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List Rules English language comics, printed in graphic novels or collected editions (trade paperbacks).

A list of the best graphic novels and collected editions (trade paperbacks). The best graphic novels and collected editions are generally fan favorites and regarded highly by readers and collectors of graphic novels. If you're looking to read graphic novels that will keep your head in the pages long after you've stopped reading, these are some of the greatest graphic novels and collected editions to check out.

This list includes some of the best graphic novels for kids and teens, the top graphic novels for adults, and some collected editions for any age. Some of the greatest graphic novels, like Watchmen, have become some of the best superhero movies and the Hollywood obsession to turn graphic novels and collected editions into franchise movies.

For the purposes of this list of the best graphic novels and collected editions, multi-volume works with a clear beginning and end should be treated as one entry. Adaptations should generally be omitted. If you don't see your favorite graphic novel or collected edition on the list, feel free to add more so other collectors and new readers can get dialed in to what you think the top graphic novels are. And once you do add your choice for greatest graphic novel, make sure to vote it up so it gets to the top of the list of the greatest graphic novels and collected editions.
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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Watchmen is a comic-book limited series written by Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and colorist John Higgins published by DC Comics in 1986 and 1987, and collected in 1987. Watchmen originated ...more
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Batman: The Dark Knight Return... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
The Dark Knight Returns is a 1986 four-issue comic book miniseries starring Batman, written by Frank Miller, illustrated by Miller and Klaus Janson, and published by DC Comics. When the series ...more
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1,098 345
Batman: The Killing Joke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
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Sandman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
The Sandman is an American comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics. Artists include Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Jill Thompson, Shawn McManus, Marc Hempel, and ...more
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830 231
Batman: Year One is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
"Year One", later referred to as "Batman: Year One", is an American comic book story arc written by Frank Miller, illustrated by David Mazzucchelli, colored by Richmond ...more
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921 278
V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
V for Vendetta is a graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd, published by Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics. The story depicts a dystopian and post-apocalyptic ...more
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Batman: The Long Halloween is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Batman: The Long Halloween is a 13-issue comic book limited series written by Jeph Loeb with art by Tim Sale. It was originally published by DC Comics in 1996 and 1997. It was inspired by the ...more
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X-Men: Days of Future Past is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Sin City is the title for a series of neo-noir comics by Frank Miller. The first story originally appeared in "Dark Horse Presents Fifth Anniversary Special", and continued in Dark ...more
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Kingdom Come is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Kingdom Come is a four-issue comic book mini-series published in 1996 by DC Comics under their Elseworlds imprint. It was written by Mark Waid and Alex Ross and painted in gouache by Ross, who ...more
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517 237
Batman: Arkham City is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Batman: Arkham City is a five-issue American comic book limited series written by Paul Dini, drawn by Carlos D'Anda and published by DC Comics. It bridges the storylines of Batman: Arkham Asylum ...more
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499 197
X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
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Maus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
The Complete Maus is a book written by Art Spiegelman.
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Batman: Hush is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Batman: Hush is a book written by Jim Lee and Jeph Loeb.
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The League of Extraordinary Ge... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a comic book which began in 1999. The series spans two six-issue limited series and a graphic novel from the America's Best Comics imprint of ...more
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415 187
Superman: Red Son is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Superman: Red Son is a three-issue prestige format comic book mini-series published by DC Comics that was released under their Elseworlds imprint in 2003. Author Mark Millar created the comic ...more
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Y: The Last Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Y: The Last Man is a dystopian science fiction comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra published by Vertigo beginning in 2002. The series is about the seemingly only man who ...more
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381 174
All-Star Superman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
All-Star Superman is a direct-to-video animated superhero film based on the acclaimed comic book series of the same name by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. The film is the tenth in the DC ...more
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Preacher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Preacher is a comic book series created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, published by the American comic book label Vertigo, with painted covers by Glenn Fabry. The series consists ...more
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387 165
Marvels is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Marvels is a four-issue limited series comic book written by Kurt Busiek, painted by Alex Ross and edited by Marcus McLaurin, and published by Marvel Comics in 1994. Set from 1939 to 1974, the ...more
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330 195
The Walking Dead: Compendium is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Robert Kirkman The Walking Dead: Compendium One is a 2009 book by Robert Kirkman.
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Daredevil: Born Again is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
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From Hell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
From Hell is a graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell, originally published in serial form from 1989 to 1996 and collected in 1999, speculating upon the identity and ...more
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Saga is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
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Saga are a rock quintet, formed in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Jim Crichton and Welsh-born vocalist Michael Sadler have been the principal songwriters for Saga. Ian Crichton is the band's ...more
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X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills is a graphic novel published in 1982 by Marvel Comics, starring their popular superhero team the X-Men. It was written by Chris Claremont and illustrated by Brent