrow Collection by Dennis O’Neil
Corto Maltese: La ballade de la mer salée by Hugo Pratt
Batgirl
Amphigorey (Amphigorey
Flight
Batman: R.I.P. by Grant Morrison
Bone
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
The Goon
Sex Criminals
The Books of Magic
Bone
Wolverine: Weapon X by Barry Windsor-Smith
Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
Old Boy
Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley
The Complete Crumb Comics
The Avengers: The Kree-Skrull War by Roy Thomas
The Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Kim Deitch
Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan
Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt by J.M. DeMatteis
Batman & Robin: Batman Reborn by Grant Morrison
The Kindly Ones (The Sandman
Curses by Kevin Huizenga
The Book of Genesis by Robert Crumb
Absolute DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke
Aquaman
Fray by Joss Whedon
Naruto
Berlin
The Deep-Seated Grudge
Hellboy
Laika by Nick Abadzis
The Groo Library (Groo the Wanderer #44–45
Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand by Jim Henson
The Incal: The Epic Journey (The Incal
Asterix and the Great Crossing (Asterix
Batman: Knightfall by Dennis O’Neil
Mister Wonderful: A Love Story by Daniel Clowes
Global Frequency
Garfield at Large: His First Book (Garfield
Owly
The Jew of New York by Ben Katchor
Thunderbolts: Justice
Runaways
Clyde Fans
Boxers (Boxers & Saints
Spy vs. Spy: The Complete Casebook by Antonio Prohias
Good-Bye by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Lost Girls (Lost Girls
Battle Royale
Daredevil: Born Again by Frank Miller
Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things (Courtney Crumrin
Buddy Bradley
Worlds’ End (The Sandman #8) by Neil Gaiman
The Property by Rutu Modan
Heartbreak Soup (Luba and Palomar
Bullet Gal: It’s Not You
Rover Red Charlie by Garth Ennis
Welcome to the NHK
A Contract With God and Other Tenement Stories by Will Eisner
My Troubles With Women by Robert Crumb
Phoenix
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Saga
Town of Evening Calm
Saga
Wonder Woman Archives
And the Pursuit of Happiness by Maira Kalman
Gunnerkrigg Court
Alias Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 by Brian Michael Bendis
Alias Ultimate Collection Vol. 2 by Brian Michael Bendis
The Walking Dead
Top 10
Prince of the Elves (Amulet
Uncle Scrooge: Only a Poor Old Man (The Carl Barks Library
The Last Council (Amulet
The Cloud Searchers (Amulet
Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
The Nikopol Trilogy: The Carnival of Immortals / The Woman Trap / Equator Cold by Enki Bilal
The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet
The Acme Novelty Library
(Pantheon Graphic Novels) by Chris Ware
Life With Mr. Dangerous by Paul Hornschemeier
A History of Violence by John Wagner
Essex County by Jeff Lemire
Fatale
Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography by Chester Brown
Church and State I (Cerebus
Louve (Thorgal
Indian Summer by Hugo Pratt
The Wrong Place by Brecht Evens
Tricked by Alex Robinson
Concrete
Mickey Mouse
Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again by Frank Miller
The Complete Omaha the Cat Dancer: Volume 1 by Reed Waller
I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly
Blade of the Immortal
Mom’s Cancer by Brian Fies
It’s a Magical World: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson
Rex Mundi Volume 1: The Guardian of the Temple by Arvid Nelson
The Mad Archives
Jaka’s Story (Cerebus
Why Are You Doing This? by Jason
The Complete Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers: Volume One by Gilbert Shelton
The Little Man: Short Strips
The Complete D.R. & Quinch by Alan Moore
Hellboy
Crying Freeman
Dante’s Inferno (the Divine Comedy
Brief Lives by Neil Gaiman
Justice League: A New Beginning by Keith Giffen
Mickey Mouse
Brat Pack by Rick Veitch
Doom Patrol
A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
The Complete Peanuts
Iron Man: Extremis by Warren Ellis
Love and Rockets
Swamp Thing: Dark Genesis by Len Wein
Alice in Sunderland by Bryan Talbot
Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China by Guy Delisle
The Cowboy Wally Show by Kyle Baker
Billy Hazelnuts (Billy Hazelnuts
Wimbledon Green by Seth
Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke
The Book of Leviathan by Peter Blegvad
King-Cat Classix by John Porcellino
El Borbah by Charles Burns
Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan
Dark Empire I by Tom Veitch
Saints (Boxers & Saints
Birdland by Gilbert Hernández
Criminal Macabre by Steve Niles
Astonishing X-Men Deluxe Hardcover Volume 1 by Joss Whedon
Essential X-Men
Spawn Collection
Blue Monday Volume 1: The Kids Are Alright by Chynna Clugston Flores
Classic Dan Dare: Voyage to Venus Part 1 by Frank Hampson
Planetary
Epileptic by David B.
Bajo el aire by Osamu Tezuka
An Android Awakes by Mike French
Phoenix
Elfquest Book 3 by Wendy Pini
Blackest Night by Geoff Johns
The Playboy by Chester Brown
Essential X-Men
Bitch Planet
Plastic Man
The Walking Dead
500 Essential Graphic Novels by Gene Kannenberg
Elfquest Book 4 by Wendy Pini
Essential X-Men
Goliath by Tom Gauld
The Adventures of Tintin
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Dori Stories by Dori Seda
The Walking Dead
Avengers: The Korvac Saga by Jim Shooter
Wonder Woman
Peanuts Treasury by Charles M. Schulz
Astro City
Fables
Batman: No Man’s Land by Greg Rucka
Escape from Lucien (Amulet
The Spirit Archives
Batman: Battle for the Cowl by Tony S. Daniel
Three Fingers by Rich Koslowski
It’s a Bird… by Steven T. Seagle
Love Hina
The Acme Novelty Library #19 by Chris Ware
Tommysaurus Rex by Doug TenNapel
Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War 2 (Volume 2) by Geoff Johns
Alex by Mark Kalesniko
Donald Duck: A Christmas for Shacktown (The Carl Barks Library
Corto Maltese en Sibérie (Corto Maltese #7) by Hugo Pratt
Le Grand Pouvoir du Chninkel by Jean Van Hamme
Church and State II (Cerebus
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Criminal
Mirror
Midnight Nation by J. Michael Straczynski
Market Day by James Sturm
Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection: Field Notes by Dr. Robert Twombly by Don Roff
Nat Turner by Kyle Baker
Thor Visionaries: Walter Simonson
The Walking Dead
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man: Death of Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis
Le Sortilège du bois des brumes (Les compagnons du crépuscule
Mickey Mouse Color Sundays
Hiroshima: The Autobiography of Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa
To Serve Man by Damon Knight
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
Batman: Contagion by Chuck Dixon
Canyon Apache (Lucky Luke #17) by Morris
Donald Duck: The Old Castle’s Secret (The Carl Barks Library
B.P.R.D.
Love and Rockets: New Stories #3 by Gilbert Hernández
Superman: The Man of Steel
Jack Staff Volume 1: Everything Used to Be Black and White by Paul Grist
The Yellow Jar: Two Tales From Japanese Tradition by Patrick Atangan
The Death-Ray by Daniel Clowes
Mickey Mouse
Jane
Batman: Dark Victory by Jeph Loeb
Au-delà des ombres (Thorgal
Hellblazer: The Devil You Know by Jamie Delano
Young Lions by Blaise Larmee
Safe Area Goražde: The War in Eastern Bosnia
Adolf : A Tale of the Twentieth Century by Osamu Tezuka
The Complete Buddy Bradley Stories from Hate Comics
Incognito by Ed Brubaker
Duncan the Wonder Dog: Show One by Adam Hines
La Forteresse invisible (Thorgal #19) by Grzegorz Rosiński
Love and Rockets
Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by Gilbert Hernández
Abraxas and the Earthman by Rick Veitch
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return
(Persepolis
Need More Love by Aline Kominsky-Crumb
David Boring by Daniel Clowes
Aaricia (Thorgal
The Frank Book by Jim Woodring
Planetary
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
ABC Warriors: The Black Hole by Pat Mills
Everything We Miss by Luke Pearson
The Sandman: Endless Nights by Neil Gaiman
Les Archers (Thorgal
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
Dominion by Masamune Shirow
Alan’s War: The Memories of G.I. Alan Cope by Emmanuel Guibert
George Sprott
Minds (Cerebus
Planetary
The Four Immigrants Manga: A Japanese Experience in San Francisco
Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man by John Porcellino
Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown
The Complete Nemesis The Warlock: Volume 1 by Pat Mills
The Green Lantern/Green Arrow Collection
Box Office Poison by Alex Robinson
I Killed Adolf Hitler by Jason
Planetary
The Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect by Peter David
The Wake (The Sandman #10) by Neil Gaiman
The Golem’s Mighty Swing by James Sturm
Nexus Archives
Spent by Joe Matt
Adventures in the Rifle Brigade by Garth Ennis
Summer Blonde by Adrian Tomine
Sweet Tooth
The Ultimates by Mark Millar
Ms. Marvel
Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland by Harvey Pekar
Paying for It by Chester Brown
Road to Perdition (Road to Perdition
Wally Gropius by Tim Hensley
Robin: Year One by Chuck Dixon
Animal Man
Ms. Marvel
Feynman by Jim Ottaviani
The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks
The Saga of the Bloody Benders by Rick Geary
Too Cool to Be Forgotten by Alex Robinson
Supreme: The Story of the Year by Alan Moore
Sailor Twain: Or: The Mermaid in the Hudson by Mark Siegel
Little Annie Fanny
Demo: The Collection by Brian Wood
Avengers Legends
Lout Rampage! by Daniel Clowes
Hawkeye
Spider-Girl: Legacy by Tom DeFalco
Jar of Fools by Jason Lutes
Special Exits by Joyce Farmer
The Walking Dead
Grickle by Graham Annable
Skin Deep by Charles Burns
The Complete Dick Tracy
Skizz (Skizz
Dork Covenant (Dork Tower
Dark Empire II by Tom Veitch
Quimby the Mouse: Collected Works by Chris Ware
Cancer Vixen by Marisa Acocella Marchetto
The Living and the Dead by Jason
Hellboy
Starman
Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary by Justin Green
Hellboy
Fun with Milk and Cheese by Evan Dorkin
Brooklyn Dreams by J.M. DeMatteis
Gentleman Jim by Raymond Briggs
The Hive by Charles Burns
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 1 by Peter David
Peepshow: The Cartoon Diary by Joe Matt
Hellblazer: All His Engines by Mike Carey
Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play
Fantastic Four Visionaries: John Byrne
The Squirrel Machine by Hans Rickheit
The Complete Classic Adventures of Zorro by Alex Toth
Mouse Magic (Wizards Of Mickey Volume 1) by Stefano Ambrosio
The Monkey King: Volume 1 by Katsuya Terada
Hey
The Jewish Comix Anthology by Steven M. Bergson
Rejser i tid og rum — Linda og Valentins samlede eventyr 1 by Pierre Christin
Four Arms by Chani Petro
Three Dreams by Jeff Hopp
Outskirts of Vision: A Graphic Novel (Outskirts of Vision #1) by Nir Levie
Set To Sea by Drew Weing
Creepy Presents Richard Corben by Richard Corben
Scalped complete run by Jason Aaron
Red Fog by Chris Williams
The Photographer by Emmanuel Guibert
Ferragosto Bk 1 by Jonathan David Lange
Bloodshot Reborn
Blacksad by Juan Díaz Canales
Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home by Nicole J. Georges
Rosebunny Designs — Adventures In Merryland by Mary Brijlall
Nocturnals Volume One: Black Planet And Other Stories (Nocturnals Archives
ElfQuest Book 2 by Wendy Pini
Welcome to the NHK
Batman & Robin: Batman vs. Robin by Grant Morrison
The Walking Dead
Queen and Country: The Definitive Edition
Darkwing Duck / Ducktales: Dangerous Currency by Ian Brill
Sandslotte by François Schuiten
Ms. Marvel
American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar by Harvey Pekar
The Age of Darkness by Caza
Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka
Creepy Presents: Bernie Wrightson by Bernie Wrightson
X-Men: Magneto Testament by Greg Pak
Batman: Knightfall
The Valiant by Matt Kindt
Ed the Happy Clown (A Yummy Fur Book) by Chester Brown
The Book of Mr. Natural by Robert Crumb
Welcome to the NHK
The Walking Dead
Appleseed
Darkwing Duck Campaign Carnage by Ian Brill
Den hule klode by François Schuiten
Ms. Marvel
Kamandi
Eerie Archives
The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
Phoenix
Rat Queens
Ciudad 1 by Ricardo Barreiro
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales by Joss Whedon
American Vampire
Grandville (Grandville #1) by Bryan Talbot
Sunny Side Down: A Collection of Tales of Mere Existence by Levni Yilmaz
Avengers: Under Siege by Roger Stern
White Rapids by Pascal Blanchet
Vagabond
Welcome to the NHK
The Walking Dead
Spider-Men by Brian Michael Bendis
Darkwing Duck
Runaways Deluxe
Eerie Archives
Astro City: A Visitor’s Guide #1 by Kurt Busiek
Toda Mafalda by Quino
Batman


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