Best Graphic Novels of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Watchmen - Alan Moore

Best graphic novel ever written.

2 Batman Year One - Frank Miller
3 Batman The Dark Knight Returns - Frank Miller

This comic has everything, great art, political commentary, and a complex story with many twist and turns. And on top of all of that it provides a wonderfully perfect conclusion to what was at the time around 50 years of Batman stories. I personally respect it more than any other graphic novel because it creates a wonderful story that is different from all other Batman stories but that doesn't feel out of place. Also pre-insanity Frank Miller is great.

4 Batman: The Long Halloween - Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale
5 V For Vendetta - Alan Moore

One of the best books I've ever read!

6 Batman: The Killing Joke

When the world is full of care
And every headline screams despare
When all is r*pe, starvation, war, and life is vile

Ha! Then there's a certain thing I do
Which I shall pass along to you
That always guarantee to make you smile

I Go Looney
As a light bulb battered bug
Simply Looney
Sometimes foam and chew the rug

Mister life is swell in a patter cell
It'll chase those blues away
You can trade your gloom for a rubber room
And ejections twice a day
Just go Looney like an acid casualty
Or a moonie or a preacher on T.V.


7 Sandman - Neil Gaiman
8 300 - Frank Miller
9 Batman: Hush - Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee
10 Carnage: Mind Bomb

The Contenders

11 Carnage: It's A Wonderful Life
12 Scott Pilgrim - Bryan Lee O'Malley
13 Jabba the Hutt: Betrayal
14 Maus - Art Spiegelman

This is the greatest comic book ever written (I'm counting Parts I and II together). Watchmen might be the best graphic novel in the superhero genre, but it just doesn't even come close to Maus. Maus is just great literature, period. - ShuhBanggg

15 Batman: Face the Face
16 Two-Face: Crime and Punishment
17 Kingdom Come - Alex Ross
18 Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage
19 Nimona - Noelle Stevenson
20 Amulet - Kazu Kibuishi
21 Venom: Carnage Unleashed
22 Flashpoint - Geoff Johns
23 Old Man Logan - Mark Millar
24 Venom: Separation Anxiety
25 The End Of The F***ing World - Charles Forsman
26 Arkham Asylum: a Serious House On a Serious Earth - Grant Morrison
27 Bone - Jeff Smith

Filled with memorable characters, beautiful art, and an unforgettably imaginative story, Bone easily goes in the #1 spot.

Yes u r right #1

28 Preacher - Garth Ennis
29 A Jew in Communist Prague - Vittorio Giardino
30 Marvels - Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross
31 Two-Face: Year One
32 From Hell - Alan Moore
33 Fable of Venice - Hugo Pratt
34 Captain Underpants - Dav Pilkey

Yeah it sure is.

Not a graphic novel.

35 Blankets - Craig Thompson

Should be higher on the list - saat

36 Y: The Last Man - Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra

Beautiful art and story a truly amazing read

37 Sin City - Frank Miller
38 Y: The Last Man
39 Batman: The Killing Joke - Alan Moore
40 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - Alan Moore
41 Kick-Ass - Mark Millar
42 Piranese: The Prison Planet - Milo Manara
43 Black Hole - Charles Burns

I have read some Graphic Nove;s: Bstman the dark knight returms, Hellblazer, but I think Black Hole deserves a higher score than Batman the dark knight returns. It's more misterious, it's more unique, original, artistic. Drawings are simply better and script is interesting to read. I think the dark knight returns is higher praised only because it's more mainstream. Not much people simply know Black Hole or Charles Burns, but he is the only graphic novelist I consider as an artistic and storytelling genius. And people, please don't judge directly negative about the novel, because it has no color. The black and white drawings is just what Charles Burns' misterious and artistic style makes and is NOT boring! I hate it when people judge before actually reading!

44 Smile - Raina Telgemeier
45 The Crow - James O'Barr
46 Valentina The Pirate - Guido Crepax
47 Indian Summer - Hugo Pratt and Milo Manara
48 The Umbrella Academy - Gerard Way
49 Dan Dare - Frank Hampson

Dan Dare is and was an amazing graphic novel.

50 Y: The Last Man - Brian K. Vaughan
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1. Scott Pilgrim - Bryan Lee O'Malley
2. Nimona - Noelle Stevenson
3. Old Man Logan - Mark Millar
1. Batman: The Killing Joke
2. Arkham Asylum: a Serious House On a Serious Earth - Grant Morrison
3. Batman: Hush - Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee
1. Carnage: Mind Bomb
2. Carnage: It's A Wonderful Life
3. Jabba the Hutt: Betrayal

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