Required Reading Graphic Novels

I dislike ranking books, but here is a constellation of work that were formative, groundbreaking, or works of lasting literature.

See also
Best Graphic Novels
500 Essential Graphic Novels
Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize
Required Reading Graphic Novels

By ratings
All graphic novels with at least 25,000 ratings
All graphic novels with 10,000 and 24,999 ratings
All graphic novels with 1,000 and 9,999 ratings

Marvel Comics Collected Editions:
2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
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3.97 avg rating — 117,030 ratings
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4.42 avg rating — 30,766 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 149,127 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 59,702 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 53,958 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 44,534 ratings
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907 books · 1,756 voters · list created July 29th, 2008 by Max (votes) .
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Comments Showing 1-20 of 20 (20 new)

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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

Where is STRAY TOASTERS?


message 2: by Kim (new)

Kim I added it for you. :)


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

sorry i didn't know I could add to the list!!!


message 4: by Angel (new)

Angel Only reason I did not vote for a few more is I have not read them. Definitely picking some of these up in the near future.


message 5: by Laura (new)

Laura Belle I meant more the entire Lucifer Series, but this one will start you off at least.


message 6: by Fenrisfil (new)

Fenrisfil Had to add Dangerous Habits to the list, that book is the definitive John Constantine story.


message 7: by Jeff (new)

Jeff Lawrence People still like "The Dark Knight Returns" and "The Dark Knight Stirkes Back?"


message 8: by Ben (new)

Ben where is Buddha, Courtney crumrin and the night things, Enter Avariz


message 9: by Joe (new)

Joe need to add the old boy series and vagabond series by inoue and the arrival by shaun tan - none of them turns up in a search.


message 10: by Annie (new)

Annie Ok, so, where is Girl Genius? Definitely one of my favorites.


message 11: by John (last edited Jul 17, 2009 12:01PM) (new)

John Burns I thought persepolis made a much better film than graphic novel. Understanding comics was a lot of academic hooey and bogus sweeping statements.

If anyone intends to read Killing joke get the new, re-coloured edition. John Higgins really sucks.

http://www.popcultureshock.com/killin...


message 12: by Jerry (new)

Jerry You really might consider adding Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri’s Druuna graphic novels.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Druuna

They are quite good.


message 13: by Priesnanda (new)

Priesnanda How about 20th Century Boys?


message 14: by Amanda (new)

Amanda I think Fullmetal Alchemist should be on there.


message 15: by Areseris (new)

Areseris why are the Absolute versions of books rated so much lower than the TPB versions on this list?


message 16: by Tyrone (new)

Tyrone Jeff wrote: "People still like "The Dark Knight Returns" and "The Dark Knight Stirkes Back?" "

It was a game changer among a small group of GN's that proved that comics could also be great fiction. It doesn't become 'ungood' just because it's been out a few years so why would you not still like them? That's what classics are. (although i'd agree that 'strikes back' certainly isn't in that category).


message 17: by Brannon (new)

Brannon Remaklus Jeff wrote: "People still like "The Dark Knight Returns" and "The Dark Knight Stirkes Back?" "

definitely


message 18: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again at 57 is the biggest mistake on this list. Other than that all the books on the list (that I've read) deserve to be here. Definitely one of my favourite lists on Goodreads.


message 19: by Robert (new)

Robert Harutyunyan "The latest digital graphic novel I have come across is "EMISSARY OF THE ANUNNAKI: THE TALE OF THE FIRE KING" metal-themed graphic comics novel.
It promises an engaging journey into the Grim Sumerian Underworld as well a sneak-peek of the mysterious fiery planet of Nibiru. It is an interactive story of a metal band mixed with dark fantasy, mythology, and documentary.

Emissary of the Anunnaki


message 20: by Paul (new)

Paul Bulger Seriously good list. I only just recently got into graphic novels, after a teacher suggested I check out Maus after I told her I'd never actually read any comic books before, and since then I've been hungry for more. This list has been helping me decide on what to read next. Thanks for putting it together.


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