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A Collection of the Best Graphic Novels of All Time
Of course, no list of the best graphic novels and comic books is going to dominate all. The worth of every experience is wildly subjective to the reader, and even that can change throughout a reader’s lifetime. Even if you go on sales figures and more, you can’t fully capture the glory of the amazing industry that is the graphic novel world.
However, today I’m going to take a shot at it, compiling some of the best of the best when it comes to graphic novels and comic books, highlighting some firm favorites, and exploring some lesser-known books, all to help you find a story you’re bound to love.
City of Glass
Running along with the typical super-themed comics and novels that are most popular, City of Glass is a comic novel that puts a rather surreal spin on things. If you’re a fan of beautiful, strange adventures, this graphic novel could be perfect for you.
Written by Paul Auster and illustrated by the equally talented David Mazzucchelli, this existential crisis of a reader can feel very confusing at first. Still, as soon as it starts to pick up the pace, there’s no denying you’re going to be hooked on every page.
There’s no denying that 300 is a classic. Yes, it’s a graphic novel that later spawned the Spartan hit that took the world by storm of the same name. Written by Frank Miller, the artwork in this graphic novel is simply beautiful, and even though it’s written a little differently to what you might expect, it’s a classic for a reason.
“One of my firm favorites, Astro City, is not like the typical Marvel or DC superhero comic books you may have read already, but instead has a bit of a different twist. Actually, tell a lie, there are a few similarities here, mostly that this is more a satire take on the superhero worlds we all know and love,” explains Mary Perkins, a blogger at Draftbeyond and Researchpapersuk.
The novels touch on some really great social concepts, all based in a world where everyone is a superhero, or at least has superhero-like powers. Of course, this is a recipe of disaster, but it’s a lot of fun along the way.
The chances are you’ve heard of the Hellboy saga, either from people reading them or the movies that were based on them. There’s a whole library of graphic novels under this title, so if you’re a fan, there’s plenty of content for you to sink your teeth into.
The artwork in these novels is insane and sure to take your breath away, especially if you’re committed to the series and want to dive into any of the more conceptual stuff many additions of these novels have to offer.
“I am a firm favorite of the Watchmen series and thought the movie adaption (which a lot of graphic novels seem to have, right?) was actually fine as a standalone piece, but if you want to dive back into the world where it all came from, then you’re in for a treat,” shares Sam Harris, a book reviewer at Writinity and Last Minute Writing.
Produced by DC Comics, this masterpiece is written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, both legendary in their own rights; you’ve probably already heard of Watchmen and how amazingly they go against the status quo of traditional superheroes. And if you haven’t, then there’s never been a better time to discover it for yourself.
The final graphic novel I personally love is The Sandman, written by Neil Gaiman, the classic children’s writer who has written hits like Coraline. As a fan of his original books, it came as a bit of a surprise that he had actually written graphic novels, but a nice surprise at that.
Illustrated by Sam Keith, this is a thrilling tale that will have you turning pages until the end, unable to put it down for a second. I don’t want to spoil the story too much, so basically I’ll leave with you this; try it out for yourself. You won’t regret it.