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.
- 1Watchmen is a comic-book limited series written by Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and... more
- 2The Dark Knight Returns is a 1986 four-issue comic book miniseries starring Batman, written by... more
- 3The Sandman is an American comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC... more
- 4"Year One", later referred to as "Batman: Year One", is an American comic book story arc... more
- 6Kingdom Come is a four-issue comic book mini-series published in 1996 by DC Comics under their... more
- 7V for Vendetta is a graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd,... more
- 8Batman: The Long Halloween is a 13-issue comic book limited series written by Jeph Loeb with... more
- 9Preacher is a comic book series created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon,... more
- 12Saga are a Canadian rock band from Oakville, Ontario. Jim Crichton and Welsh-born vocalist... more
- 13Sin City is the title for a series of neo-noir comics by Frank Miller. The first story... more
- 15Y: The Last Man is a dystopian science fiction comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia... more
- 16All-Star Superman is a direct-to-video animated superhero film based on the acclaimed comic... more
- 17Marvels is a four-issue limited series comic book written by Kurt Busiek, painted by Alex Ross... more
- 18Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls is a book written by Greg Capullo and Scott Snyder.
- 19The Complete Maus is a book written by Art Spiegelman.
- 21Superman: Red Son is a three-issue prestige format comic book mini-series published by DC... more
- 23Batman: Hush is a book written by Jim Lee and Jeph Loeb.
- 24Batman: Arkham City is a five-issue American comic book limited series written by Paul Dini,... more
- 25The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a comic book which began in 1999. The series spans... more