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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 Watchmen: The Deluxe Edition is a book written by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

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Batman: The Dark Knight Return... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 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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Batman: The Killing Joke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Batman: The Killing Joke

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V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
V for Vendetta 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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Sandman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Sandman 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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Batman: Year One is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Batman: Year One "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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X-Men: Days of Future Past is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Sin City 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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Batman: The Long Halloween is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Batman: The Long Halloween 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: The Dark Phoenix Saga is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga

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Batman: Arkham City is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Batman: Arkham Asylum 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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Kingdom Come is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Kingdom Come 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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Batman: Hush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Batman: Hush Batman: Hush is a book written by Jim Lee and Jeph Loeb.

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Maus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Maus The Complete Maus is a book written by Art Spiegelman.

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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 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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Preacher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Preacher 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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Superman: Red Son is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Superman: Red Son 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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Marvels is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Marvels 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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Y: The Last Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Y: The Last Man 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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X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills 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

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The Walking Dead: Compendium is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
The Walking Dead, Compendium 1 Robert Kirkman The Walking Dead: Compendium One is a 2009 book by Robert Kirkman.

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All-Star Superman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
All-Star Superman 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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From Hell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
From Hell 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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300 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
300 300 is a historically inspired 1998 comic book limited series written and illustrated by Frank Miller with painted colors by Lynn Varley. The comic is a fictional retelling of the Battle of ...more

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Batman: Dark Victory is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Batman: Dark Victory Batman: Dark Victory is a 14-part comic book limited series written by Jeph Loeb and drawn by Tim Sale. The series is a sequel to Batman: The Long Halloween and was originally published from ...more

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Swamp Thing Vol. 1 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions

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Hellboy: Seed of Destruction is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Hellboy: Seed of Destruction Hellboy: Seed of Destruction is the first Hellboy comic book mini-series, published by Dark Horse Comics. It was conceived and illustrated by Mike Mignola and scripted by John Byrne. This was, ...more

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Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions

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Saga is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
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Fables, Volume 1: Legends in E... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions

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Hellblazer: Original Sins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions

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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
The Crow The Crow is a comic book series created by James O'Barr. The series was originally written by O'Barr as a means of dealing with the death of his girlfriend at the hands of a drunk driver. It was ...more

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Death: The High Cost of Living is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Death: The High Cost of Living Death: The High Cost of Living is an American comic book miniseries, written by Neil Gaiman with art by Chris Bachalo and Mark Buckingham. It is a spin-off from Gaiman's best-selling Vertigo ...more

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Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Ow... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
UtkarshBansal added Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls is a book written by Greg Capullo and Scott Snyder.

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Daredevil: Born Again is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
InRustWeTrust added Daredevil: Born Again

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Kick-Ass is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Kick-Ass Kick-Ass is a creator-owned comic book series written by Mark Millar and illustrated by John Romita, Jr. It is published by Marvel Comics under the company's Icon imprint. It is the story of ...more

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House of M is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Charley Feldman added House of M

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Daredevil: The Man Without Fea... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
InRustWeTrust added Daredevil: The Man Without Fear

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Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 1: Gif... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 1: Gifted

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Death: The Time of Your Life is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Death: The Time of Your Life Death: The Time of Your Life is a three-issue American comic book mini-series written by Neil Gaiman, one of many spinoffs from his series The Sandman. It was illustrated by Chris Bachalo and ...more

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Scott Pilgrim is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Scott Pilgrim Scott Pilgrim is a series of graphic stories by Bryan Lee O'Malley. The series is about Canadian Scott Pilgrim, a slacker and part-time musician who lives in Toronto and plays bass guitar in the ...more

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Superman For All Seasons is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Superman For All Seasons Superman for All Seasons was a 4-issue comic book limited series written by Jeph Loeb with art by Tim Sale, and was originally published by DC Comics in 1998. This was made hot off the heels ...more

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Locke and Key is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Foxtrot added Locke and Key

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Bone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Bone Bone is an independently published comic book series, written and illustrated by Jeff Smith, originally serialized in 55 irregularly released issues from 1991 to 2004. Smith's black-and-white ...more

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Civil War is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Civil War "Civil War" is a 2006–2007 Marvel Comics crossover storyline built around a seven-issue limited series of the same name written by Mark Millar and penciled by Steve McNiven, which ran ...more

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Saga of the Swamp Thing is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Charley Feldman added Saga of the Swamp Thing

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Planetary is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Planetary Planetary is an American comic book series created by writer Warren Ellis and artist John Cassaday, and published by the Wildstorm imprint of DC Comics. After an initial preview issue in ...more

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Love and Rockets is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Love and Rockets Love and Rockets is a comic book series by the Hernandez brothers: Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario, whose stories published in the series were independent of each other. It was one of the first comic ...more

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The Sandman: Endless Nights is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Charley Feldman added The Sandman: Endless Nights

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Transmetropolitan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Transmetropolitan Transmetropolitan is a cyberpunk comic book series written by Warren Ellis co-created and designed by Darick Robertson and published by DC Comics. The series was originally part of the ...more