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The Most Fantastic Fantasy Comics And Graphic Novels

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It takes a truly creative mind to envision a brand new world and fill it with memorable but still relatable characters, but the best fantasy comics do exactly that. That's why some of the most talented writers and artists in the comic book industry have come together to create the best fantasy comics of all time. From the furthest reaches of space to fantastical new worlds, great fantasy graphic novels come in all shapes and forms. These books exist to fill your imagination with wonder and hopefully inspire you to let loose your creative side a bit more often. Which ones have inspired you the most?

Whether you typically read fantasy or prefer a different genre, this list is for all comic book fans. Neil Gaiman is a master of the genre, and he's created some of the most memorable books in recent years. But if you like your fantasy with a smidge of sci-fi, then you should definitely check out Saga from Brian K. Vaughn. Of course, that's only the beginning of what you need to add to your collection next. You can also use this list as reading guide for the beest fantasy comic series you should  be reading.

Old and new comic books alike have been included on this list. Vote for the top fantasy comics of all time to let other readers what they should read next. You may even discover a new world to explore on your own by reading what we've accumulated below. 

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  • 1

    Sandman

    Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth
    121
    25

    PublisherVertigo

    Dream is one of the seven Endless. The story follows Dream as he's captured and learns about how change is inevitable. 

  • 2

    Saga

    Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
    115
    41

    PublisherImage

    A husband and wife from two warring factions conceive a child. They must escape from authorities so that they can give their child the life she deserves away from violence in the galaxy. 

  • 3

    Fables

    Bill Willingham
    73
    21

    PublisherVertigo

    The Adversary has conquered these fabled lands. The magical creatures have been forced out and have now taken up residence in modern-day New York where they have created their own secret society. 

  • 4

    Monstress

    Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda
    74
    25

    PublisherImage

    Taking place in an alternative version of 1900s Asia, a teenage girl struggles to survive in war. But then, a mysterious psychic link forms between her and a monster of immense power that will radically change them both. 

    Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900's Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both. 

  • 5

    Bone

    Jeff Smith
    60
    17

    PublisherImage Comics

    The three Bone cousins just want to make their way back to Boneville. Along the way, they'll travel to distant villages and meet a colorful cast of characters, including some who are ready to destroy the cousins. 

  • 6

    Birthright

    Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan
    46
    16

    PublisherImage

    Mikey Rhodes goes missing right before his birthday. His family falls apart, but surprisingly, Mikey appears one year later, but he's not the same as when he's left. 

  • 7

    Locke & Key

    Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
    44
    14

    PublisherIDW Publishing

    A New England mansion possesses fantastic doors that will transform anyone who walks through them. Inside the house is a relentless creature who will not rest until it opens the most horrible door of all. 

  • 8

    The Stonekeeper

    Kazu Kibuishi
    46
    20

    PublisherScholastic Trade Publisher

    Emily and Navin move in with their mother after their father passes away. They move into a strange house that proves to be extremely dangerous with sinister creatures lurking in the basement. 

  • 9

    Kill Six Billion Demons

    Tom Parkinson-Morgan
    39
    14

    PublisherImage

    Allison Ruth discovers a powerful magical item after her boyfriend is kidnapped. She soon discovers a world of supernatural creatures ruled over by seven entities. She must survive this new world while trying to rescue her boyfriend while figuring out her own destiny. 

  • 10

    Coda

    Simon Spurrier, Matías Bergara
    29
    5

    PublisherBOOM! Studios

    A bizarre catastropher overtakes the glorious world of dragons, bards, and elves, who are all laid waste by its power. It's a post-apocalyptic world but with magic brimming in every corner. 

  • 11

    Seven to Eternity

    Rick Remender, Jerome Opena
    36
    14

    PublisherImage

    The God of Whispers has spread to every portion of the kingdom of Zhal. His spies are everywhere, and it's up to Adam Osidis and his band of magic users to free their world of this malevolent God. 

  • 12

    Rat Queens

    Kurtis J Wiebe, Roc Upchurch
    45
    28

    PublisherImage

    The Rat Queens are a group of hardened, booze-guzzling battle maidens. It's their job to kill as many creatures as possible... all for profit naturally. 

  • 13

    Nimona

    Noelle Stevenson
    42
    25

    PublisherHarperCollins

    Nimona is a rambunctious shapeshifter and the sidekick of a supervillain. Much of the series focuses on the two's differences as well as their plots to take down Institution. 

  • 14

    Elfquest

    Wendy Pini, Richard Pini
    20
    4

    PublisherDC Comics

    The series follows a group of elves and various other fictitious species who attempt to coexist on a primitive planet with two moons. It's noteworthy for being one of the first comic books to have a planned ending. 

  • 15

    Arrowsmith

    Kurt Busiek, Carlos Pacheco
    38
    25

    PublisherCliffhanger

    In this series, the United States of America is the United States of Columbia. It takes place during World War I, which is fought with magic and dragons. 

  • 16

    Middlewest

    Skottie Young, Jorge Corona
    26
    12

    PublisherImage

    A young boy has to navigate an ancient land in order to reconcile his family's history. The land is vast. Farmington is destroyed. An unwitting adventurer is about to go on the quest of a lifetime. 

  • 17

    Red Sonja

    Gail Simone, Walter Geovani
    36
    24

    PublisherDynamite

    Sonja has spent years as a prisoner, forced into gladiator fights with the other slaves. However, she never lost her sense of right and wrong, which will come in handy as she embarks on a quest to help the king. 

  • 18

    The Spire

    Simon Spurrier, Jeff Stokely
    25
    11

    PublisherBOOM! Studios

    Sha watches over the Spire, which is a massive city mountain of stone and metal in the middle of a radioactive desert. After a slew of terrible murders occur, it's up to Sha to find the killer. 

  • 19

    The Books of Magic

    Neil Gaiman
    15
    7

    PublisherDC Comics

    Timothy Hunter has the chance to be the most powerful magician ever, but he questions whether he truly wants to be. The likes of John Constantine and Doctor Occult influence Timothy in choosing the right path for himself. 

  • 20

    The Wizard's Tale

    Kurt Busiek, David Wenzel
    19
    14

    PublisherIDW

    Bafflerog Rumplewhisker is an evil wizard in the Land of Ever-Night. It's his job to look over all of the darkness spells. The only problem is that his heart just isn't dedicated to this line of work anymore. 

  • 21

    The Dark Tower

    Stephen King
    14
    7

    PublisherMarvel Comics

    The comic book series is based on Stephen King's Dark Tower novels. It follows the trials of the Last Gunslinger, who is locked into an eternal battle with the Man in Black. 

  • 22

    On a Sunbeam

    Tillie Walden
    1
    4

    PublisherFirst Second

    An all-female crew on a spaceship don't spend a lot of time talking about their feelings. Instead, they're active in a way where they're trying to figure themselves out in the vast emptiness of the cosmos. 

  • 23

    Modern Fantasy

    Rafer Roberts, Kristen Gudsnuk
    21
    17

    PublisherDark Horse

    A young woman dreams of adventure. She, along with her roommate and BFF, will embark on a modern day quest to save the world while struggling to pay off their student loans and hang onto their terrible jobs. 

  • 24

    Hilda and the Bird Parade

    Luke Pearson
    11
    4

    PublisherFlying Eye Books

    Hilda has trouble adjusting to a life without magic. However, even in this new life, she still finds a glimmer of magic she left in the fjords. 

  • 25

    Prism Stalker

    Sloane Leong
    1
    4

    PublisherImage

    Vep comes from a tribe who has been rescued from their contaminated planet by the intergalactic consortium. Vep is then recruited into a strange academy that promises stability, but she's then forced to confront her overall relationship with her culture.