14 Best Graphic Novels You Should Read

We live in a superhero movie period, and although some of us still like a nice man in a cape fighting for truth, justice, and so on, some counterprogramming is required.

In any kind of literature, comic books are one of the most flexible mediums. Comics include a wide range of genres, from horror to humor, and are perhaps ageless. Many others, on the other hand, maybe drawn solely to the superhero genre.

Despite this, comics are something that may appeal to virtually everyone, as seen by graphic novels. There are many different types of novels for everyone there.

These are the graphic novels that readers want to read, whether it’s a collection of stories compiled into one huge book or an original masterpiece.

Here are 14 fantastic graphic books (comics) of literary fiction, journalism, science fiction, fantasy, and the like that don’t feature any superheroes.


Best Graphic Novels

1. I Hate Fairyland Book One

1. I Hate Fairyland Book One

SKOTTIE YOUNG, (author) returns with a satirical fairytale adventure that smashes its cute little face against hilariously violent comedy that is NOT bedtime story material for the kids.

Join Gert (a mature woman trapped in the body of a six-year-old child, trapped in the enchanted world of Fairyland for almost thirty years) on a perplexing quest to return home in this enormous DELUXE HARDCOVER.

It’s only her, a fly named Larry, a massive blood-soaked battle-ax, and an unending number of charming and cuddly Fairylanders.

Young (Rocket Raccoon) has a knack for brutally hilarious dialogue and depicts the action in a candy-colored, supercute manner, making blood fountains both frightening and appealing.

Skottie Young is an award-winning cartoonist and writer who works for Marvel Entertainment, illustrating New York Times bestseller adaptations of L. Frank Baum’s Oz tales.


2. Batman: The Killing Joke

2. Batman: The Killing Joke

A Bestseller in the New York Times!

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE is Alan Moore’s memorable meditation on the razor-thin border between sanity and insanity, heroism and villainy, humor and tragedy, presented for the first time with stark, striking new coloring by Brian Bolland.

That’s all that divides the sane from the crazy, according to the grinning engine of mayhem known as The Joker. He’s out to prove his insane point now that he’s been released from Arkham Asylum.

Commissioner Jim Gordon, Gotham City’s top cop, and the Commissioner’s smart and attractive daughter Barbara will be his tools.

Batman: The Killing Joke is a stunningly drawn graphic novel. Artist Brian Bolland has lavishly recolored the Deluxe Edition, showing his unique vision of this modern classic.

Alan Moore is perhaps the most well-known graphic novelist, having won several accolades for works including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, and Miracleman.


3. Miles Morales: Spider-Man Vol. 1: Straight Out of Brooklyn

3. Miles Morales: Spider-Man Vol. 1: Straight Out of Brooklyn

Miles Morales returns to the limelight! Miles has never had it easy juggling a normal life, school, friends, family, and super-heroing, but when the rampaging Rhino and a gang of mystery criminals attack Brooklyn, things take a dark turn for the young Spider-Man!

And Miles isn’t even aware of half of it. What secrets are hidden beneath the surface of this next evil uprising?

Saladin Ahmed (BLACK BOLT) and Javier Garrón (ANT-MAN & THE WASP), both Eisner Award winners, offer you the freshest and greatest adventures of Marvel’s coolest character!

It’s very magical. Saladin Ahmed continues to demonstrate why he is the finest writer in this medium right now. He has a good understanding of the character and works effectively with visual artists.

Throne Of The Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed (author) was nominated for Hugo and Nebula awards, as well as the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Black Bolt, his debut comic, received the Will Eisner Award.


4. Watchmen (2019 Edition)

4. Watchmen (2019 Edition)

The revolutionary series from award-winning author Alan Moore, Watchmen, is a popular HBO original series that depicts a universe where the sheer existence of superheroes transformed history the US won the Vietnam War, and the Cold War is still in full swing.

The Hugo Award-winning narrative follows the fall from grace of a gang of superheroes tormented by all-too-human faults and is widely regarded as the finest graphic book in the medium’s history.

As a mysterious assassin hunts the former heroes, the notion of the superhero is deconstructed along the way.

Watchmen, the revolutionary series by Alan Moore, the award-winning creator of V For Vendetta and Batman: The Animated Series, is now available in a new version.

Alan Moore (author) is perhaps the most well-known graphic novelist, having won several accolades for works including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, and Miracleman.


5. On a Sunbeam

5. On a Sunbeam 

“On a Sunbeam” is a LA Times Festival of Books 2018 Book Prize Winner, A Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of 2018, A School Library Journal Best Book of 2018, A YALSA Top Ten Great Graphic Novel, and so on.

On a Sunbeam is Tillie Walden’s greatest work ever, and she is the future of comics. It’s unlike any other space novel you’ve ever read, with a rich, lived-in setting full of fascinating individuals.

A motley team journeys to the farthest regions of space, reconstructing magnificent, shattered buildings to put together the past. Two boarding school students meet and fall in love, only to discover the sorrow of loss.

Tillie Walden, an award-winning graphic novelist, presents an innovative universe, exquisite romance, and an epic journey for love with linked timeframes and stunning graphics.

Tillie Walden (author) is an Austin-based cartoonist and artist. She graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies, where she now works as a professor.

She has three graphic novellas with Avery Hill Publishing in London and three with First Second Books, including her Eisner Award-winning memoir Spinning, as of 2022.


6. All-Star Superman

6. All-Star Superman

The Man of Steel squares up against Bizarro, his weird twin, and Zibarro, a new character from the Bizarro world. And Superman must confront Lex Luthor’s final vengeance in the form of his death!

All-Star Superman is a stunning reinvention of the Superman mythos, from the origins of the Man of Steel through his greatest adversaries and beyond.

Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely rejoin with their WE3 colleague Jamie Grant for one of the finest Superman stories ever created, combining their skills to create a new and dazzling vision of the Man of Steel.

Classic DC characters appear in fascinating solo stories written and drawn by world-class authors and artists in this collection.

Grant Morrison is a writer most known for his groundbreaking work in comics, including the graphic book Arkham Asylum, renowned runs on Animal Man and Doom Patrol, and subversive creator-owned publications like The Invisibles, Seaguy, and WE3.


7. Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon (Marvel NOW!)

7. Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon (Marvel NOW!)

Clint Barton, or Hawkeye, the self-made hero from this summer’s blockbuster Avengers flick, battles for justice! He’s out to establish himself as one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes with the help of ex-Young Avenger Kate Bishop!

Clint is recruited by SHIELD to intercept a package of damning evidence before he becomes the world’s most sought man. What’s on The Tape will wow you! What is the meaning of the Vagabond Code?

Matt Fraction (author) has written a Hawkeye thriller that takes place all around the world and in Hawkeye’s thoughts. Twice the Hawkeye and double the danger with Barton and Bishop and robbing the affluent has never looked so nice.

Hawkeye may lack a magic hammer, armor, or superhuman strength, but he is resourceful. Clint will be able to navigate his way out of any difficult situations if he has a buddy like Kate Bishop on his side.


8. Paper Girls Volume 1

8. Paper Girls Volume 1

The first book of an all-new continuing adventure from BRIAN K. VAUGHAN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Saga and The Private Eye, and Cliff Chiang, iconic Wonder Woman illustrator, is out now.

Four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls discover the most significant story of all time in the early hours following Halloween in 1988.

In this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the final days of childhood, suburban drama and otherworldly mystery clash. Paper Girls #1-5 are collected in this volume.

The visuals are beautiful, the what’s going on the element is interesting, and the many personalities and interactions among the females are fantastic. And if you’re a fan of Stranger Things, you’ll want to get your hands on this one.

The artwork is vibrant and fascinating, perfectly capturing the odd aspects of this unforgettable excursion. This is more suited for older readers because of the strong language.


9. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 30th Anniversary Edition

9. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 30th Anniversary Edition

In this story of a near-future Gotham City gone to waste, 10 years after the Dark Knight’s retirement, writer/artist Frank Miller reinvents the mythology of Batman.

When forced to act, the Dark Knight returns with a vengeance, taking on a new generation of criminals and matching their level of brutality. Soon after, he is joined by a new Robin a young lady called Carrie Kelley who proves to be just as useful as her predecessors.

Can Batman and Robin deal with the threat posed by their fiercest foes, who have become perfect psychopaths as a result of their years in prison?

And, more importantly, will anybody be able to withstand the consequences of an unofficial war between superpowers or the clash of what was once the world’s greatest heroes?

The Dark Knight Returns is Frank Miller’s reimagining of Gotham’s famous defender, and it has been hailed as a comics classic. It’s still one of the most important storylines in comics history, having echoes throughout all of DC’s storytelling mediums.


10. Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1

10. Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1

For the Black Panther, a new era has begun! T’Challa is confronted with a significant shift in Wakanda that will make managing the African country more difficult than ever before, as MacArthur Genius and T-Nehisi Coates take the wheel.

When The People, a superhuman terrorist gang, ignites a deadly revolt, the nation known for its amazing technology and strong warrior traditions will be plunged into chaos.

Wakanda must adapt if it is to survive, but will its ruler, one of a long line of Black Panthers, be able to make the necessary changes? The head that wears the cowl is heavy!

Only two creators in the lengthy history of the Black Panther have been capable of leading this comic. Reginald Hudlin was the first. Ta-Nehisi Coates, the other.

Both actors were able to manage the Panther role and approach it with the utmost respect and authenticity.

Ta-Nehisi Coates (contributor) is a writer, journalist, and educator from the United States. Coates is a National Correspondent for The Atlantic, where he covers cultural, social, and political topics affecting African-Americans.


11. Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal (Ms. Marvel Graphic Novels)

11. Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal (Ms. Marvel Graphic Novels) 

Ms. Marvel, the pioneering heroine who has become an international sensation, is back in a brand-new issue from Marvel Comics! Kamala Khan is an average Jersey City girl who is unexpectedly endowed with amazing abilities.

But who is the all-new Ms. Marvel, exactly? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she wreaks havoc on the Marvel Universe! As Kamala learns about the risks of her newfound abilities, she also learns about the truth that lies behind them.

Is Kamala prepared to use her incredible new abilities? Will the weight of the legacy that lies ahead of her be too much for her to bear? Kamala, on the other hand, has no idea.

But, New York, she’s coming for you! G. Willow Wilson, a renowned author, has written a work that will go down in history.

Willow Wilson (author) began her journalism career as a music and DJ reviewer for Boston’s Weekly Dig magazine when she was 17 years old.

She’s since authored the Eisner Award-nominated Air and Mystic: The Tenth Apprentice comic book series and the graphic novel Cairo.


12. Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction

12. Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction

Beginning with Seed of Destruction, the basis for filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s blockbuster flicks, Dark Horse is releasing new editions of the complete Hellboy line with new covers.

Hellboy is one of the most popular comic book series in recent memory. The ideal artist’s artist and a master storyteller, his work is eerie, funny, and captivating in equal measure.

Mike Mignola has received several accolades in the comics business as well as beyond. When the world is threatened by weirdness, a strange man will arrive to save it.

Hellboy is sent to explore a supernatural mystery and finds the mysteries of his beginnings, as well as his connection to Nazi occultists who promised Hitler a final solution.

Hellboy is a fantastic example of how to take a future comic to a higher literary level while maintaining a high degree of excitement.

Mike Mignola is the creator of Hellboy and Zombieworld, as well as Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, Aliens, and Cloak and Dagger, among other works.

From X-Men to Superman, Fantastic Four to Wonder Woman, John Byrne is a fan-favorite artist on a variety of series.


13. V for Vendetta

13. V for Vendetta

Set in a futuristic totalitarian England devoid of freedom of faith, a mystery man with a white porcelain mask fights for the voiceless against cruel tyrants.

V, as he’s known, is armed only with knives and his wits to bring about change in this terrifying new world. Is that his only ally? Evey Hammond is a young woman. And she’ll get a lot more than she bargained for!

This compelling narrative about the loss and battle for uniqueness has become a cultural landmark and a lasting metaphor for present events, thanks to its imaginative graphic novel that epitomizes skilled storytelling.

Alan Moore (author) and David Lloyd (Illustrator), master storytellers, are at the pinnacle of their profession.

Alan Moore is perhaps the most well-known graphic novelist, having won several accolades for works including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, and Miracleman.


14. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Omnibus

14. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Omnibus 

The first two League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen epics is now gathered in one book!

Allan Quatermain, Mina Murray, Captain Nemo, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and Edward Hyde, and Hawley Griffin, the Invisible Man team up to combat a terrible threat to London and all Britons in this brilliantly creative novel!

The skies over England are thereafter filled with blazing rockets as Mars launches the opening volley of an invasion one month later. Only our brave explorers can save Mother England and the entire planet.

Moore (Watchmen) has blended his love of 19th-century adventure fiction with an inventive command of the superhero comic book’s 20th-century counterpart.

Alan Moore is perhaps the most well-known graphic novelist, having won several accolades for works including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, and Miracleman.


Final Verdict

These stories will thrill readers of all ages, demonstrating the tremendous diversity of this style of storytelling.

They will include everything from superheroes to memoirs, comics to excellent adaptations of famous works of literature. Happy Reading!


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