Watchmen by Alan Moore
Hellboy, Volume 1: Seed of Destruction
The Walking Dead, Vol. I: Days Gone Bye
Even the toughest guy needs to relax every now and then. Take off your hard face and throw away all daily worries with one of the best graphic novels for adults. Immerse yourself at least for a while in a fantasy world full of heroes, bad guys, and hot ladies to save from the evil.
There is a bountiful range of good graphic novels. We’ve put together a list of our favorite ones to help you with your first pick. Check them out below.
The Best Graphic Novels
Watchmen by Alan Moore
Watchmen graphic novel is perhaps the most popular at the moment. Result of Alan Moore’s creative genius, this story takes you in the heart of a nationwide conspiracy that expands from a murder mystery.
According to the critics, the Watchmen is one of the most influential graphic novels, a gateway to the entire graphic storytelling. It’s easy to understand, therefore, why this should be the first graphic novel in your list – and you can expect an exciting plot that captures from the first lines.
Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin
The Infinity Gauntlet is one of the most popular Marvel comic books exciting the readers from 1991. Jim Starlin’s relationship with the publishing house goes way back to 1970 though, when Infinity Gauntlet’s predecessors, Thanos and Infinity Gems were published.
Infinity Gauntlet continues the story and features the Avengers, the X-Men, and the New Warriors engaged in perennial battles against the omnipotent Thanos, the most powerful being in the Universe.
Batman: Year One by Frank Miller
Batman – was he your hero when you were a kid? He surely was mine. And am pretty convinced you’ll enjoy these outstanding comics whether or not you were his fan. Written by Frank Miller in 1986, Batman: Year One is one of the best graphic novels you can come across.
It has everything, from an enhancing plot, complex characters, superb visuals by David Mazzucchelli, and the novel just offers a groundbreaking reinterpretation of Batman’s origins.
Saga, Vol. I by Bryan K. Vaughan
An award-winning novel that promises to take you to an intricate imaginary world to witness galactic battles and a love story that develops on the background of a dangerous universe. Saga, Vol. I is the sweeping fairytale of a young family fighting to find their place in a world that seems to reject them.
Fantasy characters blend in this science fiction story to create a sexy, subversive drama for adults that will most likely keep you awake just to see what happens in the next chapter.
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
V for Vendetta is a contemporary classic, one of those timeless comic books as actual today as it was when it was first released.
Moore set this story in his native England in a futurist totalitarian regime that – believe it or not – incorporates many of problems of today’s society. Science fiction yet factual, fantasy but with solid roots in reality, V for Vendetta speaks about freedom and faith, two values that lack in many Western countries.
The Walking Dead, Vol. I: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman
Whether you’re a Zombie fan or on your way to becoming one, The Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye is guaranteed to stick to your heart. No doubt one of the best graphic novels for adults, these comics inspired the popular TV show followed by thousands of enthusiasts season after season.
The first edition of this story dates back to 2004 and is complemented by attractive visuals work of the talented illustrator Tony Moore.
The Halo Graphic Novel by Lee Hammock, Jay Faerber, Tsutomu Nihei, and Brett Lewis
What happens when you take four talented graphic novel authors and put them together? They create a masterpiece, of course. The Halo Graphic Novel is the expression of the creative minds of Lee Hammock, Jay Faerber, Tsutomu Nihei, and Brett Lewis who were inspired by the best-selling video game with the same name.
So, this one makes a perfect gift for a passionate gamer who needs some time off the screen every now and then. Published by two of the major graphic novel houses, this 128-page edition includes the Last Voyage of the Infinite Succor, the Armor Testing, the Breaking Quarantine, and the Second Sunrise Over New Mombasa.
Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition by Allan Moore
Allan Moore’s Batman is the main character of the most popular graphic novels. Beloved by the kids and adorned by the adults, this timeless hero inspired generations and will most likely do so for the decades to come. But Batman: The Killing Joke comes with a great surprise, enhancing visuals created by the acclaimed illustrator Brian Bolland.
Stunning new coloring complements the plot of this story that clearly highlights the fine line between sanity and insanity, intertwining comedy and tragedy into an award-winning story.
Hellboy, Volume 1: Seed of Destruction and Wake the Devil by Mike Mignola
Since the first Hellboy graphic novels for adults hit the stands back in 1993, the series has become a true cultural movement inspiring adults and youngsters alike with a complex character that shows exactly how bad can turn into good in a perennial fight for self-development, self-awareness, and evolution.
The Hellboy, Volume 1, includes the first two stories which rapidly turned into a hit, putting Mike Mignola into the spotlights. Author and illustrator, Mignola knew exactly how to complement its narrative with stunning visuals that do justice to the plot.
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe by Cullen Bunn
The Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe might not be Cullen Bunn’s the most famous stories, but it still stands among the adult graphic comics that impresses with the noir interpretation of an imaginary world connected with ours.
This dreadful plot winds up is a disturbingly funny way that involves everything that makes up the Marvel Universe. Suspense mixed with fear, laughter and unexpected outcomes are just a few things that define this complex narrative that twists in a horror graphic novel like no other.
Wolverine: Old Man Logan by Mark Millar
Wolverine: Old Man Logan is another of those timeless classics that will always inspire generations and hook up adults in discovering new stories and turning back in time to the days they were kids. Wolverine is one of the best graphic novel series used as a source of inspiration by TV shows and movies.
But this graphic novel is different. Wolverine is not the one we all knew, but like all of us, the time took its toll. In the most important Wolverine story of our century, the author introduces the reader to an old man called Logan who’s only interested in his family. But where has Wolverine disappeared for the last 50 years?
300 by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley
Wondering which are those good graphic novels that could wow an adult comics aficionado? Perhaps the 300 by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley could be your best bet.
The perfect graphic novel for a lover of history, 300 brings an enhancing plot and a storyline that sees the armies of Persia and Greece engaged in endless battles for supremacy and survival. The tiny detachment of three hundred warriors that stand behind Greece’s freedom values and Persia’s tyranny is prodigiously depicted by the author in an epic retelling of this important historical moment.
Scott Pilgrim Vol. 1: Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley
The Scott Pilgrim Vol. 1: Precious Little Life is one of those graphic novel books capable of taking you back to your childhood days, making you daydream about kid heroes and saving the world. Because yes, Scott Pilgrim identifies with every one of us. An unexpected warrior that fights for a better world.
Scott Pilgrim is a classic, but this enhanced editions will present you his first ‘evil ex’ battle as you’ve never seen it before.
The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
Described as the greatest epic in the comic books’ history by the Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes promises to be one of the greatest graphic novels you’ll ever read. Get lost in the book’s 240 pages and get ready to live one of the most fascinating stories of your life.
The Sandman is the story of an occultist attempting to bargain with the Death for eternal life; but instead of capturing the physical embodiment of the Dark Lady, he traps Morpheus, her younger brother.
The Hard Goodbye (Sin City) by Frank Miller
From one of the most established names in the graphic novel, storytelling comes another epic narrative, The Hard Goodbye (Sin City). Does the name sound familiar? You’re right; this is the original series that inspired the famous movie in 2005.
If you’ve been in the first lines at the cinema, know this graphic novel is better. A crime-comic megahit that introduced the infamous Marv to the world returns in a brand new edition that generates even more excitement than before.
Astro City: Life in the Big City by Kurt Busiek
Astro City is a mighty city full of superheroes patrolling the skies and keeping bad forces at bay. A complex plot appeals to the graphic novel enthusiasts in the first six chapters of this saga, each of which is a standalone story that highlights different aspects of this fantasy world.
Witness the city’s leading superhero in an impossible quest that requires his presence in more than one place at a time. Learn about secret identities and the development of independent plots.