10 Recommended Graphic Novels
As of late, I’ve been inhaling graphic novels on a daily basis so it felt like the right time to do a list about them. This isn’t intended to be a list of the greatest graphic novels (although some of these definitely are). Instead, it’s meant to be a list of graphic novels that I recommend others seek out if they haven’t done so already. So, here they are in no particular order…
- Batman: The Killing Joke- While some folks tout “The Dark Knight Returns” as the end all be all Batman story, I’ve always viewed Alan Moore’s classic as the quintessential story. It’s dark, atmospheric, and expertly written. I can’t wait for the animated movie adaptation to come out in the near future too.
- Daredevil: Born Again- For a character who isn’t in the “big leagues,” he sure has some of the best stories. While the Bendis run and “Daredevil Yellow” are quite strong, Frank Miller’s ‘Born Again’ is a seminal superhero story.
- Fortune and Glory- Brian Michael Bendis may be best known for his top notch work over at Marvel, but he’s also written several extraordinary non superhero stories including this hilarious biographical tale about Hollywood.
- Locke and Key- I don’t tend to utter the word masterpiece much at all, but writer Joe Hill’s six volume graphic novel series is exactly that.
- Y: The Last Man- Whenever someone wants to get into graphic novels or is in need of a recommendation, I always direct them to Brian K. Vaughan’s inventive and surprising post-apocalyptic series.
- Superman: Secret Identity- A supremely clever meta Superman tale courtesy of writer Kurt Busiek.
- The Rocketeer: The Complete Collection- I’ve made it no secret that I love “The Rocketeer” film, but I’m also a huge fan of the original Dave Stevens run of adventurous “The Rocketeer” comic series.
- Blankets- There’s a reason Craig Thompson’s emotional story is often cited as one of the best graphic novels of all time. It’s that good
- Wimbledon Green: The Greatest Comic Book Collector In The World- I could have put any number of Seth graphic novels on this list, but this infectiously fun satire remains my favorite of his oeuvre.
- Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed?- A charming series of true to life vignettes about a a relationship.
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